The Diocese

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The Diocese

 

FUNDING

Funding of the Dioceses’ operation/work is basically provided by ministers’ monthly dues, the member churches’ quarterly ecclesiastical dues and fund raising ventures from time to time.

Government  ecclesiastical Grant.

Contributions from corporate citizens and well wishers are welcomed.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE ROLES and FUNCTIONS

 

[1] The Archbishop

His Grace the Archbishop is the Chief  Bishop that governs the Diocese. He has the authority to  declare a decree at anytime. He is to exercise jurisdiction over the Diocese. He receives from GOD through the ministry of the Church the authority , which is to be exercised by him in a spirit of service, listening to his  members  and fostering  their cooperation for the good of the Diocese and all mankind, without prejudice.

 

[2]The Bishop

His Lordship the Bishop is an official of the highest order, who superintends other clergymen.

He is the administrator and assistant to the Archbishop.

He is to ensure that everything concerning the administration of the Diocese is properly coordinated and is directed in the way that will best achieve the good of the people of GOD entrusted to His care.

He is to ensure that there is a good historical archive in the Diocese and that documents , which have a historical value , are kept in it and systematically filed.

 

[3]The Bishops’ Council.

Is comprised of all the Bishops who will group together to assist His Grace the Archbishop  in accordance  with the law in the governance of the Diocese.

Each Bishop is the official of the highest order in the demarcated  areas specified by the Diocese, superintending the other clergymen and the churches.

They are to ensure that every thing concerning the administration of the Church s under  their supervision  is functioning properly and that they are in compliance with the word of GOD.

They are to ensure that the Churches have ministers to carry out the sacraments in accordance to the Laws of GOD.

They must also have a historical archive and copies of their records sent to the Chapters  Board for their archive.

 

[4] The Chapters Board.

It is the decision making body of the Diocese.

It appoints all operational Boards and Committees of the Diocese.

It ratifies all Standing Orders for the proper operation of the Diocese  which is binding on all members.

It is responsible for the general management of the business of the Diocese between meetings of the Central Committee.

It holds meetings every fourth Saturday in the months of March, June , September and December of each year  or any other day as the Executive sees fit in the best interest of the Diocese.

 

[5] The Disciplinary Committee

 The Dean is the head of the disciplinary committee. He is the Attorney General of the Diocese.

He is a clergyman who is responsible for the ministers. He is an administrator, in charge of counseling, discipline and the proper maintenance of  the Diocese.

Any procedures for disciplinary matters in the Diocese are brought  to the Dean for investigation and settlement.

He is to see all candidates /proselytes before ordination. Scrutinize them and ensure that they are worthy for ordination and recommend them to the Chapters Board for approval.

 

[6]  The Archdeacons’ Board.

Is comprised of all the Archdeacons of the Diocese.

They are the assistants to the Bishops in ceremonial or administrative functions.

They are to raise funds for the Diocese.

They are to make all rules of the Diocese which shall be agreed upon by the Central Committee and approved by the Chapters Board.

They are to, in collaboration with the Public Relations Officers, foster good relations between the Churches and the community  in order to promote and defend  whatever is for the greater good.

 

[7]  The Mothers’ Court/ Mothers  Union

The Mothers Union is the Women ministry Arm of the Diocese.

It comprises  of all female officers and female members of the Churches within the Diocese.

 

[8]  The School of Theology/School Board.

The School of Theology Board is a separate entity but must inform the Chapters Board and the Central Committee of its activities.

It is to do what ever is necessary to ensure proper management of the School.

 

[9]  The Home for the Aged Board.

The Home for the Aged Board is a separate entity but must inform the Chapters Board and the Central Committee of all its activities.

It is to do what ever is necessary to ensure proper management of the Home for the Aged.

 

[10] The Central Committee.

Consists of all ordained ministers of all ranks. It holds meetings every fourth[4th] Saturday of each month.

It is the general authority of the Diocese. The principal officers are.

Chairman -         

The principal Executive Officer of the meeting. He has the power  to call meetings in consultation with the secretary and the Archbishop.

Vice-Chairman -

Empowered with all the functions of the  Chairman in his/her absence.

General Secretary -

The general secretary of the Diocese is responsible to the committee for all correspondence  of the Diocese and its general running.

Asst. General Secretary -

Assists the General Secretary in the performance of all his/her functions and acts as secretary in his/her absence.

Treasurer -

Principal Financial Officer of the Diocese –

To see that proper account of the Diocese’s finances are kept and the Financial Statements are presented to the Executive  and Central Committee at their annual meetings.

To see that the Financial Books are presented to the Diocese’s Auditors.

To make available to the members the Financial records of the Diocese.

In conjunction with the Trustees, and other persons so authorized, sign checks for payments by  or withdrawals from the Diocese’s funds in accordance with the rules of the Diocese.

Trustees -

There are four[4] -To hold in their joint names all property of the Dioceses in trust  for the Dioceses and its members.

To invest any part of the funds or properties of the Diocese to the best interest of the Diocese , but only in accordance with the law and then , only by the direction of the Chapters Board. To report to the Central Committee at the last meeting of every year.

Public Relations Officers -

To handle all public affairs of the Diocese and liaise with both the print and electronic media.

To gain public support for all activities or causes of the Diocese.

To help the Diocese present a favorable image to the public.

To provide information about the Diocese’s business to the media.

To plan public relations campaigns and organize public events.

 

[11] DIVISIONAL COMMITTEES.

The  Diocese  consists of several  Divisions.

Each Division is supervised by a Bishop who is in charge of such Division aided by the Archdeacons.

The Divisional Committees are comprised of the Officers of the Division [Bishop, Archdeacon, Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, P.R.O.] along with seven [7] elected members from the churches in the Division. The Divisional meetings are held monthly with the Divisional Committee and five members from each church in the Division. Divisions may make divisional orders and rules to govern its business, but such must be approved by the Chapters Board and in accordance with the Standing Orders of the Diocese.