Avoid Conflict Over Naming Elders

Avoid Conflict Over Naming Elders

Based on Acts 13:1-3 &Titus 1:5-9

POY! SKIT GUIDELINES:

  • In a small group, participants might simply read their lines, or glance at their lines to get the idea so they can speak in their own words.
  • Most POY! skits require no practice in advance.
  • Have any small children play a brief part. Most scripts have an optional part for children, listed last under Participants.
  • Most scripts have a Narrator who should read the script beforehand to see how to keep moving the story along.
  • It is not necessary to employ costumes and objects, unless the skit recommends such.
  • It is not required to have an audience watch the skit. All present may participate.
  • Scripture and paraphrases, if any, usually appear in bold.

PARTICIPANTS:

Mr. Wise, who also serves as Narrator
Mr. Fretter
Learner

Prompter (Optional). Prompter shouts a brief line and Companions repeat it.

Companions (Optional): children and all adults who want to take part. Make sure Companions know who the Prompter is, and that they are to repeat Prompter’s words.

SCRIPT:

Mr. Wise

Mr. Learner, you have thequalities of an elderin Titus 1 ? good testimony, maturity, family kept in order. I recommend that your church install you as a shepherding elder, and lay hands on you to impart God’s anointing.

Mr. Fretter

Wait! Mr. Wise, you go beyond your authority here. You don’t belong to our church.

Outsiders must not influence naming leaders in a church. A church must name its own leaders as the church in Antioch did.

Mr. Wise

Mr. Fretter, you want your church to do the right thing. Let us look at the book of Acts. Mr. Learner, do you recall how the church in Antioch named its leaders?

Learner

Yes. It named its own leaders, because it was a mature church with experienced workers.

Mr. Wise

Precisely. Now, do you recall what happened in Crete when they needed new leaders?

Mr. Fretter

I see what you are trying to do, Mr. Wise, and I won’t let you do so! You confuse the issue.

What Paul told Titus to do was in another time of history when conditions were entirely different.

Mr. Wise

Many conditions were different, Mr. Fretter, but not conditions that matter. The apostles’ letters were inspired and apply just as fully today. The essence of what a church is and duties of church leaders remain the same.

Let’s stick to Scripture and let Mr. Learner answer my question about what happened in Crete.

Prompter & Companions

Stick to Scripture! Stick to Scripture!

Learner

Crete’s churches were new, with no experienced workers, as Titus 1 shows. So Paul told Titus, an experienced worker from the outside, to name and train elders.

Mr. Wise

Good! Titus acted as an overseer for new churches, just as I’m doing for yours. To multiply churches, avoid waiting too long to name shepherding elders. Some believers who have followed Jesus only a few months show more maturity than others do after many years, and should not be excluded from leadership.

Mr. Fretter

But Mr. Learner is not ordained, so he’s not allowed to officiate the sacraments.

Mr. Wise

Mr. Fretter, did you know that this prohibition keeps thousands of churches around the world from obeying Jesus?

Mr. Fretter

Then you oppose ordination?

Mr. Wise

The problem is not with ordination, but with foolish, man-made requirements for ordination.Will you allow your church simply to comply only the biblical requirements to name new leaders?

Mr. Fretter

Well, when you put it that way, I guess we should. Yes, now that you force me to think it through, of course! Let’s name leaders God’s way!

Prompter & Companions

Name leaders God’s way! Name leaders God’s way!

DISCUSS:

Why could the church in Antioch name its leaders, while in Crete an outsider had to do so?

Who should dictate ordination requirements, God or men, and why?

Ask all to listen as someone reads 1 Peter 5:1-4, to find duties of elders. Then discuss God’s requirements for shepherds.

 

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