Deacons

“The office of Deacons, as elected according to the Word of God and the manner of the Branham Tabernacle, is to act as an office of spiritual assistance to the pastors. They are to assist the pastors on all of his spiritual activities. They are given free speech in presenting to the pastors any program or benefits that would bless the general and spiritual welfare of the church. They must be apt to teach, and ready to assist the pastor or associate pastor on every duty if called to do so. They shall police the church, in keeping civil order and conduct. They shall assist in taking local offerings. They shall oversee the spiritual conduct of the church in working with pastor and one another on spiritual problems and matters of the saints. They shall be ready at anytime to assist the need of every saint who is burdened and in need of spiritual consultation, or general welfare. They have not the right to act upon any program or promotion without agreement with one another, the pastor or the trustees if the program they are considering doing involves church funds. They will be responsible before God for their conduct and manner of service, according to the Word of God. They shall not have a meeting among themselves without the pastor or associate pastor present”

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Trustees

“This body of men shall govern the welfare of the church as a business group. They are elected to protect the church in its financial matters, its business investments, the supervision of  it properties and the expenditures. They shall strongly consider every move of progress, step by step, which involves church funds. For they shall be responsible to keep the church from indebtedness, and the saints from burdens that are too great to bear financially. In the undertaking of any project, regardless what it is, they  are to bring the matter to the pastor. Consultation by the pastor for every project the church wishes to invest or engage itself therein is absolutely required.””

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Treasurer

“The responsibility of the treasurer is to provide an exact account of the financial status of the present funds in the treasury. This report is to be made available to the pastor or the Board of Trustees upon their request of such a report. No other office in the church may have access to this information. The treasurer shall sit in on every trustee meeting to take notes and minutes of actions taken by the Board of Trustees. He has not the authority to convey or acknowledge the financial status information to any acting office in the church but the pastor or Board of Trustees. He shall not be a consultant in spiritual matters, not is it of need that he should attend meetings of deacons unless asked to by the pastor.”

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Sunday School Superintendent

“The Sunday school superintendent. And that’s what his business is. He’s not supposed to have anything to do with the deacons, trustees, pastors, or nobody else, he’s got a office of his own. Whoever your Sunday school teacher is, I know not. But that Sunday school teacher is supposed to see that every class is in its place, and every teacher is present, or substitute another teacher for that teacher if they’re not there on that day. Then just before the Sunday… While the–the lessons are going on, the Sunday school superintendent is to go by and take up the offerings that they’ve had in there (their Sunday school collections), and the report of how many present, how many Bibles they had in this class, and so forth, and make a report of it. And then stand before the audience just before the preaching service, when he’s give the spot to do it, when they have the Sunday school report after the Sunday school is over, tell how many teachers, how many present, how many of the whole Sunday school total, the whole–whole total of offerings, and so forth like that. Deacons, trustees, pastors, are not supposed to do that. They have nothing to do into it, that is the Sunday school superintendent’s job.   And then if he sees that the Sunday school needs certain things, then he is to present that to the–to the trustee board, and the trustees has a meeting upon it, first. And then the trustees, if they find that there is sufficient funds and so forth, through the treasurer, then this can be purchased; if he wants something another for literature, or whatever it is, or some Bibles or something, they want to buy a Bible for the one, you know, that can find the most words and quote the most Scriptures, some prize or something they’re going to give away like that, present, and they want to buy it through the church. Then let that be presented to the–to the–to the–the deacons… and then let them find out if it’s–if it’s–if it’s in the treasury. See?

Excerpts from Brother Branham

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