Thank you for taking time to complete this Elder nominee recommendation. This is an important role for our church, one that is not to be taken lightly. The nominee should already have godly character, demonstrated the ability to teach (In a Group or at our Gathering), lead, shepherd and have a personal ministry of evangelism and discipleship before they are nominated to be an Elder. If you would like to submit the name of a man in our church to be considered for the Elder team, we ask that you prayerfully complete this recommendation and evaluate each question honestly based on your knowledge of the nominee’s qualifications.  Please take time to read I Timothy 3:1-11, Titus 1:5-9, and 1 Peter 5:1-7, which describe the qualifications for Elders.  Reach out if you have any questions. 

- The Downtown Hope Elder Team

Elder Installation Process

Our Elder nomination and installation pathway is a process that includes prayer, the church bringing names to the current elder team, interviews, prayer and the church affirming the candidates.  Below is a general process that may be adapted based on elder candidates previous experience and qualifications.  

+ The people of Downtown Hope will be encouraged to listen to past teaching on Elder qualifications
+ The people of Downtown Hope  nominate any men who they believe is called to the role of Elder
+ The Downtown Hope Elder Team screens each nominee.
+ The Elder team phones nominees to inform them and see if they aspire to serving and if so, set up initial meeting

Meeting with Elder nominee and spouse
+ The nominee will be reminded of the of the qualifications and our process.
+ The nominee is asked about ministry in the body and some basic questions related to their character, theology, ministry skills and cultural alignment with Downtown Hope.
+ If married, his wife if asked about her support of him taking the next step and to discuss the role of the wife & family as well as the challenges associated with serving as a an Elder.
+ The Elder team will complete four reference checks on the nominee– household, work, church and neighbor
+ The nominee (and spouse if married) will pray and consider taking next steps.
+ Based on the references and nominee's desire we will move onto assessment.

Pre-Exam Assessment based on Character, Ministry, Theology + Cultural Alignment
+ The nominee is given a pre-exam including questions based on character, ministry experience, theology and cultural alignment with Downtown Hope.
+ The nominee will be presented with feedback and a customized preparation plan that will be implemented through Seminary Without Walls.

Body Affirmation
+ During the month of December we ask the people of our body to share any input on the candidates that have been nominated, with the elder team. 
+ If Two-Thirds of church members affirm the nominee is fit to serve as an Elder, the nominee will continue in the process as a provisional elder.

+ The provisional elder(s) will attend Seminary Without Walls for developing theology and practical ministry skills.
+ The provisional elder(s) will be observed and given feedback in a public teaching setting.
+ The provisional elder(s) will attend elder team meetings as a non-voting member to offer input.
+ The provisional elder(s) will participate in a few key area's of ministry within our church.

Examination + Installation
+ The provisional elder will take exam administered by a team of two elders.
+ Upon successful completion the provisional elder will be installed.