107. Celestial Church of Christ is one and indivisible. For organisational purposes and within the framework of this organisation, the following terms, wherever they are used and wherever they occur in this Constitution, shall be deemed to have the meaning hereunder respectively assigned to them.
(a) INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS: Celestial Church of Christ is world-wide. While its Supreme Headquarters is at Porto Novo, Republic of Benin (formerly Dahomey) which is also its birth-place, the INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS of the Church world-wide is at the Mission House, Ketu, Lagos State, Nigeria.
(b)DIOCESE: refers to the entire Church within Nigeria with its National or Diocesan Headquarters at 12/15 Church Street, Makoko, Yaba, Lagos State. It also includes for the time being those Parishes outside Nigeria (e.g. in United States of America, United Kingdom, Western Europe) which are administered from Nigeria.
(c) DISTRICTS: denote groups of Parishes within the Diocese ministered unto by Pastor's Representatives of the rank of Assistant Evangelist and above. Such Assistant Evangelists (and above) shall normally be based in a Parish from where they would administer to the parishes within the group to which they are assigned such Holy Rites as can only be administered by those with the rank of Assistant Evangelist and above.
(d) PARISH: denotes individual Church Congregation within the Diocese. As examples, we have
(i) Badagry Parish
(ii) Yemetu Parish
(iii) Oke-Ado Parish
i.Harton Street Parish, etc. etc. etc.
108. The Pastor as the ultimate Spiritual Head of the Celestial Church of Christ world wide shall be vested with the sole ultimate and unchallengeable authority on all matters affecting Church life, be it planning, organisation, doctrinal standards and the spread of Doctrines, Education, Legislation or Discipline, the provisions of this Constitution notwithstanding.
109. The Celestial Church of Christ world-wide shall have one Head who shall be known and called "The Pastor". (John 10.14-16).
110. In the History of the Celestial Church of Christ, there can be only one Founder. The use of the title "Pastor and Founder" or "Pastor/Founder" is exclusive to the very first Head of the Church, the one and only one Founder of the Church, Rev. Pastor Samuel Bilehou Joseph Oshoffa. Any future head of the Church shall be called simply "The Pastor".
SUCCESSION INTO THE OFFICE OF THE PASTOR
111. Whereas the Pastor and Founder of Celestial Church of Christ has proclaimed publicly that, by divine inspiration, it has been revealed unto him concerning the mode for the appointment or selection of a Successor to the post of Pastor and Spiritual Head of the Church, it is here firmly established that:-
(i) The successor to the office of Pastor can be from any rank in the hierarchy of the Church and shall, at a time chosen by God to reveal this unto the erstwhile incumbent of the post of Pastor, be named and proclaimed the successor;
(ii) On succeeding after the transition of his predecessor in off-ice, the new Pastor shall occupy the Pastor's Chair in the inner altar
112. There shall be a Representative of the Pastor in each Parish, i.e. an Elder or Leader or other rank in charge, who would perform all the duties of the Spiritual Leader in the Parish subject to the provisions of this Constitution.
113.Pastor's Representatives shall have all privileges to report direct to the Pastor on all matters.
114. In the absence of the Pastor, a Pastor's Representative may however, report to the Head of the Diocese who will, in turn, report back to the Pastor.
Appointment of Pastor's Representatives
115. The appointment of Pastor's Representative to a Parish shall be made by the Pastor in consultation with the Head of the Diocese. The Pastor may, however, make a direct appointment of his Representative to any Parish and inform the Head of the Diocese accordingly.
116. The Pastor's Representative when appointed in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution, shall, in the presence of the Pastor and the Congregation of selected Anointees of the Church, take an
Oath of Allegiance:
(a) to the service of Christ and Christ alone,
(b) to the total commitment to impart the teachings of Christ based on the Holy Bible;
(c) to the strict observance of the Rules and Tenets of the Church;
a.to perform his duties free of any charge whatsoever (Matthew 10:8).
117. He shall obtain from the Pastor a letter of credence as a testimony to his appointment.
I18. Whenever a Pastor's Representative changes his Parish, he shall surrender his previous letter of credence for a new one, which shall be valid for the Parish into which he moves.
I19. Any person who holds himself out as a Pastor's Representative , and who serves in any Parish without obtaining the letter of credence valid for that particular Parish has no authority over the Parish in which he is officiating and will in consequence render himself liable for appropriate disciplinary action.
120. Procedures for the appointment of Pastor's Representative and amendments to such procedures as may from time to time become necessary shall be the subject of a Church Proclamation which may be referred to as Pastoral Order.
121. The Parochial Committee constitutes the local government of the Parish Church and is empowered to deliberate for the progress of the Parish Church. It comes under the General Committee. This in turn is subordinate to the Supreme Committee with Headquarters in Porto Novo, Republic of Benin.
122. The Parochial Committee of each Parish shall have the power to apply disciplinary measures in minor cases affecting its Parish Church. Parochial Committees shall have no power to suspend or expel and must not, under any circumstances whatever suspend or expel any of its members from the Church. Parochial Committees may, in circumstances requiring such stem disciplinary action, make recommendation to the General Committee whose function it is to investigate, arbitrate, conciliate and take appropriate action.
123. Notwithstanding the provisions in Clause 122 above, the Pastor may, on his own or, in consultation with the Board of Trustees, take such action as he considers appropriate.
124. The full provisions of this Constitution in relation to DISCIPLINE are dealt with in Clauses 169 and 170 below.
125. Every Parish Church must have a Parochial Committee drawn from within its members and which will be responsible for the day-to-day affairs of the Parish. The composition of the Parochial Committee shall be thirty-three made up as follows:
(i) Chairman and two deputies
(ii) Honorary Secretary and two deputies
(iii) Honorary Treasurer and two deputies
(iv) Six ex-officio male spiritual elders
(v) Six ex-officio female spiritual elders
(vi) Six other male co-opted members
(vii) Six other female co-opted members
However, the Pastor, at his sole discretion, may approve a smaller number and composition of the Committee.
126. Where the Pastor is of the opinion that a Parochial Committee is not functioning for the best interests of the Church, he shall dissolve such Committee and order a re-election.
127. The General Committee shall be the first governing body to which all Parochial Committees shall report. It shall perform its functions under the superior authority of the Supreme Committee to which it reports and the ultimate authority of the Pastor.
128. The General Committee shall deliberate on all matters referred to it from the Parochial Committees and generally on all matters affecting progress of the Church within the Diocese including the maintenance and interpretation of the doctrinal standard of the Church, the making and custodianship of the Church's Law, the ordering of the total life of the Church and the maintenance of discipline.
Constitution of General Committee:
129. The General Committee in Representative Session shall consist of :
The Pastor (who shall be permanent Chairman)
The Head of the Diocese and his Deputy
Members of the Board of Trustees
All Evangelists of all grades within the Diocese Members of the Parochial Committee of the National or Diocesan Headquarters Church.
Parish Representatives consisting of':
(i) Pastor's Representative in the Branch;
(ii) Chairman of the Parochial Committee;
(iii) Secretary of the Parochial Committee;
(iv) Treasurer of the Parochial Committee;
(v) Two other members appointed by the Parish, one
male, one female;
(vi) Such other members as the Pastor may nominate from time to time.
OFFICERS OF GENERAL COMMITTEE
130. Officers of the General Committee shall consist of:
Chairman (Pastor or his appointee)
Hon. Secretary to the Committee
Hon. Assistant Secretaries to the Committee (2)
Hon. Treasurer to the Committee
Hon. Assistant Treasurers to the Committee (2)
and such other officers as the Committee may from time to time designate.
Secretary to General Committee:
131. The Secretary of General Committee shall normally be elected from among members by popular vote.
132. He shall be elected at the first session of the General Committee at which he is to take off-ice.
133. He shall hold office for a period of two years and shall be eligible for re-election thereafter for further period of two years.
134. He shall be responsible for the proper recording of the notes of the meetings and also monitoring the implementation of all decisions of the General Committee.
135. Subject to the provision of clause 131 the General Committee may appoint a member to act as Secretary for any of its meetings where the Secretary and his assistants are absent.
136. Treasurer of General Committee
(i) The Honorary Treasurer of the General Committee shall be elected by the General Committee by popular vote.
(ii) The Honorary Treasurer shall hold office for a period of two years and shall be eligible for re-election and shall:
(a) collect and administer such funds of the General Committee as directed by the General Committee;
(b) carry out such other functions concerning finance as may be directed by the General Committee from time to time.
137. Other Officers of General Committee
(i) The General Committee may designate and co-opt such other officers as may be required for proper and due execution of its business from time to time.
MEETINGS OF GENERAL COMMITTEE
138. The General Committee shall meet at such time and place as fixed at the preceding meeting or as may be provided for by the Regulative Procedures, provided that:-
(i) If the last General Committee meeting has omitted to fix such time and place or for any other reason it becomes impracticable to meet at the time or place so fixed, the Pastor shall fix a time and place for the meeting of the General Committee. But, in the absence of the Pastor, the Head of the Diocese shall fix a time and place for the meeting of tile General Committee.
(ii) Furthermore, if on account of emergency the Pastor considers it necessary, he may summon an extraordinary meeting of the General Committee at such time and place and at such reasonable notice as he shall think fit.
139.The Pastor shall preside at all meetings of the General Committee provided that:
(a) If the Pastor is absent from a meeting of the Representative Session, the Head of the Diocese shall preside or, in his absence, any member nominated by the Pastor or Pastor-in-Council.
b.In all such meetings of the General Committee, where the Pastor is not present, the decisions taken shall always be subject to ratification by the Pastor.
DEFFECT IN QUALIFICATION OR IRREGULARITY
140. Any defect subsequently discovered in the qualification or appointment of a person who purports to act as a member of the General Committee or the absence from the meeting of the Committee of any person or class of persons or any vacancy among the membership or the omission to give due notice to any person or any other similar irregularity shall not affect the validity of any vote or proceeding taken at a meeting of the General Committee and the same shall be valid as if the meeting had been duly constituted and all persons purporting to act as members had been fully qualified, subject always to the ratification of such proceeding or decision by the Pastor.
141. Notices, Agenda and Minutes:
(i) Notice of the matters to be considered at a meeting of the General Committee shall be given to such persons and in such manner as Regulative Procedures shall provide.
(ii) The Agenda for the meetings of' the General Committee shall be prepared in such form as Regulative Procedures may provide.
(iii) Minutes Book shall be kept, into which shall be recorded all minutes of all business transacted at General Committee meetings and copies of such documents as the Committee may by resolution or by Regulative Procedures require to be recorded therein.
(iv) Entries in the Minutes Book shall be read or laid before the General Committee during its session and shall be verified in such manner as Regulative Procedures shall provide and such verified entry shall be conclusive proof for the proceedings of the meeting of the General Committee to which it relates.
(v) The proceedings of the General Committee shall be published to such an extent and in such manner as the General Committee shall by Regulative Procedures or resolution provide.
(vi) Any defect in the procedures stated in 141 (i) to 141 (iv) above shall not by itself invalidate the proceedings and decisions reached at such meetings provided that such decisions receive the ratification of the Pastor.
142. Subject to the provisions of this constitution, the Pastor or the Pastor-in-Council may provide by Regulative Procedures for any matter relating to the Church and its functions. Such Procedures shall take immediate effect and be obeyed by all members and all Parishes in the entire Diocese.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
143. There shall be a Body of Trustees for the Celestial Church of Christ Nigeria Diocese to be known as "Celestial Church of Christ Nigeria Diocese Board of Trustees", hereinafter referred to as "The Board".
144. Members of the Board shall be appointed in writing at the sole discretion of the Pastor and shall continue in office until their appointment is revoked in writing by the Pastor.
145. The first Trustees of the Church under the Constitution are:
1. Reverend Pastor Prophet Founder SAMUEL BILEHOU JOSEPH OSHOFFA (Chairman)
2. Supreme Evangelist ALEXANDER ABIODUN BADA
3. Superior Senior Evangelist SAMUEL OLATUNJI AJANLEKOKO
4. Superior Senior Leader OLAYINKA AFOLABI ADEFESO
5. Superior Senior Leader ISIAH KAYOD'E OWODUNNI
6. Superior Senior Leader OLUREMI OLUSOGA OGUNLESI
7.Superior Senior Leader SAMSON OLATUNDE BANJO.
The Pastor Founder, Rev. S. B. J. Oshoffa, hereby emphasises that the last four members have attained the rank of full Evangelist but have not been so anointed because of the nature of their day to day work.
FUNCTIONS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
146. The Board shall so far as the law allows be vested with the following: -
(i) Custodian of all Landed Property and Buildings of whatever tenure or description, of any School, College or Institution, which is designated as Celestial Church of Christ Institution and is within the Diocese.
(ii) Custodian of all other forms of Property, moveable or immovable, that is not herein afore-mentioned, as may belong to Celestial Church of Christ or to any of her Organisations or Schools or Colleges or other Institutions, provided such properties lie within the Diocese.
(iii) The sole authority to represent the Church in all matters of relationships between the Church and the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at all levels.
(iv) The sole authority to represent Celestial Church of Christ (Nigeria Diocese) in all matters of relationships between the Church on the one hand and other organisations and religious bodies on the other.
(v) Such other functions of a consultative, advisory, investigative, legislative and executive nature as the Pastor shall request of it from time to time in all matters relating to the Church.
147. The Board shall from time to time have the power to demand from the General Committee, or from any other ad-hoc Committee, from any officer or officers concerned with the Management or administration of property of Celestial Church of Christ, ad and every information or report that they may require relating to or concerning such Property deemed to have been vested in the Board by virtue of this Constitution or under any Act, Law or other enabling Authority.
148. The Board shall be empowered to demand from the General Committee, from the Honorary Treasurer to the General Committee, from any other Committees, or Sub-Committees, and from any other Officers concerned with the administration of Funds of Celestial Church of Christ, such information as the Board may from time to time require on the administration of Funds of a particular Committee, Sub-Committee, or other Organisation of Celestial Church of Christ. The Board may, if it so desires, order an investigation into the Finances of any Committee, Sub-Committee, or other Organisation of Celestial Church of Christ.
149. The Board may from time to time issue directives for the investment in any manner as the Board may consider necessary and adequate of the funds of any committee, Sub-Committee or other Organisation of Celestial Church of Christ. Such Financial directives from the Board shall always be binding.
150. The Board shall have authority to make such arrangements and give such directions as it thinks fit for the management and disposition of Church Property referred to it in Clause 146.
MEETINGS OF THE B0ARD OF TRUSTEES
151.The Board shall meet at such time and at such place as shall be determined by the Pastor, who has the sole authority to summon a meeting of the Board.
152. In the absence of the Pastor. or where the Pastor is not available, and where it becomes necessary to convene a meeting of the Board, the Head of the Diocese (wherever possible with the consent of the
Pastor) may cause a meeting to be convened through the Secretary to the Board and in accordance with Clause 154 (iii) and (iv) hereunder.
153. Under the circumstances as set out in Clause 152 such a meeting is deemed to be "Emergency". Decisions taken at all such Emergency meetings of the Board shall only be valid after ratification by the Pastor in writing.
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
154. The Board shall appoint a Secretary from among its members. The Secretary to the Board shall by virtue of this Constitution be vested with the following:
(i) he shall hold Office until the Board otherwise directs;
(ii) lie shall act as Secretary at all times when the Board is holding a meeting in any capacity of its various functions as conferred upon it by this Constitution.
(iii) he shall send out circulars to convene a meeting of the Board and shall ensure the validity of such circulars by taking due care that they are signed by the Pastor;
( iv) agenda for discussion at a Board meeting shall be prepared by the Secretary after due consultation with the Pastor;
(v) in the absence of the Secretary, the Board may appoint a member from amongst its membership to act as Secretary for any particular meeting and for any specific period;
(vi) under such circumstances where the Secretary to the Board is absent or is unavailable, the Pastor may instruct another member to act in the capacity of Secretary and so send out circulars to convene a meeting subject to the provision of Clause (154(iii) and (iv) as enumerated above;
(vii) he shall perform such other functions as directed by the Board.
OFFICE OF TREASURER TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
155. The Board shall appoint a Treasurer from among its members. The Treasurer shall, by virtue of this Constitution, be vested with the following:
(i) he shall hold Office until the Board otherwise directs;
(ii) he shall collect and administer such funds of the Board as directed by the Board;
(iii) under the authority of the Board he shall carry out on behalf of the Board such duties relating to all aspects of the property and finances of the Celestial Church of Christ Nigeria Diocese of an advisory, consultative, investigative, legislative and executive nature as the Board shall direct;
(iv) he shall keep up-to-date and proper books of account of the finances of the Board and of such finances and property of Celestial Church of Christ Nigeria Diocese as the Board may direct;
(v) he shall perform such other duties as the Board shall direct from time to time;
(vi) whenever the Board so directs, he shall have an Assistant who shall act for him in his absence.
156. The overall machinery for the Government of Celestial Church of Christ, Nigeria Diocese, and for the direction of its affairs shall be vested in the Pastor-in-Council (hereafter referred to as "Council") which is under the ultimate authority of the Pastor.
COMPOSITION OF THE PASTOR-IN-COUNCIL
157.The members of the Pastor-in-Council shall consist of:
The Pastor (Chairman)
Head of the Diocese and his Deputy
Other members of the Board of Trustees
Such non-permanent members as the Pastor may from time to time ask to be co-opted.
FUNCTIONS OF THE PASTOR-IN-COUNCIL
158. The Pastor-in-Council, under the Pastor's authority and constituted in accordance with this Constitution, shall have the final directive on all Church matters relating to the Diocese, including:
(i) Custodianship of the Constitution of Celestial Church of Christ, Nigeria Diocese;
(ii) Amendment and Interpretation of the Constitution of the Church and ensuring its implementation and observation;
(iii) Custodianship of Church Laws and Rules;
(iv) Maintenance and Interpretation of Church Doctrine;
(v) Maintenance of Discipline;
vi.Publication of Gospel Diary, Almanacs, Hymn Books Calendars, Church Periodicals and all other Church Literature.
MEETINGS OF TRE PASTOR-IN-COUNCIL
159. The Council shall meet at such time and at such place as shall be determined by the Pastor, who has the sole authority to summon a meeting of the Council.
160. In the absence of the Pastor, or where the Pastor is not available, and, where it becomes necessary to convene a meeting of the Council, the Head of the Diocese (wherever possible with the consent of the Pastor) may cause a meeting to be convened through the Secretary to the Council and in accordance with Clause 162(iii) and (iv) hereunder.
16 I. Under the circumstances as set out in Clause 160 such a meeting is deemed to be "Emergency". Decisions taken at all such Emergency meetings of the Council shall only be valid after ratification by the Pastor in writing.
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY TO THE PASTOR-IN-COUNCIL
162. The Council shall appoint a Secretary from among its members. The Secretary to the Council shall by virtue of this Constitution be vested with the following:-
(i) he shall hold Office until the Council otherwise directs;
(ii) he shall act as Secretary at all times when the Council is holding a meeting in any capacity of its various functions as conferred upon it by this Constitution;
(iii) he shall send out Circulars to convene a meeting of the Council, and shall ensure the validity of such Circulars by taking due care that they are signed by the Pastor;
(iv) agenda for discussion at a Council meeting shall be prepared by the Secretary after due consultation with the Pastor;
(v) in the absence of the Secretary, the Council may appoint a member from amongst its membership to act as Secretary for any particular meeting and f6r any specific period;
(vi) under such circumstances where the Secretary to the Council is absent or is unavailable, the Pastor may instruct another member to act in the capacity of Secretary and so send out circulars to convene a meeting subject to the provision of Clause 162(iii) and (iv) as enumerated above;
(vii) he shall perform such other functions as directed by the Council.
OFFICE OF TREASURER TO THE PASTOR-IN-COUNCIL
163. The Council shall appoint a Treasurer from among its members. The Treasurer to the Council shall, by virtue of this Constitution, be vested with the following:-
(i) he shall hold Office until the Council otherwise directs;
(ii) he shall collect and administer such funds of the Council as the Council shall direct:
(iii) under the authority of the Council, he shall carry out on behalf of the Council such duties relating to the finances of Celestial Church of Christ Nigeria Diocese as the Council shall direct from time to time;
(iv) he shall keep up-to-date and proper books of accounts
of the finances of the Church;
(v) he shall perform such other duties as the Council shall direct from time to time;
(vi) whenever the Council so directs, he shall have an Assistant who shall act for him in his absence.
ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW PARISHES
164. Members intending for whatever reason to set up new parishes shall, AS THE VERY FIRST STEP, obtain IN WRITING, the approval of the Pastor who is vested with the sole and ultimate authority for the approval of the establishment of new parishes.
165. In the absence of the Pastor, however, the Head of the Diocese may give approval for the establishment of new parishes subject to ratification by the Pastor.
166. Production of evidence of purchase of land (that is, at least, a purchase receipt bearing the name of Celestial Church of Christ Nigeria Diocese or just Celestial Church of Christ) shall be a condition precedent to the granting of permission to establish a new parish.
167. Original purchase receipt in the case of land purchased for the Church or a deed of transfer to the Church in the case of land surrendered as a gift to the Church shall be submitted to the Board of Trustees who will make appropriate arrangement for its custody and safe keeping.
168. It shall be the duty of the Board of Trustees to make appropriate and exhaustive enquiries as to the genuineness of the title before accepting the same for its custody.
Prospective parishes shall ensure, however, that due care is taken in ascertaining the validity of vendors rights to the property on which it is proposed to build the new parish Church buildings.
D I S C I P L I N E
169. The Parochial Committee of each parish shall have the power to apply disciplinary measures in minor cases affecting their parishes.
170.Whenever it becomes necessary to apply sterner disciplinary action, the Parochial Committee concerned shall report the matter to:
(a) The Pastor or
(b) The Head of the Diocese or, in his absence, his Deputy, or
(c) The Pastor-in-Council
The disciplinary action to be taken, while depending on the severity of the offence committed and on proven guilt, shall in these circumstances, always bear the ratification of the Pastor.
TAKE OVER OF CHURCHES OF OTHER DENOMINATIONS
171. The take-over of existing Churches of other Christian denominations by Celestial Church of Christ shall be accomplished only on the sole responsibility and authority of the Pastor.
172. Churches of other denominations wishing to change to Celestial Church of Christ shall intimate their wishes in writing to the Pastor through the Board of Trustees renouncing their former tenets and the regulations of their former Church and shall declare their resolve to embrace fully the tenets and regulations of Celestial Church of Christ as set out in its Constitution.
173. The Pastor may, if he so desires, order a full investigation of such a Church wishing to merge with Celestial Church of Christ. After conducting full investigation as desired by the Pastor, report will be forwarded to the Pastor through the Board of Trustees.
174. A Church which was already fully registered shall before merging into Celestial Church of Christ surrender its Certificate of Registration to the Board of Trustees. Such a Church shall also intimate its decision to merge into Celestial Church of Christ to the proper Government Agency responsible for this purpose.
175. In all cases, whether registered or unregistered, Churches wishing to merge into Celestial Church of Christ shall surrender to the Board of Trustees all landed property and building of whatever tenure or description belonging to it. These shall be vested in the Board of Trustees.
176. The Pastor may, after due consideration of all facts before him, decree on his sole responsibility and authority as follows:
(a) Reject the merger outright;
(b) Approve the merger with or without modifications to any or all the provisions above stated;
(c) where the Pastor's decision is as contained in Clause 176(b) above, the Pastor may
(i) order the closure of such an existing Church seeking merger into Celestial Church of Christ while directing all its members to nearby established parishes of Celestial Church of Christ
or (ii) allow the Church taken over to remain and function
as a parish within the provisions of this Constitution. In instances as contained in Clause 176(b) above, procedures to be adopted shall include any or all of the following.--
(1) Baptism as necessary (Acts 19:1-6);
(2) Modification to existing Church building structure , if necessary-,
(3) Rededication and sanctification of existing Church building that is being taken over;
(4) Appointment of a Pastor's Representative to the new parish.
177. To conform with the Revelation made by the Holy Spirit, the Altar area within all Church building of' Celestial Church of Christ shall be rectangular in shape and shall face EAST. The alter shall be cut off from the rest of the Church by a handrailing extending along the full width of the Church.
178. The inner altar shall be demarcated by low handrailing with a single central entrance; the seating arrangement within the inner altar apart from the Table and High Altar shall comprise the chairs of the Pastor Founder on the right (facing the altar) close to the wall and that of the Supreme Evangelist A. A. BADA on the left further away from the wall, both chairs being unequal in size. The arrangement is modelled on what obtains at the Supreme Headquarters Church in Porto Novo.
179. Subject to full compliance with the above specific requirements, variety in the architectural/structural designs of Church Buildings is allowed.
180. All Church property at a parish such as land, money, and musical instruments and other materials and things used for glorifying God, belong not to any individual or group of persons, nor are they things which a group of people can share among themselves or their family. In this connection, it is hereby emphasised that all properties of the Church should be registered and retained in the name of the Celestial Church of Christ.
181. Property acquired for specific Church use must be reserved only for that purpose. Any parish which for one reason or the other is closed down must send all its property to Headquarters to further the work of God. Anybody or parish which flouts this regulations and proceeds to share Church property as forbidden is liable to prosecution by the Law.
182. Pastor's share is that from which the Pastor, Supreme Evangelist, Superior Senior Evangelist, Senior Evangelist, Evangelist, Assistant Evangelists and all other full time Church workers receive their stipends. These stipends, not being fixed amounts, are not salaries but shares of the monthly takings (Malachi 3:8-12; Numbers 18:8-26; 1 Corinthians 9:13 & 14, 16:1-3).
FINAL AUTHORITY IN INTERPRETATION OF THE CONSTITUTION
183. The Pastor-in-Council under the ultimate authority of the Pastor, shall be responsible for the interpretation of the Doctrinal Standards of the Church, and all matters relating to any question of interpretation, construction, intendment, or validity or any of the provision of this Constitution, and of its Regulative Procedures, including any regulations, directives, resolutions or orders made by it relating thereto, subject always however to the provisions of Clause 161.
PROCEDURE FOR ALTERING THE CONSTITUTION
184. The Pastor, by himself or on the recommendation of the Pastor-in-Council, may revoke, alter or add to any of the provisions of this Constitution.