Ligonier Ministries’ Tabletalk magazine has a series of devotionals on Hebrews 6:4-6, “one of the most difficult passages in all of Scripture,” which “has often been used with the attempt to prove that genuine Christians can lose their salvation.”
the New Testament knows nothing of multi-site congregations, but only of congregations in the fullest sense (led by pastors, elders, and deacons). These congregations are not independent, but they are also not hierarchically governed even by one pastor on-site, but by pastors and elders together. And each of these local churches is accountable not hierarchically to the pastor-bishop of another church, but mutually and covenantally to each other.
We find churches where women exercise authority over men as small group leaders, Sunday school teachers, seminar leaders, Bible teachers, and theology teachers; women lead the worship liturgy, administer the Lord’s Supperâ€”women do everything except serve on the session and preach Sunday morning.
Why does our pastor monopolize our worship service? He does and he doesnâ€™t. He leads the whole service, but this does not mean he monopolizes the service. In fact, our service is profoundly more participatory than the run-of-the-mill evangelical service.