Consensual Church Government and the Role of Elders CT 7

In most churches once you have established what leadership structure they have you have also established what church government they adhere to. Or to put it another way, leadership equates to executive authority in the church. However, in this talk Beresford clearly shows from the New Testament that this is far from being the scriptural way. Biblical churches do indeed have leadership, but it is of a completely different kind from unbiblical churches, and is quite distinct from the scriptural basis for a church’s decision-making. Church government, he shows, should be on the basis of the consensual and collective decision-making of all in a church, and not merely the say-so of eldership. The verses in the New Testament which are used to justify executive leadership in church life are thoroughly examined and shown to be erroneous translations of the original Greek.

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