|Frans Brits (l) and Joachim Rieck|
Everyone knows that church elders are not thickly sown! The making of a pastor -elder is not an instant achievement. It can be a long journey!
It all begins with a calling. It is further evidenced by a desire on behalf of the elder candidate (1 Tim 3:1) to serve as an elder, and furthermore it ought to be recognized by the church, whose shepherd he is to become.
When a man desires to become an elder at Eastside Baptist Church, the current eldership examines him with regard to his basic suitability. If the elders are satisfied that there is a genuine desire and suitability, the church is asked to endorse him as a ‘trainee elder’.
|Pieter Slabber, Frans Brits , Joachim Rieck|
Then he enters upon a two year internship, whereby he attends elders meetings,participates in church leadership meetings, leads in worship services, is exposed to eldership training, learns to preach, attends doctrinal classes, does visitation and engages in various other disciplines.
|The Brits family is prayed for|
Frans Brits and his family came to us a number of years ago. He had been trained in a Dutch Reformed Seminary in South Africa and during his internship years at a church in South Africa , he decided to give up on the work of the ministry. He had felt ill equipped for this task at that time.
Times of terrible confusion and despair ensued. Eventually he re-trained as an audiological technician, working in a team with his wife, Janet who is by all accounts an accomplished audiologist .
When their company sent them to Swakopmund in Namibia to work at their branch, Frans met with Pastor Francois Koch of the Swakopmund Baptist Church. Pastor Koch helped Frans Brits significantly through wise pastoral counsel , and the Lord restored him wonderfully at that time.
Frans and Janet were then posted to Windhoek by their company, and here they joined in the membership of the Eastside Baptist Church.
It soon became apparent to the elders at Eastside that the Lord had a greater work for Frans in the congregation. It seemed therefore good to the congregation and to the elders to encourage him to prepare for eldership.
|Frans Brits gives his testimony|
He has done well, and he has won the hearts and the confidence of the congregation, so that the church under the leadership of her elders was able to ordain him on the 14th of September 2014, after a two year internship.
To God be the Glory !