Current NCAY Leadership & Callings
An Introduction to Leadership Patterns in Messianic Israel
Leadership in Messianic Israel is according to the divine tavnith or pattern of the New Covenant Melchizedek equivalent of the Israelite Confederacy or Israelite Nation prior to the monarchy of King Saul. Because this is radically different from that of modern Christian churches and Messianic assemblies it is often misunderstood and therefore requires some explanation.
The basic unit of Messianic Israel is the family. The head and cohen (priest) of each family is, de jure, the father and husband. For this reason he is known as the family's patriarch or 'father-ruler'. His wife (or wives in a larger family arrangement) is his CEO or 'Chief Executive Officer' and operates under his delegated authority within the home and family and is accountable to her husband.
The Wife and Mother
The family mother operates, therefore, as a priestess over her sons (who have not attained to the age of 20, whence they become men, as long as they are still living under their father's roof) and her unmarried daughters in the capacity of a matriarch or 'mother-ruler' under her patriarch-husband. The relationship between father and mother, and husband and wife, is not, as obtains in most churches, one of co-headship but patriarchal. A man's wife is under the authority of no other man. Her husband is accountable for her, and their children, before Elohim (God) and before the Messianic Israelite Community.
The second familial tier of Messianic Israel is the clan and its head or cohen (priest) is the most senior member of that clan. A clan is a kinship group that is composed of more than a single family. Not always clearly defined in Scripture, and with some variation in organisation, clans are usually translated as 'divisions,' 'kindred,' 'family,' and sometimes even 'tribe.' Clans are, technically-speaking, subgroups of tribes, and are composed of biological and adopted families.
The Twelve Tribes
There are, or will be, in Messianic Israel, Twelve Tribes, named after the original twelve tribes of Israel, each of which will, at some point, have a territory and a prince or cohen (priest) in the Promised Land after the second and final gathering has taken place at the end of the age. The twelve Tribes as a whole are, according to Scripture, also ruled by a Prince or Cohen (Priest), who is also the Prince of the Tribe of Joseph-Ephraim, the equivalent of a 'Prime Minister', as Joseph was in Egypt. The King and Cohen Gadol (High Priest) of Messianic Israel is the Master Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ).
The Theocratic Nation
This, then, describes the familial and national organisation of the theocratic state of Messianic Israel as it shall be in the Promised Land and in the Millennium.
The Nation in Diaspora
Because Messianic Israel is in disaspora or dispersion, scattered across the face of the world, it is, for now, organised somewhat differently to the final theocracy.
The End-Time Diaspora Congregation
The basic unit of Messianic Israel in Diaspora remains the family, as already described. A congregation of Messianic Israel in Diaspora (MID) is the voluntary association of patriarchs and their families in a particular geographical area who are networking for evangelism, instruction, fellowship, mutual-support and spiritual growth. We call each of these a New Covenant Assembly of Yahweh (NCAY). Though largely independent, these Assemblies are governed by an apostolic body known as Mishpachah Lev-Tsiyon (MLT) or the Chavurat Bekorot (CB), the primary functions of which are to ensure that the Constitution is adhered to, call Annual General Conferences and to maintain orderly Melchizedek Priesthood governance. All NCAY Pastors are members of MLT which serves as a central congregation for the whole fellowship.
Pastors and Their Selection
The appointment of pastors (overseers) over local congregations or assemblies was historically the responsibility of the apostles. Once true apostles are again called, pastors will be selected by them through revelation. Apostles, unless they fell or retired, served for life. The pastor then selected the remainder of his ministerial team in much the same way as a father-husband makes assignments in his own family unit. Until such a time, though, pastors are selected by the unanimous approval of all the patriarchs having consulted with all the members in a congregation and prayerfully sought the will of Yahweh. Pastors, who must be married, gifted and have some ministerial experience behind them as Elders and Deacons, are unsalaried and serve for one year terms, renewable annually as the Ruach (Spirit) directs.
The Rôle and Selection of the Pastress
The Pastress of a disaspora congregation is ideally and preferably, though not necessarily, the Pastor's wife. As the Pastress is a Melchizedek Priesthood office (an Eldress) like that of the Pastor (who must be an Elder), her rôle in NCAY is not necessarily a default one that comes with being the Pastor's wife. In conservative Evangelical denominations, where there is no concept of a women's priesthood with accountability structures (they do not, unless they are liberal, ordain female pastors, elders and deacons, and then not in the biblical way), Pastor's wives are typically regarded as 'first ladies' as in the American presidential system. This is understandable and reasonable given the system they use. The only reason for a Pastor's wife not being called to be a Pastress would be if she is not in right relationship with Yah'shua (Jesus) or is unqualified to act in a leadership capacity which in NCAY, at any rate, requires her to be able to teach and preach like that of the Pastor.
A Second Selection Method for the Pastress
Another reason a Pastor's wife cannot automatically become the Pastress becomes apparent when you consider those congregations in, for example, Africa and Asia, where plural families are to be found. All the wives cannot be the Pastress. If the Pastor has more than one wife (as was the case not so long ago where one of our Tanzanian pastors had more than one wife), then the Pastress has to be selected by another process - the same, in fact, used in the selection of a Pastress who is not the wife of the Pastor. The Pastress is appointed by the prayerful consent of all the wives of the patriarchs (married men) of that congregation. If the sister thus selected is not the Pastor's wife (or one of his wives) then the husband of the nominee must give his consent to the appointment to ensure that there is proper covering and authority in place. In either case, she must be sustained by all the sisters of the congregation before being ordained.
Eldresses and Mixed Gender Assembly Ministry
The ministry of the Pastress is principally as an Eldress to the women of the congregation in disaspora. However, as already pointed out, she (like other Eldresses) may also be called to preach and teach to a mixed gender assembly provided she is under the proper authority of her husband and has been properly elected and appointed to her ministerial office.
The Pastor's Casting Vote
The Pastor, as the Father or Patriarch of the whole congregation, has the casting vote in all congregational appointments (see the latest Constitution for details), much as the president of a country appoints his cabinet. He will, however, listen carefully and respectfully to the opinions and wishes of his congregation and seek to accommodate these provided they do not contradict the very clear vision he has been given.
The Fully Organised Pastorate
In a fully organised congregation where there are sufficient numbers to warrant it, a full Pastorate may be organised consisting of the Pastor and Pastress with four counsellors, two men and two women (ideally, but not necessarily, married to their opposite numbers), who are appointed by the Pastor and Pastress, in order to share the burden of running a local assembly.
No Perfect System
Obviously in a disapora situation there is no perfect system, since it is an unavoidable compromise between the patriarchal theocratic system of Messianic Israel and the current 'church' system with all its limitations. It is for this reason that a pastor's licence is renewable every year and in part why he is unsalaried. The whole congregation is supposed to share in the ministerial labour, each according to his or her gifting and experience. And ideally there is no clergy-laity division even though practically there will always be a gradient of separation between the the pastors and those who are not yet ordained. In short, it is as families are.
The Final Goal, Families and MLT
The only place where the theocratic system is in full operation is in each family and in the central mishpachah (family) where there is full patriarchy and where the wife (or wives) are de facto and de jure the family pastor's 'pastoral assistant(s)' or pastress(es). Such families, like Abraham's, may consentually adopt other families who then become part of a clan, as described above. Such is how Mishpachah Lev-Tsiyon (MLT) operates which will, in time, be translated into the 12 tribal 'families' when they are gathered. This is Yahweh's tavnith (pattern) and the direction in which we are headed.
Some Current NCAY Family Heads
The 'directory' that follows lists some of the current prominent family or patriarchal heads in NCAY.
Christopher C.M.Warren (Lev-Tsiyon haEfraiyim), born in 1954, originally from Great Britain of English and Northern Irish descent, currently resides in Sweden. He was saved in 1977, was involved principally in the Restoration Movement and Baptist Church in Oxford, England, before founding what would become the Messianic Evangelical Movement in 1987 in response to a revelation received in 1984, is the Pastor of the Central Congregation of Mishpachah Lev-Tsiyon (MLT) and presides over the New Covenant Assemblies of Yahweh (NCAY) internationally. He is the creator and webmaster of NCCG.ORG as well as its chief contributor, has authored several books and many articles, and is the former editor of several theological and pastoral magazines. Born in Singapore and raised in Malaysia, he has also lived in the United Kingdom and Norway. He was educated at Oxford University, holds degrees in Biochemistry (Master of Arts), Systems Analysis and Business Computing, and was studying for a Theology degree before his relocation to Scandinavia in 1988 in response to a vision. He served as an Under Officer in the Cadet Force of the 2nd Batallion of the Queen's Regiment of the British Army in England and Germany, was the former Principal of St.Albans Tutorial College in Oxford (which he founded), worked teaching Information Technology, English, Geography, Mathematics, Biology and Classics at educational establishments and one municipality in Scandinavia, and retired in 1999 owing to poor health. He has traveled internationally as an evangelist in the UK, USA, Scandinavia, Ukraine and Bulgaria. He is the father of seven children. For a fuller account see the Synopsis and the Author's Page for further information.
Gabriel Ljungstrand, born in 1942, is from Göteborg (Gothenburg), Sweden, where he still resides. He is a knowledgeable Torah-teacher, intercessor for the nations and is a member of the Council of Patriarchs of Mishpachah Lev-Tsiyon (MLT) and the New Covenant Assemblies of Yahweh (NCAY). Educated at Chalmers Tekniska Högskola, Göteborg, and holding a degree in Chemical Engineering, he became a chemistry teacher at a junior College but was dismissed for criticising evolution and for testifying to his pupils about Yah'shua. He studied Biblical Greek and Hebrew and completed his training to be a priest in the Lutheran State Church. Raised in a totally secular family, He met Yah'shua (Jesus) when he was 16 in the Lutheran Church, was involved in the charismatic revival in Sweden where he dedicated himself to Yahweh and where he got a tremendous hunger and thirst for the Word and for prayer. Becoming disillusioned with the shallowness and materialism of the charismatics, he devoted himself to study, prayer and witness for many years, eventually finding his way to the Messianic Evangelical Movement in 2002 and becoming fully involved in 2013. He has traveled widely around the world and most recently as an evangelist in Nepal and India. He also holds the rank of Lieutenant in the Swedish Navy. He is the father of nine children (one now gone to be with Yah'shua) and the grandfather of nine grandchildren. He married Janine Nsengayo of Kigali, Rwanda, in 2017 and has become the step-father to several more children. See the Author's Page for further information.
François Van Staden born 1966 in Johannesburg, was raised in Pietersburg, and matriculated in Pretoria, South Africa, where he now lives. He joined the Messianic Evangelical Movement in 2014, currently heads the NCAY South Africa Mission and is a member of the Council of Patriarchs of Mishpachah Lev-Tsiyon (MLT) and the New Covenant Assemblies of Yahweh (NCAY). He holds a Diploma in Police Administration as well as several IT Industry certifications, served in the South African Police Service as a Lieutenant Colonel, left to serve in the private sector, to then become a consultant. He has worked in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as a consultant in his sphere of expertise in Information Security and IT Governance. He met Yah'shua when he was 16 years of age, but left the narrow road to continue living in sin until 2005 when he was diagnosed with a life-threatening lung disease. He made t'shuva and repented for his sins and for forsaking Yah'shua. He lost both his hips (hip replacements) but his faith grew stronger. In 2011 he joined a local Messianic congregation, but the congregation was soon disbanded. He joined Mishpachah Lev-Tsiyon (MLT) in January 2014. Since joining MLT and the New Covenant Assemblies of Yahweh (NCAY) he became aware of the great deception going on in the world and researched a variety of topics related to the pharmaceutical industry and alternative medications / natural remedies. He is the father of one son. See the Author's Page for further information.
Salai Than Maung (Christian name, Roger - Messianic name, Levi) was born in 1970 in Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) to Christian parents. He was converted to Messiah in 1986 and baptised by immersion in 1993. He formed the non-denominational New Covenant Fellowship [formerly Gospel of God For Myanmar] in 1990 and served as a free evangelist for three years from 1990 to 1993. During those years, he also served as a volunteer headmaster of private middle schools for two years. He studied theology at Zomi Theological College in Chin State for four years (1993-1997), and completed his Bachelor of Theology (B.Th) degree in 1997. He then served as the pastor of Thathay Kung Baptist Church in Khumiland for one year. He also served as a volunteer headmaster of a private middle school in Thathay Kung village where most are Buddhists and animists. Further, he studied theology at the Myanmar Institute of Theology in Yangon for three more years (1998-2001) where he completed his Master of Divinity (M.Div) in 2001. Afterward, he became a Free Baptist missionary for one year in Kachin State and served as a part-time lecturer at some Bible Colleges in Yangon for four years (2002-2005). He became the pastor of the Yangon-Myanmar New Covenant Assembly of Yahweh (NCAY) in 2013 and is now the Presiding Pastor of NCAY Myanmar Mission which was admitted into full membership on 8 December 2016 after the required three year probationary and assessment period. He represents Myanmar in the Council of Patriarchs of Mishpachah Lev-Tsiyon (MLT) and the New Covenant Assemblies of Yahweh (NCAY). He married Grace Eht Lowm in 2002 and is the father of three children.
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