Author: Ron Graham
A series of lessons discussing the appointment of elders and deacons, looking at these matters from the current Australian perspective. Touch any title next to an arrow in the list below.
Elders Series —This page is not a Bible study, but provides a detailed index to the series on elders and deacons.
Shepherds Among the Sheep —Introduction to the series on elders and deacons. Includes a table of the scriptural terms for these offices.
Serving a Purpose —A study of God's purpose in governing each church of Christ through the servanthood of elders and deacons.
Working Toward Eldership —This lesson discusses readiness for eldership and the need to pick the apple when it is red.
Submitting to the Elders —A study of the nature of the rule or charge which elders have over the flock and of congregational submission.
Appointment of Elders and Deacons —A study of the appointment to office of elders and deacons in the local congregation. In some people's minds there is a problem in thinking of any position in the church as an official position. So we give considerable attention to whether elders and deacons are appointed as "officers" in the church.
A Plurality of Elders —This lesson argues for a plurality of elders in each congregation of Christians as the divine pattern. The responsibility to shepherd a congregation is given to two or more men jointly.
Qualifications of Elders and Deacons Part 1 —Begins to look at the credentials of elders and deacons, especially that they must be blameless.
Qualifications of Elders and Deacons Part 2 —Looks at elders and deacons as men of character, men of the word, men of maturity.
Faithful Children Part 1 —First of two studies on the qualification for elders and deacons requiring them to have faithful children.
Faithful Children Part 2 —A discussion of the differing views on what the word faithful means in Titus 1:6 regarding faithful or believing children.
The Husband of One Wife —Examinies the qualification that a church shepherd must be the husband of one wife.