Church Elders: How to Shepherd God's People Like Jesus
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In this conversational book, Pastor Jeramie Rinne sets forth an easy-to-understand "job description" for elders drawn from the Bible's teaching on church leadership.
Offering practical guidance for new elders and helping church members better understand and support their spiritual leaders, this succinct volume will encourage elders to embrace their calling with grace, wisdom, and clarity of vision.
Number of Pages: 144
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 7.00 X 5.00 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: 9Marks: Building Healthy Churches
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Emphasizing purposeful ministry over project management, this book outlines a clear and concise "job description" for elders, helping church leaders to shepherd their congregations well. Part of the 9Marks Building Healthy Churches series.
Jeramie Rinne (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) serves as senior pastor of South Shore Baptist Church in Hingham, Massachusetts. He has been a regular contributor to the 9Marks Journal, a devotional writer for the Good Book Company, and an instructor for the Simeon Trust Workshops on biblical exposition. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their four children on the south shore of Boston.
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Do you long to see a growing, godly group of mature men in your church who work alongside the full-time pastors to shepherd, teach, and train the congregation for disciple-making? Biblically sharp, wise and, warmly written, this little book is about the essentially collegial nature of church ministry and leadership. Regardless of your view as to how "elders" should be appointed, organized, or named, you will find much here to challenge, encourage, and guide.
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