If you didn’t know — Capital City is an “elder led” church. We have a group of staff members who manage the day-to-day operations and much of the “hands on” ministry of the church, but there is a board of “elders” above them; spiritual leaders guiding and aligning the church to the glory of God.
So what’s an elder? We find several times in the Bible, especially throughout the Book of Acts, where the work of guiding the church is divided among leaders in a community of believers. At Capital City, we follow the guidelines set throughout the New Testament (Titus 1:5–9, I Peter 5:1–4, Acts 20:28–31) for the qualifications and duties of an elder. We sum these qualifications with five “C”s.
- Character: An elder must be above reproach, leading by example.
- Competency: An elder must be in tune with their spiritual gift-set.
- Chemistry: An elder must “fit” with the leadership team.
- Courage: An elder must be able to speak 100% truth with 100% grace.
- Calling: An elder must sense God’s calling to purpose in leadership.
What does an elder do? When a congregation is organized according to elder governance, there are four primary functions of an eldership, which are:
- The Ministry of Prayer: Elders are intentionally, and persistently, involved in prayer.
- The Ministry of the Word: Elders protect believers from false doctrine and foster an environment of continual learning by living the Word and knowing the Word.
- Oversight of Pastoral Matters: Elders are involved in the lives of people within the congregation, providing pastoral care and accountability.
- Establishing Policies and Evaluating Their Effectiveness: Elders establish policies for the church and delegate the authority to staff to manage the day to day church operations.
We think our leadership team is great. Our elders are a phenomenal group of men who passionately shepherd and lovingly care for our congregation. They’re always seeking ways to serve our members and are constantly in prayer for them.
Because our elders are so cool — we want you to know who they are! So we’d like to introduce you to them in an “elder spotlight” each week. Our first spotlight is Tommy Current.
Tommy has served at Capital City as a volunteer in multiple capacities and as an elder multiple times. Tommy owns the local branch of Raymond James Financial Services but spends free time coaching and serving on local council boards. Tommy and his wife, Carol, have four children (Chris, Will, Mary Beth and David) and two grandchildren (Aley and Crew). We asked Tommy some quick questions to help you get to know him.
What’s your favorite thing about Capital City?
I have been at a lot of churches. At Capital City, I have learned what it means to be “real”. We are flawed and hurting people. We need community. I feel God’s love and purpose.
What book or sermon has had the greatest impact on you?
One of my favorite sermon series is what I call D3; Direction Determines Destination. You have to know where you are going and the way to get there. No matter how much I want to go to Florida and believe I-75 North is the right direction, I will never get there unless I am on I-75 South. Jesus is the way, truth and light and no man comes to the Father except through Him.
What’s something God has been teaching you lately?
Galatians is a great Book that is showing me to be totally free in Christ. It is not about traditions, social customs or what people believe or think, but Christ and Christ alone. He came so that we can live abundantly and to set the captives free. It is not earning it through actions, but child like faith that I am His!
What’s your favorite song or movie?
My daughter, Beth Current, of course singing “Unchained Melody”. My favorite movie is Shawshank Redemption.