Who can serve as a Pastor/Elder?
To be considered as a pastor/elder, a man must have been called by God into leadership at Christ Community Church (Acts 20:28) and be a man of the highest Christian character according to the qualifications of Scripture (1 Timothy 3:1–7; Titus 1:5–9). While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.
What's the process for becoming a Pastor/Elder?
The man must be a member in good standing at Christ Community Church who has demonstrated the calling,
character, and competency of an elder. The man must aspire to the office of Pastor/Elder as directed by 1 Tim. 3. If he feels called toward serving in this
capacity, he should express his desire to serve to the Council of Pastor/Elders. He may also be nominated in writing. If accepted as a Pastor/Elder candidate, the man will then undergo a period of training and testing which is as long as the current Pastor/Elders deem necessary. After this, members of Christ Community will be notified that he has met the criteria of a pastor/elder and anyone in or out of the church having a concern regarding the man‘s qualifications to lead as a Pastor/Elder will have four weeks to notify the Pastor/Elders, who can investigate the matter to determine if there is any
reason to disqualify the man. If the Pastor/Elders or church members do not find any reason to reject the man as an official Pastor/Elder, a final
vote of the Pastor/Elders and church members shall be taken. If he receives an affirmative 80% majority, the man will be installed.
What does Scripture list as other qualifications?
In Addition to the descriptions in 1 Tim. 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9, they must competently and consistently accomplish the biblical duties of a Pastor/Elder which include: Prayer and Scripture study (Acts 6:4), Leading the church (1 Timothy 5:17), Managing the church (1 Timothy 3:4–5), Caring for people in the church (1 Peter 5:2–5), Giving account to God for the church (Hebrews 13:17), Living exemplary lives (Hebrews 13:7), Rightly using the authority God has given them (Acts 20:28), Teaching the Bible correctly (Ephesians 4:11; 1 Timothy 3:2), Preaching (can be from the platform or in other environments such as mentoring )(1 Timothy 5:17), Praying for the sick (James 5:13–15), Teaching sound doctrine and refuting false teachings (Titus 1:9), Working hard (1 Thessalonians 5:12), Rightly using money and power (1 Peter 5:1–3), Protecting the church from false teachers (Acts 20:17–31), Disciplining unrepentant Christians (Matthew 18:15–17).
What's the role of the Pastor/Elders?
The Council of Pastor/Elders will evaluate everything taking place in the church according to Christ Community‘s vision,
mission, statement of faith, and resources. The Council of Pastor/Elders may structure and organize however they deem necessary, including the addition of ministerial staff and recommending deacons, for the sake of simplicity, clarity of communication, and efficiency of organization, according to the needs of the church and the size of the Council of Pastor/Elders so long as it preserves the plurality of elders and the doctrinal and character requirements for Pastor/Elders.
Why do you use the term Pastor/Elder?
These terms are used interchangeably in the New Testament and while some traditions have attempted to differentiate between the two, we seek to express the plurality of leadership united by the purpose of shephering and leading the flock. Our eldership will be composed of both paid and unpaid elders/pastors who follow the leading of Jesus-- the Senior
Pastor of Christ Community Church (1 Peter 5:1–4).
What time commitments are expected of Pastor/Elders?
Once a man becomes a Pastor/Elder at Christ Community Church, it is expected that the man would
continue to serve as a Pastor/Elder, unless he needs to step down due to some unforeseen circumstance or engages in behavior that would biblically disqualify him from eldership service. The Pastor/Elder would serve up to a maximum of five (5) consecutive years. Meetings are held as needed; generally at least once per month. Day to day commitments vary with pastoral and ministry needs. Pastor/Elder's are expected to prioritize their service as shepherds to the CCC family.
Christ Community Church is led by and ultimately answers to Jesus Christ, our Chief Shepherd. Under Christ‘s leadership, we believe that God has called together a body of believers (covenant church members) who joyfully submit to the teaching and shepherding of a plurality of male pastor/elders.
Below you will find some FAQ's about Pastor/Eldership at Christ Community followed by a form to nominate someone you believe to be qualified and called to serve in this role.
Would you recommend someone as a
Please include your name and contact and then explain why you believe this person should be considered as a Pastor/Elder and how you have seen them demonstrating the qualities of a Pastor/Elder in their current service to the church.