What comes to mind when you think of an elder in the church?  If you grew up in a church, did the people who filled that role seem to match the description in this passage?

What does it mean to be "above reproach"?  Do you think that this is a quality that all Christians should aspire to?  Why or why not?

Which of the following qualities do you struggle with or find yourself lacking in?  Why?  Who is someone in your church that might be able to help you grow in this area?

  • Parenting
  • Slow to anger
  • Free from addiction
  • Self-Control
  • Discipline
  • Hospitality

Does your family participate in a family worship or devotional time? If so, what does it look like?  What do you do?  If not, what are some steps that you could take to begin?  How can your church help you get started?

Is it important for all Christians (whether they are elders or not) to study and understand the Bible?  Why or why not?

Do you think that all Christian men should aspire to eldership?  Why or why not?