As of November 21 I'm officially a church elder at Elk Creek. Can you believe it, at age 31? Elder is such a funny term, implying so many different things. I think of it like the guy who volunteers for the carnival dunking booth. He’s willing to smile as he is dropped into the water.
It's not like Mormons where everyone's an elder. There are only 4 lay-members at Elk Creek, serving a 2 year term. The term is part of the bylaws, but the Elder board is quite Biblical.
I was raised in a regular old pastor/deacon Baptist church and Elders were always the way of "those other" churches. It's a new thing to me; I'll just have to roll with the punches I guess.
Elder Jerry. ;-)