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The study of the Church is also known as ecclesiology. In general, ecclesiology addresses various issues, the
most basic being a biblical definition of the "church" and its functions. Other issues involved in ecclesiology
include forms of church government, leadership offices, ordinances, worship, and the relationship between
the New Testament church and Israel, the Old Testament people of God. Therefore, a clear and biblical
understanding is important to both Christian belief and practice.
Various problems have arisen as a result of the multiple usages of the term church. It is sometimes used to
describe a building or some other structure. At other times it refers a specific group of believers who, for
example, attend Christian Reformed Church on 1st Street. Now and then it is also used to refer to a
denomination such as Presbyterians, or Baptists.
The word ecclesiology comes from the Greek ekklesia meaning assembly. While the term today is closely
tied to the Christian church, its roots are broader. It is a compound of the Greek preposition ek (out from)
and the verb kaleo (to call). The most generic definition given by Thayer's Greek Lexicon is "a gathering of
citizens called out from their homes into some public place." This generic sense of the word is used several
times in one passage of the New Testament (Acts 19:32, 39 & 41) in reference not to the church but to a
group of Ephesian craftsmen speaking out against the Apostle Paul and his companions.
It is an active response to the character, words and actions of God, initiated by His revelation and enabled
by His redemption, whereby the mind is transformed (e.g. Belief, repentance), the heart is renewed (e.g. Love,
trust), and actions are surrendered (e.g. Obedience, service), all in accordance with His will and in order
to declare His infinite worthiness.
In both Hebrew and Greek, there are two categories of words for worship. The first is about body language
that demonstrates respect and submission; to bow down, to kneel, to prostrate oneself. The second is about
doing something for God that demonstrates sacrifice and obedience; to offer, to serve.
Church government or church polity is that branch of ecclesiology (study of the church) that addresses the
organizational structure and hierarchy of the church. There are basically three types of church government
that have developed in the various Christian denominations: the episcopal, the presbyterian, and the
Episcopal refers to a form of church government in which the office of Bishop is a key authoritative role.
The word episcopal is from the Greek word for bishop. In this system, the local church is part of a hierarchy
of clergy who oversee and govern the church denomination. This usually involves regional (diocese) bishops
headed up by an Archbishop. Denominations which operate with this form of polity include Eastern Orthodoxy,
the Roman Catholic Church, Anglicanism, Methodism, and Lutheranism.
The episcopal form of government has been the polity of the Church catholic as early as
Ignatius of Antioch, all the way down to the time of the Reformation. Advocates for an episcopal form of church
government argue that the sheer fact that it went virtually uncontested until the time of the Reformation
testifies to its claims of apostolicity, although not all contemporary episcopalian apologists argue from history
rather than Scripture. A notable example is Ray Sutton, the Suffragan Bishop in the Diocese of Mid-America of
the Reformed Episcopal Church, who has produced work arguing that the episcopal system is biblical.
Common in Presbyterian and Reformed churches, this form of church government is commonly described as
"Elder-run" or "Presbyter-run".
Typically, original authority, authority-that is the authority that the church believes Christ gave to it is
said to reside at the local elder level in this model of polity. Thus the "highest" authority in a presbyterian
or reformed church (after Christ) is said to be the Elders of the church. Those elders are typically elected
by the congregation on a periodic basis (usually a term lasts about 3 years. Sometimes elders are elected
by the drawing of lots.
Those who are elected to office serve their terms as the spiritual/theological/moral/visionary leaders of the
congregation. They also then participate in the governance of the regional body
of churches (sometimes called a "classis") by sending delegates to a classis meeting on a regular basis.
The "classical" level of church governance, in the presbyterian model, is not a higher authority, but rather
is seen as a "delegated" authority, one that only derives it's power from the acquiescence of the Elders at
the local level.
In a similar manner, Classis will send a select number of delegates to a still broader body of authority,
sometimes called a Synod. The Synod will meet regularly (yearly, for example) to discuss major issues of
theology and practice facing the whole denomination. Synod too, however, does not have a "higher" authority,
except insofar as its "delegated" authority is accepted by classes and local Elders.
In this structure it is important to note as well that the "Reverend" or "Minister of the Word and Sacrament"
the Pastor-is recognized essentially as one of the Elders with a specialized role. The Pastor in this model
of governance does not have special authority beyond that of the Elders, except insofar as, due to their role
and training, they are recognized to be "expert" in the spiritual and theological life of the local congregation.
This is a section stub. Please edit it to add information. Congregational polity draws its name from the
independence of local congregations from the authority and control of other religious bodies. Paige Paterson
has summarized congregational polity as follows:
"The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church defines "congregationalism" as "that form of Church polity
which rests on the independence and autonomy of each local church." According to this source, the principles
of democracy in church government rest on the belief that Christ is the sole head of his church, the members
are all priests unto God, and these units are regarded each as an outcrop and representative of the church
universal." (Who Runs the Church?: 4 Views on Church Government, Steven B. Cowman, gen. Ed., p. 135,
Churches organized with a congregational polity may be involved in conventions, districts or associations
which allow them to share common beliefs, cooperate in joint ministry efforts and regulate clergy with other
congregations. Churches organized with a congregational polity generally disapprove of acknowledging
authority in councils or other proceedings involving delegates or representatives from outside the local
congregation. However, congregational polity does not prevent a local congregation's leadership from
adopting the decision or position of another congregation or a council or other gathering.
In a congregational church led by a plurality of elders, final authority for all decisions and doctrinal
determinations are vested in a plurality of elders acting in committee. This structure is very similar to the
"elder board" approach to the democratic congregational structure, often differing only in the method
used to select the elders and/or in the term of service of each elder. In some congregations, elders are
appointed by someone or some entity respected by the congregation and allows this authority. In some
congregations, elders serve until they resign, die or are removed by the congregation or their peers for
doctrinal or moral failures. This structure can, but does not always, include the use of "deacons" or other
leaders subordinate to the authority of the elders.
Where we can find the constitution and rules?
EMMI have it's rules in ten (10) documents:
Making the Canon Law & Policy and Procedure
We operate on some kind of Plural elder-led.
- 1st branch of Elders are clergy members, led by a Bishop President
(House of Bishops this is the Episcopal Polity)
- 2nd branch of Elders are clergy and lay members in a Congregational Polity
where the Synod members are voted to manage the day-to-day business of EMMI Chaplaincy.
The Bishop-Led Church
A Bishop-led church or in our case at EMMI an Archbishop exhibits a loose hierarchy system where
the decisions of the church made by its leader are observed throughout the denominational structure.
All see the Archbishop as a superintendent with the supreme authority. One of the strengths of episcopal
governance is the fact that a single individual can have a tremendous influence in directing the energies
of a large number of the faithful. Even if the Archbishop have the total command, he cannot do anything
out of the chaplaincy boundaries in which Arte guard by the Symposium. In a General Assembly the
Archbishop have a veto right meaning that a motion cannot be adopted and it is postpone to a later time
in which argumentations can be presented again.
Together with overseer and shepherd (at EMMI: House of Bishops), these terms describe the
function and character of the men God ordained to rule and govern the body of Christ in the chaplaincy.
In some Christian traditions (e.g., Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, Anglicanism, Methodism)
an elder is a clergy person who usually serves a local church or churches and who has been ordained
to a ministry of Word, Sacrament, and Order, filling the preaching and pastoral offices. In other Christian
traditions (e.g. Presbyterianism, Baptists), an elder may be a lay person charged with serving as an
administrator in a local church, or be ordained to such an office.
All seats of the Symposium are hold by members of class "A", meaning members who make a donation
of 20.00$ or more in a year.
Membership requires both discipleship and love (cf. John 13:8). Church membership affiliates an individual
believer with a specific local congregation. It is often a formalized public declaration of commitment to the
church (e.g. Baptism, profession of faith, personal testimony, church rolls), in a manner that varies depending
on the customs of the congregation. Many modern, independent churches reject the idea of membership,
believing it to be an unnecessary and human addition to belonging to Christ and to the "invisible church".
Church membership viewed biblically is an obligation of discipleship and love that derives from being united
with Christ by grace through faith, and from the discipline that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed to the
church, to preserve its orderliness, purity and peace.
Membership, in this sense, is assumed throughout the New Testament, and taught explicitly. For example,
Paul teaches that Christians are members of one another as well of Christ, and that this unity is visible
and practical in the church. He likens the visible church to a physical body of which Christ is the head, to
which believers are joined and held together by love.
.We, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. - (Romans 12:5)',
speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom
the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working
properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. - (Ephesians 4:15, 16) For the purpose of
caring for and strengthening this body, and for the cooperative action of all of its members, the grace of
Christ provides leaders:
He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the
work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ. - (Ephesians 4:11) This discipline is not optional to the
Christian life, but is enjoined by the command of the word of God: Obey your leaders and submit to them,
for they are keeping watch over your souls. (Hebrews 13:17)
The apostle likens those outside of this government to children, tossed to and fro by the waves and
carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
These duties and privileges of love in the visible church, which constitute the orderliness and ministry of
the church that is incumbent upon every member of Christ, might be represented in modern churches by
customary conventions such as membership rolls, public profession, baptismal records, membership vows,
congregational meetings, the privilege of voting, church courts, judicial procedures, and the like. It is
easy to be misled by such human, mundane institutional and courtroom language, about the divine character
and spiritual nature of church membership
A bishop is an English translation of the Koine Greek word episkopos found in various places in the
New Testament. The word can also be translated "guardian" or "overseer".
In Christianity, a bishop is an ordained clergy person who is given authority over the Church and
responsibility and guardianship over the Christian Faith. Bishops also serve as administrative leaders
in denominations with episcopal forms of church polity.
James and the Jerusalem Council
Arguments would be the role of James at the Jerusalem Council. James clearly functioned as a captain,
not just a moderator, for the Council. He was a secondary Apostle, a Presbyter/Bishop.
Acts 21:8 states "and he [Paul] went into James and all the elders were present". Episcopalians would
point out that this shows that James was in charge. Paul didn't go to the Presbytery, but to James.
Church history also testifies to James as the "bishop of Jerusalem".
- Rev Eric Michel Archbishop
- Rev Marie Yvonne House of Bishop
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Congregation Board Of Elders
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