At Surfside Presbyterian Church, there are basically four leadership categories in our church. The supreme category of King and Savior is held by Jesus Christ our Lord. Under his rule, we have two ordained leadership teams and one non-ordained leadership team:
The Authority of Christ – In keeping with Biblical church government, we are led by the Lord Jesus Christ, who is our supreme King and Savior. Colossians I:15-20 says, (King Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”
Jesus is the only Mediator, Priest, Prophet, King, Savior, and Head of the Church. In these offices, he stands exclusive and supreme. He is also the church’s ultimate Apostle, Teacher, Pastor, Minister, Bishop and Lawgiver. From His throne of glory he rules and teaches the Church through His Word and Spirit by the ministry of Christian leaders who are called to various offices and teams.
The Session (Ordained) – This group is made up of those who have been called to the office of Elder. In keeping with Presbyterian church government, we are led by a group of elected, representative, and ordained elders who are collectively referred to as “The Session.” The session is made up of Teaching Elders (or pastors) and Ruling Elders. The Session gives oversight to the spiritual welfare of the congregation (1 Peter 5:2). They are called and equipped to teach God’s Word (2 Tim 3:16). Through prayer and relationships, they attend to the spiritual development of the congregation (2 Cor. 1:10, 11) and the steward the direction of the church’s particular ministries and mission in our community and in the world.
The Diaconate (Ordained) – This group is made up of those who have been called to the office of Deacon. In keeping with Presbyterian church government, we are served by a group of elected, representative, and ordained deacons who are collectively called “The Diaconate”. The Diaconate gives oversight to the physical needs of the congregation and our facilities. Their first order of business is to provide sympathy and service for those in need – in our church and in our community. (Acts 6:1-4; 1 Cor. 16:15).
The Church Staff (Non-Ordained) – Working under the leadership of our Pastors, this group is made up of individuals who have been called to serve in specific ministry areas of our church. The staff are generally paid employees of the church.