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Alaska Moravian Church Book of Order

CHAPTER I

THE UNITY

(This portion of the Book of Order consists of excerpts from the Church Order of the Unitas Fratrum published by order of the Unity Synod held at Cashew Hill, Antigua, July 3-15, 1988. The language used conforms to that of the Church Order. Paragraph numbers in parentheses are those used in the Church Order.)

INTRODUCTION
ORIGIN AND GROWTH OF THE UNITAS FRATRUM

The Unitas Fratrum, or Moravian Church, is that branch of the Christian Church which began its distinct life at Kunvald in Bohemia in the year 1457. It was born of the great revival of faith at the close of the Middle Ages, arising from the national revival of religion in Bohemia, in which the writings of Wyclif had great influence, and of which John Hus was the greatest leader. Within the movement Peter of Chelcic represented the traditions of eastern puritan-ism and freedom from official control in matters of religion. •

Amidst these influences, the Unitas Fratrum was founded, under the leadership of Gregory the Patriarch, with a three-fold ideal of faith, fellowship and freedom, and a strong emphasis on practical Christian life rather than on doctrinal thought or church tradition. The Statutes of Reichenau, 1464, contain the earliest statement of this common mind.

Its numbers grew rapidly. This extension drew the attention of the church authorities to the Brethren, who were denounced as heretical and treasonable. They sought to maintain a living contact with the early church, having obtained from the Waldenses the traditional orders of the ministry, including the episcopacy, and thus became an Independent ecclesiastical body. The power of the state was then called in to suppress them, but persecution furthered their growth. The impact of the Brethren on the
spiritual life in their country and over the boundaries of their homeland far exceeded the
numerical strength of its membership.

The Brethren were enabled to maintain a living fellowship in Christ with the help of the Bible and hymns in their own tongue, a careful system of discipline. and schools for the young. The Brethren met Luther and other Reformers on equal terms, taught them the value of an effective church discipline, and gained from them new insights into the nature of a saving faith.

In the troubles of the reaction against the Reformation, times of persecution alternated with times of comparative calm, until at last in 1620 the Roman Church was placed in power by foreign armies, and the Unitas Fratrum with other Protestant bodies was utterly suppressed. The influence of Bishop John Amos Comenius, who had preserved the discipline of the church, and who had pioneered educational methods, was a great source of strength after the disruption of the church. He never ceased to pray and to
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plead publicly for the restoration of his beloved church. Strengthened by this faith, a “Hidden Seed” survived in Bohemia and Moravia, to emerge a hundred years later in the Renewed Church.

Between 1722 and 1727, some families from Moravia, who had kept the traditions of the old Unitas Fratrum. found a place of refuge in Saxony, on the estate of Nicolaus Ludwig, Count Zinzendorf, and built a village which they called Herrnhut. Other men of widely differing views also found there a place of religous freedom, but their differences threatened to make it a place of strife. Zinzendorf gave up his position in state service to devote himself to unite these various elements into a real Christian fellowship. He became their spiritual leader, as well as their patron and protector against interference from without.

By his example and pastoral care Zinzendorf quickened their Christian fellowship and united them for communal life under the Statutes of Herrnhut (May 12, 1727), which were found to follow the pattern of the old Unitas Fratrum. Through earnest and continued prayer they realized more and more the power of the Cross of Christ in reconciling them one to another. A profound and decisive experience of this unity was given to them in an outpouring of the Holy Spirit as a celebration of the Holy
. Communion on August 13, 1727.

From this experience of conscious unity came zeal and strength to share this fellowship in Christ with other branches of the Church Universal, and joy to serve wherever they found an open door.

In following out this impulse, relations were established with earnest Christians in many lands of Western Europe, in England from 1728, and in North America from 1735, while in 1732 their first mission to the heathen began among slaves of St. Thomas in the West Indies.

In order to secure official recognition for their workers, and to set a seal upon the links with the old Unitas Fratrum, they decided to continue its Episcopal order, which haq been handed down through Bishop Comenius and a line of bishops in the Polish • province of the ancient Unity. In 1735 Bishop Daniel Jablonsky consecrated David Nitschmann as the first bishop of the Renewed Church. The branches of the church thus established on the Continent and in Great Britain and America continued to develop in accordance with the differing opportunities presented to them, maintaining their association and uniting especially in the work of the spread of the Gospel in other
lands.

Thus today the Unitas Fratrum. which has asserted throughout its history that Christian fellowship recognizes no barrier of nations or race, is still an international Unity with congregations in many parts of the world.

The Unitas Fratrum cherishes its unity as a valuable treasure entrusted to it by the Lord.
It stands for the oneness of all mankind given by the reconciliation through Jesus
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Christ. Therefore the ecumenical movement is of its very lifeblood. For five centuries it has pointed towards the unity of the scattered children of God that they may become one in their Lord.

PART I

THE GROUND OF THE UNITY

(Revised by the Unity Synod held on Antigua, West Indies, July 3-15, 1988.)

111. The Lord Jesus Christ calls His Church into being so that it may serve Him on earth until He comes. The Unitas Fratrum is, therefore, aware of its being called in faith to serve mankind by proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It recognizes this call to be the source of its being and the inspiration of its service. As is the source, so is the aim and end of its being based upon the will of its Lord.

THE BELIEF OF THE CHURCH
112. With the whole of Christendom we share faith in God the Father, the Son, and
the Holy Spirit. We believe and confess that God has revealed Himself once and for all
in His Son Jesus Christ; that our Lord has redeemed us with the whole of mankind by His death and His resurrection; and that there is no salvation apart from Him. We believe that He is present with us in the Word and the Sacrament; that He directs and unites us through His Spirit and thus forms us into a Church. We hear Him summoning us to follow Him, and pray Him to use us in His Service. He joins us together mutually, so that knowing ourselves to be members of His body we become willing to serve each other.

In the light of divine grace, we recognize ourselves to be a Church of sinners. We require forgiveness daily, and live only through the mercy of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. He redeems us from our isolation and unites us into a living Church of Jesus
Christ.

PERSONAL BELIEF

1J3. The belief of the Church is effected and preserved through the testimony of Jesus Christ and through the work of the Holy Spirit. This testimony calls each individual personally, and leads him to the recognition of sin and to the acceptance of the redemption achieved by Christ. In fellowship with Him the love of Christ becomes more and more the power of the new life, power which penetrates and shapes the entire person. As God’s Spirit so effects living belief in the hearts of individuals, He grants them the privilege to share in the fruits of Christ’s salvation and membership in His Body.

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GOD’S WORD AND DOCTRINE

1(4. The Holy Scriptures of both the Old and New Testament are and abide the only source and rule of faith, doctrine, and life of the Unitas Fratrum.

The Unitas Fratrum recognizes as center of the Holy Scriptures and of all preaching of the Gospel the word of the cross. The Unitas Fratrum sees its primary mission, and its reason for being, to consist on bearing witness to this joyful message. We ask our Lord for power never to stray from this.

The Unitas Fratrum takes part in the continual search for sound doctrine. But just as the Holy Scriptures do not contain any doctrinal system, so the Unitas Fratrum also has not developed any of its own, because it knows that the mystery of Jesus Christ which is attested to in the Bible cannot be comprehended completely by any human statement. Also it is true that through the Holy Spirit the recognition of God’s will for salvation in the Bible is revealed completely and clearly.

CREEDS AND CONFESSIONS

,-rs. The Unitas Fratrum recognizes in the creeds of the Church the thankful acclaim of the Body of Christ. These creeds aid the Church in formulating a Scriptural confession, in marking the boundary of heresies, and in exhorting believers to an obedient and fearless testimony in every age. The Unitas Fratrum maintains that all creeds formulated by the Christian Church stand in need of constant testing in the light of the Holy Scriptures. It acknowledges as such true professions of faith the early Christian witness: “Jesus Christ is Lord” and also especially the ancient Christian creeds and the fundamental creeds of the Reformation*.

*Note: In the various Provinces of the Renewed Unitas Fratrum the following creeds in particular gained special importance, because in them the main doctrines of the Christian faith find clear and simple expression:

The Apostles’ Creed The Athanasian Creed The Nicene Creed
The Confession of the Unity of the Bohemian Brethren of 1662 The Twenty-One Articles of the unaltered Augsburg Confession The Shorter Catechism of Martin Luther
The Synod of Berne of 1532
The Thirty-Nine Articles of the Church in England The Theological Declaration of Barmen of 1934 The Heidelberg Catechism

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THE UNITAS FRATRUM AS A UNITY

1J6. We believe in and confess the Unity of the Church given in the one Lord Jesus Christ as God and Savior. He died that He might unite the scattered children of God. As the living Lord and Shepherd, He is leading His flock toward such unity.

The Unitas Fratrum espoused such unity when it took over the name of the Old Bohemian Brethren’s Church, “Unitas Fratrum” (Unity of Brethren). Nor can we ever forget the powerful unifying experience granted by the crucified and risen Lord to our fathers in Hermhut on the occasion of the Holy Communion of August 13, 1727, in Berthelsdorf.

It is the Lord’s will that Christendom should give evidence of and seek unity in Him with zeal and love. In our own midst we see how such unity has been promised us and laid upon us as a charge. We recognize that through the grace of Christ the different churches have received many gifts. It is our desire that we may learn from each other and rejoice together in the riches of the love of Christ and the manifold wisdom of God.

We confess our share in the guilt which is manifest in the severed and divided state of Christendom. By means of such divisions we ourselves hinder the message and power of the Gospel. We recognize the danger of self-righteousness and judging others without love.

Since we together with all Christendom are pilgrims on the way to meet our coming Lord, we welcome every step that brings us nearer the goal of unity in Him. He Himself invites us to communion in His supper. Through it He leads the church toward that union which he has promised. By means of His presence in the Holy Communion He makes our unity in Him evident and certain even today.

THE CHURCH AS A BROTHERHOOD

7. The Church of Jesus Christ, despite all the distinctions between male and female, Jew and non-Jew, white and colored, poor and rich, is one in its Lord. The Unitus Fratrum recognizes no distinction between those who are one in the Lord Jesus Christ. We are called to testify that God in Jesus Christ brings His people out of “every race, kindred and tongue” into one body, pardons sinners beneath the Cross and brings them together. We oppose any discrimination in our midst because of race or standing, and we regard it as a commandment of the Lord to bear public witness to this and to demonstrate by word and deed that we are brothers and sisters in Christ.

THE CHURCH AS A COMMUNITY OF SERVICE

8. Jesus Christ came not to be served but to serve. From this, His Church receives its mission and its power for its service, to which each of its members is called. We believe that the Lord has called us particularly to mission service among the peoples of the world. In this. and in all other forms of service both at home and abroad, to which
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the Lord commits us, He expects us to confess Him and witness to His love in unselfish service.

SERVING OUR NEIGHBOR

9. Our Lord Jesus entered into this world’s misery to bear it and to overcome it. We seek to follow Him in serving His brethren. Like the love of Jesus, this service knows no bounds. Therefore we pray the Lord ever anew to point out to us the way to reach our neighbor, opening our heart and hand to him in his need.

SERVING THE WORLD

10. Jesus Christ maintains in love and faithfulness His commitment to this fallen world. Therefore we must remain concerned for this world. We may not withdraw from it through indifference, pride or fear. Together with the universal Christian Church, the Unitas Fratrum challenges mankind with the message of the love of God, striving to promote the peace of the world and seeking to attain what is best for all men. For the
sake of this world, the Unitas Fratrum hopes for and looks to the day when the victory of Christ will be manifest over sin and death and the new world will appear.

CONCLUSION

11. Jesus Christ is the one Lord and Head of His body, the Church. Because of this, the Church owes no allegiance to any authority whatsoever which opposes His dominion. The Unitas Fratrum treasures in its history the vital experience of the Headship of Christ of September 16 and November 13, 1741.

The Unitas Fratrum recognizes that it is called into being and has been sustained hitherto only by the incomprehensible grace of God. Thanksgiving and praise for this grace remains the keynote of its life and ministry.

In this spirit it awaits the appearing of Jesus Christ, goes forward to meet its Lord with joy, and prays to be found ready when He comes.

PART II

ESSENTIAL FEATURES OF THE UNITY

CHAPTER I

THE UNITAS FRATRUM AND ITS CONGREGATIONS

12. (50) The Unitas Fratrum was called into being by God as a Church which stresses fellowship. After its apparent destruction in the land of its origin, it was renewed in Herrnhut, Germany.

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13. (51) We recognize that it is the Lord’s will to confront and call to Himself each individual through His Spirit and that formal membership in a congregation is for no one a substitute for a personal encounter with his Savior, nor does it relieve any from making a personal decision to accept Him. We learn from the Scriptures however that it has pleased God to make the church the place where God’s fellowship with man becomes a reality. A living church is the clearest witness for its Lord to the world.

14. (52) A church is and remains a living one when it:
• is attentive to God’s Word,
• confesses its sins and accepts forgiveness for them,
• seeks and maintains fellowship with its Lord and Redeemer by means of the Sacraments,
• places its whole life under His rule and daily leading,
• ministers to its neighbor and seeks brotherhood with all who confess Christ,
• proclaims to the world the tidings concerning the Savior,
• waits whole-heartedly the coming of its Lord as King.

15. (53) Within each congregation the various groups may become aware of, and participate in, the special gifts and tasks which can be drawn from the pattern of Jesus’ life on earth.

16. (54) Such congregations are “living stones” out of which the Lord will build His Church on earth.

17. Wherever..such-congregations exist in the various parts of the Unitas Fratrum they form a living Church- a member of the body of Christ on earth.

18. Communicant members of the Unitas Fratrum are those who have been received in one of the following ways: •
• Baptized and received into communicant membership by confirmation:
• Received by adult baptism;
• Received from other Christian churches by Letter of Transfer and by the Right
Hand of Fellowship;
• Received by reaffirmation of faith.

Chapter II
THE VOCATION OF THE UNITAS FRATRUM AND ITS CONGREGATIONS

1119.•100 (a) The Unitas Fratrum lives by the gifts which the Lord has given His Church on earth, His Word and the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. Its vocation is to proclaim His Word to its congregations and to the world and to administer the Sacraments aright.

(b) The Unitas Fratrum considers it to be its mission to emphasize especially the following truths from the fullness of the Word of God:

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• the word of the cross as the testimony of the Lord who was crucified for us and who rose again (I Cor. 1:18, 30);
• the word of reconciliation as God making peace with His whole creation (I John
2:2);
• the word of personal union with the Savior as the vitalizing and molding power of the believer’s life (John 15:5);
• the word of brotherly love between one another as the fellowship of members brought about by Jesus Christ, the Head of His Church (Eph. 4:15, 16).

(c) Baptism into the death of Jesus is administered in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit in the presence of the congregation. Customarily in the Unitas Fratrum children are baptized and later received by confirmation into the communicant membership.

(d) In the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, the congregations of the Unitas Fratrum have the assurance of being united with their Lord, enjoy the fruits of His sufferings and death for the forgiveness of sins, unite with each other anew as members of His body, and rejoice in the hope of His return in glory.

20.(101) (a) From its beginning the Unitas Fratrum has emphasized brotherhood among its members. It recognizes its calling to preserve this gift both by united adoration, self-humiliation and intercession, and by ordering its life and service:

• as a fellowship within the congregation and with the Unitas Fratrum;
• as a fellowship with the Universal Church of Christ on earth;
• as a fellowship with the Church Triumphant before the Throne/

(b) As a fellowship of the redeemed it extols the Lamb with joyful song. As a fellowship looking to the future it proclaims to the world the victory of Him who is to come. In the liturgical form of its services the Unitas Fratrum gives expression to its union with the whole Church of Christ on earth, and as a living fellowship it will create ever new forms within the framework of its own tradition.

21.(102) (a) In this brotherhood the Unitas Fratrum has received a new and transformed congregation life,
• in which Jesus Christ is Lord of every phase of life;
• in which we live no longer unto ourselves but unto Him who died for us and rose again;
• in which the congregation and its members are willing to share the suffering of Christ.

21.(102) (b) We recognize our responsibility to the civil authorities in so far as the commandment of man does not contradict the “government of the Savior.”

(c) The life in the congregations of the Unites Fratrum is not the fruit of its

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own piety but of the love of Christ which constrains those who are His to love one another.

22. (103) (a) The new life of the congregation is nourished by the cure and care of souls and the exercise of congregation discipline.
(b) Through the cure and care of souls is the special task of the minister and his fellow-laborer. every member who has experienced the saving love of his Redeemer is called to undertake this service.
c) In Church discipline the sins and errors of the individual are considered and borne as the burden of the whole congregation. The congregation stands beside the erring one under the judgment of the Cross. ever mindful of its own need of forgiveness and brings the fault before the only One Who can redeem us from our guilt.
(d) Church discipline is exercised in the confident faith that it is not the Lord’s will that a single member should be lost, nor that the clear witness of the congregation should be hindered. The discipline is especially necessary when by word or deed the gospel is falsified and the Lord denied. Therefore the main object of Church discipline is the prevention of offenses and not the punishment of the individual.
(e) In the exercise of corrective discipline the following aspects are recognized:

1. Brotherly admonition by the Minister, either alone or in fellowship with other members (Church Council. Elders, etc.) in private.

2. Further admonition with temporary suspension from the fellowship of the Congregation as it is visibly expressed in certain privileges.

3. Exclusion from the membership of the Congregation.

4. Persons who are excluded shall be welcomed back into the membership of the
Congregation after a profession of repentance of their part.

23.(104) (a) The Unites Fratrum recognizes the priesthood of all believers but also has specially appointed ministers who receive commission and authority for their service from the hands of Jesus Christ, Whom the Church acknowledges as its Chief Elder. All members may gladly and confidently carry on their work in and for the congregation and by their devotion and faithfulness all can render service to the whole Church.
(b) At the same time the Unitas Fratrum gratefully acknowledges the gift of
the offices of the ministry which it has received from the Lord. It recognizes and confesses that in reality it is its Lord and Head Jesus Christ who calls and ordains, whether in the case of reception as an acolyte or the ordination to the office of Deacon or Presbyter. or the consecration as a Bishop.
(c) The same is true for the brethren and sisters who are called or elected
to service in any official capacity. They can render their service well only through the grace of their Chief Elder.

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CHAPTER Ill THE WITNESS OF THE UNITAS FRATRUM
24.(150) The Unitas Fratrum is committed to the victory of the children of God as a
reality created by God in Jesus Christ. This unity has been granted and presented within it as a Church formed out of various peoples, languages and denominations. Its
very life, therefore, is to be of service to the Church Universal.

25.(151) (a) The Unitas Fratrum is committed to the victory of the Lamb of God that was slain as the hope of the world. It accepts as its central commission the proclamation of this message in every place where the Lord Himself opens the door.
(b) The Unites Fratrum acknowledges its vocation to service in the homelands:

• to bring the gospel to those who are far from God;
• to serve in caring for the sick, for the aged, and for those in special homes; and
• to serve the youth by means of schools, camps, and other agencies;
• to serve by means of the printed word especially the Daily Texts of the Moravian
Church.
(c) The Unitas Fratrum experiences in its missionary enterprise active help from
wide circles throughout all evangelical Christendom through prayer, gifts and individuals ready to serve. In this way also the unity of the children of God
becomes visible.
(d) The Unitas Fratrum appreciates the inestimable value of each human being for whom Jesus Christ gave His Life and counts no sacrifice too great to “win souls
for the Lamb.”
(e) The Unitas Fratrum recognizes that its members are united by their Lord in congregations and are called to be pilgrims and messengers to carry the gospel to all mankind and into all human relationships. The “first fruits” of their witness are the pledge of the whole harvest.

(f) The Unitas Fratrum recognizes its duty to grant the young churches full freedom concerning the future. God’s Spirit must and will show them whether to remain a
part of the Unitas Fratrum as a province of the Unity, or to become a
self-dependent church, or to unite with some other indigenous church or church group.

(g) The Unites Fratrum looks beyond this earthly witness of the Church to the great consummation when the Lord will “draw all men unto Himself’ and His Kingdom be fully established.

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PART Ill

CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITAS FRATRUM

CHAPTER I

THE UNITY AND ITS PROVINCES

A. GENERAL FEATURES

26. (200) The Unitas Fratrum consists of Provinces.

27. (201) The Provinces of the Unitas Fratrum are found in many areas of the world and are among many races and of many tongues. All are indigenous to their geographical and national location. Some are found in highly industrialized communities; others are in developing regions of the earth. As a consequence, the
Provinces of the Unity offer a wide variety of economic, social and political
development. Yet all are one, without distinction, in their membership in the Unity (Ch. P7).

Because of this divergence in circumstances and development, some Provinces must of necessity look to other Provinces or to the Unity as a whole for assistance in manpower and money, and for encouragement and advice. Such Provinces are considered to be in affiliation with the supporting Province. This support is given and received in a spirit of mutual love and concern, and is an essential feature of the brotherhood of the Unitas Fratrum.

28. (202) All Provinces share equally in the common faith, tradition and witness of the Church. The members of all the Provinces are in relationship to one another. The goal set before each Province is to fulfill the calling of Christ in its life, worship and organizations.

1(29. (203) All Provinces are linked together in a constitutional form of government which, while encouraging the liberty of provincial development, may provide mutual help and cooperation and provide the corporate responsibility of the Unity towards its Province.

B. TASKS, RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF THE PROVINCES

1f30. (204) The individual congregations or members of the Unitas Fratrum are such by virtue of their membership in one of the Provinces.

1(31. (205) The constitutional rights and duties apply to persons recorded in an official list of members, as is provided for in the Constitution of that particular Province.

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4ft32. (206) Congregations, districts, institutions and undertaking of a Province of_ th Unity can pass into the care of another Province with the agreement of the Provmc1al Boards concerned. If no agreement is reached then the matter may be referred to the
Unity Synod or the Unity Board.

1(33. (207) Each Province which is governed by a Synod orders its own affairs and
holds and administers its property independently, but subject to the general principles
which set the standard for the whole Unitas Fratrum in constitution, doctrine and the life
of the individual congregation. It is responsible through its constitutional Synod and
Boards to the Unity Synod for the carrying out its own sphere of these general
principles.

In a Province which has not yet formed a Synod of its own, the administration of its internal affairs is developed in mutual understanding and agreement with the Province with which it is affiliated. An affiliated Province is privileged to have a Church Conference. It may at any time apply to the Unity Synod or Unity Board for the right to
elect its own Synod.

-U34. (208) In each Province of the Unity governed by a Synod the Synod represents its highest authority which elects its Provincial Board. It develops a Constitution and Church Order for its particular area adapting it to the local conditions. Each Province should aim to have the Bible, or at least the New Testament. Hymnbook, Liturgy, and Daily Text Book in a language with which the congregations are familiar.

1(35. (209) Each Province which is governed by a Synod should be able to supply its own manpower and train its own leaders. Each Province, therefore, is responsible for the training of its own ministers. It authorizes the ordination of candidates for its own ministry and is responsible for their support.

1J36. (210) Provinces governed by a Synod may be in associations with each other in the interchange of personnel, the sharing of material resources, and mutual encouragement. Such interchange shall in no way impinge upon or negate the rights of such Provinces herein set forth. (Cf. P33, 34, 35). Such associations are mutually agreed upon by the participating Provinces. The Unity Synod shall be informed of such associations.

1(37. (211) If a Province is not yet able to supply its own needs regarding leadership, men and money, but has to refer in these matters to the Unity as a whole or to some other Province, it is urged to develop its own resources in order to take its full share in the life of the whole Church.

,38. (212) Provinces are affiliated with other Provinces of the Unity which are able to help them on their way to full Provincial status with men, money and advice. Such affiliations are regulated by agreement of the Provinces concerned.

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1(39. (213) Affiliations and changes in affiliation between Provinces may be made only with the consent of the Unity synod or Unity Board.

1J40 (214) Each Province works for the extension of the Kingdom of God in its own area and wherever possible among people who do not belong to the race, nation or
language group of the majority of the members of the Province concerned. Therefore, it does its best to educate its congregations for the mission of the Church at home and abroad.

1141. (215) Each Province should show interest in the work of the Unitas Fratrum in its several Provinces and give evidence of its willingness to cooperate with the other Provinces.

1142. (216) Each Province is encouraged to cooperate with other Christian Churches established throughout its general area in dealing with regional problems which confront those Churches as a whole.
Where a Province feels that a merger or union with another Church or group of Churches is in accord with the will and purpose of the Lord of the One Church, that Province is free to enter into consultations looking toward such merger or union.

The consent of the Unity Synod or Unity Board is required before a Province may enter into an agreement involving Church merger or organic union.

1J43. (217) Each Province of the Unity is entitled to apply for membership in the World Council of Churches.

I. UNITY PROVINCES

Extent of the Church

1J44. (218) The Unity Provinces of the Unitas Fratrum are:

The Czechoslovakian Province (1457, Renewed 1862): The Jednota Bratrska in Czechoslovakia.

The European Continental Province (Evangelische Bruder-Unitat) (1722): District of Hermhut (German Democratic Republic) and District of Bad Boll (Sweden, Denmark, Federal Republic of Germany and Berlin West, The Netherlands, Switzerland.)

The Eastern West Indies Province (1732): The Moravian Church in the islands of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix of the Virgin Islands of the United States of America; Antigua, St. Kitts, Barbados, Tobago, and Trinidad in the West Indies.

The Suriname Province (1735): The Evangelische Broeder-gemeente in Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles.

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The Southern Africa Province Moravian Church in Southern Africa: Western Region (Evangeliese Broderkerk 1737, renewed 1792), Eastern Region (1828).

The Northern Province of the Moravian Church in America (1741): the Moravian Church in the District of Columbia and in the States of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Arizona. and California. and in the Dominion of Canada, the Provinces of Alberta and
Ontario.

The British Province (1742): The Moravian Church in the United Kingdom an Eire.

The Southern Province of the Moravian Church in America (1735): The Moravian Church in the States of North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, and Georgia.

The Jamaican Province (1754): The Moravian Church in Jamaica.

The Nicaraguan Province (1849): The Moravian Church in Nicaragua. The Alaska Province (1885): The Moravian Church in Alaska.
The Southern Tanganyika Province (1891): The Moravian Church in Southern
Tanganyika.

The Western Tanzania Province (1897): The Moravian Church in Western Tanzania. The Honduran Province (1930): The Moravian Church in Honduras.
The Southern Western Tanzania Province (1978): The Moravian Church in South­ west Tanzania

The Rukwa Tanzania Province (1986), established form the Western Tanzania Province. Moravian Church in Rukwa Tanzania.

The Moravian Church in Tanzania was established as an overall structure for the Provinces of Tanzania in 1986.

2. AFFILIATED PROVINCES
A. The Labrador Province (1771): The Moravian Church in Labrador, Newfoundland, Canada.

B. The Guyana Province (1878): The Moravian Church in Guyana.

C. The Costa Rica Province (1980): The Moravian Church in Costa Rica.

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3. MISSION PROVINCES

1(45. (219) The Undertakings of the Unitas Fraturm that are related to the unity as a whole or to one of its Provinces are:
The Moravian Church in North India (1853): In addition to the Congregations already existing in Ladakh, work was started in 1959 among Tibetan refugees at Rajpur. The work of the Moravian Church in Northern India is under the supervision on the Provincial Board of the British Province on behalf of the Unity.
The Moravian Church Rehabilitation Center, Star Mountain near Ramallah (1981):
formerly the Leper Work on Star Mountain near Ramallah (started 1867 in Jerusalem)

1(46. (220) Church Union in the Dominican Republic: The Moravian Church in the Dominican Republic (1902) in 1960 joined the Evangelical Protestant Church in the Dominican Republic. It is supported by a Board made up of representatives of the cooperating denominations, including the Board of World Mission of the Moravian Church in America.

The CHURCH ORDER OF THE UNITAS FRATRUM, published after each Unity Synod, contains the statement of general principles in regard to constitution, doctrine, congregation life, ministry, and mission which are in force for the Unitas Fratrum as a whole. It is available from the Moravian Church Center, Bethlehem, Pa.

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Fundamental Documents

THE RULES OF ORDER OF THE PROVINCIAL SYNOD

Where these Rules of Order do not cover parliamentary procedures. and where there is no conftid of these rules. the basis for procedure shall be Robert’s Rules of Order.

Duties and Privileges of the President

Rule 1. It shall be the duty of the president to preserve order, and to endeavor to conduct all business before the Synod to a speedy and proper
result. The president shall state every case properly presented to the Synod, and
before putting it to vote shall ask, “Is the Synod ready for the question?” The president shall announce all votes and decisions.

Rule 2. In case the Synod shall be equally divided on any question, it shall be considered lost.

Rule 3. The president may speak to points of order in preference to other member of the Synod; and shall decide questions of order, subject to an appeal to the Synod by any member.

Rule 4. When a appeal is made from the decision of the president, the question shall be put thus: “Shall the decision of the chair stand as the judgment of the Synod.

Rule 5. Not less than one month before Provincial Synod, the Alaska Provincial Board shall appoint all standing and special committees and shall initially refer all reports, memorials, petitions, or resolutions to the appropriate committees.

Rule 6. It shall be the duty of the president, and the privilege of any member of the Synod. to call to order a member who violates an established Rule of Order.

The Secretary
Rule 7. The Secretary shall enter upon the journal the name of the member offering a resolution, proposition, or amendment.

Rule 8. The Secretary shall enter upon the journal every resolution or proposition submitted to the Synod, or report made by a committee. in the words in which it was submitted by the mover, or presented by the committee; also all amendments offered, whether adopted or rejected; and before the final vote is taken on any resolution, proposition or report, which may have been amended, it shall be again entered in the words on which the final vote is taken, unless the amendments can readily be supplied from the journal without such re-entry.

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Motions
Rule 9. A motion must be seconded and after repeated from the chair, or read aloud, before it is debated. A motion shall be reduced to writing, if any member requests it.

Rule 10. All resolutions shall be submitted in writing.

Rule 11. Any member having made a motion may withdraw it, with leave of the Synod, before it is debated; but not afterwards without leave of the Synod.

Rule 12. A motion to amend an amendment shall be in order, but to amend an amendment to an amendment shall not be entertained.

Rule 13. And amendment destroying or altering the intention of a motion shall be in order; but an amendment relating to a different subject shall not be in order.

Rule 14. On an amendment to “strike out and insert,” the paragraph to be amended shall first be read as it stands, then the words proposed to be struck out and those to be inserted and finally the paragraph as it would stand, if so amended.

Rule 15. A call for a “Division of the Question” can be granted only when the division called for will leave distinct and entire propositions.

Debate
Rule 16. When speaking or offering a motion, a member sball rise and respectfully addressing the president, deal only with the question under
consideration.

Rule 17. A member call to order shall be seated until the point is determined.

Rule 18. When two or more members rise to speak at the same time, the president shall decide who is entitled to the floor.

Rule 19. When a member is speaking, no one shall interrupt, except for the purpose of calling the speaker to order, or asking of the president leave to explain. A member allowed “to explain” shall have the right to explain only an actual misunderstanding of language, and is strictly prohibited from going into debate on the merits of the question.

Rule 20. Any member speaking to impeach the motives of a fellow member, or treating the member with personal disrespect, shall be a violation of order.

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Rule 21. Any conversation, by whispering or otherwise, which is calculated to disturb a member while speaking or hinder the transaction of business, shall be a violation of order.

Rule 22. question.

In discussion no one shall speak more than three times on any one

Privileged Questions
Rule 23. When a question is before the Synod, the only motions in order
shall be: (1) to adjourn,
(2) the previous question,
(3) to lay on the table,
(4) to postpone to a definite session,
(5) to refer,
(6) to divide,
(7) to amend,
(8) to postpone indefinitely, which motions shall take precedence as
herein arranged.

Rule 24. When a question is postponed indefinitely, it shall not be considered again during the sitting of the same Synod; but when laid on the table, it can be taken up again on motion.

Adjournment
Rule 25. A motion to adjourn shall always be in order, except;
(1) when member is in possession of the floor,
(2) when the yeas and nays are being called,
(3) when the members are voting,
(4) when adjournment was the last preceding motion,
(5) when it is decided to take the Previous Question.

Rule 26. A motion to adjourn cannot be amended; but a motion to adjourn to a given time may be, and is open to debate.

Rule 27. Adjournment to a subsequent day lays the matter under consideration on the table, whence it may be taken up at any time on motion.

Questions Not Debatable Rule 28. A motion:
• to adjourn,
• when to adjourn simply
• for the previous question
• to read a paper
• to extend or limit debate
• to refer or commit to Committee

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• to lay on the table, when claiming privilege over another motion, except when is prevents a member or a committee, in making any proposition, from stating the reasons therefore
• Question of order when the previous question is pending
• Question of order when not appealed from the decision of the president.

Reading of Papers
Rule 29. The reading of any paper called for, relating to the subject under debate, shall always be in order.

Taking the Vote
Rule 30. When the president has commenced taking a vote, no further
debate shall be admitted unless a mistake had been made; in which case the mistake shall be rectified and another vote taken.

Rule 31. The yeas and nays upon any question may be called for by two members, and when so called, shall be taken and entered upon the journal. They may be called for at any time before the announcement of the vote by the chair.

Rule 32. In all elections by ballot, a majority of the whole number •of votes cast shall be necessary to a choice, except in cases when Synod shall determine two-thirds to be necessary.

Rule 33. In voting by yeas and nays, all present must vote, unless excused by the president of Synod.

Filling Blanks
Rule 34. When any blank is to be filled by the names of persons a vote shall be taken on the names in the order of their nominations; but when a blank is to
be filled by any sum of money or time proposed, the question shall be first put on the largest sum and the most remote time.

Reconsideration
Rule 35. A question may be reconsidered at any time.

Rule 36. A motion to reconsider must be made by a member who voted in the majority. No question shall be reconsidered more than once; nor shall a vote to reconsider be reconsidered.

Committees and Their Reports
Rule 37. The Standing Committees of Synod and the number of members on each committee shall be determined before Synod by the Alaska Provincial Board.

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Rule 38. The Alaska Provincial Board shall be a Standing Committee on Credentials, whose duty it shall be, previous to the meeting of the Synod, to procure the credentials of the delegates of the different congregations, and to report immediately after the opening exercises of the Synod.

Rule 39. The Alaska Provincial Board shall act as Standing Committee on Reference. whose duty it shall be to prepare, before Synod convenes, marked files of all printed reports to Synod, one complete file for each standing committee, indicating to which committee each of the different parts of these
reports has been referred.

Rule 40. The Alaska Provincial Board shall name the officers of each committee. The chairpersons of all Standing Committees shall hold office during the inter..synodal period and shall act as advisors of the Alaska Provincial Board with reference to carrying out the legislation of Synod, each chairperson acting for his/her committee.

Rule 41. All reports of committees, except reports of progress, shall be made in writing. For easy reference, dates shall be placed on the first page of the report of each committee and the pages and resolutions shall be numbered consecutively throughout the entire session of a Synod.

Rule 42. When a majority report is followed by a report from the minority of the committee, the former after being read, shall lie upon the table until the latter is presented, after which, on motion, either may be considered.

Rule 43. When a report has been read, it shall be considered as properly before the Synod, without a motion to accept.

Rule 44. A report of a standing committee cannot be taken up for consideration in the same session in which it is presented, except by the unanimous consent of the Synod.

Rule 45. No member shall be absent from the business of Synod.

Rule 46. No motion or resolution appropriating any of the funds of the province, or affecting the expenditures of the same, shall be acted on by the Synod until it shall have been considered and reported upon by the Committee on Finance.

Order of Business
Rule 47. The Alaska Provincial Board shall determine a proposed order of business, with modification as necessary by a steering committee which shall consist of the officers of Synod and the chairpersons of standing committees.

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Rule 48. When one or more members desire to protest against a resolution or other act of Synod, and to have this protest inserted on the journal, the statement shall be presented in writing, before the adjournment of Synod, to be read before the Synod and entered on the journal.

Alterations of the Rules
Rule 49. The Rules of Order may at any time be amended or suspended by a two-thirds vote of the members present.

Amendments of the Provincial By-Laws
Rule 50. All additions or amendments to the Provincial by-laws may be enacted by a vote of two-thirds of the members present at a regular session of the Provincial Synod.

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DECLARATIONS

SECTION I. DECLARATION OF THE UNITY SYOND

51. While the provinces of the Moravian Church are integral parts of the Unity, they are independent in the administration of their internal affairs. Each province possesses its own constitution, granted and approved by the Unity Synod, and has legislative powers and authority vested in the synod of the province.

SECTION II. DECLARATION OF THE PROVINCIAL SYNOD

52. The Synod of the Alaska Moravian Church declares that we maintain our position among the Christian churches of the land by virtue of our vital union with the ancient and historic Unitas Fratrum in constitution, doctrine and rital, and in the work of mission and education. We are one and indivisible. As an American church, we long maintained, and will maintain our integrity and cherish the bond of a common faith in Jesus Christ our Savior that unites us with Christians of every name, and with our brethren everywhere.

SECTION Ill. FRATERNAL RELATIONS AMONG THE PROVINCES

53. Synod heartily joins in any effort for the strengthening of the fraternal
relations between the members of our own province and the other provinces of the
Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) and, as far as possible, co-operates with them in every movement for the extension of Christ’s kingdom.

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CHAPTER II PROVINCIAL REGULATIONS THE CONSTITUTION OF THE PROVINCE
(First adopted by the Provincial Synod in 1979 and modified thereafter by
subsequent Synod legislation, including those from the Provincial Synod of
1992.)

SECTION I. THE ALASKA MORAVIAN CHURCH

100. The name and title of this province of the World Wide Moravian Church, known as the Unitas Fratrum, shall be 1′The Alaska Moravian Church.

101. All Moravian congregations in the State of Alaska shall constitute the Alaska Moravian Church.

102. The authority of the Unity Synod of the Moravian Church in all things assigned to it be the constitution of the Church is supreme: in all other business or affairs pertaining to the Church in the province. the government of the province is vested in the Provincial Synod and in its subordinate boards and officials.

103. The Provincial Synod is the highest judicatory in the province, with supreme legislative powers in all matters not committed to the Unity Synod, and shall consist of elected delegates and official members; shall have the power to determine the number and qualifications of its own membership, to prescribe the bodies which shall be entitled to representation in its membership, the basis of representation, the manner of election and the persons who shall be entitled to membership by virtue of office.

104. In the inter-synodal period, the Alaska Moravian Church shall be administered by the Alaska Provincial Board, as hereinafter defined.

105. The Provincial Board of the Alaska Moravian Church is organized exclusively for charitable, religious and educational purposes, including for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

As part of this corporate purpose, The Provincial Board of the Alaska Moravian Church intend:
a. continue, establish, extend, supervise and administer and manage the religious. charitable and educational work of the Moravian Church in the State of Alaska under and subject to the Rules, Regulations, Bylaws and Enactments of the Book of Order of the Moravian Church in Alaska,

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b. to acquire, hold and dispose of church property for the benefit of religion, for works of charity and education, and for public worship;

c. to accomplish these purposes in a manner consistent with exempt organizations under §501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.

106. The Provincial Board of the Alaska Moravian Church is organized for non-for..profit, and its objectives, purposes, powers and limitations thereon, are as follows:

No part of the net earnings of The Provincial Board of the Alaska Moravian Church shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its board members, trustees, officers or other private persons, except that The Provincial Board of the Alaska Moravian Church shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article Ill hereof. No substantial part of the activities of The Provincial Board of the Alaska Moravian Church shall be the carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and The Provincial Board of the Alaska Moravian Church shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provisions of these Articles, The Provincial Board of the Alaska Moravian Church shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under §501(c}(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under
§170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Service Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code. •

107. Upon the dissolution of The Provincial Board of the Alaska Moravian Church, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the Federal government, or tot a state or local government, for a public purpose. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the Superior Court for the State of Alaska, Fourth Judicial District, Bethel, where the principal office of the Corporation is located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization(s) as the Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

In the event of dissolution, it is contemplated that the assets of The Provincial Board of the Alaska Moravian Church will be distributed to the Board of World Mission of the Moravian Church in America; provided that it meets the exempt purposes within the meaning of §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax

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code. Otherwise, the Corporation’s assets shall be distributed in accordance with
the paragraph immediately preceding.

SECTION II. THE PROVINCIAL SYNOD
201. The annual official meeting of the Alaska Moravian Church shall be called
the Provincial Synod.

202. The APB shall fix the date and place of the Provincial Synod at least six months in advance, and shall see to it that all delegates and congregations are
duly notified.

203. (1) The voting membership of the Provincial Synod shall be composed of ex-officio and elected delegates as follows:
A. Ex-officio Members
1. All members of the APB.
2. All ordained pastors of the AMC in active service.
3. All officially appointed Lay Pastors/Acolytes
4. The chairperson of the Provincial Women’s Fellowship.
5. The Provincial Treasurer.
6. The Bishop
7. The Bookstore Manager
8. The Christian Education Director
9. The Theological Director
10. The Provincial Finance Committee/Congregational Treasurers
11. CE Youth Coordinators
B. Elected Members
1. One lay delegate elected by each congregation for each 50 communicant members, or major portion thereof. Each congregation shall have at least one elected delegate.
203.(2) Congregations of the Alaska Moravian Church shall pay in full the annual
provincial assessment or submit a letter of waiver to the Provincial Board prior to Synod.

204. The Chairman of the Provincial Synod and all other officers serving at Synod shall be appointed by the APB prior to the Synod. In his absence the Synod shall elect a presiding officer. The presiding officer shall be entitled to cast a vote in any election. He/She shall have no vote, however, upon resolutions presented to Synod, except in the case of a tie when he shall cast the deciding vote.

205. Two secretaries of Synod shall be appointed by APB to keep minutes prior to the Synod. APB shall read, correct and distribute the Synod Highlights. (In absence of either the two secretaries, the APB shall appoint secretaries that will keep minutes of Provincial Synod.) In addition the audio recording will take place.

206. The Provincial Synod shall have power:

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A. To determine, from time to time, the number of pastors and lay delegates who shall be entitled to membership in the Provincial Synod.
B. To elect the delegates whom the province is entitled to send to Unity Synod, not being limited in Its choice to those in attendance at Synod, travel funds for the delegates provided through additional provincial congregational assessment.
C. To elect an executive board, to be called the Alaska Provincial Board
(APB).
0. To elect the bishops of the province, and to prescribe the time and manner of their election.
E. To examine and direct all financial matters of the province, and prescribe. rules for their management.
F. To direct and control all church publications in the province, subject to
the established doctrine and liturgy.
G. To regulate the organization of congregations and to exercise general supervision over all church activities in the province.
H. To hear and act on such complaints and grievances that has not been
resolved.
I. To direct all matters which belong to the government of the church and the province, and to adopt such rules and regulations so long as they are
not in conflict with the Church Order of the Unitas Fratrum.
J. To require reports from all provincial boards and officers, and to
legislate on provincial affairs.
K. To require reports of all provincial funds.

207. The elections at Provincial Synod shall be by ballot. All officers except the President of APB shall be elected by simple majority. The election of the President of APB requires a 2/3 majority of the votes cast.

208. Every enactment of Synod shall be in force immediately upon its adoption unless otherwise stipulated by Synod.

209. The expenses of the Provincial Synod shall be met by the provincial treasury, into which each delegate to Synod, shall pay at present a fee determined by Synod to help cover the cost of meals and supplies. The fee may be paid by the congregation or delegate.

21O. Synod notices, announcements, letters must be sent to pastors and lay pastors at least one month in advance, along with notification of the fee payment.

211. Report from standing committees and departments at Synod should be concise. And should be made available in writing prior to Synod.

212. Synod delegates shall report to their congregations the results and decisions of Synod, no later than four weeks after Synod.

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SECTION III. THE ALASKA PROVINCIAL BOARD

301. The Alaska Provincial Board (APB) shall consist of 7 members. The Provincial Synod shall elect 2 ordained pastors of the Province, 2 lay pastors of the Province and 2 lay persons of the Province. Provincial Synod shall also elect from the ordained pastors of the Province a President of the APB to serve a 6 year term. The term of office of an APB member shall be from the time of his election, or appointment to fill a vacancy, until his successor is elected and qualified. The tenure of office shall not exceed two consecutive three-year terms.

302. Any member of the Alaska Provincial Board except the President may serve or be elected for more than two consecutive terms, although such member may be re-elected after an intermission of one year.

303. A member of the Alaska Provincial Board with two unexcused absences in succession shall forfeit the right to continue as a member of the APB.

304. In the case of a vacancy in the APB, the remaining members shall appoint a person to serve until the next Provincial Synod at which time there will be an election to fill the un-expired term. Such election shall be the last election for APB members held at that Synod.

305. In the case of termination of a member of the APB. the President of the APB will:
1. Inform the previous member in writing of the dismissal from office,
2. Inform the appointed member of the installation as officer of the APB,
3. Inform the membership of the Alaska Moravian Church of the change in APB membership by contacting all pastor/lay pastors.

306. The President and 3 additional members, designated by the APB shall constitute an Executive Committee, and shall be empowered to act between meetings of the board. Minutes of all actions taken by the Executive Committee are to be reported to the full membership of the APB.

307. The APB shall hire a Provincial Treasurer who if he/she is not already a member of the APB, shall become an advisory, non-voting member of both the APB and the Executive Committee.

308. The APB shall elect annually a vice president from among its members. A secretary shall also be chosen who shall keep a full and accurate record of the transactions of the APB.

309. The APB shall meet at least four times a year at the call of the President.

310. The rights and duties of the Alaska Provincial Board are as follows:
A. As the executive of the Provincial Synod. to administer the government

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of the church under such rules. and regulations as shall be adopted by the Provincial Synod.
B. To see that the enactments of the Unity and of the Provincial Synods
are faithfully executed in the province, and to guard against deviations from the spirit and principles of the church.
C. To call, appoint and oversee all pastors of the province, under the
rules and regulations of the Provincial Synod.
D. To manage the Provincial Budget and Assessments to set and
oversee the assignment of congregational obligations.
E. To convene the Provincial Synod in cases of emergency.
F. To prepare and publish annually membership statistics of the
congregations in the province.
G. To report to each Provincial Synod, on the actions of the APB since the last Synod.
H. To provide oversight of the Moravian Bookstore Committee.
I. To ensure that only approved budgeted items are purchased, unless a
special fund has been established and approved which would cover the cost of the purchase.
J. Apply tenure limitations, not more than two consecutive three-year
terms, to all members of Provincial Committees.
K. To attend annually district meetings in the province as appointed by the APB.

311. The APB shall have the responsibility to appoint a pastor/lay pastor to serve in congregations. The APB shall give a pastor/lay pastor and his/her family written notice of the appointment, well in advance of their date of movement. If the appointment is accepted, APB shall notify the joint board of that congregation in writing.

312. The provincial office shall publish and distribute to the pastors and local boards a monthly or bi-monthly Provincial newsletter, featuring news from Provincial Headquarters and local congregations, announcements and reports of rallies, songfests, and other special services, camps, etc.

313. The APB is authorized to pay the full pension entitlement for the care of
widows and orphans of pastors/lay pastors who have served.

314. The retired pastors, who are 65 years or older and have served in the ministry with good standing, are entitled to a quarterly pension plan and should be activated immediately. The APB will review the pension annually and report their recommendation to the Synod.

315. The business of the Province has priority over personal use of Provincial vehicles, equipment, and property. The Provincial Treasurer will establish rates for any private use of Provincial vehicles, equipment, and property.

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316. A member of the APB will visit each congregation at least once a year for closer cooperation and mutual understanding between the Province and local congregations.
1. Members of the APB are to explain to financially delinquent congregations and their boards the seriousness of their neglect of commitment and duty to the Lord’s work within the Alaska Moravian Church.
2. The correct interpretation of the Provincial Congregational Assessment; “Agayuviim Elliitiir, is that every member of Alaska Moravian Church shares financially in the responsibility for the ministry of the province through the Provincial Congregational Assessment.

317. It is a Christian witness and ministry of all members of the Alaska Moravian Church, and thereby all congregations, to faithfully discharge their financial obligations to the work of the Lord within the Alaska Moravian Church.

318. In accordance with the resolutions of the Moravian Unity Synod, the Museum and Archives Committee of the Alaska Moravian Church is authorized to undertake appropriate arrangements for the implementation and establishment of The Moravian Mission Museum and The Moravian Archives in Bethel, Alaska, for the preservation of any and all available historical records related to the Moravian Mission in Alaska and the Alaska Moravian Church.

319. The APB shall prepare in timely fashion the highlights of all actions taken by Synod. Copies are to be sent to all congregations of the Alaska Moravian Church.

320. The APB shall actively supervise and support the work of all Provincial Departments and committees.

321. APB shall maintain open relations with other denominations, ecumenical agencies, other Provinces of the Unity, and the Inter-provincial Board of World Mission.

SECTION IV. THE PRESIDENT OF THE ALASKA PROVINCIAL BOARD

401. The President of the APB shall preside at all meetings of the APB. A vice­ president for the APB shall be elected to preside in his absence.

402. The President shall give particular attention to the spiritual needs and welfare of the church. He shall watch over the spiritual growth and condition of all the congregations, the work of evangelism, the training and use of pastors and elected church officers. He shall also supervise the Christian Education work of the Alaska Moravian Church.

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403. The President shall maintain close communication with the various congregations, and visit them at regular intervals. He shall advise the elected church officers and pastors as to their responsibilities and shall see to it that all the principles laid down by Unity and Provincial Synods, and in the Provincial Book of Order are faithfully observed.

404. It shall be the duty of the President to convey to the pastors and to the
congregations the directions of the APB and of the Provincial Synod.

405. The President shall preside at all church dedications and the installation of all district pastors of the Alaska Moravian Church. Should he/she be prevented from presiding over any such gathering the vice-president of the APB shall take his/her place.

406. The President shall have free access to all the official records of the church in general, and to all the records of each congregation.

407. The President shall preserve and turn over to his successor in good order all correspondence, papers, books, reports and other properties relating to church affairs.

408. The President of the APB is the chief administrator, under the APB, of the work of the Province:
A. To represent the APB in the care of the congregations and the pastors, by (1) Meeting with the Joint Boards of the congregations when a pastoral change is requested.
(2) Reviewing with the Joint Boards of congregations their requests for changes in congregational rules, stipends, salaries, and other matters, and then to make the necessary recommendations to the APB.

B. To supervise and evaluate the work of the pastors and encourage them in their spiritual growth and continuing education in ministry. He also should encourage young people in the province to consider training for the
ministry.

C. To prepare for meetings of the APB and Synods and arrange for regular APB meetings:
(1) Send out the agenda and necessary reports in advance. Have all other reports and proposals ready for the meeting.
(2) Plan for the APB the follow-up of resolutions passed by Synod. Issue the official “Call” to Synod at least one month in advance.
(3) Send out in advance to delegates:
(a) Instructions on travel and housing.
(b) Request for Synod fee
(c) Instructions on how to submit proposals to Synod.
(d) Any reports and/or proposals by the APB for Synod that

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would need advance study for delegates and congregational boards.
(4) Have ready for Synod all other reports and proposals.
(5) Arrange for evening services and morning devotions.
(6) Appoint the moderators of Synod committees.

D. To supervise the work of the Provincial Office. The President bears the final responsibility for the work of the provincial office and the APB.

E. To represent the APB in contacts with the Board of World Mission, other provinces of the Unity, and ecumenical agencies and units of government.

F. To coordinate the work and give general supervision to the various departments, agencies, and institutions of the Province.

G. To request of all departments and committees complete annual reports by December 31st of each year.

H. To interpret to the congregations the present work and the future plans of the Province and its place in the Moravian Unity and in the whole family of Christians.

I. To remind Pastors and Joint Boards of the resolutions passed during the Synod and their implementation by the boards and congregations. Request complete annual reports by the pastors about their congregations be completed and mailed within a week after the church council meeting.

409. The Presidency of the APB is a full-time, salaried position which includes housing and utilities. The salary shall be set each year by the Synod on
recommendation of the Finance Committee. The President shall have one month of paid vacation per year. The President may be granted up to two months of unpaid leave each year. All absences, including unpaid leave and vacation time, are to be arranged in such a manner that the work at the office will be adequately covered.

410. Expenditures for all official trips by the President are chargeable to the Provincial Travel Account. All official office expenses and/or purchase are chargeable to the Provincial Budget as approved by Synod. No purchases may be made with Provincial Funds beyond those approved at Synod without prior APB approval. The limit of such purchase shall not exceed ten thousand dollars.

411. The Provincial Synod shall provide financial funding (including travel, lodging, food, registration fee, etc.) for an annual training or spiritual enrichment conference for the President to attend.

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SECTION V. PROVINCIAL TREASURER OF THE ALASKA MORA VIAN
CHURCH

500. The APB shall hire a Provincial Treasurer who if he/she is not already a member of the APB, shall become an advisory, non-voting member of both the APB and the Executive committee.

501. The Provincial Treasurer shall be charged with the financial affairs of the province. The Provincial Treasurer shall work with the Provincial Finance Committee to prepare. the Administration Budget before the Synod convenes. The provincial treasure shall provide the members of the APB and the provincial finance committee with monthly reports of provincial finances. The Provincial Finance Committee shall consist of six members; one representative from each
of the five districts and one from the following group of congregations: Bethel, Anchorage and Dillingham, to be elected for three year staggered terms.

502. The Treasurer shall prepare and hold workshops for the congregational trustees and treasurers and instruct them in their responsibilities and other duties.

503. The Treasurer shall keep an accurate account of all money raised and all the money expended by the province. He/She shall receive and pay out the money for the province subject to the instructions of the APB and the Provincial Synod.

504. The Treasurer shall prepare an annual financial report and present it to the Provincial Synod.

505. The Treasurer shall preserve and tum over to a successor in good order all
correspondence, papers, books, monies, and other propenles officially entrusted.

506. The Provincial Treasurer will establish rates for any private use of Provincial vehicles, equipment and property.

507. The Treasurer shall not purchase with the funds of the Alaska Moravian Church or sell items which have not been expressly budgeted and approved by Synod or approved by a special APB authorization not to exceed ten thousand
dollars.

508. The Provincial Treasurer shall receive a monthly salary; one month paid vacation and up to one month leave without pay, as determined by the APB.

509..The APB shall provide the Provincial Treasurer a detailed job description.

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CHAPTER Ill )

MINISTRY

601. The Alaska Moravian Church maintains three orders of ordained pastors in accordance with the COUF {#682) Deacons, Presbyters, and Bishops. Ordained ministers are authorized to administer the sacraments: Holy Baptism and Holy Communion, and officiate at Confirmations, Weddings, and Funerals.

602. Only the Alaska Provincial Board has the authority to select sufficiently prepared candidates for the ministry for ordination and to commission the respective Bishop to ordain the candidate as a Deacon of the Alaska Moravian Church. The Provincial Board must carefully consider the spiritual, mental, and physical qualifications as well as the dedication and commitment of the candidate for ordination, giving particular attention to ITimothy 3:1-13, before commissioning a Bishop to ordain a candidate.

603. The Bishop commissioned to ordain the candidate shall interview and examine the candidate for ordination as to his/her commitment to the Scriptures, dedication to the Christian ministry, knowledge of the teachings of the Moravian Church and the Book of Order of the Alaska Moravian Church.

604. The Alaska Provincial Board selects such ordained pastors as have proven themselves over a extended period of ministry for consecration as Presbyters of the Alaska Moravian Church, and the APB commissions a Bishop to officiate at the consecration.

605. In addition to the ordained ministry, the Alaska Moravian Church also recognizes the offices of an Acolyte for church service. Lay Ministers and Acolytes perform ministerial duties as assigned in congregations of the Alaska Moravian Church. They are selected and appointed by the Alaska Provincial Board or be recommended by the local congregation and is commissioned for service on a yearly basis by the District Pastor.

606. A candidate for Deacon should have four years of Alaska Moravian Seminary training and theological instruction, or the equivalent from another Christian institution, approved by the Alaska Moravian Church. Such person must further have a good reputation within the community and be a proven Christian worker as well as an appropriate provider for the family. The candidate must have the support of the respective spouse in the ministry. An Acolyte is otherwise qualified for and/or working toward ordination and is authorized to perform
Baptism and Holy Communion per Book of Order.

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607. Each pastor and acolyte shall serve the Alaska Moravian Church, following and upholding biblical teachings and Moravian traditions in accordance with biblical principles. Each shall sign the ministerial policy statement (pastors before ordination and acolytes annually) to indicate his/her willingness to comply with all teachings and rules expressed by the Alaska Moravian Church.

608. The ministry of the pastor should be directed toward helping people find the saving knowledge of Christ and becoming integrated into the Body of Christ. The pastor should help people to join the Moravian fellowship by becoming members of the local congregation, sharing with them all rights and obligations, and encouraging them to be faithful stewards of their time, talents and treasure, applying the gifts of the Holy Spirit for the benefit of all in the congregation and the wider mission of the Church.

Duties, Responsibilities and Rights of Ordained Pastors
609. Pastors are expected to serve/work a reasonable amount of hours per week that allow him/her to perform the required tasks and ministries, without overtaxing family obligations. The hours shall be mutually agreed upon with the joint board. The pastor is annually allowed a four-week paid vacation and up to two months leave without pay, the time of which is to be agreed upon with the Board of
Elders. The pastor should avoid being away from his community during
November or December or other especially busy seasons such as Lenten season and Easter unless unforeseen family health issues arise. The District Pastor should be informed if any such absence will cause a disruption of church services in the congregation.

Pastors in the Alaska Province shall be allowed at least two days off from their work during the week. Other church elected workers shall take responsibility in taking care of the church, parsonages. paying bills, administrative work, and other needs to allow the Pastor to spend time with his/her own family.

– The Pastor is expected to attend all services in his/her village when at home and is free to attend other fellowship meetings, e.g. Youth Fellowship, Men’s Studies, Women’s Fellowship, and New Life Fellowship as time allows.

– The Pastor shall be granted reasonable time and opportunity to provide additional support for his/her family through subsistence activities.

– He/she is expected to live in the village which is served.

– A minister is provided with free housing and utility costs.

– He/she shall receive a monthly salary to be determined by the joint board with a minimum salary set by action of the Provincial Synod.

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Pastoral duties shall include:

– visitation of member families involving pastoral care

– providing pastoral counseling, individual/pre-marriage and marriage counseling

– allowing sufficient time for preparing services and messages o coordinating church programs and delegating responsibilities o providing resources for church officers and church workers
– attending to conflict (inglukullutek) situations

– keeping proper records of all church activities

– meeting with Advisory School boards and Principals to coordinate community and school activities in the village.

– contacting the Provincial Office any time major problems occur

– providing leadership in the congregation and for the Joint Boards

– delivering sermons in bilingual language if capable in congregations that have members who do not understand Yup’ik.

610. Every pastor is accountable to the Board of Elders and the Joint Board of his/her congregation. and to the Provincial Board of the Alaska Moravian Church. The pastor serves as chairman of the board of elders, and also as chairman of the joint board, calling the respective monthly meetings, and seeing to it that proper minutes are kept and reports furnished.

611. The pastors in Dillingham, Anchorage and Bethel are appointed by the joint call of the Provincial Board of the Alaska Moravian Church and the joint board of the congregation.

612. A Minister suspended by the APB for any reason, or a Minister who has withdrawn from the ministry for personal reasons, may not resume ministerial duties until a meeting with the APB has taken place and the APB has approved a resumption of duties. A minister who has been suspended or has withdrawn from ministry may forfeit his/her right to a church pension.

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The District Pastor
613. District pastors are appointed by the APB, who supervise the congregations
in a given district. They keep all district records and are to visit and encourage congregations and pastors. At least three times a year a District Pastor shall visit each congregation within his/her district that is not served by an ordained pastor. District pastors/or appointed ordained Pastor shall serve all the needs of all district congregations in a fair and equitable manner. They must see that the
sacraments in each congregation not served by an ordained pastor or Acolyte are administered not less than four times a year.

614. District Pastors shall notify the ministers and congregations of the District at least a month ahead of time by letter of any general meetings that are scheduled. District Pastors shall allow sufficient time when visiting their villages to meet with and explain the roles and duties of elected church officials and board member. District Pastors shall spend at least one day on each visit to their villages with the elected church officials to discuss any problems and/or concerns regarding their congregation, community, as well as any concerns of a personal nature.

615. A$ 20,000 Group Life Insurance Policy shall cover all employed active pastors and church employees serving in the Alaska Moravian Church.

Acolytes
616. The APB may authorize Acolytes for denominational service. He/she should be a person who exemplifies the teachings of Christ and who is respected by fellow members of the church. An Acolyte may be appointed to serve as pastor of a specific congregation. The appointment is made on a renewable yearly basis. Acolytes shall serve the needs of the local congregation as ministers of word and sacraments. An Acolyte may assist an ordained pastor during the administration of the sacraments of Holy Communion and Baptism or. in the absence of an ordained pastor, administer the sacraments themselves. During such functions
the Acolyte may wear the Moravian surplice.

617. The APB shall see to it that a person selected as Acolyte receives proper instruction in the meaning, observance and administration of the sacraments prior to providing authorization to function as an Acolyte in a congregation.

618. Acolytes may serve as volunteers without salary or, depending on the extent of their involvement with pastoral ministry, receive a salary and/or housing or
other benefits as negotiated with the joint board of the congregation. Duties and hours worked on behalf of a congregation are to be arranged by agreement with the congregational joint board and the APB. If serving as a volunteer or part-time. the joint board is to assure the Acolyte has sufficient time to provide for his/her family through other work or subsistence activities.

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619. The APB shall authorize each District Pastor to commission and re­
commission the acolytes in his/her district at the annual district meeting.

620. Any individual currently serving the Alaska Moravian Church as a Lay Pastor has the option of continuing under the 1992 Book of Order rules for Lay Pastors or may request a change of status to acolyte.

621. Every church leader shall reach out to all communicant and non­ communicant members, establishing and maintaining a good and friendly fellowship with them in order to encourage them to remain faithful church members in good standing.

622. Each leader in our churches shall not discourage, embarrass, neglect or accuse a church member or visitor in front of others. All people are to be encouraged and taught according to the Scriptures.

623. Every Pastor or Acolyte who is invited to attend or speak at a Rally, Songfest or Bible Conference, must first receive permission from his/her board of elders.

624. It is the obligation of each Pastor and Acolyte to visit the sick, conduct services for the sick, with hymn singing, Scripture reading, prayer, and private communion. In addition, the leaders shall visit all congregational members and other members in the community.

625. Only ordained Pastors and Acolytes, are authorized to preside at the celebration of Holy Communion. Elders of the local congregation, with the agreement of the presiding minister, may assist in serving the elements. The presiding Minister, if he does not live in the same village or town, shall provide on
the evening prior to the service of Holy Communion, the service ..Preparatory to
the Holy Communion” and be available for counseling.

626. The congregations of the Alaska Moravian Church shall allow their Pastors the time required and the needed travel funds for Continuing Theological Education Courses at the Moravian Seminary and/or for Seminary workshops in District congregations.

The office of a Moravian Bishop (see COUF #687,688,689)
627. The Bishop is recognized as a symbol of the continuity of the ministry and as
a spiritual advisor to the ministers and the church. He has no administrative position, as such. The Bishop is the ordaining officer of the church, but he carries out an ordination only when authorized to do so by the Provincial Board or by the Synod.

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628. The Bishop is not automatically a member of the Provincial Board, but a Bishop may be elected to that board in the same way any other minister may be elected as a provincial board member.

629. The Bishop, in consultation with the APB, should exercise his office by visiting congregations. The travel expenses shall be provided by APB and/or the requesting church.

CHAPLAINCY MINISTRIES

630. All Moravian pastors and lay leaders involved in prison ministry shall obtain religious volunteer authorization cards from the state chaplaincy services administration. Moravian pastors and church members are requested to visit native inmates from their villages at the state correctional facilities.

631. All Moravian pastors and church members involved in chaplaincy ministries are requested to•seek appropriate training provided by the office of the State Chaplain or the Alaska Theological Institute, and that pastors furnish in their “annual report” for the President of the APB and their own congregations information regarding services rendered at correctional facilities.

SECTION VI. PROCEDURE FOR CHANGE OF PASTOR

632. When the joint board of a congregation expresses dissatisfaction with the work of a pastor or when a minister is charged with incompetence, disloyalty to the faith as taught by the Moravian Church or misconduct, the president of the APB shall meet with the pastor and then with the joint board. If possible, the president shall be accompanied on such a visit by at least one other member of the APB. Following the meeting with the joint board the president shall meet again with the pastor and inform him/her of the reasons for the discontent of the congregation or of the charges brought. If necessary, the president of APB shall then investigate further to determine the validity of such charges.

633. In the case of charges affecting the moral character of a minister, if there is evidence that such charges can be substantiated, the minister shall be asked to meet with the APB which shall hear the charges and determine whether the minister shall be
1. admonished;
2. reprimanded;
3. removed from the Pastorate or position; or
4. dismissed from the Ministry of the Moravian Church.
In cases involving the moral character of the minister he/she may be represented
by counsel in the hearing before the APB.

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634. Ordinarily no accusation against a minister shall be considered unless the information is sent to APB by the joint board of a congregation. When individuals complain to the APB, the president shall use his own judgment as to whether he should
(a) ignore such complaints, or
(b) ask the joint board to verify the accusations and report its finding to
the APB. Anonymous (unsigned) complaints shall not be considered by APB.

635. When, in the judgment of the APB, the work of a given congregation or agency could be strengthened by a change of personnel, the APB has the right to initiate such a change by calling the minister concerned. A minister always has the right to refuse a call, but if in the opinion of the APB such a refusal would result in harm to a congregation or agency of the church, the APB can act to suspend the pastor from ministry.

636. Ministry assessment questionnaire is to be completed by the congregation joint boards annually no later than February 28 and be send to the office of the President which may be used by the APB for Pastoral appointments. This evaluation shall be signed by the majority of the joint boards and become a confidential document with copy shared to the pastor. In addition a Pastor will complete an assessment on his/her behalf and send it to the office of the President with copy shared to the joint board. When in judgment of the APB, the work of a given congregation or agency could be strengthened by a change of pastor, they have the right to call another minister. The APB shall make pastoral changes based on the recommendations from local joint boards and Pastors of the Alaska Moravian Church congregation. The APB will review all recommendations for final decision.

637. A pastor may apply for and be granted at the discretion of the Alaska Provincial Board a leave of absence for an agreed period of time and for a specific purpose, such as for study, maternity leave or for extenuating circumstances recognized by the APB. At the end of the agreed period, (s)he shall be available for full time service in the Province. Neither leave of absence nor withdrawal from ministry implies abolishment of ordination by only the temporary ceasing of official service.

638. Sabbatical Leave
When a pastor is on Sabbatical leave, that person may be “on leave” to get
more education or on medical leave and may be coming back to ministry. When granting Sabbatical leave, the APB shall determine the amount of leave.

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639. RESPONSIBILITY OF A MINISTER OF THE ALASKA MORAVIAN CHURCH

A POLICY STATEMENT

In accordance with the teachings of Scripture, the regulations of the Book of Order, and the Rite of Ordination of the Moravian Church, an ordained Minister serving in the Moravian Church is expected to be diligent in the service of the Lord and the Church by exercising care and oversight for the splr1tual and temporal welfare of the Church, the ministry of the Word and sacraments, the care of the souls and the careful management of the outward affairs of the Church.

To this end our Ministers must give a testimony in their own conduct as well as in word, taking to heart the admonition the apostle Paul gives to Timothy in I. Timothy 3:1-7.

A minister in the Moravian Church takes a solemn vow that he/she:
(a) believes in the truth of the Old and New Testament, as inspired by the Holy Spirit,

(b) trusts that he/she has been brought by divine grace to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ; The Unitas Fratrum recognizes and confesses that in reality it is the Lord and Head, Jesus Christ, who calls and ordains.

(c) finds expression in a life of personal worship, the study and appropriation of God’s Word and to the service of the Lord in the Moravian Church.

(d) will apply himself/herself diligently to the study of the Holy Scriptures, and to regular prayer, confession of sin, being fed in Holy Communion and growing willingness to place one’s ‘Whole life under God’s rule and daily leading”, in order to declare the whole counsel of God,

(e) purposes to live according to the precepts of the Word of God and pledges that he/she will teach nothing but the truth and doctrines contained therein. as received and taught in the Moravian Church, and

(f) promises to conform to the principles, regulations, and requirements of the Moravian Church as they are laid down by her Synods and constituted authorities; (Rite of Ordination, Moravian Hymnal),

and that he/she takes this solemn vow openly and honestly, without inward disagreement.

As a candidate for the ministry in the Moravian Church, I certify that I have carefully read the above statement and can take these solemn vows without reservation.

Signed:_______________________Date:_______________________________
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Section VII. Provincial Christian Education

701. The Provincial Christian Education and Youth Director Qualifications Responsibilities and Rights: •

A. Qualifications:
1. Provincial Christian Education and Youth Director {PCEY) is a full­ time position to be filled by a highly qualified person in the field of Christian education and youth ministry.
2. The PCEY Director shall be a graduate of the Moravian Seminary and/or similar institution, and, if possible, shall be ordained.
3. The PCEY Director shall demonstrate a commitment to Biblical based teaching and daily living evident of a life consistent with loving others according to Christ’s and apostolic teaching.
4. The PCEY Director shall be appointed for a period of three years by the APB in consultation with the Christian Education Committee/Agayumacim Elitnaurutai.

B. Responsibilities:
1. The PCEY Director serves under the supervision of the President of the APB and the Christian Education Committee/Agayumacim
Elitnaurutai, reports regularly to the president of the APB and is responsible to the Synod of the Alaska Moravian Church.
2. The PCEY Director will serve five days per week with two days off, and
expected to maintain normal office hours unless on job related travel or
on assignment or on approved leave.
3. The PCEY Director shall initiate, coordinate, direct, and supervise
provincial Christian education and youth programs in cooperation with the Christian Education Committee/Agayumacim Elitnaurutai and the local district education coordinators.
4. The PCEY Director shall seek out worthwhile Christian education curricula and other relevant materials offered by the Moravian Church
and Christian education publication houses.
5. The PCEY Director shall be available for counseling, teaching, and preaching assignments, locally and province-wide.
6. The PCEY Director shall see that all Synod resolutions related to Christian education and/or youth ministry are enacted and complied
with. The PCEY Director may seek the support of the President of the
APB and the Director of Theological Education in this task.
7. The PCEY Director will assist the President of the APB and/or the Director of Theological Education when called upon to provide specific ministries related to Christian education and/or youth ministry.
8. The PCEY Director shall provide an Annual Report by December 31st
of each year for the President of the APB and Synod.
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education and youth. The newsletter shall be edited and published in coordination with the President of the APB and the Director of Theological Education.

C. Benefits:
1. The PCEY Director will be employed by the Alaska Moravian Province
with the congregations sharing in providing funds for the budget of the
Director, and if needed, with additional support from the Department of
Theological Education.
2. The PCEY Director will be provided compensation and benefits, as directed by the APB, for the following: Monthly salary in accordance with education level, experience, and abilities of the PCEY director and local standards of living; housing and basic utilities, one month paid vacation and up to one month leave without pay: health
care/insurance: life insurance; retirement benefits: and compensation for continuing education and spiritual revitalization through publications, retreats, conferences or other formal education related to Christian education and youth.

Provided with adequate office space, equipment. materials and other compensation for carrying out the duties related to the PCEY Director position.

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EDUCATION
SECTION I. PRINCIPLES

CHAPTER IV

702. The Alaska Moravian Church recognizes the importance of education for the proper growth and character formation of people, young and old. The Alaska Moravian Church is committed to specific programs that are part of the proclamation of the Gospel ant eh forming of the Body of Christ in Alaska.

703. The Alaska Moravian Church provides for the training of members in local congregations through Christian Education and church school programs. Training for children, youth, and adults is provided in camps, workshops and seminars on district and provincial wide basis. Theological and ministerial training is provided and obtained through workshops and seminars, and through the programs of the Moravian Seminary.

704. The programs of education in local congregations which meet the needs of the Pastor, Lay Pastor and other Church workers in the Alaska Moravian Church are to be supported financially by each congregation.

705. The programs of Christian Education and Youth MinistJy, as well as the programs of Ministerial Training and Theological Education are to be funded by the Province and the Moravian Seminary through their annual budgets.

SECTION II. CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
706. All congregations are to carefully plan and conduct Sunday School classes.
catechism, children’s meetings, Daily Vacation Bible Schools, Children’s Rallies, and Youth Programs and Bible Studies in order to provide for the spiritual growth of the young people, with the goal to evangelize and win children and young people to Christ, ground them in Christian faith and Scripture and make them effective members of the church.

707. The Church Council must elect or appoint the respective Sunday School Superintendents and Young People Officers, and the Pastor, Lay Pastor and/or an elder are to attend Sunday School department and planning meetings, and carry Sunday School needs and reports back to the joint boards of the congregation.
A. The age limitation for the term of office of the Young People officers is
12 to 25 years of age. .
B. Confirmed members are eligible to vote.
C. Youth leaders are to serve as volunteers for Youth groups. Young
People Leaders and Youth Leaders are to work together under Church officials. They shall meet in each District as often as they can.

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708. Christian education workshops provided by the Christian Education and Youth Director of the province are to be attended by all Sunday school teachers and the respective Elders and Youth leaders.

709. Youth Leaders are to seek the support of the Provincial Youth Director and call for workshops and youth camps in villages and/or districts when necessary. The Provincial Youth Council shall plan the Alaska Moravian Youth Festival annually and to set the schedule for the AMYF in cooperation with the District
Pastor.

Section Ill. Christian Education Committee
710. The Christian Education committee shall meet quarterly each year and
prepare bi-annual reports for APB and one final report for the Provincial Synod.

711. The Christian Education committee is authorized to appoint Christian Education Coordinators from each district of the Province to oversee or to administer Christian Education programs and activities. These coordinators serve in their district for a term of two years. The position shall be an unpaid voluntary position. The Christian Education Committee requests the District Pastors, ministers and elders from villages to help identify prospective coordinators.

712. The Christian Education committee shall conduct an assessment of the Christian education programs, curriculum and materials, currently in use throughout the Alaska Province. The CE committee may appoint the PCEY Director and District CE coordinators to assist in carrying out the assessment.

Section IV. DISTRICT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (OCE)
713. District Pastors are to schedule annual training workshops for the Pastors, Lay Pastors and Church Officers of their districts. The Provincial Youth and CE Director and/or the Director of Theological Education, and/or the Bishop, and/or the President of the Provincial Board of the Alaska Moravian Church will be available to assist with such training.

714. District Christian Education Coordinators are to be appointed by the Agayumacim Elitnaurutai Committee in each district for three years term. Each district shall vote for a District Christian Education Coordinator at their annual district meeting when a term is completed and the voters will be informed of the description.

715. The DCE Coordinators prepare and submit a report as to the fulfillment of these encouragement’s to the CE committee, APB and to each congregations in the district.

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Section V. THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION
716. The Alaska Moravian Church shall provide for ministerial training and continuing theological education through the staff and facilities of the Alaska Moravian Seminary.

717. The Synod shall hire a full-time dean and director of the seminary.
1. The Director serves as dean of the Alaska Moravian Seminary, and is in charge of Theological Education and continuing education programs for Pastors. Lay members, ministerial students and church officers.

2. The Director may serve as an instructor at the Alaska Moravian Seminary in Bethel, but mainly preparing and providing the major part of the program and curriculum in accordance with the directives of the Moravian Seminary Committee and the APB.

3. The Director is in charge of the provincial and seminary library and audio-visual resources as well as the Moravian archives.

718. The APB may approve in hardship cases, upon recommendation by the Seminary Committee, certain students who have specific needs for financial aid and sponsorship during their training for the ministry.

719. The tuition for students attending seminary shall be determined by Synod, and may be paid by the home church or the students themselves.

720. The annual interest of the Henkelman Memorial Fund, shall be available to provide financial aid to needy students or to the Seminary training program. c

721. The Theological Institute of the Alaska Moravian Church shall provide continuing Theological Education courses at the Moravian Seminary, in addition to the regular program of the Moravian Bible Seminary, or as a mobile-traveling­ seminary in district congregations for the Ministers and/or Congregations of the Alaska Moravian Church. A minimum of three to five interested ministers may be required for any one course.

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Chapter V OUTREACH

Section I. World-Wide Outreach
722. The Alaska Moravian Church accepts the challenge and command of the
Lord. “Go ye therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father. and of the Son. and of the Holy Spirit.”

723. The Alaska Moravian Church will encourage any Moravian Pastor or qualified lay member in Alaska who would volunteer for mission service in other
areas of the world.

724. The Alaska Moravian Church will cooperate with the respective mission or church agencies that would accept an Alaskan Moravian Pastor or lay member for service under their jurisdiction.

725. All members of the Alaska Moravian Church are challenged to be informed as the work of world-wide Christian mission, to pray for the ministry of Christian and especially Moravian Missionaries, and as much as is possible support overseas Christian work by Moravian and as well as of other evangelical mission agencies.

726. The APB shall regularly seek information from other Moravian provinces about their work and ministry and assure the administration of other provinces of the support of Alaskan Moravians.

Section II. State-Wide Outreach
727. The Alaska Moravian Church will encourage Moravian Outreach Ministry in
the State of Alaska. particularly in Anchorage.

728. Support will be given to the extent that the Alaska Moravian Church through local membership. i.e; Napaskiak Fellowship and Clark’s Point outreach.

729. The Alaska Moravian Church will cooperate with other churches as much as deems possible in reaching people state-wide for Jesus Christ, and support joint endeavors that promise genuine Christian ministry to un-reached people.

Section Ill. Province-Wide Outreach
730. The Alaska Moravian Church accepts responsibility for evangelistic outreach in the communities of the Alaska Province. Our congregations, their
Pastors, and members are committed to introduce people to Christ’s Gospel, win them for Christ. and providing spiritual homes for Christian people by establishing
and supporting congregations.

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731. The Provincial Board of Evangelism (PBE) shall designate during certain years for each district to conduct evangelistic revival services, place, date and speakers to be appointed during their annual meetings.

732. The congregations of the Alaska Moravian Church jointly support a traveling evangelist and Pastor who is capable of proclaiming the Good News with an inviting spirit and strength of conviction. It is the primary task of the evangelist to win people for Jesus Christ and lead them to a personal commitment to the Savior. The travel expenses of the evangelist are to be covered by the village, district he/she is visiting and /or PBE funds.

733. The evangelist is to attend Synod and must provide a report and financial statement.

734. Special Non-native evangelists may be invited to serve in Native Moravian Congregations provided prior approval has been obtained from the APB for such a visit and proper arrangements are made that allow the evangelist to understand Native needs and traditions.

735. The Alaska Moravian Church encourages members to engage in mutual support and to seek cooperation with members of other Christian denominations which work towards a peaceful coexistence and side-by-side ministry for the benefit of all in a community, in order that Christ and his love might be seen in all who claim the name of Christ.

736. Where sectarian and disturbing efforts through other denominations are encountered by Moravian congregations and members, they are to see the counsel of the District Pastor, APB and the seminary staff, and engage in prayer for misguided sectarian groups and people but not in useless discussion.

737. Evangelistic services in the village are to be held, if at all possible, at a time of year, like fall, freeze-up periods, when people are normally at home in their communities.

738. Each Board of Elders shall see to it when plans are made for special services and preaching schedules that equal opportunity is given to members with preaching skills within that congregation as is given to guest speakers.

739. In the Evangelism Ministry to the congregations in Alaska Native evangelists shall be utilized whenever possible.

740. Gospel Teams are not to be limited in size. If only two people are available to serve, a different title should be chosen for such a smaller team.

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741. Each District is to form a District Evangelism Committee, made up of a member from each congregation of that district, who will serve as the evangelist’s contact person for that congregation.

742. The Evangelist is to communicate with the District Evangelism Committee at least one month before an intended visit regarding the best suitable schedule
and travel plans.

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CHAPTER VI
THE CONGREGATIONS

Section I. General Principles
800. God calls the Church to serve God and all people in response to God’s own act of love demonstrated in the Life, Death and
Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Son of God. In the Church we are confronted with Jesus Christ, who leads it as Lord. We are bound to him by a debt we cannot hope to pay and yet in love we are freed by Him.
In this fellowship which is the church we give thanks for that redeeming love here proclaimed and experienced. God has made us one and we joyfully acknowledge our benefits in that self-giving sacrifice, through which we have the promise of, continued fellowship with God and of eternal life.

Section II. Membership
801. Membership in the Body of Christ is an expression of a person’s relationship with Christ as Lord and Savior. One who is a
member of the family of God has both privileges and responsibilities as a result.

802. Holding membership in a congregation is a way of expressing commitment to a particular fellowship of believers. A congregational member has the privileges of sharing in the corporate blessings of God and voting in the business of the Church.

803. The member also makes commitments to participate regularly in the worship life of the congregation, to financially support the church according to financial ability, to serve when elected or appointed to duties in the church, and to live a life which expresses
Christian principles to the whole community.

The Christian Church consists of persons living in fellowship and service with one another out of obedience to Christ, and who, in this fellowship, experience the presence of their Lord in joyful thanksgiving and communion. We offer to all the love with which
God loves us. Members of the church, therefore, are:
A. Those who accept God’s call in Christ, to enter into a relationship with Christ as Savior, to have their broken lives
restored to human wholeness, to share a creative fellowship
with other Christians.
B. Those who know themselves to be under God’s judgment to be redeemed by the love of Jesus Christ. and to be in constant need of forgiveness and guidance from the Holy Spirit.

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c. Those who minister and worship in every area of their life.
D. Those who are eager to discover and apply God’s will in
situation human every. .
E. Those who work to maintain and stimulate communion
between God and humankind.
F. Those who are willing to be God’s agents for creative
change in the world.
G. Those who grow in understanding of and gratitude for the
life God has entrusted to them.

Section III. Admission to Membership
804. The Board of Elders of congregations shall have the
responsibility to decide on all cases of admission, dismissal, and
exclusion of members. The Elders are charged with carefully evaluating that candidates for membership have sincerely placed their trust in the saving work of Jesus Christ on the cross.

805. Un-baptized adults are received into membership on confession of faith and adult baptism. Members’ children are received into the congregation by baptism of service of thanksgiving. The Alaska Moravian Church affirms adherence to the traditional Moravian baptism policies which allow local problems with baptisms to be resolved by the Board of Elders of each congregation. (See Section
VII. Baptism Policy of the Alaska Moravian Church)

806. Persons are confirmed with the clear understanding that this rite, as a personal ratification of the baptismal covenant, shall mean to them a voluntary public confession of faith in Christ and an expressed desire to remain faithful members of the congregation. Instruction in the truths of the Christian faith always precedes confirmation and baptism of adult.

807. Baptized applicants who are not members in good standing of another congregation are received on confession of faith.

808. Members in good standing of other Moravian churches or other denominations are received by the right hand of fellowship after their letter of transfer has received approval from the elders. If no letter of transfer is available, the elders will decide on whether a public profession of faith is required.

809. Re-admission of former members of the congregation will be reviewed by the Elders and announced to the congregation if approved. No public reception is needed.

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810. Unusual cases connected with the admission of members must be referred to the Alaska Provincial Board for a decision.

Section IV. Removal of Membership
811. When members move away or no longer wish to be regarded as members, they are expected to notify the Pastor. Members who expect to join a congregation in their new home should request a letter of transfer from the congregation.

812. When a person fails to participate in the services of worship and Communion for two years without giving a reason acceptable to the. Elders, the person is to be visited by Pastor or Elders with the goal of winning a renewed commitment to the congregation. If that attempt fails, the person who cannot be reclaimed to active membership will be placed on an inactive roll by the action of the Board of Elders or Church Board. They will be notified of their placement to inactive status and will be visited and extended the ministries of caring that other members receive, including admission to the Lord’s Supper.

813. When a member persists in living in a manner, which dishonors Christ and His Church, it is the responsibility of the congregation to take special measures applied for the restoration of erring members. Application:
A. The first step is personal reproof to the erring by the Pastor, either alone or with an Elder member. Ideally this will bring about repentance in most cases.
B. The second step is for the erring member to be admonished by the Pastor and the Board of Elders. Each Board of Elders may establish its own restrictions for members under discipline, based on the situation of the local community. A member who
refuses to meet with the Pastor and Elders may forfeit his/her membership.
C. If the admonishment and discipline imposed by the Pastor
and/or Elders does not bring about repentance, the third step
is exclusion from the Church membership. Whoever withdraws entirely from this brotherly care of souls, thereby proves that he/she is no true member of the Church, and must give
account to God (Ezekiel 33:9).

814. Persons who are excluded shall be readmitted by the decision of the congregation boards. In this they must proceed with greatest caution and with close consideration. Only a clear conviction and a sincere profession of repentance of the spiritual state of the candidates for re-admission can guide us. The Lord and His Spirit

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alone will teach us in answer to prayer to restore our brothers and
sisters the right to be members.

Section V. The Church Council
815. The government of each congregation is vested in the church
Council, which consists of the communicant members m good standing. The Church will meet at least once each year, and at other times when called for by the Joint Boards of the Church. All
meetings of the Church Council will be announced in the services of
the congregation on two preceding Sundays.

816. The Pastor or Elder in Charge presides over Church meetings. All members of the Church will have the right to express an opinion on any matter under consideration, and this is to be done in a way characterized by love, self-control, and moderation.

817. The Church Council elects the Elders, Trustees, Provincial Synod delegates, and other officers as local congregational rules require. Before officers are elected the Pastor will read the duties and qualifications of the office. Congregations are urged to consider the work load of nominees and normally nof to elect an individual to more than one church office.

818. Members of the Board of Elders and Trustees are elected for at least two year terms, in such a way that a minimum of Board members will be elected each year.

819. Officers of the Church may serve no more than two terms in succession. After at least one year out of office, a person may be elected again to that position for up to two terms.

820. When a vacancy occurs during a term of office, the appropriate Board will choose a replacement.

821. All church officers in all congregations:
1. Shall meet on a regular basis-monthly or at least four times a year to share and discuss local church and village issues and seek ways and means to possible solutions, and

2. Shall meet prior to the Provincial Synod meeting. workshops and conferences in order to discuss and share concerns over congregational, provincial and village issues and to provide suggestions to Synod, workshops or conferences.

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Lay Pastor, Elder or a member of the joint board in the absence of the pastor.

4. The regulations presented in the Book of Order which reflects on congregational concerns and issues shall be shared, taught, discussed and applied at the regular meetings from time to time.

Section VI. The Board of Elders
822. The Board of Elders is made up of men and women and not less than three members elected by the Church Council. Congregations may choose to elect more elders for adequate representation and sharing of member concerns (typically one Elder serving for each 50 active members).

823. At least half of the members of the Board of Elders must be present for a quorum. The elders shall meet at least once a month and the pastor is normally chairman of this Board, and a vice­ chairman is elected by the board to lead in the pastor’s absence.

824. The congregation shall choose elders whose hearts and minds are in the work of saving souls, who are qualified to spiritually counsel with members privately, and who are members in good standing of the congregation and are willing to assist the pastor in the spiritual work of the congregation. The primary function of the elders is the spiritual care and oversight of the entire congregation.

825. Duties of the Board of Elders:
A. The Board of Elders see that the congregation and individual members abide by the Word of God, “The Moravian
Covenant for Christian Living” (formerly known as “The Brotherly Agreement), the Book of Order of the Moravian Unity and the
Alaska Province, and the regulations and decisions of the Church Council.

B. Board of Elders see that the regular and special worship services of the congregation are planned and carried out, and that all program of the congregation meet the standards of the Christian faith and practice.
1. As the Elders plan the preaching and special service
schedules they shall see that equal opportunity be given to members with preaching skills with that congregation as is given to guest speakers.
2. The Elders will see that organizers of all Bible Conferences, Rallies, and Songfests provide appropriate programs for children according to their age groups.

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3. Congregational leaders are to arrange church service schedules in conformity to local village curfews established by Tribal and/or village town councils.

C. Board of Elders sees that the sacraments of the Church are regularly and faithfully dispensed.

D. Board of Elders sees that Sunday Schools and Youth Groups are held. They shall appoint Sunday Schools and Youth Leaders when these are not elected by the annual Church Council.

E. Board of Elders oversees the membership of the congregation. They are to see that correct procedures are followed for the admission of new members, the discipline of erring members and the providing of help for members in need.

F. Board of Elders decides when, how, and by whom the church facilities may be used. Their permission is also required before a visiting preacher may speak in the church.

G. Board of Elders appoints the organist, ushers, choir
director and others needed to assist in public services, unless these positions are filled by election of the Council. They shall appoint
replacements when needed.

H. Board of Elders decides what collections shall be taken for causes outside the local congregation.

I. Board of Elders cooperates with and assists the Pastor or Lay Pastor in visiting members who are sick or in need and in witnessing on behalf of Jesus Christ and the Christian life.

J. Board of Elders counsels all church officers as to their duties and responsibilities as set forth by the Book of Order.

Section VII. The Board of Trustees
826. The Board of Trustees is made up of at least three members
elected by the Church Council from the members in good standing of the congregation. Large congregations may increase the number of
Trustees elected.

827. The Board of Trustees chooses a secretary from among their number. The Trustees meet at least once a month, and the secretary gives a report of their activities to the Board of Elders. The Trustees shall appoint the Church Treasurer and receive and evaluate the treasurer’s reports.

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828. The congregation shall choose Trustees who are capable of the oversight of the physical and business affairs of the congregation and who are committed to service to God and the Church.

829. Duties of the Board of Trustees
A. Board of Trustees oversees the planning, development, and maintenance of the congregation’s property (worship building, parsonage, etc.), keeping it in good repair and attractive condition.

B. Board of Trustees appoints or hires a janitor if none is elected by the Council, or otherwise arrange work to be done by members of the congregation or contract for work to be done professionally.

C. Board of Trustees prepares and oversees the church budget and finances (cash and bank account). payment of bills and salary. maintenance of adequate accounting records, presentations
of an annual report on the church’s financial situation to the Council meeting, and assures that means are raised for the support of the congregation. The Trustees will have representation during annual district meeting and have report available.

Section VIII. The Joint Board
830. The Joint Board consists of the Board of Elders and the Board of Trustees. The Joint Board meets whenever thought necessary by either separate Board to conduct business that requires the attention of both boards. The Pastor presides at meetings of the Joint Board.

831. The Joint Board is called together to arrange for the call of a Pastor to service in the congregation when a vacancy occurs, and on other matters of similar importance. The secretary of the Church Council serves as secretary at meetings of the Joint Board.

832. The Joint Board of a congregation may select for approval by the Alaska Provincial Board a qualified member to be an Acolyte. preferably an active Lay Pastor, for the period of one year.

Section IX. APPEAL
833. Any member has the right to appeal a decision of the Board of Elders, the Board of Trustees, or the Joint Board of the congregation. This appeal would be made first to the next meeting of the Church Council, second to the Alaska Provincial Board if necessary, and finally to the Provincial Synod.

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Section X. Other Congregational Obligations . 834. It is the duty of each congregation within the Alaska Province to provide according to her ability for the support f its .Pastor, and to pay sufficient stipend to help promote an effective ministry.

835. The congregations in each of the five districts will help support payments for district expenses and the district Pastor’s salary.

836. A Pastor’s Auxiliary Fund offering will be taken in all congregations once a year and sent to the Provincial Treasurer as a means of subsidizing congregations needing help to pay their Pastor or Lay Pastor. Congregations unable to pay their Pastors’ salary
may seek assistance by letter of request to the APB. The assistance
may be granted up to three months with hope that the congregation(s) will raise adequate funds in their church treasury.

837. Any congregation unable to pay its Pastor or Lay Pastor may be supported by a voluntary “sister congregation”. Larger or more
affluent congregations are urged to establish such relationships with
congregations in need.

838. Congregations may limit their bank accounts to one checking and one savings account for all their departments and congregational organizations with each organizational treasurer providing appropriate accounting in cooperation with the congregational treasurer. A complete financial statement must be sent yearly to the Provincial Treasurer.

839. Congregational treasurers shall send monthly or quarterly assessments to the Provincial office and final payment is due at the end of the year.

840. During Songfests and Rallies, young people and teens shall have an active participation in the planning and conducting of services in each Moravian churches. There shall be special programs available to teens and young children.

841. District Christian Education coordinators shall submit an annual report to the APB/Agayumacim Elitnaurutai Committee detailing the Christian Education and Fellowship activities in the Congregation.

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Section XI. Church Buildings & Parsonages
842. Rules that apply to practically. all Moravian Churches and Parsonages everywhere-including Alaska.
A. A Moravian Church building normally has a Sanctuary, Christian Education Rooms, Kitchen, Washrooms, Storage rooms, and on occasion an office. All of these facilities have been built for two purposes: (a) to honor the Lord of the Church; (b) to provide for the congregation and the various congregational organizations a place and opportunity to worship, fellowship, teach, share and care as the Church of Christ in order that the Body of Christ be built up and that the lost will be saved.
In respect while the sanctuary is often set aside for the sole purpose of worshipping and teaching actually the whole church structure involving all rooms ought to• be available for all church related activities without restrictions. Again, while there are no restrictions in the Moravian Church on conducting services in homes, or having Home Bible studies, Fellowship Meetings, or other meetings at the homes of members, the focal point for
congregational activities by all organizations ought to be the church. That means aside of worship services, song services, evangelistic services, love feasts, adult or children classes, annual council meetings, which for the most part are conducted in the sanctuary, all other meetings: the Sunday School, Women’s Fellowship, Board meetings, and preparatory meetings, as well as congregational dinners even bazaars can be held in the rest of the building, predominantly the Christian Education rooms or basement facilities as the case may be.
If it is a Christian activity, from studying, praying, singing,
sharing, caring, and fellowshipping to making handicrafts and raising funds for the mission of the church to youth and children’s joyful play, all is permitted within the church building and all should or could take place there. The Church is the Living Room of the congregation. You don’t do anything in it that is wrong, but the building is not a temple in itself, rather the Bible teaches us: We, the believers are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Thus where we function as the Lord’s people the facilities are “sanctified” because of the Holy Spirit within us.

8. The Moravian Parsonage is provided by the congregation or during Mission Ministries by the Mission, for the sole purpose of granting a home to the Pastor and his family.
The congregation through the Board has to take proper care of the parsonage. However, the parsonage is not an extension of the church building: and the parsonage does not contain meeting rooms for the congregation or organizations within the congregation, with the immense involvement of a Pastor in the lives of people and

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especially in the families in the congregation, the Moravian Church has made it a rule that a Pastor and his family need privacy too, if they are to function as a healthy Christian family.

Church Property-(Title. Use and Sale of).
843. Title to congregational real estate, both lands and buildings, rests with the Alaska Moravian Church and/or the Society for
Promoting the Gospel (SPG}.

844. The Joint Boards of each congregation are subject to the Rules, Regulations, and Bylaws of the Alaska Moravian Church, in regard to all properties in their congregation.

845. No individual member or board member of a congregation may claim ownership of any Church property, and no member may sell or dispose of Church property without a prior decision by the
respective Board of Trustees. In the case of the sale of land or buildings, the approval of the APB and/or Synod must be obtained.

846. No individual member is subject to liability for a congregational debt.

847. No congregation shall erect or acquire a Church building or parsonage without the prior approval and consent of the APB.

848. Any sale of real estate must indicate the way in which the proceeds are to be used or applied. Benefits received from the sale of real estate by the Alaska Moravian Church must be applied in accordance with the established provincial land policy.

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Section XII.
849. The Baptism Policy of the Alaska Moravian Church
A. Christian Baptism is the outward evidence or sign of the New Testament Covenant of Grace. It is a symbol of the inner cleansing from sin that is received only by faith in Jesus Christ. Baptism illustrates how the Christian dies to sin and is raised to new life in Christ, (Romans 6:1-11)

B. Why are people baptized? Christ commanded that His followers be baptized. He was baptized and it is a way for us to visibly follow Him. It is not merely a traditional ceremony, nor does it automatically make one a Christian.

C. How are we baptized? Adults who have not been baptized as children, may be baptized by sprinkling, pouring, ir immersion.. It is important to remember that one’s choice of one form (sprinkling, pouring, or immersion) should not indicate a rejection of other modes.

D. Who may be baptized? Adults who make a public profession of faith in Jesus Christ may be baptized. Parents who demonstrate their commitment to Jesus Christ as faithful members of the congregation may bring their children for infant baptism. The Pastor and Elders will determine if at least one of the parents is an active practicing Christian who can be expected to carry out the covenant vows. This is to ensure that members of the congregation will have an
opportunity to carry out the pledges they made, since along with parents and sponsors they accept responsibility for the Christian upbringing of the child. All this is done looking forward to the day when the child has been carefully
prepared and decides to personally accept and publicly confirm the truths of God.

E. What about sponsors? It is urged that sponsors be selected for both adult and child baptism candidates. Sponsors must be faithful followers of Christ. since their role is to assist the new member in becoming better acquainted with the Christian life and customs of the Church.

F. What are steps leading to Baptism? An adult candidate for Baptism, or the parents of a child to be baptized, shall meet with a Pastor and/or the Board of Elders at least two weeks before the baptismal service is held, for counseling about the Christian life, review of the vows to be made and prayer. The Board of Elders must approve all baptisms in advance and announcement to the church congregation be made in advance.

G. What is service of Thanksgiving? The baptism of an infant may be deferred and the child may be presented by the parents for dedication in a service of thanksgiving, if parents can assure the Board of Elders and the APB in writing by signing a declaration indicating their intention and that they do not thereby question the validity of infant baptism by sprinkling or pouring which continues to be recognized as the normal procedure within the Moravian Church.

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H. Unbaptized children of single/unmarried Moravian parents be included for registration purposes in congregational roster and church register.

Section XIII. Marriage
Christian Wedding: .
850. A Christian wedding is one in which both the bride and groom are believers
in Jesus Christ and are active in the fellowship of His Church. It is fitting for it to be held in the church building because it is a worship service, a time of commitment to a God-centered marriage, and the beginning of a permanent Christian home which can expect the blessing of God. “It is therefore a duty and a privilege among all members of the Church to uphold the highest ideals of Christian marriage and family life, and to avoid anything that would bring dishonor upon it.” (Unity Synod Book of Order 656)

Civil Wedding:
For marriages in which one or both partners are not followers of Christ there is a
legal wedding that satisfies the State of Alaska. Weddings, in which both partners
are not actively seeking Christ’s leadership, may be more appropriate when
conducted by civil authorities.

Pre-Marital Counseling:
Specific training preparing a couple for marriage is clearly a part of both cultural
and church traditions. The engaged couple will contact the Pastor at least two
months in advance and normally at least two counseling appointments will be made, every effort will be made to include parents and grandparents in at least
one session. The Pastor will determine if he agrees to perform the wedding after these sessions are completed. He will than submit the couple’s request to the
Board of Elders for review and approval of the wedding.

Officiating Minister(s)
Wedding of local congregation members will normally be conducted by the duly installed Pastor. The Elders may approve the participation of a properly ordained minister from another Christian congregation or denomination when one partner
is a member of another congregation or denomination.

Provide counseling ministries through Pastor, Lay Pastor, and Elders with support of the parents in all Moravian congregations for couples that want to be married by a Moravian Pastor.

Provide training for counseling ministries to the Pastors, Lay Pastors, and Elders of the Alaska Moravian Church in order that they can effectively counsel and assist couples before they get married and during their married life.

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Request all couples that seek to be married by a pastor of the Alaska Moravian Church to inform the respective pastor the time of their engagement of their wedding plans and begin counseling, no later than three months before the date of the wedding, with a pastor, and/or lay pastor, involving the elders and parents.

Conduct:
No smoking or alcoholic beverages are permitted in the church, and the wedding will be immediately cancelled if bride, groom or witnesses are under any influence of alcohol or drugs.

Section XIV. Funeral
851. To spare family members additional emotional pain. Elders are to make provisions at funeral services to have the visiting and viewing of a body at church prior to the service, allowing the family members to leave the sanctuary after the service first, proceeding with the coffin for burial without delay, or in case of
viewing, the congregation will exit without condolences (shaking of hands, hugging) to the family. Such condolences can be shared with the family during
the reception after the burial.

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CHAPTER VII
FINANCE

901. The Alaska Moravian Church shall provide for the expenses of the
Provincial Administration through an assessment assigned to each congregation.
1. The Assessment be named the Provincial Congregation Assessment
2. The Provincial Congregation Assessment shall be paid by the Moravian Churches in each village according to amounts designated
by the Synod.
3. Each Pastor and Synod delegate shall meet with their congregation to
explain what the Provincial Congregation Assessment is and why it is important for the congregations to do all they can to support the provincial ministry and mission work.

902. The Provincial Treasurer shall work with the Provincial Finance Committee and the APB to present to each Synod a Proposed Budget for the respective year. Synod may approve or change the Proposed Budget and determine congregational assessments accordingly.

903. All congregations of the Alaska Moravian Church are required to include the Provincial Assessments in their annual budgets. Delinquent congregation assessment accounts are to be fulfilled the following year.

904. The Provincial Treasurer shall conduct workshops for congregational treasurers on stewardship, Christian giving, the financial needs of congregations and the financial support system of the province, either in districts by request or annually in Bethel, during Synod sessions for all treasurers.

905. No member of the Alaska Moravian Church or any individual is permitted to borrow money from any Church account or take out a loan on behalf of someone else or any organization.

906. The APB shall arrange an audit of the AMC accounts, including the Bookstore, at least every two years. The audit results shall be presented to the Provincial Synod.

907. FUNDS: Monies received from Alaska congregations, Women’s Fellowship Committee, Youth groups, interest from savings, and outside contributions are separately accounted for in three “Funds”. A fund is a supply of money assigned to specific programs.

The Alaska Moravian Church divides its money into separate funds call the Operating Fund, the Benevolence Fund and the Fixed Assets Fund.
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the Province. Monies in this fund have prescribed and predictable sources from contributions.
• The Alaska Moravian Church Benevolence Fund:
Benevolence is an offering of kindness. Money comes from offerings of
Moravian Church members. Money is used for special projects and
supports the work of the Province. These are non-budgetary funds. Money is expended as needed and available. Applications for assistance must be submitted.
• The Fixed Asset Fund: A fixed asset is money held in a band account or other revenues producing instrument. The principal of any fixed asset fund may not be spent without Synod approval. The Revolving Fire Insurance fund shall be held to pay for a fire or other disaster.

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CHAPTER VIII
POLICIES FOR THE USE OF CHURCH LAND OF THE ALASKA MORAVIAN
CHURCH

1000. Any proposed sale of land owned by the Alaska Moravian Church must take into consideration the present and future needs of the province and the local congregation.

1001. The Alaska Moravian Church may reserve tracts of land for the present and future use of its member congregations and institutions.

1002. No church land may be transferred to private ownership for less then its fair market valuation.

1003. Funds invested by the Society for Promoting the Gospel (SPG) on behalf of the Alaska Moravian Church retain their beneficiary clauses as set forth by the Provincial Synod. Interests earned from investment funds may be designated by the APB during inter-synodal period.

1004. A Land Committee shall be elected by Synod to administer all provincial land sales on behalf of the APB and the Alaska Moravian Church.

POLICY STATEMENT FOR THE LAND COMMITIEE

1005. The Land Committee shall determine which sections and lots are to be surveyed and offered for sale.

1006. Covenants-Conditions-Restrictions (for purchasers or leases)
a) It shall be the responsibility of each land purchaser to construct the
driveway to their lot at their own expense. Purchaser is to provide suitable
culverts across their driveway and to maintain the culverts and driveway in a satisfactory manner at all times.
b) Each purchaser shall be responsible for all costs necessary to provide the electrical hook-up to their property from the main power line.
c) Each purchaser shall be responsible for providing a holding tank for “gray water” and sewage disposal for their property. Local requirements for water sewage tanks shall be adhered to. Water delivery and sewage disposal is the responsibility of the purchaser. Under no circumstances will there be raw sewage spilled. Any accidental spill must be treated by those responsible and be reported to the local office of the State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.
d) Under no circumstances will trash be stored or remain on the property so as to endanger health, life, or loss of limb, or create any eye sore to the public.

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e) The construction of duplexes is permitted where allowed by local zoning, but no more than one residential structure per lot may be constructed. In addition to one residential structure, the lot owner may construct no more than two detached non-residential structures on the property.
f) All local zoning ordinances must be adhered to. If the lot has been sold for
residential use, no commercial activities are permitted.
g) No house trailers or pulled two-wheel type camper-trailers shall be
attached or stored on any parcel or lot.
h) No more than one inoperable vehicle may be stored on the property­ including cars, trucks, airplanes, boats, motorcycles and snow machines. No inoperable vehicle may be parked in the street.
i) All pets shall be restricted to their owner’s property. The owner must cage or leash pets so they do not wander onto the property of others.
j) There shall be no fencing over 6 feet high on residential lots. If live trees or hedges are used as fencing, this restriction does not apply.
k) A residential lot shall not be subdivided.
I) No person may use the utilities right of way for ingress or egress to any parcel of property without the express written approval of that property’s owner or designated representative.
m) Parcels of property purchased for commercial or residential use shall not
be used for any act which is in violation of local, state, or federal law.

1007. The sale of building lots is not intended primarily to generate income, but rather to provide land for needed housing. Land sales are not offered for speculation or intended resale. Only one lot per family may be purchased.

1008. The Land Committee selects and approves respective land purchase applicants, and is allowed to use its discretion, avoiding favoritism. No member of the committee or immediate relative may be granted the opportunity to purchase a lot unless that lot has been publicly offered for sale.

1009. The Land Committee must determine the fair market value of the lot prior to sale.

1010. The land purchaser must pay the Provincial Treasurer in full at the time of the land sale. No credit can be extended by the Land Committee or by APB.

1011. No land sale is final without approval by the APB.

1012. Accurate and timely records of all payments for land transactions shall be maintained by the Provincial Treasurer.

1013. The Land Committee is to contact unauthorized squatters on land that is not already sold or surveyed and take whatever action is necessary to have them vacate the respective premises.

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1014. The Land Committee is to meet as often as necessary. Minutes must be kept of all meetings. All decisions must be properly recorded and communicated to the APB in writing. The Land Committee shall have access to all APB policy statements regarding land use and land sale.

1015. The Land Committee is to prepare an Annual Report prior to each Synod•
of the Alaska Moravian Church.

1016. The land committee shall work with local church boards and village corporations and IRAs to assist in the establishment of Moravian church allotments in each village.

1017. The Land Committee shall require a strategic land use plan from the local church and village authorities prior to the approval of any new development. resource extraction, sale or lease.

1018. The lease of land for local housing and development is to be negotiated with the land committee and its recommendations forwarded to the APB and/or Synod.

1019. Residential leases may be offered for a period of 99 years.

1020. All commercial leases must be reviewed every five years before any possible renewal/extension.

1021. All sections of land or housing lots must be surveyed before they are offered for sale or lease.

1022. The land committee shall have the authority to draft lease agreements for
housing lots.

1023. Priority in the sale or lease of land owned by the Alaska Moravian Church shall be given to:
a) Alaska Natives who are local residents.
b) Individuals who are married with families.
The land committee shall first solicit and consider the recommendations of the local church elders and the village government regarding prospective applicants for land sales or lease. The land committee reserves the right not to lease or sell to any prospective applicants.

1024. The proceeds of any resource extraction, land sale or lease shall be applied first to any provincial overhead in the land transaction. Any “net profit” shall be divided 75% to the Alaska Moravian Church and 25% to the local congregation. 25% of the Alaska Moravian Church’s share shall be allotted to the district in which the land transaction occurred.

1025. The land committee shall have the authority to recommend different rates for resource extraction depending on the status of the purchaser, i.e. commercial, non-profit. local resident.

1026. The land committee shall have the authority to recommend different rates for resource extraction depending on the status of the purchaser, i.e. commercial, non-profit, local resident.

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APPENDIX

Synod Directives to the Alaska Provincial Board

SYNOD
• Synod fees to cover costs be increased to $20 for participants at Synod 1993.
(1992)
• Printed, past Synod Minutes be given to delegates prior to Synod, and the Synod Highlights Summary only be given in English and Yugstun at Synod, saving time.
(1993)
• The APB appoint early enough a Synod Delegates Housing Coordinator who is to be responsible for communicating with all delegates prior to their arrival for Synod in Bethel and to make sure that all delegates have suitable accommodations during Synod. The Coordinator is to assign host families to delegates without housing who will provide accommodations for them. (1994)
• Synod registration fees be raised from $20 to $30 beginning in 1996. The A YE assessment is raised from $30 to $33 per member beginning in 1995. ( 1995)
• At Synod every year a bulletin will be printed explaining:
a) Scriptural qualifications for leadership
b) Book of Order responsibilities of offices
c) How to nominate and that each nominee will state their name. where they are from and why they want to serve.
d) How to vote and that before every vote there will be a prayer for God s Guidance.
e) That this bulletin will be written and published by the APB before
4/30/2003 (2003)

BOOK OF ORDER
• APB directs the Book of Order Committee to publish the: Book of Order of AMC in both English and Yup’ ik, in such a way that it can be periodically updated and edited without major reprinting costs.
• The ( 1987 edition) of Book of Order be edited and updated in 1992, and a new 1992
edition be published (250 copies). (1992)
• A three-member editing committee, and three member Yup’ik translation committee for the 1992 edition of the Book of Order be appointed by the APB by April 15. (1992)
• APB hire a Yup’ik Translator, at restricted cost, to translate the 1992 edition of the Book of Order into Modem Yup’ik orthography; to be reviewed by the committee, and computerized into both orthographies for side by side publication. (1992)
• The Book of Order be fully translated into Yugstun by December 1993, allowable budget 1,800. (1993)
• APB is directed to organize District Workshops for Pastors and Elders to study the Book of Order-as soon as the translation of the Book of Order is available, the plan for practical steps to bring local church life and practice into conformity with the Book of Order of the AMC.

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Continue- BOOK OF ORDER
• When an updated AMC Book of Order is printed all resolutions passed by Synod­
since the 1992 Book of Order printing -shall be added to the appendix. (1995)
• That the AMC Book of Order be revised by 2001. (2000)
• That the church leaders be familiar with the book of order and that the book be made available to their membership/that the church elders and pastors encourage their membership, who are erring in the Church/sections 717, 718 and 2044£.(2001)
• Some church elders who are chosen are not traditional elders that are of age. We recommend that the APB re-word the Book of Order to say that an elder must meet the qualifications for elder found in scripture whether they are young or old. See I
Timothy 4:12 (see Board of Elders, Chapter VII, Section vn (2003)
• All congregations in the districts will go over the Book of Order from the front to the
back. This will take place at a Public forum-in a public building where it’s a neutral
environment open to all the community. Also cell or core groups will do leadership workshops in the Book of Order and also the Brotherly Agreement. ( 003)

EVANGELISM
PBE select and present to the APB in 1992 a candidate for Provincial Evangelist. ( 1992)
• The PBE take on the task of arranging the dates of all Gospel Teams active in the various Districts and the Province, and that the PBE present the Synod in 1995 with an appropriate plan to allow for a suitable resolution of the problem in the years to come. (1994)
• Provincial Board of Evangelism members take a more active role in direct concern for their district churches, especially in planning and finances for evangelistic speakers in their districts. ( 1995)
• lf Gospel teams are unable to travel Nov. 1-1O. due to weather, they are to reschedule and complete their meetings in all of their assigned villages by Nov.
30, weather permitting. District PBE representatives to be informed of any delays and rescheduled dates to provide assistance. ( 1995)
• Provincial Board of Evangelism recommends that if any evangelism speakers’
spouse who desires to accompany their spouse, travel at their own expense. unless
other arrangements can be made. ( 1996)
• Provincial Evangelism services be limited to two days, if approved by the APB. (1996)
• Evangelism speakers notify PBE and speaker alternates at least two weeks in
advance. (1996)
• The Alaska provincial women’s fellowship transfer their evangelism funds to PBE to cover future evangelism seminars and training costs, sponsored by the PBE. (1996)
• Villages utilize to the best of their abilities the dates set for evangelism with appointed speakers, including Bethel, Dillingham and Anchorage. ( 1996)
• PBE recommended that workshops and seminars to teach how to be effective in evangelism, i.e. evangelism as a lifestyle. These seminars and workshops were recommended for Bethel and Dillingham areas. ( 1997)

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• Evangelistic travel to be paid by the evangelist, and will be reimbursed by the
AMC treasurer. Offerings received by Gospel teams are to be given to the leader
of the group, and any leftover offerings after expenses, are to be handed to the songfest committee.(1998)
• That the required two days of evangelistic services be conducted even the dates
be changed. (B) In the event of weather delay, when traveling for evangelistic
services, gospel teams, that prior planning include, phone listings of pastors and lay pastors in the district being visited. (C) that districts who prefer to hold revival services, plan accordingly during their district meetings. (1998)
• The Synod Standing Committee on Evangelism recommended that the evangelistic dates to remain as scheduled on the first week of October. Any sectarian/disturbing efforts encountered, i.e., A.F.N., A.V.C.P. conventions, please refer to AMC Book of Order, chapter 6, section I. 1387 and 1389. (1999)
• That the Provincial Board of Evangelism consider other qualified ministers to evangelistic responsibilities, in addition to the Moravian congregational pastors and lay pastors. (2000)
• That outreach within our districts be more closely directed to those churches that
need more spiritual help. (2003)
• That the Evangelistic Meeting dates be set to an early month such as February or March. (2003)
• That the Gospel team travel schedule be set for earlier dates in the year following the Evangelistic or Revival Services. (2003)

ALASKA PROVINCIAL BOARD/ALASKA MORA VIAN CHURCH
• Each Provincial Committee, officer and executive furnish enough printed copies
(75) of their reports for Synod delegates both in English/Yugstun. ( 1993)
• APB initiate the use of the Moravian Seal with the inscription in Yugstun. ( 1993)
• APB is to revise the annual report forms for congregational membership in accordance with the appropriate Moravian membership designation and distribute the revised forms ASAP. ( 1994)
• Alaska Moravian Church treasurer solicit for an auditor to audit the AMC accounts, including the Bookstore, every two years in February to be presented after every audit to the Provincial Synod. ( 1996)
• The president of the APB and the provincial treasurer be trained on e-mail. internet, and that funds for this come from administrative office expenses. ( 1996)
• The AMC investigate means to purchase a Provincial vehicle. (1997)
• The AMC, and the APB, as its administrative authority, pursue getting and completing the paperwork for the I.R.S. to secure its O\\n tax-exempt status. (1997)
• The AMC districts and their respective joint boards meet and deal with their concerns on District boards, district youth rallies and district gospel team offering policy. (1997)

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• It is also unanimously agreed that Bishop Nelson retire from congregation work and in conjunction with the APB, utilize congregational visitation as a responsibility within in the Alaska Province. It was also recommended that the Alaska Province prayerfully consider for a second Bishop for the AMC. ( 1997)
• That the provincial van matter be referred to the Provincial Board for discussion and action. (2000)
• The APB will present the guidelines to the newly elected elder-in-charge on how to conduct church services and functions during the Church Calendar year. ie. Special services (Easter and Thanksgiving) and the church pulpit colors, (2003)
• The Bookstore Manager order different age group materials, like music videos and video movies that are helpful to our young people and leaders. (up-to­ date materials) (2003)

CONGREGATIONAL
• A guideline for restrictions of the use of cameras/camcorders at Wedding
Services. (1992)
• Request that all ordained ministers make provision to obtain a Moravian surplice including lay pastors or acolytes who have been commissioned to administer the sacraments in the absence of an ordained minister. (1992)
• Moravian parents and congregations become informed and involved • concerning staff and instruction in local schools, and work actively and cooperatively with advisory school boards for excellence in education and for healthy and positive role models for children and teachers in our schools. ( 1994)
• All congregational boards talk with their congregations during 1994, dealing with
the issues of children participating in Holy Communion prior to their public confirmation of faith, and of separating admission to holy communion for full
congregational membership obligations, contributing to the congregational budgets according to income. ( 1994)
• Each congregation of the AMC communicate encouragement and appreciation in
the form of financial support for the ministry with the hospital patients and Moravian families in Anchorage. (1995)
• Each congregation of the AMC designate One Sunday in 1995, to communicate to their members the work and needs of the Anchorage Moravian Fellowship. taking a special offering in support, after a written report in English and Yugtun has been furnished by the pastor of the Anchorage Fellowship to the Provincial Office for duplication and distribution to each pastor. ( 1995)
• The minimum stipend/salary of Pastors/Lay Pastors raised to $750.00@ month for Pastors, $650.00 @ month for Lay Pastors. (1996)
• The Tundra District meet and deal with their concern(s) on songfest. ( 1996)
• That any ‘Special Activity”, at all participate, and their alternates, be contacted before hand to secure their willingness and ability to attend. ( 1997)

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• That the role of women in the ministry of the church be studied by the congregations of the AMC during 1999, including workshops and materials to be prepared by the Alaska Moravian Seminary. Input from these discussions are to be brought to the 2000 Synod Committee on Ministry and Doctrine for review and possible action. (1999)
• A special Junior/Senior high school age musicale be held at the Bethel Moravian
June 8 & 9,. 2001. (2001)
• That the district pastors stress their villages to prepare for the gospel team trips during November 1-30 time frame or to go during that year should they not meet the set time frame. (2001)
• Those in Moravian Church leadership positions in the communities identify who are the helping people (pastors, elders, youth workers, mental health professionals, village police, social workers, counselors, etc.) and to ask that they help in suicide
intervention and to post who the helping people are on the church bulletin boards.(2003)

WORKSHOPS
• Pastors Lay Pastors Elders and Women become more involved with annual
Seminars and workshops by the seminary and administration. ( 1996)
• All pastors do crisis intervention in their villages and that they assist the Bethel Pastors in ministry to YKHC and YKCC when they are visiting Bethel. (2001)
• That the Theological Director of the AMC conduct annual Training Workshops
within Districts, and that the scheduling be planned by the District Pastors. (2002)
• The AMC 2003 Synod recognizes the suicide is a problem in the villages and cities of the Province. (2003)
• The Seminary Director and Christian Education Director assures that special education workshops be held in 2003 on a continuing basis for Pastors. Elders. Youth Workers and anyone in a church leadership role to deal with the problem of suicide and how to intervene and to help other in the community how to
intervene. (2003)
• We all agree to pray together in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth and resist the “Spirit of Suicide”, which is an attack by Satan and his helpers upon our people. Specifically we demand that this “Evil” leaves our people, families. villages and cities alone. (2003)

BUILDINGS
• Synod gives a directive to the APB to sell the condominium located in Anchorage. (1998)
• That the APB be directed to meet following the conclusion of synod to take steps to transferring that title to the “Mission House,” formerly a property of BWM/SPG. which accommodated missionaries prior to 1996. (2000)
• That maintenance of the provincial houses be a priority in 2000. (2000)

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• To support APB’s proposal of constructing contemporary residences in replace the mission house and treasurer’s house. The finance committee explicitly directs APB to develop a plan to rebuild rather than to renovate the mission house and treasurer’s house. The plan should involve several architectural drawings, price estimates, who builds and how it may be paid for. The plan should be sent to AMC delegates before Synod 2001 and that APB support a workable re-building plan for consideration and look into possibility of getting work crews from lower 48. (2001)
• The provincial CE/YD works closely with the Nunapitsingak Committee to obtain fix up and even cabin materials, clean-up, repair and construction list and that the Senior High Youth and adults be invited to work before summer camps begin and that youth from North .Carolina be asked to finish up the work later in the summer. (2001)
• That lots 11and12 be reserved for the BMC staff houses. (2003)

PROVINCIAL FINANCE COMMITTEE/FUNDS/SPECIAL OFFERINGS
• All congregations are required to transfer 113rd of all special services offerings to
the Auxiliary fund immediately following the special services. (1993)
• The assignments for the 1993 monthly special offerings were accepted as presented. The 1993 GBC offering (less expenses) is to be used for a new Twin Hill Parsonage. (1993)
• The 1994 Synod and GBC offerings (after expenses) are to be applied to the
(unpaid) 1993 Unity obligations. (1994)
• Pastors and congregations are encouraged to support, foster, and urge the practice of tithing, giving I 0% of one’s total income (including PFD) plus providing additional funds through personal offerings as Christian commitment. ( 1994)
• The APB is to meet before a financial short fall occurs in the Operating Budget to put plans into action to raise the needed funds within the Province right away. ( 1994)
• The APB is required to meet and develop a repayment plan ASAP to return the monies to the funds from which they have been borrowed. ( 1994)
• The APB fully account for any funds borrowed in the pas or intends to borrow at any time, clearly indicating from which funds monies have been or will be taken. what the remaining balances in those funds are, and to present those accounts in the Provincial Annual financial statement as placed annually before synod. ( 1994)
• The nunapicnaq and agayumacin elitnaurutai committees are to obtain liability insurance for the camp and conference center and staff and participants involved in ministries at the center. (1995)
• Provincial administrative staff obtain information by June 30, 1995, regarding fire
and liability insurance for the AMC real estate properties in Bethel. (1995)

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• All members of the Moravian Church continue to support their churches through
Tithes and Offerings as stated in the Holy Scriptures in the Book of Malachi.
(1996)
• Income from interest of funds transferred to the SPG this past fall of 1995,
totaling $80,000, be invested and designated for Administrative operations. ( 1996)
• The APB introduced two policy statements to the APB appointed Finance
Committee and synod standing committee on finance and stewardship. ( 1999)
• That annual province-wide church activities forward 1/3 of offerings to the provincial office. (2000)
• The finance committee representative travel for two finance meetings, yearly. be paid by the district who he or she represents. (2001)
• That Sunday, January 28, 2001, be designated as a special offering day to cover some of the newly elected president’s moving expenses. (2001)
• That the GBC committee members announce at the Bible Conference during every service where offering is designated. (200 I)
• That the undesignated amount of $322,000.00 from the SPG account be installed to Pension Trust Fund and that the interest payment be applied to the AMC Pension Budget annually. (2002)
• That the Provincial Finance Committee (PFC) identify and seek assistance from Christian Financial and Retirement specialists for establishment of retirement pensions/special/life health insurance plans and evaluate several plans for recommendations to the 2003 Synod. (2002)
• That the APB establish a fund to be used as outlined above.(Moving Expenses for Elected Administrative Positions within the APB) and that all Alaskan Moravian Church Congregations raise money for this fund through a yearly special offering in the evening service on the last Sunday in January. or with special fund raisers throughout the year. (2003)

WOMENS FELLOWSHIP
• 1992 Yugstun Moravian Music Festival be held at Bethel in late April, planned by the Provincial Women’s Fellowship Board for the benefit of the Bethel Church Building Fund, involving the sale of tapes produced at the Music Festival. ( 1992)
• Brethren in the congregations should assist the WFS with fundraising by donating handmade crafts, uluaqs, ipuun, wooden bowls, ivory carvings. etc. (1993)
• The provincial women’s board president make available and or distribute the women’s fellowship book of order and the constitution to each district by July 15. 1994. (1994)
• Local WFS and Ladies Aids are responsible to take an inventory of all utensils/furnishings of the parsonages, and pastors be informed of the inventory and that the inventoried items cannot be removed. ( 1994)
• That the provincial women’s fellowship direct more attention to the care and maintenance of the provincial parsonages/mission houses. (2000)

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NATIVE HYMNAL
• The Hymnal Committee is to assign to each congregation a portion of the present
Native Hymnal to revise and edit and no later than December 31, 1993, present
the results to the Hymnal Committee, which is to make recommendations to
Synod for an appropriate Revisions of the Hymnal.(1993)
• Each congregation be asked to contribute $25 toward publishing of Joe Nichol’s
Songbook. (1995)
• APB contract Rev. Lincoln Enoch to place the Native Hymnal into modern yugtun. Any further details worked out bet\veen the APB, Hymnal Committee, and the Rev. Lincoln Enoch. (1995)
• APB initiate/organize a further fund drive for 1998, and beyond to obtain the funding needed for the transliteration and publishing of the native hymnal in modern yugtun. ( 1995)
• The Native Hymnal must be updated to include the following; new orthography. additional contemporary hymns used by the districts, new cover design. and that
the line item dollar amount under special synod.. Yupik Hymnal Book. be designated for this new project. (2001)
• That the revised Native Hymn #’s 1-201 with notations be computer imputed both in Old and New Orthography and printed for distribution by 2003 Synod. (2002)
• That Synod appoint one person who will review new hymn translations prior to being made available to be sung in churches and that this appointed person will be responsible to report to the Provincial Hymnal Committee with recommendations for acceptance of hymns or songbooks. The appointment was filled by secret
ballot cast vote. Mary Gunlik was elected by 24 votes. (2002)

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION/SEMINARY
• The A.E./Christian Ed. Committee to present by April 15, 1993.. a more detailed job description for the Provincial Youth and Christian Ed Director.(1993)
• Only in an emergency should APB assign a seminary student as lay pastor.
(1993)
• Local boards and youth leaders in the Moravian congregations cooperate with other area churches in youth programs which provide instruction and encouragement for all village youth. Moravian pastors and youth leaders meet with leaders of other churches to plan joint activities. (1994)
• The Christian Ed. And Nunapitsinghak Committees develop during 1994jointly a “visitors’ program that will provide an “Alaskan experience” for Moravian vacationers from the lower 48, and raise support for projects and needs within the AMC. (1994)
• Tuition for students attending seminary, is to be reinstated at $50.00 a month. and can be paid by the home church of the students. ( 1997)

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• That the 2000 Synod of the AMC encourage all pastors, parents, church leadership and youth to pray for, plan, support activities, and implement creative youth oriented programs to soul win, disciple, and challenge youth to Christian service; and that synod support and encourage the timely search for and call of a
• Provincial Youth Director who has demonstrated success in working with Youth and who has skills in teaching and training youth leaders. (2000)
• All provincial districts have youth leader training opportunities set up by the CE
director throughout the year 2001. (2001)
• The AMYF be scheduled and annually/during the week end before the Synod convenes, starting in 2002 and at this time AMYF will organize into a Provincial Youth Council. (2001)
• Encourage all churches to send CE assessments on an annual basis to support the Provincial Youth director program. Along with this the intention of the finance committee is for synod 2001 to support adequate moving expenses. rental housing, and stipend in line with the job description, experience and educational level of new Provincial Youth Director. (2001)
• That Youth events such as camps, Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF), Alaska Moravian Youth Festival and Annual Youth Council meetings take place at their specified dates on the Activity date information. (2002)
• To consider ministry activities to the children and youth during special services in
the Alaska Province. (2002)
• For the Youth Council’s recommendations be presented to the congregations.
(2002)
• YUP’IK OLD TESTAMENT TRANSLATION PRO.JECT
• A new Yup’ik O.T. Translation Project Coordinator be elected /or appointed due to the inactivity of the present coordinator. ie .. no budgets were presented for
1993 and 1994, nor were annual reports made available for 1992 and 1993, and no
province-wide sharing of information about the status or progress of the project have been provided by the coordinator. (1994)
• Synod affirms a renewed commitment of the AMC to the Yup’ik 0.T.
Translation Project. (1994)
• The Alaska Moravian Seminary contract Rev. Lincoln Enoch to translate the Catechism into modem yugtun during the time from April 29, through May 30. 1995, at $1Op/h. (1995)
• APB consult the United Bible Societies by 2/15/95, in regards to the Translation of the New Testament in to modem yugtun, contracting Rev. Lincoln Enoch for two year, (at $12 p/h) beginning no later than 1996. and approaching the UBS for a 50/50 cost sharing of the project. (1995)
• APB initiate/organize a Dual-Fund-Drive for 1996, and beyond, to obtain needed funding for both the Yup’ik Old Testament and the YNT translation projects. (1995)
• Dedication of the Book of Genesis. The first book of the old testament would be dedicated to the memory of Ernst and Caroline Weber. (1997)

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INTERCHURCH RELATIONS
• APB schedule a follow-up seminar with local leaders of the Orthodox. Church in
Alaska. (1994)
• APB appoint a convener and schedule a follow-up joint seminar in 1995, with the local leaders of the Moravian Church and the Orthodox church in Alaska to re­
address continuing problems with certain practices between members of the two
churches in Alaska. (1995)
• APB re-address Section 728-A,B and C p.30 in the Book of Order, regarding continued problem with doctrinal differences between the Moravian and
Orthodox Church and re-schedule joint seminar(s) in 1996. ( 1996)
MISSON LANDS
• Income from Land Sales, portion of ”Tract E.”. to Foundation Services be designated for Administrative Operations also, after the deficit accrued over the
years be paid off. (1996)
• The Alaska Province will create an Investment Sub-committee to study and present some information about the present investments of the Alaska Province managed by the S.P.G. as Synod 1998. (1997)
• The APB and Provincial President of the AMC request on it’s behalf: that the titles and deeds of all Mission lands presently held in trust by the S.P.G.. be signed
over to the AMC. And that the S.P.G. continue it’s support and guidance with regard to these land holdings of the AMC. ( 1998)
• That the Bethel Moravian Church provide assistance to the APB to get the Uyaquq Circle Subdivision(part of Mumtretlek Subdivision Tract C-2-A) land transferred from the SPG (Society for Propagating the Gospel) to the Alaska
Moravian Province. BMC would provide costs for legal services and expertise for
subdivision development. This would be to the advantage of the AMP and the Alaska Moravian Land Committee since there is a lack of office staff and expertise to complete the subdivision. (2003)
• The BMC assist the APB in filing the final plat for Uyaquq Circle Subdivision Lots 8-12 and pay tor the filing fee at BMCs expenses. If the final plat nis not filed by Jan. 31, 2003, the Bethel City Planner will request the subdivision be re­ submitted for approval starting with the preliminary plat. This will be extra cost to the Province since a new survey and filing fees costs up to $6.300. (2003)
• That BMC pay AMP the shared subdivision development cost for each lot, which is estimated to be $6,500 per lot, for a total estimated price of $13,000. (2003)
• That the AMC designate an area of land for use by the BMC for future building. parking and BMC ministries. (2003)
• This would be understood by a “metes and measure” boundary description: that the area of land would be designated by a boundary that starts and runs south from Third Avenue. along the east side of the Moravian Book Store (20 feet from the building) up to the Mission Road Right of Way then running east along the Mission Road Right of Way. up to an intersection where the southwest comer of the Alascom AT&T radio tower Right of Way ends, and then running north to 3rd Ave.(20 feet from the tower Right of Way), then running along 3rd Ave. to the original starting point. (2003)

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• Recognizing that the Province may need financial assistance with the making
room for AMP and BMC buildings, the BMC would also help to financially and
materially move the old President’s house to the lot of Uyaquq Circle subdivision. Also furure re-locations of buildings would receive BMC support when the BMC
needs to use the land. (2003)

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Provincial Vehicle Policy

In order to consider wear and tear, and longer life span of the Provincial vehicle, we need to come up with a use policy. First and foremost, this vehicle is purchased to serve the Alaska Province and to be used for church business as priority

The owner of the vehicle is the Alaska Moravian Church. This is one of many of Lord’s blessing entrusted to us to manage faithfully.

1. Utilize vehicle logbook to record mileage.
2. Gas fill-up to be charged to the Alaska Moravian Church.
3. Have one Post Office run during business hours for all staff, unless
there is a specific need for additional time. •
4. Limit staff personal use to family needs and emergencies.
5. Park vehicle at President’s house during after hours and weekends unless designated elsewhere.
6. Avoid driving off-road, i.e. river ice; unless APB approved church business trip to a village.

APB approved – February 14, 2005

2006 Synod Resolutions Passed:

1: Alaska Moravian Youth Council Resolution # 06-01: That the youth select their own time limits for the speakers at Youth events and gatherings and that Youth organize their own schedule for Youth even and gatherings.

2. Healing Resolution# 06-01: That the Alaska Moravian Synod in duly called for session, endorse and pass that the Bishop, the Provincial President, and/or the Christian Education Director be available to travel to villages in the Alaska Province during “Special Days” if requested, providing that notice : given well in advance.

3. Healing Resolution# 06-02: That before a vote for a committee member or board representative that requires special education, gifts, experience, and calling is held; that the qualifications of the persons involved in that ministry be shared with the Synod members, so that if appropriate, that person may be elected to continue in that ministry in which they have been effective and brought new life or vision.

4. Pastors & Elders Resolution# 06-01: That congregations not elect to officer positions in the church council, same family members or spouses, except within congregations apply.

5. Finance and Stewardship Resolution# 06-01: That the Synod support the Alaska Provincial Board to withdraw funds from Land Sales investments for projects that may arise as unforeseen costs.

2006 Synod Recommendations:
1. Evangelism & Outreach Committee Recommendation #1: That the 2006 Evangelistic / Revival services be planned by the districts and that speakers and congregations fill out the questionnaire to assist the Evangelism Committee.

2. Evangelism & Outreach Committee Recommendation # 2: That during district meetings, members be selected from each congregation to serve on the District Evangelism Committee (DEC) per Book of Order # 741.

3. Evangelism & Outreach Committee Recommendation # 3: That APB and the Seminary Dean set up workshop on the Baptismal policy after each Pastor and Elder-in-Charge review the Baptism policy draft.

4. Finance and Stewardship Committee Recommendation # 1: That Congregational Assessment be added on to support the Provincial Mission Society in the amount $150.00 annually per congregation.

Synod Directives: That the Alaska Provincial Board appoints new Provincial Land and Policy committee

2007 Synod Resolutions passed:

1. Healing Committee Resolution # 07-01: That Pastors, Youth workers, Sunday School teachers Young People leaders and other Church workers get back ground check for sexual abuse; that during the upcoming Pastors and Elders conference, a State Child Advocate be invited to give presentation on State of Alaska protection laws, probation compliance procedures and hand out available child protection information; and that the Alaska Provincial Board explore availability of general assistance coverage that may be provided for the Alaska Moravian Church for protection from any liabilities.

2. Evangelism and Outreach Committee Resolution# 07-01: That a Moravian First Nations Outrea4 be created to include Moravian Churches in Alaska and Labrador along with the Morongo Church California; that APB select one representative to serve on a Steering Committee to define activities MFNO which will build up the body of Christ and equip them to better protect our youth from social problems; that Board of World Mission assign one Board director and one staff person to participate on the Steering Committee and that BWM set aside funding in its 2007 budget to facilitate meeting of the Steering Committee in 2007; and that the APB and Alaska Mission Society committee in setting its 2008 budget set aside necessary funding to insure its representative to participate on the Steering Committee of MFNO next year.

2007 Synod Recommendations:

1. Pastors and Elders Committee Recommendation # l: That the Alaska Provincial Board set up
Annual Inter-denominational workshops to include Catholic and Russian Orthodox Church leaders.

2. Pastors and Elders Committee Recommendation # 2: That different ministry groups within our churches consult with Pastor and Elders before planning any special church activity.

3. Healing Committee Recommendation # 1: That 2002 Synod resolution # 1 and 2003 Synod resolution # 13 be affirmed; that both of the video presentation “Transformations I and II” be ordered by churches; and that counseling for young married couples be addressed.

4. Christian Education/Youth Committee Recommendation # 1: That Alaska Moravian Youth Council Resolutions 04-04, 05-01, and 05-02 be affirmed.

5. Christian Education/Youth Committee Recommendation # 2: That the English version of the Passion Week Manual be available for non-Yup’iks or those with limited Yup’ik speaking; and the services be provided to fit within each congregation in the Alaska Province.

6. Finance and Stewardship Committee Recommendation # 1: That the Congregational treasurers mentor young people or Youth Group treasurers to help with treasurer record keeping system and to teach them to become faithful stewards of God’s treasurers.

7. Evangelism and Outreach Committee Recommendation – # 1: That each, church and its leaders District Pastors, and the Alaska Provincial Board make efforts to implement discipleship model to ensure growth in our evangelism and outreach to bring new people to Christ and disciple them according to the command that Jesus left us in Matthew 28:16-20.

General Synod Recommendation: That AMC gave financial lovegift or scholarship from the scholarship fund, to Moravian ‘ students attending Alaska Christian College in Soldotna and Moravian Seminary in Bethel.Synod Directives: That the Alaska Provincial Board appoints Land and Investments Committee; and that the Alaska Provincial Board, Alaska Missions Society, and the Board of World Mission (BWM) make a invitation to the Labrador and Morongo Churches to form a partnership called the Moravian First Nation Outreach.

2008 Synod Resolutions passed:

1. Healing Committee Resolution# 08-01 Full Communion with Evangelical Lutheran Church: That an Alaska Province-Lutheran Advisory Committee be established by Seminary Dean, Seminary Trustees Chairperson, APB President, Bishop Jacob Nelson, Districts designate Pastor/Elder (5), and Provincial Youth Director; and that Moravians in Alaska visit Lutheran Churches during 2008; and that Youth concerns be a major focus on future dialogue.

2. Healing Committee Resolution # 08-02 Seminary Affiliation with Alaska Moravian Church: That 2008 Synod approve the Seminary Bylaws and Constitution; that Seminary Board of Trustees approve the Seminary applying for 501(c)3 status; that a business plan of accreditation be developed with specific time and financial support for the time period; and that the present Seminary name be changed to Bible Seminary & Theological Institute.

3. Healing Committee Resolution# 08-03 Encouragement for Young People: That 2008 Synod support mutual respect for the Body of Christ and encourage dialogue in the local Church; that pastoral messages be shared that all believers are called to service for the Lord Jesus; that Pastors and Elders allow cell groups, i.e. Bible Studies and other believers ‘ small groups to happen as long as it supports and points to involvement with the local Church’s Sunday services; and that workshops be provided by the Moravian Seminary and/or the local church pastor to train in the area of using spiritual gifts and combating suicide.

4. Healing Committee Resolution # 08-04 Hurting People: Suicide in the Village: That the Moravian Seminary Dean and APB arrange for training at the 2008 Pastors and Elders Conference in the area of Suicide Intervention and recognizing signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; that Pastors and Elders practice love always, and encourage the Church Council members, i.e. Women’s Fellowship leaders, Sunday School leaders, Ladies Aide leaders, and Young People leaders, etc., to pray for those who are hurting and to become involved in their lives, especially for those who are exhibiting suicide symptoms; that Village Church Councils develop a special healing committee, such as a talking circle made up of healing people (Elders, Pastors, YKHC, BBAHC mental health people, and others that are deemed helpful) to deal with those who are thinking of suicide and/or after a suicide or traumatic experience to bring healing by sharing and prayer (even laying on of hands); and that Pastors and Elders and young people respect their bodies with life, not death.

5. Christian Education Committee/Youth Council Resolution # 08-01: That one-forth (1/4) of offerings received from Alaska Moravian Church Youth gatherings be given to the Youth Council Fund .

6. Christian Education Committee/Youth Council Resolution # 08-02: That the Alaska Moravian Church Youth Council annual meetings occur a week prior to the Alaska Moravian Church Synod; and that Young People’s Rallies, Singspirations, and Bible Conferences in villages not be scheduled.

7. Christian Education Committee/Youth Council Resolution # 08-03: That the Alaska Moravian Youth Retreat, be coordinated by the Alaska Moravian Church Christian Education Committee.

8. Quinhagak Resolution# 08-01: That APB directs Book of Order Committee to publish 2006 revised edition in English for all congregations per Book of Order bullet 1, previous Synod directive.

9. Quinhagak Resolution# 08-02: That in the Appendix, Synod directives under Evangelism, bullet 3, this recommendation is referred to the 2008 PBE to direct all Gospel Team participants to carry out their intended plans for a Gospel Team visit to a village.

10. Anchorage Moravian Church Resolution# 08-01: That 2008 AMC Synod approve the AncMC incorporation with the State of Alaska with its own Articles of Incorporation as an organization affiliated in its entirety with the AMC; that AncMC applies for its own non-profit 501(c)3 status; and that Book of Order be amended under Section XI. Church Buildings & Parsonages, subsection 843 “Church Property”
– (Title, Use and Sale of), to read as follows: “Title to congregational Real estate, both lands and buildings rests with the Alaska Moravian Church and/or Society for Promoting the Gospel (SPG) with the exception of the Anchorage Moravian Church which is able to hold in fee simple to congregational real estate, both lands and buildings. (Subsections 844, 845, 846, 847, and 848 will still remain in force, for this reason the APB must be consulted for recommendation as to the disposition of property and shall be given first right of refusal.)

2008 Synod Recommendations Adopted:
1. Pastors and Elders Committee Recommendation # 1: That District Pastors/Designated Pastors travel to a village one day ahead to dispense/execute communions, baptisms, etc. The Book of Order requires one full day in each village.

2. Pastors and Elders Committee Recommendation # 2: To start church construction or work of church projects within the home congregation first and spreading out to its community and beyond. If help comes from outside that they include ministry time during the evenings.

3. Pastors and Elders Committee Recommendation # 3: To our Pastors, Leaders of the Tuntutuliak Moravian Church in regards to the letter concerning issues with the Orthodox Religion be brought to the Synod floor.

4. Evangelism and Outreach Committee Recommendation # 1: That the duration of the Provincial Evangelistic services be 3 days per visited village from previous 2 days. This would allow visiting Evangelists time for discipleship and to train Elders to have meaningful bible studies; and that at least 2 people be sent out to evangelize.

5. Evangelism and Outreach Committee Recommendation # 2: That Rev. James D. Lewis be considered as a traveling Evangelist in the Province.

6. Evangelism and Outreach Committee Recommendation # 3: That a Non-native evangelist be invited to serve in the Alaska Moravian Church congregations with approval by APB. This person is to be informed of Native needs and traditions before going out to villages. The evangelistic services would then be held for 3 days within a district.

7. Finance and Stewardship Committee Recommendation # 1: That Book of Order section# 314, page 28 be amended to read as follows: “The retired pastors, who are 65 years or older and have served in the ministry with good standing, are entitled to a quarterly pension plan and should be activated immediately. The APB will review the pension annually and report their recommendation to the Synod.”

2009 Synod Resolutions Passed:
1. Healing Committee Resolution # 09-01 That we must make every effort to avoid subjective or argumentative spirit with one another and to each fellow believer, realizing that this kind of spirit does not come from God’s Holy Spirit; that Book of Order, section V. Our Witness in the World,# 32 stating that we make no distinctions among believers, always keeping in mind, that in God’s eyes there is no distinction between His children who are in Christ – neither male or female, young or old, rich or poor, etc.; and that God forbids favoritism and doesn’t take sides, therefore, we as Christians must act and do likewise.

2. Healing Committee Resolution # 09-02: Establishing Provincial Support for Ikayuun, Inc.: That the Anchorage Moravian Pastor and AncMC Synod Delegate approach the 2009 AMC Synod to prayerfully support the creation and establishment of Ikayuun, Inc. and assure that member congregations of the Alaska Province are aware of this helping organization.

3. Christian E4ucation Committee/Youth Council Resolution# 09-01: That, in hopes of more youth participation, the Alaska Moravian Church Youth Council sponsored annual meetings, become known as “the Alaska Christian Church Youth Conferences”.

4. Provincial Finance Committee Resolution # 09-01: That the 2004 Evangelism and Outreach Committee Resolution # 04-04 stating: That the Alaska Moravian Church begin to increase its annual support to the BWM at the rate of 10% or more each year in order to enable more ministry and mission outreaches around the world, be rescinded.

5. Provincial Finance Committee Resolution# 09-02: That the Communicant membership (A.E.) fee be increased from$ 38.00 to $ 45.00 annually beginning in 2009.

2009 Recommendations Passed:

1. Evangelism and Outreach Committee Recommendation # 1: That all members of the Alaska Moravian Church prayerfully support the appointed evangelist.

2. Evangelism and Outreach Committee Recommendation # 2: That all Pastors encourage their congregation to regularly evangelize to help in winning the lost.

3. Evangelism and Outreach Committee Recommendation# 3: To have all churches put a banner in a church entrance way to encourage congregants of scriptural passages. i.e., Acts 17:11

4. Evangelism and Outreach Committee Recommendation # 4: That the appointed evangelist should be a full time ministry and not be given other duties such as pastor-work or installed to a congregation. Should he or she be unable to keep his/her evangelism schedule, (s)he may appoint other pastor(s) to take his place .

5. Finance and Stewardship Committee Recommendation# 1: That more effort be made to complete Pastors’ application for life insurance thoroughly, and the insured be informed of the importance of signature.

6. Finance and Stewardship Committee Recommendation # 2: That the minimum salary of lay pastor and ordained pastor be raised by 20% as follows:
Lay Pastor – from$ 650.00 to $780.00 Ordained pastor – from $750.00 to $ 900.00

7. Christian Education/Youth Committee Recommendation # 1: That more adult chaperones from local congregations, be involved in church sponsored activities.

8. Christian Education/Youth Committee Recommendation # 2: That there is strong need upon Pastors, Acolytes, Lay Pastors, Elders-in-charge to have one-on-one pre-marital, pre-baptism, and covenantal counseling to prospective participants in the sacraments so that a clear understanding is established to those desiring to enter into God ordained commitments.

9. Christian Education/Youth Committee Recommendation # 3: That all Alaska Province communicant members stop being luke-warm participants as Christians, and to start living with a passion for Christ and reveal His finished work on the Cross, in a proactive manner.

10. Christian Education/Youth Committee Recommendation # 4: That the Alaska Province start making tailor made church services for our children and youth based on the input without jeopardizing the fundamentals of Christianity.

11. Christian Education/Youth Committee Recommendation # 5: That our local leaders, i.e. church, school, corporations, governments, must stop cycles of generational sins that are hurting our young people and their children (alcohol , drug, child abuse) and start living out the personal desire of Christ in our personal lives. By doing so, we may become examples they need for proper living.
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Pastors and Elders recommendation on the concept of Spiritual Feast, a ministry process that is presently utilized as an instrument in a church to ‘seek and save the lost’ and to edify those who already saved and who have recently found Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, failed by a secret ballot vote of 24 Yes; 38 No.

2010 Synod Resolutions Passed:

1. Healing Committee Resolution# 10-01 Affirmation on Love and Unity That Synod 2010 agrees to: 1. Maintain the Unity of the Alaska Province. 2. That Pastors and Elders direct the flock to cease all accusations which are hurtful and weakening the Church. 3. That Church Elders be empowered in line with the Book of Order as Overseers to deal with internal problems locally, if they desire, to utilize the lay members (laity) more to play music, to sing, to speak, and to pray, and allow meaningful worship. Let it be recognized that traditional and contemporary expressions of the Moravian faith are vital to bring life, retain the younger generation, and possibl y bring revival to the Alaska Province. Failed by vote of 21 Yes; 39 No.

2. Pastors and Elders Resolution # 10-01 Be it resolved that all the Alaskan Moravian Churches discontinue its dialogue with the Evangelical Lutheran Churches in America; and that Resolution # 08-01 which states: Full Communion with Evangelical Lutheran Church – that an Alaska Province – Lutheran Advisory committee be established by the Seminary Dean, Seminary Trustees Chairman, APB President, Bishop Jacob Nelson, District designated Pastors/Elders (5), and the Provincial Youth Director ; and that Moravians in Alaska visit Lutheran Churches during 2008, and that Youth concerns be a major focus on future dialogue, be rescinded . (Passed)

3. Provincial Finance Committee Resolution # 10-01: Investment Transfer to Cover Deficit Be it resolved that$ 50,000.00 be withdrawn to cover unforeseen projects and year-end operation deficit costs.
(Passed)

4. Provincial Finance Committee Resolution# 10-02: Seminary$ 23 . 000.00 Assessment Be it resolved that church congregations send in$ 500.00 each in 2010 and$ 1000.00 in 2011. (Passed)

5. Tundra District Resolution # 10-01: District Pastor for Tundra District Be it resolved that the APB consider appointing another Traveling Evangelist who is not currently serving actively in the ministry.
(Passed)

Synod Recommendations Adopted:
1. Pastors and Elders Committee Recommendation # 1: Funeral Policy That the Book of Order funeral policy (page 58c, Section XIV# 851) be reaffirmed.
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3. Pastors and Elders Committee Recommendation # 2: Admission of Members That Book of Order section #’s 804, 808, and 811 be reaffirmed in regards to admission and transfer of church membership.

4. Pastors and Elders Committee Recommendation# 3: Pastors’ Responsibility and Leave That Book of Order content # 609 on page 34 be affirmed.

5. Pastors and Elders Committee Recommendation # 4: That church leaders meet with School Advisory Boards or principals to coordinate when scheduling school activities, with church activity dates.

6. Pastors and Elders Committee Recommendation # 5: Evangelistic Speakers Direction to the Evangelism Committee that they carefully select evangelistic speakers to travel.

7. Pastors and Elders Committee Recommendation # 6: Meeting with other Churches That Moravian Churches have meeting with Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches to clarify customs and practices.

8. Pastors and Elders Committee Recommendation # 7 That policy be written in the Book of Order stating Moravians position on not supporting resurrecting efforts of the deceased. We recognize that Christ, Who is the first-fruits of the resurrected, being the only One having authority to resurrect believers. Recommendation passed by 40 Yes; 15 No; and 1 abstaining.

9. Finance and Stewardship Committee Recommendation # 1: Material & Furnace Estimate That village treasurers and Board of Trustees work together to come up with estimate costs for planned church building or a parsonage, including freight, before requesting to the Synod to be considered also to purchase of a furnace.

10. Finance and Stewardship Committee Recommendation # 2: That each approved monthly ‘Special Offering’ be limited up to two (2) years for ‘special offering’. This applies

5. Evangelism and Outreach Committee Recommendation # 1: That both appointed evangelistic speakers travel and be present to do services in their assigned villages. Should one cannot make it, to appoint an Elder from his or her village to go in his or her place and notify the PBE Chair of the change.

6. Evangelism and Outreach Committee Recommendation # 2: That the PBE Committee have organizational meeting and to elect officers following Synod PBE election.

2009 Recommendations Adopted:
1. That Pastors and Elders 2009 recommendation on the concept of Spiritual Feast be reaffirmed to not have ‘spiritual feast’ services in the Alaska Moravian Province churches. 2. That APB invites both Bishops (Jacob Nelson and William Nicholson) to the March regular meeting to provide information from the Synod delegates. •

2011 Resolutions Passed:

1. Healing Committee Resolution # 11-01 Use of official rules for the execution of the previous “to endorse the decision of APB to terminate Anchorage Pastor of his ministerial duties within the Alaska Moravian Church”. This resolution is directed to the Alaska Provincial Board. .

2. Healing Committee Resolution # 11-02: Regarding Manokotak Be it resolved that the Bishop with APB representatives visit this congregation; Further resolved that the Bishop and APB go there with desire to build up membership and to encourage growth in their personal walk with the Lord Jesus Christ.
(Passed)

3. Yupiit Resolution # 11-01 Number of Synod Delegates from Congregations This resolution is tabled for the next Synod in 2012 after it is discussed during the fall District meetings.

4. Yupiit Resolution# 11-02: For the Alaska Moravian Church to reaffirm its unique status as a church with Yup’ik language as a primary language: This resolution was defeated.

5. Finance and Stewardship Committee Resolution # 11-01 Regarding additional funding for CE/Youth program. Be it resolved that each Communicant membership fee be increased by $10.00, from
$45.00 to $55.00, additional$ 10.00 to go to the Youth Program. (Passed)

Recommendations Adopted:
1. Evangelism and Outreach Committee Recommendation # 1: That evangelistic services be held in all villages by April 30, 2011, that has not been visited; that follow-up be made for those who made decisions to surrender their live to Jesus Christ; that APB take responsibility to appoint and select speakers with assistance from the Provincial Board of Evangelism and that PBE and the traveling Evangelist work cooperatively to make positive decisions for the ministry.

2. CE Youth Committee Recommendation # 1: That during youth gatherings, offerings be handled as follows: one-forth to be sent to the Provincial office and the rest remain in the village to cover local Youth activities expenses.

2012 SYNOD RESOLUTIONS:

1. Synod Resolution # 12-01: That Synod support and authorize the name of the Moravian Church in Anchorage to be FIRST MORAVIAN CHURCH of ANCHORAGE and recommend that the name be installed immediately.

2. Synod Resolution # 12-02: That the members of the FIRST MORAVIAN CHURCH of ANCHORAGE hereby request assistance in the following:
A. Pastoral Support, someone with experience in taking a church from ground up and building of membership; and to lead the church as if it is a starting from ground up;
B. Legal Support through APB office to assist that FIRST MORAVIAN CHURCH of ANCHORAGE on legal issues it may experience; and,
C. Provide FIRST MORAVIAN CHURCH of ANCHORAGE with songbooks for the worship services of the FIRST MORAVIAN CHURCH of ANCHORAGE.

3. Synod Resolution # 12-03: That the FIRST MORAVIAN CHURCH of ANCHORAGE which was recognized by the Alaska Provincial Board for remaining, be submissive to the Unitas Fratrum and the Alaska Moravian Church, be recognized and have it be made .known to the congregations within the Alaska Moravian Province; and,
That the FIRST MORAVIAN CHURCH of ANCHORAGE in loving faith, accept back faithful Moravian members in Anchorage , Alaska.

4. Synod Resolution # 12-04: That each Youth group from the Alaska Moravian Churches also send money to help and assist with the Christian Education fund; and, That the Youth groups from the Alaska Moravian Churches send $ 400.00 each year and name it, “Youth Group Assessment”.

5. Synod Resolution# 12-05: That the 2012 Synod delegates from the Alaska Moravian Churches, the recommendations from the Evangelism Committee be implemented in the 2012 Evangelistic meetings held in our churches the following:
1. The speakers are chosen by the village congregations from within the district or nearby districts
and will be paid for by each congregation . •
2. Congregations can choose if they want to have an Evangelistic or Revival services.
3. Churches will create a follow-up method to keep tract of those who have made decisions to ensure proper follow-up through visitation, encouragement, Bible study groups, mentoring personal Bible study, or some other method.
4. Before having the Evangelistic or Revival services, designated people will review or receive
training on how to lead a person to Christ and how to give support and disciple a new believer.
5. Churches should report back to the Traveling Evangelist and/or to the Evangelism Committee
on the effectiveness of the process and costs for travel.

6. Synod Resolution# 12-06: That the 2012 Synod support the purpose of this resolution to dedicate up to fifty (50) percent from the congregation monthly Singspiration offerings so that we will guarantee funding to the Hymnal Committee for the duration of its task

7. Synod Resolution# 12-07: That the CE/Youth Director may, at his/her discretion live where he or she chooses.

2012 SYNOD RECOMMENDATIONS:

1. Synod Recommendation # 1: That the Alaska Moravian Church and its Pastors/Members earnest prayer must be for a complete spiritual restoration within its fellowship with one another and with God.

2. Synod Recommendation # 2: That it is highly recommended for Pastors, Lay Pastors or Elders-in­ Charge to keep their church register book or record books updated consistently .

3. Synod Recommendation# 3: That it is recommended not more than one (1) Lay Pastor or Pastor be allowed to submit a request for furlough in one(l) calendar year.

4. Synod Recommendation # 4: That the people who be recognized to participate fully in each of the Synod meetings are those who have been invited and recognized by APB, those who have been elected delegates, the ex-officio members and special guests.

5. Synod Recommendation # 5: It is recommended to the APB to support the creation of a Yup’ik speaking Hospital Chaplain part-time position (up to 20 hours per week) to cover the needs of the YKHC patients .

2013 SYNOD RESOLUTIONS

1. Synod Resolution# 13-01: Be it resolved that another district within the Alaska Moravian Province be established consisting of the First Moravian Church of Anchorage, Bethel Moravian Church, and the Dillingham Moravian Church, and shall be called the Central District.
2. Synod Resolution # 13-02: Be it resolved that the status of the Platinum Moravian Congregation be changed and be recognized as “Platinum Moravian Fellowship”.
3. Synod Resolution# 13-03: Be it resolved that the 2013 Provincial Synod direct the Alaska Provincial Board to allocate funds, not to exceed $ 26,000.00, to provide the necessary capital to complete improvements to the Alaska Bible Seminary and Dean’s residence.
4. Synod Resolution# 13-04: Be it resolved that the 2013 Provincial Synod direct the Alaska Provincial Board to allocate funds, not to exceed $ 160,000.00, to provide the necessary capital, inventory and operating monies to move forward with the Moravian Bookstore opening.
5. Synod Resolution # 13-05: Be it resolved the amount of .the Hospital Chaplaincy assessment be increased from$ 426.00 to $ 650.00 to meet current salary breakdown of the First Moravian Church of Anchorage pastor.

2013 SYNOD RECOMMENDATIONS:

1. Synod Recommendation # 1: It is highly recommended that two (2) interpreters be appointed prior to all future AMC Synods, and that they be present for the duration of the meetings. It is essential that all discussions be thoroughly understood in both Yup’ik and English before important decisions are finalized.

2. Synod Recommendation# 2: (Update 2006-01) That the Youth select their own time limits for the speakers and organize their own schedule for Youth events and gatherings.

3. Synod Recommendation# 3: (Correction Update) That Youth be allowed to vote for Youth leaders within their own congregations (2003-01). The Elders are to oversee their actions and that they mentor them to be ministers.

4. Synod Recommendation # 4: That 2013 Evangelism/Revival _ schedule be planned by the Province; Provide training on an on-going basis, in each congregation to properly conduct evangelism, and that elders or other qualified speakers and Pastors listed in the Provincial office not be excluded for selection.

5. Synod Recommendation # 5: It is recommended to implement the AMC Book of Order contents in Section III Outreach, #’s 730-742. All evangelism speakers appointed should be biblically qualified.