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Responsibilities & Description for Elders from TCAL Bylaws
The primary functions of the Elder Board are:
1. To provide spiritual leadership and accountability for both the staff and the church.
2. To ensure the church is fulfilling the Great Commission by monitoring and evaluating the church’s progress in its fulfillment.
3. To serve as liaison between the Senior Pastor and the church.
4. To serve as a facilitating board along with the Senior Pastor in terms of church discipline.
5. Each Elder must possess the qualifications described in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9.
6. If a church member has a question, comment, or a concern, that member may address it to an Elder Board member or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. Regular meetings of the Elder Board shall be held at least six times a year. Typically, on a bi-monthly basis but not always. As needed additional meetings may be scheduled.
8. The Elder Board shall have the authority to designate other individuals for a designated period of time or project, along with the Senior Pastor and Executive Pastor, to execute all documents necessary to the purchase, sale, or development of church property, legal documents, banking documents, or any loan documents associated with same.
Biblical Description of Elders
1 Timothy 3:1-7 (NIV)
Qualifications for Overseers and Deacons
1Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. 5(If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.
Titus 1:6-9 (NIV)
Appointing Elders Who Love What Is Good
… 6An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. 8Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9He 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.
TCAL Requirements to support biblical description above