The Church That Works
The Church That Works: Democracy vs. Theocracy
by Rick DuBose & Mel Surface
The Church That Works: Democracy vs. Theocracy is a focus on how giving back His
church releases followers of Jesus Christ to serve and unleashes God's power to back them. When
authority rises from the people, the enabling power for ministry goes no higher than their
heads. When authority flows from the Head of the Church through the offices He gave, it brings
His power, all power in Heaven and earth, to bear on human needs.
The church that works wins its own children, reaches its neighbors, blesses its community, and
makes God known to its generation, and the next, around the world. That church necessarily will
be one in which the people, not just the clergy, do the work of the ministry. More than a body
of believers, the church is a body of Christian workers.
When the people falter in ministry, the church fails in its mission. The church cannot work if
the people who are called to lead are forced to follow or if those called to follow are trying
Size: 5¼ x 8¼
Pub. Date: January 4, 2010
Meet the Authors
Rick DuBose was elected assistant general superintendent of the Assemblies of God at the 58th General Council in
August 2019. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Team.
Prior to his present position, he served as general treasurer of the Assemblies of God from 2017-19. He served as superintendent of the
North Texas District from 2007-17 and assistant district superintendent from 2005-07. DuBose pastored Sachse Assembly of God in
North Dallas from 1987-2005. Prior to that, he served a pastorate in Hallsville, Texas, and began his ministry as a youth minister in
Mel Surface shares a passion for healthy churches and the Great Commission
from his background as a missionary, evangelist, church planter, pastor, and both national and
district denominational staff member. A journalism graduate of the University of Houston, he
has served as a newspaper and magazine reporter and editor. His work regularly appears in a
variety of print and Internet publications.
Table of Contents
1. Whose Church Is It?
2. What Is the Church That Works?
3. Christ Channels His Authority Ministry Offices—Apostles
4. Christ Channels His Authority Prophets and Evangelists
5. Christ Channels His Authority Pastors-Teachers
6. What about Deacons?
7. Democracy vs. Theocracy
8. Real Power to the People!
9. What about Pastors Out of Control?
10. How Churches Become Deacon-Possessed
11. When Churches Are Deacon-Blessed
12. A Healthy Board Meeting
13. When Should the People Vote?
14. Becoming a Church That Works
1. Lessons from the Sachse Experience
2. Tenure of Office