The New Elder’s Handbook: A Biblical Guide to Developing Faithful Leaders
(Baker Books, 2019)
WHO: Greg R. Scharf, professor emeritus of homiletics and pastoral theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; and Arthur Kok, director of training for the Orchard Network.
THEY SAY: “Every elder is to guard the gospel so that we can do what Paul exhorted Timothy to do in 2 Timothy 2:2—namely to entrust it to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
THE BIG IDEA: This book offers a proven process to proactively recruit and train church elders; questions for readers to ask themselves in order to determine whether they should be an elder; and ways for readers to develop their character so they could be an elder.
Written for the aspiring elder, Part 1, “Vision,” is an on-ramp to the process of discerning this call and discusses key biblical concepts. Part 2, “Training,” contains doctrinal, character-based and skill-related questions for potential elders to answer.
Part 3, “Two Additional Discipleship Resources,” includes “Learning to Follow Jesus,” a thematic approach to the basics of the Christian life, and “BA (Biblical Agenda) in Christian Living,” a study of 2 Peter. Written for pastors, this final section can be used to disciple those interested in serving as elders.