Church Eldership

Created by Crosslands Training

About this Learning Track

Launched in 2018, this is for new and prospective elders, PCC members or leadership teams to do together.

Over the course of 8 modules, students will work through modules on the Bible and teaching, community, mission and pastoral care as they form and discuss their views on eldership and leadership.

The successful student who enrols and completes all these courses is awarded an unaccredited Crosslands Certificate.


Course 1 :
Foundation: The Bible in Missional Perspective

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About this Course

Following the themes of God’s people, in God’s place, under God’s rule, Tim Chester walks us through the bible as the story of God's mission to redeem the world through his Son. Along the way you’ll find out why the church is so central to mission, and how to see everyday life through the gospel lens. This course is not only an introduction and refresher on biblical theology, it will cast a vision for mission in everyday life, through the local church.

Course Overview
  • Unit 1. Our Identity (creation)
  • Unit 2. Our Problem (fall and flood)
  • Unit 3. Our Solution Promised (Abraham)
  • Unit 4. Our Solution Pictured (exodus and Sinai)
  • Unit 5. Our Solution Prefigured (conquest and David)
  • Unit 6. Our Solution Predicted (exile and prophecy)
  • Unit 7. Our Solution Personified (the coming of Jesus)
  • Unit 8. Our Solution Purchased (the cross)
  • Unit 9. Our Hope Proclaimed (the resurrection and Pentecost)


Course 2 :
Foundation: Gospel Community

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About this Course

The Christian life is to be lived in the context of community on display to the world. Taking Romans 12 as its key text, this course will help you learn what Christian community should look like and how it is rooted in the gospel. Through the course you’ll be challenged to think about your own role in the church and be helped to build community on mission around the gospel.

Course Overview
  • Unit 1. A gospel community (Romans 12:1)
  • Unit 2. A distinctive community (Romans 12:2)
  • Unit 3. A diverse community (Romans 12:3-8)
  • Unit 4. A devoted community (Romans 12:9-10)
  • Unit 5. A zealous community (Romans 12:11)
  • Unit 6. A patient community (Romans 12:12)
  • Unit 7. A generous community (Romans 12:13)
  • Unit 8. A peaceable community (Romans 12:14-13:7)
  • Unit 9. A missional community (Romans 15:1-7)

Course 3 :
Foundation: Keeping It Missional

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About this Course

Everything in church life can and ought to be geared to the mission of saving the lost. However, so much of church life can seem like a distraction from the task. This course helps us to recalibrate all the necessary tasks of church life around mission. It is for all church members not just leaders. It will help all Christians understand and play their part.

Course Overview
  • Unit 1. Keeping it missional
  • Unit 2. Sunday gatherings and prayer meetings
  • Unit 3. Bible studies
  • Unit 4. Preaching
  • Unit 5. Business meetings
  • Unit 6. Visiting
  • Unit 7. Pastoral care
  • Unit 8. Marriage preparation
  • Unit 9. Baptism and communion

Course 4 :
Foundation: Philosophy of Ministry

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About this Course

‘Philosophy of ministry’ or ‘ministry framework’ describes how you apply your theological principles to the issues you face. This course allows you to identify a philosophy of ministry that reflects your current church community, your missional context, and your theological or denominational distinctives.

This course is divided into 9 lessons:

Course Overview
  • Unit 1 – Gospel
  • Unit 2 – Word and Prayer
  • Unit 3 – Grace
  • Unit 4 – Mission
  • Unit 5 – Community
  • Unit 6 – Worship
  • Unit 7 – Disciple-making
  • Unit 8 – Children
  • Unit 9 – Culture-formation

Course 5 :
Foundation: Biblical Eldership

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About this Course

This course leads you through the role and functioning of a local church eldership and invited you to explore what this looks like in your context and the priorities for you at this point in time.

The Biblical Eldership course is divided into 9 lessons:

Course Overview
  • Unit 1 – Biblical overview of leadership (part 1)
  • Unit 2 – Biblical overview of leadership (part 2)
  • Unit 3 – Role of elders
  • Unit 4 – Character and qualifications of elders
  • Unit 5 – Gospel-shaped leadership: service
  • Unit 6 – Gospel-shaped leadership: love
  • Unit 7 – Leading the church
  • Unit 8 – Eldership in practice (part 1)
  • Unit 9 – Eldership in practice (part 2)

Course 6 :
Foundation: Bible Teaching in Missional Perspective

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12 Month Access ($30.00 USD)

About this Course

Learn how to open the bible with friends, both Christians and non-Christians, and get the most out of your time together in interactive bible study. Learn from some of the best bible teachers how to get the point of a passage across and address people’s hearts with the gospel. You will also be introduced to storying as a method for opening the bible with people.

Course Overview
  • Unit 1. Make It Clear - Learning from John Stott
  • Unit 2. Making It Real- Learning From Tim Keller
  • Unit 3. Making It Felt - Learning From C. J. Mahaney
  • Unit 4. Preparing Interactive Bible Studies
  • Unit 5. Leading Interactive Bible Studies
  • Unit 6. Introducing Storytelling
  • Unit 7. Preparing Stories
  • Unit 8. Teaching The Bible Through Storytelling
  • Unit 9. Learning In Community

Course 7 :
Foundation: Pastoral Care Part One

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12 Month Access ($30.00 USD)

About this Course

All Christians have a responsibility to pastor one another by speaking the gospel in love. This course gives us a biblical definition of pastoral care, interacts with secular approaches to helping others and outlines a biblical approach to change. It sets the foundation for Pastoral Care Part Two.

Course Overview
  • Unit 1. Pastoral care and the Christian: part one
  • Unit 2. Pastoral care and the Christian: part two
  • Unit 3. Pastoral care and the Christian community
  • Unit 4. Pastoral care and secular counselling models: part one
  • Unit 5. Pastoral care and secular counselling models: part two
  • Unit 6. A biblical understanding of the problem: part one
  • Unit 7. A biblical understanding of the problem: part two
  • Unit 8. A biblical understanding of change: part one
  • Unit 9. A biblical understanding of change: part two

Course 8 :
Foundation: Pastoral Care Part Two

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About this Course

Depression, anxiety, addiction, low self-esteem, and anger affect us all at some point in our lives. What does the gospel have to say to these issues? How should you understand them and what can you say to help? Find Christ centred answers in these 9 units.

Course Overview
  • Unit 1. A Biblical Process Of Change: Part One
  • Unit 2. A Biblical Process Of Change: Part Two
  • Unit 3. A Biblical Process Of Change: Part Three
  • Unit 4. Issues In Pastoral Care: Depression Part One
  • Unit 5. Issues In Pastoral Care: Depression Part Two
  • Unit 6. Issues In Pastoral Care: Addictive Behaviour
  • Unit 7. Issues In Pastoral Care: Self-Esteem and Guilt
  • Unit 8. Issues in Pastoral Care: Anxiety
  • Unit 9. Issues In Pastoral Care: Anger

Certificate : Obtain My Certificate of Completion

About the Certificate of Completion

When you have completed this course study track on, you will need to enroll here to apply for your certificate. This enrollment will be activated when you have successfully finished all the courses in this track.









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Registration Period: 24 Month Access


  • Dr. Tim Chester
    Dr. Tim Chester

    Tim Chester is a pastor of Grace Church in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, a faculty member of Crosslands. He is the author of over 30 books and commentaries including You Can Change and A Meal with Jesus, as well as being co-author of Total Church.

  •  Steve  Timmis
    Steve Timmis

    Steve Timmis lives in Sheffield, England, where he is a pastor in The Crowded House. He is also the Executive Director of Acts 29. He has co-authored a number of books with Tim Chester, including Total Church,  as well as authoring a couple all on his own – Gospel Centred Leadership and I Wish Jesus Hadn’t Said That!

  • Dr. Graham Beynon
    Dr. Graham Beynon

    Graham Beynon is pastor of Grace Church, Cambridge and the Director of Independent Ministry Training at Oak Hill Theological College, London. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including God’s New Community, Planting for the Gospel, and Emotions.

How It Works / FAQs

What is a track?

A track is a collection of courses that the Crosslands Faculty has put together to provide a guided program of study in a specific subject area.

Why should I work to complete a track?

You should work to complete a track if you desire to love Jesus, live by grace and live shaped by the cross and resurrection. The tracks aim to help you understand how God’s Word affects heart change in the context of communities and mission as you develop a 'gospel instinct' for everyday life. Students who successfully complete a track will receive a certificate of completion from Crosslands.

Can I go at my own pace?

Yes. Although a course subscription only provides access to a given course for a set time period, you may take as long as you wish to complete a learning track.

Can I skip certain courses?

In order to complete a learning track and receive a certificate, you must complete every course within that track.

Can anyone receive a certificate of completion?

Yes. Anyone who enrolls in a Crosslands course can work toward earning a certificate of completion.

How do I receive a certificate of completion?

Once you have finished all the courses in a track, you may apply for and receive a certificate of completion.

Is this certificate of completion recognized for credit by colleges and seminaries?

No, the Crossland Foundation Course modules are not currently credit-bearing. If you are interested in pursuing seminary credit for any of these courses, please go to the BibleMesh Institute here. For more information about Crosslands and to sign up as a student or start a learning site / study group, click here.