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The church of the New Testament was organized with qualified men serving as elders (also called shepherds, pastors, bishops, overseers, presbyters) and deacons (Phil. 1:1). The qualifications for elders and deacons can be found in 1 Timothy 3 (vs. 1-7 for the elders; vs. 8-13 for the deacons). These men meet the qualifications found in the New Testament. They have a strong love for the Lord, His Word, and His people.
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