Elder Relationships

Building Unity and Friendship Among Elders

By Bob Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2 | 01.03.2013

How elders relate to each other will impact how they relate to the flock, for good or ill. Here are a few ideas for helping elders build deep friendships and sturdy unity.

When to Intrude, When to Defer

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2 | 01.03.2013

When and how should lay elders push back on decisions of staff elders? Consider first what “hat” the staff elder is wearing.

The Curse of the Rubber Stamp

By Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2 | 01.03.2013

How can elder boards avoid the vicious cycle of lay elders feeling pressured to rubber stamp staff elders’ decisions, then resenting them, then opposing them?

Balancing Relationships Between Staff and Non-staff Elders

By Walter Price | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2 | 01.03.2013

Balanced counsel on the balance between elders from a seasoned senior pastor.

Elder Meetings

Elder Meeting Attitudes

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2 | 01.03.2013

Fear of man can lead elders to say too little or too much. Here are nine tips for setting your heart right and speaking well to your fellow elders.

Family Size: Lessons for Large and Small Elder Boards

By Eric Bancroft | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2 | 01.03.2013

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.

The Contents and Purposes of the “Elder Packet”

By Matt Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2 | 01.03.2013

If lay elders aren’t informed of issues before the elders meet, they can feel neglected, pressured, and out-of-the-loop. A little bit of prep work before hand can go a long way.

The Bi-vocational Elder

The Math Doesn’t Work: Why the Future of Church Planting is Bi-Vocational

9Marks | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2 | 01.03.2013

Countless church plants fail for lack of funds. So instead of throwing a Hail Mary, why not explore a new model instead?

Book Reviews

deep and wide

Book Review: Deep & Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend, by Andy Stanley

Review by Zach Schlegel | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2 | 01.03.2013

A church that is unclear about “who belongs” in order to attract unbelievers may be “nice,” but they are also unloving.

Baptist Distinctives

Book Review: Baptist Distinctives and New Testament Church Order, by Kevin Bauder

Review by Kevin Wilkening | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2 | 01.03.2013

What is a Baptist? This is not a rhetorical question. This is a test.

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