MEMORY VERSE: “Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of
double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. – 1
BIBLE PASSAGE: Acts 6:10-17
We have looked at the five major classes of leaders in church ministry
endowed with ministry gifts i.e. Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors
and Teachers. There are other leadership offices in the church set by the
leading of the Holy Spirit.
1. LEADERSHIP OFFICES OF DEACONS AND ELDERS
2. THE UNITY OF THE MINISTRY GIFTS
LEADERSHIP OFFICES OF DEACONS AND ELDERS
The leadership offices of Deacons (1 Timothy 3:8-13) and Elders are also
necessary in the church. They assist the leaders in the church ministry gift
offices. Deacons are called to serve or assist the ministers in carrying out
their roles (Acts 6:1-6). The female equivalent of deacons is deaconess
who may be wives of ministers or other women in the church who serve in
ministry or church as helpers to leaders (Romans 16:1-2).
Elders are leaders who assist in decision making and see to the needs of
various groups in the church (Acts 14:23). They help to develop local
bodies of believers (Titus 1:5-9). Elders are to assist the ministry gift
leaders in developing biblical body of believers (1 Titus 5:17; James 5:14).
No one is called into ministry to be an elder or deacon but it is appointed by
church leaders as led by the Holy Spirit. However, believers could be called
to be teachers, prophets, evangelists etc. as a leadership ministry gift.
THE UNITY OF THE MINISTRY GIFTS
All the ministry gifts in the church are distinct callings but they are inter-
related, working together harmoniously to achieve a common purpose. This
is to train other Christians to discover their place in the church and use
spiritual gifts given to them for self-edification and expansion of the
kingdom of God. This will help all parts of the body of Christ to work
together in unity. A person could have more than one leadership gift or call
e.g. Pastor and Teacher, Prophet and Teacher (Ephesians 4:11-16; 2
It is important for everyone called to ministry to discover his or her ministry
office for effectiveness. This is not to undermine the important roles of all
other spiritual gifts, which are universally given to all believers.
1. What class of leaders in the church deserve double honour and why?
2. Can a believer have more than one ministry gift of the Holy Spirit?