Many churches suffer as a direct result of unqualified leadership. A thorough leadership evaluation and training process is a clear safeguard for local Church ministry. The process should focus, as does the Scripture, on character, conduct, and competence. The process we use has four sequential phases:
Introduction, Evaluation, Training, Selection
The Introduction phase will provide an overview of biblical eldership to all who desire to understand it. The Evaluation phase is designed to determine one’s readiness to enter actual eldership training. A written test is used to assist in this phase (see below). The training phase will involve at least seven basic requirements:
1. To complete a study of the qualifications in I Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:5-9, conducted by one of the elders.
2. To complete a study of the doctrinal statement of M.B.C. This may involve individual assignments to strengthen areas of weakness (see Titus 1:9).
3. To complete a study of the Constitution and By-laws of this Church.
4. To complete a study of the Biblical Model for Church Ministry based on Ephesians 4:11-16 and other related Scriptures.
5. To complete an exercise on Bible study and teaching methods (I Timothy 3:2 “. . . able to teach”).
6. To faithfully fulfill ministry needs at Millersville Bible Church for at least one year.
7. To be examined in all the above areas by the nominating committee of the Board (Article III, Section 8A, 4B, 1C, p.13). (I Timothy 3:10, “Let these also first be tested; then let them serve ”).