(referred to as the IC)
Our legal name was "Life Challenge, Inc."
We were also licensed by our city as we owned and occupied a commercial building down town. Because we were a 501c3 tax-exempt corporation called a "church", we needed to have a CEO, Secretary, and Church Board. I was a member of the board. In addtion, we now had a dozen pages of BY-LAWS and "Membership" requirements.
Leadership requirements were spelled out in the membership Rules and included a signed agreement to pay a 10% tithe and 5% offering.
- (Bishop. -sometimes a titled Bishop may have some authority over the pastor. He may be part of the assembly, a semi-retired minister, or an out-of-town person of importance.)
pastors wife, and or associate pastors
Departments, (and their Head(s)elders
2. Church Board
assistant pastors or associate pastors
attendees and visitors
Family members may be salaried, become Youth Pastor, or other "plum" positions within the assembly whether they are scripturaly qualified or not.
In the hierarchy, there may be either a Bishop over the pastor, or a titled denominational position. Sometimes the lines of authority are blurred, overlap, or not clear.
The folks in the pew that just go to a "church" to worship God most likely have no idea of who or how the church is "run".
The church corporation may even have a President, Vice President, CEO, CFO, Secretary-Treasure, Board, etc. Not only do "churches" run this way, but so do most, if not all famous "ministries".
Here is one of many sites that explain this agreement with the "beast", our government and the IRS. http://spofga.org/ten_commandments/2006/feb/church_info.php
That's right kiddies, there is an excellent chance YOUR church and favorite ministry is married to a kingdom run by Satan.
But because "churches" do not openly disclose this in their advertising or in the Sunday brochure-program, it takes a little more effort by asking the RIGHT QUESTIONS from the smiling people.
Are you 501c3 registered so our donations may be deducted on our taxes?
Who is the head of this church?
Can I see the "Rules for Members"? What Departments do you have? Childrens? Benevolent? Food Pantry?
Are there written "leadership requirements" ?
Is the pastor on a payroll and or taking tithes for his support?
Politics and financial manipulation and shennanigans abound in these structures, especially the family run types. People, including pastors, take carnal ownership of ministries, positions, titles, and people. The Organization takes on a life of its' own and begins to exist for its' own comfort, name, and purpose.
Formerly loved and cherished brethren may find themselves suddenly outside, margianlized, avoided, or expelled. -sometimes in the wake of misunderstanding mis-communications, and mis-reported words.
The Institution is what must be preserved....