Each year, our church members may submit their nominations for the Elder Team and Elder Advisory Council (EAC). This year, nominations take place June 5 – June 19. You can nominate someone on the church website (see below), from the Sunday connection card, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by mail. Nominations must be received on or before Sunday, June 19. Only church members of The Brook may submit nominations.
- Qualified nominees for Elders will be interviewed by our pastor and current elder team. After interviews, the pastor and current elder team will decide whom to invite to serve on the Elder Team.
- The names of the new members of the Elder Team will be announced on or before Sunday, July 31.
- The elders are a group of men, including our Lead Pastor Mike Ayers, who provide general oversight and leadership to The Brook Church. They serve as the primary leadership team of the church. Elders serve for a term of three years. The team may include up to two paid staff members.
THERE ARE FOUR KEY RESPONSIBILITIES OF AN ELDER
- Leader — Elders are servant-leaders who lead courageously and for the benefit of the congregation. (1 Timothy 3:4-5, 1 Peter 5:3, Luke 22:26)
- Shepherd — Elders pastor the flock providing for the protection and care of the congregation. (Acts 20:28-29, James 5:14)
- Teacher — Elders teach the Scripture and preserve the purity of sound doctrine in the church. (1 Timothy 3:2)
- Mentor — Elders train up and equip younger members of the church for leadership and ministry. (2 Timothy 2:2)
- The primary passages of the Bible that list elder qualifications are 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. We encourage you to read these verses as you pray.
- In general, an elder should be one that is above reproach, a man of character, committed to his wife and family, self-controlled, and hospitable to all. He should not be a new believer, but one seasoned in his faith.
- Elders should be men of spiritual, emotional and relational maturity who express the Fruit of the Spirit in their life (Galatians 5:22-23).
- An elder candidate should be one who has served willingly in the church and is actively involved in the body life of the church, having a place of ministry that they faithfully execute.
- They must have credibility in our body to be recognized by people as a leader in the church. They are people who have earned their right to lead and have carved out their value in the church body.
- They have grown to trust God with their financial resources. They give joyfully, systematically, proportionately and sacrificially to God in support of ministry and His church.
- They represent Christ well in their business dealings, family life, and reputation outside of church. They are known to be honest people with integrity.
- They handle leadership with maturity and humility; knowing that being a leader means a willingness to give up certain rights and to monitor their behavior before others. They must not be given to excesses that would ruin their credibility with people.
- Elders must be willing to engage in God-honoring conflict resolution and church discipline in order to protect the unity of the church. Elders, other than the Lead Pastor, but including other staff members, serve one three-year term on this team.
- The Brook requires that an elder candidate be a Christian for at least five years and a member of The Brook for at least two years.
- Other qualifications and considerations as contained in the document “The Office of Elder” will be considered in the selection of elders.
The Elder Advisory Council (EAC) exists to provide strategic feedback to the Elder Team regarding the general direction of the church. The EAC serves as an advisory team to the Elders giving comment and supportive counsel to the Elders as they lead the congregation.
- The EAC meets with the Elders once-per-quarter, or at the request of the Elder Team.
- EAC members do not vote at meetings or make decisions on behalf of the church. They advise the elders who make decisions for the church.
- The EAC is comprised of spiritually mature men and women who meet certain leadership qualifications as outlined by the Elders.
- The Elders determine each year how many people will serve on the EAC.
- Individual EAC members may be dismissed from the EAC at the discretion of the Elder Team.
- The EAC will be nominated each summer from the church congregation. Candidates will be chosen to serve on the team by the Elders.
- EAC members will serve for a period of 12 months (August – July).
Detailed information about Elders and the Elder Advisory Council may be found in the document “The Office of Elder” and is available by request. Simply email us at email@example.com to receive a copy.