Church Government

“The New Testament church is governed by Christ as its Head and pastors and elders as undershepherds over the local assembly. You cannot find congregational rule in the New Testament. Congregational rule means that the tares, unbelievers and rebels, have as much say in the church as saints. The church has never been a democracy or an oligarchy it is a monarchy with Christ as its only King. He sets His men in the place of rule and they are to be followed. But His men are never rulers they are servants.” – Ron Wood


  1. johntjeffery · May 31, 2014

    I could not disagree more with his opposition to congregational government. He does not view the Church as Christ does, nor as Paul does. He takes for granted the mixed multitude approach that dismisses any reality to a regenerate church membership. This assumption drives his assertion that we must have “sub-heads” and “sub-lords” as human rulers. This must be seen as violating not only the sole Headship of Christ, but also the expression of His authority in Sola Scriptura, the sole and final authority for all matters of faith and practice. I have written against this very argument for clericalism in the past. Here is the link to my paper in the public folder of my Dropbox: This has also been posted to the Wayside Gospel Chapel blog site at [accessed 31 MAY 2014].

    • jm · May 31, 2014

      I agree with twin to some extent but understand Christ to set “His men in place of rule and they are to be followed” as plural Elder congregationalism. I’ve heard this form of church government called “poor-man’s Presbyterianism.”

      John, would you mind if I blogged your paper?

      • johntjeffery · May 31, 2014

        Be my guest. I am sitting here chuckling over “poor-man’s Presbyterianism”. If I ever heard that before I cannot remember, but may be quoting you on this in the future!

      • jm · May 31, 2014

        Awesome, thank you.

  2. Ron Wood · June 2, 2014

    Please don’t assume that you know what I believe or why from a sixty odd word statement of mine. You are fee to disagree all you desire but you are not free to assume you know the full reasoning or background of the statement.

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