Listening Government


Jesus-and-his-ApostlesThe Church is governed under Jesus Christ as the Head of the Church, the Chief Shepherd and Bishop of our Souls and the Apostle of our Faith who through the teaching, leading, counsel and abiding presence of the Holy Spirit grants men who are called to ministry, the power and apostolic anointing to continue the work of the local and global church on earth.

The process by which men carry out this governing work is identified as Consensus Government. At times it has been referred to as Plurality of Elders, Shared Leadership, Listening Government, Episcopal (Bishops rule) or the “First Among Equals”.

Defining Government by Consensus

Consensus is a destination arrived at by men, who willingly set aside their personal round tableagenda, in order to discover what the will of God is. In consensus the leadership of the church can together claim an authority which individually none of them possess.


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About Michael Welchert

My wife Diana and I have been married since 1985 and have five wonderful children. I have been in ministry since 1980 and we currently reside in the Denver, CO area.
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