The Role of NCNC Elders: In keeping with the principles set forth in Acts 6:1-6; 1 Tim. 3:1-7; 5:17; Tit. 1:5-9; Jam. 5:14; and 1 Pet. 5:1-4, the elders shall oversee the ministries and resources of the church. They shall seek the mind of Christ through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God as they joyfully undertake the work of shepherding God's flock. The elders shall teach and exhort; refute and admonish those who contradict the truth; pray for the sick; care for the church’s members; devote themselves to prayer, to the government of the church, and to ministry according to each one’s spiritual gifting. They shall be responsible for examining and instructing prospective members, examining and recommending all candidates for offices, overseeing the work of the deacons and other church leaders, conducting corporate worship meetings, administering the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, encouraging sound doctrine, equipping the membership for the work of the ministry, coordinating and promoting the ministries of the church, mobilizing the church for cross-cultural missional engagement (local and global), and overseeing church discipline. The elders are further to ensure that all who minister the Word to the congregation, including outside speakers, share our basic theological convictions.