I’m personally convinced that local churches are best governed by the plurality of Pastors/Elders/Oveseers (yes, these are synonymous terms in the Bible). This means that I’m an advocate of having a team of qualified people serving together for the purpose of training, building up, and ministering to the church. This group does not do all the ministry but is called to train the church to participate in the things of the kingdom (Eph. 4:11-14). I also see the second “office” of the local church being Deacons, but that’s for another post in the future. Anyway, while I realize that there are other options and good people disagree, this is, in my estimation, the most healthy and effective way to serve and lead the church, when it is done right. I qualify this model because it isn’t always done very well and a lot of misunderstandings and bad assumptions under gird the way that some churches attempt to embrace it.
With that being said, here’s my top five books on the subject of the plurality of Pastors/Elders/Overseers: