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Elders and Leaders: God's Plan For Leading the Church

Gene Getz
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Elders and Leaders: God's Plan For Leading the Church

Gene Getz

Strong leadership in the church is exactly what God had in mind. However, ^very few people, Gene 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.
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.

Unravel the mystery and alleviate the confusion surrounding the critical ^topic of church leadership and the role of elders. A practical guide founded on ^biblical insight.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction: "Who Leads the Church?"


Part ^I: Foundations

1. Flying in Formation: A Community Project

2. Our Frame ^of Reference

3. Discovering Supracultural Principles


Part 2: The ^Biblical Story

4. The Ekklesia of God (A.D. 33)

5. The Elders in Jerusalem ^(A.D. 45)

6. A Prayer and Healing Ministry (A.D. 45-47)

7. The First ^Church-Planting Mission (A.D. 47)

8. The Law-Grace Controversy (A.D. 49)

9. ^Character-Based Judgments (A.D. 49-50)

10. Respect and Esteem (A.D. 51)

11. ^The Ephesian Elders (A.D. 58)

12. Leadership Qualifications (A.D. 63)

13. ^Assistants to Elders/ Overseers: Deacons (A.D. 63)

14. A Woman's Role in ^Ministry (A.D.63)

15. The Household Model (A.D. 63)

16. Financial ^Support (A.D. 63)

17. Protection and Discipline (A.D. 63)

18. Shepherding ^God's Flock (A.D. 63)

19. A Doctrine of character (A.D. 65)

20. Marriage ^and Family Requirements (A.D. 63, 65)

21. Serving with Joy (A.D. 66-70)


Part ^3: Scriptural Observations

22. Titles and an Overarching Function

23. ^Specific Leadership Functions

24. Selecting and Appointing Elders

25. ^Plurality in Leadership

26. The Need for a Primary Leader

27. Accountability, ^Delegation, and Forms


Part 4: Supracultural Principles and Practical Applications

28. ^Principles for Leadership Appointments (Part 1)

29. Principles for Leadership ^Appointments (Part 2)

30. Principles for Leadership Functions (Part 1)

31. ^Principles for Leadership Functions (Part 2)

32. Principles for Leadership ^Functions (Part 3)

33. Age Requirements

34. Leadership Selection

35. ^Board Size and Length of Service

36. More Form Questions

37. A Succession ^plan

GENE A. GETZ, (B.A., Rocky Mountain College; M.A., Wheaton College; ^Ph.D., New York University), a host and teacher of Renewal Radio, served as a professor ^at Moody Bible Institute and Dallas Theological Seminary. He has authored more ^than 60 books, including The Measure of a Healthy Church, Elders and Leaders, ^and the Men of Character series. He has been a church planting pastor in ^the Dallas metroplex since 1972 and now serves as President of the Center for Church ^Renewal and Pastor Emeritus of Fellowship Bible Church North in Plano, Texas.

My good friend and spiritual mentor Gene Getz has provided the church ^with a must read book for all who wish to understand and apply God's clearly outlined ^plan for leading His people.
-Tony Evans, Senior Pastor, Oak Cliff Bible ^Fellowship, President, The Urban Alternative

My good friend Gene Getz ^has done it again...lifting the biblical essence of the Church and planting it squarely ^on the front lines of contemporary life.  In a day when churches are floundering ^in stagnant mediocrity and uncertainty, Elders and Leaders bursts through ^with the brilliant and transforming biblical model.
-Bruce Wilkinson, Author: ^Prayer of Jabez

How refreshing to read a book dealing with church that ^is historically biblical yet contemporarily relevant.  Both biblical accuracy ^and a lifetime of wisdom merge on a subject filled with controversial issues.  ^I applaud Gene for providing such clarity on a very misunderstood subject.  ^This book should be read by all who are in leadership of God's church.
-Randy ^Pope, Pastor, Perimeter Church, Atlanta, Georgia

Houses of worship dot ^the American landscape, places where people come to gain inner strength for the ^tough game of everyday life.  But we the people seem to post a low spiritual ^batting average, largely because gaping holes exist in our leadership.  Most ^church leaders sincerely want to represent their Lord well, but often fail because ^the job is much harder than it looks--a daunting mix of business, education, ^soul care and social life.  Elder and Leaders points the way toward ^building an effective leadership team.  Not merely a "my-story" account, ^this clearly-written and well-researched manual explains the way a church should ^work.  Gene Getz, professionally-competent and biblically-astute pastor of ^long experience, has written a superb tool which should be required for reading ^and discussion in every church which hopes to make a permanent impact for Jesus ^Christ in its community.
-Howard G. Hendricks, Distinguished Professor and ^Chairman, Center for Christian Leadership Dallas Theological Seminary

Whatever ^your denominational orientation might happen to be, this book is a "must read."  ^Our dear friend, teacher, leader, and scholar, Gene Getz, has given us his Magnum ^Opus in this carefully researched and written book on Elders and Leaders.  ^The crisis in leadership in our churches today is at an all-time high.  What ^the Bible and especially the New Testament has to say on this subject is clearly, ^comprehensively, and convincingly spelled out with supporting exegesis and Scriptural ^references.  Not everyone will agree with everything presented, but all will ^find biblical, practical, and helpful teaching on leadership.  We warmly and ^urgently commend this book to pastors and serious students of God's Word.
-Stephen ^F. Olford and David L. Olford, Stephen Olford Center for Biblical Preaching


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About "Elders and Leaders: God's Plan For Leading the Church"

Strong leadership in the church is exactly what God had in mind. However, ^very few people, Gene 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.
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.

Unravel the mystery and alleviate the confusion surrounding the critical ^topic of church leadership and the role of elders. A practical guide founded on ^biblical insight.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction: "Who Leads the Church?"


Part ^I: Foundations

1. Flying in Formation: A Community Project

2. Our Frame ^of Reference

3. Discovering Supracultural Principles


Part 2: The ^Biblical Story

4. The Ekklesia of God (A.D. 33)

5. The Elders in Jerusalem ^(A.D. 45)

6. A Prayer and Healing Ministry (A.D. 45-47)

7. The First ^Church-Planting Mission (A.D. 47)

8. The Law-Grace Controversy (A.D. 49)

9. ^Character-Based Judgments (A.D. 49-50)

10. Respect and Esteem (A.D. 51)

11. ^The Ephesian Elders (A.D. 58)

12. Leadership Qualifications (A.D. 63)

13. ^Assistants to Elders/ Overseers: Deacons (A.D. 63)

14. A Woman's Role in ^Ministry (A.D.63)

15. The Household Model (A.D. 63)

16. Financial ^Support (A.D. 63)

17. Protection and Discipline (A.D. 63)

18. Shepherding ^God's Flock (A.D. 63)

19. A Doctrine of character (A.D. 65)

20. Marriage ^and Family Requirements (A.D. 63, 65)

21. Serving with Joy (A.D. 66-70)


Part ^3: Scriptural Observations

22. Titles and an Overarching Function

23. ^Specific Leadership Functions

24. Selecting and Appointing Elders

25. ^Plurality in Leadership

26. The Need for a Primary Leader

27. Accountability, ^Delegation, and Forms


Part 4: Supracultural Principles and Practical Applications

28. ^Principles for Leadership Appointments (Part 1)

29. Principles for Leadership ^Appointments (Part 2)

30. Principles for Leadership Functions (Part 1)

31. ^Principles for Leadership Functions (Part 2)

32. Principles for Leadership ^Functions (Part 3)

33. Age Requirements

34. Leadership Selection

35. ^Board Size and Length of Service

36. More Form Questions

37. A Succession ^plan

GENE A. GETZ, (B.A., Rocky Mountain College; M.A., Wheaton College; ^Ph.D., New York University), a host and teacher of Renewal Radio, served as a professor ^at Moody Bible Institute and Dallas Theological Seminary. He has authored more ^than 60 books, including The Measure of a Healthy Church, Elders and Leaders, ^and the Men of Character series. He has been a church planting pastor in ^the Dallas metroplex since 1972 and now serves as President of the Center for Church ^Renewal and Pastor Emeritus of Fellowship Bible Church North in Plano, Texas.

My good friend and spiritual mentor Gene Getz has provided the church ^with a must read book for all who wish to understand and apply God's clearly outlined ^plan for leading His people.
-Tony Evans, Senior Pastor, Oak Cliff Bible ^Fellowship, President, The Urban Alternative

My good friend Gene Getz ^has done it again...lifting the biblical essence of the Church and planting it squarely ^on the front lines of contemporary life.  In a day when churches are floundering ^in stagnant mediocrity and uncertainty, Elders and Leaders bursts through ^with the brilliant and transforming biblical model.
-Bruce Wilkinson, Author: ^Prayer of Jabez

How refreshing to read a book dealing with church that ^is historically biblical yet contemporarily relevant.  Both biblical accuracy ^and a lifetime of wisdom merge on a subject filled with controversial issues.  ^I applaud Gene for providing such clarity on a very misunderstood subject.  ^This book should be read by all who are in leadership of God's church.
-Randy ^Pope, Pastor, Perimeter Church, Atlanta, Georgia

Houses of worship dot ^the American landscape, places where people come to gain inner strength for the ^tough game of everyday life.  But we the people seem to post a low spiritual ^batting average, largely because gaping holes exist in our leadership.  Most ^church leaders sincerely want to represent their Lord well, but often fail because ^the job is much harder than it looks--a daunting mix of business, education, ^soul care and social life.  Elder and Leaders points the way toward ^building an effective leadership team.  Not merely a "my-story" account, ^this clearly-written and well-researched manual explains the way a church should ^work.  Gene Getz, professionally-competent and biblically-astute pastor of ^long experience, has written a superb tool which should be required for reading ^and discussion in every church which hopes to make a permanent impact for Jesus ^Christ in its community.
-Howard G. Hendricks, Distinguished Professor and ^Chairman, Center for Christian Leadership Dallas Theological Seminary

Whatever ^your denominational orientation might happen to be, this book is a "must read."  ^Our dear friend, teacher, leader, and scholar, Gene Getz, has given us his Magnum ^Opus in this carefully researched and written book on Elders and Leaders.  ^The crisis in leadership in our churches today is at an all-time high.  What ^the Bible and especially the New Testament has to say on this subject is clearly, ^comprehensively, and convincingly spelled out with supporting exegesis and Scriptural ^references.  Not everyone will agree with everything presented, but all will ^find biblical, practical, and helpful teaching on leadership.  We warmly and ^urgently commend this book to pastors and serious students of God's Word.
-Stephen ^F. Olford and David L. Olford, Stephen Olford Center for Biblical Preaching



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Strong leadership in the church is exactly what God had in mind. However, very few people, Gene 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.

- Publisher

Strong leadership in the church is exactly what God had in mind. However, very few people, Gene 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.

- Publisher

Meet the Author

Gene Getz

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.

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 330492
  • Product Code 9781575675275
  • ISBN 1575675277
  • EAN 9781575675275
  • Department Academic
  • Category Leadership
  • Sub-Category Church Leadership
  • Publisher Moody Publishers
  • Publication Date Aug 2003
  • Sales Rank #77145
  • DRM Adobe
  • Printable No

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