Traditionally, Christians have referred to two kinds of “call” a man must experience before entering the pastorate: an internal call and an external call. While the word “call” is potentially misleading, the basic idea is right. Before becoming a pastor, a person should both desire to do the work and receive confirmation from a church. Part of doing both involves considering the biblical qualifications of an elder.
On the one hand, there seems to be no biblical indication that the New Testament office of elder or pastor requires a special “calling.”
In general, a church should not affirm any man as an elder who does not meet the biblical qualifications laid out in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9. Here are several warning flags which a church should heed:
Apart from the explicit biblical qualifications, are there other important matters to keep in mind when considering a potential elder?9Marks
A man may appear to meet the biblical qualifications yet still be an unwise selection as an elder for a number of reasons: