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Archbishop: The Archbishop serves as the Chief Overseer and Chief Executive Officer of The Worldwide Fellowship of Independent Christian Churches.
Board of Directors: The Board of Directors comprises the Suffragan Bishop, the General Secretary, Endorsing Agent and Treasurer who serve as the governing bishops of The Worldwide Fellowship of Independent Christian Churches.
Apostolic Nuncio: The Apostolic Nuncio serves as the primary representative of the Archbishop office to members in the WFICC, governing officials, and partnership entities.
National Chaplain: The National Chaplain serves as the primary caregiver for the executive body of the WFICC and the overseer of all diocesan chaplains.
Staff of the Archbishop: Those who comprise the administrative staff serve a variety of functions and capacities for directing the organization to fulfill its mission. They are under the direct supervision and guidance of the Archbishop.
College of Bishops: The College of Bishops is the Advisory Board to the Board of Directors on the affairs of the WFICC organization. The College of Bishops is comprised of only selected District Bishops who serve on a termed basis.
House of Bishops: The House of Bishops comprises all of the bishops within the WFICC except the Board of Directors and the College of Bishops. The House of Bishops has three purposes for convening:
Biblical Foundations: The Ecclesiastical Court has its biblical foundation in Matt. 16:19 and Matt. 18:18 which indicates that there is a mysterious relationship between the sanctioning of judgments in the earthly sphere with those of the sanctioning of judgments in the divine sphere.
Though they are not synonymous (1 Cor. 4:4-5), Jesus Christ described this unique connection in this way: “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Matt. 16:19).
Other passages which connect the meaning of keys with authority or power can be found in Rev. 1:18, 9:1-3, and 20:1-3. Unlike the purposes of the civil court, the purposes of our ecclesial court are for:
Ecclesiastical Court: The Ecclesiastical Court is comprised of members who are temporarily selected for the purpose of judging a particular church matter. The Apostolic Nuncio ensures there is no conflict of interest and that everything discussed remains confidential. The Apostolic Nuncio serves as the presiding judge over all ecclesiastical cases.
Appeal to the Archbishop: If the person under trial believes that the final decision or outcome of the case was unfair, this person has the right to appeal to the Archbishop by writing a letter that is to be submitted via the Apostolic Nuncio.
Chaplain for Confidential Confession: Since one of the purposes of the ecclesial court is to bring reconciliation and repentance, a chaplain is available if people need an private opportunity to confess their sins for the completion of their restorative process and healing.