1 Timothy 3:1-7
The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil.7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.
The office of Ruling Elder in Christ’s church is a perpetual office and is conferred upon men in the congregation who have been dully nominated, trained, tested, approved, elected, ordained, and installed into such office. Elders are entrusted by God with the spiritual welfare of the church and as such call the congregation to worship, guard the purity of the gospel and the doctrine of the church, and are entrusted with the spiritual discipline of its member, should such discipline be deemed necessary.
The Session of the church comprised both of Ruling Elders who have been chosen from the member of the congregation as well as Teaching Elder(s) or pastors who are selected and elected by the congregation and tested, approved, ordained, and installed by the Presbytery.