The Official Coat of Arms of
Archbishop Gary Barkman,
Senior Presiding Pastor,
The Evangelical Christian Church
Senior Presiding Bishop,
Dayspring Ministries International
A bishop, from the
Greek word episkopos (overseer), is seen by some as a direct successor to the apostles. Bishops have, by divine institution,
taken the place of the apostles as pastors of the church. Since in our culture symbols abound, and since the Archbishop of
Dayspring has chosen to use symbols in this part of Christ’s Church, we now focus a spotlight on symbols of a bishop.
In fact, the bishop himself is a symbol and is surrounded by symbols. Let us look at some of them.
The Bishop's Chair
In ancient times, a chair was a sign of authority to teach. The bishop's chair is called a cathedra
from the Latin word for chair and it is the presence of the bishop's cathedra in a church that makes it a cathedral. The bishop's
chair, then is a symbol of the bishop's teaching office and pastoral power in his diocese. It is also a sign of the unity
of believers in the faith that the bishop proclaims as shepherd of the Lord's flock.
Coat of Arms
A bishop's coat of arms is distinguished by a sign of his rank. That sign, placed over the shield,
is a particular version of an ecclesiastical hat that was worn in processions, as late as 1870. The hat is low-crowned, flat,
and wide brimmed. On a bishop's coat of arms, the hat is green and hanging from it are 12 green tassels, six on each side.
There's also a processional cross above the shield. The cross on a bishop's coat of arms has one bar; an archbishop's cross
has two. The design of the shield itself differs from bishop to bishop.
The Bishop’s Hat and tassels are traditionally green and are above and around the shield. The
six tassels on each side indicate that he or she is a Bishop (Archbishops have 10 and Patriarchs and Cardinals 15 per side).
The Cross is below and behind as the reaches down to the scroll which contains the Bishop’s Motto
For his Episcopal Coat of Arms, Archbishop Barkman elected two colors, The green to designate his apostolic
succession and consecration as an Archbishop. He also chose the red to designate
him as the Presiding Pastor & Bishop of the Evangelical Christian Church and Dayspring Ministries International. The green or red hat, or galero, with fifteen tassels was modified when Archbishop
Barkman, after prayer, chose a very unique Coat of Arms.
The hat or “galero” is replaced with a crown to show Christ as the head of the Church. The tassels are attached to the Crown to designate Bishop Barkman’s attachment
to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This also designates that Bishop Barkman
receives direction from the Christ of the Church.
The Episcopal cross was changed to a cross of St. Julian.
The Julian Cross is from
the coat of arms of St Julien of Le Mans in France, believed to be the Julian for which the church of St Julian in Norwich
was named, and from which Mother Julian took her name. Historically, it has been understood as a 'missionary cross', pointing
to the four corners of the world. The leaders and other ministers, Without abandoning this understanding, continue our prayer
that this Church and Ministry will finally and always embrace the entire world.
Julian of Norwich,
living in Norwich, England in the 14th and early 15th century, spent much of her life as an anchorite, that is, as a vowed
religious living by herself in a small room attached to a parish church. Beyond this, little is actually known about Dame
Julian, as she was called.
What is known about
her, and what makes her the inspiration for the Archbishop’s Coat of Arms, is her remarkable book, The Revelations of
Divine Love. The Revelations are a description of a series of visions which opened Julian to the depths of God's unconditioned
love for us in Jesus Christ. They are noted for their spiritual depth and theological courage, for their literary elegance
and the spirit of joy and humility that permeates them.
After being nearly
forgotten for 600 years, Julian's insights and gentle wisdom have now made her justly famous. In a medieval church which emphasized
God's condemning wrath, Julian wrote, 'There is no wrath in God….It is the most impossible thing that can be that God
would be angry, for wrath and friendship are two opposites.'
Just as striking and as relevant to the 21st century is Julian's perception of the feminine element
in God. 'As truly as God is our Father,' Julian wrote, 'so truly God is our Mother.' The Episcopal Church celebrates her feast
every 8th of May.
This Cross celebrates for DMI and the ECC the role of Christ’s Love for His people and His church. It also affirms the place of women in the ministry of Christ for our world today. And though Dr. Barkman teaches that one day the Judgment from God will come…
Now we teach love and restoration for all persons, women and men. ECC Dayspring
also teaches full restoration of the fallen upon repentance. The teaching from
this group about equality for all, including women fits with the teachings of the Word and Mother Julian.
Laid upon the Cross of St. Julian is the Crown of thorns. This
symbolizes the sacrifice that Jesus the Christ made for us all. It is placed
on the cross as a permanent reminder of His sacrifice.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia on the internet we read
the following: In Christianity, the Crown of Thorns, one of the instruments of
the Passion, was the woven chaplet of thorn branches worn by Jesus before his crucifixion. It is mentioned in the Gospels of Matthew (27:29), Mark (15:17), and John (19:2, 5) and is often alluded to by the early Christian Fathers, such as Clement of Alexandria, Origen, and others.
John the Evangelist describes it thus (KJV, ch. 19):
"Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. And the soldiers
plaited a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and
they smote him with their hands. Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you,
that ye may know that I find no fault in him. Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And
Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!"
On either side of the Coat of Arms is the Coat of Arms for Dayspring Ministries International, showing
Dr. Barkman’s commitment to the ministry he founded, which is home to the Evangelical Christian Church, The Association
of Evangelical Clergy, The American Association of Christian Therapists, and the Institute of Theology & Christian Therapy.
Within the shield we have He has also added a Bible with a “Burning
two edged sword.” This designates the sharpness of the Word of God which
tells all that is necessary for the salvation of every person and all of humankind.
There is also a Chalice symbolizing the Eucharist and a dove showing the “power “ and “comforting
presence” of the Holy Spirit of God.
When Dr. Barkman, after praying and receiving guidance from our Lord, remade his Coat
of Arms, he added a shield upon which were the “Keys to the Kingdom. Rene
Munoz writes the following about the “Keys to the Kingdom.”
There are Keys to the Kingdom and you all hold them. Every One of you have a Key. Every One of you
carries Keys that only open certain doors. The Keys of the Kingdom are being released into your hands. The Keys of the Kingdom
are being released into your Authorities, Dominions, and Jurisdictions! The Keys of the Kingdom are laid within your palm
So it is time to TURN your Keys!! Open your hand and find, by the direction of My Spirit, those Keys
that I have laid for you. The Keys laid one at a time to open particular doors; doors that will bring forth the Works and
the Acts of My Kingdom for your life. The Keys are among you! The Keys are in your possession! But now, by My Spirit you will
take one after another into your hand for the use of OPENING! No longer will my doors remain closed, for they are being opened
for those who choose to use the Keys. So turn your hand and turn your mind and focus to the truth that the Kingdom is at hand.
doors will open and my children must look to their Keys. They must look into the Spirit for me to lay in their fingers the
Key that opens this door and the Key that opens that door. The Key that opens New Dimensions of authority and dominion, hence
to walk by My Spirit in a way they have not fully experienced until this hour.
But it is coming upon My Church; I have desired that the Heavenly things be brought to the earth. Kingdom
Works, Kingdom Abilities, Kingdom Powers and Kingdom Jurisdictions are now being laid back into the hands of My young ones
and back into the hands of those who have matured in Me. Just say, "Father what is it you would have me to open? Give me Wisdom
and Direction to what Key for what door." It's just a key, just a door away! It's an opening from one room to another. I'm
putting you right before these doors, one at a time. I'm going to let you hear the sound of these Keys, the Keys in your hand,
but you must listen and obey to turn the lock and open the door!!!
BEHOLD I STAND AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK. COME AND OPEN THE DOOR FROM WITHIN. I HAVE HIDDEN THE KEYS IN
YOUR HEART. LOOK, THEY ARE NOW IN YOUR HAND!!!