15.  We believe that local churches should govern their own affairs and that general church officials should not dominate or interfere therewith. On invitation such general officers may, with propriety, give counsel and assistance. Local congregations are subject to the Articles of Faith and Practice and must be governed thereby.

Each person and local are subject to the Articles of Faith and Practice. The local churches know what is best for their congregations and govern accordingly. The General officers of the church can and will help the local churches in the business as required to help local operate efficiently and according to the gospel. For further study Acts 15.

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