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Should Churches Have Elders (Plural)?

by | Jul 2, 2015 | Church, Pastors’ Blog | 0 comments

“I think the Bible clearly teaches that local congregations should be led by a plurality of elders. This is the consistent pattern of churches in the New Testament. For instance, Paul told Timothy to appoint them at the churches in every town (in Titus 1:5; cf. Acts 14:23). He addressed the elders (or ‘overseers’) as a group at the church in Philippi (Phil. 1:1). And he did the same with the elders of the church in Ephesus (Acts 20:17). James also referred to the ‘the elders of the church’ (Jas. 5:14). In short, nowhere does the New Testament say something like, ‘Submit to the elder in your church.’ Instead, the word always occurs in the plural.”

– Mark Dever, The Church

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