The church as a whole is in great need of leaders and unity.
Biblically, a leader is someone who would be considered mature in the faith. They have been faithful in fellowship, have a good understanding of the Word of God and display the fruit of the Spirit in their lives. According to scripture they are “no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine” In addition, their knowledge does not puff them up but they are able to “speak the truth in love”.
They are good examples to those younger in the faith and display a pattern of “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness and faith”. Godly leadership is therefore seen as stability of godly character and a focus on doing good to all men, especially those of the household of God through the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Unity is essential to the church and the enemy utilises many strategies to attack and divide the flock. As new individuals enter the church, they come with various needs and expectations. Some of those needs are genuine and biblical while others come from false doctrine or personal perceptions.
While unity is often under attack by the enemy, threat of false doctrine is probably the most dangerous of the threats that we face. There are so many subtle and slight errors that they are almost impossible to count or even keep up with while new ones seem to be arising all the time. False doctrine not only threatens the salvation of individuals and their capacity to grow in the faith, it can very quickly tear down the harmony of a church. Every church needs leaders who are able to defend the faith and not be swayed by these errors.
We have discovered a pattern through scripture which is evident both in the Old and New Testaments. The Lord Himself demonstrated this pattern of training up leaders.
During the ministry of our Lord, we find these verses.
Luk 6:13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;
Mar 5:37 And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.
In summary, of 120 disciples remaining, Jesus had originally chosen 12, He had an inner group of 3 while also focusing on developing the main leader 1 ( Peter ).
To this end Faith Baptist Church seeks to develop faithful men within the church who would meet regularly to pray, encourage one another and to learn the true meaning of leadership as found in the Word of God.
1Pe 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.