Caring for the Church

One of the most common questions we get asked is: “who actually leads the Crescent fellowship?” The first thing to say about Christian leadership is that it is an act of service. The Apostle Peter commands leaders in the New Testament Church to “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as elders” [1 Peter 5:2]. So, leaders are put in place by Christ to serve the members of his Church, not to control them or use them.

We believe that Church leadership is not vested in one person. The Biblical model is that leadership in the Church should be plural: it is given to a team of “elders”, men who are responsible for providing pastoral care, and for upholding the timeless principles governing Church life laid down in the Bible. You can read more about this model of leadership in Titus 1:5–9, for example. The elders who look after the Crescent fellowship are a varied bunch of men, some are retired, others are members of the teaching and medical professions and the rest work in business.