Chapter 16 – Why Character is Crucial (in potential elders)
What exactly is it about being an elder that requires both character and behavior that is “above reproach” (1 Tim. 3:2)?
“The primary practical reason that character is so important in an elder is that modeling godliness for others is central to his work.”
The examples set by the elders will be significant in shaping the congregation’s idea of spiritual maturity. Also, the examples set by the elders will be significant in developing a corporate witness to the community.
“Elders meet together regularly. Be careful, then, to choose men with the character to handle conversations in which unqualified men might sully their testimony or create discord by their own demeanor.”
The Great Meeting
“The most compelling reason of all that character is crucial for elders is our accountability to God.”
Elders will give account for the souls of the members under their care (Hebrews 13:17).
“Considering his accountability to God enabled Paul to respond to criticism and human judgment with godly patience rather than bitterness or anger.”
“Praise God for Christ’s righteousness credited to our account! Without it, no one would ever qualify to be an elder in God’s church. Still, part of being a deliberate church means being carefully biblical about who becomes an elder and why.”