By TylerR Jul 13 2015 Michael KrugerChurch PolityDr. Michael Kruger: In sum, the NT texts and texts from the early second century indicate that a plurality of elders was the standard structure in the earliest stages. But, as noted above, the idea of a singular bishop began to dominate by the end of the second century. 1633 reads There is 1 Comment My vote Rob Fall - Mon, 07/13/2015 - 7:58pm is for both as a leadership team. Hoping to shed more light than heat..