God has placed within our church men to serve as elders. These are men who meet the biblical qualifications for serving as an elder, who feel called to serve as an elder, and who are willing to serve in this capacity. The lead elder for our church is our pastor. The elders are accountable to one another and the church body. The Bible uses three terms to describe the same group of leaders in the church: elder, shepherd and overseer. The elders at Lake Placid Baptist Church will serve in these roles, in accordance with the job description found in the Operations Manual [and found below].
Process of Appointing Elders:
- The elders will prayerfully consider asking a man to serve as an elder.
- The man under consideration should pray and examine the qualifications of 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:6-9, and 1 Peter 5:1-4. He must review the job description and determine whether the Lord is leading him to serve as an elder at this time.
- If he does feel led to serve as an elder, the current elders will send a letter to all church members, which includes:
- The person being considered to serve as an elder
- The biblical qualifications for a man to serve as an elder
- The Elders Job Description of Lake Placid Baptist Church
- A brief summary by the man being considered, including his salvation and why he feels called to serve as an elder
- An invitation for people to respond to the letter. Those who feel that he should not serve as an elder must communicate this to our pastor or one of the other elders in a timely fashion. These responses will be kept in strict confidence.
- The current elders will examine the negative responses, and address them as needed. They will address them in accordance with 1 Timothy 5:19.
- If there are no negative responses, or if the negative responses have been shown to not be sufficient reason for him to be disqualified from serving, then the man will be appointed as an elder by the other elders.
- The church family will then affirm this man as an elder of the church. This affirmation and celebration will be done on a Sunday morning worship service of the church.
- Length of service and removal of elders:
- There is no term limit for an elder. The Bible does not indicate a term limit for elders.
- Removal of elders:
- Any elder may be removed from office at any regular meeting of the elders if he is found to be physically or mentally incapacitated or spiritually unqualified (according to pertinent Scriptures, including 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:6-9, and 1 Peter 5:1-4), and after thorough corroborating investigation by the elders, in accord with the procedures prescribed by pertinent Scriptures, including Matthew 18:15-18 and 1 Timothy 5:19.
- When an elder is removed because of sin that is deemed sufficient to disqualify him from shepherding, and if he refuses to repent from that sin, the removal shall be accompanied by a public rebuke, and notice shall be made before the church and the congregation publicly, as prescribed in 1 Timothy 5:20.
- An elder may remove himself from serving as an elder, if he feels that he is unable to serve because of physical, mental, spiritual, or other reasons. This would include him feeling led by the Lord to focus more attention on another aspect of ministry.
Biblical Qualifications for Elders:
Each elder must be an active member of this church and possess the qualifications listed in 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:6-9, and 1 Peter 5:1-4.
- An elder must be a man. (1 Timothy 3:1, Titus 1:6-9)
- He must have a God-given desire to serve in this role. (1 Timothy 3:1, 1 Peter 5:2)
- He must be blameless, above reproach, an example for others to follow. (1 Timothy 3:2, Titus 1:6, 1 Peter 5:3)
- He must be the husband of one wife, a one-woman man. (1 Timothy 3:2, Titus 1:6)
- He must be temperate. (1 Timothy 3:2)
- He must be self-controlled. (1 Timothy 3:2, Titus 1:8)
- He must be respectable. (1 Timothy 3:2)
- He must be hospitable. (1 Timothy 3:2, Titus 1:8)
- He must be able to teach; he can exhort others and refute false teaching. (1 Timothy 3:2, Titus 1:9)
- He must not be given to drunkenness. (1 Timothy 3:3, Titus 1:7)
- He must not be violent but gentle. (1 Timothy 3:3, Titus 1:7)
- He must not be quarrelsome. (1 Timothy 3:3, Titus 1:7)
- He must not be a lover of money; not pursuing dishonest gain. (1 Timothy 3:3, Titus 1:7, 1 Peter 5:2)
- He must manage his family well; his children are faithful, not accused of rebellion to God. (1 Timothy 3:4-5, Titus 1:6)
- He must not be a recent convert. (1 Timothy 3:6)
- He must have a good reputation with outsiders. (1 Timothy 3:7)
- He must be a servant-leader. (1 Peter 5:2-3)
Elders Job Description:
- Ministry of the Word of God (Acts 2:42, Acts 6:4)
- Study and preparation
- Ministry of prayer (Acts 6:4, Philippians 1:3-6, James 5:13-16)
- Personal prayer
- Prayer for others
- Prayer with others
- Prayer for church ministries
- Equipping the saints (Matthew 22:37-40, Ephesians 4:11-13, 1 Peter 5:1-4)
- Communicate vision to the congregation of how God is leading us
- Oversee the various ministries of the church
- Disciple and develop leaders
- Equip others to share their faith
- Encourage people spiritually
- Show care and compassion to those in need
- Give wisdom
- Guard others from false teaching/teachers
- Work with other elders to discipline when necessary
- Ministry to the community (Matthew 9:35-38, Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8)
- Build relationships to advance the cause of Christ
- Look for ways for our church to serve others and share Christ with others
approved in business meeting on 08/01/2006