What Is An Elder?
How the church is run is of great importance to our Lord. It is so important that God gave an entire epistle of the Scriptures (1 Timothy) to which we as believers need to refer for correction and guidance concerning church life and order (1 Timothy 3:14-15).
As an Evangelical Free Church, we believe that each local church is responsible for governing, direction and carrying out its own God-given vision as it relates to the Great Commission given by our Lord (Mathew 28:18-20). However, the basic way God leads the church is through a recognized body of men within that church called Elders.
We define biblical Eldership as the official oversight body of the local church, which is open to all males of the congregation who meet Scripture's qualifications and have a Spirit-imparted desire to jointly oversee the spiritual welfare of God's household.
An Elder Is...1. A Prayer Minister.
Elders make prayer a priority in their decision making and in praying for the congregation when they are in need (Acts 6:3-4; James 5:14).
2. An Encouragement Minister.
Every Senior Staff member has an Elder liaison for the purpose of encouragement and prayer (Hebrews 10:23-25).
3. A Wisdom Minister.
Elders seek to practice Romans 12:2 in their own lives so they can discern the ministry direction and overall Master Plan of the congregation (1 Timothy 5:17).
4. A Shepherding Minister.
Elders are to be an active and visible part of the life of the Church. They are to be hospitable to all who come to the church and be promoters of healthy fellowship. They must be available and approachable by others from the congregation (1 Peter 5:2-3).
5. A Teaching Minister.
Elders must be apt to reach and able to defend the faith against heresy and error. They are to be able to use Scripture to guide and counsel other believers (Titus 1:9).
6. A Crisis Minister.
Whenever conflict arises between believers within our congregation, Elders must be available to help resolve disputes in a biblical and healthy manner (1 Corinthians 6:1-4).
How Does One Become An Elder?
1. Do you desire to be an Elder? (1 Timothy 3:1)
2. Have you been a member of Brooklyn Park Evangelical Free Church for at least two years?
3. Are you willing to submit your name to the Nomination Committee and then meet with them?
4. Are you willing to serve as an Elder for a minimum of two years?
5. Do you agree with the Role of the Elder as stated in on this page?
If you answered YES to the above questions, call the Church Office at 763-391-6140.
How to Contact the Elder Board
If you have questions or concerns, you may contact the Elder Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 2014 Update Letters
Click here to read two letters regarding a Financial update and Children's Pastor update.