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PROTOCOLS & POLICIES of the NETWORK

Definitions of EMBASSY, AMBASSADORS, and PROTOCOL
 
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1. The word “embassy”, refers  to The Household of God as to governmental representation & management of God’s Kingdom on the earth.

2. As ambassadors of the Kingdom, we represent the King of Kings - Jesus.

3.  God's embassy on earth is His collective network of churches across denominational lines.

4.  Embassy is a group of persons sent on a diplomatic mission, an ambassador and his staff. We are called Christ's Ambassadors.  2 Corinthians 5:20

5.  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.

The 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.     

        

Agendas: 
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.

 

Access/Transition:  Of ministers from one location to another ministry within the same regional scope, and/or the healthy transition of people from one church to another church.

Agreement:  
Minimize differences, maximize unified purpose, Never allow issues to affect our resolve for relationship. Seek diversity, and celebrate rather than tolerate each one.

Accountability

Ministerial Ethics: On a 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. 

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.  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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Access/Transition

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.         

Lead 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.

Associate 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.

It 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.

Agendas

Appropriate 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 regional event. 

Agreement

The 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.

 We need to PRAY and PUBLICLY support our Brothers and Sisters in Christ...and PERSONALLY develop relationships that will strengthen the Body of Christ.

To 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) 

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