In the positional leadership framework, the church is patterned after the military and managerial structures of contemporary culture.  In the functional framework, the church operates by life – divine life.  Mutual ministry comes forth naturally when God’s people are equipped and hierarchical structures are absent.

Native to the hierarchical/positional-oriented churches is a political machine that works behind the scenes.  This machine promotes certain people to positions of ecclesiastical power and authority.  Native to functionally-oriented churches is the mutual responsibility and collegial interplay of its members.  They listen to the Lord together.  They affirm each other in their Spirit-endowed gifts.  They encourage one another toward Christ.

– Frank Viola, Reimagining Church, pp. 154, 155

Which model do you think is the more biblically balanced one?

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