Elders and Leaders: God's Plan For Leading the Church
Discovering God's wonderful plan for leadership in the church. Strong leadership in the church is exactly what God had in mind. However, very few people, Getz believes, understand the biblical pattern for church leadership. He has written Elders and Leaders...
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Discovering God's wonderful plan for leadership in the church. Strong leadership in the church is exactly what God had in mind. However, very few people, Getz believes, understand the biblical pattern for church leadership. He has written Elders and Leaders to unravel the mystery and alleviate the confusion surrounding this critical topic. In the first part of the book, Getz lays the historical and biblical groundwork for the position of elder. In the second part, he shares how he has applied or has seen these principles applied over the years.^HIGHLIGHTS- Tackles a sensitive topic with thorough scholarship and practical wisdom.- Will appeal to a broad audience of people sensing the need for direction for their church.- A perfect resource for the emerging generation of church leaders as they confront the complex challenges of a postmodern culture.
Gene Getz was used to having all the answers. So when his seminary students started asking questions he wasn't prepared to answer, he abandoned the syllabus, and led his students on a soul-searching journey through the Scriptures. Now after thirty years of hands-on experience and continued biblical research, the former professor turned church planter delivers what he's convinced is God's plan for church leadership in Elders and Leaders: God's Plan for Leading the Church. No church leader or leader in training should be without this valuable resource! Book jacket.
Dr. Gene Getz, a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, has been involved in a variety of experiences, including Christian education, music ministries, and college and seminary teaching. He has authored more than fifty books and has directly or indirectly helped launch seventeen churches in the Dallas metroplex. Currently, Gene serves as senior pastor of Fellowship Bible Church North in Plano, Texas; director of the Center for Church Renewal; host of Renewal Radio; and adjunct professor at Dallas Theological Seminary.
- <div>introduction: "who Leads The Church?"<p><br>part I: Foundations<p>1. Flying In Formation: A Community Project<br><br>2. Our Frame Of Reference<br><br>3. Discovering Supracultural Principles<p><br>part 2: The Biblical Story<p>4. The Ekklesia Of God (a.d. 33)<br><br>5. The Elders In Jerusalem (a.d. 45)<br><br>6. A Prayer And Healing Ministry (a.d. 45-47)<br><br>7. The First Church-planting Mission (a.d. 47)<br><br>8. The Law-grace Controversy (a.d. 49)<br><br>9. Character-based Judgments (a.d. 49-50)<br><br>10. Respect And Esteem (a.d. 51)<br><br>11. The Ephesian Elders (a.d. 58)<br><br>12. Leadership Qualifications (a.d. 63)<br><br>13. Assistants To Elders/ Overseers: Deacons (a.d. 63)<br><br>14. A Woman's Role In Ministry (a.d.63)<br><br>15. The Household Model (a.d. 63)<br><br>16. Financial Support (a.d. 63)<br><br>17. Protection And Discipline (a.d. 63)<br><br>18. Shepherding God's Flock (a.d. 63)<br><br>19. A Doctrine Of Character (a.d. 65)<br><br>20. Marriage And Family Requirements (a.d. 63, 65)<br><br>21. Serving With Joy (a.d. 66-70)<p><br>part 3: Scriptural Observations<br><br>22. Titles And An Overarching Function<br><br>23. Specific Leadership Functions<br><br>24. Selecting And Appointing Elders<br><br>25. Plurality In Leadership<br><br>26. The Need For A Primary Leader<br><br>27. Accountability, Delegation, And Forms<p><br>part 4: Supracultural Principles And Practical Applications<p>28. Principles For Leadership Appointments (part 1)<br><br>29. Principles For Leadership Appointments (part 2)<br><br>30. Principles For Leadership Functions (part 1)<br><br>31. Principles For Leadership Functions (part 2)<br><br>32. Principles For Leadership Functions (part 3)<br><br>33. Age Requirements<br><br>34. Leadership Selection<br><br>35. Board Size And Length Of Service<br><br>36. More Form Questions<br><br>37. A Succession Plan<br></p></div>
In defining the "church," we tend to focus on the literal definition of the word ekklesia, which actually means an "assembly" or "congregation" of people. However, this definition is too narrow when we observe the way believers functioned in the New Testament world. Biblical writers used the word to describe Christians whether they were gathered for worship and practicing certain rituals or scattered throughout a particular community-in their homes, at work, shopping, visiting relatives, or recreating at the local spa. Furthermore, each believing family in a given community, ideally speaking, was to be the "church in miniature" and the father the primary spiritual leader (1 Timothy 3:4-5). In order to understand the scriptural meaning of the local church, we must think in terms of people in relationship-not structures, not meeting places, not buildings. New Testament writers used three basic concepts almost exclusively to describe the church as God's people in community. They were called disciples, brothers, and saints.