Elders in the Life of the Church

| January 28, 2015


Phil Newton and Matt Schmucker. Elders in the Life of the Church: Rediscovering the Biblical Model for Church Leadership. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel, 2014. 256 pp. $17.99.

Books exploring ecclesiology have flooded from evangelical publishing houses in recent years. Some have stood the test of time. Others have faded into the recesses of bookseller merchandise rooms. Reprinted and expanded volumes prove their value by being reprinted. Elders in the Life of the Church: Rediscovering the Biblical Model for Church Leadership is one worth noting. The first edition of this book was published in 2005 under the title Elders in Congregational Life. In the decade since, Phil Newton has interacted with pastors and churches to address important questions on eldership in the church, and those discussions have doubtless strengthened this newest edition. Additionally, Newton teamed with Matt Schmucker, whose 10 interwoven chapters give the book “a new level of application and color” (15).

Elders in the Life of the Church aims to provides biblical, historical, and practical reasons for leading the church by a plurality of elders. The book unfolds in three parts:

  1. Why elders?
  2. Four key biblical texts (Acts 20:17–31; 1 Tim. 3:1–7; Heb. 13:17–19; 1 Pet. 5:1–5)

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