Augustus Strong (1836-1921) was an American Baptist pastor and theologian (Moderate-Calvinist). In 1865, he was appointed the Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Cleveland, Ohio, during which time Brown University bestowed upon him an honorary D.D. In 1872, he was appointed the president of Rochester Theological Seminary and Professor of Theology. In 1886, he published in three volumes a Systematic Theology.
Pastoral Oversight (Complete)
A. H. Strong on Pastoral Oversight
Augustus Hopkins Strong (1836-1921), a leading Theologian espousing Particular Baptist convictions and author of "Systematic Theology". With reference to the pastoral office in a church, he wrote: In certain of the New Testament churches there appears to have been a plurality of elders (Acts 20:17; Philippians 1:1; Titus 1:5). There is, however, no evidence that the number of elders was uniform or that the plurality which frequently existed was due to any other cause than the size of the churches for which these elders cared. The New Testament example, while it permits the multiplication of assistant pastors according to need, does not require a plural elder-ship in every case nor does it render this elder-ship, where it exists, of coordinate authority with the church. There…