by Pastor Phil A. Newton, Matt Schmucker
Elders in the Life of the Church:
Rediscovering the Biblical Model for Church Leadership
This book is an extensive revision of the previously-published Elders in Congregational Life, including updates throughout, additional illustrations, and a new chapter addressing how missionaries may effectively apply the New Testament’s teaching on elder plurality. 9Marks is a well-known ministry organization dedicated to equipping church leaders with a biblical vision and practical resources.
The authors suggest a workable process for improving a local church’s leadership structure and making the transition to elder plurality. Along the way, the stories of the authors and other church leaders provide a narrative of how faithful elder leadership has strengthened their ministries. The book also addresses a plan for leadership development in difficult international mission settings.
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Newton and Schmucker convincingly demonstrate that a return to the New Testament pattern of elder plurality best serves the shepherding needs of the local church. The authors suggest a workable process for improving a local church’s leadership structure and making the transition to elder plurality. Stories of church leaders provide a narrative of how faithful elder leadership has strengthened their ministries in a variety of settings. Every local church can benefit from this useful resource for building a healthy leadership structure.
The recovery of biblical eldership is one of the most important developments in ecclesiology in our time. And it is happening for a very important reason: churches are turning to the New Testament once again to determine how congregations are to be organized and led … This book will help any church in understanding the basic issues at stake and will encourage churches toward the recovery of a comprehensive New Testament ecclesiology. As Newton and Schumucker make clear, for the church to be rightly fed it must be rightly led.
Our transition to a team of Spirit-filled gospel-driven elders has been one of the best moves we have made in becoming a reproducing church. I’m glad to recommend this book as a tool for other churches looking to make that same journer.
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