What does it mean to be an Elder? With clarity and direct scriptural instruction, this course will explain the biblical teaching regarding local church leadership by a plurality of elders.
Pastoral leadership by a plurality of qualified, Spirit-appointed elders has been lost to many churches, or redefined in a way not consistent with the New Testament Scriptures. During this course, we will define the full biblical requirements for Christian elders and their God-given tasks to teach, protect, and lead God’s precious flock. These messages emphasize the importance of understanding the biblical writers’ original terminology, especially the profound significance of the apostles’ use of the shepherd-sheep imagery. In addition, these messages stress the biblical examples and teaching on the plurality of leadership for local churches.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will learn that Biblical Eldership is:
Eldership by the book. We call it “biblical eldership” because it honestly and accurately represents the biblical teaching of eldership.
Pastoral eldership. Both the apostles Paul and Peter use shepherd-sheep imagery when defining the work of elders. Thus biblical elders are shepherd (pastor) elders.
Biblically qualified eldership. Biblical elders are required to meet moral and spiritual qualifications and be able to teach sound doctrine and protect the church from false teaching.
Spirit-appointed eldership. Biblical elders must be Spirit-appointed, not self-appointed.
Pastoral oversight of the local church by a plurality of qualified elders. As 1 Tim. 5:17-18 demonstrates, the plurality of elders entails both equality of authority and diversity of giftedness, knowledge, and experience.
This course is intended to enhance the service of those who work in the supernatural God-ordained HELPS MINISTRY. It seeks to ensure all who work in this capacity embrace, nurture and birth the primary vision of the local assembly as given by God to the local pastor.
Service to mankind is the currency of honor in the Kingdom. Through this dedicated course, The Ministry of Helps, we will focus on the following topics:
Understanding the Helps Ministry
- The Spirit of Helps Ministry
- Four Steps to Promotion Through Service
- Nine Nomenclatures for the Ministry of Helps
- Characteristics of the Helps Minister
- Old Testament Helps Ministers
- The Power of Hospitality
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