It is highly imperative we admit here, that we were given “Adena” in Celestial. Meaning… Church warden, Porter,Gatekeeper.
Of a truth, the term “Onibode” is found in CCC hymn 157 stanza 2. This means that Adena works in the vineyard of God here on earth, while “Onibode” who is holy archangel the great captain, does His assignment by watching out by the gate of heaven.
Now, scripturally, the Adena ministry, was rooted in the account of Gen.3:17-24, as a result of man’s disobedience to his Father(God). Consequently,he was sent out or his comfort zone and the angels guarded the entrance.
This,succinctly birthed the “Adena” ministry, which was ascribed to the closing of the church entrance with the crucifix after the sanctification of the church in the morning on Sunday worship and during service proceedings.
However,in Celestial Church of of Christ, we are thought that Adena is a calling, in the sense that, as Adena, you are positioned as the right man of the Shepherd of a parish.
The job is so beautiful that has to do with upholding of the true teachings and doctrine of our dear Church, so that posterity do not suffer.
Symbiotic relationship is the hallmark of the Shepherd and Adenas in the parish.
Principally, Adena is the linking bridge between the Shepherd, the church members, choir, elders in the altar, including the children anytime they defaecate within the church environment.
Put differently, all we do as touching Adena mode of operation has been carefully explained in the scriptures: 1Chronicles 9:17-34.
The above passage, is the anchor of our ministry….even, in the system, you still have some units that are very relevant in a parish where the numerical strength is worthwhile. For example,selected ones to clean the altar and handle the store of spiritual materials, burning of incense during service, etc
Some, are the security outside the church and the environment.
Cooking of Ipese is our work. Some are teachers as well.
You see, going through 1chronicle 9:17- 34, we are okay with the foundational orders of our ministry.
Additionally, in Celestial arrangement, we have the Pastor, Shepherd,Adena, Choir and lastly the prophets.
The above, signals that the orders of the Adenas are very unique as being a unifying body of all other departments or units of the church.