SHEPHERD'S MINISTRY GUIDELINES
The Elders are under-shepherd's who are continually devoted to prayer, ministry of the Word, and spiritual oversight of the flock.
Act 20:28 "Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood."
Act 6:4 "But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word."
(Absent, Sick, Share Christ, Encourage, Teach)
As shepherd's they are to be an "ASSET" (useful or valuable) to those they minister to in the body of Christ. "ASSET" then becomes an acronym for those who the elders especially guard and watch over:
Absent: Oversee and encourage those under your spiritual care if their absence from church or regular attendance becomes noticeable.
Heb 10:25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
Sick: Oversee and encourage those under your spiritual care who become ill.
James 5:14-15 Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.
Share Christ: Oversee and encourage those under your spiritual care who need to hear the Gospel of Christ.
Act 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.
Encourage: Oversee and encourage those under your spiritual care who are discouraged to rejoice in the Lord use their spiritual gifts.
Heb 10:24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,
Teach: Oversee and encourage those under your spiritual care who are in need of growth in sound teaching.
Titus 1:9 holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.
provided by Dave Smith, D.Min.