ELDERS

Frequently asked questions

Elders

What are the biblical qualifications of an elder at WOCC?


1 Timothy 3:1-7 (New Living Translation) Qualifications for Overseers and Deacons 1 This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be a church leader,[a] he desires an honorable position.” 2 So a church leader must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife.[b] He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach. 3 He must not be a heavy drinker[c] or be violent. He must be gentle, not quarrelsome, and not love money. 4 He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him. 5 For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church?6 A church leader must not be a new believer, because he might become proud, and the devil would cause him to fall.[d] 7 Also, people outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the devil’s trap. Titus 1:5-9 (New Living Translation) Appointing Elders Who Love What Is Good 5 I left you on the island of Crete so you could complete our work there and appoint elders in each town as I instructed you. 6 An elder must live a blameless life. He must be faithful to his wife,[a] and his children must be believers who don’t have a reputation for being wild or rebellious. 7 A church leader[b] is a manager of God’s household, so he must live a blameless life. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered; he must not be a heavy drinker,[c] violent, or dishonest with money. 8 Rather, he must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must love what is good. He must live wisely and be just. He must live a devout and disciplined life. 9 He must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong.




What are the requirements for an elder of WOCC determined by the WOCC By Laws?


Article IV Section 1: The elders shall be male members of the congregation who are elected by the membership on the basis of the Scriptural qualifications of I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. The elders, as overseers, shall have authority and responsibility consistent with the teaching of the New Testament. Article V Section 1: A person must be a member of the congregation for one (1) year before he is eligible to be elected as an elder.




How can I contact the elders of WOCC?


You can contact them by emailing: Elders@thewocc.com




What does an elder at WOCC do?


  • Teach
    • Elder insure that the church recieves a steady diet of biblical teaching
  • Lead
    • Elders lead our church by seeking God's desire for our church, they lead our church in the direction we need to be moving
  • Model
    • An elder also models what it means to be a faithful christian man by guiding who manages his own home and the church by allowing God to guide and direct him through scripture
  • Pray
    • Elders pray for the church as a whole as well as individuals in the church.




How do I become an Elder at WOCC?


Elders are nominated each year. Pursue a life described in scripture that an Elder leads (1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9) Become a member of White Oak Christian Church.





2022 Elders to Affirm

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Bill Haussler

Bill has served previously as an elder at White Oak. He and his wife Missy have 3 adult children and two

Aussie doodles (Hank and Charlie)

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Will Mueller

Will and his wife Beth have 3 children, 2 at home and one in college. This will be Will's first time serving as an Elder of White Oak Christian Church

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Carl Fries

Carl and his wife Kelly have 4 adult children. This will be Carl's first time serving as an Elder of White Oak Christian Church