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Duties of an Elder

The ministry to which a person is called when he becomes an elder can best be described in the following ways:

  1. Visitation. The elder will be responsible for the spiritual nurture and care of those members in his parish. He will visit members in their homes for prayer and encouragement. He will also assist in giving Bible studies to prospective members.
  2. Worship services. The elder will lead the worship service as scheduled. He will review the order of service ahead of time to insure that all responsible parties are prepared and ready to serve.
  3. Preaching. The elder may be asked to preach when the pastor is out-of-town or not available.
  4. A Spiritual Mentor. The spiritual life of an elder should constantly lead members of the church to seek a deeper spiritual experience for themselves. I Timothy, chapter 3, describes the Christian life of an elder in these words: “. . . above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle. . .” An elder should model, by his or her devotional life, Christian personality and spiritual interest, a higher ideal for each member to reach. The elder should reflect the fruits of the Spirit in his or her relationship with others: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
  5. Church Administration. An elder should always attempt to make a positive contribution to the organization and progress of the church. While doing this, he or she should not try to dominate or control but rather enable others to participate in decision-making in the church and ministry. An elder often serves in an advisory capacity to various departments, committees, and projects.
    • An elder is a member of the church board and attends on a regular basis in order to provide input and counsel regarding church issues.
    • The board of elders will meet together with the pastor once per month for visioning, administration, prayer, and counsel. This is typically on the Sunday morning before the scheduled board meeting.

Appropriate Spiritual Gifts:

  • Exhortation – The special ability God gives some to bring encouragement and comfort to others.
  • Pastor/Shepherd – The ability to carry a personal responsibility for the spiritual welfare of a group of believers and act as a shepherd, overseer, protector, and guide to the church.
  • Administration – The ability to guide the church in meeting it’s goals.
  • Leadership – The ability to help others set goals and communicate these goals to others.

Time Commitment:
Including Sabbath duty, most elders will need to plan on two to four hours per week to carry out their duties.

Christian Disciplines

  3. Help someone, a friend, colleague or a member of your family (Child; helpers; visiting relative) to make a firm commitment to become a follower of Jesus Christ. (CULTIVATE THE SOIL AND NOURISH THE CROP);
  4. Help someone a friend, colleague or a member of your family (Child; helpers; visiting relative) to make a commitment for baptism (Harvest);
  5. Help one backslider to make a firm re-commitment to become a follower of Jesus Christ. (PRESERVE)

Disciplines of a Good Steward

1.SET APART the first moments of each day to spend time with God. “Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice. (Ps 55:17). Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; cf. 1 Peter 5:7  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 5 (cf Ps 1:2 )

2.Improve RELATIONSHIPS through LOVE, FORGIVENESS, and RECONCILIATION. Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. (Heb. 12:14).

3.ESTABLISH one new HEALTHY HABIT in order to hear God's voice more clearly. Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. (3 John 2).

4.Ask the HOLY SPIRIT to GUIDE you to those in your daily life who are open to hearing what God has done for you, and God’s GIFT of GRACE for them. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s possession, so that you may PROCLAIM THE VIRTUES of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light,  (1 Pe 2:9)

5.PREPARE for and ENJOY the SABBATH. …be careful to obey my rules, 20 and keep my Sabbaths holy that they may be a sign between me and you, that you may know that I am the Lord your God.’ (Eze 20:19–20).

6.Faithfully RETURN God’s TITHE which is 10% of whatever income He FIRST gives to you. "Honour the Lord with your capital and sufficiency [from righteous labours] and with the first fruits of all your income" (Proverbs 3:9

7. PROMISE a percentage ( ____ %) of your income as a regular offering. “Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you” (Deut 16:17

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