Canon Law The Organisation (Chaplaincy Members)

Canon 20170401 Membership Goal

  1. The membership for each chaplaincy it’s between 50 and 100 members under the direction of a Superintendent Chaplain.
  2. When membership reaches 120, 20 members need to be transferred to a new chaplaincy under the direction of a Superintendent Chaplain.
  3. When another chaplaincy is in place, both chaplaincies are under the direction of a Bishop Assistant Chief Chaplain
  4. When we have four (4) chaplaincies in place a Bishop Associate Chief Chaplain will be installed.
  5. When we have height (8) chaplaincies in place a Bishop Deputy Chief Chaplain will be installed.

Canon 20170402 Help in Function

  1. Each Bishop Assistant Chief Chaplain will have under is command a Bishop Ordinary to help in his function or a Master Chaplain Minister.
  2. Each Bishop Associate Chief Chaplain will have under is command two (2) Bishops Ordinary to help in his function or a combination of Bishop Ordinary and/or Master Chaplain Minister.
  3. Bishop Deputy Chief Chaplain will have under is command four (4) Bishops Ordinary to help in his function. No Master Chaplain Minister will be of assistance.
  4. The Archbishop  will be assisted by the President of the House of Bishops the Bishop Chief Chaplain with the three (3) Bishop Church Commissioners appointed and represent the chaplaincy and in
    an extreme case the Bishop Steward

Canon 20170403 Repartition of members by rank

  1. Bishop Assistant Chief Chaplain should be overseen between 200 and 300 members
  2. Bishop Associate Chief Chaplain should be overseen between 300 and 700 members
  3. Bishop Deputy Chief Chaplain should be overseen between 700 and 1 000 members, and it will be called a region

Canon 20170404 Members to start a chaplaincy
Each group need to reach 25 members to be called a chaplaincy with a minimum of 5 members on the Board of Elders and it is lead by a Superintendent Chaplain. If no Chaplain is qualified for the task the group fall under the New Hope Ministry and Missions.

Canon 20170405 The Ministry of New Hope and Missions
Each group can be started with 10 members

Canon 20170406  The Ministry of New Hope and Missions Ranks:

  1. Lay Reader
  2. Lay Minister or Licenced Minister
  3. Lay Evangelist and Lay Group Leader
  4. Lay Deacon member of the Board of Elders.
  5. Pastor ordained with a Bach Diploma
  6. Senior Pastor
  7. Minister Sub-Deacon
  8. Minister Deacon in charge of a fellowship
  9. Archdeacon
  10. Bishop
  11. House Of Bishops
  12. Archbishop
  13. Bible
  14. Christ

Canon 20170407  The New Hope Ministry & Missions Bishop
The Bishop is a member of the House of Bishop, but cannot be elected or named for a higher rank or position
The Bishop can request a transfer to the Chaplain Bishop if he qualifies.

Canon 20170408  The Ministry of New Hope and Missions Group
The ministry will be in full function with 10 members under a Lay Minister or Licenced Minister
The group will be operated under the Chief Chaplain until the membership reaches 25, at this time a Board of Elders needs to be in place under it’s President. If a religious authority is needed a Lay Deacon will be appointed.

Canon 20170409

The New Testament does not give any directions concerning the number of deacons a church should have.

The Deacon role is the same as a pastor, deacons are to be appointed to take care of administrative or organizational tasks, ushering, being responsible for building maintenance, or volunteering to be the church treasurer. It depends on the need and the gifts of the available men.

The responsibilities of a deacon are everything that does not include the duties of an elder or pastor, which is to preach, teach, and exhort.
The qualifications for a deacon’s character are to be blameless, the husband of one wife, a good household manager, respectable, honest, not addicted to alcohol and not greedy.
A responsibility defined as held accountable

NHM&M Baptist polity affirmed two scriptural officers of a New Testament church, pastor and deacon. Baptists believe the Bible teaches that all Christians are called to serve and minister to others in Christ’s name, but some are called and gifted by God to function in specific roles of ministry, such as pastors and deacons.

Canon 20170409.1  Each  NHM&M Group selects (calls) the person to be its pastor.

  1. When the church is pastorless, the congregation elects a pastor search committee to prayerfully evaluate the qualifications of various persons to be the church’s pastor.
  2. After careful deliberation, the committee recommends to the church as a whole the person it believes God wants to be the pastor.
  3. The prospective pastor visits the church and preaches “in view of a call.” The congregation then votes on whether or not to “call” the person. If the vote is favourable, the prospective pastor either accepts or declines.
  4. A pastor serves in the church as long as both pastor and congregation agree the relationship should continue.
  5. The Pastor needed to have a Bach from the FoJS or equivalent and it’s nomination need to be approved by the House of Bishops, one or more candidate can be referred.

Canon 20170409.2  NHM&M Deacons or Deaconess
The second office is that of deacon. Whereas pastors are usually selected from persons outside the membership of the congregation, deacons are selected from within the membership.

The biblical qualifications for a deacon focus primarily on character and relationships within the church, family and community. Deacons are to be persons of impeccable character and deep faith who rely on the Holy Spirit.

They are to care for the physical needs of the congregation so that pastors can concentrate on spiritual needs. The deacons are not viewed as a governing body but as servant leaders.
NHM&M process of selecting deacons involves the entire congregation, the common practice is for the entire members to vote on who will be selected as deacons.

  1. The role of a deacon is asked to evaluate and recommend major matters to be brought to the entire congregation for a vote.
  2. The leadership of the group or fellowship to the deacons with pastoral guidance from a senior pastor.
  3. NHM&M involve deacons in various ministries, such as visiting the sick, helping families in distress and providing relief to the poor.
  4. Deacon is ordained Lay Minister or Licenced Minister by a Bishop
Canon 20170409.3  Physical Responsibility to the Pastor

  1. The deacon should always be looking for opportunities to free his pastor from tasks that could hinder his time with the Lord and his family.
  2. The deacon should also be aware of the heavy spiritual and emotional load that the pastor carries, and make sure that he is given opportunities to get away for some rest and rejuvenation.

Canon 20170409.4  Fiscal Responsibility to the Pastor

  1. It is also the responsibility of the deacons to make sure that the pastor has the resources to take care of himself and his family. Even if the pastor is volunteer work and he has other incomes to live with its family, the Deacon may be a call to address some financial issue that the pastor may have.

The pastor fulfills his ministry is the opportunity that deacons have to minister to people.
These responsibilities should be identified and appointed by the pastor.
Every ministry group or fellowship is different and every pastor’s needs in this area are different.

Areas that are often blessings to a pastor:

  • Caring: meeting the physical and emotional needs of the widows and others within the Ministry family
  • Counsellingassisting at the altar, front door, and other occasions as needed
  • Countingtaking care of the tithes and offerings of the Ministry
  • CommitteesStanding committees such as finance, building, missions, etc., that can be called into action to assist the pastor as needed

The Word of God identifies the role and responsibilities of a deacon. Deacons are scripturally qualified men who are chosen by the Ministry from among its membership and appointed by the Bishop to serve specific needs within the Ministry that would otherwise distract the pastor from prayer and the ministry of the word.

Canon 20170410  Role of lay ministers
They do not compete with ordained ministers but fulfill duties under the direction of ministers, pastors or deacons

  1. Lay ministers are accountable lay who accept a leadership role for specific forms of service.
  2. Leadership roles may include the work of preaching, worship, sacrament, pastoral care, education, or other forms of service.
  3. Lay ministers apply to their Chaplaincy for a licence to administer the sacraments if it is part of their ministry. This role is by appointment.

Canon 20170410.1 Settings
Work in these types of settings:

  1. solo ministry in a Chaplaincy or Ministry at NHM&M
  2. team ministry in a Chaplaincy or Ministry at NHM&M
  3. Chaplaincy Community ministry at a local pastoral charge

The ordained are called from the laity for particular ministries such as presiding at the Eucharist but remain at all times part of the laity.

Canon 20170410.2  Policy and Procedures

Canon 20170410.3 Training
The Lay Ministry Diploma Program is offered through FoJS/BA.


Lay Membership 

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