Training Men to Shepherd the Flock of God

The Purpose

The purpose of the School of the Shepherds is to raise up godly, spiritually qualified pastoral elders to serve and care for the flock of God at Revolve Bible Church.

The Prospect

The ideal candidate for the School of the Shepherds is a man who:

  • Desires to do the work of an overseer (1 Tim. 3:1)
  • Lives an exemplary life (Titus 1:5-9)
  • Shows an aptitude to teach others (2 Tim 2:2)
  • Has an eager concern for the spiritual health of God’s people (1 Peter 5:1-2)
  • If married, has the full support of his wife
  • Initiates spiritual conversations with others
  • Is hospitable and greets visitors
  • Actively looks for ways to serve others

The Preparation

The Apostle Paul told Timothy that the church should not put a person into a leadership role too quickly (1 Tim. 3:6; 5:22). Therefore, we require all prospective elders to submit themselves to a two-year evaluation period. During this time the existing elders will observe the prospective elder's conduct during Sunday service, group meetings focused on Biblical and theological studies, Life Groups and in social situations. Also, during this time the church body will also be asked to evaluate the character of the men in the School of the Shepherds based upon the qualifications laid out in 1 Timothy 3:1-7.

The Process

All prospective elders are required to complete each of the following steps:

   1. Become a Member of Revolve Bible Church

  • Agree with our church By-laws & Statement of Faith
  • Complete the Membership Packet

   2. Interview with the Elders

  • Explain your personal call to ministry in general
  • Explain your personal call to be an elder
  • Describe your weaknesses and propensities
  • Agree with the church’s doctrine
  • Agree with the church’s view of eldership
  • Agree with the church’s distinctives
  • Explain your family support

   3. Be Recommended by the Elders

  • The existing elder team will discuss the results of the interview and decide whether to accept the man into the School of the Shepherds or to encourage him to wait or pursue other ministry opportunities

   4. Complete the Training & Mentorship

  • Complete a two-year study comprised of Biblical Eldership (6 Months), Systematic Theology (3 Months), Biblical Studies (9 Months), Church History (3 Months) and Pastoral Care (3 Months)
  • Lead a Life Group and demonstrate genuine care and an aptitude to shepherd
  • Attend monthly School of the Shepherds meetings
  • Attend a Pastor’s conference with the Elders

   5. Pass the Required Testing

  • Deliver a Sunday sermon and demonstrate the ability to preach and teach
  • Pass an Elder Board Review
  • Be accepted by the congregation during a membership meeting

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