40 Questions about Elders and Deacons

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Kregel Academic - 270 pages
Arranged in a Q & A format, this volume tackles the major questions that pastors, church leaders, and students ask about congregational church government, a topic of much interest in the church today. It provides readers with a clear analysis of key biblical passages, succinct answers (4-8 pages each), and discussion questions. The unique format of the book allows the reader to pick and choose what issues are most pertinent to their interests and needs.

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Contents

What Is the Relationship Between Staff Members and Elders?
169
Should There Be an Equality Parity Among the Elders?
173
How Should the Elders Make Decisions?
178
What Are the Advantages of Having a Plurality of Elders?
183
Why Do So Few Churches Have a Plurality of Elders?
188
How Does a Church Transition to a Plurality of Elders?
192
How Should Elders Be Selected?
199
Should Elders Have Terms or Serve for Life?
204

What Is the Origin of the Christian Elder or Overseer?
66
Do the Terms Elder and Overseer Represent the Same Office?
76
Does 1 Timothy 517 Make a Distinction Between Two Types of Elders?
84
What Is the Role of an Elder?
89
How Much Authority Should the Elders Have?
95
Were Timothy and Titus PastorsElders?
101
What Are the Situational and Family Qualifications for an Elder?
109
What Are the Moral Qualifications for an Elder?
117
What Does It Mean That an Elder Must Be the Husband of One Wife?
124
Must an Elder Be Married and Must His Children Be Believers?
130
What Are the Reasons for Affirming That Women Can Be Elders?
135
What Are the Reasons for Affirming That Women Cannot Be Elders? Part1
142
What Are the Reasons for Affirming That Women Cannot Be Elders? Part 2
150
Should Each Church Have a Plurality of Elders?
161
How Many Elders Should Each Congregation Have?
166
Should Elders Be Ordained?
209
Should Elders Be Paid?
214
What Should Be Done If an Elder Is Caught in Sin?
219
The Office of Deacon
225
What Is the Background of the New Testament Deacon?
227
What Are the Qualifications for a Deacon?
233
What Is the Role of a Deacon?
238
What Is the Relationship Between the Office of Deacon and the Office of Elder?
244
What Are the Reasons for Affirming That Women Can Be Deacons?
249
What Are the Reasons for Affirming That Women Cannot Be Deacons?
253
Is It Important to Use the Titles Elder and Deacon?
259
Selected Bibliography
263
Scripture Index
265
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Page 120 - People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
Page 54 - And we beseech you. brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you ; 13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake.
Page 90 - Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
Page 259 - But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brethren. And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.
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