Elder Basics

Course

Elder Basics

$25 for course

Description

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.

Course Outline

Session 1

IDENTITY OF AN ELDER

Session 2

BIBLICAL THEOLOGY OF ELDERING

Session 3

BIBLICAL QUALIFICATIONS

Session 4

SPIRITUAL MATURITY

Session 5

ELDER TEAM MODELS

Session 6

ELDER RELATIONSHIPS WITH PASTORS / STAFF

Session 7

ROLES OF ELDERS WITHIN THE CHURCH

Session 8

DEVELOPING FUTURE LEADERS

Session 9

DEVELOPING TEAM

Session 10

OUTCOMES OF EFFECTIVE ELDERING

Instructor

Bert Downs

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.

Instructor

Carl Laney

Carl Laney

Professor of Biblical Literature at Western Seminary in Portland, OR for more than 40 years.

Instructor

John Johnson

John Johnson

Dr. Johnson serves as Professor of Theology at Western Seminary, in Portland, OR. Former Pastor of Village Church in Beaverton, OR.

Instructor

Todd Miles

Todd Miles

Professor of Theology at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon.

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