Recommended Books

An in depth exposition on the topic of Eldership. Biblical Eldership: An Urgent Call to Restore Biblical Church Leadership (Lewis and Roth Publishers)
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)
40 Questions about Elders and Deacons (Kregel Publisher, 2008).
Eldership In Action, by Richard Swartley
From Alexander Strauch: I want to highly, highly commend to you Joseph H. Hellerman’s book, Embracing Shared Ministry: Power and Status in the Early Church and Why It Matters Today. This book is truly a great book. Hellerman shows how Paul’s view of power and status was completely at odds with the Greco-Roman world. He then applies this to the book of Philippians and to Christ’s model. He then applies all of this to Christian leadership and church life. I believe in this book! It is the perfect companion volume to Biblical Eldership. From the back cover: Social historian and pastor Joseph Hellerman maintains that the church should be led and taught by a community of leaders … Unique among contemporary treatments of servant leadership, “Embracing Shared Ministry” interprets the biblical materials against the background of ancient Roman cultural values, providing a social context for ministry that includes healthy checks and balances on the use of pastoral power and authority. Embracing Shared Ministry: Power and Status in the Early Church and Why It Matters Today, by Joseph H. Hellerman, Kregel Ministry, 2013.
From Bob Deffinbaugh: I would recommend Jared C. Wilson’s excellent book (all of our elders read it and concluded it was very profitable). It is a book that focuses on the megachurch model (which was Wilson’s background), but it is applicable to all churches. Note (I think it is chapter 8) how Wilson’s own experience of God’s grace helps him to be a very gracious critic of church life. Prodigal Church: A Gentle Manifesto against the Status Quo," by Jared C. Wilson, Crossway Books, 2015.
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