Consuming Fire Fellowship
QUALIFICATIONS FOR LEADERS
2 Corinthians 6:3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed…
“Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed…” −2 Corinthians 6:3
These are the qualifications for leadership at Consuming Fire Fellowship. A Church will never rise above the spiritual caliber of its leadership. It is imperative that the leaders of this local church live what they profess so reproach will not come against Christ or His church. It is better not to have a ministry than to have its leaders not live in accordance with their profession. Thus, it becomes essential that we demonstrate the truth that we preach.
Leaders are defined as those who, in any capacity, lead the saints in the local church.
The first and highest responsibility rest upon the ordained pastors, elders, and deacons who currently serve in leading the flock.
The second tier or responsibility would be those who would have opportunity to minister from the Scriptures from the pulpit who are called in the five-fold ministry (Eph 4:11-12) but are in training.
And finally, those who would minister in music from the platform.
1. Leaders must be born-again and be a member of Consuming Fire Fellowship.
2. Unless the Pastor is already familiar with the new member, the potential leader may be required to attend Consuming Fire Fellowship a minimum of six (6) months before being used in leadership (and perhaps much longer). It often takes that long before a Pastor can know what kind of character and spirit a person has.
3. To be used in leadership there can be no present involvement in any secret lodge or organization such as the Masonic Lodge or the Eastern Star.
4. Leaders must be an example to the flock, and live a separated life:
- In speech, no profanity or gossip.
- No use of alcohol or tobacco in any form.
• Reject secular music as well as all compromising ‘Christian’ music.
• Must have a right spirit, walking in purity and love.
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean
thing; and I will receive you.” −2 Corinthians 6:17
5. TV, Movies, Videos, Video Games, Internet. Etc: Leaders are never to patronize the movie theaters. Neither are they to view any video in their home that they would be ashamed of on the day of judgment (no profanity, nudity, excessive violence, or dishonor to God and His Word). Internet and YouTube use, for the most part, should be limited to communication, research, commerce, information gathering, etc. Those who spend more time on their I-Phones/Computers surfing the internet, than in prayer cannot possibility be spiritual. Likewise, those who have a reputation of being ‘addicted’ to their I-Phones cannot maintain a sound testimony to lead (Ps 101:3; Eph 5:11).
“Entertainment is Satan’s counterfeit for joy.” −Doreen Claggett1
6. Leaders must tithe. This means 10% of your gross income. A man who is unfaithful in paying tithes disqualifies himself for leadership (Mal 3:8; Prov 3:9).
7. Leaders are to maintain a steady job (unless retired) and to exhibit good work habits at their place of employment. The leader should adequately provide for his family. Leaders should be monetarily self-sufficient, eschewing a pattern of financial dependence on others in the body. Likewise, leaders, if at all possible, should avoid accepting financial help from the government. We cannot preach faith and then refuse the path of faith in our own lives. We must not only confess that God is our source we must also live like He is our source (Thes 4:11-12; 2 Thes 3:10-12).
8. Men who show a continued pattern of being ‘borrowers’ and not ‘lenders’, or ‘takers’, rather than ‘givers’ will not be considered leadership worthy (Deut 28:12; Prov 22:7).
9. Leaders must be ‘faithful’ to the corporate services. A person who is not faithful to ‘assemble’ with the believers will not be faithful in ministry (Heb 10:25).
Regular Corporate Services/Assemblies are as Follows:
Sunday Morning: 8:30am prayer, 10:00am worship
Sunday Evening: 6:00pm prayer
Wednesday: 7:30pm mid-week service
Third Friday: 8:30pm-12:30am prayer
Special Services: service As scheduled
Likewise, if a leader is going to miss a service, they should inform the Pastor. Leaders should seek to be prompt if possible. Leaders will provide a good example by arriving at scheduled services on time (Lk 16:10).
10. A leader should regularly be involved in the corporate evangelistic ministry of the church, open-air ministry (2 Tim 4:5).
- Corporate Evangelistic Opportunities:
Three Fridays a month: Illusions Club/Woodville
- Every other Tuesday:
- Special Events:
LSU/SLU Campuses As scheduled
11. Leaders must be loyal to the vision of the local Church. A man or woman must be properly submitted to authority before they can be given authority.
“Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.” −Hebrews 13:10
This does not mean that the servant-leader must believe everything that the Pastor believes, or even agree with everything that the church does. What it does mean is−−as long as there is no moral issue involved, the person will cooperate with the Pastor as he leads the Church under God’s authority. However, a much higher standard of agreement will be necessary for the leader to be sent out to plant a local church.
12. Leaders must agree to the CFF Statement of Faith and sign the Membership Affirmation. If a teacher, you must only teach what this local church teaches and teach nothing that conflicts with the doctrine or vision of the church, from within the pulpit or otherwise.
13. Leaders must believe the King James ‘Authorized Version’ Bible to be the perfect, infallible, and divinely preserved Word of God. He must not use modern translations, which are all corrupted.
14. A leader must have ‘resiliency’, this means, the leader is able to recover quickly from any discouragements or rebukes and still maintain a high spirit. He or she should be able to work through problems and not lose his or her spiritual victory.
15. A leader must be willing to “endure hardness as a good soldier of Christ” (2 Tim 2:3) battling through personal and family attacks of trials, tests, temptations and sickness while keeping a thankful and victorious attitude of faith.
16. A leader must have a teachable spirit. If a man is unable to receive counsel, he will predictably be a future problem in the church.
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” −James 3:17
17. A leader and his family must practice modesty (1 Tim 2:9). Moreover, to protect our testimony in love, we should be consistent, never wearing anything less modest in public than we do before each other and God in the corporate services (Lev 19:14; Rom 14:13; 1 Tim 3:7)
The leader should be neat in appearance and appropriately attired for corporate services. Men on the platform are not to wear blue jeans at formal services (Sunday, Wednesday, special services) and must maintain a neat an appropriate appearance.
- If the leader is scheduled to minister in any capacity, he should try and give at least 3 days notice if he will be absent and unable to minister.
19. Deacons and Elders: You will be delegated authority for the service and ministry that God has called you to. Notice what the Word has to say concerning Elders and Deacons of the church…
“Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers sober, faithful in all things.” −1 Timothy 3:8-11
Deacons and Elders are expected to be filled with the Holy Ghost and be faithful to the services. A deacon or elder must be faithful to the various church prayer meetings. A deacon or elder that will not come and pray is unfit to lead.
20. A leader should regularly pray for the church and the leadership of the church.
21. A leader should have compassion for others. A lack of patience and rigid and harsh treatment of others can wound the sheep.
22. A leader will not be judged by his or her past history, but by his or her present-day character (Ps 103:12; Isa 43:25).
23. A leader’s family must be in order. Husbands loving their wives as Christ loves the church, women submitted to their husbands as the church is subject to Christ, and children obedient to their parents (Eph 5:22-28; Tit 1:6).
CONSUMING FIRE FELLOWSHIP
2580 Busy Corner Road, Gloster, MS 39638
Worship: Sun 10:00am/6:00pm Wed 7:30pm
Visit our website: www.consumingfirefellowship.org (225) firstname.lastname@example.org “For our God is a Consuming Fire.” Hebrews 12:29