“1 This saying is trustworthy: “If anyone aspires to be an overseer, he desires a noble work.” 2 An overseer, therefore, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, sensible, respectable, hospitable, an able teacher, 3 not addicted to wine, not a bully but gentle, not quarrelsome, not greedy— 4 one who manages his own household competently, having his children under control with all dignity. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a new convert, or he might become conceited and fall into the condemnation of the Devil. 7 Furthermore, he must have a good reputation among outsiders, so that he does not fall into disgrace and the Devil’s trap. 8 Deacons, likewise, should be worthy of respect, not hypocritical, not drinking a lot of wine, not greedy for money, 9 holding the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And they must also be tested first; if they prove blameless, then they can serve as deacons. 11 Wives, too, must be worthy of respect, not slanderers, self-controlled, faithful in everything. 12 Deacons must be husbands of one wife, managing their children and their own households competently. 13 For those who have served well as deacons acquire a good standing for themselves, and great boldness in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 3:1-13 )
- Why do we have Elders and Deacons?
“2 Then the Twelve summoned the whole company of the disciples and said, “It would not be right for us to give up preaching about God to handle financial matters. 3 Therefore, brothers, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and wisdom, whom we can appoint to this duty. 4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the preaching ministry.” (Acts 6:2-4 )
- How are the Elders and Deacons selected?
“ This saying is trustworthy: “If anyone aspires to be an overseer, he desires a noble work.” (1 Timothy 3:1 )
Church members recognize their calling and recommend them. (Acts 6:5-6 )
Elders (Paul and Barnabas) appoints/chooses them. (Acts 14:23 )
At SVCC, the Elders and Deacons consider those who “aspire” to be an elder or deacon, with deacons being recommended by the congregation.
- What are the expectations of Elders and Deacons? See text: 1 Timothy 3:1-13
* What is expected of their spouses? 1 Timothy 3:11
- What are the responsibilities of our Elders and Deacons?
Ruben Ortega – Pastor & 1st among the Elders (Teaching, Prayer, Member Care); Wife: Gayla
Evan Merewether – Treasurer, Administrator, Prayer, Member Care; Wife: Blanca
Gary Johnson – Church Safety, Member Care; Wife: Judy
Julian Serrano –Church health, Member Care; Wife: Tarci
Jim Carlile – Deacon (Chair)
Dustin Martinez – Deacon; Wife: Jolene