Lay Elder Nominations
What is a Lay Elder?
The Lay Elders are members of the church body who have been commissioned by the church to give guidance, oversight, and direction to the church under the directives of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 5:4). The Lay Elders provide wise counsel and accountability for finances, personnel, and church direction and to the pastoral staff.
Church leadership positions are never meant to be decorative but rather filled by individuals who are willing to work and have a passion to serve. Several of the Biblical qualifications for leadership from 1 Timothy, Colossians, and Titus are listed below, along with the scripture reference from which each is derived:
- A life lived above reproach or blamelessly (Colossians 3:1-17, 1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6)
- Temperate, sober-minded, not given to much wine (1 Timothy 3:1-3; Titus 1:7)
- Husband of one wife, a one-woman man (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6)
- Hospitable, a friend of strangers (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8)
- Apt to teach (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:9)
- Not a brawler or quarrelsome, but gentle and patient (1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7)
- Not eager for dishonorable gain, covetous, or a lover of money (1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:11)
- Must manage his own family well and see that his children are faithful and obey him with proper respect (1 Timothy 3:4-5; Titus 1:6; Colossians 3:18-25; Ephesians 5:22-33)
- Must be slow to anger, not arrogant or self-willed (Titus 1:7)
- Authority positions filled only by men (1 Corinthians 11:3; 1 Timothy 2:12; 1 Timothy 3:1; Titus 1:6)
What To Consider
Please prayerfully consider your nominations for those members of the PaulAnn family you believe God would have to serve as your Lay Elders. PaulAnn Lay Elders are voted on by the church family and serve a 3 year term. There are a total of 6 Lay Elders, 2 of whom rotate off each year.
Consider whether this person is someone you would call upon in the following life situations:
- You need help leading a friend to Christ.
- You bottom out spiritually.
- You are trapped in a major sin.
- You are having severe financial trouble.
- You need advice on raising your children.
- You need to talk about your core faith or beliefs.
- You have conflict with another believer in the church and do not know what to do.
- You are questioning your salvation or other doctrinal issues.
- Your marriage relationship is in trouble.