The Elder and His Work
“Though this book was written by a Scottish ruling elder over 150 years ago, Dickson sets forth the framework for the ruling elder in shepherding God's flock. Rediscovering these biblical principles and practicing them would impact today's church.”- Charles DunahooSee All
senior Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC
“Phil Ryken and George McFarland have served us well by bringing this classic on the shepherding ministry of elders up to date and back into print. The thoughtful tone of this work is convicting, encouraging us to be the shepherds God has raised up for the good of His flock and the glory of His name. I can’t wait to use this with our own elders!”- Mark Dever, senior Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DCSee All
J. Stafford Carson
“Dickson's work has a continuing relevance for today's church and its leaders. Both teaching and ruling elders will benefit from this excellent work, and the whole church will be nurtured and strengthened.”J. Stafford CarsonSee All
The Elder and His Work is a classic that conveys the gravity and importance of the elder's calling. Nineteenth-century author David Dickson provided this brief, complete manual describing the qualifications and duties of elders.
According to Dickson, an elder is a shepherd of Christ's flock and a student of God's Word - a man growing in the gracious disciplines of the Christian life.
This edition has Scripture references, updated spelling and usage, explanatory notes, and study questions for personal reflection and group discussion.
Published July 2004
About the Author
David Dickson was an ordained elder in 19th-century Scotland. At age 30 he was ordained as an elder in the Free New North Church, and he served as clerk of session for 33 years. His practical experiences as an elder led him to publish The Elder and His Work.
About the Editors
George Kennedy McFarland (PhD, Bryn Mawr College) has been an elder for more than 25 years at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. He is dean of the faculty and history teacher at Delaware County Christian School.
Philip Graham Ryken Philip Graham Ryken (DPhil, University of Oxford) is President of Wheaton College and, prior to that, served as senior minister at Philadelphia's historic Tenth Presbyterian Church. He has written or edited over 30 books and has lectured and taught at universities and seminaries worldwide. Dr. Ryken and his wife, Lisa, live in Wheaton and have five children.