Because it can be abused, leadership is a risky business—both for those in it and those under it. But God has good plans for leadership within the church. This study explores God’s plans for authority by focusing on God’s revelation of himself as shepherd, and how God calls leaders to image him. The rest of the study looks at the special responsibilities and roles within the church, fulfilled by elders, deacons, and church members themselves.
The9Marks Healthy Church Study Guideseries is a series of ten 6–7 week studies covering the nine distinctives of a healthy church as originally laid out inNine Marks of a Healthy Churchby Mark Dever. This series explores the biblical foundations of key aspects of the church, helping Christians to live out those realities as members of a local body. Conveniently packaged and accessibly written, the format of this series is guided, inductive discussion of Scripture passages and is ideal for use in Sunday school, church-wide studies, or small group contexts.
Table of Contents
1. Is Authority Bad? 2. God, the Shepherd of His People 3. Elders: Ministers of the Word and Shepherds of the Church 4. Finding the Right Men: Qualifications for Elders 5. Deacons: Servants of the Church 6. Your Responsibility for the Church