Eldership FAQ Is there a correct way to address an elder who is no longer effective? Can a single man be an elder in light of the qualification that an elder be a "husband of one wife"? What does "honor" mean in 1 Timothy 5:18? Should an elder accept "payment" for performing a wedding or funeral? Are the elders the sole authorized interpreters of Scripture in the local church? Can a sick person go to any older, godly person according to James 5:14-15, or does this verse apply only to approaching the recognized elders of the church? How long should an elder serve? What can I do about nervousness when I give announcements or teach or am otherwise up front. I am a new elder. Must an elder be married and have children? How could the earliest NT elders be sound in doctrine before the NT was written down and circulated?