The church is led by elders and deacons, who are formally recognised by the whole church, and numerous others with specific responsibilities, delegated to them by the elders and deacons.
Elders (or pastors) are responsible for the spiritual direction and leadership of the church, including the preaching and teaching ministry, pastoral care of individuals, organisation and pattern of church life, and overall strategy. We believe they are gifted and equipped by God, but must be recognised and set apart by the church membership. Their authority is from Christ, the Head of the church, and therefore always subject to the principles of Scripture, and requires the consent of the membership if it is to be effective.
Deacons are set apart, under the authority of the elders, to be responsible for handling the practical aspects of church life, such as the premises and equipment we use, finances, paperwork, transport and the practical needs of the congregation. They too have an authority in their areas of responsibility, which also requires acknowledgement by the membership if they are to function effectively.