The elders of the church are responsible to the head elder and to the church board of the church in which they hold membership. The elders are under the general direction of the church board in counsel with the pastor. The elders works in close cooperation with the pastor in educating, training and facilitating an ongoing visitation program with the church members and interested people.
Elders are chosen in harmony with the counsel in Deuteronomy 1:5-9. Elders must be loyal Seventh-day Adventist Christians and members of the church in which they serve. They must be ordained and be faithful and loyal in support of the church through tithes and offerings. They should be leaders in the spiritual life and outreach ministry of the church, attending as far as possible, all the spiritual meetings of the church. Personal appearance and manner of dress must be in harmony with the standards of the church, setting an example of modesty and neatness. The elder, under the pastor and in the absence of the pastor, is a spiritual leader of the church, and is responsible for fostering all branches and departments of the church.
1. Promote continuity in church programs
2. Be involved and foster the church's evangelistic outreach such as home Bible study groups and visitation
3. Assist the pastor in his responsibility of leadership, organization, and church administration
4. Consider and develop local church programs
5. Attend church board and business meetings
6. Foster financial support of the church programs
7. Assist in the church services 8. Attend the board of elders' meetings
9. Take time for personal study and growth
The elders of the church are members of and responsible to the church to which they hold membership. They will look to the head elder for counsel and leadership.