Nominating Deacons and Elders
1 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife,[b] sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. – 1 Timothy 3:1-7 (ESV)
As you know, we are in the midst of receiving nominations for Women in the Church officers, Deacons, and Elders. These are positions of vital importance in our church. We are so grateful for all of the men and women who have served, are serving, and are considering serving!
These positions of responsibility take time, effort, and wisdom and discernment. Not everyone is gifted and called to serve in these positions. (And that’s okay!) Those people who are called will be called both internally by the Holy Spirit and externally by God’s people in his particular church.
The qualifications for the Offices of Deacon and Elder are listed on the nomination forms. In addition to these qualifications, I would like to note a few things, which would equally apply to both men and women.
First, nominations to these offices are not to be based just on likeability. If likeability were to be the sole basis for a nomination, obviously, such a nominee might be doomed from the start!
Second, these offices are NOT for training people who are new to church in general and/or our church. Church members can gain experience by working with our officers and other members in many capacities first!
Third, candidates should already be displaying the desired character for these offices. (Do not expect that they “will grow into the position!”)
Please keep these things in mind as you continue to prayerfully nominated men and women to these important positions! It is a great honor and privilege to serve God in and through his Church. May he receive all the praise and glory!