In the Early Church , the role of “Elder” was established by the apostles to provide leadership and spiritual care the churches they established. In our church, elders assist the pastors with the spiritual care of the church family and the leadership of the church. Our elders serve on the church board and help give ministry to the congregation at worship services and other gatherings of the church. As with other ministries, elders are chosen by the congregation through a church “nominating committee.” They must be “ordained,” that is, set apart by prayer and the laying on of hands, for their ministry in the local church. Elders are people who are known for a strong spiritual life, a good grasp of scripture and church teachings, living an exemplary Christian life, being full of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-25), and having wisdom.
Paul writes to Timothy: “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.” Titus 1:5-9 (see also 1 Timothy 3:1-7)
In our church, the elders meet monthly for training and organization and weekly on Sabbath mornings before services for prayer.
Head Elder – Ralph Arnold, Jr.
Phone – (805) 444-7371
Email – RDA867@aol.com