Choosing Potential Leaders
Elders & Deacons fill important Biblical roles in our church leadership. If you're a member of Grace, you can nominate individuals to become Elder & Deacon candidates. Prayerfully consider taking this step with us in the church leadership process.
Elders & Deacons must meet Biblical qualifications. Please read the essential qualities for Elders & Deacons & their Biblical basis before sending nominations.
Elders help our pastors lead & teach the church body. They're especially devoted to prayer, multiplying leaders, & oversight of our congregation.
- Desire to lead
- Good character
- Able to teach
- Not greedy
- Manages & loves family well
- Has a good reputation outside the church
- Knows & uses truth to encourage others & defend the Gospel
- Shepherding demeanor
- Theologically wise
“The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.”
“An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe & are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless–not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy & disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine & refute those who oppose it.”
“Keep watch over yourselves & all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you & will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise & distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for 3 years I never stopped warning each of you night & day with tears. Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up & give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs & the needs of my companions. In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”
Deacons are gifted servants who respond to & manage needs in our church family. They're organized into teams that fill specific areas of need at Grace.
Current Deacons can be nominated for the position of Elder.
- Not double-tongued
- Not addicted to alcohol
- Not greedy
- Lifestyle consistent with professed belief
- Lives above reproach
- Serious about faith
“Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children & their own households well. For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves & also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.”