Leadership in the church the way that Jesus described it was really servanthood. Our leaders, in accordance with the Bible, have been appointed from among the more spiritually mature men of the church. Our servant-leaders are family men with the experiences of life and wisdom from the Scriptures that make an effective combination for ministry. We're really proud of our servant leaders and we would like you to get to know them better.
"The saying is trustworthy: if anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He much manage his own household well, with all diginity keeping his children submissive, for ig someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care of God's church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil" -- 1 Timothy 3:1-7 (ESV)
The office of an elder (shepherd, bishop, overseer, etc.) as described by the Bible as one of carring for the church's spiritual welfare (see Acts 20:28-35 in its larger context of Paul's speech to the elders of Ephesus). It is critical position of service and responsiblity in the church and therfore God has give some serious qualifitcations found in both 1 Timothy 3:1ff and Titus 1:5ff.
"Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued. not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. Let decons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their households well. For those who servce well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith is in Christ Jesus." -- 1 Timothy 3:8-13 (ESV)
In the early church (Acts 6) it was quickly recongnized that the church needed special servants to attend to the needs of its members. Deacons, according to their Biblical calling, take leadership in making sure that the "nuts and bolts" of the congregation are being covered. Some will, for example, take care of the church's buidling, others will take care of the needy, still others will be church treasurers, etc. Our deacons are hardworking and dedicated.
The following men have been selected by the congregation to serve as deacons:
Family Life Ministry
Building and Grounds
Finance and Benevolence
The job of a preacher or evangelist is sometimes referred to in the New Testament as the ministry of the word. Although people frequently refer to the preacher of a church as the pastor, the New Testament uses the term "pastor" for the office variously call "sherperd," "elder," "bishop," "overseer," or "presbyter" (see Acts 20). What the preacher does, however is preach the word of God to the church as well as to the world around him; soemtimes he is referred to as an evangelist, a person who tells the "good news" (the gospel) to others.
Our preacher, Park Linscomb, has been working for the church in Manchester for 33 years. He graduatated from Lubbock Christian University in 1974 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Bible (minor in Biblical Languages) and received a Master of Science in Human Services 10 years later (Counseling and Community Psychology) from what is now Southern New Hampshire University. His special area of ministry is preaching, teaching the Bible, Christian counseling, and evangelism. His special interests include biblical languages, biblical archaeology, and computers.
Preston grew up in Pinellas Park, Florida. Upon graduation he attended Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas majoring in History and Vocational Ministry. He also earned a masters in Historical Theology from Harding University Graduate School of Religion. His wife, Alana, grew up in Ballston Spa, NY and also graduated from Harding University majoring in Special Education. Preston has a wide array of interests from baseball, football, racquet sports, and hiking to drawing, painting, rock carving, cooking, and reading. Building upon their experience in youth ministry in Texas, Preston and Alana desire to help the youth in the Manchester region transform their lives closer to the example of Jesus.
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