The Michigan Mission Center Fall Conference is responsible for electing directors to serve on mission center boards and delegates to serve at Community of Christ National and World Conferences. Expectations and information for these elected positions can be found below.
Board of Directors for Blue Water Campground, Park of the Pines, Sanford Campground, and The Woodlands.
The following information is taken from the Campgrounds Operating Policy – October 2019.
Affiliation and Mission
Each Campground is affiliated, owned, and operated by the Community of Christ, also known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, headquartered in Independence, Missouri. Each Campground will be operated and managed by a Board of Directors (“Board”) that will be elected at the annual Mission Center conference. The Campground Board will be accountable to and supervised by the Mission Center Officers for the Michigan Mission Center. The Mission Center Officers will develop operating policies, in communication with the campground boards, that will be approved by Michigan Mission Center Council. These policies shall be in accordance to the administrative policies and organizational bylaws of the Community of Christ and subject to approval by the Presiding Bishopric of the Church.
The mission of the Campground Board shall be to proclaim Jesus Christ and promote communities of joy, hope, love, and peace by providing places for camping experiences that include fellowship, worship, recreation, and personal development. In addition, it shall be the purpose of the Campground Board to provide proper stewardship over the campground, and to use resources available to carry out that function.
Qualifications for Serving on the Board of Directors
A prospective member to the Board shall:
(a) not have been convicted of a felony within the past five years.
(b) not have been declared of unsound mind by a final order of a court.
(c) be an active participant in the life of a Congregation as determined by their Pastor.
(d) be approved by the MCP and MCFO if the prospective candidate is not an active participant in the life of a Congregation.
(e) be a registered youth worker.
(f) not be an employee, or a spouse of an employee, of the campground.
Term of Office
Elected Directors shall serve for a term of three years or until their successor has been elected and taken office. Elected Directors shall serve staggered terms with one-third being elected each year. The terms will begin on January 1 and expire on December 31. Elected Directors may serve a total of three consecutive 3-year terms.
Scope of Authority
The Board of Directors is empowered to act on matters of property and facilities management, business management, marketing, capital development, fundraising activities, and risk management.
Responsibilities of the Board of Directors
The Board shall have the following powers and responsibilities:
(a) Develop policy for management of the Campground.
(b) Develop long and short term plans for the Campground.
(c) Manage the funds and assets of the Campground.
(d) Invest assets in accordance to church policy.
(e) Report the annual operating budget for the Campground to the Annual Mission Center Conference.
(f) Appoint, support, or recall the business manager and/or executive director, and/or caretaker and/or resident manager for the Campground.
(g) Supervise the maintenance of the physical plant, property, and equipment.
(h) Elect annually the following officers for the Board: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Financial Officer (Treasurer).
(i) Appoint special committees deemed necessary for the accomplishment of the purposes of the Campground.
(j) Shall physically visit the grounds periodically in order to visualize proper stewardship over the grounds.
(k) Keep the financial records of the Campground.
(l) Provide for an annual audit in consultation with the Mission Center Financial Officer.
(m) Hire employees of the Campground.
(n) Follow Risk Management guidelines as established by the World Church.
(o) Follow all local, state, and federal government laws.
The Board shall meet a minimum of four times during each fiscal year. The date and time of the meetings shall be established by the Board, with written notification to be given by the Board Secretary at least ten days prior to each meeting. The meeting place shall be determined by the Executive Committee if not held at the Campground.
Journey House Campus Ministry Center
The following information is taken from the Journey House Campus Ministry Center Bylaws.
Journey House Campus Ministry Center provides housing for students enrolled in post-secondary education. The housing environment is structured to enable peaceful student living where community formation and personal development are encouraged. Opportunities for spiritual formation, discipleship development, leadership enhancement, and personal growth are made available by JHCM to both residents and other students in the local community. The identity, mission, message, and beliefs of Community of Christ (Enduring Principles, Basic Beliefs, Mission Initiatives, etc.) inform and direct the operation of JHCM.
Scope of Authority
The Board is empowered to act on all matters of operations for JHCM. Specific areas of responsibility for the Board shall include but not be limited to the following:
(1) Managing the funds, facilities, and other assets of JHCM
(2) Approving the annual operating budget for JHCM
(3) Hiring, supervising, and terminating JHCM employees
(4) Developing the JHCM vision and strategic plan
(5) Determining policies and procedures for JHCM management and operation
(6) Promoting and marketing JHCM
Qualifications for Directors
The following requirements must be met in order to be elected as a Director:
(1) Have no record of felony convictions within the past five years
(2) Have no court orders declaring an unsound mind
(3) Be an active participant in the life of a Congregation as determined by the Pastor or be approved by mission center officers.
(4) Not be an employee or spouse of an employee of JHCM
Term of Office
Each Director shall serve for a term of three years or until his/her successor has been elected and taken office. A term shall begin on July 1 and expire on June 30. Directors shall be elected by majority vote of the Michigan Mission Center Conference. The Conference shall conduct elections for three Directors each year. The Directors elected will begin their term of office on July 1 of the following year.
Regular meetings of the Board shall be held at least quarterly. The Secretary shall send notice of meeting times and locations to all Directors at least ten (10) days prior to all regular meetings.
World Conference Delegates
The World Conference is the highest legislative body in the church and should be organized with primary reference to its legislative functions. The World Conference is constituted according to the provisions of the rules of representation and is empowered to act for the entire church. Mission centers are authorized to elect delegates to the World Conference. Delegates are members of the World Conference to which they are elected and are entitled to voice and vote at its meetings.
The number of delegates to the World Conference shall be apportioned to approximate a total of 2,800 persons. Each mission center shall be entitled to two delegates. Additional delegates, in a number adequate to bring the total to approximately 2,800, shall be apportioned among the mission centers according to their membership enrollment. The Michigan Mission Center has been apportioned 192 delegates for the 2019 World Conference. The only qualification for eligibility as a delegate to the World Conference shall be membership in good standing in the church.
In the process of electing delegates to the World Conference, every effort should be made to assure that the mission center’s delegation is representative of its membership with age, congregational membership, gender, and priesthood status being carefully considered. In electing delegates, a plurality vote is considered sufficient for election with the alternates being ranked according to the number of votes each received.
Information about the 2019 World Conference can be found on the Community of Christ website. The Disciple Development Fund can be utilized by those who are eligible to provide financial support for attending conference.