Ministry as described in the New Testament was never a one-man show. Christ designed His Church to grow and mature when all of the members of that body used their spiritual gifts to contribute to the health and growth of the body (Ephesians 4:15-16). He appointed spiritual leaders or pastors to equip believers to do this by teaching and preaching Godís Word (Ephesians 4:12-14). He also appointed spiritual men to serve in the congregation as deacons so that the pastors could give themselves to the ministry of prayer and the Word (Acts 6:1-7).
When all the parts of the body are following Christís design, the Word of God will increase, the Gospel will go forth powerfully, and the Church will grow biblically (Acts 6:7).
We are striving to be a church governed by the corporate congregation and served by biblically-qualified, Spirit-filled individuals who have been called by God to shepherd and serve His church. As a congregation, we want to be guided spiritually by God-appointed shepherds and served faithfully by a group of God-appointed deacons. In short, we want to follow Godís design and plan for His Church as revealed in the New Testament.