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by Phil A. Newton

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ISBN: 0825433312
Author: Phil A. Newton
Language: English
Publisher: Kregel Academic & Professional (April 15, 2005)
Pages: 176
Category: Christian Living
Subcategory: Bibles
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Elders in Congregational Life book. Newton divides the book into three sections. The first section is used by Newton to address the problem of poor church polity and the history of biblical church polity in the SBC.

Elders in Congregational Life book. Section two looks at 3 specific passages and how they support the idea of a plurality of leadership and what a biblical elder actually resembles. Section 3 is the application section.

Elders in Congregational Life: Rediscovering the Biblical Model for Church Leadership. CEO churches and congregational churches should be challenged to examine the word and repent for their failure to conform to the standard of the Word. This book, in dealing with this exact audience, in my mind, did not present the reader with an urgency to conform, but offered more of a prescription to follow should the opportunity arise. Having said that, it is an easy recommendation. My church needs this book and there is a good chance that yours does as well.

Church leaders will find this a useful resource for building a healthy leadership structure

Church leaders will find this a useful resource for building a healthy leadership structure. This book is an extensive revision of the Elders in Congregational Life, including updates throughout, additional illustrations, and a new chapter addressing how missionaries may effectively apply the New Testament's teaching on elder plurality. 9Marks is a well-known ministry organization dedicated to equipping church leaders with a biblical vision and practical resources.

book by Phil A. Newton. Foreword by Mark Dever) A biblically functioning church requires intentional devotion to the New Testament model of the church. A definitive and biblical answer to the current debate in many churches over the use of biblical offices in autonomous congregations. Many evangelical churches place high value on their autonomy as local congregations with the freedom to govern themselves. Elders in the Life of the Church: Rediscovering the Biblical Model for Church Leadership (9780825442728).

For almost twenty years, Phil Newton has poured his life into South Woods Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. In an age when the average tenure of a pastor is less than five years, Newton is a model for a young pastor like myself. He’s no Johnny-come-lately to the topic of elders, either. Years ago, he led his congregation to explore the Scriptures until they y-that having a plurality of elders is the biblical model.

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This book on church eldership is fairly brief (154 pages), but contains quite a few helpful insights. There are a few things in this book with which I would disagree

This book on church eldership is fairly brief (154 pages), but contains quite a few helpful insights. It will be particularly beneficial to anyone from a Baptist church tradition. There are a few things in this book with which I would disagree. Newton assumes a distinct role for a senior pastor, but doesn’t establish (biblically or otherwise) why this should be so. In his defense, he does show the senior pastor to be in submission to the elders, and his description of the ministry of church elders does show them to be active, pastoral leaders. And he’s clear about the consequences and unfairness of expecting one pastor to wear every hat in the ministry of the church.

Newton, Phil A. and Matt Schmucker. Pastor at South Woods Baptist Church in Memphis, Phil Newton has written on elders in Elders in Congregational Life: Rediscovering the Biblical Model for Church Leadership (Kregel, 2005)

Newton, Phil A. Elders in the Life of the Church: Rediscovering the Biblical Model for Church Leadership. Pastor at South Woods Baptist Church in Memphis, Phil Newton has written on elders in Elders in Congregational Life: Rediscovering the Biblical Model for Church Leadership (Kregel, 2005). Elders in the Life of the church is a revision of this earlier book. Matt Schmucker is the founding director of 9Marks, a ministry dedicated to equipping church leaders with a biblical vision and practical resources.

Elders in the Life of the Church: Rediscovering the Biblical Model for Church Leadership" by Phil A. .Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens - Shattered Empire by Phil Noto My inner comic book nerd art is beating like trooper helmet drums. Newton and Matt Schmucker. Paul and Barnabas made a decisive move toward the end of the first missionary journey: they appointed elders in the churches they had established, entrusting them with responsibility of shepherd the young congregations.

(Foreword by Mark Dever) A biblically functioning church requires intentional devotion to the New Testament model of the church. In this practical book, Phil Newton gives a definitive and biblical study of elder-based leadership.

Comments:

anonymous
It's been my experience that most churches are way off base in their leadership structures. In light of what the New Testament says about leadership in the churches this is difficult to comprehend. Nevertheless Phil Newton has done a great service to the 21st Century church by providing an introductory guide to developing a biblical infrastructure for churches that take being biblically based and effective seriously.

Newton divides his helpful book into three sections:

Part One is composed of answering thequestion: Why Churches Should have Elders. In Part Two Newton exposits three key texts on how Elders functioned in the New Testament: Acts 20:17-31; Hebrews 13:17-19; and 1 Peter 5:1-15. In giving a thorough exposition of each passage he demonstrates how Elders are models for their congregations; how Elders and the congregation work together in harmony; and how their primary calling is to be spiritual leaders for the good of the congregation and God's greater glory.

In my opinion the most helpful section of the book is in part three. In this section Newton shows how a leadership team can transition into a fully functioning Elder Leadership in the Church with Deacons as well. All four examples are oflarge Baptist churches going from a Diaconate Board to two separate functioning boards of Elders and another of Deacons.

Giving a step-by-step process Newton shares from personal experience [South Woods Baptist Church] and from the experience of other well-known ministries (Mark Dever's [Capital Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C.], Jeff Noblit [First Baptist Church of Muscle Shoals, Alabama], and John Piper's [Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN.] transitions from Deacon Board structures to adding Elders into the mix). The process is slow, methodical, and takes into consideration traditions, a thorough study of biblical passages on leadership, and how the principles are studied and bandied about in teams. The process for the four cases studied is very helpful to keep in mind no matter what background your church has, and where it's at in the transitional process.

I think this is an excellent book for leadership teams to study and for pastors, staffs, deacons, and elders to use in seeking to become as biblically effective as possible in seeking to develop a healthy infrastructure for the good of the Church and the glory of God. Newton really doesn't push any particular church government on the reader. He is more intent on the reader/s discovering what the Bible has to say about leadership and acting accordingly within what the Bible specifically warrants. I highly recommend this book!
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Loved it.
LoboThommy
Mr.Newton offers a scholarly defence of the agrgument for plurality of eldership in the church.His arguments are backed by strong Boblical cross references and historical as well as pragmatic evidence.
Cezel
Great book for those in agreement of an Elder system. Also for those that believe the system is not of value due to the diminished stance of the priesthood of the believer. No matter how they speak of it this system was not used by any congregation of more than a small house hold,,, where church was held in biblical days. It is sheer ignorance and stupidity to try to control modern church citing Elders as the way recommended by the Bible...
Mojind
There has been quite a resurgence of Biblical polity in many churches that have, seemingly since the advent of the Second Great Awakening and Finney-brand revivalism, often been plagued by an unbiblical model of church government. I remain convinced from Scripture of the necessity of a plurality of qualified and called pastor-elders to serve as under-shepherds, leading God's local flock. I do still have reservations as to the validity of congregationalism, but do see that the idea(generally) is not completely foreign to Scripture. In particular, Newton presents a rather convincing argument for the necessity and legitimacy of a type of congregationalism, particularly one led by a plurality of elders.
Phil Newton's book,Elders in Congregational Life , dives into the challenge of moving a church with an unbiblical government to a church with a plurality of qualified elders. This book seems specifically aimed at Southern Baptists, but is applicable beyond. By being aimed at Baptist, Newton is able to address specific issues, use specific examples and pull from the history of the denomination, while consistently basing his argument in Scripture, to counter illegitimate examples, modern tradition that spurns the tradition of the founders of the SBC and poor exegesis.

Newton divides the book into three sections. The first section is used by Newton to address the problem of poor church polity and the history of biblical church polity in the SBC. Section two looks at 3 specific passages and how they support the idea of a plurality of leadership and what a biblical elder actually resembles. Section 3 is the application section. Rather than begin by giving a list of how-to's and pages of commands and promises, Newton chooses instead to tell the story of some churches that have made the change, and the challenges faced and success enjoyed by these examples. He then proceeds to make some practical suggestions. It is important to note that this section is not binding. It is not commanded in Scripture, or even modeled in Scripture, but it is practical advise gleaned from multiple sources that have led a change in a congregational church from single elder/pastor to plural, biblical elders.

It was when Newton began dealing specifically with the "first amongst equals", or the "senior pastor", that he lost my seemingly perpetual "amen". The term itself, "senior pastor", when applied to a man is offensive to me. According to Scripture, Christ is the Senior Pastor, the Chief Shepherd, of His Church and, subsequently, every local church. Anyone who serves the church as an elder is an under-shepherd of Christ. This is not just some semantical* nit-picking because it is important, as Newton points out in his book, that every elder realize that he is not autonomous and that he is accountable to the Shepherd for how he handles His flock. Beyond that, when addressing the role of the "senior pastor", it seemed to place much too high an emphasis on him. Plurality of leadership did not seem to flow into plurality in the pulpit and plurality when leading the way in decisions and announcements and vision. I would have liked Newton to have offered a vision of true plurality, where a plurality of men are filling the pulpit on a regular basis and the vision of the church is solely tied to the church, and not to the "first amongst equals".

Elders in Congregational Life is great for what it is. It is concise yet robust, dealing with the Biblical mandates, support and examples as well as addressing the rich history of plurality of leadership within Baptist history. The practical sections give a lot of great ideas, if at times the advice seemed a bit one-size-fits-all. If you want a broader defense of plurality of leadership and exposition of the texts dealing with plurality and elder qualifications, I would suggest Strauch's Biblical Eldership. But, if you want a solid, congregationalist based argument for plurality and a sufficiently thorough exposition on the qualifications of an elder, Newton's Elders in Congregational Life is a great read.

*It appears that the word "semantical" may not exist. For the sake of clarity, brevity, and possibly irony, I have left it in. Plus, legitimate semantics or not, I like the word. :-D

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