The New Testament gives us a pattern to follow concerning church leadership, and we here at Calhoun strive to abide by it. The Bible teaches that Jesus holds all authority over the universal church (Matthew 28:18; Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:23), and has delegated authority concerning how to expedite His will in each local congregation to men whom the New Testament refers to as shepherds or pastors — poimen, overseers or bishops — episkopos, and elders or presbyters — presbuteros (Acts 20:17, 28; 1 Peter 5:1-4). These men are required by God to shepherd, care for, and spiritually feed the flock of God which is His church, exercising oversight over the local congregation among them (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:2-3; 1 Thessalonians 5:12; Hebrews 13:15), are required to always faithfully meet certain qualifications described in Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus:
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 must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for 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
This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained in order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you — if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.
We are blessed to have Bill Smith and Duvan Brock as our shepherds here at Calhoun.