MoA & Constitution

MEMORANDUM OF ASSOCIATION
AND
CONSTITUTION OF THE MANIPUR EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

MEMORANDUM OF ASSOCIATION

1. The name of the Society (Association) shall be the Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church (MELC for short)
2. The Office of the Society shall be situated at Zomi Colony, Lamka, Churachandpur – 795128, Manipur , India.
3. The Area of Operation: The whole Churachandpur District and elsewhere in the State of Manipur.
4. The aims and objectives for which the Society has been established are

a) To have fellowship in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ’s command; to proclaim to all the Christ’s Gospel; To teach the stated Doctrines and seek the lost, to plant Churches and to teach them to be witness and lead a holy life.

b) To have fellowship in obedience to the teachings of the Bible, in regular worship, meditation and Bible studies and teaching in meeting one another’s need; and in observing the sacraments in Local Congregations; all to the glory of our Saviour Jesus Christ and God the Father.

c) To have fellowship in obedience on earth the teaching of Jesus Christ; to stand together on His behalf, continuing His work on earth; to do good works in various forms and to live together as the Salt and Light of the world.

d) To strive to realize their aims and objects by contributing resources and raise funds amongst themselves and from other; by acquiring, utililzing or disposing of moveable and immovable properties; by meeting in regular sessions to attend to capacities and by cooperating similar faith.

e) To transform the community into a better community. To receive foreign contributions for the upliftment of the poorer section of the Church (society) and for trainings, educational and other developmental works of the mission/organization.

5. The Management of the Society shall be entrusted in accordance with the constitution of the Society(Church), to all Board of Trustees of which the present members are given below, who appended their signatures here to on behalf of the entire membership of the Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church; Indicating their desire to be organized into a Society(Church).

Constitution of the
MANIPUR EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

ARTICLE – I: PRELIMINARY

PREAMBLE

In order to have fellowship in the work of the Lord Jesus Christ in the form of various activities as here under tested in the aims and objects of this Constitution and for spiritual growth in worship and life, we the members of the Local Congregations and as a corporate body, enter into an Association (Society) to be known as the Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church( in short MELC).

1. Name of the Constitution:
This constitution is to be called the constitution of the Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church.

2. Extent:
The Constitution of the Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church extends to all members of the Evangelical Lutheran Churches wherever they may be found.

3. Date of Commencement:
The Constitution of the Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church shall come into force on the date fixed by the Annual Assembly of the Church.

4. Repeals:
From the date this constitution of the Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church comes into force, all actions and decisions taken and works undertaken in the Church, which are not contrary to the Provisions of this constitution shall be deemed to have been done or being done in accordance with the Provisions of this Constitution.

ARTICLE -11

1. Definition and Explanation of Terms.

a) The term ‘Constitution’ means this Constitution of the Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church.

b) The term “Committees” or “Board” means the Committee or Board Constructed under the Provisions of this Constitution.

c) The term “Annual Assembly” means the Annual Assembly of the Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church.

d) The term “Financial Year” means the Financial Year of the Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church, which is from March to February.

e) The term “Church” means the Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church unless specified otherwise.

f) The term “The Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church” means the erstwhile Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Christians.

g) The term ‘Cashier/Accountant’ means the Cashier/Accountant of the Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church.

ARTICLE-III: STATEMENT OF FAITH

Doctrine

We, the members of Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church individually and cooperatively declare that all our doctrines as contained in this statement of faith as here under mentioned and the teachings of the Holy Bible. They are:

1) The Bible: As an Evangelical Church, we believe the sixty-six (66) Books of the Bible as inspired and originally given by God and is infallible in supreme authority in all matters of faith and conducts. The words of the Scriptures are trustworthy because they are the words of God.

2) God: We believe the unity of the Father and the son and the Holy Spirit in the Godhead. The Triune God eternally co-exists, perfectly untied in power and love. They act in full harmony to perform the divine will. As spiritual experience of the Christians grows, so he understands more about the relationship of the person of the Trinity.

We believe the sovereignty of God in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgment. God is the creator and sustainers of the universe. He has revealed himself through creation and through Jesus Christ and the written word, the Bible. All men are finally accountable to Him as judge.

3) Men: We believe the universal sinfulness and guilt of human nature since the fall, rendering man subject to God’s wrath and condemnation. And redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only through the sacrificial death or vicarious death of Jesus Christ, the incarnated son of God.

4) Salvation: Jesus Christ became a real man to deliver man from the power of sin. Jesus is the only one who can do these because he died on the cross in the place of sinners, to endure God’s judgment against sin. We believe the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the death to be the first fruit of all the believers. This historical fact is the strongest proof that the words and the deeds of Jesus Christ are true and that God has accepted His Sacrifice for sin.

5) Regeneration: We believe the necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit to make the death of Christ effective to the individuals’ sinners; granting him repentance towards God and faith in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit convicts and teaches individual sinner to turn away from sin to God. He enables the sinners to understand that Christ died in his place and to have child like faith in Christ as his savior and Lord. He grants assurance of full justification and acceptance by God to the truly repentant sinner. We believe the indwelling and work of the Holy Spirit in the believers. The spirit lives in the heart of every believer to cause his new life to grow in moral and spiritual likeness to serve Christ and his fellow believers effectively.

6) Church: We believe there is one holy universal Church, which is the body of Christ and to which all true believers belong. True believers constitute the invisible church of Jesus Christ. The born-again believers form the body of which Christ is the head. They are a chosen community to worship and witness and to spread the glorious knowledge of God’s saving power.

7) Personal return of Jesus: We believe and accept the personal and visible return of Christ. He will return in person to this world as He promised. He will come to receive all true believers and to judge and rule all men justify. Believers will be glorified together with Christ in His moral and bodily likeness. All human history will find its climax in the eternal kingdom of Christ.

8) Ordinance of the Church: The ordinances of sacraments of the Church are those visible signs and ceremonies representing and typifying invisible spiritual realities and truth. There are two sacraments set forth for Christ’s Church to be observed and practice diligently. They are- Baptism and the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion.

a) Baptism: Christian baptism is a baptism using water; the Church accept and approves both pouring and immersion. Baptism in/with water signifies the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. A born again Christian receives water baptism to signify his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection and His new life by the Holy Spirit Water baptism does not give inward newness or regeneration but signifies regeneration that has been accomplished. It is a pledge of pure conscience and is a God given means of blessing.

b) The Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion): The Lord’s Supper consists of the elements of ‘Bread’ and ‘Wine’ that regenerated believers partake in a Holy Communion. The bread stands for the body of the Lord that was broken for sinners, the wine stands for the Lord’s blood of the new covenant, shed as sacrifice for sin. This communion signifies that the Lord Jesus is the life of believers and is the command of the Lord to do in Commemoration and proclamations of His death until His coming again. As it is a memorial, it renews recognition of the Lord and is a God given means of blessing.

ARTICLE – IV: AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The aims and objectives of the Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church, besides what is already mentioned in the Preamble, which it undertakes to do under the headship of the Lord Jesus Christ and with the equipment and enabling of the Holy Spirit, are as follow:

a) To have fellowship in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ’s command; to proclaim to all the world Christ’s Gospel; to teach the stated doctrines and seek the lost; to plant Churches and to teach them to be witness and lead a holy life.

b) To have fellowship in obedience to the teachings of the Bible, in regular worship, meditation and Bible studies and teaching in meeting one another’s need; and in observing the sacraments in Local Congregations, all to the glory of our Saviour Jesus Christ and God the Father.

c) To have fellowship in obedience on earth the teaching o Jesus Christ; to stand together on His behalf continuing His work on earth; to do good works in various forms and to live together as the Salt and Light of the world.

d) To strive together to realize their aims and objects by contributing resources and raise funds amongst themselves and from other; by acquiring, utilizing or disposing of moveable and immovable properties; by meeting in regular sessions to attend to their business and create posts and asign workers in different capacities and by cooperating similar faith.

e) To transform the Community into a better community.

f) to receive foreign contributions for the upliftment of the poorer section of the Church(Society) and for trainings, educational and other developmental works of the mission/organization.

ARTICLE- V: LOCAL CHURCH CONGREGATION

1. Local Church

Any number of believers of any locality, subscribing to the statement of faith in Article-III of this Constitutions willing to be governed by the Rules and Regulations framed and enforced under this Constitution from time to time by the Church and willing to fellowship with others by contributing their resources and take up appropriate responsibilities may organize themselves into a Local Church/Congregation or may join as members of an existing Local Church/Congregation of the Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church provide that those who hold membership in the Local Church alone are members of the Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church.

2. Membership in the Local Church

a) Primary Membership: Anyone who subscribes to the Statement of Faith in Article- III of this Constitution, but has not yet been baptized or has not yet partaken in the Lord’s Supper(Holy Communion) or any minor child of members of the Local Church may be admitted as February Member provided that such member shall not be entitled to hold Office in the Church, nor have voting right in the Church business nor be given permission to marry.

b) Full Membership: Any believer who has been baptized and has partaken in the Lord’s Supper; who has subscribes to the Statement of faith in Article -III of this Constitution and who attained the age of 18 years or above, may be admitted as a Full Communicant Member.

c) Associate Member: Any member of the Local Congregation of Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church or any other Christian Church who may wish to be part of any Local Church of the Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church in whose locally such person happens to stay temporarily and is none against the Faith and Practices of the Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church may be admitted as an Associate Member of the Local Church without removing or relinquishing in his/her Church and such member shall be considered as member of the Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church.

d) Membership Record: Each Local Church shall keep a proper Membership Record, in which the names, position, marriage, status, birth date, death date, transference or admission etc of each member shall be entered and maintained up to date.

3. Local Church Elders Committee (LCC)

a) There shall be a Local Church Elder’s Committee in each Local Church consisting in addition to Ordained Ministers/Elders, of not less than 5 and not more than 15 members elected by the full communicant members of the congregation for 2 years including a Chairman, a Secretary, a Finance Secretary and a Treasurer elected among themselves. In the Local Church level, the LCC shall be the highest authority as its Trustee.

b) In matter of spiritual nurture and service such as ministry of the Word, Sunday School, Teaching, Evangelism and in all things spiritual, the Pastor concerned, may serve as Chairman in Local Church Elder’s Committee, as the need arise.

c) In matters of commendation or otherwise pertaining to the performance of the Pastor and his general discharge of duties, the Local Church Committee will have the final word.

4. Local Missions Committee

There shall be a Local Missions Committee in each Local Church consisting of not less than 5 member and not more than 15 members elected for one year. There shall be and adviser appointed by the Local Church Committee. The Local Missions Committee shall deal with matters relating to promotion of the mission programme of the Church, by striving to stir up and encouraging church members and collecting Missionary Funds from amongst the Church members.

5. Local ELWA Committee

There shal be a Local ELWA Committee in each Local Church consisting of not less than 5 member and not more than 15 members elected for one year. It will include a Chairman, a Secretary, a Finance Secretary and a Treasurer elected among themselves. The LCC shall assign one man as adviser to the Local ELWA Committee. The Local ELWA Shall deal with matters pertaining to the Church program to teaching and other ministries by women in good works helping the poor and needy. This does not envisage a separate administration for Women.

6. Local Youth Committee (LYF)

There shall be a Local Youth Committee (LYF in each Local Church consisting of not less than 5 member and not more than 15 members elected for one year. It will include a Chairman, a Secretary, a Finance Secretary and a Treasurer elected among themselves. The LCC shall assign one man as adviser to the Local LYF Committee. This committee shall deal with matters pertaining to Church programme of teaching and ministry among the youths below 30 years of age.

7. Other Committee

The Local Church Elder’s Committee has the right to create other committee to be elected or nominated according to the need arises for a specific need and function in the pattern of committee Constitution shown above. In the formation of Local Committee, the Pastor concerned shall supervise.

ARTICLE – VI: CHURCH DISTRICTS

1. Church Division

For the purpose of Church nurture and ministries, the Church Annual Assembly may create any number of Church Divisions by grouping any number of Local Churches as it deems necessary.

2. Division Conferences

a) Conference Delegates: If and when the Church creates Church Districts, such Districts shall have an annual conference to attend to the affairs of the Divisions, to which all the Local Church Elder’s Committee members of each congregation of the Divisions, all the District Working Committee members, all the District Women Committee members and all the Divisions Youth Committee members shall be delegates. Such Divisions Conference shall have a Chairman, a Secretary and a Finance Secretary for each Conference.

b) Quorum: The quorum of the Division, Annual Conference shall be simple majority of delegates present and voting.

c) Business Procedure: In the Division Annual Conference, the Church Handbook (Rules of Business) and conventional practices shall be followed.

d) The Functions of the District Conference:

i) The Division Conference shall deal with all the affairs of the Division and attend to all matters referred to it from above and from below.
ii) For the purpose of spiritual nurture and ministries, it may convene meetings, conferences etc.
iii) It may grant permission or authorization for election and ordination of elders in the Local Church.
iv) It may create sub-committee for specific needs as it deem fit.

3. Division Standing Committee

a) The Division shall have a Division Standing Committee consisting of not less than 10 and not and not more than 15 members including Chairman, Secretary, Finance Secretary and Treasurer elected for 2 years by the Division Annual Conference.

b) the Division Standing Committee shall aid and advise the District Pastor in discharging his duties and attend the affairs of the Division when the Division Annual Conference if not in session and deal with matters referred to it from above and below.

4. Division Women Committee

Chairperson, a Secretary, an Assistant Secretary, Finance and a Treasurer nominated by the Division Standing Committee for 2 years.

5. Division Youth Committee (LYF)

a) Under the Division Standing Committee there shall be a Division Youth Committee consisting of not more than 15 members including a Chairman, a Secretary, an Assistant Secretary, Finance and a Treasurer nominated by the Division Standing Committee for 2 years.

b) The Division Youth Committee (LYF) shall deal with all matters pertaining to the Church program of teaching and other ministries among and by the Youth members of the Church between 13-30 age group and deal with matters referred to it from above and below. It shall report to the District Standing Committee.

ARTICLE – VII: CHURCH ANNUAL COUNCIL

1. Church Annual Council

The Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church shall have an Annual Business Meeting in what is to be known as the Annual Council (General Body Meeting) at least once a year at a place and time of its choice to attend to the affairs of the Church.

2. Annual Council Delegates

The Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church Annual Council shall have the following delegates.
a). All the Executive Committee and Board of Trustee/Working Committee members.
b). All Division Standing Committee members.
c). Chairman and Secretary of all Local Church.
d). All Ordained ministers (Elders and Pastors), Workers and Pensioners.
e). Office Bearers of Mission Department and other Boards.
f). Office Bearers of Headquarters Evangelical Lutheran Women Association and Lutheran Youth Fellowship.

3. Function of the Annual Council

The highest authority in the Church is vested with the Annual Council. All matters pertaining to formulation of Rules and Regulations, Doctrines and Ordinances; Conducting of Pastor Election and Ordination, Approval of Annual Budget; Creation of Post and fixation of pay scales; handling of Church properties; Litigation; Church Discipline and Final Authority in all matters rest with the Annual Council. Subject to the provisions of this Constitution other Board Committee or individual may have authority and power as only delegated by the Annual Council.

4. Mode of convening Annual Council

For the Annual Council, there must be a clearly written notice showing place and time and agenda for the meeting atleast one month in advance for all the delegates. Emergency Assembly may be convened or caused to be convened by one fourth delegates petitioning the Moderator in writing or by Board of Trustees; provided that there shall not be more than two emergency meeting in a year.

5. Council Quorum

The Church Annual Council Quorum shall be simple majority of total number of delegates. When such Quorum cannot be formed, the Council shall be postponed for one month, after which no question of Quorum shall arise and any number of delegates present shall be in session.

6. Business Procedure

Unless otherwise agreed, the Church Handbook (Rules of Business) shall be followed in the Annual Council Sessions. The Business shall be prescribed over by the Moderator or in his absence by the Deputy Moderator. In dealing with matters involving the personal interest of the Moderator and Deputy Moderator, a sitting Chairman shall be elected.

7. Voting Rights

a) Once delegate shall have one vote for an agenda or one subject.
b) In case of a tie in voting, the Chairman/Moderator shall have a second or casting vote, but shall not have a vote power.
c) All decisions shall be carried by simple majority of members present and voting.
d) Any delegate shall not vote on matters involving his/her personal interest or matters involving him/her personally.

ARTICLE -VIII: GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The General Assembly of the Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church holds the highest level of Authority in all matters relating to the Church. It is to be held triennially. When the General Assembly is held, General Transfer of Workers and an election for the following Elective Post is also held.

1) Moderator
2) Deputy Moderator
3) Executive Secretary
4) Director(s)
5) Cashier

The General Assembly of the MELC shall be conducted under the leadership of the Moderator and the Executive Secretary. The Moderator, by virtue of his post shall chair the Business Session of the Assembly.

1. Delegates of the General Assembly

A full communicant Church member who would be serving as a full time worker of the Church as –

a) Pastors, Workers, Pensioners, Evangelist, Ordained Elders and Evangelist Teachers.

b) Members of the MELC Executive Committee, Board of Trustee/Working Committee, ELWA Hq. Standing Committee members, LYF Hq. Standing Committee members and Local Church Committee members of every Local Churches.

c) A Church of very few congregations and newly formed Church that could not yet form Local Committee are authorised to send three lay delegates in the General Assembly as member.

d) Standing members of Mission Department Committee and other Boards etc.

e) Any 5(five) invitees, invited by the Moderator.

2. Function of the General Assembly

The highest authority in the Church is vested with the General Assembly. All matters pertaining to formulation of Rules and Regulations; Doctrines and Ordinances, conducting of Pastor Election and Ordination; Approval of Annual Budget; Creation of Post and fixation of pay scales; handling of Church properties; Litigation; Church Discipline and Final Authority in all matters rest with the General Assembly, Subject to the provisions of this Constitution other Board Committee or individuals may have authority and power as only delegated by the General Assembly.

3. Mode of Convening General Assembly

For the General Assembly, there must be a clearly written notice showing place and time and agenda for the meeting at least one month in advance for all the delegates. Emergency may be convened or caused to be convened by one-fourth delegates petitioning the Moderator in writing or by Board of Trustees; provided that there shall not be more than two emergency meeting in a year.

4. Assembly Quorum

The Church General Assembly Quorum shall be simple majority of total number of delegates. When such Quorum cannot be formed, the Assembly shall be postponed for one month, after which no question of Quorum shall arise and any number of delegates present shall be in session.

5. Business Procedure

Unless otherwise agreed, the Church Handbook (Rules of Business) shall be followed in the General Assembly Sessions. The Business shall be prescribed over by the Moderator or in his absence by the Deputy Moderator, a sitting Chairman shall be elected.

6. Voting Rights

a) One delegate shall have one vote for an agenda or one subject.
b) In case of a tie in voting, the Chairman/Moderator shall have a second or casting vote, but shall not have a vote power.
c) All decisions shall be carried by simple majority of members present and voting.
d) Any delegate shall not vote on matters involving his/her personal interest or matters involving him/her personally.

7. Only those who are full communicant members of the Church and give tithe regularly shall be entitled to hold office and position in the Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church.

8. The Church Annual Convention may from time to time frame Rules and Regulations for creating Officers or Posts for various ministries and for administering Church Ordinances.

ARTICLE – IX: BOARD OF TRUSTEE/WORKING COMMITTEE

1. Board of Trustee

To attend to the affairs of the Church, both material and spiritual while the Annual Assembly is not is session, there shall be a Board of Trustee elected for 2 years, including a chairman, a Vice Chairman, who shall be ordained elders, but not employee of the Church. The Board of Trustee shall have the following members:

a) 14 members including the Moderator, Deputy Moderator, Executive Secretary, Director(s), Accountant, Treasurer, Development Secretary, Chairperson, ELWA; Superintendent, LYF and all Division Chairman for 3 years.

b) Five members nominated by the General Assembly.

2. Functions

The Board of Trustee shall deal with the following in general.

a) Planning and Policy.
b) Finance.
c) Doctrines and Ordinances.
d) Appointments, Dismissal and pension.
e) Personnel Administration.
f) Church Discipline.
g) Properties and Rights.
h) Assembly Agendas and nominations.
i) Training
j) Interpretation of the Constitution, By-laws, Rules and Regulations, Resolutions and other discussions of the Annual/ General Assembly.
k) General Administration.
l) Relation with other Churches and Organizations and
m) All other subjects not specifically assigned to any other Department provided that any of these functions may be delegated by the Board of Trustee to any Sub-Committee or Executive Officer.

ARTICLE – X: EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

To execute the Resolutions and Decisions of the Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church there shall be the following officers:

1. Executive Secretary: There shall be an Executive Secretary elected for three years by the General Assembly of the Church and he shall serve as Secretary of the Board of Trustees and Report to the Board of Trustees and the Annual/General Assembly.

2. Institution Heads and Pastors: Institution Heads and Pastors shall be Executive Officers and members of the Institutions and Pastors areas or congregation assigned to them. They shall report to the Division Standing Committee or Pastor concerned.

3. Assignment of Works: The Board of Trustee shall assign responsibilities, functions and works to the Executive officers/members.

4. Executive Procedures and Service Rules: Executive Procedures and Services Rules may be formulated or frames by the Annual/General Assembly of the Church to govern administration, terms and conditions of service for the paid workers.

5. Registered office: The Registered office of the Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church shall be at Zomi Colony, Post Box-10, Churachandpur-795128, India.

ARTICLE- XI: FINANCE

1. Source of Funds

The Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church sources of funds shall be tithes, freewill offerings, donations, gifts, collections, faith promises and other collections from Women members and Youth members, receipts from schools, grants and aids from any sources, rents and collection on special days and occasions and foreign contribution(s).

2. Collection of Funds

No. Individual persons, organizations shall be permitted to fund from the members or congregation of the Church in the name of Christian ministries or otherwise, except by permission of the Annual/General Assembly, Board and Committees or by any officer authorized by the Annual/General Assembly.

3. Budget

The Board of Trustees shall prepare an Annual Budget or estimate receipts and expenses for the Annual/General Assembly to be approved at the Session.

4. Administration of Funds

All the receipts and expenses of the Church shall be properly accounted; Church funds shall be kept in suitable Bank or Post Office in the form of saving account, current accounts or fixed deposit. Such account shall be operated jointly in the name of any of the two of the Executive Secretary, Finance Secretary(Treasurer) Accountant/Cashier or Moderator of the Church Annual Assembly.

5. Audit

The accounts of the Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church shall be properly audited annually. The Board of Trustees shall appoint auditors or necessary and the audited accounts and related reports shall be placed before the Annual/General Assembly for its considerations and approval.

6. Finance Code

The Annual Assembly of the Church may from time to time formulates or framed Finance Code to govern and regulate administration of Church Finance.

ARTICLE – XII: ELECTION

1. Election by Secret Ballot

a) Any election of officer to hold elected post/Officers shall be in Secret Ballots provided that in any Church election no canvassing shall be permitted Decision by simple majority vote of members present and voting shall be carried.

b) In the election of Pastors and Elders, two-third majority vote of total membership shall form the quorum and the decision of two-third majority vote of members present and voting shall be carried.

2. Candidate

a) In the election of delegates/members or election of officers, candidate fulfilling eligibility criteria are eligible for the post.

b) In the case of elders’ election, the Local Church-Elder’s Committee shall nominate candidates, in the case of Pastor Election, willing individual may offer their candidates or the Local Church Committee, the Division, Annual Conference or the District Standing Committee may recommend candidates of any willing candidate, provided that the Committee concerned for screening shall make detail scrutiny and screening of candidates. Only their recommended candidate shall be place before the Annual/General Assembly of the Church for election.

3. Counting of Votes

In election in the/ General Assembly of the Church, the Moderator shall nominate enough members to serve as Election Officer and Vote Counter. Election result submitted to the Moderator and announced by him shall be final Election in the Local congregation and Division shall be also conducted in the same manner.

4. Removal of Elected Officer

Except Elders and Pastor, all elected Officers may be removed from Office before the expiry of their terms of office by any two members submitting a motion of no confidence and by two-third majority vote of members present and voting.

5. Filling of Casual Vacancies.
Except ordained ministers, casual vacancies of elected posts/offices may be filled up by the Board of Trustees as emergency measures, provided that such appointment by the Board of Trustees may be approved; or it not approved, a fresh election shall be conducted in the next Assembly of the Church.

ARTICLE – XIII: PROPERTY

1. Title of ownership

Tithe of ownership of all movable and immovable properties and immaterial rights acquired by the Local Church/Congregations, the Division, the Society as a corporate body, or a Committee Board and institutions under the Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church shall be vested in the name of the Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church as a corporate body.

2. Use of Church Property

The Local Church, the Division, the Board of Trustees or a Committees Board or Institution shall have the right to utilize any of the Church property, movable or immovable which they originally acquired or given to them in a manner they deem suitable.

3. Disposal of Church Property

The right of disposal, whether by sale or otherwise, of any Church property shall be vested with the Annual/General Assembly of the Church and no part of the Church property shall be disposed off in any manner without the prior permission of the Annual/General Assembly.

ARTICLE-XIV: LITIGATION

1. Litigation

The Executive Secretary of the Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church shall sue or be sued on behalf of the Church in matter of litigation.

ARTICLE-XV: AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION

1. Amendment of the Constitution

Any of the provisions of this Constitution may be amended by two-third majority of members/delegates present and voting in the Annual/General Assembly of the Church.

ARTICLE – XVI: DISSOLUTION

1. Dissolution of the Church

To dissolve the Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church as a corporate body(Association of Local Churches/Congregations and Division), three-fourth majority of the entire membership of the Annual/General Assembly specially convened for the purpose, shall be necessary, provided that:

a) in such event, the properties of the Church held by the Church as a corporate body may be transferred to similar charitable and non-profit organization, which may be selected or decided upon by the Annual/General Assembly of the Church.

b) In such event, the properties held by the divisions or any local Church/Congregation shall in no way be affected.

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