Elder-led churches

The New Testament model is for each local church to be led by a team of pastoral elders with no senior or lead pastor. (I’ve written quite a bit about this; if you’re interested, you could start reading here.) From time to time, people ask me for examples of such elder-led churches. The following list is a tiny sample of churches with a biblical eldership. For the most part, these are simply churches I’ve happened to run across online. To my knowledge, all these churches are evangelical Christian churches who enjoy shared pastoral leadership with no designated senior leader (other than Christ himself). I can’t otherwise endorse every church here. They run the gamut theologically. If you know of a church that could be added to this list (solidly evangelical and led by elders with no senior/lead pastor), add a comment and let me know.

Arizona

Glendale
Church of the Cross

Tempe
New Covenant Bible Fellowship

Arkansas

Hot Springs
Lake Valley Community Church

Little Rock
Fellowship Bible Church
Midtown Baptist Church

California

Alameda
Alameda Chapel

Boonville
Valley Bible Fellowship

Cupertino
Hillview Bible Chapel
Peninsula Bible Church Cupertino
Valley Church

El Segundo
Oceanside Christian Fellowship

Fremont
Calvary Bible Chapel

Fullerton / La Mirada
Grace Evangelical Free Church

Gerber
Gerber Bible Fellowship

Grass Valley
Veritas Church

Hayward
Community Bible Chapel

Lafayette
Sun Valley Bible Chapel

Lancaster
Valley Bible Church

Los Angeles
Crossview Church

Milpitas
Milpitas Bible Fellowship
New Covenant Christian Fellowship

Pacifica
Vintage Grace Communities

Palo Alto
Peninsula Bible Church

Pleasanton
Valley Bible Church

Rancho Palos Verdes
South Bay Evangelical Christian Church

Rohnert Park
Rohnert Park Bible Church

San Diego
The Resolved Church

San Jose
Grace Bible Chapel
Peninsula Bible Church Willow Glen

San Leandro
Fairhaven Bible Chapel

South Lake Tahoe
Sierra Community Church

Colorado

Brighton
Redeemer Bible Church

Littleton
Littleton Bible Chapel

Loveland
River of Life Christian Fellowship

Florida

Fort Myers
Summit Church

Orlando
H2O Church

Georgia

Augusta
New Heart Bible Fellowship

Idaho

Boise
Cole Community Church

Moscow
Trinity Reformed Church

Illinois

Chicago
Assyrian Christian Church

Long Grove
Life on the Vine

Kentucky

Louisville
Clifton Baptist Church

Somerset
The Chapel at Somerset

Massachusetts

Princeton
Heritage Bible Chapel

Southbridge
Sovereign Grace Chapel

Michigan

Lansing
Riverview Church

Minnesota

Bloomington
Sovereign Grace Church

St Paul
The Heights Church

Mississippi

Coldwater
Grace Bible Church

New Albany
Christ Church

Missouri

Branson
Harvest Evangelical Free Church

Carthage
Cornerstone Baptist Church

Fenton
Fenton Crossing Bible Chapel

Rogersville
The Summit Church

St Louis
The Gate Church

Montana

Hamilton
Bitterroot Harvest Community Church

Nebraska

Lincoln
First Street Bible Church

Norfolk
Victory Road Evangelical Free Church

Nevada

Fernley
Restoration Church

New Jersey

Denville
Christ the King Church

New Mexico

Albuquerque
Heritage Christian Fellowship

New York

Brockport
Clarkson Community Church

Lake Katrine
Fountain of Life Christian Church

Rochester
Crossroads Bible Fellowship

North Carolina

Wake Forest
Messiah Baptist Church

Ohio

Beavercreek
Grace Covenant Church
Patterson Park Church

Canal Winchester
NewLife Community Church

Canton
Faith Bible Church

Fresno
Fresno Bible Church

Oklahoma

Tulsa
Tulsa Christian Fellowship

Oregon

Beaverton
Beaverton Christian Church

Clackamas
Spring Mountain Bible Church

Gresham
Clear Creek Church
Clinton Street Bible Chapel

Oregon City
Oregon City Bible Chapel

Portland
Evergreen

Tangent
Grace Bible Fellowship

South Carolina

Greenville / Piedmont / Simpsonville / Spartanburg / Anderson
Grace Church

Moore
Grace Bible Church

Tennessee

Powell
First Baptist Church

Texas

Canyon Lake
Church in the Valley

College Station
New Life Baptist Church

Dallas
Believers Chapel

Garland
Household of Faith

Richardson
Community Bible Chapel

Spring
Covenant Church of Spring
Grace Family Baptist Church

Virginia

Appomattox
Liberty Baptist Church

Dulles
Reston Bible Church

North Chesterfield
Bethany Place Baptist Church

Radford
Christ Church–Radford

Washington

Kent
Faith Church

Olympia
Reality Church

Snohomish
Restoration Road Church

Veradale
Valley Bible Church

Walla Walla
Mission Church

West Virginia

Huntington
Redemption Church

Wisconsin

Chippewa Falls
Chippewa Valley Bible Church

Guam

Hagatna
Grace Fellowship

Puerto Rico

Rincón
Church without Walls

Canada

British Columbia

Vancouver
Trinity Central

Ontario

Mississauga
New Life Bible Chapel

the Netherlands

Amstelveen
Crossroads International Church

19 thoughts on “Elder-led churches

  1. I have attended several plural elder led churches over the years in California. Most of them are “Plymouth Brethren” affiliated, at least initially. Among them are Rohnert Park Bible Church in Rohnert Park, Fairhaven Bible Chapel in San Leandro, Sun Valley Bible Chapel in Lafayette, Gerber Bible Fellowship in Gerber. There is a directory of pb assemblies in the usa on the internet.

  2. Thanks, Dayle. I’ve added these churches plus a few others. Many of the Brethren assemblies wonderfully exemplify pastoral leadership by a plurality of elders.

  3. Our church has recently become elder-led, and without any one pastor holding the title of “Senior Pastor.” We have adopted bylaws accordingly and are loving the new (non-repressive) structure. The church is located in Hamilton, Montana and is called Bitterroot Harvest Community Church. http://www.bitterrootharvest.com Thanks so much for this blog! It was instrumental in implementing a much-needed change in our church!

  4. Thanks for the link. Looks great! I’ve added you guys to the list. And thank you for the encouragement. I’m so glad the blog was a help to your church. That’s what it’s all about!

  5. We have had an elder lead church in Melbourne FL. For 10 years. It has truly worked so well. There are 3 elders each one accountable to God and to each other.it has been a blessing.

  6. I was introduced to this style of church in Garland Texas called Household of Faith. They have biblical eldership and an open meeting with a slight charismatic vibe.

  7. Please advise name, address,& email of Melbourne Church , as my husband & I would like to visit.
    Thanks for your assistance in this matter.

  8. Hi, Margaret. I haven’t personally researched churches in Melbourne, so I don’t know of any that are elder-led. (The churches on this list are just churches I have run across or churches others have recommended as elder-led churches.) I’d suggest exploring some of the websites of churches in Melbourne. If you find any that are elder-led, let me know and I’ll add them to this list!

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