Why is it a good idea for an elder to interview each applicant for membership?

  1. In many churches, size will prevent each member from getting to know every single new person who ever comes to a meeting of the church.
  2. Yet a church needs to assess the credibility of someone’s profession of faith in Christ (Matt. 18:18).
  3. The elders are entrusted with the oversight of the church (1 Pet. 5:2). They are appointed to the office of elder precisely so that they can keep a close watch over the whole flock (Acts 20:28).
  4. So, even though it is ultimately the church’s responsibility to evaluate, affirm, and oversee a member’s profession of faith, it is a good idea for each prospective member to be interviewed by one of the church’s elders.