The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task (1 Tim. 3:1).
The first message of the new kingdom of Christ was one of an exalted master; a glorified king who now reigned in supreme authority (Ac. 2:32-33). Those who desired to be his followers had to submit to His rule (Matt. 28:18). It is no different today. As the church in our local community we submit completely and unreservedly to the reign of King Jesus. He is the head of His body, the church, and as His members we cannot function apart from Him (Col. 1:18). Without our Lord we are lifeless.
Yet, while Christ is the only universal authority over the church, He does establish leaders within the local church. These men are often referred to as elders (1 Pet. 5:1), bishops/overseers (1 Tim. 3:1), and pastors/shepherds (Eph. 4:11); all of which refer to the same position within the church (1 Pet. 5:1-2). The role of these men is to feed the flock, making sure they are spiritually nourished (Ac. 20:28), lead them by their Christ-like example (Heb. 13:17), defend them against false teachers (Ac. 20:29), and ultimately guide them toward heaven. This position is so important to the church that God doesn't allow just anyone to reside there; He has given qualifications that a man must meet before he can be considered for the office (1 Tim. 3:1-7).
In view of this great responsibility, we take pleasure in working under men who willingly and humbly lead us in the direction of Christ. We are blessed in Atlanta with such men. They are (from left to right) David Boucher and Steve Shofner.