The Manner of Conduct
: The elders should consistently seek to act in a Spirit-filled manner, carrying themselves in a way that displays the fruit of the Spirit of Galatians 5:22-23
. The elders should treat each other with godly deference, considering others’ needs as more important than their own, and treating others as better than themselves (Philippians 2:3-4
). The elders should speak only what is helpful for building others up, both the other elders at the meeting and the church generally in the decisions being made. The meetings can get very, very long if elders don’t govern their tongues and filter out what they’re about to say. They should avoid being repetitious or stubborn.