- All members of class “A” are a member of the symposium with all the privileges to the class.
- All Affiliates members are in the class “A”
- All Associates are in the Class “B”
Symposiums – Synods – Conclave Elections
Under Canon Laws Articles 004, 007, 010, 013.
The Presiding Bishop of the Eric Michel Ministries International is the chief ecumenical officer of the chaplaincies and the leader and caretaker for the bishops of the Permanent Synods and he’s the Chief Financial Officers and Trustees of the EMMI. The presiding bishop chairs the Chaplaincies-wide Assemblies and provides for the preparation of agendas for the Symposium, the House of Bishops and its executive committee the Board of Executives Elders, and the House of Elders. The Presiding Bishop of the EMMI is elected for life, he is charged with initiating policy, developing strategy and overseeing the administration of the entire EMMI Chaplaincies. The presiding bishop also serves as a figurehead and speaks on behalf of the entire church, he is also known as the Archbishop.
- The Permanent Synod: Chaplaincy Day-To-Day Business, officers elected for their mandate. The maximum number of bishop’s elders in governing is 72 in the Permanent Synods.
- The Project Synod: Studies and Work on Different Topics, officers elected or named for that project only.
- The Symposium Synod: Officers elected for the general assembly only. A Symposium has no limit in time. It depends on task to be accomplished by all members class «A».
House Of Bishop
- All Bishops are members of the house of bishop.
- Only Chaplain Bishops are members of the Permanent Synod
- Any Bishop of the Permanent Synod can be elected as Archbishop
The Archbishop is elected for life. At their death or vacancy in the Archbishop office that may also result from the Archbishop’s resignation, a conclave is required to be called of the Permanent Synod convened to elect a new Bishop President, also known as the Archbishop. The Archbishop is considered by EMMI Chaplaincies Members to be the apostolic successor of Mary Magdalene and Saint James and earthly head our Church. The conclave takes place twenty-one (21) days after the death of the Archbishop, during this time the Symposium Synod is ruling for a total time of ninety (90) days, including the training of the new Archbishop. The 9 nine (9) members of the Executive Elders are dismissed until new nominations by the elected Archbishop. During the time Local Chaplaincies are under the direction of the Symposium Synod.
No Clergy members are in authority for the time of the ninety (90) days.
Procedure to elect an Archbishop:
- All members class «A» from each chaplaincy choose two (2) nominees among Bishops of the Permanent Synod, by the consensus of the clergy and laity of the Chaplaincies.
- Bishops of the Permanent Synod Elect the Archbishop among the nominees and they are designated the sole body of electors
All votes for the ted position of the Archbishop shall be taken by secret ballot. A two-thirds (48 of 72) majority vote is required to elect the new Archbishop, which also requires acceptance from the person elected. Votes of affirmation from the floor are permitted after 10 unsuccessful elections. Instead of casting votes, the Archbishop is selected by general consensus or by acclamation of the House of Bishops. In this case, a simple majority vote sufficed for election. This is the only time that the House of Bishops is involved in an Archbishop Election.
If all Chaplaincies selected all 72 as nominees, only the 1st choice will be kept for election for a total of 36 Chaplain Bishops. An Archbishop should be chosen by merits and accomplishments.
The candidates of the Archbishop position should be:
- Baptist, Methodist or any of the Liberal or Christians Progressivism
- Must be a Chaplain Ordain Minister
- Older than 40 years.
- Carrying the title of Doctor or Master on the way to be Doctor
- Have been a Bishop for at least 5 years.
- Vacant Seat
- Immediately Symposium Synod take over EMMI
- 7 days to call for a Special Symposium to present all nominees. The numbers of candidates should not be less than 3 and not more than 36. The Holy Synod of the Eric Michel Ministries International Chaplain members “72 Bishops” representative of the elders of both polity will elect the Archbishop from that list of nominees. The Bishops have 14 days to consult each member of each chaplaincy at their Board of Elders Local Meeting.
- 21 days the conclave takes place to chose the Archbishop
- 90 days the new Archbishop rules over the Symposium Synod
- Th Service of Investiture for The Most Rev. Dr. New Archbishop of the Eric Michel Ministries International takes place on the first Sunday after the 90 days.
House of Bishops Bless and Receive the new Archbishop
The Board of Executive Elders with the Archbishop at is the head is the primary governing and legislative body of the Eric Michel Ministries International. Except for the Constitution and Canons, it is the ultimate authority in the EMMI Chaplaincy. The Symposium comprises two houses: The House of Bishops and the House of Elders. It meets regularly once every year; however, the House of Bishops meets regularly in between sessions of the Symposium. The Bishops have the right to call special meetings of Symposium (General Convention).
All Chaplaincies, Bishop Pastors and assistant bishops of the EMMI, whether active or retired, have seat and vote in the House of Bishops. Each Ministry and Sub-Ministry are entitled to representation in the House of Elders who are confirmed communicants in good standing. Resolutions must pass both houses in order to take effect in the Symposium. The Symposium is divided into committees which consider resolutions. Resolutions arise from four various sources:
Resolutions from House of Elders or coming from a local Chaplaincy Board of Elders
Resolutions which come from Bishops
Each properly submitted resolution is referred to a convention committee which makes its recommendation to the House. When one house has acted on the resolution it is sent to the other house for consideration. After if no consensus will be presented at a Symposium.
Presiding Bishop or Archbishop
The presiding officer of the House of Bishops is the Presiding Bishop. Both houses and all members of Class “A” take part in the selection of a new Presiding Bishop. When a new Presiding Bishop is to be elected, the houses meet together in a joint session and call for a Special Symposium. During the 21 days session, any members can nominate additional candidates from the Permanent Synod. The Conclave (Chaplain Bishops) elects the Presiding Bishop from among all 36 nominees or less. The results of the election are reported to the House of Bishops.
The presiding officers of the Board of the Permanent Synod are the president and vice president. A treasurer is elected by the two houses at every regular meeting of the Symposium. The treasurer formulates the budget of EMMI, receives and disburses all money collected under the authority of the convention, and with the approval of the Presiding Bishop invests surplus funds. If the office of treasurer becomes vacant, the Archbishop and the President of the Board of Elders appoints a treasurer until a new election is held. The Executive Elders is Most Rev. Dr. Eric M. Gagnon, The Vice-President is the Rt. Rev. Marie Y. Arnold MSc. D.
At each regular meeting of the Symposium, the secretary of the House of Elders is by concurrent action of both houses made the secretary of the Symposium. The secretary oversees the publishing of the Journal of the Symposium. In addition, the secretary also notifies the bishops and secretaries of every chaplaincy about the Symposium, especially alterations to the constitution of the EMMI. If the offices of president and vice president become vacant, the secretary calls for duties of the Synod of the Symposium until the next Archbishop is in active duty.
The Board of Executive Elders oversees all aspects of the work of Church governance, from site selection through supervision and funding of the work mandated by the convention”. He supervises the secretary, treasurer, and manager before and after the Symposium and heads the executive office of the Symposium which coordinates the work of the committees, commissions, boards, and agencies.
Interim bodies, meeting in between sessions of the Symposium, include the House of Elders and various standing commissions which study and draft policy proposals for consideration and report back to the Symposium. Each standing commission consists of clerics and laypersons. Bishops are appointed by the Archbishop while the other clergy and laypersons are appointed by the president of the House of Elders. Members are appointed to rotating terms so that the term for half of the members expires after each regular meeting of the Symposium.
The standing commissions are:
- National Concerns, Peace and Justice
- Structure of the Chaplaincies, Stewardship and Development
- Constitution and Canons
- Communication and Interfaith Relations
- Liturgy and Music
- Education and Formation
The Presiding Bishop and the President of the House of Elders are members of all commissions and can appoint personal representatives to attend commission meetings with the right to vote, and appoint members as liaison persons to provide communication between the Synod and each commission. These liaison persons are not commission members and cannot vote; though, they do have a voice. The Archbishop also appoints a staff member to assist each commission in its work. Each committee presents their work at the annual Symposium.
At the Head Quarter in Canada, the House of Elders is overseeing all Board of Elders who are local Chaplaincy or Churches.
NB: Election of the House of Elder refers to the Congregation By-Laws Article 018