Thabiti Anyabwile has written helpful book exploring the duties and responsibilities of elders, deacons and pastors. As ever his style is engaging and feels as if you are having a conversation rather than being told what to do. Thabiti uses scripture from the pastoral letters as his anchor to each chapter and explores what such a command or instruction look like in practice. It is an incredibly helpful book.
So why didn't I give it 5 stars? Because I really wanted to give it 4.5 stars, but Amazon doesn't allow me that luxury, and partly because there are a couple of issues I wished it addressed but which it doesn't - that might be my fault for wanting more than the brief Thabiti was given. How do you apply these principles to churches where there are no suitable men to lead or train to lead? What does sole eldership look like, should it ever be the case, is it a dangerous thing even if sometimes tragically necessary? It makes the assumption that all leadership is male, but what about deaconesses? I'd have loved an extra chapter or two on just those issues and maybe the larger elder/deacon/pastor rich churches responsibility to be training up leaders and sending leaders out to exactly those churches who need leaders.
Wonderfully practical book aimed at making sure we have the right sort of men in leadership. Contradicts the myth that all elders need some sort of mystical calling to ministry when Paul's letter to Timothy sets out some rather more tangible guidelines. Wide - angled view of the subject - thoroughly recommended.