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Biblical Eldership

Biblical Eldership explores the essential work of elders, their qualifications, their relationships with each other, and each of the biblical passages related to eldership. The book is written for those seeking a clear understanding of the mandate for biblical eldership.


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It is not enough merely to have an eldership; the eldership must be actively functioning, competent, and spiritually alive. Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch was written to address this need.

With over 200,000 copies in print, this comprehensive look at the role and function of elders brings all the advantages of shared leadership into focus. This book explores the essential work of elders, their qualifications, their relationships with each other, and each of the biblical passages related to eldership. This full-length, expository book defines biblical eldership accurately, practically, and according to Scripture. The book is written for those seeking a clear understanding of the mandate for biblical eldership.

Biblical Eldership has been translated into more than 30 languages. It is widely used as a tool for training, equipping and mentoring elders. It is especially effective when used in concert with related materials such as the Study Guide and Mentor’s Guide.

About the Author

For over forty years Alexander Strauch served as an elder at Littleton Bible Chapel near Denver, Colorado. Additionally, he has taught philosophy and New Testament literature at Colorado Christian University. A gifted Bible teacher and speaker, Mr. Strauch has taught in more than 30 countries and has helped thousands of churches worldwide through his expository writing ministry. Currently, Mr. Strauch and his wife, Marilyn, reside in Littleton, Colorado, near their four adult daughters.

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Endorsements of Biblical Eldership

“Best exegetical overview of eldership around today.”

– Kevin DeYoung Senior Pastor, University Reformed Church, East Lansing, MI

“Mr. Strauch has made a fine contribution to the subject of eldership. I am confident that it will be helpful to many.”

– John MacArthur, Jr. Pastor-Teacher, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, CA

“This book is part of our core curriculum at Parkside.”

– Alistair Begg Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Chagrin Falls, OH

“There are few books I distribute in greater numbers or with greater confidence than Biblical Eldership. If every pastor and every elder read this book and applied the Scripture it illumines, the church would be blessed immeasurably.”

– Tim Challies Prominent evangelical blogger; Pastor, Grace Fellowship Church, Toronto

“For churches to thrive they need to be led by men who follow the Scriptures. Alexander Strauch wonderfully instructs us on the character qualifications needed to serve as elders and the responsibilities incumbent on elders. This book is a valuable resource for courses on pastoral ministry and is highly recommended for every church.”

– Thomas R. Schreiner Associate Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“At last, a thorough biblical study on the basis of church government and especially the function and ministry of elders! New churches will find it a valuable guideline to effective functioning and older churches will find it a trustworthy corrective.”

– Ray Stedman Former pastor and elder, Peninsula Bible Church, Palo Alto, CA

“An excellent text for the study of eldership by young and older men interested in the work of an elder. Strauch is a man of gift and experience, and I am grateful for his work.”

– S. Lewis Johnson Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

“A very useful resource for teaching the New Testament truth regarding elders in the local church. Sound, clear, and extremely important. Recommended.”

– Reformation & Revival Journal

“Our eldership has gone through Biblical Eldership and the guide book twice. It has been the finest investment of our time in the twelve years that I’ve been at the church. It has helped us see what we’re all about and has gotten us to function the way God designed us to. Biblical Eldership is a fine work and a thorough Biblical exposition on eldership.”

– Bryce Jessup President William Jessup University

“…a very helpful book both on the New Testament pattern and how approximation can be achieved within existing polities. …cogent, scholarly…Strauch makes good use of the best scholarly research.”

– Robert Duncan Culver Author, Systematic Theology: Biblical and Historical

“…a remarkable book concerning pastoral leadership and church government. Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch should be required reading for all church leaders; we simply know of no greater treatment of the subjects it covers. Because the book sticks so closely to the biblical text, the lessons are immediately practical for any church, no matter the size or the culture.”

– Granted Ministries

“Strauch does an excellent job of defining, clarifying, and encouraging the New Testament model of leadership through the plurality of elders. I highly recommend this book for any pastor who is interested in the New Testament model of leadership…”

– Luke Geraty Lead Pastor, Trinity Christian Fellowship, Stanley, WI

“I cannot say enough about Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch…. Helpful in so many ways, Strauch sets forth the definition of a leader, defends his position theologically and exegetically and also does a magnificent job of expositing texts that bolster his case…. Over the years, nothing has helped me better understand the role, mission, responsibilities, and qualifications of a biblical elder.”

– Dr. David S. Steele Pastor of Theology, First Baptist Church, La Grande OR

Read Dr. Steele’s full review of this book! 

“…[This] excellent book…is the definitive work on the subject….The book deserves wide distribution and I plan to do whatever I can to insure this.”

– William MacDonald Author, Believer’s Bible Commentary