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What I Read Online – 03/21/2012 (p.m.)

22 Mar
    • No elder is called to this task alone, for God has called elders to minister with other qualified men as a group in a local church
      • Briefly, by consecration, I mean that the elders should set themselves apart as holy to the Lord for this service, and should set apart their meeting times for his glory and the edification of the church by the ministry of the word of God and prayer. By content, I mean the actual topics of discussion and decision elders will entertain during their meeting. I will argue that there are four main headings:

         

           

        1. Shepherding (in which the spiritual and physical conditions of Christ’s sheep are addressed)
        2. Prayer (in which those needs and the needs of the church generally are lifted up directly to God for wisdom and his gracious blessing)
        3. Discernment (in which the past/present direction of the church is assessed, and in which the future direction of the church is charted, all by the Spirit and Scripture)
        4. Ministry management (in which details of administration relevant to the life and ministry of the church are decided)
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        By conduct, I mean how the meeting should be conducted, both practically and in submission to the Spirit of God.

    • Part of the work of elders in “ministry management” is to entrust as many of these kinds of practical details as possible to godly deacons, so that the elders’ meeting is not burdened with them.
    • Shepherding
    • Prayer
    • Discernment
    • Ministry Management
    • The Chairman:  The elders should elect a chairman whose primary responsibility will be to organize and run elders’ meetings, and to communicate the elders’ decisions to the church at members’ meetings.
    • The Agenda: In the days leading up to the elders’ meeting, the chairman should facilitate the process of drawing up the agenda. He should do this in conjunction with the other elders by group e-mails and other communication tools available.
    • Frequency and Duration of Meetings: Elders’ meetings should take place frequently enough to allow for close shepherding of the flock.
    • The Manner of Conduct: The elders should consistently seek to act in a Spirit-filled manner, carrying themselves in a way that displays the fruit of the Spirit of Galatians 5:22-23. The elders should treat each other with godly deference, considering others’ needs as more important than their own, and treating others as better than themselves (Philippians 2:3-4). The elders should speak only what is helpful for building others up, both the other elders at the meeting and the church generally in the decisions being made. The meetings can get very, very long if elders don’t govern their tongues and filter out what they’re about to say. They should avoid being repetitious or stubborn.
    • Unity: The elders should always seek to act in unanimity, being “perfectly united in mind and thought” (1 Corinthians 1:10). When there is a disagreement, there should be special effort made to understand the differing viewpoints.

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