BRAVE Church is committed to the Bible’s teaching that men who hold the offices of Elder and Deacon are to oversee various functions of the local church.The Bible’s teaching on the subject of two church offices is found in 1 Timothy 3:1-16 and Titus 1:5-9. Although there are three terms used for the offices of the church (i.e. bishop, elder and deacon), analysis of these terms indicates that bishop and elder are used interchangeably.
According to Scripture, Elders “serve by leading” and they are responsible for the spiritual oversight of the church family. All Elders are equal in authority but not necessarily equal in influence.
Deacons “lead by serving” (Acts 6). The qualifications for Elders and Deacons are the same regarding an individual’s character, but they differ in gifting. The elders are to be “able to teach” while the deacons are to be “able and proved as servants”.
Both the Elders and Deacons are deeply committed to prayer. Every meeting begins with a significant time spent in prayer. It is essential and a non-negotiable. Elders meetings are held twice a month. Deacons meet necessary according to the needs of the church family.