God has designed His church with the same order that exists in all of His creation. The Bible, particularly the New Testament, gives us specific commandments and principles by which the local church is to operate. Emmanuel is built on the New Testament pattern of episcopate authority, where the Pastor serves as the senior authority. The Associate Pastors, Elders, and other leaders make up the legal trustees of the church. These are men and women who qualify as Biblical Elders and leaders according to Titus 1 and I Timothy 3.