What is the process for adding Elders?
When evaluating a potential Elder, we look for the "3Ms:"
- Maturity: General maturity and spiritual maturity.
- Marriage: The health of the marriage and the maturity of the spouse. If there is not a ministry at home, then there is not a ministry with others.
- Margin: Enough available time to fulfill the requirements of being an Elder.
Once a potential Elder is identified, the Elder team will walk through an extensive process with them, including the following:
- Several personal meetings
- Spending time with their family, community, and business associates
- A written and oral "exam:" 36 doctrinal and current event questions
- Group meetings with other core leaders for multiple weeks
- Pastoral care meetings
- Staff feedback
- Church body feedback
Are you considering adding more Elders?
- We are always looking for men who are qualified to hold the office of Elder. We continue to seek God’s leading as additions to the Elder team are considered.
- It is critical for Elders to maintain the spirit of unity and the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3-6). The larger the Elder team grows, the more difficult it is to maintain those relationships.
- Both the Plano and Fort Worth campuses have Campus Shepherds, who are equipped to disciple and lead others as the pursue full devotion to Christ. We are considering adding Campus Shepherds at the Dallas campus.
To learn more about the role of Elders at Watermark, read full whitepaper.
What’s Watermark’s view on women teachers and Elders?
We fully recognize the capabilities and gifts of the women and men in our congregation. In the same way Christ is equal in essence to God the Father but distinct in role, we recognize women are equal in essence to men but distinct in role. This distinction was created in the Garden of Eden when God created woman as a complement to man (Genesis 1:27, 2:18-23). Woman completed God’s creation and bears His image with uniquely feminine traits. Furthermore, in Scripture when Paul makes a distinction between the roles of men and women, he often references Genesis 1-3 for his reasoning (1 Corinthians 11:8-12; Ephesians 5:22-33; 1 Timothy 2:9-15).
We believe that when our church functions in the way God intended—with godly men leading gifted women—we reflect the relationship of the Son to the Father. Philippians 2:5-11 provides an example of Christ choosing to follow the leading of the Father and the Spirit, though He was equal to them in essence. This helps us understand that the difference between the Father, Son, and the Spirit was one of role and not of rank. God the Father was not superior to Christ, but Christ chose to humble Himself to fulfill the Father’s plan for salvation for the world. Likewise, within the Church, women are not inferior to men but are encouraged to follow godly male leadership to emulate the relationship within the Trinity, as men are similarly encouraged to do.
On a practical level, women are encouraged to serve and lead throughout our church. Women teach at our Women’s Bible Studies, Training Days, Community Group functions, and many other events. They also play vital roles in the strategic planning and execution of weekend worship services and other weekly ministries. Women serve as directors on our staff and help lead many of our ministries.