2: EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY (EXCO)

Duties

The Executive Council shall have and exercise the following duties:

a) Exercise the powers and carry out the duties and responsibilities of the General Assembly as conferred on it in Article IV Section 1 of the Constitution of this Assembly, concerning the work of the Church in the period between General Assembly meetings. This would include carrying out decisions regarding issues which arise and which require immediate solutions.

b) To investigate, review and decide on any matter or issue which may be referred to the Council by any Subordinate Board, Committee or Association or any appeal, which may be made to the Council by any person affected from any decision made by any Subordinate Board Committee or Association.

c) To consider and make decisions on any report of the Credentials Board which may at any time be made with respect of any charges against any Minister or Church.

In the event that any charges are brought against any Minister who is a member of the Credentials Board, that Minister shall not sit on the Board until the matter is resolved.

d) To provide and maintain all goods, articles and effects necessary and requisite for use at Conventions, Youth Camps, Retreats, Institutes, organised or convened for any of the purposes of the Church of God in Barbados and to arrange for the housing and boarding of delegates to such Conventions and co-opt assistants and/or appoint any committee or committees necessary for any of these purposes.

e) To review Budget Estimates prepared by the Treasurers and approved by the Finance Committee for the Council and the Boards and Committees and to present an overall Budget for submission to the General Assembly at its Annual Meeting.

f) To call for the resignation, dismissal or suspension of any member within the Church who is found guilty of charges contrary to the principal teaching and practice of the New Testament. Such decision should be ratified by a 2/3rd majority vote of the General Assembly at such meeting.

Powers

The Executive Council shall have and exercise the following powers: -

a) To determine in case of dispute which persons or person constitute or form part of the congregation of the Church of God in Barbados.

b) To help congregations to form co-operational groups for the support of Pastors, mutual benefits and common projects and to help in the formation of larger Zonal groups.

c) To guide in the placement, transfer and induction of the Ministers of the Church of God in Barbados through mutual counsel with the congregations and Ministers concerned under advice from the Credentials Board.

d) To recommend to the Government of Barbados, Ministers suitable for appointment as Marriage Officers after consultation with the Credentials Board.

e) To serve as a co-ordinating body for the work of the Church of God in Barbados.

f) To fill vacancies which may occur on any Board or Committee during the year.

g) To consider resolutions to be presented to the General Assembly.

h) To recommend to the General Assembly for its approval any new Board, Committee or Association for the propagation and advancement of the Church of God.

i) To appoint a Director of Ministries in consultation with the Human Resources Board and to determine his/her responsibilities and conditions of service. Such appointment shall be ratified by a 2/3rd majority vote of the General Assembly at its meeting following the selection of the Director of Ministries. By virtue of his office, the Director of Ministries shall be a member of the General Assembly and the Executive Council of the General Assembly.

j) To appoint a Parliamentarian whose duties shall be to advise and educate the members as to the proper parliamentary procedures at all meetings of the General Assembly and Executive Council. The term of office shall be for a period of three years and be subjected to review and renewal at the end of the term. Such appointment shall be ratified by a 2/3rd majority vote of the General Assembly at its meeting following the selection. By virtue of his office, the Parliamentarian shall be a member of the General Assembly and the Executive Council of the General Assembly.

k) To appoint a Historian whose duties shall be to collect and preserve the history of the General Assembly and the Church of God in Barbados and to educate the members of the Church at large, the General Assembly and the Executive Council of this history. The term of office shall be for a period of three years and be subjected to review and renewal at the end of the term. Such appointment shall be ratified by a 2/3rd majority vote of the General Assembly at its meeting following the selection. By virtue of his office, the Historian shall be a member of the General Assembly and the Executive Council of the General Assembly.

l) To appoint Chairpersons of all subordinate Boards and Committees from among the membership of the Church of God in Barbados who are in good and regular standing.

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