CONSTITUTION & BYLAWS

CONSTITUTION & BY-LAWS

JANUARY 2016

CENTRAL DISTRICT/DISTRITO CENTRAL COUNCIL OF THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD

General Council of the Assemblies of God
1445 Boonville Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802

GENERAL COUNCIL OFFICERS / Oficiales Del Concilio General

General Superintendent - George Wood
Assistant General Superintendent - L. Alton Garrison
General Secretary - James T. Bradford
General Treasurer - Doug Clay
Executive Director of AG World - Greg Mundis
MissionsExecutive Director of US Missions - Zollie L. Smith

CENTRAL DISTRICT/DISTRITO CENTRAL COUNCIL OF THE

Mailing Address: Correo
PO Box 21167
Denver, CO 80221
Phone: (720) 540-3183
Fax: (720) 540-3197Email: cladc@aol.com
Website: www.centraldistrictag.org

DISTRICT COUNCIL OFFICERS / Oficiales Del Distrito

ASSEMBLIES OF GOD

Physical Address: Domicilio 7510 Sherman Street Denver, CO 80221

District Superintendent - Dennis Rivera

Assistant Superintendent - Gilbert Daniel Olivarez

Secretary/Treasurer - Ezequiel Leija

EXECUTIVE PRESBYTERY / Presbiterio Ejecutivo

Mauricio Carbone
Rigoberto Magaña
Ramón García
Carroll Sluder
Joseito Velásquez
David Guajardo
Dennis Rivera
Gilbert Daniel Olivarez
Ezequiel Leija

GENERAL PRESBYTERY / Presbiterio General

Dennis Rivera
Tom Perea
Rubén Guajardo Jr. José Leyva, Honorary

Index

Page CONSTITUTION OF THE DISTRICT COUNCIL.................................................................4 ARTICLE I NAME...............................................................................................4 ARTICLE II PURPOSE..................................................................................................4 ARTICLE III PRINCIPLES......................................................................................5 ARTICLE IV AUTHORITY, PREROGATIVES, AND POWERS................................................5

ARTICLE V RELATIONSHIP WITH THE GENERAL COUNCIL OF
THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD...................................................................................6

ARTICLE VI TENETS OF FAITH...........................................................................8 STATEMENT OF FUNDAMENTAL TRUTHS......................................................................8 ARTICLE VII THE STATUTORY BOARD OF DIRECTORS.........................................13 EXECUTIVE PRESBYTERS..........................................................................................13 ARTICLE VIII DISTRICT PRESBYTERY.................................................................13 ARTICLE IX CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS..........................................................13 ARTICLE X MEMBERSHIP AND VOTING CONSTITUENCY.....................................15 ARTICLE XI GENERAL COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES...........................................16 GENERAL PRESBYTERY............................................................................................16 ARTICLE XII NON-RESIDENT EXECUTIVE PRESBYTER.........................................17 ARTICLE XIII LOCAL CHURCHES.......................................................................18 ARTICLE XIV DEDICATION AND DISSOLUTION..................................................19 ARTICLE XV AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION..........................................20

BYLAWS OF THE DISTRICT COUNCIL......................................................................... 20 ARTICLE I PARLIAMENTARY LAW...................................................................... 20 ARTICLE II MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS................................................................. 21 ARTICLE III DISTRICT COUNCIL OFFICERS................................................................. 22 ARTICLE IV DUTIES OF OFFICERS......................................................................24 ARTICLE V BOARDS AND COMMITTEES .............................................................32 ARTICLE VI MINISTERS AND MINISTRY..............................................................36 ARTICLE VII THE LOCAL CHURCH..................................................................... 40 ARTICLE VIII ESTABLISHMENT OF DEPARTMENTS.............................................. 48 ARTICLE IX AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS.............................................................. .52 ARTICLE X BENEFITS AND BENEVOLENCES...................................................... .54 ARTICLE XI FINANCES........................................................................................... 55 ARTICLE XII ENDORSED PUBLICATIONS............................................................ 57 ARTICLE XIII ORDER OF BUSINESS.....................................................................58 ARTICLE XIV RESOLUTIONS .............................................................................58

ARTICLE XV ARTICLE XVI ARTICLE XVII

EDUCATION DEPARTMENTS......................................................... 59 RESOLUTION AND ARBITRATION OF DISPUTES............................. 60 AMENDMENTS TO THE BYLAWS OF DISTRICT COUNCIL.................61

CONSTITUTION OF THE DISTRICT COUNCIL

ARTICLE I NAME

The name of this corporation is CENTRAL DISTRICT/DISTRITO CENTRAL COUNCIL OF THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD (DBA Central Latin American District Council Of The Assemblies Of God Inc.)

Hereinafter referred to simply as “District Council” or “Corporation” though this corporation may by special resolution of its Board of Directors adopt other and fictitious names for the purpose of doing business through its various established divisions, departments and programs, as deemed necessary, convenient or expedient, and in such manner as to be in compliance with law.

ARTICLE II PURPOSE

SECTION 1 LEGAL PURPOSE

a. This organization is a religious corporation and is not organized for the private gain of any person. It is organized under the Nonprofit Religious Corporation Law of Colorado, covering also the states of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Idaho exclusively for religious purposes.

b. The specific purpose of this corporation is to propagate the Gospel of Jesus Christ, according to the Holy Bible, in customs and traditions of Pentecostal Evangelical Christianity, as a church and a convention of churches, and as an administrative agency of and constituent division amenable to The General Council of the Assemblies of God, a Missouri Nonprofit Corporation.

SECTION 2 PRIORITY REASON FOR BEING – MISSION STATEMENT

The Central District exists to bring glory to God through establishing places of worship, evangelize the lost, disciple the believers, serve and equip the ministry, and function as a resource center for all our ministers and churches.

a. Ministry to the Lord through Worship

It is the purpose and mission of this District Council to establish and maintain places of worship of Almighty God, our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, through the Holy Spirit, to conduct business as a church and a convention of churches.

b. Ministry to the Lost through Evangelism

It is the purpose and mission of this District Council through the work of evangelism, under the guidance of the Holy Scriptures to seek and to save that which is lost, in both home and foreign fields, in obedience to the command of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in harmony with the teaching and practice of His servants, the Apostles.

c. Ministry to the Body of Christ through Fellowship

It is the purpose and mission of this District Council to build a body of believers in the image of His Son by promoting fellowship with Almighty God and among believers, individuals, and groups within our churches, and within our larger church community.

ARTICLE III PRINCIPLES

SECTION 1

It shall be a principle and responsibility of this District Council to maintain standards of scriptural order in all matters affecting its life and ministry within its churches, programs, and membership.

It shall be a principle and responsibility of this District Council to promote and maintain standards of doctrine and conduct, and to apply discipline according to the Holy Scriptures and this Constitution and Bylaws and as hereinafter set forth.

SECTION 2

The Assemblies of God shall represent, as nearly as possible in detail, the body of Christ as described in the New Testament Scriptures. It shall recognize the principles inherent in the body as also inherent in this Fellowship, particularly the principles of unity, cooperation, and equality according to the scriptures. It recognizes that these principles will enable it to achieve its priority reason-for-being as an agency of God for evangelizing the world, as a corporate body in which man may worship God, and as a channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son.

SECTION 3

This District Council holds it basic that every born-again Christian should endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace “...till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13).

SECTION 4

This District Council shall keep vigilant watch against any violation of the principles of spiritual unity and cooperative agreements to which the Assemblies of God Fellowship is unalterably dedicated.

ARTICLE IV AUTHORITY, PREROGATIVES, AND POWERS

SECTION 1 THE HOLY BIBLE AS SUPREME AUTHORITY

This District Council declares that the Holy Bible, the Holy Word of God, is supreme in all matters governing this corporation in keeping with the Spirit of Christ, and does hereby adopt the same as the ultimate authority for this organization and the prosecution of its business.

SECTION 2 THE GENERAL COUNCIL GOVERNMENT SUPERIOR AUTHORITY

This District Council hereby adopts and acknowledges as superior authority the Constitution and Bylaws of The General Council of the Assemblies of God, as such is now or may from time to time be amended, hereinafter for simplicity occasionally referred to as “General Council Bylaws,” for conduct of all business and administrative regulation, and establishment of standards of doctrine and conduct., This corporation is likewise subject to legislation and directives of that parent organization. In event of conflict, inconsistency or incompatibility of the following regulations with the letter or interpretation of same, this District Council shall be guided by such superior authority and legislation or directives of the General Council.

SECTION 3 GRANTED PREROGATIVES OF GOVERNMENT 5

a. Subject to and by virtue of the foregoing provisions of Sections One and Two of this Article, this District Council is empowered to conduct its own business, and by action of its membership, Executive Presbytery or District Presbytery as hereinafter in this Constitution and Bylaws provided, to elect its officers and directors, to arrange its own meetings and transact all other business pertaining to its status as a District Council provided for and described in the General Council Bylaws.

b. Subject to and by virtue of the superior authority of the Constitution and Bylaws of The General Council of the Assemblies of God, and in accord with its mission, this District Council shall have the following further specific powers:

(1)To approve all scriptural teachings, methods, and conduct among the members of this District Council and those within its jurisdiction, and to disapprove unscriptural teachings, methods and conduct, and to provide a forum for review thereof and to impose discipline as shall be appropriate.

(2) To provide for and promote the evangelization of communities within the assigned areas of this District Council, including the establishment of churches and other programs, and to extend the Kingdom of Jesus Christ throughout our country and around the world.

(3) To provide for and promote fellowship among individuals and groups within the membership of this District Council and throughout our church community.

(4) To supervise all activities of the Assemblies of God in the territory within the assigned boundaries and jurisdiction of this District Council.

(5) To examine candidates for ministerial credentials, and issue or make appropriate recommendations for issuance of such credentials.

(6) To establish and define further regulation and policy by which this District Council shall be governed, insofar as it shall not conflict with the General Council.

SECTION 4 STATUTORY POWERS

This District Council shall have and is empowered to exercise all powers generally allowed to nonprofit corporations by the laws of the State of Colorado and elsewhere that this organization might do business, including but not limited to the right and power to buy, take, receive by gift, lease or otherwise, own, hold in trust, use, sell, convey, mortgage, lease, or otherwise alienate or dispose of such property, real or personal, or mixed, tangible or intangible, legal or equitable interests, of whatsoever kind or description as may be useful for the prosecution of its work, and to enter into contracts of all description in these premises.

ARTICLE V RELATIONSHIP WITH THE GENERAL COUNCIL OF THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD

SECTION 1 DESCRIPTION AND DEFINITION

This District Council is an administrative agency, an integral part of, and amenable to The General Council of the Assemblies of God, a Missouri Nonprofit Corporation, hereinafter referred to simply as “General Council”; and, this District Council shall have supervision over all the activities of the Assemblies of God in its prescribed jurisdiction, except such as are agreed upon by this District Council and the officials of the General Council. The generic term “Assemblies of God” refers to the General Council and its entire constituency, including the various churches, ministries, and institutional constituent parts.

SECTION 2 GEOGRAPHICAL BOUNDARIES

Pursuant and subject to agreements with the General Council, saving and excepting other established geographical districts and other programs that may be designated or recognized by the General Council to function within the area assigned, not necessarily geographical, which may overlap into or coincide with the physical boundaries of this District Council, the geographical territory under supervision and jurisdiction of this District Council shall include the States of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Idaho.

SECTION 3 JURISDICTIONS

a. Subject to the authority of the General Council, in addition to administration of its business within the physical boundaries herein above described, this District Council shall have jurisdiction over individual persons, ministries and programs conducted by or within the membership of this District Council as same may extend beyond such physical boundaries, including supervision of doctrine and conduct as shall directly or indirectly affect or reflect upon this District Council, and to make inquiry into and impose discipline as necessary in these premises.

b. Subject to authority of the General Council, in addition to administration of the business assigned to this District Council, it shall have further jurisdiction to make inquiry and investigation into any and all persons and programs within its physical boundaries as may be controlled or conducted or sponsored by credentialed ministers or other programs of the Assemblies of God, and to make appropriate reports and recommendations to the General Council or other District Councils.

c. Subject to authority of the General Council, as a feature of jurisdiction of this District Council, through directive of the District Superintendent or mandate of the District Presbytery, this District Council may govern or restrict, or for good cause, may disallow or terminate ministry or programs conducted within its assigned physical boundaries as may be controlled or conducted or operated or sponsored by any credentialed minister or program of the Assemblies of God.

SECTION 4 DIVISIONS AND SUBDIVISION OF THE DISTRICT

a. The geographical territory of this Central District Council shall be divided into Regions, and the Regions shall be divided into Ministerial Groups (Also known as Synergy Groups).

b. The Executive Presbytery is authorized to determine and from time to time, make variations in the alignment of boundaries of Regions within the territory of this District Council, and to establish an official map of the District, which shall be published or otherwise made available to all members of this District Council, upon request.

c. Regions in this District

Region I - Southwestern New Mexico

Region II - Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

Region III - Central and Northern Colorado, Wyoming, Montana

Region IV - Utah, Idaho

Region V - Western Colorado and the Four Corners area

Region VI- Southeastern NM

ARTICLE VI TENETS OF FAITH

As Tenets of Faith, this District Council accepts the Holy Bible as the inspired and revealed Will of God, the all sufficient rule of faith and practice, and for the purpose of maintaining general unity, adopts The General Council of the Assemblies of God Statement of Fundamental Truths, as the same is now, and as recited in the true copy thereof which follows as an addendum to this Constitution and Bylaws.

STATEMENT OF FUNDAMENTAL TRUTHS

The Bible is our sufficient rule for faith and practice. This statement of fundamental truths is intended simply as a basis of fellowship among us (i.e.,) that we all speak the same thing (I Corinthians 1:10; Acts 2:42). The phraseology employed in this statement is not inspired or contended for, but the truth set forth is held to be essential to a full gospel ministry. No claim is made that it contains all biblical truth, only that it covers our needs as to these fundamental doctrines.

1. The Scriptures Inspired

The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testament, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).

2. The One True God

The one true God has revealed himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM,” the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10, 11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22).

THE ADORABLE GODHEAD

(a) Terms Defined

The term trinity and persons, as related to the Godhead, while not found in the Scriptures are words of harmony with Scripture, whereby we may convey to others our immediate understanding of the doctrine of Christ respecting the Being of God, as distinguished from “gods many and lords many.” We therefore may speak with propriety of the Lord our God, who is One Lord, as a Trinity or as one Being of three persons and still be absolutely Scriptural (examples: Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 14:16-17).

(b) Distinction and Relationship in the Godhead

Christ taught a distinction of persons in the Godhead which He expressed in specific terms of relationship, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but that this distinction and relationship as to its mode is inscrutable and incomprehensible, because unexplained (Luke 1:35; 1 Corinthians 1:24; Matthew 11:25-27; 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 1:3,4).

(c) Unity of the One Being of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

Accordingly, therefore, there is that in the Father which constitutes Him the Father and not the Son; there is that in the Son which constitutes Him the Son and not the Father; and there is that in the Holy Spirit which constitutes Him the Holy Spirit and not either the Father or the Son. Wherefore the Father is the Begetter; the Son is the Begotten; and the Holy Spirit is the one proceeding from the Father and the Son. Therefore, because these three persons in the Statement of Fundamental Truths Godhead are in a state of unity, there is but one Lord God Almighty and His name one (John 1:18; 15:26; 17:11, 21; Zechariah 8 14:9)

(d) Identity and Cooperation in the Godhead

The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are never identical as to person, nor confused as to relation; nor divided in respect to the Godhead; nor opposed as to cooperation. The Son is in the Father and the Father is in the Son, as to relationship. The Son is with the Father and the Father is with the Son as to fellowship. The Father is not from the Son, but the Son is from the Father, as to authority. The Holy Spirit is from the Father and the Son proceeding, as to nature, relationship, cooperation and authority. Hence no person in the Godhead either exists or works desperately or independently of the others (John 5:17-30, 32, 37; 8:17-18).

(e) The Title, Lord Jesus Christ

The appellation Lord Jesus Christ is a proper name. It is never applied in the New Testament either to the Father or to the Holy Spirit. It therefore belongs exclusively to the Son of God (Romans 1:1-3, 7; 2; John 3).

(f) The Lord Jesus Christ, God with us

The Lord Jesus Christ, as to His divine and eternal nature, is the proper and only Begotten of the Father, but as to His humannature, He is the proper Son of Man. he is, therefore, acknowledged to be both God and man; who because He is God an dman is "Immanuel" God with us (Matthew 1:23; 1 John 4:2, 10, 14; Revelation 1:13-17)

(g) The Title, Son of God

Since the name Immanuel embraces both God and man, in the one person, our Lord Jesus Christ, it follows that the title Son of God describes His proper deity, and the title Son of Man, His proper humanity. Therefore, the title Son of God belongs to the order of eternity, and the title Son of Man to the order of time (Matthew 1:21-23; 2 John 3; 1 John 3:8; Hebrews 1:1-13; 7:3).

(h) Transgression of the Doctrine of Christ

Wherefore, it is a transgression of the doctrine of Christ to say that Jesus Christ derived the title Son of God solely from the fact of the Incarnation, or because of His relation to the economy of redemption. Therefore, to deny that the Father is a real and eternal Father, and that the Son is a real and eternal Son, is a denial of the distinction and relationship in the being of God; a denial of the Father and the Son; and a displacement of the truth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh (2 John 9; John 1:1,2,14,18,29,49; 1 John 37 2:22-23; 4:1-5; Hebrews 12:2).

(i) Exaltation of Jesus Christ as Lord

The Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, having by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high, angels and principalities and powers having been made subject unto Him. And having been made both Lord and Christ, He sent the Holy Spirit that we, in the name of Jesus, might bow our knees and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father until the end, when the Son shall become subject to the Father that God may be all in all (Hebrews 1:3; 1 Peter 3:22; Acts 2:32-36; Romans 14:11; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28).

(j) Equal Honor to the Father and to the Son

Wherefore, since the Father has delivered all judgment unto the Son, it is not only the express duty of all in heaven and on the earth to bow the knee; but it is an unspeakable joy in the Holy Spirit to ascribe unto the Son all the attributes of deity, and to give Him all the honor and the glory contained in all the names and titles of the Godhead except those which express relationship (see paragraph b, c, and d), and thus honor the Son even as we honor the Father (John 5:22,23; 1 Peter 1:8; Revelation 5:6-14; Philippians 2:8,9; Revelation 7:9,10 4:8-11).

3. The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ

The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare:

His virgin birth (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31, 35).
His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22).
His miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:38).
His substitutionary work on the cross (1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:4).
His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9, 11; 2:33; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3).

4. The Fall of Man

Man was created good and upright; for God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God (Genesis 1:26, 27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19).

5. The Salvation of Man

Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God:

a. Conditions to Salvation. Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7).

b. The Evidences of Salvation. The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16) the outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12).

6. The Ordinances of the Church

a. Baptism in Water. The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47, 48; Romans 6:4).

b. Holy Communion. The Lord’s supper, consisting of elements—bread and the fruit of the vine—is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4) a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26); and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26); and enjoined on all believers “till He come!”

7. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit

All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4, 8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31). This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9). With the baptism in the Holy Spirit come such experiences as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8), a deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43; Hebrews 12:28), an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work (Acts 2:42), and a more active love for Christ, for His Word, and for the lost (Mark 16:20).

8. The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Ghost

The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4). The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues (1 Corinthians 12:4-10, 28), but different in purpose and use.

9. Sanctification

Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God (Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12). Scriptures teach a life of “holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14). By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command “Be ye holy for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15, 16).

Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit (Romans 6:1-11,13; 8:1,2,13; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 33 2:12,13; 1 Peter 1:5).

10. The Church and Its Mission

The church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23).

Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshipped by man, and to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, the priority reason-for-being of the Assemblies of God as part of the church is:

a. To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19, 20; Mark 16; 15, 16).

b. To be a corporate body in which man may worship God 1 Corinthians 12:13).

c. To be a channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 12:28; 14:12).

The Assemblies of God exist expressly to give continuing emphasis to this reason-for-being in the New Testament apostolic pattern by teaching and encouraging believers to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. This experience:

a. Enables them to evangelize in the power of the Spirit with accompanying supernatural signs Mark 16:15-20; Acts 4:29-31; Hebrews 2:3, 4).

b. Adds a necessary dimension to a worshipful relationship with God (1 Corinthians 2:10-16; 12:14).

c. Enables them to respond to the full working of the Holy Spirit in expression of fruit and gifts and ministries as in New Testament times for the edifying of the body of Christ (Galatians 5:22-26; 1 Corinthians 14:12; 12:28; Ephesians 4:11,12; Colossians 1:29).

11. The Ministry

A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for the threefold purpose of leading the church in: (1) evangelization of the world (Mark 15:16-20). (2) Worship of God (John 4:23, 24), and (3) building a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Ephesians 4:11, 16).

12. Divine Healing

Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the Atonement, and is the privilege of all believers (Isaiah 53:4, 5; Matthew 8:16, 17; James 5:14-16).

13. The Blessed Hope

The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the church (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51,52).

14. The Millennial Reign of Christ

The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth for one thousand years (Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27,30; Revelation 1:7; 19:11-14; 20:1-6). This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel (Ezekiel 37: 21, 22; Zephaniah 3:19, 20; Romans 11:26, 27; and the establishment of the universal peace (Isaiah 11:6-9; Psalm 72:3-8; Micah 4:3, 4).

15. The Final Judgment

There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works: Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned in everlasting punishment in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 11:16; 19:20; 20:11-15; 21:8).

16. The New Heavens and the New Earth

“We, according to the promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21, 22).

ARTICLE VII THE STATUTORY BOARD OF DIRECTORS EXECUTIVE PRESBYTERS

SECTION 1 NUMBER AND NAME

The Statutory Board of Directors of this corporation shall be known as the Executive Presbytery, and shall consist of nine (9) persons, with the additional number to be established from time to time by special resolution of the District Presbytery, including the District Council Executive Officers hereinafter mentioned, the General Presbyters (Article 11) hereinafter mentioned, Non-Resident Executive Presbyter of the General Council from the West Spanish Language Area when that person is a resident member of this District Council (Article 12).

SECTION 2 RESPONSIBILITY OF THE EXECUTIVE PRESBYTERY

The activities and affairs of this District Council shall be conducted and all corporate powers shall be exercised by or under direction of the Executive Presbytery, being at all times under the authority of the District Presbytery, and it may delegate the management of the activities of the corporation to any person or persons, divisions, department or committee, within the provisions of this Constitution and Bylaws.

SECTION 3 EXTENSIVE AUTHORITY OF THE EXECUTIVE PRESBYTERY

It shall act as the District Credential Board in review of applicants for ministerial credentials, and act as a judicial forum for hearing charges and imposing discipline against credentialed ministers and members, and shall have such other and further powers as set forth in this Constitution and Bylaws.

ARTICLE VIII DISTRICT PRESBYTERY SECTION 1 COMPOSITION

There is hereby established the Board of District Presbyters of this District Council, to be known as the District Presbytery, which shall in concert consist of the District Executive Officers, all Executive Presbyters and all District Regional Presbyters.

SECTION 2 EXTENSIVE AUTHORITY OF THE DISTRICT PRESBYTERY

The District Presbytery is the official legislative and policy-making body of this District Council when the membership is not in session.

ARTICLE IX CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS
SECTION 1 DISTRICT COUNCIL EXECUTIVE OFFICERS, OFFICE AND TERM

a. The three Executive Officers of this District Council shall be:

A President, with the title District Superintendent;

A Vice-President, with the title Assistant District Superintendent;

A Secretary-Treasurer, with the title District Secretary-Treasurer.

These three designated District Council Executive Officers shall serve as the District Council Executive Committee, having those certain powers and authority set forth in the Bylaws following:

1. Without exception, no one person may at any one-time hold more than one of such District Council Executive offices, unless otherwise specified by special resolution of the Executive Presbytery, or as otherwise determined by the membership in session.

2. Unless otherwise specified by special resolution of the Executive Presbytery, or as otherwise determined by the membership in session, the terms of office of District Council Executive Officers shall commence sixty (60) days following their election, and shall continue for a period of four (4) years or until their successors are elected and qualify, unless sooner terminated by death, resignation, removal, disqualification or other incapacity, or otherwise. The three Executive Officers terms shall be staggered in such a way that all three officers are not elected at one time.

SECTION 2 EXECUTIVE PRESBYTERS-ELECTION AND TERM

a. The Executive Presbytery will consist of nine (9) members. Three of these members will be the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, and the Secretary/Treasurer of this District.

b. Six (6) of the members of the Executive Presbyters shall be elected by the membership served by this District Council, as more Particularly set forth in the Bylaws following

c. The term of three of the members of the Executive Presbyters shall be staggered in such a way that all six members are not elected at one time.

d. Unless otherwise specified by special resolution of the Executive Presbytery or District Presbytery, or as otherwise set forth in this Constitution and Bylaws or determined by the membership in session, the terms of office of members of the Executive Presbytery of this District Council shall commence sixty (60) days after their election, and shall continue for a period of four (4) years or until their successors are elected and qualify, unless sooner terminated by death, resignation, removal, disqualification or other incapacity, or otherwise.

SECTION 3 REGIONAL PRESBYTERS, ELECTION AND TERM.

a. Those persons serving as Regional Presbyters will be elected by the ministry and delegates of the Region, from each existing Region within the District Council, as more particularly set forth in the Bylaws following.

b. Unless otherwise specified by special resolution of the Executive Presbytery or District Presbytery, or as otherwise determined by the membership in session, the terms of office of individual Regional Presbyters of this Council shall commence immediately upon their election. Their term of office will continue for two (2) years or until their successors are elected and qualify, unless sooner terminated by death, resignation, removal, disqualification or other incapacity, or otherwise.

SECTION 4 MINISTRY GROUP LEADERS (ALSO KNOWN AS SYNERGY GROUP)

Ministry Group Leaders will be appointed by the Executive Presbytery as more particularly set forth in the Bylaws following:

SECTION 5 ELECTORAL PREROGATIVES

The membership of this District Council reserves the exclusive right to elect the District Superintendent, and, by action of its membership, regions, Executive Presbytery or District Presbytery as hereinafter in the Bylaws provided, to nominate and elect the Assistant District Superintendent and Secretary-Treasurer of this corporation, and all other members of the Executive Presbytery and District Presbytery, and other designated officers and representatives, as more fully set forth in this Constitution and Bylaws following.

ARTICLE X MEMBERSHIP AND VOTING CONSTITUENCY

SECTION 1 CLASSIFICATION OF MEMBERSHIP

The membership in this District Council consists of ordained ministers, licensed ministers, certified ministers, specialized ministers and a delegate from every Sovereign District Church, and every General Council affiliated church as follows:

a. Ordained Ministers in good standing holding current ministerial credentials registered with this District Council;

b. Licensed Ministers in good standing holding current ministerial credentials registered with this District Council;

c. Certified Ministers who have held a credential for at least one full year, have been active in fulltime ministry, and in good standing holding current ministerial credentials registered with this District Council;

d. AllCertifiedMinisterswillbepermittedtovoteintwo(2)consecutiveDistrictCouncilsandthenthere after must move to the new category of Licensed Minister to be able to continue with the privilege to vote. (Such Certified Minister will not be permitted to represent their church - or any other church as a delegate.)

e. Delegates from churches within the geographical territory of this District Council that have been issued a letter of affiliation from The District Council of the Assemblies of God, having current status as a District Church or a sovereign General Council Assemblies of God church.

SECTION 2 VOTING CONSTITUENCY

Each Ordained, Licensed, or qualified Certified credentialed minister and each affiliated registered sovereign church of this district, and each General Council affiliated church shall be deemed a voting member for business sessions of the membership of this District Council. One designated lay delegate shall represent each sovereign affiliated District or General Council church in such sessions. Each member shall have one vote in respective matters of election or legislation, and as hereinafter in the Bylaws provided.

SECTION 3 MEETINGS OF MEMBERSHIP

There shall be a Business Meeting of the membership every two (2) years of this District Council, identified as the District Council Convention, to be convened at a date fixed by the District Presbytery, at which time reports shall be given and the election of officers and presbyters shall take place, and other business entertained as in the Bylaws following.

SECTION 4 SPECIAL BUSINESS MEETINGS OF MEMBERSHIP

There may be Special Business Meetings of the membership of this District Council, as provided for hereinafter and in the Bylaws. Special Business Meetings of the membership may be called only upon vote of two-thirds of the District Presbytery.

SECTION 5 RIGHT OF INITIATIVE

a. The right of initiative in the calling of a Special Meeting of the membership of this District Council shall be afforded to any Ordained or Licensed minister in good standing whose ministerial credentials are registered with this District Council, and as hereinafter set forth.

b. Initiative in calling of a Special Meeting of the membership of this District Council shall be by petition, presented by any Ordained or Licensed minister in good standing whose ministerial credentials are registered with this District Council, which petition is endorsed by signatures of at least 20% of Ordained and Licensed ministers in good standing whose ministerial credentials are registered with this District Council, in which petition it shall be particularly set forth the reason and justification for such call.

c. Petition for initiative requesting a Special Meeting of the membership of this District Council shall be formally filed with the District Secretary, who shall in turn place the matter on the agenda to be considered at the next regular meeting of the District Presbytery. Upon determination of the validity and propriety of such petition by two-thirds affirmative vote, the District Presbytery shall order the call.

d. Upon a proper setting of time and place for Special Meeting of the membership of this District Council, by the District Presbytery, the District Secretary shall give proper notice of meeting, as provided in the Bylaws following.

SECTION 6 QUORUM FOR BUSINESS MEETINGS

A quorum for conduct of business at any District Council Convention or Special Business Meeting of the membership of this District Council shall be established by the presence of the accredited members present and registered.

SECTION 7 PROXY VOTING AND ABSENTEE BALLOTING

Except as specifically allowed by provisions of this Constitution and Bylaws, particularly as it shall relate to affiliated member church representation by delegate, proxy voting and absentee balloting shall not be allowed in conduct of business at any meeting of the membership, nor any sort of representation of absentees for purpose of establishing a quorum. Delegates may only act personally at a meeting or by written ballot and not act by proxy.

ARTICLE XI GENERAL COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES

GENERAL PRESBYTERY

SECTION 1 AUTHORIZED BY GENERAL COUNCIL BYLAWS

According to provisions of the Constitution and Bylaws of the General Council, there is created the General Presbytery, composed of representative of individuals of mature experience and ability whose lives and ministry are above reproach, who represent the Assemblies of God Fellowship in all phases of its work and interest in their respective fields. Pursuant to provisions of the General Council Constitution and Bylaws, this District Council shall have privilege of representation on the General Presbytery by three (3) members, 2 identified as General Presbyters.

SECTION 2 DESIGNATIONS OF GENERAL PRESBYTERS

This District Council shall provide for General Presbytery representation as follows:

a. The District Superintendent of this District Council shall by virtue of his office serve as representative of this District Council in the General Presbytery.

b. The District Council membership in session shall elect two (2) additional representatives of this District Council to serve in the General Presbytery, identified as General Presbyters, who shall be Ordained ministers in good standing and whose ministerial credentials are registered with this District Council, one being a senior pastor of a District Council or General Council affiliated assembly in this District.

c. Nomination and election of such elected individual, General Presbyters shall be in accordance with the Bylaws following.

d. The terms of office of individual General Presbyters elected by this District Council shall commence immediately upon being elected, and shall continue for four (4) years or until his successor is elected and qualify, unless sooner terminated by death, resignation, removal, disqualification or other incapacity, or otherwise. In event of such early termination of office, the District Presbytery shall have authority to designate and elect persons to serve in such office for the unexpired term.

SECTION 3 EX-OFFICIO PARTICIPATION OF GENERAL PRESBYTERS

Persons so serving as General Presbyters, by virtue of their offices, shall be members of the District Presbytery, and shall be entitled to notice and right of attendance and full participation in all meetings of the District Presbytery.

ARTICLE XII NON-RESIDENT EXECUTIVE PRESBYTER

SECTION 1 AUTHORIZED BY THE GENERAL COUNCIL BYLAWS

a. According to provisions of the Constitution and Bylaws of the General Council, there is created a General Council Executive Presbytery, which serves as the Board of Directors of the General Council, consisting of six (6) officers of the General Council as are directly elected by the General Council in session at its biennial convention who actually reside in the headquarters city and are identified as resident officers, and an additional fourteen (14) persons, each representing one of fourteen (14) geographical areas, who are elected by the General Council in session and are identified as Nonresident Executive Presbyters, and includes nonresident officers elected from among the Language Districts and an Ordained Minister Under 40 years of age at the time of election active in full-time ministry, together with an Ordained Female (no age requirement) active in full-time ministry.

b. According to provisions of the General Council Constitution and Bylaws, this District Council at its biennial meeting sufficiently prior to the General Council session shall nominate two ministers from this District, one of whom is not an elected full-time District official, to be presented to the General Council in session as nominees from this area to be considered for election to Non-Resident Executive Presbytery as a Language District candidate.

c. According to provisions of the General Council Constitution and Bylaws, this District Council at its biennial meeting sufficiently prior to the General Council session shall nominate an Ordained FemaleMinisters Representative from this District to be presented to the General Council in session as nominees from this area to be considered for election to Non-Resident Executive Presbytery as a candidate.

d. According to provisions of the General Council Constitution and Bylaws, this District Council at its biennial meeting sufficiently prior to the General Council session shall nominate an Ordained Minister Under 40 Representative from this District to be presented to the General Council in session as nominees from this area to be considered for election to Non-Resident Executive Presbytery candidate.

SECTION 2 DISTRICT COUNCIL NOMINEES

a. Pursuant to authority of the Constitution and Bylaws of the General Council, this District Council in session, at its meeting sufficiently prior to the biennial General Council Convention, shall nominate two (2) Ordained ministers in good standing whose ministerial credentials are registered with this District, at least one of whom is not an elected full-time district official, to be presented to the General Council in session as nominees from this area to be considered for election to serve as Nonresident Executive Presbyters. Also, shall nominate one Ordained Female Minister Representative and one Ordained Minister Under 40 Representative, both Ordained ministers in good standing whose ministerial credentials are registered with this District to be presented to the General Council in session as nominees from this area to be considered for election to serve as Nonresident Executive Presbyters.

b. Nomination and election of persons to be designated as nominees in this regard shall be by secret ballot, and in accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws of the General Council and this District Council.

ARTICLEXIII LOCALCHURCHES

SECTION 1 IDENTITY BY NAME

a. This District Council recommends that churches in our fellowship shall have words in their official or corporate name that identify with the Assemblies of God, and that such churches use the Assemblies of God emblem.

b. This District Council recommends that churches in our fellowship, whether sovereign General Council affiliated or District Council affiliated, should not represent themselves or any of their ministerial departments or programs as being independent or non-denominational

SECTION2 GENERALCOUNCILAFFILIATION

a. This District Council accepts it as doctrinal that the local church is recognized as being ordained by God, under the headship of Jesus Christ. It is fundamental with our fellowship that groups of believers associating themselves in local bodies for maintenance of scriptural order, and having a standard of membership in keeping with the scriptural principles and established policies of the Assemblies of God, should be considered as eligible for affiliation with The General Council of The Assemblies of God, as a sovereign local Assemblies of God Church.

b. By entering into voluntary cooperative fellowship and affiliation with The General Council of the Assemblies of God, as a sovereign assembly, each local church in this District Council assumes the burdens of and is entitled to the benefits attendant upon such affiliation, by virtue of which each sovereign church agrees to be bound by the superior authority of the Constitution and Bylaws of The General Council of the Assemblies of God, and likewise agrees to conform to the Constitution and Bylaws of this District Council, and to comply with and conform to the policies and standards established by this District Council.

c. The governance model adopted by the local assembly shall conform to the guidelines of the Constitution Article XI, Section 1, paragraph a, subparagraph (4) of the General Council.

d. Adopt Articles of Incorporation, a constitution, or bylaws compatible with models recommended by the District Council, or district approved governance models that provide for adequate accountability, amenability, and safeguards so that a pastor and/or governing board cannot directly or indirectly exert dictatorial control over a church.

e. The fact that a local Assemblies of God church is affiliated with the General Council shall in nowise destroy its rights as stated or interfere with its sovereignty as set forth in the General Council Constitution and Bylaws.

SECTION 3 DISTRICT COUNCIL CHURCHES

District sponsored local churches shall be recognized as District Council affiliated churches, under the direct supervision of the Executive Presbytery and the authority of the District Presbytery. District Council affiliated programs may include home missions projects, pioneer churches, established church organizations entering into our fellowship from other affiliation or independent status, former sovereign Assemblies of God church programs that have surrendered their sovereignty temporarily or otherwise that seek District Council protection, and otherwise, as approved by the District Presbytery via special resolution.

SECTION 4 COOPERATING ASSEMBLIES

Provision may be made by district councils and the General Council Executive Presbytery for the status of a cooperating assembly, which would allow churches that subscribe to Article V. Statement of Fundamental Truths, of the General Council Constitution to enter into a cooperative status with a district and the General Council on a temporary basis (4-year term, renewable by the request of the local church congregation at the discretion of the District Council in cooperation with the General Council Executive Presbytery) before officially affiliating with the District Council and the General Council.

ARTICLE XIV DEDICATION AND DISSOLUTION

The property of this corporation is irrevocably dedicated to religious purposes and no part of the net income or assets of this corporation shall ever inure to the benefit of any director, officer or member thereof or to the benefit of any private person. Upon the dissolution or winding up of this corporation, after paying or otherwise adequately securing or providing for the debts and obligations of this corporation, the remaining assets shall be distributed to The General Council of the Assemblies of God, a Missouri Non-profit Corporation, which organization is formed and operated exclusively for religious purposes, if it is then in existence and exempt under provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or if it is not then in existence and exempt, then to a non-profit fund, foundation or corporation which is organized and operated exclusively for religious purposes, in harmony with the purposes of this corporation, and which has established its tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States of America.

ARTICLE XV AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION

Amendments to this Constitution may be made at regular or special meetings of the District Council membership, only by vote of the active and registered voting constituency, provided the full text of same shall have been submitted in advance of the meeting for review by the District Presbytery, in accordance with procedures set forth in the Bylaws following. Notice of proposed amendments shall be given to the District Secretary at least ninety (90) days prior to the District Council. By circular letter, a true copy of which shall be sent to each credentialed minister and the secretary of record of each affiliated church in the District, at least thirty (30) days prior to the District Council membership meeting by the District Secretary. Voting on such amendments shall be by secret ballot, with affirmative vote of two-thirds majority of those present and lawfully voting required for adoption.

BYLAWS OF THE DISTRICT COUNCIL

ARTICLE I PARLIAMENTARY LAW

SECTION 1 PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE In order to expedite the work of this District Council and to avoid confusion in its deliberations, all meetings of the Executive Presbytery and District Presbytery, all District Council Conventions and Special Business Meetings of the membership, shall be conducted under and governed by parliamentary authority and provisions of the current version of ROBERTS RULES OF ORDER NEWLY REVISED, subject to the foregoing Constitution and in keeping with the spirit of Christian love and fellowship, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

SECTION 2 PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE

The District Superintendent in consultation with the Executive Presbytery shall appoint a special committee, which shall be known as the Parliamentary Committee, consisting of qualified capable persons to act as parliamentarians for District Council membership meeting sessions. Such appointees shall be notified of respective appointment not less than thirty (30) days prior to the District Council Convention. All members of such Parliamentary Committee shall be expected to attend all business sessions of the District Council Convention.

ARTICLE II MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

SECTION 1 VOTING CONSTITUENCY

a. The voting constituency for all meetings of the membership of this District Council in session shall consist of all accredited members present and registered, and participating in the business being conducted.

b. The term accredited members shall include the following:

(1) Ordained Ministers in good standing holding current ministerial credentials registered with this District Council;

(2) Licensed Ministers in good standing holding current ministerial credentials registered with this District Council;

(3) Certified Ministers who have held credentials at least one full year, have been active in ministry, and are in good standing holding current ministerial credentials registered with this District Council. All Certified Ministers are allowed to vote in at least two (2) consecutive District Councils and after that, must have moved up to a Licensed Minister category to continue with voting privileges.

(4) A Delegate from churches within the geographical territory of this District Council that have been issued a letter of affiliation from The General Council of the Assemblies of God, or from the District Council, having current status as a sovereign Assemblies of God church.

c. All persons comprising the voting constituency shall have the right to be recognized by the chair, to bring motions and offer resolutions, to engage in debate and discussion, and to vote on elections and legislation and all other matters properly before the body in all business sessions of the membership of this District Council.

d. A sovereign church shall be represented in meetings of the membership of this District Council, and in regional meetings, by its properly designated delegate, and as follows:
(1) Delegates may only act personally at a meeting or by written ballot and shall not act by proxy, and the delegate may not assign or transfer the delegacy.
(2) A member church delegate should be chosen well in advance of the District Council meeting in a regular or special business session, directly by the membership of the church which they represent, or they may be appointed by the church board when authorized by the governing documents or vote of the membership of the particular local church.
(3) A written report certifying the selection of the delegate by a member church should be sent immediately to the District Secretary at the District Office, for the record, and well in advance of the meeting of the membership of District Council.
(4) A lay delegate of a member church shall be at least 21 years of age, and must have written documentation to establish the delegate status, confirmed over the signature of the pastor or corporate secretary of the local member church. Such documentation establishes the power of the delegate to participate in membership sessions. The written documentation certifying a delegate to represent the member church shall be on forms provided by the District Council and shall not contain conditions or restrictions upon the delegate’s authority or right of participation in meetings of membership of this District Council.
(5) A delegate certified by a member church shall have no proprietary right or economic interest in the certification or status, and suffers no loss or injury of any kind upon termination or decertification. A delegate or proposed delegate accepts the appointment subject to these conditions.
(6) Accredited and registered members may only participate in business of the District Council membership in session as takes place subsequent to their being properly registered.

ARTICLE III DISTRICT COUNCIL OFFICERS QUALIFICATIONS

SECTION 1 QUALIFICATIONS

a. The District administrative officers and General Presbyters shall be ordained ministers who have ample experience, sound judgment, recognized ability, and Christian character according to 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. They shall have been members of the Central District / Distrito Central for at least five (5) full years of full time ministry.

b. The District administrative officers, being the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent and Secretary/Treasurer, shall be adequately proficient in speaking, reading and writing both English and Spanish.

c. The Executive Presbyters shall be ordained ministers who have ample experience, sound judgment, recognized ability, and Christian character according to 1Timothy 3 and Titus 1. They shall have been members of the Central District / Distrito Central at least five (5) full years of full time ministry.

d. The Regional Presbyter shall be an ordained minister with mature experience, recognized ability, and Christian character according to 1 Timothy 3, and Titus 1. They shall have been members of the Central District / Distrito Central for at least three (3) full year of full time ministry.

e. Ministry Group (also known as Synergy Group) shall be Ordained ministers (or in given cases where there is no Ordained minister, may be a Licensed minister) with mature experience, recognized ability, and Christian character according to 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. They shall be credentialed ministers of the Central District / Distrito Central for at least two (2) full years of full time ministry.

SECTION2 ELECTIONS

a. The Superintendent of the District, Assistant Superintendent, Secretary – Treasurer, shall be nominated and elected by secret ballot.

(1) The Superintendent of the District, Assistant Superintendent, Secretary – Treasurer, and General Presbyters shall be nominated and elected in the District Council by the ministers and delegates.

(2) The Executive Presbyters of the District shall be nominated and elected by the credentialed ministers and delegates present at the District Council.

(3) Three of the members of the Executive Presbyters shall be staggered in such a way that all six members are not elected at one time.

(4) The Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Secretary/ Treasurer or any other Elected officers may serve other than full time at the discretion of the District Council.

(5) A list of qualified potential candidates for the position of Regional Presbyter will be reviewed by the Executive Committee of the District Council, and presented to the ministers with credentials,and the church delegates present at the duly called meeting for the purpose of the election of the Regional Presbyter. Candidates for the position of Regional Presbyter shall be nominated by the ministers and delegates of each Region, but must come from the list presented. If there is not a qualified candidate, the Executive Presbytery of the District will review the situation, and make a recommendation to the ministers and delegates of the Region. This election will take place as soon as is possible, after closing of the biennial District Council.

(6) One Regional Presbyter at large shall be nominated and elected by the credentialed ministers and delegates present at the District Council.

b. A two-thirds vote shall be necessary to constitute an election. If no election has been declared after three electoral ballots, the two candidates having the majority of the votes in the last ballot cast shall be the named ones to continue on the ballot until one is elected. If no election has been declared, the chair will order that a final vote be taken for the candidate with the majority of votes subject to a negative or positive vote. (Yes/No) If the last candidate receives a two thirds (2/3) affirmative vote, he shall be declared elected. If no election has been declared, even with only one candidate, then the District Presbytery shall meet in emergency session with the purpose of presenting a solution to the assembly.

c. The District Council shall be represented in the General Presbytery, the official policy-making body of the General Council when it is not in session, by three members, persons of mature experience, and ability whose lives are above reproach. They shall represent the Fellowship in all phases of its work and interest in their respective field. The District Superintendent, and two other ministers, one being a senior pastor of a General Council Church shall serve as General Presbyters. They shall commence immediately after their election at the District Council.

d. Ministers Group Leaders shall be nominated by the Board of Administration and approved by the Executive Presbytery of the District.

SECTION3 VACANCIES

a. In the event there is a vacancy in the office of Superintendent of the District, the Assistant Superintendent shall immediately assume the authority, duties and responsibilities of the office in addition to the normal duties of the Assistant Superintendent of the District and in the event of both the office of the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent are left vacant at the same time, the Secretary/Treasurer shall assume immediately the authority, duties and responsibilities of the Superintendent in addition to the normal duties of the Secretary–Treasurer until the next convening of the District Council where the membership shall elect a successor for the rest of the term of Superintendent of the District.

I b. n the event a vacancy occurs of an Executive Presbyter through resignation, removal from the district, transfer, disqualification or death, the office shall be filled by an election by secret ballot with a two- thirds affirmative vote of the Executive Presbytery to complete the rest of the term or they can determine if a special called meeting of the District shall be necessary.

c. In the event a vacancy occurs of a General Presbyter through resignation, removal from the district, transfer, disqualification or death, the office shall be filled by an election by secret ballot with a two- thirds affirmative vote of the Executive Presbytery to complete the rest of the term or they can determine if a special called meeting of the District Council shall be necessary.

d. In the event a vacancy occurs of a District Presbyter through resignation, removal from the district, transfer, disqualification or death, the office shall be filled by an election by secret ballot with two- thirds affirmative vote of the Executive Presbytery to complete the rest of the term.

SECTION4 TERMOFOFFICE

a. The District Superintendent, Assistant District Superintendent, and Secretary / Treasurer each shall be elected to a (4) four-year term.

b. The District Superintendent and the Assistant District Superintendent shall be elected at the same time and alternate to the Secretary/Treasurer.

c. The recent elected Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent and Secretary-Treasurer shall assume their position (60) sixty days after the closing session of the District Council.

d. The General (2) and Executive Presbyters (6) of the District shall be elected to a (4) four-year term.

e. The General Presbyters shall take office immediately upon the closing session of the District Council.

f. The Executive Presbyters shall take office upon the closing session of the District Council.

g. The Regional Presbyters shall take office upon closing session of the regional meeting where they were elected for a (2) two-year term.

ARTICLE IV DUTIES OF OFFICERS BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

SECTION 1 DUTIES OF THE EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

a. Duties of the District Superintendent

(1) The District Superintendent shall be the president of this District Council. The District Superintendent is Chief Executive Officer and supervisor of all day-to-day business of this corporation, empowered to sign legal documents and official certificates on behalf of the corporation, and as required, certifying the validity of same. The District Superintendent shall do and perform the functions customary for a corporation presiding officer and such as may be directed by the membership or the Executive Presbytery or District Presbytery.

(2) The District Superintendent by virtue of office shall be an ex officio member of all boards and committees established within this District Council.

(3) The District Superintendent shall supervise all the work of the District Council, its departments and programs. All departmental officers and directors within this District Council are under the District Superintendent’s supervision.

(4) The District Superintendent shall be the supervisor of all activities and business at the District Council office.

(5) The District Superintendent shall administer discipline among the membership of this District Council, and is empowered to impose restrictions on any minister whose ministerial credentials are registered with this District Council when such person is under serious allegations or charges, pending determination of the District Executive Presbytery or eventual disposition by the General Council Credentials Committee or the General Presbytery.

(6) The District Superintendent shall preside as chair of all annual District Council Conventions and Special Business Meetings of the membership.

(7) The District Superintendent shall preside as chair of meetings of the District Presbytery of this District Council.

(8) The District Superintendent shall preside as chair of the meetings of the Executive Presbytery of this District Council.

(9) The District Superintendent shall preside as chair of meetings of the Executive Committee of this District Council.

(10) The District Superintendent or the District Superintendent’s designee shall be responsible for proper liaison between this District Council and its recognized domestic and military chaplains.

(11) The District Superintendent shall serve by virtue of the office as a General Presbyter to the General Council.

b. Duties of the Assistant District Superintendent

(1) The Assistant District Superintendent shall serve as vice-president of this District Council Corporation. The Assistant District Superintendent shall do and perform the functions customary for a corporation vice-president and such as may be directed by the District Presbytery or Executive Presbytery, and is amenable to the District Superintendent in all matters of work and policy.

(2) The Assistant District Superintendent by virtue of office shall be an ex officio member of all boards and committees within this District Council.

(3) The office of the Assistant District Superintendent for the Central District shall be a non-resident position.

(4) In the absence of the District Superintendent, the Assistant District Superintendent shall preside as chair at all District Council Conventions and Special Business Meetings of the membership, meetings of the District Presbytery, meetings of the Executive Presbytery, and meetings of the District Executive Committee.

(5) In order to provide for the necessary continuity in the work of this District Council, the Assistant District Superintendent shall sign legal documents and as required certify as to their validity when either the District Superintendent or District Secretary is absent, when a written request has been received from the absent executive to do so; or, when there is a vacancy or other incapacity in the office of either the District Superintendent or District Secretary such may be authorized by the Executive Presbytery.

T (6) he Assistant District Superintendent shall assist in the operations of the District Council Office, and in supervision of the work on the field within the area served for this District Council, in cooperation with the District Superintendent.

c. Duties of the District Secretary/Treasurer

(1) The District Secretary and Treasurer shall perform such functions as are customary to the office of a corporate secretary and Treasurer and as may be directed by the membership of the District Council or the District Presbytery or the Executive Presbytery, and is amenable to the District Superintendent in all matters of work and policy.

(2) The District Secretary/Treasurer shall be the corporate secretary and custodian of all funds of the District Council Corporation. As Secretary he shall be the custodian of the corporate seal; and, shall sign, seal, and deliver all legal documents as necessary, and when required, shall certify the validity of same. As Treasurer, He shall deposit such funds in the corporate name of the District Council in a federally insured financial institution designated by the Executive Presbytery.

(3) As District Secretary, he shall make and keep true record of proceedings of the District Council and publish same as required by this Constitution and Bylaws, and as approved and directed by the membership of the District Council, District Presbytery, or Executive Presbytery. As District Treasurer, he shall keep an accurate record of all receipts and disbursements of funds of this District, and administer the work of the office according to acceptable methods of business procedure.

(4) As District Secretary, he shall act as secretary of meetings of the Executive Presbytery, the District Presbytery, the Ministerial Relations Committee, and the Executive Committee, and shall make and keep records of the deliberations of such bodies.

(5) The District Secretary/Treasurer by virtue of office, shall be an ex officio member of all boards and committees within this District Council.

(6) The District Secretary/Treasurer shall endorse and certify all applications for ministerial credentials approved by the District Credentials Board as authorized by the General Council Credentials Committee. The District Secretary shall keep a record of the assemblies within this District Council, and shall maintain a continuing record of reception, transfer, discipline, dismissal, or withdrawal, and demise, retirement and death of all ministers whose ministerial credentials are, or have been, or shall in the future be registered with this District Council.

(7) The District Secretary/Treasurer shall make monthly reports of the business activity of this District Council to the District Superintendent and to the Executive Presbytery, and make a biannual financial report to the membership at the District Council Convention, a copy of which shall be made available to each member and delegate then present.

(8) The District Secretary/Treasurer shall keep all essential records of membership within this District Council, and transactions between the District Council and local churches.

(9) In he absence of both the District Superintendent and the Assistant District Superintendent, the District Secretary/Treasurer shall preside as chair at meetings of the membership and boards and committees in which such absent officers would otherwise preside.

SECTION 2 COMPOSITION AND DUTIES OF THE DISTRICT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

a. The District Board of Directors of this District Council shall consist of three persons, which three persons shall be those persons duly elected and serving as District Superintendent, Assistant District Superintendent, and Secretary-Treasurer of this District Council.

b. The District Board of Directors shall serve as, and constitute the Board of Administration of this District Council, to manage the ongoing business of the District Council on a daily basis.

c. The District Board of Directors shall meet at least once each week, at a time and place mutually convenient for the conduct of its business.

d. The District Secretary shall serve as secretary at such Board of Directors meetings, and shall prepare minutes and record of such meetings, which minutes and record, shall be made available for review at each meeting of the Executive Presbytery.

e. The District Board of Directors is authorized to approve expenditures on a day-to-day basis.

SECTION 3 COMPOSITION AND DUTIES OF THE EXECUTIVE PRESBYTERY

a. The Statutory Board of Directors of this corporation shall be known as the Executive Presbytery, and shall consist of at least (9) nine persons, and not more than twelve, with the exact number to be established from time to time by special resolution of the Executive Presbytery, including the District Council Executive Officers hereinafter mentioned, the General Presbyters hereinafter mentioned, and the Non-Resident Executive Presbyter of the General Council from the Hispanic Districts when that person is a resident member of this District Council, as such are nominated and elected to and serving for the terms and having powers and authority as herein set forth.

b. The Executive Presbytery shall be responsible for the conduct of the business and affairs of this District Council and all corporate powers shall be exercised by or under direction of that board, and it may delegate the management of the activities of the corporation to any person or persons, divisions, department or committee, provided that the activities and affairs of the corporation shall be managed and all corporate powers shall be exercised under the responsibility and authority of the Executive Presbytery.

c. The Executive Presbytery shall execute policy established by the membership of this District Council as interpreted by the District Presbytery. It shall be empowered to make decisions on matters of business between meetings of the District Presbytery in accordance with the District Constitution and Bylaws; and, accordingly, is authorized to edit and approve the minutes of the meetings of the membership of the District Council for publication.

d. The Board of Directors is empowered to recommend provisional Certified Minister certificates on behalf of the Executive Presbytery who serves as the District Credentials Committees.

e. The Executive Presbytery, functioning as the Ministerial Relations Committee of this District Council, shall investigate and report and make such recommendations as are deemed necessary to the District Presbytery.

f. By virtue of their respective offices, the members of the Executive Presbytery of this District Council shall be members of the District Presbytery and some of them of the Finance Board of this District Council.

g. The Executive Presbytery of this District Council shall meet at least three times each year. Such meetings may take place at any location within or without the boundaries of this District Council, at the discretion of the Board.

h. The Executive Presbytery shall act as a Mediation Board for the purpose of hearing disputes that might arise within the Fellowship, or it may delegate such responsibility to its members to act in such capacity.

i. The Executive Presbytery shall act as the District Credentials Board for the purpose of examining applicants for the recommendation of ministerial credentials.

SECTION 4 DUTIES OF THE DISTRICT PRESBYTERY

The District Presbytery shall serve as the official legislative and policy-making body of this District Council when the membership is not in session. In these premises, the District Presbytery is empowered to adopt and establish rules and regulations for conduct of all business of this District Council, particularly to establish fiscal policies for the corporation. Accordingly, the District Presbytery is empowered to interpret policy and mandates adopted by the membership of the District Council in session, and its decisions in this regard shall be final unless reversed or modified by the membership of the District Council in session. The District Presbytery is amenable to the membership in this regard, and shall make reports to the membership upon its request.

The District Presbytery of this District Council shall meet at regular intervals, at least once (1) each year. Such meetings may take place at any location within or outside the boundaries of this District Council, at the discretion of the District Administrative Board, except that one meeting or special meeting is held to coincide with the District Council Convention.

Special meetings of the District Presbytery of this District Council may be held at the discretion and call of the District Administrative Board, or upon special resolution of the Executive Presbytery. When called by such special resolution, the District Superintendent shall determine a convenient time and place of meeting, and the District Secretary shall give notice of the meeting in these premises.

All the elected members and ex-official members of the District Presbytery have the right to receive notification, to attend and to fully participate in all regular reunions and especial reunions of the District Presbytery.

In event the District Superintendent or three Executive Presbyters shall determine that circumstances constitute an emergency, the District Presbytery shall be authorized to conduct conference telephone meetings or telephone polling conducted by or under supervision of the District Superintendent or assigned District Executive Officer, and action taken shall be documented in written form, by written ballot or other confirmation over the signature of each respective participant. Under this action by mail votes, which may include electronic transmission, it shall require a two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the entire membership of the District Presbytery to confirm. Such action and all related, the District Presbytery at its next regular or special meeting shall review documentation, and entered into the minutes of that meeting.

The Regional Presbyters may preside at business meetings in a local church in their respective areas as assigned by the District Superintendent and/or the Executive Presbytery of this District Council, following the steps of the procedure for District Intervention in Article 16, Section 2, 2.

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43 Ministry Group Leader by the Executive Presbytery, in accordance with the Ministry Group Leader

44 Operations Manuel. Under no circumstances can any group establish themselves without approval

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SECTION 6 DUTIES INVOLVING OVERSIGHT OF PROPERTIES

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All real property belonging to this District Council or held by it in trust, or otherwise, shall be deeded to the District Council in its official corporate name.

The Executive Presbytery shall have oversight and management control of all property belonging to or held in trust by this District Council, particularly to safely keep same, acquiring appropriate and adequate insurance against loss, with coverage sufficient to take care of replacement value, or in appropriate situations to cover at least the extent of District Council’s financial interest in the property.

SECTION 7 DUTIES IN ACQUIRING OR CONVEYANCE OF PROPERTY

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No real property of this District Council shall be purchased, taken by gift or trade, or otherwise acquired, sold, transferred, mortgaged, leased, assigned, conveyed or otherwise alienated, without the same, shall have been first authorized by a two-thirds vote of the bodies authorized to conclude the transaction at a regular or special meeting called for that purpose as follows:

(1) Real property purchase or sale transactions by this District Council or any of its subordinate departments or programs involving sums in excess of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) shall require authorization of the membership of District Council at a regular meeting or special meeting, duly called and noticed for that purpose.

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Real property purchase or sale transactions by this District Council or any of its subordinate departments or programs involving sums of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) or less, may be negotiated and concluded by the District Presbytery.
Real property purchase or sale transactions by this District Council or any of its subordinate departments or programs involving sums of two hundred fifty thousand dollars (250,000) or less may be negotiated by the Executive Presbytery and concluded by the District Presbytery.

(4) The sale, leasing, purchasing, mortgaging, and any other disposal of church property deeded to the

Central Latin District Council shall be subject to the following regulations:

a) Any local church that wishes to sell its real estate property, or otherwise dispose of it must, before taking any corresponding action, obtain the approval of the congregation. A two thirds (2/3) majority vote of the voting constituency present at the duly announced business meeting shall be sufficient to sustain any affirmative action taken, (provided that the said shall be sufficient to sustain any affirmative action taken), provided that the said meeting including its contemplated purpose, is publicly announced by the pastor two consecutive Sundays prior to the set date of the meeting.

b). The duly authorized district officials, namely, the District Superintendent, the Assistant Superintendent, and/or the District Secretary, shall sign, seal, and deliver all instruments whose lawful and legal execution is required and demanded by the proper consummation of any duly approved transaction as herein stipulated.

c) Upon the dissolution of an organized church, after sincere efforts to revive and reorganize it shall have been made for the period of three years, and whose restoration in the opinion of the Executive Presbytery is hopeless, the property belonging to such church shall be sold, leased, or otherwise disposed of, subject to the approval and recommendation of the District Board of Directors provided also that the remaining faithful members, if any, so conclude. The proceeds, if any, shall be vested in the promotion or furtherance of any Home Missions project, sanctioned by the District Presbytery.

d) Any local church may mortgage its property for the purpose of securing a loan or for the purpose of purchasing property, subject to two thirds (2/3) majority vote of its constituency present at a duly announced business meeting, provided that the said meeting including its

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e) Any District affiliated church may purchase property in the name of the Central District/Distrito Central Council, (DBA Central Latin American District Council of the Assemblies of God Inc.) and deed its property to the aforementioned organization subject to its endorsement of our District Bylaws, particularly those relating to the DUTIES OF THE CORPORATION DIRECTORS and to PROPERTIES. A two thirds (2/3) majority vote of its voting constituents present at the duly announced meeting is required for the said purpose.

f) Since the Central District/Distrito Central Council of the Assemblies of God (DBA Central Latin District Council of the Assemblies of God Inc.) is a non-profit Corporation, organized as a cooperative fellowship of the Latin American Assemblies of God churches, it completely disavows, all financial responsibility beyond the specific net proprietorship belonging to its churches, when and if a lawsuit is brought against it involving any property belonging to any of its affiliated churches and held in trust by the aforementioned District Council. Thusly and consequently, in any litigation in civil court that may arise in respect to any claim against any of our affiliated churches, District responsibility only extends to the total net value of the assets belonging to the church being sued in the name of the District Corporation.

WHEREAS, several of the churches that belong to the Latin District Council of the Assemblies of God have, in order to obtain loans to finance the purchase of real estate, constructions, or edifices, and other similar transactions, mortgaged their properties to the General Council of the Assemblies of God, other organizations and banking institutions, and,

WHEREAS, these loans were guaranteed by the still-existent mother Corporation, known as the Latin American District Council in the U.S.A. of the Assemblies of God, since aforementioned mortgaged properties are deeded, the said mother organization, and,

WHEREAS, the aforementioned mother corporation has reorganized itself into four smaller districts, one of them being the Central District/Distrito Central Council and,

WHEREAS, the Latin American District Council in the U.S.A. of the Assemblies of God hitherto mentioned in the foregoing paragraphs, has determined to phase out upon full compliance with all such financial obligations in the course or fulfillment as of December 31, 1971; Therefore: be it

Resolved that the Central District Council of the Assemblies of God, Inc., assume or co-assume full financial responsibility of any and all such financial obligations pertaining to churches belonging to the aforesaid Central District Council, provided, however that all Creditors holding such mortgages, liens and real estate notes related to our church properties, be accordingly notified by the Trustees of the Latin American District Council in the U.S.A. of the Assemblies of God, Inc., so that all pertinent agreements be made by affected responsible parties.

Conditional gifts or transactions to this District Council of personal property or real property valued in excess of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) by will or trust, by unitrust or other means, may be negotiated by the District Executive Committee, but such gift transactions shall not be concluded except by an authorizing special resolution of the District Presbytery. If it is the intent of the donor that such real or personal property so gifted is to be sold, or otherwise disposed of at option of District Council and to apply the proceeds to benefit ministries or programs of this District Council, and such intention or option is evidenced in writing signed by the donor, same may be subsequently sold or otherwise disposed of by the District Presbytery under such terms and conditions as it deems appropriate for any amount, without consent of the membership.

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Conditional gifts or transactions to this District Council of personal property or real property valued at less than one hundred thousand ($100,000) dollars, by will or trust, by unitrust or other means, may be negotiated and concluded by acceptance of the District Executive Committee, but the gift or its proceeds may not be disposed of except through action of the District Presbytery. However, if it is the intent of the donor that such real or personal property so gifted is to be sold or otherwise disposed of at option of the District Council, and to apply the proceeds to benefit particular ministries or programs of this District Council, and such intention or option is evidenced in writing signed by the donor, same may be subsequently sold or otherwise disposed of by the District Executive Committee under such terms and conditions as it deems appropriate for any amount, without consent of the membership or the District Presbytery.

Transactions involving unconditional gifts to this District Council of personal property or real property, by will or trust, by unitrust or other means, for less than one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), may be negotiated and concluded by acceptance of the District Executive Committee, with gifts of substantial amounts reported at intervals by the District Secretary to the District Presbytery. If such gift is a wasting or deteriorating item, and if it is the intent of the donor that such real or personal property so gifted is to be sold or otherwise disposed of at option of the District Council and to apply the proceeds to benefit ministries or programs of this District Council, and such intention or option is evidenced in writing signed by the donor, same may be subsequently sold or otherwise disposed of by the District Executive Committee under such terms and conditions as it deems appropriate, without consent of the membership or District Presbytery.

Unconditional donations of money to this District Council of any amount shall not require particular acceptance or concluding approval of any Board or Officer, and it shall be receipted accordingly and the funds placed in the general funds of the District Council.

Gifts to this District Council of personal property of value less than fifty thousand ($50,000) dollars, may be negotiated and concluded by acceptance of the members of the District Executive Committee under terms and conditions they find acceptable, and such property may be then sold or otherwise disposed of by that committee for consideration or terms it deems acceptable, and any funds thereby recovered shall be applied as designated by the donor under original terms of the gift, or if there be no such terms or conditions apparent, the proceeds shall be deposited to the general funds of this District Council.

Certification on Real Property Conveyancing: The Superintendent, the Assistant Superintendent, and/or the Secretary of this District Council shall certify in all conveyances, leases, mortgages, or other document affecting the real property of this District Council that such action has been authorized by proper vote of the authorizing Committee or Board, and such certificates shall be conclusive evidence thereof.

ARTICLE V BOARDS AND COMMITTEES ESTABLISHMENT OF BOARDS AND ORDINARY COMMITTEES

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47 forth, having such duration, composition, authority and function, as is provided in the legislation, resolution or

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In order for a minister to be considered for election or appointment to serve or to continue in service on any board or ordinary committee of this District Council at District or General Council level, it is required that such minister be in good standing and have ministerial credentials registered with this District Council, and have manifested a genuine interest in district activities, and be current in financial responsibilities to both this District Council and the General Council.

In order for a layperson to be considered for election or appointment to serve or to continue in service on any board or ordinary committee of this District Council, it is required that such layperson be in good standing with the local Assemblies of God church.

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All ex officio members of boards and ordinary committees of this District Council shall be considered honorary members of said committees in addition to the numerical complement comprising the board or committee.

All ex officio members of boards and ordinary committees of this District Council who serve as honorary members of said committees may be assigned responsibilities and duties, as any other member.

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Except as specifically provided herein, the Board of Directors with approval of the District Presbytery shall appoint members of the various boards within this District Council.

Except as otherwise specifically provided herein, the terms for each member of the various boards within this District Council shall be two years. As possible and convenient, in order to provide continuity, the terms of board members shall be staggered in such a way that one-half of the complement of respective board shall be appointed each year.

The scope of authority of each board within this District Council shall be in keeping with its particular mission and powers as delegated to that board pursuant to the legislation or special resolution by which it is created.

There shall be an advisory board for each department of this District Council, as hereinafter provided.

All members of boards, whether elected, appointed, or serving ex officio, are entitled to notice of meetings and right of participation in all respective sessions.

Quorum for the conduct of business by a board shall consist of a simple numerical majority of the current full complement of the board.

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of charges and discipline against credentialed ministers and members of this District Council, in accordance with criteria and policy adopted by this District Council and in keeping with standards and provisions of the General Council Bylaws.

All applications for ministerial credentials or certifications to be issued through this District Council shall be filed with the Executive Presbytery through the office of the District Secretary, on forms approved by the Executive Presbytery. Procedure for processing such applications for ministerial credentials or certifications, interviewing applicants, and arranging interviewing committees, shall be as elsewhere provided in these Bylaws under caption of Ministry.

The Executive Presbytery shall ascertain that each candidate for ministerial credentials or certificate is adequately prepared for ministry.

The General Council Credentials Committee is authorized to issue Ordination Certificates, Licenses to Preach, Specialized Ministries Licenses and Certified Ministers Certificates, together with the accompanying annual fellowship card to all properly qualified candidates that have been approved by the District Executive Presbytery.

The Executive Presbytery shall have the prerogative to establish and implement procedural policies, in order to maintain a consistent high level of ministerial quality. These procedural policies may be amended from time to time by action of the Executive Presbytery.

District Church Affiliation Board

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The Executive Presbytery is empowered to approve or disapprove all applications for recognition as District Council affiliated churches and ministries, and is empowered to disapprove and terminate the affiliation of any District affiliated church or ministry which ceases to qualify for such recognition and remove such disapproved churches from the roster of District Council affiliation.

The Executive Presbytery is empowered to endorse or withhold endorsement from local churches seeking General Council affiliation, and is empowered to request that sovereign churches that are disapproved be removed from the roster of General Council churches.

The Board of Administration

The District Executive Committee shall serve as and constitute the Board of Administration of this District Council, to manage the ongoing business of the District Council on a daily basis.

Mediation Board

The Executive Presbytery may serve as a Mediation Board to help in resolution of disputes between individuals, churches, or factions within the fellowship. In the event of failure of mediation then the Mediation Board may act as arbitrators to make finding and binding determination in such matters.

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40 Committees shall be standing committees or special committees, and as follows:

41 When necessary and convenient all committees shall have the right to meet via tele-conference.

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The membership of the committee and the chair of such shall be appointed biennial within sixty days of the conclusion of the District Council Convention by the District Superintendent with approval of the District Presbytery, and such committees are hereby established as follows.

There shall be established a Resolutions and Revisions Committee, consisting of five or more members, meeting at least once a year, if necessary or convenient , via conference calls, (Noting that Amendments to these Bylaws may be made at any regular or special meeting of the District Council membership, only by vote of the active and registered voting members, provided the full text of same shall have been submitted in advance of the meeting for review by the District Presbytery and the Resolutions & Revision Committee, in accordance with procedures set forth in the Bylaws, with an affirmative vote of majority.) having responsibility as follows:

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(1) Have a quarterly revision and evaluation of the financial cooperation to the District of every minister and church.

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The Resolutions and Revisions Committee shall review all proposed resolutions to be considered by the voting constituency at the District Council Convention.

The Resolutions and Revisions Committee is responsible to determine the propriety in content and form of proposed resolutions to be submitted to the membership of the District Council in session at any District Council Convention or special meeting of the membership.

If the Resolutions and Revisions Committee determines that a proposed resolution is inappropriate or otherwise unacceptable, it shall, in writing, inform the author of the details of impropriety or other reason explaining why the proposal is not acceptable to the committee, and in such writing, inform the author of the right to present the proposal to the voting constituency, and written copies of the proposal will be given to the District Secretary.

The Resolutions and Revisions Committee shall be responsible for putting acceptable proposed resolutions into a proper order and logical sequence, and in proposals affecting this: Constitution and Bylaws shall provide indication of which parts of the code are so affected.

Resolutions and revisions to be considered by the Resolutions Committee should be in conformity with the regulations set forth hereinafter at Article XIV Resolutions and Article XVII Amendments.

The Resolutions and Revisions Committee shall review and edit the Constitution and Bylaws of this District Council, for clarity, simplicity and continuity.

The Resolutions and Revisions Committee has authority to edit and align the entire text for grammatical constructions and consistency on all revisions adopted by the membership in session.

The Resolutions and Revisions Committee shall assist the District Secretary in preparation and publication of the biennial yearbook of this District Council.

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(3) The Follow-up Committee will take into consideration every case when applying the agreements established.

Ministerial Relations Committee

There shall be established a Ministerial Relations Committee within this District Council consisting of the members of the Executive Presbytery. The membership of the committee may from time to time be augmented by the addition of the Regional Presbyter of the affected Region. The committee shall investigate all charges brought against any minister of this District Council and shall receive the reports from other duly appointed committees or officers authorized to investigate allegations and complaints against such minister. The Ministerial Relations Committee shall present a report of its findings and recommendations to the Executive Presbytery for any disciplinary action deemed necessary. The District Superintendent is authorized to appoint special committees from the members of the Executive Presbytery and District Presbytery to assist with an investigation when appropriate.

Benevolence Committee

There shall be established a Benevolence Committee within this District Council consisting of at least five persons, whose responsibility shall be to investigate applications for financial assistance for minister members of this District Council, and may administer funds made available by the District Presbytery for such assistance. This committee is empowered, as funds and facilities are available, to arrange for financial and material aid to affiliated Assemblies of God churches in event of disaster. This committee shall act as liaison in this District Council for the General Council Benevolence Department and administer that part of its activities as directed by the General Council. The District Presbytery will set all policies of this committee.

Special Committees

Special Committees and the respective chair may be appointed by the District Presbytery or District Superintendent with approval of the District Presbytery between sessions of the District Council Convention as occasion may require, and including the following:

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The Parliamentary Committee shall consist of qualified persons capable to act as parliamentarians for District Council membership meeting sessions. Such appointees shall be notified of respective appointment at least thirty days prior to the District Convention. All members of such Parliamentary Committee shall be expected to attend all business sessions of the District Council Convention...

Convention Roster Committee

The Convention Roster Committee shall consist of at least three capable and mature licensed or ordained ministers designated to act as a committee for review of the credentials or certification of members and delegates seeking registration or continuing their respective registration at a District Council Convention or other meeting of the membership of this District Council, to report same to the chair of such meeting, to be made a part of the permanent record of the meeting. Such committee members shall be expected to be a part of all of the membership meetings.

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As need arises, there may be additions to standing committees, or independent ad hoc committees for special purposes and limited duration, and when its purpose is fulfilled, the committee ceases to exist.

All members of committees, including ex officio members, are entitled to notice of meetings and right of participation in all respective sessions of the committees.

A Quorum for the conduct of business by a committee shall consist of a simple numerical majority of the current full complement of the committee.

ARTICLE VI MINISTERS AND MINISTRY MINISTRY DESCRIBED

Christ’s gifts to the Church include apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers (Ephesians 4:11), exhorters, administrators, leaders, and helpers (Romans 12:7, 8). We understand God’s call to these ministry gifts is totally within His sovereign discretion without regard to gender, race, disability, or national origin.

All Ordained, Licensed, and Certified ministers holding current ministerial credentials are authorized to perform the ordinances and ceremonies (sacerdotal functions) of the church, and those holding a local church credential as provided below.

Three classifications of ministry are recognized and transferable among all Assemblies of God districts and a fourth classification of a local church credential as follows:

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Certified Minister.

Certified Ministers are those persons who show promise of usefulness in Christian service, who measure up to scriptural standards, and who have met the necessary requirements and have received divine confirmation of their call to actual service.

Licensed Ministers.

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License to Preach. Are those persons who have a divine call and have had some experience in the work of the Lord and purpose to give themselves wholly to the ministry? They shall prove this purpose by making such preparation as may be required by the Executive Presbytery and be actively engaged in some recognized aspect of full time ministry.

Ordained Ministers.

Ordained ministers are those persons 23 years of age or older who have met the necessary requirements, have been actively engaged as a Licensed Minister in some recognized aspect of full time ministry for at least two full consecutive years just prior to ordination, and who have appeared and proven themselves before the Executive Presbytery.

d. Local church minister.

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e. Senior-Retired

1. Senior–Active credential holders who continue to serve three-quarters to fulltime ministry

2. Senior-Active credential holders who continue to serve half time or less in ministry.

3. Senior-Retired credential holders for those who have ceased to engage in any regular appointed ministry.

SECTION 2 BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

The following qualifications pertaining to all applicants for ministerial recognition:

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Salvation Testimony to having experienced the new birth (John 3:5).

Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Testimony to having received the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the initial physical evidence of speaking in other tongues according to Acts 2:4. The Spirit-filled life will enable a minister to fulfill the threefold mission the church.

Evidence of Call Clear evidence of a divine call to the ministry, evidenced by a personal conviction, confirmed by the work of the Spirit and the testimony of fellow ministers.

Christian character. A blameless Christian life and a good report of those who are with outsiders (Titus 1:4; 1 Timothy 3:7).

Doctrinal position. A thorough understanding of/and agreement with our doctrinal position as contained in the Statement of Fundamental Truths.

Assemblies of God polity. A satisfactory working knowledge of the principles, practices, and purposes of the Fellowship through a study of the General Council and District Council Constitution and Bylaws.

Commitment to the Fellowship. An active loyalty to our constitutional agreements, a cooperative spirit, and a readiness to seek and receive the counsel of older mature Christians and of those in position of authority.

Other qualifications as prescribed in the General Council Bylaws.

SECTION 3 SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS a. Authority

The Distrito Central/Central District is amenable to the General Council of the Assemblies of God, the credentialing authority, and qualifications and procedures detailed in the General Council Constitution and Bylaws.

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(a) Applications for Certified Minister Certificates shall be secured from the District Secretary and when properly filled out shall be returned together with the required fee to the District Secretary. Certified Minister Certificates with the accompanying fellowship cards shall be issued by the General Council of the Assemblies of God.

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Applicants for Certified Minister Certificates shall be active members in good standing in a local assembly.

Certified ministers desiring the renewal of their credentials for the following year shall be active members in good standing of a local assembly or shall be pastors of a local assembly.

Students enrolled in an Assemblies of God college who feel called to the ministry may apply for a Certified Minister Certificate when they have met the requirements of the policies established by the General Presbytery and the General Council Credentials Committee.

(2) Licensed to Preach

Application for License to Preach shall be secured from the District Secretary and when properly filled out shall be returned together with the required fee to the District Secretary. Licensed to Preach Certificate with the accompanying fellowship cards shall be issued by the General Council of the Assemblies of God.

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Application for ordination shall be secured from the District Secretary and when properly filled out shall be returned together with the required fee to the District Secretary. The General Council of the Assemblies of God shall issue the Ordination Credential with the accompanying fellowship cards.

Licensed ministers desiring ordination shall notify the District Secretary who shall advise the minister concerning basic requirements for ordination. When basic requirements have been met, the Distrito Central/Central District Credential Committee shall make an evaluation and arrive at a decision in the matter of the ordination of the applicant. If a favorable decision is reached the Committee shall recommend to the General Council Credentials Committee that the minister be approved for ordination.

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1 the Central District Credentials Committee may have their interviews waived or the interview may be

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Ministerial Credentials that are not renewed by the minister in a timely fashion may be subject to lapse.

A local church credential shall be administered by the local church pursuant to basic guidelines

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Ministerial Credentials registered with this District Council are subject to the provisions of the General Council Bylaws regarding lapsed credentials and such procedures and penalties as may apply because of such authority, and as such, regulations may from time to time be amended. Reinstatement in this regard may be accomplished by filing the necessary documentation on forms approved by the General Council Credentials Committee.

Reinstatement of Ministerial Credentials that have been terminated for other reasons.

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Persons who have had their ministerial credentials terminated for reasons other than lapse, are subject to all provisions of the General Council Bylaws in regard to reinstatement, and such a person may not seek reinstatement through this District Council without first having conformed to such authority, and in no event may make application for reinstatement to be entertained by this District Council until the prescribed period of time for reinstatement fixed by the General Council Bylaws has expired.

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Amenability: All credentialed ministers with this District Council shall be amenable to the Executive Presbytery on all matters of doctrine and conduct.

Perceived Conflict of Pastoral Ministry: This District Council is opposed to any credentialed minister of the Assemblies of God serving in a ministerial capacity as a senior pastor or staff member of any Assemblies of God church in this District moving from one church to another church in the same general area without having first obtained the approval of the District administration after they have consulted with the churches involved. Unless such approval is obtained, it is the policy of this District Council to impose discipline on such ministers who continue their efforts to establish a pastoral or

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Reinstatement of credentials terminated through another District Council shall be arranged through the District Officers of such other District, unless it is by directive from the General Council Credentials Committee.

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staff ministry in that area where they have formerly ministered in an Assemblies of God church, including discipline in which their respective ministerial credentials may be revoked.

Ministerial Courtesy

This District Council disapproves of all discourteous conduct, and all ministers are advised against interfering with pastors in charge of the local Assemblies of God church or program, whether it is by imposing on their work without consent or by communications that might adversely affect the work of the pastor.

We discourage ministers who are not the pastor of a local church to hold any elective office in a local church.

All correspondence, which concerns the local Assemblies of God church as a whole, shall be addressed to the one in charge, and not to individual members. Where there is no pastor, letters concerning the work should be addressed to the church board.

It is considered improper and unethical for ministers or missionaries to solicit funds within the local church, by letter or otherwise, for anything or any reason whatsoever without proper authority by the pastor or where there is no pastor, the church board.

SECTION 6 MINISTRY GROUP LEADERS

The District Board of Administration and Executive Presbytery shall form Ministry Groups consisting of approximately eight to twelve (8-12) pastors.
Ministry Groups for ministers shall be provided where feasible.
Ministry Groups for staff pastors in positions of affinity (Youth, Music, Christian Education, etc.) shall be formed where feasible.

It is recommended that Senior Pastors encourage all credentialed ministers aligned with their congregation to participate monthly in a Ministry Group format.
Each ministry group shall meet regularly for the purpose of engaging, encouraging, and equipping ministers for more effective ministry.

Spouses are encouraged to participate in the Ministry Group meetings.

ARTICLE VII THE LOCAL CHURCH

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33 This District Council accepts it as doctrinal that the local church is recognized as being ordained by

34 God, under the headship of Jesus Christ. It is fundamental with our Fellowship that groups of

35 believers associating themselves in local bodies for maintenance of scriptural order, and having a

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A General Council affiliated church is one that has applied for, and received a Certificate of Affiliation from the General Council of the Assemblies of God, commonly and herein referred to as a sovereign church.

The sovereign local Assemblies of God church within this District Council shall have the right of self- government under our Lord Jesus Christ, the right to choose or call its Pastor, and by action of its membership or Church Board as its own Bylaws provide, to elect its officers and directors, administer

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The sovereign local Assemblies of God church shall be separately incorporated, with its own Federal Employers Identification number......code of Internal Revenue 501 (C) (3).

The governance model adopted by the local assembly shall conform to the guidelines of Constitution Article XI, Section 1; paragraph a, subparagraph (4) of the General Council.

It is the responsibility of the Executive Presbytery of this District Council to determine when a local church has reached a state of growth, stability, and maturity qualifying it for affiliation with The General Council of the Assemblies of God as a sovereign local church.

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The General Council has established standards for affiliation of the sovereign Assemblies of God local church, which are endorsed and adopted by this District Council within the territory of this District Council, by virtue of which each sovereign church and each church that seeks to become sovereign must abide by the following requirements:

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The sovereign church must accept and endorse the tenets of faith of the Assemblies of God Fellowship, as such, are set forth in the Constitution and Bylaws of both The General Council of the Assemblies of God and this District Council.

The sovereign church must adopt a standard of membership, which is compatible with the standards and policies of this District Council.

The sovereign church must have and maintain an active voting membership of at least twenty (20) persons, at least eighteen (18) years of age or older, each of whom shall accept their fair share of responsibility for the maintenance of scriptural order in the local church body.

The sovereign church must have a Constitution and Bylaws in form, compatible with those recommended by this District Council.

The sovereign church must have an adequate number of spiritually qualified members to fill the offices of that local church as called for in its Constitution and Bylaws, and must be regular and sound in its fiscal responsibilities as supported by financial statements for the two previous years.

The sovereign church must have a senior pastor who is a credentialed minister of the Assemblies of God in good standing whose credentials are registered with this District Council.

The sovereign church must have at least three functioning church departments, one of which shall be a Christian Education Department.

It is recommended that the sovereign church shall have words in its official or corporate name that identifies with the Assemblies of God, and it is recommended that such churches use the Assemblies of God emblem.

The fact that a local Assemblies of God church is affiliated with the General Council shall in nowise destroy its rights stated above or interfere with its sovereignty as set forth in the General Council Constitution and Bylaws.

Adopt Articles of Incorporation, a constitution, or bylaws compatible with models recommended by the District Council, or district approved governance models that provide for adequate accountability, amenability, and safeguards so that a pastor and/or governing board cannot directly or indirectly exert dictatorial control over a church.

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By entering into voluntary cooperative fellowship with The General Council of the Assemblies of God, each sovereign local church within this District Council has agreed to abide by and be in cooperation with the Constitution and Bylaws of The General Council of the Assemblies of God, as such, is now or may from time to time be amended, hereinafter for simplicity, occasionally referred to as “General Council Bylaws”, for establishment of standards of doctrine, conduct, and related regulation as a sovereign local church. In the event of conflict, inconsistency, or incompatibility of the local sovereign church’s Constitution and Bylaws with the letter or interpretation of the General Council Bylaws, the General Council Bylaws shall prevail.

By entering into voluntary cooperative fellowship and affiliation with The General Council of the Assemblies of God, as a sovereign Assemblies of God church, it becomes a member of this District Council, and so assumes the responsibilities of and is entitled to the benefits attendant upon such membership including the right to be represented through its duly appointed delegates at the General Council and the District Council membership meetings, through its delegates who have been selected by the membership of such church or its Church Board. Each such member church agrees to abide by provisions of this Constitution and Bylaws and to comply with and conform to the policies and standards established by this District Council.

By entering into voluntary cooperative fellowship and affiliation with The General Council of the Assemblies of God, as a sovereign Assemblies of God church, that local church is bound by provisions of General Council Constitution Article XI, and Bylaws Article VI, in that each sovereign local church within this fellowship must have a form of Constitution & Bylaws compatible with the form recommended by CENTRAL DISTRICT/DISTRITO CENTRAL COUNCIL OF THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD, and maintain such document in conformity with contents of such recommended form, as it is now and may from time to time be altered. This District Council as a statement of binding policy, binding upon each local church within this fellowship, adopts such recommended form and it may be altered in minor detail to honor local church membership sentiments or practices, but it must not be altered in any material way so as to conflict with District Council policies. In the event that a local sovereign church should neglect to adopt such form, or fail to maintain same in conformity with such form, as it may be from time to time amended, then that recommended form shall be deemed to be a superior regulatory document, superseding any form that such local church may heretofore, or hereafter adopt, and such recommended form shall be for all purposes the governing document for that local church, in all matters pertinent to its contents.

The District Council recommends that all churches in our fellowship, whether sovereign General Council affiliated churches or sovereign District Council affiliated, should have a written bylaw in their local church constitution, and if possible in their deed of trust, a revisionary clause clearly stating where the assets and property of the local church corporation would go in the event of the dissolution of the local church, or in the event that the church ceases to be an Assemblies of God Church. It is recommended that the Distrito Central/Central District of the Assemblies of God (DBA Central Latin American District Council of the Assemblies of God Inc.) be named as the beneficiary of said assets and property.

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44 Council affiliation. If after (1) one year the minimal number of 20 members is not attained, the church shall

45 revert to District affiliated status. The church shall remain in a District Council affiliated status until it again,

46 meets the standard for affiliation as a General Council affiliated church as provided for in Article XI, Section

47 1, of the Constitution of the General Council. An application for it shall be filed with the District Secretary

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SECTION 6 PULPIT MINISTRY

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In view of the affiliation of the sovereign Assemblies of God church with the General Council and this District Council, and in the interest of maintaining general unity and harmony, the Senior Pastor of such sovereign church must have and maintain current proper ministerial credentials issued by the Assemblies of God.

It is recommended that the sovereign Assemblies of God church adopt provisions that Associate or Assistant Pastors and other personnel of the Ministerial Staff of the sovereign church, should have and maintain current proper ministerial credentials issued by the Assemblies of God, as a condition of continued association with that church.

SECTION 7 SOVEREIGN CHURCH – DISTRICT COOPERATION

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It is expected that each sovereign Assemblies of God church within this District Council shall file two copies of its Constitution and Bylaws with the District Secretary, and shall likewise file two copies each, of all amended Constitution and Bylaws within ninety (90) days of amendment.

It is expected that the local sovereign Assemblies of God church within this District shall cooperate in the programs of the District, and each local church is expected and encouraged to develop and promote good stewardship within the local assembly and in support of the General Council and this District Council, including participation in US Missions, Assembly of God World Missions, and Central District School of Missions (CSOM).

SECTION 8 RIGHT OF APPEAL OF THE SOVEREIGN LOCAL CHURCH

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When in need of administrative counsel and advice or other matters, the local sovereign church may appeal to the District Officers.

When there is a question concerning the appropriate response or lack of attention to requests by the local sovereign church for District Officers assistance, that local church may appeal to the General Council Executive Presbytery.

When exceptions are taken by the local sovereign church to the decision of the General Council Executive Presbytery, that sovereign church may appeal to the General Presbytery of the General Council.

SECTION 9 PRESERVATION OF AFFILIATION

In the event the termination of affiliation with The General Council of the Assemblies of God is under consideration by an affiliated assembly, the pastor and/or the board shall invite the District officers to participate in a specially called business meeting for the express purpose of giving the District officers the opportunity to present the case for continued General Council affiliation. Final disposition of the matter may then proceed in accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws of the local church.

SECTION 10 DISTRICT COUNCIL CHURCHES

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(1) District sponsored local churches shall be recognized as District Council affiliated churches.

(2) District Council Affiliated Churches shall file two copies of its Constitution and Bylaws with the District Secretary. When a District Affiliated Church has not adopted its own Constitution and Bylaws, it shall be under the direct supervision of the Executive Presbytery and the authority of

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the District Presbytery. The Executive Presbytery will adopt and approve a constitution that will govern District Council churches that do not have their own constitution.

District Council Affiliated Churches should be separately incorporated, with its own Federal Employers Identification number, as well as its own State Tax Exemption number, as soon as possible.

District Council affiliated programs may include home missions projects, pioneer churches, established church organizations entering into our fellowship from other affiliation or independent status, former sovereign Assemblies of God churches that have surrendered their sovereignty temporarily or otherwise that seek District Council assistance, and approved satellite church programs initiated by sovereign assemblies that come under the administration of the Executive Presbytery.

The District Council recommends that all churches in our fellowship, whether sovereign General Council affiliated churches or District Council affiliated, should have a written bylaw in their local church constitution and if possible in their deed of trust, a revisionary clause clearly stating where the assets and property of the local church corporation would go in the event of the dissolution of the local church or in the event that the church ceases to be an Assemblies of God Church. It is recommended that the Distrito Central/Central District Council be named as the beneficiary of said assets and property.

At any time if a District Council Affiliated Church falls below 20 active members, they shall notify the District office. The District Executive Committee shall evaluate the condition of the church and make a recommendation to the church leadership and the Executive Presbytery. The Executive Presbytery may bring the church under District Supervision until the church has increased membership to at least 20 active members for at least one year.

A District Council Church that is District supervised shall be governed by the District Supervised Church Constitution that has been adopted by the District Presbytery.

Establishment of New Churches

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The District, at all times will promote the following three ways to initiate new works, commonly known as “missions”. No new church shall establish itself by soliciting or encouraging members of an existing Central District church.
By the Initiative of a Church: When a church plants (births) a mission, the mother church should oversee this new work. The pastor of the mother church will place a person in charge of the mission, or will direct its church leadership. The mother church should keep the District Office informed of the new church plant, its pastoral leadership, and its progress. The mother church shall govern the mission according to its own Constitution and Bylaws or provide the mission with a Constitution and Bylaws that is recommended by the District Council.

By Self-Initiative: An Assemblies of God credentialed minister or lay person may start a new church as a mission. These individuals who begin a church by self-initiative should contact the District Office for council and direction. The District will provide the new church with recommended Constitution and Bylaws.

By initiative of the Region: Each region will be responsible to establish new churches in their area of the District. The Regional Presbyter will help in the oversight of a new church and will assign someone to be in charge of the new work in consultation with the District Office. New churches started by the initiative of a Region shall be governed by the “Mission Church” constitution and bylaws that have been approved by the District Presbytery.

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The applicant church must accept and endorse the Tenets of Faith of the Assemblies of God Fellowship, such as are set forth in the Constitution and Bylaws of both The General Council of the Assemblies of God and this District Council.

The applicant church must adopt a standard of membership that is compatible with the standards and policies of this District Council.

The applicant church should have a pastor in good standing whose credentials are registered with this District Council.

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If the applicant church is incorporated and seeks General Council affiliation, it must have special resolutions of both its Church Board and its membership, in accord with its Constitution and Bylaws, approving the affiliation, and upon such affiliation being granted, the Articles of Incorporation shall be amended, its Constitution and Bylaws shall be amended to conform to the format recommended by this District Council after which a letter of affiliation is issued by the General Council of the Assemblies of God.

This District Council recommends that churches entering into this Fellowship shall have words in their official or corporate name that identify with the Assemblies of God, and recommend that such churches use the Assemblies of God emblem.

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Disputes between factions within the local church should be resolved by mediation. The Executive Presbytery sitting as a Mediation Board in this regard may entertain negotiations.

Groups within the local church or identified with factions of that church, upon refusing mediation of their disputes, or rejecting the recommendations of the Executive Presbytery, jeopardize their status of affiliation with the Assemblies of God.

When efforts to maintain unity and harmony in an assembly have failed, and a division results in a new congregation being formed, the District should exercise strong and wise leadership in ascertaining the facts and seek to preserve Assemblies of God adherents for the Fellowship. Within the bounds of ethical principles, sound doctrine, and District policy, this District should seek to retain any meritorious group within the Assemblies of God.

Resulting circumstances of the occasion would determine whether the minister should be disciplined or denied ministry in either the original church or the dissident group, or even residency in the area where the division occurred. If a minister is guilty of wrong conduct and wrong attitudes resulting in a split, the Executive Presbytery shall deal appropriately with the minister as provided in Article X., Section 3, of the General Council Bylaws. In situations where there has been a division within the church, the Executive Presbytery may determine that under unique circumstances this rule may be waived, subject to approval of the Executive Presbytery.

Establishing Sovereignty of the Local District Affiliated Church

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The applicant church must accept and endorse the Tenets of Faith of the Assemblies of God Fellowship, as set forth in the Constitution and Bylaws of the General Council and the District Council.

The applicant church must adopt a standard of membership that is compatible with the standards and policies of this District Council.

The applicant church must have and maintain an active voting membership of at least twenty (20) persons, at least eighteen (18) years of age, each of who shall accept their fair share of responsibility for the maintenance of scriptural order in the local church body.

The applicant church must have a Constitution and Bylaws in adopted compatible form with the design recommended by this District Council. Said Constitution shall have been adapted and followed for a minimum of twelve months prior to application.

The applicant church must have an adequate number of spiritually qualified members to fill the offices of that local church as called for in its Constitution and Bylaws, and must be regular and sound in its fiscal responsibilities.

The applicant church must have a senior pastor who is a credentialed minister of the Assemblies of God in good standing whose credentials are registered with this District Council.

The applicant church must have at least three functioning church departments, one of which shall be a Christian Education Department.

This District Council recommends that such churches shall have words in their official or corporate name that identify with the Assemblies of God, and recommend that such churches use the Assemblies of God emblem.

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constitutional officer or designee of this District Council, at which time the local church shall be set in order. It is the policy in this District Council that the sovereign local church shall be formally incorporated, and shall not conduct its business as an unincorporated association. Upon approval for sovereignty by the Executive Presbytery, if the local applicant church is not already legally incorporated as a Nonprofit Religious Corporation, it shall be formally incorporated.

Upon notification received by the District Executive Officers that the incorporation and tax exempt qualification is completed, the District Secretary shall transmit the documentation relating to approval for sovereignty for further action by the General Secretary of the General Council. The General Secretary as a General Council affiliated assembly regards sovereign status as complete upon receipt by the local church of an official Certificate of Affiliation.

When the District Council affiliated local church becomes sovereign, where real and personal property are held by the District for that church, it is generally the policy of this District Council to convey and/or sell to the sovereign church corporation the land and improvements acquired and developed through the mutual endeavor of the congregation and other programs within the

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(5) When one of our churches falls below the number of twenty (20) active members, they should notify the District Office. The Executive Committee will evaluate the situation and make its recommendations to the leadership of the church under the supervision of the District until growth of its active membership is back to at least twenty (20).

(6) District Churches are supervised by the District and are/shall be governed under the District Constitution for churches that has been ratified by the District Presbytery.

SECTION 11 NEW ASSEMBLIES

The planting of new churches shall be a priority goal for The General Council of the Assemblies of God. Resources at all levels shall be aligned to accomplish this purpose. Initiative for establishing new churches and the oversight of those churches may emanate from local assemblies, and district councils. The District Presbytery or the authorities within a district charged with the responsibility of approving new churches shall not prohibit the planting of new churches unless a compelling reason exists. If it is determined that a compelling reason exists, a minister or local church desiring to plant the church shall have the right to appeal the decision with the District Director for Church Planting, and the decision of the District may be appealed to the General Council Executive Presbytery, whose decision shall be final.

SECTION 12 EMPHASIS FOR ENGLISH MINISTRIES

It is imperative that our Central District / Distrito Central emphasize the use of English and Spanish at every level of ministry. That the local church commits to create English ministries that embrace the reality of the English language in Hispanic cultures within the United States.

SECTION 13 LOCAL CHURCH SALARIES

1. It is recommended that all our churches both General Council affiliated and District affiliated have a clear and comparable financial package for the ministerial staff of the local church which are to include but not be limited to the payment of at least 50% of the self-employment tax owed by the minister.

2. It is recommended that each local church as soon as it is financially feasible, encourage their pastoral staff to open up a retirement fund in a recommended Assemblies of God financial institution and that the local church also designates a monthly contribution to the retirement fund of its pastoral staff.

ARTICLE VIII ESTABLISHMENT OF DEPARTMENTS

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1 SECTION 1 RESPONSIBILITY OF EXECUTIVE PRESBYTERS

2 The activities and affairs of this District Council are conducted and all corporate powers are exercised by

3 the Executive Presbytery, and they, with the membership and District Presbytery have a delegated portion of

4 the work of this District Council in the management of certain ongoing activities of the corporation to various

5 established departments; however, each department and all activities and affairs of the corporation as may be

6 assigned to such departments shall be managed and all corporate powers shall be exercised under the ultimate

7 direction and responsibility of the Executive Presbytery, being at all times under the authority of the District

8 Presbytery.

9 SECTION 2 DEPARTMENTS AUTHORIZED AND ESTABLISHED

10 There shall be departments created by action of the District Council to function as distinct ministries of

11 the corporation, under regulations set or approved by the District Presbytery, all of which shall be under the

12 direct supervision of the District Superintendent, which departments shall have names, functions and

13 responsibilities as set by this Constitution and Bylaws. Among the departments by the membership

14 established and functioning within this District Council are the following:

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Department of Men’s Ministries Department of Women’s Ministries Department of Youth Ministries Department of Girls Ministries Department of Royal Rangers

Department of Missions
Department of Music
Department of Church Planting
Marriage Enrichment Ministries
Senior Adult Ministries
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There shall be a departmental director to manage the affairs of each Department of this District Council.

The District Superintendent shall appoint all Department Directors and they shall be ratified by the District Presbytery. If ratification is not obtained for any specific department, the District Superintendent will present other candidates until ratification is obtained.

The Director shall be amenable and subject to directives and regulations of the District Presbytery, under the supervision of the District Superintendent.

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All Department Directors’ terms will terminate:

 at the request of the District Superintendent,

 with any change in the District Superintendent’s office,

 or resignation

In case of any vacancies, the Superintendent shall appoint an Interim Department Director, for no more than six months, until the District Presbytery’s ratification of the new department Director. The Executive Presbytery shall be authorized to make any arrangements necessary to solve any emergency situation related to any department.

The salary for each director shall be determined by the Executive Presbytery or as stipulated by District bylaws.

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A candidate for nomination to serve as Director or Assistant Director of a department within this District Council shall be a person of proven executive ability, well informed in the organization structure and function of their respective department, of good report, having such further qualifications established by special resolution of the District Presbytery as may be applicable to each department.

All candidates for appointment to serve in any office in a department of this District Council shall be persons of mature experience and sound Christian character, having made an open subscription to the Tenets of Faith of this Fellowship, and shall have testimony of having received the baptism in the Holy Spirit according to Acts 2:4.

It is recommended that all candidates hold credentials with this District.

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27 SECTION 5 OPERATIONS

28 Each department will be under the supervision of the District Superintendent and the Executive

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30 SECTION 6 OPERATIONS SCOPE AND POLICY

31 The District Presbytery shall establish and adopt the operational policies and regulations for each

32 Department, and shall publish an operations manual describing its mission and function. The mission and

33 function of each department shall be consistent with the purposes for which this District Council is formed

34 and operated, and by the regulations adopted by the Executive Presbytery.

35 SECTION 7 RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DIRECTOR

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The Director shall be responsible to preside over all meetings of the Advisory Board of the department. The Director shall be responsible for supervision and promotion of all work of the department.

The Director shall be responsible for preparation of an edited work for publication in the Ministers Newsletter.

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Auxiliary programs for each department may be established pursuant to the directive of the District Presbytery or the membership of the District Council.

SECTION 9 FINANCIAL COOPERATION

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ADULT DISCIPLESHIP

1. The Department will make an effort at all times to support itself, and also give remuneration to its officers

2. Remuneration will be determined by the Executive Presbytery.
3. The church or region that invites the Director of Adult Discipleship will be responsible for the

Director’s expenses as well as an honorarium.
4. Each church shall send the tithes of their Sunday School offerings each month to the District Office

designated for the District Adult Discipleship Department.

HONOR BOUND DEPARTMENT (MEN’S MINISTRIES)

1. The Department will make an effort at all times to support itself, and also give remuneration to its officers.

2. Remuneration shall be determined by the District Executive Presbytery.
3. The Honor Bound ministry of each local church shall contribute $100.00 a year for the support

of the District Honor Bound Department.
4. We encourage each local Honor Bound ministry to celebrate National Honor Bound ministries day

by receiving a special offering to be divided as follows; 50% to the District Honor Bound Department, 50% to the General Council Honor Bound Department.

WOMEN’S MINISTRIES DEPARTMENT

1. TheDepartmentwillmakeaneffortatalltimestosupportitself,andalsogiveremunerationto its officers.

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GIRLS CLUB DEPARTMENT

1. The Department will make an effort at all times to support itself, and also give remuneration to its officers.

2. Remuneration shall be determined by the District Executive Presbytery

YOUTH DEPARTMENT

1. The Department will make an effort at all times to support itself, and also give remuneration to its officers.

2. Remuneration shall be determined by the District Executive Presbytery.
3. TheYouthMinistryfromeachlocalchurchshallsend$10.00monthlydueforthesupportofthe

District Youth Director.

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Remuneration shall be determined by the District Executive Presbytery.

Each church shall send a monthly due of $3.00 from each member of its Women’s Ministry divided as follows; a. $1.00 will go to the District women’s Director. b. $1.00 for Regional Dues, divided as follows 5% for assistant WM’S Director and 5% for Secretary and 90% is for the Region use. c. $1.00 stays in the local church.

25% of National Women’s Day offering is to be given to the Women’s District Director as Remuneration; 12.5% to the Assistant District Director, 12.5% to the District WM Secretary, and 50% would be sent to the National office.

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MUSIC DEPARTMENT

1. The Department will make an effort at all times to support itself, and also give remuneration to its officers.

2. Remuneration shall be determined by the District Executive Presbytery.
3. Each local church shall encourage their Praise and Worship department to send an annual offering

to support the District Music Department.

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ROYAL RANGERS

1. The Department will make an effort at all times to support itself, and also give remuneration to Its officers

2. Remuneration shall be determined by the District Executive Presbytery.
3. An offering of $10.00 per month per church with active Royal Rangers Ministry shall be sent to

the District Office for the support of the Royal Ranger Department.
4. Distrito Central/Central District camp grounds in Chama, New Mexico is to be designated as the

primary site for its annual Pow Wow (Campout).

DEPARTMENT OF MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT

1. This department will make an effort at all times to support itself, also give remuneration to its Officers.

SENIOR ADULT MINISTRIES

(1) This department will make an effort at all times to support itself. (2) This department shall also give remuneration to its officers,
(3) Remuneration shall be determined by the Executive Presbytery.

BGMC / CHILDREN’S MINISTRY DEPARTMENT

(1) This department will make an effort at all times to support itself (2) This department shall also give remuneration to its officers,
(3) Remuneration shall be determined by the Executive Presbytery.

UNDER 40 DEPARTMENT

(1) This department will make an effort at all times to support itself (2) This department shall also give remuneration to its officers,
(3) Remuneration shall be determined by the Executive Presbytery.

SECTION 10 DEPOSITS AND DISBURSEMENT OF FUNDS

g. MISSIONS DEPARTMENT

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1. A certain percentage of District funds, from the minister’s tithes, to be determined by the Executive Presbytery, shall be set aside for the support of Home and Foreign missionaries.

2. The District Missions Director shall make recommendations to the Executive Presbytery of missionaries requesting support.

CHURCH PLANTING DEPARTMENT

1. The Department will make an effort at all times to support itself, and also give remuneration to its officers.

2. Remuneration shall be determined by the District Executive Presbytery.
3. We encourage every church to adopt District Church Planting in their annual mission’s budget. The

monthly offering shall be sent to the District Office designated for church planting.

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All general funds of each Department shall be sent to and deposited into the District checking account. The District Treasurer shall manage and shall keep a separate fund for each Department. Those authorized to sign checks will be the District Treasurer and the other two executive officers.

Such funds shall be disbursed only in accordance with the conditions of the designated gift. In event circumstances interfere with disbursement under the stipulated conditions, the matter shall be referred to the District Presbytery, which by its special resolution may authorize disbursements contrary to conditions fixed, but with respect for the general intent of the donor.

The department and the Director shall be responsible for administration of all funds from all sources set apart from that department.

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By special resolution passed by a two-thirds vote of the District Presbytery, this District Council may accept into affiliation other corporations which are formed and operated for charitable, educational or religious purposes, the missions of which are similar to the purposes and missions of this corporation. It is required that as conditions of affiliation those affiliated organizations meet the following criteria:

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That such affiliated organizations be formally incorporated under laws of a state of the United States and have a current certificate of authority to do business as appropriate, and that their corporateness and authority to do business be continued and maintained current and in good standing. Upon such corporation becoming defunct or decertified the affiliation automatically and immediately ceases.

That the affiliated corporation must have similarity in purpose to the purposes and mission of this District Council and provide for a membership in good standing with churches of the Assemblies of God.

This District Council assumes no liability or continuing responsibility for operation of any affiliated corporations by virtue of affiliation in these premises.

That there be an added condition in the written confirmation of affiliation, providing that such affiliated organization shall give this District Council at least ninety days advance notice prior to dissolution of the corporation.

ARTICLE IX AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS

31 SECTION 2 CENTRAL DISTRICT SCHOOL OF MISSIONS (CSOM)

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institution of higher learning.

CSOM is separately incorporated as a Colorado Non-Profit Religious Corporation. The activities and affairs of the school are conducted and all corporate powers are exercised by or under direction of the Board of Directors of the school.

The business and other affairs of CSOM are conducted pursuant to authority of its own separate Constitution and Bylaws.

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(4) The officers and directors of CSOM provide information and reports to its constituency at intervals, for their business, conducted separate and apart from this District Council.

(5) The Institution, its officers, and board of Directors are amenable to the District Council and its Board of Directors.

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(1) That the President of CSOM sends an annual report to the District office concerning the activities and financial state of the Institute.

(2) That the Institute report be distributed together with other materials from the District, at the time of registration at the District Council.

Essential Recommendations

(1) That each church of our District includes CSOM in its annual budget, and that they send their monthly offering directly to the District Office.

(2) That there be a day designated for CSOM and that it be called “CSOM Day”, and that this day be promoted by the District Missions Director.

(3) That the first Sunday of May be designated to promote CSOM in our churches and that a special offering be received.

(4) That there be a District Day called “CSOM Scholarship Day” and that this day take place the same day as College Commitment Day in September.

SECTION 3 EL MESON LODGE

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The general administration of the Meson Lodge will fall under the direct supervision of the Executive Presbytery.

The administrator of El Meson Lodge will be appointed by the Executive Presbytery and will be responsible to supervise the daily operations of the hotel. The administrator of the hotel shall be authorized to appoint/hire a manager of El Meson Lodge who shall be responsible for daily operations of the hotel.

The administrator of the hotel shall render a quarterly financial report to the Executive Presbytery and also render an annual financial report to the District Presbytery.

SECTION 4 CHAMA CAMP GROUNDS

The general administration and management of Chama Campground property and facilities shall be under the direct supervision of the Executive Presbytery.

ARTICLE X BENEFITS AND BENEVOLENCES

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This District Council has established common benefits and benevolence for the ministers holding current credentials registered with this District Council, and otherwise, including the following:

SECTION 1 COMMON BENEFITS a. Insurance

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Burial Fund

(1) For ministers that have continued membership and have been faithful with their dues in the burial fund, their benefits will continue.

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This District Council shall cooperate in life insurance programs provided through the General Council, including life insurance and other casualty or indemnity programs.

Such insurance programs so provided shall be made generally available to all ministers in good standing whose credentials are registered with this District Council, subject to such exceptions or restrictions as are generally applied by the carrier or carriers of such programs.

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No new members will be accepted.

This fund will be managed by the District Secretary/Treasurer under the supervision of the Executive Presbytery.

Complimentary Benefits

(1) The Central District /Distrito Central Directory

(2) The Central District/Distrito Central Newsletter

Retirement account with “Ministers Benefit Association” and/ or “Church Extension Plan”

(1) TheCentralDistrict/DistritoCentralCouncilwilldeposit5%ofthetithes/duesthatcredentialed ministers send to the District Office to one of the following two retirement accounts, but not in both; “Minsters Benefit Association” in Springfield, Missouri, or in “Church Extension Plan” of Salem, Oregon.

(2) When a minister has an account in both agencies, he/she should designate one of the two agencies, and notify the District Secretary in writing, where he/she would like the 5% deposited. His/her designation can only be changed to the other agency only one time every two years.

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This benefit is only for those who have opened up a retirement account with either Ministers Benefit Association, or Church Extension Plan.

(4) Thisbenefitwillbeginwhentheminister’sretirementaccountisactive,butthedesignationcannot be retroactive.

SECTION 2 THE MINISTER’S BENEVOLENCE FUND

(1) Every minister should participate in the Benefits and Benevolence Plans offered by the General Council.

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ARTICLE XI FINANCES SECTION 1 CONTRIBUTIONS

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Cooperation is essential. All credential holders affiliated with this District Council are expected to give evidence of cooperation by contributing from their tithes and/or dues.
(1) To the ministries of the General Council executive offices according to the provisions of the

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All affiliated General Council and District Council churches shall contribute an administrative offering for the support of the District Office according to their attendance. Churches with 100 or less in attendance shall contribute $25.00 a month. Those with more than 100 in attendance shall contribute a minimum of $50.00 a month. New church plants are exempt during their first two years of operation.

(5) District Council Registration Fee:

(a) All qualified ordained, licensed and certified ministers shall pay a registration fee at each District Council.

(b) All qualified registered delegates representing qualified churches of the District shall pay a registration fee at each District Council.

(c) The District Executive Presbytery may set this fee and amend this fee from time to time as deemed necessary to offset costs of the District Council meeting.

(d) The District Secretary’s office may set a pre-registration deadline date and may also set a late registration fee as deemed necessary.

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Schedule review and adjustments.

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To the ministries of the District office according to the following scale:
(a) All Credential Senior Pastors pay 100% of their tithes to the District office.
(b) All Credential Ministers on church staff pay 100% of their tithes to the District office.
(c) Credential Ministers not on church staff, pay 50% of their tithes to church where they are

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members and 50% to the District office.
Pastors or Laymen who are non-credentialed, but are “in charge” of a work, pay 100% of their tithes to the District office.
Credential Ministers can pay their portion of dues owed to the General Council from their tithes; this includes tithes from secular work income.

(f) A $75.00 credential renewal fee shall be paid to the District office at credential renewal time. This fee will be optional for all Senior-Retired credential holders.

(3) General Council dues;

Ordained Ministers Licensed Ministers Certified Ministers

(4) Church Dues.

$300.00 per year or $25 per month. $240.00 per year or $20 per month. $120.00 per year or $10 per month.

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All dollar amounts in the schedule above may be increased periodically as deemed necessary and as approved by the District Council.

Individual review and requests for adjustments.

Failure to cooperate with the fiscal policies adopted by the District and General Council will result in a minister’s credential being called into question or revoked until the matter is resolved. In instances of extreme circumstances or cases of hardship, the minister so affected may appeal to the Executive Presbytery.

SECTION 2 FORWARDING FUNDS

Ministers’ tithes and offerings, contributions from individuals, offerings from local assemblies, and all other funds intended for the work and ministries of the District shall be forwarded to the District Treasurer’s Office for official receipting.

SECTION 3 DISTRIBUTIONS

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The Executive Presbytery shall have the authority to supervise District funds as may be necessary to maintain the District administrative office and pay all salaries and wages of District Officials.

The Executive Presbytery is authorized to arrange travel expenses to enable the Executive Officers and General Presbyters to attend General Presbyter’s meetings and the General Council sessions. It is further authorized to provide for reimbursements for mileage and incidental expenses for the Executive Officers, Presbyters, and others employed on District work assignments.

SECTION 4 BANKING OF FUNDS

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All funds of the District Council shall be initially deposited in federally insured financial institutions approved by the Executive Presbytery. The funds shall be deposited in the name of the CENTRAL DISTRICT / DISTRITO CENTRAL COUNCIL OF THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD (DBA CENTRAL LATIN AMERICAN DISTRICT COUNCIL OF THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD INC.)

The individual signatures of the District Superintendent, the Assistant District Superintendent, and the District Secretary-Treasurer shall be the authorized signatures on all accounts held in the corporate name of the District.

The establishment and maintenance of accounts and the investment or other use of the funds of this corporation shall be the exclusive province of the Executive Presbytery and District Presbytery.

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A public accountant prior to the District Council meeting shall audit the financial records at the close of each calendar year. The auditor shall give the Treasurer a certificate in duplicate attesting the correctness of the financial records. The Treasurer shall retain one copy, and one copy shall be filed with the District records.

In the event of a change of Treasurer during the calendar year, the District financial records shall be audited, as provided above, at the time of transfer of responsibilities.

Periodically and as deemed necessary, the Secretary/Treasurer will keep the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent informed of all the District accounts.

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The General Council of the Assemblies of God publishes and distributes its authorized publications through the Gospel Publishing House, Springfield, Missouri. It is recognized that this District Council recommends these publications.

The General Council of the Assemblies of God prepares and distributes various materials of a confidential nature, including such things as the official list of Ministers and Missionaries of the Assemblies of God, and ministerial list changes from time to time. These items are not for general dissemination or presentation to the media. Furthermore, such official and confidential publications that might not be so sensitive, such as the Church Directory of the General Council of the Assemblies of God, are yet deemed to be restricted for distribution, so that commercial sources might not use them to solicit funds or other things from our constituency.

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The District Newsletter of this District Council is intended for restricted distribution, to credentialed ministers only, and not for circulation to the public or to the various public media. It contains confidential information.

The directory of this District Council, which contains the official list of all the ministers and churches of this District, is intended for restricted distribution, to credentialed ministers and affiliated churches of this District Council, and not for circulation to the public or to the various public media. It contains confidential information.

This District Council shall prepare and publish and make restricted distribution of the District Administrative Procedures manual, which shall set forth the adopted operating procedures for programs within this District Council, administrative boards and committees, departments and advisory boards, in accord with the policy established by the District Presbytery and the Constitution and Bylaws of both the General Council and this District Council.

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37 or special meeting of the membership of this District Council, all meetings of boards or subordinate

38 committees, the chair shall determine a quorum and call the meeting to order, and the first order of business

39 shall be prayer to call upon our Lord, seeking His divine direction, blessing and influence upon all such business,

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1 SECTION 2 REGULAR ORDER OF BUSINESS

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Any member of this District Council shall have the privilege of presenting a proposed resolution to the Resolutions Committee for consideration by the voting constituency at the District Council Convention.

Proposed resolutions shall be in written form, filed with the District Secretary with sufficient time allowed so that such shall be in the hands of the Resolutions Committee:

Confirmation of Committee Appointments
Report of the District Superintendent, Assist-Superintendent, and Secretary-Treasurer Election of Officers, and information from committees.
Report of the Departments.
Unfinished Business
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At least ninety (90) days prior to the District Council Convention.

The Resolutions Committee shall provide the District Secretary with copies of the approved proposed resolutions at least sixty (60) days before the District Council Convention,

And the District Secretary shall be responsible for distribution of copies thereof to the membership of District Council at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting of the District Presbytery that convenes coincidental to the District Council Convention.

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Notwithstanding the foregoing rules, “Emergency Resolutions” may be presented in writing to be considered by the Resolutions Committee for presentation to and at the pleasure of the voting constituency by its simple majority vote. (Roberts Rules of Order – Cannot move on without it.)

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11 The author of any resolution submitted for adoption by the membership at any District Council

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19 Council, by special resolutions of and under direct administration or supervision of the District Presbyters or

20 their designees, having name or names assigned to such departments or programs, and officers and subordinate

21 administrators for the conduct of their respective business, as the District Presbyters shall authorize by such

22 special resolutions, for the operation of pre-school, grammar school and high school, college or other

23 educational programs; and, there shall be a policy of nondiscrimination within these departments, admitting

24 students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities

25 generally accorded or made available to students at the schools. This organization shall not discriminate on the

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30 ARTICLE XVI RESOLUTION AND ARBITRATION OF DISPUTES

31 It is the policy and standard of this District Council, applying also to every local church and program within

32 this District Council, to avoid conflicts involving hostile confrontations and judicial proceedings in secular

33 courts, and to resolve disputes in the way provided by the Scriptures, and in manner following:

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Grievances or disputes between individual members of a local church, or involving a member of a local church within this District Council, shall be first negotiated between the disputants in good faith and Christian deportment. For failure of satisfactory negotiation between them, the matter should be then submitted to the Pastor of that local church for mediation or decision. If the Pastor is unable to resolve the matter between the parties, at request of either or any of them the matter shall be heard before the Church Board, or a panel of spiritually qualified people chosen by the Church Board (hereinafter referred to as the Panel) with both parties being given equal opportunity to present their respective positions to the panel.

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In the event that the matter is taken beyond mediation with the Pastor, the Church Board shall fix such reasonable rules and procedural guidelines as they deem just and proper for the parties to present their respective positions before the Panel, so that good manners, propriety and prudence be preserved. Each party should be allowed to have the assistance of a layperson from the membership to assist in presentation of respective positions. In matters resolved by the Panel Board without further action, it shall be treated as privileged, and any record of such proceedings shall be sealed and not available to any third party or otherwise except upon written mutual consent of the disputants. These proceedings are binding arbitration, and there shall be no other remedy between the parties beyond those herein provided. It is intended that these provisions will resolve misunderstandings and help to quiet personal grievances, so to promote peace and harmony within the church. Domestic relation matters or disputes between immediate family members should not be entertained beyond mediation through the Pastor. It is not contemplated that these procedures apply to legitimate claims for physical injuries, or in lieu of civil remedies arising out of accidents, or in cases of child abuse.

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Disputes involving individuals or factions within or outside the church against the Church Board or the entire membership of the church, or the church corporation, shall be resolved by binding arbitration.

The forum for arbitration of disputes concerned in this section is the District Council; and, the arbitration panel shall be comprised of three disinterested persons, which three persons shall be appointed by the District Superintendent, preferably from among the District Council Executive Officers and/or the Presbytery. The following steps should be followed in order to solicit District intervention:

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By invitation of the Senior Pastor in charge, or signatures of two-thirds (2/3) of the Deacon Board, with the pastor’s knowledge of such, or signatures of twenty percent (20%) of the members, whose membership has been verified by the secretary of the local church with the pastor’s knowledge.

Once the case has come to the office of the District Superintendent, the Superintendent will notify the Pastor concerned of the charges. The Superintendent will have the option to look after the case personally or refer it to the Regional Presbyter and/or District Presbyter where the complaint was presented. Everything must be in writing.

The following step will be a detailed investigation by the Superintendent or by the District Credentials Committee with the objective of finding a possible solution.

This procedure will not extend more than thirty (30) days after having informed the District.

That any complaint or serious incident which arises against a Pastor by members of the church be something that has to do with events that have taken place during the previous ninety (90) days, or other things which may come to light.

The Arbitration Panel shall set a time and place for hearing of the dispute between the parties, with proper notice and opportunity for each to be heard and present their respective positions, and shall fix reasonable procedural guidelines for presentation thereof by the parties, as the Panel deems just, proper, and fair. The determination and award, or other disposition made by the Arbitration Panel, shall be final and conclusive, and binding upon the parties, from which there shall be no appeal.

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1 SECTION 3 DISPUTES BETWEEN FACTIONS AND THE DISTRICT COUNCIL

2 Disputes and grievances by any local church or any minister, member or faction within the local church

3 against the District Council or any of its constitutional officers, or otherwise adversely affecting the District

4 Council, shall be resolved by binding arbitration, by submitting same to the General Secretary of The General

5 Council of the Assemblies of God, Springfield, Missouri, for resolution according to such rules and regulations

6 as he may set, and in accordance with the Bylaws of the General Council, as such Bylaws are now or from time

7 to time may be amended. The determination made by the General Secretary or his designees shall be final and

8 binding between the parties, from which there shall be no appeal.

9 SECTION 4 ALTERNATIVE RESOLUTION

10 In the event that the District Superintendent or General Secretary cannot resolve the disagreements, or is

11 unwilling or unable to appoint a panel to hear and determine the matters in dispute, as indicated in Section Two

12 and Section Three above, the matter shall be heard before an Arbitration Panel selected as follows: each

13 disputant faction shall select a single arbitrator, and the arbitrators together shall then select a single separate

14 and wholly neutral arbitrator to serve on the Arbitration Panel. In the event such arbitrators are unable to agree

15 upon the neutral arbitrator, and then such third arbitrator shall be determined under procedures provided in

16 the Uniform Arbitration Act. All persons serving on such Arbitration Panel must be practicing born-again

17 Christians. The Arbitration Panel shall set a time and place for hearing of the dispute between the parties, with

18 proper notice and opportunity for each to be heard and present their respective positions, and shall fix

19 reasonable procedural guidelines for presentation thereof by the parties, as the Panel deems just, proper and

20 fair. A final determination and award may be made by decision of any two of such arbitrators.

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25 Amendments to these Bylaws may be made at any regular or special meeting of the District Council

26 membership, only by vote of the active and registered voting members, provided the full text of same shall

27 have been submitted in advance of the meeting for review by the Resolutions & Revision Committee, in

28 accordance with procedures set forth in the Bylaws, with an affirmative vote of majority.

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