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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.

Author of When the Church Was a Family

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The numbers on pastoral burnout are all too obvious. Most observers understand that even the most favorable numbers reflect a problem with the pastorate in the West. The answer to pastoral burnout is not found in another program or another leadership conference. The answer to burnout is not more coaching or better education. The answer requires our churches change the very structures that foster isolation and burnout. If we hope to save our pastors, then we need our pastors to abandon the Pastor as CEO model of leadership. If we want to save our pastors, we need a systemic change in the way we plant, grow, and maintain our churches. Instead of putting a solo-leader at the top of Church Incorporated, we need to build teams of Elders, doing ministry together, as they lead the Family of God. Elders Lead A Healthy Family explores what the Bible teaches about shared leadership, Elders as the spiritual ‘Big Brothers’ and shepherds to the Family of God.

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.

#EldersLead

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.

Church leaders are not standing idly by nervously twisting their thumbs in anguish over such reports. Instead many, perhaps most, are taking action to turn their churches around and restore vitality where nominality has become normal. To do so, some church leaders are adopting new models of ministry, while others formulate new mission statements. Others are writing long-range plans, while others call people to prayer. Quite a number are engaging their communities in missional activity, while others focus on building a healthy church. However, one common thread flows through nearly all of these efforts to bring back churches to vibrant ministry—leadership.

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?

While Miller’s answer is simple (see the title)—shared leadership—there are numerous issues to address, which he does in a clear and compelling manner. Readers will appreciate that he builds his ideas on solid biblical exegesis, explores both Old Testament and New Testament passages, and places a premium on character qualities for church leaders. Another plus is that Miller faces head on difficult topics, such as, women as elders, women and the pastoral gift, power in leadership, abuse of power in ministry, practicing divine authority, and the pluses and minuses of a CEO church structure. Readers will particularly recognize his gracious and irenic approach. While he argues for an elder/deacon type of church leadership, he does not put down those who choose to use different models of church leadership structure. Instead he cordially invites the reader to consider the biblical evidence and how he or she might apply the insights to their own ministry situations.

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.

Elders Lead a Healthy Family: Shared Leadership for a Vibrant Church is a fascinating fresh look at church leadership. No one wants their sacred cows questioned, but that’s exactly what this book does. With excellent scholarship and personal stories, Dr. J.R. Miller builds a biblical case for elder-led churches. I love how Joe includes women in the discussion in a way that honors and elevates us. It’s a friendly, easy read, but one that will challenge assumptions and inspire every Christian to respond.

Lyn Smith

Bible Activist, Speaker, Author

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

Author of 40 Questions about Elders and Deacons & Why Elders? A Biblical and Practical Guide for Church Members

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.

Peyton Jones

West Region Catalyst, SEND Network

COMING SOON FROM

WIPF AND STOCK PUBLISHERS

The numbers on pastoral burnout are all too obvious. Most observers understand that even the most favorable numbers reflect a problem with the pastorate in the West. The answer to pastoral burnout is not found in another program or another leadership conference. The answer to burnout is not more coaching or better education. The answer requires our churches change the very structures that foster isolation and burnout. If we hope to save our pastors, then we need our pastors to abandon the Pastor as CEO model of leadership. If we want to save our pastors, we need a systemic change in the way we plant, grow, and maintain our churches. Instead of putting a solo-leader at the top of Church Incorporated, we need to build teams of Elders, doing ministry together, as they lead the Family of God. Elders Lead A Healthy Family explores what the Bible teaches about shared leadership, Elders as the spiritual ‘Big Brothers’ and shepherds to the Family of God.

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.

#EldersLead

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.

Author of When the Church Was a Family

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.

Church leaders are not standing idly by nervously twisting their thumbs in anguish over such reports. Instead many, perhaps most, are taking action to turn their churches around and restore vitality where nominality has become normal. To do so, some church leaders are adopting new models of ministry, while others formulate new mission statements. Others are writing long-range plans, while others call people to prayer. Quite a number are engaging their communities in missional activity, while others focus on building a healthy church. However, one common thread flows through nearly all of these efforts to bring back churches to vibrant ministry—leadership.

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?

While Miller’s answer is simple (see the title)—shared leadership—there are numerous issues to address, which he does in a clear and compelling manner. Readers will appreciate that he builds his ideas on solid biblical exegesis, explores both Old Testament and New Testament passages, and places a premium on character qualities for church leaders. Another plus is that Miller faces head on difficult topics, such as, women as elders, women and the pastoral gift, power in leadership, abuse of power in ministry, practicing divine authority, and the pluses and minuses of a CEO church structure. Readers will particularly recognize his gracious and irenic approach. While he argues for an elder/deacon type of church leadership, he does not put down those who choose to use different models of church leadership structure. Instead he cordially invites the reader to consider the biblical evidence and how he or she might apply the insights to their own ministry situations.

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.

Elders Lead a Healthy Family: Shared Leadership for a Vibrant Church is a fascinating fresh look at church leadership. No one wants their sacred cows questioned, but that’s exactly what this book does. With excellent scholarship and personal stories, Dr. J.R. Miller builds a biblical case for elder-led churches. I love how Joe includes women in the discussion in a way that honors and elevates us. It’s a friendly, easy read, but one that will challenge assumptions and inspire every Christian to respond.

Lyn Smith

Bible Activist, Speaker, Author

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

Bible Activist, Speaker, Author

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.

Author of When the Church Was a Family

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.

Peyton Jones

West Region Catalyst, SEND Network

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The numbers on pastoral burnout are all too obvious. Most observers understand that even the most favorable numbers reflect a problem with the pastorate in the West. The answer to pastoral burnout is not found in another program or another leadership conference. The answer to burnout is not more coaching or better education. The answer requires our churches change the very structures that foster isolation and burnout. If we hope to save our pastors, then we need our pastors to abandon the Pastor as CEO model of leadership. If we want to save our pastors, we need a systemic change in the way we plant, grow, and maintain our churches. Instead of putting a solo-leader at the top of Church Incorporated, we need to build teams of Elders, doing ministry together, as they lead the Family of God. Elders Lead A Healthy Family explores what the Bible teaches about shared leadership, Elders as the spiritual ‘Big Brothers’ and shepherds to the Family of God.

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.

#EldersLead

Elders Lead a Healthy Family: Shared Leadership for a Vibrant Church is a fascinating fresh look at church leadership. No one wants their sacred cows questioned, but that’s exactly what this book does. With excellent scholarship and personal stories, Dr. J.R. Miller builds a biblical case for elder-led churches. I love how Joe includes women in the discussion in a way that honors and elevates us. It’s a friendly, easy read, but one that will challenge assumptions and inspire every Christian to respond.

Lyn Smith

Bible Activist, Speaker, Author

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.

Church leaders are not standing idly by nervously twisting their thumbs in anguish over such reports. Instead many, perhaps most, are taking action to turn their churches around and restore vitality where nominality has become normal. To do so, some church leaders are adopting new models of ministry, while others formulate new mission statements. Others are writing long-range plans, while others call people to prayer. Quite a number are engaging their communities in missional activity, while others focus on building a healthy church. However, one common thread flows through nearly all of these efforts to bring back churches to vibrant ministry—leadership.

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?

While Miller’s answer is simple (see the title)—shared leadership—there are numerous issues to address, which he does in a clear and compelling manner. Readers will appreciate that he builds his ideas on solid biblical exegesis, explores both Old Testament and New Testament passages, and places a premium on character qualities for church leaders. Another plus is that Miller faces head on difficult topics, such as, women as elders, women and the pastoral gift, power in leadership, abuse of power in ministry, practicing divine authority, and the pluses and minuses of a CEO church structure. Readers will particularly recognize his gracious and irenic approach. While he argues for an elder/deacon type of church leadership, he does not put down those who choose to use different models of church leadership structure. Instead he cordially invites the reader to consider the biblical evidence and how he or she might apply the insights to their own ministry situations.

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.

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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

Bible Activist, Speaker, Author

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.

Author of When the Church Was a Family

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.

Peyton Jones

West Region Catalyst, SEND Network

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Great endorsement from my friend Peyton Jones… “Dr. J.R. Miller is a rare combination of theorist/practitioner, except when you’re doing..

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