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Emerging Elders Paperback – August 1, 2008

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Ron Clark is the preaching minister and lead church planter for the Agape Church of Christ in Portland, OR. Ron teaches adjunct at George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland, and has his doctorate in ministry from Harding University Graduate School of Religion in Memphis. He has authored numerous articles and chapters in theology and abuse, ministry, as well as Greek and Hebrew studies journals and publications. His books include Setting the Captives Free, Emerging Elders, and the triology Freeing the Oppressed, The Better Way, and Am I Sleeping With the Enemy. He referees high school wrestling and loves the outdoors. He has served on the Oregon Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force, Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans, and local domestic abuse committees. He and his wife Lori work together at Agape to address abuse, homelessness, sex trafficking, and ministry in their city. They have been married since 1987 and have three sons.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Leafwood Publishers (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891125698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891125693
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,099,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ron Clark has been in ministry for over 25 years. On Easter 2007 he and his wife Lori led a new church plant in downtown Portland, the Agape Church of Christ, committed to addressing social justice and empowering the oppressed in the name of Jesus. The church has grown from 15 to over 100 and work in Portland with the homeless, addiction and abuse recovery, human and sex trafficking agencies, as well as university students and other community agencies. Agape has also launched a new campus in Gresham, OR, (Agape Rockwood Campus) and has partnered with AS IS Church, in Milwaukie, OR, to launch their new community. Agape's vision is to begin 40 churches by 2020.

Ron has his Doctor of Ministry from Harding Graduate School in Memphis, TN. He is a member of local domestic violence councils and the Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force. He leads the clergy training for Community Against Domestic Violence and is also a faculty instructor and adviser for D.Min. students at George Fox Evangelical Seminary. He is the author of the newly released The God of Second Chances: Finding Hope in the Prophets of Exile and also Setting the Captives Free, Emerging Elders, numerous articles on abuse, theology, and Hebrew/Greek studies, and the trilogy Freeing the Oppressed, The Better Way: The Church of Agape in Emerging Corinth, and Freeing the Oppressed. He also co-leads a committee on abuse and the church for the Association of Marriage and Family Ministries. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and American Academy of Religion.

Ron and Lori Clark have been married since 1987. They have 3 sons Nathan, Hunter, and Caleb.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Hoover on April 7, 2010
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Church leadership books typically take one of two tracks. The first track discusses the senior pastor's leadership of the church. These books examine leadership techniques, sometimes from a theological perspective and sometimes not, that the senior pastor can use to lead a congregation. This may or may not include elders or deacons, who, if considered, are extensions of the senior pastor. This type of leadership book is the prominent of the two types.

The second track of leadership books discusses congregational leadership. Exemplified by Alexander Strauch's Biblical Eldership, these books discuss a team approach to leadership, where congregations are led by a group of multiple elders who are co-equals in the congregation. There may be a preacher, but he is a co-equal with the rest of the elders, not a sole leader.

Emerging Elders fits into this second track of books. Emerging Elders, by Ron Clark, a minister with the Agape Church of Christ in Portland, Oregon, is even more unique because it is written from a Restoration Movement perspective, which means it includes particular concerns that matter to those within the Churches of Christ.

The title is interesting and indicates what Clark's main idea is for the book: that congregations ought to continually develop men to be elders. In this way, elders "emerge" over time, through regular study and identification. (In Clark's vision, men serve as elders but also serve with their wives; husband-and-wife teams mentor, minister to, and serve members of the congregation together.)

There are three sections in Clark's book.
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By Donald L. Story on January 4, 2015
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Great Item! Just as described!
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