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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

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!
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