What is an Elder?
The Apostle Paul, under the inspirtation of the Holy Spirit defines the office of an Elder in 1 Timothy 3, in the following way:
"The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil." 1 Timothy 3: 1-7 (ESV).
Furthermore, our Lord, Jesus Christ, challenged the Apostle Peter in John 21 three times to feed his sheep, tend his sheep, and then again to feed his sheep. This is the role of an Elder, to feed and tend to the flock of God in a local church.
Our Church Polity
Our local church is governed by a body of elected elders, usually called the session. King's Cross has elected five men to serve on the Session in our local church. Although the office of an Elder is a call for lifelong service to Christ's church, we engage in what is commonly called a "rotary system", where our Elders serve on Session for three years at a time. For more information, please see the ARP Form of Government sections 8.4 and 8.5.
An Elder must meet the above-mentioned moral qualifications, he must desire the office (1 Tim 3:1), he must care about the spiritual maturity of his flock (1 Peter 5:2), he must hold to sound doctrine (Titus 1:9), and he must be able to teach sound doctrine (Titus 1:9, 1 Timothy 3:2).
Below are the men called to serve this congregation of Christ's church. Please click on their names to view a breif bio about them.