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NETWORK FOR INTERIM MINISTRY OF SOUTHERN AFRICA - BY LAWS

ADOPTED – SEPTEMBER 2008

  1. NAME:
    The name of this organization is the Network for Interim Ministry of Southern Africa, hereinafter referred to as NIMSA.
  2. PRINCIPAL OFFICE AND COMMUNICATIONS
    The principal office of NIMSA shall provisionally be situate at Pretoria. The electronic address shall be nimsa@mweb.co.za and website at www.NIMSA.co.za.
  3. PURPOSE
    1. The purpose of NIMSA is to be an ecumenical body of interim ministry specialists who serve the Lord Jesus Christ through the education and training of it's members and future members and to support and encourage those involved in leading congregations during times of transition, particularly during the interim period between pastors.
    2. NIMSA shall be a forum where professional standards can be formulated and a network of interim ministry specialists can be established, providing an opportunity for mutual fellowship, support and exchange of ideas.
  4. MEMBERSHIP
    1. Membership of NIMSA shall be open to all persons, clergy or lay, and organizations who are actively engaged in leadership of congregations especially during times of change and transition and/or are committed to the development and improvement of the knowledge and skills required during such interim periods and times of transition in the life of the Church.
      Individuals: Individual members shall consist of those individuals, clergy or lay, with an interest in church transition and who meet any additional requirements for individual membership as may be imposed by the Governing Body from time to time. Each individual member shall be considered a voting member.
      Organizations and Corporations: Organization and corporate members shall consist of any congregation, church organization or corporation involved in congregational leadership, churches or church organizations and that meet any additional requirements for organization membership as my be imposed by the Governing Body from time to time. Each member organization or corporation shall have two representatives, with one designated as the primary contact and that individual shall be considered a voting member.
      Honorary Members: The Governing body may designate individuals as honorary members using such criteria as the Governing Body may develop. Honorary members shall not be voting members.
    2. Voting Rights: Only members in good standing shall have the right to vote at the Annual Meeting of the members, as well as to vote on such other issues as the Governing Body may choose to bring before the members. Good standing shall be defined as current in dues.
    3. Membership Meetings: There shall be an Annual Meeting of the members. During the Annual Meeting, voting members shall have the right to vote on the election of the Governing Body; approval of any amendments to the by laws that may be proposed by the Governing Body; and any other matters the Governing Body may choose to bring before the members.
    4. Notice of Membership Meetings: Notice shall be in writing. Notice may be communicated in person and it may be given using the postal service to the address on record, by facsimile to the number on record, or by email to the address on record. The notice shall be deemed to be delivered when sent. In calculating time periods for notice, the first day shall not be counted but the last day shall be counted.
      Notice of time, day and place of every membership meeting shall be given no fewer than twenty-one (21) days prior to the meeting nor more than sixty (60) days before the meeting date.
      If an annual, regular, or special meeting of members is adjourned to a different date, time, or place, notice need not be given of the new date, time, or place if the new date, time, or place is announced at the meeting before adjournment.
      A member's attendance at a meeting – waives objection to lack of notice or defective notice of the meeting, unless the member at the beginning of the meeting objects to holding the meeting or transacting business at the meeting; and waives objection to consideration of a particular matter at the meeting that is not within the purpose or purposes described in the meeting notice, unless the member objects to considering the matter when it is presented.
    5. Quorum and Voting: Each voting member in good standing shall have one vote at any meeting of the members. A quorum shall consist of one third of the total voting members present in person at the Annual Meeting. A majority of the votes cast at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall constitute the action of the members. Voting rights of a member shall not be delegated to another and there shall be no proxy votes.
    6. Removal: Any member may be removed from membership for cause, one of which is defined as failure to pay dues.
      No member may be removed from membership unless they have been notified at least fifteen (15) days prior to removal and have been given an opportunity for a fair and reasonable hearing to take place not less than five (5) days prior to the effective date of the removal.
  5. OFFICERS
    1. The officers of NIMSA shall consist of a Chairperson, Vice-chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer, each elected for a three (3) year term. After serving not more than two consecutive terms in any combination of offices, officers shall not be eligible for election for a period of one year.
    2. The Governing Body shall consist of the officers and not less than two (2) and not more than four (4) additional members. The Chairperson shall be the presiding officer of the Governing Body.
    3. A majority of the members of the Governing Body then in office, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of the business at any meeting of the Governing Body.
    4. The officers shall receive no remuneration for acting as such. In extraordinary cases, expenses for officer participation may be re imbursed. The Chairperson shall approve re imbursement for such cases.
    5. Any member of the Governing Body may resign at any time by giving written notice to the Chairperson of NIMSA. Such member shall continue to serve on the Governing Body until a replacement is named. If any member of the governing Body shall miss three (3) successive meetings without excuse, the Governing Body may remove that member by a two thirds majority vote of the Governing Body. Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term by majority vote of the remaining members of the Governing Body.
  6. AMENDMENTS TO BY LAWS
    Any proposed amendments to these by laws shall be submitted in writing to the Secretary of NIMSA. The Governing Body will review and present such proposed amendments to the membership of NIMSA at the next Annual Meeting. Upon approval of two thirds of the members voting at the Annual Meeting, such amendments will take effect immediately.
  7. DISSOLUTION
    In the event of the dissolution of NIMSA all assets will be distributed to an organization with similar objectives and purposes to NIMSA.
  8. GOVERNING PRINCIPLE
    These by laws will be of force and effect and governed by the principles of good governance and adherence to Holy Scripture as a guide line in the determination and interpretation of these by laws.