If you would like to suggest a name for the Elder Nominating Committee to consider for the class of 2023, the scriptures that give the Biblical description of elders are Exodus 18:19–21; Numbers 11:16; 1 Timothy 3:1–7; Titus 1:7–9. Following is a list of guidelines to keep in mind as you consider names to submit to the Nominating Committee.
Integrity: Christian leaders shall be committed to the highest ethical standards in both personal and professional conduct.
Speech: Christian leaders speak truth in love and are not quarrelsome. Their speech should reflect their commitment to Christ.
Self-Control: Christian leaders exercise self-control in speech and action and are free from substance abuse (alcohol, drugs, and other dependencies).
Sexual Behavior: Christian leaders are committed to fidelity in the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman and chastity in singleness.
Distinctive Lifestyle: Christian leaders will demonstrate in lifestyle what is desirable in all believers — the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, fruitfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Our leaders seek to illustrate a ministry of grace in their own lives.
Personal Faith: Christian leaders exhibit a mature, vibrant, and Christ-centered faith. That faith includes a personal grasp of basic Christian beliefs; an active, ongoing relationship with God, rooted in prayer; obedience to Scripture; and a commitment to growth in love, holiness, service, and fellowship. Christian leaders should not be recent converts.
Lordship of Christ: In short, Christian leaders are those who desire Jesus Christ to be Lord in all areas of life.
Servants: Christian leaders are to be the servants of others and be willing to help those in need.
Christian Growth: Christian leaders make spiritual growth a continuing priority, reflected in Bible study, fellowship with other Christians, worship, and involvement in Christian community.
Confession: Christian leaders are able to confess and repent of their sins. They lead the church in demonstrating humility and the need for God’s grace.
True to the Word of God: Those who lead are teachers in the Christian community. They must teach with doctrine faithful to the Scriptures and the guidance of the Book of Confessions. They come under the authority of the Bible in their own lives.
Commitment to Local Church: Christian leaders at Peachtree are to be members of the congregation, regular in attendance at worship, and faithful to extra commitments their positions require.
Stewardship: Christian leaders are to have a growing commitment to progressive and disciplined giving, proportional to resources. They are to be generous in giving of their time and talents.
Balance: Christian leaders make an ongoing effort to balance quality relationships among family, occupation, and churchresponsibilities.
Concern for Others: Christian leaders have a heart for seeing people come to know Christ and develop their Christian walk; they cultivate an ability to share their faith.
Commitment to Training Leaders: Christian leaders are committed to training others, encouraging them, and giving them opportunities to use their gifts.