Finding Faithful Elders and Deacons

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Finding Faithful Elders and Deacons

Author: Thabiti Anyabwile

Every church leader knows the qualifications for elders and deacons that are spelled out in the Bible, but actually finding other leaders who fulfill the biblical qualifications can be difficult.

Thabiti Anyabwile writes from his expertise as a pastor and elder, showing how to identify and reproduce legitimate leaders and willing servants throughout the ranks of the local church. Balancing thoughtful analysis of pertinent passages with thorough application for practical use in a contemporary context, Anyabwile answers the questions, “Who should we look for to lead and serve in the church?” and “What should they do to fulfill their calling?”

“This is a great book. On the surface, it’s an extended meditation on the biblical qualities of elders and deacons that causes you to think carefully about what God intends for his leaders. What should churches look for? Are you that kind of person? But underneath, it’s a radical reorientation of what leadership in the church is. Church leadership does not depend on academic or professional success, but on godliness. This book will help change the way church members and leaders think of leadership, what we value, what we cultivate. Leaders and members both will benefit.”
Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director, 9Marks; author, Church and the Surprising Offense of God’s Love

–––––––––– Table of Contents ––––––––––

  • Introduction
  • How to Use This Book

Part One: Finding Table Servants

  1. Choosing Your Waiter: An Introduction to Deacons
  2. Full of the Spirit and Wisdom
  3. Sincere
  4. Sober and Content
  5. Keeps Hold of the Faith
  6. Tried and True

Part Two: Finding Reliable Elders

  1. Sheep and Shepherds: An Introduction to Elders
  2. Desires a Noble Task
  3. Above Reproach
  4. A One-Woman Man
  5. Sober-Minded, Self-Controlled, Respectable
  6. Hospitable
  7. Able to Teach
  8. Sober, Gentle, Peacemaking
  9. Not a Lover of Money
  10. Leader at Home
  11. Mature and Humble
  12. Respected by Outsiders

Part Three: What Good Pastors Do

  1. Elders Refute Error
  2. Elders Avoid Myths and Train for Godliness
  3. Elders Hope in God
  4. Elders Command
  5. Elders Let No One Despise Their Youth
  6. Elders Set an Example
  7. Elders Teach
  8. Elders Grow
  9. Elders Watch Their Life
  10. Elders Watch Their Doctrine
  • Afterword
  • Appendix: Sample Elder Ordination Vows

176pp. Paperback.

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