Vital . . . pertaining to life; essential; of critical importance. Church . . . a body or organization of religious believers. Issues . . . a point or matter, the decision of which is of special or public importance. A dictionary can define the terms, but tackling the tough texts and difficult issues of church leadership requires skillful study and balanced reflection upon the whole of Scripture. Vital Church Issues: Examining Principles and Practices in Church Leadership draws upon the insights and study of numerous evangelical scholars and writers to address crucial issues in church leadership. Some of the chapters included are: Personal Challenges for 21st-Century Pastors by Leith Anderson The 'Laying on of Hands' of Elders by David A. Mappes Can Fallen Leaders Be Restored to Leadership? by Jay E. Smith Assimilating New Converts into the Local Church by R. Larry Moyer Confidentiality in Counseling Individuals with HIV/AIDS by Jay A. Quine Pastors, laypeople, and seminary students will appreciate the helpful scholarship of Vital Church Issues. Roy B. Zuck is Senior Professor Emeritus of Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary, where he taught for twenty-three years, including seven years as Vice President for Academic Affairs. He is editor of 'Bibliotheca Sacra' and coeditor of the widely acclaimed two-volume 'Bible Knowledge Commentary'. He has written or edited more than seventy books on Christian education and biblical and theological topics. His books include 'Teaching as Paul Taught', 'Spirit-Filled Teaching', and 'Basic Bible Interpretation'.