At Resonate, we take our cue from the Bible in all matters of faith and practice. Church leadership isn't excluded from the test of scripture. In the Old Testament God called individual men and women to lead His people. This changed with the coming of Jesus Christ and the birth of His church. He called out twelve men to whom He entrusted His church, a plurality in leadership. Of the 18 times church leadership is mentioned after Christ’s ascension, 15 of them denote plurality in church leadership (the other three references are actually viewed in light of a plural context). From the birth of the church in Acts throughout its growth, the church leadership is placed in the hands of a group of elders or pastors. They are a group of men called out by God for four major purposes:

  1. To know the people of the church.
  2. To lead the church with grace and truth.
  3. To feed the church through Spirit-filled, Biblical teaching.
  4. To protect the church from false teaching.
  5. To be "lead" missionaries in their city. 

The pastors of Resonate Church desire to fulfill the same task given to the early church leaders. 


Deacons maintain the unity of the body by giving leadership to the serving of temporal needs.  Deacons organize service ministry and serve, but as they do so they equip the rest of the body to serve and ensure that the service results in the unity of the faith and the advance of the gospel. Deacons’ leadership in organizing and executing areas of service allows elders to focus solely on spiritual oversight for church body in preaching/spreading the hope of the gospel. As the size and scope of our ministry increaseswe will appoint both male and female deacons to assist the pastor/elders in the work of ministryDeacon candidates will be selected by the pastor/elders from the ranks of the covenant membership. Candidates will undergo a period of studytraining, and examination, and will be appointed to the office of deacon upon successful completion of candidate requirements and affirmation of the body. Some deacons will serve in an“at-large” service capacityothers will fulfill specific ministry roles.