Workers For Your Joy – David Mathis

David Mathis, Workers For Your Joy (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2022), 341 pp.

There is a leadership deficit in churches across the nation. A dirth of unqualified leaders fills pulpits and boardrooms that weaken the church and draw criticism from the watching world. David Mathis addresses the important matter of leadership in his book, Workers For Your Joy: The Call of Christ on Christian Leaders.

Mathis’s work is basic in some respects as he alerts his readers to the biblical qualifications for the office of elder. This basic study is a necessary one as many churches have either forgotten or are neglecting the qualifications that appear in Scripture.

The author carefully unpacks each biblical qualification and provides practical examples of how each qualification, giving elders and elders in training an inside look at God’s expectations. The writing is clear, gospel-saturated, and biblically informed. There is no hint of legalism here. Mathis clings tightly to biblical authority but he does so with a gracious tone.

Workers For Your Joy is a much-needed work in our age of pragmatism and man-centeredness. It would be a helpful book for elder training and would also be suitable for Bible College students and Seminarians.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.

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