Better Church Elders Episode 6:
Strengthening our Eldership Team
Where do we find new elders? What training will make us even better? How can we support our pastor and staff more?
A 16-minute conversation online between Charles Hewlett and Mike Crudge.
As an eldership or board, discuss the following questions together after watching the video:
Brainstorm a bunch of fun learning things to do together as an eldership or board.
What practical things could we do to care for our pastor/s?
Who could we invest in and how? (discipling, and potential future elders or board members).
Here is one activity for your eldership team to complete:
Arrange a time for your families to get together for a meal.
If you would like to go a little deeper with one of the topics mentioned in the video: getting to know each other through team personality tools, Mike Crudge recommends reading the online PDF: Become Like Jesus While Being Yourself: A discipleship guide for the 16 Myers-Briggs Personality types. This free resource is provided by the Jesus Film Project and includes a link to a free online personality type test. This resource focuses on the strengths and challenges each personality type faces while living out the gospel. From the introduction:
Increasing your awareness of various personality types can help you:
- Resolve conflict
- Discover unique strengths in yourself and others
- Identify gaps in your teams
- Lead others productively
- Empathise more effectively
- Improve your church culture
This 25-page PDF comes from the Jesus Film Project and is available free from their website here:
Expert help is available to work with your eldership group or board, such as the examples below, or search the internet for specialists with experience working with church leadership groups:
Clare and Nicky are both certified Personality Type consultants and can assist your eldership team to:
- understand your personality preferences and those who differ from you (especially important in relation to decision making)
- understand your eldership team preferences (a team analysis revealing your strengths and challenges)
- reflect on your faith community and what preferences are catered for within a service of worship and/or activities throughout the week