“And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed” (Acts 14:23).
Considering the time-line presented in the last few days (six to seven months over two visits in each place), this seems impossible, if not irresponsible. How could you take new believers and place them in positions of leadership without a large amount of training? I am so glad you asked! Remember Paul’s method was:
If we follow this biblical model, it will be very evident who God has prepared for the role and responsibility of being an elder. This must take place in every church and every new church plant. Time is no obstacle to God. Our problem is following the model.
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