Find our free resources on this page.  Here we include both a theological/position paper on “elder governance” – the role of elders in the church based on a thorough study of a few key moments from the book of Acts.  You’ll also find archived issues of our Friday blog in which a number of fellow Kingdom leaders share Church leadership thoughts with us each week.

4 Ways

by Mark Taylor  If church problems keep you awake at night, you’re in good company.  Even Paul wrote that “I face daily the …

Faithful Shepherd

by Dr John Caldwell  We use many Scriptural terms interchangeably.  For instance, most of us think of the terms elder, shepherd, …

“Asymptote” – Forward

by Jim Estep “Asymptote” is a geometry term, but in a general, non-geometry sense, it can mean “always advancing, pursuing, but …

Excellent Work

by Ken Idleman I like the way the Good News Bible translates 1 Timothy 3:1:   If a man is eager to be …

A New View

by Jeff Metzger  How do we picture ourselves as elders?  Maybe it’s time to change the way we view our job …

Return, Remember, Rebuild

by Jim Estep  We often relegate the notion of “thanksgiving” to a day on the calendar, one specific time that we …

A Good Reputation

by Ken Idleman  Paul’s first letter to Timothy details the character requirements of a local church elder.  1 Timothy 3:7 declares, “An elder …

The Elder and Fasting

by David Roadcup Ken Helm was “an elder’s elder.”  He served at Christ’s Church at Mason, OH for years, working with …

The Trust Factor

by Jeff Faull Stephen M.R. Covey calls it “the one thing that changes everything.”  When you have it, you can move …

What I Wish my Elders Knew about Me

by Rick Grover  Let’s face it.  The relationship between elders and a senior minister is tricky.  When I started as the …

Conflicted Calling

by Dick Wamsley  Sometimes Christian leaders struggle with apparent conflicts in their roles.  Like the two-faced image of the Roman god …

To Hear a Word

by Jeff Faull  Jesus understood the basic, even primal, need for a word from God.  We’re hard-wired as humans to need communication with …

Last Words

by Brad Dupray I was standing by my father’s bedside watching him slowly pass, his tired body worn down from years …

Surrender

by Russ Howard Growing up in the church, I suffered a hard idea for living.   “God deserves your best – …

Streamlined Decision Making

by Jerry Harris Churches regularly wrestle with their speed and agility in decision-making.  This is especially true with churches that utilize …

Self-Leadership before Others-Leadership

by Dr John Turner Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your …

Unified, Servant Leaders

by Dr Don Green After studying leadership for over 30 years, and in that time reading hundreds of definitions for it, …

Qualified Elders

by Dr Rod Nielsen In 37 years serving as the preaching minister at Agape Christian Church I have worked with many …

Power of One Another

by Gary Johnson  I’m writing to you this week from India, where I am part of a team working with Dr. Ajai …

What I’d like to say to Elders

by LD Campbell  I LOVE YOU!  Joyce and I talk frequently about the wonderful elders we have served with.  I never …

Stuck in the Middle (Part 2)

by Rick Chromey  In the early 70s, Scottish band Stealers Wheel had a radio hit titled “Stuck in the Middle With …

Stuck in the Middle (Part 1)

by Rick Chromey  Gen X is the “Jan Brady” of American generations.  For elders in the local church, this is a …

Partnership

by Todd Thomas  Throughout the years there have been some pretty famous and successful partnerships that have literally changed the world.  …

Barnabas

by Larry Travis Every minister has the responsibility of replacing himself in ministry.  We must be concerned about those coming behind …

What I’d like Elders to Know

by Darin Mirante In my almost year and a half of being in the role of lead pastor, I have been …

Weapons of Mass *Distraction*

by Dick Wamsley  If there were any doubters that Apple would be able to attract buyers for their new iPhone X …

3 Models for Church Leadership

by Tim Wallingford  I had the opportunity to visit with over 400 ministers in 18 months either in group settings or …

What Young Ministers Wish we Knew about Them

by Dan Overdorf Each May, graduates march across stages at Christian colleges and seminaries nationwide to receive ministry degrees.  Then they …

Pastoring the Pastor

by Scott Clevenger Have you ever had one of those best friends who could reliably finish your sentence before the words …

Turn the Page

by Mark Taylor  New parents sometimes feel trapped.  Infants need constant attention, and Mom and Dad may grieve the diminished freedom, …

Prayer-Power

by J. Mike Shannon The secret of all genuine accomplishments for God is found in prayer.  Prayer has been called the …

Eli and Samuel: Passive Mentoring

by Phil Claycomb  Young Samuel awoke one night hearing his name called.  He ran to Eli, his mentor, to see what …

Encouragement: How to Save a Ministry

by Tim Cole  I recently had lunch with a preacher friend and colleague of mine.  We were ruminating on the memories …

Pastoral Care – for Pastors

by Rick Grover  Recently I had a conversation with a minister from a Christian Church in Texas who said, “It appears …

Elders: Key to Growth in a New Church

by Jim Tune A new church plant can provide a unique opportunity to create a biblical, workable model unhindered by any …

How to Guard our Team Relationships

by David Roadcup A good ministry friend of mine calls his paid staff and elder leaders the “team” of the church …

Elders – Who Preach

by Wally Rendel One of the ways to create harmony among the elders and minister is to make your preacher an …

Power of Renewed Vision

by Bill Cox  Over the course of the past two years, I have been conducting a Leadership Training Course at New …

How to Deal with Dysfunctional People

by Michael C. Mack  As shepherd-leaders; we lead messy, meandering, often seemingly unmanageable sheep.  But we’re not alone.  The world’s greatest …

Restoration

by Shan Caldwell  Most of us have been there.  We get the text, the phone call, the email – someone in …

Proclaiming His Death

by Dick Wamsley  For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup,  you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.  …

Wisdom

by Mark Miller wis·dom (wiz′dəm) noun The quality of being wise; power of judging rightly and following the soundest course of action, …

Elders, Submission, and the Rebel in Me

by Jim Tune With so many poor models of leadership around us today, we may cringe when words like submission, authority, and rule come up.  …

Charlie Was Right

by David Wright  It was the year 2000 when I was approached to pray about becoming an elder at Indian Creek …

Trustworthy Leadership

by Ken Idleman In the first eight chapters of Acts, Holy Spirit-inspired historian and physician, Dr. Luke, does two things.  First, …

Can You Let Your Preacher Change?

by Jim Tune Is it OK for your preacher to change?  Churches expect their leaders to grow.  Christians expect their preacher …

The Obvious Key to Church Health

by Derek Dickinson  In my opinion, planting a new congregation in Fairbanks, AK was a terrible idea.  The winters are brutal.  …

Speaking Truth in Love

by Ken Idleman 3 John verses 9 & 10: I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, …

The Sheep, and Shepherd

by John Caldwell Throughout the Bible the people of God are referred to as “sheep,” such as when the Psalmist writes, …

Work for Unity

by David Eubanks  If Jesus were to appear at a conference of church elders and leaders today, what admonition would He …

The Elder and Change

by Dick Alexander Every elder wants to help shepherd a living church, not a dying one. Yet many miss a critical …

How to “Eld”

by Jon Weatherly  Asked the fateful question, “Will you serve as an elder in the upcoming term?” what does the typical …

Altar Ego

by Jeff Faull  Church health is a hot topic.  That’s appropriate because when a church is healthy, it should naturally grow.  …

Cardinal Sin of a Leader

by Ken Idleman  On many occasions in the Old Testament, the prophets served as God’s spokesmen to confront the shepherds of …

Favorite Scripture

by Tom Ellsworth  Have you ever been asked, “What’s your favorite Scripture passage?”  As a preacher, I don’t enjoy being asked …

One-Accord

by Lynn Laughlin My father, Ernest Laughlin, was the minister of the West Side Christian Church in Springfield, IL.  At the …

Influence

by Dick Wamsley  During my senior year in Bible college, a professor took me aside after an Abnormal Psychology class one …

The All-In Elder

by Ken Idleman  God has used elders to lead, guard and bless His people throughout history.  Examples abound in both the …

My Greatest Asset as a Leader

by Rick Lowry Just what is it that makes us effective Christian leaders?  A Bible college education?  Years of experience in …

The Impact of a Leader’s Words

by Ken Idleman  As I write, I’m reflecting on one of the big leadership lessons of our presidential campaign last fall.  …

What Makes a Servant-Leader?

by Shawn McMullen  The newscaster introduced his opinion segment with a story about an annoying passenger who sat near him on …

When the Spirit Chooses Leaders

by Jeff Faull “Everything rises or falls with leadership.”  It’s as true in The Church as anywhere.  Healthy, growing churches are …