The various titles given to bishops are simply administrative or honorific in their essence. At an ecumenical council, each bishop may cast only one vote, whether he is the Ecumenical Patriarch or simply an auxiliary bishop without a diocese. Thus, there is no equivalent to the Roman Catholic papacy within the Orthodox Church.
As with its Apostolic succession, the faith held by the Church is that which was handed by Christ to the apostles. Nothing is added to or subtracted from that deposit of faith which was "handed once for all to the saints" Jude 3. Throughout history, various heresies have afflicted the Church, and at those times the Church makes dogmatic pronouncements especially at ecumenical councils delineating in new language what has always been believed by the Church, thus preventing the spread of heresy and calling to repentance those who rend asunder the Body of Christ.
Its primary statement of faith is the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed. The Orthodox Church of today consists of fourteen or fifteen autocephalous churches and five autonomous churches, sometimes referred to as jurisdictions. Autocephalous churches are fully self-governing in all they do, while autonomous churches must have their primates confirmed by one of the autocephalous churches, usually its mother church.
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All the Orthodox churches remain in full communion with one another, sharing the same faith and praxis. There have been occasional breaks in communion due to various problems throughout history, but they generally remain brief and not developing into full schism.
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The Patriarchate of Constantinople is also the Ecumenical Patriarchate and has the status of "first among equals" among the Orthodox Churches. You can stop wasting money.
You can stop being embarrased that your congregations isn't doing the things your community expects. You can move past the frustration experienced by members who care about creation, but never saw the theme being addressed.
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You can reduce conflict by inviting clergy and other church staff to share in this project in ways that use their strengths and interests. The process of getting started can be a big step in some churches, but it does not have to be hard.
This is a time for exploration and gentle affirmations. It is a time of practical and prudent steps, and many of those basic steps can be taken quietly and without any controversy. Take your time, this is a marathon, not a sprint! You'll see links to PlanterPlan throughout this tutorial. PlanterPlan is a FREE online tool designed to walk you through hundreds of tasks, in priority order, to help you launch an amazing church.
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