Date of Award


Document Type

Major Applied Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

L. Dean Hempelmann

Scripture References in this Resource

1 Corinthians 11:23; 1 Corinthians 12:11; 1 Corinthians 12:5-28; 1 Corinthians 13:8-10; 1 Corinthians 14:1-3; 1 Peter 5:2; 1 Timothy 2:7; 27; 1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Corinthians 10:8; 2 Timothy 1:6; 2 Timothy 2:2; 2 Timothy 3:2; 2 Timothy 4:5; Acts 1:21-22; Acts 13:1; 29; Acts 15:30-32; Acts 2:42; Acts 20:28; Acts 8:40; Ephesians 2:8-10; Ephesians 4:11; Ephesians 4:12; Hebrews 13:17; John 20:19-31; John 20:23; Matthew 16:18; Matthew 16:19; Matthew 28:19-20; Revelation 10:11; Romans 12:6-8; Titus 1:9


This resource guide has been developed for the express purpose of aiding lay elders in the understanding and fulfillment of their service within the local congregation. By design, this booklet contains twelve study guide sections. Each section examines different aspect of either the nature of the man who is to serve as a lay elder, or the function of that office. These study guides are to aid the lay elder (either privately, as an individual study, or corporately, as a board or group) to examine representative portions of the Word of God which directly speak to the ministry to which the congregation has placed him. The collection of twelve study guides is intended to lend itself readily to use in twelve separate monthly meetings. Certainly the design is not restricted to such a format. These study guides could be examined on a weekend retreat, a twelve week Bible study, or in any such format which the leader would deem as best for their use. Ideally, though, they are designed to be used over a twelve month period. This gives a more adequate amount of time for each participant to apply the principle examined in each study guide both personally and to their parish.

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