Elders will give themselves to the specific leadership responsibilities of overseeing the church's doctrine, direction, discipleship, discernment, and discipline in keeping with the Scripture. After reviewing the Biblical qualities of an elder and the Elder Nomination Process, click here to recommend an elder candidate.
• Step 1 - I will pray for God’s guidance for whom I should nominate as an elder candidate.
• Step 2 - Establish a meeting with the candidate God’s prompted you towards. Explain why you feel lead toward them, and ask them to pray with you about this leadership opportunity.
• Step 3 - If they decide that your recommendation is where the Spirit of God would prompt them, submit their name at the above link.
Doctrine – Elders are to teach, guard, and advance God’s truth by holding strong to the written revelation of God – the Bible – and calling everyone else to do the same. Doctrine is to be accurately and soundly expressed by the Scriptures and then taught and applied to individuals in ways that instruct, exhort, correct and equip us to walk in the truth, focused on Christ Jesus, illuminated and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Discernment – Elders are guided by the Spirit regarding His will and way for His Body, the church. They are under-shepherds following Christ’s leading - The Chief Shepherd - and with discernment then leading His people.
Direction – Elders have a biblical and practical responsibility to provide direction for the overall ministry and the ministry leaders of the church. This would include determining what God would have us do, why and how He would have us do it, and who would be responsible for the different aspects of accomplishing His will in these initiatives. Biblical, clear, practical, and measurable direction for the overall church is part of the elders function.
Discipleship – Elders are to be models and reproducers of Bible-centered, Christ-focused, Spirit-energized transforming disciple makers.
Biblical Reconciliation/Restoration – Elders are called to lead out in teaching and equipping the body to live in harmony and unity. They are to live and lead as those who help restore relationships, deal with sin in pursuit of forgiveness and healing, and establish ways for the body to grow stronger and healthier in all aspects of their lives.
Shepherding – Protecting, living alongside (knowing!), guiding, feeding, etc.
Biblical Qualities of Elders
David has presented as an elder candidate.
Over these next thirty days, we encourage you to pray for this candidate, connect with him and address and resolve any personal, spiritual or relational issues that would disqualify him from serving as an elder.
On September 8, 2019, we will ask you to express your affirmation of this candidate in our weekend services.
"I grew up in a Christian family, and as a child, we moved all over the southeastern part of our country since my father was in the Navy. I graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1973, serving 6 years on active duty onboard ship and as an instructor at Annapolis. Subsequently, I spent 14 years in the Naval Reserve, retiring as a commander. It was in Annapolis that I met Susan, my wife of 41 years. We have 3 grown daughters and 4 grandchildren.
After I’d begun my civilian career in information technology consulting, I attended a military prayer breakfast where I heard a young woman speak about her relationship with Jesus Christ. She had a joy and vibrancy that I had never seen before. It was from her words that I finally understood the difference between a “head” knowledge of Jesus and surrendering one’s heart to the Lordship of Christ.
My wife and I relocated to Myrtle Beach from northern Virginia in the summer of 2016. We were drawn to Beach Church for its evangelical teaching from God’s Word, the amazing friendliness of the congregation, and the strong prayer life.
We became partners in April 2017. I am part of the leadership team of the Men of God group, have led other groups, went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic, am part of the church’s Prayer Team, and act as a Next Steps group connector.
In my free time, I try to share the Bible’s treasures with others and keep my grass mowed."