Elders and Their Children

Presenter: Chuck Gianotti

One of the most important ministries for an elder has to do with his own children.

First, as a father, an elder has been assigned the prior responsibility of training up his children (Deut. 6:4-7 NASB).  From the mouth of God, our Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4), elders are to shepherd the flock of God—and that includes their own families, first and foremost!

Second, the spiritual tenor of an elder’s household is a critical qualification for being an elder in God’s household of faith (1 Tim. 4:3, Titus 1:6).

Third (and this arises from the second), an elder’s shepherding of his family is a proving ground for his ability to shepherd the family of God in the local church, just as a deacon is first tested before serving as a deacon (1 Tim. 3:10). If a man fails the test of shepherding his own family toward godly living, what makes us think he can influence others in the  church toward godliness? One can almost hear the echo, “Physician, heal thy own household.” Children don’t automatically become spiritual because they are born into an elder’s family. And they don’t become holy through osmosis!