Congregational Input

Role of Elders: At Grace Gathering elders/overseers are involved in serving the body of Christ though shepherding, overseeing teaching/doctrine, prayer, financial accountability, and the overall health and direction of the church.

Congregational Input on Potential Elder

Name of Candidate: Tom Burch

Spouse: Mary

Children: Rosie, Joseph, Gwen

Tom Mary Burch

Qualifications of Elder: I Timothy 3:1-11, Titus 1:5-9
“Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap. … In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.” (I Timothy 3:1-11)

“The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.” (Titus 1:5-9)

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