“I Praise, I Participate, I Proclaim”

Neal Pollard Yesterday afternoon, the Bear Valley eldership stood before us one by one to talk about their priorities both for themselves and for us. They distilled them into five simple words that describe five profound concepts: (1) Worship, (2) Communication, (3) Fellowship, (4) Accountability, and (5) Leadership. They told us that as the religious … Continue reading “I Praise, I Participate, I Proclaim”

Armchair Elders

Neal Pollard He shouts at his TV with a mouthful of Cheetos. "I can't believe you! Four receivers downfield and you throw it behind the line of scrimmage to a man who's double covered! You're pathetic. Must be nice to get millions of dollars to make awful decisions. Where do I sign?" After several additional … Continue reading Armchair Elders

Watching Godly Elders

Neal Pollard We are blessed with seven wonderful elders here! They span in age from 48 to 81, are of varying backgrounds, personalities, and skillsets, but collectively they reflect God’s wisdom for a plurality of godly men shepherding the flock. With the magnitude of the work and workload here, I cannot help but stand in … Continue reading Watching Godly Elders

“Men Are A Dying Breed”

Neal Pollard He said it in his prayer, this young man in his thirties who did not say it as a lamentation but as a petition that Christian men would be the spiritual leaders of their families that God wants us to be. No doubt, in the background of his prayer, he thought about the … Continue reading “Men Are A Dying Breed”

WHERE ARE THE ELDERS?

Neal Pollard At the hospital, attending a surgery At home, hosting a family or families and getting closer to the sheep Hosting and attending church activities In private meetings with hurting, needy members In meetings together, praying over and discussing the needs of the sheep Spending time with their wives and children, nurturing that needed … Continue reading WHERE ARE THE ELDERS?

WHY WE KEEP FAITHFULLY SERVING AND LEADING

Neal Pollard It took the Expert House Movers of Sharpstown, Maryland, 17 years and 23 days to complete the move of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse 2900 feet away from the eroding Atlantic Ocean beach on the North Carolina Outer Banks location where it had been standing. They started in 1982 and finished in 1999. Little … Continue reading WHY WE KEEP FAITHFULLY SERVING AND LEADING

What God Does Not Expect Of Elders

Neal Pollard Sermons preached on the qualifications of elders often, rightly, emphasize the importance of selecting men who qualify to serve. In the Lord's church,  covetous, inhospitable, intemperate, cold, imprudent, biblically ignorant, pugnacious, and newly-converted men (among others) have been appointed to that important work who should not have been. That hurts the local church! Many … Continue reading What God Does Not Expect Of Elders

The Shepherd Of The Sheep

Neal Pollard “That grass is greener,” so he thought, The sheep who wandered from the fold Watching carefully the shepherd caught The wanderer, so soon in the overseer’s hold. The roaring waters so dangerously near Forms a hazard for the trembling herd But the herdsmen is wise, his vision is clear With his guidance their … Continue reading The Shepherd Of The Sheep

L.E.A.D.

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.