by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Hierarchical Churches

§ 2.01.02
Key point 2-01.02 In hierarchical churches, ministers ordinarily are selected by church members or according to rules promulgated by a parent denomination.

Hierarchical churches generally select their ministers according to rules promulgated by a parent denomination. Some denominations give subordinate churches complete freedom in selecting ministers. Others dictate who will be the minister of each affiliated church. Many denominations provide for the selection of ministers by the combined efforts of both the denomination and the subordinate church.

When a hierarchical body or official selects a minister for a local congregation, the local congregation is without authority to affect or overrule that decision.

Case study. A Methodist bishop acting pursuant to authority granted him by the Doctrines and Disciplines of the Methodist Church appointed a minister to serve a Methodist congregation ...

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