Our pastor resigned from our church a few months ago. It was a good move for him. I was a pastor, have an M.Div. and all that, so I've been helping out wherever I can. In that interim, well, since right after the pastor announced his resignation, a couple of us have come to the conclusion that our church would be a lot better off with more elders, instead of just expecting one pastor to fulfill many many many roles. Knowing what we know about our church, and about the idea of plurality of elders, it seems like a more Biblical, better long-term solution that would help us cover more bases than a short-term solution of hiring "that one man" (which we'd only have to repeat again in a few years after burnout, move-on, whatever). So...I am looking for examples of churches that have changed from single-pastor focus to elder-led/multiple pastors structure, to show where it's worked. We're a Southern Baptist church in central NC, about 120 members who I've seen in the past year, been single-pastor since its founding in the 50s, and has been slowly dying for years because one man can't be all things to all people, no matter how hard he tries. Has anybody on this forum had or seen any success with a church moving from single-pastor to elder-led (not elder-rule really, just more like multiple pastors)? I'm trying to gather up as much information, and even some examples, before I propose this idea to the deacons/pastor search committee, etc.