One article among many from John Webster that I’ve come to love is his 2001 piece titled, “The Self-Organizing Power of the Gospel of Christ: Episcopacy and Community Formation.”
It’s a dense explanation of how the gospel itself inherently leads to the usefulness of pastoral ministry. He argues that "a ministry of oversight is a necessary implication of the church’s confession of the gospel.”
He gets there by laying out two fundamental principles for a gospel-centered understanding of the church. And it’s just gold, man. Straight gold.
In his words:
Read the entire article (PDF).
Or, at the very least, download it, file it, and read it another day.