W hen Heart of the Father Ministry was planted in 2010, one of our foundational beliefs was that a plurality of elders should lead and govern our body of believers, not one set man. Each one of our elders at Heart of the Father Ministry functions according to the grace God has given him including a weekly preaching rotation, counseling appointments, discipleship, and caring for the flock. The eldership team meets weekly to pray together, fast as needed, and build deep love and relationship with one another. Together, they govern the vision and finances of the community.
The New Testament presents a united teaching on the subject of biblical eldership. In his book, Systematic Theology, Bible scholar Wayne Grudem says, “No passage in the New Testament suggests that any church, no matter how small, had only one senior leader. The consistent New Testament pattern is a plurality of elders in every church (Acts 14:23) and in every town (Titus 1:5). We do not see a diversity of forms of government in the New Testament church, but a unified and consistent pattern in which every church had elders governing it and keeping watch over it (Acts 20:28; Heb 13:17; 1 Peter 5:2-23).”