Perhaps the most important areas of consideration we review when considering credentialing an applicant for membership are contained in the following ideas.
Mark 10:43-45 AMP “But this is not how it is among you; instead, whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first and most important among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
1 Timothy 3:1-7 MSG “If anyone wants to provide leadership in the church, good! But there are preconditions: A leader must be well-thought-of, committed to his wife, cool and collected, accessible, and hospitable. He must know what he’s talking about, not be overfond of wine, not pushy but gentle, not thin-skinned, not money-hungry. He must handle his own affairs well, attentive to his own children and having their respect. For if someone is unable to handle his own affairs, how can he take care of God’s church? He must not be a new believer, lest the position go to his head and the Devil trip him up. Outsiders must think well of him, or else the Devil will figure out a way to lure him into is trap.
Anyone applying for credentials must be above reproach no of the highest moral standard.
1 Timothy 3:2 NIV “Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable,hospitable, able to teach,”