ARTICLE V – Elders

Section 1. Responsibility of Elders Subject to the limitations of this Constitution, all the activities and affairs of the Church shall be exercised by or under the direction of the Elders, who shall have the following responsibilities in addition to the other powers enumerated by this Constitution: (a) To work as a team with the Pastor(s) to shepherd and oversee the flock, including the administration of the ordinances of Baptism and Communion. (b) To select and remove all pastors and employees of the Church; prescribe such duties for them consistent with the Scriptures, with law, with the Articles of Incorporation, or with this constitution; and fix the terms of their offices and their compensation. (c) To establish policies and practices for the church consistent with its purpose. (d) To make such disbursements from the funds and properties of the Church as are required to fulfill the purposes of this Church and generally to conduct, manage, and control the activities and affairs of the Church. Section 2. Number of Elders A plurality of leadership will be present with at least three appointed elders. If there are not three qualified elders, then a leadership committee consisting of the board of Trustees will be appointed until such a time when plurality of leadership can be maintained. Section 3. Nomination, Selection, and Tenure of Office Recommendations to fill the office of Elder shall be requested once a year from all church members. A nominating committee consisting of two elders and one deacon shall be appointed by the Elders, who will also designate a chairman of the committee. This committee shall review all nominations and determine each nominee’s qualifications. A recommendation of nominees prepared by the nominating committee shall then be submitted to the Elders who shall approve, disapprove, or add to the list of nominees. The list of nominees shall be publicly posted in alphabetical order at the location of the worship services, and also printed in the church bulletin at least two weeks prior to the annual meeting of the church members. At the annual meeting, the nominees shall be presented to the members for affirmation. Nominees affirmed by the church members, shall assume office immediately. Elders so affirmed shall serve for a period of four years and may serve continuously if reaffirmed after each four year term. Section 4. Qualifications Each of the Elders must be an active member of this church and possess the qualifications described in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9. He shall be: (a) Blameless as a steward of God; above reproach (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6-7) (b) Husband of one wife; a one-woman man (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6) (c) Temperate, sober, vigilant (1 Timothy 3:2) (d) Sober-minded, prudent (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8) (e) Of good behavior; orderly, respectable (1 Timothy 3:2) (f) Given to hospitality (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8) (g) Apt to teach; able to teach – exhort believers and refute false teaching (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:9) (h) Not given to wine (1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7) (i) Not violent; not pugnacious (1 Timothy 3:3, Titus 1:7) (j) Patient, moderate, forbearing, gentle (1 Timothy 3:3) (k) Not a brawler; uncontentious; not soon angry or quick-tempered (1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7) (l) Not covetous; not a lover of money; not greedy of base gain (1 Timothy 3:3, Titus 1:7) (m) Rules his house well; his children are faithful, not accused of rebellion (1 Timothy 3:4; Titus 1:7) (n) Not a novice; not a new convert (1 Timothy 3:6) (o) Has a good report or reputation with outsiders (1 Timothy 3:7) (p) Not self-willed (Titus 1:7) (q) A lover of good men and things (Titus 1:8) (r) Just, fair (Titus 1:8) (s) Holy, devout (Titus 1:8) (t) Self-controlled (Titus 1:8) Section 5. Removal of Elders An Elder may be removed from office at any meeting of the Elders if, after thorough investigation by the Elders (or a duly appointed committee, per Article VI, Section 1 of this Constitution), in accordance with the procedures prescribed by Scripture, including Matthew 18:15-18 and 1 Timothy 5:19, he is found to be spiritually unqualified (according to pertinent Scriptures, including 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9), or physically or mentally unable to perform the responsibilities of an elder. If an Elder is removed because of sin that disqualifies him, and if he refuses to repent from that sin, the removal shall be accompanied, as prescribed in 1 Timothy 5:20, by a public rebuke before the church at a regularly scheduled worship service. Section 6. Regular Meetings Regular meetings of the Elders shall be held without call or notice each month at a day and time established by the Elders.