Elder Qualifications 1

Restoring Pastoral Eldership Curriculum
Chuck Gianotti
This is part 1 of 3 of the topic Qualifications of an Elder in the series Restoring Pastoral Eldership



I. Necessity for B______________ Qualifications

A. It is a matter of first importance.

B. Three important reasons for the necessity of biblical qualifications:

1. To protect the church from u__________ men in leadership

1. To help improve the elders’ moral and s_______________ character

1. To help improve the elders’ s_________________________ skills

II. Qualifications for Elders

A. Desire

1. S________________-Given Desire

"Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God.” (Acts 20:28 ESV)

2. P____________________ Desire

“The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.” (1 Tim. 3:1)

3. O_____________________ Desire

"Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly” (1 Peter 5:2).

Discuss It
1. Explain how the list of elder qualifications provided in the Bible is more than a checklist for an individual’s competence to eldership.
Discuss It
2. What evidences do you see in the 21st century that the Holy Spirit still “appoints” individuals to eldership in the church?
Discuss It
3. Discuss ways that can be used to differentiate an individual’s selfish desire for eldership from an obedient desire which is Spirit-led.
Apply It
Make cue cards for all the qualifications listed with one on each card. Put each one in turn in a prominent place to help you remember and pray each day that God will mold your character to match it.