The Church Needs Shepherds

Restoring Pastoral Eldership
Chuck Gianotti


I. OT leadership

A. Tribal leaders

B. Moses/Joshua– political/military leaders

C. Time of Judges

D. Line of kings

1. Saul – no-heart for Lord

2. David – full heart for Lord

3. Solomon — half hearted for Lord

4. Series of kings

E. Elders still functioning (Mentioned 137 in OT)

II. NT leadership

A. Peter – feed my sheep

B. Twelve apostles

C. Division of labor

D. Elders in the Jerusalem Church

E. Paul/Barnabas appointed elders in the new churches

F. First extended teaching to elders

G. NT teaching on elders (1 Timothy, Titus, 1 Peter 5)

III. Observations – Applications

A. God sometimes uses u________________ leaders.

B. Consistency is difficult (Gal 2:11-13).

C. Prone to the temptation of p_____________ and j_______________ (3 John 9)

IV. The Church needs godly, humble shepherding

A. Be careful

B. Biblical eldership as a solution

C. Simple solution

D. Ministry area coverage

1. Teaching: God hasn’t called all elders to be gifted teachers.

2. Shepherding: “Shepherd the people of God” (1 Peter 5:2).

3. Leading

4. Overseers

V. Two parts that bless a church