Elder Qualifications – Holding Fast the Faithful Word, Part 2

holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.
Titus 1:9 (emphasis mine)

In the previous article we addressed the need for the elder to be well-versed in the Scriptures. He needs to know his theology for his personal growth and also for his ministry. One of his responsibilities as an elder is “to exhort in sound doctrine.”

But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine.
Titus 2:1

Not all elders will be able to teach at the same level (1 Timothy 5:17), but all elders must be capable of earnestly communicating sound doctrine. This necessitates that they have the critical knowledge to fulfill this task. Far too many churches place the sole responsibility for speaking sound doctrine on the shoulders of the teaching pastor. In fact, most churches only require a potential elder to affirm the doctrinal statement of the church. There is no process to be certain that he is able to personally communicate sound doctrine.

The lack of theological training for all the elders has put the church at great risk. Having a plurality of well-equipped elders is essential for the spiritual health of the church. This means that churches must think carefully about how to equip godly men to become elders in the church. They must also consider how to test them to make sure they can fulfill this most critical role.

Part 1 > Holding Fast The Faithful Word

Part 3 > Holding Fast The Faithful Word

Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58