The government of the Church is hierarchical, but it is a government by the consent of the governed. Supreme authority in matters spiritual rests with the whole body of bishops acting as a college, known as the General Episcopal Synod. This includes the administration of the Sacraments, the promulgation of Liturgy and Ritual, Statement of Principles and Summary of Doctrine, and also the Canon Law.
The Synod operates under the chairmanship of its elected Presiding Bishop.
New bishops are selected and consecrated by the Synod. Appointments of bishops to Provincial or Diocesan authority are made by the Synod. Appointment of clergy to a parish is by mutual agreement between the parish and the responsible bishop. The Synod is the final court of appeal in all matters concerning the Church and its clergy.
Each country composes a province for the church. The spiritual leader of the province is called the Regionary Bishop, (Bishop with jurisdiction). The Regionary Bishop may have any number of Auxiliary Bishops to assist him or her.
The Liberal Gnostic Church, within the context of Catholic faith and sacramental tradition stands firmly and proudly for
- Respect For Individual Choice
- Freedom Of Thought And Belief
- Rejection ipso facto of all forms of dogmatism and authoritarianism
- Integrity of Individual Conscience
- Diversity, Inclusiveness and the Affirmation of the Unconditional Love and Acceptance Of All People by Jesus Christ
We offer the help of the sacraments in their integrity and plentitude to all sincere people. We do not have rigid canonical barriers that prevent sincere people from full participation in the sacraments. We welcome all, including the divorced, remarried, those of no faith, those of other faiths, and those who thought that participation in the sacramental life of the church could no longer be theirs. Reverence and sincerity are our only requirements.