The New Elder's Handbook: A Biblical Guide to Developing Faithful Leaders

The New Elder's Handbook: A Biblical Guide to Developing Faithful Leaders

by Greg R. Scharf, Arthur Kok


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Pastors and church leaders are in need of mature, godly elders to ensure church health, but the training of elders is often entirely missing or badly neglected. What if there were a process to proactively call and train elders?

The New Elder's Handbook is designed to equip elders with the knowledge, character, and skills the office calls for. It takes church leaders through the development of a vision for ministry, recruitment of elders to carry out that vision, and specific, biblical training, providing a way to be intentional about developing elders.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801076343
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/20/2018
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Greg R. Scharf is professor emeritus of homiletics and pastoral theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is author of Prepared to Preach, Relational Preaching, and Let the Earth Hear His Voice. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and is a past president of the Evangelical Homiletics Society.

Arthur Kok is director of training for The Orchard Network, where he trains lay ministry leaders and equips future pastors, church planters, and missionaries. He previously served in China and Singapore, where he focused on training next generation Christian leaders.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Part 1 Vision

1 Who We Aspire to Be: What Characterizes Biblically Qualified Elders? 21

2 Understanding the Power: Ezra's Example 33

3 Making Progress: Moving Forward in Growth 39

4 Maximizing the Process: The Importance of Community 47

5 Identifying Potential Elders 57

Part 2 Training

6 Seventy-Five Questions for New or Prospective Elders 67

Part 3 Two Additional Discipleship Resources

7 Learning to Follow Jesus: A Thematic Resource for Discipling Others 145

8 BA (Biblical Agenda) in Christian Living: A Bible Study Resource for Discipling Others 165

Acknowledgments 179

Suggestions for Further Reading 181

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