Who Is Reading the Book…
- Christians Hurt by Church: Every day we meet Christians struggling to understand past church conflicts. Sometimes, their scars never go away, at least in this life. Disillusioned, they need a book that shows them the source of church conflicts, brings comfort and perspective, and leads them back to a loving and safe church with joy and comfort. The Titus Mandate teaches them not only why they may have got hurt, but how to quickly know if a church is safe in a single visit.
- Christians in Church Transitions: Every year, hundreds of churches transition to the church governance called eldership. In order to provide a calm and unified approach, the book provides seasoned counsel from a church that has been there, while yet growing in both unity and size. Regardless of what happens in each situation, all need a book and study guide so every issue can be examined in an atmosphere of trust and warmth.
- Christians in Southern Baptist Churches: The great Southern Baptist Convention is experiencing hundreds, if not thousands of churches considering eldership. The confluence of biblical movements within the SBC and the renewed emphasis on genuine expository preaching has some of America’s most respected church leaders expecting godly leadership to be the defining issue in the SBC within the next 10–15 years. The Titus Mandate is written in the language of the people in the pew and allows everyone to study what God says in His infallible, inerrant, Word. At present, there is no resource for these churches to help carry their people through the transition.
- Christians in Established Churches. There are 100,000s of people in existing eldership churches (U.S. alone) without a resource written at a general level. Other existing books are written for church leaders, but the members need a resource that lets them know the importance of their priesthood in Jesus Christ. Existing eldership churches need a resource for new members, Sunday School studies, and especially, in-home studies. These churches span a variety of theological commitments but all agree on the importance of qualified leaders who protect the members.
- Christians in “Fighting Fundy” Churches. There are thousands of pastors and members tired of the infighting and politics of the past, and are recognizing the safe truth in Scripture and the dangerous doctrines of men that have harmed Christians in dangerous churches. Most are recognizing that God requires a plurality of equals when it comes church leadership. As well, they are recognizing that the present system of worldly church politics needs total revamping so that the membership has much greater input. These churches are looking for guidance on how to move ahead in peace, unity, and greater fidelity to Scripture.
- Christians in New Churches. Aggressive North American and International church planting movements such as Acts 29 and Harvest Bible Chapels require eldership in all churches. Yet, there is no book for their members that clearly explains the benefits of eldership that helps explain why these churches are so exciting and healthy.
- Conference Attendees. Numerous church conferences that attract 10,000+ attendees each year prominently feature eldership, such as the Shepherd’s Conference, the Desiring God conferences, and the Basics Conference. Small but influential denominations, like Sovereign Grace Ministries, also reach many thousands and stress eldership.
- Christians Who Listen to Popular Expository Preaching. Listeners to the radio and internet ministries such as John MacArthur, John Piper, Erwin Lutzer, and Alistair Begg—all of whom advocate eldership for the safety of a church.
- Christians in House Churches. The many Christians in those segments of the burgeoning House Church movement looking for doctrinal fidelity and stability.