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Question 1. Does your bishops are part of the from the 1st Pope Peter and all the popes and bishops?
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Episcopal consecration by one or more other bishops
Apostolic succession is the method whereby the ministry of the Christian Church is held to be derived from the apostles by a continuous succession, which
has usually been associated with a claim that the succession is through a series of bishops. This series was seen originally as that of the bishops of a particular
see founded by one or more of the apostles, but it is generally understood today as meaning a series of bishops, regardless of see, each consecrated by other
bishops themselves consecrated similarly in a succession going back to the apostles. Christians of the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Old Catholic, Anglican,
Moravian, and Scandinavian Lutheran traditions maintain that “a bishop cannot have regular or valid orders unless he has been consecrated in this apostolic
Apostolic succession “may also be understood as continuity in doctrinal teaching from the time of the apostles to the present.” For example, the British Methodist
Conference locates the “true continuity” with the Church of past ages in “the continuity of Christian experience, the fellowship in the gift of the one Spirit; in the
continuity in the allegiance to one Lord, the continued proclamation of the message; the continued acceptance of the mission;…”
Those who hold for the importance of apostolic succession via episcopal laying on of hands appeal to the New Testament, which, they say, implies a personal
apostolic succession. They appeal as well to other documents of the early Church, especially the Epistle of Clement. In this context, Clement explicitly states
that the apostles appointed bishops as successors and directed that these bishops should, in turn, appoint their own successors; given this, such leaders of
the Church were not to be removed without cause and not in this way. Further, proponents of the necessity of the personal apostolic succession of bishops
within the Church point to the universal practice of the undivided early Church (up to AD 431), before being divided into the Church of the East, Oriental
Orthodoxy, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church. Some Protestants deny the need for this type of continuity and the historical claims involved
have been severely questioned; Eric Jay comments that the account given of the emergence of the episcopate in chapter III of Lumen Gentium “is very sketchy,
and many ambiguities in the early history of the Christian ministry are passed over”
EMMI and the IAoC Apostolic succession is to be understood as continuity in doctrinal teaching from the time of the apostles to the present
via Mary of Magdala, James the Just, Thomas the Apostle, Simon-Peter, John the Evangelist, until 1987 it continues via Universal Society of
New Syncretism (SUNS) that became today the Research, Theology and Teaching Ministry..
The earliest followers of Jesus composed an apocalyptic Jewish sect, which historians refer to as Jewish Christianity. The Apostles dispersed from Jerusalem,
founding the Apostolic Sees, presumably following the Great Commission’s decree to spread the teachings of Jesus to “all nations”, with great success spreading
the religion to Gentiles. Peter, Paul, and James the Just were the most notable of early Christian leaders. Though Paul’s influence on Christian thinking is said to
be more significant than any other New Testament author, the relationship of Paul of Tarsus and Judaism is still disputed today. Rather than having a sudden
split, early Christianity gradually grew apart from Judaism as a predominantly Gentile religion. Christian restorationist propose that the 1st century Apostolic
Age represents a purer form of Christianity that should be adopted in the church as it exists today.
James the Just, whose judgment was adopted in the Apostolic Decree of Acts 15:19-29, “…we should write to them (Gentiles) to abstain only from things
polluted by idols and from fornication and from whatever has been strangled and from blood…” (NRSV). Jewish Christians were among the earliest followers
of Jesus and an important part of Judean society during the mid to late 1st century. This movement was centred around Jerusalem and led by James the Just.
They held faithfully to the Torah (perhaps also Jewish law which was being formalized at the same time), including acceptance of Gentile converts based on a
version of the Noachide laws (Acts 15 and Acts 21).
In Christian circles, “Nazarene” later came to be used as a label for those faithful to Jewish law, in particular for a certain sect. These Jewish Christians, originally
the central group in Christianity, were not at first declared to be unorthodox but were later excluded and denounced. Some Jewish Christian groups, such as the
Ebionites, were considered to have unorthodox beliefs, particularly in relation to their views of Christ and Gentile converts. The Nazarenes, holding to orthodoxy
except in their adherence to Jewish law, were not deemed heretical until the dominance of orthodoxy in the 4th century. The Ebionites may have been a splinter
group of Nazarenes, with disagreements over Christology and leadership. After the condemnation of the Nazarenes, “Ebionite” was often used as a general
pejorative for all related “heresies”. Jewish Christians constituted a separate community from the Pauline Christians but maintained a similar faith, differing only
There was a post-Nicene “double rejection” of the Jewish Christians by both Gentile Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism. It is believed that there was no direct
confrontation or persecution between Gentile and Judaic Christianity. However, by this time the practice of Judeo-Christianity was diluted both by internal
schisms and external pressures. Gentile Christianity remained the sole strand of orthodoxy and imposed itself on the previously Jewish Christian sanctuaries,
taking full control of those houses of worship by the end of the 5th century.
The Nasrani or Syrian Malabar Nasrani community in Kerala, India, is conscious of their Jewish origins. However, they have lost many of their Jewish traditions
because of western influences. The Nasrani are also known as Syrian Christians or St. Thomas Christians. This is because they follow the traditions of Syriac
Christianity and are descendants of the early converts by Thomas the Apostle. Today, they belong to various denominations of Christianity, but they have kept
their unique identity within each of these denominations.
Christian groups and congregations first organized themselves loosely. In Paul’s time, although certain decisions by Elders and Apostles were binding, as in
the Council of Jerusalem, there were no precisely delineated functions yet for bishops, elders, and deacons. A Church hierarchy, however, seems to have
developed by the late 1st century and early 2nd century. These structures were certainly formalized well before the end of the Early Christian period, which
concluded with the legalization of Christianity by Constantine’s Edict of Milan in 313 and the holding of the First Council of Nicea in 325 when the title of
Metropolitan bishop first appears.
Q 2. What is the "Board of Elders with different names"
At the international level, we noticed confusion between an elder from a local church and an elder at the international level, so we decided to name them in a
In our day to day talk, we still refer to them as the president or secretary but in official documents that we use the proper name.
CL# 025.0 Board of Elders who are Adviser and Accountability 12 members
People elected holders of office: minimum 1 x bishop; 2 x clergy; 9 x lays members.
Assist and advise the Church on those matters where prudence requires an outside perspective.
Provide support and outside objective oversight when needed.
Manage and direct the temporal and business affairs of EMMI, as required by the laws
Functions of members of the board and subcommittees:
- Chief Convener referred as Secretary and Chief Executive (President)
- Administration Convener referred as Secretary Head of Human Resource
- Communications Convener refereed as Secretary Communications and Public Relation Committee
- Finance Convener referred to as Chief Finance Officer & Assets Committee
- Property Convener referred as Director of Services & Supplies
- Social Events Convener referred to as Secretary Services and Events Committee
- Worship Convener referred as Pastoral Secretary Faith, Pastoral & Mission Committee / Ecclesiology / Spiritual Services / RTT
- Property Convener
- Social Events Convener
- Social Justice Convener
- Sunday Support Convener
- Worship Convener
Mr. Lyle Arnold
1. The Chief Convener is a member of the Executive Committee and responsible for decision and activities of the Convener Team.
2. Administration Convener: Responsible for ensuring that EMMI is a responsible employer. Ensures that policies and procedures (hiring, supervising
& measuring staff performance) are observed, maintained and updated as necessary.
3. Communications Convener: Responsible for the decisions, activities, committees and volunteers overseeing EMMI’s print and electronic communications.
Members serving the Congregations by maintaining and improving EMMI’s communications throughout the year: Archivist, Board Reporter, Computer and
Network Support, Harmony Editor and proofreaders, List serve monitor, Publicity Community, Webmaster
Denominational Affairs Convener
Bishop Julius O. Nyambuoro
Denominational Affairs Convener, Superintendent Bishop in Kenya
4. Denominational Affairs Convener (Must be a member of the Clergy)
Responsible for the decisions, activities, committees and volunteers representing EMMI within our denomination and to the larger community.
Members serving the Congregations by representing EMMI within the denomination and to the larger community: Lay Chaplains, Chaplaincy Coordinator,
Partner Church Committee; Representatives to the Council.
5. Finance Convener
Supports Conveners & board by presenting financial updates and leading the budget process. Advises: Funds Management Committee & Canvass
Committee. Oversees fiscal year-end financial statements and issuing of tax receipts.
Member Services Convener
Mrs. Joyce A. Baker
Member Services Convener and secretary of the Board
6. Member Services Convener
Responsible for the decisions, activities, committees and volunteers involved with welcoming, integrating, engaging, supporting, keeping track of and
looking out for members throughout the course of their membership. Members serving the Congregations by helping to integrate, keep track of and
ensure care for fellow members over the course of their membership: Membership Committee, Member Engagement Team, Database Team, Caring
Committee, Pastoral Care Team, Planned Giving Committee
Responsible for decisions, activities, committees and volunteers related to programming and religious education for children, youth and adults; Works
closely with the Director of Lifespan Religious Education (DLRE). Program Committees: Members serving the Congregation by helping to create,
maintain and improve religious education programs for children, youth and adults. Adult Program Committee: Course facilitators, time-limited courses.
Youth Program: Youth advisors, Young Adult Council (YAC), Children’s Religious Education (RE) Committee: RE teachers and assistants, family
chapel coordinator, Family Retreat team
8. Property Convener
Responsible for the decisions, activities, committees and volunteers attending to the maintenance of the building and grounds. Members serving the
Congregation by managing the upkeep of our facility inside and out throughout the year: Property Committee, Aesthetics Subcommittee, Grounds
9. Social Events Convener
Responsible for the decisions, activities and volunteers serving to build community through fun and fellowship. Recruits, supports and coaches members
who are organizing congregational events. Members serving the community by organizing short term (social or fundraising) events that deepen
connections, build community and raise money for EMMI or other worthy causes. Previous events have included: auctions, book sales, plant sales,
sandwich sales, rummage sales, breakfasts lunches, dinners, dances, concerts, lectures, cabarets, picnics, retreats, conferences, holiday parties
10. Social Justice Convener
Bishop Marie Y. Arnold
Co-Founder and Leader of New Hope Ministry & Missions
President of the House of Bishops and Board Councillor
Responsible for the decisions, activities, committees and volunteers who are working to address social justice issues and involve members of EMMI
in bringing about change. Members acting on issues that affect the larger community and the world.
11. Sunday Support Convener
Responsible for the decisions, activities, committees and volunteers who ensure the smooth operation and hospitality of Sunday morning activities before
and after the service. Sunday Support Teams: Members serving the Congregation by helping make Sunday mornings run smoothly and feel welcoming:
Arts Committee, Book Shop Volunteers, Coffee Team, Greeters, Library Committee, Office Volunteers, Ushers
Rev. Nkunzimana Fabien
Worship Convener (Must be a member of the Clergy)
Responsible for the decisions, activities, committees and volunteers contributing to Sunday worship services. Manages the volunteers and staff working
to create services that inspire, challenge and offer meaning to our lives. Worship Teams: Members serving the Congregation by helping to create
meaningful worship services: Choir, Dance Group, Music Committee, Musicians, Storyteller Team, Worship Leaders
Q 3. How do I join the Churches Association?
Joining Eric Michel Ministries International is a straight-forward process. Our by-laws specify: If you accept the Articles of Faith as an Christian, then you can
Methodist, Pentecostal and Presbyterian, Christian Universalist, Christian Unitarianist, including the liberal or progressive Christian, shall be enrolled in the
membership of this association by making a pledge each year and it is equal to a confirmation of accepting church beliefs, rules and you must be involve in
activities and supporting your association..
To prepare for membership, to understand its benefits and responsibilities, and to ask questions, there are Inquirers' Classes several times a year.
Times and dates for the class will be published in a newsletter, the official Chaplaincy website and on this website "Events Calendar".
Q 4.What denomination is church affiliated with?
Our affiliates are American, African and Asian Churches of Baptist, Evangelist, Methodist, Pentecostal and Presbyterian
Eric Michel Ministries International is a Multi-Denominational Corporation as:
Q 5. Does it have fees and how much?
Canon 20170421 Membership Fees
All members must pay the yearly due for membership
- Each individu the donation fee are 21.00$/Year
- Each clergy member the donation fee are 65.00$/Year
- Each Associate church, chaplaincy, or any other organism the donation fee are 65.00$/Year per year
- Each Affiliate church, chaplaincy, or any other organism the donation fee are 65.00$/Year plus the fee per attendance as show on graphic.
- Each Affiliate church, chaplaincy, or any other organism like individual members donation fee are 21.00$
EMMI CONDITIONS OF MEMBERSHIP.
- The EMMI IAoC is open not only to congregations but also to individuals.
- The condition for membership is acceptance of Canon Law and agreement to the Constitution.
- Members recognise each other as being Christians and as members of the Eric Michel Ministries International.
- Since the EMMI have jurisdiction, it have power of suspension or expulsion.
- The Eric Michel Ministries International is a hierarchy, and we give assurance as to the validity of members’ Orders or Sacraments,
as to their fitness of character or qualification for office.
- Members are required to recognise the validity of other members’ orders and sacraments.
- Members take on the use at their public services of the Eucharist, for at least 90 % of the time, the Liturgy of the EMMI in one or more of the forms
appearing in any edition of the Liturgy, or a liturgy closely modelled on it.
- The form of ceremonies is to be based upon any edition of EMMI’s “Ceremonies for our Ministries from the Book of Procedure”.
- Member jurisdictions must enter into agreements of inter-communion or open communion
- The EMMI Synod need to maintain a list of members indicating whether they hold worship services. That list will be publicly available so that inquirers
may locate spiritual resources.
- Information as to the existence of intercommunion agreements between members and other members or open communion should be made
- Ordained members must submit details and evidence of their Synod Bishop or District Bishop
- Details and evidence of members succession are to be publicly available
- We will marry same sex couples where local law permits and Church Faith permit it, some church member consider same sex as a sin..
- We will bless same sex unions where local law does not permit marriage.
- We allow the belief in reincarnation but not mandatory.
Methodist Baptist Pentecostal Interdenominational
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