Organisation and Practices
Christadelphians have no hierarchy and no paid clergy. All ecclesial appointments are by nomination, followed by private ballot. Canvassing for votes is forbidden; members are elected to their individual positions by virtue of their ability, not their popularity. Individual committees are set up to organise the day to day affairs of each ecclesia (congregation), and the membership of these committees is reviewed every year. Each ecclesia is individually responsible for determining the members who will serve the congregation.
Ecclesial positions such as speaking from the platform, etc. follow a roster system, which is reviewed and revised annually. Each serving brother must give up his own personal time in order to carry out work within an ecclesia. There is no financial or political incentive for taking on a serving position.
The central organising committee for each ecclesia (known as the "Arranging Brethren") is formed by nomination and private ballot by the members of that ecclesia, and is reviewed and revised every four years. The Arranging Brethren are responsible for matters such as pastoral care (though most ecclesias also have a welfare committee, if they are large enough) and the financial transactions of the ecclesia.
Each ecclesia is entirely autonomous, but is obviously accountable to its members. There is no political or governing body, no publishing house, and no committee - in fact, no organisation whatsoever - which has authority over Christadelphia worldwide. Christadelphians, therefore, are people who study the Word of God for themselves. Nobody tells us what to do or what to believe. All brethren are all equal in our congregations, regardless of their individual task or role.
Christadelphians are anti-ecumenical. We reject the idea that Christians can share fellowship even if they disagree on fundamental doctrines and practices.
Every Christadelphian either stands or falls by his own understanding of Scripture, and the life he chooses to lead.
Christadelphians do not claim that we are the only ones with the gospel
message and a correct interpretation of the Bible. We affirm that other
Christians - both past and present - have shared our beliefs. But with
so many Christians believing so many different things, we can't all be
Christadelphian beliefs and practices have not changed since our community was first formed about 150 years ago. We welcome challenges to our faith, and encourage members to examine what they believe.
In common with other Protestants, we adhere to the principle of Sola Scriptura - a Latin term which means "Scripture Only". We believe that the Word of God is our sole authority on matters of doctrine and practice.
We believe that the head of the woman is the man, the head of the man is Christ, and the head of Christ is God. (I Corinthians 11:3.) We believe that our community has the truth, and that we are not in error - however, we are ready to be met with questions and criticisms from other Christians.
Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.