Whether a meeting has traditional appointments of elders and overseers, a corporate system or a hybrid approach, it is loving care that makes a Quaker community. All in our meetings may, and indeed should, contribute to the spiritual and pastoral care that forges us into a community. Any system is only a framework; it is people who bring it to life.
The purpose of this book is to rpovide encouragement if you are seeking to change the way that eldership and oversight is provided, and affirmation if you are happy with the current arrangements.
This new edition incorporates fresh material to reflect the well-rooted experience of Britain Yearly Meeting in carrying out the responsibilities of eldership and oversight. The variety of patterns is inspiring.