New Covenant Apostles:
How Long Do They Serve?
Q. How long are callings to the Patriarchate and Apostolate? Are Patriarchs and Apostles appointed annually like Pastors and local priesthood officers? Do you have "emeritus" apostles like some churches do?
A. Callings to the Patriarchate and Apostolate are for life and members thereof can only be released by death, permanent disability or apostasy. They are, however, weighed annually in the House of the Lord like all other Priesthood officers. Should any apostle suffer temporary disability his sub-apostle may stand in for him until his health is restored.
There are no "emeritus" or "honorary" positions in the New Covenant Church of God. Patriarchs or apostles who are released from their callings because of disability retain the office of Apostle or Patriarch without executive responsibilities and may serve as advisors to the Apostolate or Patriarchate if called upon. They do, of course, continue to serve as Elders within the local or firstborn colony where they are resident as they are able to or wish to.
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Last updated on 17 December 2007
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