Path to Pastor-Eldership at TWE

 

How are they called and what do they do?

The call of a pastor-elder shall occur in the same manner as the call of a deacon (see excerpt from TWE Constitution on back).
 

General Job Description

  • Pastor/elders are Biblically qualified men (both paid and unpaid), called by God and appointed by the church, to work together under Christ to shepherd His flock (the local church) by leading, feeding, protecting, and caring for it.
    • The specific job description of a pastor/elder will depend on their personal gifts, talents, abilities, and passions, the gifts, talents, abilities, and passions of the other pastor/elders, and the needs of the Body.

 

Path to becoming a pastor/elder at TWE

How does a potential pastor-elder at TWE demonstrate to the Body that they are worthy and able to be their shepherd? (Acts 6:1-6, Heb 13:7&17, 1 Pet 5:2)

By proving their fitness in the following areas:

  • Character (1 Tim 3:1-7, Tit 1:5-9)
  • Call (Acts 20:28, 1 Tim 3:1, 1 Pet 5:2)
  • Teaching /Defending the Word (1 Tim 3:2, Tit 1:9, Acts 20:20-21&27-32)
  • Leading (1 Pet 5:2-3, Acts 20:28, 1 Tim 3:1-7, Tit 1:5-9)

How do they prove their fitness?

  • Active involvement in ministry
    • We would want to see them in action as MG leader, PLT member, teacher, preacher, counselor, conflict resolver, outreacher, and beginner and leader of other ministries.
  • Interview
    • Family
      • Personal – We would ask them about their: call, testimony, character, ability to teach and lead, and about their strengths and weaknesses.
      • Spouse – For those whom it applies, we would ask their wife about all of the above (especially about the job they are doing leading their home) as well as questions about her. Are you ready to be the wife of a pastor/elder?
      • Older Children – For those whom it applies, we ask their older kids about how they feel about their dad, his calling, and the idea of becoming a PK (pastor’s kid)
    • Church
      • Ask some questions of those who know him best at TWE, especially those he’s served. Is he qualified and ready and could you joyfully and confidently submit to him as your pastor?
  • Demonstration
    • Demonstrate a steadfast love for God, His Word, and His Body
    • Demonstrate an ability to live and work in unity with other leaders/elders
    • Demonstrate a high degree of Biblical and doctrinal knowledge and unity
      • observation, study and discussion of Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology, writing, review, discussion, and revision of ordination papers (call to ministry, philosophy of ministry, statement of faith, pastoral theology)
    • Demonstrate understanding of and commitment to TWE mission and vision
      • through observation and reading and discussion of Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch, The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne, and Center Church by Tim Keller (This potentially a section that should be added. It is not currently a part of the path as of 12/5/17)
  • Ordination
    • Ordination Counsel – Examination and recommendation by local church pastors and leaders both inside and outside TWE based on call to ministry, philosophy of ministry, and statement of faith papers
    • Members Examination – Present process and case for eldership to the members (including results from family and church interviews), examination by TWE members and attenders based on the above three papers as well as the pastoral theology paper, members vote to bring on as pastor/elder
 
Definition, Composition, Term, and Calling. The pastor-elders shall be composed of men only (1 Timothy 2:12), who are ordained, or those who will be ordainable within one (1) year. There will be a plurality of pastor-elders with such number determined by the needs of the ministry and by the call and qualification of men in the church. It is desired that there will be more non-vocational pastor-elders than vocational pastor-elders. Each pastor-elder shall be called by the membership of the church.  Such call shall remain in effect as long as the one called desires to be a pastor-elder, qualifies Scripturally, and fulfills his ministry.

 

The call of a pastor-elder shall occur in this manner: The pastor-elders shall recognize, interview, and investigate candidates for pastor-elder. The pastor-elders shall provide for individual members of the church either to nominate candidates or to present themselves to the pastor-elders as candidates for office and for the pastor-elders further investigation. In no instances shall any individual be considered a nominee for the office without the nominee’s consent. In those cases where the pastor-elders conclude that a nominee is not qualified for office they shall so inform the nominee stating the reasons for this conclusion.  The pastor-elders may present a ballot of candidates for calling as pastor-elders to the congregation at the annual meeting or at a special business meeting, provided that oral notice of any such meeting, stating its object, shall be given during the church service for two successive weeks preceding the meeting.  Agendas for such meetings will be distributed to the membership according to normal distribution methods at least two weeks prior to the meeting.  The members shall call pastor-elders (1) by written ballot upon recommendation of the pastor-elders and (2) by at least a three-fourths majority of those members voting at the meeting with at least thirty percent (30%) of the membership of the church present.