Biblical Doctrine is that which we is true from the Word of God and should be the foundational teachings that identify us as God's children. Governmental Doctrine is the way our relationship with God, our spiritual leaders and others should relate to one another in the area of authority and submission. It is God's established area of authority.
Our spiritual leadership, when operating in true Biblical spiritual governmental authority should not operate in one that is a "worldly business based" model as seen in many mainline denominational churches.
Our spiritual leadership, when operating in true Biblical spiritual governmental authority should not be "congregational majority-rules based," which is used by a number of denominational churches.
We, as spiritual leaders should draw our authority structure from the Biblical example making our Governmental Doctrine also a major part of our Biblical Doctrine. We should operate in an Apostolic Team Government which takes its example from Ephesians 4:11-16.
What our Lord Jesus gave as spiritual government:
Ephesians 4:11 ESV And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,
Why our Lord Jesus gave us this spiritual government:
Ephesians 4:12 ESV to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
How long our Lord Jesus said we would have this type of spiritual government:
Ephesians 4:13 ESV until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
What happens to believers when we don't operate in this spiritual government:
Ephesians 4:14 ESV so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
What happens to believers when we do operate in this spiritual government:
Ephesians 4:15-16 ESV Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, (16) from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSI Ministry, RSI School of Ministry, and RSI Publishing L.L.C..