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August: Church Leadership

Scripture clearly establishes the context and the role of church leadership. In this

lesson, Dr. Dever explains how the context of leadership is the congregation and how

the role of leadership is the faithful work of elders and deacons.

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"What is a Healthy Church" Episode 10 - 'Leadership'

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Video Outline:

  1. The context for leadership in a healthy local church is the congregation.

  2. The New Testament stresses the congregation’s role in the life of the church.

  3. Matthew 18:15–20 is a passage about the role of the congregation: the congregation rules over escalated disputes over sin (Matt. 18:17).

  4. Act 6:1–7 is a passage about the role of the congregation: the congregation chose the first seven deacons of the church.

  5. Paul’s letters are continuations of Jesus’ teaching and Apostolic practice that the congregation plays a central role in discipline and doctrine.

  6. Congregations have a responsibility in recovering healthy churches.

  7. Congregations have a responsibility to recognize, trust, and honor those whom God has gifted to lead.

  8. The role of leadership in a healthy local church is founded on Scripture.

  9. Elders are men given to the work of pastoral oversight and teaching, qualified by their character, spiritual gifts, and pastoral concern.

  10. A plurality of elders is a benefit to pastors and congregations.

  11. Deacons are men given to the physical needs of the church, qualified by their character, spiritual gifts, and pastoral concern.

  12. Leaders in the church must meet the qualifications set forth in Scripture.

  13. Leadership in the church in both its role and context purely shines the light of the gospel into the world—a mark of a healthy church.


Discussion Questions

  1. What are the challenges to providing long term Biblical church leadership at WCRC?

  2. What steps can we take to build church leaders who will ensure WCRC remains healthy and thriving?

  3. Finish this sentence expressing Church leadership: A thriving church... See how we've completed that sentence for WCRC so far, as we've determined that a thriving church will promote expositional preaching, be gospel centered, and conversion minded. This document will grow and develop as we work on this throughout the year.

 

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