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ONSTITUENCY MEETING 2010

Date:  25 and 26 September 2010
Venue:  Ilam Church, 24 Ilam Road, Christchurch

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Here's some information that you may find useful to help explain what this "Constituency Meeting" is all about and how it can be meaningful to you:

 What is a Constituency Meeting?
How often is a Constituency Meeting held?
What happens at a Constituency Meeting?

Who attends the Constituency Meeting?
What is the Selection Committee?
What is the Appointments Committee?

What is the Nominating Committee?

 

What is a Constituency Meeting?

It is part of the organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. As part of the worldwide community of believers, our church is ogranised on various levels, with each level having a defined membership, also know as a constituency. The constituency-based levels are as follows: 

  • the local church
  • the local conference
  • the union conference
  • the General Conference

The Constituency Meeting of the South New Zealand Conference is part of this world-wide organisational plan, bringing together delegates (voting members) who represent each of the local churches within the South Island of New Zealand. Members of various standing committees are also delegates (voting members) at the Constituency Meeting.

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   How often is a Constituency Meeting held?

The Constitution of the South New Zealand Conference define the regular intervals of these meeting, with provision for situations where special constituency meetings may be called. The constitution as it now stands, calls for meetings to be held at intervals of three years, called a triennium.

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What happens at a Constituency Meeting?

The delegates at the Constituency Meeting are expected to vote to elect the President, adopt or change the constitution, appoint members to serve on various committees, organise or dissolve churches, and transact other business as required. One of the most important aspects is the election of the Executive Committee, whose duty is to function for the constituency during the interm between constituency meetings.

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Who attends the Constituency Meeting?

Each church within the South New Zealand Conference sends delegates to the Constitutency Meeting. These delegates must be members of the church which they represent. The number of delegates from each church is dependent on the number of members the church has. Delegates to represent a church are chosen at a duly called Business Meeting of the church. Others who are delegates to the meeting are members of the following committees:

  • General Conference Executive Committee (as may be present)
  • South Pacific Division Executive Committee (as may be present)
  • New Zealand Pacific Union Conference Executive Committee (as pay be present)
  • South New Zealand Conference Executive Committee
  • South New Zealand Conference Appointments Committee
  • South New Zealand Conference Nominating Committee

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What is the Selection Committee?

Made up of one member from each church the Selection Committee meet during the Constituency Meeting to nominate members for the:

  • Appointments Committee
  • Nominating Committee
  • Constitution Committee

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What is the Appointments Committee?

The Appointments Committee is appointed at the Constituency Meeting and meet as soon as possible after the Constituency Meeting to appoint the General Secreatry and the Chief Financial Officer.The Appointments Committee also operates between meetings to fill vacancies for:

  • Conference Officers
  • Executive Committee (when more than one)
  • Appointments Committee
  • Nominating Committee

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What is the Nominating Committee?

The Nominating Committee is appointed at the Constituency Meeting and operate before and during the next Constituency Meeting. The Nominating Committee meet prior to the Constituency to decide on the President and Executive Committee members to recommend to the Constituency Meeting.

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