Ministers (or evangelists) have the responsibility to “preach the word” (II Tim. 4:2). The first ministers were the apostles and were commissioned to “go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” (Mark 16:15). A congregation may have one minister, or it may have several. Thomas Fender, minister/elder, church of Christ,
Elders: Luke tells us that Paul and Barnabas “appointed elders in every Church” (Acts 14:23). The elders were also known as bishops, overseers, pastors and shepherds, which provide some indication of the different aspects of the work of the one office. In essence, they are in charge of the spiritual welfare of the local congregation.
Deacons: The appointment of the first deacons can be found in Acts 6, and from the first 6 verses of that chapter, we see that the work of these men was to look after the temporal welfare of the local congregation, under the elders. Their qualifications can be found in I Tim. 3:8-13. Our Deacons