Goverance

STRUCTURE AND GOVERNANCE

Council of Reformed Churches of India adheres to the episcopal governance and structure embodied in Scripture and followed by the Anglicans Fathers. We believe in the priesthood of all believers, yet we also believe that God is a God of order who establishes lines of authority to strengthen the Church in serving Him and humanity.

We believe that each part of God’s Church should be autonomous, meaning: self-governing, self-supporting and self-propagating.Council of Reformed Churches of India  is led by its own Metropolitan, The Synod, Conference of Bishops and General Assembly. We function according to a well-defined constitution and have a Canon Law for the governance of the church. On every level, we follow the biblical model of multiplicity in leadership, ensuring that no one makes unilateral decisions for the church.

Council of Reformed Churches of India has its administration in conformity with the teachings of Anglican Church of India They taught, “As the Lord did nothing without the Father, being united to Him, neither by Himself nor by the apostles, so neither do you anything without the bishop and clergy”.

The central administration of the church is backed by the dioceses. Each diocese consists of a geographical grouping of churches and is led by an episcopa. Each one has its own council and assembly.

 

THE ARCH BISHOP

The head of Council of Refomed Churches of India is given the title of Arch Bishop. He is appointed by and from among the duly consecrated bishops of the church. The Arch Bishop is responsible for the overall leadership of the church. However, Council of Refomed Churches of India follows the traditional and Anglicans practice of multiplicity in leadership, which means the Arch Bishop leads as the first among equals. The present Arch Bishop of Council of Refomed Churches of India is Rev.Dr.G.Vijay Raju

THE SYNOD

The Synod is the chief governing body of Council of Refomed Churches of India. It consists of senior bishop appointed by the Arch Bishop from among the senior and experienced episcopas of the Conference of Bishops to assist him in the governance of Council of Refomed Churches of India worldwide. Ordinarily, The Synod meets two to three times each year.
The day-to-day administrative responsibility of the church and its ministry is mostly delegated to the Synod Working Committee which is appointed by The Synod. This committee meets on a regular basis.

CONFERENCE OF BISHOPS

The Conference of Bishops is a council consisting of all Bishops actively serving in an office of the church and provides leadership for all spiritual and temporal matters of the church. The Arch Bishop is the President of the Conference of Bishops. Various boards, councils and commissions, both permanent and temporary, are appointed to assist the Conference of Bishops.

SYNOD SECRETARIAT

The Synod Secretariat is the coordinating office of Council of Reformed Churches of India situated in the Duvvada, located in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India. It functions as the headquarters of the Church worldwide, both for ministry and general administration. It also houses the Office of the Arch Bishop and the administrative offices of all the boards and ministries.

SECRETARY GENERAL

The Secretary General, also referred to as the Sabha Secretary, is an episcopa or senior clergy member appointed by the Arch Bishop in consultation with The Synod. He is the administrative leader of Council of Reformed Churches of India at the Synod Secretariat. His primary role is to coordinate, communicate and execute all the decisions of the Metropolitan and The Synod, as well as any related ecclesiastical matters as may be entrusted to him from time to time by the Arch Bishop.

DIOCESES, EPISCOPAS AND ARCHPRIESTS

The spiritual oversight, administration and ministries of the church are organized by dioceses, which consist of multiple parishes in a specific geographic location. An episcopa gives spiritual and temporal oversight to a diocese. The Diocesan Executive Council, Diocesan Council and Church District Councils serve by assisting the episcopa with the administration and functions of a diocese. An archdiocese is an ecclesiastical province (region) comprising multiple dioceses over which a senior episcopa is appointed to provide ecclesiastical and administrative leadership.
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