Better Church Elders Episode 1:

The Bible and Eldership

What does the Bible have to say about our function as elders? What is it that we are meant to be and do?

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A 23-minute conversation online between Charles Hewlett and George Wieland.

Better Church Elders Episode 01












As an eldership or board, discuss the following question together after watching the video:

  1. How are the functions of oversight and care being exercised in our fellowship/church?

  2. How does our church recognise people who can model authentic discipleship?

  3. In our appointments how may we give due weight to both competence for tasks and qualities of life and character? 



Here is one activity for your eldership team to complete:

Over the next month, on your own as elders/board members, consider all of the people who are part of your local faith community/church that you are part of – perhaps go through the phone directory or database. Ask the following questions and see if some names emerge. In a month compare your names with the other elders in your group:

  1. Who are the people in our church we can trust to see God together? 

  2. Who in our faith community gain respect and trust? 

  3. Who do we recognise among us who are embodying the faith? 

  4. Who is not around the eldership table that should be?



If you would like to go a little deeper with this topic, George Wieland has provided a Bible Study that looks at all of the references to elders in the New Testament. This reading is a 6-page PDF that can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

Elders in the New Testament by George Wieland (2019)


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