Frank Viola has done a spectacular service to the body of Christ here with his book, "Who Is Your Covering," by cutting the cords of traditional misunderstanding that have affected how people percieve that leadership in the church is intended to operate... The greatest misunderstanding of course being that the concept of "church covering" is not taught anywhere in the Bible!
No biblical stone is left unturned in this discussion of how the New Testament defines "leadership." The reader is taken through a study of virtually every passage in the New Testament that pertains to "oversight" in the church. It becomes clear that many of us have fallen prey to devices of human wisdom when it comes to our perceptions about authority and submission and its connection with those who are "official ministers" in our churches.
It would be well, in my opinion, if every pastor, prophet, deacon, elder, evangelist and every lay person read this book! It is most certainly an eye opener. But the grand thing is that Frank only expounds from the original writings what the Bible teaches. There is no "new revelation" here, no "proof texting" and no mis-handling of the context of Scripture. Just an honest examination of the New Testament story and a closer look into the meanings of the Greek words in select passages that deal with the subject of leadership in the church. I personally found myself encouraged and desiring to see the expression of servant ministry that Frank describes so beautifully in this book.
Some readers will be amazed to find that "official" and "positional" or "hierarchical" forms of leadership are NEVER expressed in the New Testament with respect to the Lord's Church. In fact, these are largely a product of romanistic influence on the text and church tradition over the centuries, but were largely unheard of, not to mention unpopular, during the first few centuries of the Church. No doubt this will be a difficult pill for some to swallow, but the medicine is much needed, and as yo momma used to say, "it's good for you!" (grin)
This book is not anti-leadership, but it puts the term "leadership" in its proper, biblical context.
Highly recommended! Especially if you have been subjected to "covering theology" or have been asked by leadership to read other books on the subject (like John Bevere's book called "Under Cover"). I also recommend Watchman Nee's book, "The Normal Christian Church Life."