Church order

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Church Order is the systematically organised set of rules drawn up by a qualified body for the church.[1] From the point of view of civil law, the church order can be described as the internal law of the church.[1] A church order explains precisely what a document is, in a clinical and matter of fact tone, without conveying the spiritual nature of the document.[1]

The authority of a Church Order[edit]

The authority of a church order is very closely linked to its relationship to Scriptures and the confessional texts of a church.[1] The fact that a church order provision is supported directly or indirectly by the Scriptures will to some degree, though not essentially, affect its authority.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e (English) P. Coertzen. Church and Order. Belgium: Peeters.