Elders should be persons who are not eager for power, but eager to serve (Matthew 20:25-28, I Peter 5:2-3). They should have spiritual wisdom and mature judgment, and be well respected by those inside and outside the church (I Timothy 3:2, 7,10; Titus 1:6; Acts 6:3). They should be under the Holy Spirit’s control (Acts 6:3) and firmly convinced of the central tenets of the faith (I Timothy 3:9; Titus 1:9). Their lifestyle should be characterized by temperance (I Timothy 3:8), financial integrity (I Timothy 3:3,8), self-control (Titus 1:7-8), and stable family life (I Timothy 3:4, Titus 1:6).
In addition, an Elder must:
- Be a member of the church for at least one year immediately prior to election.
- Be at least 21 years of age.
- Regularly participate in corporate worship and be actively involved in ministry of the church.
- Not be a staff member, other than the Senior Pastor.