THE CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS OF GREAT LIGHT HEALING MINISTRIES INT’L: CITY OF FAITH
Certificate of Incorporation No. S-0058742
Business Number: 846187086RR0001
THIS DOCUMENT details the amendment of Articles contained in both The Constitution and The Bylaws of the Ministry, effective of January 17, 2020.
- THE CONSTITUTION
Article 1: Purposes of The Ministry
The Purposes of the Ministry are to:
- Preach and advance the teachings of the Christian faith and the religious tenets, doctrines and observances associated with that faith;
- Relieve poverty by providing basic amenities, including food, clothing and shelter to person in need;
- To gift funds to qualified donees as defined in subsection 149.1(1) of the Income Tax Act (Canada).
- Other purposes, programs and services that meet the need of the members and the community as long as they fall within the Mandate of the Ministry as well as they satisfy CRA/Tax Act regulations.
Article 2: Purpose, Vision, Mission Statements & Motto
A) Purpose Statement:
To correct the sins of the believers to become the very embodiments of the vision, mission, motto & core values and to become pleasing to God The Father, by knowing the only true way, Jesus Christ. Like Jesus said, “I am The Way, The Truth and The Life; No one comes to The Father except through Me.” (John 14:6). Jesus also said, “I am the Gate; whoever enters through Me will be saved. They will come in and go out and find pasture.” (John 10:9) “…by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain…Father.” (Hebrews 10:20)
B) Vision Statement:
“Raising a people that will please God through The Word of Faith, and taking the healing power of God all across the globe”
C) The Mission Statement:
Teaching believers how to understand the dos and don’ts of the Kingdom so that they can maintain a genuine, God-fearing relationship with God, while learning how to have the power of God over satanic oppressions.
D) The Motto:
“Take a step of faith and let Jesus Christ walk the miles for you.” Everything about our life in this Kingdom is all about faith. We take that step of faith then believe and receive God’s Word (via His vessels, The Scriptures or testimonies of others) all by faith (Hebrews 11:1-6). It is the moment “Looking unto Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith…” (Hebrews 12:2). We are also reminded in 2 Chronicles 20:20 that we should “Believe the Lord your God so ye shall be established; believe His prophets, so shall ye prosper….” You trust Jesus Christ to help you every step of the way, but that first step is taken by you, not Jesus.
Article 3: Statement of Faith
Statement of Faith/Beliefs
- We believe that God is the Author of this Ministry and that His plans and purposes for His people can only be actualized through vessels called, chosen and ordained to minister to people facing various kinds of troubles in life (Hebrews 12:2).
- We believe that God manifests Himself in three (3) ways: God The Father, God The Son (Jesus Christ), and God The Holy Spirit (working through men). The Trinity is how God reveals Himself to us (John 1:14).
- We believe that He speaks through His chosen and ordained vessels to make His desires and plans known to His people (1 Sam. 3; 2 Chron. 20:20; Jer. 1:4; 2:1).
- We believe that our Head Pastor (Founding Minister) is a Prophet of God who is a called, chosen and ordained by Jesus Christ to achieve specific purposes in this generation for God (2 Chronicles 20:20).
- We believe that God speaks through him and shows him things, usually difficult conditions that need immediate resolutions, through the prophetic spirit (Holy Spirit). Evidence of this spirit is always at work in his services (Ez. 37 & 47; Jer. 1:11-12).
- We believe in the 10 Commandments, Scriptures written by the Prophets and the Apostles and all the accounts of Jesus Christ (Exodus 20:1-2).
- We believe in delightsome obedience to The Word of God (prophecies, Scriptures, word of knowledge and wisdom from the Prophet Abraham Jones (Rom. 1:5; 16:26; Deut. 28:1-56).
- We believe in The Bible as The Holy Scriptures and that we must align our lives with it in order to see the glory of God in our lives (1 Thessalonians 2:13).
- We believe in faith practice (Heb. 6:12; Heb. 11:1-41). Faith is the core foundation of this Ministry; thus, it is called “City of Faith,” therefore every child of God or believer of Jesus Christ can only please God through The Word of Faith practice (James 2:14-26).
- We believe in faithfulness in all things (Matthew 25:20-24) like The Parable of The Talents.
- We believe in Jesus Christ as The Son of God and The Only True Way, The Truth and The Life (John 14:6).
- We believe in holiness and righteousness (Psalm 23:3; Gen. 15:6; Prov. 21:21). He that follows after righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honour (Prov. 10:2).
- We believe in unity and loving kindness: Bearing each other’s burdens and sharing in their joy (Galatians 6:2).
- We believe in godliness: 2 Cor. 7:1-4; 1 Tim. 3:16; 1 Tim. 4:7-8.
- We believe in repentance to get back to God when we fall off the track. We understand that no one is infallible, and that room should be made to accommodate each other’s weaknesses/struggles while focusing on their strengths. Therefore, when one of us fall, we should help them get up and encourage them to repent for God’s forgiveness while we forgive them first (Luke 5:32; Mark 1:4; Luke 3:3; Luke 24:47; Acts 13:24; 2 Cor. 2; 7:10; 2 Tim. 2:25; Luke 15:7; 2 Chron. 7:14; Prov. 16:18).
- We believe in the faith within the bodies of Jesus Christ. No matter the denomination, every follower or believer of Jesus Christ is our brethren and therefore viewed as one of us no matter the location. The love of God is boundless and knows no geographical location. He is the God of all. We are all one family in Christ Jesus. Amen. Our belief in the unity in Christ is exactly what Psalm 133:1-5 states, “Behold how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity…. “
- We believe in the acquisition of knowledge and wisdom from God’s Servants. Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for the lack of knowledge,” and “faith comes by hearing and hearing of the Word of God” (Rom. 10:17-21). It is through the continuous teachings and the hearing of God’s Word that we can know more of and about God, to help deal with the issues of our lives in a much easier way.
- We believe in dedication and commitment to each other, to God and His Prophet, Pastor Abraham Jones. The Word of God taught in this Ministry by The Prophet of God is all focused on how dedication and commitment bring about God’s blessings in our lives (personal, familial and professional).
- We believe in loyalty and dependability and kingdom stewardship. We believe that it is not only the responsibility of The Priest to invest his time, efforts and resources into the furtherance of The Gospel of Christ Jesus and building and maintenance of God’s Temple; rather, it is the responsibility of every believer of Jesus Christ under this Ministry. Also, participation in various activities, programs and services serve as a stronghold for membership and ownership. We encourage everyone to be involved so that we receive corporate blessings for our labour in the Vineyard of Christ.
- We believe in Holy Matrimony. Marriage is honourable, a bed undefiled (Hebrews 13:4). We believe in the sanctity of marriage and that it is God who ordains marriages that exist between a man and woman, and their offspring is viewed as the fruits of their relationship. However, we do not turn away anyone who conceives and gives birth out of wedlock. We accept couples living in common law or dating, provided that they are willing to respect our principles around marriage as found in The Bible (Gen. 2:24; Eph. 5:25).
- We believe in forgiveness, forbearance and reconciliation. We believe that forgiveness is the bedrock of true love. Love without forgiveness is fake. Jesus Christ Himself views forgiveness as the foundation of every true relationship and does not take it lightly when people do not forgive each other (Matthew 6:14). Bearing one another’s burden is a true fulfillment of the law of Christ (Colossians 3:13). We believe that it is through reconciliation that we can live together in peace and unity. As followers of Jesus Christ we are given the ministry of reconciliation. We believe in reconciliation through mediation as “To wit that God was reconciling the world to Himself” (2 Cor. 5:11).
- We believe in winning souls for Christ (Matt. 5:16; Luke 4:18-19) and evangelising to the world (Acts 10:38).
- We believe in praise and worship as ways to enter into God’s presence (1 Chronicles 16:23-31). Dancing and singing unto The Lord Our God fuels our faith to receive The Word of God, and we also believe that it makes God happy when He is praised and worshipped (Ps. 150:6; Ps. 100;1-3). We believe that these must be done in the Spirit (John 4:23). “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.”
- We believe in the testimonies/witnessing of His miracles and breakthroughs (Psalm 71:15-18). “Come and hear all you who fear God and I will tell what He has done for my soul” (Ps 66:16). These are such news that we share with everyone to encourage them that Jesus Christ is alive and still doing good to those who believe in Him (Luke 8:39).
- We believe in honouring the people, loving one another and fearing God, and honouring authority and leaders (1 Peter 2:17; Phil. 2:12).
- We believe in salvation of God for all people (Eph. 2:8; John 3:16; Acts 13:47).
- We believe in healing and kingdom prosperity (3 John 1: 2). We believe in the healing power of God through His anointed servants in the manner like Prophet Abraham Jones (Balm of Gilead -Jeremiah 8:22); Malachi 4:2.
- We believe in gratitude to God via thanksgiving to appreciate God for all His good deeds towards us. Jesus Christ healed ten (10) lepers and when only one (1) came back to say, “Thank You” He was disappointed because He expected all of them to return and show gratitude (Luke 17:11-19).
- We believe in giving of our efforts, gifts, talents, time, finances, material and supporting one another (Phil 4:13-16; Luke 7:1-7; Malachi 3:10-18 tithes & offering).
- We believe in emulating Jesus Christ in all our doings such as adopting the Beatitudes in your daily life: Matthew 5:1-12 Jesus Christ said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Article 4: Stakeholders
Our stakeholders are the members (who are educated and believe in our doctrines, values, mission and the vision as whole), partners, affiliates, as well as anyone who gives financially to support the vision of this Ministry. Great Light Healing Ministries Int’l: City of Faith is a global, spiritual-based Ministry with a vision of raising people to please God through The Word of Faith, by which they can experience healing in every aspects of their life.
As a non-denominational Ministry, we have an open arms policy whereby anybody who identifies with Jesus Christ and abide by our teachings and ordinances should be welcomed and supported. As a family-oriented Ministry we value the importance of sharing meals and spending time with each other on various platforms to curb isolation, loneliness and feelings of rejection. This is premised on the fact that loneliness and isolation are the leading causes of mental and other illnesses among people, even believers of Christ.
Article 5: Membership
The Membership Responsibility to The Ministry:
- The membership of the Ministry shall consist of persons who confess faith in The Lord Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Saviour and who give evidence of regeneration by living consistently with their profession and with the views of faith, doctrine and practice of this Ministry, who have been baptised by immersion and who have been received into its membership according to The Bylaws of the Ministry. It will be required that each person who desires membership of the Ministry go through a two (2) day orientation workshop as well a day of knowledge testing. Furthermore, applicants for membership will be required to submit a membership profile in which they understand and agree to abide by and be held accountable for the Ministry’s beliefs, values, vision, positions and policies as outlined in this Constitution and Bylaws. Should disagreement in any of these areas ever occur, members will hold the Ministry and its leadership “harmless.” There will be no appeal to any court.
Article 6: Board of Directors
The Board will consist of three (3) members who are over the age of 18, not filing for bankruptcy, and other conditions listed in The Bylaws. The members must be voted by the Ministry members and with the approval of the Head Pastor. The maximum number of Board members allowed will be no more than five (5) people. Election criteria, being in good standing, duties and responsibilities as well as fiduciary duties are all outlined in The Bylaws including application process.
Article 7: Leadership and Organizational Structure
The offices of the Ministry shall be Head Pastor and elders, authorized to function in areas of ministries or services. The Pastor and directors will constitute The Council of Elders (the “Council”). The head of the Council will be the Head Pastor. There will be one of the directors who will officiate as the “Executive Director” after being voted by the rest of the Council including the Head Pastor. He or she will be responsible for appointing a Treasurer, Clerk, or any administrative (both members and non-members) workers into offices and oversee the daily administrative operation of the Ministry. The Executive Director shall be responsible for contracting jobs, make payments to vendors and contractors and keeping good record of all expenditures of the Ministry. The Executive Director works with accountants, bookkeepers and lawyers of the Ministry to provide services for the Ministry. Alternatively, the Head Pastor can step in to appoint workers, vendors, contractors and administrative employees and support persons for the daily operation of the Ministry. In any event when the Head Pastor or the Executive Director are away, the Council will appoint others from the Ministry or hire someone outside the Ministry to come and preside over these matters until their return. In any event where the Head Pastor appoints another pastor to oversee any of the branches of the Ministry, such an individual would be solely appointed, ordained and prayed for to function by the Head Pastor. The rest of the Council will only provide support and care for the appointee. In calling anyone to become a minister is a spiritually sensitive matter and only the spiritual head, the Head Pastor, will be in the best position to determine and know who is fit and qualified for such a sensitive office.
Membership in the Ministry shall be granted to professing believers in one (1) of three (3) ways:
- To those who have professed faith in Christ and leave credible evidence of their conversion, have been baptized by the authority of the Ministry and have regularly attended meetings of the Ministry for three (3) consecutive months;
- To those who seek to unite with Great Light Healing Ministries Int’l: City of Faith Ministry on the promise of a letter of recommendation from a Ministry of like faith and order, and who’s testimony gives evidence of a genuine conversion;
- To those who seek to unite on a statement of their faith and baptism by a Ministry of like faith and order when a Ministry letter can no longer be obtained, and whose testimony gives evidence of a genuine conversion.
Membership in the Ministry shall be granted to those seeking it only after the Council has examined their spiritual qualifications for membership and approved membership of the individual by a majority vote of the Council.
Membership in the Ministry shall be granted only to those who agree to uphold the doctrines, principles, and practices of the Ministry set forth in its Constitution and Bylaws. Accordingly, all that seek membership in the Ministry shall be given a copy of this Constitution and Bylaws of their review before being received into the Ministry.
The ordained officers of the Ministry shall be the Pastor and the elders. In addition, the Ministry may recognize as leaders those who are within its membership, these leaders are the spiritually mature men and women of the Ministry who, whether ordained or not, have earned the respect of the Ministry by virtue of years of faithful service in The Lord’s work.
The qualifications of all pastors and elders of the Ministry shall always be those of 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:5-9.
The duties of the elders shall be to assist the Pastor by overseeing the temporal affairs of the Ministry according to the example of Acts 6:1-7. While certain men or women elected to the office of elders may also be recognized as elders by virtue of the esteem the Ministry has for them on account of the years of faithful service, should they be unable to fulfill these offices for various reasons, other members, whether men or women, might be elected to serve in these offices. The elders shall be considered servants of the Ministry.
Other offices in the Ministry shall be that of Executive Director, other administrative support employees, Clerk and Treasurer. When possible, these offices should be filled by the rest of the Council since the very office of elder is to serve the Ministry in temporal affairs. However, when elders are unable to fill these offices for various reasons, other members, non-members, whether men or women, may be appointed to serve in these offices.
All officers of the Ministry shall undergo a hiring procedure. They will be interviewed after submitting their resume. They will undergo criminal record check. They will provide professional references as well as personal references. They will sign a contract prepared by the Council, which will entail the officer’s responsibilities and duties, remuneration, if any, and protocols around conflict resolution.
Upon hiring, all officers will submit personal profile, statement of faith, confidentiality covenant, swear an oath of abiding by the vision, values, beliefs and standards/policies of the Ministry before they are appointed. During the term of appointment, each officer shall undergo one (1) year probation with periodic performance review by the Head Pastor, the Executive Director and the rest of Council.
No one should ever be elected to the office of pastor or elder who does not agree to apply the principles, standards, and practices set forth in The Constitution and The Bylaws of the Ministry.
No one should occupy the position of a pastor or an elder who refuses to promote the vision of the Ministry, “Raising a people that will please God through the Word of Faith, and taking the healing power of God all across the globe.”
No one should occupy the position of a pastor or an officer of any of the ministries when that person is not filled with The Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues and with evidence of living an exemplary Christian life as outlined in Galatian 5:18-26 and Acts 6:1-7.
No one should occupy the position of a pastor or an elder who does not meet the qualifications set out in The Bible (1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:5-9).
The Head Pastor shall never be considered an employee of the Ministry. He is the Spiritual Head and Overseer of all pastors, employees and elders who will be appointed in The Lord’s work. The Head Pastor is High Priest of the Ministry and due to his closeness to God, he will serve as the mouthpiece, eyes and ears of God to lead the Ministry in the will of God. While he is answerable to the Ministry for his or her moral conduct and subject to its discipline as any other member is, the Head Pastor is answerable to The Lord Jesus Christ for his or her leadership of and ministry to the Ministry. The Head Pastor does not answer to the elders or any other group of leaders in the Ministry. The termination of the pastorate shall occur when he or she believes that The Lord is leading him or her elsewhere, when his or her health prevents continuing in that office, or when he or she forfeits the right to office and to membership in the Ministry by immoral and unbecoming conduct of a minister of The Lord Jesus Christ. The Head Pastor of the Ministry shall be given contributions towards his or her living expenses by the Ministry from the tithes and offerings of its members. For the purpose of federal accounting purposes, he shall be put on a payroll with benefits. He is free to receive blessings and gifts from any member who wishes to give him something for his hard work. (This Provision is Alterable).
Article 8: Goals of The Ministry
- As God continues to touch the lives of the people, we envision expansion to other parts of the world. We follow the instructions of Jesus Christ encouraging us to take the Gospel to the uttermost parts of the world (Acts 1:8).
- To provide services, apart from the spiritual ministration from the Priest, to ensure that every aspect of their lives experiencing difficulties, are addressed so they can serve God joyfully.
- Raising the youth to become influential yet spirit-filled leaders of our future generation. These ones will continue the furtherance of the work of Jesus Christ.
- Develop and groom people to become disciples of Christ as we continue to expand through other branches of the Ministry.
- Through the teachings of The Man of God as the foundation, equipping people to become captains of industries.
- Giving hope via the teachings of The Prophet of God to the wounded and shattered/depressed so they can have hope to live a life of satisfaction in full assurance of the promises of Christ Jesus.
- To have a dedicated facility and adequate manpower, which will enable us to expand the services and programs we provide to people and the community under a different entity (Community Services Branch).
- To become financially independent of government funding and be able to provide financial support to other charities who are either starting up or need money to sustain and maintain the services to the community, as we are aware that we need other community programs to help us meet most of the needs of our communities.
- To partner with other agencies and organizations to create a unifying force in providing best result-oriented services and programs to people who need it.
- To create a foundation to give scholarships, bursaries, financial awards and support to everyone who falls within the eligibility criteria as set in our mandate/purposes.
- To ensure that every child or adult in our community living with special needs has adequate resources to enable them to live a fulfilling life.
- To ensure that everyone in the community receives the full knowledge and understanding of the purpose and commission of Jesus Christ to the world.
Article 9: Ministry Property
As we continue to expand, we are believing God to provide us with expanse of land where we will build an adequately sized Sanctuary to accommodate our growing number. We also believe God to give us a large space where we will provide social housing, community recreational centre (free for all); educational facilities, special needs centre specializing in programs for both children and adults, youth development centre, immigrant settlement programs, bookstore, library, and centre for all kinds of arts including theatre to entertain families for free. We are also believing God to give us the opportunity to have a cinema dedicated to low income families and individuals, as means to curb isolation, ostracism and loneliness.
Article 10: Revisions & Amendments
Revisions and amendments of this Constitution may be made only in the following manner:
- Any proposed revision, condition or amendment must be submitted in writing to the Head Pastor and The Board of Directors.
- There must be a subsequent meeting in order to allow for adequate discussion of the matter(s). If such meeting allows for discussion and reflection on the matter(s), then a decision may be made;
- If necessary, an optional third meeting may be convened for a decision to be reached on this matter under consideration;
- Any revision, condition or amendment may be made by seventy-five (75%) vote of the members.
Both The Constitution and The Bylaws of the Ministry are updateable and amendable, provided the following criteria are met:
The contents of this Constitution are editable and amendable to serve the vision, mission and core values of the Ministry, Great Light Healing Ministries Int’l: City of Faith while striving to serve the interest of the public. This mandate should be updated on annual basis. However, in order for it to be amended or edited, a Board meeting with no less than 50% of directors present, must be held. The meeting will be between current Board of Directors as well as the Public Relations Committee in order to make changes to this Constitution. Any other means of amendments to this document is illegal and must be considered null and void****
- THE BYLAWS OF THE MINISTRY
Article 1: Ministry Membership
1.1 – General
The members of the Ministry shall consist of the Head Pastor, The Board of Directors, and voting members accepted by The Board as set out in The Constitution and The Bylaws.
1.2 – Candidacy
Any person may offer themselves as candidate for membership in the Ministry as follows:
- By professing of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and scriptural baptism, or;
- By promise of a letter of recommendation from another Ministry of like faith and practice, or;
- A statement of prior conversion, personal conviction about the Christian faith, experience and scriptural baptism in another Ministry of like faith and practice, or;
- By restoration as provided in Article 1.6, or;
- Ready and willing to accept and follow the tenets and the structure of how the Ministry operates;
- Willingness to change from any behaviour that is out of line with The Bible.
1.3 – Member Responsibilities
In order to be a responsible member of the Ministry, members must:
- Be in basic agreement with the Ministry’s statement of faith and purposes; vision
- Successful completion of two (2) days orientation workshop as well a day of knowledge testing.
- Discover, develop and deploy their spiritual gifts as confirmed and ordained by The Man of God, Prophet Abraham (Barry) Jones Suman-Chineye (Head Pastor), in the ministries of the Ministry;
- Be diligent to live according to the statements of The Constitution;
- Be faithful in attendance to all services and activities for a consecutive period of three (3) years with no more than six (6) absences, except for absenteeism due to emergencies, illness and being out of town for other critical reasons;
- Become a student of The Word of God being taught in the Ministry, committed to prayers for self, the Ministry and the work of God;
- Make a commitment to personal evangelism or soul winning and praying for the souls to be established;
- Encourage scriptural stewardship of time, tithes and offerings, and other Biblical ordinances observed by the Ministry.
- Not engage in creating divisions (cliques), confusion, breaking ranks or rubbing shoulders with spiritual authorities and causing anyone to backslide in their faith or walk with God;
- Put in the effort to live a good and acceptable Christian life, like The Lord Jesus, as shown via the lifestyle of the Head Pastor;
- Be diligent to support the vision of the Ministry;
- Not be a party to division by the spreading of rumours and backlashes, whether against the Ministry, the Head Pastor or any of the members;
- Not break any rules set in place that make the Ministry run smoothly;
- Not connive with anyone to cause harm to the Ministry, the Head Pastor or members;
- Be ready to undergo criminal record check and submission of personal profile if wanting to participate in any ministerial services that exposes a person to the Ministry members (children, youth, greeting/ushering, etc.).
- Membership is valid for one year and has to be renewed annually.
1.4 – Voting Responsibilities of Members
- Only active members of the Ministry are entitled to vote on questions submitted to the Ministry in conference. An inactive member is defined as a member whose predominate attendance is at another Ministry, or a member who has not attended the Ministry in four months with exceptions to those members who are home bound due to medical reasons or those in active military duty. Members must be present to vote. Any questions of eligibility will be referred to the Head Pastor.
1.5 – Termination of Membership
Membership shall be terminated in the following ways:
- By death;
- By dismissal by another Ministry;
- By disciplinary action of the Ministry as provided in 1.6.;
- By erasure upon joining with a Ministry of another denomination;
- By personal request of forenamed to be removed from Ministry membership;
- Committing acts that are against The Bible;
- Committing crimes against humanity that might compromise the image of the Ministry, the Head Pastor and members;
- Being found at fault and refusing to repent, or go through with disciplinary measures or make amends;
- Threatening the life of the Head Pastor, his family, or any member of the Ministry;
- Any behaviour that is deemed as a disrespect or dishonour to a Priest, The Head Pastor;
- Carelessly breaking the rules, covenant and operational structure of the Ministry without remorse or recourse;
- Failure to submit a personal profile and undergoing for criminal record check for ministerial services.
Note: Letters of dismissal shall be granted only to other Ministries of like faith and order, and not individual members that question termination of membership.
1.6 – Discipline
- It shall be the basic purpose of the Ministry to emphasize to these members that every reasonable measure will be taken to assist any troubled member. The Head Pastor, members of the Ministry, staff and The Board are available for counsel and guidance. Reconciliation rather than punishment should be the guideline that governs the attitude of one member towards another.
- Should some serious condition exist which would cause the members to become liable to the general welfare of the Ministry, every reasonable measure will be taken by the Head Pastor, and in the absence of the former, the presiding Head Pastor and The Board, to resolve the problem in accordance with Matt. 18:15-35; 1 Cor. 5:1-13; 2 Cor. 2:1-11.
- All such proceedings shall be pervaded by the spirit of Christian kindness and forbearance. If it is determined that the welfare of the Ministry will be best served by exclusion of the member, the Ministry might take this action by seventy-five percent (75%) vote of The Board. However, Ministry members are allowed to make contributions, suggestions, complaints and/or recommendations, and The Board may proceed to declare the offender to no longer be in membership of the Ministry.
- Any person whose membership has been terminated for any condition which has made it necessary for the Ministry to exclude him or her, may upon their request, be restored to membership by recommendation of the Head Pastor and in consultation with The Board and upon evidence of his or her repentance and reformation.
Article 2: Ministry Officers and Ministry Teams
2.1 – Head Pastor
- The Head Pastor is responsible for leading the Ministry to function as a New Testament Ministry. The Head Pastor is the under-shepherd of the Ministry in divine worship, aggressive evangelism, deliberate discipleship and compassionate ministries.
- The Head Pastor must meet the qualifications for office of Head Pastor as set forth in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9.
- The Head Pastor will lead the congregation, the organizations and The Board and the Head Pastoral staff to perform their tasks.
- The Head Pastor shall give at least three (3) months’ notice at the time of resignation before terminating his responsibilities as Head Pastor.
- The Board must approve the appointment of a new Head Pastor by a majority vote of The Board.
- The Head Pastor, thus elected shall serve until the relationship is terminated by the head of The Board.
- Upon the resignation of Head Pastor, a new Head Pastor shall be called according to the processes outlined above.
- The Ministry may declare the office of a Head Pastor vacant. Such actions shall take place at a meeting called for that purpose, of which the membership has been given two (2) weeks’ notice. The meeting may be called upon recommendation by The Board. The senior Head Pastor shall preside at the meeting. An affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of The Board present shall be necessary to declare the office vacant. If membership votes the office back in, the termination of Head Pastoral duties shall be effective immediately upon publication of the results of the vote. The Board and the Head Pastor will recommend to the Ministry for approval a third separation package; in rare cases will be less than 30 days salary beyond that. If the affirmative does not prevail, the same question cannot be presented to the Ministry until the lapse of at least three (3) months from the date of the vote. Any written agreement entered into between the Ministry and the Head Pastor shall be honoured by the Ministry regardless of the nature of termination after the relationship.
2.2 – Ministry Staff
- The Ministry staff shall include both ministerial and non-ministerial staff members. All ministerial staff members shall be recommended to The Board by the Head Pastor. All ministerial staff shall be directly responsible to the Senior Head Pastor.
- At the time of resignation of ministerial staff member, at least four (4) weeks’ notice shall be given to The Board.
- The Board may terminate a ministerial staff member by majority vote of The Board. The termination of the duties shall be effective immediately upon publication of the outcome of the vote. The Board will recommend to the Ministry for approval, a fair separation package; in rare cases will be less than thirty (30) days salary be honoured.
- The Board shall have the authority to employ and terminate approved and budgeted non-ministerial staff members (i.e. Ministry secretary, custodian, maintenance personnel, etc.).
Article 3: The Board of Directors
3.1 – General Duties of The Board of Directors
- The Board of Directors is accountable to the members of The Ministry. It is responsible for managing and supervising the activities and affairs of the Ministry. Generally, the directors are elected by the members, and the members are admitted by The Board (in accordance with the articles and conditions set out in The Bylaws and The Constitution).
- The Board can appoint one (1) of its members to act as a managing director or a number of directors to act as a committee of directors. It can then delegate to the managing director or the committee any of the powers of the directors. Directors are not, in that capacity, trustees for any property of the Ministry, including property held in trust by the Ministry.
3.2 – Allowable Number of Members of Board Directors
- The maximum number of members allowed to sit on The Board of this Ministry is five (5). In any situation where more members are requested to sit on The Board, there has to be a special resolution passed.
3.3 – Qualifications To Be A Director
A director must meet all of the following qualifications:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Not have been declared incapable under the laws of a Canadian province or territory, or by a court in a jurisdiction outside Canada
- Be an individual (that is, an organization cannot be a director)
- Not be in bankrupt status
- Be willing to uphold The Constitution and The Bylaws of The Ministry
- Must be willing to help expand the vision/goals of the Ministry
3.4 – Director Vacancies and Termination of Office
A director’s term ends when he or she:
- is removed from office
- is declared to be incapable by a court
- becomes bankrupt, or
- has his or her term of office expire
3.5 – A Vacancy on The Board
Can arise for a variety of reasons, including:
- a resignation
- the removal of a director by the members
- an increase in the number, or in the minimum or maximum number, of directors provided for in the articles or
- members not electing from among the candidates, the number of directors or the minimum of directors required by the articles, because a candidate:
a) did not consent to act as a director
b) did not meet the qualifications
c) was incapable of serving as a director, or
3.6 – Responsibilities and Liabilities of Directors and Officers
In general, the duties and liabilities reflect the position of trust that directors and officers hold in relation to the Ministry and its members. Under the Income Tax Act, directors are jointly and severally liable to pay employee income tax deductions that the Ministry fails to remit for two (2) years following ceasing to be a director. The following are the common duties of a director while on The Board and serving the Ministry:
A. Standard of Care
Directors are required to exercise at least the level of care, diligence and skill that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in comparable circumstances. They are also required to act honestly, in good faith and in the best interests of the Ministry, rather than in their own personal interest. This is known as an objective standard of care.
In meeting an objective standard of care, directors and officers can rely in good faith on reports prepared by professionals. Directors help provide information for the preparation of financial statements to submit for filing purposes under the Income Tax Act.
B. Duty to Comply
Directors and officers are required to comply with the Charities Act and its regulations, the articles, The Bylaws and any unanimous member agreement. Directors are also subject to additional duties under the Act. For example, directors are required to remain informed about the Ministry’s activities and to ensure the lawfulness of the articles and the purpose of the Ministry.
As part of the role they play, directors bear a degree of financial responsibility for the Ministry. For example, a director who votes for, or consents to a resolution authorizing any of the following, is liable to repay any money or other property so paid or distributed.
In addition, if ever the Ministry encounters financial difficulties, its directors are liable for debts and incurrences of loses.
Below are general duties and responsibilities of a Board Director, while serving Great Light Healing Ministries Int’l: City of Faith and the community:
- Take reasonable care to ensure that the Ministry complies with the CRA provisions for the operation of charitable organizations;
- Determine the Ministry’s mission and purpose as well as editing and updating mandates, Constitution, Bylaws and other covenants;
- Select Ministry staff and supervise their activities and work;
- Provide proper financial oversight to The Ministry;
- Ensure adequate resources are available;
- Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability of the Ministry’s operations;
- Ensure effective organizational planning for the Ministry;
- Recruit and orient new Board members and assess Board performance.
3.7 – Executive Director
- The Executive Director shall be elected by the Head Pastor and The Board to keep a correct record of all proceedings of regular and special business meetings of the Ministry, in a book provided for that purpose.
- He or she shall sign letters of dismissal of members and keep a correct roll of membership; also cooperate in keeping records and papers belonging to the Ministry. He or she may delegate some duties to the Ministry secretary and other paid employees of the Ministry.
3.8 – Treasurer/Secretary
- The Treasurer shall be elected by The Board to serve as a custodian of all monies of the Ministry and disburse these monies by cheques as authorized by the Ministry. He or she shall keep, at all times, an account of all receipts and disbursements and shall render a monthly and annually written report of this account to the Ministry. He or she shall secure ushers to receive offerings given in the regular services as well as secure two (2) other persons to assist in counting any received offerings.
- When the Treasurer position is vacated, an audit of the financial records shall be conducted. An Assistant Treasurer may be elected to aid the Treasurer in performing the duties of his or her position.
Article 4: Ministry Meetings
4.1 – Worship Services
- The Ministry shall meet regularly on Wednesday and Friday evenings and Sunday mornings and afternoons for preaching, instruction, evangelism, and for the worship of Almighty God. Any other Ministry meetings, which will be essential in the promotion of the objectives of the Ministry, shall be placed on the Ministry calendar. These meetings will be open for the entire membership of the Ministry and for all people.
4.2 – Ministry Annual General Meeting (AGM)
- The business of the Ministry shall be conducted through three types of meetings:
a) Annual General Meeting. The Ministry will assemble each year, on or about one month prior to the end of the fiscal year, to review the annual Ministry budget; treasurer’s report; hear reports from any teams, organizations and ministries of the Ministry; conduct miscellaneous business as needed and pray for the Ministry.
b) Regular Meetings. The Ministry may assemble each month, or as often as possible to review treasurer’s reports; hear reports from any teams, organizations, and ministries of the Ministry; conduct miscellaneous business as needed and pray for the Ministry.
c) Special Resolution Conference. The Ministry may assemble for meetings upon the request of the Head Pastor and/or the majority of The Board. Unless the Ministry is without a Head Pastor, a special resolution conference may not be called by the Head Pastor and The Board without giving the Head Pastor reasonable notice. The special resolution conference will be announced at least two (2) weeks prior to the date of the conference through a bulletin, the mail or an announcement from the pulpit.
- The quorum consists of thirty percent (30%) of active members of the Ministry, provided it is a stated meeting or one that has been properly called.
Article 5: Ordinances
5.1 – Baptism
- A person who receives Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour by personal faith, who professes Him publicly at any worship service, and who indicates a commitment to follow Christ as Lord, shall be received for baptism.
- Baptism shall be by immersion in water;
- Baptism shall be administered by the Head Pastor or whomever The Board shall authorize;
- Baptism shall be administered as an act of worship during any service called for that purpose.
5.2 – The Lord’s Supper
- The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the Ministry, through partaking of the bread and fruit of the vine, commemorate the death of Jesus Christ and anticipate His coming.
- The Lord’s Supper shall be observed at least quarterly, preferably the first Sunday of the quarter, or otherwise as scheduled by the Head Pastor.
- The Lords’ Supper shall be observed in the Sunday morning service, or any other service deemed appropriate by the Head Pastor.
- The Board shall be responsible for the administration of The Lord’s Supper.
- The Board shall be responsible for the physical preparation of The Lord’s Supper.
5.3 – Feet Washing Service
- There will be occasional announcements made regarding feet washing service;
- The Head Pastor and his team shall be responsible in preparing for the services;
- The Head Pastor, or his delegate, is responsible for conducting the feet washing ceremony;
- Participation is not mandatory for non-members but as a member of the Ministry; you must participate in all ordinances.
5.4 – Anointing Service
- This is another kind of ordinances that has been practiced in the Bible, both new and old testaments for many years, and we are encouraged believers of Jesus Christ to practice in faith for healing, breakthroughs and deliverance (James 5:14; Isaiah 1027).
- The Head Pastor is responsible in conducting the anointing service;
- Each member is responsible for bringing their own bottle of oil to be blessed and be used in faith;
- Participation is voluntary, but members are encouraged to part take of this ordinance.
Article 6: Amendments
6.1 – Amendments
- It is the responsibility of the Head Pastor and The Board to review The Constitution and The Bylaws, proposing any revisions or adjustments necessary to maintain their effectiveness, and to bring these changes to the Ministry in a General Meeting or Annual General Meeting (AGM).
- These Bylaws may be amended or repealed by the affirmation of two-thirds (2/3) majority of votes cast at a meeting called for that purpose.
- The Ministry membership shall be given two (2) weeks advance notice of the time of such meeting. A copy of the proposed changes shall be made available to members at two (2) consecutive weeks of Sunday morning worship services in advance of the meeting.