We believe that a biblical form of church government calls for godly men, elders, to shepherd the flock. These servant-leaders, as we see in Acts, are to be devoted to prayer and the ministry of the Word (Acts 6:4).
What exactly is an elder?
An elder is a man who is a member in good standing of the church who is Spirit-enabled to corporately serve and lead the local congregation, following the pattern of Jesus Christ and the qualifications set forth in Scripture. According to the New Testament, elders are responsible for the primary leadership and oversight of a church. The function and role of an elder is well summarized by Alexander Strauch in his book Biblical Eldership: “Elders lead the church [1 Tim 5:17; Titus 1:7; 1 Peter 5:1–2], teach and preach the Word [1 Timothy 3:2; 2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:9], protect the church from false teachers [Acts 20:17, 28–31], exhort and admonish the saints in sound doctrine [1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 3:13–17; Titus 1:9], visit the sick and pray [James 5:14; Acts 6:4], and judge doctrinal issues [Acts 15:6]. In biblical terminology, elders shepherd, oversee, lead, and care for the local church” (16).
Who can be an elder?
An elder must be a covenant member of The Journey West County that assist with shepherding, caring, and equipping God’s people at The Journey West County. Any elder candidates must meet the qualifications of elder as found in Scripture (1 Tim 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9).
How are elders identified? Is there a process to become an elder?
A candidate for elder at The Journey may nominate himself, be nominated by a local team of elders, and/or be nominated by members of The Journey. Once a man’s name is put forward for nomination, the local elder team will consider that person and vote on the motion to move him into the process. The total process for an elder will be approximately 9 months. This includes a pre-process/assessment phase, required readings/training meetings, and finally installation as an elder.