Populism and Scripture: Congregationalism & Leadership

Another tremendous post by Kevin Bauder in his Fundamentalism, Whence? Where? Wither? series. Here is an extract:

“The challenge for any local congregation is to avoid the opposite perils of brouhaha majoritarianism and supercilious elitism. Democracy can be driven by the appetites of the incompetent. Elitism allows for domination by the abstractions of theorists. The answer to both is the same: to recognize the value of those factors that lend greater weight to judgments. Those factors are three in number: biblical skill, deep piety, and office. These three ought to coalesce in local church elders, making them the natural leaders of their congregations.”

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