Elder Prayer Guide

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BIBLICAL ROLE OF AN ELDER

An Elder at Springs Community Church is a man called by God to be the overseer of this local body. He is to operate within a plurality of leadership amongst other Elders, including the Lead Pastor. Just as shepherd’s care for their sheep, so too an Elder is to care for the flock God has entrusted to them.

Elders operate in mutual submission to one another as they live a life above reproach. They carry out the responsibilities of an Elder with regards to care, protection, discipleship, training, leadership, and correction of a local body, in addition to being the overall pacesetter in a pursuit of holiness.

These men carry out these responsibilities due to a divine conviction from God affirmed by others that is born both out of their innate desire to care for God’s people, as well as a sobering acknowledgement they will stand before God and give an account on behalf of how well they did in maturing The Springs’ body into Christ-likeness.

BIBLICAL QUALIFICATIONS OF AN ELDER

Leads Himself in Holiness

  • Above Reproach: (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6)
  • Husband of One Wife: (1 Timothy 3:2, Titus 1:6)
  • Sober-Minded: (1 Timothy 3:2)
  • Self-Controlled (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8)
  • Not Open to the Charge of Debauchery (Titus 1:6)
  • Respectable (1 Timothy 3:2)
  • Not a Drunkard (1 Timothy 3:3, Titus 1:7)
  • Not Violent but Gentle (1 Timothy 3:3, Titus 1:7)
  • Not Quarrelsome (1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7)
  • Not a Lover of Money (1 Timothy 3:3, Titus 1:7)
  • Not Open to the Charge of Insubordination (Titus 1:6)
  • Not Arrogant (Titus 1:7)
  • A Lover of Good (Titus 1:8)
  • Hold Firm to the Trustworthy Word as Taught (Titus 1:9)
  • Has a Desire for the Role (1 Timothy 3:1, 1 Peter 5:2)
  • Does Not Persist in Sin (1 Timothy 5:20)
  • Understands the Elder Candidate Process Takes Significant Time (1 Timothy 5:22-25)
  • Clothed in Humility Knowing God Opposes the Proud (1 Peter 5:5)
  • Understands He Will Give An Account Before God (Hebrews 13:17, James 3:1)

Leads His Family in Holiness

  • Manage His Own Household Well (1 Timothy 3:4)
  • With All Dignity Keeping His Children Submissive (1 Timothy 3:4, Titus 1:6)

Leads Others in Holiness

  • Hospitable (1 Timothy 3:2, Titus 1:8)
  • Able to Teach (1 Timothy 3:2)
  • Must Not Be a Recent Convert (1 Timothy 3:6)
  • Must Be Well Thought of By Outsiders (1 Timothy 3:7)
  • Able to Give Instruction in Sound Doctrine (Titus 1:10)
  • Able to Rebuke Those Who Contradict Sound Doctrine (Titus 1:10)
  • Shepherd the Flock of God Amongst Them (1 Peter 5:2)
  • Be an Example to the Flock (1 Peter 5:2)
  • Prays for the Body (Acts 6:4)
  • Appropriately Visits the Sick and Prays for Healing (James 5:14)
  • Does Nothing from Prejudice or Partiality (1 Timothy 5:21, James 2:1)

BIBLICAL MOTIVATIONS FOR THE ELDER CANDIDATE PROCESS

Good Motivations for Elder Consideration

  • Servant Heart (Mark 10:45, Matt 20:26)
  • Conviction to Teach (likely, not from a platform) God’s Word (1 Timothy 3:2, Titus 1:10)
  • Desire to Shepherd God’s Flock (1 Peter 5:2)
  • Desire to be God’s Watchman (Ezekiel 33:1-7)

Bad Motivations for Elder Consideration

  • Seeking Approval or Validation from Others (Galatians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 2:4)
  • Seeking Advancement in Business or Community Popularity (1 Thessalonians 2:5)
  • You Have the Available Time… So Why Not? (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)
  • You Were One of the Founding Families (James 2:1)
  • You Think Success in Business Will Mean Success to Ministry (James 4:13-15)
  • You Think God Loves, Likes, or Honors Elders Above Others (Ephesians 3:17-19)
  • You Have Been in Church Your Whole Life So This Feels Like the Next Step (1 Peter 5:2)
  • You Have a Desire to Preach from the Stage on Sundays
  • You Think the Most Faithful Men Will Be the Only Ones Chosen for the Role

PRACITCAL EXPECTATIONS OF AN ELDER AT THE SPRINGS

Weekly Time Expectations of Elders at The Springs:

  • 2 Hours – Weekly Elder Community Group
  • 1 Hour – Weekly Elder Prayer
  • 3 Hours – Weekly Leadership Meeting Overseeing The Springs
  • 2-4 Hours – Be Available to Support and Lead Pastoral Care Situations
  • TOTAL – 8 – 10 Hours a Week

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