Elder Candidate Recommendation
Thank you for taking time to complete this Elder Candidate recommendation. This is an important position for our church, one that is not to be taken lightly. The Elder Candidate should already have superb character, have demonstrated the ability to teach, lead, and shepherd and have a personal ministry of evangelism and discipleship before they are nominated to be an Elder. If you would like to submit a name to be considered, we ask that you prayerfully complete this recommendation and evaluate each question honestly based on your knowledge of the nominee’s qualifications for the office of Elder for BACC.
You must be a Ministry Partner to recommend an Elder.
Review the Scriptural Basis of Elder Qualifications below.
Complete the form and click Submit.
Scriptural Basis of Elder Qualifications
1 Timothy 3:1-11
Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap. Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons. In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.
The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. (NIV)
1 Peter 5:1-7
To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Please complete the form below and click submit to recommend an Elder.
*Only BACC Ministry Partners may make Elder recommendations.
Please answer all questions. If clarification or comments are needed to help explain your choice, please complete question 18. If you do not know if the nominee is qualified in an area, mark the “Don’t Know” box.
This is an acceptable answer and will not be held against the nominee. If an Elder candidate is single (not
married) please disregard questions 4 – 8.