The Eric Michel Ministries International Corporation is a chaplaincy, all priorities of the corporation are toward the Chaplaincy, all duties are done by and for the chaplains and the community which the Chaplaincy serves.
The EMMI Chaplaincy is not social workers; our competence is spiritual or moral; we will not get involved in other corporations’ mandate. If the situation requires more attention, we will refer to the appropriate organism, including different faiths.
Christian Methodist Episcopal Nonconforming Chaplaincy
The difference between our CMENC Corporation (EMMI) and other Christian Methodist Episcopal Churches even if we have similar religious beliefs, tasks, duties and events.
- Our Chaplains are ordained ministers.
- We do not have activities in manifestations, we support them morally, but we do not get involved in groups.
- We do not own a church, but we have a chapel for our ministries, including our worship days.
- We do have activities like lunches, suppers, choirs, night Out, men or women meetings, etc.
- We do have a welcoming congregation as any open-minded organization, and we respect the human rights chart.
- We do have a calendar of celebrations.
- We do not hold activities like environmental or others
- We do not offer a Caring Committee, LGBT Support Committee, Going Greener Committee, etc.,
- We offer support on one on one base. If it needs to be more deeply, we will refer to an organism mandated for it.
The Christian Methodist Episcopal Nonconforming Chaplaincy is the founder of the Methodist Episcopal Nonconforming Conference since 2017 with the creation of the Interdenominational Assembly of Churches Ministry in association with the Pentecostal Church of Andhra Pradesh in India and with the United Methodist Church of Malawi in Africa and the Christian Evangelist Church in Uganda and our own New Hope Ministry and Missions (Baptist) in Canada.
We are Nonconformist Protestant who do not “conform” to the governance and usages of the established Churches.
Wikipedia: The term was precipitated after the Restoration of the British monarchy in 1660, when the Act of Uniformity 1662 re-established the opponents of reform within the Church of England. By the late 19th century the term specifically included the Reformed Christians (Presbyterians, Congregationalists and other Calvinist sects), plus the Baptists and Methodists. The English Dissenters such as the Puritans who violated the Act of Uniformity 1559, typically by practicing radical, sometimes separatist, dissent, were retrospectively labelled as Nonconformists. In the late 19th century the new terms “free churchman” and “Free Church” started to replace “dissenter” or “Nonconformist”. One influential Nonconformist minister was Matthew Henry, who beginning in 1710 published his multi-volume Commentary that is still used and available in the 21st century. Isaac Watts is an equally recognized Nonconformist minister whose hymns are still sung by Christians worldwide. Today, Protestant churches independent of the Anglican Church of England or the Presbyterian Church of Scotland are often called “free churches” meaning they are free from state control. This term is used
interchangeably with “Nonconformist”. In Scotland, the Anglican Scottish Episcopal Church is considered Nonconformist (despite its English counterpart’s status) and in England, the United Reformed Church, principally a union of Presbyterians and Congregationalists, is in a similar position. In Wales the strong traditions of Nonconformist can be traced to the Welsh Methodist revival; Wales effectively had become a Nonconformist country by the mid-19th century. The influence of Nonconformist in the early part of the 20th century, boosted by the 1904 – 1905 Welsh Revival, led to the disestablishment of the Anglican Church in Wales in 1920 and the formation of the Church in Wales.
Our mandate as the Interdenominational Assembly of Churches is to be open to all Christians of all denominations. Our Ecumenism is any interdenominational initiative aimed at greater cooperation among Christian churches.
The term “ecumenism” refers to efforts by Christians of different Church traditions to develop closer relationships and better understandings.
The term is also often used to refer to efforts towards the visible and organic unity of different Christian denominations in some form. The adjective ecumenical can also be applied to any interdenominational initiative that encourages greater cooperation among Christians and their churches, whether or not the specific aim of that effort is full, visible unity. The terms ecumenism and ecumenical come from the Greek (oikumene), which means “the whole inhabited world”, and was historically used with specific reference to the Roman Empire. The ecumenical vision comprises both the search for the visible unity of the Church (Ephesians 4:3) and the “whole inhabited earth” (Matthew 24:14) as the concern of all Christians. In Christianity the qualification ecumenical is originally (and still) used in terms such as “ecumenical council “and
“Ecumenical Patriarch” in the meaning of pertaining to the totality of the larger Church (such as the Catholic Church or the Orthodox Church) rather than being restricted to one of its constituent local churches or dioceses. Used in this original sense, the term carries no connotation of re-uniting the historically separated Christian denominations, but presumes a unity of local congregations in a worldwide communion.
- CL004.15 The EMMI Christian Organization is in the form ecumenism. We are Christians having solely Christ as our Leader, Teacher and Model.
- CL004.16 The organization practices universal membership. It welcomes adherents at its services without requirement that they hold specific beliefs on condition.
- CL004.19 We the members of the Eric Michel Ministries International, hold that all men and women are created in God’s image and likeness and that the same divine teaching on how they should live is written in every human heart, all persons are to be treated with dignity and equality, each person having the same fundamental
Keep in mind that a Chaplain serve all people, not only Christians but also Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, agnostics and atheists and anything in between.
Eric Michel Ministries International and The Network of Affiliate Chaplaincies (EMMINAC)
A bishop is an ordained member of EMMI clergy who is generally entrusted with a position of high authority and oversight. As for bishops of EMMI, according to the 2010 Manual, a bishop is an ordained clergyman who presides over a certain jurisdiction ministry and is in charge of officiating over members that he supervises.
A bishop also oversees and supervises everything religious that goes on in their jurisdiction.
The Presiding Bishop (Archbishop) is one of the main and highly authoritative figures of EMMI, because who ever holds the office and position is in charge of supervising all religious matters and affairs that take place.
According to EMMI manual, a bishop is supposed to carry out his duties justly and fairly. If he does not, he can be removed from his position as a bishop and be suspended from EMMI clergy. (Note: he can be she also)
The form of address for the clergy varies according to order, rank, and level of education. The most common forms are the following: Most Rev for the archbishop, Right Rev for bishop (Rt. Rev.) and Reverend for minister.
Eric Michel Ministries International (EMMI) does not assume any legal responsibility for its ministers. Neither the EMMI nor the individual minister is an agent for or of the other. However, each minister is answerable to the EMMI and does come under the Episcopal oversight of the Symposium via the House of Bishops. If an investigation finds serious violations of Christian ethics, morals, and values have indeed been committed, certain sanctions can and may be applied, up to and including, removal and/or revocation of the minister’s credentials. Each EMMI minister is self-supporting and Eric Michel Ministries International does not provide funds for such support.