Theology in theory grows from scripture but in fact it follows and supports present reality and power.
Our predecessor churches were congregational .They believed that the church was the congregations and anything above them was just support.So strong was this theology that in one of the predecessor churches communion could only be celebrated in s congregation or under the banner of a congregation.
As time went on however the power shifted. Presidents wanted to be called Bishops, the support became the church. Theology followed the
Power and the reality. Gone was the congregational theology and in its place came the theory of the greater church.