Tissot depicts Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, telling Moses to select able men and place them over God’s people as leaders of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens to judge or govern the holy nation. (See Exodus 18:17-23) Apostles and elders (ruling pastors or bishops) governed the Apostolic Church. See Acts 1:14-26; 14:23; 15:6,23 and I Tim. 3:1-7.
1. The apostolic networks or jurisdictions of ministers and churches of the CAC shall be responsible for the ordination of elders (ruling pastors or bishops) and other fivefold ministers within their particular jurisdiction, upholding the ministerial standards and qualifications set forth in the Canon of the New Testament and with the support of members of the appropriate governmental body or council whether General, Regional, National, or Municipal when that is possible.
(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 commissioning of apostles and prophets should take place in a company or plurality of apostles, prophets and other fivefold ministers, and where possible, should be confirmed by members of the appropriate CAC governmental body or council (General, Regional, National, or Municipal).
3. Ordination papers or other documentation shall be provided through the candidates apostolic overseer or pastoral head and should bear the CAC seal and signatures of appropriate CAC council members, whether General, Regional, National, or Municipal.
4. The recognition of ordination from other apostolic jurisdictions or communions by the Communion of Apostolic Churches shall take place only after due diligence and proper examination or observation of the candidate by responsible CAC apostles or pastoral leaders.
5. The installation of elders (ruling pastors or bishops) as heads of local churches shall be the responsibility of each apostolic network or jurisdiction. (The Communion strongly recommends such be done in council with other apostolic overseers and the ruling pastors of the CAC in the particular city or region where the church is located, and with the agreement of the congregation involved.)
Tissot depicts Jewish elders or fathers of the city sitting at the gate taking council together about the city and the nation. In the early Church apostles and elders (ruling pastors or bishops) governed the Church, the New City in every place. See Acts 14:23; 15:6,23 and I Tim. 3:1-7.