Jonathan Leeman. Don’t Fire Your Church Members: The Case for Congregationalism. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2016.
What distinguishes different views on how to govern the church is who has final authority:
- the bishop (Episcopalian)
- the presbytery (Presbyterian)
- the elders (elder-rule)
- the congregation (congregational)
While godly, mature Christians disagree on which model is most biblical, I think the most biblical polity is elder-led and congregation-ruled. That model is very different from a modern democracy in which leaders represent the people and the people make demands on the leaders with the threat that they will vote them out of office; it is more like a combination of three models: [Read more…] about The Case for Congregationalism