“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Ephesians 4: 15 – 16
Believing that God has blessed every one of us with specific skills and talents, we recognize that it takes all of us working together to accomplish the tasks that God has put before us. Although there are many who work behind the scenes to help things run smoothly in the congregation, there are some who serve in a more public way.
Our elders are men who are selected based on the following Biblical qualifications:
“Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.” 1 Timothy 3:1 – 7 NIV
The Lincoln Park Church of Christ is led by elders who have been given the task of overseeing the spiritual growth, maturity and direction of this family in accordance with the will of God. They devote much time to prayer, visitation and spiritual counseling.
- They oversee the biblical teaching and care of the church family
- Are responsible for overall vision and values
Similarly, our deacons are men who are selected on these qualifications as stated in Scripture:
“In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons. In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything. A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.” -1 Timothy 3:8-13 (NIV)
The Lincoln Park congregation is served by several deacons, who plan, organize, delegate, and implement projects and programs which encourage and promote spiritual, emotional, and relational growth in God’s family, the community, and the world.
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:14 – 15