The Scriptures speak of three distinct groups of people who exercise some form of leadership in the church: the congregation (all church members), elders (men appointed to spiritual oversight in the church), and deacons (those who serve the congregation in hands-on, practical ways). In addition to these groups, PHBC has a paid church staff and a group of able men and women who serve alongside the staff as a ministry leadership team (MLT).
These groups work in concert to lead, but the congregation has the final authority in major decisions (i.e., in matters of doctrine and discipline). As a Baptist church, we are bound to no outside association, body, or organization, although we do work alongside local, state, and national groups to help further the work of the kingdom of God.
In their role as overseers, the elders guide the church, particularly focusing on matters concerning teaching, preaching, and prayer. The elders direct the spiritual life of the church at the pleasure of the congregation, handling matters relevant to the Word and prayer. The deacons, as a group of able servants, assist the elders by facilitating ministry. Finally, the staff and MLT enable the daily ministry of the church in a variety of capacities.