Who leads the church?

Ultimately, Jesus is the one who leads, shepherds, and builds his church (Matt. 16:18, Heb. 13:20, 1 Peter 5:4). But in each local church, Jesus has placed elders to love, lead, and care for his church under his leadership. So what is an elder? An elder is a biblically-qualified, Spirit-called man, who fulfills the character requirements of 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1, and is committed to loving, serving and leading the people of the church for their good and for God’s glory (1 Peter 5:2-3).

Other terms

In the New Testament, there are three terms that are used interchangeably for the office of elder: elder, overseer, and pastor or shepherd (see Titus 1:5-9, Acts 20:28,1 Peter 2:25, 1 Peter 5:1-3). These terms do not describe three different offices of leadership but rather three aspects of one office of leadership—they are descriptive of the type of work that an elder must do in leading the church.

At Sound City, we use the terms “elder,” “pastor,” and “overseer” interchangeably.

Plurality

Additionally, the church is to be led by a group of qualified elders. This is a consistent pattern that we see throughout the entire New Testament (see Titus 1:5, James 5:14, or Acts 14:23 for example). In fact, every time the word “elder” is used in the New Testament, it is used in the plural (with the exception of times that John or Peter referred to themselves as an elder). Following the pattern of the New Testament means that Sound City Bible Church is to be led by a true plurality of godly elders. We see much safety and wisdom in this approach. As Proverbs 11:14 states, “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.”

 

Elder team

Aaron Gray Preaching

Aaron Gray
Preaching

Doug Freyberg Community

Doug Freyberg
Community

Jamin Barker Marriage

Jamin Barker
Marriage

Shane Patrick Care & Counseling

Shane Patrick
Care & Counseling

 

Financial Accountability Team

The Financial Accountability Team is a group of non-paid members of the church who come alongside the Elder Team to assist in matters of budgeting, staff compensation, and other financial considerations of the church. These men and women meet the character qualifications of a deacon found in 1 Timothy 3:8-13.

Alejandro Alvarez | Deacon


Alejandro Alvarez | Deacon

Matt Smith


Matt Smith

Dale Kaemingk | Deacon Treasurer


Dale Kaemingk | Deacon
Treasurer

 
 
 

Staff

Karla Stroeing Office Admin & Finance (part-time)

Karla Stroeing
Office Admin & Finance (part-time)

Kyle Hackett | Deacon Students & Kids Ministry

Kyle Hackett | Deacon
Students & Kids Ministry

Michael Eller | Deacon Sunday Operations

Michael Eller | Deacon
Sunday Operations

Myeong Hong | Deacon Connect & Community

Myeong Hong | Deacon
Connect & Community

Pete Wilson Music & Production (part-time)

Pete Wilson
Music & Production (part-time)

Samantha Eller Kid's Ministry Admin (part-time)

Samantha Eller
Kid's Ministry Admin (part-time)


Deacons

The word “deacon” comes from the Greek word, diakonos, which means “servant.” Deaconship is an official office of church leadership, and deacons serve in a variety of ways. We see most clearly in the New Testament a pattern where deacons assist the elders with various practical matters of the church so that the elders can devote themselves to prayer and the teaching of Scripture (Acts 6:1-7).  The men and women who occupy this position of leadership must meet the character requirements of 1 Timothy 3:8-13.

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  • Alejandro Alvarez | Financial Accountability Team
  • Michael Eller | Church Operations (staff)
  • Brittany Hackett | Younger Students Ministry
  • Kyle Hackett | Students and Kids Ministry (staff)
  • Myeong Hong | Connect and Community (staff)
  • Dale Kaemingk | Financial Accountability Team
  • Jim Lagucik | Community Groups and Kids Ministry
  • Shelly Lagucik | Community Groups and Kids Ministry
  • Stephanie Patrick | Identity Groups and Kids Ministry