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The Church Manual describes the governance, operations and functions of local churches. Download the complete Church Manual as a PDF. It has come to our. 19TH EDITION. REVISED Published by the Secretariat. General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists®. CHURCH. MANUAL. ®. ®. UPDATED. CHURCH. MANUAL. REVISED 18TH EDITION. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST. ❖. Published by the Secretariat. General Conference of Seventh- day.
It is not in the order of God that such men should be appealed to for the adjustment of minor matters that others are well qualified to handle. This product qualifies towards the free shipping offer. If the school is operated by more than one church. The Investment secretary promotes the Investment plan for mission support in all Sabbath School divisions and keeps all members informed as the program progresses. Baptismal Service—In the absence of an ordained pastor, an elder shall request the conference president to arrange for the baptism of those desiring to unite with the church.
Alternate Images. Tell the World DVD. Certificate of Completion Elementary. Elder's Handbook. Church members have no right to follow their own impulses and inclinations in dealing with fellow members who have erred. When this instruction has been followed. As the erring one accepts the reproof offered in the love of Christ. Go to the erring one. Reason with him calmly and quietly. Shall a few persons in a board meeting take upon themselves the responsibility of disfellowshiping the erring one?
To it the Lord. As he sees their agreement in the matter. The evil must then be made to appear as it is. Let no angry words escape your lips. Remember the words: The health and purity of the church must be preserved.
The Spirit of God binds heart to heart. Let the church take action in regard to its members. If he will not heed the voice of the church. Take with you those who are spiritually minded. Speak in a way that will appeal to his better judgment.
His name should then be stricken from the books. Let not such hinder those who have the burden of this work upon them. These stand directly in the way to hinder those upon whom God has laid the burden of reproving and correcting prevailing sins in order that His frown may be turned away from His people.
After He has given explicit directions as to the course to be pursued. God is not to be trifled with and His warnings disregarded with impunity by a perverse people. He says: If the leaders of the church neglect to diligently search out the sins which bring the displeasure of God upon the body.
Some make it a point to question and doubt and find fault because others do the work that God has not laid upon them.
Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: Upon it rests the responsibility of excluding from its fellowship those who are unworthy. He states the rules to be applied in cases of trial with its members. Do they not expect to live together in the same heaven? Such a course would result in the fostering of a divisive spirit.
Although all members have equal rights within the church. How many roots of bitterness whereby many are defiled would be destroyed. Safeguarding Unity of the Church—Christians should make every effort to avoid tendencies that would divide them and bring dishonor to their cause. By ignoring the authority of the church they show contempt for God. Reconciliation of differences within the church should. They are piercing the wounds of Christ afresh and putting Him to an open shame.
Reconciliation of Differences—Every effort should be made to settle differences among church members and contain the controversy within the smallest possible sphere. The church should discourage actions that threaten harmony among its members and should consistently encourage unity. Those who take such a course expose the church to the ridicule of her enemies and cause the powers of darkness to triumph.
Those who refuse to work in harmony greatly dishonor God. Christians should prefer settlement within the authority of the Church and should limit the seeking of such decrees to cases that are clearly within the jurisdiction of the civil courts and not within the authority of the Church or for which the Church agrees it has no adequate process for orderly settlement.
While there are. As 1 Corinthians 6: Examples of such civil cases may include. Should the Church fail to respond to a request for help in reconciling a difference. See Luke Christian unselfishness will lead followers of Christ to suffer themselves to be defrauded 1 Cor. The Church should use its readily accessible and reasonably prompt process by which many differences among members can be settled.
While the Church should set up procedures within the constraints of legal practice to avoid the type of litigation referred to in 1 Corinthians 6. It is this kind of adversarial proceedings that must be discouraged by a church that seeks to exhibit the spirit of Christ.
Such suits before civil courts should never become revengeful adversary proceedings but should develop out of a desire to seek arbitration and to settle differences amicably.
It cannot afford to deal lightly with such sins or permit personal considerations to affect its actions. The Church should. In such circumstances. The Church recognizes the need of exercising great care to protect the highest spiritual interests of its members. Settlement of Grievances of the Church Against Members—At times Church organizations or institutions may have grievances against members.
They are to seek earnestly to win him to repentance. Settlement of Grievances of Members Against the Church—The same principles that influence resolution of differences among members apply to the settlement of grievances of members against Church organizations and institutions. Church administrators must.
His brethren are to encourage him in the right way. And even if he does not repent. Members should not instigate litigation against any Church entity except under circumstances where the Church has not provided adequate process for orderly settlement of the grievance or where the nature of the case is such that it is clearly not within the authority of the Church to settle. Disorderly conduct which brings reproach upon the church.
The use. Violation of the law of God. Marriage is defined as a public. Violation of the commandment of the law of God. The production.
Fraud or willful misrepresentation in business. Persistent refusal to recognize properly constituted church authority or to submit to the order and discipline of the church. Such acts include but are not limited to child sexual abuse. Remarriage of a divorced person. The use or manufacture of illicit drugs or the use. Denial of faith in the fundamentals of the gospel and in the fundamental beliefs of the Church or teaching doctrines contrary to the same.
Adherence to or taking part in a divisive or disloyal movement or organization. Physical violence. If their conduct is satisfactory. They are not deprived. Membership may not be transferred during the period of censure. Assessment should be made at the expiration of the period of censure to determine whether the disciplined members have changed course. If their conduct is not satisfactory. Discipline by Censure—In cases where the offense is not considered by the church to be so serious as to warrant the extreme course of removing membership.
Any return to church office must be by election. Only after the instruction given in this chapter has been followed. Members under censure have no right to participate by voice or by vote in the affairs of the church or lead church activities. By a vote to remove from membership. Censure has two purposes: Votes of censure must not carry any provision involving removal of membership in case of failure to comply with any condition imposed.
Discipline by Removal From Membership—Removing individuals from membership in the church. A vote of censure is for a stated period of from a minimum of one month to a maximum of 12 months. By a vote of censure. Timeliness of Discipline—The church must care for the disciplinary process within a reasonable time and then communicate its decisions with kindness and promptness.
This authority rests with the General Conference Session. The meeting must be presided over by an ordained pastor. Were we to deal with these souls according to our imperfect judgment. As the tares have their roots closely intertwined with those of the good grain. Delay in administering discipline may increase the frustration and suffering of the member and the church itself. Often we regard as hopeless subjects the very ones whom Christ is drawing to Himself.
Were they to be separated from the church. He knows our nature too well to entrust this work to us. Should we try to uproot from the church those whom we suppose to be spurious Christians. Many who think themselves Christians will at last be found wanting. Many will be in heaven who their neighbors supposed would never enter there. Anyone seeking to apply tests other than those herein set forth does not.
Man judges from appearance. At a Properly Called Meeting—Members may be disciplined for sufficient cause. The real character of these pretended believers is not fully manifested. The tares and the wheat are to grow together until the harvest. See 1T The acceptance into membership of those under discipline is such a serious violation of Church policy that an offending church may be subject to discipline by the conference constituency.
Except in the case of the death of members. Transferring Members Under Censure—No church shall receive into membership persons who are under censure of another congregation. The church also should exclude all nonmembers from any church meeting called for the administration of church order or discipline.
Fundamental Rights of the Members—Members have a fundamental right to prior notification of the disciplinary meeting and the right to be heard in their own defense. Written notice must be given at least two weeks before the meeting and include the reasons for the disciplinary hearing. Members wanting to bring legal counsel into a meeting should be informed that they will not be given a hearing if they insist on bringing legal counsel.
No church should vote to discipline a member under circumstances that deprive the member of these rights. Church Board Cannot Remove Members—The board may recommend to a business meeting the removal of members. Lawyers Not to Represent Members—The work of the Church in its administration of order and discipline is an ecclesiastical function that in no sense has to do with civil or legal procedure.
Notification to Those Removed From Membership—A church removing members must notify them in writing of the action taken but with the assurance of enduring spiritual interest and personal concern. Letters of resignation shall be presented to the board. Voted to designate as missing. The former members should be assured that the.
Out of Christian consideration for the individuals involved. This communication should. While remaining members of that church. The Church recognizes the right of the individual to withdraw membership. The clerk should record in the membership record: When because of age.
Removing Members at Their Request—Great care should be exercised in dealing with members who request to be removed from membership. Right of Appeal for Reinstatement—While it is the right of the church to administer discipline. If it does. Those previously removed may be received again into membership when confession of wrongs committed is made. When dealing with perpetrators of sexual abuse. Such reinstatement should preferably be in the church from which the member was dismissed.
If members believe that they have been treated unfairly by the local church. While attendance at church activities may be permissible with properly established guidelines.
Because removal from membership is the most serious form of discipline. Neither shall they be given any position which would encourage vulnerable individuals to trust them implicitly.
The church should not neglect or refuse to grant such hearings. It is expected that readmission to membership will be done in connection with rebaptism.
But if membership is still refused by the church. But let these also first be tested. Let deacons be the husbands of one wife. For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a good standing and Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside. Therefore watch. For I know this. Paul called the attention of the Thessalonians to the respect and deference due to those who had been chosen to occupy positions of authority in the church.
Also from among yourselves men will rise up. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. They claimed not only the right of private judgment. Till I come. Continue in them. But there were some. In view of this. They are ever restless. Hands have been laid too suddenly upon these men. The church is in trouble continually in consequence of the defective character of the leader.
They have original plans and methods of labor. These men need to be learners rather than teachers in the school of Christ. Exceptions may be made for the following: It is not safe for such ones to be chosen as leaders in the church.
Their influence is not good. Local Membership—Members in regular standing are eligible for election to leadership positions in the church where they hold membership. See also 5T and 1 Tim. They desire to introduce changes into the church to suit their ideas of progress and imagine that grand results are thus to be secured. It is easy for the enemy to work through those who. Men who move in accordance with their own strong traits of character.
They need to learn that most profitable of all lessons. They have not proper government over themselves. Students who are members in regular standing but who. Term of Office The term of office for officers of both the church and its auxiliary organizations shall be one year. While it is not advisable for one person to serve indefinitely in a particular position. Not Delegates Ex Officio—No church officer is a delegate ex officio to a conference session.
Removal and Readmission—When an officer is removed from membership and subsequently readmitted. Distributing Responsibility—The church should not lay too much responsibility on a small group of willing officers. Anyone who fails to set such an example shall not be elected to church office.
Setting Tithing Example—All officers shall set an example in the matter of returning a faithful tithe to the Church. If the church wants an officer to serve as a delegate. Unless circumstances make it necessary. An elder who. Other exceptions may be considered by the conference committee. Religious Leaders of the Church—Elders must be recognized by the church as strong spiritual leaders and must have good reputations both in the church and community.
In the absence of a pastor, elders are the spiritual leaders of the church and by precept and example must seek to lead the church into a deeper and fuller Christian experience. Elders should be able to conduct the services of the church and minister in both word and doctrine when the assigned pastor is unavailable. However, elders should not be chosen primarily because of social position or speaking ability, but because of their consecrated lives and leadership abilities.
Elders may be reelected, but it is not advisable for them to serve indefinitely. The church is under no obligation to reelect and may choose others whenever changes seem advisable. Upon the election of new elders, the former elders no longer function as elders but may be elected to other church offices. Ordination of Elders—Election to the office of elder does not in itself qualify one as an elder.
Ordination is required before an elder has authority to function. Between election and ordination, the elected elder may function as church leader but not administer the ordinances of the church.
The ordination service is performed only by an ordained pastor currently credentialed by the conference. As a courtesy, a visiting ordained pastor may be invited to assist. However, only on the specific request of conference officers would a visiting ordained pastor or a retired ordained pastor conduct the ordination.
The sacred rite of ordination should be simply performed in the presence of the church and may include a brief outline of the office of elder, the qualities required, and the principal duties the elder will be authorized to perform. Once ordained, elders need not be ordained again if reelected, or upon election as elders of other churches, provided they have maintained regular membership status.
They are also qualified to serve as deacons. Relationship to the Pastor—If the conference committee assigns a pastor or pastors to the congregation, the pastor, or senior pastor if more. Since their work is closely related, they should work together harmoniously. The pastor should not assume all lines of responsibility, but should share these with the elders and other officers.
The pastor regularly serving the church acts as the chairperson of the board. There may be circumstances, however, when it would be advisable for an elder to act as chairperson. The pastoral work of the church should be shared by the pastor and the elders. In counsel with the pastor, the elders should visit members, minister to the sick, foster prayer ministries, arrange or lead out in anointing services and child dedications, encourage the disheartened, and assist in other pastoral responsibilities.
As undershepherds, elders should exercise constant vigilance over the flock. If the pastor is a licensed minister, the church or churches served should elect the pastor as an elder.
Because the pastor is appointed to the position in the church by the conference, the pastor serves the church as a conference employee, is responsible to the conference committee, and maintains a sympathetic and cooperative relation to and works in harmony with all the plans and policies of the local church. Elders, who are elected by the church, are responsible to that body and to its board. See below. Work of Elders Is Local—The authority and work of elders are confined to the church in which their election has been made.
It is not permissible for a conference committee by vote to confer on an elder the status that is granted to an ordained pastor to serve other churches as elder. If that need exists, the conference committee may recommend to the church needing an elder that it invite and elect the elder of a nearby church to serve.
Thus by election one individual may, when necessary, serve more than one church. Such an arrangement should be made only in counsel with the conference committee. Authority to elect elders is inherent in the local church and not in the conference committee.
The only way one may be qualified for serving the Church at large is by ordination to the gospel ministry. Conducting Church Services—Under the pastor, or in the absence of the pastor, an elder is responsible for the services of the church and must either conduct them or arrange for someone to do so.
The pastor usually chairs the business meeting. In the absence of the. Baptismal Service—In the absence of an ordained pastor, an elder shall request the conference president to arrange for the baptism of those desiring to unite with the church.
An elder should not officiate in the service without first obtaining permission from the conference president. Marriage Ceremony—In a marriage ceremony the charge, vows, and declaration of marriage are given only by an ordained pastor except in those areas where division committees have approved that selected licensed or commissioned pastors who have been ordained as local elders may perform the ceremony.
An ordained pastor, a licensed or commissioned pastor, or an elder may deliver the sermonette, offer the prayer, and give the blessing. See Notes, 1, p. To Foster Tithing—By faithfully returning tithe, elders do much to encourage other members to return a faithful tithe. Elders can foster tithing by public presentation of the scriptural privilege and responsibility of stewardship and by personal labor with members in a tactful and helpful manner. Elders should regard all financial matters pertaining to members as confidential and shall not give such information to unauthorized persons.
To Foster Bible Study, Prayer, and a Relationship With Jesus— As spiritual leaders, elders are responsible for encouraging members to develop a personal relationship with Jesus by strengthening their habits of personal Bible study and prayer. Elders should model a commitment to Bible study and prayer. Elders may ask the board to appoint a council to assist in this role of development and encouragement. To Foster All Lines of Work—Under and in cooperation with the pastor, elders are spiritual leaders of the church and are responsible for fostering all departments and activities of the work.
Elders should maintain a mutually helpful relationship with other officers. To Cooperate With the Conference—The pastor, elders, and all officers should cooperate with conference officers and departmental directors in carrying out approved plans. They should inform the church of all regular and special offerings, promote all the programs and activities of the church, and encourage all officers to support conference plans and policies.
Elders should work closely with the treasurer and see that all conference funds are remitted promptly to the conference treasurer at the time established by the conference. Elders should regard all correspondence from the conference office as important. Letters calling for announcements should be presented at the proper time. In the absence of the pastor, the first elder see p.
To Foster Worldwide Work—Elders also should foster world mission work by carefully studying the worldwide work and encouraging members to personally support mission work. Their kindly, tactful attitude will encourage liberality of members both in church services and Sabbath School. Training and Equipping of Elders—The Ministerial Association, in cooperation with the departments, promotes the training and equipping of elders. However, the pastor has the primary responsibility for training elders.
See Notes, 2, p.
Free to Work Effectively—Elders especially should be left free of other burdens to perform effectively their many duties. It may be advisable in some cases to ask elders to lead the outreach missionary work of the church, but even this should be avoided if other talent is available.
First Elder—It may be advisable, because of church size, to choose more than one elder because the burdens of the office are too great for one person. Deacons The New Testament identifies the office of deacon with the Greek word diakonos. A request should be made to the conference president for an ordained pastor to preside at such meetings. Only the board may recommend that the church vote to receive or remove members. This is done only by vote of the church. If the church leader is unable to lead out in the business meeting.
Their qualifications. On the contrary. A leader. These officers gave careful consideration to individual needs as well as to the general financial interests. See Acts 6: The leader must either conduct the church service or arrange for someone else to do so. Church Leaders Occasionally no one possesses the experience and qualifications to serve as an elder.
It is not in the order of God that such men should be appealed to for the adjustment of minor matters that others are well qualified to handle. The pastor may give a brief outline of the biblical office of deacon. Today appointment of deacons through election brings similar blessings in church administration by relieving pastors. When the term for which they were elected expires. The Ministerial Association.
Elders subsequently elected as deacons need not be ordained as deacons because ordination as elder covers this office. Such a body provides a way to distribute responsibility and coordinate their contributions to the well-being of the congregation.
After a short exhortation to faithfulness in service. The sacred rite of ordination should be characterized by simplicity and performed in the presence of the church. See Notes. If they retain church membership.
It also provides a training ground where new deacons are instructed in their duties. Deacons Must Be Ordained—Newly elected deacons cannot fill their office until they have been ordained by an ordained pastor currently credentialed by the conference.
They also cooperate with the pastor and elders for smooth functioning of all meetings. After the service they see that the utensils and linen are washed and properly stored. Money should be provided for this work from the fund for the poor and needy. Preparation for Baptismal Services—Deacons make necessary preparations for baptismal services.
Visitation of Members—In many churches visitation is arranged by distributing membership by districts and assigning a deacon to each district with the expectation that he will visit each home at least once a quarter.
Assistance at Communion Service— At the service of foot-washing. If a church has no one authorized to perform such duties. Care of the Sick and Aiding the Poor and Unfortunate—Deacons and deaconesses are charged with assisting the sick.
Assistance at Services and Meetings—Deacons are usually responsible for welcoming members and visitors as they enter the church and for assisting them.
Remaining bread and wine should not be consumed. Care and Maintenance of Property—In churches where the responsibility for the care and maintenance of church property is not assigned to a building committee.
Duties of Deacons—The work of deacons involves a wide range of services for the church. Deaconesses should be chosen for their consecration and other qualifications that fit them for the duties of the office. Deaconesses Not Authorized to Preside—Deaconesses are not authorized to preside at any of the services of the church or business meetings and cannot perform the marriage ceremony or officiate at the reception or transfer of members.
Ordination Service for Deaconesses—Such a service. It also provides a training ground where new deaconesses are instructed in their duties. The ordination service should be characterized by simplicity and performed in the presence of the church. This board is authorized to assign duties to individual deaconesses and cooperates closely with the board of deacons.
Greeting and Visiting Guests and Members—In many churches. Deaconesses assist in the service of foot-washing. Robes of suitable material should be provided. Arrangements for the Communion Service—Deaconesses and deacons arrange for everything needed for this service and see that everything used is cared for afterward. Where robes are used. Large churches may elect assistant clerks as needed.
No Names Added or Removed Without Vote—The clerk has no authority to add names to or remove names from the membership record without a vote of the church. Before the communion service begins.
When the clerk. The Care of the Sick and the Poor—Deaconesses assist deacons in caring for the sick. Assistance at Baptisms—Deaconesses ensure that female candidates are cared for both before and after the ceremony. Clerk Much of the efficient functioning of the church depends on the work of the clerk. They also give such counsel and help as may be necessary regarding suitable garments for baptism.
Because of the important and specialized functions of this office. Notice of Delegates for Conference Sessions—The clerk. The clerk collects information for these reports from the other officers and department leaders.
Large churches may elect assistant treasurers as needed. It is essential that reports be sent to the conference secretary within the time specified because they are important for the accuracy of reports prepared by other organizations of the world Church.
All records and account books of all officers are the property of the church and are to be surrendered to the newly elected clerk at the expiration of the term of office of the previous clerk. Transferring Members—The clerk handles correspondence between members and churches in the transferring of memberships. Treasurer Because of the important functions of the treasurer. The treasurer can greatly encourage faithfulness in the returning of tithe and deepen the spirit of liberality on the part of the members.
Reports to Be Furnished Promptly—The clerk must promptly furnish reports requested by the conference. Some are quarterly. When a member submits a written request to the church board to be removed from membership. Church Records—The clerk keeps church records. A word of counsel given in the spirit of the Master will help members to render. Corresponding With Members—The clerk should try to keep in touch with absent members.
Surplus church funds may be deposited in savings accounts upon authorization of the board. These funds belong to the local church and are disbursed by the treasurer only by authorization of the board or business meeting. All church bank accounts are exclusively for church funds and are never to be combined with any personal account or funds.
All funds conference. These include 1 conference funds. Where large balances are carried for building or special projects.
Local Church Funds—Local church funds include church expense. Treasurer the Custodian of All Funds—The treasurer is the custodian of all church funds.
These mission funds are transmitted to the conference office as outlined in the previous paragraph. The church may not borrow. At the close of each month. Sabbath School expense funds are held in trust. Such accounts. Sabbath School Funds—All Sabbath School offerings are to be passed over weekly to the treasurer by the Sabbath School secretary- treasurer.
Conference Funds—Conference funds. Members should list the various items and amounts on the envelope as indicated and. On receiving money from the treasurer. Money for Personal Literature Orders—Money for personal orders of literature. They may be disbursed only by order of the auxiliary organization to which they belong. All offerings and gifts contributed by individuals for a specific fund or purpose must be used for that purpose.
The treasurer shall give receipts for all funds received. Sabbath School expense. Adventist Community Services or Dorcas Society. Adventist Youth Ministries. All money received by and for these organizations is turned over promptly to the church treasurer by the secretary of the organization. When an auxiliary organization is discontinued. Such funds are held in trust by the treasurer. Proper Method for Payment of Money by Members—The treasurer should urge that all money paid in by members.
The funds of auxiliary organizations. Safeguarding the Purpose of Funds—When an offering is taken for worldwide missions or for any general or local enterprise. These funds belong to the auxiliary organizations of the church. Neither the treasurer nor the board has the authority to divert any funds from the objective for which they were given.
They should also sign their names and give their addresses. Members who return their tithes and offerings by check or postal notes should. All general offerings not in envelopes should be counted by the treasurer in the presence of another officer. A copy of these reports should be given to the leading officers. Reports of all funds received and disbursed should be presented at the regular business meetings of the church.
Proper Method of Remitting Funds to the Conference—In sending remittances to the conference treasurer. Books Should Be Audited—The conference treasurer.
Remittance blanks are furnished by the conference. Preservation of Financial Documents—Financial documents. Receipts to Members—Receipts should be issued promptly for all money received from members. Relations With Members Confidential—The treasurer should always remember that relations with individual members are strictly confidential. This person is a member of the board and the personal ministries council and works directly with the pastor and chairperson of that council.
Departments and Other Organizations Church structure. Assisting the pastor and chairperson of the personal ministries council in enlisting and recruiting qualified members for follow-up service. The most important elements of structure and organization are the officers see pp.
Keeping an organized list of all interests received by the church. Presenting to the board a monthly report on the number of interests received and followed up. It is the skeleton of the ecclesiastical body. The work of the departments and auxiliary organizations is closely tied to the work of the pastor because all are equally engaged in gospel outreach. Duties of this office include: The treasurer should never comment on the tithe returned by any member or on the income or anything concerning it.
Great harm may be caused by failure to observe this rule. This section describes their objectives. When an interest is sufficiently developed. The pastor serves as a counselor to these organizations. If properly instructed. The lessons that the child learns during the first seven years of life have more to do with forming his character than all that it learns in future years.
It seeks to provide multiple ministries that will lead children to Jesus and disciple them in their daily walk with Him. Jesus is drawing the children. Suffer them to come. The little children may be Christians.
In case of emergency. It cooperates with the Sabbath School and other departments to provide religious education to children and fulfills its mission by developing a variety of grace-oriented ministries for children that are inclusive. They need to be educated in spiritual things. They will come if you do not hinder them. Every church should utilize the services of the departments and organizations to nurture its members and accomplish the mission given by Christ see Matt.
He was speaking to His followers in all ages—to officers of the church. Adventist Junior Youth leaders. Neighborhood Bible Clubs. The coordinator should have leadership ability as well as experience and passion for working with children.
The committee should consist of individuals with interest and experience in working with children. Vacation Bible School leader.
Communication Secretary—The communication secretary should have the ability to meet people and rightly represent the Church. Let the press be utilized.
Some of the methods used in this work will be different from the methods used in the work in the past. Communication Communication ministry calls for the support of every layperson. Ordinarily the members include Sabbath School division leaders. Vacation Bible Schools. Local church leaders should consult with the conference. Everyone involved in work with children must meet Church and legal standards and requirements.
The church should elect a communication secretary and. Church employee. The communication department promotes the use of a sound program of public relations and all contemporary communication techniques.
The source. Any department or organization may appoint an individual to provide the communication secretary or committee with information about newsworthy events. Meetings of the central committee would be called and presided over by a chairperson selected by the group.
If there is a nearby Church institution. The establishment of this committee would be initiated by the conference communication director.
Central Communication Committee—If several churches in an area arrange for a central communication committee. Communication Committee—In a large church a communication committee may more adequately handle the many facets of the public relations and communication program. Members of the committee may be assigned specific communication responsibilities. The church elects the committee.
The conference communication department provides appropriate instruction and help to communication secretaries. To give continuity. All shall be members of the church.
The secretary is a member of the Home and School Association executive committee and works in cooperation with the association.
Division working policies explain the functions of school boards. Home and School Association officers shall be a leader. The principal is an ex officio member of the Home and School Association committee. They should believe in and be willing to follow denominational educational policies and recommendations. Parents of students. School board members should be chosen for their consecration. The secretary-treasurer keeps the records of the association and reports to the director of the conference education department at the beginning and end of each school year.
The leader of the association shall be a member with success in training children. Thus this body may be a separate school board. Church School Board—The administrative body of every elementary primary school and junior academy partial high school operated by one church shall be a church school board elected by the church or a school committee appointed by the church board. The principal of the school generally is appointed secretary of the board.
One or more members of the school board should be chosen from among the members of the church board. At its first meeting after its election. The school board or school committee should meet at a regular time and place at least once each month during the school year. The school board officers shall be a chairperson and a secretary. The pastor should be a member of the school board. The chairperson is a member ex officio of the. The school board chairperson calls meetings.
If the school is operated by one church. When a midterm vacancy is filled. In junior academies and elementary schools. Where a separate school board is elected. The purpose of this plan is to have a nucleus of experienced members on the board to ensure a continuity of policy.
In multiconstituent school boards. In the event that agreement between the churches is not possible. If the school is operated by more than one church. Some members of the board may be parents of children attending the school.
Any action of a multiconstituent school board that involves the supporting churches in financial obligations must be submitted to their respective boards for approval. By many this home field has been shamefully neglected. It fosters reconciliation between the generations promised in the Elijah message of Malachi 4: At the same time.
The secretary keeps a permanent record of meetings. Ministry to families also gives attention to the special needs of single parents and stepfamilies and provides instruction in family-to-family evangelism. The family was established by divine creation with marriage at its center.
As the primary setting in which values are learned and the capacity for close relationships with God and others is developed. Relational growth opportunities are provided through family life education and enrichment.
Ministry to families in the local church focuses on premarital guidance for couples. The department facilitates understanding. There is no missionary field more important than this. In a multiconstituent board. Family Ministries The objective of family ministries is to strengthen marriage and the family. Where one church operates a school. Resources—For family ministries resources. Christian homes. The leader s also must maintain appropriate confidentiality and know when and how to encourage individuals in critical situations to seek professional counseling.
Where possible. Family Ministries Committee—The board may establish a family ministries committee chaired by the family ministries leader s. The leader should be able to screen programs and information that are. Health Ministries The Church believes its responsibility to make Christ known to the world includes a moral obligation to preserve human dignity by promoting optimal levels of physical. Health Ministries Leader—For planning and implementing an efficient program.
In addition to ministering to those who are ill. In order to be effective. Family Ministries Leader s —An individual or married couple see pp. Far more powerful than any sermon that can be preached is the influence of a true home upon human hearts and lives. They should model strong and growing family relationships and exhibit a sincere interest in fostering the well-being of all families.
Health Ministries or Temperance Society—In some areas a health ministries or temperance society may be established as a separate entity distinct from Church organizations. The conference health ministries director should be involved in establishing such an entity. Resources—For health ministries resources. If not serving as chairperson.
Secular music or that of a questionable nature should never be introduced into our services. The council. Health Ministries Council—Where practical. The music leader is under the direction of the pastor or elders and does not work.
Music leaders should work closely with the pastor or elders in order that musical selections harmonize with the sermon theme. Music Selecting Music Coordinators—The church should take great care in selecting music leaders. Religious Liberty Leader—The elected religious liberty leader cooperates with both the pastor and the conference or union PARL department.
They should be members of the church. Churches may have multiple choirs. Choir robes are optional. The pastor or an elder is the chairperson. The music leader should counsel with them about the music to be rendered and the selection of singers and musicians. The church must exercise care in selecting choir members and other musicians who will rightly represent Church principles. Selecting Musicians—Sacred music is an important part of public worship.
Religious Liberty Associations—Each church is considered an informal religious liberty association. The leader should be of positive spiritual influence. Because they occupy a conspicuous place in church services. The publishing ministries coordinator chairs the council. Publishing Ministries Coordinator—The church elects a publishing ministries coordinator to provide leadership in literature evangelism activities. It assists other departments in the promotion.
Resources—For publishing ministries resources. Members should have interest and experience in literature evangelism. Publishing Ministries Council—The board appoints the publishing ministries council. The mission of publishing ministries is evangelism and the nurture of church members.