Seeking to Evaluate and Select Qualified Men to Serve as Elder or Pastor
(Men called to office must exhibit the character qualities of a spiritual leader.
See 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:6-9; Acts 6:1-6)
Here is a simple form that can be used to evaluate a potential candidate for church elder or pastor. This can also be used as a self-evaluation for an elder or a pastor, or for the church leadership to use in order to evaluate an active elder or pastor.
(Score: 0 – shows an absence of this characteristic; 1- means there is weakness, 5 – means the man is strong in this area and it is evident)
This means that these men:
__ Maintain a regular, daily practice of time alone with God in Bible reading and prayer
__ Have lives marked by moral and spiritual integrity.
__ Have a wholesome reputation among believers and unbelievers alike.
__ Have a firm grasp and conviction of the truths of the Christian faith as revealed in the Scriptures.
__ Must have the spiritual capacity to discern, expose and withstand the assaults of heresy and unbelief (elders).
__ Must have homes that reflect an atmosphere of harmony, godliness, and hospitality.
Specific Questions for Evaluation:
A. Personal Life
__ Does he meet the moral and spiritual qualifications of 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1? (Substantially, not
__ Does he practice daily, regular Bible reading and praying?
__ Does he fear and love God?
__ Is he serious about obeying God and obeying God’s Word?
__ Is he killing sin and growing in grace?
__ Is he teachable, eager for learning more spiritual truth?
__ Does he hunger for righteousness?
B. Family Life
__ Does his home reflect an atmosphere of harmony, godliness, and hospitality?
__ Does he have a good relationship with his wife that evidences conformity to the standards of Ephesians 5:25-28? Is he practicing self-denying love that serves, nourishes and cherishes his wife?
__ Does he rule his children with a graceful, loving, but firm hand?
__ Does he consistently practice biblical discipline and love toward his children (ie: verbal instruction and corporal correction)?
__ Is his marriage and family life a model you can commend to others?
__ Does his wife respect him?
__ Do his children respect him?
__ Does he provide spiritual leadership to his family?
__ Does his wife and children follow his spiritual leadership?
__ Does his home evidence a commitment to spiritual priorities?
__ Does his wife have godly priorities?
__ Is his wife committed to ministry with him?
__ Is his wife supportive of him serving as an elder or deacon?
C. Church Life
__ Is he enthusiastic about the vision of building a biblically healthy church?
__ Is he committed to the local church of God’s people, and faithful in attendance when God’s people meet?
__ Is he friendly, open, cordial, approachable, gracious to others?
__ Does he show a genuine concern for others?
__ Does he give himself in time and talents to the Lord’s work?
__ Is he willing to serve without seeking applause?
__ Is he opinionated and contentious?
__ Does he take correction gracefully and with humility?
__ Is he teachable?
__ Can he disagree in a gentle manner?
__ Can he see another’s viewpoint?
__ Is he a good listener?
__ Does he keep confidences?
__ Does he pray with and for others in need?
__ Is he enthusiastic about the Bible and the Gospel, and can he communicate the truth to others?
__ Can he defend the Bible against attack?
__ Is he slow to judge others and quick to commend and encourage?
__ Is he firm in rejecting gossip and slander?
__ Do he and his wife practice hospitality toward others in the local Body of Christ?
__ Has he demonstrated a capacity for spiritual leadership by serving?
__ Does the church respect him and follow him as a leader?
__ Has he demonstrated a capacity for ruling, oversight, and shepherding?
D. Life in God’s World
__ Is he honest in money matters?
__ Does he pay his debts promptly?
__ Do his employer, employees, work associates and neighbors respect him?
__ Does he seek to glorify God through his vocation or calling?
__ Does he use his money in a godly way?
__ Does he respond in a godly way to disappointment and worldly reversals?
__ Does he have compassion for the lost and a desire to carry out the Great Commission?
__ Does he pray for the salvation of lost friends, relatives, and acquaintances?
__ Does he build bridges of friendship and service to lost people?
__ Does he have a heart for inviting people to hear about Christ and to be exposed to Christ’s church?