elder affirmation for seng chin


Thank you in advance your time and participation in our elder affirmation process. God has graciously designed the leadership of the Body of Christ to include pastors and elders (Eph. 4:11-16, 1 Tim 3:1-7, Titus 1) and deacons and deaconesses (Acts 6:1-7, 1 Tim. 3:8-13) in the local church. We believe that elders are given by God as a gift to his church. We also believe that there is a Biblical pattern of the church being called to “select from among themselves” those leaders whom God has called, gifted, and affirmed. Therefore, we ask our members to participate in praying for and affirming elder candidates. Please take time within the next 4 weeks to pray for Seng and Julie Chin. Our current elders believe that God has called Seng to be installed an an elder at Christ Church and we are grateful for all that God is doing in and through Seng already as our Executive Pastor. We have observed Seng to be a gifted and humble man. We believe he meets all of the qualifications for eldership in Scripture, but we want to hear from all of you as well.

To let you know more about Seng: Seng was born in pre-Independence Singapore and grew up in a multi-racial Southeast Asian culture. He got his BA from the University of Oregon, MA from the University of London, and is currently attending Gateway Seminary. After spending his early career in the private sector, he spent two and a half decades in the government and diplomatic service of Singapore, with assignments in Washington DC, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, and San Francisco, where he started attending Christ Church in 2010. He is married to Julie, who is step-mom to his daughter Jordan.

God called Seng to faith at the first high point of his previous career, a time of public success but also the lowest point of his personal life. Seng’s call to ministry came at another career crossroads at the end of his assignment as Consul-General to the western United States. Faced with a choice between an Ambassadorship elsewhere and continuing to be a part of Christ Church here, he decided on the latter.

As Executive Pastor, his initial focus has been on the organizational health and development of Christ Church, including the resourcing of its ministries, equipping and coordination of ministry leaders, and the pastoral care of church members.

If you are a member of Christ Church, please fill out the form below by Saturday, April 8th:

Name *
Having read over the Scriptural qualifications for elder (1 Timothy 3:1-7), I believe that Seng has the qualifications to be an elder. *
The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. (1 Timothy 3:1-7)