John Waters, David Cowden, Dennis Rowe, Jeff Parker, Kris Camp, Chris Hickman, Kevin Morris
What is an elder? Who can be one? Why is it such a big deal?
- In the New Testament church, local congregations were led by a group of elders.
- Elders have a heart for God’s people.
- They lead by example and with humility.
- They teach the church.
- They take care of the practical needs of the church.
- At ChristWay, we believe that God has called us to follow that model and be led by a group of men that are a council of elders rather than just one man. This model creates greater accountability and collaboration.
- Must have been a partner with ChristWay for at least one year.
- Must be a man who is a mature believer.
- Meet the qualifications found in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1.
- Must be a man of prayer who is willing to work hard as God directs.
- The men who will serve as elders are nominated by church partners. It is not a popularity contest nor is it about politics, and these men should be nominated through prayerful consideration. We are following Christ as we choose elders from our church to represent the thoughts and voices of the congregation. This gives us a group of men who are following the heart of God, no matter what happens. They are accountable to each other and to the church so they are all on the same page and on the same team.
These men will lead the church while listening to God’s direction. Individuals have a VOICE instead of a VOTE. We don’t make decisions by popular vote. Elders listen to the voice of the people, seek God in prayer and follow the direction that God leads.
- Each year, at a time designated by our current elders, ChristWay partners are asked to prayerfully consider who God is leading them to nominate.
- After confirming that the nominee is willing to serve in this capacity, his name should be submitted, either by email or in the designated location.
- The Elder Council will interview, observe and evaluate candidates to consider their spiritual qualifications.
- After a season of prayer and fasting, those whom they feel led to appoint as Elders will be placed before the church for 21 days of public examination. During that time any church partner may present in writing to the Elder Council any concerns, based upon scripture that a Candidate may not be qualified to serve as an Elder at this time. All written concerns must be signed. No anonymous concerns will be considered.
- The existing Elders will investigate all concerns and will address them with each candidate as necessary.
- Those candidates who have been proven through the examination by the Elders and the church will be presented to the congregation for affirmation.
- If they have not been ordained as an elder previously, elder candidates will be publicly ordained in a special service.
A Season of Prayer for Elder Nominees
We are currently in a season of prayer for our new elder nominees. As a couple of elders roll off the elder team as per our by-laws, we are excited to replace them with these men of God. Please pray for them as we seek God's perfect will for our team of elders. Should you have any questions or comments, please direct those by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brandon Graves has been married to his wife, Heather, for almost 20 years. They have two children, Olivia (16) and Collin (14). Their family enjoys spending time together and you will often find them camping or enjoying time on Watts Bar Lake. Professionally, Brandon works as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones in Chattanooga.Brandon and his family have been attending ChristWay for three years. He helps to lead worship by playing electric guitar in the band. On the weeks he isn't playing, Brandon serves as a greeter, and he also leads a weekly LifeGroup.
Will Rivera has been happily married to his wife, Rachel, for 15 years this August. Together they have two children, Landon (14) and Peyton (10). They enjoy spending time on the lake or traveling for vacation. Will is a supervisor at Volkswagen where he was worked for 11 years.The Rivera family was led to ChristWay 6 years ago. Will is currently serving as a LifeGroup leader to 8th grade boys, as a co-leader to an adult LifeGroup, and he has been involved with missions to Honduras.
Justin is married to his wife, Brooke, and they have two children, Roman (3) and Nora (1). Justin is the Director of Industrial Solutions for Progressive Health at Volkswagen where he handles injury prevention and wellness.Justin's story includes the event of being injured in a car wreck almost 17 years ago which left him confined to a wheelchair. But God! Through this event, the Lord showed His plan to Justin to help young men. Since then, Justin has helped coach high school football players and has served as a chaplain.Justin and Brooke have been at ChristWay for over 5 years, and he is currently serving in the high school ministry.