|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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About the Book
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
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.