Church Organization Models


*All models begin with Christ as the head of His church.

*From there on it gets confusing. Most differences are with what comes next or second after

*After the second priority the differences end and the similarities continue with Staff – Ministry Leaders & / or Committees

*Here are some of the most frequent vying for that second position. This concludes with results from the study “Biblical Foundation for Church Leadership.” This second
position represents the highest human authority in the local church.

The Congregation – thus called congregational organization.
The Presbytery – Presbyterians.
The Elders – most Christian Church & Churches of Christ.
The preacher or Sr. Pastor – many independent churches.
The Church Board. – various denominations.
The Deacons – many Baptist churches.

The following Organizational Chart
represents what we believe to be the most Biblical approach:



Trustees are only legal representatives for the State.


Bible Foundation for Church Leaders 3

This is the third week after intro & orientation

Church Organization and Leaders from the Bible – Answers Week Three 

  1. 1 Timothy 3:1-13 – What are the qualifications for an Elder in this passage?

            1. He desires the office

2.  above reproach

3. The husband of one wife.

4. Temperate.

5. Self-controlled.

6. Respectable.

7. Hospitable

8. Able to teach

9. Not given to drunkenness.

10. Not violent but gentle.

11. Not violent but gentle.

12. Not quarrelsome.

13. Not a lover of money.

14. Manage his own family well.

15. He must not be a recent convert.

16. Good reputation with outsiders.

  1. Titus 1:5-9– What are the qualifications for an Elder in this passage? 
  1. Blameless (twice) also in vs. 7
  2. The husband of one wife
  3. Children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient.
  4. Not over bearing
  5. Not quick tempered
  6. Not given to drunkenness.
  7. Not pursuing dishonest gain.
  8. Hospitable.
    1. Loves what is good.

10. Self-controlled

11. Upright.

12. Holy

                  13. Disciplined

                 14. Hold firmly to the trustworthy                       

                       message as it has been taught.

                  15. Encourage others by sound   

                        doctrine and refute those who  

                         oppose it.

  1. 1 Timothy 3:8-13 – What are the qualifications for a Deacon?

1. Worthy of respect

2. Sincere.

3.  Not indulging in much wine.

.4. Not pursuing dishonest gain.

5.  Keep hold of the deep truths of faith

     with a clear conscience.

6.  First be tested.

7. The husband of one wife.

8.      Manage his children and his household well.


Bible Foundation for Church Leaders 2

Actually the third week – but lesson 2

Church Organization and Leaders from the BibleAnswers Week Two 

  1. Acts 14:23 – What are the three primary lessons for church leaders in this verse?
    1. Elders are ordained
    2. Every church is to have them
    3. Each church should have a plurality


  1. Titus 1:5 – A. Who is to set in order? B. What is setting in order?

A.     Primarily the pastor and elders – (context of complete study)

B.     Priorities of God for His church.

1. Glorify God

2. Share the “Good News.”

3. Equip, disciple, teach.

4. Decently and in order

5. In all things love.

6. Seek first the Kingdom.

7. Reprove, rebuke, exhort etc. etc. etc.



  1. Acts 20:17 – 35 – Different titles & emphasis, same function. What are the titles?

Vs. 1 – Elder – Prebyter, vs. 28 – Overseer – Bishop, vs. 28 – Shepherd – Pastor


  1. Acts: 6:2 – 6:6 – A. What are the qualifications for these men? B. What was their primary job?

A. Qualifications:

    1. Good reputation
    2. Full of the Holy Spirit
    3. Full of wisdom

B. Their Job:

            1. Serve (serve tables –help the widows)

            2. Relieve the Apostles so they could focus on prayer and the ministry of the Word.

Bible Foundation for Church Leaders 1

After the week of orientation and introduction this is week 1

Church Organization and Leaders from the BibleAnswers Week One 

  1. Why are these four values important to church leadership?
    1. Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteous ness
    2. All things love
    3. God is not the author of confusion
    4. Al things decently and in or
  1. List the ministries from Ephesians 4:11 and define each
    1. Apostle – get the church started
    2. Prophet – represent God to man
    3. Evangelist – share the Good News
    4. Pastor – feed the flock/teach
    5. Teacher – impart knowledge
  1. What do all the ministries of Ephesians 4:11 have in common?

·        Equip the saints for the work of ministry

  1. What was Paul’s primary message to the elders in Emphasis Acts 20:17 – 38?
    1. His dedication to the Lord’s work
    2. His message – repent from sin & turn to god – faith in Jesus
    3. Going to Jerusalem – jail & suffering await
    4. Life is to finish the Lord’s work for him

Telling others the Good News about the grace of God

    1. Will not see him again
    2. He has been faithful


    1. Constant example
    2. More blessed to give than to receive
    3.  All cried and he departed

Bible Foundation for Leaders

This is Orientation and Overview Outline. I pass out paper with just the questions and give them fifteen minutes to look up the answers in the Bible. The next week I review by passing out the answers.

 Church Organization &LeadersFrom the Bible 

 God is not the author of confusion 1 Corinthians 14:32 All things decently and in order 1 Corinthians 14:40 Five fold ministry gifts from Ephesians 4:11 = equip the saints for the work of ministry TITLES:·        Apostles·        Prophets from God to man vs. Priests from man to God. ·        Evangelists – bearer of the good news·        Pastors – shepherds·        Teachers – impart information Paul meeting with the elders at Emphasis Acts 20:17 -20:38 Ordain elders in every city Acts 14:23 Set things in order – Titus 1:5 Pastor – Shepherd Preacher – to expound, exhort, rebuke, remind, teach Minister – to serve Deacon – to serve First deacons Acts 6:2 – 6:6 Elder, Presbyter, Overseer, Bishop Feed the sheep – teach How about trustees? – Term derived by the State for representatives/liaisons between the church and the State. Choosing Matthias to take Judas place Acts 1:18 – 1:26 Jerusalem discussion about circumcision Acts15:6 ff  Shepherds feed with knowledge and understanding Jeremiah 3:15 Elders – kind of a man 1 Timothy 3:1-13 – Titus 1:5-9 Deacons – kind of a man 1 Timothy 3:8-13 (already read) This is a bear bones outline with the intent to make applications that are applicable to the local church. Ezekiel 34:1-19Prophesy against the shepherds 

 “The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock? You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock. You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals. My sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. They were scattered over the whole earth, and no one searched or looked for them.  “‘Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, because my flock lacks a shepherd and so has been plundered and has become food for all the wild animals, and because my shepherds did not search for my flock but cared for themselves rather than for my flock, therefore, O shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against the shepherds and will hold them accountable for my flock. I will remove them from tending the flock so that the shepherds can no longer feed themselves. I will rescue my flock from their mouths, and it will no longer be food for them.”

God Delegates Jobs

            God’s work is    t a s k   oriented.  He provides help, gifts and tools for every Christian and every job.  Each one’s needed, special and important.  Not a question of who’s most important on God’s team.  But a team working together.

  1.  The Father has a particular work.  He gave His Son.

  2.  The Son has a special work.  He gave His life.

  3.  The Holy Spirit has a special work.  He teaches comforts and convicts.

  4.  The angels have a special work.  They are messengers for God.

  5.  The prophets had a special work.  They represented God to man.

  6.  The priests had a special work.  They represented man to God.

  7.  The kings had a special work.  Rule the people.

  8.  The apostles had a special work.  Get the church started.

  9.  The preacher has a special work.  Preach the Word.

10.  The elders have a special work.  Feed the flock.  (Teach)

11.  The deacons (or ministry leaders) have a special work.  Help the preachers, elders,  teachers and staff.

12.  The evangelists have a special work.  Preach and teach the Good News.

13.  The teachers have a special work.  Teach the Word.

14.  Men have a special work.  Lead in the home.

15.  Women have a special work.  Older women teach the younger women.

16.  Every Christian has a special work, depending on their spiritual gift.                Feed means t e a c h In Jeremiah 3:15 God says that feeding is teaching.  “And I will give you pastors (Or elders.)  according to my heart, which shall  f e e d   y o u   w i t  h   k n o w l e d g e   a n d

u n d e r s t a n d I n g

In Acts 20:28 Paul say to the Ephesian elders, “feed the church of God,”  Jesus repeated three times to Peter, “Feed my sheep.”

Ezekiel 34 God instructs the shepherds to feed my sheep.

  Different titles & emphasis – same function Acts 20:17-35 gives three different titles referring to the same function: Elders, Overseers and shepherds 

  1. Presbyter – the Greek word for elder.  This refers to the age, or more importantly, the spiritual maturity of the man.  No exact age is given in the Bible.  The emphasis is a mature Christian, familiar with the Word of God.
  2. Bishop – has the same meaning as overseer.  Meaning a kind of superintendent.  Aware of spiritual strengths and weaknesses.  Strengths that are spiritual gifts to be used in building up the body of Christ and weaknesses that are spiritual needs, met through the teaching of Scripture.
  3. Shepherd and pastor have the same meaning.  The emphasis is to feed/teach, protect and lead the flock, the church.



Encouragement to Preachers

I just got off the phone with a preacher that was considering having a Church Encouragement Services Seminar. I met him at the North American Christian Convention in Kansas City.  He told me that he just resigned. He doesn’t know if God still wants him in the ministry. He believed that the CES Seminar was just what his church needed. He is so discouraged. I believe that we could have been a big help.

The problem with so many churches is that they don’t think they need any OUTSIDE help, and it’s hard to convince them any different. Hey, if churches can bring new life without any “outside” help, I think it’s wonderful and great.

But the problem is too many churches don’t know what to do to fix it and they just get more and more discouraged.

I’m trying my best to let churches know there is help and there is hope and the promise of new life. Help me get the word out. Let churches know about Church Encourgement Services.  Join me in this prayer. Dear Heavenly Father, Please put the help we offer and the churches that need it, together. And we also pray for discouraged preachers and their wives. In Jesus name. Amen

Together, seeking to bear much fruit for our Master, Larry