Recommended Books


40 Questions about Elders and Deacons (Kregel Publisher, 2008).
A condensed version of the the above book. Biblical Eldership Booklet (Lewis and Roth Publishers). Click here to read this booklet online.
A brief discussion guide for small groups by Paul Santhouse Biblical Eldership Discussion Guide  (Lewis and Roth Publishers)
An in depth exposition on the topic of Eldership. Biblical Eldership: An Urgent Call to Restore Biblical Church Leadership (Lewis and Roth Publishers)
Eldership In Action, by Richard Swartley. A practical guideline to effective elders meetings, especially useful for larger churches with many elders.
Embracing Shared Ministry: Power and Status in the Early Church and Why It Matters Today, Reviewed by Alexander Strauch: I highly commend this book. Hellerman shows how the biblical view of power and status was completely at odds with the Greco-Roman world. He then applies this to the book of Philippians, to Christ’s model, and ultimately to Christian leadership and church life. This is a perfect companion to my book Biblical Eldership.
The Prodigal Church: A Gentle Manifesto against the Status Quo. Bob Deffinbaugh's review: I would recommend Jared C. Wilson’s excellent book, which focuses on the megachurch model (which was Wilson’s background), but it is applicable to all churches. Wilson’s own experience of God’s grace helps him to be a very gracious critic of church life.
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