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4everhis85
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 Chruch government

Which of these four views of church government do you hold and why?

-Episcopalianism
-Presbyterianism
-Single-Elder Congregatoionalism
-Plural-Elder Congregationalism

Please use as much scripture and historical relivance to support the governmental system you support.

 2005/10/5 0:11Profile
philologos
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 Re: Church government

We did take a look at some of these things in [url=http://www.sermonindex.net/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?viewmode=flat&order=0&topic_id=2938&forum=36&post_id=&refresh=Go]Early Church Government[/url]. That thread might interest you.


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 2005/10/5 10:27Profile
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Plural-Elder Congregationalism

 2005/10/5 10:29Profile
4everhis85
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 Re:

thank you for the referencve but the thread seems to talk about titles and the actual position of pastor, elder, etc. Now this falls into these catagories of government, such as titles and pastors and such would fall under plural elder congregationalism.
What i am seeking for is to see peoples opinions if they think there is a specific church government outlined in the New Testament for which we are to follow, thus the four popular catagories.

For clarification
-Episcopalionism, the main branch or ideal is the Roman Catholic Church.
-Presbyterianism, would be Assemblies of God, the Christian Reformed Chruch etc.
-single-elder congregtionalism, many southern baptist and non denominational churches.
-Plural-elder congregtionalism, is usually same denominationaly as single-elder but is a new movement within the denominations.

Each branch typically believe they have a biblical stance for their system and some would contest that their system is the system. Just would like to gather more peoples opions about their paticular government.

 2005/10/5 12:28Profile
philologos
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 Re:

plural elder body-orientated congregation with recognised teachers and preachers but without 'office' labels.

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Each branch typically believe they have a biblical stance for their system and some would contest that their system is the system. Just would like to gather more peoples opions about their paticular government.

This is broadly true except for episcopalianism which generally believes that church government has 'developed' under the guidance of the Spirit and is therefore not identical to the Biblical prototype.


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 2005/10/6 4:34Profile





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