The man who is a shepherd of God’s people must know that he is a guardian of God’s fame, a fact in which he should find tremendous confidence.
To say that Jesus is the shepherd of his flock is to say that he’s a ruler.
Why must an elder pay close attention to himself? Isn’t that selfish? No. It’s responsible.
Editor’s note: 9Marks asked Ligon Duncan, senior minister of First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, Mississippi, how they train men for the office of elder. We reprint FPC’s remarkable “Officer Training Manual” here (unedited), not to promote any one book, theological system, or form of polity, but in order (i) to present one viable model of […]
As we know, the one qualification that separates elders from other roles in the church is that they be “able to teach” (1 Tim. 3:2).
This book is excellent, and should be read by every thoughtful and thoughtless pastor, so that they might better understand both the Word and their own role.
Clowney applies larger issues of guidance and decision making to the realm of vocational Christian ministry, and he does so in a succinct but powerful manner.
Living with Elders
Church members are the people who generally make or break a local church.
What do you do when you struggle to get along with a fellow elder?
Thinking back to when you first became an elder, what initial lesson(s) most stand out in equipping you to elder well?