|November/December 2012, Volume 9, Issue 6
BASIC EXPECTATIONS FOR LAY ELDERS
A Job Description for Lay Elders - Okay, you’re an elder. So now what are you supposed to do? - By Jeramie Rinne
How Much Time Can a Lay Elder Give to Ministry? - Job + family + ministry = a serious time crunch for the lay elder. How can he navigate it? - By Sebastian Traeger
TRAINING LAY ELDERS
Raising Up Elders: Three Areas to Address - How can you raise up elders for your church? Train men in content, character, and competence. - By Mike McKinley
Raising Up Elders: Four Foundational Principles - Ever feel like you have no business playing teacher because you’re still a student? The gospel reminds us that God’s power is made perfect in our weakness. - By Garrett Kell
EQUIPPING LAY ELDERS
Four Ways to Equip New Elders - To set your new elder up for success, get him a brother, some books, and a budget—then put him on a billboard. - By Garrett Kell
Besetting Sins of Lay Elders - What Demas, Judas, the Pharisees, and King Saul teach us about how (not!) to serve as elders. - By Steve Boyer
How Pastor Mark Passes Out Authority - Giving away authority is one of the best ways to grow leaders and a gospel culture in a local church. Here’s a profile of a pastor who does it well. - By Jonathan Leeman
Contact Evangelism with Mack Stiles and Friends - How pushy should we be in our evangelism? Do we have to earn the right to share the gospel? Mack Stiles and a few friends discuss.
Membership as Citizenship by Jonathan Leeman - Church membership is different and more important than you think, says Jonathan Leeman in this 9Marks Workshop message.
In this first episode of Trellis & Vine Talk Tony and Col discuss—amongst other things— why the ideas in The Trellis and the Vine are not about small groups and one-to-one. Listen to it here, or download the file to catch up on it later (MP3 | M4A).
Four steps to preparation (from One to One Bible Reading: A Simple Guide for Every Christian, p. 35):
- Pray for understanding and that God will use these meetings to grow your mutual faith in the power of the gospel.
- Read through the assigned portion of the Bible at least twice.
- Write down your impressions after reading the text each time – observations, main points, questions you have (depending on what sort of framework you are useing).
- Pray based on what you have read, and pray again for your forthcoming meeting.
- No prep time
- Pick a passage or book to go through regularly
- Look for an insight, question, application, and who you want to share what you learned with.
- Discuss together and pray
- Choose passage or book
- See prep time above
- Read passage out loud
- Ask questions of Context, Observations, Meaning, and Applications.
- Pray together about what you learned
- Use these sheets
- 15 minutes prep time for everyone before meeting – writing 5 things about the passage (insights, application, questions, etc).
- 30 minute discussion time – read the passage aloud together and discuss your 5 things