According to LifePoint Church By-Laws Article III:
The New Testament set out lists of qualifications for three specific leadership positions, namely “elders” or “overseers” (Titus 1:6-9; 1 Timothy 3:2-7), “deacons” (1 Timothy 3:8-12), and “those who serve” (Acts 6:3). While none of the leadership positions at LifePoint, including that of “Steward”, exactly coincides with any one of the positions described in the New Testament, the kind and types of functions and duties performed by leaders at LifePoint are quite similar to those accomplished by “elders”, “deacons”, and “servers” in the early church. Therefore, it is appropriate and fitting to adopt the same basic qualifications. Qualifications for all elected leadership positions at LifePoint Church include the following:
1. Blameless, above reproach, having a good reputation—a member against whom no charge of wrongdoing can successfully be brought, who has a good reputation both inside and outside the church (1 Timothy 3:2,7,10;
Titus 1:6; Acts 6:3).
2. Spirit Filled – led and empowered by the Holy Spirit (Acts 6:3)
3. Firmly convinced of the central tenets of the faith – able to affirm the church’s statement of faith with a clear conscience and no mental reservations (1 Timothy 3:9; Titus 1:9).
4. Temperate lifestyle – a life characterized by moderation, self-control, and stewardship of the body
(1 Timothy 3:2,3,8,11; Titus 1:7,8).
5. Financial integrity – a right attitude toward money and material possessions, not exploiting others for one’s own gain or profit ( 1 Timothy 3:3,8; Titus 1:7).
6. Christian family life – a member whose family is well-cared for, whose family relationships are healthy and growing, whose children are respectful and not insubordinate; if married, faithfully devoted to one spouse and committed to the sanctity of the marriage bond (1 Timothy 3:2,4,12; Titus 1:6).
7. Faithful in every respect – a member whose life is characterized by commitment to and trust in God, and trustworthiness and reliability towards others ( 1 Timothy 3:11, cf.;Acts 6:5).
8. Wisdom – growing in the divine wisdom arising out of a relationship with Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit (Acts 6:3; cf.; 1 Corinthians 1:30).
9. Exercising one’s spiritual gift(s) – demonstrating commitment to and support of the ministry of LifePoint, and seeking to exercise one’s gift(s) for the common good (1 Corinthians 12).
10.Financial commitment – demonstrated by consistent and proportional financial support of the ministry of LifePoint (Matthew 6:21).
11.Seriousness—a member characterized by Christian purpose, who has respect and reverence for spiritual matters ( 1 Timothy 3:2,8,11; Titus 1:8)
12.Not double-tongued – dependable, responsible, and trustworthy in what one says; in control of one’s tongue
(1 Timothy 3:8, 11).
13.Not quarrelsome, arrogant, or quick-tempered – known for gentleness in dealing with others ( 1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:9).