The church has no higher authority than Jesus and His word. He said “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth” (Mt 28:18). There are no official positions, powers or persons in His church possessing any authority to alter what He said or to order any person to submit to their


After the apostles died, the direction of the local church was left under the oversight of men called bishops (also known as elders, overseers, pastors, shepherds or presbyters). Each congregation was to be supervised by a plurality of such men, not by one man called “the pastor” or “the bishop.” Teachers and preachers were also