Of all the decisions that affect a congregation, none is as important as the selection of new elders. As you are well aware, Brentwood Hills is in the process of recommending and, Lord willing, choosing men to join the current eldership and lead this congregation on our journey.
We have a great responsibility as a church family to recommend men to serve as elders. We have been asked by our current elders to carefully and prayerfully seek God’s will in this matter.
Several weeks ago we looked together at 1 Peter 5:1-2 and discussed the three Greek words used to describe elders—and their respective meanings. This passage can provide priceless guidance as we make recommendations over the coming days.
"To the elders (presbyteros) among you...Be shepherds (poimen) of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers (episkopos)..."
Elders/Presbyteros—describes the man as tested and proven
- 1 Peter 5:3 ...examples to the flock...
- 1 Timothy 3:1-7 ...must be above reproach...
- Titus 1:6-9 ...must be blameless...
Shepherds/Poimen—describes the method of caring for the flock
- John 10:11 The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
- Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd...
Overseers/Episkopos—describes the mission of giving an account
- Acts 20:28 Keep watch...the Holy Spirit has made you overseers...
- Hebrews 13:17 ...men who must give an account...
The task that is now before us is not an easy one, nor is it one that can be taken lightly. However, God has given us a clear picture of the kind of men He wants as leaders of His church. Let us all be in deep and earnest prayer, not only that we have a clear vision of His will for BHCC, but also for the men whom God will select to lead this congregation.
Church of Christ
5120 Franklin Road
Nashville, Tennessee 37220
Phone: (615) 832-2541
Fax: (615) 832-2583