Definitions and Clarification

Righteous Rulers: Leaders and governors that are God-fearing and subscribe to Biblical values. They are in right standing with God and seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. They are servant leaders.

Relevant Scriptures include: Matt 6:33; Prov 29:2; Isaiah 28:17; Ps 97:11-12; Ex 18:21-22; and 1 Tim 3. Also see our Criteria and Qualities of a Leader and our Code of Ethics and Conduct. To be clear: “Rulers” in this context are ethical servant leaders and does not mean to dominate people (lording over people), but to rather serve them. Depending on the place/area of representation, to be a ruler is Biblically sound (representative can also be used, i.e. Righteous Representative).

Godly governance: Governance according to godly principles, as given by the Word of God (the Bible). Governance in line with the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5 and Isaiah 22:33). God-fearing governance that honours God.

Guardian Councils: Overseers of Independent Candidates performing the role of ‘Apostolic oversight’. These councils are based in communities and comprise of well-respected spiritual leaders (affiliated with RRR), including church leaders. They perform the evaluation (screening) of candidates, and recommend them to RRR for endorsement. As trusted leaders, they provide an important filtering function as well as accountability function in collaboration with Community Forums. They can also nominate independent candidates to be screened by themselves, preferably collaborating with Community Forums. There is no limitation to numbers but the number of members to Guardian Councils should be kept relatively small. However, at least 3 Christian spiritual leaders should serve here per city/town/village (a rotational basis is allowed to reduce the workload). In some cases, they can also be called ‘Elders Councils’.

Community Forums: These comprise of selected members of community that are a fair representation of a specific community elected by the citizens (either geographic (e.g. ward/neighbourhood) or grouping (e.g. any network of people). It is a diverse group, but they all share the same values and principles (i.e. Bill of Values). They would nominate independent candidates from their communities and hold them accountable on behalf of their communities.  As Kingdom leaders in their own right, they collaborate with and may even appoint the Guardian Councils. No limitation to numbers.

Leaders of best practices in government: Independent Candidates leading morally, ethically and with integrity; doing what is right without compromising. (Key words here: truthful, committed, accountable, excellence, networking and influence)

Ecclesia: “Called-out ones”; a separated assembly; a prestigious assembly of distinguished citizens who determine laws, debate public policy, formulate new policy, argue and rule in judicial matters, elect chief magistrates, and decide on whether someone should be removed from office; a body of believers who have been called forth, selected and assembled to be God’s representatives in every town, city, state or nation; a governmental assembly of Kingdom citizens; a body called to make decisions that affect the status of a region/place. Ecclesia’s Biblical mandate is primarily found in Gen 1:26-28 and Matt 28:16-20.

Dominion: to be given dominion means to establish a sovereign, kingly ruler, governor, responsible for reigning over a designated territory, with the inherent authority to represent and embody as a symbol, the territory, resources and all that constitute that region/territory. Servant leadership is very important here – not control, manipulation or lording over people.

Devoted Citizen: Is someone that fully takes up his/her responsibility to build his/her nation based on ethical principles and constantly contributes to the lives of fellow citizens, empowering next generations.