The church is built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20). Once this foundation was completed, the temporary officers were no longer necessary in the church. Therefore, since the apostles have passed from the scene, the church must be governed by the precepts of Scripture alone. This means it will be under the administration of the ordinary officers of the church: the Elders and Deacons. Our belief is that the role of Elders is to protect, feed, lead and care for the church. They are the ones who have the specific responsibility for the spiritual care for the flock.
After much study and prayer, Henderson Hills approved governmental leadership by an Elder Council on August 4, 1996.
The Elders consider it a privilege and blessing to have the opportunity to pray with members. The Elder Council meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month, and members are welcome to meet with the Elders for prayer or other issues. Please email the Elders or call the church at 405.341.4639 to schedule a time to meet with them during one of the Elder Council meetings.
In addition, Elders or staff are available before and after each worship service for prayer. When appropriate, two or more Elders will anoint with oil during prayers for healing.
Hebrews 13:17 says Elders are to watch over the souls of the flock and that they will have to give account to God for the way they have watched over these souls. Having a genuine concern for another's spiritual well-being is a ministry our Elders call 'Soul Care.' Through the Soul Care ministry, each Elder has been assigned Community Groups for intentional and relational interaction.
Elder Position Papers
From time to time the Elders will do an intense study on a particular theological or church subject and record their findings in a position paper. These papers are meant to clarify questions our members might have on these issues, as well as state the church's position on such subjects. Elder Position Papers