THE MINISTRY OF ELDERS - LIST OF CHARACTERISTICS

 

 

 

1.     They are selected from among the believers - Acts 6:3,5; Acts 14:22-23

 

2.     Approved of by the church - Acts 6:5

 

3.     Receive funds sent to the church for distribution to those in need - Acts 11:29-30

 

4.     In a position of financial leadership in the church - Acts 11:30

 

5.     Work with prophets as teachers in the local church - Acts 13:1-3

 

6.     Fasted and prayed with prophets in ministry to the Lord to get God's leading - Acts 13:2

 

7.     Used by God, along with prophets to send apostles out by laying on of hands - Acts 13:3-4

 

8.     Worked with apostles on an equal basis to establish doctrine - Acts 15:4-7; 1 Peter 5:1

 

9.     Interact with other churches to discuss doctrine - Acts 15:4-7

 

10. Bought approval of the entire church to decide doctrinal disputes - Acts 15:22

 

11. Were leaders along with apostles in the local church - Acts 15:23

 

12. Assumed accountability for the actions of believers in the local church - Acts 15:24

 

13. Are subject to other elders and apostles under the guidance of the Holy Spirit - Acts 15:25

 

14. Journeyed to other churches to help teach - Acts 15:33

 

15. Sent decrees (decisions) to other churches via apostles - Acts 15:27;16:4

 

16. Accompanied apostles on apostolic journeys at times - Acts 20:3-4

 

17. Received instruction and warnings from apostles - Acts 20:7-28; 1 Tim.3 & 4;1 Peter 5

 

18. Taught the scripture from house to house - Acts 20:20; 5:42

 

19. Accountable to fellow elders - Acts 20:28-30; 1 Peter 5:1-3

 

20. They are to shepherd (pastor) the flock of God - Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:2-3

 

21. Responsible to guard the flock - Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-3

 

22. Work as a group to lead the church - Acts 11:30;15:2-6,12-13,19,22-23;20:17,28;21:17-20

Ephesians 4:11; 1 Corinthians 12:28-29; 1 Peter 5:1-3;

 

23. Gave written instructions (along with the apostles) to the churches - Acts 15:22-24;16:4 Acts 21:20ff

 

24. Were appointed by the apostles in every church - Actsl4:22-23

 

25. Were led, along with the church, by the Holy Spirit - Acts 15:25,28

 

26. Gathered the church together for meetings - Acts 15:30

 

27. Taught the church as a group effort - Acts 15:30-31

 

28. Gave instructions to apostles for specific purposes of ministry - Acts 16:4

 

29. They “rule” (Greek word means lead) the church as a group - 1 Timothy 5:17

 

30. Work hard at teaching and preaching - 1 Timothy 5:17

 

31. Worthy of compensation for laboring in the Word - 1 Timothy 5:17-18

 

32. Not to be accused of wrongdoing unless there are 2-3 witnesses - 1 Timothy 5:19

 

33. If they continue in sin, must be rebuked before entire church - 1 Timothy 5:20

 

34. Must be without bias or partiality amongst the brethren - 1 Timothy 5:21

 

35. Must be above reproach - 1 Timothy 3:2

 

36. Must be the husband of one wife (no polygamy allowed) - 1 Timothy 3:2

 

37. Must be temperate ( sober ) - 1 Timothy 3:2

 

38. Must be self controlled, sensible, well-behaved, dignified - I Timothy 3:2

 

39. Must be hospitable - I Timothy 3:2

 

40. Must be able to teach - 1 Timothy 3:2

 

41. Not addicted to wine or pugnacious - 1 Timothy 3:3 42. Must be gentle - 1 Timothy 3:3

 

42. Must not be uncontentious - 1 Timothy 3:3

 

43. Must be free from the love of money - 1 Timothy 3:3

 

44. Must manage his own household well; keep his children under control - 1 Timothy 3:4

 

45. Manages the church - 1 Timothy 3:5

 

46. Must not be a new convert - 1 Timothy 3:6

 

47. Must not be conceited - 1 Timothy 3:6

 

48. Must have a good reputation to those outside the church - 1 Timothy 3:7

 

49. Called for by the church to pray for the sick - James 5:14

 

50. They are the oversight of the church - 1 Peter 5:1-3

 

51. Not to serve for financial gain - 1 Peter 5:2

 

52. Not to serve out of compulsion, but eagerly - 1 Peter 5:2

 

53. Not to be heavy-handed or overpower the flock - 1 Peter 5:2

 

54. Must be an example to the believers of godly living - 1 Peter 5:2

 

 

 


 

Links to the entire Pastors, Elders and Deacons Series:

 

What is the Biblical Role of a Pastor in the Church?

The Ministry of Elders

What Is The Scriptural Role Of A Deacon?

Disfellowshipping True Believers – Pastoral Misuse of Scripture

 

A New Church

 


 

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