Eldership and the Mission of God: Equipping Teams for Faithful Church Leadership
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Every church needs leadership. But leadership should not reside in a single pastor. The biblical model for church leadership is found in teams of elders who together guide the community into God's mission.

Church leaders J.R. Briggs and Bob Hyatt provide a comprehensive picture of elders as agents of mission for their communities. Healthy eldership structures a church for mission, as elder teams model the kind of community the local church is intended to be and steward the gospel in a local context.

Looking at eldership through a missiological lens, Briggs and Hyatt unpack the role, character and posture of a mission-oriented elder. Elders oversee, shepherd, teach, equip and model for God's people what life with Jesus looks like in a particular context. Including a study guide that elder teams can work through together, the authors provide practical guidance for how elders are selected, work together, make decisions, protect the congregation and invest in the lives of others.

Discover here a clear vision for what it means to be a faithful elder. May it help you and your church thrive in pursuing God's mission in the world.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830841180
ISBN-13: 9780830841189

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Author Bio

J.R. Briggs has served in ministry for over a decade in mega-churches, house churches, and church plants. His books include , , , and , and he coauthored with Eugene Peterson. J.R. is the founder of Kairos Partnerships, walking alongside and encouraging pastors and leaders in order to better equip them for God-honoring ministry. He also serves as the director of leadership and congregational formation with The Ecclesia Network and is on staff with Fresh Expessions U.S. He was the creator and curator of the Epic Fail Pastors Conferences, and he is cultural cultivator of The Renew Community, a faith community for the hurting and the hungry in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, where he lives with his wife and two sons. J.R. earned degrees in biblical literature and Christian education from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. He also studied abroad at Jerusalem University College and holds a masters degree in missional theology from Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. Bob Hyatt is the founding pastor of Evergreen Community in Portland, Oregon. In addition to being a pastor, he also serves as a spiritual director and coaches pastors and church planters towards Jesus-focused success in ministry. He is the coauthor of with J.R. Briggs. A graduate of Western Seminary currently completing a doctorate at George Fox Seminary, Bob is the director of church and movement multiplication for the Ecclesia Network and is on staff with Kairos Partnerships. He is married to Amy and together they have three children. Alan Hirsch is the founding Director of Forge Mission Training Network. He is the co-founder of shapevine.com, an international forum for engaging with world transforming ideas. He leads Future Travelers, a learning journey applying missional-incarnational approaches to established churches and is an active participant in The Tribe of LA, a Jesus community among artists and creatives in Los Angeles. Known for his innovative approach to mission, Hirsch is a teacher and key mission strategist for churches across the western world. His popular book (with Michael Frost) is widely considered to be a seminal text on mission. Alan's recent book , has quickly become a key reference for missional thinking, particularly as it relates to movements. His book is a radical restatement about the role that Jesus plays in defining missional movements. , his latest book (with his wife Debra) is about missional discipleship for a missional church. His experience in leadership includes leading a local church movement among the marginalized as well as heading up the Mission and Revitalization work of his denomination. Hirsch is an adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary and lectures frequently throughout Australia, Europe, and the U.S.


Hyatt and Briggs are like chiropractors for the church. They describe eldership as the church's 'bone structure,' which today is often in sore need of alignment and adjustment. They align the fundamental value of eldership by affirming its biblical purpose and the elders' commitment to God's mission in ordinary, everyday lives. Then they offer adjustments by unpacking in very practical and relevant ways what mission-minded elders look like, what derails them, how they create healthy culture, and then how elders manage the challenges that come, ultimately addressing the question of women elders. I found this book very helpful, and recommend it as an important resource for every church that wants a healthier, more active leadership structure.
-MaryKate Morse,
professor of leadership and spiritual formation, George Fox Evangelical Seminary

The church has been in need of an updated understanding of eldership. With seasoned wisdom and theological rigor, Hyatt and Briggs team up to shift the role of elders from being a domesticated business board that focuses on maintenance, to a daring community of servant leaders who equip the whole church to join God's mission in the world. This is the best book I've read on eldership.
-JR Woodward,
national director, The V3 Movement; author of Creating a Missional Culture

If your church's eldership basically operates like the board of directors of a small religious enterprise, get them to read this book. Quick. J.R. Briggs and Bob Hyatt not only outline the biblical functions of eldership but they do so through the missional prism that the original biblical writers used. For them, eldership is missional insofar as elders are called to not only equip the church for mission but to eliminate as many factors as possible that could derail the missional orientation of the church. Biblical, practical, warm and inspiring.
-Michael Frost,
Morling College, Sydney

Intensely practical, thoroughly rich in wisdom, Eldership and the Mission of God is a book on church leadership that defies its stereotype. As well-honed practitioners and careful thinkers, Briggs and Hyatt recast everything about elder work for its call to mission. I wish I'd had this book twenty years ago.
-David Fitch,
Betty R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology, Northern Seminary

The missional church can often overlook the importance of eldership and governance. Hyatt and Briggs show us how vital these questions are in order for outward mission to be sustained. They provide a biblically rooted and mission-centered vision for eldership. The parts about the character, qualifications, and selection of elders were particularly helpful for me as a pastor.
-Aaron Graham,
lead pastor, The District Church

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