The New Testament says virtually nothing about the authority of elders in the church, and absolutely nothing about believers who comprise a church having to submit to them. In fact, the only reason most people think such submission is taught in the Bible is because of wrong translation in our New Testaments. Beresford therefore deals with this from the original Greek. Further, what transpires is that elders don’t actually govern the church at all, and Beresford shows from scripture that church government is actually meant to be both corporate and consensual. This is all far from the usual understanding on the Christian scene today, but it is nevertheless undoubtedly what the Word of God teaches. Ministers and pastors and leaders who like to think they are in charge of the church don’t respond very well to this teaching, but we nevertheless make it available as a clear biblical presentation of a vitally important truth concerning church life.