Dr. J.R. Miller’s Elders Lead a Healthy Family: Shared Leadership for a Vibrant Church is a refreshing alternative to the numerous familiar (and generally fruitless) attempts to baptize the pragmatic priorities of secular leadership theory into the waters of New Testament ecclesiology. For all the talk about community in our churches today, Joe reminds us that healthy relationships must begin at the top—with a community of leaders. This book is full of solid biblical teaching packaged in a winsome and appealing way, by a practitioner who has experienced the benefits of shared leadership first-hand. Elders Lead a Healthy Family ought to be required reading for vocational and non-vocational church leaders alike.Joseph H. Hellerman, Ph.D.
Miller has done a huge service for all tired pastors and leaders. He has written a wonderful book reminding us of the biblical blueprint of plurality leadership for the church.Benjamin C. Shin, Th.M., D.Min.
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A HEALTHY FAMILY
Elders Lead A Healthy Family is for current and future Christian leaders; church planters, missionary-planters, bi-vocational pastors, students, and all those interested in reshaping leadership. This book will appeal to readers interested in the organic church movement and young Christian readers frustrated with the celebrity-pastor culture.
Readers of Elders Lead A Healthy Family will discover the power of shared leadership to strengthen our leaders and transform our churches into vibrant communities of Faith as the book introduces them to a fresh approach to Church as a Family and the transformative power of biblical Eldership.
Forward by Gary L. McIntosh
Wherever you look, whatever you read, or whomever you listen to, it’s clear that pastors are hurting, churches are struggling, and ministry is in trouble. Christian and secular writers and researchers report almost weekly that churches are not as fruitful or effective as they were in times past. Such statements are likely overstated to catch attention, but there is a measure of truth in them. Without doubt, those who lead churches in the twenty-first century are facing major changes and challenges.
It is to this issue of biblical leadership that Elders Lead a Healthy Family: Shared Leadership for a Vibrant Church is directed. In this book Joe Miller brings to paper his years of research and ministry practice to address questions like How can we stop pastoral burnout? How can we develop healthier church structures to eliminate isolation? How can we build vibrant churches for the coming generations?
Elders Lead a Healthy Family: Shared Leadership for a Vibrant Church is a refreshing look at the larger topic of church leadership, structure, and government. It will challenge your assumptions, attitudes, and perspectives. It is a book I hope will be read by many, but much more than read, I hope its principles and insights will be put into action.
— Gary L. McIntosh, D.Min., Ph.D. Professor, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, CA.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. J.R. Miller is currently Professor of Applied Theology & Leadership and Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. In addition, Joe is a coach to church planters and planting his second church.
Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background earning his B.A.E from the Pennsylvania State University, M.Div from Oral Roberts University, and D.Min from Biola University. Joe has 20 years of pastoral experience and has authored multiple books and journal articles on church history, biblical theology, leadership and a devotional for building teams. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.
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This book by Dr. J.R. Miller is a helpful addition to books on the biblical vision of shared leadership. Not only does Miller weave in wisdom gained from his pastoral experience but he also treats sensitive topics with thoughtfulness and grace. With so many churches defaulting to the CEO model of leadership, Elders Lead a Healthy Family: Shared Leadership for a Vibrant Church provides an alternate model to help churches, and church leaders, embrace God’s design of shared leadership.
Benjamin L. Merkle
Dr. J.R. Miller is a rare combination of theorist/practitioner, except when you’re doing what you’re writing about, it stops being theory and starts becoming experience. I appreciate Joe’s well rounded approach to the subject of shared leadership; a heady piece with heart.
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