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{METHSSOC, CHILDREN MINISTRY/SUNDAY SCHOOL, GIRLS AND BOYS BRIGADE, ETC.}
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
PARTS TOPIC PAGE #
Introduction 4
Part 1 Origin of Wesley Guild 5
Part 2 Coming of Wesley Guild in Afr...
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Qoute from unknown Methodist Scholar.
Another scholar says “The Wesley Guild is a movement within the Methodist Church t...
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The concept of Senior Wesley Guild of the Methodist Church is a fellowship of young at heart/elde
who firmly believes an...
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IN BRIEF: This tradition was born during the time of John Wesley and
continued to be part of the Methodist Church which...
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Some of the leaders as Methodist and some were Wesley Guild leaders at the early age: -
Names: Mashinini,
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*A Guilder’s experience after attending a Camp/Youth Come Together that summarise its importance
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THE FIRST CONNEXIONAL OFFICE ELECTED IN 2001
There will always be a need to recognise the work of the first MCSA electe...
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Part 5: Recommendations for the future Wesley Guild
5.1. Wesley Guild must always be a ‘movement’.
It is of vital impor...
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5.6. The Wesley Guilders and other Methodist that goes to tertiary institutions should
join Methssoc or establish one a...
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REVIEWING THE 4C’s FOR THE FUTURE BY BRO MATTHEWS BANTSIJANG
Overview of the 4C’s in relation to the Pledge :
 Creativ...
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testimonies. I have to say that through these experiments ministers arose in this movement.
Fox and Morris 1992 edition...
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In the mid-late 80’s the emphasis was moved from doing service for but for the
Development. Basically guilders moved fr...
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Comradeship - To enjoy the talent in terms of sports, camps and other related events within
What Comradeship is all abo...
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MAIN REFERENCE DOCUMENTS
(MAINLY AS LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK FOR WESLEY GUILD)
 Guild Charter (Attachment A)
 David City...
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ATTACHMENT A
BRIEF ABOUT WESLEY GUILD CHARTER
The Methodist Guild was established in Cape Coast in 1899 to mobilize Met...
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ATTACHMENT B
‘Draft’ Constitution of the Methodist Youth Unit
1. NAME OF THE ORGANISATION:
The name shall be the METHOD...
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5.4. The rights of the leaders’ meetings at societal level to discipline members, in all matters of church
governance a...
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8.3. The Connexional Youth Executive shall be convened annually before the sitting of the Connexional
Executive on alte...
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The Circuit M.Y.U. executive shall be directly accountable to Circuit structures as per L&D; viz. The
Superintendent Mi...
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General Conference during that year, and start their term of office officially at the start of the year following the
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A T T A C H M E N T C
C o n s t i t u t i o n o f M E T H S S O C
Preamble
We, the students of the institutions of high...
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4.1.6 Public Relations Officer.
4.1.7 Projects Officer.
4.1.8 Gender and Transformation Officer.
4.1.9 Religious and Th...
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4.2.5 Treasurer.
The Treasurer shall:
4.2.5.1 Be responsible for all finances and financial policies of METHSSOC.
4.2.5...
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4.3.4 Deputy Secretary General.
4.3.5 Treasurer.
4.3.6 Public Relations Officer.
4.3.7 Projects Officer.
4.3.8 Gender a...
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5.3.3 For every nomination to be valid it should mention the portfolio, full names of the nominee and the names
of the ...
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7.4.1.1 For all meetings the quorum shall be 50+1% of all those who are entitle to attend and vote.
7.4.1.2 Should the ...
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9.2 Powers and Duties.
9.2.1 The general council is empowered to receive reports from CEC and its affiliated structures...
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HISTORY AND FUTURE OF WESLEY GUILD
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  1. 1. {METHSSOC, CHILDREN MINISTRY/SUNDAY SCHOOL, GIRLS AND BOYS BRIGADE, ETC.}
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  3. 3. 3 TABLE OF CONTENTS PARTS TOPIC PAGE # Introduction 4 Part 1 Origin of Wesley Guild 5 Part 2 Coming of Wesley Guild in Africa and South Africa 8 Part 3 Wesley Guild During South African Struggle against Apartheid 12 Part 4 Wesley Guild Today 16  MCSA Youth Unit 19  Wesley Guild and Sunday School/Children Ministry 20  Wesley Guild and Methssoc 20 Part 5 Recommendations for the future Wesley Guild 23 Reviewing the 4C’s for the future Wesley Guild by Brother Matthews Bantsijang 25 References and Acknowledgements 28 Attachment A: Brief on the Wesley Guild Charter 29 Attachment B: Draft Constitution of the Methodist Youth Unit 30 Attachment C: Constitution of Methssoc 37
  4. 4. 4 Qoute from unknown Methodist Scholar. Another scholar says “The Wesley Guild is a movement within the Methodist Church that has its roots in the Wesleyan tradition of Faith Witness in the 18th Century. The Faith Witness tradition of the Methodist movement is spreading Scriptural Holiness and Social Justice”. Limpopo District Coordinator’s Address on the 05 th September 2009 at the Youth Come Together in Cullinan, Pretoria: Rev Sethunya Motlhodi SAYS “…. The Wesley Guild was planned as a Youth Movement, to meet the needs of young people growing up in the Church. Its aim was to provide them with training in the Christian life, Healthy recreation, opportunities for cultural development and a challenge to Christian Service…”. ….”. I, Matthews Bantsijang, further ask about our future, where are we and where are we going?  2006 – till to date, what was the struggle, and tomorrow, what must we focus on?
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  7. 7. 7 The concept of Senior Wesley Guild of the Methodist Church is a fellowship of young at heart/elde who firmly believes and experienced the calling of our lord Jesus Christ in their own ways. Its members are mainly previous members that members of Wesley Guild and feel that they need Brothers and Sisters that are older. In December 1970 a working party was established to produce a paper on the future of the Guild. The conclusion was a realisation that while the Guild was no longer attractive to young people, it was still very much alive as an organisation for older church members. To the original basic principles of the Guild Charter - the four Cs of comradeship, consecration, culture and Christian service, were added new objectives aimed at making the Guild more adult and modern in outlook. In 1973 the Methodist Church was restructured and the Guild became part of the Division of Ministries. A National Guild Secretary was appointed and a committee established to deal specifically with Guild matters. These changes helped to revitalize the organisation at a time when its value and relevance was being called into question. The 1980s saw a renewal of Conference Guild Rallies and increasing inter-guild activity. Currently there are just over a thousand guilds nationwide. The programme of meetings produced by individual guilds cover a broad spectrum of activity from social gatherings to worship. One of the conclusion on the 1970 Paper on the future of Wesley Guild was the need to have A Senior Wesley Guilds. Since then only few circuits manage to establish the Senior Wesley Guilds. The question is whether we really need Senior Wesley Guild as we never limited members with age and most Wesley Guilders at heart will always be Wesley Guilders irrespective of age.
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  11. 11. 11 IN BRIEF: This tradition was born during the time of John Wesley and continued to be part of the Methodist Church which was formed after the death of Father Wesley. The Wesley Guild (WG) movement was born as a Youth expression of this Faith tradition in RSA around 1932 and in its conception the WG assumed the model of C’s. BRIEF ABOUT JOHN WESLEY John Wesley - (1703-1791), preacher, theologian and founder of the Methodist Church. The Wesley family was made famous by the two brothers, John and Charles, who worked together in the rise of Methodism in the British Isles during the 18th century. They were among the ten children surviving infancy born to Samuel Wesley (1662 - 1735), Anglican rector of Epworth, Lincolnshire, and Susanna Annesley Wesley, daughter of Samuel Annesley, a dissenting minister. John Wesley was born June 28, 1703, died Mar. 2, 1791, and was the principal founder of the Methodist movement. His mother was important in his emotional and educational development. John's education continued at Charterhouse School and at Oxford, where he studied at Christ Church and was elected (1726) fellow of Lincoln College. He was ordained in 1728. After a brief absence (1727 - 29) to help his father at Epworth, John returned to Oxford to discover that his brother Charles had founded a Holy Club composed of young men interested in spiritual growth. John quickly became a leading participant of this group, which was dubbed the Methodists. After this spiritual conversion, which centered on the realization of salvation by faith in Christ alone, he devoted his life to evangelism. Beginning in 1739 he established Methodist societies throughout the country. He traveled and preached constantly. After 1791 the leadership of Methodism was placed in the Conference and a scheme for a Methodist episcopate (bishops) was rejected in favour of an annually elected President. Tensions over theology, church government, mission strategy and personalities led to a whole series of splits in the movement over the next From its history, Methodism inherited a Connexional structure rather than a congregational one. Congregations are not autonomous and cannot act without regard to the rest of the Connexion. Late in life Wesley married Mary Vazeille, a widow. He continued throughout his life a regimen of personal discipline and ordered living. He died at 88, still preaching, still traveling, and still a clergyman of the Church of England. In 1784, however, he had given the Methodist societies a legal constitution, and in the same year he ordained Thomas Coke for ministry in the United States; this action signaled an independent course for Methodism.
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  15. 15. 15 Some of the leaders as Methodist and some were Wesley Guild leaders at the early age: - Names: Mashinini, Teboho“Tsietsi” Macdonald Born: 27 January 1957, Central Western Jabavu, Soweto, South Africa Died: 1990, while in exile in Guinea In Summary: Preeminent leader of Indian nationalism and prophet of nonviolence in the 20th century. Led the 1976 Soweto march. Names: Makgatho, Sefako Mapogo Born: 1861, Mphatlhele, Pietersburg, Transvaal (now Limpopo province) Died: 23 May 1951, Riverside, Pretoria In Summary: Politian, Second President of the African National Congress from 1917 – 1924, journalist and teacher. Names: Rev Mahabane, Zaccheus Richard Born: 15 August 1881, Thaba Nchu, Orange Free State (now Free State) Died: September, 1971 In Summary: Political activist, teacher, interpreter and clergyman. Name: Nelson Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandela Born: 18 July 1918 Birthplace: Qunu, Umtata, Transkei In Summary: Sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964. Imprison for 27yrs, a former President of African National Congress, became the first black President of South Africa on May 10, 1994. Trained as an attorney and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Names: Zuma, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Born: Born: 12 April 1942, Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal (then Zululand), South Africa In Summary: Current President of South Africa, African National Congress (ANC) President and former Deputy President of South Africa. Names: Motlanthe, Petrus Kgalema Born: 19 July 1949, Bela Bela, Limpopo Province, South Africa In Summary: ANC Deputy President and Deputy President of South Africa, Secretary-General African National Congress (ANC) 1997- 2007, Secretary- General National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) 1992, Education Officer - National Union Of Mineworkers and Trade Unionist – COSATU.
  16. 16. 16 *A Guilder’s experience after attending a Camp/Youth Come Together that summarise its importance
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  22. 22. 22 THE FIRST CONNEXIONAL OFFICE ELECTED IN 2001 There will always be a need to recognise the work of the first MCSA elected Connexional Office in 2001 for the Connexional Youth Unit as  Coordinator: Rev. Monwabisi Moses  General Secretary: Sis. Rebotile Mashigo  Treasurer: Bro Matthews Bantsijang  Methssoc President: Dr Nomonde Mqhayi  The then District Coordinators like Rev. Jongikaya Zihle(Draft Constitution), Rev Mogomotsi Diutlwileng(Fund Raising - YEDI), Rev Molefi Andrew Matsane, Rev Molefi Tau and others that I cannot recall but their names and efforts will be recalled upstairs.
  23. 23. 23 Part 5: Recommendations for the future Wesley Guild 5.1. Wesley Guild must always be a ‘movement’. It is of vital importance to keep the Wesley Guild as movement that changes with time by periodically refocusing and reviewing our 4C’s to be relevant to the challenges and opportunities facing the Youth today and tomorrow and always struggle for unity under the theme “one heart, one way”. As it was created, it must never be limited to Methodist members only. 5.2. The first Sunday of November every year should be celebrated in every Methodist Church as Wesley Guild Day. The literature in this book and all other resources lead me to conclude that the first Wesley Guild was formed in November 1899, while it’s unfortunate not to have exact day of the month, but being conclusive to say the first meeting was on the first Sunday of November 1899. I therefore recommend that Wesley Guild Day should be on the first Sunday of November of every year. (The first week of November 2009, marked the celebration of 110 years of Wesley Guild). 5.3. Wesley Guilders should always lead in the religious, political, economical and social issues of the day. Most of prominent leaders of the society like politicians and other prominent leaders in the our societies emerged from Wesley Guild, not just in South Africa, but world wide mainly because of the lessons they acquired from the Wesley Guild as the movement of today and tomorrow leaders. 5.4. Once a Wesley Guilder, always will hence I say there should be no age limit in Wesley Guild. All the people who grow as Guilders will always be young by heart and will always want to be part of Guild hence it is vital to keep them and also use them as the source of inspiration, knowledge and support to new and young guilders while they also don’t oppress others. 5.5. The Methodist Church should not be stringent to Wesley Guild and must also accommodate Wesley Guild to have ‘a face of social life’. Wesley Guild should be able to recruit and accommodate all types of people in the society while teaching them to be responsible and belief in Christ. In the literature I collected, it is mentioned that initially till to date, Wesley Guild social gathering as Comradeship, alcohol was taken optionally but responsibly. This also says that the Wesley Guild is the platform were youth start exploring and learning the good and bad of life like through relationships, responsible drinking, discouraging use of drugs, immoral sex, learn best life survival skills, etc.
  24. 24. 24 5.6. The Wesley Guilders and other Methodist that goes to tertiary institutions should join Methssoc or establish one and take an active part in campus life activities as we say “To bring about change, let’s show ourselves”. This will always be a fellowship where people of all ages and all denominations from different places at tertiary education can meet and pray together as they used to pray and worship back home. This a club of students open to all members and friends of Methodists at different tertiary institutions allowing plenty of time for fellowship and conversation and offering program of speakers and events. 5.7. Wesley Guild should always support Sunday School/Children Ministry. There are three things that the Wesley Guild should always do to support Sunday School being Guilders volunteering to be Sunday School teachers, supporting them financial and on their projects while you also involve them on Wesley Guild projects. 5.8. A need of continuous improvement on discipline. Pointing out that the Youth of today are having a special responsibility as far as discipline is concern while being regarded as the worst in terms of discepline. As parents and leaders of tomorrow in the community, they must develop responsibility of being discipline at the early age during these changing times of democratizing the world. A need to understand discipline and being utmost disciplined but not rigid! Remember, if we are not disciplined, we will never win and our movement will perish. 5.9. Our excellent pledge, slogans and themes should be taught to all new guilders and be practiced at all times from the ‘heart’. I cannot emphasis more but mainly the following:  “I (your name) desire by the grace of God to live a Christian life and to take an active part in promoting the aims and objectives of the Wesley Guild. Go, Unite, Inspire, Love and Develop”.  “One heart, one way”.  “To bring about change, let’s show ourselves” etc.
  25. 25. 25 REVIEWING THE 4C’s FOR THE FUTURE BY BRO MATTHEWS BANTSIJANG Overview of the 4C’s in relation to the Pledge :  Creativity/Culture : To leave an Lead a Christian Life  Consecration : - I desire By the grace of God  Community Development : To take an active Part in Promoting the Aims and Objectives  Comradeship : I shall go Unite, Inspire, Love & Develop The Model of C’s is a framework that is used to structure and guide the youth programmes. The C’s are used to categorize the programme activities in a way that gives structure and order to such activities 1. CREATIVITY The view of Sister Kgomotso Mahlaba on Culture/Creativity What Creativity is all about for now and the future?  Being Creative and Innovative  Being a thinking Tank & Strategist  Embracing Diversity  Being Open Minded & a Catalyst NB: Creativity is NOT about Individual backgrounds & traditions, stagnant, talk without Action and lack of Partnerships and Christian Relationships. The C was changed to creativity because the Guilders tend to concentrate on cultural issues only. Liberate our intellect; giving new ideas and learning to understand ourselves in this planet and be creative also explore about things even our religion. This is done through debates workshops, special events so on. It’s about creative ideas keeping in mind our faith. 2. CONCENCRATION Rev V Nyobole defines Concentration on document ‘4 C’s for Christ renewed purpose manual’: “The main focus of this C would be to show commitment to the One who loves us. Bringing young people to a full dedication of their lives to God and His world would mean an active programme to deepening spirituality, evangelism & teaching. This is where we grow into full Christian maturity. It is the only C which has a Vertical Dimension. Here its all about us and God, where we fully depend on Him and say “we surrender all”. We praise Him, we ask for forgiveness and ask for His guidance. We build/embrace our faith. (Prov 3:6 Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way). In summary it is a learning to dedicate our lives to Christ and commit ourselves to His service; we show commitment to the One who loves us”. Guild may be the only contact many have with Christian faith, for some it could be a place to which they expect to learn more. This is where we need to encourage living fellowship. This is also where we experiment amongst each other by preaching, praying and giving
  26. 26. 26 testimonies. I have to say that through these experiments ministers arose in this movement. Fox and Morris 1992 edition - Let the Redeemed of the Lord say so! says “Preaching and testifying make possible an encounter with Christ” Lets give examples on treating Consecration as follows: praying, worshiping, preaching, Bible study/sharing thoughts on scripture, meditation on the word of God (Bible), liaise with the minister, etc. Spirituality: We are called to look beyond our own work and functions (mention 7 calls of transformation. John 4:24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and in truth. Holy Spirit works in and through ordinary people like you and me. “The Holy Spirit gives us the gift of Faith and equips us on our journey with spiritual gifts” (1 Cor 12: 3-6). P11 of yearbook 2009 The presiding Bishop invites us Methodist people to once again become an evangelical prayer movement led by the Spirit to bring about a spiritual awakening in S.A. John Wesley said our task is to reform the nation, particularly the church and to spread scriptural holiness throughout the land. Making Consecration suit us today and tomorrow In the midst of our daily challenges (unemployment Poverty, low self esteem, relationships, HIV/Aids, Spiritual thirst, materialisms ) as youth we need to ask our selves these question:  Who is Jesus for us today?  How do we do reflection on the word of God in a given situation?  How to handle and interpret the Bible?  How do we communicate meaningfully with the creator?  How do we use “cyber space” in honor of God? We also need to design creative ways of celebrating God’s presence with us, we need to organise prayer meetings. A big task is to make sure that consecration functions fully in our circuits/societies, we need to give God a chance so that we can explore our spiritual Gifts. Ephesians 3: 16: ‘I pray that out of His glorious riches; He may strengthen you with power through His spirit in your inner being’. Learning to dedicate our lives to Christ and commit ourselves to His services. This would be done by: music (praise and worship, etc)--Prayer (public & private prayer, praying for people, etc), reading the Bible and relevant books, evangelism (spreading the Word, preaching…), living a devotional life, silence before God (Obeying God’s will) and fasting ( alone or as a group but its vital for Guilders) 3. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT This C’s is a programme that encourages young people to get involved in actions of providing service to communities. Initially the C was called Christian Service. This was because the focus at that time was on helping needy communities by providing services through actions of goodwill, thereby doing something FOR the people. But the problem with doing it FOR the people was that it did not help the people to learn to do it for THEMSELVES. Christian Service inevitably, created dependency out of people. What is not like Free Basic Services for the provided by the Government of South Africa, remember “Don’t just give the hungry one a fish, but also teach the hungry to catch a fish”.
  27. 27. 27 In the mid-late 80’s the emphasis was moved from doing service for but for the Development. Basically guilders moved from Community “Welfare” to “Development and Empowerment”. It’s about doing service which brings ‘in’ the kingdom of God, mainly is from giving fish to teaching how to fish. Development means enabling people to do it for themselves. It means giving them the means or tools to do it, but development requires that even before we provide the means or tools, the needs are identified first. The Community Development in essence approach should be establishing relationship with a Community(ies) and letting your presence be felt by identifying the need, analysing and prioritization of the need, developing intervention strategy to address the need, budgeting and Raising Funds for intervention, implementing, monitoring and evaluation. Even though the emphasis is now on development, there is still a need to see to the welfare of people in dire situation, we still have to relief of distress and development, we can still the destitute clothes. Let’s think of this example: we cannot say to a hungry person that we are not going to give you food rather come let us teach you how to do Food garden and Poultry Project so that you can work for your plate of Vegetables and Chicken. The CD approach should be to relief immediate situation of distress and then work on a long term sustainable strategy. So there is still a need for food parcels, spring cleaning of houses, clothes, home based care, etc. Lets get involved in work parties and give where is necessary. Approaching Community Development to suit us today and tomorrow In our current situation, we need means and tools to do the need analysis and have a Community Development Plan. But examples of tools that we might need in the current context of poverty, unemployment, diseases, natural disasters, economic crisis, includes:  Research & Analysis,  Skills (trade, business, project management, life, technology etc.)  Sourcing Funding  Education & Awareness (e.g disease, sex, power of networking, etc.). How?  Conduct a youth survey /audit  Develop a template form for need identification  Regional Training of Convenors and Youth Leaders  Develop a ‘train a trainer’ programme  Identify champions for the project/initiative  Design a programme for accounting . This is all about committing ourselves to the well being of others at all levels of need. Developing our communities starting with the church community in any way spiritually, academically so on. These can be done by: - projects visits, talks, teaching sharing, feeding the hungry and help the needy. 4. COMERADESHIP Recalling Comradeship as I shall go Unite, Inspire, Love & Develop How? Is that ‘Sweets se a fela?’
  28. 28. 28 Comradeship - To enjoy the talent in terms of sports, camps and other related events within What Comradeship is all about for now and the future? It encourages fellowship amongst the Guilders themselves first and the youth inside or outside the church. Young people are flexible, so we play games, watch movies, have talk shows. Guild is a family; its aim is to build relationships with everyone, committing ourselves to one another and our spiritual growth. Games, movies, camps, talk shows etc are just means not the end so Guilders must move beyond them. There is a lot of activities with this ‘C’ and we excel with it.
  29. 29. 29 MAIN REFERENCE DOCUMENTS (MAINLY AS LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK FOR WESLEY GUILD)  Guild Charter (Attachment A)  David City (Dentist): church member and he helped to write a charter for Wesley Guild of Lincoln from 1929.  Draft Constitution (Attachment B)  Mission Charter (Methodist Bookshop)  Laws & Discipline of the Church (Methodist Bookshop)  Minutes of Conference (Methodist Year Books)  Society/Circuit Year plan or Roadmap (Methodist Bookshop)  4 C’s for Christ renewed purpose manual (Methodist Bookshop)
  30. 30. 30 ATTACHMENT A BRIEF ABOUT WESLEY GUILD CHARTER The Methodist Guild was established in Cape Coast in 1899 to mobilize Methodist Youth for Church activities and to train them as effective witnesses in the Church and in the Nation to the Glory of God. The Guild is a World-Wide Methodist movement with its own charter based on: Comradeship: of all young Methodists and of all young Christians everywhere. Consecration: of the Soul, Body and Mind to the Lord Jesus Christ and confession of his name. Culture: of the mind to ensure thoughtful and intelligent life. Christian Service: for the building up of the Church and the Kingdom of God. The Guild has four (4) important characters as its Role Models: Rev. John Wesley He was the founder of Methodism and stands for comradeship. He said, “The whole world is my Parish”. Sir Galahad He was a British Knight who proved to be a true ideal Christian Knight. His heart was so pure and because of his purity, he could do what ten (10) people could not do. He stands for Consecration. Esther the Beautiful Queen She is the principal character in the Bible and was very instrumental in rescuing her compatriots from destruction. She stands for the Culture of the mind to ensure thoughtful and intelligent life. Dorcas She was a kind woman of Joppa who sewed clothes for the poor. She stands for Christian Service in holy crusade for the building up of the Church and the Kingdom of God. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES * The aims of the Guild are to mobilize young people and train them for the Church and the Nation. * Create a lively attractive fellowship for young people. It also serves as the educational faculty of the Church. * And create the means of which social life of the Church is expressed. TARGET GROUPS There is no age limit for the Guild. Membership is open to persons from day 1 to eternity.
  31. 31. 31 ATTACHMENT B ‘Draft’ Constitution of the Methodist Youth Unit 1. NAME OF THE ORGANISATION: The name shall be the METHODIST YOUTH UNIT (hereinafter referred to as the “M.Y.U.” and shall incorporate youth groups (which have become commonly called the Wesley Guilds, Youth group/association/fellowship), the Methodist Sunday Schools, also Teen Church and other children’s’ activities which are now collectively called Children’s Ministries, the Methssoc, et al (which are all rganization involved and engaged in youth ministry within the Methodist Church of Southern Africa (referred hereafter as MCSA). 2. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: • To promote discipleship in Christ amongst young people inside and outside the Church and those within the unit in particular; through practical implementation of credible youth programmes as employed within the diverse youth groupings. • To encourage young people to play a vital role in the growth and development of their church under-girded by the receiving and exercise of the GRACE of Christ. • To help acquaint young people with biblical knowledge and to encourage them to actively participate in Christian Evangelistic programmes that foster a Christ-like lifestyle. • To promote enthusiasm and loyalty for the work of God as exercised and done through the Church in particular. • To present God to the world through the Church. • To live as Christ would have us live, unblemished lives that are morally upright and without reproach. 3. DIVISIONS OF WORK: M.Y.U. work will be orientated / centred amongst the following groupings: a) Wesley Guild b) Children’s Ministries c) Youth Associations / fellowships, etc. d) Methodist Student Societies (i.e. student based groups mostly in tertiary institutions, functioning with a Methodist ethos) e) Senior Guild / Senior Youth Fellowships / Young Adults Groups, etc. f) Girls & Boys’ Brigades within the MCSA 4. MEMBERSHIP: 4.1. Membership shall be open to all members of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa. (this rule is subject to the individual laws of the organization where membership is requested) 4.2. All members and adherents shall comply with the following membership requirements: 4.2.1. Regularly pay subscription dues / fees as decided at circuit and / or society levels, which shall include District Contributions and Connexional assessments. 4.2.2. Conduct themselves in a Christian manner and abstain from all Activities and actions that defile the character of Christ and His Church. 4.2.3. Subject themselves to the discipline of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa. Associate Membership: under review!!! 5. DISCIPLINE of MEMBERS: In the event that a member contravenes or fails to adhere to any of the above rules, the following remedies shall serve as disciplinary measures; 1. A member who does not attend meetings / gatherings for three (3) consecutive occasions without acceptable and satisfactory reasons, and further unable to fulfil his/her obligations as a member, said member shall be deemed (in terms of duties assigned and obligations not met) to have voluntarily resigned or may be suspended or expelled as a member according to the merits of each case. 5.2. A suspended / expelled member shall be ordered to return all official paraphernalia of the unit as well as that used in accordance with the division of work stipulated in paragraph 3 of this Constitution. 5.3. Contravention of this Constitution shall be deemed as impacting on the Laws & Disciplines of the MCSA, which shall take precedence over all rulings considered by the Leaders’ Meeting as contrary to Methodist ethos.
  32. 32. 32 5.4. The rights of the leaders’ meetings at societal level to discipline members, in all matters of church governance are hereby upheld, since all of the Units’members are a priori members in a society. 6. ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE: A: The M.Y.U. shall consist of the following organs for operational purposes; 1. Connexional Youth Conference, which elects the Connexional Youth Executive for appointment by Conference. 2. The District Youth Synod, which elects the District Youth Executive for appointment by the District Synod. 3. The Circuit M.Y.U. Annual General Meeting which elects the Circuit Youth & Children’s Ministries Executive for appointment at either October or January Quarterly Meetings. 4. The Society M.Y.U. Annual General Meeting which elects the Society Youth & Children’s Ministries Executive for appointment at either October or January Leaders’ Meetings. B: 1. Societies in one Circuit may be grouped together into sections, and circuits into regions where appropriate or as per need. 2. Societies and individual rganization are encouraged to use or adapt these structures in line with their contextual demands, so long as they continue to maintain the basic concept mechanisms. 3. Districts, Circuits and Societies should be reminded that Youth Ministry and Children’s Ministries are separate entities, with different needs and focuses. With this in mind, the two can either be run separately or as a single unit, but every effort should be made to ensure that all the children and youth in our churches needs are met. 7. THE CONNEXIONAL YOUTH CONFERENCE (CYC) 7.1. Composition of CYC: CYC is constituted by representatives from District Youth Units in line with division of work membership stipulated in Section 3 above. The exact number of representatives to a sitting of CYC shall be determined from time to time by the Connexional Youth Executive (CYE) in section 8 below. The proviso for equity in this regard is that whatever quota of representation is arrived at, it must necessitate all sub-units (in 3 above) to be able to send a delegation to CYC. Such delegations, in order to be constitutional, will need to be elected from Youth Synods. The District Coordinator(s) and District Youth Unit Secretaries, as members of CYE, are de-facto members of CYC in representation of their Districts. The Connexional Youth Conference shall be the supreme ruling body of the M.Y.U., subject to the Conference of the MCSA, the Connexional Executive or their mandated committees operating in-between sittings. 7.2. Duties and powers of the Connexional Youth Conference: 7.2.1. To receive, discuss and / or formulate resolutions for forwarding along with reports to the General Conference or the Connexional Executive and to any mandated sub-committees and or commissions per Conference directive. 7.2.2. To appoint commissions or ad-hoc committees for specific tasks to be undertaken within clearly defined time frames. 7.2.3. To receive and deliberate upon reports and or recommendations emanating from the meetings or extra- ordinary consultations of the Connexional Youth Executive. 7.2.4. To elect the Connexional Youth Executive comprising of the following officers:  The Connexional Coordinator, the Secretary and the Treasurer; whose duties will include amongst others; (paragraph 12 herein) 7.2.5. The Presiding Bishop as head of the MCSA, or his designated deputy, shall preside over the Youth Conference. 7.2.6. The Connexional Youth Conference shall be held bi-annually after District Synods and shall precede the bi-annual Conference of the MCSA. 8. THE CONNEXIONAL YOUTH EXECUTIVE (CYE): 8.1. The Connexional Youth Executive shall consist of the Connexional Coordinator, secretary, treasurer, and the District Coordinators, together with the District Youth Unit secretaries. 8.2. The Connexional Coordinator shall be the Chairperson of the Connexional Youth Executive, with the Presiding Bishop as its “de-facto” head and ex-officio member or his designated deputy.
  33. 33. 33 8.3. The Connexional Youth Executive shall be convened annually before the sitting of the Connexional Executive on alternate years and before the sitting of the CYC during the year in which the Youth Conference convenes. Duties of the Executive 1. Receive reports from Districts regarding past events and future plans. 2. Receive proposals /recommendations regarding Youth work within the Connexion 3. Receive and discuss reports (including Conference resolutions), budget proposals and financial statements. 4. Receive and discuss matters referred to the M.Y.U. by the Conference. 5. Encourage inter-District communication, liaison or joint ventures in matters of national urgency, Connexional coherence and the developmental capacity along shared visions and focus. 6. Facilitate and engage the youth in international issues and matters ecumenical. 7. Receive reports from specific portfolio allocations to Districts in line with the practice and development of youth and children’s ministries. 8. Together with the host District, organize the ensuing Conference (CYC). 9. Promote Connexional unity, cross-cultural interaction and further developments in and of youth ministry. 9. DISTRICT YOUTH SYNOD District Youth Synod shall be held as per Article 13.3.9 – 1998 MCSA Yearbook.Youth Synod shall be the supreme decision making body within the District to formulate resolutions and suggestions regarding Youth work in the District for ratification by the District Synod. Representation at Youth Synod shall be at least 10 delegates per circuit (including the Circuit M.Y.U. secretary, Circuit Children’s Ministries’ Director /Convener/Coordinator and at least 8 additional members who should be representative of all the different units within their Circuit). Members seconded by their societies or circuits to the Youth Synod shall be full members of the M.Y.U. with full voting rights. Youth Synod functions shall, inter-alia, be… Follow the Standing Order as per the Laws & Disciplines of the MCSA. Receive, formulate and forward resolutions and or proposals to the district Synods, Connexional Youth Conference and Conference / Connexional Executive through the Connexional Youth Executive. The District Executive shall consist of: The District Coordinator, the Bishop, Vice-chairperson, and the District Youth Secretary as ex-officio members. Nine (9) additional members, of which at least six (6) should be lay members representing the various divisions of youth work and children’s ministries as denoted in paragraph 3 of this Constitution. The District Coordinator and the executive shall be elected by the District Youth Synod and can be either from the ordained order of Minister or from the lay membership of the DYU. From the elected members, the Secretarial and Treasurer portfolio must be chosen from amongst the lay electrets. The District may at a resolution passed by the Youth Synod, constitute a District Youth Council where necessary and or applicable, which shall meet twice a year. The District Executive shall meet as and when necessary, but should never exceed (as a matter of principle) one quarter without meeting. 10. CIRCUIT M.Y.U. Each Circuit M.Y.U. shall constitute an executive consisting of: Ministers within the Circuit who have passion and love for Youth work. Circuit Youth Coordinator, secretary, and treasurer. At least seven (7) additional members that are truly representative of the various divisions of work within that Circuit. The function of the Circuit M.Y.U. executive meeting at least once a quarter shall be to; • Assess and develop youth work within the Circuit. • To keep the District Coordinator regularly appraised about the revival or establishment of any new and existing youth work for his/her action and pastoral guidance. • To co-ordinate all youth work within the Circuit. • To facilitate the election of representatives to Quarterly meetings, Youth Synods and other District events as well as any mandated actions emanating from District or Connexional level. • To receive and compile all Circuit M.Y.U. reports (including financial reports) for forwarding to the Circuit Quarterly meeting and the District Youth Synod. • Organise events and programmes for the circuit in line with the general principles espoused in paragraph 2 of the aims and objectives of the M.Y.U.
  34. 34. 34 The Circuit M.Y.U. executive shall be directly accountable to Circuit structures as per L&D; viz. The Superintendent Minister, the Quarterly meeting, and also to the District M.Y.U. committee and the Circuit M.Y.U. Quarterly meeting. 11. SOCIETY: a. Each Society must have an active M.Y.U. to deal with youth work and Children’s ministries. b. Society M.Y.U.’s shall practically and actively implement the youth programmes as set by the Quarterly meetings and Circuit M.Y.U. c. Society M.Y.U.’s shall actively participate in church activities and be supportive in the growth and life of the church. 12. DUTIES OF THE OFFICE BEARERS: a. CO-ORDINATOR (DIRECTOR) shall: i. Be chief executive officer of the M.Y.U. ii. monitor the growth and extent of youth work from circuit /district /Connexional levels iii. see that the various structures and systems of operation of the Connexional / District unit function effectively and assist where necessary iv. Chair all District / Connexional Youth Committee meetings as per directive of the District / Presiding Bishop v. Attend and report to all District and or Connexional Youth Forums and District Synods / Connexional Executive and Conference vi. Together with the Committee, co-ordinate inter-District and inter-denominational ecumenical events vii. Oversee the work of the District / Connexional youth committee viii. Together with the treasurer and secretary, become bank Signatories ix. Be the head communicator, representative and liaison officer of the M.Y.U. x. Be the Custodian of the Vision and Mission of the M.Y.U. b. The SECRETARY shall: i. Be the Administrative officer of the M.Y.U. ii. Be responsible for recording and minute taking at all M.Y.U. activities iii. Together with the Treasurer and Coordinator be bank signatories iv. Receive and forward all correspondence accordingly, in consultation with the Coordinator of the Unit v. Assist the Coordinator with the dissemination of all necessary information to the Districts and other relevant bodies as and when necessary vi. Be the ‘poin t-person’ for the rganization especially in the co-ordination of projects undertaken by the Unit at District Connexional level. c. The TREASURER shall: i. Be responsible for financial management of the DYU/MY ii. Be responsible for working out and executing plans for fundraising, preparing annual budgets and other unit planned financial exercises /budgets of the DYU/MY iii. Be the custodian on behalf of the Presiding Bishop, of all property of the DYU / MY subject to provisions contained in the L & D on church property iv. Ensure the presentation of annual audited financial statements of the DYU / MY v. Be the financial accounting officer of the DYU / MY. d. ADDITIONAL MEMBERS shall: i. Perform all such duties as delegated to them by either the executive or the MY. 13. ELECTIONS: a. The power to vote shall be restricted to full members of the MY. b. The electing forum shall elect by means of a secret ballot, nominations will be by raising of hands. c. Election results shall be determined by a 50%+ 5 majority vote rule for the Coordinator / Director. d. Elections shall be chaired by the Presiding Bishop / District Bishop / Superintendent or his/her appointee. e. Elections for the District Youth Committees shall be done at District Youth Synods and ratified at the District General Synod; for the Circuit, will be ratified at the Circuit Quarterly meetings. 14. TERMS OF OFFICE: a. The term of office at Connexional level shall be two (2) years after which if re-elected, will be reviewed annually by the Executive as advised by the Connexional Executive. All office bearers at Connexional level shall be nominated and elected at CYC, serve a year of ‘apprenticeship’ following their nomination, be ratified at
  35. 35. 35 General Conference during that year, and start their term of office officially at the start of the year following the General Conference. b. The term of office at District level shall be three (3) years after which if re-elected, will be reviewed annually by the Executive as advised by the District Synod and District Youth Synods. c. A committee member may, with valid reasons, be suspended or withdrawn from the executive committee by the Coordinator /Director in consultation with the Bishop / Superintendent and the Executive Committee. d. The Coordinator in consultation with the Bishop / Superintendent and the Executive Committee, have the powers to co-opt a replacement of the suspended / withdrawn member for the remaining term of office, pending ratification by the Youth Synod /Conference. e. If for any reason the Coordinator / Director is incapacitated or does not fulfill his/her responsibilities, the Presiding / District Bishop, in consultation with the Executive have the powers to appoint a caretaker Coordinator until the next Youth Synod / Conference. f. A review of the Executive may only be done by the Connexional Youth Executive in case of the Connexional structure; or at the Youth Synod / Conference through a resolution by the majority of eligible voters. g. Any decision taken at the reviewal session of the Youth Synod /Conference shall be ratified by the immediate next District Synod /Conference of the MCSA. 15. QUORUM: a. Quorum at Youth Synods and MY Conference (CYC) shall be at least 52% circuits and districts respectively. b. Quorums at Circuit level shall be at least 52% of the Circuit record of full members. c. The Chairperson shall adjourn the meeting in the event of there not being a quorum. 16. AMENDMENTS OF THE CONSTITUTION: a. The Constitution may be amended at a seconded motion sent to the District / Connexional secretary and circulated in the District(s) at least one (1) month prior to the Youth Synod and two (2) months prior to the CYC. b. The Amendments is effective only at a 2/3 majority vote in favour of it and as ratified by the District Synod /Conference. 17. DECLARATION: It is intended that this Constitution form part of the L&D of the MCSA, not vice versa. Thus any inclusions or omissions herein that are in direct conflict with the L&D shall be considered non-gratuitous. In the event of such a case /circumstance presenting itself, whether internally within the MCSA or externally, e.g. in secular courts of law; the laws and disciplines of the MCSA shall take precedence over the said rule or paragraph contained in this Constitution, or omitted from inclusion.
  36. 36. 36 A T T A C H M E N T C C o n s t i t u t i o n o f M E T H S S O C Preamble We, the students of the institutions of higher learning coming from different geographical and economical backgrounds: Bound together by our belief in almighty and our commitment to a non-racial, non-sexist and justice Southern Africa. Recognizing the central role played by the institution of higher learning in preparing us to serve our society; determine to instill and nurture the culture of religious tolerance and constructive debates on matters of our faith and matter affecting our society as a whole. Conscious of our duty to bring about values of God’s Kingdom in our society as whole; Hereby, Resolve to form Connexional Methodist Student Society, which is democratic in character, representative in purpose and progressive in outlook and is accountable to the Laws and Disciplines of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa and the student body, which it serves. S E C T I O N O N E : N A M E A N D L O G O The name of the body shall be the Connexional Methodist Students’ Society (hereafter referred to as the METHSSOC). The METHSSOC logo shall be an African Map with a Scallop shell in the middle and the cross. The colours shall be as follows: On African Map, the top half shall be red and the bottom half shall be black and On the cross shall be black on the bottom half and red on the top half. S E C T I O N T W O : A I M S A N D O B J E C T I V E S 2.1 To awaken and deepen the Christian life in young people and to promote their intelligent attachment to the lord. 2.2 To proclaim the gospel of Christ. 2.3 To participate and promote a ministry of reconciliation in Southern Africa. 2.4 To participate in rendering social services in our communities. 2.5 To promote comradeship in the Highest aims of life and adventurous Christian living S E C T I O N T H R E E : M E M B E R S H I P 3.1 Methodist Students’ Society at tertiary institution may be a member of the Connexional METHSSOC by affiliation. 3.2 Societies may levy subscription fees on its members- should be encouraged to contribute the regional and connexional finances. 3.3 Membership shall be renewed annually by the payment of affiliation fee determined by the CEC and REC. S E C T I O N F O U R : C O N N E C X I O N A L E X E C U T I V E C O U N C I L 4.1 Composition The Connexional Executive Council shall have nine (9) members viz The Following shall constitute the Connexional Executive Committee. 4.1.1 President. 4.1.2 Deputy President. 4.1.3 Secretary General. 4.1.4 Deputy Secretary General. 4.1.5 Treasurer.
  37. 37. 37 4.1.6 Public Relations Officer. 4.1.7 Projects Officer. 4.1.8 Gender and Transformation Officer. 4.1.9 Religious and Theology Officer. 4.2 FUNCTIONS OF THE CEC 4.2.1 President. The President shall: 4.2.1.1 Be the chief executive officer who can represent and speak of behalf of METHSSOC. 4.2.1.2 Chair METHSSOC CEC meetings, general councils and annual General Meetings. 4.2.1.3 Be an Ex-officio member of all METHSSOC affiliates. 4.2.1.4 Be responsible for the overall co-ordination of METHSSOC’s duties and Functions. 4.2.2 Deputy President The Deputy President Shall: 4.2.2.1 Be responsible for the legal and constitutional affairs of METHSSOC. 4.2.2.2 Deals with the external affairs of METHSSOC. 4.2.2.3 Deputise the President when the President is unavailable or unable to perform his/her duties. 4.2.3 Secretary General. The Secretary General shall: 4.2.3.1 Be responsible for the day to day running of METHSSOC. 4.2.3.2 Be the Chief custodian of all the documents and assets of METHSSOC. 4.2.3.3 Be responsible for the processing of all correspondence with any person or organisation outside of METHSSOC. 4.2.3.4 Convene all meetings of the CEC and be responsible for any person or organisation outside METHSSOC. 4.2.3.5 Be responsible for all METHSSOC support departments of the church (including the office of the Presiding Bishop) 4.2.3.6 Be an acting Presidentin the Absence of the Presidents. 4.2.4 Deputy Secretary General. The Deputy Secretary General shall: 4.2.4.1 Be responsible for the safe keeping of all records of METHSSOC. 4.2.4.2 In conjunction with the Secretary General, be responsible for the proceedings of all correspondence to other METHSSOC members and its affiliates. 4.2.4.3 In conjunction with the Secretary General, convene all METHSSOC meetings. 4.2.4.4 Be responsible and ensure the recording of proceedings of involving METHSSOC.
  38. 38. 38 4.2.5 Treasurer. The Treasurer shall: 4.2.5.1 Be responsible for all finances and financial policies of METHSSOC. 4.2.5.2 Be responsible for all financial transactions, records and accounts of METHSSOC. 4.2.5.3 Prepare and present an audited financial report annually. 4.2.5.4 Be responsible for the budget of METHSSOC and any matters incidental thereto. 4.2.5.5 Facilitate Fund Raising ventures of METHSSOC. 4.2.6 Public Relations Officer. The Public Relations Officer shall: 4.2.6.1 Be responsible for the use of the media. 4.2.6.2 Be responsible for the public relations of METHSSOC. 4.2.6.3 Manage the Production of all METHSSOC publications, notices and other forms of communication. 4.2.6.4 Be the chief Marketing Officer of METHSSOC and head the media and marketing collectives. 4.2.6.5 In conjunction with treasurer, be responsible for the fund raising. 4.2.7 The Projects Officer. The Projects Officer Shall: 4.2.7.1 Be responsible for organizing projects and activities. 4.2.7.2 In conjunction with the Treasurer be responsible for fund raising. 4.2.8 Gender and Transformation Officer. The Gender and Transformation Officer shall: 4.2.8.1 Develop educational projects related to matters of gender. 4.2.8.2 Collect and disseminate resources about the role of gender issues in the church and society. 4.2.8.3 Be responsible for policy matters that relates to education and transformation. 4.2.8.4 Be responsible for educational health awareness (HIV/AIDS) 4.2.9 Theology and Transformation Officer. The Theology and Transformation Officer shall: 4.2.9.1 Be responsible for matters relating to spiritual and social. 4.2.9.2 Participate and inform METHSSOC about development taking place within the Methodist Church of Southern Africa. 4.2.9.3 Be responsible for religious matters of METHSSOC. 4.3 COMPOSITION OF THE REGIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. 4.3.1 Chairperson. 4.3.2 Deputy Chairperson. 4.3.3 Secretary General.
  39. 39. 39 4.3.4 Deputy Secretary General. 4.3.5 Treasurer. 4.3.6 Public Relations Officer. 4.3.7 Projects Officer. 4.3.8 Gender and Transformation Officer. 4.3.9 Religious and Theology Officer. 4.4 COMPOSITION OF THE BRANCH EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. 4.4.1 Chairperson. 4.4.2 Deputy Chairperson. 4.4.3 Secretary General. 4.4.4 Deputy Secretary General. 4.4.5 Treasurer. 4.4.6 Public Relations Officer. 4.4.7 Projects Officer. 4.4.8 Gender and Transformation Officer. 4.4.9 Religious and Theology Officer. SECTION FIVE: ELECTIONS AND BI-ELLECTIONS 5.1 CEC Elections. 5.1.1 All elections and bi-elections shall be by secret ballot paper and must be free, fair and democratic. 5.1.2 All elections and bi-elections shall be conducted by an independent person(s) and accountable to outgoing CEC who have the final say. 5.1.3 For an election to be valid 50% of delegates must have voted. 5.1.4 Elections must be held annually 5.2 Electoral Commission. 5.2.1 An independent electoral body must be appointed to run the elections. 5.2.2 The electoral body can either be an organisation or a collection of individuals who are not part of the delegates or participants for the election. 5.2.3 All the Ballot Papers used for the election shall be kept for a period of one month by the electoral body in case of any queries. 5.2.4 The results as announced by the IEC shall remain valid unless any queries or fraud that may result in re- election. 5.3 Nominations 5.3.1 Only registered members of the Methodist Students’ Society are allowed to nominate and only full members of Methodist Church of Southern Africa are allowed to be nominated for REC and CEC. 5.3.2 A nomination shall have at least 10 seconders to be considered for participation.
  40. 40. 40 5.3.3 For every nomination to be valid it should mention the portfolio, full names of the nominee and the names of the nominator. 5.3.4 Convocants cannot be nominated for office. 5.4 Voting and Counting 5.4.1 All voting shall be a secret ballot box. 5.4.2 Every voter shall cast one vote for every position to be filled. 5.4.3 The “IEC” shall count and announce the results of the on the same day or within 24 hours. S E C T I O N S I X : T E R M O F O F F I C E 6.1 Shall be one year. 6.2 Except as provided below, METHSSOC members shall hold office until the conclusion of the AGM of METHSSOC. The outgoing CEC shall continue to function until executive members are allocated portfolio. 6.3 A member of the CEC who is absent in three consecutive meetings of the CEC without an excuse acceptable to the CEC shall cease to be a member subject to appeal. The affiliated structure notified by writing before the decision comes into effect. 6.4 A member shall have the privilege to resign from the CEC and he/she shall cease to be a member when a written letter of resignation has been received and accepted by the CEC. 6.5 If a member of the CEC cease to be a member s/he shall simultaneously forfeit any office in connection herewith S E C T I O N S E V E N : M E E T I N G S 7.1 The annual general meeting shall be held at annual ConnexionalConference 7.1.1 The AGM is the highest decision body of METHSSOC, and its decisions are binding on its affiliates and the CEC. 7.1.2 The AGM has the power to adopt or ratify METHSSOC constitution. 7.1.3 The CEC shall call an Annual General Meeting before vacating office 7.1.4 The CEC shall give the full account of their term of office in the AGM. 7.1.5 The CEC shall present a financial statement in theAGM. 7.1.6 The CEC shall develop a framework for a program of action for the incoming CEC. 7.1.7 The CEC shall give Three (3) months notice to its affiliates of a convention of an AGM. 7.2 CEC meetings 7.2.1 Meetings of the CEC shall be held once in every quarter, and the first meeting of a newly elected CEC shall be held not late than one month after the election results. 7.2.2 Notices of the CEC meeting shall be sent three (3) weeks before the meeting. 7.3 General Council Meetings 7.3.1 Meeting of the General Council shall be held at least once per semester. 7.3.2 Notices shall be sent to Regional Executive Committee members a month prior to the date of the General Council. 7.4 Quorum 7.4.1 CEC
  41. 41. 41 7.4.1.1 For all meetings the quorum shall be 50+1% of all those who are entitle to attend and vote. 7.4.1.2 Should the meeting fail to quorate at the stipulated time, the meeting shall adjourn for 30 minutes. If at the reconvening, the meeting fails to quorate, the meeting can continue but could only discuss the agenda and make recommendations without voting and make binding decisions. 7.4.2 AGM 7.4.2.1 A quorum at the AGM shall be 2/3(two-third) of the existing societies/branches at the AGM. 7.4.2.2 Failing to quorate then the CEC call another AGM within3 months of the mentioned AGM. 7.4.3 General Council 7.4.3.1 A quorum at the GC shall be 2/3(two-third) of the affiliated existing regions. 7.4.3.2 Failing to quorate then the CEC call another GC within 3 months, however the GC can continue to make recommendations of the CEC without voting or binding decisions. E.g. policy adoption. 7.5 Special Meetings 7.5.1 Special meetings of the AGM shall be convened by a month’s notice by a resolution passed by a two-third (2/3) majority of the GC providing that 50+1% present shall at the meeting pass such resolution be a quorum as a envisaged in the above. 7.5.2 Special meetings of the AGM shall be convened by a month notice by a resolution passed by the President and the Secretary General or if by request, five members of the CEC. 7.5.3 Special meetings of the GC shall be convened by a month notice by a resolution passed by a two-third (2/3) majority of the CEC or by 33% of members of the GC. 7.5.4 Only matters appearing on the notice convening the special meeting shall be dealt with. 7.6 Voting 7.6.1 At all meetings shall be by show of hands, except if a 25% of delegates present and voting decides on the different form. 7.6.2 All decision shall be by simple majority unless otherwise provided for in the constitution or as provided below: 7.6.3 Amendments to this constitution and rules and regulation promulgated under this constitution. 7.6.4 Expulsion as provided for in the constitution. S E C T I O N E I G H T : G E N E R A L P R O V I S I O N S O N O P E R A T I O N 8.1 Code of conduct. 8.1.1 METHSSOC shall adopt a code of conduct that shall be binding on all its members. 8.1.2 METHSSOC can constitute itself as the disciplinary committee to deal with any matter of misconduct of any of its members. 8.1.3 CEC may suspend a member who is under investigation for misconduct. This should be read together with the rules provided for by the disciplinary constitution and the code of conduct. S E C T I O N N I N E : G E N E R A L C O U N C I L 9.1 Composition The General Council shall be compose as follows: 9.1.1 The CEC. 9.1.2 The two REC members
  42. 42. 42 9.2 Powers and Duties. 9.2.1 The general council is empowered to receive reports from CEC and its affiliated structures. 9.2.2 Recommend suspension of any affiliate or member of the CEC subject to the CEC making the final decision. 9.2.3 Advice the CEC on any matter that it may deem necessary. S E C T I O N T E N : L E G A L S T A T U S A N D I N D E M N I T Y 10.1 Subject to the rules and regulations of the tertiary institutions METHSSOC shall be legal persona capable of suing and being sued in its own name. 10.2 Every office bearer, official or employee of METHSSOC shall be indemnify of all cost, loss and expenses which s/he may have incur or become liable for by reason of act or omission in discharge of his or her duties, unless the loss in question is cost by his/her own gross negligence, dishonesty to intentional action which may bring the association into disrepute. S E C T I O N E L E V E N : R U L E S A N D R E G U L A T I O N S 11.1 In addition to the provisions of this constitution, the CEC subject to rectification of the GC or the AGM shall have the power to promulgate such rules and regulations as may required for the smooth running of the CEC and the effective implementation of this constitution. 11.2 Any amendment to such rules and regulation that has been passed by the GC or Special Meeting can only be amended by the GC or Special Meeting. S E C T I O N T W E L V E : F I N A N C E 12.1 METHSSOC shall open a banking account on its own name. 12.2 The signatories of the said banking account shall be the President, Secretary General and the Treasurer, notwithstanding any provision of this constitution. The President may not be deputized in the performance of this function. 12.3 For any negotiable instrument to valid and binding to METHSSOC, it must have to signatures of the members as provided for in this section. 12.4 One of with shall either be the president or the Treasurer. S E C T I O N T H I R T E E N : D I S P U T E R E S O L U T I O N 13.1 The AGM shall have the final say in any matter relating to the enforce of this constitution or the interpretation or the application of the provision thereof. 13.2 Any conflict of interest between the number of METHSSOC affiliates, members, committee and councilorsshall be dealt with by the GC and the AGM. S E C T I O N F O U R T E E N : A M E N D M E N T S T O T H E C O N S T I T U T I O N . 14.1 Amendment to this constitution shall be at the AGM provided that such amendments have circulated a month prior to the sitting. S E C T I O N F I F T E E N : P R O M U L G A T I O N 15.1 Once adopt this constitution shall nullify all existing constitution of METHSSOC and shall come into immediate effect. 15.2 This constitution shall be the supreme document governing Connexional Methodist Students’ Society and student activities or any document within METHSSOC. **End**
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  44. 44. 44 HISTORY AND FUTURE OF WESLEY GUILD God bless you all and thank you! In Christ I remain…” Bro Matthews Mooketsane Bantsijang is the first Connexional Youth Treasurer, Previous Chairperson of Tsholofelo Wesley Guild, Mafikeng Circuit Wesley Guild, Limpopo District Youth Treasurer and other related leadership positions.

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