Nothing has so damaged the church as the false teaching brought in by the Early Church Fathers concerning leadership. Beresford here examines biblical eldership in the apostolic church and shows clearly it’s functional, as opposed to positional nature. He further demonstrates that, far from being governed by elders, each church was actually run along purely consensual lines with the decision making process in the hands of the church corporately. Verses traditionally used to teach that leaders are supposed to be in charge, and are somehow over the people in a church, are dealt with from the original Greek and shown to mean something entirely different. Ministers, pastors and big cheeses everywhere had better watch out if believers en masse ever get hold of this and then do what scripture teaches.