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A Noble Task: Eldership and Ministry in the Local Church - Neil Summerton

Milton Keynes: The Paternoster Press, 2nd Edition 1994. Pbk. ISBN. 978-0-85364-515-3. pp.213.

© 1987, 1994 Neil Summerton - reproduced by permission of the author.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Preface to the second edition
The need for effective eldership

PART A - PRINCiPLES AND PRACTICE OF CONGREGATIONAL ELDERSHIP

I. The calling to eldership

1. Qualifications for eldership
2. Appointment, recognition and retirement

II. The office and tasks of the elder

3. The five-fold task
4. Pastor
5. Teacher
6. Ruler
7. Leader

Ill. The dynamics of collective leadership

8. The effectiveness of the eldership group 83
9. The elders and the deacons 93
10. The elders and the (rest of the) congregation 101

IV. Education for eldership

11. Preparation and development of elders

Appendix 1 to Part A: Gift, ministry and office in the New Testament
Appendix 2 to Part A: The ministry and leadership of women

PART B-FULL-TIME CONGREGATIONAL MINISTRY

12. Principles and objectives
13. Patterns
14. Impacts
15. Conclusion

Appendix to Part B: New Testament practice in supporting Christian workers

Further reading

A. Eldership and plural leadership
B. Ministry of woman
C. Pastoring
D Teaching
E. Leadership
F. Congregational strategy
G. Worship

Training opportunities for congregational elders

Index

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