I wanted to generate some discussion on this because I have lived through two different church failures, and both were heartbreaking examples of what happens when weak church leadership leads a church to destruction. These experiences lent me a whole new appreciation for the struggles and heartaches of the Apostle Paul during his missionary and church-planting journeys. More than this, this is where my preference for episcopal church government began to grow. I have seen the problems of the congregational model many times: the lack of ability to scale, the lack of structure in the choosing of leadership, the cults of personality that grow up around young superstar pastors, the utter lack of actual discipline within the church. The episcopal form of church government has its faults, to be sure, but in my view it is a far better way to run things, especially at scale. The podcast series can be found here.