Jesus leads his church!
We acknowledge that the church belongs to Jesus. Jesus is the apostle who starts churches (Hebrews 3:1), he is the chief shepherd who leads his church (1 Peter 5:4), he is the head of his church (Colossians 1:18; 2:10, 19), he grows and builds his church (Matthew 16:18).
Jesus calls and equips qualified men to lead his church as elders. Qualifications for eldership are found in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1, and includes leading their families well, a record of serving Jesus well both in the church and in everyday life, a thorough knowledge of the Bible, a mature Christian walk, and a good reputation both in and out of the church.
The primary duties of elders include praying and studying Scripture, leading the vision of the church, caring for the people of the church, teaching, living lives that are exemplary, protecting the church from false teachers and doctrine and developing other leaders.