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Eric Michel Ministries International Assembly of Interdenominational Churches Ecclesiastical polity
Connexionalism is the theological understanding and foundation of Methodist church governance ("ecclesiastical polity"),
as practised in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and in many of the countries where Methodism was established by
missionaries sent out from these Churches. In EMMI Canada, where the Archbishops provide church leadership,
connexionalism is a variety of episcopal polity; in some countries the bishop is replaced by a Dean and used without any
change in the Connexional polity. In our world, a given Connexion is usually autonomous localy under a Board of Elders
for the temporal side and our House of Bishops for the spiritual side. Note that the Archbishop is the final authority in all case.
EMMI Connexional polity has always been characterised by a strong central organisation which holds an annual Conference
call Symposium. The connexion is divided into Regions in the charge of a Bishop or a Dean. The districts correspond in
geographical terms, to counties, as Eric Michel Ministry of Malawi or Eric Michel Ministries of Nepal. The districts are divided
into circuits governed by the Circuit Meeting the Local Synod and led and administrated principally by a superintendent minister.
Ministers are appointed to Circuits rather than to individual churches. The term "full connexion" is used to refer to presbyters
and deacons being "subject to the rules and discipline of the Permanent Synod" oversee by the Symposium, and specifically
that they are subject to being appointed to ministry in a local circuit at the direction of the Dean and Superintendent at the
region. Pastors are assigned to congregations by bishops or dean.
We give lay members representation at regional and national meetings (Symposium and Synod) at which the business
of the church is conducted, making it different from most episcopal government. This connexional organisational model
defines "connexion" as the principle that: all leaders and congregations are connected in a network of loyalties and
commitments that support, yet supersede, local concerns.
List of Connexion Members
Constitution of a new church.
Our faith or denomination, it is an union of Christian persons to create Eric Michel Ministries International partnership
or association and should be see as a Non-denominational or an Interdenominational
movement in the Christian faith. Each New Church, Ministry, Fellowship or any other non-profit organisation
under Eric Michel Ministries have the choice of professing the faith of their choice to be:
- Complete Orthodoxy as Christian Fundamentalist, keeping in mind that EMMI is Liberal and Progressive
- Christian Universalist, a Christian theology which includes the belief in the doctrine of universal reconciliation,
the view that all human beings will ultimately be restored to a right relationship with God in Heaven and the New
- Christian Unitarian In the mainstream of the Protestant Reformation there is the Biblical Unitarian Movement.
Today, Biblical Unitarianism identifies the Christian belief that the Bible teaches God is a singular person, the Father,
and that Jesus is a distinct being, his son.
Eric Michel Ministry (Ministries) of independent church can choose their own ecclesiastic structure, may have a Bishop or Not,
may use civilian clothes or not, have it's own way to distribute sacraments.
Eric Michel Ministries respond to the House Of Bishop, but they do not use the EMMI hierarchy Archbishop, bishops,
ministers etc., and They are rule by their own Board Of Elders who are an integrate member of the Symposium.
AFTER CHRIST WE RULE
on the annual budget, written financial statements, and any other matter affecting Eric Michel Ministry responsibilities.
Eric Michel Ministries are under the overseer of the Regional Dean who is a direct member of Eric Michel Ministries
International Board Of Elders.
Canon 201505-2 The Clergy
Dean The third order in ecclesiastic order is a minister superintendent overseeing other ministers. The head minister
of a chapter or collegiate church or senior minister who exercises the power of a bishop, on a bishop's behalf.
The Regional Dean is next in precedence after the EMMI Board Of Elders. At the request of the board, the dean
represents the EMMI at meetings or activities in the local church or in the wider community.
- Providing the EMM with information on secular and ecclesiastical developments that could affect the life of the Ministry;
- Providing for meetings of clergy for mutual support, encouragement, communications with Ministry officers, and for
transacting other business
- providing for meetings of clergy, Elders and lay members to conduct relevant business, and to provide for
meetings of the Symposium, with one meeting prior to the annual meeting of General Synod;
- Encouraging and supporting incumbents and Elders in promoting good stewardship;
- Ensuring that the statistical returns from EMM are forwarded to the EMMI Board Of Elders prior March 31st of each year;
- Making arrangements for Ministry services in any Church, when required in an emergency situation; once during
the term, visiting each Church to inspect buildings, to ensure that required maintenance and repairs have been
undertaken, and to review accounts and related reports and to report to EMMI Board Of Elders on these matters.
- Assisting the Minister in performing duties;
- Performing other duties as required from time to time.
- The Regional Dean have total authority over any churches, boards, ministers.
Code legislates Ministry councils. It states that If the Regional Dean judges it opportune after he has heard the Board Of Elders,
a council is to be established in each Church, over which the Minister presides and in which the Christian faithful, together
with those who share in pastoral care by virtue of their office in the Church, assist in fostering pastoral activity.
A council possesses a consultative vote only and is governed by the norms established by the Regional Dean.
In Churches, the council arose in the era of lay participation in Ministry decision making. It's a response to the Apostolate
of Lay People. This amendment, published in 2014, recommended the establishment of councils with one purpose,
namely, to assist in the Church's mission. The councils "may coordinate" lay initiatives, so long as they do not interfere
with the autonomy of such initiatives.
The Local Church take on to themselves the full financing of their work and this should include their part of the cost of
EMM and EMMI costs, including the training of future clergy.
Each church is asked to contribute towards EMMI expenditure in accordance with that church’s needs and ability.
Each region is asked to contribute to the expenditure incurred by the President Bishops and by councils through
the All EMMI Boards.
Every Church is an independent charity established by the local Board of Elders.
Each Church is governed by the Board Of Elders that publishes its own annual report and accounts for each calendar
year, usually in April once these have been approved by the annual Symposium members.
Each Church raises its own income, mainly from the regular gifts of church members, supplemented by legacies,
fundraising events & appeals, hall hire, wedding & funeral fees, investment income etc.
Each Church pays a contribution "share" to the EMMI towards the costs of a number of services that are administered
at regional level. These services include clergy pay, pensions, housing, training and a range of other
professional services. The Church pays for all its own running expenses charitable giving, utilities, clergy working
expenses, repairs, printing, outreach projects, etc.
At a national and international levels, the President Bishop Council serves General Synod, organises clergy training,
and provides numerous specialist support services to the EMM and churches. It is funded by contributions
from the local churches
Expectations of Members and Affiliates.
Members and Affiliates are expected to participate actively in the Assembly activities and to make a recordable financial
pledge to the Assembly each fiscal year. The financial contribution should represent an amount judged by the member
or affiliate to be a fair share of the Assembly needs, in light of the member’s or affiliate’s income and means, and the fact that
generous contributions from others in the past have sustained and built the Society we enjoy today
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The lay Administrative title of Executive Director is a local church head, he is the connection between the Dean
and the Board of Elders. He is in charge of the local church as a Head minister, this is NOT an ordain title, it is a function.
A Executive Director could be a Pastor or Minister.