Glen Waverley Inter Church Council Constitution
GLEN WAVERLEY DISTRICT INTER CHURCH COUNCIL CONSTITUTION
The name shall be the Glen Waverley District Inter Church Council
(hereinafter called "The Council").
- To maintain and extend to the fullest extent the joint
activities and mutual knowledge of all Christian Churches in
the area covered by the Council, in all aspects of their
life and work.
- To promote interest in and knowledge of the ecumenical
movement among member Churches and to encourage its
expression in appropriate corporate acts.
- To endeavour to establish a vital connection between the
organized life and activities of the Churches and other
forces which are shaping the life of society and to provide
a common central point from which Christian leadership and
inspiration will permeate the entire range of our comon
- To seek by united Christian witness to win men and women
to faith in Christ, to the fellowship of His Church and to
service of His Kingdom.
- To seek to do together all those things other than those
which our present divisions require us to do
- To consult with the Mount Waverley/Chadstone inter
Church Council in presenting a common witness within the
City of Waverley.
- Application for membership shall be open to those
Churches which confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and
Saviour according to the Scriptures, and therefore seek to
fulfil together their common calling to the glory of One
God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- Admission to membership shall be resolved by the Council
on the basis of one (1) vote per member Church.
- Representation at Council meetings is open to more than
ore representative from each member Church and may consist
of clergy and/or lay members.
The Council shall be affiliated with the Victorian Council of
Churches and such other ecumenical bodies as the Council may
determine provided that such decision in respect of other
bodies is approved by three quarters of those present and
eligible to vote at a meeting of the Council.
A: Office Bearers
- The Office Bearers of the Council (hereinafter called
the "Executive") shall be a President, two
vice-Presidents, and a Secretary-Treasurer who are to be
elected at the annual general meeting of the
- Denominational representation shall be as wide as
possible with each member retiring after two years in
office unless unopposed at the annual meeting.
- The Executive shall have the power to co-opt
additional Executive members.
B. Council and Annual General Meeting
- The Council shall meet at least five times a year with
an annual general meeting being held in the period of
September/ November of each year.
- The Council shall receive an annual report
an~. audited financial statement and elect the office
bears at each annual general meeting.
- Nominations for office bearers shall be in writing and
signed by both the nominator and nominee and forwarded to
the Secretary prior to the annual general meeting.
- The quorum for a meeting of the Council or the annual
general meeting shall consist of representatives from at
least three member churches.
- The work of the Council shall be financed by annual
grants from member Churches, such amounts to be determined
by the annual general meeting of the Council, based on the
presentation of a budget for the forthcoming year.
- The Council shall be empowered to :
- Receive collections and donations from functions
arranged by the Council; and
- Apply these funds to such uses as shall be agreed
upon at any meeting of the
- All moneys received on behalf of the Council shall be
deposited in an account entitled "Glen Waverley District
Inter Church Council". The Executive shall appoint three
of its members to operate on the account with cheques
being signed by any two of them.
- A financial statement shall be produced each year duly
audited by an Auditor appointed by the annual general
- Amendments to the Aims (clause 2) and to the Membership
(clause 3) shall only be made at the annual general meeting
of the Council and provided that the amendment is approved
by three quarters of those present and voting.
- Other amendments may be made at any meeting of the
Council providing that notice of motion has been given at
the previous meeting of the Council.