Our church government is presbyterian in nature; or, in other words, our church is governed by elders. Elders are members of congregations called to share in the spiritual leadership and governance of churches in the Reformed tradition. Together as members of a Session, they have responsibility for the spiritual direction and health of the congregation. They are expected, according to their gifts, to share in leadership in worship, leadership in mission, in pastoral care, and in spiritual nurture or Christian education. The Bible gives explicit qualifications for such men (1 Tim. 3:1-7).
A deacon is a biblically qualified man who has been nominated, trained, examined, and ordained to minister to the physical needs of the church. The Bible gives explicit qualifications for deacons (1 Tim. 3:8-13).