- Our faith or denomination, it is a union of Christian persons to create Eric Michel Ministries International partnership or association and should be seen as a Non-denominational or an Interdenominational movement in the Christian faith.
- Each New Church, Ministry, Fellowship or any other non-profit organization under Eric Michel Ministries International have the choice of professing the faith of their choice to be: Complete Orthodoxy as Christian Fundamentalist, keeping in mind that EMMI Canada is Liberal and Progressive
- Eric Michel Ministries International of an independent church can choose their own ecclesiastic structure, may have a Bishop or Not, may use civilian clothes or not, have its own way to distribute sacraments.
Eric Michel Ministries International respond to the House Of Bishop, but they do not use the EMMI hierarchy Archbishop, bishops, ministers etc., and they are ruled by their own Board Of Elders who are an integrated member of the Symposium on the annual budget, written financial statements, and any other matter affecting Eric Michel Ministries International responsibilities.
Eric Michel Ministries International are under the overseer of the Regional Bishop or Dean who is a direct member of Eric Michel Ministries International Board Of Elders.
CL201505-2 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. Very Reverend
The Regional Bishop or Dean is next in precedence after the EMMI Board Of Elders. At the request of the board, the dean represents EMMI at meetings or activities in the local church or in the wider community.
- Providing EMMI 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 the 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
- Ensuring that the statistical returns from EMMI are forwarded to the Canadian HQ 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 Canadian HQ EMMI Board Of Elders on these matters.
- Assisting the Minister in performing duties;
- Performing other duties as required from time to time.
- The Regional Bishop or Dean have total authority over any churches, boards, ministers
Pastoral activities which could constitute agenda items for EMMI:
- instruction in the full range of the faith and formation
- programs promoting gospel values, including issues of social justice
- responsibilities to people with special needs
- education of children and young adults
- Social and Pastoral outreach and evangelization
- programs of sacramental life and preparation
- promotion of Eucharistic devotion
- inculcation of prayer life
- effective participation in the liturgy and Spirituality
- acquaintance with members
- welcoming of newcomers
- home visiting
- efforts at building community motivation of the spiritual work efforts of special care for the sick and doing
- tangible concern for the poor, the afflicted, the lonely, the exiled
- promotion of the lay apostolate
- strengthening stewardship activities
- outreach to and the inclusion of youth and young adults in the life of the Church
- Marriage and Family
- Life Vocations and Missionary Causes
- Faith and Culture
- Ecumenical and Inter-religious Cooperation
- Stewardship and TalentChurch Activities and Event
The Essential Elements of Church Life: Worship
- Sunday Eucharist
Board Of Elders is traditionally be responsible for maintenance of buildings and keeping records, but today they are vital to mission and ministry, caring for both church and Minister. It is a post that is challenging as well as regarding who can be an Elder?
To be elected to office as Elder, a person must be: at least 18 years of age according to state law; on the active membership list someone who has received Holy Communion at least three times in the previous twelve months.
People who are disqualified from serving: people disqualified from acting as a trustee, those who have been declared bankrupt or who have a criminal conviction for dishonesty or deception; people who have a criminal conviction under the Children and Young Persons; people who have been party to a breakdown of Ministry relationships.
CL201705 of Code of Canon Law
Councils: in this nomenclature the Councils equal the Local Board Of Elders of any EMMI Church Members.
In each Autonome Church, to the extent that circumstances recommend it, a Board Of Elders is to be established whose responsibility it is to investigate under the authority of the Regional Bishop or Dean all those things which pertain to the works, to ponder them and to propose practical conclusions about them.
CL201705.01 Code legislates Ministry councils.
It states that If the Regional Bishop or 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 Bishop or Dean. In Churches, the council arose in the era of lay participation in Ministry decisionmaking. 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 takes on to themselves the full financing of their work and this should include their part of the cost of 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 to the EMMI towards the costs of a number of services that are administered at the 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 level, the President Bishop Council serves
General Synod, organizes clergy training and provides numerous specialist support services to the EMM and churches. It is funded by contributions from the local churches
CL008.5 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
Other elements can be found in affiliates