Eleventh Business Meeting
Fifty-ninth General Conference session, June 30, 2010, 2:00 p.m.

RUDY MICELLI: [Worship in music.]

PARDON K. MWANSA: Good afternoon, and welcome to the afternoon business session. I would like to make a few observations. The afternoon session today will go to 4:00 p.m. At 4:00 a movie will be shown. We hope to receive a report from the Nominating Committee about 3:30.

I’d also like to make one or two observations regarding the manner of our voting. Three things will help the chair to bring the discussion to a voting point. The first is that if I see that there’s nobody at the microphone, I will ask if we are ready to vote. The second is the obvious one: if in your judgment as a delegate you feel that enough discussion has taken place on an item and you think we should vote, you should get in the line and call question. At that time we will proceed with the regular way of voting. The third is setting a specific time limit on an item, as we did this morning.

I invite you at this time to turn with me to the agenda, and let us go to the agenda 100 series. We will start with agenda item 128, and we’d like to invite Elder Larry Evans to guide us into this item.

LARRY R. EVANS: Mr. Chairman, perhaps we could just go back one page in our agenda and start with number 125. This is a report we’re bringing back to the floor from our last business session. May I read it to you, please?

PARDON K. MWANSA: We will proceed in that order.

LARRY R. EVANS: [Read 232-10GS, “Review of Denominational Policies.”] I would move this statement.
[At this time the meeting was suspended, since translation facilities were not operational.]

PARDON K. MWANSA: We will now proceed with the motion. Elder Evans, will you please restate the motion so that we can have it seconded?

LARRY R. EVANS: “Recommended, to record receipt of the statement on review of denominational policies, which has been approved by the General Conference Executive Committee, and reads as follows: A systematic review of the General Conference Working Policy was conducted and no direct nor indirect conflict was found with the resolutions on the Holy Bible or the Spirit of Prophecy.” I would move that.

PARDON K. MWANSA: Do we have a second to that? Seconded. At this time we will open discussion. [After discussion,
the motion was voted.]

LARRY R. EVANS: We now deal with a name change for Trust Services to Planned Giving and Trust Services, with the option to retain the name Trust Services Department. I move it. [Motion was seconded and approved.]

PARDON K. MWANSA: We go to agenda item 129.

LARRY R. EVANS: This is a recommendation to change the name of the Stewardship Department at the General Conference office to Stewardship Ministries. I move it. [The motion was seconded and voted.]

PARDON K. MWANSA: May I invite you at this time to turn to our Constitution and Bylaws agenda series, which is the 200 series. I invite again Elder Gerry Karst, chair of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee, with his team to present to us agenda item 202 and following.

GERRY D. KARST: We have a number of items that are amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws. They must be approved at a General Conference session. Elder Evans, who was the undersecretary, will lead us into each of the items. But there are blocks or sections of these that deal with certain topics.


The first few, from 202 to 205, deal with election issues. Items 206 to 210 deal with union of churches, and 211 to 216 have to do with the Office of General Counsel. Elder Cooper is also on the platform, because some of these items resulted from the Commission on Ministry Services and Structures, and he was directly involved in that commission and in drafting some of the amendments that are required because of the reorganization.
LARRY R. EVANS: [Because the proposal regarding the election of the associate directors of the General Conference was not approved, certain changes were necessary in the material in the agenda book. A revision was produced and distributed to the delegates.]

[The proposed revision of the General Conference Constitution’s Article X—Term of Office was read. Discussion ensued, in particular regarding the transfer of responsibilities after elections, and the retention of delegate status of someone who is not reelected. The proposed changes were moved, seconded, and accepted.]

[A number of proposed changes dealing with the nomenclature regarding unions were read. After some discussion, these changes were accepted.]

GERRY D. KARST: I just want to make a general comment here about unions. For those who may not be as familiar with the organization of the church structure as some others are: Unions are the building blocks of the General Conference. The highest constituent level in the organization of the church is a union. Divisions have no constituency, and the General Conference has no constituency. Unions have constituencies, and so the General Conference is made up of all of the unions, and it may be helpful for us to keep that in mind as we are talking about these items.

PARDON K. MWANSA: Thank you. That comment helps us with the next agenda item. [The item concerned General Conference sessions. The proposed changes were explained.
A discussion ensued regarding the union conferences and union of churches conferences as they relate to the representation at the General Conference session.]

LOWELL C. COOPER: Mr. Chairman, in the composition of a General Conference session delegation there are several patterns, or templates, that are used in the selection process for delegates. One of those patterns is to have church organizational structures represented in the delegation. So there is a quota of delegates that is selected on the basis of organizational units of the church.

There is another quota of delegates that is selected on the basis of membership size in relationship to the total division membership and world membership. And there is a third quota of delegates we call at large that is selected on the basis of ex officio status, membership on the General Conference Committee, in General Conference institutions, etc. So we need to keep in mind those three different categories. Can I use the term baskets of delegate quotas? Here we are dealing with only one basket of delegate selection.

[The chair called for a vote; the amendments to Article V—General Conference Sessions were approved.]

LARRY R. EVANS: Agenda item 211 simply states that it is the General Conference Executive Committee that authorizes the establishment of corporations. I so move. [This was seconded and voted.]

[Introduced and read Article XIII—General Conference Executive Committee.]

We need to keep in mind that the General Conference Executive Committee operates in behalf of the church between General Conference sessions. So with that in mind we have these proposed amendments.

[A significant amount of time was used to discuss Article XIII regarding the number of days required for Executive Committee notification and how many constitute a quorum in order to convene the Executive Committee.]

PARDON K. MWANSA: We’ll take your earlier comment, which addressed itself to the amendment, and leave the other part, which requires a definition of the “regular and duly called” for later. Does anyone else want to speak to the amendment?

KARNIK DOUKMETZIAN: May I address that for a moment, Mr. Chairman?

PARDON K. MWANSA: Please.

KARNIK DOUKMETZIAN: There has to be sufficient provision to allow the Executive Committee to carry out its functions. If an individual, God forbid, is charged with a crime, for example, or comes into the office in a totally inappropriate manner, do you wish us to call an Executive Committee, bringing 305 people in from around the world to take an action? There has to be some flexibility for the General Conference Executive Committee to be able to function in an appropriate manner in such serious circumstances.

PARDON K. MWANSA: We have one person at the microphone to speak to the amendment.

CHESTER V. CLARK III: I actually speak against the amendment. With our current technology we have opportunity for video conferencing and multiple other ways of contacting people. It also takes into consideration our financial situation.

PARDON K. MWANSA: [The amendment that would require the physical presence of the committee members failed. Subsequently, the main motion covering Article XIII was voted.]

At this time we would like to invite the chairman of the Nominating Committee to bring a report.

ROBERT E. KYTE: Mr. Chairman, we have two partial reports of the Nominating Committee to present to you this afternoon. Yesterday one of the reports that we presented was referred back to the committee. The committee met today with the person who requested that the report be sent back to the committee. The item was considered carefully and prayerfully by the Nominating Committee, and we are going to be resubmitting the report in total today. We’re asking our associate secretary, Dr. Castillo, if he will review that report for you. The individuals were introduced yesterday, so we will not be reintroducing those on the first report.

ISMAEL CASTILLO: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The Nominating Committee is recommending the following names:

Saustin K. Mfune, Children’s Ministries associate director, is presently serving as Malawi Union president.

Mario E. Ceballos, Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries associate director, is an incumbent.

Raquel Arrais, Women’s Ministries associate director, is an incumbent.

Gary B. Swanson, Sabbath School and Personal Ministries associate director, is an incumbent.

Kathleen Kuntaraf, Health Ministries associate director, is an incumbent.

Peter N. Landless, Health Ministries associate director, is an incumbent.

Fred Hardinge, Health Ministries associate director, was the Upper Columbia Conference health director.

Wilmar Hirle, Publishing Ministries associate director, is an incumbent.

Barry W. Bussey, Public Affairs and Religious Liberty associate director, is an incumbent.

James D. Standish, Public Affairs and Religious Liberty associate director, is an incumbent.

Mr. Chairman, I move this report. [The report was seconded and voted.]

ROBERT E. KYTE: Mr. Chairman, we have a second report covering a variety of positions. One of the names concerns an associate secretary. We earlier brought to you the name of Robert Folkenberg, Jr. He has declined the position, and so the associate secretary that will be included in this report is for that position. Dr. Castillo will present the report, and we are happy to introduce those individuals, with the exception of one who is not here.

ISMAEL CASTILLO: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The Nominating Committee is recommending the following names. First, the Youth Department director: Gilbert Cangy. He has been the South Pacific Division youth director.

Now we will move to the associate secretary. The name is Myron Iseminger. He is the Upper Columbia Conference treasurer.

Now we will move to Trust Services. We propose the name of Charles B. Simpson as associate director. He is an incumbent.

We propose the name of Wilfredo L. Sumagaysay as associate director. He is also an incumbent.

Now we move to the Education Department. We propose the name of Dr. Luis Schulz as associate director. He is an incumbent.

We also bring a new name, Mike Mile Lekic, as associate director. He is the education director of the Southern Asia-Pacific Division.

We have another new name, John Wesley Taylor V, as associate director. He is a professor and dean of the School of Education and Psychology at Southern Adventist University.

And we have another new name, Dr. Hudson Kibuuka, as associate director. He is the education director of the East-Central Africa Division.

Finally, Stewardship. A new name, that of Elder Mario Nino. He is stewardship director for the Inter-American Division.

Mr. Chairman, I move this report. [The motion was seconded.]

JEROEN TUINSTRA: Mr. Chairman, according to the statistics of our church, about 50 percent of our members are under the age of 35. At this point we have elected about 80 people into various positions. I would just like to ask the chairman of the Nominating Committee to indicate what percentage of all elected people is under the age of 35.

ROBERT E. KYTE: I will have to give you a candid answer and tell you that I don’t know. We are in the United States, where the inquiry as to a person’s age is not considered legal. I could not tell you what the age is of any of the candidates, other than by looking at them. I do want to give a reply, however. When you are choosing people for world leadership positions, you have to look for leaders who are competent to come in and fill these positions. The responsibility to prepare candidates for world leadership positions lies with the local union conferences and divisions. We would be delighted to have a much wider slate of individuals, both by gender and by age, available to the Nominating Committee. So I would encourage the world field, when they go home, to prepare candidates for these positions so that they can be contemplated at future General Conference sessions.

PARDON K. MWANSA: I see a person at the microphone, Dr. Garland Dulan.

C. GARLAND DULAN: Mr. Chairman, I am in support of the fact that the persons proposed for the Education Department have served as directors of education in their divisions. This is the way in which those who have served well in divisions can move to greater areas of service at the General Conference level, and at that level we need the expertise of those who have served at other levels in order to be able to better serve the church worldwide. So I applaud the Nominating Committee process to bring this about.

PARDON K. MWANSA: [The report was voted and the meeting was brought to a close.]

MARSHALL MC KENZIE: [Benediction.]

PARDON K. MWANSA, Chair

ROSA T. BANKS, Secretary

CLAUDE SABOT, Proceedings Editor

REINDER BRUINSMA and LARRY COLBURN, Assistant Proceedings Editors


Session Actions
Fifty-ninth General Conference session, June 30, 2010, 2:00 p.m.

232-10GS REVIEW OF DENOMINATIONAL POLICIES
During the 2005 General Conference Session, an action was taken requesting that “the General Conference Executive Committee, during the next quinquennium, systematically review denominational policies and procedures in light of the Resolutions adopted on the Holy Bible and Spirit of Prophecy.”

In response to this request, the 2007 Annual Council requested the Policy Review and Development Committee to systematically review the current General Conference Working Policy. The committee has systematically reviewed the Working Policy and it is

VOTED, To record receipt of the statement on review of denominational policies, which has been approved by the General Conference Executive Committee, and reads as follows:

A systematic review of the General Conference Working Policy was conducted and no direct nor indirect conflict was found with the resolutions on the Holy Bible or the Spirit of Prophecy.

118-10GS TRUST SERVICES—NAME CHANGE
VOTED, To change the name of the Trust Services department at the General Conference office to the Planned Giving and Trust Services department. Divisions shall have the option to follow the name change or retain the name Trust Services department.

119-10GS STEWARDSHIP—NAME CHANGE
VOTED, To change the name of the Stewardship department at the General Conference office to the Stewardship Ministries department.

205-10GSe TERM OF OFFICE—CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS AMENDMENT
Recognizing that time gaps may exist between the time one’s term of service expires and a successor is elected, the following proposal amends the General Conference Constitution to specify the times for the beginning and the ending of the term of office for elected and appointed staff so that an orderly transition may take place and a recognition that tasks and commitments will still need to be cared for after the expiration of one’s term and the commencement of their replacement’s term including any assignments to be carried out during a General Conference Session.

VOTED, To amend the General Conference Constitution and Bylaws, Constitution, Article X—Term of Office, to read as follows:

ARTICLE X—TERM OF OFFICE

Sec. 1. All officers of the General Conference and those whose election is provided for in Article VI, Sec 1. shall hold office from the time they are elected and, except for resignation or other termination, shall serve until their reelection, or until their replacement is elected. A person who is not reelected during a session does not thereby lose delegate status at the session. Unless other arrangements are made in consultation with administration, such individuals will be expected to fulfill during the session itself any session-related responsibilities which have been assigned to them. In situations where official responsibilities cannot be immediately transferred to a newly elected individual, the officer whose term has expired may be requested by the newly elected officer, and approved by the General Conference Administrative Committee, to carry limited responsibilities, for a defined period of time until transition arrangements have been completed. Their term of office, unless government requirements dictate otherwise, is not subject to division retirement policies, which may determine specific ages for mandatory retirements.

Sec. 2. Members of the General Conference Executive Committee provided for in Article VIII, Sec. 1. a. 2) shall serve for the period of time they hold the office that entitled them to membership on the General Conference Executive Committee.

Sec. 3. Members of the General Conference Executive Committee provided for in Article VIII, Sec. 1. b. shall serve, except for resignation or other termination, from the time of their selection until their replacements are selected by a division executive committee.

Sec. 4. Those persons who, by virtue of holding elected position, have been members of the General Conference Executive Committee at the beginning of the current session but who have not been reelected shall be entitled to voice and vote at any General Conference Executive Committee convened during the session.

Sec. 5. All those who are appointed to serve the General Conference as provided for in Article VII, or who are appointed by the General Conference Executive Committee during the quinquennium, shall serve from the time they take up their duties and, except for resignation or other termination, shall continue until their reelection/reappointment or the election/appointment of their replacement at the first Annual Council following the next regular session or until the position is terminated by action of the General Conference Executive Committee.

Sec. 6. Service as outlined in Sec. 1. to Sec. 5. above may be terminated as provided for in General Conference Bylaws, Article XIII, Sec. 1.

201-10GS DIVISIONS OF THE GENERAL CONFERENCE CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS AMENDMENT
The proposed amendment to the General Conference Constitution uses the term union as an inclusive term for all union categories, and clarifies the designated authority of Divisions.

VOTED, To amend the General Conference Constitution and Bylaws, Constitution, Article III—Divisions of the General Conference, to read as follows:

ARTICLE III—DIVISIONS OF THE GENERAL CONFERENCE

The General Conference conducts much of its work through its divisions, which in turn are comprised of unions in specific areas of the world. Each division of the General Conference is authorized to carry out responsibilities in the territory assigned to it. It shall act in full harmony with the General Conference Constitution and Bylaws, the General Conference Working Policy, and actions of the General Conference Executive Committee.

In order to carry the authority of the General Conference, the actions of division committees shall, of necessity, be in harmony with and complementary to the decisions of the General Conference in Session, and the actions of the General Conference Executive Committee between Sessions.

203-10GS MEMBERSHIP—CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS AMENDMENT
The proposed amendment to the General Conference Constitution uses the term unions as an inclusive term for all categories of unions.

VOTED, To amend the General Conference Constitution and Bylaws, Constitution, Article IV—Membership, to read as follows:

ARTICLE IV—MEMBERSHIP
Sec. 1.  The membership of the General Conference shall consist of:

a. All unions that have been or shall be properly organized and accepted by vote of the General Conference in Session.

b. All of the following entities that are directly attached to the General Conference or to a division:

1) Local conferences

2) Local mission and functional equivalents thereof—No change

204-10GS GENERAL CONFERENCE SESSIONS—CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS AMENDMENT
The proposed amendment to the General Conference Constitution adds Adventist World to Adventist Review as the designated media for placing a notice regarding a coming quinquennial Session. The amendment also uses the term unit as an inclusive term for those church entities which are represented with delegates.

VOTED, To amend the General Conference Constitution and Bylaws, Constitution, Article V—General Conference Sessions, to read as follows:

ARTICLE V—GENERAL CONFERENCE SESSIONS
Sec. 1. The General Conference shall hold quinquennial Sessions at such time and place as the General Conference Executive Committee shall designate and announce by a notice published in the Adventist Review and Adventist World in three consecutive issues at least four months before the date for the opening of the Session. In case special world conditions make it imperative to postpone the calling of the Session, the General Conference Executive Committee, in regular or special council, shall have authority to make such postponement, not to exceed two years, giving notice to all constituent organizations.

Sec. 2. The General Conference Executive Committee may call special sessions of the General Conference at such time and place as it considers proper, by means of a notice as provided for in Sec. 1., and the transactions of such special sessions shall have the same force as those of the regular sessions.

Sec. 3. At least one-third of the total delegates authorized hereinafter under—No change

Sec. 4. The election of officers and the voting on all matters of business—No change

Sec. 5. The delegates to a General Conference Session shall be designated as follows:

a. Regular delegates.

b. Delegates at large.

c. In case of financial exigency or other major crisis within the Church or in the international arena, the General Conference Executive Committee may take an action to reduce the maximum number of delegates to a particular General Conference Session. Such reduction shall then be applied to both regular delegates and delegates at large.

Sec. 6. Regular delegates shall represent the General Conference’s member units as defined in Article IV, as follows:

Delegates representing union conferences and union of churches conferences having division affiliation shall be appointed by the respective union executive committee.

Delegates representing union missions and union of churches missions having division affiliation shall be appointed by the respective division executive committees in consultation with the organizations concerned.

Delegates representing conferences and missions having—No change

Delegates representing conferences and missions—No change

Delegates representing conferences and missions directly attached to divisions shall be appointed by the respective division executive committees in consultation with the organizations concerned.

Delegates representing division institutions, the number—No change


g. Delegates representing union conferences and union of churches conferences directly attached to the General Conference shall be appointed by the executive committee of the respective attached entity.

h. Delegates representing union missions, union of churches missions, and local conferences and missions directly attached to the General Conference shall be appointed by the General Conference Executive Committee in consultation with the organizations concerned.

Sec. 7. Regular delegates shall be allotted on the following basis:

Each union conference shall be entitled to two delegates—No change

Each union mission shall be entitled to one delegate—No change

c. Each union of churches conference shall be entitled to one delegate other than its president (who is a delegate at large) without regard to membership size.

d. Each union of churches mission is represented by its president (who is a delegate at large).

e. Each local conference shall be entitled to two delegates—No change

f. Each local mission* shall be entitled to one delegate—No change

g. Each division shall be entitled to additional delegates based upon its membership as a proportion of the world Church membership. The total number of delegates from all divisions under this provision shall not exceed 400. The resulting quota of division delegates under this provision shall be distributed first to the unions that are affiliated with that division, based on each union’s proportion of the division membership. Any unallocated delegate entitlements under this process shall be allocated at the discretion of the division executive committee.

h. Unused quotas of regular delegates allocated to unions and unions of churches may be reallocated by the divisions.

Sec. 8. Delegates at large shall represent the General Conference, its institutions, divisions of the General Conference, and division institutions and shall be appointed on the following basis:

All members of the General Conference Executive Committee.

Associate directors/secretaries of General Conference—No change

Twenty delegates from General Conference appointed staff. Such delegates shall be selected by the General Conference Executive Committee upon recommendation from the General Conference Administrative Committee.

Twenty delegates for each division.

e. Each division shall be entitled to additional delegates—No change

f. Those representatives of the General Conference and division—No change

Sec. 9. Division administrations shall consult with unions to ensure that—No change

Sec. 10. Credentials to sessions shall be issued by the General Conference—No change

Sec. 11. Calculations for all delegate allotments as provided for in this—No change

226-10GS REMUNERATION AND EXPENSES—CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS AMENDMENT
The proposed amendment uses the more inclusive term which encompasses all organizational forms of unions.

VOTED, To amend the General Conference Constitution and Bylaws, Bylaws, Article XVI—Remuneration and Expenses, to read as follows:

ARTICLE XVI—REMUNERATION AND EXPENSES
Sec. 1. The General Conference Executive Committee shall appoint annually a minimum of eight persons not in its employ who, with officers of the General Conference and not less than seven presidents of unions, shall constitute a committee to review the remuneration, related allowances, and expenses of employees.

Sec. 2. The General Conference Executive Committee shall have power to make necessary adjustments from time to time in the remuneration of employees.

202-10GSb FUNDS―CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS AMENDMENT
The following proposed amendment helps clarify that the division is a conduit rather than a terminal point for tithe sent by union churches.

VOTED, To amend the General Conference Constitution and Bylaws, Bylaws, Article XVII―Funds, to read as follows:

ARTICLE XVII―FUNDS

Sec. 1. The funds of the General Conference shall be as follows:

a. A percentage of the tithe receipts—No change


b. A percentage of the tithe receipts of the union of churches shall be forwarded through the division in accordance with the General Conference Working Policy.
c. Regular mission—No change

d. Special gifts. Proceeds—No change

210-10GS CORPORATIONS—CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS AMENDMENT

The proposed amendment names the General Conference Executive Committee as the body which authorizes the establishment of corporations.

VOTED, To amend the General Conference Constitution and Bylaws, Constitution, Article XI—Corporations, to read as follows:

ARTICLE XI—CORPORATIONS

Sec. 1. The establishment of corporations to serve the General Conference shall be authorized by the General Conference Executive Committee.

Sec. 2. The General Conference Corporation of Seventh-day Adventists—No change

Sec. 3. At each regular General Conference Session, the delegates shall elect the directors of the General Conference Corporation.

223-10GS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE—CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS AMENDMENT
The following proposal amends the General Conference Bylaws to provide for additional terms of reference for the General Conference Executive Committee to assure the continuous effective operation of the world Church. Provision is made to allow members to participate via telephone conference calls or similar communications and to establish notice requirements for meetings of the Committee.

VOTED, To amend the General Conference Constitution and Bylaws, Bylaws, Article XIII—Executive Committee, to read as follows:

ARTICLE XIII—GENERAL CONFERENCE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Sec. 1. a. During the intervals between Sessions of the General Conference, the General Conference Executive Committee is delegated the authority to act on behalf of the General Conference in Session. The membership of the General Conference Executive Committee includes representatives of all the divisions of the world field and the presidents of all unions, and therefore speaks for the world Church. Major items affecting the world Church are considered at the Annual Council meetings of the General Conference Executive Committee, when all the members of the Executive Committee are invited to be present. The authority, therefore, of the General Conference Executive Committee is the authority of the world Church.

b. The General Conference Executive Committee shall also have power to grant or withdraw credentials or licenses, to appoint committees, such as an administrative committee, with their terms of reference, to review, change, and create working policies, to approve strategic plans and programs for the world Church, to employ personnel that may be necessary to execute its work effectively, and to take all necessary actions not otherwise reserved for the General Conference in Session to assure the continuous effective operation of the world Church to fulfill its mission.

c. The General Conference Executive Committee shall have power to elect or remove, for cause, officers, directors, and associate directors of departments/associations/ services and committee members, and to fill for the current term any vacancies that may occur in its offices, boards, committees, or agents due to death, resignation, or other reasons. The phrase “for cause,” when used in connection with removal from an elected or appointed position, shall include but not be limited to 1) incompetence; 2) persistent failure to cooperate with duly constituted authority in substantive matters and with relevant employment and denominational policies; 3) actions which may be the subject of discipline under the Church Manual; or 4) failure to maintain regular standing as a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

d. The General Conference Executive Committee shall have power to effect the retirement, before the expiration of the term for which they have been elected, of persons elected under Article VI, Sec. 1. of the Constitution who may develop a health condition that prevents them from properly discharging their duties.

e. The removal from office by the General Conference Executive Committee of any person elected under Article VI, Sec. 1. of the Constitution or its withdrawal of credentials or licenses shall be by a two-thirds majority vote of the members present and voting at any duly called meeting.

f. The General Conference Executive Committee shall have the power to remove, for cause, members from the Executive Committee or any committee for which it is responsible by a two-thirds majority vote of the members present and voting at any duly called meeting.

Sec. 2. a. A meeting of the General Conference Executive Committee, known as the Annual Council, shall be held annually for the purpose of considering budget requests and making appropriations, for the transaction of other business, and the adoption of policies that may be necessary in the operation of the worldwide work.

b. A meeting of the General Conference Executive Committee, known as the Spring Meeting, shall be held annually for the purpose of receiving the audited financial reports of the General Conference and for transacting regular Executive Committee business as provided for in the General Conference Working Policy relating to Spring Meetings.

Sec. 3. A majority of the full membership of the General Conference Executive Committee, including the president or a general vice president, is empowered to transact denominational business of any nature at any time and place. All meetings require notice to members as per Sec. 8. below.

Sec. 4. Any fifteen members of the General Conference Executive Committee, including an officer of the General Conference, shall constitute a quorum of the Executive Committee for the disposition of routine items, and shall be empowered to transact business that is in harmony with the general plans outlined by the Executive Committee. A quorum of forty members is required for the disposition of nonroutine items such as major financial decisions, the dismissal of elected and appointed employees, and the election of presidents of divisions and of general vice presidents. All meetings require notice to members as per Sec. 8. below.

Sec. 5. All meetings of the General Conference Executive Committee shall be held at the General Conference headquarters, or at another place that may be voted by the Executive Committee. Members may participate in meetings by means of a telephone conference or similar communications by which all persons participating can hear each other at the same time, and participation by such means shall constitute presence in person at such a meeting. All meetings require notice to members as per Sec. 8. below.

Sec. 6. Meetings of the General Conference Executive Committee may be called at any time by the ranking officer of the General Conference who may be present at headquarters, and this officer, or any member of the Executive Committee appointed, in harmony with Bylaws, Article III, Sec. 2., shall act as chair of the meeting.

Sec. 7. Local conference/mission/field presidents shall be invited to attend Annual Council meetings of the General Conference Executive Committee when it is held within the territory of their division. Unless an executive session, which consists of members only, is called, such invitees shall be extended the privilege of participation in all discussions of the meeting, but without vote.

Sec. 8. Notice as to time, place, and any other requirements under these Bylaws of all General Conference Executive Committee meetings shall be provided to all members in a reasonable manner at least three (3) days prior to the meeting if the meeting is to take place by telephone conference or similar communications, or at least fourteen (14) days if it is to take place in person, unless the meeting is held during a General Conference Session. These notice requirements are waived in the case of a General Conference Executive Committee meeting convened during a General Conference Session since all General Conference Executive Committee members are expected to be in attendance at the Session.






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