Elders: From the first century, elders or pastors were appointed in local congregations to oversee and instruct the believers (Acts 14:23, 20:17). Crossroads Church of Dubai is therefore an “elder-led” congregation, meaning that biblically-qualified men should oversee the congregation as a whole. Our church is overseen by a plurality(group) of elders, composed of a full time elders and lay elders(elders who work in secular jobs). We believe that elders must meet the qualifications of 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1, and endeavor to lead the church through example, preaching, teaching, discipling and counseling. Elders must meet regularly to pray and provide spiritual oversight on matters concerning the church.
Deacons: When a dispute arose in the early church concerning limited resources, the apostles appointed servants to provide for the physical needs of the church while the apostles devoted themselves to “prayer and the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4).Our church is served by deacons who are biblically qualified to carry out their role in a number of practical areas, in order to promote unity in the church, and to support the ministry of the Word. Deacon qualifications are set forth in 1 Timothy 3.