Church Governance and the Most Common Types

Video. 2:50.


This video from the Assemblies of God Rocky Mountain Ministry Network outlines the three most common types of church governance.


Names three types of governance; provides a description of each; lists pros and cons of each.

Recommended Audience

Any congregational leadership



Practical Applications

  • View the video with your leadership team to get a basic understanding of types in order to develop your own.
  • Use for lay leader education to develop an understanding of the governance you use.

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 and most recently served as the associate director of Learning Science at Kaplan Test Prep. He is passionate about using education to develop deeper faith in congregational participants.

Matt earned a B.A. in Religion from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kelly, and his two sons, Silas and Levi. Matt also loves storytelling in films, books and music and finding the intersections of faith and popular culture.

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