Defining Pastoral Eldership 1

Restoring Pastoral Eldership Curriculum
Chuck Gianotti
This is part 1 of the topic Defining Pastoral Eldership, in the series Restoring Pastoral Eldership


I. Defining Pastoral Oversight by a Plurality of Qualified Elders

A. Illustration: Hurricane Andrew and the man who built his house according to the state code for hurricanes.

B. General New Testament Concept of Eldership: Pastoral Oversight

“Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.” (Acts 20:28 NASB)

“Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness…” (1 Peter 5:1-2)

Discuss It
1. What are some other common misconceptions about eldership that you are aware of?
Discuss It
2. Why is it important that the elders first be on guard for themselves and then for the flock?
Apply It
Talk with a church leader to find out how they provide pastoral care within your church. Write down your summary of the answer.