I know of an NI congregation that is on the verge of dissolving its eldership — one of the men has recently moved, leaving just one elder in place. The saddest part of all of this is that this congregation went without elders for around 3o years (due to the influence of one family that has since left) and spent the better part of the last few years first instructing on and then appointing qualified presbyters (and deacons). Now, all of that hard work is on the verge of going down the drain in an anticlimatic dissolution of the eldership.
So, here’s my question: can the congregation keep its deacons? Does/should the dissolution of the eldership trigger an automatic dissolution of the diaconate?
My first thought was: “Well, what do you have when you have a preacher and a group of deacons? You have a Baptist church, of course.”
What do you think? Alan and Jeff, I’m especially interested in your take on this.