Developing a Ministry Plan to Implement Biblical Eldership at Graefenburg Baptist Church in Waddy, KY
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The purpose of this project was to develop a ministry plan to implement biblical eldership at Graefenburg Baptist Church in Waddy, Kentucky. Chapter 1 explores the context of ministry at Graefenburg Baptist Church while determining the need for the stated project, as well as the goals and methodology to achieve success. Chapter 2 provides the biblical and theological foundation for plural eldership in the church today by describing the establishment, qualifications, and duties of eldership in the earliest New Testament churches. Chapter 3 examines the theoretical and practical issues with plural eldership in Baptist churches by demonstrating the presence of plural eldership throughout Baptist history and its compatibility with a congregational form of government. Chapter 4 describes the implementation of the ministry project and includes statistical results as well as interpretation of various results within the project. Chapter 5 presents an assessment of the project purpose, goals, strengths, and weaknesses of the project, and concludes with theological and personal reflections.