TBT: Elder lead churches – PJ Smyth


In today’s #TBT resource we hear from PJ Smyth, pastor of Monument Church, at one of Advance’s earliest gatherings, Global Conference 2015. PJ Smyth does an extensive teaching on Elders, working through their genesis, role, qualification for appointment and key roles in the church. A great starting point for a deep dive on Eldership, or a training moment for your church’s leadership teams.

PJ teaches for the first 34 minutes, followed by a panel discussion.

PJ Smyth

PJ Smyth, pastor of Monument Church, begins by asking the question, ‘Where do Elders come from?’ and tracks the references throughout scripture beginning in Jewish tradition in the old testament, through the establishment of the early church and its adoption of the term.

PJ Smyth moves on to discuss how Elders work with other authority structures, sure of their calling, but collaborating with ruling authorities, priests and teachers of the law.

He touches on the possibility that Elders will minister outside of their own churches, as well as the interest apostolic ministers have in ensuring that the right men are appointed to Eldership.

Moving on to traits and characteristics of effective Elders, PJ works through scriptural frameworks for eldership.

Finally, PJ closes with some discussion around Eldership teams, the role and validity of Lead Elders and the need for establishing a highest-denominator culture in those teams.