Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.” I Timothy 5:17
Churches of Christ recognize Christ as the only head of his church (Ephesians 1: 22, 23). Their headquarters is in heaven where He is.
On earth, churches of Christ, according to the New Testament pattern, are organized locally in congregations (Romans 16: 16). Each local congregation is under the oversight of a specially qualified and appointed group of men called elders (Acts 14: 23; 20: 17). They are also identified in the New Testament by the terms bishops/overseers (Titus 1: 5 – 9), presbytery (1 Timothy 4: 14 KJV), shepherds and pastors (1 Peter 5: 1 – 4; Ephesians 4: 11).
The work of the elders is to shepherd the flock (congregation), watching for their souls (Hebrews 13; 17, guarding those under their charge from false teachers, feeding the flock spiritually, and overseeing the affairs of the congregation (Acts 20: 28 – 30; Titus 1: 9 – 11).
Certain ones in the local congregation have special assignments to teach and preach the word of God. Often these men are called ministers (1 Timothy 4: 6). They are also identified as evangelists (2 Timothy 2: 5). Because such a one preaches the Word of God publicly, he may be called a preacher (2 Timothy 4: 2; Romans 10: 14). Such proclaimers must exhibit the character of Christ and be an example to those whom he would instruct in God’s way ( 1 Timothy 4: 12; 2 Timothy 2: 22 – 26).
Tim West preaches regularly for the North Brandon church and teaches adult Bible classes year round.