Elder Nomination Form
Thank you for taking the time to complete this Elder Nomination Form. This is an important role in our church, one that is not to be taken lightly. As John MacArthur has said, “There’s a good and vital reason Paul said, ‘Lay hands suddenly on no man’” (1 Tim. 5:22).
The biblical qualifications for Elders are all characteristics of godliness and giftedness that must be proven over time. A man may instinctively know how to make a good first impression.
He may superficially appear to be keen-thinking, knowledgeable, mature, or supremely gifted as a teacher. But he could actually have serious character flaws that would disqualify him from eldership, and these sometimes become plainly evident only through long-term patterns of behavior.
As such, we ask that you prayerfully complete this form, evaluating each question honestly based on your knowledge of the nominee’s qualifications for the office of Elder at The Mount.
Please begin the process by reading 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9 which describe the qualifications for an Elder.
Once you have studied and prayed over the biblical qualifications of an Elder, if you have a viable candidate, we ask you to please review the role and responsibilities below and indicate your assessment of whether he meets each of the qualifications.
Please answer all of the questions on each form. If clarification or comments are needed to help explain your marks or remarks, please attach a separate sheet. If you do not know if the nominee is qualified in an area, note that on a question (this is an acceptable answer).
After completing the Elder Nomination Form, submit the form to the church office in a sealed envelope address to Elders of The Mount. Our process for Elder affirmation can be found at the end of this packet.
If you have any questions about the church’s Elder selection process, please contact us through email, email@example.com and one of us will contact you.
For the glory of God alone,
Elders of The Mount
The Role of Elder at The Mount
- Set the vision of the church, in collaboration with the pastoral ministers.
- Facilitate the direction of the church through regular church council meetings.
- Maintain primary oversight for the employment and supervision of paid staff.
- Oversee and approve the selection of candidates for offices and positions.
- Oversee the work of the deacons, ITs, ministries, and study groups.
- Oversee the ministries and resources of the church, including allocating resources, determining the value of ministries, and coordinating ministries.
- Interpret and resolve issues of conflict in church governing documents.
- Oversee biblical church discipline and admonish and correct error.
- Make recommendations concerning constitutional change, if needed.
- Arrange to fill the pulpit in the absence or inability of our pastor. Ensure that all who minister God’s Word to the congregation share our core beliefs.
- Administer the church ordinances as needed.
- Equip the church body to prepare for and do His work locally and globally.
- Make recommendations concerning significant financial issues such as purchasing land, borrowing money, and building facilities.
- Instruct in sound doctrine using wise decisions concerning doctrinal issues.
- Regularly attend Sunday morning worship.
- Regularly pray for and over the church body at The Mount.
- Lead corporate prayer during worship gatherings.
- Be available to do the work of the ministry in areas of giftedness and calling.
- Shepherd the flock by caring for leaders and members of flock groups under our care and through other ministries as God enables.
- Oversee the ministries at The Mount.
- Actively participate at the Elder meetings and Elder accountability sessions.
- Commit to regular personal and family devotions and discipleship of the families that God has entrusted to our care.
- Any male member of the church meeting the biblical qualifications of 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9 shall be considered eligible to serve as elders.
- Candidates shall be faithful members of The Mount for a minimum of two years. Due to the age of The Mount, you may nominate any male Covenant Member at this time for consideration. Those who have not been at The Mount for two years but are otherwise qualified may be brought before the Covenant Members for special consideration. New elders are ordained. Those elders previously ordained are affirmed.
- Neither a lay elder nor his immediate family members may be in the regular pay of the church.
Elder Nomination Form
Complete this form after prayerful consideration and review of the requirements for the position of elder. This form can be used to nominate someone else for consideration or it can be used by someone wanting to express personal interest.
Process of Elder Affirmation*
Nomination— Call for nominations from the church body annually or as needed when unexpected vacancies occur.
Aspiration— The process begins when the candidate aspires to the office of elder (1
Timothy 3:1). At this point, the candidate should discuss his desire with an elder. If the elder council affirms the candidate’s qualifications, faithfulness, and readiness, the candidate may proceed to the application process.
Application— The candidate completes a lay-elder application. This application provides the elders with the candidate’s personal testimony, family information, and ministry experience. The completed application is given to the elder council.
Examination— Once the application is approved by the elder council, they will further examine the candidate regarding his conversion, giftedness, calling, and personal holiness.
Preparation— With council approval, the candidate will continue the process by preparing for his oral evaluation, including the completion of all required reading. The candidate should take as much time as necessary to properly prepare. During this preparation period, the council continues to observe and evaluate the candidate.
Proclamation— The elder council should evaluate whether the candidate has demonstrated the capacity to teach.
Evaluation— After adequate preparation, the candidate appears before the council for an oral exam. The exam covers the candidate’s ability to articulate, defend, and apply the church doctrinal statement, distinctives, and philosophy of ministry.
Recommendation— Upon completion of the oral exam the nominee may be recommended by the elder council.
Affirmation— With the process complete, the candidate will be recognized and added to the elder council. In a formal installation service, first-time candidates are ordained, previously ordained candidates are affirmed as elders to our body of believers.
*Although there is no fixed timeline on the process, each candidate should expect a minimum of three months from Nomination to Affirmation.