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SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH GOVERNANCE SYSTEM. CONSTITUENCY BASE CHURCH GOVERNANCE SEMINAR PRESENTED BY M GWALA. PART TWO. INTRODUCTION. SDA CHURCH HAS 4 CONSTITUENCY LEVELS: LOCAL CHURCH WITH A MINIMUM OF 25 MEMBERS; LOCAL CONFERENCE (+/- 40 000 MEMBERS)

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Seventh day adventist church governance system

SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH GOVERNANCE SYSTEM

CONSTITUENCY BASE

CHURCH GOVERNANCE SEMINAR

PRESENTED BY M GWALA


Part two

PART TWO


Introduction

INTRODUCTION

  • SDA CHURCH HAS 4 CONSTITUENCY LEVELS:

    • LOCAL CHURCH WITH A MINIMUM OF 25 MEMBERS;

    • LOCAL CONFERENCE(+/- 40 000 MEMBERS)

    • LOCAL UNION (+/- 120 000 MEMBERS)

    • GENERAL CONFERENCE WITH ITS DIVISION EXTENSIONS (+/- 17 000 000 MEMBERS).

  • GOVERNANCE SYSTEM WITHIN THE SDA CHURCH:

    • REPRESENTATIVE FORM OF GOVERNACE

      • AUTHORITY RESTS WITH CHURCH MEMBERSHIP

      • EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS DELEGATED TO EXECUTIVE BODIES.


Composition of first level of constituency

COMPOSITION OF FIRST LEVEL OF CONSTITUENCY

  • CHURCH MEMBERSHIP (Church Manual pp 44-55):

    • REGULAR MEMBERS:

      • ACTIVE AND INACTIVE

    • MEMBERS UNDER CENSURE (Church Manual p.62)

      BODIES WITH DECISION MAKING POWERS:

    • CHURCH BOARD (Delegated Authority, CM, p. 124)

      • Meets monthly – CM, p. 126

    • CHURCH BUSINESS MEETING (Ultimate Authority – CM, p. 123)

    • Meets at least once a year – CM p. 123.


Decision making committees

DECISION MAKING COMMITTEES

  • CHURCH BOARD CM, p. 124-125:

    • COMPOSITION:

      • ELECTED CHURCH OFFICERS – CM, p. 125

      • ADDITIONAL WITH SPECIAL SKILLS – CM, p. 125

      • EX OFFICIO MEMBERS - CONFERENCE OFFICERS (NO VOTE, CM, p. 124)

  • CHURCH ADMINISTRATION:

    • PASTORAL TEAM (PASTOR\S AND ELDER/S)

    • SECRETARIAT (CHURCH CLERK)

    • TREASURY (CHURCH TREASURER)

    • DEACONRY (HEAD DEACON & HEAD DEACONESS)


Oversight responsibilities of the church board

OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CHURCH BOARD

  • SPIRITUAL NURTURE (CM, p. 124):

    • HEADED BY THE PASTOR/ELDER

      • INREACH PROGRAMMES:

        • 777

        • 111

        • PRAYER BANDS

        • COUNSELLING SERVICES

        • TITHING REHABILITATION PROGRAMMES

      • WEEKS OF SPIRITUAL EMPHASES

        • HEADED BY PASTOR/ELDER/PM LEADER & YOUTH MINISTRIES LEADERS


Oversight responsibilities of the church board cont d

OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CHURCH BOARD CONT’D

  • EVANGELISM IN ALL ITS PHASES (CM, p. 124):

    • STRATEGIES OF EVANGELISM

      • MAPPING THE AREA

      • DEMOGRAPHICS OF THE AREA

      • APPROPRIATE STRATEGIES:

        • PERSON TO PERSON

        • GROUP FOCUS

        • CHOICE OF SPEAKERS

      • INVOLVEMENT OF ALL DEPARTMENTS

    • METHODS OF EVANGELISM

      • TENT

      • DVD

      • FRIENDSHIP

      • BOOK CIRCULATION

      • SEMINARS

      • VOP


Oversight responsibilities of the church board cont d1

OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CHURCH BOARD CONT’D

  • MAINTENANCE OF DOCTRINAL PURITY (CM, p. 124):

    • HEADED BY THE PASTOR, ELDER/S AND DEACONS

      • DOCTRINAL PURITY ON THE PULPIT

      • DOCTRINAL PURITY ON PRESENTATIONS

      • DOCTRINAL PURITY IN BIBLE STUDIES

    • PREACHERS MUST BE APPROVED BY THE CHURCH BOARD

    • SPEAKERS MUST BE APPROVED BY THE CHURCH BOARD.


Oversight responsibilities of the church board cont d2

OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CHURCH BOARD CONT’D

  • UPHOLDING CHRISTIAN STANDARDS (CM, p. 124):

    • HEADED BY THE PASTOR, ELDERS AND DEACONRY

      • CHRISTIAN STANDARDS ON DRESS CODE

      • CHRISTIAN STANDARDS ON DIET

      • CHRISTIAN STANDARDS ON BEHAVIOUR

      • LEADING BY EXAMPLE IN CHRISTIAN STANDARDS

    • THE BOARD NEEDS TO DEFINE CHRISTIAN STANDARDS AND SET UP CRITERIA BASED ON:

      • BIBLE

      • SOP

      • CULTURE


Oversight responsibilities of the church board cont d3

OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CHURCH BOARD CONT’D

  • RECOMMENDING CHANGES IN CHURCH MEMBERSHIP (CM, p. 124):

    • MEMBERSHIP AUDIT – ONCE A YEAR

      • REGULAR STANDING

        • ACTIVE/INACTIVE

      • MISSING MEMBERS – 2 YEARS+

      • DISCIPLINED MEMBERS:

        • CENSURE – STARTING AND ENDING DATES

        • REMOVAL FROM CHURCH MEMBERSHIP

          • APOSTACY

          • DEATH

          • REQUEST


Oversight responsibilities of the church board cont d4

OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CHURCH BOARD CONT’D

  • CHURCH FINANCES (CM, p. 124):

    • HEADED BY THE CHURCH TREASURER, PASTOR & ELDERS

      • CAPACITY MAPPING

      • BUDGET FOR THE YEAR

      • FINANCIAL STATEMENT

      • REQUISTION FORM

      • PAYMENTS ACCOMPANIED BY A BOARD ACTION

      • FINANCIAL REPORT

      • STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE

      • VISITATION COMMITTEE

      • MONITORING AND EVALUATION


Oversight responsibilities of the church board cont d5

OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CHURCH BOARD CONT’D

  • PROPERTY MANAGEMENT (CM, p. 124):

    • HEADED BY DEACONRY, PASTOR AND ELDER/S

      • CLEANING

      • FLORAL ARRANGEMENT

      • ELECTRICITY

      • REPAIRS

      • COPY OF THE TITLE DEED

      • MAINTENANCE OF CHURCH YARD

      • PARKING

      • GATES

      • LOCKING SYSTEM

      • SECURITY SYSTEM


Oversight responsibilities of the church board cont d6

OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CHURCH BOARD CONT’D

  • COORDINATION OF CHURCH DEPARTMENTS (CM, p. 124):

    • HEADED BY THE PASTOR AND ELDERS

      • MISSION AND VISION STATEMENTS

      • PLANS

      • BUDGETS

      • EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS

      • GOALS

      • MEETING TARGETS

      • ASSESSMENT/EVALUATION TOOLS

      • MONITORING AND EVALUATION SUB-COMMITTEE


Oversight responsibilities of the church business meeting

OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CHURCH BUSINESS MEETING

  • GOVERNING BODY OF THE LOCAL CHURCH (CM, p. 124):

    • WORKS WITHIN DEFINED ROLES:

      • BIBLICAL SOUND

      • SOP SOUND

      • FOUNDATIONAL BELIEFS SOUND

      • POLICY SOUND

    • MEMBER UNDER CENSURE - NO VOTE NO VOICE

    • CALLING OF THE MEETING:

      • A WEEK OR TWO IN ADVANCE

      • BY EITHER A PASTOR OR CHURCH BOARD

      • CHAIRED BY PASTOR, ELDER OR CONFERENCE PRESIDENT


Oversight responsibilities of the church business meeting cont d

OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CHURCH BUSINESS MEETING CONT’D

  • QUORUM:

    • THE CHURCH DETERMINES THE QUORUM

  • WHO CHAIRS THE BUSINESS MEETING:

    • ORDAINED PASTOR (CM, p. 33)

    • LICENSED PASTOR (CM, p. 34)

    • ELDER (MANDATED BY ORDAINED PASTOR) OR CONFERENCE PRESIDENT – (CM, p. 123)

  • CAN AN INTERN PASTOR PRESIDE OVER DISCIPLINE:

    • YES HE CAN, PROVIDED HE IS APPOINTED AS AN ELDER BY THE CHURCH IN QUESTION!


End of part two

END OF PART TWO


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