A bishop (a.k.a. elder, shepherd, pastor, overseer)then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.” I Timothy 3:2-7
“For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you— if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination. For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.” Titus 1:5-9
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
Our elders serve in the capacity of shepherds and overseers of the flock (the local church congregation). Christ is the head of the church. There is no human head of the church. At every local congregation, qualified men are to be appointed as elders. (Titus 1:5). North Brandon is under the oversight of three elders:
Our minister (preacher or evangelist) preaches the gospel. Since the Bible does not attach special titles or names to preachers, our minister is not referred to as “Reverend” (God is Reverend – Psalm 111:9), “Father” (God is Father – Matthew 23:9), “Pastor” (pastor means shepherd, which applies to elders) or “Bishop” (a bishop is also an elder – Philippians 1:1).