Developing Churches

 
I. Definition
A Developing Assembly is an Assemblies of God church that:
A. Has applied for and received recognition as a Developing Assemblies of God church from the Alaska Network Presbytery.
B. Is not self-governing.
 
II. Supervision
A Developing Assembly and its leadership shall:
A. Be amenable to the Alaska Ministry Network Presbytery in matters of doctrine, conduct, and policy.
B. Be accountable to the Presbyter of that region.
C. Conform to the Alaska Ministry Network Constitution and By-laws.
D. Submit a copy of their annual church report as well as an annual business report with minutes and financial statements and other reports to the Network Office and to their Regional Presbyter in a timely manner.
E. Have building projects, remodels, and structural/mechanical alterations approved by the Presbytery.
F. Submit an annual budget to the Network Office prior to the October Presbytery.
G. Have no right to incur any legal or financial obligation of any kind or nature in access of $500 except by written action of the Network Presbytery.
H. Submit any name changes to the Alaska Ministry Network Presbytery for approval.
I. Not enter into any type of rental agreements without Presbytery approval.
J. Have loans that are co-signed by the Alaska Ministry Network such as CEP, MBA or a conventional bank loans transferred to that church when it becomes financially strong enough to collateralize its own loan or when it becomes a General Council affiliated church.
K.  Maintain required insurance coverage and provide documentation to the Network Office.
L.  Maintain a screening process for all employees and volunteers working with minors, including an application, reference checks, criminal records check, and interview.
M.  Be held accountable for the policies and procedures delineated in the Constitution & Bylaws and this policy manual.  If policies are not followed, the Presbytery will take action.
 
III. Characteristics
A Developing Assembly shall:
A. Have Presbytery as its official board.  The Pastor must be available to meet with the Executive Presbytery and Regional Presbyter at least once annually, either in person or electronically.
B. Have the Presbyter of the region as ex-officio of all committees and chairman of the advisory Pulpit Committee.
C. Have the right to have an advisory committee.
D. Have a consistent meeting place.
E. Have Presbytery approved leadership.  If the church lacks approved leadership for a period of 2 years, the Presbytery will consider whether or not the church should be closed.  If a church lacks approved leadership for 3 years, the Presbytery will consider whether the church properties should be liquidated.
F. Actively pursue sovereign church status by being self-supporting, self-propogating, and self-sufficient.
G. Be eligible to send a delegate to the Alaska Ministry Network in session but not eligible to send one to the General Council.
H.  Be required to advance to Network or General Council status when eligible to do so.