Trustee Biblical Qualifications
"Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons. In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers, but temperate and trustworthy in everything."
- 1 Timothy 3:8-12
The trustees shall be comprised of individuals meeting deacon qualifications. Christ Community Church uses the contemporary title of trustee for those who serve as deacons. Because Scripture affirms the role of deaconesses as well as deacons, the position of trustee is open to both men and women who meet the biblical qualifications.
1. Above Reproach
Trustees must be Godly individuals – blameless, presenting no patterns of scriptural disobedience or grounds for accusation.
2. Married to One Spouse
Trustees who are married must be devoted to their spouse.
3. Self-Controlled and Temperate
Trustees must be self-controlled, enslaved to nothing, free from excesses. They must be sober, sensible, wise, balanced in judgment, not given to quick, superficial decisions based on immature thinking.
4. Respected, Trustworthy and Sincere
Trustees must be dignified and demonstrate a well-ordered life and good behavior. They must be well respected by unbelievers and free from hypocrisy. Trustees must demonstrate verbal consistency and must not be prone to saying one thing to a person and something else to another.
Trustees must be unselfish with their personal resources. They must be willing to share blessings with others.
6. Holding Firmly to the Trustworthy Message
Trustees must be stable in the faith and obedient to the Word of God, continually seeking to be controlled by the Holy Spirit. Trustees must be able to communicate the truth of God and exhort by sound doctrine in a non-argumentative way.
7. Not Given to Drunkenness
Trustees must be free from addictions and must be willing to limit their liberty for the sake of others.
8. Gentle, Not Violent or Quarrelsome
Trustees must not be given to quarreling or selfish argumentation. They must be gentle and characterized by forbearance and tenderness, not having a quick temper. Trustees must exercise self-control and patience in difficult situations.
9. Not a Lover of Money and Does Not Pursue Dishonest Gain
Trustees must not be stingy, greedy or out for sordid gain. They must not be preoccupied with material things, but should be models of giving. They must also be purely motivated in their service and not pursuing dishonest gain.
10. Manages Own Family Well
Trustees must have well-ordered homes, a healthy family life, and well-behaved children. (This pertains to those children still under the authority of the parents.)
11. Not a Recent Convert
Trustees must not be new believers, but must have followed Christ long enough to demonstrate the reality of their conversion and the depth of their spirituality.
12. Loves What is Good
Trustees must desire the will of God in every decision. Trustees must be fair and impartial. Their judgments must be based on biblical principles.
13. Holy and Disciplined
Trustees must be reverent, continually desiring to be separate from sin. They must be devoted to prayer, the study of Scripture, and the guarding of their own spiritual walk.
14. First Tested
Trustees must have proven over time that they are faithful and that their walk is credible. A suggested guideline for eligibility is that a person will have been a member of Christ Community Church for at least one year.