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Working Policy 101

Working Policy 101. GCWP101 2012 Syllabus. Overview of Working Policy Organization and Administration – Professor Lowell Cooper, MDiv , MPH Departments and Agencies – Professor David Trim, PhD Ministry and Training – Professor Jonas Arrais, DMin IDE Policies –

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Working Policy 101

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  1. Working Policy 101 GCWP101 2012 Syllabus

  2. Overview of Working Policy Organization and Administration – Professor Lowell Cooper, MDiv, MPH Departments and Agencies – Professor David Trim, PhD Ministry and Training – Professor Jonas Arrais, DMin IDE Policies – Professor Rosa Banks, EdD Financial Policies – Professor Daisy Orion, MHA Course objectives Upon successful completion of this course the student will: Understand the organization and structure of Working Policy. Be able to locate needed information in Working Policy. Appreciate the value of Working Policy for church life. Course requirements Class attendance is essential for this course – 50% of the grade. Learning will be tested by five quizzes – 50% of the grade. A complete set of resources for this class can be downloaded from: Syllabus GCWP101 – Introduction to Working Policy Class Time – October 15, 2012 from 9:00-11:00 am Class Location – General Conference Auditorium Instructors – G T Ng, PhD assisted by five Professors Textbook – General Conference Working Policy 2011-12 Course description GCWP101 is an introductory course providing an overview of the General Conference Working Policy. Guest experts will explain the organization and structure of Working Policy. The uses and place of Working Policy in the life of the Church will be demonstrated through skits and dialogue. Course outline Introduction “It’s in the Book” Working Policy 101 http://www.leadershipdevelopment.adventist.org/curriculums/presidential2

  3. Program Introduction Scene One – Who produces Working Policy Scene Two – Working Policy is not a Bible Scene Three – Uses of Working Policy Overview of GC Working Policy Organization and Administration Illustration – Dividing Unions Overview – Professor Lowell Cooper Quiz – Professor G T Ng Departments and Agencies Illustration – Dual Credentials Overview – Professor David Trim Quiz – Professor G T Ng Ministry and Training Illustration – Pastoral Education Overview – Professor Jonas Arrais Quiz – Professor G T Ng IDE Policies Illustration – Missionary Concerns Overview – Professor Rosa Banks Quiz – Professor G T Ng Financial Policies Illustration – Creative Investments Overview – Professor Daisy Orion Quiz – Professor G T Ng Questions and Answers Conclusion Report Cards Working Policy 101

  4. It’s in the Book Scene 1 An Adventist Book Center, Friday afternoon Working Policy 101

  5. It’s in the Book Scene 2 Friday night, a small group opening Sabbath Working Policy 101

  6. It’s in the Book Scene 3 A Saturday night party, ten days later Working Policy 101

  7. Organization And administration Professor Lowell Cooper Working Policy 101

  8. Working Policy 101 “what’s in the policy?” Understanding General Conference Working Policy

  9. What is “working Policy?” General Conference Working Policy is the collection of the Church’s global leadership decisions regarding how entities live and work together. Working Policy 101

  10. Policy’s purpose? To protect the organization from: individuals (autocratic, Lone Ranger types) merely reactive decision-making widely differing patterns of action Working Policy 101

  11. Rule or guideline? Presents “agreed-upon” practices. Dynamic—policies can be changed! Working Policy 101

  12. Mission, Vision, Values • Organization and Administration • Division Administration • Model Constitutions & Bylaws Working Policy 101 • Denominational Employees

  13. Section A: Mission Vision Values Working Policy 101

  14. Section b: Organization and Administration Foundation and Structure How the Church is designed How it operates Working Policy 101

  15. Operating principles • Outline of organization • The role of policy • Administrative relationships Working Policy 101

  16. Section bA: • Annual Council, Church Manual, Adult Bible Study Guides • Trademark policies • Institutions—composition of constituencies and boards • Human relations (treating people with fairness and equality—with an exception clause) • Interdivision travel • Records management Working Policy 101

  17. Section c: • Division territories • Division councils and policy • Union and local conference sessions • Interdivision employees • Training of employees • Polygamy • Aviation Working Policy 101

  18. Section d: • Model governance documents (constitutions and operating policies) Working Policy 101

  19. Section e: • Denominational employees—credentials and licenses • Employee identifiers: base division, citizenship, independent transfers • Calls for interdivision service • Employee service record • Conflict of interest and/or commitment Working Policy 101

  20. Organization And administration Quiz Professor G.T. Ng Working Policy 101

  21. Departments And agencies Professor David Trim Working Policy 101

  22. Departments, agencies, ministries, etc. • Up to 1901: there were no departments • Today we have departments, agencies, associations, services (By-Laws, art. X, § 3), all governed by a group of policies enumerated from F through K. • FA–FY = Departments • G = White Estate • HA–HC = important agencies • K = “Self-supporting ministries” Working Policy 101

  23. “f” policies: departments FA – Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries FB – Children’s Ministries FC – Communication FE – Education FF – Family Ministries FH – Health Ministries FL – Public Affairs & Religious Liberty Working Policy 101 FP – Publishing Ministries FR – Sabbath School & Personal Ministries FS – Stewardship Ministries FT – Legal Association & Trust Services FW – Women’s Ministries FY – Youth Ministries

  24. The “ministries • Nothing to do with Ministerial! • Nine departments have the title “Ministries” • FA, FB, FF, FH, FP, FR, FS, FW and FY: • Chaplaincy, Children’s, Family, Health, Publishing, Sabbath School & Personal, Stewardship, Women’s and Youth Ministries • Communication, Education, PARL and Trust Services – they surely perform a ministry but are not grouped that way. Working Policy 101

  25. Departmental policies • All relatively short: eighteen sets of policies taking up 155 pages • Contrast: four sets of policies on administration (B–D) = 145 pages • Six sets of policies on IDEs, Volunteers = 181 pages • Focus today: Departments • Thirteen are authorized by the By-Laws (art. X, § 1) • But as some of you know, there are fourteen listed under GC Departments in the Yearbook Working Policy 101

  26. The ministerial association • The fourteenth is the Ministerial Association • It functions like a department and therefore is listed with them in the Yearbook, but it is officially not a department • So integrally associated with the pastorate that it is not dealt with under the F group of policies • There is a discrete set of policies relating to pastors, “L”, which Jonas Arrais will speak about shortly. Working Policy 101

  27. From associations to departments • Ministerial is an exception • Once, there were no departments and only associations and societies • These were separate, independent bodies: • had their own constitutions • their own legal boards • their own annual constituency meetings, separate from the General Conference and Conference meetings Working Policy 101

  28. Failure to coordinate • This was fine when the church was largely limited to North America and only a few countries in Europe • But as it spread, this system proved a failure • Because the associations were independent legal corporations, it was very difficult for church leaders to coordinate and plan strategically Working Policy 101

  29. The 1901 reform • At the 1901 GC Session, the associations and societies mostly were wound up • Instead they became Departments. • Each branch of the work (Health, Education, Sabbath School, Missionary, Publishing) still continued of course • But each now became a department, at each level (Conference, Union, GC, later Divisions) Working Policy 101

  30. The 1901 reform • Because all of these were represented at each level, but were under the officers at each level it was much easier for conference and union officers to plan for work across their territory • But also easier for the departments to plan for their specific work at different levels • Instead of competing, there was much greater cooperation Working Policy 101

  31. Some associations survived! • International Health and Temperance Assoc. (founded 1890) – IHTA • International Religious Liberty Assoc. (founded 1893) – IRLA • Review and Herald Publishing Association • Pacific Press Publishing Association Working Policy 101

  32. Some associations survived! • But these operated differently: • IHTA and IRLA sought (and seek) to influence outside the church—they are vehicles for two departments rather than being independent • Both work (and still work) under departments • International Health & Temperance Association is regulated by Policies governing the Health Ministries Dept. (FH 20) • International Religious Liberty Association operates under Policies governing the Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Dept. (FL 20) Working Policy 101

  33. Some associations survived! • Review & Herald and Pacific Press: both are called Publishing Associations but effectively operate like corporations • Like other denominational publishing houses, they operated under Policies governing the Publishing Ministries Dept.: especially FP 35 though they are also referenced in FP 15 05 • RHPA and PP = the only publishing houses specifically referenced in WP (FP 35 15, no. 6) Working Policy 101

  34. Agencies, corporations, services (g, H policies) • Ellen G. White Estate • Adventist Development and Relief Agency • Adventist World Radio • All three are separate corporate bodies, not departments • They do operate throughout the world but have their own boards and their own distinct legal existence Working Policy 101

  35. Agencies, corporations, services (g, H policies) [continued] • Adventist Mission: “It is not a department, but works with all departments.” (HC 05) • It oversees church planting initiatives but they then operate under local entities (HC 10 no. 1, 15 10) • Provides resources rather than administering them (HC 15 10, 15 20) • “The Mission Awareness function of Adventist Mission is a communication function, not an administrative one.” (HC 20) Working Policy 101

  36. Departments And agencies Quiz Professor G.T. Ng Working Policy 101

  37. Ministry and Training Professor Jonas Arrais Working Policy 101

  38. L05 Ministerial Training • L 05 05 General ProvisionThe education requirement for entrance into the ministry shall be completion of the Ministerial Training Course as prescribed by the division committee. Working Policy 101

  39. L10 Ministerial Internship • L 10 05 Purpose of Plan • L 10 10 Definition of term “Ministerial Internship” Working Policy 101

  40. L15 Ministerial Internship • – Procedures • L 15 05 Length of Internship • L 15 10 Number of Internships • L 15 15 Wages of Interns Working Policy 101

  41. L15 Ministerial Internship – Procedures • L 15 20 Rent Subsidies • L 15 25 Financial Plan • L 15 30 Licensure Working Policy 101

  42. L15 Ministerial Internship • – Procedures • L 15 35 Service Record • L 15 40 Conference/Mission/Field Responsibility • L 15 45 Qualifications of Candidates Working Policy 101

  43. L15 Ministerial Internship – Procedures • L 15 50 Appointment of Interns • L 15 55 Calling of Ministerial interns Working Policy 101

  44. Working Policy 101 L20 Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

  45. L25 Licensed Minister • – Role and Status • L 25 05 Responsibility and Authority • L 25 10 Delegating Ministerial Functions • L 25 15 Authorizing Ministerial Functions Working Policy 101

  46. L25 Licensed Minister • – Role and Status • L 25 20 Review of Development • L 25 25 Withdrawing Authorization • L 25 30 Ordination Working Policy 101

  47. Working Policy 101 L30 Ministers from Other Denominations

  48. L35 Qualifications for Ordination to the Ministry • L 35 05 Vital Concern of Church • L 35 10 Scriptural Counsel • L 35 15 Spirit of Prophecy Counsel Working Policy 101

  49. L35 Qualifications for Ordination to the Ministry • L 35 20 Examination of Candidates • L 35 25 Service Before Ordination • L 35 30 Fostering Growth Working Policy 101

  50. L35 Qualifications for Ordination to the Ministry • L 35 35 Licentiate • L 35 40 Soul Winning as Proof of Calling • L 35 45 Nonministerial Employees • L 35 50 Not a Reward • L 35 55 Ministry a Calling Working Policy 101

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