Elders (Church officers)

The Use of Reformation Prophesyings to Implement Second London Confessions 26.11 in Southern Baptist Churches

Author
Robert Michael Head
Abstract
After establishing the foundations of the Second London Confession, a formal program implementing this confession point in today's Southern Baptist congregation is examined. In this model, those holding the office of elder in the local church would serve as examples and facilitators in establishing cohorts of preachers for regular training, edification, correction, and oversight. Modeled after the early Reformed tradition of "prophesyings," these meetings would see gatherings where all present preach from a previously-declared text, with subsequent feedback for the purpose of development.

Impact of life-Time ordination of Elder in the Pastoral ministry among the Zou Churches in North-East India

Author
Hau Suankap Manlun
Abstract
This dissertation chiefly examines the function of pastors and church elders in the divine worship and the administration of the Zou Churches in North East India. The author states that ordination is only for those who received a divine call from God to serve publicly in the holy ministry of the word of sacraments. Today, what is commonly called an "elder" is in reference to laymen appointed to secure the congregation in its temporal affair and to assist the pastor in the administrative tasks. In scripture the most common titles for the holy ministry are elder, overseers, and pastors. These three titles are interchangeable (Eph. 4:11; Acts 20:28-31; 1 Pet. 5:1-4). The author promotes the value of ordination for pastors. Elders are not ordained, but appointed to assist pastors with the administrative of the local congregations. This research had concluded that the practice of life-time ordination of elders is not beneficial for the wellbeing of the Zou Lutheran Church and should be carefully replaced with a more biblical polity.

Training For A Noble Task Embracing Opportunities For Public Theology That Emerge From the Quality Leadership Of Biblical Elders

Author
Steven M Grant
Abstract
This project is a ruling elder leadership training program for use at First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs. In addition to the training for church eldership, it includes training for sharing the faith community's perspective in the public square. This project seeks to answer the question, "If the church is going to participate in public dialogue in the public square, who do we send?" It is the author's view that those who the Apostle Paul describes in I Timothy 3:1-7 are the people most suited for this work. In our increasingly secular age, people of faith must be encouraged that they not only have a Biblical mandate to express their witness in the public square as Jesus calls them to be "salt and light" in the world, but that there is also plenty of precedent in American history. The author explores examples of this precedent by examining specific areas of American history.

Equipping the church council of First Southern Baptist Church, Hutchinson, Kansas, in strategic planning skills

Author
Marion R Jaye
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip the church council of First Southern Baptist Church, Hutchinson, Kansas in basic strategic planning skills. The project director researched the field of strategic planning. Basic skills for effective planning were identified. The project director also researched the field of curriculum development. The information gained from researching both fields was used to develop appropriate strategic planning curriculum. Twenty-four learners attended the equipping sessions. The church council members represented varying degrees of past exposure to strategic planning. Evaluation of the overall effectiveness of project implementation relied on pre and post training surveys.

How kirk sessions in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland approach and provide pastoral care for their congregations

Author
Ivan Neish
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to understand how Kirk Sessions of in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland provided pastoral care. This study utilized a qualitative design using interviews with elders of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. The literature review focused on four aspects of pastoral care: strategies used by Sessions, personal involvement of elders, elements affecting elders' individual engagement, and assessment by elders of the pastoral care. This study concluded that it is possible to transition from a district visitation strategy to one that includes a more corporate approach.

Biblical eldership: leading a Southern Baptist church through the transition of incorporating a plurality of elders into congregationalism

Author
James Pittman
Abstract
The Southern Baptist Convention moved away from a plurality of elders in the early twentieth century. This project asserts that congregationalism without a plurality of elders is unbiblical and unhealthy. It shows that over time the Southern Baptist Convention removed a plurality of elders from its congregational polity and replaced them with a democratic process. The research shows revived interest in a plurality of elders among Southern Baptists. It seeks to encourage Southern Baptists to align their churches with the biblical mandate to have a plurality of elders in order to be more effective in the Great Commission.

Prayful preparation: elder education as spiritual formation

Author
Leslie D Rust
Abstract
The Presbyterian Church (USA) is governed by ruling elders in its congregations. These lay leaders are required to go through a course of education prior to assuming their office. The exact nature of that training is not made explicit in the church's constitution, so it is left to each congregation to discern a program that will prepare their ruling elders for faithful service. This mandated moment is an opportunity for positive spiritual growth. But many of the approaches to this task have relied on a heavily didactic method that focuses on transferring information, rather than a devotional method which focuses on spiritual formation. What is offered here is entitled "Prayerful preparation: Elder education as spiritual formation." The question is whether a course of education that emphasizes daily Bible study, daily prayer, and reflection will move elders towards greater spiritual growth and make them better prepared as they assume the office of ruling elder.

A calling to serve: a manual to equip lay leaders for ministry and pastoral care

Author
Diane M Carter
Abstract
This thesis-project is the creation of a manual for lay ministers involved in ministry and pastoral care. The manual's purpose is to fill the gap in resources for lay ministers in mainline Protestant denominations, including the United Church of Christ. The manual begins with discussions about the biblical background of elders and deacons, the call of all Christians to ministry and the various forms of ministry service. It also offers insight into some of the specifics for elders and deacons, as well as a guide to ministering to others. The manual concludes with additional resources for further study and growth.

To equip Korean ruling elders for 'small-group-preaching' in a local church

Author
Cheong-Mo Yang
Abstract
This thesis describes a practical training program for preaching designed to instruct Korean ruling elders who assist the senior pastor. The researcher conducted a class for seven current elders, offering three courses: systematic theology, gospel communications, and delivery skills. The project produced improved preaching by the elders in both the content and delivery of their sermons.

Restoring active spiritual oversight to the elders of Anchorage Grace Church, Anchorage, Alaska

Author
Leo B Masters
Abstract
The author designed this project to help the elders of Anchorage Grace Church regain active spiritual oversight of Grace Christian School through doctrinal accountability and direct spiritual leadership, in order to increase the health of both institutions. He provided the biblical and theological basis for active elder oversight (chapter 2), and consulted other church-schools and independent schools to gain their wisdom in spiritual leadership (chapter 3). This fifteen-week project provided tools for the elders to be more active in their leadership, and it gave them a strategy for future growth.
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