Episode #7 – How NOT to Build a Lasting Elder Team
In a Replant high capacity and qualified leaders are likely to be in short supply.
Don’t let the urgent need for leaders be a primary driving process for your seeking to install Elders.
Do not confuse excitement and enthusiasm as good indicators that you may have found the right person to engage as a leader.
The past church experiences of the leaders you are considering installing as leaders matters, do not ignore conflict that occured in previous churches. Discern the circumstances, issues and let that inform your decision regarding their leadership.
An Elder process is important-develop one and stick to it.
Elders share the load and burden of ministry. It is important to develop leaders/elders who work together, especially when you as a Replanter are needing help or hurting.
- Go slow
- Give them some weight to bear-some guys just want to give advice rather than serve.
- Never give someone a position of leadership if they are not already serving.
- Spend time together as families, dinners, and parties. Observe how they interact with their spouse and children.
- Give them an area of ministry to lead, especially leading others.
- If you have pause or question regarding an Elder candidate, stop the process.
- Pray with and consult with your spouse regarding the candidates you are considering for Elders.
- Don’t install an Elder unless and until you have a conflict or disagreement with them and have resolved it successfully.