Church Governance: Exploring a variety of models for elder-minister relationships and leadership structure

This report from the Siburt Institute for Church Ministry provides seven brief case studies of governance structures in the Church of Christ.


Seven case studies including a statement of relationship and model of governance for each; appendices with organizational charts and other information.

Best For

Any congregational leadership



Suggested Uses

  • Read as a group to develop a new governance structure.
  • Use as a guide to begin to think about your own governance structure.

About the Contributor

Matt Burke

Matt Burke is the director of the Northeast Center for Congregations in Fort Wayne and serves as the Center’s Education Director statewide. Matt has a background in classroom, digital and experiential education. He is passionate about using education to develop deeper faith in congregational participants.

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