Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
W. Ryan Steenburg
Leadership Studies | Religion
Harrison, Stephen, "A Model for Identifying, Developing, and Installing Elders in the Church: The Path Family Church has Taken" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3363.
The problem is that Family Church does not identify, develop, and install their potential elders well. This intervention research project addressed this problem by establishing prerequisites for elder identification, a seven-week elder training workbook, and guidelines for installation after the research project. Current elders at Family Church completed a questionnaire, participated in case studies, and evaluated their intervention project in a focus group to establish an effective method of identifying, developing, and installing potential elders. This intervention research project produced a list of prerequisites for identifying potential elders, a seven-week elder training manual, and clear guidelines for ordaining elders at Family Church. This intervention also created a plan for one-on-one discipling relationships between current elders and potential elders for potential elder training, brought unity to the current elders, and reinforced the current elder's understanding of eldership.