Establishing Elders… and Deacons

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The Charge from God’s Word — Titus 1:5-9; 2 Timothy 2:2; Acts 6, 20
  1. Establish More than One
  2. Establish Those Who are Faithful
  3. Establish Those Who will Teach Others
The Duty & Qualifications of an Elder — 1 Timothy 3; Titus 1; Acts 6
  1. Desire to Oversee (keep a loving/caring, protective watch)
  2. Main Task: Prayer and Ministry of the Word
  3. Character & Reputation (Spirit-filled)
  4. Servant Leaders — Mark 9:35, 10:44-45
  5. Gifting:
    1. Must have a leadership gift — Ephesians 4 (Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor/Teacher)
    2. Often have a functional gift of teaching, exhortation, discernment (of spirits), wisdom, words of knowledge, healing (1 Cor. 12; James 5)
  6. Men only officially, though Women may have the gifting of Apostle (missionary), Prophet, Evangelist, Teacher (Luke 2:36; Acts 21:9;1 Tim. 2:11-12, 3:12)
    1. A Gifting is not limited to the 4 walls of a Church.
    2. An “Office/Role” is particularly for the body.
The Duty & Qualifications of a Deacon — 1 Timothy 3; Acts 6
  1. Desire to Serve the Elders and Body
  2. Main Task: Practical Services which Protect the Time and Focus of Elders
    1. Dispersal of money and food to the needy
    2. Helping the Pastors/Elders visit the sick in order to check on their need
    3. Due to the challenges of today’s Church, the Deacon/Deaconess may have skills in finance, legal, properties, etc.
    4. Due to the challenges of today’s Church, a few deacons/deaconess will serve on the Board of Directors for the Church
  3. Character & Reputation (Spirit-filled)
  4. Servant Leaders — Mark 9:35, 10:44-45
  5. Gifting:
    1. Often have the functional gifts of helps, administration, mercy, service, giving (Romans 12)
    2. May have a leadership gift but may want to use it primarily in the world to establish new works (ex. Philip and his daughters, Aquila & Priscilla)
  6. Women and Men — Romans 16:1-2, 1 Tim. 3; Matthew 27:55
    1. Women are not to teach or usurp men (1 Tim. 2:11-12, 3:12)
      1. Grammar and context can indicate that a woman is not to instruct or usurp “THE” (her own) man. (KJV)
      2. Grammar and context can indicate that a woman is not to instruct or usurp “a” man (in leadership, i.e. the pastor/elder).
    2. Women can aid (teach along side, counsel with) a teaching man — Romans 16:3; Acts 18:26

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