The Elders Handbook: A Practical Guide for Church Leaders (Berghoef & De Koster)

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The Church has no time for despair, no place to hide. She is challenged to renewal of all her efforts by the confusion and aimlessness of our times. We see the ruling eldership as especially called to leading such renewal. We see the priesthood of all believers as calling upon the eldership to take hold for such renewal. We offer this handbook to assist the elder in performing this service. Power to lead renewal is not from within. Such power comes from God through the medium of His inspired Word. The Bible is the basis for all we say here. This Handbook is structured by St. Paul's parting instructions to the Elders of the Church at Ephesus, as recorded in Acts 20:28-31.

Table of Contents:

  1. The Challenge
  2. The Elder in the Congregation
  3. The Congregation in the Body of Christ
  4. Principles of Public Speaking and Parliamentary Procedure
  5. The Elder as Leader
  6. Public Worship
  7. Visiting the Membership
  8. Marriage and the Family
  9. Promoting Obedience
  10. Sin and Restoration
  11. By Divine Appointment
  12. Preaching and Preacher
  13. The Sacraments
  14. Training the Youth
  15. Caring and Comforting
  16. The Church
  17. The Priesthood of All Believers
  18. The Eldership in Perspective
  19. The Great Commission
  20. Savage Wolves
  21. Sects and Cults

 

Authors 

Gerard Berghoef (1926-2007) was the President of Widdicomb Furniture Company and a longtime elder in the Christian Reformed Church. In collaboration with Lester DeKoster and his family, Berghoef also launched the Christian’s Library Press, a publishing endeavor intended to provide timely resources both for the church’s laity and its leadership.

Lester DeKoster (1916–2009) became director of the library at Calvin College and Seminary, affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church in North America, in 1951. He earned his doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1964, after completing a dissertation on “Living Themes in the Thought of John Calvin: A Bibliographical Study.”