This would be very interesting to know from the perspective of those who are pastors. I have been a member of two churches in my life, one elder rule and one congregational rule. From my perspective, someone who has learned all they know about Scripture from church, Sunday School, and Bible studies, I have no desire to serve in a church with an elder form of government. This is based on experience, and not an interpretation of Scripture. I find elder rule has a way of turning into elder worship. Also, those elected to the office of elder seem to be elected by social standing rather than spiritual maturity. Finally, it is my experience that elders,that aside from being arrogant, elders are no more knowledgeable than a church member who is diligent about his or her studies. I want to serve in a congregational church with deacons who act as servants. As a pastor, would you rather serve in a church with an elder form of government or congregational? From your experience, is my description above the exception rather than the rule?