At Olive Branch Ministries, we have an Elder leadership team. We are patterned after a traditional Biblical pattern of Elders who are older experienced leaders, well versed in both the Old and New Testaments.
In a traditional "Kahal" (Hebrew "Congregation"), there is usually a minimum of ten men who can be considered Elders. This group of ten men is called a "Minyan" and is able to make decisions about the direction of the group, as well as interpret biblical text.
Olive Branch is a growing congregation, and as such, is still developing a leadership Minyan of ten.
WHY HEBRAIC ROOTS?
Hebraic Roots (or Hebrew Roots) is a phrase that is used to define a growing group of people who believe in Yeshua (Jesus), and also believe that the teachings of the Torah are relevant to us today. In the 1970s, many of the Jewish people began to again recognize Jesus as their Messiah. The Hebrew Roots movement could be explained as Christians who observe and guard the Torah as relevant for today.
As followers of Messiah Yeshua, we also honor the biblical Sabbath, celebrate the biblical Feasts of the Lord, follow basic kosher dietary laws, and study/guard the Torah. The Torah is defined as God's instructions on living in the Kingdom, and include the first five books of the Bible - Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. We study the Brit Chadasha (New Testament) as an instruction on how to follow Torah now that Messiah Yeshua has come. We also study to prepare ourselves for His soon return.
As people who are in touch with our "Hebraic Roots", we respect the fact that the Jewish people have spent centuries guarding the Torah, and the Christian Church has spent centuries guarding the testimony of Jesus. We believe it is time to bring the two together to be "one stick in the Father's hand".