A Model to Follow

Learning to function as an elder is not the most important thing. More important is the elder’s character. The qualifications in 1 Timothy & Titus are well-known. But a good…

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Accepting Criticism

Criticism is one of the sharpest tools God uses in molding us into humble and effective servants of His. How we handle the negative feedback of others can affect our…

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Beating the Joy-Sappers

One of the greatest challenges for an elder (and for the church) is to remain positive and joy-filled in the ministry. There are many joy-sappers that suck away spiritual vitality…

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Being Elder or Doing Elder?

“Many men want to be president, but very few want to do president,” says Steve Sample, president of the University of Southern California. He continues, “Some of the unhappiest people…

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Feeding and Leading

In his book, "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich," Alexander Solzhenitzn's insight into leadership conveys a huge truth that is applicable in leading God's people. Speaking of life…

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Humbleness, An Example

Humbleness is a critical, but elusive character for elders. I, who am ill-equipped to speak on this subject, as one who falls continually short, come as an admirer of Christ’s…

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Loving Leadership

1 Thessalonians 5:12-15 12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who labor among you and preside over you [lead you] in the Lord and admonish you,…

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Loving Leadership

1 Thessalonians 5:12-15 12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who labor among you and preside over you [lead you] in the Lord and admonish you,…

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Visionary Eldership

"VISION" - that's the catch word of the 90's. It's a good word. One that Webster defines as unusual discernment or foresight. Some people have it, some don't it seems.…

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Wise Leading

Wisdom psalms teach wise living, in contrast to psalms of praise or lament. Psalm 1 instructs us about creating a godly context for spiritual growth. As a wisdom psalm, it…

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