Elders in Congregational Life
Rediscovering the Biblical Model for Church Leadership
By Phil A. Newton
“A valuable contribution not only on the subject of eldership, but concerning biblical leadership.”
David L. Olford
President, Olford Ministries International
“You can tell by the wealth of information in these chapters that Phil has lived through the process, and he’s willing to share his own experiences–good and bad–in order to help us have even better experiences in our churches.”
Pastor Mark Dever
From the foreword
Self-government and autonomy are long-standing cherished traditions of most evangelical churches. Ideally this means each member participates in decision making, but in reality pure congregationalism is unwieldy and unworkable. Pastors try to solve the problem by assuming more and more authority themselves. Neither approach is biblical.
A biblically functioning church requires intentional devotion to the New Testament model of church leadership. In this practical book, experienced pastor Phil Newton examines this biblical model of leadership by explaining the necessity of elder plurality and how it functions in a congregational setting. Newton presents the history of elder plurality in Baptist life from personal experience, expounds three biblical texts to shed light on the New Testament model for spiritual leaders, and provides answers to commonly asked questions.
From the back cover
About the Author:
Dr. Phil Newton is the Pastor of South Woods Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. He received his MDiv from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and his DMin from Fuller Theological Seminary. He serves as an adjunct professor at Crichton College in Memphis and the Institut Theologique de Nimes in France. He has also served as a member of the State Board of Missions with the Alabama Baptist Convention.