In Who Runs the Church? Four predominant approaches to church government are presented by respected proponents:
Episcopalianism (Peter Toon) Presbyterianism (L. Roy Taylor) Single-Elder Congregationalism (Paige Patterson) Plural-Elder Congregationalism (Samuel E. Waldron).
As in other Counterpoints books, each view is followed by critiques from the other contributors, and its advocate then responds. The interactive and fair-minded nature of the Counterpoints format allows the reader to consider the strengths and weaknesses of each view and draw informed, personal conclusions.
Stanley N. Gundry is executive vice president and editor-in-chief for the Zondervan Corporation. He has been an influential figure in the Evangelical Theological Society, serving as president of ETS and on its executive committee, and is adjunct professor of Historical Theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He is the author of seven books and has written many articles appearing in popular and academic periodicals.
Great introduction to the exegetical, historical, and practical arguments for the major existing categories of polity. Read morePublished 5 months ago by jwindt
Excellent defenses of the various church governances. Having spent my life in one structure, and recently investigating another, this presentation and format was extremely helpful. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ted Borowski
Humbly approaching a book with such diverse views is difficult at best. Many presuppositions are embedded within each reader. Read more
this is a very good overview of the four views presented. the format is helpful, but a bit redundant. Read morePublished 14 months ago by D Will
If you only wanted to read one of the two possible "4 or 5 Views" on church government, this one or the "Perspectives on Church Government", get this one (the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Todd Robinson
This book is a great overview of different forms of church governance from practitioners of the various forms presented.
Each section has great discussion and debate. Read more
This book was read with a critical eye. I found it to be very informative and insightful. The comparing and contrasting of the different structures in the protestant churches... Read morePublished 22 months ago by L. Phimsoutham