Jeramie Rinne answers that question with six statements in Church Elders: How to Shepherd God’s People Like Jesus (9Marks; Wheaton: Crossway, 2014), 19–29.
You know you’re qualified to serve as an elder if . . .
- You want to be an elder.
- You exemplify godly character.
- You can teach the Bible.
- You lead your family well.
- You are male.
- You are an established believer.
Rinne unpacks each statement in his short, well-reasoned book.