The elders of Christ Community Church lovingly and skillfully lead and direct the church. They are tested men with a love for God and His Word, Christ-like character, and ministry competency for the building up of the Body of Christ. See their contact information as well as Biblical teachings on eldership below. To read our elders' "bios" click here.
To contact the elders, please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
The church depends upon its leadership. The health, productivity, strength, and fruitfulness of a church directly reflect the quality of its leadership. Christ is the head of the church and the head Shepherd, while elders are His under-shepherds.
Biblically, the focal point of all church leadership is the elder. It is the elders who are given the responsibility and ministry of shepherding God’s flock (1 Peter 5:1-4) through teaching, protecting, ruling, and caring (1 Tim. 5:17; Acts 20:28-31; Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 5:2).
The Elders have final authority in all matters pertaining to the church. The Elders are responsible:
- To manage the household of God which is the church (1 Timothy 3:4-5; Heb. 13:17).
- To lead by example and through biblical teaching (1 Pet. 5:3; 1 Tim. 3:2, 5:17).
- To promote and defend sound doctrine (Acts 20:28; Titus 1:9).
- To shepherd the church in biblical direction under the leadership of the Chief Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Pet. 5:1-4).
- To watch over the purity of the church by the exercise of church discipline (Matt. 18:15-17; 2 Thess. 3:10-15; Titus 3:10-11).
- To pray for the flock of God (James 5:14).
- To see that the church exists to spread the gospel through evangelism and missions (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts. 1:8).
- To equip the people of God for ministry and growth toward maturity in Jesus Christ (Eph. 4:11-17). To learn more about Biblical Eldership click here. This is a summary of Alexander Strauch's monumental work entitled Biblical Eldership.
Any male candidate seeking the noble task of an elder must evidence and be committed to the following characteristics of Christian maturity as expressed in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9.
- Above Reproach - A man of good reputation, not liable to criticism, above reproach.
- The Husband of One Wife - A man completely and totally consecrated and devoted to his wife. One morally pure in close, intimate relationship with her.
- Temperate - A man who has a clear perspective on life, sober, remaining stable and steadfast with a biblical, spiritual orientation. This is the man who stays, “calm, cool, and collected” in the midst of a trial. This does not mean that he cannot be passionate, or have righteous anger over sin. It does mean that he is careful how he expresses these things so as to be moderate.
- Self-Controlled - A man of sound mind and judgment, prudent and sensible in thought, with a proper view of the grace of God. A man not enslaved to addictive behaviors.
- Respectable - A man who is living a well-ordered life, well-behaved, of good behavior and good report.
- Hospitable - A man whose basic motive is loving strangers, willing to reach out to others, demonstrating acts of love, opening his home and sharing his resources.
- Able To Teach - A man who demonstrates teachability as well as ability to teach, one with deep convictions regarding the authenticity and accuracy of the Word of God and skilled to refute those who contradict the Holy Scriptures with gentleness and patience.
- Not Given To Drunkenness - A man who does not linger beside wine, not addicted to much wine. Not abusive in this way, but rather known by sobriety.
- Not Violent - A man who does not exhibit irrational behavior, does not physically strike out at others or does not verbally abuse others.
- Gentle - A man who displays sweet reasonableness, graciousness, forbearance and consideration. One characterized by meekness and kindness.
- Not Quarrelsome - A man not given to argument, contentiousness. To abstain from fighting and to work toward peaceful settlement, the building up of one another.
- Not a Lover of Money - A man who is free from the influence of money, not a seeker of profit. To avoid focus on the material side of life to the loss of spiritual perspective.
- Manages His Own Household Well - A man of proven ability to manage the affairs of his household, revealing a capacity to oversee and lead. A well ordered household is a true test of mature oversight.
- Respected by His Children through Obedience - A man who is respected by his children as displaying responsible leadership in the family. A responsible leader is obeyed by his followers in family.
- Not a Recent Convert - A man who has been given time to display a genuine commitment to Christ and mature perspective on the Christian life. To protect new converts from premature exposure to leadership and come under the influence of pride and conceit.
- Of Good Reputation from Outsiders - A man who has received good reports from the unsaved world, his community. Not criticized or faulted for his attitude or behavior.
- Not Overbearing - A man who is not self-willed, arrogantly disregarding the interest of others in order to please himself.
- Not Quick-Tempered - A man not given to anger who allows himself to become suddenly upset, disturbed and emotionally out of control. Not a brooder or grudge bearer.
- Loves What Is Good and Upright - A man who desires to do good, a resister of evil. One who walks in good works, conforming his conduct to right standards.
- Holy - A man who is devout, an inner attitude of conforming to what is felt to be pleasing to God and consistent to biblical principles.
- Disciplined - A man having the inner strength that enables him to control his bodily appetites and passions.
The overseer or bishop is another term for the same official position of leadership as the “elder.” This is seen in the interchange of the two terms in Titus 1 and in Acts 20:17, 28, as well as in the parallels between these verses and 1 Tim 3:1-7. That is why we have referenced some passages which may not explicitly mention an “elder.” In addition, while the term “elder” isn’t used in Matt. 28 (the Great Commission), this along with many other passages, could be used to speak of the responsibility of church leaders (e.g., making disciples. See also Eph. 4; 1Thess. 5:12-13; cf. Heb. 13:7, 17).