3. Church Government

In the Old Testament God lead his people initially in a direct way, then by judges, prophets, kings, and priests. The Old Testament was much more directive in how, at least during Temple Times, authority, ministry, and priests lead God’s people at the Temple in Jerusalem. When the Messiah Jesus came he reorganized the “called out” new people of God around himself, as he ushered in the kingdom. He taught and empowered the apostles and disciples as this “new assembly” of God’s people, both Jew and Gentile, the ecclesia, the assembly, the called out ones: the Church. The Apostles appointed elders/overseers and deacons in the local churches. Peter, Paul, and the other Apostles assumed direct authority over the local churches. Sometimes a council of elders would come together, like in Acts 15 from Jerusalem, to make a decision to instruct all the churches,… sometimes Paul would give directives as the authority over a local council of elders, and sometimes the churches received appointed leaders like Timothy and Titus who acted as overseers of the elders/overseers of the local churches. From these passages along with the the varyingly interpreted verse where Jesus called Peter the R(rock) whom he’d build his church… some sects within Christianity developed the Episcopal System of Government and some the Congregational System of Government (I simplify the issue greatly here for these purposes).
TMCC was planted autonomously (without a mother organization) as a non-profit with a board… with some practically acting as “elders” within the board, and a teaching pastor elder, which has developed into a more Biblical Council of Equal Elders (with one identified as the Teaching Pastor Elder). Elders should be appointed by the other elders, and after lengthy review, establish on the elder council. Elders should have Godly character, love God and people, buy into the mission, dna, and philosophy of TMCC, and shepherd and care for the community. We will plant other pastors, elders, churches, where authority under TMCC can continue or the church be spun off in an autonomous healthy fashion. We are not a Congregational System of Government. We are an Elder/Overseer System of Government lead by a Plurality of Equal Edlers.

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