Leaders Elder and Deacons

LEAD is a 10 month course designed to prepare men to serve the church as leaders, elders and deacons.  During the course participants will study doctrine, memorize scripture, discuss the characteristics of a healthy church, aspects of leadership, do character studies of leaders in Scripture, discuss issues facing the church, and work on a personal growth project.

Recommended Resources for LEAD

Books Assigned for LEAD Course

  • Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, by Mark Dever
  • The Book on Leadership, by John MacArthur

General Doctrinal Resources

The Study of Scripture

  • Why I Preach That the Bible is Literally True, by W.A. Criswell
  • Biblical Inspiration, by I. Howard Marshall
  • Standing on the Rock, by James Montgomery Boice
  • How To Read the Bible For All Its Worth, by Gordon Fee & Douglas Stuart

Theology Proper

  •  Knowing God, by J. I. Packer

The History and Discussion of Biblical Translation

  • A Brief History of English Bible Translations, by Laurence M. Vance
  • God’s Word into English, by Dewey M. Beegle
  • The Word of God in English, by Leland Ryken
  • “How We Got The Bible” charts from Rose Publishing
  • The New Testament Canon: Its Making and Meaning, by Harry Y. Gamble

New Perspective of Paul

Pneumatology – Study of the Holy Spirit

  • Forgotten God, by Francis Chan

Trials & Suffering

  • Grace Grows Best in Winter, by Margaret Clarkson
  • Trusting God, by Jerry Bridges
  • The Invisible Hand, by R.C. Sproul
  • God of the Valley: A Journey Through Grief, by Steve Griffiths

Spiritual Growth

  • The Twin Pillars of the Christian Life, by Wayne Mack and Joshua Mack
  • Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, by Donald Whitney
  • Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health, by Donald Whitney
  • The Cross Centered Life, by CJ Mahaney
  • A Gospel Primer for Christians, by Milton Vincent
  • The Practice of Godliness, by Jerry Bridges
  • The Pursuit of Holiness, by Jerry Bridges
  • A Praying Life, by Paul Miller
  • Praying with Paul, by D.A. Carson
  • Praying the Bible, by Donald Whitney

God’s Sovereignty in Salvation & the Gospel

  • The Five Points of Calvinism, by Steele, Thomas, & Quinn
  • Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God, by J.I. Packer
  • Chosen by God, by RC Sproul
  • Saved by Grace, by Anthony Hoekema
  • The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, by John Owen
  • Luther and Erasmus: Free Will and Salvation, edited by E. Gordon Rupp and Philip S. Watson

Sin, God’s Grace, Sanctification & the Gospel

  • Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin, by Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.
  • Righteous Sinners, by Ron Julian
  • The Glory of God’s Grace, by James Montgomery Boice
  • The Discipline of Grace, by Jerry Bridges
  • The Explicit Gospel, by Matt Chandler
  • The Good News We Almost Forgot, by Kevin DeYoung

The Church

  • What is a Healthy Church?, by Mark Dever
  • What is a Healthy Church Member?, by Thabiti M. Anyabwile
  • The Transforming Community, by Mark Lauterbach
  • Church Revitalization from the Inside Out, by Robert Stuart
  • The Church, by Edmund Clowney
  • A Peculiar People, by Rodney Clapp
  • Why We Love the Church, by Kevin DeYoung & Ted Kluck
  • Building Up One Another, by Gene Getz

Lordship Salvation Debate


The Ministry of Women in the Church

  • Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood, edit. by John Piper and Wayne Grudem


Resources in relation to Spiritual Leadership:

Church Office Hours

9:00am - 4:00pm


Faith Bible Fellowship Church

140 Harleysville Pike,

Harleysville, PA 19438



Phone - 215-256-6026

Email - office@faithbfc.org