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LESSON 23: OTHER LEADERSHIP OFFICES IN THE CHURCH

MEMORY VERSE: “Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of

double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. – 1

Timothy 5:17

BIBLE PASSAGE: Acts 6:10-17

INTRODUCTION:

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.

LESSON OUTLINES

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

Timothy 1:11)

CONCLUSION

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.

QUESTIONS

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?

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