New elders and veteran leaders alike will find wisdom, biblical guidance, and useful suggestions in Gary Straub's examination of the crucial role of elders in Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregations. This simple and easy to read overview of Disciples eldership examines the nature of the office and describes its responsibilities and challenges. It emphasizes the importance of spirituality in the lives of elders. Straub beckons elders to embark on their leadership adventure together, fortifying their leadership through prayer, learning, discussion, mutual accountability, and other paths to spiritual growth and encouragement. Their faithful eldership is a beacon for faithful congregations as elders' prayers become spiritual channels through which graces unfold in congregational life. That exciting prospect lies at the heart of eldership and of Straub's inspiring insights.
About the Author
After finishing a two year ministry with the Woodmont Christian Church in Nashville as Interim Senior Minister, Gary Straub is currently serving Beargrass Christian Church in Louisville as Consultant for Evangelism and works as Development Director for The Bethany Fellowships, a coaching and mentoring ministry serving young pastors, in their first four years of parish ministry. Additionally, he is founder of WellSprings Consults and is now associated with Dick Hamm and George Bullard in The Columbia Partnership, a consortium of church consultants. He has served three churches as Senior Minister in the last 35 years: First Christian in Chattanooga, Kingsway in Memphis and First Christian in Frankfort, Ky.