Elders and deacons

We take our authority for all offices within the church from the Bible, and in particular the book of Acts.

In Acts, Chaper 6, when the Christian church was increasing in numbers, discontent arose over practical problems.

In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables.  Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”  (Acts 6:1-4 NIV)

Elders fulfil the role of 'overseers' of the fellowship. Under the authority of Jesus Christ, they are responsible for the spiritual welfare and growth of the fellowship. They are responsible for teaching and discipling the members, for enouraging to identify and use their talents and gifts, and for attending to their spiritual well-being.

As numbers increased at Abbey Chapel we recognised the wisdom of sharing the responsibilities of the church and appointed Deacons to work alongside the Elders.

Deacons take responsibility for the more practical concerns of the fellowship including practical support to members, organisational and administrative matters and the fabric of the building.

Abbey Chapel Elders & Deacons