Puritan Board Freshman
I was brought up in a Baptistic (This may not be a real word, but will be useful for this time) environment where elders served for like 20 years. I do not have a problem with this, but what happens when elders just see themselves as elders who may teach or handle problems in the church the sentiment may be that they are just a body to be there rather than being a shepherd. I am a member in a PCA church and love it! I see the same problem can happen in my own denomination. Should pastors be training elders to be future pastors who will be qualified and gifted to be missionaries, associate pastors of current churches, and/or church planters?