Message from the Elders
As modeled by the church of the New Testament, the Woodstock church of Christ is led by Elders, acting as shepherds of the spiritual flock. These men are selected by the local congregation on the basis of qualifications found in the scriptures, 1 Timothy 3: 1-7 and Titus 1: 5-16. The elders are pastors or overseers who serve under the headship of Christ according to the New Testament. They are to seek, in all matters, the mind of Christ who is the Head of the Church, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit inspired Word of God. They are to teach and exhort the church in sound doctrine and refute those who contradict the truth. Elders are involved in the lives of the members, providing spiritual guidance, prayer and visits in time of sickness, comfort and support in times of bereavement, counseling, and spiritual nourishment as members experience the realities of this life. Elders are to lead by example and will provide instruction for “equipping the saints for the work of ministry” as well as provide the edification needed for healthy relationships within the church (Ephesian 4:11-12). These men are shepherds of this congregation and their primary interest is helping the souls of this congregation reach heaven together.