Regional Apostolic Council

Regional/Specialized Apostolic Councils

Appointment of Regional/Specialized Apostolic Council Directors

The Regional/Specialized Apostolic Council Directors are called by God, qualified (I Tim. 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9), willing to fulfil this leadership responsibility, and discerned through fasting and prayer. They are recognized and recommended by both the Apostolic Council, and the church leaders they will oversee. If there is general affirmation (Apostolic Council and leaders of the church they will oversee), then they will be commissioned by the Apostolic Council. In some cases, a Regional/Specialized Apostolic Council will appoint a Regional/ Specialized Apostolic director and Apostolic Council within their field of ministry. The Regional / Specialized Apostolic Directors need to be involved in the life of their local congregation.

Regional/Specialized Apostolic Council Members Appointment

Regional/Specialized Apostolic Council members are called by God, qualified (I Tim. 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9) and willing to fulfil this leadership responsibility. Members are discerned through fasting and prayer and chosen by the  Apostolic Council with affirmation from the church leaders they will oversee. The Regional /Specialized Apostolic Council Director, along with the Apostolic Council, are responsible to appoint the Regional Apostolic/ Specialized Apostolic members with the general affirmation from the church leaders they oversee. In some cases, a Regional/Specialized Apostolic Council will appoint a Regional/Specialized Apostolic director and Apostolic Council within their field of ministry. All Regional Apostolic / Specialized Apostolic Council members need to be active in the life of their local congregation.

Oversight for Regional/Specialized Apostolic Councils and Leaders

The Regional/Specialized Apostolic Councils and directors will receive oversight for their ministry from the present Apostolic Council or the International Apostolic Council when it is developed or the Regional/Apostolic Council that has appointed them. They will receive personal pastoral care for themselves and for their family from the eldership of the partner church to which they are committed.

Terms and Terminations of Regional/Specialized Apostolic Councils

Regional/Specialized Apostolic Council members are called by God, qualified (I Tim. 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9) and willing to fulfil this leadership responsibility. They should be willing to serve long-term with a yearly evaluation. These evaluations will be overseen by the  Apostolic Council and Presiding Apostle (or the Regional/Specialized Apostolic Council that appointed them) and an appointed evaluation team if needed. This team will be appointed by the Apostolic Council and may consist of qualified persons other than themselves.

In the event of the necessity of termination of the responsibility of a Regional Apostolic/ Specialized Apostolic Council member due to moral failure, irreconcilable disputes, disorderly conduct, apostasy, or other fault, the director of the Regional/Specialized Apostolic Council along with the Apostolic Council (or designate), along with the others serving on the Regional/Specialized Apostolic Council, will be responsible for this process in accordance with The Apostolic Missions Network’s written policy for discipline and restoration.

In the event of the necessity of termination of the responsibility of the apostolic leader who serves as the Director of the Regional/Specialized Apostolic Council due to moral failure, irreconcilable disputes, disorderly conduct, apostasy, or other fault, the Apostolic Council (or designate) will give leadership to this process along with the other Regional/Specialized Apostolic Council members in accordance with the Apostolic Missions Network’s written policy for discipline and restoration.

In the case of sudden vacancy of the Director of the Regional/Specialized Apostolic Council, an Apostolic Council member or designate will lead the process along with the present Regional/Specialized Apostolic Council to select an Interim Director. This Interim Director would serve until the new Director can be affirmed through the process outlined for the appointment of a Regional/Specialized Apostolic Council Director.

Accountability and Ministry Oversight for Regional/ Specialized Apostolic Councils

The Regional/ Specialized Apostolic Councils and directors will be accountable to the Apostolic Council (or the Regional/Specialized Apostolic Council that appointed them). The Regional/Specialized Apostolic Council will be accountable to the Regional/Specialized Apostolic Council Director. In the event of unresolved conflict between the Regional/ Specialized Apostolic Council Director and any of the Regional/Specialized Apostolic Council members, and after following the principles outlined in Matt. 18:15-17, the  Apostolic Council (or the Regional/Specialized Apostolic Council that appointed them) will serve the Regional/Specialized Apostolic Councils in resolving the conflict.

Decisions regarding major changes (structure, doctrine and policies) will be made with input and general affirmation of the Apostolic Council (or the Regional/Specialized Apostolic Council that appointed them).