Biblical Eldership Chapter 8

Chapter 8

Please reflect on and respond to at least one of the following questions from Chapter 8:

  1. Can you think of an example of someone at Impact who takes responsibility for the spiritual health and life of others in the church? Describe.
  2. How is eldership handicapped and handcuffed when it is not esteemed by the people of the church? Do you feel the eldership of Impact is handicapped? Explain.
  3. “Church leaders who fail to admonish God’s people because they are afraid…fail miserably at spiritual care.” Have you ever failed to admonish/correct someone because of fear? What were you afraid of? Have you ever successfully admonished a brother or sister in sin? Talk about it.

Biblical Eldership Chapter 7

Chapter 7

Please reflect on and respond to at least one of the following questions from Chapter 7:

  1. “To speak to Israel’s elders was to speak to the people.” What can we glean from this statement about our role as elders of the church?
  2. One of the most important roles of an elder is to protect the flock. In your specific area of ministry, what are the practical ways you do this?
  3. “The price one is willing to pay for an object demonstrates its value.” What does this mean to you in relationship to your role as an elder?

Biblical Eldership Chapter 6

Chapter 6

Please reflect on and respond to at least one of the following questions from Chapter 6:

  1. Why is church governance and structure so important? Consider how the form of governance in a country affects the life of its citizens. How does a church’s structure affect its people?
  2. Is it possible for family relationships to exist and flourish within a hierarchical government structure? Why or why not?
  3. Do you feel a plurality of leadership is more or less conducive to church growth than hierarchical leadership? Explain.

Biblical Eldership Chapter 5

Chapter 5

Please reflect on and respond to at least one of the following questions from Chapter 5:

  1. Have you ever witnessed or been a part of conflict in leadership? What part did pride play in the conflict?
  2. Describe someone you know who you feel models servant leadership. What makes him/her a servant-leader? How do others respond to his/her leadership? Be specific.
  3. How do you exercise the authority of eldership as a servant leader?

Biblical Eldership Chapter 4

Chapter 4

Please reflect on and respond to at least one of the following questions from Chapter 4:

  1. Do you feel the biblical qualities of eldership are impossible to possess? Explain.
  2. Which of the eldership qualities do you feel describe you well? Which of the qualities do you feel you’re lacking? How can you grow in these areas? Be specific.
  3. What is the danger of “unqualified” elders leading the church? Have you ever experienced this?

Biblical Eldership Chapter 3

Chapter 3

Please reflect on and respond to at least one of the following questions from Chapter 3:

  1. Why is the issue of male leadership/headship so volatile and divisive? Do you know of any abuses or misuses of male leadership at Impact?
  2. How can understanding the church as “family” help bring understanding to male headship in the church?
  3. In what ways are women ideally suited to lead and bring health and growth to the Church?

Biblical Eldership Chapter 2

Chapter 2

Please reflect on and respond to at least one of the following questions from Chapter 2:

  1. Would you describe your experience as an elder as one of the great joys of your life? Why or why not? If not, what issues or attitudes stand in the way?
  2. Do you agree that shared leadership is better in the long run than leaving decisions up to one single person? Why or why not? Use examples, if possible.
  3. How can elders push one another to greater achievement? Give examples.

Biblical Eldership Chapter 1

Chapter 1

Please reflect on and respond to at least one of the following questions from Chapter 1:

  1. How do you think the people at Impact would describe an elder based on their observations of and experience with our current eldership? Explain.
  2. What caused you to become interested in eldership?
  3. Consider the daily work of an actual shepherd. How are the duties of a spiritual shepherd similar?
  4. One of the greatest obstacles elders face is finding time to serve. The legitimate demands of vocation, family life, and shepherding can appear overwhelming. How do we find and take the time to serve as an elder?
  5. How are you currently equipping yourself to teach sound doctrine and refute error? How do you think we can keep the people at Impact “well fed” with God’s Word?
  6. It’s easy to view needy people as a burden rather than an opportunity for shepherding care. How can you cultivate a love for the people of Impact?
  7. Can you think of an example of a “wolf” that is threatening the church right now? How can you tell the difference between false teaching and legitimate differences in Scriptural interpretation?
  8. Have you ever witnessed or experienced church discipline? When should discipline take place? Why is church discipline necessary?

Introduction - The Purpose

“So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.” (1 Peter 5:1-4 ESV)

Elders lead the church, teach and preach the Word, protect the church from false teachers, exhort and admonish the saints in sound doctrine, visit the sick and pray, and judge doctrinal issues.  In biblical terminology, elders shepherd, oversee, lead, and care for the local church. ~ Alexander Strauch

As we move through this process of Biblical Elder Development (BED), we feel it’s important to communicate on a more regular basis.  We know how busy life can get, and our prayer is that this site will be another way for us to communicate and come together in community more consistently. It’s important for us to reflect on God’s Word and BED materials, and having a place to respond to what you’re learning is an important part of the process.

So, What Am I Supposed to Do?

1. Set aside sufficient time to interact with the material. Never settle for a quick “once-over.” Read, re-read, highlight, take notes, and ask questions.

2. Go to the “Forum” tab at the top of this page and choose the chapter we most recently reviewed. Each month, four questions (one for each week) will be posted for reflection and discussion. Please respond to the questions in a timely manner (within the first week after posting). Answer each question as the Lord leads, letting Him guide you through His Word and other BED materials. Use examples from your own life and ministry experience whenever possible. If you don’t really know how to respond, that can be your response! This is an opportunity for all of us to learn and grow together.

3. Take the time to comment on at least two other responses. This will help create a conversational community that supports and challenges one another in our journey toward Christ-like leadership.

4. Let us know how we can be praying for you. How can we pray for your relationship with Christ? Your family? Your work? Your ministry? Any other areas of your life?

5. Please keep everything shared on this page completely CONFIDENTIAL. We want everyone to feel freedom to share openly without concern that it will be seen or heard by others. Only those serving as elders at Generations will have access to this site.

You are Greatly Appreciated!

Paul said it well when he wrote to the young elder of Ephesus in 1 Timothy 3:1, “The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.”  This great and “noble task” is neither easy nor convenient, but it’s a task of great value and eternal impact. Most importantly, it’s a task God has called us to do. Let’s come together as a community of shepherds and be the elder-pastors God wants us to be!