From the first century, elders were appointed in local congregations to oversee and instruct believers (Acts 14:23; 20:17). PBF is therefore an 'elder-led' congregation, meaning that several biblically-qualified men oversee the congregation as a whole. All elders meet the biblical qualifications of 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1, and they endeavour to lead the church through example, preaching, teaching, discipling and counseling. They meet regularly to pray and provide spiritual oversight on matters concerning the church.
When a dispute arose in the early church concerning limited resources, the apostles appointed servants to provide for physical needs of the church while apostles devoted themselves to 'prayer and the ministry of the word' (Acts 6:4). In the same way, a deacon serves PBF in a number of practical areas in order to promote unity in the church and to support the ministry of the Word. Deacon qualifications are found in 1 Timothy 3.