The Role of Elders
I dug up this old interview with Dr. Al Collver on the role of lay elders in the church. He talks about distinguishing what we call elders today from the deacons, presbyters, and bishops in the Bible. Dr. Collver also talks about the LCMS rule of thumb where it is given that lay elders can do anything in the church except that which is reserved for the Office of the Ministry.
Dr. Normal Nagel’s article “The Twelve and the Seven in Acts 6 and the Needy” in the Concordia Journal.
Dr. Collver’s article “Lay Elders—A Brief Overview of Their Origin in the Missouri Synod” in the Concordia Journal.