There are two kinds of elders in a local church.
The first is the Teaching Elder, who is a vocational elder who teaches and makes his living from teaching and preaching.
The second is the Ruling (Shepherding) Elder, who is a non-vocational elder who serves in a voluntary role, giving oversight to the congregation as a representative of the congregation.
This purpose of this form is to nominate men to the office of Ruling Elder. Those men who are nominated will be evaluated by the Elder Team, who then will present men to the congregation whom they believe to be called and qualified to serve. The congregation will then vote to confirm or not confirm the individuals presented as elder candidates.
Here are the essential qualifications:
1. He must a man who demonstrates the basic standards of calling, character, and competency as set forth in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9.
2. He must embrace the Reformed and Covenantal system of doctrine as described in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms.
3. He must be an official member of Creekstone for at least 12 months before the scheduled date of ordination and installation.
4. He must have completed Theological Foundations for Leadership (TFL) before the scheduled date of ordination and installation.
5. He must embrace and support Creekstone's mission, motto, message, vision, theology, and philosophy of ministry.