Because the restoration of Ephraim is occurring through the covenantal atoning work of Messiah Yeshua, members of the B’ney Yosef North America (BYNA) Administrative Council (AC) must be disciples of Yeshua as demonstrated by their words and deeds, and by the testimony of those who know them. They are “elders” in the biblical sense of providing supervision and direction over the affairs of the community, but they differ from the BYNA Elders in that their duties are to look after the needs of the people rather than to provide apostolic or ministerial oversight to the body. In that sense, the Administrative Council Officers serve in a similar capacity as the Deacons appointed to act under the guidance of the Apostles (Acts 6:1-6). The following are General Qualifications for all AC Officers. Specific Qualifications may be found in the AC Job Description.
1 Timothy 3:2, 4
Single or married male or female; if married, “he must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity” (NASB).
A personʼs character is of the highest importance for a position on the Administrative Council. Any nominee should be recognized by his or her extended community as a person of character. Exodus 18:18-26 states that leaders over the nation should be capable in their fields, fear God, be men of truth, and hate dishonest gain. They must be servant-leaders, following the example and instructions of Messiah Yeshua (Matthew 20:25-28; Luke 22:25-27), and demonstrating the qualities displayed by the Apostle Paul in Titus 1:5-9 and 1 Timothy 3:1-7. First Timothy 3:7 admonishes that an elder “must have a good reputation with those outside the church.” No person of questionable character should be a member of the AC or an officer appointed to represent it. First Timothy 3:2 states that elders must be blameless, temperate, and of good behavior. First Timothy 3:6 indicates that humility is also essential to an elder’s character. This is a higher calling than a congregational, business, government, or military leader since it represents to the nations a number of congregations and peoples.
A candidate for a BYNA AC Officer must have proven his or her leadership skills not only within his or her realm of endeavor (business, government, ministry, military), but also as someone who promotes unity among different groups. Hence, as an elder in First Timothy 3:4 is required to have managed his or her house well, a BYNA AC Officer should manage his or her responsibilities well.
First Timothy 3:6 states that an elder should not be a novice. No one should rise to membership of the Bʼney Yosef North America Administrative Council who has not had many years of professional experience in the skills required for the position of responsibility to which he or she is nominated, and who does not understand and agree with the future unification of Judah and Ephraim. Neither shall they be considered if they have not functioned in a supervisory role in a government, military, corporate, financial, business, agricultural, educational, or ministerial capacity. They should be respected within the organization or community where they serve and should not have been removed from their positions. A present supervisory position is not required if they have not been thrust out of their positions and meet the above requirements.
If a person has not had influence over a good number of people, he or she should not be considered for the BYNA Administrative Council. Fundamentally the council serves to conduct the business and represent all the people of B’ney Yosef North America, so if a person does not already represent a good number, then he or she should not be considered.
An Administrative Officer of Bʼney Yosef North America should bring unity and peace rather than foster contentious debate and division. We are attempting to unite the tribes, not break them into further divisions. One should detect peace from his or her demeanor. First Timothy 3:3 states that an elder must “not be given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous.” Officers should desire and have abilities in resolving conflict. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God” (Matthew 5:9).
An Administrative Officer of Bʼney Yosef North America should have a vision that extends beyond the Hebrew Roots movement and/or the Messianic movement. He or she must understand that the house of Yosef will include people from the church and possibly other religions who are called by God to join us and, in time, will hear Yeshua’s call to repentance.
Exodus 18:21-22 suggests that leaders must be able to execute sound judgment in matters under their jurisdiction. BYNA Administrative Officers should be willing to do so. Officers must be able to make righteous judgments while not fearing man, not favoring the rich or poor, and not accepting bribes.
Not Divisive, Prejudiced, Easily Offended, or Prone to Slander
Officers should not be known as ones who stir up controversy or are contentious about doctrine. First Timothy 3:3 describes elders as “not quarrelsome.” They should not be ones who force their opinions on others. They should respect others who see issues differently and be willing to allow great diversity in the community without contradicting Torah. Officers should not exhibit racial prejudice since Israel is comprised of those coming “out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9). Officers should not be easily offended. They must not quickly lay blame. They must be quick to forgive. Officers should not slander other people, living or dead.
Officers must be willing to operate as a group. The Administrative Council should give a unified face to the movement. It cannot consist of factions attempting to rise to prominence. The goal of a unified Ephraim/B’ney Yosef must be held superior to personal doctrinal beliefs.
Adherence to One Law
BYNA Administrative Officers must adhere to the concept that the Law, as given for guidance to Israel, applies to all who are now identifying themselves as Israelites and joining together in this North American association of the B’ney Yosef Congress. They must also acknowledge, however, that lack of adherence by others is not a disqualifying marker for eternal life.
Because the regathering and restoration of Israel is prophecy in action, and because we are attempting actively to align ourselves with that prophecy, members of the Administrative Council must have spiritual discernment, and many should have the predisposition and desire to press in to prayer to reach the heart of our heavenly Father, receive his words, and communicate them in a humble yet powerful manner.
Recognizing of Talent
BYNA Administrative Officers should be able to recognize talents in other people and utilize them for the best of the organization. They must be willing to delegate by turning jobs over to others. This is oversight, not micromanagement.