What Is an Elder’s Most Important Job?

June 18, 2008 — Leave a comment

Last winter, on behalf of the Christian Standard, I conducted a survey for Elders to bring some more clarity to what Elders actually do.

The article I wrote based on the results of that survey are in this week’s edition of the Christian Standard. I was fascinated by what the survey revealed.

Here’s a sample of my article:

Who is an elder supposed to be?
The Bible makes it clear in such passages as 1 Timothy 3:2-7. But the Bible is not as clear about what an elder is supposed to do.
I know, I know . . . the Bible teaches that an elder is a shepherd of Christ’s church (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:2), but what exactly does shepherding look like in a 21st-century congregation? A shepherd’s job description is clear when you’re standing in a field, holding a staff, surrounded by sheep, but it’s not so clear when you’re standing in an auditorium, holding a congregational meeting, surrounded by people.

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