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It is best to study the topics of this section in the order listed above. 
The topics above have borrowed some from the Leadership Recognition Policy of Believers Bible Chapel, 2/8/06 edition, of which Ken Bowles was a co-author.
Other topics will soon be addeed.


There have been several excellent books and articles written confirming the fact that the New Testament church government must incorporate a board of elders.

However, great problems in the application of the Biblical form of government have also been observed. The information in this section exposes those problems and proposes solutions.

Leith Anderson in his article, Practice of Ministry in 21st-Century Churches (Roy B. Zuck, editor, Vital Church Issues, Examining Principles and Practices in Church Leadership, page 40), believes there are four characteristics of dysfunctional churches:

"These dysfunctional churches typically have one or more of the following characteristics. First, specific sins are consistently practiced and known to be practiced by persons in the church, often in cooperation with one another. The sins may be anything, but often they include sexual immorality, financial dishonesty (especially in business dealings), disharmony, feuding, gossip, and resistance to the leadership of the Holy Spirit. What makes the church dysfunctional is not the practice of sin but the inability of the church body to deal with it biblically.

"A second characteristic is dominance by carnal leaders. In dysfunctional churches, leaders do not have the qualifications of 1 Timothy 3, yet they remain in office, controlling the direction and ministry of the church.

"Isolation is a third characteristic. Some churches have so withdrawn from outside relationships that they have lost touch with reality, do not participate in the larger body of Christ, and lack ministry to the world outside the church. They are spiritually independent and isolated.

"Practical heresy is a fourth characteristic. Some churches are orthodox on paper but heterodox in practice. The most common expressions of this dysfunction are in the extremes of legalism and license. These extremes are often rationalized by sectarianism or by an unbalanced doctrine of grace. The difficulty is that dysfunctional churches perpetuate their illnesses. They are closed systems in which wrong seems right and the healthy are diagnosed as sick."

This section addresses the second characteristic.
Copyright 2010 - Ken Bowles