Heres how one healthy church trains incoming elders and deacons.
Editors note: 9Marks asked Ligon Duncan, senior minister of First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, Mississippi, how they train men for the office of elder. We reprint FPCs remarkable "Officer Training Manual" here (unedited), not to promote any one book, theological system, or form of polity, but in order (i) to present one viable model of elder training and (ii) to impress upon our readers the care with which churches of every polity and theological leaning should take in elder training.
Guidelines for Study
Assigned Reading Schedule
Weekly Class Schedule
Session 1 to 8 (questions for preparation)
The First Presbyterian Jackson Officers Training Manual (.doc)