Presentation on theme: "Ministerial Association of the General Conference"— Presentation transcript:
1 Ministerial Association of the General Conference ELDER’S TRAINING SEMINARBased on the Elder’s HandbookMinisterial Association of the General Conference
2 The Elder’s Call and Qualification Chapter 2 – Part 1
3 Calling and Election Called by God The call to be an elder is a call from GodElders who realize that their calling comes firstfrom God, will most appreciate the importance and seriousness of their leadership responsibility.
4 Calling and Election Elected by congregation Elders should not be elected because they already hold some position of importance in the community, or because they have been successful in business, or are wealthy.
5 Calling and Election Elected by congregation They have no official position or authority in the church unless they have also been elected by the congregation.
6 Elder’s job description In the New TestamentAppointed in every congregation.Highly respected.They gave leadership in prayer, and anointed the sick.
7 Elder’s job description In the New TestamentThey carried significant leadership andadministrative responsibilities.They were to be shepherds, overseers, and examples.Jesus said to Peter, “Shepherd my sheep...”
8 Job Description Spiritual Leadership Should be respected by their congregation.Be able to speak well.Have consecrated lives.Have spiritual leadership ability.
9 Job Description General oversight, along with the Pastor Keep a watchful eye over each activity and department.Be involved in planning, staffing, training, andguiding the entire church program.
10 Job Description General oversight, along with the Pastor Demonstrate skills in worship leadership.At the pastor’s request, or in his absence, serveas chair of board and at business meetings.Elders should be committed to outreach andhave a clear vision of the church’s mission.
11 Elder’s job description NurtureElders are not only overseers, but shepherds.Prepare new members for baptism.Provide the special love and nurture new members need.Help new members make firm friendships within the church.
12 Elder’s job description Small ChurchesTake responsibility for almost all the detailed administration of the church.Plan to preach often.Plan to lead out in worship service, including Communion.Call and chair the church board or business meeting in the pastor’s absence.
13 Elder’s job description Small ChurchesOrganize and participate in the visitation of members.Oversee the evangelistic plans for the church.Train the congregation in stewardship.Give general oversight to church finances.
14 Elder’s job description Large ChurchesTeam of Elders and the first elder.Board of Elders.III. Serve as members of the church board.