Governing Elder Candidates

After prayer and consideration, Chris Storms and Owusu Amaning have been nominated to serve on the Board of Governing Elders.

As we have practiced in the past, we are presenting these candidates to the congregation for comment. “Being above reproach and having a good reputation with outsiders” are two specific Biblical characteristics from 1 Timothy 3 dealing with one’s reputation in the larger community, which is why we are asking for your help. If you have a specific Biblical concern about a candidate, please email or contact any of the current Governing Elders by October 26. Affirmations are also welcome.

Role of a Governing Elder

The office of Governing Elder includes overseeing the spiritual life and well-being of local church members, exercising governing authority for the church, and maintaining the Biblical faithfulness of the congregation. At Northland the Elder Board is the highest governing authority in the church, responsible for hiring the Lead Pastor, approving the general policies and direction for the church, as well as approving and overseeing the annual budget. Governing Elders are ordained by the church; they serve an initial term of six years. The governing board of lay elders normally is composed of not less than five nor more than nine men.


Evidences of qualification are seen in one's commitment to the body of Christ through faithful attendance and being recognized by others as a wise and spiritually mature person. Our bylaws also expect that a Governing Elder will be able to transmit sound doctrine, remain a dedicated student of the scriptures, love people, and be committed to prayer.

In Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus, he give us a profile for testing our maturity level in Christ (1 Tim 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-10). The following list (adapted by Gene Getz) depicts spiritual qualifications from both letters:

  1. Above reproach (a person of good reputation)
  2. Husband of one wife (morally pure/faithful)
  3. Temperate (balanced in words and actions)
  4. Prudent (wise and humble)
  5. Respectable (good role model)
  6. Hospitable (unselfish and generous)
  7. Able to teach (communicates sensitively in a non-threatening and non-defensive manner)
  8. Not given to wine (not addicted to substances)
  9. Not self-willed (not self-centered and controlling)
  10. Not quick-tempered (void of anger that becomes sinful)
  11. Not pugnacious (not abusive)
  12. Gentle (sensitive, loving and kind)
  13. Peaceable (non-argumentative and non-divisive)
  14. Free from the love of money (non-materialistic)
  15. Manages his own household well (a good husband and father)
  16. A good reputation with those outside the church (good testimony to non-believers)
  17. Loving what is good (pursues godly activities)
  18. Just (wise, discerning, non-prejudiced and fair)
  19. Devout (holy, devoted to God)
  20. Self-controlled (disciplined)
  21. Not a new convert (not a new believer)

Practically speaking, these qualities are also essential:

  • The ability to make wise policy, financial, strategy and personnel decisions.
  • Competency in group processing - strong communication and effective listening skills.
  • Actively engaging one’s own spiritual gifts and the gifts and talents of others.
  • Generously giving of one’s time, talent, and treasure.