SCRIPTURAL QUALIFICATIONS OF ELDERS
1 TIMOTHY 3:1-7 This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
- Take heed to themselves (Acts 20:28).
- Watch for grievous wolves [i.e. false teachers] (Acts 20:29-30).
- Stop the mouth of vain talkers (Titus 1:11).
- Take heed to the flock (Acts 20:32).
- Feed the flock (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1,2).
- Be guided by the word of God (Acts 20:32; Titus 1:9).
- Oversee/shepherd the local congregation (1 Peter 5:2)
- Be examples to the flock of God (1 Peter 5:3).
- Rule well (1 Timothy 5:17).
- Make decisions in the local congregation concerning matters of judgment (Acts 15:6) and enforce matters of faith (Titus 1:9-15).
- Admonish the church (1 Thessalonians 5:12).
- Support the weak (Acts 20:35).
- Pray for the sick and administer to their needs (James 5:14,15).
- Watch for the souls of the church (Hebrews 13:17).