A football team has a quarterback. A school has a principal. A school district has a superintendent. A company has a CEO. A bank has a president. With any group of people, having a leader is a must. Dwight D. Eisenhower, arguably one of the greatest American generals, led over 200,000 allied troops during World War II. General Eisenhower once used a simple string to demonstrate his theory on how to lead: he would place the string on a table and say, “Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.” You can’t use force. You’ve got to lead. Fortunately for Christians, God laid out exactly how He wants the church to be led, and those guidelines haven’t changed in over 2000 years because they work! The position of elders and deacons are laid out quite clearly in the New Testament. “The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.” (1 Timothy 5:17) “Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.” (1 Timothy 3:8-10) The church can’t go wrong when it conforms to the direction God lays out. Other things in the church have changed and will continue to change, but the structure of leadership God dictated in the first church must always remain the same.