My Father, Earle Cole

Earle Cole, Tim Cole’s father, with his brother, mother, and little Tim Cole on the far right.

Earle Cole, Tim Cole’s father, with his brother, mother, and little Tim Cole on the far right.

My dad was an elder. He was also a career military man in the Air Force, so we got to experience a different church family every two or three years. Some churches were fairly large, some not so much. Some churches were fairly healthy, many were not.

As the son of an elder, I witnessed firsthand elders driving the mission and evangelistic culture of a church. I also saw groups of elders that were at best hurdles to accomplishing the mission, or, even worse, a roadblock for evangelism and a healthy culture within the Body.

I saw great elders who were the preacher’s biggest advocate and best friend, like my dad. I also saw elders who seemed to almost enjoy being the “thorn” in the preacher’s side through criticism, conflict, or passive-aggressive actions.

Please take special notice of the “E2-Effective Elders” conference we are hosting this fall. It’s about creating healthy elders and elderships. Every elder you know should come!

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Which event will you attend?

Friday, October 28th from 8:30am – 4pm
First Christian Church of Kernersville
130 North Main Street, Kernersville, NC, 28284
     >  Sign up for the NC event now!
Saturday, October 29th from 8:30am – 4pm
Mechanicsville Church of Christ
8067 Atlee Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111
     > Sign up for the VA event now!

Registration is $29 per person. All of your materials and lunch are included.

We hope you (and your elders and prospective elders) will be able to join us.

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Tim Cole
Executive Director

This article was originally published in The Waypoint Endeavor: Spring 2016 edition. If you would like to receive future printed editions of The Waypoint Endeavor, please send your name and mailing address to




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