Why Church Elders Should Be Lead Disciple-makers

Many pastors are working hard to lead their families and flocks to engage discipleship in all of life, but their biggest roadblocks to exponential growth are their own church elders! Oftentimes, these are “elders”, do not make disciples, and have never led another person to faith in Jesus. How could this be so common?

This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we ask the question: are your elders discipleship friends or foes? You’ll discover the true history of how church elders emerged, their roles, and why your church elders should be lead disciple-makers in your church.

In This Episode You’ll Learn:

  • Did elders exist in culture before the emergence of the Church?
  • How elders were appointed and their role in the early church.
  • Why your elders should be THE model for making disciples in the church!
  • What to do if your elders are “blocking” discipleship in community.

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From this episode:

“I think what really scares me is, not only is this type of elder a rare person on many church boards, but because the church has gotten so far away from the one true mission Jesus gave us–make disciples in all of life–many elders are actually a barrier to those on staff or in leadership… a hindrance to actually making disciples and prioritizing community as the way that Christianity and Kingdom life is modeled and disciples are taught and matured.”


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Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

Free Download of the Big 3 For Episode #257

Caesar Kalinowski’s Website and Blog with Loads of Resources

Missio Publishing – More Missional Books and Resources

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