Mississippi Synod Information
Matriarchs and Patriarchs
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Matriarchs and Patriarchs
Council of Elders
Terms and Definitions

Information and Guidance for Matriarchs / Patriarchs

 Election as Matriarch / Patriarch

Unlike other levels, neither the rank nor the position as Matriarch or Patriarch are necessarily for life.

The appointment to a See may be revoked by majority vote of the Council of Elders. Normally, this sanction will be imposed for an extended period of no apparent performance of responsibilities. It may also be imposed for actions against the interests of the Church.

The Election to the rank of Matriarch or Patriarch may be reversed by a 75% majority in the Council of Elders. [ In the event of such a vote, the cleric retains the designation of Bishop.] This rare action would result from actions bringing dishonor upon the Church.

Functions of Patriarchs / Matriarchs

Patriarchs / Matriarchs have the all the functions of Clergy and those of Bishops.

In addition, they have the responsibility of seeking official recognition for the Church from the appropriate civil authority to enable clergy in their See to perform legal marriages. Further, Patriarchs / Matriarchs should be prepared to provide guidance to ordained clergy and Bishops in their See. To this end, all Patriarchs / Matriarchs must have contact information (usually an active e-mail address).

Patriarchs / Matriarchs are ex officio members of the Council of Elders, the governing body of the Church.

Patriarch Adjunct / Matriarch Adjunct

The designation Patriarch Adjunct / Matriarch Adjunct provides a promotion path for meritorious Bishops where the position of Matriarch or Patriarch is filled in the applicable See. A Patriarch or a Matriarch of a See may appoint a Bishop in his or her See as Patriarch Adjunct or Matriarch Adjunct. This will permit a division of responsibilities functionally or regionally as the Patriarch or Matriarch sees fit.

Alternatively, where a Matriarch or Patriarch of a See is inactive or has lost contact with the church for an extended period, the Council of Elders may appoint a Patriarch Adjunct or Matriarch Adjunct to that See. After one year and the incumbent remaining inactive, the position of Matriarch or Patriarch will be declared vacant, and the Adjunct will be appointed to fill it.

Those who have been ordained for a minimum of nine months, at least 6 months of which must have been as a Bishop may request consideration for Adjunct positions .