Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Books for Ruling Elders

Though by no means comprehensive, I've started to compile books related to the office and work of the Ruling Elder. Feel free to suggest others I may have missed. (All synopses/reviews are taken from Monergism Books.)

The Elder and His Work by David Dickson
"The Elder and His Work, originally written in the mid-1800's, is a classic that conveys the gravity and importance of the elder's calling. Nineteenth-century author David Dickson provided this brief, complete manual describing the qualifications and duties of elders. According to Dickson, an elder is a shepherd of Christ's flock and a student of God's Word - a man growing in the gracious disciplines of the Christian life."

The Ruling Elder by Samuel Miller
"One of the most complete treatises ever written on the Presbyterian system of church government, this book examines the scriptural qualifications for holding ecclesiastical office."

Biblical Eldership: An Urgent Call to Restore Church Leadership
by Alexander Strauch
"This is the definitive theological work on biblical eldership. It is really a one-stop shop for accurate teaching on oversight. If we probed all the churches across the world, interviewing pastors who had read this work we would pile recommendation on recommendation because it is the very best available. If you are an elder and you have not read this book, you need to read it. If you are a new congregation and are looking to position elders, you need to read it. If you are part of the church, you need to read this book! No theological library can be complete without it. It is an essential course in accurate theological knowledge." -Monergism Books Review

The Elder: Today's Ministry Rooted in all of Scripture
by Cornelis Van Dam
"To rediscover God's gift of eldership for the church today, we need to go back beyond the New Testament to the origins of the office of elder in ancient Israel. There we discover the enduring principles that guided the elder in antiquity - and that guide the church today. In this book you will develop a renewed understanding of the office of elder and of godly discipline."

Called to Serve: Essays for Elders and Deacons
edited by Michael G. Brown
"Sixteen chapters cover topics such as the qualifications of elders and deacons, their duties and tasks, the history of the Reformed churches, infant baptism, the Lord's Supper, worship, rules for meetings, church discipline, family visitation, and the ministry of mercy. A plan and study guide incorporate readings from Scripture and the confessions. Includes recommendations for building a basic elder's library."

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