At Crossroads Bible Church it is time once again to select Elders to join our leadership team. It is always a deliberate process, and one that demands careful, and prayerful, thinking. I have long appreciated the commitment of our leaders to select other leaders that live out the biblical qualifications (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4)
Since I’m on point to shepherd this selection process I found myself drawn to some recent posts that were worthy of reflection. It is my strong conviction that developing leaders to serve as elders is among the highest responsibilities of a pastor. Unashamed Workman has good thoughts on growing elders. Nine Marks has several good articles – one here on qualifications, and another asks several church leaders “What lessons have you learned the hard way in selecting elders?” John MacArthur provides a short overview of the whole concept on the Grace Community Church Website. I very much appreciated this message from Ray Stedman (blast from the past) – especially his reminder that:
The congregation does not select elders; the Holy Spirit does. He chooses men in every congregation and develops within them the character qualities needed, leading them through various experiences to train them. The job of the other elders is to keep alert and see who it is the Holy Spirit is putting his hand on.
By the way, this little piece of “art” has nothing to do with this post. I just thought I needed to add a graphic for some reason.