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The Elders Handbook

A Practical Guide for Church Leaders
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303 pages
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The Church has no time for despair, no place to hide.

She is challenged to renewal of all her efforts by the confusion and aimlessness of our times.

We see the ruling eldership as especially called to leading such renewal.

We see the priesthood of all believers as calling upon the eldership to take hold for such renewal.

We offer this handbook to assist the elder in performing this service.

Power to lead renewal is not from within. Such power comes from God through the medium of His inspired Word. The Bible is the basis for all we say here.

This Handbook is structured by St. Paul's parting instructions to the Elders of the Church at Ephesus, as recorded in Acts 20:28-31:

Keep watch over yourselves,
Keep watch over the flock
Of which the Holy Spirit has made you Guardians;
To feed the Church of the Lord
Which He won for Himself by His own blood.
Savage wolves will come in among you,
Therefore be alert.

About Gerard Berghoef

Gerard Berghoef (1926-2007) was the President of Widdicomb Furniture Company and a longtime elder in the Christian Reformed Church. In collaboration with Lester DeKoster and his family, Berghoef also launched the Christian’s Library Press, a publishing endeavor intended to provide timely resources both for the church’s laity and its leadership.

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About Lester DeKoster

Lester DeKoster (1915–2009) became director of the library at Calvin College and Seminary, affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church in North America, in 1951. He earned his doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1964, after completing a dissertation on “Living Themes in the Thought of John Calvin: A Bibliographical Study.” During his tenure at the college, DeKoster was influential in expanding the holdings of what would become the...

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