Five Sundays ago, we began a 10-part teaching series through the Core Values of Redemption Church. Last Sunday, we looked at the subject of the priority of the local church, whereas this coming Sunday, we will be looking more closely at the aspect of leadership within the church. When we look to Scripture, we see that God has ordained two main offices of leadership within the local church to declare and defend the truth of His Word, which are elders and deacons. An elder is a God-appointed spiritual leader who is called to protect, feed, lead, and care for the flock of God. A deacon is a God-appointed spiritual leader who has been called to oversee the practical & welfare needs within the local church. Both of these offices of church leadership require that men are Biblically qualified, as they work together to best serve members within the church.