Neal Pollard When speaking of the work of elders, there are multiple aspects of his work and his life outlined in Scripture. He is an “elder” (“A person of responsibility and authority in socio-religious matters,” Louw-Nida, 53.77; “being relatively advanced in age, older, old,” BDAG). He is a “pastor” or “shepherd" (“To care for, provide,” … Continue reading L.E.A.D.
Neal Pollard Elders are identified with three broad terms. As Gary Hampton has put it, those who serve congregations in this honored way should not be offended that the term most often associated with them is the one that identifies them as old. Not only are they "elders," but they are also "shepherds" and "overseers." "Shepherd" … Continue reading What It Means to Be An Overseer
Neal Pollard This now famous motto came into the public consciousness as part of a contest run by the Los Angeles Police Department’s internal magazine, BEAT, in 1955. Officer Joseph Dorobek submitted the winning entry with “to protect and to serve.” Nearly 60 years later, it continues to be seen on the side of the … Continue reading “To Protect And To Serve”
Neal Pollard Elders are not infallible, and most of the men I've known who serve as elders do not think they are. On the whole, the rank and file of elders I have known are humble, selfless, sacrificial, magnanimous, and spiritual men who embrace the often difficult work of herding and leading that often strong-willed … Continue reading Submitting To Elders