**Commentary on Ordination by Dr. Pepe Ramnath:
Essential Components of an Elder:
NEVER FOLLOW AN ELDER or LEADER THAT HAS ABANDONED THE FLOCK FOR THE SAKE of THEIR GAIN AND PLEASURE. The Apostle Paul was very stern on Leaders of the church. (WHEN WE PUT OUR HANDS TO THE PLOW WE BECOME A PRISONER OF GOSPEL)
The biblical teaching on church leadership begins and ends with the character of the individuals who are called to the leadership team of the church. Our evaluation of individuals who aspire to serve as Elders at The Miramar Kingdom Community Church (Willow Creek Model) includes a comprehensive process to evaluate the “Five Cs,” with the primary focus on Character.
1. First “C”—Character (1 Timothy 3:2–7 and Titus 1:6–9)
Above reproach—Elders must lead by example and demonstrate a lifestyle free from patterns of sin.
Husband of one wife—Elders, if married, must be devoted spouses.
Temperate—Elders must be self-controlled, enslaved to nothing, and free from excesses.
Prudent—Elders must be sober, sensible, wise, balanced in judgment, not given to quick, superficial decisions based on immature thinking.
Respectable—Elders must demonstrate a well-ordered life and honorable behavior.
Hospitable—Elders must be unselfish with personal resources, willing to share blessings with others.
Able to teach—Elders must be able to communicate truth and sound doctrine in a non-argumentative way.
Not addicted to wine—Elders must be free from addictions and willing to limit their liberty for the sake of others.
Not pugnacious or quick-tempered—Elders must be gentle, patient, and able to exercise self-control in difficult situations.
Uncontentious—Elders must not be given to quarreling or selfish argumentation.
Free from the love of money—Elders must not be stingy, greedy, or for sordid gain, or preoccupied with amassing material things.
Manage own household—Elders must have a well-ordered household and a healthy family life.
Not a new convert/not a new believer—Elders must not be new believers. They must have been a Christian long enough to demonstrate the reality of their conversion and depth of spirituality.
Good reputation with outsiders—Elders must be well-respected by unbelievers and free from hypocrisy.
Not self-willed—Elders must not be stubborn, or prone to forcing their opinions on others or abusing authority. They must be servant-minded.
Loving what is good—Elders must desire the will of God in every decision.
Just—Elders must desire to be fair and impartial. Their judgments must be based on scriptural principles.
Devout—Elders must be devoted Christ followers, seeking to be conformed to His image. They must be committed to prayer, worship, the study of Scripture, and the guarding of their spiritual walk.
Holding fast the faithful Word—Elders must be stable in the faith, obedient to the Word of God, and continually seeking to be controlled by the Holy Spirit.
2. Second “C”—Competence: Defined as specific, Holy Spirit-endowed gifts and abilities, combined with skills acquired through training and life experience.
3. Third “C”—Chemistry: The intangible quality of being able to “fit” within the existing team. The ability to blend into and enrich the current circle of community and relational harmony within the board.
4. Fourth “C”—Courage: The ability, when needed, to enter into difficult exchanges and defend the faith, the church, and individuals in ways that preserve and maintain the community. The ability to speak the truth in love without destructive results.
5. Fifth “C”—Calling: The ability to sense God’s calling on one’s life for a particular season of service to the body of Christ: “I think God is in this.”
Thank you for reading. We hope that we have provided clarity on the characteristics you should look for when seeking leadership from elders in the church.
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