Christian Leadership: Elders and Deacons (CLED)

Christian Leadership: Elders and Deacons (CLED) is a one-day seminar in the Leadership study path. This seminar will explore what the Bible teaches about the calling of the Elder or Deacon in the church, their responsibility in the Reformed Church and what is required of an Elder or Deacon. In addition, it will give instruction as to how they operate within the church today. This seminar is designed to address anyone who is currently an Elder or Deacon, or those who feel led by God to serve as one, or to anyone who wants to know what the Scriptures say about this position in the church.

We invite you to come join us as we seek what the Scriptures teach us about being an Elder and Deacon. The suggested audience for this course would include those who currently serve as Elders and Deacons in their church and those who expect to soon serve in one of those capacities.

Please note that this is a one-day seminar, offered only one weekend.

The only textbook required for this seminar is a Bible or a good study Bible for reference during the class. If you do not have one, Bibles and study Bibles are available at Christian Book Distributors,, Barnes & Noble and other sources.

Rev. Aaron Long will be instructing the part of the seminar directed to Deacons, and Rev. Rickey Payne will be instructing the part directed to Elders. The class will open with prayer, then Rev. Long will follow this outline for the instructions to Deacons:

  • Biblical Origins of the Office of the Deacon
  • The Office of the Deacon Throughout the Ages
  • Duties of the Deacon Found in the Bible
  • The Role of the Deacon in the Modern Church
  • Qualifications of a Deacon in Their Personal and Public Lives
  • Role of the Deacon Within the Modern Setting of the Church
  • What Will You Do With Your Office?

Rev. Payne will continue the seminar with instructions to Elders, with the following:

Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mk. 10:43-45)

Suppose someone asked you to be the architect for a new building, but you had no experience or training in that field. Or suppose someone expected you to be a professional counselor without any training in psychology. What would you do? I am sure you would be flattered, but hopefully wisdom would prevail and you would decline the offer until you were trained to do that job. Ridiculous? Hardly! Every year pastors and local congregations ask men and women to be Elders but provide no training for the job. We think it is time for that to change. Many are serving in the office of Elder and not sure what that entails Scripturally or by Jesus Himself. So what does the Bible teach us about the calling of the Elder in the church? What is the Elder’s responsibility in the Reformed Church? What does God require of an Elder? How does the Elder operate within the church today? If you are a current Elder or feel led by God to serve as an Elder or want to know what the Bible says about the calling of the office of Elder in the church come join us as we seek what the Scriptures teach us about being an Elder.

For more information about CLED, please contact Rev. Aaron Long or Rev. Rickey Payne.

CLED will be held in Classroom 2 in our Boger Reformed Church facility near Concord and Mt. Pleasant, on Saturday, February 25th, 2017, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Registration is now open, and is open to anyone but should be of particular interest to all those following the Leadership study path. Please see Class Dates below the registration form for the full schedule.

Study path: Leadership
Instructor: Rev. Aaron Long
Rev. Rickey Payne
Capacity: 50

Class Dates: 
Saturday, February 25, 2017 -
9:00am to 1:00pm