|Southwestern District of the C&MA|
|Adopted: October 2, 2013|
The district organization in The Christian and Missionary Alliance is designed to help churches fulfill Jesus’ command to make disciples of all peoples and to provide for the regional relationships which are indicated in the New Testament. While the local assembly is the primary visible form of the church, the relationships beyond the congregation are essential if the local church is to fulfill its function in fellowship, evangelism, church health and multiplication, and world missions.
Therefore, The Christian and Missionary Alliance churches of this district are united in governance, fellowship, and service in order to promote unity of faith in the fullness of Jesus Christ as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King, and to facilitate the spread of the gospel at home and abroad under the guidance and enabling of the Holy Spirit. Mission and Objectives
The mission of the Southwestern District of The Christian and Missionary Alliance is to develop healthy, growing churches committed to discipling all peoples in obedience to our Creator, Jesus Christ, as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King. The Southwestern District of The Christian and Missionary Alliance shall accomplish its mission by pursuing the following objectives:
- To enable existing congregations to build the church through balanced ministries of evangelism, discipleship, training, inter-church fellowship, and pastoral care.
- To establish healthy, growing congregations in communities where there are unchurched and responsive people.
- To assist congregations to identify and prepare qualified leadership for the ministries of the local church and the task of world evangelization.
- To encourage participation in the worldwide outreach of The Christian and Missionary Alliance.
- To provide adequate pastoral care and support for District workers.
- To carry out the administrative affairs of the District in a manner that honors the Lord Jesus Christ and enables congregations to pursue cooperative ministries successfully.
ARTICLE I: NAME
This district shall be known as the Southwestern District of The Christian and Missionary Alliance. Its geographical or cultural boundaries are defined by the Board of Directors of The Christian and Missionary Alliance and may be changed from time to time by such Board of Directors.
ARTICLE II: ORGANIZATION AND GOVERNMENT
Section 1. District Conference
- Time and Place. The time and place for the District Conference shall be determined by the Southwestern District Executive Committee and announced as early as possible.
- Notification of Conference Reports. Conference reports shall be made available to eligible personnel and District churches at least two (2) weeks prior to the scheduled date of the conference.
- Attendance at Conference. All official workers licensed by the Southwestern District of The
Christian and Missionary Alliance are expected to attend and actively participate in District Conference. In the event that attendance is impossible, notification requesting absence shall be provided to the District Superintendent, who shall report the same to the District Executive Committee. Each pastor within the District is also expected to encourage the number of allotted lay representatives from his congregation to attend.
- Conference Business. DEXCOM shall determine the number of committee members each year at its last meeting before District Conference, unless otherwise specified in these bylaws.
- The Committee on Credentials and Conference Committees and the chairpersons, vice chairs, and secretaries of each conference committee—with the exception of the Committee on Rules and Bylaws, Committee on Nominations, Committee on Agenda, and the Conference Secretaries, who shall be chosen as specified elsewhere in these bylaws—shall be elected annually by District Conference one year prior to their term of office. In the event the person elected is unable to serve, the District Executive Committee shall have the authority to appoint a replacement.
- Term of Office. The term of office for all members of Conference Committees, with the exception of the Committee on Rules and Bylaws and the Committee on Nominations, both of which shall also serve as standing committees of the District, shall be for the duration of the District Conference.
- Committee Agendas. The District Executive Committee shall prepare a suggested agenda, which defines the responsibilities of each Conference Committee. These agendas shall be made available to the chairpersons of Conference Committees at the beginning of District Conference
- Conference Committees. The following committees shall be established.
- Committee on Agenda. The Committee on Agenda shall be appointed by the District Executive Committee at its spring meeting. The committee shall consist of the District Superintendent, the pastor of the church hosting the District Conference, and at least two other members. The term of office shall be from the time of appointment through the duration of the Southwestern District Conference. The committee shall plan the public services of the District Conference and arrange the agenda for all business meetings.
- Committee on Credentials and Conference Committees
- The Committee on Credentials and Conference Committees shall consist of three (3) persons elected annually by Southwestern District Conference one year in advance of taking office.
- The Committee on Credentials and Conference Committees shall submit the following two reports:
- Report on Conference Committee Nominations. This report shall nominate members for each Conference Committee. It will be submitted to DEXCOM at least two weeks prior to District Conference. It will be presented to Conference in the first meeting.
- Report on Delegates to Conference. This report shall present an alphabetized list of the names accredited and corresponding delegates to Conference. A copy of this report shall be posted in a conspicuous location while conference is in session. A final summary of this report shall be presented to Conference during a business meeting prior to elections.
- Committee on Rules and Bylaws
- Election and Term of Office. A committee on Rules and Bylaws shall be elected by District Conference for a term of three (3) years with one (1) member to be elected each year. The chairman of the Committee shall be appointed annually by the District Executive Committee.
- The Committee on Rules and Bylaws shall consist of three (3) members.
- The Committee on Rules and Bylaws shall examine and update existing District Bylaws and statements of policy to reflect the most recent actions of District Conference. It shall complete the work of editing new legislation each year before leaving District Conference. The Committee shall then report the following matters to the District Administration and the Southwestern District Executive Committee for appropriate action;
- Legislative orders from Conference
- Suggestions from Conference
- Approved changes to the bylaws of the Southwestern District
- Approved changes to the policies of the Southwestern District
- Other editorial changes as may be necessary to bring existing documents into conformity with Conference action.
- The Southwestern District Committee on Rules and Bylaws shall also serve as the Conference Committee of Rules and bylaws. Committee members shall not be eligible to serve on other conference committees of Southwestern District Conference.
- Committee on District Ministries and Church Multiplication.
- Committee on National and International Ministries.
- Committee on Nominations
- Election and Term of Office. A Committee on Nominations shall be elected annually at Southwestern District Conference.
- The Committee on Nominations shall consist of seven (7) members including the chairperson. Two (2) alternate members shall be elected annually to serve on the committee when vacancies occur during the year.
- Selection of Chairman. The individual nominated as the chairperson of the committee shall be clearly indicated on the report presented to Conference.
- The Nominating Committee shall submit names in nomination for various officers and committees to District Conference in keeping with the provisions of the District’s bylaws and policies. It shall serve as a standing committee of the Southwestern District in those years in which an election for District Superintendent is to be conducted. The committee shall also constitute the District’s Search Committee, working in cooperation with the District Executive Committee and the Vice President of National Church Ministries to secure a qualified candidate for the office of District Superintendent.
- Committee on Finance
- Conference Secretaries. Two (2) Conference Secretaries shall be appointed by the District Executive Committee prior to the beginning of District Conference. They shall serve under the oversight of the District Secretary, keeping accurate minutes of all Conference actions and preparing a summary of all public services. Under the supervision of the District Secretary, they shall review and edit the final reports and minutes of District Conference for accuracy and distribution. They may make spelling and grammar changes as necessary and other scribal editorial changes as may be required.
- Submission of Business. New business may be introduced to District Conference only through the reports of the District Superintendent and District Secretary, or through the report of any Conference committee. Accredited delegates to District Conference may appear before any Conference committee regarding any matters germane to that committee’s responsibilities.
- District Budget. Each year the DEXCOM shall present an annual budget to District Conference for adoption. Line item changes in excess of the previous year of ten (10) percent or $1000 (whichever is greater) shall be accompanied by a written explanation of the reason for the change.
- Parliamentary Authority. The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the District in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any special rules of order the District may adopt.
Section 2. District Executive Committee (DEXCOM)
- Election and term of Office. In addition to the District Superintendent, District Secretary, and District Treasurer, the District Executive Committee (DEXCOM) shall consist of six (6) other members to be elected at-large by District Conference. At least three (3) of the members must be laypersons. These Committee members shall be selected with attention being given to fair representation of the various regions and ethnic constituencies of the District. These six members of the Committee shall be elected for a three (3) year term.
- Administrative Committee. The Administrative Committee shall consist of the District Superintendent, District Treasurer, District Secretary, and the Vice Chair.
- The Southwestern District Executive Committee shall meet at least three (3) times annually to conduct the business of the Southwestern District. Additional meetings may be convened as necessary by the District Superintendent, or at the call of a majority of DEXCOM members, or in the event the District Superintendent’s office is vacant, at the call of the acting District Superintendent or acting chairman of the Executive Committee.
- Electronic Meetings. DEXCOM may, when the District Superintendent believes an action cannot wait until the next regular meeting, conduct business through any electronic means in keeping with proper parliamentary procedure. A “Notification of Proposed Action” must be communicated to each member at least two days prior to the meeting and business conducted in the meeting is limited to items included in the Notification.
- The Southwestern District Executive Committee shall have the power to fill any vacancies created within its body or among the officers of the Southwestern District of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, with the exception of the District Superintendent of the Southwestern District until the next District Conference when the unexpired term shall be filled by proper election.
- DEXCOM Policies. The Southwestern District Executive Committee may create and enforce policies needed to accomplish the mission given them by the Christian and Missionary Alliance or the Southwestern District Conference. Such policies may be reviewed, amended or rescinded by District Conference.
Section 3. Officers.
The District Secretary and the District Treasurer shall each be elected by Southwestern District Conference for a two (2) year term. They shall be eligible to serve two consecutive terms. The vice chair will be the vice president of the corporation and will be elected by the District Executive Committee from its elected members.
Section 4 Elections and nominations.
- The Nominating Committee shall place in nomination one (1) name for each vacant, elective position within the Southwestern District. In the event of only one nominee for an office, not otherwise requiring a ballot, the chairman may declare the nominee elected by acclamation.
- The first reading of the report of the Nominating Committee shall be presented in Conference as early as possible. At the second reading of the report, nominations from the floor may be added, after which the election shall be held.
- A person is eligible to be nominated, elected, or appointed to serve a term as a member of any District Committee, or a term in any District position of office, only if that person is an official worker of The Christian and Missionary Alliance or is, and continues to be during such term, an active member of an accredited church in the District of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, and only if the completion of such term of service would not result in his serving for more than six (6) consecutive years on the same District committee, or in the same District position or office unless this limit would conflict with other provisions in the constitution or bylaws.
Section 5. License, Ordination, and Consecration Council.
The License, Ordination, and Consecration Council shall, in cooperation with the District Superintendent, oversee the District license, ordination, and consecration procedures in keeping with the appropriate “Uniform Policies” of The C&MA. LO&CC may create and enforce policies necessary to accomplish the mission assigned to them by the Christian and Missionary Alliance and the Southwestern District Conference. Such policies may be reviewed, amended or rescinded by District Conference, so long as such changes are in keeping with the Uniform Policies of the C&MA.
The Council shall annually review and authorize the issuing of credentials to District workers. All official workers in the Southwestern District shall be required to be licensed each calendar year. Consideration shall be given to the individual’s compliance with the policies of the Southwestern District and his or her continuing adherence to the Statement of Faith of The C&MA.
Persons desiring to hold credentials within the Southwestern District must maintain membership in a District Alliance Church or an affiliated Alliance Church of the Southwestern District. Exceptions may be made in response to a special appeal approved by the License, Ordination, and Consecration Council.
- Election and Term of Office. The License, Ordination and Consecration Council shall consist of eight (8) members including the District Superintendent who shall act as Moderator of the Council unless he chooses to delegate this responsibility to another member of the committee. Only those persons who have been ordained by The Christian and Missionary Alliance for a period of three (3) years or more shall be eligible for election to the Council. Members shall serve a single four (4) year term, but will become eligible for election after one year out of office. Attention shall be given to fair representation of the various regions of the District on the License, Ordination, and Consecration Council. LOCC shall appoint replacements, with consent of DEXCOM, to fill vacancies in its membership which occur between meetings of District Conference. Such replacements must meet all requirements for office in the Constitution and Bylaws of the Southwestern District of the C&MA. Replacements so appointed shall serve until the completion of elections in the next District Conference.
- Meetings. The District License, Ordination, and Consecration Council shall meet at least once (1) a year subsequent to District Conference. Additional meetings may be called by the Moderator as necessary to care for the Council’s business.
- Sub-Committee and Alternates. A sub-committee composed of at least three (3) members of the Council may interview candidates for accreditation and licensing. The Moderator shall have authority to appoint this sub-committee and to designate a recording secretary for each interview. The minutes of such meetings shall be properly submitted to the council as a whole at its next meeting. When candidates are scheduled to be interviewed for accreditation or licensing and there are an insufficient number of members of the Council available to conduct those interviews, alternates may be asked to sit in on the interviews provided they have served on the Council or otherwise would be qualified to serve on the Council.
- License, Ordination, and Consecration Procedures.
Section 6. Disciplemaking Ministries.
DEXCOM shall exercise oversight of Disciplemaking Ministries.
Section 7. Church Health and Multiplication.
DEXCOM shall exercise oversight of Church Health and Church Multiplication. All church planting projects shall be under the supervision of the District Superintendent. DEXCOM shall review church planting projects, and approve or reject district expenditures for church planting projects.
Section 8, Missions Mobilization.
A Missions Mobilization Team shall be established by DEXCOM to raise awareness, commitment and involvement in worldwide evangelism, and to serve as advisors to DEXCOM for such projects.
Section 9. Property.
The District Executive Committee shall have the authority to acquire, encumber, and sell property in the District, with the exception of District Office properties and District Camp sites. The District Superintendent is authorized to sign all necessary documents pursuant to such property transactions on order of The District Executive Committee. The District Executive Committee shall report all property transaction to District Conference.
Section 10. District Policies.
District policies binding upon accredited churches, affiliated churches, and other district ministries, and separate from the Bylaws, must be approved by the Southwestern District Conference. Actions to create, amend, or rescind such policies require advance notice to secretaries and pastors of all churches fifteen (15) days prior to District Conference. All such actions, if proper notification has been given, may be approved by majority vote of accredited delegates.
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Section 17. Amendments. These bylaws may be amended at any Southwestern District Conference by two thirds (2/3) majority vote provided that the proposed amendment was sent to each official worker and church board secretary at least fifteen (15) days prior to the Southwestern District Conference.
In the event General Council mandates require changes to the bylaws of the Southwestern District, the DEXCOM will make the appropriate amendments with the advice of the Rules and Bylaws Committee. Such changes must be submitted to the next District Conference for ratification by majority vote of the assembled delegates, with no requirement for notice.
Section 18. Conformance with applicable law. This corporation shall follow the laws of the state of Texas.