Thursday, 23 December 2010

The Elder

The Elder (Cornelius Van Dam): Perhaps the definitive work, defining eldership as representatives of God's people commissioned with preserving and nurturing life in the covenant community. Fantastic in showing continuity with Old Testament eldership which is key in seeing the role of elders in effectively governing God's people, and advising, judging and disciplining as well as teaching. The material on discipline was particularly helpful. Could have had more on the role of elders as stewards who lead and manage, as these are topical topics today - and on their call to pray.