The relationship between the elders and the local congregation they serve should be marked by many evidences of godly character and mutual dependence on God. Not least among these should be:
Life experience alone does not qualify a man as an elder.
To rightfully be a “pastor” (or deacon) is to be “ordained” in the sense of being publicly installed into that office.
May a man have children who are unbelievers and yet be appointed or continue as an elder?
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…
Can you envision a scenario in which your child’s unbelief would disqualify you?
The role of pastor-preacher, if done faithfully, is one of the most taxing jobs in the world.
Is congregationalism a democracy? There are some striking resemblances, but the biblical answer is no.
What do you do when you struggle to get along with a fellow elder?
Church members are the people who generally make or break a local church.
As we know, the one qualification that separates elders from other roles in the church is that they be “able to teach” (1 Tim. 3:2).
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.