Eldership and the Mission of God: Equipping Teams For Faithful Church Leadership
:Every church needs leadership. But leadership should not reside in a single pastor. The biblical model for church leadership is found in teams of elders who together guide the community into God's mission. Church leaders J.R. Briggs and Bob Hyatt...
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:Every church needs leadership. But leadership should not reside in a single pastor. The biblical model for church leadership is found in teams of elders who together guide the community into God's mission. Church leaders J.R. Briggs and Bob Hyatt provide a comprehensive picture of elders as agents of mission for their communities. Healthy eldership structures a church for mission, as elder teams model the kind of community the local church is intended to be and steward the gospel in a local context. Looking at eldership through a missiological lens, Briggs and Hyatt unpack the role, character and posture of a mission-oriented elder. Elders oversee, shepherd, teach, equip and model for God's people what life with Jesus looks like in a particular context. Including a study guide that elder teams can work through together, the authors provide practical guidance for how elders are selected, work together, make decisions, protect the congregation and invest in the lives of others.Discover here a clear vision for what it means to be a faithful elder. May it help you and your church thrive in pursuing God's mission in the world.
Bob Hyatt is the founding pastor of Evergreen Community in Portland, Oregon. In addition to being a pastor, he also serves as a spiritual director and coaches pastors and church planters towards Jesus-focused success in ministry. A graduate of Western Seminary, Bob is the director of Church & Movement Multiplication for the Ecclesia Network. He is married to Amy and together they have three children.
JR Briggs pastors Pierced Chapel, a vibrant emergent community of twentysomethings in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His works have been published in Discipleship Journal, Rev, and Relevant Magazine. JR and his wife, Megan, live in Colorado.
- :introduction: Structured For Mission1. Mission-oriented Elders2. Characteristics Of Mission Alignment?and What Derails It3. The Roles Of An Elder4. Biblical Qualifications Of An Elder5. Cultivating An Ethos Rooted In God’s Mission6. Selecting Elders7. Eldership As Spiritual Formation8. Team Leadership9. The Role Of Elders In Decision Making10. The Difficult Tasks Of Elders11. What About Women Elders?12. Practical Questions And Answersepilogue: Eldership As Stewardship
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