No matter the size of your membership, your church can (and must) pursue leadership training—and this book provides the tools to do it.
This book is for both pastors who don’t think self-deception is a concern and pastors who know they can be self-deceived
— How should we interpret the passages in 1 Corinthians 11 about women cutting their hair? — Should teaching be the primary function of every pastor/elder?
This book offers a thoughtful pushback against the pragmatic ministry mindset.
Mailbag #70: Should Our Congregation Appoint Temporary Elders from Outside Churches? . . . What Should Be the Goal of a Small-Group Bible Study?By Jonathan Leeman | 02.02.2018
— Our church believes in elders, but currently no men are qualified. Should I recognize some outside pastors as “temporary elders”? — How should a small-group Bible study balance sound teaching with a desire for discussion?
An elder’s authority must be carried out with both confidence and humility, as both an overseer and an example, recognizing both his God-given role and his deep need of God’s help.
Almost everyone agrees pastors need to be trained. But does this mean they must receive formal theological training from a seminary?
Whether we’re called to Farmington, Missouri or Washington, D.C, our goal is to help people do two things: understand the Bible and follow Jesus.
This is a book about men of conviction, not men of convenience.
— What should a church include in its Statement of Faith? For example, should a SoF be explicitly Calvinistic? — How should a church handle a situation when it’s been determined an elder isn’t “apt to teach”?
— How should we treat our 18-year-old daughter’s relationship with her girlfriend? How do we love them without condoning their sin? — Should all churches have a plurality of elders, or are there some churches that simply cannot have a plurality of elders?
It’s not always a good thing for someone to have their “rough edges” knocked off. A man or woman can have character and rough edges, while still keeping their effectiveness for ministry.
We often assume church planting requires more entrepreneurial skills than other pastoral contexts. Is that a fair assumption?
By developing other leaders who can teach, disciple, evangelize, counsel, and shepherd the flock, you raise up others who can care for the health of all the church members.
If you’ve served in a church with a plurality of elders, then you’ve felt tension over questions about how the “senior” pastor relates to other pastors.