Eric Michel Ministries International Assembly of Interdenominational Churches Ecclesiastical polity

Connexionalism is the theological understanding and foundation of Methodist church governance ("ecclesiastical polity"), as practiced in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and in many of the countries where Methodism was established by missionaries sent out from these Churches. In EMMI Canada, where the Archbishops provide church leadership, connexionalism is a variety of episcopal polity; in some countries, the bishop is replaced by a Dean and used without any change in the Connexional polity. In our world, a given Connexion is usually autonomous locally under a Board of Elders for the temporal side and our House of Bishops for the spiritual side. Note that the Archbishop is the final authority in all cases.

EMMI Connexional polity has always been characterized by a strong central organization which holds an annual Conference called Symposium. The connexion is divided into Regions in the charge of a Bishop or a Dean. The districts correspond in geographical terms, to counties, such as the Eric Michel Ministry of Malawi or the Eric Michel Ministries of Nepal. The districts are divided into circuits governed by the Circuit Meeting the Local Synod and led and administrated principally by a superintendent minister. Ministers are appointed to Circuits rather than to individual churches. The term "full connexion" is used to refer to presbyters and deacons being "subject to the rules and discipline of the Permanent Synod" overseen by the Symposium, and specifically that they are subject to being appointed to ministry in a local circuit at the direction of the Dean and Superintendent at the region. Pastors are assigned to congregations by bishops or deans.

We give lay members representation at regional and national meetings (Symposium and Synod) at which the business of the church is conducted, making it different from most episcopal governments. This connexional organizational model defines "connexion" as the principle that: all leaders and congregations are connected in a network of loyalties and

commitments that support, yet supersede local concerns.

Eric Michel Ministries Int'l respond to the House Of Bishop, but they do not use the EMMI hierarchy of  Archbishop, bishops, ministers etc, and they are ruled by their own Board Of Elders who are an integrated member of the Symposium.


On the annual budget, written financial statements, and any other matter affecting Eric Michel Ministries Int'l responsibilities.

Eric Michel Ministries Int'l is under the overseer of the Regional Dean who is a direct member of Eric Michel Ministries International Board Of Elders.

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Dean The third order in the ecclesiastic order is a minister superintendent overseeing other ministers. The head minister of a chapter or collegiate church or senior minister who exercises the power of a bishop, on a bishop's behalf. Very Reverend

The Regional Dean is next in precedence after the EMMI Board Of  Elders. At the request of the board, the dean represents the EMMI at meetings or activities in the local church or in the wider community.


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Code legislates Ministry councils. It states that If the Regional Dean judges it opportune after he has heard the Board Of Elders, a council is to be established in each Church, over which the Minister presides and in which the Christian faithful, together with those who share in pastoral care by virtue of their office in the Church, assist in fostering pastoral activity.

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A council possesses a consultative vote only and is governed by the norms established by the Regional Dean. In Churches, the council arose in the era of lay participation in Ministry decision-making. It's a response to the Apostolate of Lay People. This amendment, published in 2014, recommended the establishment of councils with one purpose,
namely, to assist in the Church's mission. The councils "may coordinate" lay initiatives, so long as they do not interfere with the autonomy of such initiatives.

The Local Churches take on to themselves the full financing of their work and this should include their part of the cost of EMM and EMMI costs, including the training of future clergy.

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Expectations of Members and Affiliates.
Members and Affiliates are expected to participate actively in the Assembly activities and to make a recordable financial pledge to the Assembly each fiscal year. The financial contribution should represent an amount judged by the member or affiliate to be a fair share of the Assembly's needs, in light of the member’s or affiliate’s income and means, and the fact that generous contributions from others in the past have sustained and built the Society we enjoy today.