1. ADOPTION OF THE CONSTITUTION
The Church is congregational in its government: i.e. it recognizes Jesus Christ as its supreme head, believing in His presence and managing its affairs according to His Word and the practice of His apostles. The Church finances and its property will be administered and managed in accordance with the provisions in this Constitution.
The Church is called Zion Christian Church - Mandadzaka (“the Church”), founded by Bishop Samuel Mutendi (1924)
The Church’s objects (“the Objects”) are the advancement of the Christian faith primarily in Zimbabwe and also throughout Africa and the rest of the World by all means consistent with the teachings of the Christian Bible including worship, ministry, mission, prayer, witness, education, community service , healings , miracles and the support of agencies and individuals and other charitable organizations involved in Christian missionary work and the relief of poverty or other social needs.
In pursuance of the Objects set out in clause 3 (but not otherwise), the Church shall have the following powers:-
(1) To carry on any other activities which further any of the Objects.
(2) To purchase, take on lease, hire, or otherwise acquire, any property or rights which are suitable for the Church’s activities.
(3) To improve, manage, develop, or otherwise deal with, all or any part of the property and rights of the Church.
(4) To sell, let, hire out, license, or otherwise dispose of, all or any part of the property and rights of the Church.
(5) To borrow money, and to give security in support of any such borrowings by the Church.
(6) To employ such staff as are considered appropriate for the proper conduct of the Church activities.
(7) To engage such consultants and advisers as are considered appropriate from time to time.
(8) To effect insurance of all kinds (which may include Trustees’ liability insurance).
(9) To invest any funds which are not immediately required for the Church’s activities in such investments as may be considered appropriate (and to dispose of, and vary, such investments).
(10) To liaise with other voluntary sector bodies, local authorities, Zimbabwean government departments and agencies, and other bodies, all with a view to furthering the Objects.
(11) To establish and/or support any other charitable body, and to make donations for any charitable purpose falling within the Objects.
(12) To form any charitable company with similar objects to those of the Church, and if considered appropriate, to transfer to any such company (without any payment being required from the company) the whole or any part of the Church’s assets and undertaking.
(13) To take such steps as may be deemed appropriate for the purpose of raising funds for the Church’s activities.
(14) To accept grants, donations and legacies of all kinds (and to accept any reasonable conditions attaching to them).
(15) To do anything which may be incidental or conducive to the furtherance of any of the Objects.
(1) The Members of the Church shall be such as profess faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord and have been baptized as believers into the Name of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The mode of baptism practised by the Church shall be that of immersion on the understanding that in special circumstances the Church Council Meeting may agree to make an exception. All new members shall be anointed by any of the following , Bishop , Pastors , Evangelist or Deacons before they are baptized .
(2) The members of the Church shall be such as profess faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord and who wish to make Zion Christian Church their spiritual home, who wish to be actively involved in the fellowship.
(3) By joining the Church, Members shall come under the following obligations:
(a) to attend regularly at public worship, including the Ordinance of the Lord’s Supper (chirairo), which shall be observed by the Church every three public holidays in the year (January , April and August) expressly waived by the Bishop.
(b) to submit their gifts / tithes to Bishop,
(c) to maintain the spirit of Christian love and unity.
(d) to contribute systematically to the Church’s finances as the Lord has prospered them.
(e) to show evidence of their Christian character in all things.
(f) to share in the fulfillment of the Lord’s Commission in Matt 28:19,20.
(4) The Church will maintain a list of Members , which will be regularly reviewed by the Council of Ministry. A Supplementary list shall consist of those no longer active in terms of the church constitution, with the exception of the infirm.
Should any Member absent himself or herself from Communion for an extended period he or she will be visited by two of Deacons, and later by the Pastor, with a view to reconciliation. In the absence of reconciliation, the Member will be advised that his or her name shall be put on the Supplementary List pending removal from Membership. In the case of a Member leaving the district, after a given time, they will receive a letter encouraging them to seek membership in their new district and telling them that meantime their names are being transferred to the Supplementary List. Such names will be reviewed on a regular basis, pending removal.
Those on the Supplementary List no longer have the right to vote at Business meetings of the church. The Evangelist or Deacons have the right to return a Member’s name from the Supplementary List to the Active Members’ Roll.
(5) In cases of private offences between members of the Church, the rule prescribed by Christ in Matthew 18:15-17 shall be faithfully observed. In cases of open backsliding, glaring inconsistency or grave doctrinal error it is the duty of the Council of Church to exercise discipline according to Second Thessalonians 3 v 6,14 and 15 and Titus 3 v 10-11. Where there are serious difficulties involving the Pastor and/or the Church Leaders, the Council of Ministry normally be consulted.
(6) All matters private to the Church shall be treated by Members as strictly confidential.
(7) This Constitution shall be printed and a copy given to each Member Member. Applicants for Membership shall be made fully aware of its content before acceptance into Membership.
6. OFFICE-BEARERS AND TRUSTEES
(a) The Council of Ministers are to select the Board Of Trustees who are to consist members and non members of the church. These shall be the Trustees of the Church in accordance with legislation, and in this Constitution are together called “the Trustees”.
(b) The quorum for all meetings of Trustees is 50% of the number serving.
7. CHURCH MEETINGS
(1) All church meetings shall be opened and closed with prayer.
(2) An Annual General Meeting must be held each year and not more than fifteen months may elapse between successive Annual General Meetings.
(3) Prior to the Annual General Meeting, the Church accounts (including details of salaries or other remuneration and allowances paid to the Church’s staff and of expenses reimbursed to such staff and/or to other members of the Church), shall be examined and/or audited by suitably qualified persons, in accordance with the requirements of current legislation.
(4) Business at Church Meetings shall include:
(a) a statement of the Church’s finances, including presentation to the AGM of full accounts duly audited or externally examined in accordance with the requirements of current legislation;
(b) consultation about the Church’s work and policy; and
(7) A Special Church Meeting may be called at any time by the Council of Ministry or by ten members, but only after two Sundays’ prior intimation.
(8) Every Member/Associate Member at a Church Meeting shall have one vote and if there is an equal number of votes for and against any resolution, the Chair of the meeting shall be entitled to a casting vote.
8. PROCEDURE FOR CHURCH MEETINGS
(1) The minimum period of notice required to hold any Church Meeting is fourteen clear days from the date on which the notice is deemed to have been given.
(2) A Church Meeting may be called by shorter notice, if it is so agreed by all the Members and Associate Members entitled to attend and vote.
(3) The notice must specify the date, time and place of the meeting and the general nature of the business to be transacted. If the meeting is to be an Annual General Meeting, the notice must say so.
(4) No business shall be transacted at any Church Meeting unless a quorum is present.
(5) A quorum is 25 Members entitled to vote upon the business to be conducted at the meeting.
(6) If: (a) a quorum is not present within half an hour from the time appointed for the Meeting: or
(b) during a meeting, a quorum ceases to be present, the meeting shall be adjourned to such time and place as the Council of Ministers shall determine.
(7) The Council Of Ministers must reconvene the meeting and must give at least seven clear days’ notice of the reconvened meeting stating the date, time and place of the meeting.
Any provision contained in this Constitution may be amended provided that: a. a resolution is passed by not less than two thirds of those present and voting at a Church Meeting b. no amendment may be made that would have the effect of making the Church cease to be a Church at law; c. the notice of Church Meeting includes notice of the resolution setting out the terms of the amendment proposed; d. the Trustees of the Church shall keep a copy of any such amendment with this Constitution;
10. FINANCIAL YEAR
The Church’s financial year shall end on December 30th
11. OPERATION OF ACCOUNTS AND HOLDING OF PROPERTY
(a) All heritable properties of the Church shall be held on behalf of the Church by the Trustees of the Church.
(b) The Church and its property shall be managed and administered by a Council of Ministers elected in accordance with this Constitution.
(c) The signature(s) of the signatory or signatories appointed by the Council of Ministers shall be required in relation to all operations (other than lodgement of funds) on the bank and building society accounts held by the Church. Items of expenditure exceeding 2% of the budget must only be made in implementation of a budget or other decision approved by a Church Meeting.
12. ACCOUNTING RECORDS AND ANNUAL ACCOUNTS
(1) The Trustees of the Church shall ensure that proper accounting records are maintained in accordance with all applicable statutory requirements.
(2) The Trustees shall prepare annual accounts, complying with all relevant statutory requirements; if an audit is required under any statutory provisions or if they otherwise think fit, they shall ensure that an audit of such accounts is carried out by a qualified auditor.
13. TRUSTEES NOT TO HAVE A PERSONAL INTEREST
(a) A Trustee who has a personal interest in any transaction or arrangement which the Church is proposing to enter into, must declare that interest at a Church Meeting; he/she will be debarred from voting on whether or not the Church should enter into that transaction or arrangement. (b) A Trustee, provided he/she has declared his/her interest - and has not voted on the question of whether the Church should enter into the relevant arrangement - will not be debarred from entering into an arrangement with the Church in which he/she has a personal interest and may retain any benefit which he/she gains from his/her participation in that arrangement.
14. LIABILITY OF MEMBERS
(1) The Members of the Church have no liability to pay any sums to help to meet the debts (or other liabilities) of the Church if it is wound up; accordingly, if the Church is unable to meet its debts, the Members/Associate Members will not be held responsible.
(2) The Trustees of the Church have certain legal duties o comply with the Zimbabwean law.
(1) In the event of the Council of Ministers being dissolved the exist the Trustees will remain in office as Church Trustees and be responsible with day to day running of the church. (3) The Trustees must collect in all the assets of the Church and must make provision for all the liabilities of the Church.
(4) The Trustees must apply the assets of the Church for charitable purposes.
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