The Grand Junction Church of Christ is governed by a plurality of elders. We believe this aligns with the New Testament instructions regarding church leadership – that the church be led by a plurality of qualified leaders. The Bible instructs the elders to oversee the church and care for the people spiritually. The elders are accountable for the overall health and effectiveness of the church. Ultimately, Jesus Christ is the head of the church, so the elders’ role is to seek His direction in overseeing, guiding and caring for the church.
The qualifications for eldership are laid out in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. Grand Junction Church of Christ elders have served in this community for enough time for these character qualities to be observed and confirmed by many, and we have a very thorough process for elder selection.
An “elder-led” church is different than some other forms of church government. We are not a senior pastor-led church, meaning that we are not led by one person, but by a several qualified men. We are also not a congregationally-led church, which is why we do not have business meetings during which the congregation votes on directional issues. Certainly, the elders seek out input from a variety of people, especially our church’s leadership team, but the elders have the authority to make overall directional decisions for the church.
Serving as an elder has some similarities with a typical organization’s “board of directors,” but in many ways it is very dissimilar. The role is a practical one but even more so a spiritual one. Our elders serve as shepherds of our church, who seek to love and care for the rest of the church body. They serve as an example to the church and also teach and mentor others in the faith. Ultimately they understand that the true leader of the church is Jesus Himself, the “head of the church.” (I Peter 5:1-4; Eph 1:22; Col1:18). Because of this, seeking his direction in prayer is a very significant part of the elder function.
The advantages to being an elder-led church are many. Accountability is provided within the team format. Also, leadership is given through men with a variety of spiritual gifts and decisions are made through the wisdom of multiple godly people. An elder-led church also escapes the political environment that often happens in a congregationally-ruled church, where churches are often split by voting blocks and church politics. Additionally, the elders are able to make decisions in a timely manner to ensure the ongoing health and effectiveness of the church.
Our Elders and their wives are:
- Jerry and Brenda Austin
- Tony and Nancy Clayton
- Bryan and Sherry Crowe
- Tom and Kathy Deister
- Curtis and Keri Fleming
- Dave and Glenda Scheuerman
- Rick and Jill Wilkins