The Elders are, according to biblical teaching, the leaders of the church. In the Bible they are also called pastors, bishops, and overseers (Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:11; 1 Peter 5:2). The elders are chosen for their ministry according to clear biblical requirements (1 Timothy 2:11-3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9). The elders are always spoken of in plurality because God intends for more than one person to lead and rule over the church as a safeguard for both the church and the leaders. The elders' duties include ruling (1 Timothy 5:17), managing (1 Timothy 3:4-5), tending (1 Peter 5:2-5), giving account (Hebrews 13:17), living exemplary lives (Hebrews 13:7), using authority (Acts 20:28), teaching (Ephesians 4:11, 1 Timothy 3:2), preaching (1 Timothy 5:17), doctrinal instruction (Titus 1:9), and discipline (Matthew 18:15-17).
Revolution is an Elder governed Church, not a Congregational or Partner governed Church. Scripture does not call for the church to be run by the partners in a democratic fashion but clearly teaches that the Elders are the directors, managers and overseers of the Church (1 Timothy 3:1-7, 5:17; Titus 1:7-9; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13; Acts 20:17-38). When the time for making important decisions, which impact our church community arises, the elders seek the input of the members. It is the desire of the elders to be as open as possible with the partners of the Church, and to seek their input as needed in order to make decisions that reflect the conscience, first of God and second of the partnership of the body. It is the hope and prayer of the elders that we will lead Revolution in humility and with the full intention to serve the Will of God. We are open to and invite you to engage us in brotherly and sisterly discussion. We are always prepared to listen and respond to any criticism and advice, as long as it is done so in love. And we would appreciate your prayers for wisdom and discernment to lead Revolution in a manner that is holy and blameless.