Elders and Leaders: God's Plan for Leading the Church - A Biblical, Historical and Cultural Perspective [NOOK Book]

Overview


Strong leadership in the church is exactly what God had in mind. However,
very few people, Gene Getz believes, understand the biblical pattern for church leadership. He has written Elders and Leaders to unravel the mystery and alleviate the confusion surrounding this critical topic. In the first part of the book, Getz lays the historical and biblical groundwork for the position of elder.
In the second part,...
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Elders and Leaders: God's Plan for Leading the Church - A Biblical, Historical and Cultural Perspective

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Overview


Strong leadership in the church is exactly what God had in mind. However,
very few people, Gene Getz believes, understand the biblical pattern for church leadership. He has written Elders and Leaders to unravel the mystery and alleviate the confusion surrounding this critical topic. In the first part of the book, Getz lays the historical and biblical groundwork for the position of elder.
In the second part, he shares how he has applied or has seen these principles applied over the years.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575675275
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 513,748
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author


GENE A. GETZ, (B.A., Rocky Mountain College; M.A., Wheaton College;
Ph.D., New York University), a host and teacher of Renewal Radio, served as a professor at Moody Bible Institute and Dallas Theological Seminary. He has authored more than 60 books, including The Measure of a Healthy Church, Elders and Leaders,
and the Men of Character series. He has been a church planting pastor in the Dallas metroplex since 1972 and now serves as President of the Center for Church
Renewal and Pastor Emeritus of Fellowship Bible Church North in Plano, Texas.
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In defining the "church," we tend to focus on the literal definition of the word ekklesia, which actually means an "assembly" or "congregation" of people.
However, this definition is too narrow when we observe the way believers functioned in the New Testament world. Biblical writers used the word to describe Christians whether they were gathered for worship and practicing certain rituals or scattered throughout a particular community-in their homes, at work, shopping, visiting relatives,
or recreating at the local spa. Furthermore, each believing family in a given community,
ideally speaking, was to be the "church in miniature" and the father the primary spiritual leader (1 Timothy 3:4-5). In order to understand the scriptural meaning of the local church, we must think in terms of people in relationship-not structures,
not meeting places, not buildings. New Testament writers used three basic concepts almost exclusively to describe the church as God's people in community. They were called disciples, brothers, and saints.
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Table of Contents


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction: "Who Leads the Church?"


Part
I: Foundations

1. Flying in Formation: A Community Project

2. Our Frame of Reference

3. Discovering Supracultural Principles


Part 2: The
Biblical Story

4. The Ekklesia of God (A.D. 33)

5. The Elders in Jerusalem
(A.D. 45)

6. A Prayer and Healing Ministry (A.D. 45-47)

7. The First
Church-Planting Mission (A.D. 47)

8. The Law-Grace Controversy (A.D. 49)

9.
Character-Based Judgments (A.D. 49-50)

10. Respect and Esteem (A.D. 51)

11.
The Ephesian Elders (A.D. 58)

12. Leadership Qualifications (A.D. 63)

13.
Assistants to Elders/ Overseers: Deacons (A.D. 63)

14. A Woman's Role in
Ministry (A.D.63)

15. The Household Model (A.D. 63)

16. Financial
Support (A.D. 63)

17. Protection and Discipline (A.D. 63)

18. Shepherding
God's Flock (A.D. 63)

19. A Doctrine of character (A.D. 65)

20. Marriage and Family Requirements (A.D. 63, 65)

21. Serving with Joy (A.D. 66-70)


Part
3: Scriptural Observations

22. Titles and an Overarching Function

23.
Specific Leadership Functions

24. Selecting and Appointing Elders

25.
Plurality in Leadership

26. The Need for a Primary Leader

27. Accountability,
Delegation, and Forms


Part 4: Supracultural Principles and Practical Applications

28.
Principles for Leadership Appointments (Part 1)

29. Principles for Leadership
Appointments (Part 2)

30. Principles for Leadership Functions (Part 1)

31.
Principles for Leadership Functions (Part 2)

32. Principles for Leadership
Functions (Part 3)

33. Age Requirements

34. Leadership Selection

35.
Board Size and Length of Service

36. More Form Questions

37. A Succession plan

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