This book is an attempt to explore from a biblical perspective leadership and relationships within the local church. In particular, Paul Brown looks at personal relationships within churches, and the interrelationships of members and leaders. Close relationships that have a potential for good also have a potential for harm. It is written out of deep concern to promote the welfare and harmony of churches so that they might glorify God and be faithful, shining lights in the world. While written from within the context of independent churches and concentrating upon the local church, it is hoped it will prove useful to all varieties of evangelical church.