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The church requires that ruling elders and pastors provide spiritual leadership. When the church began, the apostles appointed and trained elders to carry on the ministry that they started. Today's church needs elders who can not only set goals, discern needs, manage budgets, and oversee programs: the church needs humble leaders whose lives reflect a growing relationship with God, a working knowledge of Scripture and theology, church history and missional strategies in their desire to glorify God through a transformational church.
It is never easy to find such leaders, and in today's post-Christian culture, there are no assumptions that professing Christians possess the core content and practice of the historical Christian faith.
This post-Christian age provides the church with a great opportunity! Cultural attitudes of relativism, pluralism and tolerance challenge church leaders to renew their commitment to be disciples and to make disciples. Throughout history, when the church seemed to be losing ground, lay movements have surfaced to help the church rediscover the gospel and its power for life and mission.