Jesus of Nazareth driving the merchants and money changers out of the Temple, declaring, “My Father’s House shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.” Echoing the words of His Master, the Apostle Paul declared to Timothy, “First of all...I urge that entreaties, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil...life...” On the Lord’s day the saints in General Assembly extend the scepter of King Jesus out of Zion through it’s Kingdom prayers, binding the powers of darkness, loosing the power of Christ’s Kingdom, and changing governments, cities, and nations.
1. The Lord’s Day is the official day of worship for the Church of Jesus Christ. It is the day that the allotments or churches of the true Israel of God go up to Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem, to worship the Father and the Son in the Spirit and through prayer extend the scepter of King Jesus to release the government of God upon the cities and nations of the earth. Therefore, every Lord’s Day the churches that makeup the networks or jurisdictions of the CAC gather in the Spirit with the whole Church in General Assembly around the throne.
On the Lord’s Day we go up to Zion, allotment by allotment, city by city , region by region, nation by nation until the whole Church has assembled in rank and order as a mighty army around the throne of God to celebrate and worship Jesus Christ the King, pray governmental prayers binding the powers of the kingdom of darkness and releasing the power and glory of the Kingdom of Heaven and transforming cities and nations, hear the Word of our King, and celebrate the Eucharist. Then, we descend the Holy Mountain to serve His Kingdom in our cities, nations, regions, and throughout the whole earth.
2. At the Lord’s direction the ministers and churches of the member networks or jurisdictions of the CAC may be convened internationally in General Conference by the Presiding Apostle with the consensus agreement and support of the General Council or Synod.
3. At the Lord’s direction the ministers and churches of member networks or jurisdictions of the CAC in a region may also be convened in Regional Conference by the Presiding Apostle or Elder of a Regional Council with the consensus agreement and support of the Regional Council.
4. At the Lord’s direction the ministers and churches of member networks of jurisdictions of the CAC in a nation may be convened in National Conference by the Presiding Apostle or Elder of a National Council or Synod with the consensus agreement and wholehearted support of the National Council.
5. At the Lord’s direction the ministers and churches of member networks or jurisdictions of the CAC in a city may be convened for a Citywide Celebration or Conference by the Presiding Apostle or Elder of a local Presbytery or Council with the consensus agreement of the Presbytery or Council.
6. The CAC Ministers’ Fellowship may meet in conjunction with these meetings as the Spirit of the Lord directs the governmental councils of the CAC.
7. The CAC General Council or Synod shall be convened at the Lord’s direction by the Presiding Apostle with the consensus agreement of the CAC Executive Council. Meeting dates and council agendas are to be determined by the Presiding Apostle (President or Bishop) together with the Executive Council. Members of the General Council or Synod are to be formally advised of meeting dates and discussion topics in writing at least one year in advance.
8. The Presiding Apostle may call meetings of the Executive Council regarding CAC concerns or to determine meeting dates and General Council agendas as directed by the Lord. He must give Executive Council members a three month notice in writing.
9. The Presiding Apostle may also appoint special Convening Councils or Special Task Forces to address special issues, concerns, or projects with the consensus approval of the General Council.
10. The Presiding Apostle with the consensus agreement of the General Council may also convene a variety of international dialogs, summits, conferences or congresses to serve the ministers and churches of the CAC globally, as well as, the larger body of Christ.
11. CAC Chairmen, Presiding Apostles or Elders (ruling pastors or bishops) of regional, national, or municipal councils, synods, or presbyteries with the consensus agreement of their respective governmental bodies, may also convene special meetings deemed appropriate or essential to advance the vision and mission of the CAC or the body of Christ in their geographic region, nation, or city.
This is an early painting of Apostle James the Just, the brother of Jesus whose judgment was adopted by the apostles and elders in the first apostolic council in Jerusalem in 50 AD. The apostles and elders met to govern or judge the issue of circumcision and the salvation of the Gentiles (the nations). 1st Peter shared his surprising experience with Cornelius’ household; 2nd Paul and Barnabas shared about the sovereign move of God in Antioch; 3rd James declared to the council that the conversion of the Gentiles was demonstration God was rebuilding the Tabernacle or House of David which had fallen down. As a result the apostles and elders issued apostolic decrees concerning these matters that became the rule among all the churches in the Empire.
This fellowship of apostles (the apostolate) that Jesus Himself established in the beginning of His ministry and the Jerusalem Council in 50 AD established Apostolic structures and patterns for the ongoing government of the Church of Jesus Christ today. Structures and patterns that must be recovered.