SOMA ADOPTION PROCESS: STRONG CHURCH ASSESSMENT Commitment #11 Commitment #11: A strong church is led by biblically qualified elders.

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The Scriptures teach that the church is to be led by a plurality of qualified male elders who lead the church by example and in humble service. Qualification involves examining the character, teaching competency, and capacity of a man (I Timothy 3:2, Titus 1:6-9). Once qualified elders are in place, they must guard doctrine (Titus 1:9) and work hard at teaching, modeling, shepherding, and admonishing the church (Acts 20:28b, I Thessalonians 5, I Corinthians 4:14, I Timothy 5:17). At times, elders are required to administer church discipline with believers who are “resolved to remain unrepentant” (Matthew 18, I Timothy 5:19-25) and protect unity. They are also called on to pray for the sick (James 5:14). Churches that are able to contend for the scriptural parameters of eldership and contextualize for the practical issues that arise in a given context will effectively lead their church to greater fruitfulness.