of the New Covenant Assemblies of Yahweh
The foundational unit of the New Covenant Assemblies of Yahweh (NCAY) is the congregation
or the LOCAL ASSEMBLY/BRANCH which consists of catechumens
(unbaptised investigator-members), baptised members, and confirmed/full (or Christmated) members. All
members are called into the Priesthood (1 Pet.2:9)
though not all accept the call necessarily. There are three Priesthood Orders -- the
Apostolic (Patriarchal Order) (Patriarchal Order), the
Eldership (Enochian Order) and the Deaconate (Zadokian Order).
These are collectively called the Melchizedek
Priesthood, which is the Order of the Son of Elohim/God (Heb.5-7). Priesthood is open to both
men and women though the sexes have their own orders with slightly different callings.
The Eldership and Deaconate are divided into various offices as shown in the diagram below:
Each colony is presided over by a Pastorate consisting of three Elders and three Eldresses, two
of which are the Pastor and Pastress who are looked upon as the father (patriarch) and mother (matriarch) of the Local Assembly or Branch. The Pastor presides over the Pastorate.
The maximum size of a local assembly is 144 baptised members after which they are divided
up into smaller units. A group of local assemblies in a common geographical area constitute a
Bishopric, the senior colony in which
is called a Central Assembly. The
Central Assembly is presided over by a Bishopric
or a Central Pastorate structured in
the same way as a Local Pastorate. The Central Pastorate has oversight over the other
local assemblies in its care and is thus sometimes called a Mother Assembly.
The New Covenant Assamblies of Yahweh are highly evangelistic and have missionaries (called missioners) in
every local and central/metropolitan assembly. There are therefore Local Missioners, Central Missioners, Evangelists -- also called Sub-Apostles (who work
within an area containing several Boshoprics or Metropoles), and finally the international missioners called APOSTLES.
The Twelve Apostles constitute the APOSTOLATE or PATRIARCHATE, who are the Community Fathers, three of whom constitute the Presiding Patriarchate.
The women's equivalent of the Apostolate, known as the Matriarchate,
has, when fully organised, one hundred and forty-four members, three of which constitute the Presiding Matriarchate.
For a more detailed account of NCAY organisation, see the latest Constitution and The Olive Branch, The New Covenant Priesthood, pp.xxi-xxix, which also contains a helpful table showing all the officers and their responsibilities. Though this is not completely up on this site yet, you can order the book with full commentary by clicking here. Also see the Membership Page which contains a more detailed look at the operation of cells within the local colony and how you will settle in as a new member.
Also see the Membership Page
This page was created on 27 December 1997
Updated on 19 November 2015
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