The Work of Elders & Deacons
The church submits itself to Christ as the head (Ephesians 5:22-24), and part of it's submission to Christ is by submitting to the leadership of a local church. As we read in 1 Timothy 3:1-7, the office of overseer (also referred to as an elder, shepherd, & bishop) is a "noble task" or "good work." In order for any organized group to run efficiently, there needs to be a physical presence of leadership. Leadership is critical for the effective work of a local church, and the elders' work is dedicated to the spiritual needs of the local congregation. We're blessed with three elders serving here at Beaver Dam.
Similarly, in Acts 6:1-7 we read of a situation where the apostles had a need to appoint men to serve the physical needs of the congregation. In addition to this example, there are qualifications given in 1 Timothy 3:8-13 for men referred to as "deacons." While we all can and should serve, we also recognize the necessity and blessing of having specific men appointed to focus and take the lead in caring for the church's physical needs. We're blessed to have four deacons serving here at Beaver Dam.
Charles Patton, Billy Barnwell, & Danny Southard
Jimi Harris, Seth Southard, Josh Coppage, & Kyle Abney