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The General Bylaws of The Christian and Missionary Alliance require that notification of any proposed Bylaw amendments, or a summary of the changes to be affected thereby, shall be given within the time and in the same manner as notification of the meetings of the General Council. More specific information is presented in the Report of the Corporate Secretary to General Council and can be accessed on the Web site (www.cmalliance.org) on or before April 21, 2017. Following is a listing of specific Bylaws to be amended and a summary of the changes to be affected by the amendment proposals.

A recommendation will be brought to amend Article III, Churches, Districts, and National Office, Section 3.2 (page A2-3), in the General Bylaws of The Christian and Missionary Alliance. This amendment will add the following sentence to the current paragraph: “A decision on the reclassification of a church from status as an Accredited Church to any other status may, within 30 days of a reclassification decision, be appealed to the vice president for Church Ministries of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, whose decision as a matter of ecclesiastical law shall be final.”

A recommendation will be brought to amend Article VI, General Council, Section 6.7, Notice of Meetings, in paragraph A, Regular Meeting (page A2-8), in the General Bylaws of The Christian and Missionary Alliance. This amendment will add the word “electronic” so that the National Office may send notice by electronic means in lieu of hard copy mailings. Notice will continue in Alliance Life and other forms of mailings as well.

A recommendation will be brought to amend Article VI, General Council, Section 6.12, Nominations and Elections, in paragraph A, Nominations (page A2-13), in the General Bylaws of The Christian and Missionary Alliance. The intention of this amendment is to remove the requirement for a second reading of each report from the Committee on Nominations. Requiring two readings creates a burden on the scheduling of business sessions as well as the mandatory timing for various reports and nominee biographies. There are no legal requirements for two readings.

A recommendation will be brought to amend Article VII, Board of Directors, Section 7.5, Term of Office (pages A2-15), in the General Bylaws of The Christian and Missionary Alliance. This amendment is proposed to address and clarify how a partial term shall be handled for Board members. It was drafted in accordance with the method in place for executive officers.

A recommendation will be brought to amend Article XI, Title to Real and Personal Property, Section 11.2B, Accredited Churches, Determination of a Property Reversion Event (page A2-27-28), in the General Bylaws of The Christian and Missionary Alliance. This amendment is proposed to include customary time limitations for appeal; such time limits provide a means to strengthen a district’s position in litigation when handling a property dispute. The general counsel, Gary D. Friesen, along with the District Leadership Forum, also referred the recommendation to amend both the Uniform Constitution for Accredited Churches and the Uniform Constitution for Districts.

A recommendation will be brought to amend Article XII, Section 12.2 Divorce (page A2-29-30), in the General Bylaws of The Christian and Missionary Alliance. The amendment would update terminology from “credentials or Christian Worker certificates” to “license or certification.”

Amendments Made by Committee on Rules

An amendment was made to Section 3.2 in the General Bylaws. The last sentence referring to the former Guidelines for Developing Churches was amended to refer to the Policy for the Governance of Developing Churches.

Pending the required notice period and approval by the Committee on Rules by mid-April, an amendment may be made to Article V, Delegate Certification, Section 5.2, Signature, A, President, in the General Council Special Rules of Order (pages A3-5-6). This section lists types of delegates that are certified by the president and corporate secretary. This amendment will clarify wording, eliminate unnecessary language, update applicable term lengths, and include all subsidiaries in the list (in lieu of listing specific entities) for the purpose of avoiding future amendments to this section.

Pending the required notice period and approval by the Committee on Rules by mid-April, an amendment may be made to Article VI, Expenses to the General Council, in the General Council Special Rules of Order (pages A3-7-8). This section lists those individuals whose expenses to Council will be paid by the C&MA, per the Board of Directors. This amendment will clearly define what is meant by “officers” in the list as well as update the term “missionary” to “international worker” as approved many years ago.

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