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2-7-2012 North American Division Administration Releases Update on E60 Policy

Conference/Mission President

On October 31, at the 2011 North American Division (NAD) Year-end Meeting, executive committee members voted to affirm the Working Policy E 60 (Conference/Mission President) as it is written in the 2010-2011 Working Policy book to state the following: 
E 60 Conference/Mission President
Inasmuch as the conference/mission president stands at the head of the ministry in the conference/mission and is the chief elder, or overseer of all the churches, a conference/mission president should be an ordained/commissioned minister. 
After careful study and consultation with  the General Conference Office of General Counsel the North American Division Executive Committee (NADCOM), on Thursday, January 19, voted to ask the Division President to write a letter to the full Committee advising them that the Division did not have the authority to change the wording of the E-60 Policy and that the word “commissioned” would be omitted in the 2011-2012 edition of the NAD Working Policy.  This action was based upon the opinion/finding that Divisions do not have the independent right to develop policies, which are out of harmony with the General Conference Model Constitution or voted General Conference Working Policy.  While all Divisions have the authority to develop and implement policies related to their field they may not act independently when it comes to voted General Conference policies.   
In bringing this matter to the floor in 2010 and 2011 the NAD Administration was working under the assumption that the North American Division had constituent authority.  
Note: Please see the enclosed detailed letter from Pastor Dan Jackson, NAD president, to the executive committee members concerning this decision.  The letter was released to the members of the North American Division on February 6, 2012. 
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