Elder Qualifications & Functions


Acts 6:1-6; 20:28; 1 Tim. 3:1-7; 5:3-25; Titus 1:5-9; Heb. 13:7-17; James 3:13-18; 1 Pet. 5:1-4

Elder Qualifications

  • Integrity in character: above reproach, blameless; not volatile, self-controlled, sober-minded; good reputation with church and world; hospitable; not given to drunkenness; gentle, not violent or quick-tempered; not quarrelsome; not a lover of money; not headstrong, but considering of other opinions; a lover of what is good; righteous; good conduct; meek; pure; peaceable; gentle; open to reason; full of mercy and good fruit; impartial; sincere
  • Integrity in family: husband of only 1 wife; manages family well; children obey you and show you respect; children believe the gospel; children not considered wild or disobedient
  • Doctrine: able to teach, faithfully teaches the word of God to people
  • Integrity in faith: not a recent convert, has a faith/obedience that is worthy of imitation

Elder Functions

  • Elder = Overseer/Supervisor/Shepherd
  • Ensure you and the flock are walking faithfully (includes church discipline and helping resolve major conflicts)
  • Instruct in the word and pure doctrine (direct teaching as well as general doctrinal oversight over others teaching, contributing, etc)
  • Set an example in faith and faithfulness
  • Ensure physical needs of church are met (eventually, delegated to deacons – Acts 6:1-6)
  • (Pray – Acts 6:4; 1 Tim. 2)

Please let me know if anything is missing here.


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