The Plurality Principle: How to Build and Maintain a Thriving Church Leadership Team

By Dave Harvey

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The Plurality Principle: How to Build and Maintain a Thriving Church Leadership Team

By Dave Harvey

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Building and Sustaining a Thriving Leadership Culture

Foundational to a healthy church is a biblical model of church leadership. In the New Testament, church leadership is rarely a one-person endeavor—it is built around a plurality of elders working together, each bringing his own unique skills and gifts to the cause of shepherding the flock God has entrusted to them. There are many benefits to this model of leadership: being part of a team helps a church leader know his role, submit to authority, learn humility, and think about his gifts and position through the lens of what serves the church rather than his personal agenda. This argument in favor of elder plurality focuses on how churches can both build a healthy elder plurality and thrive as congregations once plurality is established.


Author:

Dave Harvey

Dave Harvey (DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the president of Great Commission Collective, a church-planting ministry. Dave pastored for thirty-three years, founded AmICalled.com, and travels widely across networks and denominations as a popular conference speaker. He is the author of When Sinners Say “I Do”; I Still Do!; Am I Called?; and Rescuing Ambition; and coauthor of Letting Go. Dave and his wife, Kimm, live in southwest Florida. He also writes at RevDaveHarvey.com, and you can follow him on Twitter.

Product Details

Format: Paperback
Page Count: 192
Size: 5.25 in x 8.0 in
Weight: 9.0 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-7154-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-7154-1
ISBN-UPC: 9781433571541
Case Quantity: 10
Published: March 16, 2021

Table of Contents

Foreword by Sam Storms

Introduction: Why a Book on Plurality?

Part 1: Building a Plurality
Chapter 1: A Plurality Primer
Chapter 2: The Case for a “First among Equals” 
Chapter 3: Dressing for Leadership Storms: Five Hats Senior Pastors Wear
Chapter 4: Counterfeit Pluralities

Part 2: Thriving as a Plurality
Chapter 5: Building a Culture of Care and Accountability
Chapter 6: Acknowledging and Sharing Power
Chapter 7: The Plurality Tune-Up
Chapter 8: The Joy-Boosting Delight of Shared Ministry

Appendix 1: Elders, Care for Your Senior Pastor
Appendix 2: Your Wife Is Not Your Plurality: How Much Should a Pastor Tell His Wife?
Appendix 3: What’s the Best Way for a Pastor to Negotiate His Salary?
Appendix 4: Term Limits for Elders (Jeff Robinson)

Endorsements

“In his concern to promote healthy churches and healthy pastors, Dave Harvey ensures that we understand leadership plurality and have a healthy, functioning team of elders in the local church. I’m not aware of another book that deals with this topic. The Plurality Principle is very practical and very helpful!”
Tim Challies, blogger, Challies.com

“Dave Harvey gives us another fantastic book. The Plurality Principle is enjoyable, biblical, and memorable. The fact that it is a quick read makes it all the more useful.”
Matt Perman, author, What’s Best Next  

“God’s design for the church has always been a plurality of elders—but that doesn’t mean plurality is easy. Dave Harvey knows this, and he has provided this straightforward guide to help you cultivate effective plurality in leadership.”
Timothy Paul Jones, author, Family Ministry Field Guide; C. Edwin Gheens Professor of Christian Family Ministry, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“It is one thing to believe in the necessity of a plurality of elders but quite another to understand what that means! Dave Harvey does an excellent job of explaining it. He has put into words the reality I have wanted to share with fellow pastors as the dean of a church-based seminary—the type of fellowship that should exist within a team of elders. I thank God for this precious brother and the light he sheds on our path.”
Fran├žois Turcotte, President and Dean, The Evangelical Baptist Seminary of Quebec

“Every once in a while you encounter a book you wish you’d read years earlier. Having inherited elder teams in three different churches, I can testify that Dave Harvey’s book would have been gold during those transitions. If you are a young pastor, save yourself the heartache of confusion and conflict. If you are a seasoned leader, it could be time for a biblical tune-up. The health of your church, your leaders, and your own soul might just depend on it.”
Daniel Henderson, Founder and President, Strategic Renewal; Global Director, The 6:4 Fellowship; author, Old Paths, New Power

“Church leadership is the most perilous job out there, needing nothing short of the on-the-ground, forged-by-fire wisdom Harvey offers. From how elders can care for pastors to how elders and pastors can function together in practical, flock-sensitive, and Christ-honoring ways, this book guides elder teams through one of the most important needs they face: how church leadership teams can thrive in the complex challenges of real people, widely varying contexts, and treacherously subtle dangers.”
J. Alasdair Groves, Executive Director, Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation; coauthor, Untangling Emotions

“Dave Harvey has done a great service for all who love the local church and have been called by God into leadership. He carefully explains why God calls local churches to be overseen by a plurality of leaders. And he steers us around the reefs and barriers that have left some church boards shipwrecked and their churches torn in pieces. By God’s grace, healthy plurality in leadership not only is possible but can be glorious!”
Bob Lepine, Cohost, FamilyLife Today; Teaching Pastor, Redeemer Community Church, Little Rock, Arkansas

The Plurality Principle will be of great help to any church eldership seeking to lead and care for the people entrusted to them. Dave Harvey has zeroed in on the key principles and has put very useful feet to them. This book will serve our eldering deliberations in the years ahead.”
Mike Bullmore, Senior Pastor, CrossWay Community Church, Bristol, Wisconsin

“Being a pastor or elder is no small task. That’s why I’ve found Dave Harvey’s book so helpful. With a compelling vision and clear manner, Harvey makes the practice of developing a healthy plurality of elders both understandable and desirable. If you are planting or leading a local church and you want to see a healthy church last far beyond your leadership, pick up and implement this book. It may be the most humbling thing you will ever do, but also the strongest way you will ever lead.”
Jeremy Writebol, Lead Campus Pastor, Woodside Bible Church, Plymouth, Michigan