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What is a Constituency Meeting?
It is part of the organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. As part of the worldwide community of believers, our church is organized on various levels, with each level having a defined membership, also known as a constituency. The constituency-based levels are as follows:
* the local church
* the local conference
* the union conference
* the General Conference
The Constituency Meeting of the Illinois Conference is part of this world-wide organizational plan, bringing together delegates (voting members) who represent each of the local churches within the state of Illinois which fall within the Illinois Conference. Members of various standing committees are also delegates (voting members) at the Constituency Meeting.
The Constitution of the Illinois Conference defines the regular intervals of these meeting, with provision for situations where special constituency meetings may be called. The constitution as it now stands, calls for meetings to be held at intervals of four years, called a quadrennium.
The delegates at the Constituency Meeting are expected to vote to elect the officers, departmental directors and Executive Committee members; adopt or change the constitution; appoint members to serve on various committees; organize or dissolve churches; and transact other business as required. One of the most important aspects is the election of the Executive Committee, whose duty is to function for the constituency during the interim between constituency meetings.
Each church within the Illinois Conference sends delegates to the Constituency Meeting. These delegates must be members of the church which they represent. The number of delegates from each church is dependent on the number of members the church has. Currently, “each church shall be entitled to one delegate for the organization and one additional delegate for each 50 members or major fraction thereof, based upon actual church membership as of September 30 of the year preceeding the meeting.”Delegates to represent a church are chosen at a duly called meeting of the church. Others who are delegates to the meeting are:
* Members of the North American Division Executive Committee (as may be present)
* Members of the Lake Union Conference Executive Committee (as may be present)
* Members of the Illinois Conference Executive Committee
* Members of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee
* All elected Conference personnel (officers and departmental directors)
Made up of one member from each church, the Organizing Committee meets prior the Constituency Meeting to:
* appoint a Nominating Committee
* nominate a Constitution and Bylaws Committee
* nominate other committees as may be necessary
For the 2010 Constituency meeting, the Organizing Committee meeting will be held August 29 at 10:30 at the Hinsdale Church. Organizing Committee members will be advised of this meeting and all registered delegates will also be sent information relating to this meeting.
The Nominating Committee is appointed by the Organizing Committee and operates before and during the next Constituency Meeting. The Nominating Committee meets prior to the Constituency to decide on who to recommend for the various leadership functions of the conference, to the Constituency Meeting.The Nominating Committee remains in place until the next Constituency meeting to work with the Executive Committee as electors in the event of any vacancies of an officer or Superintendent of Education.
The Nominating Committee of the 2010 Constituency meeting is scheduled to meet on Sunday, September 26 at 10:00 in the meeting room on the third floor at the Illinois Conference office.