Jesus calls qualified men to lead his church as elders, also call pastors.
At Bent Creek Baptist Church elders follow the qualifications listed 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. These include praying and studying Scripture, leading the vision of the church, caring for the people of the church, teaching, living lives that are exemplary, and developing other leaders.
Deacons, or “servants,” were first mentioned in Acts 6. As the burden of ministry grew for the early church, elders appointed deacons to assist the elders’ responsibilities.