UFMCC Bylaws as of July 2019 FINAL 07.02.19 SPA – FRATERNIDAD UNIVERSAL DE IGLESIAS DE LA COMUNIDAD METROPOLITANA

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FRATERNIDAD UNIVERSAL
DE IGLESIAS DE LA COMUNIDAD METROPOLITANA

REGLAMENTOS

Según fueron revisados en la XXVII Conferencia General,
Orlando, Florida (Estados Unidos)
Efectivos a partir del 2 de julio de 2019

ARTÍCULO I — NOMBRE

A. El nombre de esta Fraternidad será FRATERNIDAD UNIVERSAL DE IGLESIAS DE LA COMUNIDAD METROPOLITANA (en adelante referida como FUICM o Fraternidad).

B. Cada iglesia local o grupo afiliado usará el nombre de IGLESIA DE LA COMUNIDAD METROPOLITANA como parte de su título oficial. El grupo puede añadir ya sea un prefijo o sufijo para distinguirse de otros grupos o iglesias locales afiliados, tal como: Gracia Iglesia de la Comunidad Metropolitana, Iglesia de la Comunidad Metropolitana de Tallahassee, Iglesia de la Comunidad Metropolitana Ashland, o Springfield Iglesia de la Comunidad Metropolitana.

ARTÍCULO II – PROPÓSITO

Los objetivos de la FUICM serán:
A. Unir Iglesias con el propósito de compartir en el culto a Dios en la tradición cristiana, y tomar la voluntad del dominio de Dios en la vida de todas las personas, individual y colectivamente, como está establecido en las Santas Escrituras.

B. Establecer organismos para la formación teológica y en materias afines para la propagación de las enseñanzas de la fe cristiana, como fue aceptada por la Conferencia General de la Fraternidad Universal de Iglesias de la Comunidad Metropolitana.

C. Instruir y animar a aquellos que se ofrecen para las enseñanzas y filosofía aceptadas por este organismo.

D. Hacer todas las cosas que son compatibles con el trabajo de una Iglesia Cristiana.

ARTÍCULO III — SACRAMENTOS Y RITOS

A. SACRAMENTOS: Esta iglesia acepta dos santos sacramentos:
1. BAUTISMO con agua y el Espíritu, como aparece en las Escrituras, será el signo de cada vida dedicada a Dios y a su servicio. A través de las palabras y los actos de este sacramento, quien lo recibe es identificado como hijo o hija de Dios.

2. SANTA COMUNIÓN es la participación del pan bendito y del fruto de la vid de acuerdo con las palabras de Jesús, nuestro Soberano: “este es mi cuerpo… esta es mi sangre” (Mateo 26:26-28) Toda persona que crea, confiese y se arrepienta y busque el amor de Dios a través de Cristo, después de examinar sus conciencias, puede participar en la comida comunitaria, significando su deseo de ser recibido en la comunidad con Jesucristo, ser salvado por el sacrificio de Jesucristo, participar en la resurrección de Jesucristo y comprometer sus vidas renovadas al servicio de Jesucristo.

B. RITOS: Los Ritos de la iglesia realizados por sus ministros debidamente autorizados, consistirán de los siguientes:
1. El RITO DE LA ORDENACIÓN es la consagración de personas debidamente cualificadas para el ministerio profesional de esta iglesia. Se evidencia por la imposición de manos por parte de los clérigos ordenados y autorizados o por las Obispas y los Obispos de la FUICM, según estos Reglamentos.

2. El RITO DE OBTENCIÓN DE LA MEMBRESÍA EN LA IGLESIA será conducido por el(la) Pastor(a) o Líder Pastoral Interino(a) de una congregación local en cualquier servicio de culto regular. De acuerdo con los criterios establecidos por la iglesia local, un cristiano bautizado puede llegar a ser miembro en buen estatus del grupo de una iglesia local a través de una carta de transferencia de un cuerpo cristiano reconocido o a través de la afirmación de fe.

3. El RITO DE LA SANTA UNIÓN/RITO DEL SANTO MATRIMONIO es la unión espiritual de dos personas en una manera adecuada y propia por un clérigo debidamente autorizado, Líder Pastoral Interino de una iglesia local o por un(a) Obispo(a) de la FUICM. Después de que ambas personas han sido aconsejadas e informadas de sus responsabilidades recíprocas, puede llevarse a cabo el rito que confiere la bendición de Dios.

4. El RITO FUNERAL O SERVICIO MEMORIAL es debidamente celebrado por los ministros de la iglesia por los difuntos.

5. El RITO DE IMPOSICIÓN DE MANOS u oración por la salud de los enfermos de la mente, del cuerpo o del espíritu es dirigido por los ministros de la iglesia, a discreción, cuando se solicite.

6. El RITO DE BENDICIÓN puede ser dirigido por los ministros de la iglesia para personas, cosas y relaciones, cuando lo juzgue apropiado el ministro. Esto incluye la dedicación del edificio de la iglesia para la gloria de Dios.

ARTÍCULO IV — MINISTERIO

La FUICM afirma el sacerdocio universal de todos los creyentes (1 Pedro 2:5-10). Todos los miembros de la iglesia están llamados por Dios al ministerio del Evangelio de Cristo en la iglesia y en el mundo.

La FUICM decreta que todas las personas tienen igualdad de acceso y oportunidades, libre de cualquier tipo de discriminación basado en género, orientación sexual, raza, edad, impedimentos físicos, condición de VIH, estado de salud, identificación de género, nacionalidad o situación económica en términos de: (1) Procedimientos de empleo y personal y (2) prestación de servicios – todo lo que hacemos.

A. MINISTERIO DE LOS (AS) LAICOS (AS)
1. EL SACERDOCIO DE TODOS LOS CREYENTES: Los(as) laicos(as) son el pueblo de Dios, llamado por Dios y autorizado por las Escrituras para responder a la Palabra, servir como Cristo sirvió, a fin de que la iglesia pueda ser edificada y el mundo transformado. La FUICM afirma que este es el ministerio de cada laico(a) en la FUICM.

2. DIÁCONOS: Como se esboza en el Nuevo Testamento, su oficio es un ministerio histórico de servicio y ayuda dentro de la iglesia cristiana.

B. MINISTERIO DE LOS (AS) CLÉRIGOS (AS):
1. CLÉRIGOS(AS): Los(as) clérigos(as) son miembros del pueblo de Dios, llamados por Dios, autorizados y legalmente reconocidos por la FUICM para servir entre las personas como ministros profesionales de la Palabra y los Sacramentos.
a. RESPONSIBILIDADES: De acuerdo a su llamado, los(as) clérigos(as) deben administrar los Ritos y Sacramentos de la FUICM y ser maestros y predicadores de la fe, a fin de que el mundo pueda creer y la iglesia pueda ser renovada, capacitada y fortalecida con su ministerio.

b. REQUISITOS: Los(as) clérigos(as) son aquellas personas que profesan y demuestran el llamado para ser ministros cristianos profesionales que reúnen los requisitos establecidos por el Consejo de Obispos y Obispas.

c. ORDENACIÓN: Las personas que hayan reunido los estándares y requisitos académicos como están establecidos por el Consejo de Obispos y Obispas pueden ser entonces ordenadas. Una persona ordenada no puede ejercer como clérigo(a) de la FUICM sin autorización.

d. DISCIPLINA: La FUICM no consentirá deslealtad, conducta impropia o abandono de deberes. Los procedimientos de disciplina serán desarrollados por la Junta de Gobierno. Estos procedimientos serán incluidos como un apéndice a los Reglamentos de la FUICM.

ARTÍCULO V – GOBIERNO, ORGANIZACIÓN Y FUNCIONARIOS

A. GOBIERNO:
1. La FUICM reconoce las Sagradas Escrituras interpretadas por el Espíritu Santo en conciencia y en fe, como su guía en la fe, disciplina y gobierno.

2. El gobierno de la FUICM está depositado en la Conferencia General, sujeta a las provisiones de los Artículos de la Incorporación de la FUICM y sus Reglamentos, o documentos de organización legal. Los funcionarios electo(a)s por las Conferencias General están sujetos a la disciplina de la Conferencia General y son responsables de llevar a cabo sus políticas.

3. Cuando el(la) Moderador(a) desea más flexibilidad con respecto a los Artículos del IV al IX de estos reglamentos, el(la) Moderadora puede solicitar que la Junta de Gobierno le conceda esa flexibilidad.

4. Esta Fraternidad no rinde cuentas a ninguna jurisdicción eclesiástica externa, pero acepta el compromiso de mutuo consentimiento y cooperación implícito en la libre fraternidad de otras iglesias, y se comprometa a compartir sus metas y proyectos en común, sujeta a la aprobación expresa de su Membresía.

5. Las iglesias locales y la Conferencia General como se definen en estos Reglamentos, son estipuladas para los propósitos de la fraternidad cristiana, el culto, el testimonio y el servicio, apoyados por la cooperación, el desarrollo de programas e implementación de Reglamentos, Procedimientos y Políticas..

6. Una iglesia local de la Fraternidad Universal de Iglesias de la Comunidad Metropolitana es aquella iglesia que se adhiere al gobierno y doctrina de la FUICM, y que ha sido autorizada por la misma.

B. IGLESIAS LOCALES:
1. IGLESIAS EMERGENTES: Dentro de la FUICM, todas las iglesias que buscan entrar en el proceso para reunir los criterios de afiliación como se ha establecido por el Consejo de Obispos y Obispas y aprobado por la Junta de Gobierno pueden solicitar a la FUICM autorización como “iglesia emergente”. Las iglesias emergentes incluyen las extensiones de parroquias, nuevas plantaciones de iglesias e iglesias existentes que buscan afiliarse con la FUICM.

a. AUTORIZACIÓN: El Consejo de Obispos y Obispas deberá establecer los procedimientos para la autorización de las iglesias emergentes, los procedimientos para la autorización del líder para cada iglesia emergente y los procesos para apoyar cada iglesia emergente hasta que consiga la afiliación.

b. RESPONSABILIDAD: La iglesia emergente deberá estar sujeta a estos Estatutos y a la aprobación o desaprobación de las acciones según sean diseñadas por el Consejo de Obispos y Obispas. Cuanto llegue a existir, la iglesia emergente debe también estar sujeta a sus Artículos Locales de Incorporación, Estatuto Local/Procedimientos de Operaciones Estandarizados, y a cualquier otro documento legal de la organización.

c. CIERRE: Si una iglesia emergente se disuelve o deja de funcionar, los activos netos de la iglesia volverán a la utilización de la Conferencia General de la FUICM. La Junta de Gobierno decidirá la disposición de dichos bienes.

2. IGLESIAS AFILIADAS: Dentro de la FUICM, todas las Iglesias que cumplan los criterios establecidos por el Consejo de Obispos y Obispas y aprobada por la Junta de Gobierno califican para la afiliación y el reconocimiento como “iglesia afiliada”. El Consejo de Obispos y Obispas tiene la autoridad para aprobar las solicitudes de afiliación. Si una iglesia afiliada deja de cumplir con los criterios para la afiliación, una persona designada por el Consejo de Obispos y Obispas puede tomar acciones apropiadas de intervención, que puedan incluir su remoción de estatus de iglesia afiliada. La decisión de la persona designada puede ser apelada ante el Consejo de Obispos y Obispas.

a. ORGANIZACIONES ASOCIADAS: Una iglesia local tendrá la autoridad para establecer, autorizar y tener responsabilidad sobre grupos o ministerios con un propósito especial, y organizaciones.

b. GOBIERNO DE LAS IGLESIAS AFILIADAS: El gobierno de cada iglesia afiliada está depositados en su Asamblea Congregacional, la cual ejerce el derecho a controlar todos sus asuntos, sujetos a las previsiones de los Artículos de incorporación de la FUICM, sus Reglamentos o sus documentos de organización legal y la Conferencia General. El (La) Pastor(a) y el cuerpo administrativo están autorizados a ejercer el liderazgo espiritual y administrativo de la iglesia afiliada. Los funcionarios electos(as) por la Asamblea Congregacional están sujetos a la dirección y disciplina de la iglesia local y son responsables de llevar a cabo las políticas de la iglesia afiliada.

i. ESTRUCTURAS Y SISTEMAS. La iglesia afiliada, en consulta con la FUICM, determinará la estructura apropiada y sistemas para el gobierno de la iglesia local que es apropiado para el tamaño y contexto cultural. La estructura y sistemas de la iglesia local deberán incluir provisiones para (1) selección y disciplina del cuerpo administrativo de la iglesia local, (2) proceso de búsqueda pastoral, y (3) asambleas congregacionales. Es de incumbencia del cuerpo administrativo de cada iglesia local, proporcionarle a la iglesia un set de Reglamentos o Estándares de Procedimientos Operativos, sujetos a la aprobación de la FUICM.
ii. RESPONSABILIDAD. El cuerpo administrativo de la iglesia local deberá estar sujeto a estos Estatutos, a los Artículos de Incorporación, a los Estatutos Locales/Procedimientos de Operaciones Estandarizados, y a cualquier otro documento legal de la organización, y por la aprobación o desaprobación de la acción de la congregación local según sea provisto por cualquiera de los documentos anteriormente mencionados.
iii. RESOLUCIÓN DE CONFLICTOS. Cuando existan conflictos o dificultades dentro de una iglesia local, incluyendo diferencias aparentemente irreconciliables entre él(la) Pastor(a) y la congregación, la FUICM tendrá la autoridad para interactuar con esa iglesia, tomar las medidas adecuadas, proveer recursos y apoyo, y asistir y tener voz en cualquier asamblea del cuerpo administrativo de la iglesia local o en una Asamblea Congregacional. Un(a) Obispo(a) deberá requerir para intervenir cuando sea invitado(a) (1) por el(la) Pastor(a)/Líder Pastoral Interino(a), (2) por una mayoría de votos del cuerpo administrativo de la iglesia local, o (3) como resultado de una petición firmada por un mínimo de un tercio (33%) de los miembros de la iglesia.

Dentro de un lapso de veinticuatro (24) horas de haber recibido la solicitud de intervención, el(la) Obispo(a) o la persona nombrada por el(la) Obispo(a) establecerá los tiempos y procesos para el Ministerio de Reconciliación, el cual debe implementarse dentro de treinta (30) días posteriores a la solicitud inicial

c. EL(LA) PASTOR(A): El(La) pastor(a) de una iglesia afiliada es una persona clériga debidamente ordenada que tiene licencia para practicar el ministerio. Aunque hay una variedad de roles pastorales, el(la) pastor(a) en una iglesia local es elegido para ser responsables de los deberes de maestro, predicador y líder espiritual. Si no hubiera una persona clériga disponible debidamente por la FUICM, un Líder Pastoral Interino puede ser nombrado anualmente por la FUICM. Todas las iglesias de la FUICM son guiadas por Pastores(as) o personas ocupando un Liderazgo Pastoral Interino.
i. REQUISITOS Y DEBERES: Los(as) Pastores(as) deben ser clérigos(as) con credenciales en la FUICM. El(la) Pastor(a) de una iglesia tendrá la autoridad para organizar todos los servicios de culto en la iglesia. El(La) Pastor(a) es un miembro con derecho a voto en el cuerpo administrativo de la iglesia.

Los(as) Pastores(as) Asociados(as)/Asistentes y otro personal, remunerado o no, debe ser nombrado por el(la) Pastor(a) sujeto a la aprobación del cuerpo administrativo local. El(La) Pastor(a) actuará como director del personal de la iglesia local, tundra la autoridad para delegar dichas responsabilidades y deberes según juzgue conveniente, y debe, con la aprobación del cuerpo administrativo de la iglesia local, determinar compensaciones, períodos vocacionales y títulos de oficina del personal.

ii.
DESTITUCIÓN DEL(DE LA) PASTOR(A) DE SU OFICIO: Cuando existan diferencias irreconciliables entre el(la) Pastor(a) y la congregación, el(la) Pastor(a) y la congregación pueden optar por terminar su relación por un mutuo acuerdo. Ninguna petición de destituir al Pastor(a) basado en diferencias irreconciliables es válida a menos que preceda por el proceso de resolución de conflictos, como son contenidos en los Reglamentos de la FUICM ARTÍCULO V.B.2.c.ii. Una omisión unilateral para renovar el contrato pastoral no constituye una base para destituir al(la) Pastor(a) de su oficio.

El proceso de destituir al(a la) Pastor(a) de su oficio por deslealtad, conducta impropia, descuido de sus deberes o cuando se presenten diferencias irreconciliables entre el(la) Pastor(a) y la congregación se puede iniciar mediante una petición enviada al director oficial de la iglesia como es designado por los Reglamentos locales/los Estándares de Procedimientos Operativos, o documentos de la organización legal., y firmado por al menos veinticinco por ciento (25%) de los miembros acreditados; o por el voto de tres cuartas partes (3/4) de la Junta Directiva/ cuerpo administrativo de la iglesia local. Dentro de tres (3) días, el(la) Pastor(a) y el(la) Obispo(a)deben recibir una copia de la solicitud completa o de la moción del cuerpo administrativo de la iglesia local por el oficial designado de la iglesia. Después de que la FUICM y el oficial designado por la iglesia local han validado el número de miembros quienes han firmado la petición y la claridad de la petición o validado los votos de los miembros del cuerpo administrativo de la iglesia local y la claridad de la moción, la FUICM puede poner al Pastor(a) en estatus de inactivo(a), pero el(la) Pastor(a) seguirá recibiendo su compensación completa hasta la acción final de la congregación. Habiendo validado la petición, la FUICM y el cuerpo administrativo de la iglesia local fijarán el tiempo y lugar de la asamblea congregacional especial para determinar si el(la) Pastor(a) permanece en su oficio. La fecha de la asamblea debe realizarse dentro de treinta (30) días a partir de la fecha de envió de la petición para designar al oficial de la iglesia o de la fecha en que el(la) Obispo(a) recibió la moción del cuerpo administrativo de la iglesia local.

El(la) Pastor(a) tiene el derecho de presentarse en su propia defensa ante la asamblea congregacional y puede tener un abogado(a) de su elección presente. La decisión de la congregación es definitiva. Si se convoca a una asamblea especial para destituir al(a la) Pastor(a), la FUICM debe ser notificada de que tal medida está siendo tomada. Un representante de la FUICM asistirá como un observador imparcial que moderará la asamblea. Si el (la) Pastor (a) es destituido, el cuerpo administrativo de la iglesia local se reunirá inmediatamente después de la asamblea con el(la) representante de la FUICM para convenir en un liderazgo pastoral hasta que el púlpito sea ocupado. El cuerpo administrativo de la iglesia local puede consultar con la FUICM para ver candidatos disponibles para el oficio de Pastor(a).

d. DELEGADO(A) LAICO(A): Cada iglesia afiliada tundra un (1) voto por cada cien (100) miembros acreditados o su porción del mismo y deberá elegir un(a) (1) Delegado(a) Laico(a) por cada voto. Cada Delegado(a) Laico(a) portará un (1) voto. Cada Delegado(a) Laico(a) deber ser un miembro acreditado de la congregación que representa y servir durante un término de tres (3) años. Los deberes del Delegado(a) Laico(a) incluirán, pero no se limitan a, representación de la congregación en las Conferencias General y Regional y estar informado de las inquietudes y políticas de la FUICM.

Cada iglesia votante puede, de acuerdo con los Reglamentos de la iglesia local o de sus Estándares de Procedimientos Operativos, elegir al menos un(a) (1) Delegado(a) Laico(a) Alterno(a) por cada Delegado(a) Laico(a) Electo(a). El(la) Delegado(a) Alterno(a) electo deberá, de acuerdo con los procedimientos asentados en los Reglamentos de la iglesia local o Estándares de Procedimientos Operativos, tener autoridad para asumir los deberes de cualquier Delegado(a) Laico(a) quien no pueda o no esté dispuesto a cumplir con las responsabilidades de Delegado(a) Laico(a), incluyendo pero no limitándose a la representación de la congregación en la Conferencias General y Regional.

e. DESAFILIACIÓN: Las congregaciones desafiliadas no pueden seguir utilizando el nombre de Iglesias de la Comunidad Metropolitana (ICM) ni representarse de forma alguna como asociada con la FUICM o siendo una iglesia ICM.

i. DESAFILICIÓN DE UNA IGLESIA AFILIADA: Si una iglesia local deseara desafiliarse de la FUICM, deberá permitirse a un representante o representantes nombrados por la Moderadora deberán reunirse con la congregación y tendrán voz en la Asamblea Congregacional convocada con el propósito de la desafiliación. La decisión para desafiliarse deberá recibir votos de dos terceras (2/3) partes de los miembros presentes en la Asamblea Congregacional debidamente convocada con el propósito de la desafiliación.

ii. NOTIFICACIÓN A LA FUICM: Al menos sesenta (60) días hábiles antes de la Asamblea Congregacional convocada con el propósito de desafiliación, la iglesia local deberá notificar por escrito al(a la) Moderadora que la Asamblea Congregacional será realizada. La notificación por escrito al(a la) Moderador(a) deberá incluir (a) la fecha, hora y lugar de la Asamblea Congregacional; y (b) una copia de la lista de miembros de la iglesia local. Excepto en el caso de fallecimiento o renuncia de un miembro de la lista, ningún miembro puede ser removido posteriormente y no se podrán añadir miembros a la Membresía en la iglesia local hasta después de que la Asamblea Congregacional convocada con el propósito de la desafiliación.

iii. NOTIFICACIÓN A LOS MIEMBROS: Al menos treinta (30) días hábiles antes de tener la Asamblea Congregacional convocada con el propósito de desafiliación, todos los miembros de la iglesia local deben ser notificados por escrito según la más reciente lista de Membresía, sobre la fecha, horario, lugar y propósito de la desafiliación. Una copia de la notificación a los miembros será simultáneamente enviada al(a la) Moderador(a).

iv. PROCESO DE VOTACIÓN: La votación en la Asamblea Congregacional convocada con el propósito de desafiliación, será realizada con voto secreto.

v. CONTINUACIÓN CON LA AFILIACIÓN: En el caso de que una congregación vote por la desafiliación, aquellos miembros de la congregación que deseen continuar con la afiliación con la FUICM puedes ser designada por el(la) Moderador(a) como la Iglesia de la Comunidad Metropolitana que continúa afiliada con la FUICM.

vi. DISPOSICIÓN DE LOS RECURSOS: Después de que se cubran los compromisos financieros existente con la FUICM, la iglesia local desafiliada tiene el derecho sobre los recursos netos.

vii. NOTIFICACIÓN A TERCERAS PARTES AFECTADAS: En caso de que la congregación vote por desafiliarse, la FUICM deberá notificar a las terceras partes afectadas que la congregación desafiliada no está más asociada con la FUICM y que la congregación desafiliada no puede presentarse como una iglesia de ICM. Las terceras partes afectadas incluyen, pero no se limitan a: bancos, acreedores, e dependencias del gobierno que hayan emitido documentos certificados de la corporación/registro legal de la iglesia desafiliada.

3. DISCIPLINA DE LAS IGLESIAS: Si cualquier iglesia afiliada o emergente llega a trasgredir los Artículos de Incorporación de la FUICM, estos Reglamentos, o documentos de organización legal, el (la) Moderador o un representante del (de la) Moderadora tomará las medidas apropiadas para requerir su cumplimiento. El(La) Moderador(a) informará cualquier acción a la iglesia involucrada y a la Junta de Gobierno.

4. PROPIEDAD DE LA IGLESIA: En cada nación donde la FUICM exista y donde sea permitido por las leyes locales o nacionales, los documentos legales de la iglesia local o la organización legal debe nombrar a la FUICM como corporación/organización no gubernamental sucesora sin fines de lucro designada para recibir la propiedad de la iglesia en caso de (1) disolución o abandono de la iglesia, o (2) que la iglesia falle en sujetarse al proceso de desafiliación de la FUICM tal y como está estipulado en los Reglamentos de la FUICM.

5. CIERRE: Cuando una iglesia se desintegra o deja de operar, los bienes netos de la iglesia se revertirán a disposición de la Conferencia General de la FUICM. La Junta de Gobierno decidirá cómo se dispone de dichas propiedad.

6. RESERVACIÓN DE PODERES: Cualquier asunto específico aprobado por la congregación no contemplado aquí se deja a opción de la iglesia

C. ORGANIZACIONES NO-GUBERNAMENTALES ASOCIADAS: Cuando la misión de la FUICM pueda ser mejor servida por el propósito especial de una organización siendo responsable ante la denominación, la Junta de Gobierno tendrá la autoridad para establecer, autorizar y tener la responsabilidad para tal propósito especial de la organización. Individuos de las organizaciones no gubernamentales asociadas pueden participar en todas las actividades de la FUICM.

a. OBSERVADOR OFICIAL: Cada organización no gubernamental asociada podrá designar un representante para servir como Observador Oficial en la Conferencia General, con voz pero sin voto.
b. CIERRE: Cuando una organización asociada se disuelve o deja de funcionar, los activos netos de la organización asociada volverán a la utilización de la Conferencia General de la FUICM. La Junta de Gobierno decidirá la disposición de dichos bienes.

D. LAS ORGANIZACIONES NO GUBERNAMENTALES ALINEADAS: Las Organizaciones No Gubernamentales aliadas son aquellas organizaciones que apoyan las metas de la FUICM y que están alineadas con el trabajo de la FUICM pero que no buscan ser una iglesia afiliada u organización asociada. Los individuos de las organizaciones no gubernamentales aliadas pueden participar en todas las actividades de la FUICM.

a. RECONOCIMIENTO: El Consejo de Obispos y Obispas establecerá los procesos para garantizar el reconocimiento de las Organizaciones Alineadas.
b. OBSERVADORES OFICIALES: Cada organización alineada puede designar un representante para servir como un Observador Oficial en la Conferencia General, con voz pero sin voto.

E. FRATERNIDAD:
1. INTRODUCCIÓN: Internacionalmente, el gobierno de la FUICM está puesto en la Conferencia General, sujetos a las provisiones del Acta Constitutiva de la Fraternidad, sus Reglamentos, o documentos de organización legal. Entre las Conferencias Generales, el Consejo de Obispas y Obispos está autorizada para brindar liderazgo espiritual y pastoral y la Junta de Gobierno está autorizada para proveer liderazgo administrativo en el nivel internacional de la Fraternidad.

2. El Moderador(a) es electo(a) por la Conferencia General para servir como principal visionario(a) y futurista a fin de impulsar la misión y visión de la FUICM en todo el mundo y a través de la práctica del reto profético, la creatividad, la autoridad espiritual y pastoral, y el liderazgo. Como principal portavoz de la FUICM, un(a) Obispo(a), el(la) Director(a) Ejecutivo(a), el(la Moderadora es un miembro con derecho a voto y modera las reuniones de la Junta de Gobierno y de el Consejo de Obispos y Obispas; modera la Conferencia General; nombra Obispos y Obispas; y supervisa a los miembros del personal de la FUICM. El(la) Moderador(a) será responsable de conducir el proceso visionario para la Fraternidad, teniendo presencia en los eventos mundiales, enseñando y capacitando, ocupándose del aprendizaje continuo, relaciones comunitarias, visitando y ayudando a las iglesias, relaciones ecuménicas, y justicia social en el mundo. El término del oficio de Moderador(a) será de seis (6) años.
a. COMITÉ NOMINADOR DEL(DE LA) MODERADOR(A): La Junta de Gobierno nombrará a tres (3) personas para el Comité Nominador del(de la) Moderador(a). La responsabilidad del Comité Nominador de(de la) Moderador(a) es solicitar candidatos para el puesto, revisar todas y cada una de las solicitudes y elegir cinco(5) candidatos(as) cualificados(as). Los(as) candidatos(as) cualificados(as) serán presentados por la Junta de Gobierno para la elección a la Conferencia General.

b. DISCIPLINA DEL(DE LA) MODERADOR(A): Las acusaciones contra el(la) Moderador(a) deben ser enviadas por escrito a la Junta de Gobierno y debe estar firmada por al menos un(1) miembro de los clérigos(as) de cada diez(10) Iglesias diferentes y por Delegados(as) Laicos(as) representantes de la mayoría de los votos de los(as) Delegados(as) Laicos(as) de cada diez (10) iglesias diferentes, y puede ser iniciada indistintamente por clérigos(as) o laicos(as). La Junta de Gobierno establecerá y publicará el procedimiento para la consideración de las acusaciones contra el Moderador(a).

c. REMOCION DEL(DE LA) MODERADOR(A): Si la Junta de Gobierno determina que el(la) Moderador(a) es incapaz para cumplir las responsabilidades de su puesto, la Junta de Gobierno puede, por un voto de dos tercios(2/3) de la Junta de Gobierno complete, remover al(a la) Moderador(a) del puesto. Tal acción deberá ser reportada a la Conferencia General dentro de los siguientes cinco(5) días hábiles. La Junta de Gobierno puede elegir a alguien quien reúna las cualidades para servir como Moderador(a) Interino(a) hasta la siguiente Conferencia General, cuando se conducirá una elección para cubrir la vacante.

d. VACANTE EN EL PUESTO DE MODERADOR(A): En el caso de una vacante en el Oficio de Moderador(a), la Junta de Gobierno debe elegir a un(a) Moderador(a) Interino(a) para cubrir la vacante hasta la siguiente Conferencia General, cuando una elección debe realizarse para cubrir la vacante. El término del oficio de Moderador(a) electo(a) por la Conferencia General para cubrir la vacante será de seis (6) años.

3. CONSEJO DE OBISPOS Y OBISPAS: El Consejo de Obispas y Obispos es el organismo autorizado por la Conferencia General para servir en un papel pastoral y dirigir la vida espiritual de la Fraternidad. Este Consejo consistirá en un(a) Moderador(a)y Obispos(as) nombrados por el(la) Moderador(a), sujetos a la aprobación de la Junta de Gobierno y la afirmación de la Conferencia General. Todas(os) las(os) Obispos y Obispas de la FUICM son considerados ministros profesionales de todos los Ritos y Sacramentos de la iglesia.

e. REQUISITOS: Obispos y Obispas deben ser aquellos individuos de evidente cualidad espiritual y liderazgo que es maduro, tiene sano juicio, tiene un probados antecedentes de logros como miembro laico(a) o clérigos(as) dentro de la Fraternidad, y una exitosa experiencia en visualizar y planear estratégicamente el futuro. Las(os) Obispos y Obispas deben ser excelentes comunicadores(as), hábiles motivadores(as) y maestros(as), con automotivación y dedicados(as) al aprendizaje continuo. Más aún, las(os) Obispos y Obispas deben ser capaces de entender y trabajar dentro de sanas pautas fiscales, ser sensible ante las diferencias culturales, y ser capaces y dispuestos(as) a adoptar la diversidad. Es deseable que el Consejo de Obispos y Obispas refleje de la diversidad de la Fraternidad

f. DEBERES: La responsabilidad primaria del Consejo de Obispos(as) será el de brindar liderazgo y atención pastoral para habilitar la Fraternidad en nuestra jornada espiritual. El Consejo de Obispos(as) ejercerá su autoridad espiritual y pastoral para construir una visión compartida de la FUICM, preparar a la FUICM para el futuro y apoyar la dirección estratégica de la FUICM. Los(las) Obispos(as) sirven como representantes oficiales de la Fraternidad en áreas de relaciones públicas y comunitarias; proveen supervisión de y apoyo a las congregaciones; consultan con las iglesias sobre temas para el desarrollo de la iglesia; y cubren otros deberes eclesiales y ceremoniales.

A excepción del(de la) Moderador(a), ningún miembro del Consejo de Obispos y Obispas servirá simultáneamente como miembro de la Junta de Gobierno.

e. RESPONSABILIDAD, DISCIPLINA, Y REMOCIÓN: La FUICM no puede consentir deslealtad, conducta impropia, o abandono de los deberes de parte de sus Obispos(as) y, en consecuencia, tiene las siguientes provisiones para la responsabilidad, disciplina, o despido:
(1). RESPONSABILIDAD: Todos(as) los(as) Obispos(as) deberán ser responsables ante el(la) Moderador(a), el Consejo de Obispos y Obispas, los Estatudos de la FUICM, el Código de Conducta de la FUICM, las políticas del personal según sean establecidas por la Junta de Gobierno, y la Conferencia General.

(2) DISCIPLINA: El(La) Obispo(a) debe ser notificado por escrito de la acusación y debe permanecer en su puesto hasta que se de la resolución de la acusación.

(a) DISCIPLINA DE UN(A) OBISPO(A): Las acusaciones contra un(a) Obispo(a) que no sea el(la) Moderador(a) deben ser enviadas por escrito al Moderador(a) y ser firmadas por un miembro de la FUICM. El(La) Moderador(a) determinará si refiere la acusación al Consejo de Obispos y Obispas para su resolución o si busca la resolución de el asunto en otra forma apropiada. El Consejo de Obipos y Obispas establecerá y publicará el procedimiento para la consideración de una acusación contra un(a) Obispo(a).

(3) REMOCIÓN:
(a) REMOCIÓN DE UN(A) OBISPO(A):
(i) El(La) Moderador(a) puede remover a un(a) Obispo(a) en cualquier momento, con o sin causa aparente.

(ii) Si el Consejo de Obispos y Obispas determina que un(a) Obispo(a) es incapaz o indispuesto para cumplir las responsabilidades de la posición, el Consejo de Obispos y Obispas puede, por un voto de dos terceras partes (2/3) del total del Consejo de Obispos y Obispas, recomendar que la Moderadora remueva al(a) Obispo(a) de su posición.
(iii) Tal acción deberá ser reportada a la Junta de Gobierno.

(d) VACANTES: En el caso de una vacante, el(la) Moderador(a) puede nombrar a alguien que reúna las cualidades para cubrir las vacantes, sujeto a la aprobación de la Junta de Gobierno.

4. JUNTA DE GOBIERNO: La Junta de Gobierno es el cuerpo autorizado por la Conferencia General para conducir el gobierno de la FUICM entre Conferencias Generales de una manera ordenada. La Junta de Gobierno está compuesta de nueve (9) personas, cuatro (4) que sean laicos(as) y cuatro (4) deberán ser clérigos(as) a parte del(de la Moderador(a), electo(a) por la Conferencia General para responsabilizarse del gobierno de las finanzas y operaciones de la FUICM y servir como la Junta de Directivos de la corporación, teniendo el cargo de los asuntos pertinentes a los Artículos de Incorporación, todos los documentos legales de la organización, propiedad y finanzas de la FUICM. La Junta de Gobierno ejercerá todos los poderes corporativos sujetos a las previsiones y limitaciones de estos estatutos y de otras leyes aplicables.

a. REQUISITOS: Los miembros de la Junta de Gobierno deben ser miembros acreditados dentro de la Fraternidad quienes, a discreción de la FUICM, tienen cualidad espiritual y de liderazgo, sean maduros, tengan sano juicio y cuenten con un historial comprobado de logros. Se tendrá consideración al darse la elección de los miembros con diversas perspectivas, y habilidades complementarias consistentes con lo que requiera las funciones y responsabilidades de la Junta de Gobierno.

b. CARTA CONSTITUTIVA DE LA JUNTA DE GOBIERNO: La Carta Constitutiva de la Junta de Gobierno definirá las funciones, responsabilidades y estructura de la Junta de Gobierno. La Carta Constitutiva debe ser aprobada por la mayoría de votos de la Conferencia General e incluirse como un Anexo de los Estatutos de la FUICM.

c. TÉRMINO DEL OFICIO: El término del oficio para los miembros de la Junta de Gobierno será de seis (6) años, con la exception de que la Conferencia General XXIV debera elegir dos (2) personas laicas y dos (2) personas clérigas para un término de tres años hasta la siguiente Conferencia General, cuando dos (2) personas laicas y dos (2) personas clérigas deban ser electas por un término de seis (6) años.

d. COMITÉ NOMINADOR DE LA JUNTA DE GOBIERNO: La Junta de Gobierno nombrará un Comité Nominador de la Junta de Gobierno de tres (3) personas. El(La) Moderador(a) servirá como consultor(a) del Comité Nominador de la Junta de Gobierno. La responsabilidad de el Comité Nominador de la Junta de Gobierno es solicitar candidatos para las posiciones, revisar todas y cada una de las solicitudes y seleccionar los(as) candidatos(as) cualificados(as). Los(as) candidatos(as) deben ser presentados(as) a la Conferencia General para la elección.

e. VACANTES: En el caso de una vacante en la Junta de Gobierno, la Junta de Gobierno puede nombrar alguien que reúna los requisitos para cubrir la vacante hasta la siguiente Conferencia General.

f. DISCIPLINA: La FUICM no puede consentir deslealtad, mala conducta o abandono de sus deberes de parte de cualquier miembro de la Junta de Gobierno y, por tanto, tomar las siguientes provisiones para disciplina o remoción:

(1) Si la Junta de Gobierno determina que uno de sus miembros es incapaz o no dispuesto para cumplir con las responsabilidades de su posición, la Junta de Gobierno puede, por una mayoría en la votación de toda la Junta, remover a ese miembro de la Junta. El miembro debe comunicar por escrito la resolución de los cargos y, en ese momento, queda inactivo. El miembro tiene el derecho de apelar y presentar su propia defensa ante la Junta de Gobierno en su nombre. La Junta de Gobierno revisará entonces los cargos y, sobre una votación de la mayoría sin incluir la del miembro acusado, puede remover al miembro de la Junta de Gobierno, o tomar algún tipo de acción que puede considerarse apropiado. La decisión de la Junta de Gobierno debe ser definitiva.

ARTÍCULO VI – MEMBRESÍA EN LA FUICM

A. MIEMBROS ACREDITADOS: Cualquier cristiano(a) bautizado puede ser un miembro acreditado de una iglesia local afiliada o una iglesia emergente. La iglesia local tiene la autoridad para determinar cualquier criterio adicional para obtener y retener la membresía en esa iglesia local. Cualquier criterio adicional debe ser de acuerdo con los Reglamentos de la FUICM y ser compatible con los valores básicos de la FUICM.
B. MIEMBROS DE LA FUICM:
1. Los miembros acreditados de cada iglesia local emergente o afiliada deberá ser considerado miembro de la FUICM.
2. Todos los clérigos y clérigas ordenados por la FUICM deben ser considerados miembros de la FUICM.
3. Todos los miembros de la FUICM pueden ser nombrados a los comités, a un oficio electo y a participar en todas las actividades de la FUICM.

C. AMIGOS DE LA IGLESIA: Una iglesia local puede, si es su deseo, aceptar en la iglesia personas quienes, por una razón u otra, sienten que no pueden llegar a ser miembros regulares de la iglesia, pero que apoyan las metas de la iglesia y quieren ser parte del trabajo de la iglesia. Tales personas serán designadas como “Amigos(as) de la Iglesia”. Los(as) amigos(as) pueden servir en comités y pueden participar en todas las actividades de la iglesia. Los(as) amigos(as) no pueden, de cualquier manera, servir en el cuerpo administrativo de la iglesia local y no pueden votar en las reuniones congregacionales. Los(as) amigos(as) no pueden ser considerados para determinar los(as) Delegados(as) Laicos(as) que la iglesia local puede enviar a las reuniones de las Conferencias General.

C. DISCIPLINA: La FUICM no puede consentir deslealtad o conducta inapropiada de parte de cualquiera de sus miembros y amigos; por tanto, el cuerpo administrativo de la iglesia local debe desarrollar e implementar un procedimiento para tomar medidas disciplinares, según lo considere necesario.

ARTÍCULO VII – SERVICIOS DE LA IGLESIA

Cada iglesia local deberá tener servicios de culto público cada semana. Otros servicios de culto pueden tener lugar según sea determinado por el(la) Pastor(a) con la aprobación del organismo administrativo de la iglesia local. Con relación a los servicios de culto de las iglesias locales, el Sacramento de la Santa Comunión serán ofrecidos en el servicio de culto semanal, así como en otros servicios de culto a discreción del(de la) Pastor(a). El Santo Bautismo puede ser administrado en cualquier servicio apropiado de la iglesia local o en cualquier otro tiempo, a discreción del(de la) Pastor(a).

ARTÍCULO VIII – REUNIONES DE LA IGLESIA

A. CONFERENCIA GENERAL: Para el propósito de la operación de los negocios, la FUICM tundra una Conferencia General cada tres años, comenzando el 2007.

1. TIEMPO, LUGAR, E ÍNDOLE: El tiempo y el lugar de la Conferencia General será anunciado en la Conferencia General previa. El anuncio del tiempo, lugar y naturaleza de la Conferencia General deberá enviarse por escrito a todas las entidades eclesiales noventa (90) días antes de la siguiente Conferencia General.

a. ÍNDOLE: La Junta de Gobierno está autorizada para determinar los medios por los cuales los miembros de la Cámara de Laicos(as) y la Cámara de Clérigos(as) puedes participar virtualmente en una Conferencia General.

2. COMPOSICIÓN: La Conferencia General de la FUICM es un organismo constituido de la Cámara de Clérigos y Clérigas y la Cámara de Laicos y Laicas.

a. CÁMARA DE CLÉRIGOS Y CLÉRIGAS: Los miembros de la Cámara de Clérigos y Clérigas son clérigos y clérigas ordenados con licencia para practicar y clérigos(as) jubilados(as) honorablemente.

b. CÁMARA DE LAICOS Y LAICAS: Los miembros de la Cámara de Laicos y Laicas son Delegados(as) Laicos(as); el(la) Líder Pastoral Interino de cada iglesia afiliada cuando ese(a) Líder Pastoral Interino es un miembro de la FUICM; y los miembros del Consejo de Obispos y Obispas, de la Junta de Gobierno que no sean clérigos(as) o Delegados(as) Laicos(as) y sean miembros de la FUICM.

3. VOTANDO EN CÁMARAS SEPARADAS: La transacción de todos los negocios exceptuando los procedimientos sustanciales deben ser aprobados por una mayoría separada de votos de los votos probatorios por la Cámara de Laicos y Laicas y por una mayoría separada de los votos probatorios de la Cámara de Laicos y Laicas.

4. QUÓRUM: El quórum consistirá de veinte por ciento (20%) del número de personas laicas elegibles para votar en la Conferencia General y veinte por ciento (20%) del número de clérigos(as) con licencias elegibles para votar en la Conferencia General.

5. CONFERENCIA GENERAL ESPECIAL: Una Conferencia General especial de la FUICM pude ser convocada por la Junta de Gobierno o por una petición enviada a la Junta de Gobierno por el cincuenta por ciento (50%) de todas aquellas personas elegibles para votar en la Conferencia General. Puede iniciar esta petición por los clérigos(as) o por el laicado. Una Conferencia General especial debe ser regida por las mismas reglas referentes a una Conferencia General excepto cuando el propósito de una Conferencia General especial es para considerar la confirmación de un nombramiento de un Obispo(a). Cuando el propósito de una Conferencia General especial es el confirmar el nombramiento de un(a) Obispo(a), se debe comunicar por escrito el tiempo, lugar e índole de la Conferencia General especial a todos los miembros de la Cámara de Laicos y Laicas y de la Cámara de Clérigos y Clérigas al menos treinta (30) días antes de la Conferencia General especial.

a. PROPÓSITO: El propósito de una Conferencia General especial debe quedar indicado en la petición. La índole y propósito de una Conferencia General deben quedar indicados en la información y escritos en la agenda de la Conferencia General especial.

b. ANUNCIO: Un anuncio por escrito debe ser enviado a todos los(as) clérigos(as) con credenciales y a todas las iglesias votantes al menos treinta (30) días antes de la Conferencia General especial.

c. LUGAR: Cada iglesia local debe establecer el porcentaje de miembros requeridos para la transacción de los negocios, el proceso de notificación de los miembros de la reunión y el proceso para convocar reuniones especiales, al menos que otra cosa sea indicada en los Reglamentos de la FUICM.

d. VOTACIÓN POR PODERES: No votos por poderes y/o ausentes serán permitidos en ninguna reunión de negocios de esta Fraternidad, excepto donde específicamente sea provisto por estos Reglamentos.

ARTÍCULO IX – FINANZAS DE LA IGLESIA

A. ADMINISTRACIÓN FINANCIERA: La FUICM adopta y enseña el diezmo como el medio con fundamento bíblico para apoyar a la iglesia y sus ministerios, y como la expresión de buena custodia del tiempo, talento y dinero por los individuos y los organismos de la iglesia. Por tanto, será responsabilidad tanto de los(as) clérigos(as) y del liderazgo laico de las iglesias locales e iglesias emergentes el planear implementar programas de custodia tanto para ayudar a que las personas crezcan en la gracia de dar como de financiar los ministerios de la iglesia. Se recibirá una ofrenda en cada servicio de culto público en las iglesias locales y en las conferencias patrocinadas por la FUICM.

B. REPORTANDO: Cada iglesia local deberá reportar todos los recibos cada mes a la FUICM y con los reportes deberá remitir un porcentaje de los fondos reportados, según determine la Conferencia General.

1. FONDOS EXENTOS: Los recursos adquiridos por herencia y los recaudados para los siguientes fines, deben ser reportados, pero pueden ser deducidos del total de recibos antes de calcular el monto que es para la FUICM:

2. FONDOS PARA CUBRIR LAS NECESIDADES INMEDIATAS DE PERSONAS EN APUROS: Este dinero sólo puede ser usado para cubrir servicios directos sin los cuales el recipiente sería destituido o estaría en peligro personal.

3. FONDO PARA CONSTRUCCIÓN: Este es dinero que se separa para construir o comprar el edificio de una Iglesia, el cual puede incluir espacio para culto, reuniones, oficina, cocina, aulas, estacionamiento, mobiliario y equipamiento para dichas instalaciones. También puede utilizarse para cubrir costos de remodelaciones integrales de instalaciones que sean propias o rentadas y en el pago de un saldo en una hipoteca. Los recursos recolectados específicamente para reducir el saldo de un préstamo hipotecario quedan exentos de diezmo como parte del fondo de construcción. La renta, pagos de intereses hipotecarios, servicios, equipo menor y mantenimiento de rutina no están exentos.

3. FONDO PARA DELEGADOS: Los gastos por enviar delegados(as) de la iglesia y clérigos(as) a la Conferencia General.

Cualquier dinero transferido permanentemente o por un largo período desde cualquiera de los fondos exentos hacia el Fondo General, debe ser agregado a las cifras de ingresos de ese mes, y es causante de diezmo. El reporte y envío a la FUICM vencen antes de o en el décimo (10º) día del mes siguiente al mes sobre el cual se reporta.

2. ENVIO DEL PAGO DEL DIEZMO: En tanto sea posible y deseable, y como lo determine La Junta de Gobierno, las Iglesias enviarán directamente sus diezmos a las Oficinas Generales de la FUICM. Sin embargo, la Junta de Gobierno puede autorizar, en ciertas circunstancias, cuentas especiales para que países fuera de los Estados Unidos de Norteamérica retengan en custodia el diez por ciento (10%) de diezmo correspondiente a esa nación. La Junta de Gobierno bajo recomendación del(de la) Moderador(a), nombrará a los titulares de dichas cuentas y aprobará el presupuesto para utilizar esos capitales para fines y programas de la FUICM dentro del país respectivo. La Junta de Gobierno establecerá las políticas y procedimientos adecuados referentes al cuidado de los recursos custodiados para la FUICM. Cuando se produzcan transferencias internacionales para la FUICM, las Oficinas de la Fraternidad proporcionarán la documentación necesaria para las autoridades gubernamentales nacionales o estatales de los países remitentes.

C. ORGANISMOS FIDUCIARIOS: Cuando la Junta de Gobierno decida autorizar cuentas especiales para custodiar recursos de la FUICM en fideicomisos, la Junta de Gobierno puede nombrar a un organismo fiduciario para que se encargue de todos los asuntos relativos al Acta Constitutiva, documentación con la que se organiza legalmente, bienes raíces y recursos en fideicomisos, como sea procedente y lo permitan las leyes vigentes. La Junta de Gobierno, a su entera discreción, decidirá la cantidad de miembros de cualquier organismo fiduciario. Todos los movimientos de los organismos fiduciarios deben ser reportados y autorizados por la Junta de Gobierno, excepto donde se especifique lo contrario en estos Reglamentos. La Junta de Gobierno decidirá la cantidad de miembros que presten servicio en un organismo fiduciario

1. REQUISITOS: Los miembros de un organismo fiduciario deben ser miembros acreditados dentro de la Fraternidad quienes, a entera discreción de la Junta de Gobierno, tengan calidad y liderazgo espiritual, sean maduros y tengan buen juicio, y cuenten con antecedentes de logros comprobables. El término de su gestión será de dos años.
2. RESPONSABILIDAD: El cuerpo fiduciario quedará sujeto a estos Reglamentos, el Acta Constitutiva del cuerpo fiduciario, los Reglamentos del cuerpo fiduciario y las políticas y procedimientos de la Junta de Gobierno.
4. DISCIPLINA: La FUICM no tolerará aquello que, a su juicio, sea deslealtad o comportamiento inapropiado, o el abandono de labores por parte de los miembros de un organismo fiduciario regional. Por tanto, la Junta de Gobierno desarrollará e implementará un procedimiento para tomar las medidas disciplinarias adecuadas, según lo considere necesario

D. EVALUACIONES DEL CONSEJO DE PENSIONES: Cada organismo administrativo o mesa directiva de las Iglesias en los Estados Unidos de Norteamérica rendirá informes trimestrales de la cantidad de miembros activos por cada mes del trimestre, y enviará una evaluación del Consejo de Pensiones como lo determina la Conferencia General. El informe y el envío se harán al Consejo de Pensiones antes de, o en el décimo (10º.) día del mes siguiente al trimestre reportado

E. FIRMAS: Cualquier banco o cuenta bancaria o financiera a nombre de cualquier Iglesia, organismo, Región, la FUICM o cualquier otro grupo o entidad subordinada, requiere de dos firmas para retiros, una de las cuales debe ser de un funcionario electo o una persona nombrada bajo los Reglamentos de la FUICM, o los documentos con que la Región o la iglesia local le autoriza

F. DISPENSA DE DIEZMOS: La Junta de Gobierno puede otorgar una dispensa del pago de diezmos y otras contribuciones atrasadas.

ARTÍCULO X – RESERVACIÓN DE PODERES

Todos los poderes que no estén delegados por estos Reglamentos son reservados para los organismos de las iglesias locales.

ARTÍCULO XI – ADOPCIÓN Y ENMIENDAS

A. ADOPCIÓN: Estos Reglamentos entrarán en vigor inmediatamente tras su adopción por la Conferencia General de la FUICM y serán obligatorios para todos los miembros e iglesias dentro de la Fraternidad

B. ENMIENDAS: Estos Reglamentos pueden ser enmendados o derogados en una asamblea debidamente convocada por la Conferencia General, de acuerdo a los procedimientos adoptados por la Conferencia General. Tales enmiendas o derogaciones sólo pueden ser efectivas si dos terceras partes (2/3) de los(as) Delegados(as) Laicos(as) debidamente autorizados y dos terceras partes (2/3) de los(as) clérigos(as) debidamente autorizados, votan a favor de tales enmiendas o aboliciones

C. CONFORME A LAS LEYES NACIONALES: Si los Reglamentos de la FUICM fueran inconsistentes con las leyes de cualquier nación o con otra jurisdicción en la cual está establecida una iglesia local, la Junta de Gobierno puede permitir que los Reglamentos u otros documentos constitutivos contengan variables respecto a estos Estatutos para facilitar que el Iglesia cumpla con tales leyes

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BYLAWS OF
THE UNIVERSAL FELLOWSHIP OF
METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCHES

As revised at General Conference XXVII, Orlando, Florida, USA
Effective 02 July 2019

ARTICLE I – NAME

A. The name of this Fellowship shall be the UNIVERSAL FELLOWSHIP OF METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCHES (hereinafter referred to as UFMCC or Fellowship).

B. Each affiliated local church group will use the name METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH as part of its official title. The group may add either a prefix or suffix to distinguish it from other affiliated local church groups, such as: Grace Metropolitan Community Church, Metropolitan Community Church of Tallahassee, Metropolitan Community Church, Ashland, or Springfield Metropolitan Community Church.

ARTICLE II – PURPOSE

The objectives of the UFMCC shall be:
A. To bind together churches for the purpose of sharing in the worship of God in the Christian tradition, and to make God’s will dominant in the lives of all people, individually and collectively, as set forth in the Holy Scriptures.

B. To set up bodies for instruction in theology and in allied subjects for the propagation of the teachings of the Christian faith, as accepted by the General Conference of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches.

C. To instruct and encourage those who offer themselves to the teaching and philosophy accepted by this body.

D. To do all things that are compatible with the work of a Christian Church.

ARTICLE III – SACRAMENTS AND RITES

A. SACRAMENTS: This Church embraces two holy Sacraments:
1. BAPTISM by water and the Spirit, as recorded in the Scriptures, shall be a sign of the dedication of each life to God and God’s service. Through the words and acts of this sacrament, the recipient is identified as God’s own Child.

2. HOLY COMMUNION is the partaking of blessed bread and fruit of the vine in accordance with the words of Jesus, our Sovereign: This is my body…this is my blood. (Matthew 26:26-28). All who believe, confess and repent and seek God’s love through Christ, after examining their consciences, may freely participate in the communal meal, signifying their desire to be received into community with Jesus Christ, to be saved by Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, to participate in Jesus Christ’s resurrection, and to commit their lives anew to the service of Jesus Christ.

B. RITES: The Rites of the Church as performed by its duly authorized ministers shall consist of the following:
1. The RITE OF ORDINATION is the setting apart of duly qualified persons for the professional ministry of this Church. It is evidenced by the laying on of hands by authorized ordained clergy or UFMCC Elders, pursuant to these Bylaws.

2. The RITE OF ATTAINING MEMBERSHIP IN THE CHURCH shall be conducted by the Pastor or Interim Pastoral Leader before a local congregation at any regular worship service. In accordance with criteria established by the local church, a baptized Christian may become a member in good standing of the local church group through a letter of transfer from a recognized Christian body or through affirmation of faith.

3. The RITE OF HOLY UNION/RITE OF HOLY MATRIMONY is the spiritual joining of two persons in a manner fitting and proper by a duly authorized clergy, Interim Pastoral Leader of the church, or UFMCC Elders. After both persons have been counseled and apprised of their responsibilities one toward the other, this rite of conferring God’s blessing may be performed.

4. The RITE OF FUNERAL OR MEMORIAL SERVICE is to be fittingly conducted by the ministers of the Church for the deceased.

5. The RITE OF LAYING ON OF HANDS or prayer for the healing of the sick in mind, body or spirit is to be conducted by the ministers of the Church, at their discretion, upon request.

6. The RITE OF BLESSING may be conducted by the ministers of the Church for persons, things and relationships, when deemed appropriate by the minister. This includes the dedication of a church building to the glory of God.

ARTICLE IV – MINISTRY

The UFMCC affirms the universal priesthood of all believers (1 Peter 2:5-10). All members of the Church are called by God to a ministry of the Gospel of Christ in the Church and in the world.

UFMCC decrees that all people shall have equitable access and opportunity which is free from discrimination on grounds of sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, culture, age, physical or cognitive ability, medical diagnosis, HIV status, health status, nationality, or economic status in terms of: (1) Employment and personnel procedures and (2) Service delivery ‐‐ so that MCC will pursue justice through all we do.

A. MINISTRY OF THE LAITY
1. THE PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS: Lay people are the People of God, called by God and authorized by Scripture to respond to the Word, serving as Christ served, to the end that the Church may be edified and the world transformed. UFMCC affirms that this is the ministry of every lay person in the UFMCC.

2. DEACONS: As outlined in the New Testament, their office is a historic ministry of service and aid within the Christian Church.

B. MINISTRY OF THE CLERGY:
1. CLERGY: Clergy are members of the People of God, called by God, authorized and legally recognized by the UFMCC to serve among the people as professional ministers of the Word and Sacraments.
a. RESPONSIBILITIES: In accordance with their call, clergy shall administer the Rites and Sacraments of the UFMCC and be teachers and preachers of the faith to the end that the world may believe and the Church might be renewed, equipped, and strengthened in its ministry.

b. QUALIFICATIONS: Clergy are those persons of professed and demonstrated call to be professional Christian ministers who meet the qualifications established by the Council of Elders.

c. ORDINATION: Persons who have met the academic standards and qualifications as established by the Council of Elders may then be ordained. A person who is ordained cannot function as a UFMCC clergy person until such person is licensed.

d. DISCIPLINE: The UFMCC will not condone disloyalty, unbecoming conduct, or dereliction of duty. Procedures for discipline shall be developed by the Governing Board. These procedures shall be included as an addendum to the UFMCC Bylaws.

ARTICLE V – GOVERNMENT, ORGANIZATION, AND OFFICERS

A. GOVERNMENT:
1. The UFMCC acknowledges the Holy Scriptures interpreted by the Holy Spirit in conscience and faith as its guide in faith, discipline, and government.

2. The government of the UFMCC is vested in the General Conference, subject to the provisions of the UFMCC Articles of Incorporation and its Bylaws, or documents of legal organization. The officials elected by the General Conference are subject to the direction and discipline of General Conference and are responsible to carry out its policies.

3. When the Moderator desires more flexibility with respect to Articles IV through IX of these Bylaws, the Moderator can apply to the Governing Board, which may grant that flexibility.

4. This Fellowship is accountable to no outside ecclesiastical jurisdiction, but accepts the obligation of mutual consent and cooperation involved in the free fellowship of other churches, and does pledge itself to share in their common aims and endeavors subject to the expressed approval of its membership.

5. Local Churches and the General Conference as defined by these Bylaws are set forth for the purposes of Christian fellowship, worship, witness, and service, borne in the cooperation, program development, and implementation of their Bylaws, Procedures, and Policies.

6. A local church of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches is that church which subscribes to the government and doctrine of the UFMCC, and has been authorized by the same.

B. LOCAL CHURCHES:
1. EMERGING CHURCHES: Within the UFMCC, all worshipping and/or ministry bodies that seek to enter into the process of meeting the criteria for affiliation as established by the Council of Elders and approved by the Governing Board may apply to UFMCC for authorization as an “emerging church.” Emerging churches include parish extensions, new church starts, and existing churches that seek to affiliate with UFMCC.

a. AUTHORIZATION: The Council of Elders shall establish procedures for authorization of emerging churches, procedures for authorization of the leader for each emerging church, and processes for supporting each emerging church until it achieves affiliation.

b. ACCOUNTABILITY: The emerging church shall be subject to these Bylaws and to the approval or disapproval of actions by a designee of the Council of Elders. When such come to exist, the emerging church shall then also be subject to its local Articles of Incorporation, local Bylaws/Standard Operating Procedures, and any other document of legal organization.

c. CLOSURE: If an emerging church other than a parish extension disbands or ceases to operate, the net assets of the church will revert to the use of the General Conference of the UFMCC. The Governing Board will decide the disposition of said property.

2. AFFILIATED CHURCHES: Within the UFMCC, all churches that meet the criteria as established by the Council of Elders and approved by the Governing Board qualify for affiliation and recognition as an affiliated church. The Council of Elders has the authority to approve requests for affiliation. If an affiliated church ceases to meet the criteria for affiliation, a designee of the Council of Elders may take appropriate actions of intervention, which may include removal of the church’s affiliation status. The decision of the designee may be appealed to the Council of Elders.

a. ASSOCIATED ORGANIZATIONS: A local church shall have the authority to establish, authorize, and hold accountable special-purpose groups, ministries, and organizations.

b. AFFILIATED CHURCH GOVERNANCE: The government of each affiliated church is vested in its Congregational Meeting which exerts the right to control all of its affairs, subject to the provisions of the UFMCC Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, or documents of legal organization, and the General Conference. The Pastor and the local church administrative body are authorized to provide spiritual and administrative leadership in the affiliated church. The officials elected by the Congregational Meeting are subject to the direction and discipline of the affiliated church and are responsible to carry out the local church policies.

i. STRUCTURES AND SYSTEMS: The affiliated church, in consultation with UFMCC, shall determine an appropriate structure and systems for local church governance that is appropriate for the size of church and cultural context. The local church structure and systems shall include provision for (1) selection and discipline of the local church administrative body, (2) a pastoral search process, and (3) congregational meetings. It is incumbent upon the local church administrative body of each local church to provide that church with a set of Bylaws or standard operating procedures, subject to approval by UFMCC.

ii. ACCOUNTABILITY: The local church administrative body shall be subject to these Bylaws, local Articles of Incorporation, local Bylaws/Standard Operating Procedures, any other documents of legal organization, and to the approval or disapproval by action of their local congregation as provided for in any of the above.

iii. CONFLICT RESOLUTION: When there are conflicts or difficulty within a local church, including apparent irreconcilable differences between the Pastor and congregation, UFMCC shall have the authority to interface with that church, to take appropriate measures, to provide resources and support, and to attend and have voice at any meeting of the local church administrative body or Congregational Meeting. UFMCC shall be required to intervene when invited (1) by the Pastor/Interim Pastoral Leader, (2) by majority vote of the local church administrative body, or (3) as a result of a petition signed by a minimum of one-third (33%) of the members of the church.

Within twenty-four (24) hours of receiving the request for intervention, UFMCC must officially notify all parties mentioned above. Within ten (10) days of the request, UFMCC will establish the time-lines and process for the Ministry of Reconciliation, which must be implemented within thirty (30) days of the initial request.

c. PASTOR: The Pastor of an affiliated church is a duly ordained clergy person who has been licensed to practice. Though there are a variety of pastoral roles, in a local congregation the Pastor is elected to be responsible for the duties of teacher, preacher, and spiritual leader. If no duly credentialed UFMCC clergy person is available, an Interim Pastoral Leader may be appointed annually by UFMCC. All UFMCC churches are led by Pastors or Interim Pastoral Leaders.
i. QUALIFICATIONS AND DUTIES: Pastors must be credentialed clergy in the UFMCC. The Pastor of the church shall have the authority for ordering all worship services of the church. The Pastor is a voting member of the local church administrative body.

Associate and/or Assistant Pastor(s) and other personnel, uncompensated or compensated, shall be appointed by the Pastor subject to the approval of the local church administrative body. The Pastor shall act as personnel director of the local church staff, shall have the authority to delegate such responsibilities and duties as seems wise, and shall, with the approval of the local church administrative body, determine compensation, vacation periods, and titles of office of the staff.

ii. REMOVING THE PASTOR FROM OFFICE: When irreconcilable differences exist between the Pastor and congregation, the Pastor and congregation may choose to terminate their relationship through mutual agreement. No petition for removal of the Pastor based on irreconcilable differences is valid unless preceded by the process of conflict resolution, as contained within the UFMCC Bylaws Article. V.B.2.c.ii. Unilateral failure to renew a pastoral contract does not constitute removal of the Pastor from office.

The process of removing the Pastor from office for disloyalty, unbecoming conduct, dereliction of duty or when irreconcilable differences arise between Pastor and congregation may be initiated by a petition submitted to the duly authorized church officer as designated by the local Bylaws/Standard Operating Procedures, or documents of legal organization, and signed by at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the members in good standing; or by a vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the full Board of Directors /local church administrative body. Within three (3) days, the Pastor and UFMCC must be sent a copy of the completed petition or motion of the local church administrative body by the designated church officer. After UFMCC and the designated local church officer have validated the number of members who have signed the petition and the clarity of the petition or validated the votes of the members of the local church administrative body and the clarity of the motion, UFMCC may place the Pastor on inactive status, but the Pastor remains fully compensated until the final action of the congregation. Upon validating the petition, a representative of UFMCC and the local church administrative body will set the time and place of a special congregational meeting to determine whether the Pastor shall remain in office. The date of the meeting shall occur within thirty (30) days of the date the petition is submitted to the designated church officer or the date the motion of the local church administrative body is received by UFMCC.

The Pastor has the right to appear on his/her own behalf before the congregational meeting and may have an advocate of his/her own choice present. The action of the congregation is final. If a special meeting is called to remove a Pastor, UFMCC must be given notice that such action is being taken. A representative of UFMCC shall attend as an impartial observer who shall moderate the meeting. If the Pastor is removed, the local church administrative body will meet immediately after the meeting with the representative of UFMCC to arrange for pastoral leadership until the pulpit is filled. The local church administrative body may confer with UFMCC as to available candidates for the office of Pastor.

d. LAY DELEGATE: Each affiliated church shall have one (1) vote for every one hundred (100) members in good standing or portion thereof and shall elect one (1) Lay Delegate for each vote. Each Lay Delegate shall carry one (1) vote. Each Lay Delegate shall be a member in good standing of the congregation that such person represents and shall serve a term of three (3) years. The duties of the Lay Delegate shall include, but not be limited to, representation of the congregation at General Conferences and to be informed of the UFMCC concerns and policies.

Each voting church may, in accordance with that local church’s Bylaws or Standard Operating Procedures, elect at least one (1) Alternate Lay Delegate for each Lay Delegate elected. The Alternate Delegate(s) so elected shall, in accordance with procedures set forth in the local church Bylaws or Standard Operating Procedures, be empowered to assume the duties of any Lay Delegate who is unable or unwilling to perform the duties of Lay Delegate, including but not limited to representation of the congregation at General Conferences.

e. DISAFFILIATION: Disaffiliated congregations may not continue to use the name Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) or in any manner hold themselves out as being associated with UFMCC or as being an MCC church.

i. DISAFFILIATION BY AN AFFILIATED CHURCH: Should a local church desire to disaffiliate from the UFMCC, a representative or representatives appointed by the Moderator must be allowed to meet with the congregation and shall have voice at the Congregational Meeting called for the purpose of disaffiliating. The decision to disaffiliate must receive a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Members present at a duly called Congregational Meeting called for the purpose of disaffiliating.

ii. NOTIFICATION TO UFMCC: At least sixty (60) calendar days prior to a Congregational Meeting called for the purpose of disaffiliating, the local church shall notify the Moderator in writing that such a Congregational Meeting will be held. The written notification to the Moderator shall include: (a) the date, time, and place of the Congregational Meeting; and (b) a copy of the local church membership list. Except in the event of the death or resignation of a listed Member, no Members may thereafter be removed from membership in the local church and no Members may be added to the membership in the local church until after the Congregational Meeting called for the purpose of disaffiliating.

iii. NOTIFICATION TO MEMBERS: At least thirty (30) calendar days prior to a Congregational Meeting called for the purpose of disaffiliating, all Members of the local church must be notified in writing at their last known address on the membership list of the date, time, place, and purpose of the Congregational Meeting called for the purpose of disaffiliating. A copy of the notification to members shall be simultaneously submitted to the Moderator.

iv. VOTING PROCESS: Voting at the Congregational Meeting called for the purpose of disaffiliating shall be done by secret ballot.

v. CONTINUING AFFILIATION: In the event that a congregation votes to disaffiliate, those members of the congregation wishing to continue affiliation with UFMCC may be designated by the Moderator as the continuing Metropolitan Community Church affiliated with the UFMCC.

vi. DISPOSITION OF ASSETS: After existing financial obligations to the UFMCC are met, the disaffiliating local church has the right to net assets.

vii. NOTIFICATION TO AFFECTED THIRD PARTIES: In the event that a congregation votes to disaffiliate, the UFMCC shall notify affected third parties that the disaffiliated congregation is no longer associated with the UFMCC and that the disaffiliated congregation may not hold itself out as being an MCC church. Affected third parties include, but are not limited to, banks, creditors, and government agencies that issued corporation/registration status to the disaffiliated church.

3. DISCIPLINE OF CHURCHES: If any emerging or affiliated church shall fail to abide by the Articles of Incorporation of the UFMCC, these Bylaws, or documents of legal organization, the Moderator or a representative of the Moderator shall take appropriate action to require compliance. The Moderator shall report any such action to the church involved and to the Governing Board.

4. CHURCH PROPERTY: In every nation where UFMCC comes to exist and where permitted by local or national laws, the local church’s documents of legal organization must name the UFMCC as the successor not-for-profit corporation/non-governmental organization designated to receive the church’s property in the event of (1) the dissolution or abandonment of the church, or (2) failure to abide by the process for disaffiliation from the UFMCC by the local church as contained in the UFMCC Bylaws.

5. CLOSURE: When a church disbands or ceases to operate, the net assets of the church will revert to the use of the General Conference of the UFMCC. The Governing Board will decide the disposition of said property.

6. RESERVATION OF POWERS: Any specific matters of congregational approval not covered herein are left to local church option

C. ASSOCIATED NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS: When the mission of the UFMCC would be best served by a special-purpose organization being accountable to the denomination, the Governing Board shall have the authority to establish, authorize, and hold accountable such special-purpose organization. Individuals from associated non-governmental organizations may participate in all activities of UFMCC.

a. OFFICIAL OBSERVER: Each associated non-governmental organization may designate a representative to serve as an Official Observer at General Conference, with voice but no vote.
b. CLOSURE: When an associated organization disbands or ceases to operate, the net assets of the associated organization will revert to the use of the General Conference of the UFMCC. The Governing Board will decide the disposition of said property.

D. ALIGNED NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS: Aligned non-governmental organizations are those organizations that support the goals of UFMCC and that are aligned with the work of UFMCC yet do not seek to become an affiliated church or associated organization. Individuals from aligned non-governmental organizations may participate in all activities of UFMCC.

a. RECOGNITION: The Council of Elders shall establish the process for granting recognition to Aligned Organizations.
b. OFFICIAL OBSERVER: Each aligned organization may designate a representative to serve as an Official Observer at General Conference, with voice but no vote.

E. FELLOWSHIP:
1. INTRODUCTION: Internationally, the government of the UFMCC is vested in the General Conference, subject to the provisions of the Fellowship Articles of Incorporation, its Bylaws, or documents of legal organization. Between General Conferences, the Council of Elders is authorized to provide spiritual and pastoral leadership and the Governing Board is authorized to provide administrative leadership on the international Fellowship level.

2. MODERATOR: The Moderator is elected by General Conference to serve as the primary visionary and futurist in order to advance the mission and vision of UFMCC worldwide through the exercise of prophetic challenge, creativity, spiritual and pastoral authority, and leadership. As the primary UFMCC spokesperson, an Elder, and the Chief Executive Officer, the Moderator is a voting member and moderates meetings of the Governing Board and of the Council of Elders; moderates General Conference; appoints Elders; and supervises UFMCC senior staff. The Moderator shall be responsible for leading the visioning process for the Fellowship, having a presence at global events, teaching and training, engaging in continuous learning, community relations, visitation and assistance in churches, ecumenical relations, and global social justice. The term of office of the Moderator shall be six (6) years.

a. MODERATOR NOMINATING COMMITTEE: The Governing Board shall appoint a Moderator Nominating Committee of five (5) persons. The responsibility of the Moderator Nominating Committee is to actively solicit candidates for the position, review any and all applications, and select up to five (5) qualified candidates. The qualified candidates shall be presented by the Governing Board to the General Conference for election.

b. DISCIPLINE OF THE MODERATOR: Complaints about the Moderator must be submitted to the Governing Board in written form and must be signed by a minimum of one (1) member of the clergy from each of ten (10) different churches and by the Lay Delegates representing the majority of the Lay Delegate votes from each of ten (10) different churches, and may be initiated by either the clergy or Lay Delegates. The Governing Board shall establish and publish its procedure for considering complaints about the Moderator.

c. REMOVAL OF THE MODERATOR: If the Governing Board determines that the Moderator is unable or unwilling to fulfill the responsibilities of the position, the Governing Board may, by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the full Governing Board, remove the Moderator from the position. Such action shall be reported to the General Conference within five (5) business days. The Governing Board may elect someone who meets the qualifications to serve as Interim Moderator until the next General Conference, when an election shall be conducted to fill the vacancy.

d. VACANCY IN THE OFFICE OF MODERATOR: In the event of a vacancy in the office of Moderator, the Governing Board shall elect an Interim Moderator to fill the vacancy until the next General Conference, when an election shall be held to fill the vacancy. The term of office of the Moderator elected by General Conference to fill the vacancy shall be six (6) years.

3. COUNCIL OF ELDERS: The Council of Elders of the UFMCC is that body authorized by the General Conference to serve in a pastoral role and direct the spiritual life of the Fellowship. This Council shall consist of a Moderator and Elders appointed by the Moderator, subject to approval by the Governing Board and affirmation by General Conference. All UFMCC Elders are deemed professional ministers and are authorized to perform all of the Rites and Sacraments of the church.

a. QUALIFICATIONS: Elders must be those individuals of obvious spiritual quality and leadership who are mature, have sound judgment, have a proven record of accomplishment as lay or clergy members within the Fellowship, and have successful experience in envisioning and strategic planning for the future. Elders must be excellent communicators, skilled motivators and teachers, self-motivated and devoted to continuous learning. Further, Elders must be capable of understanding and working within sound fiscal guidelines, be sensitive to cultural differences, and be able and willing to embrace diversity. It is desirable that the Council of Elders reflect the diversity of the Fellowship.

b. DUTIES: The primary responsibility of Elders shall be to give pastoral leadership and care to enable the Fellowship in our spiritual journey. The Elders shall exercise spiritual and pastoral authority to build a shared vision for the UFMCC, prepare UFMCC for the future, and support UFMCC’s strategic direction. The Elders serve as official representatives of the Fellowship in the areas of public and community relations; provide oversight of and support to congregations; consult with churches on issues related to church development; and fulfill other ecclesial and ceremonial duties.

Other than the Moderator, a member of the Council of Elders shall not serve simultaneously as a member of the Governing Board.

c. ACCOUNTABILITY, DISCIPLINE, AND REMOVAL: The UFMCC cannot condone disloyalty, unbecoming conduct, or dereliction of duty on the part of its Elders and, therefore, makes the following provisions for accountability, discipline, or removal:
(1) ACCOUNTABILITY: All Elders shall be accountable to the Moderator, the Council of Elders, the UFMCC Bylaws, the UFMCC Code of Conduct, personnel policies as established by the Governing Board, and General Conference.

(2) DISCIPLINE: The Elder must be given written notice of a complaint and shall remain in position until final disposition of the complaint.

(a) DISCIPLINE OF AN ELDER: Complaints about an Elder other than the Moderator must be submitted to the Moderator in written form and be signed by a member of UFMCC. The Moderator shall determine whether to refer the complaint to the Council of Elders for resolution or to seek resolution of the matter in another appropriate way. The Council of Elders shall establish and publish its procedure for considering complaints about an Elder.

(3) REMOVAL:
(a) REMOVAL OF AN ELDER:
(i) The Moderator may remove an Elder at any time, with or without cause.

(ii) If the Council of Elders determines that an Elder is unable or unwilling to fulfill the responsibilities of the position, the Council of Elders may, by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the full Council of Elders, recommend that the Moderator remove that Elder from the position.

(iii) Such action shall be reported to the Governing Board.

d. VACANCIES: In the event of a vacancy, the Moderator may appoint someone who meets the qualifications to fill the vacancy, subject to the approval of the Governing Board.

4. GOVERNING BOARD: The Governing Board is that body authorized by the General Conference to carry on the governance of the UFMCC between General Conferences in an orderly manner. The Governing Board is composed of nine (9) persons, four (4) of whom shall be lay persons and four (4) of whom shall be clergypersons plus the Moderator, elected by the General Conference to be responsible for the governance of UFMCC finances and operations and to serve as the corporation’s Board of Directors, having charge of all matters pertaining to Articles of Incorporation, all documents of legal organization, property, and finances of the UFMCC. The Governing Board shall exercise all corporate powers subject to the provisions and limitations of these bylaws and any other applicable laws.

a. QUALIFICATIONS: Members of the Governing Board must be members in good standing within the Fellowship who, in the sole discretion of the UFMCC, have spiritual quality and leadership, are mature, have sound judgment, and have a proven record of accomplishment. Consideration will be given to elect members with diverse perspectives, core competencies, and complementary skills consistent with the required functions and responsibilities of the Governing Board.

b. GOVERNING BOARD CHARTER: A Charter of the Governing Board shall define the functions, responsibilities and structures of the Governing Board. The Charter shall be affirmed by a majority vote of the General Conference and included as an addendum to UFMCC Bylaws.

c. TERM OF OFFICE: The term of office for members of the Governing Board shall be six years, with the exception that General Conference XXIV shall elect two (2) lay persons and two (2) clergy persons to three-year terms until the next General Conference, when two (2) lay persons and two (2) clergy persons shall be elected to six-year terms.

d. GOVERNING BOARD NOMINATING COMMITTEE: The Governing Board shall appoint a Governing Board Nominating Committee of three (3) persons. The Moderator shall serve as a consultant to the Governing Board Nominating Committee. The responsibility of the Governing Board Nominating Committee is to actively solicit candidates for the position, review any and all applications, and select qualified candidates. The qualified candidates shall be presented to the General Conference for election.

e. VACANCIES: In the event of a vacancy on the Governing Board among membership elected at a duly convened General Conference, the Governing Board may appoint someone who meets the qualifications to fill the vacancy until the next General Conference, when an election shall be held to fill the unexpired term. Appointments may only be utilized for filling vacancies up to 40% (3 members) of the total membership of the Governing Board. When the number of appointed Governing Board members exceeds 40% (3 persons) of the total membership of the Governing Board, a special General Conference shall be called for the purpose of electing members to the Governing Board. The process for selecting candidates for election shall conform to the process outlined in Article V.E.4.d. – GOVERNING BOARD NOMINATING COMMITTEE.

f. DISCIPLINE: The UFMCC cannot condone unbecoming conduct, malfeasance, nonfeasance or dereliction of duty on the part of any member of the Governing Board and, therefore, makes the following provisions for discipline or removal:

(1) If the Governing Board determines that one of its members is unable or unwilling to fulfill the responsibilities of the position, the Governing Board may, by a majority vote of the full Board, remove that member from the Board. The member must be given written notice of the charges and, at that time, becomes inactive. The member has the right to appear and present his/her own defense before the Governing Board on his/her own behalf. The Governing Board will then review the charges and, upon majority vote of the members of the Governing Board not including the member charged, may remove the member of the of the Governing Board or take such other action as it may deem appropriate. The decision of the Governing Board shall be final.

(2) Governing Board members may be removed by a Special General Conference.

ARTICLE VI – MEMBERSHIP IN UFMCC

A. MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING OF A LOCAL CHURCH: Any baptized Christian may become a member in good standing of an emerging or affiliated local church. A local church has the authority to determine any additional criteria for gaining and retaining membership in that local church. Any additional criteria shall be in accordance with UFMCC Bylaws and be compatible with UFMCC core values.

B. MEMBERS OF UFMCC
1. Members in good standing of each emerging and affiliated local church shall be considered to be Members of UFMCC.
2. All clergy persons ordained by UFMCC shall be considered to be Members of UFMCC.
3. All Members of UFMCC may serve on appointed committees, hold elected office, and participate in all activities of UFMCC.

C. FRIENDS OF THE CHURCH: A local church body may, if it desires, accept into the Church person(s) who, for one reason or another, feel that they cannot become regular members of the Church but who support the goals of the Church and want to be part of the work of the church. Such people shall be designated as “Friends of the Church.” Friends may serve on appointed committees and may participate in all activities of the Church. Friends may not, however, serve on the local church administrative body and may not vote at congregational meetings. Friends shall not be considered in determining the number of Lay Delegates that a local church body may send to meetings of the General Conference.

D. DISCIPLINE: The UFMCC cannot condone disloyalty or unbecoming conduct on the part of any of its members and friends; therefore, the local church administra¬tive body shall develop and implement a procedure for taking appropriate disciplinary action, as it deems necessary.

ARTICLE VII – CHURCH SERVICES

Each local church body shall hold services of public worship every week. Other worship services may be held as determined by the Pastor with the approval of the local church administrative body. In regard to the worship services of local church bodies, the Sacrament of Holy Communion shall be offered at weekly worship, as well as at other worship services at the discretion of the Pastor. Holy Baptism may be administered at any appropriate service of the local church body or at any other time, at the Pastor’s discretion.

ARTICLE VIII – CHURCH MEETINGS

A. GENERAL CONFERENCE: For the purpose of the transaction of business, the UFMCC will hold a General Conference every third year, commencing 2007.

1. TIME, PLACE, AND NATURE: The time and place of the General Conference will be announced at the previous General Conference. Notice of the time, place, and nature of the General Conference must be given in writing to all church bodies ninety (90) days prior to the upcoming General Conference.

a. NATURE: The Governing Board is authorized to determine the means by which members of the Lay House and of the Clergy House may participate virtually in a General Conference.

2. COMPOSITION: The General Conference of the UFMCC is that body consisting of a Clergy House and a Lay House.

a. CLERGY HOUSE: Members of the Clergy House are ordained clergy with a License to Practice and honorably retired clergy.

b. LAY HOUSE: Members of the Lay House are Lay Delegates; the Interim Pastoral Leader of each affiliated church when that Interim Pastoral Leader is a member of UFMCC; and the members of the Council of Elders and of the Governing Board who are not clergy or Lay Delegates and are members of UFMCC.

3. VOTING IN SEPARATE HOUSES: The transaction of all business except procedural matters must be approved by a separate majority vote of the votes carried by the Lay House and a separate majority vote of the votes carried by the Clergy House.

4. QUORUM: A quorum shall consist of twenty percent (20%) of the number of lay people eligible to vote at General Conference and twenty percent (20%) of the number of licensed credentialed clergy eligible to vote at General Conference.

5. SPECIAL GENERAL CONFERENCE: A special General Conference of the UFMCC can be called by the Governing Board or by a petition submitted to the Governing Board by fifty percent (50%) of all those persons eligible to vote at General Conference. Initiation of this petition may be by either clergy or laity. A special General Conference shall be governed by the same rules as those pertaining to the General Conference except when the purpose of the special General Conference is to consider affirmation of the appointment of an Elder. When the purpose of a special General Conference is to affirm the appointment of an Elder, notice of the time, place, and nature of the special General Conference must be given in writing to all members of the Lay House and of the Clergy House at least thirty (30) days in advance of the special General Conference.

a. PURPOSE: The purpose of a special General Conference must be stated in the petition. The nature and purpose of a special General Conference must be stated in the notices and written into the agenda of the special General Conference.

b. NOTICE: The written notice must be sent to all credentialed clergy and to all voting church bodies at least thirty (30) days prior to the special General Conference.

B. LOCAL: Each local church shall establish the percentage of members required for the transaction of business, the process for notifying members of the meeting, and the process for calling special meetings, unless otherwise indicated in UFMCC Bylaws.

C. PROXY VOTING: No proxy and/or absentee ballots shall be allowed in any business meeting of this Fellowship, except where specifically provided for in these Bylaws.

ARTICLE IX – CHURCH FINANCES

A. FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP: The UFMCC adopts and teaches tithing as the scripturally affirmed means of supporting the church and its ministries, and as the expression of good stewardship of time, skills, and money by individuals and church bodies. Therefore, it shall be the responsibility of both the clergy and the lay leadership of emerging and affiliated church to plan and implement programs of stewardship both to help persons grow in the grace of giving and to fund the church’s ministries. An offering shall be received at each service of public worship in the local church and at conferences sponsored by UFMCC.

B. REPORTING: Each emerging church and affiliated church shall report all church receipts each month to the UFMCC and with that report shall remit a percentage of the funds reported, as determined by General Conference.

1. Any money transferred permanently or for a long term from any exempt fund into the General Fund must be added to the income figures for that month, and assessments paid on them. Report and remittance are due to the UFMCC on or before the tenth (10th) day of the month following the month being reported.

2. SUBMISSION OF ASSESSMENT PAYMENT: Wherever possible and desirable as determined by the Governing Board, churches shall send their assessment directly to the UFMCC Headquarters. However, the Governing Board may choose, in certain circumstances, to authorize special accounts in nations other than the United States to hold in trust the UFMCC assessment payments within that nation. The Governing Board, upon the recommendation of the Moderator, will name the signatories on said accounts and will approve a budget for use of those monies for UFMCC purposes and programs within the respective nation. The Governing Board shall establish appropriate policies and procedures concerning the care of funds held in trust for UFMCC. Whenever funds are transmitted internationally to UFMCC, Fellowship Offices shall provide documentation satisfactory to national/regional government authorities in the sending countries.

C. FIDUCIARY BODIES: Whenever the Governing Board chooses to authorize special accounts to hold UFMCC funds in trust, the Governing Board may appoint a fiduciary body to have charge of all matters pertaining to the Articles of Incorporation, all documents of legal organization, real property, and finances held in trust, as legally permitted and appropriate. The Governing Board, in its discretion, shall determine the number of members of any fiduciary body. All actions of the fiduciary bodies must be reported to and approved by the Governing Board, except where specifically provided for in these Bylaws.

1. QUALIFICATIONS: Members of a fiduciary body must be members in good standing within the Fellowship who, in the sole discretion of the Governing Board, have spiritual quality and leadership, are mature, have sound judgment and a proven record of accomplishment. The term of office shall be two years.
2. ACCOUNTABILITY: The fiduciary body shall be subject to these Bylaws, the fiduciary body’s Articles of Incorporation, the fiduciary body’s Bylaws, and the policies and procedures of the Governing Board.
3. DISCIPLINE: The UFMCC will not condone conduct which is, in its sole discretion, disloyal or unbecoming or a dereliction of duty on the part of members of a fiduciary body. Therefore, the Governing Board shall develop and implement a procedure for taking appropriate disciplinary action, as it deems necessary.

D. BOARD OF PENSIONS ASSESSMENTS: Each local church administrative body in the USA shall report quarterly the number of members in good standing for each month within every quarter and shall remit the Board of Pensions assessment as set by General Conference. Report and remittance are due to the Board of Pensions on or before the tenth (10th) day of the month following the quarter reported.

E.. SIGNATURES: Any bank or financial account in the name of any church body, the UFMCC, or of any subordinate group or body, must require two signatures for withdrawals, one of which must be that of an officer elected or a person appointed under UFMCC Bylaws, the authorizing documents of the subordinate group or body, or the authorizing documents of the local church.

F. FORGIVENESS OF ASSESSMENTS: The Governing Board may grant forgiveness of late assessments.

ARTICLE X – RESERVATION OF POWERS

All powers not delegated by these Bylaws are reserved to the local church bodies.

ARTICLE XI – ADOPTION AND AMENDMENTS

A. ADOPTION: These Bylaws shall become effective immediately upon adoption by the General Conference of the UFMCC and shall become binding upon all members and church bodies within the Fellowship.

B. AMENDMENTS: These Bylaws may be amended or repealed at any duly convened meeting of the General Conference according to the procedures adopted by the General Conference. Such amendments or repeals can only be effective if two-thirds (2/3) of the duly authorized Lay Delegates and two-thirds (2/3) of the duly authorized clergy attending vote in favor of such amendments or repeals.

C. COMPLIANCE WITH NATIONAL LAWS: If UFMCC Bylaws are inconsistent with laws of any nation or other jurisdiction in which a local church body is organized, the Governing Board may allow the Bylaws or other organizational documents to contain variances with these Bylaws to facilitate compliance of the local church body with such laws.

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BYLAWS OF 1
THE UNIVERSAL FELLOWSHIP OF 2
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ARTICLE I – NAME 10
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A. The name of this Fellowship shall be the UNIVERSAL FELLOWSHIP OF METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY 12 CHURCHES (hereinafter referred to as UFMCC or Fellowship). 13
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B. Each affiliated local church group will use the name METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH as part 15 of its official title. The group may add either a prefix or suffix to distinguish it from other affiliated 16 local church groups, such as: Grace Metropolitan Community Church, Metropolitan Community 17 Church of Tallahassee, Metropolitan Community Church, Ashland, or Springfield Metropolitan 18 Community Church. 19
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ARTICLE II – PURPOSE 21
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The objectives of the UFMCC shall be: 23
A. To bind together churches for the purpose of sharing in the worship of God in the Christian 24 tradition, and to make God’s will dominant in the lives of all people, individually and collectively, as 25 set forth in the Holy Scriptures. 26
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B. To set up bodies for instruction in theology and in allied subjects for the propagation of the 28 teachings of the Christian faith, as accepted by the General Conference of the Universal Fellowship 29 of Metropolitan Community Churches. 30
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C. To instruct and encourage those who offer themselves to the teaching and philosophy accepted by 32 this body. 33
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D. To do all things that are compatible with the work of a Christian Church. 35
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A. SACRAMENTS: This Church embraces two holy Sacraments: 39
1. BAPTISM by water and the Spirit, as recorded in the Scriptures, shall be a sign of the dedication 40 of each life to God and God’s service. Through the words and acts of this sacrament, the 41 recipient is identified as God’s own Child. 42
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2. HOLY COMMUNION is the partaking of blessed bread and fruit of the vine in accordance with 44 the words of Jesus, our Sovereign: This is my body…this is my blood. (Matthew 26:26-28). All 45 who believe, confess and repent and seek God’s love through Christ, after examining their 46 consciences, may freely participate in the communal meal, signifying their desire to be received 47
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into community with Jesus Christ, to be saved by Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, to participate in Jesus 48 Christ’s resurrection, and to commit their lives anew to the service of Jesus Christ. 49
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B. RITES: The Rites of the Church as performed by its duly authorized ministers shall consist of the 51 following: 52
1. The RITE OF ORDINATION is the setting apart of duly qualified persons for the professional 53 ministry of this Church. It is evidenced by the laying on of hands by authorized ordained clergy 54 or UFMCC Elders, pursuant to these Bylaws. 55
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2. The RITE OF ATTAINING MEMBERSHIP IN THE CHURCH shall be conducted by the Pastor or 57 Interim Pastoral Leader before a local congregation at any regular worship service. In 58 accordance with criteria established by the local church, a baptized Christian may become a 59 member in good standing of the local church group through a letter of transfer from a 60 recognized Christian body or through affirmation of faith. 61
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3. The RITE OF HOLY UNION/RITE OF HOLY MATRIMONY is the spiritual joining of two persons in a 63 manner fitting and proper by a duly authorized clergy, Interim Pastoral Leader of the church, or 64 UFMCC Elders. After both persons have been counseled and apprised of their responsibilities 65 one toward the other, this rite of conferring God’s blessing may be performed. 66
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4. The RITE OF FUNERAL OR MEMORIAL SERVICE is to be fittingly conducted by the ministers of the 68 Church for the deceased. 69
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5. The RITE OF LAYING ON OF HANDS or prayer for the healing of the sick in mind, body or spirit is 71 to be conducted by the ministers of the Church, at their discretion, upon request. 72
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6. The RITE OF BLESSING may be conducted by the ministers of the Church for persons, things and 74 relationships, when deemed appropriate by the minister. This includes the dedication of a 75 church building to the glory of God. 76
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The UFMCC affirms the universal priesthood of all believers (1 Peter 2:5-10). All members of the Church 80 are called by God to a ministry of the Gospel of Christ in the Church and in the world. 81
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UFMCC decrees that all people shall have equitable access and opportunity which is free from 83 discrimination on grounds of sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, 84 culture, age, physical or cognitive ability, medical diagnosis, HIV status, health status, nationality, or 85 economic status in terms of: (1) Employment and personnel procedures and (2) Service delivery ‐‐ so 86 that MCC will pursue justice through all we do. 87
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A. MINISTRY OF THE LAITY 89
1. THE PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS: Lay people are the People of God, called by God and 90 authorized by Scripture to respond to the Word, serving as Christ served, to the end that the 91 Church may be edified and the world transformed. UFMCC affirms that this is the ministry of 92 every lay person in the UFMCC. 93
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2. DEACONS: As outlined in the New Testament, their office is a historic ministry of service and aid 95 within the Christian Church. 96
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1. CLERGY: Clergy are members of the People of God, called by God, authorized and legally 99 recognized by the UFMCC to serve among the people as professional ministers of the Word and 100 Sacraments. 101
a. RESPONSIBILITIES: In accordance with their call, clergy shall administer the Rites and 102 Sacraments of the UFMCC and be teachers and preachers of the faith to the end that the 103 world may believe and the Church might be renewed, equipped, and strengthened in its 104 ministry. 105
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b. QUALIFICATIONS: Clergy are those persons of professed and demonstrated call to be 107 professional Christian ministers who meet the qualifications established by the Council of 108 Elders. 109
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c. ORDINATION: Persons who have met the academic standards and qualifications as 111 established by the Council of Elders may then be ordained. A person who is ordained 112 cannot function as a UFMCC clergy person until such person is licensed. 113
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d. DISCIPLINE: The UFMCC will not condone disloyalty, unbecoming conduct, or dereliction of 115 duty. Procedures for discipline shall be developed by the Governing Board. These 116 procedures shall be included as an addendum to the UFMCC Bylaws. 117
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A. GOVERNMENT: 121
1. The UFMCC acknowledges the Holy Scriptures interpreted by the Holy Spirit in conscience and 122 faith as its guide in faith, discipline, and government. 123
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2. The government of the UFMCC is vested in the General Conference, subject to the provisions of 125 the UFMCC Articles of Incorporation and its Bylaws, or documents of legal organization. The 126 officials elected by the General Conference are subject to the direction and discipline of General 127 Conference and are responsible to carry out its policies. 128
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3. When the Moderator desires more flexibility with respect to Articles IV through IX of these 130 Bylaws, the Moderator can apply to the Governing Board, which may grant that flexibility. 131
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4. This Fellowship is accountable to no outside ecclesiastical jurisdiction, but accepts the obligation 133 of mutual consent and cooperation involved in the free fellowship of other churches, and does 134 pledge itself to share in their common aims and endeavors subject to the expressed approval of 135 its membership. 136
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5. Local Churches and the General Conference as defined by these Bylaws are set forth for the 138 purposes of Christian fellowship, worship, witness, and service, borne in the cooperation, 139 program development, and implementation of their Bylaws, Procedures, and Policies. 140
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6. A local church of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches is that church 142 which subscribes to the government and doctrine of the UFMCC, and has been authorized by 143 the same. 144
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1. EMERGING CHURCHES: Within the UFMCC, all worshipping and/or ministry bodies that seek to 147 enter into the process of meeting the criteria for affiliation as established by the Council of 148 Elders and approved by the Governing Board may apply to UFMCC for authorization as an 149 “emerging church.” Emerging churches include parish extensions, new church starts, and 150 existing churches that seek to affiliate with UFMCC. 151
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a. AUTHORIZATION: The Council of Elders shall establish procedures for authorization of 153 emerging churches, procedures for authorization of the leader for each emerging church, 154 and processes for supporting each emerging church until it achieves affiliation. 155
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b. ACCOUNTABILITY: The emerging church shall be subject to these Bylaws and to the approval 157 or disapproval of actions by a designee of the Council of Elders. When such come to exist, 158 the emerging church shall then also be subject to its local Articles of Incorporation, local 159 Bylaws/Standard Operating Procedures, and any other document of legal organization. 160
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c. CLOSURE: If an emerging church other than a parish extension disbands or ceases to 162 operate, the net assets of the church will revert to the use of the General Conference of the 163 UFMCC. The Governing Board will decide the disposition of said property. 164
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2. AFFILIATED CHURCHES: Within the UFMCC, all churches that meet the criteria as established by 166 the Council of Elders and approved by the Governing Board qualify for affiliation and recognition 167 as an affiliated church. The Council of Elders has the authority to approve requests for 168 affiliation. If an affiliated church ceases to meet the criteria for affiliation, a designee of the 169 Council of Elders may take appropriate actions of intervention, which may include removal of 170 the church’s affiliation status. The decision of the designee may be appealed to the Council of 171 Elders. 172
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a. ASSOCIATED ORGANIZATIONS: A local church shall have the authority to establish, 174 authorize, and hold accountable special-purpose groups, ministries, and organizations. 175
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b. AFFILIATED CHURCH GOVERNANCE: The government of each affiliated church is vested in its 177 Congregational Meeting which exerts the right to control all of its affairs, subject to the 178 provisions of the UFMCC Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, or documents of legal 179 organization, and the General Conference. The Pastor and the local church administrative 180 body are authorized to provide spiritual and administrative leadership in the affiliated 181 church. The officials elected by the Congregational Meeting are subject to the direction and 182 discipline of the affiliated church and are responsible to carry out the local church policies. 183
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i. STRUCTURES AND SYSTEMS: The affiliated church, in consultation with UFMCC, shall 185 determine an appropriate structure and systems for local church governance that is 186 appropriate for the size of church and cultural context. The local church structure and 187 systems shall include provision for (1) selection and discipline of the local church 188 administrative body, (2) a pastoral search process, and (3) congregational meetings. It is 189 incumbent upon the local church administrative body of each local church to provide 190 that church with a set of Bylaws or standard operating procedures, subject to approval 191 by UFMCC. 192
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ii. ACCOUNTABILITY: The local church administrative body shall be subject to these Bylaws, 194 local Articles of Incorporation, local Bylaws/Standard Operating Procedures, any other 195 documents of legal organization, and to the approval or disapproval by action of their 196 local congregation as provided for in any of the above. 197
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iii. CONFLICT RESOLUTION: When there are conflicts or difficulty within a local church, 199 including apparent irreconcilable differences between the Pastor and congregation, 200 UFMCC shall have the authority to interface with that church, to take appropriate 201 measures, to provide resources and support, and to attend and have voice at any 202 meeting of the local church administrative body or Congregational Meeting. UFMCC 203 shall be required to intervene when invited (1) by the Pastor/Interim Pastoral Leader, (2) 204 by majority vote of the local church administrative body, or (3) as a result of a petition 205 signed by a minimum of one-third (33%) of the members of the church. 206
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c. PASTOR: The Pastor of an affiliated church is a duly ordained clergy person who has been 214 licensed to practice. Though there are a variety of pastoral roles, in a local congregation the 215 Pastor is elected to be responsible for the duties of teacher, preacher, and spiritual leader. If 216 no duly credentialed UFMCC clergy person is available, an Interim Pastoral Leader may be 217 appointed annually by UFMCC. All UFMCC churches are led by Pastors or Interim Pastoral 218 Leaders. 219
i. QUALIFICATIONS AND DUTIES: Pastors must be credentialed clergy in the UFMCC. The 220 Pastor of the church shall have the authority for ordering all worship services of the 221 church. The Pastor is a voting member of the local church administrative body. 222
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Associate and/or Assistant Pastor(s) and other personnel, uncompensated or 224 compensated, shall be appointed by the Pastor subject to the approval of the local 225 church administrative body. The Pastor shall act as personnel director of the local 226 church staff, shall have the authority to delegate such responsibilities and duties as 227 seems wise, and shall, with the approval of the local church administrative body, 228 determine compensation, vacation periods, and titles of office of the staff. 229
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ii. REMOVING THE PASTOR FROM OFFICE: When irreconcilable differences exist between 232 the Pastor and congregation, the Pastor and congregation may choose to terminate 233 their relationship through mutual agreement. No petition for removal of the Pastor 234 based on irreconcilable differences is valid unless preceded by the process of conflict 235 resolution, as contained within the UFMCC Bylaws Article. V.B.2.c.ii. Unilateral failure to 236 renew a pastoral contract does not constitute removal of the Pastor from office. 237
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The process of removing the Pastor from office for disloyalty, unbecoming conduct, 239 dereliction of duty or when irreconcilable differences arise between Pastor and 240 congregation may be initiated by a petition submitted to the duly authorized church 241 officer as designated by the local Bylaws/Standard Operating Procedures, or documents 242 of legal organization, and signed by at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the members 243 in good standing; or by a vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the full Board of Directors /local 244 church administrative body. Within three (3) days, the Pastor and UFMCC must be sent 245 a copy of the completed petition or motion of the local church administrative body by 246 the designated church officer. After UFMCC and the designated local church officer have 247 validated the number of members who have signed the petition and the clarity of the 248 petition or validated the votes of the members of the local church administrative body 249 and the clarity of the motion, UFMCC may place the Pastor on inactive status, but the 250 Pastor remains fully compensated until the final action of the congregation. Upon 251 validating the petition, a representative of UFMCC and the local church administrative 252 body will set the time and place of a special congregational meeting to determine 253 whether the Pastor shall remain in office. The date of the meeting shall occur within 254 thirty (30) days of the date the petition is submitted to the designated church officer or 255 the date the motion of the local church administrative body is received by UFMCC. 256
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The Pastor has the right to appear on his/her own behalf before the congregational 258 meeting and may have an advocate of his/her own choice present. The action of the 259 congregation is final. If a special meeting is called to remove a Pastor, UFMCC must be 260 given notice that such action is being taken. A representative of UFMCC shall attend as 261 an impartial observer who shall moderate the meeting. If the Pastor is removed, the 262 local church administrative body will meet immediately after the meeting with the 263 representative of UFMCC to arrange for pastoral leadership until the pulpit is filled. The 264 local church administrative body may confer with UFMCC as to available candidates for 265 the office of Pastor. 266
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d. LAY DELEGATE: Each affiliated church shall have one (1) vote for every one hundred (100) 268 members in good standing or portion thereof and shall elect one (1) Lay Delegate for each 269 vote. Each Lay Delegate shall carry one (1) vote. Each Lay Delegate shall be a member in 270 good standing of the congregation that such person represents and shall serve a term of 271 three (3) years. The duties of the Lay Delegate shall include, but not be limited to, 272 representation of the congregation at General Conferences and to be informed of the 273 UFMCC concerns and policies. 274
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Each voting church may, in accordance with that local church’s Bylaws or Standard 276 Operating Procedures, elect at least one (1) Alternate Lay Delegate for each Lay Delegate 277 elected. The Alternate Delegate(s) so elected shall, in accordance with procedures set forth 278 in the local church Bylaws or Standard Operating Procedures, be empowered to assume the 279 duties of any Lay Delegate who is unable or unwilling to perform the duties of Lay Delegate, 280 including but not limited to representation of the congregation at General Conferences. 281
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e. DISAFFILIATION: Disaffiliated congregations may not continue to use the name 283 Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) or in any manner hold themselves out as being 284 associated with UFMCC or as being an MCC church. 285
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i. DISAFFILIATION BY AN AFFILIATED CHURCH: Should a local church desire to disaffiliate 287 from the UFMCC, a representative or representatives appointed by the Moderator must 288 be allowed to meet with the congregation and shall have voice at the Congregational 289 Meeting called for the purpose of disaffiliating. The decision to disaffiliate must receive 290 a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Members present at a duly called Congregational Meeting 291 called for the purpose of disaffiliating. 292
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ii. NOTIFICATION TO UFMCC: At least sixty (60) calendar days prior to a Congregational 294 Meeting called for the purpose of disaffiliating, the local church shall notify the 295 Moderator in writing that such a Congregational Meeting will be held. The written 296 notification to the Moderator shall include: (a) the date, time, and place of the 297 Congregational Meeting; and (b) a copy of the local church membership list. Except in 298 the event of the death or resignation of a listed Member, no Members may thereafter 299 be removed from membership in the local church and no Members may be added to the 300 membership in the local church until after the Congregational Meeting called for the 301 purpose of disaffiliating. 302
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iii. NOTIFICATION TO MEMBERS: At least thirty (30) calendar days prior to a 304 Congregational Meeting called for the purpose of disaffiliating, all Members of the local 305 church must be notified in writing at their last known address on the membership list of 306 the date, time, place, and purpose of the Congregational Meeting called for the purpose 307 of disaffiliating. A copy of the notification to members shall be simultaneously 308 submitted to the Moderator. 309
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iv. VOTING PROCESS: Voting at the Congregational Meeting called for the purpose of 311 disaffiliating shall be done by secret ballot. 312
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v. CONTINUING AFFILIATION: In the event that a congregation votes to disaffiliate, those 314 members of the congregation wishing to continue affiliation with UFMCC may be 315 designated by the Moderator as the continuing Metropolitan Community Church 316 affiliated with the UFMCC. 317
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vii. NOTIFICATION TO AFFECTED THIRD PARTIES: In the event that a congregation votes to 322 disaffiliate, the UFMCC shall notify affected third parties that the disaffiliated 323 congregation is no longer associated with the UFMCC and that the disaffiliated 324 congregation may not hold itself out as being an MCC church. Affected third parties 325 include, but are not limited to, banks, creditors, and government agencies that issued 326 corporation/registration status to the disaffiliated church. 327
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3. DISCIPLINE OF CHURCHES: If any emerging or affiliated church shall fail to abide by the Articles 329 of Incorporation of the UFMCC, these Bylaws, or documents of legal organization, the 330 Moderator or a representative of the Moderator shall take appropriate action to require 331 compliance. The Moderator shall report any such action to the church involved and to the 332 Governing Board. 333
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4. CHURCH PROPERTY: In every nation where UFMCC comes to exist and where permitted by local 335 or national laws, the local church’s documents of legal organization must name the UFMCC as 336 the successor not-for-profit corporation/non-governmental organization designated to receive 337 the church’s property in the event of (1) the dissolution or abandonment of the church, or (2) 338 failure to abide by the process for disaffiliation from the UFMCC by the local church as 339 contained in the UFMCC Bylaws. 340
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5. CLOSURE: When a church disbands or ceases to operate, the net assets of the church will revert 342 to the use of the General Conference of the UFMCC. The Governing Board will decide the 343 disposition of said property. 344
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6. RESERVATION OF POWERS: Any specific matters of congregational approval not covered herein 346 are left to local church option 347
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C. ASSOCIATED NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS: When the mission of the UFMCC would be 349 best served by a special-purpose organization being accountable to the denomination, the 350 Governing Board shall have the authority to establish, authorize, and hold accountable such special-351 purpose organization. Individuals from associated non-governmental organizations may participate 352 in all activities of UFMCC. 353
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a. OFFICIAL OBSERVER: Each associated non-governmental organization may designate a 355 representative to serve as an Official Observer at General Conference, with voice but no 356 vote. 357
b. CLOSURE: When an associated organization disbands or ceases to operate, the net assets of 358 the associated organization will revert to the use of the General Conference of the UFMCC. 359 The Governing Board will decide the disposition of said property. 360
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a. RECOGNITION: The Council of Elders shall establish the process for granting recognition to 367 Aligned Organizations. 368
b. OFFICIAL OBSERVER: Each aligned organization may designate a representative to serve as 369 an Official Observer at General Conference, with voice but no vote. 370
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1. INTRODUCTION: Internationally, the government of the UFMCC is vested in the General 373 Conference, subject to the provisions of the Fellowship Articles of Incorporation, its Bylaws, or 374 documents of legal organization. Between General Conferences, the Council of Elders is 375 authorized to provide spiritual and pastoral leadership and the Governing Board is authorized to 376 provide administrative leadership on the international Fellowship level. 377
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2. MODERATOR: The Moderator is elected by General Conference to serve as the primary 379 visionary and futurist in order to advance the mission and vision of UFMCC worldwide through 380 the exercise of prophetic challenge, creativity, spiritual and pastoral authority, and leadership. 381 As the primary UFMCC spokesperson, an Elder, and the Chief Executive Officer, the Moderator is 382 a voting member and moderates meetings of the Governing Board and of the Council of Elders; 383 moderates General Conference; appoints Elders; and supervises UFMCC senior staff. The 384 Moderator shall be responsible for leading the visioning process for the Fellowship, having a 385 presence at global events, teaching and training, engaging in continuous learning, community 386 relations, visitation and assistance in churches, ecumenical relations, and global social justice. 387 The term of office of the Moderator shall be six (6) years. 388
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a. MODERATOR NOMINATING COMMITTEE: The Governing Board shall appoint a 390 Moderator Nominating Committee of five (5) persons. The responsibility of the 391 Moderator Nominating Committee is to actively solicit candidates for the position, 392 review any and all applications, and select up to five (5) qualified candidates. The 393 qualified candidates shall be presented by the Governing Board to the General 394 Conference for election. 395
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b. DISCIPLINE OF THE MODERATOR: Complaints about the Moderator must be 397 submitted to the Governing Board in written form and must be signed by a 398 minimum of one (1) member of the clergy from each of ten (10) different churches 399 and by the Lay Delegates representing the majority of the Lay Delegate votes from 400 each of ten (10) different churches, and may be initiated by either the clergy or Lay 401 Delegates. The Governing Board shall establish and publish its procedure for 402 considering complaints about the Moderator. 403
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c. REMOVAL OF THE MODERATOR: If the Governing Board determines that the 405 Moderator is unable or unwilling to fulfill the responsibilities of the position, the 406 Governing Board may, by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the full Governing Board, 407 remove the Moderator from the position. Such action shall be reported to the 408 General Conference within five (5) business days. The Governing Board may elect 409 someone who meets the qualifications to serve as Interim Moderator until the next 410 General Conference, when an election shall be conducted to fill the vacancy. 411
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d. VACANCY IN THE OFFICE OF MODERATOR: In the event of a vacancy in the office of 413 Moderator, the Governing Board shall elect an Interim Moderator to fill the vacancy 414 until the next General Conference, when an election shall be held to fill the vacancy. 415 The term of office of the Moderator elected by General Conference to fill the 416 vacancy shall be six (6) years. 417
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3. COUNCIL OF ELDERS: The Council of Elders of the UFMCC is that body authorized by the General 419 Conference to serve in a pastoral role and direct the spiritual life of the Fellowship. This Council 420 shall consist of a Moderator and Elders appointed by the Moderator, subject to approval by the 421 Governing Board and affirmation by General Conference. All UFMCC Elders are deemed 422 professional ministers and are authorized to perform all of the Rites and Sacraments of the 423 church. 424
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a. QUALIFICATIONS: Elders must be those individuals of obvious spiritual quality and 426 leadership who are mature, have sound judgment, have a proven record of accomplishment 427 as lay or clergy members within the Fellowship, and have successful experience in 428 envisioning and strategic planning for the future. Elders must be excellent communicators, 429 skilled motivators and teachers, self-motivated and devoted to continuous learning. 430 Further, Elders must be capable of understanding and working within sound fiscal 431 guidelines, be sensitive to cultural differences, and be able and willing to embrace diversity. 432 It is desirable that the Council of Elders reflect the diversity of the Fellowship. 433
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b. DUTIES: The primary responsibility of Elders shall be to give pastoral leadership and care to 435 enable the Fellowship in our spiritual journey. The Elders shall exercise spiritual and 436 pastoral authority to build a shared vision for the UFMCC, prepare UFMCC for the future, 437 and support UFMCC’s strategic direction. The Elders serve as official representatives of the 438 Fellowship in the areas of public and community relations; provide oversight of and support 439 to congregations; consult with churches on issues related to church development; and fulfill 440 other ecclesial and ceremonial duties. 441
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Other than the Moderator, a member of the Council of Elders shall not serve simultaneously 443 as a member of the Governing Board. 444
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c. ACCOUNTABILITY, DISCIPLINE, AND REMOVAL: The UFMCC cannot condone disloyalty, 446 unbecoming conduct, or dereliction of duty on the part of its Elders and, therefore, makes 447 the following provisions for accountability, discipline, or removal: 448
(1) ACCOUNTABILITY: All Elders shall be accountable to the Moderator, the Council of 449 Elders, the UFMCC Bylaws, the UFMCC Code of Conduct, personnel policies as 450 established by the Governing Board, and General Conference. 451
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(2) DISCIPLINE: The Elder must be given written notice of a complaint and shall remain in 453 position until final disposition of the complaint. 454
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(a) DISCIPLINE OF AN ELDER: Complaints about an Elder other than the Moderator must 456 be submitted to the Moderator in written form and be signed by a member of 457 UFMCC. The Moderator shall determine whether to refer the complaint to the 458
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Council of Elders for resolution or to seek resolution of the matter in another 459 appropriate way. The Council of Elders shall establish and publish its procedure for 460 considering complaints about an Elder. 461
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(3) REMOVAL: 463
(a) REMOVAL OF AN ELDER: 464
(i) The Moderator may remove an Elder at any time, with or without cause. 465
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(ii) If the Council of Elders determines that an Elder is unable or unwilling to fulfill 467 the responsibilities of the position, the Council of Elders may, by a vote of two-468 thirds (2/3) of the full Council of Elders, recommend that the Moderator remove 469 that Elder from the position. 470
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(iii) Such action shall be reported to the Governing Board. 472
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d. VACANCIES: In the event of a vacancy, the Moderator may appoint someone who meets the 474 qualifications to fill the vacancy, subject to the approval of the Governing Board. 475
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4. GOVERNING BOARD: The Governing Board is that body authorized by the General Conference to 477 carry on the governance of the UFMCC between General Conferences in an orderly manner. The 478 Governing Board is composed of nine (9) persons, four (4) of whom shall be lay persons and four 479 (4) of whom shall be clergypersons plus the Moderator, elected by the General Conference to be 480 responsible for the governance of UFMCC finances and operations and to serve as the 481 corporation’s Board of Directors, having charge of all matters pertaining to Articles of 482 Incorporation, all documents of legal organization, property, and finances of the UFMCC. The 483 Governing Board shall exercise all corporate powers subject to the provisions and limitations of 484 these bylaws and any other applicable laws. 485
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a. QUALIFICATIONS: Members of the Governing Board must be members in good standing 487 within the Fellowship who, in the sole discretion of the UFMCC, have spiritual quality and 488 leadership, are mature, have sound judgment, and have a proven record of 489 accomplishment. Consideration will be given to elect members with diverse perspectives, 490 core competencies, and complementary skills consistent with the required functions and 491 responsibilities of the Governing Board. 492
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b. GOVERNING BOARD CHARTER: A Charter of the Governing Board shall define the functions, 494 responsibilities and structures of the Governing Board. The Charter shall be affirmed by a 495 majority vote of the General Conference and included as an addendum to UFMCC Bylaws. 496
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c. TERM OF OFFICE: The term of office for members of the Governing Board shall be six years, 498 with the exception that General Conference XXIV shall elect two (2) lay persons and two (2) 499 clergy persons to three-year terms until the next General Conference, when two (2) lay 500 persons and two (2) clergy persons shall be elected to six-year terms. 501
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d. GOVERNING BOARD NOMINATING COMMITTEE: The Governing Board shall appoint a 503 Governing Board Nominating Committee of three (3) persons. The Moderator shall serve as 504
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a consultant to the Governing Board Nominating Committee. The responsibility of the 505 Governing Board Nominating Committee is to actively solicit candidates for the position, 506 review any and all applications, and select qualified candidates. The qualified candidates 507 shall be presented to the General Conference for election. 508
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e. VACANCIES: In the event of a vacancy on the Governing Board among membership elected 510 at a duly convened General Conference, the Governing Board may appoint someone who 511 meets the qualifications to fill the vacancy until the next General Conference, when an 512 election shall be held to fill the unexpired term. Appointments may only be utilized for filling 513 vacancies up to 40% (3 members) of the total membership of the Governing Board. When 514 the number of appointed Governing Board members exceeds 40% (3 persons) of the total 515 membership of the Governing Board, a special General Conference shall be called for the 516 purpose of electing members to the Governing Board. The process for selecting candidates 517 for election shall conform to the process outlined in Article V.E.4.d. – GOVERNING BOARD 518 NOMINATING COMMITTEE. 519
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f. DISCIPLINE: The UFMCC cannot condone unbecoming conduct, malfeasance, nonfeasance or 521 dereliction of duty on the part of any member of the Governing Board and, therefore, 522 makes the following provisions for discipline or removal: 523
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(1) If the Governing Board determines that one of its members is unable or unwilling to 525 fulfill the responsibilities of the position, the Governing Board may, by a majority vote of 526 the full Board, remove that member from the Board. The member must be given written 527 notice of the charges and, at that time, becomes inactive. The member has the right to 528 appear and present his/her own defense before the Governing Board on his/her own 529 behalf. The Governing Board will then review the charges and, upon majority vote of the 530 members of the Governing Board not including the member charged, may remove the 531 member of the of the Governing Board or take such other action as it may deem 532 appropriate. The decision of the Governing Board shall be final. 533
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(2) Governing Board members may be removed by a Special General Conference. 535
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ARTICLE VI – MEMBERSHIP IN UFMCC 537
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A. MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING OF A LOCAL CHURCH: Any baptized Christian may become a member 539 in good standing of an emerging or affiliated local church. A local church has the authority to 540 determine any additional criteria for gaining and retaining membership in that local church. Any 541 additional criteria shall be in accordance with UFMCC Bylaws and be compatible with UFMCC core 542 values. 543
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B. MEMBERS OF UFMCC 545
1. Members in good standing of each emerging and affiliated local church shall be considered 546 to be Members of UFMCC. 547
2. All clergy persons ordained by UFMCC shall be considered to be Members of UFMCC. 548
3. All Members of UFMCC may serve on appointed committees, hold elected office, and 549 participate in all activities of UFMCC. 550
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C. FRIENDS OF THE CHURCH: A local church body may, if it desires, accept into the Church person(s) 552 who, for one reason or another, feel that they cannot become regular members of the Church but 553 who support the goals of the Church and want to be part of the work of the church. Such people 554 shall be designated as “Friends of the Church.” Friends may serve on appointed committees and 555 may participate in all activities of the Church. Friends may not, however, serve on the local church 556 administrative body and may not vote at congregational meetings. Friends shall not be considered 557 in determining the number of Lay Delegates that a local church body may send to meetings of the 558 General Conference. 559
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D. DISCIPLINE: The UFMCC cannot condone disloyalty or unbecoming conduct on the part of any of its 561 members and friends; therefore, the local church administrative body shall develop and implement 562 a procedure for taking appropriate disciplinary action, as it deems necessary. 563
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ARTICLE VII – CHURCH SERVICES 565
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Each local church body shall hold services of public worship every week. Other worship services may be 567 held as determined by the Pastor with the approval of the local church administrative body. In regard to 568 the worship services of local church bodies, the Sacrament of Holy Communion shall be offered at 569 weekly worship, as well as at other worship services at the discretion of the Pastor. Holy Baptism may be 570 administered at any appropriate service of the local church body or at any other time, at the Pastor’s 571 discretion. 572
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ARTICLE VIII – CHURCH MEETINGS 574
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A. GENERAL CONFERENCE: For the purpose of the transaction of business, the UFMCC will hold a 576 General Conference every third year, commencing 2007. 577
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1. TIME, PLACE, AND NATURE: The time and place of the General Conference will be announced at 579 the previous General Conference. Notice of the time, place, and nature of the General 580 Conference must be given in writing to all church bodies ninety (90) days prior to the upcoming 581 General Conference. 582
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a. NATURE: The Governing Board is authorized to determine the means by which members of 584 the Lay House and of the Clergy House may participate virtually in a General Conference. 585
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2. COMPOSITION: The General Conference of the UFMCC is that body consisting of a Clergy House 587 and a Lay House. 588
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a. CLERGY HOUSE: Members of the Clergy House are ordained clergy with a License to Practice 590 and honorably retired clergy. 591
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b. LAY HOUSE: Members of the Lay House are Lay Delegates; the Interim Pastoral Leader of 593 each affiliated church when that Interim Pastoral Leader is a member of UFMCC; and the 594 members of the Council of Elders and of the Governing Board who are not clergy or Lay 595 Delegates and are members of UFMCC. 596
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3. VOTING IN SEPARATE HOUSES: The transaction of all business except procedural matters must 598 be approved by a separate majority vote of the votes carried by the Lay House and a separate 599 majority vote of the votes carried by the Clergy House. 600
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4. QUORUM: A quorum shall consist of twenty percent (20%) of the number of lay people eligible 602 to vote at General Conference and twenty percent (20%) of the number of licensed credentialed 603 clergy eligible to vote at General Conference. 604
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5. SPECIAL GENERAL CONFERENCE: A special General Conference of the UFMCC can be called by 606 the Governing Board or by a petition submitted to the Governing Board by fifty percent (50%) of 607 all those persons eligible to vote at General Conference. Initiation of this petition may be by 608 either clergy or laity. A special General Conference shall be governed by the same rules as those 609 pertaining to the General Conference except when the purpose of the special General 610 Conference is to consider affirmation of the appointment of an Elder. When the purpose of a 611 special General Conference is to affirm the appointment of an Elder, notice of the time, place, 612 and nature of the special General Conference must be given in writing to all members of the Lay 613 House and of the Clergy House at least thirty (30) days in advance of the special General 614 Conference. 615
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a. PURPOSE: The purpose of a special General Conference must be stated in the petition. The 617 nature and purpose of a special General Conference must be stated in the notices and 618 written into the agenda of the special General Conference. 619
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b. NOTICE: The written notice must be sent to all credentialed clergy and to all voting church 621 bodies at least thirty (30) days prior to the special General Conference. 622
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B. LOCAL: Each local church shall establish the percentage of members required for the transaction of 624 business, the process for notifying members of the meeting, and the process for calling special 625 meetings, unless otherwise indicated in UFMCC Bylaws. 626
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C. PROXY VOTING: No proxy and/or absentee ballots shall be allowed in any business meeting of this 628 Fellowship, except where specifically provided for in these Bylaws. 629
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ARTICLE IX – CHURCH FINANCES 631
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A. FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP: The UFMCC adopts and teaches tithing as the scripturally affirmed means 633 of supporting the church and its ministries, and as the expression of good stewardship of time, skills, 634 and money by individuals and church bodies. Therefore, it shall be the responsibility of both the 635 clergy and the lay leadership of emerging and affiliated church to plan and implement programs of 636 stewardship both to help persons grow in the grace of giving and to fund the church’s ministries. An 637 offering shall be received at each service of public worship in the local church and at conferences 638 sponsored by UFMCC. 639
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B. REPORTING: Each emerging church and affiliated church shall report all church receipts each month 641 to the UFMCC and with that report shall remit a percentage of the funds reported, as determined by 642 General Conference. 643
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1. Any money transferred permanently or for a long term from any exempt fund into the General 645 Fund must be added to the income figures for that month, and assessments paid on them. 646 Report and remittance are due to the UFMCC on or before the tenth (10th) day of the month 647 following the month being reported. 648
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2. SUBMISSION OF ASSESSMENT PAYMENT: Wherever possible and desirable as determined by the 650 Governing Board, churches shall send their assessment directly to the UFMCC Headquarters. 651 However, the Governing Board may choose, in certain circumstances, to authorize special 652 accounts in nations other than the United States to hold in trust the UFMCC assessment 653 payments within that nation. The Governing Board, upon the recommendation of the 654 Moderator, will name the signatories on said accounts and will approve a budget for use of 655 those monies for UFMCC purposes and programs within the respective nation. The Governing 656 Board shall establish appropriate policies and procedures concerning the care of funds held in 657 trust for UFMCC. Whenever funds are transmitted internationally to UFMCC, Fellowship Offices 658 shall provide documentation satisfactory to national/regional government authorities in the 659 sending countries. 660
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C. FIDUCIARY BODIES: Whenever the Governing Board chooses to authorize special accounts to hold 662 UFMCC funds in trust, the Governing Board may appoint a fiduciary body to have charge of all 663 matters pertaining to the Articles of Incorporation, all documents of legal organization, real 664 property, and finances held in trust, as legally permitted and appropriate. The Governing Board, in 665 its discretion, shall determine the number of members of any fiduciary body. All actions of the 666 fiduciary bodies must be reported to and approved by the Governing Board, except where 667 specifically provided for in these Bylaws. 668
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1. QUALIFICATIONS: Members of a fiduciary body must be members in good standing within the 670 Fellowship who, in the sole discretion of the Governing Board, have spiritual quality and 671 leadership, are mature, have sound judgment and a proven record of accomplishment. The 672 term of office shall be two years. 673
2. ACCOUNTABILITY: The fiduciary body shall be subject to these Bylaws, the fiduciary body’s 674 Articles of Incorporation, the fiduciary body’s Bylaws, and the policies and procedures of the 675 Governing Board. 676
3. DISCIPLINE: The UFMCC will not condone conduct which is, in its sole discretion, disloyal or 677 unbecoming or a dereliction of duty on the part of members of a fiduciary body. Therefore, the 678 Governing Board shall develop and implement a procedure for taking appropriate disciplinary 679 action, as it deems necessary. 680
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D. BOARD OF PENSIONS ASSESSMENTS: Each local church administrative body in the USA shall report 682 quarterly the number of members in good standing for each month within every quarter and shall 683 remit the Board of Pensions assessment as set by General Conference. Report and remittance are 684 due to the Board of Pensions on or before the tenth (10th) day of the month following the quarter 685 reported. 686
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E.. SIGNATURES: Any bank or financial account in the name of any church body, the UFMCC, or of any 688 subordinate group or body, must require two signatures for withdrawals, one of which must be that 689 of an officer elected or a person appointed under UFMCC Bylaws, the authorizing documents of the 690 subordinate group or body, or the authorizing documents of the local church. 691
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F. FORGIVENESS OF ASSESSMENTS: The Governing Board may grant forgiveness of late assessments. 693
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ARTICLE X – RESERVATION OF POWERS 695
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All powers not delegated by these Bylaws are reserved to the local church bodies. 697
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ARTICLE XI – ADOPTION AND AMENDMENTS 699
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A. ADOPTION: These Bylaws shall become effective immediately upon adoption by the General 701 Conference of the UFMCC and shall become binding upon all members and church bodies within the 702 Fellowship. 703
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B. AMENDMENTS: These Bylaws may be amended or repealed at any duly convened meeting of the 705 General Conference according to the procedures adopted by the General Conference. Such 706 amendments or repeals can only be effective if two-thirds (2/3) of the duly authorized Lay Delegates 707 and two-thirds (2/3) of the duly authorized clergy attending vote in favor of such amendments or 708 repeals. 709
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C. COMPLIANCE WITH NATIONAL LAWS: If UFMCC Bylaws are inconsistent with laws of any nation or 711 other jurisdiction in which a local church body is organized, the Governing Board may allow the 712 Bylaws or other organizational documents to contain variances with these Bylaws to facilitate 713 compliance of the local church body with such laws. 714

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GB UFMCC BYLAWS AMENDMENT PROPOSALs for
General Conference XXVII – 01-05 JULY 2019

THERE ARE THREE (3) TOTAL GOVERNING BOARD BYLAW PROPOSALS INCLUDED IN THIS BUSINESS PACKAGE:
01- GB PROPOSAL 01: LAY DELEGATE ELECTION AFTER GC – Article V.B.2.d. LAY DELEGATE
02- GB PROPOSAL 02: GB TERM OF OFFICE TO 3 YEARS – V.E. 4. c. TERM OF OFFICE
03- GB PROPOSAL 03: ADDENDUM 1: REDUCE SPONSOR – ADDENDUM 1: PROCEDURES FOR SUBMITTING BYLAW PROPOSALS

PROPOSED BYLAW AMENDMENTS General Conference XXVII 1-5 July 2019
(Require approval by 2/3 or more of the Lay House and 2/3 or more of the Clergy House)
How to read the Bylaw Amendment Proposals:
CURRENT LANGUAGE: ● The column labeled “Current Language” shows how the Bylaws currently read. ● Any words that appear in black bolded underlined text with strike-through are to be deleted.
PROPOSED LANGUAGE: ● The column labeled “Proposed Language” shows how the particular Article from the Bylaws would read if the Bylaw amendment proposal is approved by General Conference. ● Any words that appear in red bold text are to be added.

01 – GB PROPOSTA DE ALTERAÇÃO DA FUICM BYLAWS # 01

Patrocinador desta Proposta de Alteração: __Conselho do Governo________________
Artigo a alterar (Exemplo: Artigo VIII.A.4): __ Artigo V.B.2.d._______

Seção Afetada Article V.B.2.d. DELEGADO LEIGO:
Linguagem original DELEGADO LEIGO: Cada igreja afiliada terá um (1) voto para cada cem (100) membros em pleno gozo de seus direitos ou parte dele e elegerá um (1) delegado leigo para cada voto. Cada delegado leigo deverá ter 1 (um) voto. Cada Delegado Leigo deverá ser um membro em boa posição da congregação que ele / ela representa, deve ser eleito na primeira reunião congregacional após cada Conferência Geral e deve servir um mandato de três (3) anos. Os deveres do Delegado Leigo incluirão, mas não se limitarão a, representação da Congregação nas Conferências Gerais e serão informados sobre as preocupações e políticas da FUICM.
Linguagem riscado DELEGADO LEIGO: Cada igreja afiliada terá um (1) voto para cada cem (100) membros em pleno gozo de seus direitos ou parte dele e elegerá um (1) delegado leigo para cada voto. Cada delegado leigo deverá ter 1 (um) voto. Cada Delegado Leigo deverá ser um membro em boa posição da congregação que ele / ela representa, deve ser eleito na primeira reunião congregacional após cada Conferência Geral e servirá por um período de três (3) anos. Os deveres do Delegado Leigo incluirão, mas não se limitarão a, representação da Congregação nas Conferências Gerais e serão informados sobre as preocupações e políticas da FUICM.
Língua proposta final DELEGADO LEIGO: Cada igreja afiliada terá um (1) voto para cada cem (100) membros em pleno gozo de seus direitos ou parte dele e elegerá um (1) delegado leigo para cada voto. Cada delegado leigo deverá ter 1 (um) voto. Cada Delegado Leigo deverá ser um membro em boa posição da congregação que ele / ela representa, e deverá servir por um período de três (3) anos. Os deveres do Delegado Leigo incluirão, mas não se limitarão a, representação da Congregação nas Conferências Gerais e serão informados sobre as preocupações e políticas da FUICM.
Justificativa Há mandato permanece o mesmo. Uma vez que hospedamos nossa Conferência Geral a cada 3 anos, exigir que uma igreja local eleger novos delegados leigos na primeira reunião congregacional após a Conferência Geral limita a flexibilidade da igreja para eleger delegados leigos dentro do ritmo ou oportunidade do estatuto local de sua congregação e / ou procedimentos de operação permanente. Muitas vezes dentro de um ciclo de 3 anos, o delegado leigo eleito de uma igreja pode precisar renunciar por várias razões, morte e / ou simplesmente deixar a igreja antes da Conferência Geral. Espero que esta mudança proposta ofereça opções para o ciclo da igreja local.
Declaração de impacto Financiera: N/A
Compatibilidade de valores / missão / visão: Consistente
Outros estatutos impactados: N/A
02 – GB PROPOSTA DE ALTERAÇÃO DA FUICM BYLAWS # 02

Patrocinador desta Proposta de Alteração: __Conselho do Governo________________
Artigo a alterar (Exemplo: Artigo VIII.A.4): __Artigo V.E. 4. c._______
Seção Afetada V.E. 4. c. TERMO DE GARANTIA:
Linguagem Original TERMO DE GARANTIA: O mandato dos membros do Conselho Diretor será de seis anos, com a exceção de que a Conferência Geral XXIV elegerá dois (2) leigos e dois (2) clérigos para mandatos de três anos até a próxima Assembléia Geral. Conferência, quando dois (2) leigos e dois (2) clérigos serão eleitos para mandatos de seis anos.
Linguagem Riscado PRAZO DE FUNCIONAMENTO: O mandato dos membros do Conselho de Administração é seis anos. com a exceção de que a Conferência Geral XXIV elegerá dois (2) leigos e dois (2) clérigos para mandatos de três anos até a próxima Conferência Geral, quando dois (2) leigos e dois(2) clerigos será eleito para seis‐anos.

Língua Proposta Final PRAZO DO ESCRITÓRIO: O mandato dos membros do Conselho de Administração é de três (3) anos. A Conferência Geral elegerá quatro (4) leigos e quatro (4) membros do clero para três (3) anos de mandato até a próxima Conferência Geral.

Justificativa O mandato proposto para os membros do Conselho Diretor na reestruturação da Conferência Geral de 2010 foi de três anos. Uma emenda estatutária do plenário propunha a escalonamento de metade dos membros do Conselho Diretor, de modo que o mandato passou a ser de seis anos. Na Conferência Geral de 2016, sete vagas foram ocupadas e haverá sete vagas a serem preenchidas na Conferência Geral de 2019. Por várias razões, a maioria dos membros do Conselho Diretivo eleitos não manteve um mandato de seis anos. Assim, achamos que é prudente reduzir o mandato a três anos, tanto para os leigos como para os assentos do clero.
Declaração de impacto Financeiro: N / A
Valores / Missão / Compatibilidade de visão:
Os membros que oferecem o conselho diretor da MCC de atendimento devem poder cumprir um mandato compatível com sua disponibilidade. No entanto, preferimos que os governadores consigam cumprir os incrementos de três anos ao máximo. Se eles se sentirem chamados a servir em outro mandato, eles podem candidatar-se e ser reeleitos pela Conferência Geral. É a qualidade do seu serviço e não a quantidade dos anos atendidos.
Outros estatutos impactados: N / A

03 – GB PROPOSTA DE ALTERAÇÃO DA FUICM BYLAWS # 03

Patrocinador desta Proposta de Alteração: __Conselho do Governo________________
Artigo a alterar (Exemplo: Artigo VIII.A.4): ADENDO 1: PROCEDIMENTOS PARA APRESENTAÇÃO DE PROPOSTAS ESTATUTÁRIAS
Seção Afetada ADENDO 1: PROCEDIMENTOS PARA APRESENTAÇÃO DE PROPOSTAS ESTATUTÁRIAS
Linguagem Original 2. Para que um membro do Lay House ou do Clero House apresente uma emenda aos Estatutos, a proposta deve:
a. Ter o apoio por escrito da igreja local do patrocinador e
b. b. Tenha o apoio por escrito de pelo menos duas (2) outras igrejas de dois (2) outros países.
Lenguagem Riscado 2. Para que um membro do Lay House ou do Clero House apresente uma emenda aos Estatutos, a proposta deve:
a. Ter o apoio por escrito da igreja local do patrocinador e
b. Tenha o apoio por escrito de pelo menos duas (2) outras igrejas de dois (2) outros países.
Língua Proposta Final 2. Para que um membro do Lay House ou do Clero House apresente uma emenda aos Estatutos, a proposta deve:
a. Ter o apoio por escritpo da igreja local do patrocinador e
b. Tenha o apoio por escrito de pelo menos duas (2) outras igrejas com pelo menos um (1) de um (1) outro país.
Justificativa Durante a reunião de negócios da Conferência Geral de 2010, uma emenda do plenário foi aceita para exigir que dois outros países apoiassem a proposta inicial de uma igreja local. Durante as Conferências Gerais de 2013 e 2016, nenhuma proposta de emenda estatutária do Clero ou dos delegados leigos foi recebida. No entanto, na nossa Conferência Geral de 2019, foi recebida uma proposta de emenda estatutária do Clero com dois outros países apoiadores.
Queremos apoiar as propostas de estatutos patrocinados pelo Clero e / ou Delegados Leigos, portanto, propomos manter o espírito de conexão com o Clero e / ou Delegados Leigos de outros países para patrocinar uma proposta de emenda estatutária, mas reduzi-la de dois (2) para um (1) outro. suporte ao país.

Declaração de impacto Financeiro: N / A
Compatibilidade de valores / missão / visão: Consistente
Outros estatutos impactados: N/A

2019 GB – GC GOV Board Bylaw Amendments 1-3 – SPA

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GB PROPUESTA DE ENMIENDA DE LOS ESTATUTOS DE LA FUICM
Conferencia General XXVII – 01-05 JULIO 2019

HAY TRES (3) PROPUESTAS ADICIONALES DE LA JUNTA DE GOBIERNOINCLUIDAS EN ESTE PAQUETE DE NEGOCIOS:
01- GB PROPUESTA 01: ELECCIÓN DE DELEGADO LAICO DESPUÉS DE LA GC – ArtÍCULO V.B.2.d. DELEGADO LAICO
02- GB PROPUESTA 02: GB TÉRMINO DEL OFICIO POR 3 AÑOS – V.E. 4. c. TÉRMINO DEL OFICIO
03- GB PROPUESTA 03: APÉNDICE 1: REDUCIR PATROCINADOR – APÉNDICE 1: PROCEDIMIENTOS PARA ENVIAR PROPUESTAS PARA LOS ESTATUTOS
PROPUESTA DE ENMIENDA A LOS ESTATUTOS Conferencia General XXVII 1-5 Julio 2019
(Requiere la aprobación de 2/3 o más de la Cámara Laical y 2/3 o más de la Cámara Clerical)
Cómo leer las propuestas de enmienda del reglamento:
TEXTO ACTUAL: ● La columna etiquetada como “Idioma actual” muestra cómo se leen los estatutos actualmente. ● Se eliminarán todas las palabras que aparecen en texto subrayado en negrita negra con tachado.
TEXTO PROPUESTO: ● La columna etiquetada como “Texto propuesto” muestra cómo se leerá el Artículo particular de los Estatutos si la propuesta de enmienda del Estatuto es aprobada por la Conferencia General. ● Se deben agregar las palabras que aparecen en negrita roja. 
01 – GB PROPUESTA DE ENMIENDA A LOS ESTATUTOS DE LA FUICM # 01

Patrocinador de la Propuesta de Enmienda: __Junta de Gobierno________________
Artículo que será enmendado(Ejemplo: Artículo VIII.A.4): __ Artículo V.B.2.d._______

Sección Afectada Artículo V.B.2.d. DELEGADO LAICO:
Texto Original DELEGADO LAICO: Cada iglesia afiliada tendrá un (1) voto por cada cien (100) miembros con buena reputación o parte de él y elegirá a un (1) Delegado Laico por cada voto. Cada Delegado Laico llevará un (1) voto. Cada Delegado Laico debe ser un miembro de la congregación que él / ella representa, debe ser elegido en la primera reunión de la congregación después de cada Conferencia General y tendrá un mandato de tres (3) años. Los deberes del Delegado Laico deben incluir, entre otros, la representación de la congregación en las Conferencias Generales y estar informado sobre las inquietudes y políticas de la UFMCC.
Texto tachado LAY DELEGATE: Cada iglesia afiliada tendrá un (1) voto por cada cien (100) miembros con buena reputación o parte de él y elegirá a un (1) Delegado Laico por cada voto. Cada Delegado Laico llevará un (1) voto. Cada Delegado Laico debe ser un miembro de la congregación que él / ella representa, debe ser elegido en la primera reunión de la congregación después de cada Conferencia General y tendrá un mandato de tres (3) años. Los deberes del Delegado Laico deben incluir, entre otros, la representación de la congregación en las Conferencias Generales y estar informado sobre las inquietudes y políticas de la UFMCC.
Texto Final Propuesto DELEGADO LAICO: Cada iglesia afiliada tendrá un (1) voto por cada cien (100) miembros con buena reputación o parte de él y elegirá a un (1) Delegado Laico por cada voto. Cada Delegado Laico llevará un (1) voto. Cada Delegado Laico debe ser un miembro de la congregación que él / ella representa, y tendrá un mandato de tres (3) años. Los deberes del Delegado Laico deben incluir, entre otros, la representación de la congregación en las Conferencias Generales y estar informado sobre las inquietudes y políticas de la UFMCC.
Razonamiento Allí el mandato del cargo sigue siendo el mismo. Dado que organizamos nuestra Conferencia General cada 3 años, exigir que una iglesia local elija nuevos delegados laicos en la primera reunión congregacional después de la Conferencia General limita la flexibilidad de la iglesia para elegir delegados laicos dentro del ritmo o puntualidad de los estatutos locales de su congregación y / o Procedimientos de operación en pie. A menudo, dentro de un ciclo de 3 años, el delegado laico elegido de una iglesia puede necesitar renunciar por diversas razones, muerte o simplemente abandonar la iglesia antes de la Conferencia General. Esperemos que este cambio propuesto proporcione opciones para el ciclo de la iglesia local.
Declaración de Impacto Financiero: N/A
Compatibilidad Valores/Misión/Visión: Consistente
Otros artículos de los estatutos impactados: N/A

02 – GB PROPUESTA DE ENMIENDA A LOS ESTATUTOS DE LA FUICM # 02

Patrocinador de la Propuesta de Enmienda: __Junta de Gobierno________________
Artículo que será enmendado(Ejemplo: Artículo VIII.A.4): __Artículo V.E. 4. c._______
Sección Afectada V.E. 4. c. TÉRMINO DEL OFICIO:
Texto Original TÉRMINO DEL OFICIO: El mandato de los miembros de la Junta de Gobierno será de seis años, con la excepción de que la Conferencia General XXIV elegirá dos (2) personas laicas y dos (2) personas del clero por períodos de tres años hasta el próximo General Conferencia, cuando dos (2) personas laicas y dos (2) personas del clero serán elegidos por períodos de seis años.
Texto tachado TÉRMINO DEL OFICIO: El mandato de los miembros de la Junta de Gobierno será de seis años, con la excepción de que la Conferencia General XXIV elegirá dos (2) personas laicas y dos (2) personas del clero por períodos de tres años hasta el próximo General Conferencia, cuando dos (2) personas laicas y dos (2) personas del clero serán elegidos por períodos de seis años.
Texto Final Propuesto TÉRMINO DEL OFICIO: El mandato de los miembros de la Junta de Gobierno será de tres (3) años. La Conferencia General elegirá a cuatro (4) personas laicas y cuatro (4) personas del clero a tres (3) años de mandato hasta la próxima Conferencia General. T
Razonamiento El mandato propuesto para los miembros de la Junta de Gobierno en la reestructuración de la Conferencia General de 2010 fue de tres años. Una enmienda al reglamento del piso propuso escalonar a la mitad de los miembros de la Junta de Gobierno para que el mandato se convirtiera en seis años. En la Conferencia General de 2016 se llenaron siete puestos vacantes y habrá siete asientos vacantes para cubrir en la Conferencia General de 2019. Por diversas razones, la mayoría de los miembros de la Junta Directiva elegidos no han tenido un mandato de seis años. Por lo tanto, creemos que es prudente reducir el mandato a tres años, tanto para los laicos como para los miembros del clero.
Declaración de Impacto Financiero: N/A
Compatibilidad Valores/Misión/Visión:
Los miembros que ofrecen el servicio de la Junta de Gobierno de MCC deben poder cumplir un mandato que sea compatible con su disponibilidad. Sin embargo, preferimos que los gobernadores puedan servir incrementos de tres años al máximo. Si se sienten llamados a cumplir otro mandato, pueden postularse y ser reelegidos por la Conferencia General. Es la calidad de su servicio más que la cantidad de los años cumplidos.
Otros artículos de los Estatutos Impactados: N/A


03 – GB PROPUESTA DE ENMIENDA A LOS ESTATUTOS DE LA FUICM # 03

Patrocinador de la Propuesta de Enmienda: __Junta de Gobierno________________
Artículo que será enmendado(Ejemplo: Artículo VIII.A.4): APÉNDICE 1: PROCEDIMIENTO PARA ENVIAR PROPUESTAS A LOS ESTATUTOS

Sección Afectada APÉNDICE 1: PROCEDIMIENTO PARA ENVIAR PROPUESTAS A LOS ESTATUTOS
Texto Original 2. Para que un miembro de la Casa de laicos o de la Casa del clero presente una enmienda al Estatuto, la propuesta debe:
a. Tener el apoyo por escrito de la iglesia local del patrocinador y
b. Tenga el apoyo por escrito de al menos otras dos (2) iglesias de otros dos (2) países.
Texto tachado 2. Para que un miembro de la Casa de laicos o de la Casa del clero presente una enmienda al Estatuto, la propuesta debe:
a. Tener el apoyo por escrito de la iglesia local del patrocinador y
b. Tenga el apoyo por escrito de al menos otras dos (2) iglesias de otros dos (2) países.
Texto Final Propuesto 2. Para que un miembro de la Casa de laicos o de la Casa del clero presente una enmienda al Estatuto, la propuesta debe:
a. Tener el apoyo por escrito de la iglesia local del patrocinador y
b. Tenga el apoyo por escrito de al menos otras dos (2) Iglesias con al menos una (1) y una (1) de otro país.
Razonamiento Durante la reunión de negocios de la Conferencia General de 2010, se aceptó una enmienda del piso para requerir que otros dos países apoyen la propuesta inicial de una iglesia local. Durante las Conferencias Generales de 2013 y 2016, no se recibieron propuestas de enmienda del Clero o del delegado laico. Sin embargo, en nuestra Conferencia General de 2019, se recibió una propuesta de enmienda del estatuto dirigida por el clero con otros dos partidarios del país.
Queremos apoyar las propuestas de estatutos patrocinados por el Clero y / o el Delegado Laico, por lo tanto, proponemos mantener el espíritu de conexión con el Clero y / o los Delegados laicos de otros países para patrocinar una propuesta de enmienda del estatuto pero reducirla de dos (2) a una (1) otra apoyo del país.
Declaración de Impacto Financiero: N/A
Compatibilidad Valores/Misión/Visión: Consistente
Otros artículos de los Estatutos impactados: N/A

2019 GB – GC GOV Board Bylaw Amendments 1-3

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GB UFMCC BYLAWS AMENDMENT PROPOSALs for
General Conference XXVII – 01-05 JULY 2019

THERE ARE THREE (3) TOTAL GOVERNING BOARD BYLAW PROPOSALS INCLUDED IN THIS BUSINESS PACKAGE:
01- GB PROPOSAL 01: LAY DELEGATE ELECTION AFTER GC – Article V.B.2.d. LAY DELEGATE
02- GB PROPOSAL 02: GB TERM OF OFFICE TO 3 YEARS – V.E. 4. c. TERM OF OFFICE
03- GB PROPOSAL 03: ADDENDUM 1: REDUCE SPONSOR – ADDENDUM 1: PROCEDURES FOR SUBMITTING BYLAW PROPOSALS

PROPOSED BYLAW AMENDMENTS General Conference XXVII 1-5 July 2019
(Require approval by 2/3 or more of the Lay House and 2/3 or more of the Clergy House)
How to read the Bylaw Amendment Proposals:
CURRENT LANGUAGE: ● The column labeled “Current Language” shows how the Bylaws currently read. ● Any words that appear in black bolded underlined text with strike-through are to be deleted.
PROPOSED LANGUAGE: ● The column labeled “Proposed Language” shows how the particular Article from the Bylaws would read if the Bylaw amendment proposal is approved by General Conference. ● Any words that appear in red bold text are to be added.

01 – GB UFMCC BYLAWS AMENDMENT PROPOSAL # 01

Sponsor of this Amendment Proposal: __Governing Board________________
Article to be amended (Example: Article VIII.A.4): __ Article V.B.2.d._______

Affected Section Article V.B.2.d. LAY DELEGATE:
Original Language LAY DELEGATE: Each affiliated church shall have one (1) vote for every one hundred (100) members in good standing or portion thereof and shall elect one (1) Lay Delegate for each vote. Each Lay Delegate shall carry one (1) vote. Each Lay Delegate shall be a member in good standing of the congregation that he/she represents, should be elected at the first congregational meeting following each General Conference and shall serve a term of three (3) years. The duties of the Lay Delegate shall include, but not be limited to, representation of the congregation at General Conferences and to be informed of the UFMCC concerns and policies.
Strikethrough Language LAY DELEGATE: Each affiliated church shall have one (1) vote for every one hundred (100) members in good standing or portion thereof and shall elect one (1) Lay Delegate for each vote. Each Lay Delegate shall carry one (1) vote. Each Lay Delegate shall be a member in good standing of the congregation that he/she represents, should be elected at the first congregational meeting following each General Conference and shall serve a term of three (3) years. The duties of the Lay Delegate shall include, but not be limited to, representation of the congregation at General Conferences and to be informed of the UFMCC concerns and policies.
Final Proposed Language LAY DELEGATE: Each affiliated church shall have one (1) vote for every one hundred (100) members in good standing or portion thereof and shall elect one (1) Lay Delegate for each vote. Each Lay Delegate shall carry one (1) vote. Each Lay Delegate shall be a member in good standing of the congregation that he/she represents, and shall serve a term of three (3) years. The duties of the Lay Delegate shall include, but not be limited to, representation of the congregation at General Conferences and to be informed of the UFMCC concerns and policies.
Rationale There term of office remains the same. Since we host our General Conference every 3 years, to require a local church to elect new lay delegates at the first congregational meeting following the General Conference limits the church’s flexibility to elect lay delegates within the rhythm or timeliness of their congregation’s local bylaws and/or standing operation procedures. Oftentimes within a 3 year cycle, a church’s elected lay delegate may need resign for various reasons, death, and/or just leave the church before the General Conference. Hopefully this proposed change with provide options for the local church’s cycle.
Impact Statement Financial: N/A
Values/Mission/Vision compatibility: Consistent
Other bylaw articles impacted: N/A


02 – GB UFMCC BYLAWS AMENDMENT PROPOSAL # 02

Sponsor of this Amendment Proposal: __Governing Board________________
Article to be amended (Example: Article VIII.A.4): __Article V.E. 4. c._______
Affected Section V.E. 4. c. TERM OF OFFICE:
Original Language TERM OF OFFICE: The term of office for members of the Governing Board shall be six years, with the exception that General Conference XXIV shall elect two (2) lay persons and two (2) clergy persons to three‐year terms until the next General Conference, when two (2) lay persons and two (2) clergy persons shall be elected to six‐year terms.

Strikethrough Language TERM OF OFFICE: The term of office for members of the Governing Board shall be six years. with the exception that General Conference XXIV shall elect two (2) lay persons and two (2) clergy persons to three‐year terms until the next General Conference, when two (2) lay persons and two (2) clergy persons shall be elected to six‐year terms.

Final Proposed Language TERM OF OFFICE: The term of office for members of the Governing Board shall be three (3) years. General Conference shall elect four (4) lay persons and four (4) clergy persons to three (3) year terms of office until the next General Conference.

Rationale Proposed term of office for Governing Board members in the restructure at 2010 General Conference was three years. A bylaw amendment from the floor proposed to stagger half the Governing Board members so the term of office became six years. At General Conference 2016 seven vacant seats were filled and there will be seven vacant seats to be filled at General Conference 2019. For various reasons, a majority of Governing Board members elected have not sustained a six year term of office Thus, we think it is prudent to reduce the term of office to three years for both the laity and clergy seats.
Impact Statement Financial: N/A
Values/Mission/Vision compatibility:
Members offering the serve MCC’s Governing Board should be able to serve a term of office that is compatible with their availability. However we prefer that governors are able to serve three year increments to their fullest. If they feel called to serve another term of office, they can apply and be re-elected by the General Conference. It is the quality of their service rather than the quantity of the years served.
Other bylaw articles impacted: N/A


03 – GB UFMCC BYLAWS AMENDMENT PROPOSAL # 03

Sponsor of this Amendment Proposal: __Governing Board________________
Article to be amended (Example: Article VIII.A.4): ADDENDUM 1: PROCEDURES FOR SUBMITTING BYLAW PROPOSALS

Affected Section ADDENDUM 1: PROCEDURES FOR SUBMITTING BYLAW PROPOSALS
Original Language 2. In order for a member of the Lay House or of the Clergy House to submit a Bylaw amendment, the proposal must:
a. Have the written support of the sponsor’s local church and
b. Have the written support of at least two (2) other churches from two (2) other countries.

Strikethrough Language 2. In order for a member of the Lay House or of the Clergy House to submit a Bylaw amendment, the proposal must:
a. Have the written support of the sponsor’s local church and
b. Have the written support of at least two (2) other churches from two (2) other countries.
c.
Final Proposed Language 2. In order for a member of the Lay House or of the Clergy House to submit a Bylaw amendment, the proposal must:
a. Have the written support of the sponsor’s local church and
b. Have the written support of at least two (2) other churches with at least one (1) from one (1) other country.

Rationale During the 2010 General Conference business meeting, an amendment from the floor was accepted to require two other countries to support a local church’s initial proposal. During the 2013 and 2016 General Conferences, no Clergy or Lay delegate bylaw amendment proposals were received. However, at our 2019 General Conference, one Clergy led bylaw amendment proposal was received with two other country supporters was received.
We want to support Clergy and/or Lay Delegate sponsored bylaw proposals thus we propose keeping the spirit of connecting with other country’s Clergy and/or Lay Delegates to sponsor a bylaw amendment proposal but reduce it from two (2) to one (1) other country support.

Impact Statement Financial: N/A
Values/Mission/Vision compatibility: Consistent
Other bylaw articles impacted: N/A

UFMCC BYLAW AMENDMENT PROPOSAL Instructions – Lay House & Clergy House

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Submission Instructions Lay House & Clergy House
UFMCC BYLAW AMENDMENT PROPOSAL
Instructions – Lay House & Clergy House
Dear General Conference!
Thank you for taking the time to propose an amendment to the UFMCC Bylaws. Pursuant to UFMCC Bylaws Addendum 1, Lay House and/or Clergy House members are eligible to submit an amendment proposal. All Bylaw Amendment Proposals intended for consideration at XXVII General Conference, 01-04 July 2019, must be completed and submitted to [email protected] by 02 January 2019.
Completed Bylaw Amendment Proposals consist of one (1) Cover Sheet, one (1) completed Submission Checklist, one (1) completed Statement of Support from a Local Church, two (2) completed Statements of Support from a Foreign Church, and one (1) completed Amendment Proposal Form. All five documents (and any necessary attachments) should be submitted simultaneously and by the individual sponsoring the proposed amendment. Proposals arriving piecemeal and from multiple sources will be deemed incomplete and will not be qualified for consideration.
Statement of Support from a Local Church
This form is to be filled out and its requirements completed by the Sponsor of the Bylaw Amendment Proposal. It must bear the signatures of two representatives of the Leadership of the Sponsor’s local church.
Statements of Support from a Foreign Church
This form consists of a single signature page identifying the Sponsor and bearing the signatures of two representatives of the Leadership of a local church in a country different from that of the Sponsor’s local church.
Amendment Proposal Form
The Amendment Proposal Form contains information about the proposed bylaw change, including proposed edits and/or new language, as well as the rationale for the proposed change.
THE SPONSOR MUST SUBMIT ALL COMPLETED FORMS TO [email protected] NO LATER THAN 02 JANUARY 2019 IN ORDER FOR THE PROPOSAL TO QUALIFY FOR CONSIDERATION AT MCC’S XXVII GENERAL CONFERENCE IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA, 01-04 JULY 2019.
THANK YOU!
–MCC Bylaws Team
UFMCC BYLAWS AMENDMENT
Cover Sheet – Lay House & Clergy House
Cover Sheet Lay House & Clergy House
After careful review of the UFMCC Bylaws, including Addendum 1 thereto, and thoughtful, prayerful consideration of the intent and potential outcomes of the changes proposed, I do hereby submit this completed bylaw proposal package (as indicated in the Submission Checklist) to the Governing Board.
Sponsor of this Amendment Proposal: ____________________________________
Sponsor’s Contact Information:
Address: ____________________________________
____________________________________
____________________________________
Email Address: ____________________________________
Phone Number: ____________________________________
Voting member of: ____ Lay House or ____ Clergy House (You must check one)
Article to be amended (Example: Article VIII.A.4): ____________________________
• If the Proposal addresses the creation of a new bylaw item rather than the alteration of an existing standard, then state the desired placement of the new language within the current structure.
• If the Proposal addresses multiple bylaws sections or suggests changes throughout the Bylaws, please indicate same and provide details in the Amendment Proposal Form.
Submitter Name: Date:
Submission Checklist Lay House & Clergy House
UFMCC BYLAWS AMENDMENT PROPOSAL
Submission Checklist—Lay House & Clergy House
Cover Sheet
Completed Submission Checklist
Statement of Support of Local Church
Two Statements of Support from Foreign Country Church
Amendment Proposal Form
UFMCC Bylaws Proposal
Support of the Local Church
Support of Local Church Lay House & Clergy House
Sponsor of this Amendment Proposal: ____________________________________
Article to be amended (Example: Article V.B.3(d)): ____________________________
Statement of Support from a Local Church
MCC is an internationally diverse body and not all churches have the same structure. Therefore, written support may take any one of several forms which are reflective of various organizational and bylaw differences that exist at the local church level. Please indicate the nature of Local Church Support by checking one of the following and providing the names and signatures of two duly called, elected, appointed and/or acknowledged congregational representatives as indicated:
____ This proposal has been reviewed in a congregational meeting of our church and is hereby supported.
____ This proposal has been reviewed by the Board of Directors of our congregation and is hereby Supported.
____ This proposal has been reviewed by our Lay Delegate(s) and Pastor is hereby Supported.
With our signatures below, we attest to and affirm the local church’s support, as indicated above, of this proposed bylaw amendment.
Printed Name and Signature of Clergy or Pastoral Leader Date
Printed Name and Signature of Lay Delegate or Board Clerk/Secretary Date
Church’s Name and Physical Address (including country)
UFMCC Bylaws Proposal
Support of Foreign Country Church
Support of Foreign County Church Lay House & Clergy House
Sponsor of this Amendment Proposal: ____________________________________
Article to be amended (Example: Article V.B.3(d)): ____________________________
Statement of Support from a Foreign Country Church
MCC is an internationally diverse body and not all churches have the same structure. Therefore, written support may take any one of several forms which are reflective of various organizational and bylaw differences that exist at the local church level. Please indicate the nature of Church Support by checking one of the following and providing the names and signatures of two duly called, elected, appointed and/or acknowledged congregational representatives as indicated:
____ This proposal has been reviewed in a congregational meeting of our church and is hereby supported.
____ This proposal has been reviewed by the Board of Directors of our congregation and is hereby Supported.
____ This proposal has been reviewed by our Lay Delegate(s) and Pastor is hereby Supported.
With our signatures below, we attest to and affirm our church’s support, as indicated above, of this proposed bylaw amendment.
Printed Name and Signature of Clergy or Pastoral Leader Date
Printed Name and Signature of Lay Delegate or Board Clerk/Secretary Date
Church’s Name and Physical Address (including country)
BYLAWS AMENDMENT PROPOSAL
Amendment Proposal Form — Instructions
Amendment Proposal Form–Instructions All Submissions
Instructions
Please complete the Amendment Proposal Form with the following information: (1) the citation of the bylaw provision to be amended (or indicate preferred placement if a new section); (2) the existing bylaw section language; (3) a strikethrough version of the proposed amendment; (4) how the final bylaw section would read if the amendment is accepted; and (5) the rationale for the change/addition.
If your proposal would change language throughout the Bylaws (e.g., in non-contiguous sections), please submit attachments with the entirety of the affected bylaws sections in the following order — (1) original; (2) strikethrough; and (3) as the bylaws would read if the amendments were accepted. Indicate ‘see attached’ in the table below. Take as much space as you need to fully reflect your proposal and rationale.
If you have any questions about how to complete this form, please email the Bylaws Team at [email protected]
Example
Affected Section
VIII.A.4: Quorum
Original Language
QUORUM: A quorum shall consist of twenty percent (20%) of the number of lay people eligible to vote at General Conference and twenty percent (20%) of the number of licensed credentialed clergy eligible to vote at General Conference.
Strikethrough Language
QUORUM: A quorum shall consist of twenty thirty percent (320%) of the number of lay people eligible to vote at General Conference and twenty thirty percent (320%) of the number of licensed credentialed clergy eligible to vote at General Conference.
Final Proposed Language
QUORUM: A quorum shall consist of thirty percent (30%) of the number of lay people eligible to vote at General Conference and thirty percent (30%) of the number of licensed credentialed clergy eligible to vote at General Conference.
Rationale
To ensure a more representative sample of voters at General Conference.
BYLAWS AMENDMENT PROPOSAL
Amendment Proposal Form
Amendment Proposal Form All Submissions
Sponsor of this Amendment Proposal: __________________________________
Article to be amended (Example: Article VIII.A.4): ____________________________
Amendment Proposal
(Attach additional pages as needed)
Affected Section
Original Language
Strikethrough Language
Final Proposed Language
Rationale

UFMCC BYLAWS AMENDMENT PROPOSAL Instructions – Governing Board & Council of Elders

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Submission Instructions Governing Board & Council of Elders
UFMCC BYLAWS AMENDMENT PROPOSAL
Instructions – Governing Board & Council of Elders
Greetings!
Thank you for taking the time to propose an amendment to the UFMCC Bylaws. Pursuant to UFMCC Bylaws Addendum 1, the Governing Board or Council of Elders may submit any Bylaw Amendment Proposal if it has been approved by a majority vote of the submitting body. All Bylaw Amendment Proposals submitted by the Governing Board or Council of Elders intended for consideration at XXVII General Conference, 01-04 July 2019, must be completed and submitted to [email protected] by 01 May 2019.
Completed Bylaw Amendment Proposals consist of one (1) Cover Sheet, one (1) completed Submission Checklist, one (1) Impact Statement, and one (1) completed Amendment Proposal Form. All four documents (and any necessary attachments) should be submitted simultaneously and by the individual serving as the contact for the body submitting the proposed amendment. Proposals arriving piecemeal and from multiple sources will be deemed incomplete and will not be qualified for consideration.
Impact Statement
All submissions must include an Impact Statement which should be in narrative form, addressing the following topics:
1. The proposal’s compatibility with UFMCC’s Values, Mission, and Vision;
2. The proposal’s potential financial impact; and
3. Other Bylaws provisions which would be affected by the current proposal.
Amendment Proposal Form
The Amendment Proposal Form contains information about the proposed bylaw change, including proposed edits and/or new language, as well as the rationale for the proposed change.
ALL COMPLETED DOCUMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO [email protected] NO LATER THAN 01 MAY 2019 IN ORDER FOR THE PROPOSAL TO QUALIFY FOR CONSIDERATION AT MCC’S XXVII GENERAL CONFERENCE IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA, 01-04 JULY 2019.
THANK YOU!
–MCC Bylaws Team
UFMCC BYLAWS AMENDMENT
Cover Sheet – Governing Board & Council of Elders
Cover Sheet Governing Board & Council of Elders
After careful review of the UFMCC Bylaws, including Addendum 1 thereto, and thoughtful, prayer consideration of the intent and potential outcomes of the changes proposed, submit this completed bylaws proposal package (as indicated in the Submission Checklist) to [email protected]
Contact for this Amendment Proposal: ____________________________________
Contact Information:
Address: ____________________________________
____________________________________
____________________________________
Email Address: ____________________________________
Phone Number: ____________________________________
Submitted because of a Majority Vote of the: ____ Governing Board or ____ Council of Elders
Date of vote:
Article to be amended (Example: Article VIII.A.4): ____________________________
• If the Proposal addresses the creation of a new bylaw item rather than the alteration of an existing standard, then state the desired placement of the new language within the current structure.
• If the Proposal addresses multiple bylaws sections or suggests changes throughout the Bylaws, please indicate same and provide details in the Amendment Proposal Form.
Submitter Name: Date:
UFMCC BYLAWS AMENDMENT PROPOSAL
Submission Checklist—Governing Board & Council of Elders
Completed Submission Checklist
Cover Sheet
Amendment Proposal Form
Impact Statement
BYLAWS AMENDMENT PROPOSAL
Amendment Proposal Form — Instructions
Amendment Proposal Form–Instructions All Submissions
Instructions
Please complete the Amendment Proposal Form with the following information: (1) the citation of the bylaw provision to be amended (or indicate preferred placement if a new section); (2) the existing bylaw section language; (3) a strikethrough version of the proposed amendment; (4) how the final bylaw section would read if the amendment is accepted; and (5) the rationale for the change/addition.
If your proposal would change language throughout the Bylaws (e.g., in non-contiguous sections), please submit attachments with the entirety of the affected bylaws sections in the following order — (1) original; (2) strikethrough; and (3) as the bylaws would read if the amendments were accepted. Indicate ‘see attached’ in the table below. Take as much space as you need to fully reflect your proposal and rationale.
If you have any questions about how to complete this form, please email the Bylaws Team at [email protected]
Example
Affected Section
VIII.A.4: Quorum
Original Language
QUORUM: A quorum shall consist of twenty percent (20%) of the number of lay people eligible to vote at General Conference and twenty percent (20%) of the number of licensed credentialed clergy eligible to vote at General Conference.
Strikethrough Language
QUORUM: A quorum shall consist of twenty thirty percent (320%) of the number of lay people eligible to vote at General Conference and twenty thirty percent (320%) of the number of licensed credentialed clergy eligible to vote at General Conference.
Final Proposed Language
QUORUM: A quorum shall consist of thirty percent (30%) of the number of lay people eligible to vote at General Conference and thirty percent (30%) of the number of licensed credentialed clergy eligible to vote at General Conference.
Rationale
To ensure a more representative sample of voters at General Conference.
BYLAWS AMENDMENT PROPOSAL
Amendment Proposal Form
Amendment Proposal Form All Submissions
Sponsor of this Amendment Proposal: __________________________________
Article to be amended (Example: Article VIII.A.4): ____________________________
Amendment Proposal
(Attach additional pages as needed)
Affected Section
Original Language
Strikethrough Language
Final Proposed Language
Rationale

Form DP-9 Process Tracking

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Date Received:
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Form DP‐9 Process Tracking
Case No. _______________
DISCIPLINARY PROCESS TRACKING
Section A. PERSON WITH THE CONCERN
NAME
MAILING ADDRESS
CITY STATE POSTAL CODE
NATION
HOME PHONE BUSINESS PHONE
MOBILE PHONE EMAIL ADDRESS
MINISTRY POSITION (IF ANY)
Section B. ADVOCATE FOR THE PERSON WITH THE CONCERN
NAME
MAILING ADDRESS
CITY STATE POSTAL CODE
NATION
HOME PHONE BUSINESS PHONE
MOBILE PHONE EMAIL ADDRESS
MINISTRY POSITION (IF ANY)
Section C. MINISTRY LEADER
NAME
MAILING ADDRESS
CITY STATE POSTAL CODE
NATION
HOME PHONE BUSINESS PHONE
MOBILE PHONE EMAIL ADDRESS
MINISTRY POSITION (IF ANY)
Section D. ADVOCATE FOR THE MINISTRY LEADER
NAME
MAILING ADDRESS
CITY STATE POSTAL CODE
NATION
HOME PHONE BUSINESS PHONE
MOBILE PHONE EMAIL ADDRESS
MINISTRY POSITION (IF ANY)
Section E. JUDICIAL OFFICER
NAME
MAILING ADDRESS
CITY STATE POSTAL CODE
NATION
HOME PHONE BUSINESS PHONE
MOBILE PHONE EMAIL ADDRESS
MINISTRY POSITION (IF ANY)
FOR OFFICE USE ONLY
Date Received:
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Section F. AFFECTED CHURCHES/AGENCIES
AFFECTED CHURCH/AGENCY 1
NAME
CONTACT PERSON
MAILING ADDRESS
CITY STATE POSTAL CODE
NATION
HOME PHONE BUSINESS PHONE
MOBILE PHONE EMAIL ADDRESS
AFFECTED CHURCH/AGENCY 2
NAME
CONTACT PERSON
MAILING ADDRESS
CITY STATE POSTAL CODE
NATION
HOME PHONE BUSINESS PHONE
MOBILE PHONE EMAIL ADDRESS
AFFECTED CHURCH/AGENCY 3
NAME
CONTACT PERSON
MAILING ADDRESS
CITY STATE POSTAL CODE
NATION
HOME PHONE BUSINESS PHONE
MOBILE PHONE EMAIL ADDRESS
Section G. INVESTIGATOR
NAME
MAILING ADDRESS
CITY STATE POSTAL CODE
NATION
HOME PHONE BUSINESS PHONE
MOBILE PHONE EMAIL ADDRESS
MINISTRY POSITION (IF ANY)
Section H. CHAIR OF JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
NAME
MAILING ADDRESS
CITY STATE POSTAL CODE
NATION
HOME PHONE BUSINESS PHONE
MOBILE PHONE EMAIL ADDRESS
MINISTRY POSITION (IF ANY)
Section I. JUDICIARY COMMITTEE MEMBERS
NAME
MAILING ADDRESS
CITY STATE POSTAL CODE
NATION
FOR OFFICE USE ONLY
Date Received:
Received By:
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HOME PHONE BUSINESS PHONE
MOBILE PHONE EMAIL ADDRESS
MINISTRY POSITION (IF ANY)
NAME
MAILING ADDRESS
CITY STATE POSTAL CODE
NATION
HOME PHONE BUSINESS PHONE
MOBILE PHONE EMAIL ADDRESS
MINISTRY POSITION (IF ANY)
Section J. APPEAL PANEL MEMBERS
NAME
MAILING ADDRESS
CITY STATE POSTAL CODE
NATION
HOME PHONE BUSINESS PHONE
MOBILE PHONE EMAIL ADDRESS
MINISTRY POSITION (IF ANY)
NAME
MAILING ADDRESS
CITY STATE POSTAL CODE
NATION
HOME PHONE BUSINESS PHONE
MOBILE PHONE EMAIL ADDRESS
MINISTRY POSITION (IF ANY)
NAME
MAILING ADDRESS
CITY STATE POSTAL CODE
NATION
HOME PHONE BUSINESS PHONE
MOBILE PHONE EMAIL ADDRESS
MINISTRY POSITION (IF ANY)
FOR OFFICE USE ONLY
Date Received:
Received By:
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PROCESS ACTION STEPS AND TIMELINE
E 2: COMPLAINT
Date rec’d Report of Concern received by Director of Formation and Leadership Development
Date done Director determines disposition within 5 business days of receiving Report
Disposition of the Report of Concern ● Within purview
● Outside of purview
● Reasonably reliable
● Not reasonably reliable
● Refer to authorizing body Date Name of body Contact person
Name
Phone
Email
● Refer for Support Consultation
Date Consultation Team members
Name
Phone
Email
Name
Phone
Email
Name
Phone
Email
● Refer to an Elder for intervention
Date Name
Phone
Email
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● Refer to a Judicial Officer
Consideration of
Inactive Status
Director determines whether to place ministry leader on inactive status.
● Do not place on inactive status
● Place on inactive status, effective date: _____________
Initial
Notifications
Director informs ministry leader and person with the concern of the disposition within 5 business days of receiving Report.
If concern is accepted as a complaint, Director assigns a Case Number.
Date sent If concern is accepted as a complaint, Director provides the Moderator, ministry leader, and person with the concern
with:
● Copy of the MCC Process for Discipline of Ministry Leaders
● Notice of Director’s determination, including determination regarding inactive status
● Report of Concern with supporting documentation
● Response to Concern (Form DP‐2) to the ministry leader only
Date sent If concern is not accepted as a complaint, provide the Moderator, ministry leader, and person with the concern with:
● Notice of Director’s determination
● Report of Concern
Date filed Director places notice of determination and Report of Concern into the ministry leader’s file.
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Date Received:
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Response to
Concern
Date due: Within 10 business days after ministry leader receives notice of Director’s determination, Director receives the Response to
Concern form from the ministry leader.
Date rec’d
Date sent Director provides the person with the concern with a copy of the Response to Concern form and supporting documentation;
due within 5 calendar days after the Director receives the Response to Concern form.
Date sent Director provides the Moderator with a copy of the Response to Concern form; due within 5 calendar days after the Director
receives the Response to Concern form.
Date filed Director places Response to Concern form into the ministry leader’s file.
Appointment
of Judicial
Officer
Date done Director appoints a Judicial Officer; due within 5 calendar days after the Director receives the Response to Concern form.
Date done Director provides the Judicial Officer with Report of Concern form and Response to Concern form, with any other materials
submitted by the person with the concern and the ministry leader; due within 5 calendar days after the Director receives the
Response to Concern form.
Date sent Director informs the person with the concern, the ministry leader, and the Moderator with the name of the Judicial Officer;
due within 5 calendar days after the Director receives the Response to Concern form.
Admission of
Allegations
● Not
Admitted
● Admitted Date of
admission:
Date rec’d If rec’d prior to hearing date, Judicial Officer determines resolution with the ministry leader and the person with the concern
Conf date If rec’d during or after the pre‐hearing conference, Judicial Officer may cancel the hearing.
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Meeting date Judiciary Committee may meet with the ministry leader and consult with the person with the concern and/or the affect church
or agency to determine resolution of the matter.
Date sent Judicial Officer sends the admission and determination to the ministry leader, the person with the concern, and the
Moderator.
Date sent Judicial Officer sends admission and determination to the Director for filing.
Date filed Director places admission and determination into the ministry leader’s file.
Notification to
Affected
Church or
Agency
Judicial Officer, in consultation with the Director, determines whether to inform the affected church/agency that a complaint has been received.
Do not notify Notify
Date sent If determination is to notify, issue notification without attachments.
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Date Received:
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STAGE 3: INVESTIGATION
Investigator Date done Judicial Officer selects an investigator; due within 10 business days after the Judicial Officer receives the Report of
Concern.
Date done Judicial Officer establishes timeline for the investigation.
Begin date: ______________ End date: _________________
Date sent Judicial Officer informs person with the concern, ministry leader, and Moderator of the identity of the investigator and the
timeline.
Date rec’d Investigator submits Report of Investigation (Form DP‐3) to the Judicial Officer; due within 5 business days of the
conclusion of the investigation.
Notification of
Outcome of
Investigation
Date done Judicial Officer determines whether the results of the investigation substantiated the compliant.
● Not substantiated
● Substantiated
Judicial Officer prepares a written summary of the investigation and provides the summary to the person with the concern, the ministry leader, and
the Moderator; due within 5 business days of receipt of the Report of Investigation.
Date done Judicial Officer writes the summary.
Date sent Judicial Officer sends summary to the person with the concern, the ministry leader, and the Moderator.
Date sent Judicial Officer sends the Report of Investigation to the Director.
Date filed Director places Report of Investigation into the ministry leader’s file.
Notification of If complaint was substantiated, the Judicial Officer brings charges against the ministry leader within 5 business days of having received the Report of
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Charges Investigation.
Date done Judiciary Officer prepares the Statement of Charges (Form DP‐4) and provides a copy to the Director.
Date done Director prepares the Procedural Summary (Form DP‐5) and sends it to the Judicial Officer.
Date sent Judicial Officer provides the person with the concern and the ministry leader with:
● Statement of Charges
● Report of Investigation, including complete copy of the investigation records, all documentation, and any other
information that had been submitted to the investigator
● Procedural Summary (Form DP‐5)
Judicial Officer provides the Moderator and the affected church/agency with:
● Statement of Charges (Form DP‐4)
● Procedural Summary (Form DP‐5)
Date filed Director places Statement of Charges and Procedural Summary into the ministry leader’s file.
Selection of
Judiciary
Committee
Within 5 business days of issuing the Statement of Charges, the Judicial Officer selects the 3‐person Judiciary Committee, including its Chair.
Date Pool member Outcome
● Appointed Not appointed
Reason:
● Appointed Not appointed
Reason:
● Appointed Not appointed
Reason:
● Appointed Not appointed
Reason:
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● Appointed Not appointed
Reason:
● Appointed Not appointed
Reason:
● Appointed Not appointed
Reason:
● Appointed Not appointed
Reason:
● Appointed Not appointed
Reason:
Within 5 business days of selecting the Judiciary Committee, the Judicial Officer provides each with:
● Report of Concern (Form DP‐1), including all accompanying documentation
● Response to Concern (Form DP‐2), including all accompanying documentation
● Report of Investigation (Form DP‐3), including a complete copy of the investigation records, all documentation, and any other information
that had been submitted to the investigator
● Statement of Charges (Form DP‐4)
● Procedural Summary (Form DP‐5)
Pre‐Hearing
Conference
Judiciary Committee meets within 15 calendar days after receiving the Statement of Charges.
Conf date:
Is further investigation needed?
Explain:
Were other concerns identified? ● Yes
● No
Date done If yes, Chair of Judiciary Committee informs the Judicial Officer in writing.
Date done If yes, Judicial Officer refers the other concerns to the Director for consideration.
When will the hearing be held? (Must be held within 45 calendar days after Judiciary Committee received the Statement of
Charges)
● Determine date(s) and time
Hearing date:
● Physical
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Determine whether hearing will be held in virtual or physical space ● Virtual
Does the Judiciary Committee need to invite additional witnesses beyond those proposed by the person with the concern and
the ministry leader?
● Yes
● No
Date done Chair of the Judiciary Committee informs Judicial Officer of the outcomes of the pre‐hearing conference.
Extended
Investigation
Date done Judicial Officer establishes timeline for the further investigation.
Begin date: ____________
End date: _____________
Date done Judicial Officer selects an investigator within 5 business days after receiving request from the Chair of the Judiciary
Committee.
Date done Judicial Officer informs person with the concern, ministry leader, Moderator, and members of the Judiciary Committee of
the identity of the investigator and the new timeline within 3 business days after selecting the investigator.
Date rec’d Investigator submits an additional Report of Investigation (Form DP‐3) to the Judicial Officer within 5 business days after
completing the additional investigation.
Judicial Officer prepares a written summary of the additional investigation and provides the summary to the person with the concern, the ministry
leader, and the Moderator within 5 business days of receipt of the additional Report of Investigation.
Date done Judicial Officer writes the summary.
Date sent Judicial Officer sends summary to the person with the concern, the ministry leader, the Moderator, and the Judiciary
Committee members.
Date sent Judicial Officer sends the additional Report of Investigation and summary to the Director.
Date filed Director places the additional Report of Investigation into the ministry leader’s file.
FOR OFFICE USE ONLY
Date Received:
Received By:
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STAGE 4: HEARING
Within 45 calendar days from the date of receiving the Statement of Charges, the Judiciary Committee convenes hearing.
No later than 30 business days prior to the hearing
Date done Judicial Officer advises Director of:
● Hearing location: ______________________
● Hearing dates (begin and end days/times)
● Need for security
● Need for translation services
● Need for additional witnesses
Date done Director ensures management of final arrangements for use of the selected space.
Physical space ● On‐site Security
● Room set‐up
● Access to recording equipment
● Purchase recording media
● Operation of recording equipment
● Meals for Judiciary Committee members
● Accommodations for Judiciary Committee members
● Transportation for Judiciary Committee members (round‐trip from their homes to the hearing site)
● Translation services, if needed
● Access to photocopying
Virtual space ● Arrange for use of appropriate technology
● Arrange for recording of hearing, including access to appropriate recording media
● Verify that all intended participants have the capacity to access the virtual space
● Translation services, if needed
● Electronic transmission of documents during the hearing
Date done Judicial Officer notifies the ministry leader and the person with the concern of the date, time, duration, and location of the hearing.
● Witness list is due no later than 15 business days prior to the hearing
● Remaining materials to be considered at the hearing is due no later than 15 business days prior to the hearing.
● Will the advocate for either party be present at the hearing?
Person with the
concern
● Yes
● No
Name:
Ministry leader ● Yes Name:
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● No
No later than 15 business days prior to the hearing
Date rec’d The ministry leader and person with the concern provide to the Judicial Officer any remaining materials to be considered at the
hearing.
No later than 10 business days prior to the hearing
Date sent The Judicial Officer provides to the Judiciary Committee members:
● All materials to be considered during the hearing
Witness list
Challenges to Procedural Errors
Challenges to Appointments (Judicial Officer / Investigator / Judiciary Committee)

Form DP-8 Decision Of The Appeals Panel

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Form DP‐8 Decision of the Appeals Panel
DECISION OF THE APPEALS PANEL
Case Number ___________
Petitioner Appealing Decision of Judiciary Committee is ______________________________________
Section J. APPEAL PANEL MEMBERS
NAME
MAILING ADDRESS
CITY STATE POSTAL CODE
NATION
HOME PHONE BUSINESS PHONE
MOBILE PHONE EMAIL ADDRESS
MINISTRY POSITION (IF ANY)
NAME
MAILING ADDRESS
CITY STATE POSTAL CODE
NATION
HOME PHONE BUSINESS PHONE
MOBILE PHONE EMAIL ADDRESS
MINISTRY POSITION (IF ANY)
NAME
MAILING ADDRESS
CITY STATE POSTAL CODE
NATION
HOME PHONE BUSINESS PHONE
MOBILE PHONE EMAIL ADDRESS
MINISTRY POSITION (IF ANY)
PETITIONER’S STATED REASON FOR REQUESTING APPEAL OF JUDICIARY COMMITTEE DECISION:
PROCEDURAL ERROR (STATE):
BIAS ERROR BY (NAME OFFICIAL)
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FINDINGS REGARDING PROCEDURAL ERROR:
DID A PROCEDURAL ERROR IN THE PROCESS OCCUR DURING THE PENDENCY OF THIS PETITIONER’S
DISCIPLINARY PROCESS?
___YES ___NO
IF YES, WHAT WAS THE ERROR?
IF NO, DENY APPEAL (NO FURTHER ACTION NEEDED ON THIS FORM).
IF ERROR IDENTIFIED, IS THIS PROCEDURAL ERROR MERELY A TECHNICAL ERROR OR DOES THIS PROCEDURAL ERROR
RISE TO THE LEVEL OF AFFECTING THE OUTCOME OF THE PROCESS?
____ TECHNICAL ____AFFECTED THE OUTCOME OF THE PROCESS
IF OUTCOME WAS AFFECTED, HOW DID IT AFFECT THE
PETITIONER’S PROCESS OUTCOME?
(IF ONLY GROUNDS FOR PETITIONER’S APPEAL IS PROCEDURAL ERROR, SKIP TO BOTTOM OF FORM VOTE/SIGNATURE
SECTION)
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FINDINGS REGARDING BIAS ERROR:
WAS THE CHALLENGE RAISED ACCORDING TO THE PROCESS IN A TIMELY MANNER?
A. WAS A REQUEST TO OFLD MADE TO DISQUALIFY THE OFFICIAL WITHIN TWO DAYS OF
THE DATE PETITIONER WAS NOTIFIED THAT THE NAMED OFFICIAL WAS APPOINTED
(FOR APPOINTING JUDICIAL OFFICER, INVESTIGATOR OR JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
MEMBERS)?
____YES
____ NO ____ N/A
DO AT LEAST 2 MEMBERS OF THE APPEALS PANEL AGREE WITH THIS FINDING? ____ YES ____ NO
B. WERE OTHER BIAS CLAIMS MADE BY PETITIONER TO DISQUALIFY OTHER APPOINTEES IN THIS PROCESS? ____ YES ____ NO
IF YES, BRIEFLY PROVIDE DETAILS/DECISIONS/ACTIONS:
DO AT LEAST 2 MEMBERS OF THE APPEALS PANEL AGREE WITH THIS FINDING? ____ YES ____ NO
C. WAS THE RESPONSE FROM OFLD TO RETAIN THE APPOINTEE COMPLETED AND NOTIFICATION MADE TO PETITIONER
WITHIN THREE (3) DAYS?
____ YES ____ NO
IF NO, DID THE DELAY IN RESPONSE AFFECT THE OUTCOME OF THE PROCESS? ____ YES ____ NO
DO AT LEAST 2 MEMBERS OF THE APPEALS PANEL AGREE WITH THIS FINDING? ____ YES ____ NO
D. WAS A REPORT OF BIAS (WITH SPECIFIC EVIDENCE CITED) MADE WITHIN TWO DAYS OF THE DATE THE BIAS BECAME
KNOWN OR REASONABLY SHOULD HAVE BEEN KNOWN BY A PETITIONER EXERCISING DUE DILIGENCE? (DATES
NEEDED)
____ YES ____ NO
IF YES, AFTER REVIEWING ALL DOCUMENTATION, DO YOU FIND THAT THE ALLEGED BIAS CAUSED A DIFFERENT
OUTCOME TO THE PROCESS THAN WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF THE ALLEGED BIAS DID NOT HAPPEN?
____ YES ____ NO
DO AT LEAST 2 MEMBERS OF THE APPEALS PANEL AGREE WITH THIS FINDING? ____ YES ____ NO
COMPLETE VOTING AND SIGNATURE SECTION BELOW. RETURN FORM IMMEDIATELY TO THE JUDICIAL OFFICER
HANDLING THIS MATTER (PERSON WHO APPOINTED YOU).
SIGNATURES OF APPEAL PANEL MEMBERS:
________________________ _________________________ _________________________
PRINT NAME: PRINT NAME: PRINT NAME:
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Judicial Officer Post‐Decision Action
___ Notify Person with Concern, Ministry Leader, Moderator, and Director OFLD of determination of the Appeals Panel
within 3 business days of receiving it.
OFLD Action
___ If decision of Judicial Committee is removal of clergy credentials, Director OFLD shall submit entire package to
Council of Elders. Their determination is due within 15 days of receiving the case documents.