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]

Evolution of Church Order[edit]

The British Biblical scholar, B.H. Streeter identifies the Johannine epistles as the culmination of the New Testament understanding of church order with the author of Third Epistle of John confronting a serious matter as an official with recognized authority and experience who calls himself an 'Elder' yet functions more like an Archbishop of later development.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e (in English) P. Coertzen. Church and Order. Belgium: Peeters.
  2. ^ Streeter, B.H. (1929). The Primitive Church. New York: The MacMillan Co. p. 92.