Eldership and discipleship in the Church of Scotland

Graeme R Wilson
This project researched the relationship between discipleship and the distinctive spiritual understanding of the office of Elder in the Church of Scotland. The author developed a biblical and (Reformed) theological model of cross-shaped discipleship based on the vertical and horizontal dimensions of love of God and love of neighbour respectively. Group discussions, interviews, and questionnaires generated qualitative and quantitative research data. The project revealed that the eldership favoured the horizontal elements of community and service over the more "spiritual" vertical dimension of discipleship, and that this may account for the eclipse of the "spiritual" in the office of Elder today.
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