Alexander Strauch breathes fresh air into the church leadership discussion with his book Biblical Eldership.
We do not need more purpose driven churches. We need more gospel driven churches.
Only the gospel should be proclaimed as having driving power for the Christian life, and only the gospel should enjoy primacy in the Christian life.
It’s not difficult to see why this book has stayed in print for so long.
This kind of thinking thinking subtly leads us into the futility of dependence on synthetic technique and the idolatry of dependence on self, culture, and business theory.
What are some questions specific to pastoral fidelity that churches should be asking pastoral candidates? Here’s a starter set. Can you think of more?
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Life experience alone does not qualify a man as an elder.
Is congregationalism a democracy? There are some striking resemblances, but the biblical answer is no.
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.
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.