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The New Testament talks about two leadership ‘offices’ in the church: elder (or overseer) and deacon. In 2022, we’d like to add to the eldership team and appoint deacons for the first time. Here, you’ll find resources to help you understand what these offices are, and how we see them functioning in Grace Church.


Two talks on the subject of eldership by Andrew Sampson from May 2021, based on 1 Peter 5:1-4.


Two talks by Andrew Sampson and John Peel from November 2021, plus a paper written by the Grace Church elders which covers the following: (i) how we understand the biblical passages on deacons, (ii) how deacons relate to elders, (iii) the steps that we'd like to take at Grace Church. There are two versions of the paper: an abridged (shorter) version, and a full-length version which includes extra detail on church governance and how to interpret 1 Timothy 3:11.

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