We believe in the autonomy of the local church. We believe each church is to be led by a plurality of godly men who function as pastors (Acts 14:23, 1 Titus 1:5). We believe the role of pastor to be one and the same with the biblical terms overseer, elder, and bishop (see interchanging use of these terms to refer to a single role in Acts 20:28 and 1 Peter 5:1-4). Among the plurality of pastors, there is a recognition of differing giftedness and abilities in leadership that may set some apart from others in function, but not in authority.
We believe in the blessing and protection of accountability for the church and its leadership. We value and seek humility, transparency, and accountability among leaders of all levels in the church body.
We believe that it is the responsibility of the church to raise-up its own leadership from within (2 Timothy 2:2, Acts 13:1-4). We are committed to developing leaders for our own needs as well as for planting new churches and supporting other churches in the Crossway Chapel movement.