10 Things You Should Know about Church Elders

10 Things You Should Know about Church Elders

10 Things You Should Know about Church Elders

Jeramie Rinne

Crossway Blog

Selected quotes from each point:

  1. The elders’ mission is to lead, teach, protect and love their church members the way shepherds care for the sheep in a flock, so that the church members will grow up into spiritual maturity
  2. Elders should do those things in a local church that they assume a pastor would do, even if they spend fewer hours per week than the paid pastor.
  3. Each congregation should have a team of shepherds.
  4. Elders must be self-controlled, sensible, holy, and hospitable.
  5. Church members should be able to see in their elders inspiring, albeit imperfect, examples of the character of Jesus.
  6. Elders must be able to teach (1 Timothy 3:2) so that they can build up the church in sound doctrine and refute false teachers (Titus 1:9; cf. Acts 20:30-31). Elder teaching can take lots of shapes: one-to-one instruction, small groups, classes, or preaching.
  7. God calls his shepherds to provide leadership for the flock, and, in general, God expects the church to submit to that leadership (Hebrews 13:17).
  8. If married, an elder should be “a one-woman man” (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6), which at the very least means that he is a faithful husband. If he has children, he must parent them well so they’re not out of control (1 Timothy 3:4).
  9. Just as God calls men to be the heads of their households, so he calls faithful men to lead his church.
  10. Good elders never lose that awareness that they themselves are still sheep, utterly dependent on the grace of the Good Shepherd.

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