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					CONSTITUTION OF THE APOSTOLIC FAITH MISSION OF SOUTH AFRICA, A CHURCH INCORPORATED IN TERMS OF THE APOSTOLIC FAITH MISSION OF SOUTH AFRICA (PRIVATE) ACT, 24 OF 1961, AS AMENDED. CONSTITUTION AND REGULATIONS To maintain and promote the good order of the church and for the realisation thereof this Constitution has been drafted together with Regulations, which Regulations shall be detailed extensions of this Constitution. The Constitution and the Regulations shall contain the foundation of the church government as well as that of the separate legal personae envisaged in this Constitution. This Constitution and the Regulations shall be the Constitution and Regulations of the church as well as of each of the separate legal personae envisaged in this Constitution. The church prays that its Constitution and Regulations will always be an interpretation of the will of Jesus Christ. FINANCES In as far as it is deemed in the interests of the church: TRANSACTIONS To conclude any legal transaction; PROPERTY To purchase, sell, hire and let property; DOCUMENTS To enter into, grant, sign, make or execute all such agreements, contracts, powers of attorney, deeds and other documents that may be deemed expedient or necessary; MONIES To receive, borrow, spend, lend or invest monies, and to open or close banking and other accounts. INSTITUTIONS To found or establish any legal institution deemed as spiritually or temporally in the interests of the church. LAWSUITS To institute, conduct, defend or enjoin any lawsuit, action or proceedings instituted by or against the church in any court of law. RULES OF ORDER Procedures at all meetings of the church will be in accordance with the Rules of Order as provided for in the regulations. (Appendix 1) CHURCH LAWS: INTERPRETATION OF For litigation and interpretation of the church laws the English version will be considered the original text. LEGAL STATUS OF THE CHURCH

The Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa is a legal persona with perpetual legal succession and the National Office Bearers, as elected in terms of Section 4.6 of this constitution, are its agent. DISSOLUTION In the event of dissolution of the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa, or should it for any reason cease to exist, the assets shall be transferred to a religious institution with similar tenets and which has Tax-exempt Status in terms of the Income Tax Act, Act 58 of 1962, such association or institution to be determined by the National Leadership Forum before or at the time of dissolution or, failing such determination, by the Supreme Court of South Africa. MEMBERS & ASSEMBLIES 2.4.4.2 the approval of the financial statements shall not be delegated to a single member, and even where this power is temporarily delegated to two or more members, final approval shall be obtained at the following governing body meeting; 2.4.4.3 any delegation of powers granted by the governing body may at any time be withdrawn; 2.4.4.4 the governing body may authorise any person to act for or on its behalf. 2.4.5 CALLING OF FULL-TIME WORKERS The governing body shall, in accordance with the regulations, call any pastor from the call list of ordained pastors of the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa. 2.4.6 COMPETENCY: LIMITATIONS OF All actions and decisions of the governing body shall be subject to and in accordance with the constitution and the regulations. 2.5 LEGAL STATUS OF THE LOCAL ASSEMBLY Every registered local assembly is a legal persona with perpetual legal succession and the governing body, as constituted in accordance with this Constitution, is its agent. 2.5.1 Every registered local assembly is an independent legal persona distinct from the church and/or its members and/or the members of the particular local assembly and shall, subject to the regulations, as separate legal persona: 2.5.1.1 be entitled to own immovable property, assets and funds distinct from the church or its members or the members of the particular local assembly; 2.5.1.2 be capable of acquiring rights, obligations, privileges, powers and liabilities, distinct from the church or its members or the members of the particular local assembly;

2.5.1.3 be capable of instituting and/or defending legal action in its own name; 2.5.1.4 be capable of conducting legal transactions of whatsoever nature in its own name; 2.5.1.5 be capable of acquiring property and to dispose of, alienate or encumber its property and to in any way deal with its property; 2.5.1.6 be capable of employing persons in its employ which employment includes the calling and appointment of a pastor or any other minister as envisaged in this constitution. 2.5.2 The governing body has the competency to execute any legal transaction or any other action which might be necessary to fulfil the calling of the church in general and to conduct the business and affairs, and to exercise the powers, and to control the operations of its local assembly on behalf of such local assembly. 2.5.3 The governing body shall receive, administer and account for income, expenditure, assets and liabilities of the local assembly in accordance with the provisions of the National Financial Policy which forms part of the regulations. 2.5.4 This Constitution and Regulations shall be the Constitution and Regulations of every registered local assembly. REGIONAL LEADERSHIP FORUM CHAPTER 3 3.10.2 Every Regional Leadership Forum is an independent legal persona distinct from the church and/or its members and/or the members of the particular Regional Leadership Forum and shall, subject to the regulations, as separate legal persona: 3.10.2.1 be entitled to own immovable property, assets and funds distinct from the church or its members or the members of the particular regional leadership forum; 3.10.2.2 be capable of acquiring rights, obligations, privileges, powers and liabilities, distinct from the church or its members or the members of the particular regional leadership forum; 3.10.2.3 be capable of instituting and/or defending legal action in its own name; 3.10.2.4 be capable of conducting legal transactions of whatever nature in its own name; 3.10.2.5 be capable of acquiring property and to dispose of, alienate or encumber its property and to in any way deal with its property; 3.10.2.6 be capable of employing persons in its employ which employment includes the calling and appointment of a pastor or any other minister as envisaged in this constitution.

3.10.3 The Regional Committee has the competency to execute any legal transaction or any other action which might be necessary to fulfil the calling of the church in general and to conduct the business and affairs, and to exercise the powers, and to control the operations of its regional leadership forum on behalf of such regional leadership forum. 3.10.4 The Regional Committee shall receive, administer and account for income, expenditure, assets and liabilities of the regional leadership forum in accordance with the provisions of the National Financial Policy which forms part of the regulations. 3.10.5 This Constitution and Regulations shall be the Constitution and Regulations of every regional leadership forum. NATIONAL LEADERSHIP FORUM 4.12 LEGAL STATUS OF THE NATIONAL LEADERSHIP FORUM The National Leadership Forum is a legal persona with perpetual legal succession and the National Office Bearers of the church, elected in accordance with the constitution, are its agent. 4.12.1 The National Leadership Forum is an independent legal persona distinct from the church and/or its members and shall, subject to the regulations, as separate legal persona: 4.12.1.1 be entitled to own immovable property, assets and funds distinct from the church or its members; 4.12.1.2 be capable of acquiring rights, obligations, privileges, powers and liabilities, distinct from the church or its members; 4.12.1.3 be capable of instituting and/or defending legal action in its own name; 4.12.1.4 be capable of conducting legal transactions of whatsoever nature in its own name; 4.12.1.5 be capable of acquiring property and to dispose of, alienate or encumber its property and to in any way deal with its property; 4.12.1.6 be capable of employing persons in its employ which employment includes the calling and appointment of a pastor or any other minister as envisaged in this constitution. 4.12.2 The National Office Bearers of the church have the competency to execute any legal transaction or any other action which might be necessary to fulfil the calling of the church in general and to conduct the business and affairs, and to exercise the powers, and to control the operations of the National Leadership Forum on behalf of the National Leadership Forum. 4.12.3 The National Office Bearers of the church shall receive, administer and account for income, expenditure, assets and liabilities of the National Leadership

Forum in accordance with the provisions of the National Financial Policy which forms part of the regulations. 4.12.4 This Constitution and Regulations shall be the Constitution and Regulations of the National Leadership Forum.

4.13 ADMINISTRATION The National Office Bearers of the church shall be responsible for the appointment of staff to a National Administrative Office to manage the affairs of the National Leadership Forum as defined in the constitution. Such appointments shall be in accordance with a budget as approved by the National Leadership Forum. ANNUAL NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE & COMMITTEES CHAPTER 5 ANNUAL NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE AND GENERAL BUSINESS MEETING

5.1 CONFERENCE: FREQUENCY The Annual Leadership Conference shall be held at a place and time determined by the National Leadership Forum. 5.2 FOCUS The focus of the annual national leadership conference will be to empower and equip the local church, ministries, pastors and leadership, with specific reference to leadership, celebration and direction for the church.

5.3 GENERAL BUSINESS MEETING Every third (3rd) year as from 1999 a General Business Meeting shall be held at a place and time determined by the National Leadership Forum. 5.4 CONSTITUTION The General Business Meeting shall consist of: 5.4.1 one pastor and a delegate per local assembly; 5.4.2 members of the National Leadership Forum in terms of section 4.3; 5.4.3 members of Standing Committees appointed in terms of section 6.1; 5.4.4 one additional member of each Department formed in terms of section 8.1;

5.4.5 one additional representative of Theological Training Institutions accredited in terms of section 9.1. 5.5 CHAIRPERSON The President elected in terms of section 4.6 shall ex officio be the chairperson of the General Business Meeting.

5.6 QUORUM A quorum for the General Business Meeting shall consist of a representation of a third of the local assemblies of the church, registered in terms of section 2.1.

CHAPTER 6 STANDING AND AD HOC COMMITTEES

6.1 STANDING AND AD HOC COMMITTEES: APPOINTMENT OF Where necessary, the National Leadership Forum may appoint standing and/or ad hoc committees to attend to certain tasks on their behalf. 6.2 CHAIRPERSONS: APPOINTMENTS The National Leadership Forum shall appoint the chairperson for any standing or ad hoc committee, except where the church laws make other provisions. 6.3 SPECIALISED TASKS The National Leadership Forum shall be authorised to appoint full-time and part-time pastors as well as other persons to perform specialised tasks in the church, and to determine the conditions and stipend for such appointment.


				
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