example of a healthy view of how to respond to authority that has gone awry. One thing to be aware of, never let anyone outside the immediate local church define what the ruling documents of your organization are. If you see any of the characteristics defined in the below, please ensure that you take appropriate action to remedy these. The results of not doing so are well documented.
Please note that the spirit in which the below was written was that of reconciliation. To bring parties to a point to discuss and reconcile not to split nor to separate. Yet in most dysfunctional groups, power is concentrated to one or few and this is ironically its Achilles heel. It is a main reason that the office of Apostle in the church is no longer relevant -- because it cannot be held by people who have power but no accountability. This has been demonstrated throughout church history. I do not cast aspersions on Catholicism but there is little doubt the concentration of power lead to hundreds of years of corruption and by those actions and so spurred the Reformation to counter-balance such skewed viewpoints of authority.
This is a notorious document to some who may read. I put it here for those caught in authority run amok so that reason and balance and ACCOUNTABILITY may return.
In the ultimate sense we answer for our lives to God and those are hands into which we place our lives, destiny and fate...in none other.
The document is no longer relevant to the organization where it may have applied due to a total revision of ruling documents by current and standing members of the corporation. But I place it here for a template for any organization where outside authority's ability to lead and direct has reached a point of no return. Personal integrity and local governance must continue in the face of such a situation -- fulfilling the goal of local pastoral and God given authority -- to protect and serve the local church's members.
PROTECTION OF LOCAL MINISTRIES AND OFFICERS OF THE CHURCH
(sic: there was a section here that cited all instances where external authority was referenced in any transition of power.
Please ensure ALL references are listed here and all powers are made null and void)
It has been a number of years since the above was written but I believe it serves as a good template for any organization seeking to counterbalance authority that is no longer responsibly operating in its given capacity. It is a time to be wise as a serpent and innocent as a dove.