Elders' Role

Because of CCVT’s understanding of leadership, the role and function of a community’s non-Minister leaders, or ‘leader-leaders’ is very important, in particular the community’s Elders (sometimes also called deacons, board members, leadership team members or council members). Elders provide leadership through valuable support to the community’s Minister/s and through partnership with the Minister/s in all that God is calling the community to be and do, including equipping people for mission and ministry through, for example, the five-fold ministry pattern of Ephesians 4:11-16.

This starts with prayer and a shared discernment of what this ministry looks like together. The leadership of Elders is primarily a spiritual leadership, which usually involves moving people on to God’s agenda.

Elders will also participate in designing vision and mission statements and strategic frameworks for a community’s ministry and mission, as well as providing or delegating financial accountability and ensuring compliance. Good governance and decision-making requires a high-quality framework for these conversations and the leadership expressed through them. Constitutions or Rules of Procedure and Board Charters can be helpful building blocks to ensure good processes and practices.

We can help resource the important role of Elders in a community.

Communities Indicators

Leadership Indicators

Governance Resources

Minister Placement

Terms And Conditions For Employment For People In Ministry

Recommended Minimum Remuneration For People In Ministry

Church As Employer

Checklist For People In Ministry Of Growth Practices And Supportive Processes