Explorations in Stone-Campbell Bibliography, #6: Elders

Several weeks ago someone came to this blog looking for a bibliography on elders.  Here is a very brief list of the major books on the subject as it has been discussed among Churches of Christ, primarily in the 20th century.   No doubt I’ve left off something important; if you think I have, I’d appreciate your comments and additions.  There is considerable periodcal literature on elders, as well as some tracts, but those will have to wait for another post.


J. W. McGarvey, A Treatise on the Eldership.  DeHoff Publications: Murfreesboro, 1962.  (a reprint of the 1870 first edition with a sketch of McGarvey’s life by L. L. Brigance)

Thomas Munnell, The Care of All the Churches. Christian Publishing Company: St. Louis, 1888.

David Lipscomb, Queries and Answers. J. W. Shepherd, ed. McQuiddy Printing Company: Nashville, 1910.

M. M. Davis, The Eldership. Standard Publishing Company: Cincinnati, 1912.

G. C. Brewer, The Model Church. McQuiddy Printing Company: Nashville, 1919. 

M. C. Kurfees, ed. Questions Answered by Lipscomb and Sewell Being a Compilation of Queries with Answers by D. Lipscomb and E. G. Sewell, [etc.]. McQuiddy Printing Company: Nashville, 1921.

C. R. Nichol and R. L. Whiteside, Sound Doctrine. vol. 3. Nichol Publishing Company: Clifton, TX, 1923.

Herbert E. Winkler, The Eldership. Williams Printing Company: Nashville, 1950.

L. R. Wilson, Congregational Development. rev. and enlarged. Gospel Advocate Company: Nashville, 1959.

H. E. Phillips, Scriptural Elders and Deacons. Cogdill Foundation Publications: Marion, IN, undated reissue. (copyright 1959).

Cleon Lyles, Bigger Men for Better Churches, rev. and enlarged. Author: Little Rock, 1971 (first edition 1962).

Guy N. Woods, Questions and Answers, Open Forum, Freed-Hardeman College Lectures. Freed-Hardeman College: Henderson, 1976.

Guy N. Woods, Questions and Answers, vol. 2. Gospel Advocate Company: Nashville, 1986.

David Fleer and Charles Siburt, eds. Like a Shepherd Lead Us: Guidance for the Gentle Art of Pastoring. Leafwood Publishers: Abilene, 2006.

David Fleer and Charles Siburt, eds. Good Shepherds: More Guidance for the Gentle Art of Pastoring. Leafwood Publishers: Abilene, 2007.


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