The Elder and His Work  -     By: David Dickson
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The Elder and His Work

P & R Publishing / 2004 / Paperback

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The Elder and His Work is a book that conveys the gravity and importance of the elder's calling. Nineteenth-century author David Dickson provided this brief, complete manual describing the qualification and duties of elders. According to Dickson, an elder is a shepherd of Christ's flock and a student of God's Word--a man growing in the gracious disciplines of the Christian life. This edition has Scripture references, updated spelling and usage, explanatory notes, and study questions for personal reflection and group discussion.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 136
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 8 1/2 X 5 3/8 (inches)
ISBN: 0875528864
ISBN-13: 9780875528861

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Publisher's Description

A thoroughly biblical and pervasively practical introduction to principles drawn from the New Testament. This classic conveys the gravity and importance of the elder’s calling.

Author Bio

David Dickson was an elder in nineteenth-century Scotland. At the age of thirty, he was ordained as an elder in the Free New North Church, and he served as clerk of session for thirty-three years. His practical experiences as an elder led him to publish The Elder and His Work.

Editorial Reviews

Phil Ryken and George McFarland have served us well by bringing this classic on the shepherding ministry of elders up to date and back into print. The thoughtful tone of this work is convicting, encouraging us to be the shepherds God has raised up for the good of His flock and the glory of His name. I can’t wait to use this with our own elders!
Dickson’s work has a continuing relevance for today’s church and its leaders. Both teaching and ruling elders will benefit from this excellent work, and the whole church will be nurtured and strengthened.
Though this book was written by a Scottish ruling elder 150 years ago, Dickson sets forth the framework for the ruling elder in shepherding God’s flock. Rediscovering these biblical principles and practicing them would impact today’s church.

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  1. Connecticut
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Refreshingly Practical
    September 21, 2012
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Dickson and his wisdom about how to approach the Eldership was refreshingly simple and completely appropriate for our times. Its hard to believe this was written around 150years ago. My only disappointment was that I read the book so quickly...its over
  2. Worcester, MA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Encouragement for practical function of elder
    December 5, 2011
    Worcester, MA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book does not provide a biblical defense of the office of elders nor does it necessarily even outline their duties directly. It provides more of a practical view, even more a personal_this is what the eldership looked like in the life of David Dickson. I found it to be very encouraging and packed with practical application for modern day elders. Worth the read.
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