On October 28, 2012 the church body approved the initiation of Biblical leadership by an elder body. The elder body will include the senior pastor and six elders approved by the church body. The first group of seven will be selected by the current Leadership Transition Team (LTT) to be recommended to the church body for approval. The LTT will receive recommendations through evening worship on February 3, 2013. Following receipt of the recommendations, the LTT will narrow the list of prospective elders and hold interviews before making the team’s recommendations to the church body. Below please find a review of the qualifications for elders; and attached please find a recommendation form. We encourage your prayerful consideration of the qualifications before you make your recommendation(s).
I Timothy 3:1-7 “1 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.”
Accordingly, an elder must humbly desire to serve, be above reproach, the husband of one wife, be temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not be a drunkard, not be violent, not be quarrelsome, not a lover of money, manage his household well, not be a new believer and have a good reputation with unbelievers (the community.)
Titus 1:5-9 “ 5 The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appointelders in every town, as I directed you. 6 An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7 Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.”
Accordingly, an elder must not be overbearing, be a lover of what is good, be upright, be holy, self-controlled and hold firmly to the trustworthy message.
The pastor preached on the qualifications of elders on January 13, 2013. You may listen to the sermon by clicking here or see the 14 summary words he gave us in the message. He asked that we devote ourselves to prayer and keep these 14 words in our thoughts as we seek the Lord’s leadership in making nominations for elders:
- WILLINGNESS to serve The Lord. 1 Tim 1:1 & 1 Pet. 5:1-3
- CHARACTER – Men of highest integrity, morality and standards
- FAMILY MAN – One-woman man; fidelity, devotion and loyalty to his wife
- DISCIPLINED – Temperate, self-controlled, respectable; discerning
- PEOPLE PERSON – Men who love people
- BIBLE MAN – Able to teach. Hold firmly to the trustworthy message. Able to spot error.
- FREE from addictions. Free from bondage of anything.
- PEACEMAKER – Not violent. Not resentful or critical. Not mean-spirited or quarrelsome. Gentle. Power (horse) under control.
- STEWARD – All we have is God’s. Not a lover of money. (v.3)
- SPIRITUAL LEADER – Demonstrated in own home
- MATURE – Growing and maturing. Not a new believer.
- CONSISTENT – All week long. Same Sunday as rest of week. Not hypocrite.
- HOLY – Set apart Titus 1:8. Love communion with God and worship of Him.
- COURAGEOUS – Know the truth we have been taught and stand upon it, no matter what.