Though it is NOT a church, the Christian Crew has had a "Council" as it's administrative and moral lead, since Tykur: CC's Founder, asked for those with the skills and will to lead to step forward.
The Council TRIES to be representative of the Community as a whole, we have Council Members of various ages, of both genders, and from a variety of denominations, from various locations from Canada, to America, to Great Britain.
However, the Christian Crew has never been, and likely never shall be a democracy. It has always been closer to a theocratic oligarchy. An oligarchy is a form of power structure in which leadership effectively rests with a small number of people. In our theocratic version, these people all have certain Gifts of the Spirit (as outlined by Isaiah 11:2-3), such as:
Wisdom: not easily misled by fads or the ups and downs of the world
Understanding: the ability of placing themselves in the shoes of others and assisting their Walk with empathy and compassion
Counsel (Right Judgement): the ability to calm disputes and repair hurt feelings and judge fairly
Fortitude (Courage): the strength to stand up against persecution, disagreement, or ridicule in God's Name and still proclaim His Message
Knowledge: the experience with the Word to always be ready to speak with truth and conviction
Piety (Reverence): someone with true humility who reminds us all that God is He in whom our trust truly lies
Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe): those who know God is Our Collective Father, and fear offending Him. Proverbs 1:7 "Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom."
All members of the Body of Christ may have these gifts, but at any time, the current members of the Council, (as a group, NOT as individuals) may discern a specific quality of these gifts in someone and bring them into the Council.
The Body of Christ is made up of eyes, ears, toes, eyelashes, and so many other parts, some of which may seem less important. But without all parts, it would not survive, nor stand strong. Only certain people within our community (or any other) have the requisite mix of talents, skills, and spiritual gifts to be leaders.
Each member of our Council is a Servant Leader, someone who places themselves in an Elder or Deacon position based on their unique abilities. Elders should be peacemakers, prayer warriors, teachers, and leaders by example. Deacons should be taking care of everything else, such as maintenance, organizational tasks, (grunt work), ushering, being a treasurer, or just tending to the flock in a church or fellowship like ours. Elders are SUPPOSED to be a little hard-nosed as they are meant to: "preach the Word...reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching"
These servant leaders, Deacons, and Elders are all supposed to be individuals who are respectable, honest, good household managers who are not addicted to alcohol, are not greedy, who are generally the husband of one wife, or vice versa.
Open voting for Council Members would negate this wisdom and would likely bring members in who are not prepared for the true drudgery that leadership can be in our community. It's not about power in our community, (it's a gaming community on the internet, not a billion-dollar superchurch!), it's much more about administration, settling disputes between Christian Brothers and Sisters in a biblically correct fashion, and guiding the moral direction of the community in such a way as to continue to produce fruit for God's Glory, and not our own.
As the leadership of this community, we understand that we cannot please all people all of the time. However, being Christian isn't always supposed to be about being pleased. Sometimes, being apart from the world requires putting ourselves under the jurisdiction of a church, a pastor, or other leaders. Sometimes we like rules until they apply to us, but as Christians we are called to follow them just the same.
Please remember two last facts: 1) The Council is made up of humans like the rest of us. Error-prone, imperfect, sinning individuals who would be no more able to meet God in Heaven than anyone else, were it not for the Salvation of Jesus Christ. We make mistakes, too. We get angry and speak wrongly, too. Sometimes we do things we shouldn't, and don't do the things we should. 2) As leaders and teachers, the Council place themselves in danger of harsher judgement.
In conclusion, anyone is free to leave or join our community at will, but when you apply and receive tags that tell the world that YOU belong to THIS fellowship, it is tacitly understood that you follow the rules and regulations of those God has placed above you to run this community. We are all free to start our own communities if we wish, nothing on the internet itself holds us back. But the Christian Crew has been in operation, and producing fruit for over 8 years. We have faith we will have 8 more, if God wills it!