One of the things I noticed when I started my term as an elder at my congregation was that there wasn't any training so that an elder understood what the position entailed.
It also seemed that the responsibilities weren't really spelled out. Basically the "description" mentions that an elder should conduct himself in a manner which reflects Christ; assist pastor in spiritual matters; oversee pastoral staff; make sure all church activities are conducted in Christian manner; and make sure that all Christian instruction agrees with Scriputre. In addition there are care areas that an elder may be assigned which are explained in the same general manner.
Maybe I'm wrong here but it seems that things could be defined more specifically. I say that because I've checked a couple of websites from other LCMS congregations that seem more specific than what we have. Therefore I'm planning to present some ideas at an upcoming meeting that better define the role of elders and ideas for training. So I guess what I'm looking for are suggestions from all of you.
Thanks in advance.