At Waypoint, we call our Elder Board the “Oversight Team.” This team functions as the overseers of our community making sure the community is aligned with our 5 guardrails/values, that our leadership agrees with ECO’s Essential Tenets, and fulfills our core mission of “Equipping Leaders to Share the Gospel in their place of Influence in order to make disciples.”
Elders are the spiritual leadership that cares for, resources and equips the body of Christ to live out our mission daily. Their spiritual maturity is evident through the fruit of the Spirit and a sacrificial witness to help others draw one step closer to loving Jesus. Based upon Ephesians 4:11-12, we want our Overseer Board of ruling elders, one treasurer and one pastor to be comprised of men and women with the different functions of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd and Teacher.
Being Presbyterian in our polity, this means that the community elects from its partnership, spiritually mature leaders to spur and encourage Waypoint towards love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24-25). Often, some of the most effective leaders to serve in this role are not the ones already leading in some prominent way down on “the dance floor.” Instead they are the one’s in the balcony helping to orchestrate the overall movement. As you pray who God might have for this role, consider beyond the first or even second person that comes to mind.
These elders should been showing the spiritual maturity (loving Jesus and loving others) that strives for the qualities identified in 1 Timothy 3:1-7. Paul orders theses qualities to move from the inward spiritual maturity towards public leadership. Therefore, what we notice is that these leaders should be showing maturity in their personal lives (self-controlled, fidelity in marriage, teachable, etc.), while also effective in the spiritual leadership of their home, and be of “good reputation” in our community.
Commitment: These elders will serve a three year term with monthly meetings. They also will be charged with meeting one-on-one with partners and attendees in order to guide, care, correct and teach the flock.