Who are Elders?
The position of Elder is one of servant leadership, vision, and spiritual oversight. Those chosen to elders must be men and women who possess spirits of charity and are deeply grounded in the wisdom of God’s Word. They must be spiritually discerning and have high moral character.
Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.1 Timothy 3:1-7
The position of elder is meant to be a position of servanthood and service, representing Christ through the Holy Spirit’s workings. Those chosen to elders must be men and women who possess spirits of charity and are deeply grounded in the wisdom of God’s Word. They must be spiritually discerning, they must have high moral character.