The Symposium

The Symposium is our General Assembly

The annual symposium shall be held each year on third Monday in January or another day appointed by the congregation’s vote, at such time and place as shall be fixed by the Synod. The purpose of the annual meeting shall be to elect officers and trustees, elect members of the nominating committee, adopt the budget for the following fiscal year and to hear officers’, ministers’ and committees’ reports.

Adoption of the last symposium agenda

  • The plan for the Annual Symposium shall include the approval of an annual budget
  • Special Symposium may be called by the Board or by the receipt of a written petition requesting such a meeting signed by at least fifteen percent (15%) of all voting
    members. The Secretary of the Board shall call such a meeting. A call for a Special Symposium, either by the Board or by petition, shall state the purpose of the    meeting.
  • No other business may conduct at such a meeting. The Synod may call the special Symposium of the Corporation. If a written request to the Synod by any fifty
  • Special Symposium may be called by the Archbishop and, or the Secretary Chief Executive (Elders Board’s President)

The Symposium is deferent of the general assembly because it doesn’t have an end time or date. It can last a day, like in 2020 or a week as the 2019, even three days in 2018. We needed to use this form for our General Assembly because our members are around the planet with different time zones.

Dated 2015.03.18

CANON LAWS
Symposiums – Synods – Conclave Elections

Under Canon Laws Articles 004, 007, 010, 013. Read Symposium, Synods, Election document
Election of the Board of Elders refer to the Chaplaincy

Canon Laws Article 018 The Presiding Bishop of the Eric Michel Ministries International is the chief ecumenical officer of the chaplaincies, and the leader and caretaker for the bishops of the Permanent Synods.

The Presiding Bishop chairs the Chaplaincies-wide Assemblies plus the IAoC Ministry Association and provides for the preparation of agendas for the Symposium, the House of Bishops and its executive committee the Board of Executives Elders, and the Board of Elders Advisors and Accountability.

The Presiding Bishop of the EMMI is elected for life, he is charged with initiating policy, developing strategy and overseeing administration of the entire EMMI Chaplaincies.

The Presiding Bishop also serves as a figurehead and speaks on behalf of the entire Chaplaincy, he is also known as the Archbishop.

The Presiding Bishop of the Eric Michel Ministries International is the chief ecumenical officer of the chaplaincies, and the leader and caretaker for the bishops of the Permanent Synods. The Presiding Bishop chairs the Chaplaincies-wide Assemblies and provides for the preparation of agendas for the Symposium, the House of Bishops and its executive committee the Board of Executives Elders, and the Board of Elders. The Presiding Bishop of the EMMI is elected for life, he is charged with initiating policy, developing strategy and overseeing administration of the entire EMMI Chaplaincies. The Presiding Bishop also serves as a figurehead and speaks on behalf of the entire
Chaplaincy, he is also known as the Archbishop.

Presiding Bishop of the House of Bishops

The presiding officer of the House of Bishops is the Presiding Bishop. Both houses and all members of Class “A” takes part in the selection of a new Presiding Bishop. When a new Presiding Bishop is to be elected, the houses meet together in a joint session, and call for a Special Symposium. During the 21 days session, any members can nominate additional candidates from the Permanent Synod. The Conclave (Chaplain Bishops & NHMM Bishops) elects the Presiding Bishop from among all 36 nominees or less. The results of the election are reported to the House of Bishops.

Other officers

The presiding officers of the Board of the Permanent Synod are the president and vice president. A treasurer is elected by the two houses at every regular meeting of the Symposium. The treasurer formulates the budget of EMMI, receives and disburses all money collected under the authority of the convention, and with the approval of the Presiding Bishop invests surplus funds. If the office of treasurer becomes vacant, the Archbishop and the President of the Board of Elders appoints a treasurer until a new election is held. The Executive Elders is Most Rev. Dr. Eric M. Gagnon, The Vice-President is the Rt. Rev. Marie Y. Arnold MSc. D. for the implantation of the Chaplaincy 2014.

At each regular meeting of the Symposium, the Secretary of the House of Elders is by concurrent action of both houses made the secretary of the Symposium. The secretary oversees the publishing of the Journal of the Symposium. In addition, the secretary also notifies the bishops and secretaries of every chaplaincies about the Symposium, especially alterations to the constitution of the EMMI. If the offices of president and vice president become vacant, the secretary calls for duties of the Synod for the Symposium until the next Archbishop is in active duty.

The Board of Executive Elders oversees all aspects of the work of Chaplaincy governance, from site selection through supervision and funding of the work mandated by the convention”. He supervises the secretary, treasurer, and manager before and after the Symposium and heads the executive office of the Symposium which coordinates the work of the committees, commissions, boards, and agencies.

Canon law 025.0

  1. Board of Elders Adviser and Accountability 12 members
  2. People elected holders of office: minimum 1 x bishop; 2 x clergies; 9 x lays members.
  3. Presidency must be a Layperson
  4. Counsels (Directors), assist and advise the Chaplaincy House of Bishop on those matters where prudence requires an outside perspective.
  5. Accountability. Provide support and outside objective oversight when needed.
  6. Governance. Manage and direct the civil and business affairs of EMMI, as required by the By-Laws
  7. Conveners are member of the Permanent Synod.

2017 Interdenominational Assembly of Churches

Formed out of the Indian Pentecostal Church and the African United Methodist in Malawi requested in 2017 to work with us. The Eric Michel Ministries International
Interdenominational Assembly of Churches Ministry 
was born upon the teaching of Christ. We are an association of members churches and para-churches serving members over 85 head churches across the world. Through our local churches and our online ministries we provide a Seminary, a Bible Academy, a missions outreach program and resources like counselling and support committee for Ecclesiastical rules and order via our Canon Law and Ecclesiastical College (House of Bishop) and many more.

Members’ Services

Currently, IAoC provides services upon the following area:

  1. Counselling services
  2. Educational services, the Seminary Footsteps of Jesus & Bible Academy limited to those seeking to enter the ministry, and Harvestime Bible Academy for any           
    person who likes to know better Christ
  3. Members community chest fund by donation and online store
  4. Prayers services
  5. workshops
  6. Chaplaincy Services
  7. and much more.

The IAoC is divided into five regions, Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania overseen by a “District Superintendent Bishop”, whom provide the management and spiritual support to the churches that he is responsible. Canada is the central Headquarter in-which the Archbishop Eric M. Gagnon (Minister & Founder of Eric Michel Ministries International Chaplaincies”) is the international Elected Prelate and executive director of all Boards of the EMMI. Members vote every year upon resolutions and other business of EMMI IAoC. All Ministers serve on the membership annual assembly named the Symposium.

Classes of Members

The corporation is authorized to establish Class A members and Class B members as follows:

The Class A members shall be entitled to receive notice of and to attend all meetings of the members of the Corporation and each Class A member shall have one (1) vote at each such a meeting, except for meetings at which only members of another class are entitled to vote separately as a class.

Except as otherwise provided by the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, S.C. 2009, c.23 the Class B members shall not be entitled to receive notice of, attend or vote at meetings of the members of the Corporation.

Membership Class A of IAoC shall be acquired as provided in the Constitution and Canons of the EMMI, of the members of the association, only those shall be entitled to vote at any IAoC meeting who shall be adult communicants and who for at least six months prior to that meeting shall have been faithful attendants at the services of the IAoC association, unless for good cause prevented, faithful contributors to its support, and faithful in working, praying and giving for the spread of the kingdom of God; these facts to be determined in each case by the Boards in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and Canons of the EMMI., to be added to members of the
previous Canon laws. All Affiliate corporations are of class “A”.

Membership Class B of IAoC is any person using our resources and services who do not fulfill the Class A conditions. Joining Eric Michel Ministries Class B is a straight-forward process. Specifically: If you accept the Articles of Faith as a Christian, then you can consider yourself part of Eric Michel Ministries. Any person who is Christian of any denominations, but more specific to the open minded Christian, shall be enrolled in the membership of this association by making a pledge each year and it is equal to a confirmation of accepting our beliefs, rules and you must be involved in activities and be supporting the association.

All internet members are Class B if they never assist to any events in person. This “confirmation” is accomplished by receiving your “Membership Certificate”. Thereafter, you will be greeted by your fellow members!

To prepare for membership, to understand its benefits and responsibilities, and to ask questions, there are Inquirers’ Classes several times a year. Times and dates for the class will be published in a newsletter, the official IAoC website and on the “Events Calendar”. As stated an internet membership have no right to vote.

Please note an internet member is not the same as an online member who representing an associate not-for-profit corporation and use specific tools to accomplish is membership duty, even if he uses the internet for operating the tools. Tools that require members ID and Password and contain members light biography. An Internet member can leave the church without any reason, they only requirement is to stop all church activities.

Both kinds of membership names must be recorded in a log book.

Eric Michel Ministries International online tools for our members of the IAoC.

  1. Faithlife, that include this website the community where it is use as a single church of all members.
  2. Google G Suite
  3. Microsoft Office 365 Cloud

All Symposium Meeting and other online video chat are done with Skype and/or Google Meet.

The procedures for holding the Symposium meeting of members.

We provide that members may hold meetings by teleconference or by other electronic means that permit members to communicate adequately with each other. Teleconference meetings generally work best for corporations with a small number of members. A set out the minimum percentage of members needed to approve the holding of such meetings. With respect to meetings by other electronic means, we address the mechanics of holding such a meeting, for example, procedures
for establishing quorum and recording votes. Each member should have equal access to the technology and should consent in advance to the specific means of communication to be used.

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