At the international level, we noticed confusion between an elder from a local church and an elder at the international level, so we decided to name them in a different way.
In our day to day talk, we still refer to them as the president or secretary but in official documents that we use the proper name.
CL# 025.0 Board of Elders who are Adviser and Accountability 12 members
People elected holders of office: minimum 1 x bishop; 2 x clergy; 9 x lays members.
- Assist and advise the Church on those matters where prudence requires an outside perspective.
- Provide support and outside objective oversight when needed.
- Manage and direct the temporal and business affairs of EMMI, as required by the laws
Functions of members of the board and subcommittees:
- Chief Convener referred as Secretary and Chief Executive (President)
- Administration Convener referred as Secretary Head of Human Resource
- Communications Convener refereed as Secretary Communications and Public Relation Committee
- Finance Convener referred to as Chief Finance Officer & Assets Committee
- Property Convener referred as Director of Services & Supplies
- Social Events Convener referred to as Secretary Services and Events Committee
- Worship Convener referred as Pastoral Secretary Faith, Pastoral & Mission Committee / Ecclesiology / Spiritual Services / RTT
- Property Convener
- Social Events Convener
- Social Justice Convener
- Sunday Support Convener
- Worship Convener
Mr. Lyle Arnold
1-The Chief Convener is a member of the Executive Committee and responsible for decision and activities of the Convener Team.
2- Administration Convener: Responsible for ensuring that EMMI is a responsible employer. Ensures that policies and procedures (hiring, supervising & measuring staff performance) are observed, maintained and updated as necessary.
3- Communications Convener: Responsible for the decisions, activities, committees and volunteers overseeing EMMI’s print and electronic communications. Members serving the Congregations by maintaining and improving EMMI’s communications throughout the year: Archivist, Board Reporter, Computer and Network Support, Harmony Editor and proofreaders, Listserve monitor, Publicity Community, Webmaster
Denominational Affairs Convener
Bishop Julius O. Nyambuoro
Denominational Affairs Convener, Superintendent Bishop in Kenya
4- Denominational Affairs Convener (Must be a member of the Clergy)
Responsible for the decisions, activities, committees and volunteers representing EMMI within our denomination and to the larger community. Members serving the Congregations by representing EMMI within the denomination and to the larger community: Lay Chaplains, Chaplaincy Coordinator, Partner Church Committee; Representatives to the Council.
5- Finance Convener
Supports Conveners & board by presenting financial updates and leading the budget process. Advises: Funds Management Committee & Canvass Committee. Oversees fiscal year-end financial statements and issuing of tax receipts.
Member Services Convener
Mrs. Joyce A. Baker
Member Services Convener and secretary of the Board
6-Member Services Convener
Responsible for the decisions, activities, committees and volunteers involved with welcoming, integrating, engaging, supporting, keeping track of and looking out for members throughout the course of their membership. Members serving the Congregations by helping to integrate, keep track of and ensure care for fellow members over the course of their membership: Membership Committee, Member Engagement Team, Database Team, Caring Committee, Pastoral Care Team, Planned Giving Committee
7- Programs Convener
Responsible for decisions, activities, committees and volunteers related to programming and religious education for children, youth and adults; Works closely with the Director of Lifespan Religious Education (DLRE). Program Committees: Members serving the Congregation by helping to create, maintain and improve religious education programs for children, youth and adults. Adult Program Committee: Course facilitators, time-limited courses. Youth Program: Youth advisors, Young Adult Council (YAC), Children’s Religious Education (RE) Committee: RE teachers and assistants, family chapel coordinator, Family Retreat team
8- Property Convener
Responsible for the decisions, activities, committees and volunteers attending to the maintenance of the building and grounds. Members serving the Congregation by managing the upkeep of our facility inside and out throughout the year: Property Committee, Aesthetics Subcommittee, Grounds Committee
9- Social Events Convener
Responsible for the decisions, activities and volunteers serving to build community through fun and fellowship. Recruits, supports and coaches members who are organizing congregational events. Members serving the community by organizing short term (social or fundraising) events that deepen connections, build community and raise money for EMMI or other worthy causes. Previous events have included: auctions, book sales, plant sales, sandwich sales, rummage sales, breakfasts lunches, dinners, dances, concerts, lectures, cabarets, picnics, retreats, conferences, holiday parties
Social Justice Convener
Bishop Marie Y. Arnold
Co-Founder and Leader of New Hope Ministry & Missions
President of the House of Bishops and Board Councillor
10- Social Justice Convener
Responsible for the decisions, activities, committees and volunteers who are working to address social justice issues and involve members of EMMI in bringing about change. Members acting on issues that affect the larger community and the world.
11- Sunday Support Convener
Responsible for the decisions, activities, committees and volunteers who ensure the smooth operation and hospitality of Sunday morning activities before and after the service. Sunday Support Teams: Members serving the Congregation by helping make Sunday mornings run smoothly and feel welcoming: Arts Committee, Book Shop Volunteers, Coffee Team, Greeters, Library Committee, Office Volunteers, Ushers
Rev. Nkunzimana Fabien
12- Worship Convener (Must be a member of the Clergy)
Responsible for the decisions, activities, committees and volunteers contributing to Sunday worship services. Manages the volunteers and staff working to create services that inspire, challenge and offer meaning to our lives. Worship Teams: Members serving the Congregation by helping to create meaningful worship services: Choir, Dance Group, Music Committee, Musicians, Storyteller Team, Worship Leaders