The illustration to the left is from the 16th c. and is called “Pentecost”. It shows the 12 Apostles of the Lamb whom Jesus brought into fellowship with Himself and formed into the apostolate. (See Acts 1:21,22,25.) Note they are gathered around and built upon the Rock, Christ the King, who carries a towel as servant of all. Later Paul was given the right hand of fellowship and received into the apostolate.
1. The Communion of Apostolic Churches is comprised of apostolic and prophetic networks, streams, or jurisdictions of ministers and churches, headed by apostles and elders (ruling pastors or bishops) who have been lead by the Lord to come together in His Name and for the sake of His Kingdom to form a larger jurisdiction, a communion (CAC) within the One Holy Apostolic Church.
(Please note: the terms elder, pastor, and bishop, were used interchangeably by the apostles and elders of the Apostolic Church, Acts 20:17,28 and I Peter 5:1-3, and are therefore used in this same way by the CAC. We do not use the terms elder or bishop in an episcopal sense.)
2. The CAC is governed internationally by a Presiding Apostle (Elder or Bishop) and by a General Council or Synod (Senate) of Apostles and Elders (Ruling Pastors or Bishops).
3. The General Council is comprised of apostles, prophets and elders (the pastoral heads or spiritual fathers) from the various networks or jurisdictions of ministers and churches that make up the CAC who have demonstrated to their fellow apostles and elders and those whom they represent that they possess a global or international measure of apostolic, prophetic, and pastoral grace.
4. The General Council elects with a unanimous vote of its members the Presiding Apostle who shall serve as president or head of the General Council and the CAC for as long as the Lord enables him to do so effectively.
5. The Presiding Apostle is to serve as president or head of the General Council or Synod and is responsible to guide the council’s decision-making based on a consensus of agreement of not less than two-thirds of the council members in attendance at its meetings.
6. The Presiding Apostle or any other General Council member who falls into grievous doctrinal error or moral failure may be removed from office by a two-thirds vote of the General Council.
7. The Presiding Apostle shall appoint an Executive Council with the confirmation of two-thirds of the members General Council. The Executive Council shall consist of twelve members of the General Council. The Executive Council shall function in an administrative capacity between regular sessions of the full Synod. Its role shall be to provide counsel and administrative support to the Presiding Apostle (President or Bishop) in the administration and implementation of the General Council’s decisions. It also helps him in making special recommendations to the General Council. The Executive Council meets at the Presiding Apostle’s discretion or as need arises.
8. The Presiding Apostle (President or Bishop) with confirmation by two-thirds of the General Council shall also appoint Convening Councils or Special Commissions. These special task forces are charged with the responsibility of exploring specific areas of doctrinal, ministry, or mission concern assigned to them and recommending courses of action for the General Councils consideration.
9. Those ordained by the CAC through it’s member networks or jurisdictions are considered full members of the CAC Ministers’ Fellowship, and enjoy its full benefits and privileges. Like the CAC the Ministers’ Fellowship shall be developed along geographic lines with international, national, regional, and local chapters.
10. The CAC shall also be governed regional, nationally, and locally by Regional Councils (Synods), National Conferences (Synods or Congresses), and City Presbyteries of apostles, elders, and other fivefold ministries, structured as the Spirit of the Lord directs. These additional governmental bodies shall be under the general jurisdiction and subject to the Presiding Apostle and General Council of the CAC.
11. The Presiding Apostle and General Council shall work closely with the geographic councils of the CAC (paragraph above) to develop regional, national, and municipal missions to extend Christ’s Kingdom and establish appropriate levels of Church government (regional, national, local or city) in order to strengthen and develop CAC networks or jurisdictions of ministers and churches in various geographic areas, and also to work together with other communions to revive, restore, and reform the larger body of Christ, so that the whole Church might function together as One Holy Nation and succeed in it’s Kingdom mission to possess the nations and fill all things with the glory of God.
Jesus shown being judged by the Chief Priests and the Elders who formed the Sanhedrin (the Ruling Council or Senate of Old Covenant Israel). Because the builders of God’s House rejected the Chief Cornerstone the Kingdom was taken from them and the nation they represented and was given to the apostles of Jesus Christ and His Church, the New Covenant Israel. (See Matthew 21:42-43)
The Chief Priests and Elders of Old Covenant Israel were thus replaced by the fellowship of the apostles (the apostolate) and the elders of the New Covenant Israel and formed a New Synod or Senate.