Nigel Bolitho Evangelism Consultancy
Christians Together in Chelmsford
Transformed People transforming Chelmsford
Part of Churches Together in England
Constitution to be offered to 2017 AGM
I NAME
Churches Together in Chelmsford shall be called Christians Together in Chelmsford (CTiC).
II COUNCIL and STANDING COMMITTEE
  1. The Standing Committee shall consist of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, who shall act as officers of CTiC, plus clergy and other representatives of the member churches and church groups of CTiC. They should meet at least three times annually and their meetings shall constitute the Council of CTiC.
  2. The officers of CTiC will be nominated by the Council and such nominations shall be ratified by a vote at the CTiC Annual General Meeting (AGM). The CTiC AGM shall consist of those from member churches and organisations. A simple majority of those attending the AGM will act as a confirmatory vote.
  3. Officers shall be elected for a three year term.
III BASIS & COMMITMENT
The basis of CTiC is that it is a fellowship of Churches and Christian Organisations that confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the Scriptures and therefore seeks to fulfil a common calling to the Glory of the one God, Father Son and Holy Spirit. United in pilgrimage, building a foundation of relationship and mission, CTiC commit themselves to:
  1. to seek a deepening of their communion with Christ and with one another in the Church, which is His body.
  2. to fulfil their mission to proclaim the Gospel by common witness and service.
  3. to further the relationships that exist between the Churches and Christian organisations to promote health and wellbeing amongst members.
  4. be a Christian voice, representing the Body Of Christ in the City of Chelmsford, for positive change and caring for the most vulnerable in society.
IV ASSOCIATION
CTiC shall be associated with Churches Together in England and shall relate to other ecumenical bodies in Essex.
V OBJECTIVES
The objectives of CTiC will be the advancement of the Christian message and faith. It will seek to further these objects by:
  1. aiming to be a visible sign of Christians' commitment to one another, in obedience to the Lord's prayer, "that all may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you; may they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me" (John 17.21 NIV).
  2. promoting and encouraging joint worship and prayer, learning, service & evangelism with each church and Christian organisation sharing the treasures of its own tradition.
  3. enabling the each church and organisation to develop growing and changing relationships, as pilgrims together, in the living and sharing of the gospel, so that they may grow together in unity.
  4. responding to the needs of society, notably those specific to the City of Chelmsford and surrounding areas, relating to statutory, voluntary and private bodies in Essex and making representation on behalf of the CTiC either independently or with others.
  5. Learning from each other, creating a culture of cross-pollination of best practice.
VI MEMBERSHIP OF CHURCHES TOGETHER IN CHELMSFORD
  1. Full Membership is open to Churches or Christian organisations with a significant presence in Chelmsford who give assent to the Basis and Commitment of CTiC (see III above)
  2. Associate status is open to Churches or associations of churches for whom membership under VI(a) would for some reason be inappropriate.
  3. Any church or association or body may only be received into membership or associate status with the agreement of 75% of the CTiC Council.
  4. It shall be open for the Council to have observers if they deem it appropriate.
VII FINANCE
  1. The Council alone shall have the power to invite represented churches and Christian organisations to pay an annual subscription. In addition the Council shall have the right to seek private donations towards the furtherance of its work.
  2. The Council shall decide annually the subscription rate and the various levels of the same.
VIII AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION
  1. The CTiC AGM shall vote on any amendments to the Constitution. It is the responsibility of members of the Council to discuss Constitutional amendments with their nominating bodies. Proposals to amend the Constitution must be circulated to member Churches at least two weeks before they will be considered.
  2. Amendments must be approved by at least 75% of the CTiC AGM members present and voting.
IX DISSOLUTION OF CTiC
  1. A motion to dissolve the CTiC must be circulated to all CTiC members at least three months before it can be considered. Only CTiC members in Category VI(a) (full members) may vote on this item which must be approved by at least 75% of the members present. It is the responsibility of CTiC members to discuss the proposal for dissolution within their Churches.
  2. Any residual funds should be allocated to Christian charitable organisations designated by the Council.

To be offered for adoption 4th June 2017