Elders are to oversee the flock, but that doesn’t override the congregation’s responsibility in affirming truth.
Eric Bancroft, a pastor in Miami, talks about the importance of the fruit of the Spirit amid our disagreement with others.
Where do elders come from? Is there a way to raise them up without trying to “reverse engineer” a man-made process? And once a church has elders, how can they stay unified? What does “unity” among elders even look like? Must they agree on every single thing?
How can a pastor encouarge evangelism and discipleship in the life of the local church?
Like families, elder board dynamics vary with size. Here is some counsel for larger and smaller elder boards from a pastor who has served on both.