Constitution


In the book of the Acts of the Apostles Chapter 1 Verse 23 (Acts 1:23), the Bible tells us that following the crucifixion, all the disciples (about 120 believers) gathered to replace Judas who had betrayed Jesus, and taken his own life. The bible tells us that the disciples nominated two men (Joseph called Barsabbas or Justus, and Matthias). Therefore, the process of nominating candidates to do God’s work has been from the inception of Christianity. But the apostles only had one opening, so they prayed to God for direction, after which they voted. This process led to the election of Matthias as the replacement for the office vacated by Judas.


At the Messiah Family Christian Church (MFCC), our supreme spiritual guide is the Bible. The Bible therefore remains the manual under which all our operations are defined. Like the disciples in the book of Acts 1:23, we have established a constitution to help provide a framework subject to the Bible, under which we must conduct our activities in the physical realm defined by the circular world.


The Messiah Family Christian Church (MFCC) constitution is in no way either a replacement for the spiritual consultation with God, neither is it an alternative to the Bible. It is therefore a direction to augment the scriptures, and prevent members from picking and choosing parts of the scriptures that favor unspiritual lifestyle of operation, while ignoring those contents of the scriptures that chastise spiritual decadence. Instead, the Messiah Family Christian Church (MFCC) constitution is a binding guide to the circular-world operation of the church, and the Church.


Below are the components and the corresponding details of the draft constitution of the Messiah Family Christian Church (MFCC) as revealed by the Most-High thus far. May its continuous development be guided and protected by the blood of Jesus. May it bring structure to God’s church and Church in the mighty name of Jesus our Lord, and personal savior, Who is, and will remain the author and finisher of our faith. Amen.






  1. ARTICLE ONE:
         NAME, OBJECTIVE, AND MOTTO
                    Name
                    Motto
                    Objective
                    What We Believe
  2. ARTICLE TWO:
         STRUCTURE
                    The Global Level
                    The Continental Level
                    The Zonal Level
                    The National Level
                    The Divisional Level
                    The Regional Level
                    The Community Level
  3. ARTICLE THREE:
         SOURCE OF FUNDS
                    Sources
                    Source Levels
                    Funds Disbursment
  4. ARTICLE FOUR:
         MEMBERSHIP
                    Qualification
                    Admission
                    Membership Register
                    Duplication, Cancellation, Suspension, or Withdrawal of Membership
  5. ARTICLE FIVE:
         MANAGEMENT TEAMS
                    Composition of The Management Teams
                    Duties Scope and Limits of Officers
                    Advisory Council
  6. ARTICLE SIX:
         MODUS OPERANDI
                    Meetings
                    Annual Convention
                    Annual State of The Faith
                    Operation Audit
                    Dinomination
                    Evangelism
                    Membership
                    Baptism
                    Discipleship
                    Financial Recording
                    Fundraisng
                    Sunday Woeship Service Structure
                    Midweek Woeship Service Structure
                    Special Services
                    Welcoming Guests
                    Community Principal Coordinator Transfer
                    Decision Making
                    Event or Sermon Schedule
                    Ordination And Leadership Assumption
                    Oppressive Behaviors
  7. ARTICLE SEVEN:
         PROVISIONAL COMMITTEES
                    Intelligence Committee (IC)
                    Enforcement Committee (EC)
                    Event Implementation Committee (EIC)
                    Transition Committee (TC)
                    Audit Committee (EIC)
  8. ARTICLE EIGHT:
         ELECTORAL GUIDLINES
  9. ARTICLE NINE:
         DISCIPLINE
  10. ARTICLE TEN:
         SETTLEMENT OF DISPUTES
  11. ARTICLE ELEVEN:
         SPECIAL CLAUSES
  12. ARTICLE TWELVE:
         COMMENCEMENT, AMENDMENT, AND INTERPRETATION
                    Commencement
                    Amendment
                    Interpretation



ARTICLE ONE

NAME, OBJECTIVE, MOTTO, AND BELIEFS

 


1) NAME:

Herein after referred to as “MFCC”, “MFC”, “MCC”, “ The MFCC”, “The MFC”, “The MCC”, “The organization”, “organization”, the organization shall be named the:

“Messiah Family Christian Church”




2) MOTTO:

The motto of the organization shall be taken from Matthew 11:28:

“… Come unto me, all ye that labor
and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest”




The church shall therefore be referred to as:

“… your place of rest”




3) OBJECTIVES:

The objectives of MFCC shall be the following:

  1. Prepare a people that will make heaven.

  2. Develop disciples for God.

  3. Spiritually present, defend, and emphasize the word of God among men.

  4. Separate faith in God, and God’s blessings from the size of the wallet of the flock, while working diligently to change the trajectory of Christianity today, which seems to tie blessings of the Most-High to financial donations.

  5. Strengthen the relationship between men and God.

  6. Expand the range of opportunities available to Christians in their pursuit of God, Heaven, and happiness on Earth.
  7. Encourage the smooth flow of the Word of God using modern means.

  8. Publish music, videos, websites, computing applications, books, booklets, newspapers, journals, magazines, pamphlets, periodicals etc. with aim of encouraging Christians to engage in activities aligned with the Bible, and the MFCC constitution.

  9. Encourage peace among all by facilitating the engagement of Christians in local and global social processes.

  10. Sponsor and/or support activities and/or programs with objectives agreeing with those of MFCC.




4) WHAT WE BELIEVE:



  1. God:
    There is only one God. We believe that all that was, is, and to come are of, from and by only one God, who is alive and not a statue, with existence in the trinity (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit) in one single supreme being. This trinity all appeared at the same time in the baptism of Jesus in Matthew 3:13-17: The voice from Heaven as the Father, Jesus Christ coming out of the water as the Son, and Spirit of God descending like a dove as the Holy Spirit. Though God created the seasons, He never changes: He is therefore the same yesterday, today, and forever.

  2. Bible:
    We believe the entirety of the Bible. The Bible in its entirety is strictly the word of God. God breathed out the contents of the scriptures to humans who reproduced it without deviation from the direction of God. To ensure authenticity, God passed this message across several generations, gender, and people from various works of life.

  3. Creation:
    All of creation was done entirely, with a purpose, and solely by God, as detailed in the book of Genesis.

  4. Man:
    Was made after the image of God (in His very likeness). Therefore, God is not a statue. Following the creation of man, God placed them in the garden of Eden, and gave them all but two (knowledge and life) of the contents of the beautiful garden. But man fell by partaking in one (knowledge) of the two contents for which he was instructed not to partake. This sin created a distance between God and man (God’s most beloved creation), and led to man being banished from Eden, the garden of perfection. Genesis 3.

  5. Protoevangelium:
    Following the fall of man, because of His love for man to whom He has given His creation, God put a plan in place for the redemption of man. Genesis 3:15. By creating war between man/generations of men and the serpent/generations of the serpent, God opens a door for the redemption of men in display of His commitment (2 Corinthians 12:15) and love for man (John 3:16)

  6. The Father:
    The first of the trinity in God. We believe He is the only true living God. Who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Integral to our faith in Him, is His everlasting self, Who was before, is now, and will continue to remain infinitely.

  7. Jesus:
    Jesus is our Lord. The one and only true son of God who Himself is God. The only Lord, and our personal savior, who shed His blood on the cross of Calvary to set us free. He is alive and sits on the thrown on the right hand of the Father, acting as intercessor for us/those who trust in Him. We believe He came to Earth, though God, but in the form of man. He was crucified, died, and resurrected to Heaven on the third day in fulfilment of the prophecy.

  8. Holy Spirit:
    We believe in the Holy spirit. The third of the trinity of God. Brings comfort, talents, guides etc.

  9. The Great Commission:
    This is the foundation of the Messiah Family Christian Church. Following resurrection, Jesus appeared to 11 of His disciples in Galilee, and instructed them to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:16-20).

  10. Baptism:
    We believe in the baptism by water and the Holy Spirit as an integral part of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20). It is required by God to be able to do His work (Matthew 3:15).

  11. Rapture:
    We believe, that according to 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Jesus Christ will return for us (both living and dead) who believe in Him and the power of His resurrection, with a commanding shout, and make us immortal, and then take us to the Father forever.

  12. Heaven:
    This is real, and is the ultimate destination for us, as long as we believe in Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith

  13. Hell:
    This is also real. It is the lake of fire that all who continue to disregard the direction of God will end up forever, along with the devil.

  14. Cash For Blessings:
    While we hold no grudge against anyone who decides by personal conviction or is led by the Holy Spirit to give to the work of God, or directly to a spiritual leader, we are opposed to any form of luring of the flock leading to giving (2 Corinthians 9:7). It is satanic to lure(Genesis 3:1, Matthew 4:1-11, Amos 3:5, Judges 16:5, Acts 20:29, Jeremiah 23:16, Ezekiel 13:9, Acts 20:28). This is grounds for dismissal of any spiritual leader at any level of MFCC who engages in such, either directly or by proxy. It is also sinful to allow oneself to be so allured (Genesis 3”1-15, 2 Timothy 4:3-4). He who waits to be told to, or falsely led by mere mortals to give to the work of God (when with knowledge of the value in giving) is just as much in sin as the person that performs the luring.











ARTICLE TWO

STRUCTURE


The organization shall have seven (7) levels as follows:



  1. The Global Level
  2. The Continental Level
  3. The Zonal Level
  4. National Level
  5. The Divisional Level
  6. The Regional Level
  7. The Community Level


A) The Global Level:


MFCC shall maintain a Global Headquarters, which shall manage all its global activities through the Global Coordination Team (GCT) comprised of heads of the Continental Coordination Teams (CCT). It shall also directly co-ordinate the activities of the NCT(s) in continents where the national levels are less than four.



B) The Continental Level:


This shall be established in continents with four or more national levels. It shall co-ordinate the activities of the Zonal levels within its corresponding continent and shall be managed by a Continental Coordination Team (CCT), which will be managed by the Global Coordination Team (GCT).



C) The Zonal Level:


The Zonal Level shall be formed to co-ordinate the activities of specific groups of divisions. there shall be a maximum of three (3 – North, Central, and South) Zones within a continent, and shall be formed when four or more national levels exist within a continent. Each shall contain geographically linked national levels, and attempts must be made to ensure a balance in national levels or overall population of membership. This level shall be managed by a Zonal Coordination Team (ZCT), which shall be coordinated by a Continental Coordination Team (CCT) of the corresponding continent. In continents where less than four (4) national levels exist, the coordination of the national levels shall be managed by the corresponding CCT. All Zonal levels must be setup within directly connected geographical Divisions. The ZCT shall coordinate the activities of the Divisions countries where less than four (4) Divisions exist.



D) The National Level:


This shall be established in possibly every country in the world where four (4) or more district levels exist. It shall co-ordinate the organization’s activities nationally, and shall be managed by a National Coordination Team (NCT). A group of national levels within the same zone shall be coordinated by the corresponding ZCT. The GCT shall coordinate the activities of the NCT in continents with less than four (4) NCTs. Otherwise the ZCTs shall coordinate NCTs within the same continental zones.



E) The Divisional Level:


This shall be established in every state/province or similar geographic coverage of every country, and shall comprise of a maximum of three (3) geographical Regional levels. it shall be managed by a Divisional Coordination Team (DCT), which shall be coordinated by a national Coordination Team (NCT). Where less than four Divisions exist in a country, the activities of the DCT shall be directly overseen by the ZCT. The Division level shall be established in states/provinces with at least (4) community levels.



F) The Regional Level:


This shall be established in every state/province or similar geographic coverage of every country, and shall comprise of a minimum of four (4) Community levels, with no maximum. it shall be managed by a Regional Coordination Team (RCT). The activities of a group of Regions shall be coordinated by the corresponding DCT. The regional level shall comprise of leaders from the Community Coordination Team (COMCT), and shall manage the activities of its constituent COMCT in states/provinces with four (4) or more COMCTs. The activities of states/provinces with three (3) or less COMCTs shall be managed directly by the corresponding ZCT.



G) The Community Level:


This shall be the smallest level/unit of MFCC, which shall be established subject to the approval of the Divisional Coordination Team (DMT), and shall comprise of not less than thirty- (30) members. A Community Coordination Team (COMCT), coordinated by the RCT of the corresponding state region, shall manage it. The quantity limitation for membership shall be waived in cases of formation in states/provinces, countries, and continents for the very first time.















ARTICLE THREE

SOURCE OF FUNDS



  1. SOURCES:

    Funds of MFCC shall be derived from grants, trust funds, tithes, offerings, donations and/or contributions received from members and/or the general public.


  2. SOURCE LEVELS:

    Funds of MFCC shall be sourced at all levels subject to the approval of the immediate higher level.


  3. FUNDS DISBURSMENT:
    1. Budgetary/Implementation Disbursements:

      Funds allocation shall be determined by the Global Coordination Team (GCT) as defined by the needs of MFCC. This shall be a top to down disbursement.


    2. Revenue Disbursements:

      Each level shall disburse a minimum of 10% (but no more than 20%) of generated revenues to every level one step above its coordination team. This shall be a down to top disbursement.
















ARTICLE FOUR

MEMBERSHIP


  1. QUALIFICATION:

    The major qualification for membership shall be total acceptance of the Bible, this constitution and backing bylaws.


  2. ADMISSION:

    Members shall be admitted into MFCC by acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and personal savior, the Bible and all its contents. This constitution and backing bylaws, attendance and completion of a membership class within a Community level through a COMCT. All membership information must be reported to each corresponding higher level within 72 hours using an identified approved electronic service, or as deemed appropriate on cases of service downtime.


  3. MEMBERSHIP REGISTER:

    Membership register shall be maintained and updated frequently by the Secretariat of the DCT of each state division of MFCC. Such register shall show service attendance records.


  4. DUPLICATION, CANCELLATION, SUSPENSION OR WITHDRAWAL OF MEMBERSHIP:
    1. Duplication:

      MFCC recognizes the free will of all men to worship God as it biblically fits, and as long as such is completely in line with the teaching of the Bible. MFCC shall therefore not stop any member from also maintaining membership in any other Bible believing Christian Church/organization, though we encourage loyalty to MFCC.


    2. Cancellation/Suspension of membership:

      The appropriate bodies formed by the corresponding coordination committees shall be vested with the power to cancel and/or suspend the membership of any member or group in accordance with the provisions of Article 7A and 7B of this constitution. This must be implemented in written notice which must be sent with purpose to reach the concerned member no less than five business days from intended day of membership cancellation. Persons impacted by this provision may appeal the decision to the immediate higher level, all the way to the Global Board, and must not skip any level before reaching a higher level. Contacted appropriate levels are required to address any such appeal.


    3. Withdrawal of Membership:

      Though not necessary, it is recommended for members who feel strong about their concern to request the audience of the corresponding COMCT, DCT, ZCT, CCT, and GCT. Such request must be stepwise, therefore, not skipping any lower step before reaching the higher, except in situations where the fate of the organization is in jeopardy, or those in perpetration such concern(s) are operating at any level prior to the next level to which the report is filed. When filed, all in authority are required to review, and arrange a process for collection of facts by invoking Article 7A. The reviewing level is required to arrange a face to face meeting in every case where this is possible. Technology may be applied only in cases were a physical meeting is deemed not possible, or a risk to the process, or life.
















ARTICLE FIVE

MANAGEMENT TEAMS



  1. COORDINATION TEAMS:
    1. COMPOSITION OF THE MANAGEMENT TEAMS:

      The Management Team shall comprise of the following offices;


      1. The Principal Coordinator
      2. The Global Deputy Coordinators (GDC)
      3. The Secretariat Director
      4. The Finance Director
      5. The Treasury Director
      6. The Corporate Affairs Director
      7. The Logistics Director
      8. The Prayer Coordinator
      9. The Praise Coordinator

    2. At community levels, position (1) above shall be by ordination and appointment by the corresponding DCT, while all other positions above shall be to the spiritual direction of the associated Community Principal Coordinator. The appointment of the Community Principal Coordinator must be compliant with Article 2 Section 2 of this constitution. The regional level shall comprise of Community Coordination Chiefs from every corresponding community within the region. The Divisional level shall comprise of every Regional Principal coordinator within the corresponding state or province. The national level shall comprise of every Divisional Principal Coordinator within the corresponding nation. The zonal level shall comprise of every national Principal Coordinator within the corresponding zone. The continental level shall comprise of every Zonal Principal Coordinators of the zones within the corresponding continent. The global level shall comprise of all the Continental Principal Coordinators in the World. Should man begin to explore and live in Space, Galaxy and Milky way level will be established above the global level, and shall be formed in the same way. Other than the community level as detailed prior, all offices except (2) above shall be by equal weighted vote election, but must be preceded by a minimum of seven (and up to 40) days of intensive prayer and fasting. At the global level, Positions (2) shall be multiple offices established by bylaws, but appointed by the Global Principal Coordinator, as led spiritually.



    3. DUTIES, SCOPE AND LIMITS OF OFFICERS:

      The duties, scope, and limits of the officers of the coordination teams are as follows:



      1. Duties of the Principal Coordinator  
        1. Shall champion the spiritual direction of the organization at the corresponding level
        2. Shall be the level’s head and chief executive officer of the management team
        3. Shall preside over all management team and general meetings.
        4. Shall have the power to delegate duties to any member of the management team, committees formed, and/or members of the organization.
        5. Shall make decisions in cases of tie votes.
        6. Shall run the team only by democracy and spirituality.
        7. Shall be a signatory to the organization’s corresponding level account.
        8. Shall be acted for, on conditions of unavoidable absence, by the Secretariat Director.

      2. Duties of The Secretariat Coordinator
        1. Shall act for the Principal Coordinator on cases of unavoidable absence.
        2. Shall be in charge of the organization’s business secretariat and staff.
        3. 3) Shall on the approval of the Principal Coordinator, call and arrange for all management and general meetings.
        4. Shall be a signatory to the organizations bank account.
        5. Shall keep and annually update the organizations membership register.
        6. Shall carry out any other official dues designated by the Principal Coordinator.

      3. Duties of The Finance Coordinator
        1. Shall create and analyze the organization’s budget.
        2. Shall collect all funds on behalf of MFCC and record in approved electronic systems within 72 hours, or as identified during down times.
        3. Shall transfer all such funds collected in (iii-2) above to the Treasury Director no latter than seventy-two hours after collection.
        4. Shall take regular account of the organization’s financial activities.
        5. Shall issue receipt where necessary to those concerned.
        6. Shall prepare and present annually, an annual statement of account of the organization to the general house.
        7. Shall keep all documents of accounts of the organization and audit the expenditure of any officer before the next management meeting following any expenditure.
        8. Shall be a signatory to the organization’s accounts.
        9. Shall discharge any other official duty assigned him/her by the Principal Coordinator.

      4. The Duties of The Treasury Coordinator
        1. Shall be the organization’s representative to its banker(s), and therefore be the principal signatory to the organization’s accounts.
        2. Shall keep a balanced account of withdrawal(s) and pay-in(s), of the account(s) of the organization, ready for assessment at any point in time.
        3. Shall keep a copy of all documents of withdrawal as endorsed by the Principal Coordinator and the Accounts Director.
        4. Shall pay all funds collected, from the finance director or on behalf of the MFCC, into the organization’s account no later than seventy-two (72) hours after collection.
        5. Shall report all cases of blank check signing to the appropriate disciplinary committee.
        6. Shall discharge other duties officially assigned by the Principal Coordinator.

      5. Duties of The Corporate Affairs Coordinator
        1. Shall be the image-maker of the organization.
        2. Shall represent the organization on external activities as approved and directed by the president.
        3. Shall laterally act for the Secretariat Director on cases of unavoidable absence.
        4. Shall handle all the organization’s publication, correspondence, and shall be editor in chief where applicable.
        5. Shall discharge any other duty assigned by the Principal Coordinator.

      6. Duties of The Prayer Coordinator
        1. Shall oversee all prayer and fasting events.
        2. 2) Shall generate daily, weekly, monthly, and/or yearly corporate prayer points.
        3. Shall emphasize the role of prayer as a tool for connecting with God.
        4. 4) Shall build an impenetrable prayer fortress by injecting prayer into every fragment of the life of those in our community.
        5. 5) Shall be the Editor in Chief of the MFCC prayer guide published annually.
        6. 6) Shall discharge any other duty assigned by the Principal Coordinator.

      7. Duties of The Praise Coordinator
        1. Shall oversee all hymns, praise and worship events
        2. Shall generate daily, weekly, monthly, and/or yearly corporate hymns praise and worship songs
        3. Shall emphasize the role of hymns, praise and worship songs as tools for connecting with God.
        4. Shall build an impenetrable fortress by injecting hymns, praise and worship into every fragment of the life of those in our community.
        5. Shall be the Editor in Chief of the MFCC hymns, praise and worship guide published annually.
        6. Shall discharge any other duty assigned by the Principal Coordinator.

      8. Duties of The Logistics Coordinator
        1. Shall plan and execute all the activities at corresponding levels of MFCC.
        2. Shall assess for fitness (spiritually/socially/ legally) all programs to be sponsored / supported by MFCC and make recommendations to the corresponding level’s Principal Coordinator for approval.
        3. Shall draw and execute the annual operations (including weekly service operations) plan of the organization’s activities prior to each implementation year and submit such plan to the corresponding coordination team for approval. Such plan(s) must be approved and ready for implementation not less than one (1) month to the starting of concerned year. However, such plan can be adjusted when necessary.
        4. Shall handle an active role in the costing of proposals.
        5. Shall draw plans for, and actively take part in the formation of units/levels where necessary and manage all internal activities such as engineering.
        6. Shall be the chairperson of all implementing committees.
        7. Shall discharge any other duty assigned by the Principal Coordinator.

      9. Duties of the Global Deputy Coordinators
        1. Shall be appointed by the Global Principal Coordinator, approved by vote of the GCT, and shall perform the following duties:
          1. Shall represent the Global Principal Coordinator in areas of constraint such as languages etc., and other areas recognized by the GCT.
          2. Shall Report to the Secretariat Director in the unavoidable absence of the Global Principal Coordinator.
          3. Shall perform any other duties assigned by the Global Principal Coordinator.

        2. This constitution hereby recognizes the need for, and therefore establishes the office of the:
          1. Global Deputy Coordinator for France, and Francophone Africa.
          2. Global Deputy Coordinator for Spain, and Spanish America.
          3. Global Deputy Coordinator for Arabia, and Arabic communities.



    4. ADVISORY COUNCIL:

      The Global Principal Coordinator in collaboration with other members of the Global Coordination team shall be vested with the power to appoint their own Advisory Council.














ARTICLE SIX

MODUS OPERANDI


  1. MEETINGS

    The Secretariat Director on approval of the Principal Coordinator at any level shall call for meetings. This must be done by circulars, which must reach the concerned persons in not less than five business days before such meeting. However, emergency Coordination Team meetings could be called by any member of the Coordination Team if approved by two third of the team. The message(s) of schedule of such meeting(s) must reach all the management team members in not less than thirty-six (36) hours prior to such meetings. The following will also apply:

    1. Coordination Team Meetings
      1. This is recommended to hold every two weeks. However, it shall hold no less than once a month at the community levels. That other levels higher than the community level, meetings are recommended monthly, but must be held no less than once per calendar quarter.
      2. The Principal Coordinator of the concerned level shall be the presiding officer at all meetings, except on cases of unavoidable absence. In the absence of the Principal Coordinator, Article 5, Section 1, Subsection B, Clause II shall be invoked automatically.
      3. Where issues need be settled by vote, the Principal Coordinator shall not be entitled to vote, but shall have the deciding vote where there is a tie.
      4. Lateness and absenteeism to meetings shall be pardonable only three times in a year and setbacks must be reasonable. Other occurrence will attract the discipline or a standard fine approved by the Coordination Team. However, cases of life and death, and performance of official duty are exceptional to this rule.

    2. Exceptions
      1. MFCC Coordination teams and various committees must meet however often that becomes necessary when planning special events or needing to meet a specific deadline.
      2. While meetings may be scheduled on any day of the week, including Sundays, none is allowed to be scheduled while services are in progress. Additionally, a service does not count as except on rare occasions when effectiveness of such meeting may be impacted.
      3. Meetings cancelled as a result of weather or social unrests are OK.

  2. ANNUAL CONVENTION

    This shall be held at Global and National levels only and shall last for three to five (3-5) days. Part of its program of activities shall be the following:

    1. Book, gospel music and movie launching.
    2. Seminars.
    3. The MFCC re-union dinner.
    4. Ordinations.
    5. Coordination Team audit report presentation.
    6. Coordination Team elections of corresponding level.
    7. Encourage global, continental, zonal, national, divisional, and regional fellowships.

  3. ANNUAL STATE OF THE FAITH INITIATIVE

    This intensive prayer event shall be held at all levels and shall last for three (3) days following the 40-day fasting. It shall conclude by the Global Principal Coordinator offering a message on the State of the Faith for the Global Church. Its purpose shall be the following:

    1. Individual members, disciples, leaders/coordinators, and the Church at large will use this experience as an opportunity to weigh the standing of their faith in God.
    2. Create a window to reconnect with God.
    3. Offer renewed commitment to God.
    4. Evangelize massively to the world.
    5. Organize events of goodwill.
    6. Organize community development events.
    7. Finalize and award medals for the Faith Unity Games. This may be held as a separate annual event when the church has grown to cover a large number of states.
    8. Announce/honor winners of scholarship awards ceremony for the current year.
    9. Announce new scholarships and applications directives for the up-coming year.
    10. Showcase notable discoveries/publications/implementations of members.

  4. OPERATION AUDIT

    All operations shall be audited annually for compliance with guidelines of the organization, and associated Federal, State. Province, County, and local regulations. Non compliance should attract warning and if ignored will attract the removal of corresponding officer(s).

  5. DINOMINATION

    This Church shall be a discipleship denomination and prayer driven Church, rather than a membership driven Church. All activities must therefore be driven by a discipleship model.

  6. EVANGELISM

    Flyers must be generated. This must be strategic. Needs to hold once per week in every community. All evangelists need to meet at the Church facility, pray together before going out. No one person is allowed to go out alone, or be left along during evangelism.

  7. MEMBERSHIP

    Anyone who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and personal Savior, accepts the Bible in its entirety, and has completed the membership class is qualified.

  8. BAPTISM

    Participants must have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and personal Savior. Must be at least thirteen years of age, and clearly understand the purpose. Must already be a member who has completed the baptism class. This is required for discipleship.

  9. DISCIPLESHIP

    This requires the acceptance of Jesus Christ and Lord and personal Savior. It also requires baptism within the organization. Third party baptism does not count toward this direction. Only disciples will constitute the church workers, except for special events when contracted help may be needed.

  10. FINANCIAL RECORDING

    All recordings including financial must be done using an approved electronic system. Efforts should be made to build something for internal use, rather than expose the organization’s data to third party organizations. Unless otherwise prevented by malfunction, and shall be updated no later than 72 hours following the restoration of such system. All such information (revenue and expense report) must be made available upon request. Under no conditions should blank checks be signed and handed over to any individual or group within or outside the organization. Internal policies and procedure must be stablished to ensure that structure is injected in all financial decisions. Such structure must include various levels of approvals with a focus on the ultimate success of the organization, and must not be circumvented for personal gain. While investments of member and disciples may be promoted, such must not be to the detriment of the organization, or other members/disciples. Efforts must be made to promote unity by working together as a family in all provisions.

  11. FUNDRASING

    This may be mentioned as part of announcements, but isolated from worship service to the extent possible. Under no condition should the blessings of God be pronounced on the basis of funding, revenue generation, or donation. All messages shall therefore be focused purely on enriching the congregation with the scriptures. This must apply to all preachers, regardless of level. Concrete effort must therefore be made to prevent discomfort of any as a result of inability to donate, give, or offer financially, or materially. Under no condition shall any Principal Coordinator pressure members and/or disciples to make personal gifts or celebrations, as such shall be ground for immediate removal, even if pending investigation. However, gifts may be extended within the brethren, but must not be by solicitation from any leader. This provision does not prevent parish members from tendering applications for church assistance. When tendered, such application must be considered fairly among others without prejudice, or undue advantage.

  12. SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE STRUCTURE

    The organization’s signature worship services shall hold on Sundays and will include, but not necessarily limited to the following:

    1. Sunday School/Bible College.
    2. Opening Prayer.
    3. Praise and Worship.
    4. Intercessory Prayer.
    5. Bible Reading and Point in the Scripture.
    6. Announcements and Welcome of Guests.
    7. Offering and Tithes.
    8. Special Choir Ministration.
    9. Sermon.
    10. Prayer for the Preacher.
    11. Any other announcement and closing prayer.

  13. MIDWEEK SERVICE STRUCTURE

    Prayer, praise, and intensive Bible review sessions may be organized for midweek engagements.

  14. SPECIAL SERVICES

    There shall be special services tailored to meet the spiritual need of the corresponding community, region, division, zone, continent, and the globe.

  15. WELCOMING GUESTS

    Ushers should provide and retrieve guest cards before the announcement. Choir should create a unique guest welcome song. During welcome song, as many members of the congregation as possible (including the Community Principal Coordinator), if not all should rise, go to the guest, and offer a warm welcome. Announcer should reference guests by name on the card, pay special attention and pray for all guests. At the end of every service, a 5-10-minute meeting should be held with all guests on the same day of first arrival to discuss the Church, history, objective, mission, vision. During this meeting, an attempt should be made to identify previous experience working for a Church, and the appropriate team leader notified of such. No pressure should be placed on any guest to join the Church, and membership to any other Church must be respected. Such meetings should start and end with no more than a 10-second prayer. All leaders, if not all members should be encouraged to reach out to guests within the same week of first visit. Such outreach should be to express appreciation for worshipping with us.

  16. COMMUNITY PRINCIPAL COORDINATOR TRANSFER

    No Community Principal Coordinator owns any MFCC Community. Community Principal Coordinators may therefore be transferred to other locations to meet the need of the organization. Such transfer must be assigned by the Division Coordination Team, and will not be done in spite. Performing this in spite is grounds for removal of all concerned.

  17. DECISION MAKING

    At the community level, the Principal Coordinator must continuously express vision to the entire congregation. Decision making must involve all the members of the coordination team. Unless urgency is required, a decision review gap must be created to allow for all to reflect on direction. Same window may be extended to members and disciples. At other levels, decisions will be purely by vote, and require a decision review gap of lower levels. On rare occasions, gaps may be overruled to address urgency in need: with adequate planning, this is not expected to occur at close intervals.

  18. EVENT OR SERMON SCHEDULE

    Under no condition shall any Principal Coordinator and/or other leaders at any level of the organization create unplanned programs and/or forcefully change established preaching schedules to favor a friend in town. Officers are also prohibited from engaging in invitation of their friends to minister for honorarium, in exchange of similar for them in other locations whether internal and external to the organization. This behavior may constitute grounds for removal. Invitation of guest ministers must be well planned, except in rare occasions where such is deemed not possible due to logistics and/or spiritual constraints. Unknown preachers invited by reference must be avoided except on cases where the spiritual ground of such minister is well understood and documented. A mode of service and sermon guideline must be made available and verbally explained to all guest ministers: including repeat ministers. Such document will include a sign-off, indicating understanding, agreement, and promise of adherence.

  19. ORDINATION AND LEADERSHIP ASSUMPTION

    MFCC at any level is and will never be owned by any individual or family. Therefore, community leadership assumption at any level shall not be by inheritance, family affiliation, or personal relationship with others. This must be based purely on spiritual direction, and must be prayerfully made through ordination and the Divisional Coordination Teams, with the guide of the Regional Coordination Team, and presented to the prayer team for commitment to God.

  20. OPPRESSIVE BEHAVIORS

    Internal to the organization, all, regardless of level or operation within the organization must be seen as equal, using the lens of the Messiah. Any oppressive behavior on the part of any leader, including the Principal Coordinators will not be tolerated. All may simply be referred to as “Brother”, or “Sister” along with such person’s name. This includes guest ministers. The use of religious titles may be avoided.













ARTICLE SEVEN

PROVISIONAL COMMITTEES:


TYPES:

There shall be five major provisional committees. Others may be created as deemed necessary. The major provisional committees shall be as follows:



  1. Intelligence Committee (IC):

    This shall be formed when investigation warranting situations, or activities violating the constitution/bylaws are identified. It shall comprise of three to five (3-5) members. There duties shall be as follows:


    1. Conduct proper investigation on issues of doubt.
    2. Must not investigate any other matter other than that for which it was formed, unless such matter is needed to reach a conclusion on the specific matter being investigated.
    3. If investigation finding(s) indicate other separate and seemingly independent matter(s) that require investigation, recommendation(s) must be made to the coordination team of the corresponding level, or immediate higher level in cases where a member of the corresponding level’s coordination team is involved, or directly to the enforcement team where a member of the Global Coordination Team, or Board is involved. Such report would be an obligation to establish another Intelligence Committee which must comprise of no member of the recommending Intelligence Committee.
    4. Make recommendations for approval of the corresponding coordination Team of same level or immediate higher level in cases where at least one member of the Coordination Team is concerned with the issue(s) at hand. However, if such investigation relates to the global level or the Global Board (that is as little as one member of the Global Coordination Team or Board is involved in the issue of dispute), this committee is empowered to make final decisions and pass such decision directly to the enforcement committee for immediate action.
    5. Must report all matters of inappropriate sexual contact to local law enforcement for parallel investigations.
    6. Must automatically transition to dissolution on completion of each specific task.

  2. Enforcement Committee (EC):

    This shall comprise of three members and shall implement the final decisions based on the applied penalty, resulting from the findings of the intelligence committee as approved by:

  3. Event Implementation Committee (EIC)

    This shall be formed whenever any event/activity is to be executed. It shall:

    1. Be chaired by the Logistics Director of the corresponding level.
    2. Comprise of not more than eight members.
    3. Present and defend all financial statement(s) of expenditure on every activity executed, to the corresponding Coordination Team, not more than two (2) weeks following completion of such activity/ event.  
    4. Stand dissolved immediately after financial defense has been accepted and approved by the corresponding Coordination Team.

  4. Transition Committee (TC)

    This shall be formed through nomination by the corresponding coordination committee and shall:

    1. Oversee the electoral process in no more than six months of formation.
    2. Shall also be formed on interim following a vacant CT position for any reason.
    3. Shall comprise of five to nine (5-9) members.
    4. Stand dissolved following the installment ceremony of the elected officers.

  5. Audit Committee (AC)
    1. Shall be formed annually to audit the accounts/operations of the organization yearly with a membership reappointment of one-year gap. On cases where the group is very small, other communities or levels may help bridge this gap. The one-year gap may be ignored in cases of size limitation.
    2. Shall comprise of four to six (4-6) members appointed by the coordination team.
    3. Shall stand dissolved as soon as the task for which they were appointed is completed.














ARTICLE EIGHT

ELECTORAL GUIDLINES


All the officers of Coordination Teams of all levels above the community level (except the offices of the Global Deputy Coordinators who may be replaced by the Global Principal Coordinator as deemed necessary) of the organization shall be a democratically elected by disciples functioning at the corresponding level. The following must be adhered to:



  1. Elected team shall serve for four years at all levels lower than national, six years for the national and continental levels except for the National and Continental Principal Coordinators who shall serve for 10 years, and six years for the Global level except for the Global Coordinators who shall serve a lifetime or the advent of the need to vacate the position.


  2. Candidacy is by nomination:


    1. Candidates are not allowed to apply directly.
    2. Candidates are not allowed to lobby to be nominated.
    3. Nomination must be confidential with a clear written justification explaining reason for nomination.

      1. Justifications could be based on accomplishments or observed strength or by spiritual revelation.
      2. Submission of nomination must include identifiable disciple detail of the person submitting the nomination.
      3. Person submitting nomination must be a disciple in good standing.
      4. Non-disciples are not allowed to submit nominations.

    4. No candidate is allowed to self-nominate or influence nomination.
    5. Those who chose to submit nominations are not allowed to discuss such with anyone until official announcements are made.


  3. Each successful candidate shall only be allowed to democratically hold same office for two consecutive tenures and may be re-nominated after a tenure break.


  4. All elections shall be by secret ballot process.


  5. Success shall be determined by simple majority.


  6. Swearing in ceremonies are not allowed, instead prayer vigils for success will be held.


  7. Upon assumption of office, physical devices such as rods, staffs, and any image may not be applied as a symbol of authority or duty.














ARTICLE NINE

DISCIPLINE


Every member of MFCC is expected to be properly disciplined and ethical in all dealings. This shall be referenced at all time as follows:



  1. Article Seven, Section 1, Subsections A and B shall be invoked for this purpose when deemed necessary.


  2. Decision passed to the Implementation Committee shall be subject to appeal to the corresponding CT, or the CT of the immediate higher level where a member of the corresponding CT is involved.


  3. A member may be disciplined for any of the following reason(s):


    1. Deviation from the Bible.
    2. Unreasonable absence/lateness to meetings.
    3. Unrepentant social misconduct.
    4. Any legal conviction.
    5. Sexual misconducts between members and spouses of other members.
    6. Sexual/emotional relationships between a member and the offspring of another without the approval of such parent member or Sexual engagement of a minor in any way.
    7. Preaching blessing(s), or healing(s), protection(s), favor(s), or any other gift from God as preconditioned by financial burden.
    8. Applying pressure on members to relinquish funds.
    9. Signing blank checks.
    10. Sowing discord in the Church or within a family.
    11. Abuse of authority, or disregard of others.
    12. Involvement in terroristic acts: this shall attract dismissal from the organization.
    13. Conducts contrary to aims and objectives of MFCC.
    14. Fraud.
    15. Breach of MFCC constitution.
    16. Any other reason deemed necessary by the corresponding Coordination Team and approved by vote.
  4. There shall be a fair investigation before decision is made in every case.


  5. Adequate notice must reach concerned person(s) prior to investigation.


  6. Investigations may be kept confidential if integrity may compromised by revelation.


  7. Disciplinary measures as follows may be taken:


    1. Cancellation of membership.
    2. Suspension of membership.
    3. Disqualification from nominations into elected positions in MFCC.
    4. Dissolution of rights and power to office.
    5. Suspension from office.
    6. Restitution.
    7. Legal prosecution.












ARTICLE TEN

SETTLEMENT OF DISPUTES


Disagreement(s) in the implementation of this constitution can be contested by an appeal to the Global Coordination Committee with no limitation after such resolution has been passed. The decision of the Global Coordination Team shall stand.














ARTICLE ELEVEN

SPECIAL CLAUSES


  1. MFCC shall be a non-governmental, non-partisan, non-terroristic, non-profit, religious organization, with primary goals of wining disciples to Christ, while eliminating the current trajectory in influencing faith, or performing (verbal or mental) deceit for any reason.

  2. The funds raised by, and assets of MFCC wherever and by whosesoever derived shall only be directed towards achieving the objectives of the organization and shall by no means be transferred into the personal benefits of the members of MFCC (other than preapproved charitable courses) or any other individual(s), and/or group(s) for reason(s) other than furthering the course of MFCC. No part of the MFCC net earnings shall inure to the benefit of private individuals or any claimed shareholders.

  3. In the event of the discontinuity of MFCC, all assets and accounts shall be transferred to orphanage homes or applied to other churches with similar belief set as MFCC. None of such shall go to any member of MFCC personally (other than preapproved charitable courses).













ARTICLE TWELVE
COMMENCEMENT, AMENDMENT, AND INTERPRETATION


  1. COMMENCEMENT

    The power of this constitution shall commence on the 30th day of March 2019, or whichever date(s) the Global Level of this organization is established if sooner than mentioned date.


  2. AMENDMENT

    This constitution can only be amended in a global convention, any addition, subtraction, amendment, and/or alteration must be subject to the following:


    1. Change must be subject to the resolution made by two-third (2/3) of the delegates to the global convention.


    2. Notice of such change must have reached all levels Worldwide not less than sixty (60) week days before the global convention at which such change will be considered. Such consideration shall be subject to the approval of the Coordination Teams at National Levels and above.


    3. Under situations of amendments the Global Coordination Team shall moderate the change process.


    4. On cases of conflict(s) in interpretation at all levels, Global Level shall be vested with the power of final interpretation.


  3. INTERPRETATION

    Except with intended contrary intention in this constitution:


    1. “MFCC” means Messiah Family Christian Church.


    2. “The Organization” means MFCC..


    3. “CT” means Coordination Team.


    4. “Delegates to convention” means those specially nominated to represent a particular level at the convention. This does not mean that any other member cannot attend a convention.


    5. “Elected Officer” means a person elected to an office as a coordination team member at any level above the community level.


    6. “Global Headquarters” means the organization’s headquarters in the USA or anywhere it is moved to globally.


    7. “Bylaw” means rules that shall be generally made with time to back the constitution where silent. Contributions to such rule shall at all times involve delegates from all levels of MFCC, coordinated by the Global Coordination Team.


    8. “House” and “Generally” means a size of members as much as two-third (2/3) of corresponding level.


    9. “Community” means the smallest unit of MFCC which is a Church.















Ⓒ Messiah Family Christian Church (MFCC), New Jersey, USA. July, 2019.