Our local church body is led by a group of men known as elders. Our elders serve and lead because they are recognized by the church as those whom God has gifted, equipped, and empowered for the service of leading our congregation.
Their responsibility is to see that the church holds fast to the truth of the Scriptures, that the teaching of the ministry is sound, that the members are appropriately cared for, and that the church is growing in a biblical way. They are each connected to some part of the body through their personal shepherding of individuals within the church family.
Qualifications of an Elder
Specific Scripture references in 1 Tim 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9, and 1 Peter 5:1-4 form the basis for the following list of characteristics desired in an Elder:
- Family—He must manage his own household well. If married, he must be faithful and dedicated to his wife. If he has children, he must be dedicated to seeing that they become obedient and respectful Christians.