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The most significant difference is in how new Elders come into office. In an Elder Ruled church, existing ordained elders have the responsibility of finding or training equipped leadership and appointing them to office in the local church. In an Elder Led church, the appointed Elder board may exercise spiritual oversight over the body but ultimately also ...


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Hooker's Arguments Hooker wrote in the last years of Queen Elizabeth I. He feared that the Church of England, as he knew it, was under threat. The Puritans were growing in strength and influence. He was amongst the many, referred to in the Epistle Dedicatory to the King James Bible, who feared that when Elizabeth died, thick and palpable clouds of darkness ...


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Having grown up within the Plymouth Brethren tradition, I was taught that a local church should be led by a plurality of elders and served by a plurality of deacons. While the definitions, uses, and even connotations of the terms elder, overseer, bishop, and under-shepherd have changed significantly in the years following the Apostolic Age, local churches in ...


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According to the CRCNA Church Order 2015, nominations for office are presented by the council. Article 4 a. In calling and electing to an office, the council shall ordinarily present to the congregation a nomination of at least twice the number to be elected. When the council submits a nomination which totals less than twice the number to be elected, it ...


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What are biblical arguments for congregationalist church polity? Within ecclesiastical polity, the congregational churches means that the local congregation rules itself, elects its own leaders, both clergy and laity, ordains its own clergy, and is a "self-governed voluntary institution". Congregational churches dispense with titled positions such ...


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For those not familiar with the situation, on October 15, 2018, a Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church ceased communion with the Patriarch of Constantinople. The Synod's resolution read: Henceforth and until the Constantinople Patriarchate renounces its accepted anti-canonical decisions, for all clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church it is not possible to ...


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