2 Timothy 2:2, 15 HCSB And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. (15) Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who doesn't need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth.
For those who DO want to be considered for leadership among the elders at CBF, the following requirements will be made:
Spiritual and Moral requirements
Candidate must have confessed Christ as his Lord and Master and have followed the Master’s requirement to be baptized as a means of public confession.
Candidate must agree to a period of discipleship (1 Timothy 5:22), taking into account the proscription against sanctifying “novices” to the eldership. (1 Timothy 3:6)
Candidate must agree to live by and be judged by the standards set by the Lord in 1 Timothy 3:2-7, Titus 1:6-9 and 1 Peter 5:1-3 among others.
Candidate must be willing to meet on a weekly basis with the senior pastor for discipleship. (Mark 3:14)
Candidate must be willing to regularly serve in a church ministry under the supervision of the eldership. (1 Peter 5:2 – volunteers)
Candidate must be willing to be subject to the practice of accountability and confession of sin with at least one of the elders of the church, preferably the pastor. (James 5:16)
Candidate must be willing to actively pursue the Christian disciplines of prayer, fasting, meditation, church attendance, service, study and journaling.
Candidate will be given opportunities to teach publicly in the church so that the congregation may get a chance to see that particular spiritual gift and acquired skill at work.
We encourage each of those who are interested in ministry to start considering an internship which provides the student with practical life experience gained through teaching and ministering. After all
· 1 Timothy 3:2 HCSB An overseer, therefore, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, sensible, respectable, hospitable, an able teacher,
Biblical Survey: Candidate must have a sound, general overarching knowledge of the Scriptures including where major events or stories are located, the various types of literature involved and their appropriate interpretative tools, and the major characters found.
Doctrine: Candidate should be familiar with the major doctrines of the Christian faith and able to demonstrate them from the Word in both a knowledgeable and gracious manner.
Apologetics: Candidate should be able answer the more common questions asked by unbelievers so as to be a worthy emissary of the Lord.
Scriptural Application: Candidate should demonstrate a facility with the application of the Scriptures to real-world issues that will be presented. In order to do this, he will be required to answer shayla on the fly, orally write meforshim, midrash or responsa
Study Methods: Candidate should be familiar with the common tools used in biblical studies and be able to use them proficiently. While being current in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek is not required, the ability to look up and correctly interpret any given word or phrase in the original is.
World Religions: Candidate should grasp the basic belief systems that will face him in his ministry. He should be able to acknowledge points of commonality (Acts 17:22-28) and yet retain his ability to think critically and scripturally (Acts 17:21).
Church History: Candidate must gain a working knowledge of church history, the development of the Canon and the various creeds or statements of faith that have resulted from the church’s interaction with heresies or schisms.
Leadership Methods: Candidate must develop biblical leadership and education principles based primarily on the leadership skills of our Master.