As we prepare for our annual election of those people who will serve in leadership roles in CEFC, each of us needs to prayerfully consider the men who are on the ballot for our two governing boards – elders and deacons. Please read the Scriptures named in the text below so you have a full understanding of the expectations the Lord has for those who would be the wise and mature spiritual leaders of an evangelical church body.
In the revised bylaws that we will also be voting on January 26, the section on Elders is as follows:
“Section 3 – Elders
A. His Character:An elder shall qualify according to Titus 1:5-9 and shall have a high standard of character growth and life style (I Timothy 3: 1-7). He shall be one recognized as godly, of good reputation, with evidence of wisdom and fruits of the Spirit’s control (to be further addressed in the church Policy Manual).
B. Duties: The Board of Elders serves on behalf of the congregation and under the headship of Christ to provide spiritual oversight and shepherding of the congregation. They also supervise and delegate the ministry of the church (Ephesians 4:11-16, 1 Peter 5:1-5), which may include initiating, overseeing, and evaluating the various ministries and administration of the church and coordinating its program (see also Article IV – Ministries).
C. Structure: The Board of Elders shall consist of the pastor(s) and optimally at least three and no more than six elders elected by the church membership. Each elder shall serve a two (2) year term, with the terms offset to enable continuity on the Board. The maximum consecutive terms shall be limited to two (2) terms. If an elder should not be able to fulfill his elected term, then the Board of Elders may appoint a man to fill the remainder of that term.
D. Church Chairman: At their first meeting after the Annual Congregational Meeting, the Elders shall choose one of their members to serve as Church Chairman and another member to serve as Secretary of the Board of Elders. The Chairman shall serve as the President of the Corporation. The Chairman and Pastor shall be responsible for coordinating the ministries of the church through the Board of Elders. He shall chair the Board of Elders and the church congregation meetings.
E. Dismissal. Should an elder exhibit an attitude or personal conduct not consistent with the scriptural requirements of the office, the process as outlined in Matthew 18:15-20, I Timothy 5:19 and Galatians 6:1-5 shall be followed. If this does not result in a satisfactory change, he shall be removed from the Board. Removal can be done by a unanimous recommendation of the remaining elders and a sixty seven percent (67%) majority vote of members present. (See Article II Section 2 – Quorum)”
In our next post, we will look at the qualifications and duties of those who wish to serve on the board of deacons.