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.

Leading with Style

by Rick Chromey  Every elder leads with style.  Some elders are active leaders.  They like to be in command and want …

10 Commandments for a Pastor Search

by Daniel Overdorf  Elders fulfill one of their most impactful roles when they hire ministry staff.  The wrong hire can lead …

How to Persevere Under Criticism

by Mike Shannon  I once saw a sign posted in a business that said, “When you reach the end of your …

Worst Communion Devotion Ever? (Pt. 2)

by Billy Strother I am often asked by leaders, “How does one lead an effective communion devotion?”  Just as there is …

Worst Communion Devotion Ever? (Pt 1)

by Billy Strother As a professor and preacher for over three decades, I have heard a great many devotions around the …

Elders Cast Vision

by David Roadcup  The ability to craft and utilize a compelling vision is one of the cornerstones in the life of …

Elders Resolve Conflict

by Rick Grover Over the past six years, our congregation has gone through more than its fair share of change, disappointment, …

How do I know if my church is healthy?

by David Roadcup A doctor examining a patient looks immediately for signs of vitality and health.  When the signs are present, …

God’s Grace to Make Decisions

by Dick Wamsley  I was beginning my eighth year as Dean of Students and Professor of Pastoral Care at Nebraska Christian …

Living, Leaving, a Legacy

by Ken Idleman My father lived a very full life of 94 years.  He started out as the youngest of four …

Do the Right Thing

by Dick Alexander  Elder work can be hard work, involving gut-wrenching decisions.  On the one hand there is great joy in …

Differences

by Jon Weatherly  When asked to be an elder, I only knew one thing about the job for sure: I didn’t …

Faith vs Sight

BY LARRY CARTER  I often tell people that Great Lakes Christian College is “a faith-based organization.”  We believe that we exist …

From Unanimous … to Unity

by Stuart Jones  Do you remember playing Red Rover on the playground?  There were two teams lined up across from one …

Power, Authority

By Rick Justice Recently, I twice taught a course on servant leadership for TCM International Institute.  They were held at two …

Character Still Matters

by gary weedmanIf your congregation is like the one where I grew up, the preacher preaches a sermon or two on …

Praying Elders

by Rory Christensen This week, I thought I might start with a riddle.  Here it goes.  What flows from the desperate, …

Preventing Conflict

by Shawn McMullen  Conflict occurs all around us.  And perhaps nowhere is its presence more quickly noticed and keenly felt than …

Elders’ Job Description

by Roger Storms  For 42 years of active ministry and 36 of them as a Lead Pastor, I’ve come to love …

Elders as Mentors

by Rick Lowry  The elders at First Church in Burlington, KY are adding a new dimension to their leadership this year.  …

People Power

by J. Michael Shannon  Linus once told Charlie Brown, “I love mankind; it’s people I can’t stand.”  Sometimes, we all need …

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 …

Sermon Manuscript: Not Home Alone

Sermon Immanuel NOT Home Alone

Sermon Manuscript: Christ-mess

Sermon Immanuel Christ-mess

Sermon Manuscript: Climate Change

Sermon Manuscript: Unexpected

Sermon Not My Kingdom Unexpected

Sermon Manuscript: Christmas Future

Sermon Hope Lives Here Christmas Future

Sermon Manuscript: Christmas Present

Sermon Hope Lives Here Christmas Present

Sermon Manuscript: Christmas Past

Sermon Hope Lives Here Christmas Past

Sermon Manuscript: Changing the way we EXPERIENCE Christmas

Sermon Christmas Changing way EXPERIENCE

Sermon Manuscript: Changing the way we ACT about Christmas

Sermon Christmas Changing way ACT

Sermon Manuscript: Changing the way we SPEAK about Christmas

Sermon Christmas Changing way SPEAK

Sermon Manuscript: Changing the way we THINK about Christmas

Sermon Christmas Changing way THINK