Elder & Deacon Nomination Information

How do we find men for the offices of elder and deacon? We pray for God's wisdom, study His Word, and pay attention to those who are already serving The Orchard well. Following these biblical directives regarding elders and deacons helps structure a church that is obedient to God's word, maximizes the spiritual gifts of his people, and provides efficient and effective ministry for God's glory and the good of our city.

 

Elder / Deacon Process:

  1. Read through the biblical requirements for the offices for clarity.
  2. Speak with the person you are planning to nominate if you are uncertain about any qualifications.
  3. Nominate them by filling out this form.
  4. Nominees will be notified and asked to complete an application.
  5. The application will be reviewed by elders.
  6. A meeting will be scheduled with the nominee to review the application, answer questions, and discuss a year of candidacy.
  7. Potential candidates will be presented during the annual meeting and approved by the congregation.
  8. Affirmed candidates would undergo a period of study, training, and examination.
  9. Upon successful completion of candidacy requirements, ordination into the office of elder or deacon.
  10. Serve in the office according to the guidelines found in the Constitution and Bylaws.

 

Elders

An elder is a shepherd and overseer of a local church entrusted with protecting, leading, equipping, and caring for the corporate church body and her members.

Elder qualifications given in 1 Timothy 3:1-7:
  • Aspiration and desire – an informed.
  • Exemplify godly character – above reproach, self-controlled, gentle, not greedy.
  • Able to teach – the ability to correctly explain scripture to others.
  • A one-woman man – faithful to his wife; sexually pure.
  • Manages his children and household well – leads, manages, and provides for his family; kids respect and obey their father.
  • Hospitable – kindness, compassion, and care.
  • Not a recent convert – needs to have established consistent patterns of faithfulness.
  • Well thought of by outsiders – a good testimony within the community.

 

Deacons

A deacon is a servant of Christ and His church. But not everyone who serves God or the church does so in the official capacity of deacon. In other words, while every deacon is a servant, not every servant is a deacon.

Deacon qualifications given in 1 Timothy 3:8-13:
  • Men worthy of respect – dignified, honorable, noble, highly esteemed.
  • Sincere – lit. "not double-spoken;" honest and truthful; careful in speech.
  • Not indulging in much wine – no addictions; self-controlled in habits.
  • Not pursuing dishonest gain – not greedy; not "in it for the money" (i.e., aren't serving in hopes of eventually getting paid by the church).
  • Must keep hold of the faith with a clear conscience – hold to sound theology; understand the gospel; no discrepancy between what they profess and how they live.
  • Must first be tested – proved faithful over time; stand up under examination.
  • A one-woman man – faithful to his wife; sexually pure.
  • Manages his children and household well – leads, manages, and provides for his family; kids respect and obey their father.

Elder & Deacon Application

Any man can submit an application to be considered for a deacon or elder position at The Orchard. They do not need to be nominated by someone to submit an application. However, a completed application is required for each prospective candidate to be considered.

Prior to submitting your application, you must meet the conditions listed in the nomination section above.

Applications to be processed for 2020 elections must be submitted prior to November 8th, 2020.

Application