How Do You Know If You’re Qualified to Serve As an Elder?



What does it mean to be elder-qualified?

Jeramie Rinne answers that question with six statements in Church Elders: How to Shepherd God’s People Like Jesus (9Marks; Wheaton: Crossway, 2014), 19–29.

You know you’re qualified to serve as an elder if . . .

  1. You want to be an elder.
  2. You exemplify godly character.
  3. You can teach the Bible.
  4. You lead your family well.
  5. You are male.
  6. You are an established believer.

Rinne unpacks each statement in his short, well-reasoned book.

(HT: Andy Naselli)

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

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