Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Biblical Eldership, Pt. 2

Here's a thought on elders: they are men appointed to lead the body. I was reading Titus and a commentary on this topic, and found this: "Appoint elders in every city as I directed you" (Titus 1:5b). By doing this, Paul is going against customary cultural practices because both the Jewish synagogue and Greco-Roman society commonly practiced one-man oversight. Thus Paul's choice of the elder structure of government is intentional. He is not simply accommodating himself to current social norms. His instruction to Titus establishes an apostolic directive that should be followed by Christians today.

Moreover, the appointment process seems to be the installation of a leadership model, and not just asking mature believers to lead.

If you have time, and want to read a VERY WELL written document on eldership, check this out: http://nccn.net/~brennanp/BEphamphStrauch/PAMPHBEDOC.html

1 comment:

Billy V said...

Jewish leadership may have had a leader but it was also multifaced, there were Rabbis who were responsible for education and a synagogue ruler who was responsible for maintaining the physical structure as well as perhaps representing the congregation before municipal authorities. The synagogue was ruled by a body of elders, similar to the term that is used through out acts to refer to the leaders of the Jews in Jerusalem.