Out of the desire to see the essential statements concerning Doctrine and Government of the Church brought into one volume, where they could be easily consulted, a committee was appointed for this purpose by the International Council of Priests. The publication of this Handbook is a result of the work of this committee.
All the essential statements concerning Doctrine and Government of the Church brought forth in the Church by the International Interior Council and the International Council of Priests have been included in this volume. They embody the essential things brought forth in the Lordís New Church which is Nova Hierosolyma up to the present time.
In relation to Part II, Government, we have included historical statements to show the development of the Government of the Church. The essential true things of earlier forms of Government are included within the later forms of Government which are now valid.
It is our hope and prayer that this Handbook will be of use in the descent of the holy city, Nova Hierosolyma, from the Lord out of Heaven.
Pehr H. Odhner, Secretary
The International Council of Priests