A Church Leadership Reader

Church leadership is also known as “polity.” Polity is the old, technical word for a form government. In a church context, it refers to the management, organization, and structures of authority (i.e. leadership). Here are several articles I have found helpful when it comes to church leadership/polity.

  1. What is the relationship between the elders and the church? – Mark Dever
  2. What is the difference between church elders and church staff? – 9Marks Q&A
  3. Leadership and Church Size Dynamics – Tim Keller (PDF)
  4. Elder Responsibilities – Bethlehem Baptist Church Elders
  5. Willing and Eager Pastoral Care and Governance – Tim Johnson
  6. The Value of Humble, Gospel-Centered “Lay” Elders – J.D. Greear
  7. Does an Unbelieving Child Disqualify an Elder? – Justin Taylor
  8. What is an Executive Pastor? – Sutton Turner
  9. Elders, Pastors, Bishops, and Bethlehem – Desiring God
  10. Are you building healthy systems? – Ed Stetzer
  11. Our Church’s Transition to Plurality of Elders – Jared Wilson
  12. Governance – Mars Hill Church
  13. How to Run an Elders’ Meeting – Andrew Davis
  14. Rethinking the Governance Structure at Bethlehem Baptist Church – John Piper
  15. What Did Deacons Do? – John Piper
  16. What relationship do elders have with the congregation? – John MacArthur
  17. You Asked: Does an Unbelieving Child Disqualify an Elder? – Justin Taylor
  18. 4 Things I Want to Know About My Staff – Craig Groeschel