PCG Oklahoma District Convention 2015 Resolutions

1) Resolution:

Amend the qualifications of the District Bishop in Article V, paragraph 1, subparagraph A (page 34), by inserting “of which no less than five (5) years must be as a Senior/Lead Pastor”, so the first sentence reads as follows: The District Bishop shall be an ordained male minister, not less than thirty five (35) years of age, with at least ten (10) years of experience in the ministry, of which no less than five (5) years must be as a Senior/Lead Pastor, and one (1) years membership in the District.

Rationale:

This wording change further defines the minimum experience requirements for the District Bishop.

Submitted by and recommended by the Executive Committee

2) Resolution:

Amend the qualifications of the Executive Officers in Article V (pages 35 & 36), with the exception of the District Bishop, by striking “with no less than five (5) years ordained experience” and replacing it with “with at least seven (7) years’ experience in the active ministry, of which no less than five (5) years must be as a Senior/Lead Pastor.”

Rationale:

This wording change redefines the minimum experience requirements for Executive Offices.

Submitted by and recommended by Former Bishop Clyde Hess and the Executive Committee

3) Resolution:

Amend Article V, paragraph 5, subparagraph A (page 36) by adding to the last sentence “to serve a term of two (2) years”.

Rationale:

This would change the Director of Finances term from three (3) years to two (2) years making it the same as other Executives.

Submitted by and recommended by the District Board

4) Resolution:

To bring consistency for all District Ministries, amend the bylaws as required so that all District Ministries Directors are seated on the District Board provided the Directors are ordained ministers.

Rationale:

This change would allow an equal voice for all District Ministries on the District Board. In regards to concerns about women seated on the Board, please note that the current bylaws already allows women to be seated on the District Board since the DYD is seated on the District Board and may be a woman.

Submitted by and recommended by the Executive Committee

5) Resolution

Add the following to Article V, paragraph #2, as a new subparagraph: “In the event the District Secretary / Treasurer’s Office is temporarily filled by a District Board appointee, the appointee shall serve at the discretion of the District Board with respect to full time status”.

Rationale:

In the event the District Secretary/Treasurers Office had to be filled by District Board appointment, it would be unreasonable to ask a minister to leave their current pastorate or job to serve for only a short time until the next convention. This resolution would allow the District Board to work with the appointed minister in regards to his employment until elected by Convention.

Submitted by and recommended by the District Board

6) Resolution:

Add the following to Article IV, paragraph #3 (page 33) as a new sub-paragraph: “The Executive Committee shall serve as the Financial Committee for the PCG Oklahoma District Inc.”

Rationale:

Adding this statement to the bylaws will clarify for banking and legal purposes the authority of the Executive Committee to authorize financial business between District Board meetings.

Submitted by and recommended by the District Board

7) Resolution:

After evaluating the financial obligations and income of the Benevolence Fund as required by the 2012 Convention in Article VIII, paragraph #2, subparagraph F (page 46); “Be it resolved that there be no change to Benevolence Fund at this time and that it be reevaluated in three years (2018).”

Rationale:

Current bylaws state in Article VIII, paragraph #2, subparagraph F, “in three years (2015) evaluate if the District can stop or reduce the $10/month Benevolence Fund payment by Credentialed Ministers.” After reviewing the income and expenses of the fund it is recommended that there be no changes to the Benevolence Fund at this time since there has been very little decrease in the monthly benevolence obligations.

Submitted by and recommended by the Executive Committee

8) Resolution:

Article V, paragraph #6, subparagraph A (page 37); be it resolved that the words “SENIOR PASTOR” be removed.

Rationale:

That a presbyter does not have to be a senior pastor to become a presbyter.

Submitted by Rev. Delbert White

9) Resolution:

Amend Article V, paragraph #6, subparagraph “A” (page 37) by striking the word “males”.

Rationale:

When ethically possible, ministry positions should always be filled by the best qualified individuals regardless of gender. Since a woman may already be seated on the District Board as a DYD, to not allow a qualified woman pastor to serve on the District Board as a Sectional Presbyter presents a double standard and seems ethically flawed.

Submitted by Rev. Carroll Smith

10) Resolution:

Article IV, paragraph #2, subparagraph D (page 32); be it resolved the last line of (D) read as follows, “A special District Board meeting may be called by notifying all the members of the District Board at least 24 hours prior to the meeting by telephone, letter, or email unless said meeting is called during the business session of District Convention.

Rationale:

Even though it may be an unscheduled event (emergency) there must be enough time for the members to gather.

Submitted by Rev. Edward E. Cunningham, D. Min.

11) Resolution:

Amend Article VI, paragraph #5, subparagraph B (page 42) by striking the current wording and replacing it with “The District Board shall be authorized to schedule Ordination Services at regularly scheduled District Meetings and other special called services as deemed beneficial for both the District and the Ordinates.”

Rationale:

This change will allow for ordinates to receive their official ordination at times other than just District Convention. For example, an ordination candidate who completed the process over the summer would be able to be ordained in October at Camp Meeting as opposed to having to wait until June of the next year, which is our current process.

Submitted by and recommended by the District Board

12) Resolution:

Strike Article VIII, paragraph #8, subparagraph A (page 48) from the bylaws and move to District Board Policy.

Rationale:

Moving this item to District Board Policy allows the District Board to make changes to the local church convention assessments as may be required to cover General Assessments and expenses. For example the current General Assessment is $40/church and our bylaw requires only $35/church; hence, the District is paying the difference.

Submitted by and recommended by the District Board

13) Resolution:

Amend Article IX, paragraph #2 (page 48) by striking the current wording and replacing it with “The Annual District Camp Meeting shall be held during the month of October or as schedule allows. The dates, place, and selection of speakers shall be determined by the District Board.”

Rationale:

This change simply updates the wording to match the current Camp Meeting practices.

Submitted by and recommended by the District Board

14) Resolution:

Amend the District Bylaws as required to accommodate changing the tithing structure of the district ministers to be as follows: All ministers, regardless of their credential level, send 60% of their tithe (both secular and ministerial) to the District Office with the remaining 40% going into their local church or ministry.

Rationale:

The current financial structure of the Oklahoma District was established at a time when a large number of pastors were in fulltime ministry positions and received compensation as fulltime ministers. Hence, to have only those in fulltime ministry send 100% of their tithe to the District Office sustained the need and vision of the time.

In this current day, there are very few fulltime ministers in this district. Most of our pastors are bi-vocational and receive little or no compensation from their church. Adding to the issues surrounding tithing practices are philosophical differences concerning a distinction between secular and ministerial tithe. Add in the documented church facts of declining church attendance, declining church revenues, and a declining number of PCG ministers and PCG churches, the end result is that the old financial structure can no longer sustain the minimum financial needs of the district.

This resolution proposes a new financial structure by changing the ministerial tithing to a uniform system for all ministers. This uniformity eliminates confusion caused by credential level, fulltime status, and philosophical differences. While this may not be the ultimate solution, the time has come to move past long held traditions and practices, to move past personal feelings and preferences, and to move toward finding a solution for the long term future of the PCG Oklahoma District.

Submitted by Rev. Carroll Smith

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