What are Elders?

Legacy Church is an elder-led church. So what are elders and how do they lead?

 

Simply put, elders are pastor-shepherds of the church family. 1 Peter 5:2-4 instructs elders to "Shepherd the flock of God among you," along with specific descriptors. This metaphorical imagery portrays leaders who pastor a church with a shepherding mindset, which primarily includes leading, feeding, caring, and protecting. The elders are the servants of the church body who stand accountable before the Chief Shepherd - Jesus Christ - in their faithful stewardship of God's flock.

All of our elders must demonstrate a lifestyle that upholds the biblical qualifications of an elder (1 Timothy 3:1-7 & Titus 1:5-9). All elders have been involved with Legacy for at least two years in discipleship/leadership capacities, such as leading a Group. To become elders, they went through a 12-month training and prayer process that included studying three topics: (1) every Scripture on church leadership, (2) ecclesial philosophy of ministry, and (3) case studies on contemporary benefits and challenges in elder-led churches. After 12 months of training and prayer, the elder trainees were brought before the church for public examination, affirmation, and commissioning in ministry. More elders are trained every year as the church grows and ministry needs expand.

As a church, we always want to cultivate accessibility and transparency. If you call Legacy your home church and would like to meet with one of the elders for any reason, please talk with us on Sundays or contact us at info@visitlegacy.org to arrange a meeting.