level - consistory, classis, and synod. The authority of classes and synods exist only by means of voluntary delegation to them by the local congregations (whose authority is received from Christ, the King of His Church). The decision-making power of classes and synods exist only as long as they are in session. The daily governing of the churches rests with the local consistory.
The following chart displays this structure of church government.
What differences exist between consistories and classes/synods regarding the origin, necessity, and duration of their authority?