Leadership at Faith Bible Church

Clay Miller


David Lupinetti


Logan Hidrogo


David Elie


Bill Jewell


The one supreme authority for the church is Christ (1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:18).  Church leadership, order, discipline, and worship are all appointed through His sovereignty.  The biblically designated servant-leaders under Christ serving and leading the congregation are elders (also called pastors and overseers (Titus 1:1-9; Acts 20:17, 28) and deacons. These men are called, gifted, and qualified (1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-5).   The qualifications for elders and deacons are essentially the same with the one distinction that elders must be “able to teach” and “able to exhort in sound doctrine and refute those who contradict.”

Elders/Pastors/Overseers are synonymous in Church function (1 Pet 5:1-7, Acts 20:28), however their function can be differentiated due to capacity. In other words, the work all Elders do is regarded by the same qualities, but their oversight varies based on capacity and giftedness. Therefore, we teach there is to be given double honor for those who have greater giftedness and capacity, defined in part by, ‘especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching’ (1 Tim 5:17).

In light of the above and because there is a special blessing and burden in the role of vocational pastor, we use the term “pastor” at Faith Bible Church for men who are seminary-trained and ordained. Recognizing God raises up and uses men mightily who aren’t called to vocational ministry nor to be seminary-trained, we use the term “lay elder” for these servant-leaders. At Faith Bible, these men will have gone through an ordination process before being officially ordained and fully recognized as an elder. Regardless of capacity, we teach that elders, whether pastors or lay elders, lead or rule with the same quality as servants of Christ  (1 Timothy 5:17-22) and have His authority in directing the church as servant-leaders.

Within the plurality of biblical leadership, there is biblical pattern and precept of a primus inter pares, a leader among equals.  This leader among equals, the senior pastor or teaching pastor, is the one who spends the majority of time in the Word, feeding the flock, and casting the vision for the local church from the pulpit.  This man needs to be, as much as any in the congregation, above reproach and a humble servant leader following Christ so others can follow him (1 Cor 11:1).  The leaders in the church are to follow the example of Christ and lead those in their charge as a servant-leader understanding they themselves are servants of Christ (1 Timothy 5:17-22) and have His authority in directing the church.  The congregation is to submit to their leadership (Hebrews 13:7, 17).  The congregation’s involvement in the governing process is to recognize and affirm those men based on the guidelines listed in the Pastoral Epistles.  Godly servant-leaders will seek the input of those in their charge.  Godly servant-leaders will strive to identify and train faithful men that can then be entrusted with the ministry of the Word and prayer (2 Tim 2:2).