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Notice to 2007 General Council

Accredited Delegates of Proposed Amendment to the General Bylaws Submitted to the General Council Committee on Rules in

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The Board of Directors of The Christian and Missionary Alliance adopted the following recommendation during their October 2007 meeting, finding that the following proposed amendment is of a routine or editorial nature and will not alter any substantive provision of the noted document, and has directed that the proposed amendment be submitted to a vote of the Committee on Rules.

General Bylaws

Currently, the language in the bylaws regulating the makeup of Board committees requires that all committees must include at least two Board members. Because of the expertise and independence needed in the composition of the Sensitive Issues Consultative Group (SICG), this language needs amending. Therefore, the following language is proposed to address this need and to provide more flexibility within SICG.

General Bylaws—C&MA Benefit Board

It is recommended that Section 7.12, Committees of the Board of Directors (page A2-17), of the Bylaws of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, which reads:

Section 7.12. Committees of the Board of Directors. By one or more resolutions duly adopted by a majority of the Board of Directors then in office, the Board of Directors may designate and appoint one or more committees (including, but not limited to, an Executive Committee), each of which shall consist of at least two members of the Board of Directors. The power and authority of each such committee shall be limited to the power and authority conferred upon such committee by the Board of Directors. Such committees shall have and may exercise all of the authority of the Board of Directors to the extent provided in these Bylaws and the resolutions establishing the committees, except as prohibited by statute. The delegation of authority to any committee shall not relieve the Board of Directors or any member thereof from any responsibility imposed by law. Rules governing procedures for meetings of any committee of the Board of Directors shall be established by the Board of Directors or, in the absence thereof, by the committee itself.

Be amended as follows:

Section 7.12. Committees of the Board of Directors. By one or more resolutions duly adopted by a majority of the Board of Directors then in office, the Board of Directors may designate and appoint one or more committees (including, but not limited to, an Executive Committee), each of which shall consist of at least two members of the Board of Directors (with the exception of the Sensitive Issues Consultative Group) . The power and authority of each such committee shall be limited to the power and authority conferred upon such committee by the Board of Directors. Such committees shall have and may exercise all of the authority of the Board of Directors to the extent provided in these Bylaws and the resolutions establishing the committees, except as prohibited by statute. The delegation of authority to any committee shall not relieve the Board of Directors or any member thereof from any responsibility imposed by law. Rules governing procedures for meetings of any committee of the Board of Directors shall be established by the Board of Directors or, in the absence thereof, by the committee itself.

The amended section would then read:

Section 7.12. Committees of the Board of Directors. By one or more resolutions duly adopted by a majority of the Board of Directors then in office, the Board of Directors may designate and appoint one or more committees (including, but not limited to, an Executive Committee), each of which shall consist of at least two members of the Board of Directors (with the exception of the Sensitive Issues Consultative Group). The power and authority of each such committee shall be limited to the power and authority conferred upon such committee by the Board of Directors. Such committees shall have and may exercise all of the authority of the Board of Directors to the extent provided in these Bylaws and the resolutions establishing the committees, except as prohibited by statute. The delegation of authority to any committee shall not relieve the Board of Directors or any member thereof from any responsibility imposed by law. Rules governing procedures for meetings of any committee of the Board of Directors shall be established by the Board of Directors or, in the absence thereof, by the committee itself.

Communication During Notice Period

According to Section 10.1 of the Bylaws of The Christian and Missionary Alliance (page A2-23), an accredited delegate at the 2007 General Council has the right to communicate, during the notice period, to the Committee on Rules concerning the above amendment. The Committee on Rules is required to wait at least one month, after notice is given, to take any action on the amendments. Therefore, if any accredited delegate would like to communicate to the Committee on Rules they may contact the chairperson, Daniel B. Crom, at dcrom007@hotmail.com or 920-458-7764.  

Notice Period

November 8, 2007, through January 31, 2008

OCTOBER 2007 BOARD SUMMARY LETTER

Dear Partner in Christ’s Kingdom,

The Board of Directors met October 24-25 at Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minn. The members were thankful for the warm hospitality extended by the Crown College staff and were privileged to spend time praying with students. The following is a summary of several of the items on the business agenda.

Alliance Core Values — President Benedict shared the following core values and reminded the Board that these are not new; they are historical yet still relevant to the work of The Alliance today.

  • Lost people matter to God. He wants them found.
  • Prayer is the primary work of the people of God.
  • Everything we have belongs to God. We are only stewards.
  • Knowing and obeying God’s Word is fundamental to all true success.
  • Completing the Great Commission will require the mobilization of every fully devoted disciple.
  • Without the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, we can accomplish nothing.
  • Achieving God’s purposes means taking faith-filled risks. This always involves change.

Great Commission Fund —While giving from individuals has increased substantially, giving from churches was down slightly for the first quarter. Approximately 60 percent of churches participated in funding the GCF from July through September. Revenues for the first quarter were at 88 percent of budget, representing a shortfall of $1.1 million. The weakening U.S. dollar has negatively impacted the International Ministries’ budget.

Audit —The Board accepted the audit report for the C&MA and its consolidated entities, which was performed by BKD, LLP.

C&MA Health Plan —The Board was pleased to receive the news from the C&MA Benefit Board that the C&MA health plan will not see a rate increase for next year and that a number of positive enhancements were made to the plan.

Alliance Life —In early November, churches will be receiving an alife promotional packet geared to increase exposure of the magazine to the U.S. Alliance family. The packet will contain a letter to pastors, a promotional poster, and bulk quantities of coupons for a free issue of the magazine.

Elections —The Board elected members to the Audit Review Committee and the Salaries Committee.

Press Releases —Dennis K. Whalen, vice president for Development, shared that a number of press releases have been issued that have been effective in drawing attention to several areas of ministry.

Supporting Organizations — Reports were presented by chief executive officers of the following retirement centers and boards were elected for the latter two:

  • Chapel Pointe at Carlisle
  • The Christian and Missionary Alliance Foundation, d/b/a Shell Point
  • Town and Country Manor

Missionary Appointments —The Board was pleased to make the following missionary appointments: Four family units—creative-access countries

  • Rev. Timothy G. and Mrs. Rachel J. Meier—France
  • Miss Josephine M. Siler—Indonesia
  • Mr. Marshall K. and Mrs. Barbra M. Mullinax— Israel
  • Mr. Alan J. and Mrs. Jill M. Kropp—Japan
  • Mr. Richard W. and Mrs. Jennifer F. Mullinax— Latin America
  • Mr. Erik J. and Mrs. Christina M. Wahlen— Mongolia
  • Rev. Mark D. and Mrs. Cinda S. Wood— Mongolia
  • Rev. Michael J. and Mrs. Valerie J. Stephens— Senegal
  • Mr. Craig W. and Mrs. Catherine B. Lewis—Spain
  • Rev. Chinh N. and Mrs. Hong-Ngoc Mary (Tran) Dang—Taiwan
  • Miss Stefanie N. May—Thailand

The next meeting will be in February 2008 in Colorado Springs. Please join us in praying for that meeting and for the work around the world. May we bring glory and honor to His name!

Serving together for Jesus,

Timothy D. Savaloja, Corporate Secretary

Past Alliance Life Issues

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