David Murray has produced a really helpful checklist for the duties of elders.
You can download it HERE.
I’ve tried to adapt what he and his elders have produced for their church setting for the one I’m in.
Ensure that every family in the church is visited over 12-18 month period.
Review the list of people in the church every week to identify specific needs and arrange to visit if needed.
Aim to know the spiritual state and condition of each individual.
Private prayer for every individual and family in the church.
Regular attendance at the weekly church prayer meeting.
Attend the fortnightly elders’ meetings.
Assist and advise fellow-elders in discussions and decisions.
Arrange for administration of baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Administer church discipline.
Help with administration.
Watch the pastor with a view to encourage and/or correct; advise when they need to delegate responsibilities so they can give themselves more fully to the ministry of the Word and prayer.
Watch the congregation to see who is present/absent, active/passive, engaged/disengaged.
The elder should be growing in Christian knowledge and wisdom and teaching ability in order that they may be equipped to teach in area of special gifting.
Be on the look out for new families and individuals coming to church.
Offer hospitality to individuals/families/groups of families.
Be pro-active in the vision for future direction, role, and needs of the congregation.
Be pro-active in mission and evangelism.
Be pro-active in identifying, encouraging, training future leaders and service opportunities.