Leaders in the Church
Jesus has only one plan, and He called it “the church.” Having exclusively talked in terms of building a kingdom, He suddenly announced at Caesarea Philippi, “I will build my church” (Matt. 16:18). But what kind of church? And with what structure and organization? These were questions that took time to answer. In the immediate post-Pentecost fledgling church, there appears to have been very little structure, just a community overseen by Apostles and committed to four distinctive features: Apostolic teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, and “the prayers” (Acts 2:42).