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Biblical Eldership: An Urgent Call to Restore Biblical Church Leadership

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With over 150,000 copies sold, this comprehensive look at the role and function of elders brings all the advantages of shared leadership into focus. Beginning with the four broad categories of eldership (leading, feeding, caring, and protecting), Biblical Eldership explores the essential work of elders, their qualifications (including why qualifications are necessary), the ...more
Hardcover, 425 pages
Published July 28th 1986 by Lewis & Roth Publishers
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Ben Zornes
In my years of being a pastor's kid, then a worship leader, and now training for pastoral ministry myself, I've only grown in my conviction that biblical church leadership is of utmost importance. Much of the spiritual deadness we see in the modern evangelical church is directly attributable to unbiblical leadership structures, or disqualified men in leadership, or both!

Strauch's Biblical Eldership is really a modern masterpiece of addressing what the Bible teaches on how God desires His church
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book on Biblical Eldership. The author has done a lot of research and study into this topic from numerous sources, there is a 28 page bibliography included for all those who read footnotes :-)

Strauch shows without a doubt how a Biblically based Christian eldership should function, justifying the books subtitle "An Urgent Call To Restore Biblical Church Leadership", in an age where it seems that anything "new" or "edgy" is best, Strauch draws us back to the Bible and shows why we
Peter N.
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent basic overview of the officer of elder. The strength of the book is the exegesis of various passages, such as I Timothy 3, 5 and Titus 1 on the office of elder. I also appreciated his sections on Acts 15, James 5:13-18 and Hebrews 13:17. I did not necessarily agree with all his conclusions, but his work on these passages provided a lot of food for thought. I would recommend it to anyone interested in being an elder.

I had two questions that he did not answer well. First, how much of
Steve Hemmeke
Alexander Strauch has written a solid treatment of elders as they were meant to be by the Bible.

At least half the book is exposition of Scripture texts related to elders - a real strength. You need a team of multiple elders who are humble servants who can teach and apply Scripture to the flock in a caring and truthful way. I can see this book being a God-send to Baptist or non-denominational congregations that begin to realize they should have elders and wonder where to start.

It feels like the o
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Our church is in the process of transitioning to elders. Our pastor encouraged us to research for ourselves the biblical justification for eldership, which is what led me to this book. Strauch lays it out clearly that eldership is in fact biblical and provides scripture to support his claims. Very informative and biblically sound.
Chris Crane
This is a good book in defense of a plurality of elders in church leadership. My chief criticism would be he tends to overstate his case and make claims I'm not entirely sure are accurate (especially as it relates to the early church and eldership).
Jason Vallicott
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Biblical Eldership is a thorough exegete of the Biblical texts on Eldership. Today many elders function more like a board of directors leading a company than they do as those called to live like Jesus, teach sound doctrine, and refute false teaching.

Any elder or aspiring elder who reads this book will walk away with a sharpened conscience and a clear understanding of their weighty responsibility as leaders in the Church.
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whatever the reason you are looking into the topic of elders and eldership, start with this book. Excellent and comprehensive work on the subject that was a joy to read. You will leave this book with an understanding of the office and in my opinion convinced that a plurality of elders is the ideal way a church should be lead. Highly recommended!
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ministry, leadership
Makes a compelling case for biblical eldership.
Ernesto Alaniz
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the single greatest book I have ever read on church governance. After years of reading the Bible and knowing there was something there, but not having the time nor energy to take all that truth and ask the question; how did God intend the church to be led? I have always felt uneasy with the models I have seen used throughout my life.

The book is Biblical. It is well researched. It is well written. It is true. And I am thankful for it.
Jun 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Elders, pastors and nominating committees
A good book although the author is much more theologically conservative than I am. Nevertheless, he has good insight on the eldership in the Protestant church and I learned a lot. The book was actually an encouragement. One area in which I feel he hit the nail on the head was with the idea of the super pastor. "There is a dark side to the super-pastor concept...many churches are lead by highly independent, domineering, egotistical men who desperately need accountability and balance. Furthermore, ...more
Feb 21, 2017 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
i want to know more about eldership
Emmanuel Boston
Sep 18, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those pursuing pastoral ministry
Recommended to Emmanuel by: Pastor Dave Ley
Shelves: ecclesiology
Alexander Strauch writes an easy-to read biblical defense of eldership. The style is simple and easy to follow, though it is most helpful to read with a Bible open alongside for quick-reference as some thoughts can get clouded without seeing the biblical text right in front of you.

Book thesis: This book is intended to help clarify the biblical doctrine of eldership.
Thesis supported?
Yes, in part. There are some unprecedented conclusions, and some answers informed by personal bias rather than soli
Joshua D.
I'm not doing this review justice at all because I'm short on time, but here is my quick take. Zooming in on the pastoral work of individual elders, I think Strauch gives an excellent treatment of the Biblical texts. In particular, this book is helpful in liberating the idea of eldership from a "board of directors" kind of mentality, and pushing churches to think of their elders as shepherds and pastors. So that I liked.

But zooming out, I thought Strauch's ecclesiology was pretty weak. He believ
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In "Biblical Eldership", Alexander Strauch convincingly argues for a return to a New Testament-based model for church governance. Strauch provides a close reading of the New Testament texts that refer to church leadership (particularly in Acts, 1st Timothy, Titus, and James). From these texts, Strauch concludes that churches should be run by a group of mature, godly Christian men who are selected based on the qualifications provided in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. Certain of these pastor-elders with ...more
Lindsay Kennedy
This is an excerpt. The full review can be found here:

Pastor/elders will of course profit greatly from this book, but even the churchgoer would benefit from understanding the elder's role and all the Scripture has to say about it - after all, the majority of the NT letters were written to the churches, not only the elders. Some will disagree with Strauch more than others dependent upon their view of church polity, but all could benefit from his exegesis an
Ted Harris
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every Pastor should take the Elder/Leadership Board through this study. In turn, current elders need to mentor future leaders with this study. He clearly outlines what it means to be a pastor/shepherd/elder in the church.
Matt Carpenter
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: church-life
This book is a great explanation of why multiple elders are the biblical model of the church. There are a few things the author is too adamant on that are more informed by tradition than Scripture, but on the whole it is a sound corrective to the out of control congregational polity many churches practice today.

The first portion is topical and informs you of the type of leadership Scripture calls for in an elder. The rest of the book is biblical exegesis of the New Testament passages that refer
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me awhile, but I finally finished this book. "Biblical Eldership" is a comprehensive look at the Scriptures' teaching on pastoral ministry. Strauch clearly and carefully argues for a multiple-pastor model, bolstering his position with a plethora of relevant texts. I found this book to be incredibly helpful in understanding the role, qualifications, and importance of pastoral ministry. Aspiring pastors should definitely read this book, in addition to all others who desire to grow in their ...more
Doug Dale
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, leadership
Alexander Strauch does a great job looking solely at the biblical text to define the role of elder (pastor/shepherd/overseer). There seem to be a lot of definitions or job descriptions of the role of elder in the church. It's good to be reminded of what the Bible describes for this role when describing the New Testament church and understanding how this needs to be applied to the church today. Ideas like plurality and the concept that terms like elder, shepherd, pastor, and overseer are synonymo ...more
Josh Miller
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very helpful for me in evaluating my own congregation's view of church governance. Coming from a traditional Southern Baptist background with the implied authority of a Single Pastor and a Deacon Board, Strauch has helped me see the necessity of leading our church in changing our governance to the biblical model of a plurality of elders. His book on Deacons (Minister of Mercy: The NT Deacon) was also very helpful in evaluating the true responsibility and role of the Deacon body wit ...more
Scott Head
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-themes
I found Strauch's Eldership book and its accompanying workbook to be thorough and sound. Its a fantastic resource to train candidates and express the serious nature of the office. Even if one is not in complete agreement with Strauch's theology, it is a thorough study worth the reader's efforts. The text is not merely peppered with prooftexts, but consists of exposition and thorough consideration. The workbook is actually challenging and causes one to think. I strongly recommend Strauch for elde ...more
May 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very thorough study of the whole area of church leadership. It is well grounded in scripture throughout and brings clarity to many issues. It is fair handed even though the author clearly comes from a certain tradition and holds to a fixed non-clergy position. I'll keep this one on the shelf and most likely will use it to refer to in the future. Not a book to be dismissed. A good case for plurality of eldership is floated, and for a 'first among equals' position in terms of teaching/pr ...more
Phil Sessa
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eldership is often misunderstood, especially if coming from a Pentecostal, or other non-reformed background. However, it is a crucial office in the church as God is a God of order. The author expounds on the call, role, and responsibility of biblical worship.

If you want to learn about eldership for yourself or your church read this book. The following is another great read on eldership:

Jeramie Rinne
Church Elders: How to Shepherd God's People Like Jesus (9marks: Building Healthy Churches)
Rock Rockwell
Oct 07, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Serious Study on Church Leadership
I read this book back in Bible College and re-read it recently to highten my awareness and convictions of biblical leadership. Elders are mainly addressed biblically, but with all the ideas of "church" roaming around, and the unhealthy manner in which "leaders" lead, it was great to review once again this month (Oct. 2007). I am presently reading and re-reading many books on "the church" and "church leadership" in order to have stronger convictions in these areas based on God's truth rather than ...more
The only complaint with this book is that Strauch is quite stern on things that he should probably be a little more relaxed on. I understand that he is trying to get his very minority view on eldership across, but at times comes off angry rather helpful. I agree with his outcomes.

I also read the book by using the workbook, and I did not like the way that the workbook has the reader jumping around rather than just reading the book like normal.
Joseph McBee
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thorough and biblical treatment of the subject. The first half of the book addresses the need for biblical eldership in churches and what an elder should be like. The second half is an exposition of all the Scriptural passages involving eldership in the church.

I found this book fascinating intellectually and convicting and inspiring spiritually. Strauch writes with the mind of a scholar and the heart of a pastor in this excellent read.
Mike E.
A good foundational book for pastors/elders. This book will help elders to see their role as shepherds of souls in their congregation. Strauch deals with all of the qualifications in an illuminating way. His treatment of "husband of one wife" falls short. He does not present all of the interpretive options nor does he consider the relationship of gospel passages that deal with marriage/divorce and how they relate to "husband of one wife" in 1 Tim 3 and Titus.
Straightforward presentation. But within this text are a couple of ideas that cause me to pause - to consider why I believe what I believe. I'll keep pondering some ideas presented here.

For example: Strauch suggests that there shouldn't be a designated number of elders - but rather those who desire, are qualified, and examined should serve. That the number will providentially expand and contract.
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jesus-books
I still have plenty of books to read regarding eldership so I can't quite say this is the best book on the subject. That said, I found this book to be very eye-opening regarding the surprising clarity with which the Scriptures speak about the men God intends to shepherd his church and how those elders are to lead. This book helped bring me to conviction on some ecclesiological issues I had been on the fence about, and as such this book may prove to be life changing.
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