The church we read about in the Bible was organized in a very simple way. The pattern in Scripture is to have 2 or more qualified men overseeing each local congregation or church (Titus 1:5; Acts 14:23). These men can be referred to by their Scriptural name or duty such as "elders" (Acts 20:17; Titus 1:5; 1 Peter 5:1), "overseers" (Acts 20:28; Titus 1:7), or "to shepherd/pastors" (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:2-5; Ephesians 4:11-13). Each man must meet several high qualifications which the Bible lists in two passages (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9). Elders are the spiritual leaders of a congregation. Here at the Northwest church of Christ we are blessed to have 3 men that watch out for the souls of our members.
L to R: Mark Banks, Jon Tom Day, Larry Plunk Sr.
We also read about special servants called “deacons” in the local church (Acts 6:1-6). They must be men of "good reputation" (Acts 6:3) who meet the Scriptural qualifications found in 1 Timothy 3:8-13. These men give significant time and attention to the Christians at the Northwest church. They are also responsible for organizing and implementing much of the work that is designated by the elders.
L to R Top: Mark Goad, Roy Hooks, Kyle Nelson
L to R Bottom: John Polk, Jack Sekinger, Roger Smith, Bill Wilson