Shepherding Shepherds 3

Series: Shepherding the Shepherds
Presenter: Bob Deffinbaugh

Who shepherds the shepherds? Elders must shepherd themselves and each other. Join Bob Deffinbaugh as he investigates this important subject in the third of a four part series.

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Remember It

Contemplate these questions, then click on each question to see the answer.
1. What are the five ideas the speaker gave for ways to implement accountability for elders?
Regular evaluation of each other by the elders; evaluate based on qualities required of elders; use evaluation forms; dividing up administrative turf; the “Friday Forum.”
2. What is the speaker’s reasoning against the concept of “once an elder, always an elder?”
It is not a Scriptural principle, and if an elder has ceased to function according to the qualifications for elders, he should no longer be an elder.

Discuss It

  1. What other ways can your church ensure accountability in a practical way among the elders?
  2. Do you agree or disagree with the concept of "once an elder, always an elder?" Why or why not?

Apply It

  1. What are your church’s requirements for elders? Are these clearly outlined in a way that they can be used to evaluate the elders?
  2. Most churches divide up what the speaker calls “administrative turf.” How does your church do this, and what safeguards (if any) are in place to preserve the plurality of authority even in those assigned ministry areas?