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"An elder is a qualified and called man, set apart for leadership of the church. Sometimes referred to as an overseer, and described as a shepherd or pastor. (Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:11-14; 1 Peter 5:1-3)."
WHAT IS AN ELDER?
What is an Elder?
An elder is a qualified and called man, set apart for leadership of the church. Sometimes referred to as an overseer, and described as a shepherd or pastor. (Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:11-14; 1 Peter 5:1-3)
What are the qualification of an Elder?
The qualification of elders are laid out in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. Though these lists are largely identical, there is some variation. As a result, neither list can be seen as exhaustive. In short, elders are to be known for their prayer life (1 Tim 2:8) modeling Christ-like service (Matthew 20:26-28; 1 Peter 5:2) and being practically responsible in their homes and in the workplace (1 Timothy 3:4-7).
Why do you have Elders?
At Crosswind we have elders because it is biblical. It appears that if not all, the overwhelming majority of churches in the New Testament had some form of elder leadership (see Acts 14:23, 15:2, 20:17; Titus 1:5; James 1:1, 5:14; 1 Peter 1:1, 5:1)
We also have elders because it is a practical way to govern the church. Because our board of elders is only made up of 8 men, decisions can be made quickly and unanimously for the good of the church. Additionally, because these men are responsible for the direction and vision of the local church, there is no need to change direction every time a new staff member or pastor is hired. (Though the pastor is an elder, he is only the first among equals) In short, a church led by elders can have continuity of vision regardless of who the primary communicator happens to be.
Do individual church members have a say?
Absolutely. Elder’s meetings are held once a month at Crosswind and are divided into three parts. The first part of the meeting is open to every Crosswind member. During this time members have an opportunity to voice their ideas, concerns, and questions. The second part of the meeting is strictly for elders. It is during this time that decisions are prayerfully made. The final part of the meeting is for the elders without the pastor. This will give them an opportunity to discuss matters of which the pastor should have no say (i.e. the pastor’s salary and benefits package).
Does Crosswind Have Deacons?
At this point Crosswind church does not have any active deacons as a part of our congregation; however, we are actively praying through and discerning God’s will for His church.