Jesus Christ is the head of the church (Ephesians 1:22–23; Colossians 1:18). The Bible also describes Jesus as the Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4). At the East Shelby Church of Christ, we seek to operate completely under the authority and leadership of Christ (Colossians 3:17).

Part of following His teachings is following the Biblical pattern for the organization of the church. Paul said that God gave pastors (elders), evangelists, and teachers to equip and build up the church (Ephesians 4:11–12). We recognize that each congregation is governed locally by shepherds who serve not only as spiritual overseers but examples as well (1 Peter 5:1–3). The East Shelby Church of Christ seeks to follow this biblical pattern of leadership including elders, deacons, and evangelists.