Titus 1:5-9 :: Elders

Over the past year and a half, I've grown to appreciate the role that elders have in the church. Growing up, I went to and then served in churches that had a senior pastor model. The senior pastor was the boss, and what he said was the final decision. He made decisions that were best for the church and could seek out input from other staff in making those decisions, but he didn't have to. I've come to the conclusion now that a plurality of elders is both the most biblical form of church leadership, but also the most wise. While a senior pastor model is never prescribed in the bible, it is also never described. The elder model is similarly never prescribed, but is described. Ultimately, I think senior pastor's are arrogant if they choose not to move to an elder model. They care too much about their ideas and making sure that they are implemented, even if it's not the best idea. This kind of responsibility was never asked by God for any one man to burden, so why would we choose to embrace it. I will, so long as it is in my power to do so, only be part of churches that have an elder model and will make it a non-negotiable in advice I give others as they pursue a body of believers with whom they will worship.