Although there are different levels of authority in the church, we are all called to share the gospel, disciple others, worship God, and serve others. We believe that every regenerated believer, that is, every person who has received the saving benefits of Christ’s work on the cross, is a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. 2 Cor 5:17-20.
It is not the Overseers job alone to proclaim the gospel and lead people to Jesus, but all believers in all of life. It is not the Deacons job alone to serve, but all believers in all of life. We are all called to be ministers of the same reconciliation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In the Church:
Jesus is the ultimate authority.
Overseers are the entrusted leaders.
Deacons are the appointed servants.
Members are the covenant body.
Ministers are all regenerated believers.
The church, purchased by Jesus, empowered by the Spirit, reconciled to the Father, work together as ministers of the same reconciliation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21