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Others suggest it refers to bigamy or one wife at a time. What if he is the innocent party and couldn’t save his marriage? He said, “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” The wedding vows state, “Till death do us part.” But as unfortunate as the reality is, people get divorced.
Some teach it to mean a man must be married in order to serve, thus removing single men from any opportunity of leadership service. What about a man who leaves his wife but refuses a divorce? The two cases in which God permits divorce are fornication (Matthew 19:9) and desertion (1 Corinthians ).
There was a time when the possibility of hiring a pastor who was divorced was rare but by the 1980s, a growing number of clergymen were divorced and married.
There are many divorced pastors serving in churches today, including evangelical, Bible believing churches.
Even people who know very little Scripture know that Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines.
Today, among certain religions and cultures polygamy is still common.
If a man is divorced and has not married another person, then he would not be eligible to be an elder because he is not married.
Either that, or, in some peoples view, he would be eligible because he may still be considered as married to the first wife if the divorce was not what they would call scriptural.
Sorry about the vague answer, but the question doesnt give a lot of detail and the qualifications of an elder are also vague on this matter.
This is a greatly debated issue, particularly among conservative believers.
Not all Christians and churchgoers are comfortable with the idea of a divorced pastor leading.