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Elders and Leaders: God's Plan for Leading the ChurchElders and Leaders: God's Plan for Leading the Church
Gene A. Getz
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Description: What should a church leader look like? Explore God's Word and glimpse a profile that can't be missed! Unfolding the biblical teaching on overseers and deacons, Getz highlights 14 culture-transcending principles that apply to healthy congregations everywhere. Evaluate your own leadership structure in light of the scriptural model---and increase your effectiveness for 21st-century ministry! 256 pages, softcover from Moody.


     

 
Biblical Eldership Biblical Eldership
Alexander Strauch
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Many churches misunderstand the doctrine of eldership. Now Strauch sets the record straight. His in-depth analysis of biblical texts relating to the five major principles of eldership (pastoral, shared, male, qualified, and servant leadership) moves elders beyond their customary roles as "board members," encouraging them to become the strong, loving leaders the Lord intends them to be. 288 pages, softcover from Lewis & Roth.

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Meetings That Work: A Guide to Effective Elders' MeetingsMeetings That Work: A Guide to Effective Elders' Meetings
Alexander Strauch
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Description: Are your church committee meetings spiritually productive and personally satisfying? If not, Strauch offers a toolbox of ideas to improve your times together. You'll learn to read the biblical blueprint for building communication, improving management, facilitating change, and putting Christ at the center of your work. Includes questions, assignments, and a step-by-step action plan. 89 pages, softcover from Lewis & Roth.
     


 
They Smell Like Sheep: Spiritual Leadership for the 21st CenturyThey Smell Like Sheep: Spiritual Leadership for the 21st Century
Lynn Anderson
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In They Still Smell Like Sheep Lynn Anderson also challenges us set aside the illusion of "professional" ministry in order that we can do the difficult and dirty, yet ultimately beautiful work of living with and loving God's people. Through clear biblical teaching as well as engaging anecdotes, Dr. Anderson will teach you how to fulfill Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you" in a number of practical ways.
     


 
The Biblical Role of Elders in the ChurchThe Biblical Role of Elders in the Church
Larry Kreider, Ron Myer
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Discover how every member of the body of Christ is affected and empowered for ministry when elders give healthy oversight to the church. This biblical model communicates the family character of the church as teams of servant-leaders equip, protect and love the local church. Complete with evaluation questionaires, sabbatical guidelines, sample church by-laws, keys to developing a vision statement, biblical steps to make godly decisions, maintaining a leader's health, and much more.

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Elders of the ChurchElders of the Church
Lawrence Eyres
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Description: Church elders and men considering the eldership, as well as any who want to build a better understanding of that position, will like this lucid and to-the-point study. The author discusses all of the key concerns of the eldership in twelve concise chapters. 69 pages from P & R Publishing.
     


 
Who Runs the Church?  4 Views on Church GovernmentWho Runs the Church? 4 Views on Church Government
Paul E. Engle & Steven B. Cowan, eds.
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What does Scripture say about church government? Disagreements over this issue once split denominations, but few 21st-century Christians have a solid understanding of the principles that determine their own church leadership. This illuminating collection presents and critiques four approaches: Episcopalianism, Presbyterianism, Single-Elder Congregationalism, and Plural-Elder Congregationalism. A fair and balanced overview.
     


 

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The New Testament Deacon The New Testament Deacon
Alexander Strauch
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Description: A keen interest in the diaconate is sweeping through today's church. Who are the deacons, what do they do, and why are they important? Claiming that the modern church has a distorted understanding of the New Testament deacon, Strauch examines relevant Scripture to help you better understand God's design for this vital ministry. 192 pages, softcover from Lewis & Roth.

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The Baptist DeaconThe Baptist Deacon
Robert E. Naylor
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Description: This book comes straight from the heart of a pastor who has had deacons for breakfast, dinner, and supper for as long as he can remember. The son of a Baptist minister, Dr. Naylor was influenced from childhood by men in this noble office of divine origin. His own twenty-five years in the Baptist ministry and his successful work with deacons in many churches, large and small, well qualify him to write this long needed book.
     


 
The Presbyterian Deacon: An Essential GuideThe Presbyterian Deacon: An Essential Guide
Earl S. Johnson Jr.
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Description: In this highly useful book, Earl Johnson explores the role of the deacon in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its office as a ministry of sympathy, witness, and service. This book examines the office as it is described in sections of the Book of Order and analyzes how the word "deacon" is used in Scripture. Biblical texts are explored, historical information regarding the inclusion of women is provided, and innovative ways to incorporate the office into the larger ministry of the church are suggested.
     


 
The Deacon's Heart: The New United Methodist DiaconateThe Deacon's Heart: The New United Methodist Diaconate
Jack Seymour, Margaret Crain

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Description: A Deacon's Heart is a significant gift not only to The United Methodist Church but also to the larger ecumenical community. The diaconate is growing at a tremendous pace in many denominations around the world. In all communions that have chosen to establish a permanent diaconate, emphasis has been exerted in interpreting the meaning and influence of the new orders and offices to the total ministry of the Church. This book will take its place as an interpretive resource on the new deacon in The United Methodist Church. It will assist in understanding not only the vision of the deacon, but how the very nature of the diaconate can lead the Church in renewal.
     

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