One of the key talk about the main difference with the system as often highlighted by our founder was that in Hope we believe in Theocracy where Pastor's will have the ultimate say. The teachings in the V&P and also One Man One World often extol the system above that of traditional church with lay elders and board elders who employ pastor.
I do believe in Theocracy and that spiritual leaders should have the final say in the church. But, with the recent events. I have come to a conclusion that though in theory it is good, this system needs to improve because, Theocratic system used without proper definition and accountability becomes a hybrid between Absolute Monarchy and Communist. Where the leaders decision right or wrong, legal or illegal becomes a law to obey and any questions on their decisions becomes target for expulsion and terms like disobedience to authority used. It does seems that every time a question is being raised on their conduct and actions, submission becomes the key. So in the end we become subordinates and servants or those whom are suppose to exhibit servanthood leadership. Its abit like the "animal farm" - this is a good book to read, where the "pigs" who were suppose to create an utopian society for the animals become master and rulers themselves.
Now what is wrong with our current system ? Well, in our current system, if we are always to report and submit upwards, then who would the top and highest leadership be accountable to ?
If we are all sinners and are imperfect, then there should not be an exemption to the top leaders from being under spiritual covering and accountability. It should be a pularity of leaders, where there is check and counter-check on each others conduct, as leaders have to lead their lives above reproach.
The current financial issue and leadership issue stems from one simple fact. The highest leadership have no one they account to and report to so in the end. As they are the top leadership and they have the ultimate say, then without unbiased opinion to guide often times we would just follow blindly.
In the assembly of God, most Church often invite a non-executive director or pastor from another church to sit on the board to provide a unbiased view especially on financial issues.
This is actually now the standard accounting practice around the world since the financial scandals in America
Besides accoutnability. Leaders must live their lives according to the commands in the bible. If they have committed a sin which is part of the 10 commandments like Murder, stealing, adultery... they should step down. Leaderships has its privileges but also its responsibilities.
therefore a good way is to have a Code of conduct for all future leaders to follow.