Perspectives on church government

He is most recognized for his expository preaching and focus on the Great Commission. Brand and Norman Bishop-Led Church The Bishop-led church, as the name suggests, is simply a polity by which the church is under the authority of a bishop.

He is the author of more than 20 books and has engaged in numerous moderated debates. One positive feature about this volume is the depth of the essays presented. James Leo Garrett Jr. Some Perspectives on church government are clear i.

The word Presbyterianism means governance by the elders. A single-elder-led church is a congregation where an elder is elected, not in rank, age, or importance, but rather in recognition by his people.

This is most likely because I agree with his belief that God has given us what we need in His Word to at least form the basis of church structure.

Though this format is helpful, the similarity of some of the positions lends itself to redundancy. Episcopalian structure James White: It depends what you want from it. Looking at it this way, it seems to be really effective, where fair decisions are made by discussions and arguments on the assembly held and attended by different elders of local congregations.

This should bring a worthy and capable leader for the congregation. Brand and Norman One thing is for certain though, the Lord clearly stated in the Scripture how He wishes His churches to be managed. I believe it may only cause confusion or unnecessary changes to an already effective church.

Each and every member of a local congregation can express his or her own opinion on decision-making. It is, at most times. Thus, each model argues and claims to be the most authentic through Biblical authenticity, citing Biblical verses and events.

Zahl also fails to relate his position on polity to the biblical text. Zahn is a terrific writer and the pages turned quickly.

Perspectives on Church Government

White serves as an elder of the Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church. In this chapter, Paul F. How a church organizes itself can be its greatest strength and greatest weakness. A few questions were left unanswered however.

To that end, they give a chronological survey of the development of polity in church history and highlight its importance in each major period. If you want introductions to some of the key issues and positions, and how others would respond to these presentations, this book would be worth considering.

The panel discussion format of the book also provides the reader with the opportunity to consider each view defended by someone who actually holds that position. I was hoping for more text-based arguments and responses, so I think the book would have been more effective if all authors defended their view as being the most Scriptural.

He would rather no one posit any form of church polity to the exclusion of another. My enjoyment and understanding rose and fell depending upon the author!

Brand and NormanHow effective is this model? It does function as a good introduction to many of the key issues and texts, by surveying Scripture, history, and theological concerns. Once a decision is made about an issue, those who had a different view will be forced to accept the decision made by the council.

He is recognized as a leader among other elders. Brand and NormanIt is also similar in many ways to the single-elder-led and the congregational forms of church government, such as being independent and making decisions within the local congregations, difference is in leadership.

Since the department has 10 different ministries in it, it somehow hampers the development of the department and its ministries, so I would recommend they be separated into auxiliaries so that they may recruit more and further develop themselves as separate departments.

If you want introductions to some of the key issues and positions, and to see how others would respond to these presentations, this would be worth looking into.

Perspectives on Church Government: Five Views of Church Polity

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A review of B&H Academic's book Perspectives on Church Government: Five Views. In Perspectives on Church Government, editors Chad Owen Brand and R.

Stanton Norman seek to facilitate a discussion that will engage these questions by providing the reader with a defense of the “classic positions on the matter of governing the church” (23), which include the Congregational model, the Presbyterian model, and the.

Perspectives on Church Government presents in counterpoint form the basic models of church government which have developed over the course of church history with a view toward determining which is the most faithful to Scripture. Each chapter is written by a prominent representative from within each tradition and deals with the biblical.

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