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The Leadership of

the Church

On-Line Correspondence Course #10: A Study in Church Organization. Be sure to visit our series of articles on Church Organization and the Bible Authority.

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Please use your Bible to look up the following verses and answer the related questions. You can click on the verses to visit an off-site resource that provides the scripture. Questions without verses should be based on your opinion and common understanding.

Man's Need for Leadership

  1. Do we need leadership in the church today? Why?
  2. From where do human overseers gain their authority?
  3. Should we follow just anyone who is willing to lead?
    YES  NO 
  4. Where should we look for leadership?

God the Father

  1. Who is the head over all? (Romans 13:1-2; Isaiah 40:10-14)
  2. Who has ordained all other authorities? (Romans 13:1-2)
  3. On the Mount of Transfiguration, whom did God tell the disciples to hear? (Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7)

Jesus Christ

  1. To whom has God given all authority? (I Peter 3:22; Matthew 28:18)
  2. Did Christ still subject Himself to the will of the Father? (Matthew 26:39; I Corinthians 15:27-28)
    YES  NO 
  3. Who is the head of the church today? (Ephesians 1:22; Ephesians 5:23; Philippians 2:9-11)

Holy Spirit

  1. Whom did Christ send to guide the Apostles? (John 16:13-14; Acts 1:8)
  2. What is the work of the Holy Spirit? (I Corinthian 2:9-13)
  3. Over whom did the Holy Spirit have authority? (Acts 13:2-4, 16:6-7)
  4. To whom did Jesus promise the gift of the Holy Spirit? (John 16:13-14; Acts 1:8)

Apostles and Prophets

  1. Who had the power to give the gift of the Holy Spirit? (Acts 8:14-18)
  2. Who gave the apostles their authority? (Luke 9:1; Matthew 16:19; I Corinthians 2:4)
  3. From where did the prophets get their power? (II Peter 1:21; Matthew 23:34)
  4. What was the purpose of prophets? (I Corinthians 14:3)
  5. Do we still have prophets living today? (I Corinthians 13:8)
    YES  NO 
  6. How important are the apostles and prophets to the church? (Ephesians 2:19-20)


  1. What other designations are used in the Bible that are synonymous with "elder"? (I Timothy 3:2; Acts 20:17; Acts 20:28)
  2. What are the qualifications of elders? (I Timothy 3:2-7; Titus 1:5-9)
  3. What are the duties of elders? (I Peter 5:2; Acts 20:28; I Timothy 5:17)
  4. What is the limit, or extent of elders' authority? (I Peter 5:2-3)


  1. What are the qualifications of deacons? (I Timothy 3:8-13)
  2. How are the duties of deacons different than that of elders? (Acts 6:2-3; Hebrews 13:17)

Distinctions Between Men and Women in Leadership

  1. Can women meet the qualifications for the offices of elders or deacons? (I Timothy 3:2-13)
    YES  NO 
  2. Can women teach other men, or speak to a general assembly as an evangelist, preacher, or minister? (I Timothy 2:11-12; I Corinthians 14:34-35)
    YES  NO 
  3. What are women to do for the church? (Titus 2:3-5; I Timothy 2:9-15, 5:9-14)
  4. Since men and women have different God-given roles and works, does that make either inferior or less valuable? (Galatians 3:28; Matthew 22:23-30)
    YES  NO 

Our Current Leadership

  1. Can we justly create and add offices to the organization not mentioned in the Bible?
    YES  NO 
  2. If the elders or other leadership command us to disobey God, what should we do? (Acts 5:29)
  3. How does God through Jesus lead us today?
  4. Does submission imply inferiority? (Philippians 2:5-11)
    YES  NO 


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