Operations Manual

  1. Mission
    1. Mission Statement
      1. Historic founding statements
      2. Who was involved?
    2. Purpose
      1. What we are
      2. What we are not
    3. Goals and Objectives
    4. Organization
      1. Elective Offices
        1. Offices to be filled
        2. Terms of office
        3. Regular elections
      2. What constitutes a quorum
        For the most part, decisions will be made in a democratic process by a simple majority vote once the quorum is established. Any decisions arrived at without a quorum present will be advisory in nature with the discussion to be taken up again at the next regular stated meeting. The only exception to the simple majority rule will be in making changes to this Operations Manual , which will require a super majority vote (2/3 of those voting members present.
  2. Membership
    Based on the historic denominational relationships, each judicatory1 head (Bishop, Conference Superintendent, Executive, or similar person charged with local denominational oversight) shall be invited - along with one other denominational representative of their choosing - into formal membership in the North State Ecumenical Conference. Should that judicatory head be unable to participate on a regular basis, they are invited to designate a person (ideally, that person within the judicatory charged with ecumenical relationships) to represent the judicatory in their stead. A total of two persons from each judicatory shall be invited into membership (ideally, one clergy and one lay participant) It is understood that local denominational leadership agrees with the principles (Mission, Purpose, Goals & Objectives) of NESC and that they (or their designees) will participate fully in NSEC attending meetings, serving in sub-committees, and be willing to stand for elected office.
1 See Hartford Institute for Religion Research definition of Judicatory