The New Testament teaches that the church is to be led by a plurality of godly leaders under the oversight and watch care of the Elders. The Elders are given ultimate responsibility and authority to see that the church remains on a true course biblically, that its members are being appropriately shepherded, that the body is being fed through insightful, relevant and accurate biblical teaching, and that the life of the church is being managed well with the assistance of other competent and godly leaders.
They are to care for the spiritual and physical well-being of members by regularly praying for the sick. They are to guard the body against harmful influences, confronting those who are contradicting biblical truth or who are continuing in patterns of sinful behavior. In doing this, they close potential entrances for Satan, so that the truth of Christ will remain credible to both the congregation and the community (1 Peter 5:1-4; Acts 20:28- 31; Titus 1:9; James 5:14).
The Elders also give oversight to the legal and financial aspects of Heartland’s ministry. They establish policy and procedures to ensure that the church is led well.