WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO BE AN ELDER?
Calling - Calling is both inward and outward. A candidate should desire to serve and be recognized by others as possessing the gifts and graces necessary for the task. This is not an easy task and the potential elder should feel God has “called” them to do this.
Character - Though no leader can expect to be perfect, he or she must be exemplary, modeling in a consistent way the character of Christ. 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1:5-9 offer a useful summary of the character qualifications.
Competency - God calls elders to serve in distinct and varying ways. A candidate should evidence the inclination [feeling of being “called”] and ability to fulfill this particular biblical role. They should be able to equip and care for people spiritually and should know their way around the Bible and be able to teach it. They should be comfortable praying with people in need and should be good managers.
Compatibility - Candidates need to understand and fit into Grace Church’s life and vision. An elder candidate should not be considered if they are not already serving the body of Grace, giving to the mission of Grace, as well as showing evidence of evangelism (in it’s many forms) outside the walls of Grace. Elder are expected to continue in their current ministries while they serve as elders. They also must have attended Grace Church for a period of no less than 2 years.
Comprehension - Candidates need to understand and accept Grace Church's convictions about theology and church government.