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Synod Legana 2009
Tuesday 16th June 2009 - Morning & Afternoon Sessions


Article 7 - Reopening

Rev de Boer invites all present to sing Ps 89:1,7, reads 1 Timothy 3, and leads in prayer.


Article 8 - Time Schedules

Synod adopts the following time schedule:

Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 10:30 am
10:45 am to 12:00 pm
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
3:15 pm to 5:00 pm
Break
Lunch
Break
Dinner
 
Evening Sessions 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm


Article 9 - Adoption of Agenda

The final draft agenda is presented:
  1. Opening by the Convening Church
  2. Signing of the Attendance List and Examination of Credentials
  3. Election of Officers
  4. Constitution of Synod
  5. Delegates' agreement with the Three Forms of Unity
  6. Adoption of the Agenda
  7. Adoption of Meeting Procedures
  8. Incoming Correspondence
    1. FRC Mt Nasura Appeal re Art 7 Acts Classis North 2008
    2. FRC Mt Nasura Overture re term of synod appointed deputyships
    3. FRC Mt Nasura Overture re Synod Acts publication time delays
    4. FRC Southern River Overture re Art 13 Acts Synod 2006 re non delegated ministers being invited as advisors to Synod
    5. FRC West Albany Appeal re Art 94 Acts Synod 2006 re Reformed Churches in the Netherlands
    6. FRC Darling Downs Overture re Art 102 Acts Synod 2006 re RCNZ
    7. FRC Darling Downs Appeal re Art 76 Synod 2006 re Appeal FRC Mt Nasura
    8. FRC Mt Nasura Overture re RCNZ
    9. FRC Mt Nasura Appeal & Overture Art 95 Synod 2006 re RCN
    10. FRC Kelmscott Appeal Art 102 Synod 2006 re RCNZ
    11. FRC Kelmscott Appeal Art 93 & 94 Synod 2006 re RCN
    12. FRC Southern River Overture re Deputies for Training for the Ministry report
    13. Canadian Reformed Churches Letter of greeting
    14. FRC Darling Downs Overture re Deputies for Training for the Ministry report
    15. FRC Darling Downs Overture re Deputies for Canadian Reformed Churches report
    16. FRC Darling Downs Overture re Deputies for Presbyterian Church of Korea report
    17. FRC Darling Downs Overture re Deputies for Reformed Churches in the Netherlands report
    18. FRC Darling Downs Overture re Deputies for Reformed Churches of NZ report
    19. FRC Darling Downs Overture re Deputies for Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (Restored) report
    20. Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (Restored) letter 190509 declining invitation
    21. FRC Southern River Overture re Deputies for Australian Book of Praise report
    22. FRC Albany Overture re Deputies for Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (Restored) report
    23. FRC Albany Overture re Deputies for Australian Book of Praise report
    24. FRC Mt Nasura Overture re General Secretary's report re Reformed Churches of Brazil
    25. FRC Byford Overture re Deputies reports RCNZ, RCN and RCN(r)
    26. FRC Launceston Overture re Deputies Australian Book of Praise report
    27. FRC Armadale Overture re Deputies Australian Book of Praise report
    1. FRC Mt Nasura Overture re Deputyships
    1. Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (Restored) letter 290409 declining invitation
    1. Greetings from FRCSA
    1. Greetings from GGRC
    1. Appeal Rev Bosch Re Classis North
  9. Instructions
  10. Reports Classis South
    1. Overture re Rules for Synod relating to appeals
    2. Credentials Delegates to Synod
    3. Overture re Formation Three Classes
    4. Overture re 28 Additional Hymns and Book Of Praise
  11. Reports Classis North
    1. Credentials Delegates to Synod
  12. Reports of Deputies and discharge of Deputies
    1. General Secretary's Report
    2. Deputies for Sister Church Relations
      1. General Report
      2. Canadian Reformed Churches
      3. Korea
        1. Supplementary Report re Korea
      4. South Africa
        1. Supplementary Report re South Africa
      5. General Report: Netherlands
        1. Letter from BBK 09/03/09 re invitation
        2. Letter to BBK 07/04/09 re invitation
      6. Reformed Church in Netherlands: restored
      7. Minority Report: Reformed Churches in Netherlands restored
      8. General report on visit to RCN
    3. Report of Deputies for Relations with Sister Churches - Indonesia
    4. Report of Deputies: Relations Reformed Churches of New Zealand
    5. Deputies for Training for the Ministry
    6. Report of Deputies for an Australian Book of Praise
    7. Report of Deputies re: Marriage Act 1961
    8. Report of Deputies for Church Order
    9. Deputies Article 66 Church Order (Days of Prayer)
    10. Report Deputies Synod Treasury
    11. Deputies Inspection Archives and Library
    12. Deputies Synod Archives and Library
  13. Audit of the books of the Treasurer and discharge of Treasurer
  14. Calculation of the percentages of the churches' share of synod costs
  15. Appointment of Deputies
  16. Appointment of Convening Church, and place and time of the next Synod
  17. Personal questions
  18. Adoption of Acts
  19. Approval of Press Release
  20. Closing of Synod
ADOPTED


Article 10 - Homepage on Internet

Rev Smith proposes that the Acts of Synod be published on the FRCA website on the proviso that matters of a personal nature are excluded and that discretion be used in matters relating to other churches.

ADOPTED


Article 11 - Welcome to Overseas Visitors

The chairman welcomes delegates P Drijfhout and J Houweling of the RCNr, seated under 6.2 of the rules for synod, and Rev P Archbald of the RCNZ, seated under 6.3 of the rules for synod. No credentials are received for these delegates, though synod did receive letters that they were delegated to this synod.


Article 12 - Synod advisors and Closed session

The moderamen have decided that there are no advisers, nor advisory committees, nor closed sessions needed for this synod.


Article 13 - Agenda Items Schedule

The chairman distributes and explains a schedule for dealing with the items on synod's agenda.


Article 14 - Overseas Visitors Indicate Agreement to Three Forms of Unity

The chairman asks delegates of RCNr and RCNZ to rise to indicate their agreement with the three forms of unity. The brothers rise.


Article 15 - Overture from Southern River re Article 13 Synod West Kelmscott

I. Material:

8d - FRC Southern River Overture re Art 13 Acts Synod 2006 re non delegated ministers being invited as advisors to Synod.

This item is declared admissible because it arrived on time and from the churches.

II. Recommendation:

To deny the overture of Southern River.

Grounds:
  1. The admission and function of advisers at Synod is adequately covered in the Rules for Synod 5.1 and 5.2.
  2. Southern River does not request a change to these rules.
III. Amendment: to add ground 3:

Synod West Kelmscott did not intend to set a precedent (Acts Synod West Kelmscott, Article 13).

THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED
THE AMENDED RECOMMENDATION IS ADOPTED


Article 16 - Overture from Mt Nasura re Deputies' mandates and authority

I. Material:

8bb - FRC Mt Nasura Overture re Deputyships

II. Overture:

Mt Nasura asks Synod 1. to ensure that deputies' mandates are clear and concise and that deputies are held properly accountable for the manner in which they have executed their task; 2. to use clear language in its recorded decisions and 3. to explicitly record that deputies' reports have no formal status.

This item is declared admissible.

III. Recommendation:

Synod takes note of Mt Nasura's overture and decides that this overture needs no formal decision since deputies reports are exactly what they are, working documents of synod (rule 10 of rules for synod).

ADOPTED


Article 17 - Training for the Ministry

I. Material:

12 e - Deputies Report
8l - FRC Southern River Overture re Deputies for Training for the Ministry report
8n - FRC Darling Downs Overture re Deputies for Training for the Ministry report

Items 8l and 8n are declared admissible.

II. Recommendations of the Deputies Report:

Deputies recommend that Synod decides to:

13.1 Request the churches to contribute A$50 per communicant member per annum for the maintenance of Hamilton as from 1 January 2009.

13.2 Set aside $6,000 from general Synod funds for the costs of a visit to Australia by a guest lecturer from Hamilton or Kampen, together with his wife.

13.3 Set aside $3,500 from general Synod funds for travelling and accommodation costs of a delegate of Deputies to attend a meeting of Hamilton's Board of Governors in September 2009, being the 40th Anniversary of the Hamilton College.

13.4 Adopt the Australian adaptation of the guidelines for the Pastoral Training Program prepared by Deputies.

13.5 Discharge Deputies and to appoint new deputies with the mandate to:
  1. continue to collect funds for "Hamilton" and forward them to the College;
  2. continue to correspond with "Hamilton", "South Africa", "Kampen" and "Korea" in order to maintain contact and obtain information;
  3. continue to collect funds for our own theological library and theological training;
  4. continue with our own theological library;
  5. continue to ensure that relevant information is published concerning the training for the ministry, so that the churches understand the need to support the colleges and the training of the students;
  6. continue to arrange the support of theological students whenever required in accordance with Art 18 CO, and as agreed in Art 50 of Acts of Synod 1992 as amended by Art 56 of Acts of Synod 1994;
  7. continue to make arrangements for a guest lecturer from one of the theological seminaries of our sister churches once every three years;
  8. continue to be as closely involved in the work of the Board of Governors of Hamilton as practically possible;
  9. monitor the practical implications of including the Australian Churches in the Pastoral Training Program of the Hamilton College and collect and disburse funds for this purpose in accordance with the Australian adaptation of the guidelines for the Pastoral Training Program;
  10. investigate the feasibility of offering a basis year of theology to the churches in Australia, for the purpose of establishing a Theological University in the future.
III. 8l - Overture of Southern River:

Southern River proposes that recommendation 1 of Deputies be amended to increase the contribution amount to A$65 per communicant member per annum.

Grounds
  1. Deputies have not recommended any increase to the contribution amount to that decided upon by Synod 2006.
  2. Our Canadian sisters contribute an amount of CAN$69 per communicant member per annum. On the present exchange rate this equates to around A$80.
  3. The FRCA make full use of the Theological College of the Canadian Reformed Churches, both with respect to the training of FRCA men for the ministry and for the calling of ministers.
  4. The churches are responsible to ensure that the ministry of the gospel be maintained, and ought to take full financial responsibility for this.
  5. In general terms, the FRCA churches are financially blessed and can be expected to bear the increased contribution amount.
  6. The FRCA do not presently have any immediate plans to develop their own institution for theological training.
  7. In the event that the FRCA do (at some time in the future) develop their own theological training, the contribution towards Canada could be reduced to allow the FRCA to absorb the cost of our own training costs. This would coincide with our reduced use of Canada's Theological College.
  8. The increase to A$65 allows for a stepped increase, with a view to matching the contribution of our Canadian sisters in 2012. A stepped increase (rather than an immediate increase to A$80) is for the purpose of allowing this to be properly allowed for in the budgets of the churches within the bond.
Amendment:

To delete Ground 8 because it is a further proposal.

ADOPTED

THE AMENDED PROPOSAL IS PUT TO THE VOTE AND ADOPTED

IV. 8l - Overture of Southern River:

Southern River proposes that recommendation 3 of Deputies not be accepted (ie. there be no funds set aside for the purposes of attending the Hamilton College in September 2009).

Grounds
  1. The recommendation of Deputies is made on the assumption that there is a tangible benefit to attendance in person by a Deputy in Hamilton .
  2. Deputies' report does not mention what such benefits are, how these benefits are expected to be achieved by an attendance of a Deputy in Hamilton, and/or whether there are other ways of achieving these benefits.
  3. The Deputies do not include any report regarding the attendance in Hamilton by a Deputy in September 2008 which addresses an account of what was done, what the objectives of the attendance were and an analysis of whether these were achieved.
  4. It is for Deputies to demonstrate that an attendance is necessary and beneficial.
DEFEATED

V. 8l - Overture Southern River:

Southern River proposes to discontinue the collection of funds for our own theological library. Since it may be argued that this matter has been proposed previously (see Article 16 of the Act of Synod 2006), Southern River gives the following new Grounds:
  1. As at November 2008, the Australian Theological Library Fund had a balance of around $70,000.
  2. Deputies are yet to purchase any theological books or materials, noting that such material will become outdated prior to being put to use.
  3. It is apparent from Deputies' report that there is no immediate intention to commence purchasing materials.
  4. The Fund of $70,000 is an adequate resource from which any necessary materials can be purchased over the next 3 years, should this occur.
  5. If additional funds for a Theological Library are required at some time in the future, further money can be collected at that time. We trust that the Lord will provide the necessary funds if and when they are required.
VI. Amendment:

To delete grounds 1,2,3.

Grounds:
  1. Ground 1 is not a ground.
  2. Ground 2 is no reason to discontinue collection of funds.
  3. Ground 3 is not admissible because synod needs to decide whether deputies will purchase materials.
ADOPTED

VII. The amended proposal is put to the vote and adopted.

VIII. 8n - FRC Darling Downs Overture re Deputies for Training for the Ministry report

Darling Downs proposes:
  1. that Synod decide to instruct the deputies to address the College on the point of the temporary appointment of an instructor, who is not a member of a sister church of our Canadian sister churches. To remind them that our support of the college is based on the fact that we agree with their foundation, and the by-laws that go with that. That we are therefore concerned with this course of action, and urges the college to abide by the instructions of our Lord Jesus Christ to let its yes be yes by sticking to its bylaws, especially those of a principal nature.
  2. that an additional mandate be given to deputies for training for the ministry, namely, to report matters of concern to the churches.
IX. Recommendation:

Not to adopt the proposal of darling downs

Grounds:
  1. The bylaws concern the governance of the Theological College and are therefore a matter for the Canadian Reformed Churches which maintain it, not for the FRCA which support it.
  2. Our support of the Theological College is not based on the bylaws but on the sister relationship which we enjoy with the CanRC.
  3. The suggestion to report matters of concern to the churches falls within the general mandate of deputies to report to the churches and thus does not require an additional mandate.
  4. The Board of Governors has acknowledged that they wrongly applied the bylaws of the Theological College when appointing a temporary instructor.
DEFEATED

X. Recommendation:
  1. To instruct Deputies for sister church relations to inform the CanRC that our support for their theological college is based on the fact that we agree with their foundation and the by-laws that go with it.
  2. To modify the mandate for the Deputies for the Training of the Ministry (insert 13.5.h: "and to report relevant matters to the churches).
Grounds:
  1. The Board of Governors has acknowledged that they wrongly applied the by-laws, but they still insist that it was legitimate in light of the circumstances.
  2. It is regrettable that our deputies did not report this matter to the churches
DEFEATED

XI. Recommendation:
  1. In view of the temporary appointment of a non-sister church lecturer, to grant the request of the Church of Darling Downs by reminding the Canadian Churches that our support of the college is based on the fact that we agree with their foundation and by-laws so that their maintenance remains highly important to us.
  2. To note that the deputies' mandate to "maintain contact and obtain information" includes that information which may cause concern is reported to Synod
Grounds:
  1. Deputies training for the ministry are appointed in view of Church Order Article 17 so that the churches are assured the Australian theological students receive an appropriate training for the ministry.
  2. The present mandate of deputies "to maintain contact and obtain information" sufficiently includes matter that may be of concern. Just what matters ought to be reported and helpful for the churches is entrusted to the appointed deputies.
ADOPTED

XII. Motion:

To add 13k to Deputies recommendations: investigate the possibilities of theological training by extension (IT).

Grounds: Even though Hamilton at this point in time is reluctant to explore the use of distance learning/IT, there may be opportunities that arise among our sister churches.

ADOPTED

XIII. Final Decision:

Synod decides to:

13.1 Request the churches to contribute A$65 per communicant member per annum for the maintenance of Hamilton as from 1 January 2009.

13.2 Set aside $6,000 from general Synod funds for the costs of a visit to Australia by a guest lecturer from Hamilton or Kampen, together with his wife.

13.3 Adopt the Australian adaptation of the guidelines for the Pastoral Training Program prepared by Deputies.

13.4 Discharge Deputies and to appoint new deputies with the mandate to:
  1. continue to collect funds for "Hamilton" and forward them to the College;
  2. continue to correspond with "Hamilton", "South Africa", "Kampen" and "Korea" in order to maintain contact and obtain information;
  3. continue to collect funds for theological training;
  4. continue with our own theological library;
  5. continue to ensure that relevant information is published concerning the training for the ministry, so that the churches understand the need to support the colleges and the training of the students;
  6. continue to arrange the support of theological students whenever required in accordance with Art 18 CO, and as agreed in Art 50 of Acts of Synod 1992 as amended by Art 56 of Acts of Synod 1994;
  7. continue to make arrangements for a guest lecturer from one of the theological seminaries of our sister churches once every three years;
  8. continue to be as closely involved in the work of the Board of Governors of Hamilton as practically possible;
  9. monitor the practical implications of including the Australian Churches in the Pastoral Training Program of the Hamilton College and collect and disburse funds for this purpose in accordance with the Australian adaptation of the guidelines for the Pastoral Training Program;
  10. investigate the feasibility of offering a basis year of theology to the churches in Australia, for the purpose of establishing a Theological University in the future.
  11. investigate the possibilities of theological training by extension (IT).
ADOPTED


Article 18 - Formation of Three Classes

I. Material:

10c - Overture Classis South re Formation Three Classes

II. Proposal:

Synod takes note of the submission of Classis South and decides to amend the Rules for Synod 2 as follows: in the event that three Classes will be instituted, the delegation to Synod for each Classis will be three ministers and three elders.

ADOPTED

Synod appoints W Spyker and W Pleiter to prepare a proposed change to article 45 of the church order.


Article 19 - Rules for Synod Appeals

I. Material:

10a - Classis South Overture re Rules for Synod relating to appeals

II. Proposal:

Classis South April 20th 2007, proposed to Synod Launceston [sic] to add the following to the Rules for Synod for the sake of clarification of Synod and appellants in relation to Appeal to Synod:

Rules concerning appeals to Synod
  1. For an Appeal to be considered by Synod it must be in the possession of the convening church no later than 42 days before the date that Synod is scheduled to commence.
  2. Each appeal shall be checked by officer bearers of the convening church appointed by the convening church for the purpose of ensuring that the appeal complies with all of the following criteria for a competent Appeal:
    1. The Appeal is to be signed, dated, and received by the convening church within the time period required under these rules;
    2. The Appeal shall include the appellants full name(s), address(es) and signature(s);
    3. The Appeal shall provide a summary or quotation of the decision that has led to the Appeal, and shall also state the body responsible for that decision, and the date(s) and location(s) of that decision;
    4. The Appeal shall include a clear statement of what the appellant is asking Synod to do.
    5. The Appeal shall contain clear statements that provide the issues, facts and contentions involved in the decision that is being Appealed;
    6. The Appeal shall contain clear statements outlining the grounds of Appeal; and
    7. Where the Appeal relies upon documents or other evidence, these shall be clearly referenced and attached if practical.
    8. The convening church is to verify that that the appellant has informed the classis concerned of the appeal against it.
  3. Within 14 days of receiving an Appeal, the convening church shall provide the Appellant with written advice, confirming whether or not the Appeal complies with the criteria for a competent Appeal pursuant to these rules. Where an Appeal does not comply the Appellant(s) are also advised that an Amended Appeal can be lodged as long as it complies with the applicable rules under point 4
  4. For an Amended Appeal to be considered by Synod, it shall initially have complied with the 42 day deadline pursuant to rule number one (1) of this part, and the Amended Appeal shall be received by the convening church no later than 21 days before the date that Synod is scheduled to commence.
  5. The convening church shall ensure that all Appeals submitted in accordance with rule number one (1) of this part, are included on the Agenda for Synod, irrespective of whether they comply with the criteria for a competent Appeal pursuant to rule number two (2) of this part. If the appellant specifies that the appeal is not to be checked by the convening church, it shall be sent directly to Synod.
  6. An appellant is entitled to insist that an Appeal, although assessed as not being competent pursuant to rule number two (2) of this part, shall be submitted to Synod, but in doing so greatly increases the possibility that it is declared inadmissible by Synod.
  7. The convening church will publish the Guidelines for Appeals at least 90 days prior to the convening of Synod.
Grounds:
  1. Synod(s) have had to spend much time deliberating the admissibility of Appeals that were sent directly to Synod. This has at times cost hours of valuable time.
  2. Synod(s) have had to try and determine what the Appeal is actually seeking, due to the confusing material submitted.
  3. The appellant(s) are helped by the proposed rules, in that they are guided to submitting a suitably structured and clear appeal for consideration by Synod. This avoids disappointment of inadmissible or rejected appeals, and the possible result of having to wait for another 3 years before resubmitting.
  4. The proposed procedure does not seek to add another step in the appeal process, but is an advisory procedure for the benefit of the appellant and broader assembly.
III. Motion:

Not to accede to the proposal of Classis South April 20th 2007 to add new rules concerning appeals to Synod.

Grounds:
  1. The current rules for admissibility of appeals are already outlined in Rules for Synod 7.3.
  2. While the publication of the "criteria of an appeal" prior to synod can be helpful, it does not substantiate the need for a 'pre-synod' review committee.
  3. The proposed rules add another step in the appeal process, and may make the appeal process cumbersome.
  4. Adding a 'pre-synod' review committee can give the perception that the decision making process may be prejudiced prior to the convening of Synod.
  5. The determination of admissibility of appeals is an important element of providing justice and peace to the churches and thus belongs in the jurisdiction of Synod.
  6. While the time spent on admissibility may have been lengthy for past Synods, that does not mean it will always be this way.
ADOPTED


Article 20 - Length of Term of Synod Deputyships

I. Material:

8b - FRC Mt Nasura Overture re term of synod appointed deputyships

II. Proposal:

Mt Nasura requests Synod to take the necessary measures to ensure that any future deputy appointments made by Synods are subject to a maximum term of 9 years. Mt Nasura further requests that should Synod accede to this request, this ruling be taken into consideration in the re-appointment of any current deputies, while taking the necessary care that current "committees" are not disabled as a result.

Grounds:
  1. It is "healthy" for deputyships to rotate on a regular basis in order to avoid individual deputies from gaining influence or simply becoming stale.
  2. The proposed provision will regularly introduce fresh ideas or approaches in to deputyships.
  3. The proposed provision is the norm within our Canadian and Dutch Sister churches.
III. Amendment:

Having taken note of the submission of Mount Nasura, Synod decides that:

The terms of deputies who are reappointed will, as a rule, be limited to a maximum of 9 years unless Synod decides that there are good reasons to reappoint (eg. to maintain continuity, expertise, etc.).
  1. It is healthy for deputyships to have new individuals who are able to contribute.
  2. It is good to maintain continuity and expertise among the deputyships.
ADOPTED


Article 21 - Reformed Churches of Brazil (RCB)

I. Material:

12a - General Secretary’s Report

8x - FRC Mt Nasura Overture re General Secretary’s report re Reformed Churches of Brazil

II. Overture Mt Nasura:

Proposal:

To declare the overture of Mt Nasura inadmissible.

Grounds:
  1. This matter has not been dealt with by the minor assemblies, being classis, as per Church Order Article 30.
DEFEATED

III. Proposal:

Mt Nasura requests Synod to ensure that a deputyship be mandated to take up contact with these churches with a view to possible sister church relations, on the grounds mentioned in their letter, as follows.

Grounds:
  1. The FRCA have fraternal contacts with RCB's sister churches in Holland and Canada.
  2. The RCB will have contacts with one more church faithful and involved with the Word of God.
  3. These contacts will create the possibility of exchange of advice and experience for Reformed Faith and Practice.
IV. Amendment:

To add the following: that synod respond to the RCB in writing, informing them of our decision.

ADOPTED

V. Amendment:

To change the words "with a view to possible sister church relations," to "to investigate whether meaningful sister church relations are possible"

Grounds:
  1. Synod 1990 decided to concentrate on relations and contacts with churches which are geographically closer to us (Article 58, Acts of Synod 1990).
ADOPTED

VI. Final Text of Adopted Proposal:
  1. Synod ensure that a deputyship be mandated to take up contact with these churches to investigate whether meaningful sister church relations are possible
  2. Synod respond to the RCB in writing, informing them of our decision.
Grounds:
  1. The FRCA have fraternal contacts with RCB's sister churches in Holland and Canada.
  2. The RCB will have contacts with one more faithful church and involved with the Word of God.
  3. These contacts will create the possibility of exchange of advice and experience for Reformed faith and practice.
  4. Synod 1990 decided to concentrate on relations and contacts with churches which are geographically closer to us (Article 58, Acts of Synod 1990).
The overture of Mt Nasura as amended above is put to the vote and adopted.

VII. Recommendations General Secretary's Report
  1. The churches take note of the request from the Reformed Churches of Brazil.
  2. Synod Legana provide the General Secretary Deputy with guidelines relating to the use of the church web site.
  3. Synod when appointing a General Secretary Deputy also appoints an alternate.
VIII. Proposal:
  1. To temporarily adopt the current practice of the General Secretary as a guideline for the use of the church web site, as follows:
    1. Only organizations which by their constitution restrict their membership to the FRCA are allowed to place material on the web site.
    2. Each church can have its own address and is responsible for the content within that page.
  2. To instruct the General Secretary to liaise with those who could potentially add material to the church web site, and recommend guidelines to the next synod regarding the use of the church web site.
ADOPTED

IX. Proposal:

To adopt Recommendation 3 of the General Secretary's report, namely that Synod when appointing a General Secretary Deputy also appoints an alternate.

ADOPTED



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