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 or she must be at least 45 years of age. B. The Archbishop Primus sets the mission and goals for the church. The Archbishop Primus selects the diocesan bishops and has the power to remove them by his or her authority.
B. The Archbishop Coadjutor assists the Archbishop Primus with the daily function of the church and is his or her 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 the five diocesan bishops each representing a region of the U.S. (Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast.) 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. Should the Archbishop Primus become incapacitated or be found to have committed criminal or unethical behavior he or she may be removed from office by a unanimous vote of the five regional bishops. The Archbishop Primus can only vote with the council of bishops on matters of changes to the Canons of the church or to the Outline of the Faith, which must be unanimous. He has no vote in who succeeds him (Archbishop Coadjutor) and in church investigations.
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: Vacancies
A. In the event that a regional diocese is without a bishop the Archbishop Primus or Archbishop Coadjutor may appoint a priest to serve in the temporary capacity of Archdeacon for a period not to exceed 18 months
B. The first act of the council of bishops upon the Archbishop Primus' retirement, end of term, or death will be to appoint a new Archbishop Coadjutor within 14 days.
C. Vacancies on the council of bishops will be filled by the Archbishop Primus, who has the power to add or remove bishops.
Section VI: Ministerial Freedom:
A. It is our expectation that clergy will work together in a collegiate and civil manner. While there is an episcopal structure, it is not the church leaderships desire to dictate how clergy practice their personal ministries. The only requirement 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. That being said we do expect the chain of command to be respected. 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.
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