April 29, 2008

Appointing a Plurality of Elders/Pastors in the Local Church

Posted in Church Leadership, Ecclesiology at 11:10 am by Dan Lowe

In our Sunday morning message at Maranatha Baptist Church on April 27, 2008 (see previous post); we briefly examined the New Testament model of church leadership.  In particular we noted the plurality of elders/pastors in every church and their appointment by the Holy Spirit, which is recognized by the other elders/pastors in the church, who publically set them apart for a specific ministry role.

To explore this theme further, it might be helpful to read the following:

1)      Christian Elders in the New Testament” by Dr. John Piper.  You can find it here http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/Articles/ByTopic/40/2650_Christian_Elders_in_the_New_Testament/

2)      Answering the Key Questions About Elders” by Dr. John MacArthur.  You can it here http://www.gty.org/Resources/positions/2164

3)      Should a Church Have Elders” by Dr. Mark Dever.  You can find it here http://www.9marks.org/CC/article/0,,PTID314526%7CCHID598016%7CCIID1643290,00.html

4)      Electing Elders” by Burk Parsons.  You can find it here http://www.9marks.org/CC/article/0,,PTID314526%7CCHID598016%7CCIID2301894,00.html

For more a more in-depth discussion of how a plurality of elders/pastors fits in specifically with a Baptist understanding of church government, read “Baptists and Elders” by Dr. Mark Dever.  It can be found here http://www.9marks.org/CC/article/0,,PTID314526%7CCHID598016%7CCIID1744980,00.html

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