The Biblical mandate for Church leadership is a plurality of elders who work in unity to oversee a local body of believers. The word translated “elder” is used nearly twenty times in Acts and the epistles in reference to this unique group of leaders who have responsibility for overseeing the people of God. Simply put, elders are Christian men (1 Tim. 2:11-12) that exhibit character qualities associated with the outworking of the Holy Spirit in their lives (1 Tim 3:2-13, Tit 1:5-9), and who have the ability and desire to teach and lead (1 Tim 3:1, 2, Tit 1:9).
Elders are appointed to serve the Church body by providing spiritual protection, instruction in sound doctrine, and discipline when needed. Elders are accountable to Christ and the Church membership. Elders are to provide overall leadership to the Church through prayer, the ministry of the Word, and pastoral care, and are to set the example for all Church members by their obedience to the mission of Christ and His Church (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 6:3-4; 20:28-31; 1 Corinthians 4:14-16; 1 Timothy 3:2; 5:17; Hebrews 13:7, 17; 1 Peter 5:1-4).
Since the character and effectiveness of any church is directly related to the quality of its leadership; we ask that you take this nomination seriously. Before you fill out this form, please take time to read 1 Timothy 3:1-11 and Titus 1:5-9, meditate on those passages, and pray for guidance. Once you are prepared, please evaluate each question of this form honestly based on your knowledge of the nominee’s qualifications for the office of Elder at Southside Church.