In Basileia, all members have governing roles that are equal in authority but different in function. Presbyters (and Presbyters who assume the additional role of Abbots) 1) guard a jurisdiction’s boundaries according to the Constitution of Basileia, particularly in relation to 2) admitting or removing members. Deacons and Commissioned Governing Members have complementary governing roles to those of Presbyters. Commissioned Governing Members and Deacons have a voice, but no canonical authority to directly or independently usurp the role of Presbyters in their exercise of their two distinct governing roles of guarding Constitution and Canonical boundaries and of admitting or removing members. Furthermore, all baptized members are able by Grace to grow in self-governance. Thus the limited governing role of Presbyters is not the total of all that is needed in Church governance, but neither is it to be usurped by other forms of Church governance, such as Basileia exercises in its Deacon Councils and Missional Councils.
Also see Deacon Councils, Government, Missional Councils, and Presbyter Councils.