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 2
3 Qualifications: Committed to Christ Spirituality must have a private dimension before it can have a public influence. You dare not expect to lead further than you have been led.
4 Qualifications: 1. Total commitment To give others what you yourself do not have is an impossible and frustrating task.Real power springs from spirituality that comesfrom a personal encounter with Christ.
5 Qualifications: 2. Daily commitment Commitment, deep spirituality, and strong moralcharacter are necessary attributes of Christianleadership, but they do not come naturally.As a Christian leader, you cannot hope to havethe power to lead your people in God’s way unlessyou make a commitment to daily devotions.
6 Qualifications: 3. Time commitment No commitment is total unless it includes acommitment of time. If you are not able to spendtwo to four hours a week doing the work of anelder, you probably should decline the position.You must not let church work cause you to neglectyour family and other responsibilities.
7 Example to members Support church doctrine Maintain strong family relationshipsBe sexually pure. Being in love with your spouse, aware of your vulnerability, cautious of counseling the opposite sex, especially on intimate matters, and being spiritually strong.
8 Example to members Overcome racial prejudice Be an exemplary giver Admit your mistakesElders are expected to have exemplary character. But remember, God asks nothing of you that He is not willing and able to empower you to do.
9 Leader of members Elders must love people Keep the church unity Ability to work with church membersFollow your leadersBe an enabler of members
10 Ordination Purpose of ordination “It was an acknowledged form of designation toan appointed office and a recognition of one’sauthority in that office.” The Acts of the Apostles, 162
11 Ordination: Three categories of ordained officers: 1. The gospel minister:Called to preach, teach, administer the ordinances, and provide pastoral care for church members.2. The elders:Called to lead and minister to local congregations, performing pastoral functions as well.3. The deacons:Called to care for the physical needs of the church and its members.
12 What is Ordination? Ordination is a public recognition of: God’s call of the individual to this specific ministry.God’s enabling the person for this ministry by providing the spiritual gifts needed.The congregation’s recognition and approval of God’s call and an expression of its willingness to follow the individual’s leadership.
13 Prerequisites to Ordination It includes a call by God and election by a local church.The church teaches that elders should be a person of experience and chosen wisely.The Church Manual suggests that ordination should occur soon after elders are elected.
14 The ceremony of ordination The ordination service:Performed by an ordained minister.Ordained ministers and elders in the congregation may assist.Prepare a good ceremony
15 Authority granted Ordination is meant to be permanent: Elder’s are recognized for their entire life.Recognized when:Elected in the same position either in the same or another church.Elected as Deacon.
16 Authority granted Authority of the Elder: May officiate at the communion service. May leadout in a funeral service.May request the conference/mission to arrange for the rite of baptism.
17 Authority granted Elders may not: Loss of ordination: Perform a marriage service.Loss of ordination:By apostasy or improper behavior.
18 Limited AuthorityThey function as elders as long as the church elects them to the office.Only the local church can elect elders. Conferences/missions cannot.Normally, the local church pastor ordains them.
19 Limited Authority They are to be ordained in the presence of the local congregation they will serve.Their ordination authorizes them to serveonly in the church that elects them.
20 Limited Authority They may serve in more than one church if other churches elect them.The authority of elders is limited by theirobligation to their pastor, church board, andthe church business meeting.