It is not enough merely to have an eldership. The eldership must be actively functioning, competent and spiritually alive.
The lack of elder and deacon training is an extremely critical problem. We are not training the very men who lead and have oversight of our churches. We erroneously believe that our serving elders and deacons understand spiritual oversight and care, but in fact our churches are filled with elders and deacons who confess that they are unprepared and untrained for their work.
Biblical Eldership Study Guide, when used alongside the Biblical Eldership text, provides twelve comprehensive lessons for training and equipping elders. The Study Guide is designed for use by a prospective new elder under the direction of a mentoring elder, or can also be used in group study as well.
The companion resource, Biblical Eldership Mentor’s Guide is designed as a help for the teacher, mentor or group leader. It is the same material as the Study Guide, with the addition of suggested answers and other helps.