NOTE: Proposed revisions to the Constitution were approved by the Renewal Fellowship Board at a Board meeting on July 18, 2018, and will be voted on at the AGM on Saturday, April 6, 2019.
In our love for the Presbyterian Church in Canada, and in gratitude to God for its contribution to our spiritual growth, we as office-bearers, members and adherents, desire to be united in common fellowship,
In prayer to Jesus Christ, as King and Head of the Church, our Saviour and Lord, that there be kindled in our midst the flame of the Holy Spirit's life in calling us to the urgency of our task and the need of our times,
Further, reminded of past visitations of that same Spirit, we see the need, first personally and then corporately, for godliness in our lives as gift of the Spirit of holiness, and for evangelistic zeal, as the Lord adds daily to our number such as would be saved,
Therefore we unitedly express the following concerns:
- Fervent intercession for the Lord to renew his Church for authentic witness and consistent obedience
- Fresh power and authority for the local congregation through the Breath of God in our structures and organizations
- Responsible participation in the courts of the church
- A deep hunger for the teaching of the Bible in its authority
- A recall to lives of biblical integrity (previously “purity”), especially on the part of those entrusted with leadership of the people of God
- A zeal for reaching, through the instrumentality of a national church with a rich heritage, those lost without God and without hope in the world
- Fellowship for believers to give encouragement to continued witness and ministry within the Presbyterian Church in Canada
Accordingly, seeking to bring glory to our sovereign God, we have banded together in common resolve and commitment.
Note: The current constitution continues below. The changes approved by the Board can be found in the download.
- The name of this fellowship shall be "The Renewal Fellowship Within The Presbyterian Church in Canada."
- The Objects of the Fellowship shall be as follows:
(a) The establishment of means of contact and encouragement for those interested in renewal within the Presbyterian Church in Canada affording an opportunity for them to relate to one another and discuss the issues from time to time arising within our denomination, mutually encouraging and strengthening one another.
(b) The promotion of publications and other materials that would clarify, especially for lay people, the concerns that we share, providing biblical and theological comment and encouraging practical and specific ideas for their achievement. This could include the editing, preparation, and circulation of a national paper.
(c) Encouraging the development of programmes, especially in the areas of prayer/intercession, small groups and evangelism. The objective in such endeavours is to be supportive, constructive, and positive.
(d) To work through clearly defined and mutually agreed upon goals and objectives and to provide the means by which these can be achieved. Specifically, the organizing of conferences and other seminar-type activities which will facilitate the long-range process of strengthening the reformed and evangelical witness with our denomination.
- Membership: The Membership of this Fellowship shall be composed of individuals who are members or adherents of the Presbyterian Church in Canada and are in agreement with the objects of this Fellowship, as stated above, and are prepared to signify their agreement with the Statement of Faith (Appendix A).
- The Council of Reference: There shall be a Council of Reference established by the initial meeting of the Fellowship, and to which members may be added or deleted at subsequent meetings. Members shall be chosen for their wisdom, judgment, maturity or expertise in a specific area of competence, to advise the Board of Directors and the Executive Director. The Board of Directors shall, as they may request, hold a joint meeting with the Council of Reference, but otherwise their function shall be to offer advice and help by correspondence or personal contact as the Board of Directors may desire.
- The Board of Directors
(a) The Board, all of whom shall be able to subscribe to the system of doctrine as contained in the Westminster Confession of Faith, shall consist of twelve representatives, of whom not more than six shall be ordained teaching elders. Four of their number shall be elected at each annual meeting.
(b) The Board shall have authority to conduct all business arising in the Fellowship between annual meetings. It shall meet three times a year. The Board may fix in advance the day of the month in which such meetings will be held, and, in the absence of a resolution fixing such dates, the meeting shall be held at the call of the chair.
(c) Notice of all Board meetings shall be given to all members of the Board not less than thirty (30) days prior to the meeting.
(d) The officers of the Board shall consist of the following: Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and Executive Director (non-voting member). These five officers shall constitute the Executive Committee of the Fellowship.
(e) The Executive Committee shall have authority to deal with all matters affecting the Board of the Fellowship arising between meetings of the full Board and which require action before the next meeting.
(f) The officers of the Board shall constitute the officers of the Fellowship. They shall be elected by the Board following each annual meeting.
(g) Board members will normally be appointed for three years with a possibility of being renewed once for another three-year term. Normally a year’s pause would take place before further service on the Board. Provision and management of those serving partial terms will be decided by the Board of Directors.
(a) Each individual member shall contribute in each calendar year for the expenses of this Fellowship a minimum sum of ten dollars.
(b) The organization shall be carried on without purpose of gain for its members and any profits or other accretions to the organization shall be used in promoting its objects.
- Banking arrangements
(a) All monies received by or on behalf of the Fellowship shall be recorded and deposited in a Bank to be named by the Treasurer and approved by the Executive Committee.
(b) All cheques issued on behalf of the Fellowship of $1000 or less shall require just one signature, and that signature to be that of one of the Executive Committee members (Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Executive Director). Any cheques being issued over $1000 would continue to require the signatures of any two of the above officers.
- Head Office will be in the Province of Ontario.
- Executive Director
(a) There shall be an Executive Director of The Fellowship. He or she shall be hired by the Board.
(b) The Executive Director shall have the responsibility of conducting the affairs of the Fellowship in accordance with the objects herein set forth, and shall act in cooperation with, and under the oversight of, the Executive Committee.
(c) The Executive Director shall receive a salary at least equivalent to the minimum operative in the presbytery of residence for salary, house allowance, and (where applicable) study leave, in addition to pension provision and other requirements of the General Assembly as applicable for professional church workers; and subject to annual review.
(d) The Executive Director shall be an ex officio member of the Board.
- The Duties of the Officers of the Fellowship
(a) The Chairperson shall preside at all meetings of the Fellowship and of the Board at which he or she may be present, and shall assist the Executive Director in conducting its affairs.
(b) The Vice-Chairperson shall preside at all meetings of the Fellowship and of the Board in the absence of the Chairperson, and shall give such assistance to the Chairperson and to the Executive Director as may be required.
(c) The Treasurer shall receive all monies paid into the Fellowship, shall bank all monies received, and shall keep continuous record of all receipts and expenditures on behalf of the Fellowship. He or she shall present a financial statement of the Fellowship at each annual meeting and at each meeting of the Board. He or she shall maintain a list of contributions made by the members.
(d) The Secretary shall record minutes of the annual meetings of the Fellowship, and of all meetings of the Board and of the Executive Committee. He or she shall conduct the necessary correspondence of the Board and/or the Executive Committee. He or she shall maintain and keep up-to-date a list of members and their addresses.
(e) The Executive Director shall perform the duties outlined in Article 9 (b). He or she shall also make the necessary registration agreement with the Revenue Canada Taxation Department to enable the Treasurer to issue receipts for contributions valid for Income Tax purposes.
(a) The Fellowship shall meet once every year at a time and place to be named by the Executive Committee.
(b) Notice of all meetings of the Fellowship shall be given by letter to all members at least ninety (90) days prior to the date of the said meeting.
(c) Voting: Individual members who have joined seven (7) days prior to the meeting shall be entitled to a single vote at each meeting of the Fellowship.
(d) Nominating procedure: The Executive shall constitute a Nominating Committee to nominate candidates for the Board as provided in section 5(a). Further nominations for candidates for these categories may be made from the floor at any annual meeting.
(e) Meetings shall be conducted in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order.
- Auditors: These shall be appointed by the Executive Committee.
(a) Amendments to this Constitution may be made at any annual meeting of the Fellowship by a two-thirds majority vote of those present.
(b) Notice of any proposed amendment shall be in writing and shall be forwarded to all members of the Fellowship at least (30) days prior to any annual meeting at which the proposed amendment shall be considered.
- Vacancies: If the office of any officer or member of the Board becomes vacant by reason of death or resignation, the vacancy will be filled by the Executive Committee until the next election.
OUR DOCTRINAL BASIS
We are in full agreement with the faith confessed by the Presbyterian Church in Canada in the subordinate standards of the Westminster Confession of Faith as adopted in 1875 and 1889, and in the Declaration Concerning Church and Nation of 1954, as well as with the standards and subscription for membership and leadership within the Presbyterian Church in Canada. In reaffirming these convictions, we wish to underline the following emphases of our biblical, evangelical and reformed faith.
- (a) The unity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in the Godhead.
(b) The sovereignty of God in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgement.
(c) The divine inspiration and entire trustworthiness of Holy Scripture as originally given, and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
(d) The universal sinfulness and guilt of all people since the fall, rendering them subject to God's wrath and condemnation.
(e) Redemption from the guilt, dominion and pollution of sin, solely through the sacrificial death (as our Representative and Substitute) of the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God.
(f) The bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead and his ascension to the right hand of God the Father.
(g) The presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the work of regeneration.
(h) The justification of the sinner by the grace of God through faith alone.
(i) The indwelling and work of the Holy Spirit in the believer.
(j) The one Holy Universal Church which is the Body of Christ and to which all believers belong.
(k) The expectation of the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.