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 and how should lay elders push back on decisions of staff elders? Consider first what “hat” the staff elder is wearing.
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?
Balanced counsel on the balance between elders from a seasoned senior pastor.
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.
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.
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
Countless church plants fail for lack of funds. So instead of throwing a Hail Mary, why not explore a new model instead?
A church that is unclear about “who belongs” in order to attract unbelievers may be “nice,” but they are also unloving.
What is a Baptist? This is not a rhetorical question. This is a test.