A diaconia was originally an establishment built near a church building, for the care of the poor and distribution of the church's charity in medieval Rome or Naples... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diaconia
"A scholarly consensus about the interpretation of the διακον - words has been in place for 70 years. Te consensus maintains that early Christian writers adopted διακον - words because of their lowly connotations and imbued them with new meanings speciﬁc to Christian living and community arrangements. Te new meanings had developed on the model of Jesus who came to serve others in self-giving love. " http://www.academia.edu/6647046/A_Monocultural_Usage_%CE%B4%CE%B9%CE%B1%CE%BA%CE%BF%CE%BD-words_in_Classical_Hellenistic_and_Patristic_Sources
That research established that no semantic diﬀerentiation is discernible between pre-Christian and early Christian usage. Further research has extended the semantic analysis into patristic literature, and the present paper illustrates that the monocultural character of the usage is evident also in patristic writings.
Banks may open an account for the Church without external numbering of other forms of government and are not required by law to apply for or obtain such numbers. Properly trained overseers may assist in such accounts. The Church should also not make a practice of using a private party to do Church business, even on a small scale. If the need for an account arises in the congregation, there are alternative financial institutions which can be structured more in line with the Church polity than banks. But if the Church approaches a bank from the proper status it may use a bank account as a foreign situs trust by way of a pass-through account in the ministration of its sacred service and duties. The Church may produce letters of introduction and credence, along with other documents to assist in these endeavors.
If a church has a need for a financial account it will need to select an acting minister and alternates to fulfill those duties if the acting minister became incapacitated. There must be at least one ordained minister of the Church acting as overseer. The Holy Spirit is our Protector, but if there is no named protector an officer(or officers) of a state might be tempted to assume jurisdictional control of the Church.
Although we have referred to this arrangement as a "Sacred Purpose trust" the emphasis is not upon the word "trust" but upon the words "Sacred Purpose". In one sense it is like an altar of God and should not be confused with a statutory trust that could be regulated by the State. An offering is entrusted to the control of the minister, but the status of the overseer is critical to the autonomy of that altar of the Church.
Since the freewill offerings are entirely given to God and into the control of the minister of trust, the people’s act of faith is not like a grantor trust. The corpus of the gift may only return to the people by way of hope and charity. The gift is like bread cast upon the water, or the burnt offerings upon the altars of the past. Once an offering is given the minister of this sacred altar of the Church must choose how it shall be used like those unregulated or unhewn stones of those ancient living altars of worship.
The choice of ministers should be prayerfully made. The protector or overseer of any church service is under some important restrictions laid down by God through Christ, Moses, and Abraham. The overseer has no control of the administration of property. He may appoint or withdraw the appointment of an elected Minister of trust. The people in congregation must elect their ministers and choose their offerings.
The overseer must be an ordained minister of the Church. Assets held in faith are no longer under the control of, nor are they the property of the congregation, and nor the overseer but Christ’s. When you choose someone to minister in the service of the congregation, you must choose with this precept in mind. They belong to God. The ministers of trust are merely ministering as a bondservant of Christ.
Ordained Ministers are required to meet the conditions of Christ. Other ministers are considered “commissioned” or “licensed” ministers acting ex officio by an appointment of an ordained minister. The purposes of these structures are to serve God by serving one another in faith, hope, and charity. Men have often chosen ministers in the past who exercise authority over their neighbor and themselves. They have given up their right to choose due to covetousness, and have gone under the authority of others.
If that were true the Church would be established by the people and not by the appointment of Christ.
All ministers need to be appointed, but only by someone who is at least believed to be Christ’s ordained minister already.
Sacred Purpose Trusts
Auxiliary | Ex officio |
Trusting in the Kingdom
COM | CORE | Elders
Family trusts | Creature
Trustees Delegates and Agents
Agency vs Trust |
LLC | Golem
Tithing | Why Congregate | Slothful |
Study | Kingdom Business |
- See the book Thy Kingdom Comes.
- 1 Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”