Elders are men who serve the church in two broad ways:
- Through a ministry of prayer and the Word these men spend time with God by studying His word and speaking with Him in prayer to be able to discern His will for the flock. Then, through scripture, they persuade the people to understand, accept and follow God’s word and will. (Acts 6:1-5a; 1 Tim. 1:9; 2 Peter 2:1-3)
- As overseers and shepherds these same men oversee the shepherding of the congregation in growing towards Christ-likeness. The idea is to help them stay on the right path and going in the right direction by walking with them - leading them, not driving them. (Acts 20:28; 1 Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4)
At Hope, we choose to use a plurality of elders so their various strengths can cover their various weaknesses, and all benefit from men of humble, servant hearts.