Biblical Eldership: Back to the Future  with Spirit - Filled Leadership in the Local Church by Scott KelsoBiblical Eldership: Back to the Future  with Spirit - Filled Leadership in the Local Church by Scott Kelso

Biblical Eldership: Back to the Future with Spirit - Filled Leadership in the Local Church

byScott Kelso

Paperback | July 21, 2016

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Following Numbers 11 and 1 Peter 5:1–5, Biblical Eldership shows how Pastor Scott Kelso developed a transferable template for calling and discipling a group of local-church elders, who multiply the pastor's ministry within a congregation. Originally a Doctor of Ministry project titled “Raising Up Biblical Eldership and Its Implications for Charismatic Ministry in the Local Church,” Biblical Eldership shows exactly how Kelso multiplied Spirit-filled ministry in his United Methodist church and then how his success repeated in the churches of several other pastors in his central Ohio area, when they tried his approach. The major themes emerging from the experience of Kelso and his pastoral colleagues were these: confidence in ministry, expectation in ministry, anointing in ministry, and humility. The data he collected shows how calling and training elders resulted in significantly more effective ministry in the congregations they served. Biblical Eldership reports on this twice-proven approach to shared ministry in such a way that leaders of other congregations can move from seeing how it was done to seeing how they can do it themselves. 


Title:Biblical Eldership: Back to the Future with Spirit - Filled Leadership in the Local ChurchFormat:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.46 inPublished:July 21, 2016Publisher:Word & Spirit PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Abstract 9Acknowledgements 10Dedication 11Figures 12Abbreviations 13Introduction 15CHAPTERS1. Ministry Focus 212. State of the Art in the Project 373. Theoretical Foundation 594. Methodology 1175. Field Experience 1276. Reflection, Summary, and Conclusion 161APPENDICESA: Demographics Survey 171B: Pre-Test Questionnaire 173C: Post-Test Questionnaire 175D: Confidentiality Form 179E: Project Invitation Letter 183F: Invitation Form Letter 185G: Grace and Spirit Baptism 187Bibliography 205

Editorial Reviews

There's a huge army, a mature and able force within the church that is hitherto idle, a sleeping giant, if you will. Biblical Eldership is about activating the missing link in the functional structure of the church; it's about waking up the glorious army of Christ within His Church and giving them the platform and equipping to effectively fulfill the great commission. Being part of this project is of tremendous blessings to our church, it makes pastoring easier for me personally. I do recommend that every believer who is serious about fulfilling the Great Commission should get a copy and join forces with their local church leadership in raising Biblical Eldership in their local assembly.Sam Adeyemi, Senior Pastor, Overcomers Christian Center, Columbus, OhioScott in his research has tackled one of the most significant leadership challenges the local church faces today. Biblical Eldership will change the way you lead and transform the leadership environment in your local congregation. You will raise the level of effectiveness, confidence, expectation and joy of your lay leaders when you implement Scott's Biblical template of investing in developing an Elder team.By implementing Scott's Biblical Eldership template for training elders, I now have leaders who love the elder team meetings, have taken their understanding of shared community to a whole new level, and have significantly changed the leadership environment in our congregation. We really are doing ministry together.Ray D. Hock, DMin., Pastor,Bright Hope Fellowship, Middletown, PennsylvaniaTwo years ago, I assembled a group of men under the inspiration and direction of Scott Kelso called "elders." Every week we meet and seek God together for direction, encouragement, and spiritual oversight. This group of men has become an invaluable part of the ministry that takes place at EUM Church. I treasure the time that I spend with them and cannot image doing ministry without their support and encouragement. I believe that assembling this team was one of the best decisions I made in my tenure as Lead Pastor of EUM Church. Rev. Dr. Jeff Harper, Lead Pastor, EUM Church, Greenville, OhioA few years ago, Dr. Kelso invited me, as his Doctor of Ministry dissertation advisor, to observe eleven elders ministering in a difficult counseling session. The men did not appear to be more or less than a cross-section of men from the community, but they operated with jaw-dropping spiritual insight and effectiveness. The cooperation, humility, and deference to each other and toward the counselees was breathtaking. I never thought that eleven "average" laymen could work together so smoothly and effectively toward a genuinely satisfactory outcome.If I were skeptical that elders could function in this way, that skepticism was put to rest that afternoon. My recurring thought, as a professional minister and counselor, was, "These men are so incredibly well trained!" This experience lent great credibility to Dr. Kelso's project-the material you are about to read. I believe it works, not only because he developed a highly effective method for training church elders, but also because Kelso's method is grounded on the best grasp of the biblical principles that I have ever seen.If the reader truly seeks to follow the central New Testament mandate to make disciples (in this case, elders), then Biblical Eldership is the place to start.Dr. Jon Mark Ruthven, Professor Emeritus, Theology, Regent University School of Divinity; author, On the Cessation of the Charismata and What's Wrong with Protestant Theology?