In a pastor to pastor conversation, one revealed to the other, “If I have one more elder die, I’ll have no more elders left.” The one confessing this reality was a veteran pastor with apparent success over his 25 years of ministry. Yet, this was indeed his reality. “Why?” is a fair question. Many reasons seem possible, but the central reason resides in the absence of intentionality. While some people are natural leaders, none are supernatural elders. It takes biblical, intentional training and experience for even the most natural leader to develop into a Spirit-empowered elder.
Elder Basic’s underlying tenet emphasizes the principle of intent: the development of a biblically qualified leader/elder and elder team results from the intentional investment of that kind of leader in the making of others. The sessions in Elder Basics focus on the key areas of intentionality from the identity of an elder and the creation of effective elder teams to the outcomes that reveal success.
The advisory team, made up of professors, pastors, interim pastors, church network leaders and advisers, represents decades of church ministry experience, and includes Dr. David Whitacker, Rev. Jay Messenger, Dr. J. Carl Laney, Dr. John Johnson, Dr. Randy Roberts, Dr. Todd Miles and Dr. Bert Downs as its moderator.
IDENTITY OF AN ELDER
BIBLICAL THEOLOGY OF ELDERING
ELDER TEAM MODELS
ELDER RELATIONSHIPS WITH PASTORS / STAFF
ROLES OF ELDERS WITHIN THE CHURCH
DEVELOPING FUTURE LEADERS
OUTCOMES OF EFFECTIVE ELDERING
Bert is the former president of Western Seminary (98 - 08), the retired executive director of a regional network of local churches and an experienced interim pastor.
Professor of Biblical Literature at Western Seminary in Portland, OR for more than 40 years.
Dr. Johnson serves as Professor of Theology at Western Seminary, in Portland, OR. Former Pastor of Village Church in Beaverton, OR.
Professor of Theology at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon.