There is a thread already started on the subject of the FDS elsewhere but I thought we may as well deal with aspect.
Do we need a FDS?
What would we miss if we didn't have one?
What additional new light do we need?
When Jesus indicated how he would deal with people he did indicate that things would take place on a congregational basis. There is no mention of a FDS which would make all decisions. The individual congregations are rebuked etc. as oppose to anyone else.
*** Rbi8 Revelation 1:20 ***
20 As for the sacred secret of the seven stars that you saw upon my right hand, and [of] the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars mean [the] angels of the seven congregations, and the seven lampstands mean seven congregations.