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Pastoral eldership with qualified, functioning elders.
Returning to the New Testament teaching on eldership–restoration, recovery, and reformation.
Jesus Christ started this concept with the twelve disciples. Peter was the “first among equals” among the disciples. This means that he was a leader among the twelve, but he was not the head disciple. The other disciples were equal to him in status and authority. Peter was simply gifted as a leader and became the natural spokesperson of the group.
Acts 20, 1 Peter 5:1-5, James 5:14
To set right what is lacking–a church without elders is deficient in an essential element for a healthy church.
The speaker talks about the difference between genuine accountability and fake accountability. In light of his comments, make a list of some men who could be accountability partners for you. If you don’t have someone to hold you accountable, ask one or more of the people on your list!
All elders are charged to shepherd the flock of God and share the same authority and responsibility for the pastoral oversight of the entire congregation (Acts 20:28). All elders must be able to teach and protect the flock from false teachers (1 Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:9).
Not all elders are gifted in preaching and teaching. Not all elders have the same giftedness regarding leadership. Not all elders receive double honor from the congregation (1 Tim. 5:17).
Study 1 Timothy 5:17-18 for yourself. Identify the elders in your church who labor in preaching and teaching which Paul would say are “worthy of double honor.” Is your church obeying the mandate to support those elders? If so, how? If not, what needs to change so that you are obeying this Scriptural principle?
To protect the church from undesirable, unfit men entering into the office of elder and to allow the church to remove men who become unfit for the office.
An uncontrolled and undisciplined person is victim to every feeling that comes along. An elder must be able to follow through and deal with difficult situations.
Diotrephes loved to control people. He excommunicated those who disagreed with him. He wouldn’t allow the apostle John in his church. Elders should never be like him because he was an arrogant, self-willed man.
As an elder, you are in the people business. Being an elder is an entirely people-oriented job. You have to be good at relating to people, because you frequently have to work with people who are critical and difficult. If you aren’t good at relating to people as an elder, you will cause more problems.
“He may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil” (1 Tim. 3:6). If a young believer is placed in a position of leadership too early, they can become puffed up. It takes time to know the devil’s strategies and to know your own weaknesses. An elder must be a mature Christian.
If a man cannot manage his family and keep his home under control, he cannot possibly manage the family of God (1 Tim. 3:5).
Elders must be able to communicate the Word of God. They don’t have to be super highly gifted in this, but they must “be able to give instruction in sound doctrine” and “rebuke those who contradict it” (Titus 1:9).
It must be public so that everyone in the church recognizes that this man has joined the elders in their work to lead the church.
Hosea 4:6; Ezekiel 34:2; Jeremiah 3:15.
Their elders aren’t leading. Poor leadership frustrates people.
The ministry of the church is the job of the entire church. The job of the elders is to equip the people to be involved in the ministry.
Visiting, praying for, and encouraging the sick; funerals; weddings and premarital counseling; family counseling; caring for those who are in need.