Myton Church is committed to what we understand as the New Testament pattern of plural leadership. The primary duties of the team of elders are to watch over the church, to teach the truth, to set an example and to guard against error (1 Timothy 3:1-7, 1 Peter 5:1-4). The elders have a duty to be gentle and not domineering in the exercise of this responsibility.

The Holy Spirit calls and qualifies suitable men to be such examples, teachers and overseers in accordance with the Word of God. We also believe it is the responsibility of elders to encourage and give opportunity for the development of the spiritual gifts of members, so that all may be equipped for the work of ministry. For instance, this means the elders are particularly to generate a climate in which the leadership gifts of others may emerge and be nurtured.

It is the responsibility of the members of the church to recognise, honour and support their elders, and to respect their leadership in all matters of church life.The elders are accountable to God and also to the church members. Elders who no longer hold to the church’s statements of faith and practice, or who behave immorally, are to be rebuked publicly (1 Timothy 5:20), and removed from their church responsibilities.