Responsibilities: The elders have overall responsibility for oversight and direction of the church. They are to seek in all matters the mind of Christ (who is the head of the church) through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. They must be able to teach and exhort the church in sound doctrine and refute those who contradict truth. Elders are to lead by example and will provide instruction for the maintenance of healthy relationships within the church.
The elders of the Shift are currently Brad, Mark, Neal and Butch.
Qualifications for Elder:
He can stand public scrutiny-is free from questionable activities.
Husband of one wife:
He has only one woman in his life and is faithful to her.
Having children who believe and are not accused of dissipation or rebellion:
His children have chosen to follow Jesus Christ, and do not have a reputation for being wild,
out of control, or disobedient to him.
Is not stubborn; can listen and work with others rather than having it only his way.
Not addicted to wine:
Not a drunkard; not controlled by alcohol, but free from it.
Is not one who is eager to use force; is not a person who creates trouble and fights.
Not fond of sordid gain:
Is not greedy for power, possessions, or position.
Reaches out to others; extends himself in order to make others feel comfortable.
Loving what is good:
Does not secretly desire that which is unwholesome or ungodly.
His heart longs for that which is good,righteous and scriptural.
Is more concerned with what is right than what is self-gratifying or expedient.
Lives his life to please God: seeks always to apply the word of God in his conduct.
Disciplined: able to do what he should rather than what he feels or wants.
Holding fast the faithful Word:
Able to exhort in sound doctrine and refute those who contradict the truth.
(1 Timothy 3: 1-7; Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 13:7&17; 1 Thessalonians 5:12)