Restore the Pastor's Authority!: Only Pastors are elders! Who's in Charge? Boards, Apostles and Deacons. by Harry Ramey, 108 pages perfect bound,  ISBN  1-931575-27-4 LOC: 2003103595  $9.00 plus $2.00 P&H. Harry Ramey started his pastoral ministry at the ripe age of twenty. His first church was a town misnamed “Cashville.” He pastord actively till 1994. Since then, he’s ministered mostly in speaking and writing. The book, Restore the Pastor’s Authority, results from experiences that one does not get in seminary! It is the fruit of much pain and research. 

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Restore the Pastor's Authority!

About the Book
In 1980 the little church Harry Ramey was pastoring in Missouri suffered a church split (which is as close to hell as you can get on a pew). There was no immorality or misconduct involved. At the epicenter of his “churchquake” were questions of authority: who are elders? What is an elder? Are the elders over the pastor? 

He did some research. He concluded that only pastors are elders! There is no such thing as a lay-elder. He believe that pastors should appoint board members; that boards should not be able to fire pastors. This book defines terms like elder, pastor, bishop, deacon and apostle. He sets aside church tradition and look to the original Greek the Bible was written in.

He comes down hard on the side of the pastor. But I also take several chapters to balance out the position. Democracy, by the way, is not a scriptural way to govern the church!

Author's Statement About the Book
Over twenty years ago, a church I was pastoring exploded under me!  My “elders” put on a full-court press and sidelined me.  There was no immorality or misconduct involved. 

Now I find that the same questions that were at the epicenter of my church-quake, are still unresolved in many churches today.  Hearing recently of another congregation having seizures over these same issues, I decided to write.

My church train wreck revolved around questions like these:  What are elders? Can the board fire pastor, or vice-versa?  To whom is the pastor accountable?  Is the pastor tethered to the board? Should we govern by unanimous consent? Should the church have a board?

In making the church a dime-sized democracy, have we stripped the pastor of most of his authority?  (Democracy is not a scriptural way to govern the church.)

This book comes down hard on the side of the pastor, but I devote ample space to balancing that position.  We’ll also take a look at apostles and deacons.

And while there’s no such creature as a “lay-elder,” I do allow for boards.  Sort of.
Read for yourself!

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