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Biblical Eldership: An Urgent Call to Restore Biblical Church Leadership Paperback – November 5, 2003
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For over forty years he has served as an elder in his local church near Denver, Colorado. Additionally, he has taught philosophy and New Testament literature at Colorado Christian University. A gifted Bible teacher and popular speaker, Mr. Strauch has helped thousands of churches worldwide through his expository teaching ministry.
He is the author of Biblical Eldership, The New Testament Deacon, Men and Women: Equal Yet Different, The Hospitality Commands, Agape Leadership (with Robert L. Peterson), Meetings That Work, Leading with Love and Love or Die. Mr. Strauch and his wife, Marilyn, reside in Littleton, Colorado, near their four adult daughters and eight grandchildren.
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Alexander Strauch makes the case again and again that a plurality of Elders is the only biblical structure for the church. There is solid exegesis of difficult passages. This weighty work distills the Biblical truth and clearly highlights the Biblical case for a group of Elders as God's plan for governing the local church.
I would agree that the content of this book is potentially divisive. But that is no fault of the book. This is not a book on how to change church government. It is about what biblical church government is. How to get there from where you are is another issue. I, for one, would like to see Strauch write a book on "Transitioning a Church into Biblical Eldership."
See also Strauch's books on Deacons (Minister of Mercy: The New Testament Deacon) and Meetings that Work - which is a life saver for any pastor!
Book thesis: This book is intended to help clarify the biblical doctrine of eldership.
Yes, in part. There are some unprecedented conclusions, and some answers informed by personal bias rather than solid, biblical exegesis, but all in all, Strauch does clarify as he intends to.
If you are looking at a book which deals with a variety of issues surrounding the all-too-hot debate of eldership (specifically in regard to women-leadership), then this should certainly be one on your list--whether or not you agree with Strauch, you must leastwise be aware of the arguments which must be considered. Some of the material herein is a bit brief, though this is not to say surface-level; Strauch does attempt to really understand the historical, cultural, and Scriptural context from which he draws his thoughts regarding eldership. Sometimes, he returns to similar ideas or texts which can end up being redundant, but this book certainly offers a great overview of the biblical idea of eldership.
If you would like to know a few things about his perspectives or conclusions before purchasing:
Pastor is elder; elder is pastor
Elder is distinct from deacon
Shared/Multiple eldership should be sought
Elders are to be male
The primary qualification for elders is moral reputability
Elders are first and foremost servants
Elders are not above the congregation, but they will be held responsible for the congregation
In the end, this book is very helpful. With 21 previous printings, how could one say it hasn't been influential?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought three related items. Also bought the workbook and discussion guide for a men's Bible study.Published 2 months ago by Eydie Harvey
I believe strongly in elder rule of the church AND the important and proven role of trained pastoral leadership. Read morePublished 3 months ago by BTB
Easy to read and offers good advice for shepherds to use in handling aright what God expects from us. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ray Nasser
Difficult to put it down. Makes me question if I am worthy to hold such a position.Published 5 months ago by Jim Flemons
Would that every Christian especially "pastors" read this and realize how far the church organization and leadership has strayed from New Testament apostolic directives,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Allen Wegele