At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, during the month of May, the Session will accept elder nominations. Currently our Session comprises Craig Bailey, Kurt Brewer, Chris Yates Jarvis, and Tony Paladino. Here’s what’s needed from our congregation:
- As you’re thinking of men to nominate for serving in this capacity, please review these Scriptural qualifications from I Timothy 3: 1-7, where “overseer” is another name for elder: The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.
- As you’re identifying nominees, please talk with the nominee first to see if he’s willing to serve. Then put forth your nominees in writing by using this form or by handing a list to a current elder.
- As we’re accepting nominations, please be praying for nominees, the current Session, our nomination period, and subsequent training and election.