“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!