Fulltime Elder 4

Series: Fulltime Elder
Presenter: Chuck Gianotti

In this four part series, Chuck Gianotti examines the role and practical implications of a full-time elder as part of a team of elders in the local church.

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Remember It

Contemplate these questions, then click on each question to see the answer.
1. What is the best way to prevent differing expectations for the full-time elder?
By having very clear & explicit communication about what the expectations are.
2. What are the two “offices” of the church?
The office of elder and of deacons. There is no office of “The Pastor.”
3. What are some of the reasons why an elder would forego financial support?
1) When preaching the gospel in order that it be clearly for free, 2) When his motive is in question, 3) As an example 4) When he can be self-supporting 5) When there is a lack of resources.

Discuss It

  1. What kind of expectations besides preaching and teaching the Word do you think a full-time elder should take on?
  2. Do you agree with the speaker's statement that to call a full-time elder “the pastor” denigrates the value of others in the church who pastor/shepherd (i.e. Sunday school teachers, women shepherding other women, etc.)?
  3. Is there a place for rewarding elders who are not full time and do not desire to be full time, but who do work hard at preaching and teaching the Word?

Apply It

  1. Think of a way you can “reward” a non-fulltime elder that has taught you the Word of God. Put your idea into practice. Share with your mentor what you have resolved to do.