Take a look at the following passages (emphasis mine)
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? (1 Timothy 3: 1-5)In both cases where Paul speaks of the qualities of an elder, he mentions being married and having children as integral to the definition.
This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you—if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. (Titus 1:5-6)
So without any commentary or embellishment on my part, here is my question. Can a single man or a married man without children be recognized/appointed as an elder?
(Note: the author in both cases, Paul, was a) single and childless and b) not an elder)