Eldership has biblical origins. Throughout the history of the church, eldership has taken a variety of forms. In the 16th century eldership was an innovative way of involving the laity in the leadership of the church and the pastoral care of each congregation. It also provided checks and balances in decision-making processes. Today the renewal and rejuvenation of the ministry of eldership is an important dimension in the renewal of the health and wellbeing of our congregations.