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CHURCH LEADERSHIP SEPARATION: The Ordained Clergy and the Elected Lay Council

CHURCH LEADERSHIP SEPARATION: The Ordained Clergy and the Elected Lay Council

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There are two arms of Spiritual Leadership in the Church of God: The Ordained College for spiritual oversight and the Lay Council for temporal oversight. This double oversight consultation approach to leadership originated from divine wisdom revealed in the Scriptures. In the past, “clericalisation” of Church Leadership gradually excluded the laity, but in recent times, “synodisation” of Church Leadership has re-involved the laity (1Sam 8:4-7; Acts 6:1-7). There is even further “nicolaitisation” tendency towards lay supremacy over the clergy, where the laity desires to heap up preachers according to their directives rather than give heed to ministrations according to divine institution (2Tim 4:1-5; 3John 9-11; Rev 2:6-7, 15-17). Even in the wider society, God also indicates the propriety of the separation of Church and State.
There are two arms of Spiritual Leadership in the Church of God: The Ordained College for spiritual oversight and the Lay Council for temporal oversight. This double oversight consultation approach to leadership originated from divine wisdom revealed in the Scriptures. In the past, “clericalisation” of Church Leadership gradually excluded the laity, but in recent times, “synodisation” of Church Leadership has re-involved the laity (1Sam 8:4-7; Acts 6:1-7). There is even further “nicolaitisation” tendency towards lay supremacy over the clergy, where the laity desires to heap up preachers according to their directives rather than give heed to ministrations according to divine institution (2Tim 4:1-5; 3John 9-11; Rev 2:6-7, 15-17). Even in the wider society, God also indicates the propriety of the separation of Church and State.

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CHURCH LEADERSHIP SEPARATION:The Ordained Presbyterial Clergy and the Elected Diaconal Concil
by !en Dr I" U" Ibe#e
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Comment on The Chapel of Grace Blog: 
CONTENTS:
SEPARATION OF LEADERSHIP OVERSIGHT
 Leadership in the Church is Spiritual not Secular/ collegial not monarchial0it is for spiritual service not for political lording'over0 it is ,y hum,leo,edience to od not ,y haughty self'aggrandi1ing pre'eminence (li2eChief'34ecutive 5osses and !aramount'*ead Rulers)6 Church Leadershipis accounta,le
stewardship for the dispensin
 (%Cor 7$%'") of od8s
Grace
 (3ph $") and Christ8s
Gospel 
 (%Cor 9$%'%:0 Col %$"+'") in
pastora! s"##o"r
and
 pres$%teria! o&ersiht
 of od8s o;n
Flock 
 (Act"#$"&0 %!et +$%'7)6 <herefore/ Church Leaders must see themselves ascollegial *elpers and spiritual =ispensers not as profiteering commercial!roprietors and suppressive political =espots6 <hey should avoid
pride
and
se!f'assertion
 ,ut rather e4alt Christ and serve *is Floc2 ;ith allhumility6 <hey should esche;
do(ination
 and
ri&a!r%
 ,ut rather see2cooperation to o,ey Christ as revealed in the Scripture6 Christ alone isthe Saviour/ Lord and !otentate of *is o;n Church not the Leaders6 *ear;hat Christ said$
 Luk 22:24-26 (24) And there was also a strife among them, which of them should beaccounted the greatest.(2) And he said unto them, !he kings of the "entiles e#ercise lordshi$ o%erthem& and the' that e#ercise authorit' u$on them are called benefactors.(26) ut 'ou shall not be so: but he that is greatest among 'ou, let him be asthe 'ounger& and he that is chief, as he that does ser%e.
CHURCH LEADERSHIP SEPARATION
 
by Ven Dr I. U. Ibeme
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<here are t;o arms of Spiritual Leadership (%!et 7$%%) in the Church of od$ %6ORAC>LAR CL3R?@
one who speaks
B$ those
Ordained
 ,ycertification of elder ordained .inisters to ,e apostolicCollege!res,ytery for spiritual LI<>RICAL ste;ardship/ ;ho
minister the sacred 
 .?S<3R?LOOS according to authenticallyinspired Scripture (Acts "#$"'"&0 %Cor 7$%0 %<im $%':)0 and "6=IACONAL LAI<?@
one who serves
B$ those
E!e#ted
 ,yconsensus of the ,ona'fide congregation .em,ers to ,e localCouncil5oard for temporal LOIS<ICAL succor/ ;ho
administer the common
 <R3AS>R?<A5L3 according to common need andcommonly accepta,le procedure (Acts $"'70 "Co &$%9'"70 %<im$&'%)6 <his
$i#a(era!'#ons"!tation
 approach to spiritual leadershipoversight originated from divine ;isdom revealed in the Scriptures6<he ,eauty of this is that in moral things the Lay Council comes to theClergy to ,e ministered unto spiritually/ ;hile in temporal things theClergy comes to the Council to ,e ministered to materially (%Cor 9$%%also Rom %+$":0 al $0 %<im +$%:)6
CHURCH LEADERSHIP SEPARATION
 
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In the past/ 
clericalisation
B of Church Leadership gradually e4cluded the laity/,ut in recent times/ 
 synodisation
B of Church Leadership has re'involved the laityand revived lay ministry in conformity to apostolic tradition (%Sam &$7':0 Acts$%':0 3ph 7$%%'%0 Dohn %'&/ %"'%7)6 <here is even further 
nicolaitisation
tendency to;ards lay laisse1'faire or
diotrephes-ous
B laysupremacypreeminence over the clergy/ ;here the laity desire to heap uppreachers they ;ould support and follo; according to their directives and theiritchy desires rather than give heed to ministration according to divine institutionand purpose left ,ehind ,y Christ and his Apostle ("<im 7$%'+0 Dohn 9'%%0 Rev"$':/ %+'%:)6  It is ho;ever pertinent to notice the difference and relationship ,et;een,i,lical pattern for leadership and participation in the Church and ,i,licalpattern for leadership and participation in the State6 IN <*3 Christian C*>RC*/ the emphasis is on
God)s rede(ption $% His*ord
/ Eustification and mercy
 granted through
 the Suffering .essiah/humanity8s inner spirituality and faith/ conscience and sin ;hich are dealt;ith ,y redemption/ persuasion and faith administered ,y
ministerial leaders and pastors
 (Rom %"0 %<im )6 IN <*3 pluralistic S<A<3/ the emphasis is on
God)s restraint $% thesword
/ Eustice and ;rath
 guarded under 
 the Sovereign .essiah/humanity8s outer temporalities and goods/ civility and crime ;hich aredealt ;ith ,y enforcement/ condemnation and fear administered ,y
magisterial leaders and princes
 (Rom %0 %<im ")6 For good conscience to;ard od and good citi1enship in the community/ theChurch should not ,e su,versive against the State ,ut rather ;isely ;itness/serve and even ;illingly suffer to
sa!t+ !iht and !ea&en
 the State to ,ringpeace and righteousness for the good of all and glory of od (.at +$9'%0%$0 3ph +$%'%:) and approach the State for the ,enefit of its good services(Act "+$%#)6 Nor should the State legislate over spiritualities or against theChurch ,ut rather see2
#ons#ien#e
 (Lu2e $%#'"#)/
#ooperation
 and
inter#ession
 (%<im "$%'7) from the Church as ;ell as ensure temporalprovision and protection for the Church (Act %&$%"'%:0 "%$":'7#0 ""'")6B  
Ni#o!aitisation
B over the instituted apostolic Clergy ,y the incorporated or layadministrative Council gives the State or civil institutions the po;ers to su,EugateChrist8s spiritual institution under human temporal constitution6 <his is travesty on theChurch8s canonical freeness/ even if the incorporated Council is all made up of ordained Clergy6 -orse still is the
diotrepheso"s
B su,Eugation of apostolicallyordained Clergy under the pre'eminence of the locally elected Laity (Dohn 9'%%)6<his is a dangerous trend ;here some charismatic and accomplished mem,ers of theLaity ;ho disdain apostolic theological training as no ,ig dealB assume that theirsocial status and personal conviction ma2e up for doctrinal e4actitude6 <hese laychampions usurp authority to give directives to and overrule the Clergy ;ho are thecalled/ learned doctrinally/ trained theologically/ proved and ordained for ministry6Such
despised
 or
!oo,ed down
 Clergy faces the challenge of
aff!i#tion
 or
hardship
and
o"t'of'season in#on&enien#e
 ,ut ;hich they are charged to
end"re
 in order
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