A Pastors’ and Theologians’ Forum:
What lessons have you learned the hard way in selecting elders?
Life experience alone does not qualify a man as an elder.
May a man have children who are unbelievers and yet be appointed or continue as an elder?
Can you envision a scenario in which your child’s unbelief would disqualify you?
To rightfully be a « pastor » (or deacon) is to be « ordained » in the sense of being publicly installed into that office.
When Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC installs a new elder, the following vows will be recited during the Sunday morning service between an elder, the elder(s) being confirmed, and … keep reading…
Much of what this book contains can be transferred to a church planting model, thus accomplishing many of the same goals and relieving many of the troubling ecclesiological questions.
In the end, this emphasis on the Bible as the norm for life and doctrine is the most helpful thing in these two books.