A Season for Officer Nominations

One of the blessings of church membership is the nomination and election of church officers. At King’s Cross, two offices of leadership carry unique Scriptural authority: the office of elder and the office of deacon. 

An office refers to a particular ministry fulfilled by a person authoritatively appointed. The special appointment is Spiritual. The process of nomination, instruction, examination, election, prayer, and, especially, the public laying-on of hands emphasizes the leadership of the Holy Spirit. When we elect an elder or a deacon, we affirm that this individual serves because we’ve seen evidence that the Holy Spirit has endowed them with the character and gifts to serve. 

In the New Testament, specific men were appointed as elders to plant and shepherd churches (Ac. 14:23). Timothy appoints elders for the church at Crete (Tit. 1:5). These men were understood as Jesus’ own stewards for the leadership of individual congregations (1 Tim. 3:5; Tit. 1:7). Paul tells the Ephesian elders that they were made elders by the Holy Spirit (Ac. 20:28). Consequently, the Bible contains very serious qualifications for elders in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9.

In the New Testament, deacons served the church in a myriad of ways. The word, deacon, means service. While the church body is called to serve one another (1 Pet. 4:10) , the congregation in Jerusalem selected particular men, full of the Holy Spirit, to organize the service ministries of the church, with the elders laying hands on them (Ac. 6:1-6). Like elders, the Bible contains very serious qualifications for deacons in 1 Timothy 3.8-13.

Scripture is very clear that those qualified to serve as an elder or a deacon must be male members of the church who meet the elder qualifications set forth in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9 and the deacon qualifications set forth 1 Timothy 3:8-13.

 

When and How

The elders of King’s Cross have designated a period of just over two weeks, from Sunday, April 21 to Monday, May 6, as a season to make nominations for the office of elder and the office of deacon. 

The elders have provided a couple of tools to help you make nominations.

How to Nominate
The Biblical Qualifications
The Path of a Nominee

Three Things, First

The following is very important. There are three biblical responsibilities for any member of the church seeking to make a nomination. You must not ignore these.

1. Prayer. Pray that the Holy Spirit would lead you to seek the glory of Jesus in this nomination. King’s Cross is His church, and members are faithful, bound servants. Pray for the ability to sense the Spirit’s work in a potential nominee’s life. You must sense their seemingly effortless ability to graciously radiate the qualifications of 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9 (for an elder) or 1 Timothy 3:8-13 (for a deacon).

2. Gentleness. You must speak with the person you hope to nominate, prior to nominating them. Because the biblical qualifications are about individual character, you may need to ask them awkward questions in order to take your nomination seriously. Do so without a spirit of interrogation (Rom. 12:10; Phil. 2:3). Instead, be respectful and submissive (Eph. 5:21), gentle (Eph. 4:2), with no boasting and no envy (Gal. 5:26)

3. Respect. You may find yourself in a conversation with others about the character of a potential nominee. Watch these conversations. The Ninth Commandment demands that you protect the good name of your brother (Ex. 20:16; Dt. 5:20). Do not allow these conversations to open the door to gossip. Rejoice in a brother’s good name (Rom. 1:8, 1 Thes. 1:8; 2 John 4, 3 John 3-4). Do not dwell on a brother’s demerits (1 Pet. 4:8; Ps. 15:3; 101:5; Phil. 4:8).

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