John Maxwell has often said that everything rises and falls on leadership. That is true in the life of the church.
Every four years, Church at Red River members nominate men of character and integrity, whom they believe are serving in the life of the church in a way that reflects the ministry of an elder. Eight elders are appointed by the pastor and his associates from among the nominations made, and those elders will serve the congregation on the Elder Board for four years. Anyone who is re-nominated and appointed may serve as many times as the congregation and pastor choose.
Elders serve the congregation and the senior pastor for the development of the spiritual life of the church. These men and their wives are to help create a positive spiritual climate within the church Body. They are not members of the pastoral staff of the church. The elders meet the biblical qualifications for eldership and function in that calling, but derive their income from sources other than the church.
What are the biblical qualifications for an elder?
Here are two passages from scripture that describe the character of someone who would serve well as an elder:
1 Timothy 3:1-7 (New Living Translation) “This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be an elder, he desires an honorable position.” So an elder must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach. He must not be a heavy drinker or be violent. He must be gentle, not quarrelsome, and not love money. He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him. For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church? An elder must not be a new believer, because he might become proud, and the devil would cause him to fall. Also, people outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the devil’s trap."
Titus 1:6-9 (New Living Translation) "An elder must live a blameless life. He must be faithful to his wife, and his children must be believers who don’t have a reputation for being wild or rebellious. For an elder must live a blameless life. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered; he must not be a heavy drinker, violent, or dishonest with money. Rather, he must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must love what is good. He must live wisely and be just. He must live a devout and disciplined life. He must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong."
What is the function of an elder? Elders are to:
- Maintain and teach by living a godly, Christian lifestyle;
- Provide a prayer shield for the pastoral team and the local church;
- Defend, protect and support the integrity of the pastoral team and the local church;
- Pray for the sick;
- Organize, implement and execute licensing and ordination requirements and procedures
- Mediate disputes among the brethren;
- Confirm or reject pastoral appointments and dismissals to the board of trustees and the board of overseers;
- Contact the board of overseers to initiate investigation and potential discipline of the senior pastor;
- Represent the church to other local churches.
Who are our current elders?
- Frank and Trudy Carr
- Don and Karen Culbertson
- George and Diane DeDual
- Aaron and Monika Grimsley
- Manson and Ginny Reynolds
- William and Candy Roby
- Gary and Laurette Thiemann
Church at Red River Member Responsibility:
If you are a member of Church at Red River, having gone through the membership process, you are encouraged to submit four names as your nominations for the Elder Board. Nominate men from our congregation whom you see actively engaged in leading others to become more like Christ, and who reflect the character described in the passages from 1 Timothy and Titus. And remember that you can nominate men who are currently serving as elders.