Notice of Proposed Amendment to the General Bylaws

Notice To 2015 General Council Accredited Delegates Of Proposed Amendment To The General Bylaws Submitted To The General Council Committee On Rules In Accordance With The Amended And Restated Constitution And Bylaws Of The Christian And Missionary Alliance

The Board of Directors of The Christian and Missionary Alliance adopted the following recommendation during its October 2016 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 Revision

In June 2013, the Board of Directors approved relocating the Guidelines for Developing Churches out of the Policy and Procedure Manual for Districts and Churches into the Manual of The Christian and Missionary Alliance (Manual), and revising and renaming it to become the Policy for the Governance of a Developing Church (now E13). It was recently discovered that the Board missed a reference to the old Guidelines for Developing Churches located in the Bylaw section of the Manual. This reference should be directing readers to the Policy for the Governance of a Developing Church. Therefore,

General Bylaws—Governance of Developing Churches

It is recommended that Article III, Churches, Districts, and National Office, Section 3.2, Developing Churches, in the General Bylaws (page A2-3), in the Manual of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, which reads:

Section 3.2. Developing Churches. The term “developing church” as used in these Bylaws means a corporation or unincorporated association that (a) is a new church that is in the first few years of development and has not yet met the standards for accreditation or become accredited, or (b) has been accredited in the past but for one or more reasons is failing to meet the minimal standards of an accredited church as has been determined by the District Executive Committee of the district to which the church is related. A developing church is governed by the Guidelines for Developing Churches of The Christian and Missionary Alliance as adopted by the National Office and applied according to state law in the district to which the church is related.

Be amended as follows:

Section 3.2. Developing Churches. The term “developing church” as used in these Bylaws means a corporation or unincorporated association that (a) is a new church that is in the first few years of development and has not yet met the standards for accreditation or become accredited, or (b) has been accredited in the past but for one or more reasons is failing to meet the minimal standards of an accredited church as has been determined by the District Executive Committee of the district to which the church is related. A developing church is governed by the [*Guidelines for Developing Churches of The Christian and Missionary Alliance] Policy for the Governance of a Developing Church as adopted by the National Office and applied according to state law in the district to which the church is related.

The amended section will then read:

Section 3.2. Developing Churches. The term “developing church” as used in these Bylaws means a corporation or unincorporated association that (a) is a new church that is in the first few years of development and has not yet met the standards for accreditation or become accredited, or (b) has been accredited in the past but for one or more reasons is failing to meet the minimal standards of an accredited church as has been determined by the District Executive Committee of the district to which the church is related. A developing church is governed by the Policy for the Governance of a Developing Church as adopted by the National Office and applied according to state law in the district to which the church is related.

Communication During Notice Period

According to Section 10.1 of the General Bylaws of The Christian and Missionary Alliance (page A2-23), an accredited delegate of the 2015 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, Robert B. Goldenberg, at cmapastorbob@hotmail.com or 814-762-5053.

Notice Period

November 28, 2016, through December 28, 2016

* This section will be amended with the wording in bold

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