Jesus thought and taught about people as sheep, describing Himself as the Good Shepherd (John 10:11). This view continues in the New Testament as the Apostle Peter wrote that church leaders, called elders, were shepherds serving under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus’ direction (I Peter 2:25; 5:2,4).

TCF is therefore an elder-led church. The churches described in the New Testament were shepherded by a plurality of elders and deacons. The elders are the pastors and shepherds of the congregation.

Plurality of leadership provides checks and balances against one person running a church in a way that could be detrimental. It’s a biblical principle of church government. The elders are responsible “for the care of the flock.” They devote themselves to the Word and prayer. The deacons care for the practical ministries such as managing the finances, taking care of building needs etc. (Acts 14:23; 15:2-6; Acts 20:17; Acts 6:4; Philippians 1:1; James 5:14; Titus 1:5; I Timothy 3:11-12)