Neal Pollard USA Today ran a story about New York Knicks' owner James Dolan. He's depicted as a heavy-handed micromanager who feels more allegiance to his shareholders than the fans of the iconic professional basketball team. He's contrasted with successful franchises, which the Knicks certainly are not at present, whose leadership sees themselves as stewards … Continue reading A New Testament Leadership Style
Neal Pollard I met him 20 years ago, the man with the twinkling eyes He and his wife opened their home to me, and I could recognize Their love for Christ and Christians, and how well they'd harmonize Those loves in all their actions, it was there in those twinkling eyes He shepherded me for … Continue reading A Tribute To Harry Denewiler On The Morning Of His Passing
Neal Pollard He was appointed an elder during the Reagan administration. At the very time he was appointed, the congregation was reaching the climax of a very traumatic incident. A man who was a charter attender, but not a member, when Bear Valley began meeting, he has seen every great work this congregation has dared … Continue reading The Kindest Elder I’ve Ever Known
Neal Pollard While there are doubtless men who wear the name “elder” that do not meet the biblical qualifications, many of the church’s greatest heroes and biggest assets are her shepherds. I have been privileged to serve under a total of 21 elders in 26 years of full-time preaching, and what I am about to … Continue reading What Preachers Wished All Members Knew About Their Elders
By: A blessed fish Let me tell you about the greatest fisherman I have ever known. He has always found success at his favorite fishing hole. A special place where the inlet was fruitful, and many fish loved to be caught. His technique is simple. A welcoming lure. A handshake, a hug and a smile. … Continue reading A GREAT FISHERMAN
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?
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
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