Jesus is Head of Second Mile
The Bible describes Jesus as the head and the church as the body. We believe that means Jesus is in charge of not only the worldwide church, but of Second Mile specifically. We love Jesus, worship Jesus, and follow Jesus as he leads us to be the body of believers that he would have us be. All of the leaders who love and serve Second Mile do so under the authority of Jesus as head of this church.
Elders are men who respond to God’s call to be the spiritual leaders of their church. They must meet the qualifications for elders found in the Bible. These men teach the church, know theology, shepherd members, pray for the church, develop other leaders, cast vision, make community decisions, carry out church discipline, and take responsibility for the overall direction of the church as a spiritual community.
Elder requirements do not focus on official theological training, age, career accomplishments, or any other human characteristic. Instead, the requirements God lays out for his church leaders center on their walk with God, leadership at home, and integrity of character.
Second Mile began with a single founding elder and has grown into functioning with a group of men leading as a team. This reflects the plurality of elders referred to in the Bible: worthy men leading their church out of shared responsibility and love for Second Mile.
The Bible uses the word diakonoi, or “servants,” to refer to people in the church who are recognized as helpers to the elders. While everyone in the church is called to serve others, deacons are faithful, consistent, mature church members serving in roles to which the elders have appointed them.
Paul wrote about the qualities of deacons to Timothy. These qualifications are almost the same as those for elders. Deacons do not need to demonstrate the ability to preach and teach, but God still holds these appointed servants to high standards, as they are leaders and examples within his church.
The Biblical use of the term “servant” gives freedom and flexibility to the elders in appointing deacons. Deacons can serve the elders and the church in whatever way may be needed for the elders to stay focused on their role as spiritual leaders and for the church to grow as a vibrant, missional, gospel-centered community of believers.