Seeing the forest as well as the trees: Elder Qualifications – The Big Picture
- When you are considering a man as a candidate for elder and you ask him if he believes he meets the biblical qualifications, what do you hope he will say? What will you say to him if he feels he is not qualified? What if he feels that he is fully qualified?
- Though God’s standards for elders do not change, how might the application of these standards vary somewhat from one place to another, and from one church setting to another? Put differently, how might you apply these qualifications differently for a brand new church in a previously un-evangelized area, as compared with a long-standing church with a long history of good teaching and leadership?
- Read through Acts 13-20 and explain how Paul must have applied these qualifications for elders as he appointed elders in new churches, often quite soon after these churches came into being.
- Discuss this case-study: For many years missionary efforts have taken place in a certain land, which has been unresponsive to the gospel. Now, all of a sudden, people are professing faith and gathering as believers for instruction, fellowship, and worship. In the light of the qualifications Paul sets down in 1 Timothy and Titus, how would you go about appointing new elders in these emerging churches?