The Elders are a group of church members who use wisdom and discernment to ensure the church remains on a true biblical course. This godly group of leaders is chosen by the congregation and must meet the character and leadership standards described in:

1 Timothy 3:2-7 (NIV)

“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.”

Titus 1:6-9 (NIV)

“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.”

1 Peter 5:1-4 (NIV)

“To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.”

 

The tasks and responsibilities of the Elders include:

•Giving insight and direction to the overall vision of the church

•Providing support, guidance and prayer for church members and staff

•Ensuring that the church’s teaching and practices are based on Scripture and in line with CGGC teachings

•Providing pastoral care, conflict resolution, discipline and restoration

•Giving direction on all areas of community life

 

Ronald Throneburg

Ronaldt46@yahoo.com
 

Larry Cole

Linlar62@consolidated.net
 

David Jackson

Rainharvester@yahoo.com
 

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