The Agrarian and Military Order of
Christ the King
                Whilst ‘The Agrarian and Military Order of Christ the King’ is at heart a compassionate, caring and socially egalitarian Christian Brotherhood it is of necessity functionally patriarchal and hierarchical in structure and practice in order to be able to serve the needs of a geographically and denominationally diverse congregation.

The North American Commanderie of the Order is currently composed of only one Convent, in North Carolina, under the command of a Knight at Arms; Convents are (and are to be [1]) commanded by a Knight or Dame at Arms or of Grace.  

It is anticipated that the Order will, in due course, grow, albeit slowly, to a point where both numbers and geography demand an extension of this structure, either by means of the creation of new Convents/Commanderies in North America and Europe or by sub-division into Chapter Houses.  In the latter case a Convent must be of a strength to sub-divide into two or more Chapter Houses, also commanded by a Knight or Dame at Arms or of Grace where possible or, if not, at least initially, by a Sergeant at Arms. Masters of Chapter Houses will remain under the command of and answer directly to their respective Conventual Houses.

Organization Chart

‘Sergeants at Arms’ are appointed from within the ranks of those Brethren with formal military training and experience and such appointments are in the sole remit of the Knight or Dame in command of and with immediate responsibility for a given Chapter House or Convent.

‘Knights and Dames of the Order’ can only be sworn after due diligence has been carried out by two sworn Knights or Dames. In the case of the swearing of a *Knight or Dame at Arms, who shall also be appointed from within the ranks of those Brethren with formal military training and, in this case, together with command experience at Senior NCO level or higher, then the due diligence must be carried out by two Knights or Dames at Arms. In all cases the swearing of a Knight or Dame requires the final imprimatur of the Grand Master or his deputy(s) in such matters whom he shall, if he so wishes, appoint from within the senior ranks of the Order.

‘Master of a Commanderie or Convent’ or ‘Chaplain to the Order’ are appointments solely within the remit of a Grand Master after consultation with the senior officers of the Order, but only if the Grand Master deems that such a consultation is necessary or appropriate. Senior officers of the Order are those Knights and Dames in place in command of a Commanderie, a Convent or a Chapter House or who are an appointed Chaplain to the Order.

A ‘Knight or Dame of Grace’ is a Brother or Sister who has demonstrated expertise, commitment and leadership in a non-military sphere which shall include but is not limited to Medical and Nursing, Education, Engineering – Mechanical, Electrical, Civil etc., Agriculture & Animal Husbandry and Administration. Chaplains to the Order are Knights or Dames of Grace.
After the retirement or demise of a predecessor a Grand Master, a Knight or dame at Arms, shall only be elected by means of a two thirds majority vote cast by a secret ballot of the Knights and Dames at Arms and Chaplain(s) to the Order gathered in Conclave. This procedure is inviolate and irrevocable.

As the Order grows and expands it may become necessary to introduce procedural additions or modifications to the Structure & Governance and/or to the Rule.  Such matters shall only be determined and implemented by means of the unanimous vote of the Grand Master and the Masters of Commandries’ and Convents together in Conclave. Where the issue at hand involves matters spiritual the Conclave shall include the Chaplain(s) of the Order.

If a situation arises where the Master of a Commanderie or Convent who is out of immediate consultative contact with the
Grand Master and/or the other members of the Conclave finds it necessary and expedient to implement temporary procedural additions or modifications to the structure or practice of his or her Convent in order to maintain the safety or survival of that
Convent he or she may do so on the understanding that such changes are temporary and only unto the needs of the moment and must in due course and at the earliest opportunity either be rescinded or referred to the full Conclave for examination, consultation and decision.

In as much as a Grand Master shall always listen to and take into consideration the opinions of his or her senior Knights concerning matters that effect the Order as a whole, so shall all Knight Commanders do likewise within their Commands. However, once a final decision has been made all Brethren concerned will fully support its implementation irrespective of whether they are in full or partial concurrence therewith or otherwise.

*Codicil: In circumstances where any element of the Order is facing a physical threat or is under attack a Knight or Dame at Arms, if present, and by seniority if more than one is in situ, shall assume and thus exercise the overall command and deployment of all human and material resources available to that element until the threat has passed or has been eradicated. In these circumstances if the Knights at Arms present include the Masters of Chapter Houses or a Convents, the senior commands; if several Knights at Arms of equal rank are present, seniority is determined by earliest date of appointment. If no Knights at Arms are present the responsibility for defence of that element reverts to any Knight or Dame of Grace who is present and shall be executed in close consultation with the Sergeants at Arms or, in extremis, delegated to the senior Sergeant at Arms.

[1] Until early October of this year there was a small, embryonic Convent in Spain but unfortunately it withered on the vine. It hoped that in the medium term it can be re-constituted on a firmer footing.