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MEMORANDUM OF ASSOCIATION OF THE
Eastern Valley Baptist Association
(November 2, 2002)


ARTICLE I NAME

This body shall be called the “Eastern Valley Baptist Association” composed of Baptist Churches in the counties of Hants and Kings in the province of Nova Scotia [or adjacent churches accepted in special circumstances, or, in the future, received into this continuing Association upon written application, by two thirds vote of the delegates present at a regularly called meeting].

ARTICLE II DOCTRINE

The doctrinal beliefs of this Association shall be those of the Baptist Churches of this Association, which are laid out in the
1905/06 Basis of Union.

ARTICLE III OBJECT

The object of this organization shall be to promote the work of Christ's kingdom within the Association in harmony with the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches, including the promotion of fellowship, unity, spiritual prosperity and growth among the Churches comprising the Association, reaching out to meet the needs of communities within the area and supporting the denomination in its missionary and educational work at home and overseas.

ARTICLE IV DELEGATES

The following persons will be recognized as accredited delegates to the Association, being in every instance a member of one of the Churches of the Association:


A. Pastors:


1. Every ordained minister in good standing with the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches and living within the boundaries of the Association.
2. Each person who has a current “License to Minister” issued by the Association.
3. Each person who has a current “License to Minister” issued by a church in the Association.

B. Church Delegates:

 

1. Each church in the Association shall be entitled to send two delegates for the first fifty resident members or fraction thereof, two additional delegates for the second fifty resident members or major fraction thereof, and a further delegate for each additional fifty resident members or major fraction thereof, but no church shall be entitled to send more than ten delegates and such delegates shall be officially appointed at a meeting of the church. Others from the church will, however, be warmly welcomed as visitors who may, although without vote, participate fully in the program and discussion.
2. One from each adult Women's Missionary Organization within the Association.
3. One from each Baptist Men's Group.
4. One, age 14 24, being a member of a Youth Organization in a church or community within the Association, where church related youth groups of this age group are organized.
5. One from each Sunday School.

B. Delegates by virtue of Office:
1. The officers of the Association [See Article VI]
2. Chairperson of each committee of the Association.

Notwithstanding the above, no church shall under any circumstances have more than fifteen delegates voting at the Association meeting.

ARTICLE V TIMES OF MEETING

The Association shall normally meet twice yearly on the second weekend of November and the second weekend of May. The Council shall have discretion to set the Spring Association meetings anytime between the last weekend in April and the long weekend in May. The date should be announced at the preceding Fall meetings each year. The Fall Association meeting will be the Annual Meeting. The Council shall have discretion to set the Fall Association meetings anytime between the last weekend in October and the second weekend in November. Normally the date is announced at the preceding Spring Association meetings. Should the interest of the body warrant, a special meeting [1] May be called by the Executive; [2] Must be called by the Executive at the request of ten or more churches. Notice of any special meeting must be sent to all churches three weeks prior to the meeting.

ARTICLE VI OFFICERS

The officers of the Association shall be [1] Moderator [appointed yearly]; [2] Vice Moderator [who is the Association Program Coordinator and who normally becomes Moderator]; [3] Past Moderator; [4] Clerk; [5] Assistant Clerk; and [6] Treasurer. The latter three are yearly appointments with no time limits. Each officer shall be authorized to co-sign cheques for the Treasurer. The officers shall be "The Executive" who shall be responsible for all normal business of the Association and the Council between sessions.

ARTICLE VII COUNCIL

The Council of the Association shall consist of the Officers as noted in Article VI, the President of the Eastern Valley WMS Association or her appointee and the Chairperson of each committee or his/her appointee. The Council will meet at least twice each year, normally on the first Saturday of March and the second Saturday of September. Other meetings may be called when need dictates. For the purpose of the Societies Act (1953) the members of the Council shall be the Directors of the society.

ARTICLE VIII COMMITTEES

Each committee shall have at least six members, two being elected each year for a three year term. Some will have ex officio members as stated below. In cases where no chairperson is noted on the Nominating Committee list, the first named shall convene the next meeting of the committee or board. Each person completing a term shall be eligible for election, but a person who has served six years on a committee may not be reelected to the same committee until at least one year has elapsed. Any person elected to serve the unexpired term of another shall be considered as having filled the term of three years.
Normally any recommendation from any committee or board will be presented to the Association Council prior to it being presented to the Association.

A. Leadership Development Committee.
A person from a Church within the Association who is involved in A.B.Y. shall be an ex officio member.
B. Missions Committee
The W.M.S. President, or her appointee, will be an ex officio member.
C. Kingswood Camp Committee
Five of those elected to this Committee will be named yearly at the annual meeting of the Association as Trustees of Kingswood Camp.
D. Stewardship Committee
Ex officio members shall be:
[1] The Association Treasurer ;
[2] One representative from the Kingswood Camp Committee and
[3] One representative from the Baptist Foundation .
E. Evangelism Committee
F. Social Action Committee
G. Chaplaincy Committee
The Association Representative to the Valley Regional Hospital will be an ex officio member.
H Gladys M. Manning Retirement Community Advisory Committee

ARTICLE IX OTHER APPOINTMENTS

A. Two persons shall be elected to sit on the Convention Examining Council. Two alternates will also be elected. These appointments will be for three years. No person who holds a current “License to Minister”, and is proceeding to ordination; nor any minister ordained less than three full years will be eligible. [The above are in accordance with Convention rules.]
B. Two members of the Association shall be appointed yearly as delegates to the Annual Assembly of the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches.
C. Three members to the Region II Working Group. Two members shall be from churches in Kings County and one from a church in Hants County.

ARTICLE X - OTHER COMMITTEES

A. A Nominating Committee of five, ordinarily chaired by the Past Moderator, shall present a slate of officers, committee members, etc., including a new Nominating Committee for the coming year. This committee will give consideration to appropriate representation by region and sex in all appointments, and shall secure the consent of all nominees. The Chairperson of this committee shall, after the election of new members to the Kingswood Camp Committee, cause the Association to elect five of those members as Trustees of Kingswood Camp for the ensuing year.
B The Rev. Don Ehler Memorial Chaplaincy Fund Committee
The Chaplain at Dykeland Lodge in Windsor will be an ex-officio member, and at least three of the five members shall be elected from churches in Hants County.
C. Further committees may be named as the need arises.

ARTICLE XI VOTING

All questions before the Association shall be decided by the majority vote except in the instance of changing the Memorandum of Association and admitting or dissolving connection with churches, when a two thirds majority shall be required.

ARTICLE XII MEMBERSHIP

A. Any church may be received into fellowship, as stated in Article I, after having given satisfactory evidence as to its faith and practice. The Association may dissolve its connection with any church, which, after proper examination and prayerful consideration with members of said congregation, shall be judged by the Association to have departed from the faith and practice of the Baptist Churches of this Association.
B. This Association is in association with the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches; Canadian Baptist Ministries; and The Baptist World Alliance.

ARTICLE XIII QUORUM

Fifty delegates representing at least ten Association Churches will constitute a quorum; a smaller number may adjourn.

ARTICLE XIV AMENDMENTS

This Memorandum of Association may be altered or amended at any Annual Meeting of the Association by a two thirds vote of the delegates present, provided notice of such intended alterations or amendment has been given at a previous regular meeting of the Association. The Rules of Order shall be those adopted by the Convention. of Atlantic Baptist Churches.



MEMORANDUM OF ASSOCIATION OF THE
Eastern Valley Baptist Association
(Amended May 2, 2015)


ARTICLE I NAME

This body shall be called the “Eastern Valley Baptist Association” composed of Baptist Churches in the counties of Hants and Kings in the province of Nova Scotia [or adjacent churches accepted in special circumstances, or, in the future, received into this continuing Association upon written application, by two thirds vote of the delegates present at a regularly called meeting].

ARTICLE II DOCTRINE

The doctrinal beliefs of this Association shall be those of the Baptist Churches of this Association, which are laid out in the 1905/06 Basis of Union.

ARTICLE III OBJECT

The object of this organization shall be to promote the work of Christ's kingdom within the Association in harmony with the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches, including the promotion of fellowship, unity, spiritual prosperity and growth among  the Churches comprising the Association, reaching out to meet the needs of communities within the area and supporting the denomination in its missionary and educational work at home and overseas.

ARTICLE IV DELEGATES

The following persons will be recognized as accredited delegates to the Association, being in every instance a member of one of the Churches of the Association:


A. Pastors:


1. Every ordained minister in good standing with the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches and living within the boundaries of the Association.
2. Each person who has a current “License to Minister” issued by the Association.
3. Each person who has a current “License to Minister” issued by a church in the Association.

B. Church Delegates:

 

1. Each church in the Association shall be entitled to send two delegates for the first fifty resident members or fraction thereof, two additional delegates for the second fifty resident members or major fraction thereof, and a further delegate for each additional fifty resident members or major fraction thereof, but no church shall be entitled to send more than ten delegates and such delegates shall be officially appointed at a meeting of the church. Others from the church will, however, be warmly welcomed as visitors who may, although without vote, participate fully in the program and discussion.
2. One from each adult Women's Missionary Organization within the Association.
3. One from each Baptist Men's Group.
4. One, age 14 24, being a member of a Youth Organization in a church or community within the Association, where church related youth groups of this age group are organized.
5. One from each Sunday School.

B. Delegates by virtue of Office:
1. The officers of the Association [See Article VI]
2. Chairperson of each committee of the Association.

Notwithstanding the above, no church shall under any circumstances have more than fifteen delegates voting at the Association meeting.

ARTICLE V TIMES OF MEETING

The Association shall normally meet twice yearly on the second weekend of November and the first weekend of May. The Council shall have discretion to set the Spring Association meetings anytime between the last weekend in April and the long weekend in May. The date should be announced at the preceding Fall meetings each year. The Fall Association meeting will be the Annual Meeting. The Council shall have discretion to set the Fall Association meetings anytime between the last weekend in October and the second weekend in November. Normally the date is announced at the preceding Spring Association meetings. Should the interest of the body warrant, a special meeting [1] May be called by the Executive; [2] Must be called by the Executive at the request of ten or more churches. Notice of any special meeting must be sent to all churches three weeks prior to the meeting.

ARTICLE VI OFFICERS

The officers of the Association shall be [1] Moderator [appointed yearly]; [2] Vice Moderator [who is the Association Program Coordinator and who normally becomes Moderator]; [3] Past Moderator; [4] Clerk; [5] Assistant Clerk; and [6] Treasurer. The latter three are yearly appointments with no time limits. One of either the Vice Moderator, Moderator or Treasurer to have sole signing authority on checks and have the chair of the Stewardship Committee review the Bank statements on a monthly basis. The officers shall be "The Executive" who shall be responsible for all normal business of the Association and the Council between sessions.

ARTICLE VII COUNCIL

The Council of the Association shall consist of the Officers as noted in Article VI, the President of the Eastern Valley WMS Association or her appointee and the Chairperson of each committee or his/her appointee. The Council will meet at least twice each year, normally on the first Saturday of March and the second Saturday of September. Other meetings may be called when need dictates. For the purpose of the Societies Act (1953) the members of the Council shall be the Directors of the society.

ARTICLE VIII COMMITTEES

Each committee shall have at least six members, two being elected each year for a three year term. Some will have ex officio members as stated below. In cases where no chairperson is noted on the Nominating Committee list, the first named shall convene the next meeting of the committee or board. Each person completing a term shall be eligible for election, but a person who has served six years on a committee may not be reelected to the same committee until at least one year has elapsed. Any person elected to serve the unexpired term of another shall be considered as having filled the term of three years.
Normally any recommendation from any committee or board will be presented to the Association Council prior to it being presented to the Association.

A. Leadership Development Committee.
A person from a Church within the Association who is involved in A.B.Y. shall be an ex officio member.
B. Missions Committee
The W.M.S. President, or her appointee, will be an ex officio member.
C. Kingswood Camp Committee
Five of those elected to this Committee will be named yearly at the annual meeting of the Association as Trustees of Kingswood Camp.
D. Stewardship Committee
Ex officio members shall be:
[1] The Association Treasurer ;
[2] One representative from the Kingswood Camp Committee and
[3] One representative from the Baptist Foundation .
E. Community Connections Committee
F. Chaplaincy Committee
The Association Representative to the Valley Regional Hospital will be an ex officio member.
H Gladys M. Manning Retirement Community Advisory Committee

ARTICLE IX OTHER APPOINTMENTS

A. Two persons shall be elected to sit on the Convention Examining Council. Two alternates will also be elected. These appointments will be for three years. No person who holds a current “License to Minister”, and is proceeding to ordination; nor any minister ordained less than three full years will be eligible. [The above are in accordance with Convention rules.]
B. Two members of the Association shall be appointed yearly as delegates to the Annual Assembly of the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches.
C. Three members to the Region II Working Group. Two members shall be from churches in Kings County and one from a church in Hants County.

ARTICLE X - OTHER COMMITTEES

A. A Nominating Committee of five, ordinarily chaired by the Past Moderator, shall present a slate of officers, committee members, etc., including a new Nominating Committee for the coming year. This committee will give consideration to appropriate representation by region and sex in all appointments, and shall secure the consent of all nominees. The Chairperson of this committee shall, after the election of new members to the Kingswood Camp Committee, cause the Association to elect five of those members as Trustees of Kingswood Camp for the ensuing year.
B The Rev. Don Ehler Memorial Chaplaincy Fund Committee
The Chaplain at Dykeland Lodge in Windsor will be an ex-officio member, and at least three of the five members shall be elected from churches in Hants County.
C. Further committees may be named as the need arises.

ARTICLE XI VOTING

All questions before the Association shall be decided by the majority vote except in the instance of changing the Memorandum of Association and admitting or dissolving connection with churches, when a two thirds majority shall be required.

ARTICLE XII MEMBERSHIP

A. Any church may be received into fellowship, as stated in Article I, after having given satisfactory evidence as to its faith and practice. The Association may dissolve its connection with any church, which, after proper examination and prayerful consideration with members of said congregation, shall be judged by the Association to have departed from the faith and practice of the Baptist Churches of this Association.
B. This Association is in association with the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches; Canadian Baptist Ministries; and The Baptist World Alliance.

ARTICLE XIII QUORUM

Fifty delegates representing at least ten Association Churches will constitute a quorum; a smaller number may adjourn.

ARTICLE XIV AMENDMENTS

This Memorandum of Association may be altered or amended at any Annual Meeting of the Association by a two thirds vote of the delegates present, provided notice of such intended alterations or amendment has been given at a previous regular meeting of the Association. The Rules of Order shall be those adopted by the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches.



BY LAWS OF THE MEMORANDUM OF ASSOCIATION
OF THE Eastern Valley Baptist Association
(May 2,2015)


PREAMBLE

The By-Laws were approved by the EVBA in May of 1988; initially published on November 10, 1990; and approved in their current form on May 2, 2015.

1. All committees shall be constituted in accordance with Article VIII of the Memorandum of Association.
2. All committees shall report to regularly called meetings of the EVBA.
3. All committees requiring a significant budget for the ensuing year shall present such budget to the chairperson of the Stewardship Committee prior to the second Saturday in September.
4. In the event that a committee member is unable to serve for the elected term, that committee shall have the authority to replace said member until the next regular EVBA meeting when the appointment may be ratified.
5. These by laws may be amended at a regular meeting of the Association by a two thirds vote of members present, provided notice of a proposed amendment has been given at a previous regular meeting of the Association.

FUNCTIONS OF COMMITTEES

A. LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

1. To assist the local churches within the EVBA in equipping persons for Christian service by sponsoring and/or publicizing leadership development events in such areas as Christian Education, board and committee work, discipleship, outreach, visitation and the like.
2. To cooperate with the other committees in providing leadership development events in areas of mutual concern.
3. At a scheduled time prior to each Association meeting to interview candidates for ministry who hold a current Church or Association “License to Minister” to determine if they meet the criteria approved by the CABC; to recommend eligible candidates to the EVBA; and with approval, by vote of the EVBA at a regular meeting, the Clerk shall issue or certify a “License to Minister” for eligible candidates for ministry within the EVBA.
4. Persons seeking admission to the "Lay Pastor Training Program," or any other program which requires that they be approved by the Association and when appropriate recommend said persons to the EVBA to be approved by vote of the EVBA at a regular meeting.

B. MISSIONS COMMITTEE

1. To give oversight to grant receiving churches; to receive and process applications for grants; and to make recommendations to the Atlantic Baptist Mission Board.
2. To act as a coordinating agency with the Atlantic Section of Canadian Baptist Ministries in setting up itineraries and programs for CBM missionaries visiting the area.
3. To foster missions at the association/regional level through rallies, festivals, workshops, and other special events.

C. KINGSWOOD CAMP COMMITTEE

1. To maintain and develop the physical camp and the surrounding camp property.
2. To operate a Christian camping program.
3. To rent the camp to groups approved by the Committee in the winter season.
4. To provide leadership training for camp leaders in cooperation with the Leadership Development Committee.
5. To insure a follow up program for all campers who make a commitment to Christ by referring them to relevant pastors and/or churches.
6. To set fees.
7. To insure that all operations are in accordance with government regulations.
8. To secure approval from the Association (or the Council between sessions) to undertake building renovations and/or construction, property development, or program enhancements which are individually estimated to cost in excess of $5,000.00.

D. STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE

1. To draft and present a proposed yearly budget at the fall meeting of the Association.
2. To consider other financial matters and requests that are not included in the budget.
3. To inform and encourage the Association regarding the United In Mission and other financial commitments of CABC.
4. To promote the work of the Baptist Foundation of the Atlantic Provinces.

E. COMMUNITY CONNECTION COMMITTEE

1. Maintain a database of churches, contacts, and speakers.
2. Provide a flow of information between the public and churches for the purpose of action.

3. To encourage Christian outreach and action in communities and the EVBA..
4. Actively engage in forms of electronic communication and media.

F. CHAPLAINCY COMMITTEE

1. To interview interested candidates and recommend eligible candidates to the Association (or Council between sessions) for their approval to employ said candidate.
2. To supervise approved Chaplains.
3. To have authority to suspend an employee for just cause; and to thereafter meet with the Association Officers before presenting to the Association (or Council between sessions) a recommendation to terminate employment.
4. To promote the work of Chaplaincy.
5. To apply for government grants to provide additional student chaplains for the summer seasons.

G. GLADYS M. MANNING RETIREMENT COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

1. To advise the members of the Board and the management of the Gladys M. Manning Retirement Community when requested.

H. THE REV. DON EHLER MEMORIAL CHAPLAINCY FUND COMMITTEE

1. To include five members, at least three of whom are to be from Association churches in Hants County.
2. To promote and administer a current operating account and the endowment named, “The Rev. Don Ehler Memorial Chaplaincy Fund.”
3. To report to the Stewardship Committee, and to the EVBA at its regular meetings.







 

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