Should elders be ordained?9Marks
The answer depends on what’s meant by “ordain.”
Should elders have terms or serve for life?9Marks
The Bible is silent on this issue, which means that wisdom and a prudent application of broader biblical principles must guide our decision.
How should elders be selected?9Marks
Nowhere does the Bible give precise instructions concerning how churches should select elders. Yet there are biblical principles and patterns that should inform how churches go about this process:
How many elders should each congregation have?9Marks
What are the advantages of having a plurality of elders?9Marks
Can women be pastors or elders?9Marks
In order to answer this hotly contested question we need to make sure a few biblical pieces are in place.
Should elders and deacons be trained? If so, how?9Marks
What should the elders do when they gather?9Marks
Does the New Testament pattern of a plurality of elders in every church preclude the position of senior pastor?9Marks
In the New Testament, the normal pattern is for churches to have a plurality of elders (Acts 14:23; Phil. 1:1; Jas. 5:14). Does this mean that no single man among them should be called the “senior pastor” and possess a larger measure of relational and institutional authority?
What is the difference between church elders and church staff?9Marks
Many modern churches have tended to confuse elders with the church staff.
How do elders relate to “the pastor”?9Marks
Biblically speaking, all elders are pastors. Peter tells the elders among his readers to “shepherd” [Greek: pastor] the flock of God that is among you” (1 Pet. 5:2). Paul told the Ephesian elders to “care for” [Greek: pastor] the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood” (Acts 20:28). And the only time the noun “pastor” is used in the New Testament there is no indication that it is a different office from elder (Eph. 4:11).