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The Historical Forms of Church Government. Forms of Church Government . There are only three forms, with many variations with each. Episcopal Presbyterian Congregational. Episcopalian. Archbishop Bishop Rector Congregation. Episcopalian Denominations. Orthodox Anglican

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forms of church government
Forms of Church Government
  • There are only three forms, with many variations with each.
    • Episcopal
    • Presbyterian
    • Congregational
episcopalian
Episcopalian
  • Archbishop
  • Bishop
  • Rector
  • Congregation
episcopalian denominations
Episcopalian Denominations
  • Orthodox
  • Anglican
  • Roman Catholic
  • Methodist
episcopalian the defense
Episcopalian: The Defense
  • Church history
  • The position and authority of James in Acts 15
  • Titus and Timothy’s role over several churches
  • It is not forbidden in the New Testament
the arguments against episcopalianism
The Arguments AgainstEpiscopalianism
  • In the New Testament, bishop is not a distinct office but a synonym for elder.
  • There is no New Testament evidence that bishops were designed to replace the apostles.
presbyterian
Presbyterian
  • General Assembly
  • Synod
  • Presbytery
  • Session/Consistory
  • Congregation
presbyterian the denominations
Presbyterian: The Denominations
  • Presbyterians (PCA, OPC, RPCNA, PCUSA, ARP, Split P, etc.)
  • Miscellaneous Reformed Churches (RCA, CRC, etc.)
presbyterian the defense
Presbyterian: The Defense
  • The opportunity for gifted men to serve beyond their local church
  • A demonstration of the unity of the Body of Christ
  • The connection between ruling and teaching in 1 Timothy 5:17
  • The example of the Jerusalem Council Acts 15)
  • The command of Titus 1:5
the arguments against presbyterianism
The Arguments AgainstPresbyterianism
  • Scripture nowhere calls for elders to have authority beyond their local flock.
  • Acts 15 cannot be used to defend Presbyterianism:

– The apostles were present and in leadership

– The church at Antioch voluntarily requested the help of the Jerusalem church

– The entire Jerusalem church sent the letter (15:22)

– “If this narrative gives support to regional government by elders, it therefore also gives support to regional government by whole congregations!” (Grudem)

congregational
Congregational
  • Ultimate authority for each local church resides within that church; each church is completely autonomous.
  • The Denominations

o Congregational

o Baptist

o Mennonite

o Evangelical Free

o Independents

single elder single pastor
Single-Elder (Single-Pastor)
  • Pastor
  • Deacon Board
  • Congregation
corporate board model
Corporate Board Model
  • Church Board
  • Pastor
  • Congregation
pure democracy
Pure Democracy

Congregation

plural local elder
Plural Local Elder
  • Pastor and Elders are equal
  • Congregation
the new testament passages
The New Testament Passages
  • Acts 11:30; 15:2,4,6,22,23; 16:4; 21:18
  • James 5:14
  • Acts 14:23
  • Acts 20:17
  • Acts 20:28
  • Philippians 1:1
  • Titus 1:5
  • 1 Peter 5:1
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