We are a church who gathers to worship together, but also who is sent through all the world. Our leadership isn't the church; they exist to serve and equip the church, to help our members, and regular attenders proclaim Jesus throughout their daily lives.
Jesus is the head of our church, which means he has authority over it and he governs it. He is the one who guides and directs us and he is the one who we strive to obey. This means that all of us, including our staff, submit to the authority of Scripture, which testifies to who Jesus is and how he wants us to live.
ERPC believes that we are better together. Our staff has a blast serving Jesus, His people, and each other. Let us know how we can help you grow in your relationship with Jesus, develop your gifts, and grow as a servant leader in your life.
The Bible sets up “elders” who serve the church by overseeing it, by managing it, and by directing it. They are responsible for discerning God’s vision and heart for the church and ensuring that we are obedient to it.
Jesus calls qualified men and women to lead His church as elders, whom we also call pastors. Qualifications for eldership are found in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1, and include leading their families well, a record of serving Jesus well both in the church and in everyday life, a thorough knowledge of the Bible and a mature Christian walk, and a good reputation both in and out of the church.
The primary duties of elders include praying and studying Scripture, leading the vision of the church, caring for the people of the church, teaching, living lives that are exemplary, protecting the people of the church from false doctrine and teachers, developing other leaders, and to model and imitate the sacrificial love of Jesus.
Deacons are those who are called to lead the church through practical service, organizing ministries, and caring for the members of the church. In the Bible, they were originally selected to ensure that widows and the needy were not overlooked.
Jesus calls qualified men and women to lead his church as deacons, a word that is literally translated as “servants.” The office of deacon is first mentioned in Acts 6. As the burden of ministry grew for the early church, elders, in addition to prayer, study, leading, and teaching, were also taking on large workloads to serve the needy in the church. Qualifications for deacons are found in 1 Timothy 3:8-16 and include integrity, generosity, soberness, a clear understanding of the Bible, a well-ordered home, and a good reputation both in the church and outside the church.