Get To Know Our Elder Apprentices

Jeff Flink & Bob Hellyer

Meet Jeff Flink

Home-Base


I was actually born here in Somers Point, but grew up in Marlton, NJ. My wife, Melissa, and I moved back to the area in 2009, and currently live in Ocean City.


My Fam


Melissa and I met through Young Life back in 2001. We were married in Ocean City where we grew up coming every summer in 2005. We have four very active boys: Judah (August 2008), Levi (May 2011), Gideon (February 2014) and Ezra (August 2015).


My Story


I am an only child of two amazing parents. My Mom was known to always say that the Lord did not allow her to get pregnant until she gave her life to Christ. I began my journey with Jesus at the kitchen table with my parents in January of 1991 when I asked my Mom what it meant to be born again after reading the story of Jesus and Nicodemus in John 3 during family devotions:


“Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."”

‭‭John‬ ‭3:3‬ ‭ESV‬‬


I remember even then being amazed that God would make me new just by asking him to come into my heart on a Sunday night at this little table in our house. I cherish that humble start almost 30 years ago that will take me to eternity.


My Mom was an amazing woman of God who introduced me to the Lord, and what it meant to live for Christ. Fortunately, for her she is already Home with the Father, and even in her early passing she lived her last days praising our Creator, and trusting in His perfect plan.


Some Facts


People who know me well, affectionately refer to me as a geek. I love science, and understanding how God designed our universe to bring glory to himself.


I went to Rutgers University and majored in Genetics. 


During and after school I volunteered, and then worked for Young Life, which is a missionary organization that works with middle school, high school and college students.


I currently work in the medical industry in implantable cardiac devices.


Things That Make Me Happy


Driving and exploring new places with my wife, listening to my kids laugh, technology, movies, coffee and food


Meet Bob Hellyer

My name is Bob Hellyer. I am married to Betty and we have lived in Ocean City for the past eight years.


 We have been attending Mission Point Church for the past three years. 


We both trusted in Christ for the forgiveness of sins and the gift and assurance of eternal life with Him on January 17, 1987. 


Through these past decades our prayers have been to be sensitive and obedient to the Holy Spirit's leading and direction in our lives. 


As a family, we have served in short terms missions in Africa and Central America. I have also been involved in prison ministry for the past 30 years. 


In our previous churches we served in children's and youth ministry, finance, small groups and leadership. I look forward to being a part of Mission Point Church's role in impacting eternity.

The Biblical Role/Responsibilities of Elders

 

 

Shepherd The Flock: Serving in all humility, elders are to guide, direct, guard and protect the members of the Body, seeking to meet their needs and assist in any way possible, warning against harmful influences and guarding against false teachers. (Acts 20:28-35; 1 Peter 5:1-3)

 

Lead through Example: Elders are to provide a Spiritual role model and are to set a pattern before the flock of a rightly ordered life – with a single purpose, to glorify God. (1 Timothy 4:12; 1 Peter 5:3)

 

Teach And Exhort: Elders are to see that the flock is fed through insightful and accurate Biblical instruction and admonition. (1 Timothy 3:2; 4:13; Titus 1:9)

 

Refute Those Who Contradict The Truth: Elders are to confront those who are teaching what they should not teach or who are continuing in a pattern of behavior contradictory to Biblical truth. Therefore, elders are to keep closing potential entrances for Satan, so that the truth of Christ will remain credible to both the congregation and the community. (Matthew 7:15-20; Acts 20:29-31; Titus 1:9)

 

Manage The Church Of God: Elders are to oversee the life of the church, with the assistance of deacons and other godly leaders. They must be people who can “rule well.” (1 Timothy 3:5; 5:7)

 

 

Pray For The Sick: Elders are to pray for the spiritual and physical well being of members of the congregation. (James 5:14)

 

 

Biblical Qualifications for Elders

 

“An overseer then must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, uncontentious, free from the love of money. He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping children under control with all dignity…and not a new convert, he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so he may not

fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.”                          1 Timothy 3:2-7

 

“If a man be above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion…above reproach as God’s steward, not self willed, not quick tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain, but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word…that he may be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and refute those

who contradict.”                                                                             Titus 1:6-9

 

  1. Above Reproach: Elders must be blameless, presenting no patterns of Scriptural disobedience or grounds for accusation.
  2. Husband of One Wife: Elders must be morally and sexually pure, and if married, must be a devoted, faithful husband.
  3. Temperate: Elders must be self-controlled, enslaved to nothing, free from excess.
  4. Prudent: Elders must be sober, sensible, wise, balanced in judgment, not given to quick, superficial decisions based on immature thinking.
  5. Respectable: Elders must demonstrate a well-ordered life and good behavior.
  6. Hospitable: Elders must be unselfish with their personal resources. They must be willing to share blessings and time with others.
  7. Able to Teach: Elders must be able to communicate the truth of God and encourage sound doctrine with great patience and careful instruction. (2 Tim. 4:2)
  8. Not Given To Drunkenness: Elders must be free from drunkenness, addictions, and must be willing to limit their liberty for the sake of others.
  9. Not Violent but Gentle: Elders must be gentle and characterized by forbearance and tenderness – not having a quick temper.
  10. Not argumentative: Elders must not be given to quarreling or selfish argumentation.
  11. Not a Lover of Money: Elders must not be stingy, greedy, or out for dishonest gain. They should not be preoccupied with amassing material things, but rather should be a model of giving and self-less living.
  12. Manage a Household Well: Elders must have a well-ordered household, a healthy family life, and well-behaved children. (Pertains to those children still under the authority of the parents.)
  13. Not a Recent Convert: Elders must not be new believers. They must have been Christians long enough to demonstrate the reality of their conversion and the depth of their spirituality.
  14. Good Reputation with Outsiders: Elders must be well respected by unbelievers and must be free of hypocrisy.
  15. Not Overbearing: Elders must not be stubborn, insensitive, or prone to force opinions on others. They must be more interested in service than self-pleasure.
  16. Not Quick Tempered: Elders must be able to exercise self-control and patience in difficult situations.
  17. Loves What Is Good: Elders must desire the will of God in very decision.
  18. Upright: Elders must be fair and impartial. Their judgments must be based on Scriptural principle.
  19. Holy and Disciplined: Elders must be reverent, continually desiring to be separated from sin. They must be devoted to prayer, the study of Scripture, and the guarding of their own spiritual walk. (Acts 20:28)
  20. Hold Firm to the Trustworthy Message: Elders must be stable in the faith, obedient to the word of God, and continually seeking to be controlled by the Holy Spirit.

 

 

Selection of Elders

Scripture gives evidence of the first elders being appointed by the founders of the church. Based on the example in I Timothy 1:3-4, it is implied that the existing spiritual leadership of a church be intimately involved in the process of selecting elders to insure selection is based on spiritual, not superficial qualifications. Beyond this, there are no specific guidelines given regarding the selection process. It would, therefore, appear that freedom is given to the individual church to develop a process that will best serve its own special needs and situations. Our process is as follows:

 

Each year, the elders currently serving will determine if additional elders are needed for the following year, and if so shall initiate the following process for elder selection.

 

1)     The congregation shall be provided with information regarding the biblical qualifications of elders and their spiritual role.

 2)    With the biblical qualifications in mind, elders and members of the church shall be asked to prayerfully submit the names of men for consideration as an elder. Individuals are also encouraged to present themselves for consideration as an elder.

 3)    Persons whose names are submitted shall be so notified by the elders, and they shall be asked to engage in prayerful self-appraisal and personal evaluation in light of the scriptural qualifications for Biblical eldership.

 Any person may withdraw his name at this point, if he does not aspire to the position of elder or if he does not believe he adequately meets the qualifications.

 4)    Nominees wishing to/selected to continue in the process shall enter into an

     ‘elder apprentice’ process which allows time for the candidate and the existing

           elders to explore the role, responsibilities, and character issues needed to

           determine if the candidate has the right Character, Competency, and

           Chemistry to be a part of the Elder team.

           

 

After prayerful consideration, examination, and apprenticing, the pastor along with the elders shall make the final selections of elder candidates. Nominees not selected at this point shall also be given an explanation by the pastor and the elders as to why they were not selected and be encouraged to work on those areas for possible service in the future.

 

Affirmation of those elders shall involve the following:

 

1)     The names of the prospective and current elders shall be brought before the members of the church for prayer. The members shall be given two weeks to show just and biblical cause why any one of the prospective and/or current elders would not be scripturally qualified to serve/continue to serve. Any member with such “cause” must express his/her concern in writing to the pastor and/or other elders for consideration. Anonymous accusations, rumor, or unsigned letters/e-mails, will not be received.

 2)    Following that period, the newly affirmed elders shall be presented to the members of the church during a time of dedication/commissioning in our worship services.

 3)    The process of selection/reaffirmation shall begin usually in October-November of each year, and may take many months to complete. In the event of vacancy or special need, the elders may call new nominees, and re-engage the selection process at any time throughout the year, as they deem necessary.

 

 

Term Of Elders

 

Since Scripture indicates no fixed time for elders, no specific fixed term of office is recommended. Instead, each elder, upon appointment, shall be asked for a one year commitment, subject to review, recommitment, and reaffirmation by the Board of Elders and the Body (as described above) each year.

 

During the period of annual review (or any other time deemed necessary by the elders), both the individual and the other elders shall evaluate his continued service as an elder, again considering the Biblical qualifications as well as any personal factors that might affect his service. An individual’s service as an elder may be discontinued by his own decision, or by the unanimous decision of the other elders as a result of some biblical or moral infraction. Those elders renewing their commitment to serve would again be presented to the members of the congregation during the annual leadership dedication service.

 

A person’s leaving the Board of Elders would not preclude his service as a future elder, subject to the regular elder selection process.

 

 

Responsibilities Of Elders:

 

1)     Elders shall serve as overseers of our Church, taking responsibilities for the welfare of the Body and overall oversight of the ministry.

 2)    Elders must qualify according to I Timothy 3 and Titus 1, and must demonstrate spiritual maturity, Biblical insight, humble disposition, and a servant’s heart.

 3)    Elders shall take responsibility to advance the cause of Christ and bring unity & stability in the Body in accordance with New Testament church principles (including church discipline – see addendum).

 4)    Elders shall be evaluated yearly, to be considered for continuance of ministry the following year. Elders may serve as long as they Biblically qualify and continue to faithfully serve in their particular roles.

 5)    Elders must be regular tithers and fully support/participate in the philosophy and ministries of our Church. 

 6)    Elders must be a part of a regular small group.

 7)    Elders (as Trustees and the Board of Directors) are responsible to review the monthly/annual financial reports of the church financial team, annually evaluate and set the salary/benefit package of the Sr. Pastor, and assist the pastor with other financial matters as requested.

 8)   Elders are to meet monthly for prayer, fellowship, accountability, communication, and planning. Other meetings are held for weekly prayer and may be called occasionally for discipline scenarios, a crisis, or other urgent matters as needed.

 9)    There shall be no particular number of Elders to serve – only as needed to fulfill the ministry.