Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Selecting Elders

Here is a quick guide on resources for selecting elders as gleaned from the internet:

9marks articles (the first one from D.A. Carson no less!):
Defining Elders
Electing Elders
Pastors' and Theologians' Forum on Selecting Elders

Matt Proctor, Top Ten Questions for Potential Elders

Bethlehem Baptist Resource Packet Materials for Selecting Elders:

And finally one last insight from my new favorite 79 year old minister/blogger/historian/Isaac Asimov fan who in his post on selecting elders also reminds us that "cows [like churches] always need milking". I am not kidding, this guy posts irregularly but is full of wisdom: read Selecting Elders

Finally... The Criterion of St. Paul:
An overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. Titus 1:7-9

Why not just ask the potential elder questions based on the above?

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