**This series began as an assignment for my studies at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary**
Church government should be a topic of interest to every Christian yet in the experience of the author a rather small percentage of congregations actually understand different models of governance much less the model their own church utilizes. At first glance, there would seem to be only a few models of governance from which to choose. Morris offers a description of only three models, episcopacy, Presbyterianism, and congregationalism, which seems to be all encompassing. Welch expands on this by adding the monarchial system of governance in which he sees the Roman Catholic Church. For Welch’s purpose in discussing church administration, this is likely sufficient. However, ecclesiology is not so simple. Fortunately, the rubric for the current assignment only calls for a discussion of five models of church government. The following is a brief description of each as identified in Perspectives on Church Government; 5 Views.