From the earliest stages of church history, we find elders and deacons appointed to carry on the ministry that the apostles passed on to them. Their purpose is to shepherd the people of God well and to faithfully pass on the Word of God to others so that they might come to know Christ and grow in Him. The task of entrusting the truths of God to reliable men who will teach and who will direct the affairs of the church is vital. The biblical qualifications of the elder and deacon can be found in 1 Timothy 3:1-12; Titus 1:6-9; and 1 Peter 5:1-4.
Elders are responsible for the spiritual oversight and governance of the church. They must be able to teach and shepherd God’s flock.
Deacons enjoy serving others, meeting both the physical and spiritual needs of people. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.