Thank you for your interest in recommending one of our church members to serve as an elder. This form is designed to help you communicate to the elders why you want to recommend this man. All completed forms will be emailed to Mark Mullery. Before completing this, please take time to read and reflect on these three pivotal Scripture passages: 1 Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9, and 1 Peter 5:1-5.
Definition of terms
What is an elder? Elders are responsible for lovingly governing the church, teaching the Word of God, and “tending the flock” as overseers. They are also referred to in the New Testament as pastors/shepherds and overseers, serving as undershepherds to Jesus, the Chief Shepherd. Jesus expresses His authority in our church through the elders with the congregation. Elders work as a team to know, feed, lead, and protect our congregation.
What are their qualifications? The first qualifications God identifies in I Tim. 3 are that the individual must be a man and that he must desire to serve as an elder. Second, he must be an example of a godly life. Not perfect or flawless, but growing and above reproach. Third, he must have a good grasp of God’s Word and an ability to communicate it to others effectively. This doesn’t necessarily mean preaching on Sundays, but it means being able to bring the Word to people in a way that gives them hope and help as they grasp who God is and what it means to follow Him.