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I am glad to have received a complementary copy of Thabiti M. Anyabwile’s, Finding Faithful Elders and Deacons (Crossway, 2012). Below is my endorsement of the book. Get one and give it to all of your church’s deacons, and all of your friends who carry the title, “deacon.” It is a book anyone in the pew should enjoy.


Finding Faithful Elders and Deacons offers the sort of meditations from the Pastoral Epistles that would-be elders and deacons-in-training need. Yet, pastors and laymen alike will find these chapters to be insightful and poignant, for they are faithful to Scripture, culturally contextualized, and able to be implemented immediately. I am encouraged to think that there are thousands of well-meaning churches peddling along with mediocre religious practice that could be transformed into vibrant, Christ-pleasing, soul-winning, community-transforming churches if the officers of their congregations would humbly embrace the simple exhortations of this gracious work.”