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9Marks Explained : A Letter From Mark Dever

How to Run an Elders' Meeting


What should an elders' meeting look like? What should it include? Who should facilitate it? How long should it last?

If you've found yourself asking any of these questions, we recommend you check out a recent article by our friend Andy Davis about how to effectively conduct an elders' meeting. Having served for the past 13 years as the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina, Andy Davis draws on sound biblical wisdom and years of ministry experience to present a vision of eldership that is both compelling and instructive.

Regarding elders' meetings, Davis says:
"By the astounding grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the elders have been entrusted with the awesome role of "undershepherds" of his flock. This ministry is done collectively; therefore, the elders must meet together regularly to carry it out. The elders must consecrate themselves to the glory of God and the good of his people, and carry out the shepherding, prayer, discernment, and management tasks entrusted to them. As they do so, they should conduct themselves as Spirit-filled men who seek unity and true understanding of each other's minds. May God use this article to make your elders' meetings as fruitful as possible for his glory."

This article is available online at The Gospel Coalition, and you can read it here. If you are a church leader, especially an elder, we highly recommend you give it a read.


Related Resources:

Book: Finding Faithful Elders and Deacons by Thabiti Anyabwile

Interview: 'Finding Faithful Elders and Deacons' with Thabiti Anyabwile

Article: 'Elders: Lead!' by Bobby Jamieson

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I don't think people really consider elders of the church to be under-shepherds but the reality is that they are. It is important for them to meet frequently so that they can all be on the same page.


    Being an elder at the church is not something that is taken lightly by exploitation who is doing it so they will mostly welcome frequent meetings.

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