One of the images the bible uses for the church is that of a human body which is made up of different parts each with it's own unique contribution to the whole. Although we do not like using titles, we have found it helpful to describe the different leadership roles and responsibilities various people have in our faith community
This group has a legal responsibility for the overall management and decision making of the charity and is focussed on the performance and direction of the charity. Legally, this group is ultimately responsible for the work of the charity, to ensure it is meeting it's objectives, and that it is able to sustain it's work.
We see the primary role of the elders as being committed to leading, developing and caring for members of the church community, teaching them to obey the Word of God, and encouraging them to live and lead like Jesus in every area of their lives
We see the primary role of deacons to support the elders by carrying responsibility for various 'service' areas in the day to day life of the church community. This may include making decisions with the elders, maintaining organisational structures for the proper functioning of our faith community and communicating who we are in the communities we are connected to
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with christ. For in one spirit we were all baptized into one body—jews or greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many.
— 1 Corinthians 12:12-14