This is not a new view, but a representation of one long held by many across the social, ethnic, generational and denominational divides. The following brethren are in broad agreement with what is said: Michael Powell (Bromley), Derek Woodcraft (deacon, Camberwell), Philip Venables (elder, Feltham Evangelical), Thomas Seidler (Streatham), Colin Butler (Battersea).

Where are all the elders?


Article first appeared in Evangelicals Now

In 2007 Tim Keller (New York) addressed Evangelical Ministry Assembly (EMA) thus:

If people are saying conservative evangelicals don't know how to preach and don't know how to minister in a way that reaches the working class or the poor, then I'm not able to tell you how to change that, but why in the world aren't you talking about it incessantly?

You need to think biblically and theologically on race and class. You're way behind on being able to integrate your congregations racially. But why aren't you thinking about it? Why aren't you talking about it? Why aren't you writing papers about it? Why aren't you producing books about it? 'Ah', you say, 'we've got to deal with all these doctrinal issues...'.

Considering the title question will show that doctrinal issues regarding eldership lie at the bottom of quite a few problems, not least that raised by Keller.

The heart of the matter: common practice is adrift of God's

There is a tragic dearth of elders in the Church of Christ. Unbiblical thinking in the area of 'appointment to eldership' is a root cause of this. This biblical consideration is threefold: what role exactly we desire to be populated, how this should occur and who we should be looking for. It isn't a comprehensive study, just selective of key problem areas.

WHAT? - the job

HOW? - the method

WHO? - the character

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