A. The leader of the church, who carries the title Archbishop Primus, is the chief spiritual leader who serves for a term of 20 years. He sets the mission and goals for the church. The Archbishop Primus selects the diocesan bishops and has the power to remove them by his own authority.
B. The Archbishop Coadjutor assists the Archbishop Primus with the daily function of the church and is his successor. The Archbishop Coadjutor is selected by a majority vote of the council of bishops. This occurs when the existing Archbishop Coadjutor has assumed the role of Archbishop Primus.
C. The council of bishops is made up of five diocesan bishops each representing a region of the U.S. (Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, and South.) The Archbishop Coadjutor makes up one of the five by also serving as a diocesan bishop. If the need for more diocese arises, each regional diocese can be subdivided into state diocese with a bishop leading each state diocese and reporting to the regional diocesan bishop.
D. The role of the council of bishops is three fold: select the Archbishop Coadjutor, make changes to the Canons of the church or to the Outline of the Faith ( by unanimous vote), and to oversee the investigation and removal of clergy on the grounds of: criminal behavior, unethical behavior, and disobedience. Clergy can be expelled for illegal and unethical behavior with a majority vote of the bishops. All illegal activity will be immediately reported to the police.
Section II: Ordination A. Ordination to the deaconate and priesthood can be performed at the discretion of each of the diocesan bishops. Our main concern is that their calling is true and that they receive the proper training to perform their duties. All exceptions to these requirements must be approved by the Archbishop Primus. 1. Candidates must be age 21 or older for deacon, 2. Candidates must be age 25 or older for the priesthood.
B. If the Archbishop Primus or Coadjutor asks that a bishop ordain a candidate on behalf of the church at large, that bishop must comply if they are in close proximity to the candidate and it would not pose a hardship to them.
Section III: Consecrations A. No consecrations may be performed without the Archbishop Primus' approval. Bishops must be at least 35 years of age with ministerial experience. Any exceptions to the requirements must be approved by the Archbishop Primus.
B. If the Archbishop Primus or Coadjutor asks that a bishop consecrate a new bishop on behalf of the church at large, that bishop must comply if they are in close proximity to the candidate and it would not pose a hardship to them.
Section IV: Incardination
A. Incardination will allowed for deacons and priests by any bishop. The only requirement is valid apostolic succession and no criminal history.
B, The incardination of a bishop requires approval of the Archbishop Primus.
Section V: Ministerial Freedom:
A. No one has to take an oath of loyalty to the church. The only requirements is to be in agreement with our beliefs. B. We give free reign to practice ministry as one pleases so long as they do no harm to the reputation of the church by their affiliation and do not engage in illegal activities. All illegal activity will be immediately reported to the police.
C. The role of the bishops will be to provide moral and spiritual support to the clergy. Their goal is to be servant leaders who develop others in their ministry rather than being traditional "overseers". The structure of the church is meant to maximize individual ministerial freedom. D. We do require that anyone performing an exorcism get a waiver of responsibility signed by the person receiving the exorcism and that it be returned to the bishops for approval before any action is taken to avoid any potential legal issues.