With over 200,000 copies in print, this comprehensive look at the role and function of elders brings all the advantages of shared leadership into focus. Beginning with the four broad categories of eldership (leading, feeding, caring, and protecting), Biblical Eldership explores the essential work of elders, their qualifications (including why qualifications are necessary), their relationships with each other, and each of the biblical passages related to eldership. Written for those seeking a clear understanding of the mandate for biblical eldership, this full-length, expository book defines it accurately, practically, and according to Scripture.
"Mr. Strauch has made a fine contribution to the subject of eldership. I am confident that it will be helpful to many."
- John MacArthur, Jr. Pastor-Teacher, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, CA
"At last, a thorough biblical study on the basis of church government and especially the function and ministry of elders! New churches will find it a valuable guideline to effective functioning and older churches will find it a trustworthy corrective."
- Ray Stedman Former pastor and elder, Peninsula Bible Church, Palo Alto, CA
"An excellent text for the study of eldership by young and older men interested in the work of an elder. Strauch is a man of gift and experience, and I am grateful for his work."
- S. Lewis Johnson Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
"A very useful resource for teaching the New Testament truth regarding elders in the local church. Sound, clear, and extremely important. Recommended."
- Reformation & Revival Journal
"Our eldership has gone through Biblical Eldership and the guide book twice. It has been the finest investment of our time in the twelve years that I've been at the church. It has helped us see what we're all about and has gotten us to function the way God designed us to. Biblical Eldership is a fine work and a thorough Biblical exposition on eldership."
- Bryce Jessup, President William Jessup University
"...a very helpful book both on the New Testament pattern and how approximation can be achieved within existing polities. ...cogent, scholarly...Strauch makes good use of the best scholarly research"
- Robert Duncan Culver Author, Systematic Theology: Biblical and Historical
"Strauch does an excellent job of defining, clarifying, and encouraging the New Testament model of leadership through the plurality of elders. I highly recommend this book for any pastor who is interested in the New Testament model of leadership..."
- Luke Geraty Lead Pastor, Trinity Christian Fellowship, Stanley, WI
"I cannot say enough about Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch.... Helpful in so many ways, Strauch sets forth the definition of a leader, defends his position theologically and exegetically and also does a magnificent job of expositing texts that bolster his case.... Over the years, nothing has helped me better understand the role, mission, responsibilities, and qualifications of a biblical elder."
- Dr. David S. Steele Pastor of Theology, First Baptist Church, La Grande OR