Church Government

Church policy with a biblical basis is the “congregational” type of government. Examples include dealing with discipline within the future church (Matt 18:15-19); electing officials, including deacons, to serve the church (Acts 6:1-6); resolving doctrinal problems (Acts 15:22-29); guarding against false doctrine (Gal 1:6-9); and restoring a brother to fellowship within the church (2 Cor 2:6-7). Pastoral leadership is best shown, not through lording authority over the church, but by example and service (1 Pet 5:1-3). Pastors are accountable to the congregation (1 Tim 5:19-20) and to the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ (1 Pet 5:4). They are to be recompensed adequately for their labor in the teaching and preaching of God’s word (1 Cor 9:1-14) and if they excel in this labor, they should be considered worthy of more compensation (1 Tim 5:17-18).