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Essential Qualifications of a New Testament Elder

(1 Timothy 3:1-7)

1 It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do. 2 An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money. 4 He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity 5 (but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?), 6 and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil. 7 And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.



  1. A Man; he recognizes his place UNDER the authority of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

  2. Above reproach, without any character defect

  3. Able to teach; Effective Bible communicator; Disciple-Maker

  4. Not a new convert; a maturing Christian man



  1. Husband of one wife; a ‘one woman man’; Is married and in a healthy, God honoring relationship that is a picture of Christ and the Church.

  2. Submissive Children; he is seeking to parent his children in such a way that they would know Christ; remains involved in the lives of adult children in a healthy way.

  3. Manages family well



  1. Sober-minded; mentally and emotionally stable

  2. Self-controlled; disciplined life of sound decision – making

  3. Not a drunkard; without addictions of any kind

  4. Not a lover of money; financially content and upright; he understands that money is a tool to use not a master to be served. Is faithful in consistent giving to the mission of Grace Crossing.



  1. Respectable; worth following and imitating

  2. Hospitable; will work to make Grace Crossing a place welcoming to people of all races and socio-economic backgrounds

  3. Not Violent; even-tempered

  4. Gentle; He is kind, gracious and loving

  5. Not quarrelsome; peaceable, willing to work to resolve conflict, but he is willing to confront others with a loving spirit

  6. Well thought of by outsiders; respected by non- Christians. He is thoughtful about what he says in person, in his workplace, and how he represents himself on social media networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc).

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