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Episode #13 -Which Comes First In A Replant? Elders Or Deacons?

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Episode #13 -Which Comes First In A Replant? Elders Or Deacons?

Nathan Pittman, Pastor, Mountain Bible Church, Livingston MT

Q: Is there a correct order regarding Elder or Deacons? Which should you have first in a Replant?

“Delders” leaders in a local church who are actually Deacons but lead like Elders. (h/t Mike Hubbard, Pastor, Genesis Church)

Baptist Faith and Message side by side comparison 1925, 1963, 2000 (search the terms Elders, Deacons, Pastor)

Which came first in the emerging church? A case can be made for Deacons from Acts chapter 6. 

In most cases, even in dying or declining churches, you likely have men who are serving as Deacons. If they are serving well, meet the qualifications of Elders and desire the office this group can become a primary source from which to develop potential Elders.

One of the keys in preparing your church for Elders is to teach about them from the scriptures.

In some instances a campus church or mission church can lean on the processes of their sponsoring/sending church to vet, train and install deacons and elders.

You may want to begin your potential selection of Deacons and Elders by inviting them into an informal before formal process.

Be patient and wise, take your time, don’t get in a rush choosing Deacons and Elders.

Make note, Elders need to desire to the office. Pressuring, pursuing and encouraging a man who doesn’t aspire to the office will not go well.

Finding Elders and Deacons, Thabiti Anyabwile

Paul’s Vision for the Deacons, Alexander Strauch

On Being a Deacon, Mark Hallock

EP7: How NOT to build a lasting Elder team


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Episode #7 – How NOT to Build a Lasting Elder Team

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Episode #7 - How NOT to Build a Lasting Elder Team

In a Replant high capacity and qualified leaders are likely to be in short supply.

Don’t let the urgent need for leaders be a primary driving process for your seeking to install Elders.

Do not confuse excitement and enthusiasm as good indicators that you may have found the right person to engage as a leader.

The past church experiences of the leaders you are considering installing as leaders matters, do not ignore conflict that occured in previous churches. Discern the circumstances, issues and let that inform your decision regarding their leadership.

An Elder process is important-develop one and stick to it.

Elders share the load and burden of ministry.  It is important to develop leaders/elders who work together, especially when you as a Replanter are needing help or hurting.

Lessons Learned

  1. Go slow 
  2. Give them some weight to bear-some guys just want to give advice rather than serve.
  3. Never give someone a position of leadership if they are not already serving.
  4. Spend time together as families, dinners, and parties. Observe how they interact with their spouse and children.
  5. Give them an area of ministry to lead, especially leading others.
  6. If you have pause or question regarding an Elder candidate, stop the process.
  7. Pray with and consult with your spouse regarding the candidates you are considering for Elders.
  8. Don’t install an Elder unless and until you have a conflict or disagreement with them and have resolved it successfully. 


Church Elders by Jeraime Rinne

Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch

The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne

The Shepherd Leader by Timothy Whitmer

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