What is an Elder?

Discussion in 'Pastoral Ministries' started by Dr. Bob, Mar 5, 2003.

  1. Dr. Bob

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    On another thread (ordaining elders) BM from Arkansas asked a pertinent question. Just what IS an elder.

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  2. Speedpass

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    I am not an ordained pastor, but here are two trains of thought I have encountered in recent years:

    1)The same Greek word is translated "bishop", "elder", and "pastor"

    2)The "elders" of a church are men who are set apart to "rule" the church in a form of a representative democracy(a "congregational" church, by contrast, would be a direct democracy). The "senior pastor" or "pastor-teacher" may or may not be a ruling elder, depending on the individual church.
     

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