Biblical Church Government – Part 1

II.   The Special Ministry of Preachers and Elders and Deacons

To assist all Christians to execute their general church ministry, Jesus Christ our great Prophet-Priest-King has also given His Church several special ministries.   Here we may distinguish the Ministry of the Word (with its prophetic Preachers who declare God's revelation to His people and equip them for their various tasks); the Ministry of Mercy (with its priestly Deacons who demonstrate compassion to people by rendering them material aid); and also the Ministry of Government (with its kingly Elders who lovingly guide and protect God's people from the attacks of Satan).