Mercy Hill Church maintains a philosophy of elder leadership that we feel is consistent with biblical instruction and protestant church history. This philosophy of church leadership maintains two important principles; pastoral and shared leadership. Pastoral leadership, simply stated, is that the role of elder and the role of pastor are one and the same. Therefore, all elders are pastors and all pastors are elders. Shared leadership is the biblical and historical practice of leadership through the plurality and equality of elders.
The New Testament books of 1 Timothy and Titus describe the qualifications for Elders/Pastors. Those qualifications involve behavior, character, knowledge, spirituality, and abilities-both innate and learned. (Read 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 for a better understanding of these qualifications.)
If you would like more details on Mercy Hill's understanding of church leadership and government, pick up a copy of Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch.