“It is an honor for me as well as very humbling to serve the congregation in the duel capacity as minister and elder as Paul expressed in 1 Timothy 5:17-18. As an evangelist, minister, and preacher it is my over all objective to fulfill God’s charge and “Preach the word” just as Paul instructed Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:1-5. As one of the bishops, elders, overseers, pastors, and shepherds my over all purpose is to watch over the flock in the most loving way possible as the Great Shepherd instructs all shepherds to do according to 1 Peter 5:1-4. With these thoughts in mind I want everyone to know that I will do my best to be available if you are interested in knowing the word of God and if you should need a helping hand I will try to assist you. My over all goal is to to go to heaven and help everyone I can make it to that destiny.”
I am thankful to God and my wife Phillis and all of you at the De Soto church of Christ for the opportunity to serve as an Elder. As the Apostle Paul said to Timothy, ”Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the Word of Truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15
“As shepherds I pray that we will have watchful eyes, hearing ears, and encouraging hearts that will help this church continue to grow in His word, His love and good works.”
What the Bible says about Elders:
Titus 1:5-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you— 6 if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination. 7 For a bishop[a] must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, 8 but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, 9 holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.
1 Timothy 3:1-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
Qualifications of Overseers
3 This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop,[a] he desires a good work. 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; 3 not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money,[b] but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; 4 one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence 5 (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); 6 not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. 7 Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.