word “embassy”, refers to The Household of God as to
governmental representation & management of God’s Kingdom on
ambassadors of the Kingdom, we represent the King of Kings - Jesus.
embassy on earth is His collective network of churches across
is a group of persons sent on a diplomatic mission, an ambassador and
his staff. We are called Christ's Ambassadors. 2 Corinthians
Protocol is defined, not as an institutional or legalistic regulation,
but a breathable relational structure & maturity between leaders
6. Protocol is a
of conduct is a set of correct or appropriate behavior of a group,
organization, or profession Functional relational agreement: a formal
agreement between authorities, leaders.
7. A locally, regionally,
and globally recognized standard of relational structure for clear
collaborations and interconnectivity between those who are connected
through functional leadership and accountable relationships.
Specific Aspects of Protocol
Accountability: Ministerial conduct with other ministers in
a region involving cases of oversight and permission for guidance,
personal aspects. Correction needed in violations of ethics and
protocol it will be done in the scriptural order seeking ultimate
reconciliation and restoration. Accountability addresses
responsibility, respect and reliability in ministers.
Arbitration: The process through which a controversy is
submitted to an impartial person called an arbitrator, to resolve a
dispute outside of the court system.
Appropriate guidelines for
presentation of events, goals, and invitations to ministers,
ministries, and specific congregants based on the locations,
involvements of regional leadership counsel, and neutrality of any one
individual entity being highlighted for
drawing to itself.
from one location to another ministry within the same regional scope,
and/or the healthy transition of people from one church to another
differences, maximize unified purpose, Never allow issues to affect our
resolve for relationship. Seek diversity, and celebrate rather than
tolerate each one.
regional level: A standard of conduct implemented according to biblical
principles and relational protocol. Affiliates of this
Network will conduct themselves in a Christ like manner one toward
another and never become critical, disruptive, or derogatory of one
another. If there are genuine differences between ministers we will
operate on the principle set in Matt.18:15-17. The Network reserves the
right to remove anyone involved in unsettled strife or unresolved
conflicts between ministries. We can have differences of opinions, but
we must disagree agreeably. Regional & Community
Unity: Our purpose is not to meddle into the individual churches and
ministries, but to only address those issues that affect a region or
community’s ability to be networked as ONE.
process through which a controversy is submitted to an impartial person
called an arbitrator, to resolve a dispute outside of the court
system. This arbitration is available for disputes: Between
churches in the Network; Between ministers in the Network; Between
church attendees within the churches of the network; Between churches
& ministers (one in the Network & one outside); Between
inner Church conflicts (only when called upon).
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This is the transition
of a minister from one location to another ministry within the same
regional scope and can involve the transition of people from one church
to another church within the same region.
Minister: The lead minister who leaves a ministry to relocate
within the same general region is to start a new church should exercise
consideration of ministers within a 10 to 20 mile radius.
Minister: who leaves a
ministry to relocate within the same general region, if
starting a new church, should have consideration of the ministers
within a 10 to 20 mile radius. Seek agreement with the lead pastor
where he/she has just left. If agreement is sought and not granted,
then the regional leaders are available to help reach a resolution.
is strongly advised that a minister
starting new ministry in the same geographic region where they have
ministered elsewhere should have limited and guarded communication with
people of the former church body for a season of time to eliminate
stress on the leadership of the church they have come out of.
Relationships continue because we are the Body of Christ, but if a
minister has moved on from active leadership of that former church
there needs to be transition for proper closure and reopening. Open
communication between pastors is wisdom.
Any minister actively encouraging and
motivating people to leave another church is operating in violation of
scriptural protocol and will be expected to cease from such action or
be removed from network membership.
guideline for presentation of events, goals, and invitations to
ministers, ministries and churches. There is a need for
appropriate guidelines in INVITATIONS that extend to a COMMUNITY to
prevent unethical enticements of people to leave their
churches. Is the invitation a COMMUNITY EVENT designed to
invite many community leaders in on planning and purpose? Is
the event primarily focused on building and drawing to one local church
body? Are the pastors of that community being contacted for
support and agreement? Are the calendars and programs of the
local churches being taken into consideration in the planning of a
Body Network was birthed by God's Spirit to connect ministries by the
unity of the Spirit
in the bond of peace. We are here to COMPLETE not
compete with each other. We are encouraged to Minimize
differences and Maximize unified purpose, and distinctive diversities.
In God's household there are only walls to distinguish each room, and
Jesus is the DOOR that connects each room in the household of God.
Genuine unity celebrates common agreement that Jesus is Lord and never
compromises our individual convictions. True unity comes through
COVENANT RELATIONSHIPS that grow through integrity, honesty, and good
fruit. We are NOT an “exclusive” fellowship. Oversight is not
“smothering” but the Body Network provides intense networking through
covenant relationships. Even at the accountability level, a minister
can still continue to be part of their current denomination, fellowship
or Christian organization. Our goal is to be a NETWORK of various
ministries and backgrounds in the Body of Christ that make us a
diversity (diverse-city) as vital parts of the Body.
Affiliates of this Network will conduct
themselves in a Christ like manner one toward another and never become
critical, disruptive, or derogatory of one another. If there are
genuine differences between ministers we will operate on the principle
set in Matt.18:15-17 Our desire is to life up and encourage one another
in the faith. The Network reserves the right to remove anyone involved
in unsettled strife or unresolved conflicts between ministries. We can
have differences of opinions, but we must disagree agreeably.
need to PRAY and PUBLICLY support our Brothers and Sisters in
Christ...and PERSONALLY develop relationships that will strengthen the
Body of Christ.
develop ACCOUNTABILITY one to another as relationships grow that build,
encourage, and show forth the prayer of Jesus: "Father, that they all
may be ONE, even as We are one" (John17:21,22)