To Unify, Covenant, Support, Network, Establish, Maintain, Solidify and Declare
- To voluntarily federate with those churches who hold to the doctrines of the Reformation Solas, Theonomy, Postmillennialism, and the Dominion Mandate of Genesis 1:28-29, without the tyranny of “top-down” denomination control.
- To support & network with said churches in matters of strategies and tactics for the Cultural alignment of the world, God-Ward.
- To establish & maintain Ecclesiastic courts for the purpose of adjudicating matters which are out of the jurisdiction of the local session of elders.
- To solidify & declare accountability with each church within the ARTC federation.
- To labor effectively for the expansion, promotion, and support for Christendom throughout the earth.
The Presbyterian vs The Genevan Model of Ecclessiastic Government
The differnce between Presbyterian and Reformed governments is that, in the former, Christ is viewed as investing the Presbytery (aka the General Assembly via the gathering of Elders and Pastors from local churches) with direct authority, which is then distributed to individual churches.
In the Genevan Reformed view, however, Jesus authorizes the Elders and Pastors of each local church to conduct its affairs. This maintains the sovereignty of each local congregation and protects it from top down control by a General Assembly. When necessary, the local churches may send representatives to meet and gather with Elders and Pastors. Therefore, the churches gather for the 'well-being' but never for the 'being' of the church.
The Reformed View of Church Government further explained
The Reformed conception sees Christ, the Lord, ruling from the right hand of God, the Father, over particular churches directly, throught their session of Elders and Pastors. Accordingly, a properly comprised local church is a full and adequate expression of the Body of Christ.
In contrast, the Presbyterian model believes in the ultimacy and primacy of the Presbytery (aka The General Assemby). This makes the local churches dependent upon it and subject to it.
The ARTC follows the Reformed (Genevan) Model, while maintaining a local presbyterian model of Elders and Deacons.
Note: Taken from "Chruch Governemnt Broadly Considered" by The Rev. Schlissel.
Many thanks to Rev. Schlissel for sharing this insight with the ARTC.