AN  ELDER  LED  CHURCH


HOW THE CHURCH IS LED

The head of FBC is Jesus Christ (Eph. 5:23; Col. 1:18). As an organization we seek to reflect His priorities in all we do and how we do it. No decision is made that would knowingly contradict any of Jesus’ teaching. Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we strive to discern God’s direction for us as a church. In all that we do in leadership, whether in planning or implementing, we will seek to glorify God (Eph. 3:20-21).


THE ROLE OF LEADERS

The New Testament is clear that the church is to be led by a plurality of godly leaders under the oversight and watch-care of elders (Acts 14:23, 20:17; Titus 1:5). The elders are given ultimate responsibility and authority to see that the church remains on a true course biblically (Matt. 16: 18-19). Those a part of First Baptist are to be appropriately shepherded, fed through insightful and accurate teaching, and well managed with the assistance of other competent and godly leaders in the church.

The elders are members of the body who provide general watch care and oversight of the church (Acts 20:28; I Peter 5:2-3). They continually evaluate the teaching ministry of the church and review major ministry decisions and strategic directions. They use their wisdom, discernment and shepherding gifts to ensure FBC remains Christ-centered and biblically-based (Titus 1:9). The elders of the church are to care about the spiritual and physical well-being of members, regularly praying for the sick and those in need (James 5:14-15). They are to guard the body against harmful influences, confronting those who are contradicting biblical truth (Acts 20:29-31), or who are continuing in patterns of sinful behavior (Gal. 6:1-2).


SELECTION OF ELDERS

Scriptures teach that when one sets his heart on being an elder he seeks a noble thing (I Tim. 3:1). The Bible also gives evidence of the first elders being appointed by the founders of the church (Acts 14:23). By this example it is implied that the existing spiritual leadership of a church be intimately involved in the process of selecting elders to ensure selection is based on the spiritual qualifications. Beyond this requirement, there are no specific guidelines given regarding the selection process.


PROCESS FOR ELDER SELECTION

Any man who is a member of FBC and feels led to be an elder may begin an in depth study of biblical eldership alongside a current elder. The church body is made aware of those undertaking the study and may give input to the elders during this time of study. After completion of the study, any man who then feels led to be an elder and is considered qualified to serve as an elder, will be appointed by the current elders. The church body will then be asked to confirm that appointment at the next annual meeting.