According to the Bible, elders are to be known for their prayer life (1 Tim. 2:8), modeling Christ-like service (Matt. 20:26–28; 1 Pet. 5:2), and being practically responsible in their homes, as well as in the workplace (1 Tim. 3:4–7).
Not just any man can serve as an elder—they must be qualified to do so. Elders are called by God to serve. (Acts 20:28). As the church, we simply confirm God’s call. Our elders and their wives have a heart for people, for the church and most of all for Jesus Christ.
The Duties of an Elder
Pray and study Scripture (Acts 6:4).
Rule/lead the church (1 Tim. 5:17).
Manage the church (1 Tim. 3:4–5).
Care for people in the church (1 Pet. 5:2–5).
Give account to God for the church (Heb. 13:17).
Live exemplary lives (Heb. 13:7).
Rightly use the authority God has given them (Acts 20:28).
Teach the Bible correctly (Eph. 4:11; 1 Tim. 3:2).
Preach (1 Tim. 5:17).
Pray for the sick (James 5:13–15).
Teach sound doctrine and refute false teachings (Titus 1:9).
Work hard (1 Thess. 5:12).
Rightly use money and power (1 Pet. 5:1–3).
Protect the church from false teachers (Acts 20:17–31).
Discipline unrepentant Christians (Matt. 18:15–17).
Obey local, state, and federal laws (Rom. 13:1–7).
Develop other leaders and teachers (Eph. 4:11–16; 2 Tim. 2:1–2).