This website is my private project. You can contribute by giving your feedback.

How the Synodal Church will operate

Saturday, January 8, 2022 (11:34)

Some unclassified answers to questions about apostolic government and how the Synodal Church will operate in real life.

The basic idea behind apostolic government is that an individual person gets appointed to do a given job. This is inspired by Jesus who appoints very diverse people (fishermen, tax collectors, …) or the prophet Samuel who appoints Saul and later David as the kings of Israel (1 Samuel 9 and 1 Samuel 16).

It seems that the combination of the words “apostolic” and “government” is a neologism. Should I call it “apostolic management”? Or rather “apostolic government”? At the moment I seem to prefer “government”, but it is used both to “manage” projects and to “govern” bigger institutions (including the whole church).

apostolic government

A form of government based on apostles who are seen rather as servants than as masters.

apostle

An appointed individual who received an authorization to fulfill a particular function.

Those who appoint other people have themselves been appointed the authority to appoint others. The Pope is the top-level appointer and gets appointed by the procedure of papal succession (which, by the way, reminds me that of the Dalai Lama).

Most appointments are legally expressed as a contract similar to a work contract, which is publicly visible. But there can be oral appointments as well.

The Pope will physically live at varying places where an existing community agrees to host him.

The Synodal Church will legally be a non-profit organization that lives from donations. The Roman Catholic church will be the first sponsor. It will accept donations even from non-synodal organisations (though clearly stating that accepting a donation does not mean a benediction).

The Synodal Church will use its money partly for paying wages to its appointed workers. It can also appoint part-time workers or volunteer workers and pay them money for supporting their work, legally formulated as service sales or cost refunds.

The Synodal Church will use its money also for acquiring and maintaining material goods of all kind, including real estate objects, web servers, clothes, food, infrastructure for distributing water, internet or electricity, roads, cars, ships, air planes, …

One activity of the SC will be to issue benedictions, which it can revoke at will.