Importing Elders

This year we have had several people who served as pastors/elders at other churches move to Kaleo and a few more who intend on making the move. I’m currently writing a document on what it means to be an elder at Kaleo (qualifications, expectations, process). Our desire is to have these elders live in the life of our community and only as people look at them as ‘a pastor’ that we would confirm what God has already done in installing them as an elder. This ‘living out life in community’ helps us understand who is called to be part of what we are doing and be faithful to the missional values we hold. Further, qualifications now go beyond knowledge and what was a limited observation of character to really seeing if someone is giving their life to the mission and seeing it in the beautiful mess of being the church. As I formalize this document (we informally do it now) I wanted to get any insight from those of you who have suggestions, experience or resources you’ve looked at to deal with installing elders, including those who decide to move to your church.

  • Michael

    July 30, 2008, 1:00 pm

    Thanks for putting a document like this together. I can speak a little out of my own experience and want to highlight Mike Gunn as someone who has been great at affirming others who are living out the missional values. My wife and I moved to Seattle from Phoenix in June 2007 to do focused outreach amongst the Muslim population of South Seattle. We landed at Harambee the first day we moved here and haven’t left since. Gunn has done an amazing job of encouraging us in our mission and challenging us to bring other people along. Now I lead a missional community toward my general neighborhood community and a branch of that is focused on Muslims. Gunn has also brought me into the elder candidate process, which has been both challenging and encouraging. He has utilized my Chinese-Cambodian background as a strength, not a weakness. This is the first I’m honestly felt like I’m serving and contributing alongside my white peers and not just UNDER their authority. Maybe I can just use this post to praise God for men like Gunn! 🙂

  • D. Goodmanson

    July 30, 2008, 3:28 pm

    Michael, thanks for your comment. I’m a big fan of Mike Gunn too. Glad to hear what is happening up in Renton/S. Seattle.

  • jeff Cole

    August 4, 2008, 12:58 pm

    Will this document be made available?


  • D. Goodmanson

    August 5, 2008, 9:58 am

    Probably in a month or so.