When Elder Boards Work Against You

2012 The Nines Conference


In this 3-minute session from the 2012 The Nines Conference by Leadership Network, Kevin Harney, Lead Pastor of Shoreline Community Church in Monterey, California explains how leaders in the church can respond appropriately to conflicts with a difficult elder board.


Which of Kevin's points did you find most impactful? Why?
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What did the Lord reveal to you through this message? Did you gain a specific insight into your life or ministry? What challenged you?
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How were you encouraged through this message? How can you use what you’ve learned to encourage someone else—in your personal life, at work, or at church—and equip them as a disciple of Christ?
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How, practically, can you implement what you heard from this message in your life and/or ministry today? What will you do differently this week because of what you’ve just heard?
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As Kevin shared, the worst solution to elder conflict is to fight back. Instead, treat your board members as though they intend to live out what God desires for them. Hold them to standards of faithfulness and keep them accountable to godly goals. Doing so models the gospel and challenges them to pursuit God's will for their lives as opposed to conforming to your own personal preferences.


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