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Biblical Leadership

God has called each church to be lead by a group of men that the New Testament calls elders, bishops (overseers), or shepherds (pastors).  The most common term given to this group of men charged to lead the church is elder. In the New Testament, the elders have the overall responsibility for the oversight and direction of the church. They are to seek the mind of Christ (who is the head of the church), in all matters through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.

They must be able to teach and exhort the church in sound doctrine and refute those who contradict the truth. Elders are to lead by example and will provide instruction for the maintenance of healthy relationships within the church. Elders are responsible to God for the flock that is “among them” (I Peter 5:2; cf. Hebrews 13:7, 17; 1 Thessalonians 5:12, I Peter 5:2-3, Titus 1:5-9, and 1 Timothy 3:1-7)

Character, Competency, Chemistry and Calling

Character, competency, and chemistry make up the 3 Cs of the Elder board selection.  The specifics of being an Elder start with character.  When we look at the role of elder in Scripture, most of Paul’s teaching isn’t about job descriptions.  It’s primarily about character. The game is won or lost on character.

Another key C is competency.

Chemistry is also important for our elder board.  The board is not comprised of “Yes” Men, who mindlessly follow the lead of the senior pastor or the elder chairman.  On the other hand, our elders don’t come to meetings with their own agenda.  There is a shared goal to pursue unity and arrive at a consensus on issues that are faced.  Because it necessary to moving in the same direction as a team of leaders, only those who agree to the overall purpose and vision of Shepherd of the Hills are considered for this role.

The final key C is calling.  Because it takes a commitment of time and effort to serve as an Elder, each Elder needs to have a strong sense of calling. This calling is essential because serving as an elder can be very demanding at times.  At Shepherd of the Hills, the elders serve as representatives of the congregation.

Potential elders are recommended by the congregation, evaluated by the nomination committee, appointed by the existing elder board, and then affirmed by the congregation.

How it Plays Out

Each and every day, the members of Shepherd of the Hills Elders Board are committed to shepherding and leading everyone who calls Shepherd of the Hills their church home.

The Elders take seriously their charge to bring honor to the bride of Christ — as the church is referred to in the Bible. This means wrestling with difficult decisions from a macro and micro perspective … with a lot in between.

On a daily basis and in their meetings, our team of Elders tackle key issues facing the church. These include:

• Creating policy in terms of church belief or biblical interpretation
• Dealing with social issues
• Handling financial concerns
• Conflict resolution, discipline, and restoration
• Counseling staff or members of the congregation
• Reviewing strategic plans created by the other leadership teams
• Providing input to the committees on financial or risk-management issues

The tasks and responsibilities of the Elders vary greatly and require discernment, as they strive to keep the church on its biblical course.



Meet Our Elders

Dr. Tom Allred

Associate Pastor, Elder

I am excited to be serving our Lord at Shepherd of the Hills; and, am looking forward to seeing what...

Dave Gilliam


My primary ministry duty is serving on the SOTH Elder Board for Christ. As a part of this ministry, I...

Ben Graham


I am primarily involved with the Finance Committee, which oversees and provides direction for the financial administration of Shepherd of...

Mike Maixner

Elder, Chairman of the Elder Board

The Lord continues to give me many new adventures in ministry. It’s an honor and a blessing for my family...

Ed Snyder

Associate Pastor, Elder

The Lord keeps me really busy at Shepherd of the Hills. As the chairman of our elder board, I establish...

Ben Wegner


I find it a great honor to serve our Lord as a member of the Shepherd of the Hills Church...

Bill DeSilva

Elder, Secretary of the Elder Board

A Believer in the power of our Lord and God through the answer of prayer since 1974. Followed many years...