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1 Ministerial Association of the General Conference
ELDER’S TRAINING SEMINAR Based on the Elder’s Handbook Ministerial 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 comes from a personal encounter with Christ.

5 Qualifications: 2. Daily commitment
Commitment, deep spirituality, and strong moral character are necessary attributes of Christian leadership, but they do not come naturally. As a Christian leader, you cannot hope to have the power to lead your people in God’s way unless you make a commitment to daily devotions.

6 Qualifications: 3. Time commitment
No commitment is total unless it includes a commitment of time. If you are not able to spend two to four hours a week doing the work of an elder, you probably should decline the position. You must not let church work cause you to neglect your family and other responsibilities.

7 Example to members Support church doctrine
Maintain strong family relationships Be 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 mistakes Elders 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 members Follow your leaders Be an enabler of members

10 Ordination Purpose of ordination
“It was an acknowledged form of designation to an appointed office and a recognition of one’s authority 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 lead out 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 Authority They 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 serve only 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 their obligation to their pastor, church board, and the church business meeting.

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