Above reproach, able to teach, husband to one wife, not addicted to wine, temperate, not antagonistic, prudent, uncontentious, respectable, free from the love of money, hospitable, manages own household well, not a new convert. (Titus 1:6-9)
The Scriptures show that the Elders “serve by leading” and that their responsibility involves the spiritual oversight of the congregation. All Elders are equal in authority but not necessarily equal in influence.
The Elders’ Primary Responsibilities
- Doctrine: Ensuring that the doctrine of the church is biblical; all doctrinal issues in the church will be settled by the Board of Elders;
- Direction: Ensuring that the direction of the church is consistent with the Harvest Bible Chapel statement of purpose and the four pillars;
- Discipline: Administering in love and humility the process of church discipline as outlined in Matthew 18:15-20; Galatians 6:1-4; Titus 3:10; 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15; 1 Timothy 5:17-25; 1 Corinthians 5; 2 Corinthians 2:5-11 and Romans 16:17.
Plurality of Elders
The Scriptures teach that a plurality of elders governed individual New Testament churches (Acts 14:23; Acts 20:28; Titus 1:5; Philippians 1:1). The Scripture does not mention any congregations featuring a stand-alone pastor and leader. A plurality of godly elders, exercising their individual gifts, squares with the Scripture’s teaching that wisdom is found in a multitude of godly counselors (Proverbs 11:4; Proverbs 12:15; Proverbs 15:22; Proverbs 19:20; Proverbs 24:6). This truth does not eliminate the possibility and likelihood that one or more elders will stand out from the others as more public in their ministries or more influential in their workings on the Elder Board.
Harvest Glasgow is committed to the Bible’s teaching that men who hold the offices of Elder and Deacon are to oversee various functions of the local church.
The Bible’s teaching on the subject of two church offices is found in 1 Timothy 3:1-16 and Titus 1:5-9. Although there are three terms used for the offices of the church, i.e. bishop, elder and deacon, analysis of these terms indicates that bishop and elder are used interchangeably.
Growing up I was sceptical about Jesus and especially believers, however, I knew there was something different about them. It was not until my early twenties my curiosity towards faith in Jesus was stirred when I met Amanda who had a Christian faith (now my wife).
Over a period of months, I was challenged as I began to wrestle in my soul about what a personal relationship with Jesus would look like and considered the impact on my life. I started to attend church and at one meeting I was struck by the words of Jesus “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith” Matthew 8:23-24. Immediately those words pierced my heart and I was no longer afraid to trust Him with my life.
I took a simple leap of faith, confessing my sins and repented for things I knew to be wrong and trusted the promises of Jesus. Very quickly the opposition from family, close friends, and colleagues was made known, disapproving of my decision to follow Jesus. Thankfully God was at work in my life strengthening the little faith I had.
Amanda and I enjoy spending quality time together with our three daughters Emma, Eilidh and Hannah who are a massive blessing to us and a reminder of God’s grace towards us. We are excited to be part of Harvest family and our desire is to grow as disciples of Christ as we journey through life.
If you’re visiting Harvest Glasgow, I would be thrilled to meet you and get to know you.
Scott is married to Alison and they have four kids (Matthew, Katie, Hannah and Ben). He grew up in a Christian home and trusted Jesus at the age of 11 at a Christian camp called Teen Ranch. After school he studied history at Dundee University before training and working as a youth and community worker in the east end of Glasgow for Glasgow City Council.
During that time he started to get more opportunities to preach and lead in the local church in Cathcart that Alison and he were members of and also back at Teen Ranch. That led him to pursue training for ministry with the Baptist Union of Scotland and he became pastor of Castlemilk Baptist Church in October 2004 (part-time to begin with as he completed his studies). In late 2008 he and Alison started to explore church planting. The idea of starting afresh with a simple view of what the church should be built around the picture that God's Word gives was compelling.
That is where Harvest Glasgow began. With a desire to be part of a church that would serve to increase their depth of relationship with Jesus and a capacity to make much of Him in everything about our lives. As part of that process Scott spent 6 weeks in Chicago training and being assessed for church planting before landing home at the start of March 2009 to begin the work of gathering people around what he and Alison were praying that God would do.
Scott really enjoys watching and playing (when not injured) football. He also coaches Matthew and Katie's football team Stamperland 2006's on Saturday mornings. He also enjoys watching rugby and can be found at Glasgow Warriors games from time to time.
Otherwise his favourite things are caravan holidays, board games and spending time with Alison and the kids. If you find yourself at Harvest Glasgow come and say hi, he would love to meet you.
Gary has been at Harvest since its launch in 2010 along with his wife Emma and son Tom.
Gary was originally part of the leadership group in the church's infancy before serving as an elder from 2017. Gary knew Scott Hamilton and his family before Harvest launched. Gary and Scott played football together and were both members of Cathcart Baptist Church in Cathcart.
Gary has served in Kids min, as a small group leader and also in the AV team for many years.
Steve, his wife Claire and their two children have been attending Harvest Glasgow since 2012. Steve has served as an elder since 2017.
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