We acknowledge no ecclesiastical authority other than our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Head of the church (Ephesians 1:21-23; 5:23), and who directs the affairs of the church through elders chosen and ordained according to the precepts of Holy Scripture (Acts 14:21 23; 1 Timothy 3:1 7; Titus 1:5 9). The elders themselves at all times and in all their activities stand under the authority of Holy Scripture (Acts 16:4; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
The church may and does cooperate with other like minded churches in matters of mutual interest and concern (2 Corinthians 8:18 24). We may seek the assistance (1 Corinthians 16:1-2) and counsel (1 Thessalonians 1:7; 2:14) of other churches in matters of special concern to us, but the decision of no other church or group of churches shall at any time be acknowledge as binding on this church (Acts 14:21 23; Philippians 4:15).
One special type of fellowship and cooperation with other churches is formal membership in an association of churches. Within the terms of Section 2 of this Article, this church may join itself to associations of churches. Upon the recommendation of the elders, such associations may be entered with the expressed consent and approval of the congregation (Acts 15:22; 2 Corinthians 8:19).