Acts 14:23 (NIV)
Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust. Acts 14:23 (NIV)
Scripture places spiritual and temporal responsibility on the elders of each congregation of the Lord's body. Each congregation has an autonomous existence. Scripture gives authority to an elder only within the congregation he serves. The elders are chosen by the congregation from among its own membership.
Our elders are David Dillard and Dave Spradlin, both appointed December 10, 2000, and Cleve Beller, appointed February 25, 2001.
"Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word." This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. Acts 6:3-5 (NIV)
Using the example from Acts 6, the congregation appoints deacons from among its own membership to assist the elders in various responsibilities. Our deacons and their appointment years are Tom Liebrand (2000); Howard Cornish, Rob Nunley, Ken Roberts (all 2001); and Greg Presbury (2015).