In the New Testament, men known as elders oversaw congregations of God’s people. According to the Bible (Acts 14:23, Phi. 1:1; Tit. 1:5), the orderly arrangement and superintendence of the church entailed the ordaining of qualified men to a duly appointed eldership. The elders were known as bishops, pastors, presbyters, overseers, and shepherds. These six English terms are used interchangeably and all of their corresponding Greek terms are found in Acts 20:17, 28 and 1 Peter 5:1-2. Each individual member of this office is to be qualified for this work by the criteria identified in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. We commend the following qualified men to you as pastors, bishops, elders/overseers, presbyters, and shepherds of the flock at the Sunset church of Christ.
While all Christians are to be servants, deacons are obviously men appointed to a particular role of service within the congregation as the helpers of the Eldership. Their work and responsibilities are vital to the growth and work of the church. The term which is translated “deacon” is from a Greek word which means “servant.” It is defined as “one who executes the commands of another. . . a servant, attendant, or minister” (Thayer). The specific “office of a deacon” is identified in 1 Timothy 3:10-13. An outline of qualifications is given to instruct the church about the type of men needed (Acts 6:3; 1 Tim. 3:8-10). At the Sunset church of Christ we are blessed with nine great deacons who love to serve the Lord.