9. The Work: Leading and Healing

Series: Restoring Biblical Eldership
Presenter: Alexander Strauch

There are four major roles of elders. This video addresses the last two – leading the flock and healing (or caring for) the flock. Part 9 of 9. This is the concluding lesson in this series, “Restoring Biblical Eldership.”

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Remember It

Contemplate these questions, then click on each question to see the answer.
1. What is the single most common complaint the speaker has heard from people about their elders?
Their elders aren’t leading! Poor leadership frustrates people.
2. The ministry in the church is not only the elders’ job. Whose job is it? What is the job of the elders?
The ministry of the church is the job of the entire church. The job of the elders is to equip the people to be involved in the ministry.
3. What are some aspects of the healing/caring ministry?
Visiting, praying for, and encouraging the sick; funerals; weddings and premarital counseling; family counseling; caring for those who are in need.

Discuss It

  1. The speaker says good leadership is good communication. He also says you as elders probably are not communicating as well as you think you are. What are some ways that you can improve your communication with the congregation?
  2. If a stranger came to your church, would they sense that your church is a caring church? Or would they feel a cold, uncaring atmosphere? Whichever atmosphere characterizes your church, what are some ways that you can improve in your care for the flock of God? Discuss this with your fellow elders.

Apply It

  1. Based on Discussion Question 1, ask people from your congregation how you as a body of elders are doing with communicating to the congregation. How do they think you can improve? What steps can you take to improve areas where the people have pointed out weaknesses?
  2. What are some ways that you and your fellow elders can improve your meetings? Pick at least one thing and work on it.

Digging Deeper

Meetings that Work: A Guide to Effective Elders’ Meetings, by Alexander Strauch.