Our Structure

NorthStar Church is elder guided, staff led, and body served.  Our elders serve an important role in our church as we seek to bring glory to God by leading people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

Our elders serve on a three-year rotation and it is our desire that NorthStar would have elder representation from all our campuses.  The church body, after carefully reviewing the qualifications and duties of an elder, can submit names of NorthStar men for consideration as elders.

Elder Nomination Process

  • Review the Elder Guidelines below and pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in this process.
  • Identify in writing who the elder candidate is and the specific reasons why you feel like they are qualified to serve the Northstar Body. Make sure you sign and print your name at the bottom of your submission letter and place it in a sealed envelope.
  • Turn your nomination letter in person to any existing staff member, place it in the offering basket during one of our services, or mail it to the church office at NorthStar Church – Attn: Elder Nomination, 9929 Sherrill Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37932.
  • Deadline for elder nominations is Sunday, November 27, 2016.

Elder Guidelines

  1. The primary roles of an Elder:
    • Provide the overarching spiritual guidance for the Body.
    • Maintain the doctrinal and theological boundaries for the body.
    • Encourage, empower and Shepherd the Pastors and Staff.
    • Pray for those in the body who are sick, wounded or in need.
    • Provide financial accountability and stewardship in the formation and affirmation of the annual budget.
  2. What the Elder body is not:
    • A board of directors
    • A deacon body
    • A position of power
    • Responsible for the day to day operations of the church

Essential Characteristics/Skills of Elders

  • Able to keep confidential information
  • Spiritual maturity
  • Able to exhort in sound doctrine
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Team player
  • Humility
  • Conflict-resolution skills

Essential Components of an Elder

Our evaluation of individuals who aspire to serve as Elders at Northstar Church includes the following process to evaluate the “Five Cs,” with the primary focus on Character.

  1. First “C”—Character (1 Timothy 3:2–7 and Titus 1:6–9)
    • Above reproach—Elders must lead by example and demonstrate a lifestyle free from patterns of sin.
    • Husband of one wife—Elders, if married, must be devoted spouses.
    • Temperate—Elders must be self-controlled, enslaved to nothing, and free from excesses.
    • Prudent—Elders must be sober, sensible, wise, balanced in judgment, not given to quick, superficial decisions based on immature thinking.
    • Respectable—Elders must demonstrate a well-ordered life and honorable behavior.
    • Hospitable—Elders must be unselfish with personal resources, willing to share blessings with others.
    • Able to teach—Elders must be able to communicate truth and sound doctrine in a non-argumentative way.
    • Not addicted to wine—Elders must be free from addictions and willing to limit their liberty for the sake of others.
    • Not pugnacious or quick-tempered—Elders must be gentle, patient, and able to exercise self-control in difficult situations.
    • Uncontentious—Elders must not be given to quarreling or selfish argumentation.
    • Free from the love of money—Elders must not be stingy, greedy, or for sordid gain, or preoccupied with amassing material things.
    • Manage own household—Elders must have a well-ordered household and a healthy family life.
    • Not a new convert/not a new believer—Elders must not be new believers. They must have been a Christian long enough to demonstrate the reality of their conversion and depth of spirituality.
    • Good reputation with outsiders—Elders must be well-respected by unbelievers and free from hypocrisy.
    • Not self-willed—Elders must not be stubborn, or prone to forcing their opinions on others or abusing authority. They must be servant-minded.
    • Loving what is good—Elders must desire the will of God in every decision.
    • Just—Elders must desire to be fair and impartial. Their judgments must be based on scriptural principles.
    • Devout—Elders must be devoted Christ followers, seeking to be conformed to His image. They must be committed to prayer, worship, the study of Scripture, and the guarding of their spiritual walk.
    • Holding fast the faithful Word—Elders must be stable in the faith, obedient to the Word of God, and continually seeking to be controlled by the Holy Spirit.
  1. Second “C”—Competence: Defined as specific, Holy Spirit-endowed gifts and abilities, combined with skills acquired through training and life experience.
  1. Third “C”—Chemistry: The intangible quality of being able to “fit” within the existing team. The ability to blend into and enrich the current circle of community and relational harmony within the body.
  1. Fourth “C”—Courage: The ability, when needed, to enter into difficult exchanges and defend the faith, the church, and individuals in ways that preserve and maintain the community. The ability to speak the truth in love without destructive results.
  1. Fifth “C”—Calling: The ability to sense God’s calling on one’s life for a particular season of service to the body of Christ.