The Five Models of Church Governance (and how they cope under pressure)

Blog. Andrew Judd. March 31, 2022.


This article from Australia shares five models of congregational governance structures.


Description of 5 church governance models; pros and cons to each of 5 church governance models; general principles of church governance models

Recommended Audience

Any congregational leader.



Practical Applications

  • Develop a new church governance structure.
  • Think through your current church governance structure and how to make it more effective.

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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