Elders, sometimes called overseers, serve as spiritual guardians and guides for the church. They evaluate the effectiveness and direction of the church, pray for the sick, provide examples to the church and oversee church discipline. For all practical purposes, elders have the final say in matters concerning the spiritual direction of the church.

The New Testament is clear concerning the qualifications of an elder:

"The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil."
1 Timothy 3:1-7 (ESV)

“... if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. 7 For an overseer, as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, 8 but hospitable, a lover of good, self- controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. 9 He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it." 
Titus 1:6-9 (ESV)


Deacons are the servant-ministers of the church. Their purpose is to help serve the congregation through Ministry Teams and other opportunities and to relieve the Elders of the multitude of practical duties of caring for the flock. Deacons have the honor of modeling, for the local church and the lost world, Godʼs compassion, kindness, mercy, and love. As the church compassionately cares for peopleʼs needs, the world sees a visible display of Christʼs love, which will draw some people to the Savior. Deacons are to be an example of commitment, unity, and harmony in their service.

The Deacons are to effectively and carefully minister to the pastoral needs of the entire membership. They should be servants in every area of ministry but should give special attention to meeting the bereavement and benevolent needs of church. They help the poor, the jobless, the sick, the widowed, the elderly, the homeless, the shut-in, and the disabled. They comfort, protect, and encourage people who are in need. They give leadership to the collection and distribution of Benevolent funds given by the membership. They also minister to the membership through the preparation and the serving of the Lordʼs Supper.

Deacons must be members in good standing of The Orchard Fellowship and possess the qualifications stated in I Timothy 3:8-13. These qualifications are listed below:

“Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.”
1 Timothy 3:8-13 (ESV)