Serving With Heart and Soul
Our leaders choose to serve—they are not paid to serve. After all, Jesus said,
“freely ye have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8). Our unpaid ordained officers consist of school teachers, engineers, and accountants (just to name a few) who live normal, everyday lives. They are called and ordained not by education but by revelation. Each one plays a special role in our mission and is dedicated to sharing God’s love.
When you have a need, you can turn to an ordained officer for prayer, spiritual guidance, or simply a listening ear. Each one has an essential role in the body of Christ.
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11-12)
“And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.” (Matthew 10:1)
Scripture says Jesus chose 12 men in Palestine to witness His life and resurrection. He called them apostles. When He established His Church in America, He chose 12 to witness. He called them disciples. We believe it is God’s will that 12 should be chosen as witnesses of His Church on Earth—to testify that the Gospel is restored and that The Church has the blessings of God.
As spiritual leaders, The Quorum of Twelve Apostles is responsible for the spiritual welfare of the entire Church. They also travel throughout the world, encouraging all people to live righteously before God and to share the joy of Christ’s salvation and His love.
“After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.” (Luke 10:1)
The 70 evangelists preach in new mission fields, infusing a spirit of revival throughout the Church. They oversee outreach and missionary work, and they are on the front lines of fulfilling Christ’s commandment to take the restored Gospel to the world.
“The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind.” (I Peter 5:1-2)
The Spiritual Shepherds. Elders serve their local congregations, devoting time to the growth of their communities, while working in harmony with the Church at large.
To contact a local elder, search for the nearest congregation to you, and ask for the presiding elder. The presiding elder is the primary point of contact for each local congregation.
“Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers.” (I Corinthians 12:27-28)
The Godly Coaches. Teachers strengthen their local membership by helping them learn about Jesus Christ, with a focus on new members. They visit homes to talk scripture, answer questions, and pray. They are role models and builders of faith.
“Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.” (Acts 6:2-3)
The Humble Helpers. Deacons arrange for the comfort and relief of those in need, and they lend a helping hand to their local congregation. They model Christian character and do much of their work away from the spotlight of recognition.
“I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church…” (Romans 16:1)
The Gracious Uplifters. Deaconesses are an army of encouragers, comforters, and supporters, offering compassion, guidance, and love to women in need.