Does the New Testament present an implicit system of church government? What group in the church is vested with sovereignty under God? Does the New Testament authorize election of a board of elders or deacons to govern a church?
Gerald Cowen offers answers to these critical questions concerning how the New Testament church is to be governed. Who Rules the Church? contends that the New Testament model for congregational government is pastoral leadership-congregational rule. In other words, authority is given by the Lord to the congregation itself, but the pastor is God-called to that congregation not only to serve and take care of the congregation but also to be the leader.
- Title: Who Rules the Church?: Examining Congregational Leadership and Church Government
- Author: Gerald P. Cowen
- Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 2003
- Pages: 160
About Gerald P. Cowen
Gerald Cowen is professor of New Testament and Greek and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. His previous books include Sermon Starters in the Greek New Testament and Salvation: Word Studies in the Greek New Testament.