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IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE 2002 GATHERING OF SICM MEMBERS DECIDED THAT AS WELL AS THE WITNESS LETTERS REQUIRED BELOW ALL APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PRODUCE A FULL POLICE CHECK

1. The society was founded at the rising of the sun on the first day of January in the year 2000 by Revd Jonathan Blake and the Rt Revd Richard Palmer. The founders have a lifelong role in guiding and directing the society as well as acting as spokespersons for the society. The Lord’s prayer is the founding prayer.




2. Membership of the society is open to anyone (The word 'anyone' is all inclusive. No person is excluded for any reason whatsoever. ) who;

- is willing to say: ` I will love the Lord my God, with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my mind and with all my strength and I will love my neighbour as I love myself. `
- has been ordained and/or authorised for ministry, within the society (as explained further on).
is committed to offering Christian love to all.

3. The society will not vote or make pronouncements on issues of Christian doctrine or dogma or practice or ethics. The society must not become sectarian, nor must it reflect any particular approach to Christianity. The society provides the opportunity for those offering independent Christian ministry to meet and offer Christian love, support, friendship and advice to one another, as well as providing an ongoing network of support. Such support is intended to enable the members to go out and minister independently in a more effective way and to offer Christian love to all.


4.The society welcomes the leaders and members of any Christian denomination and movement, either as members of the society or as associate members (as explained further on).

5. The members are not obliged to obey the founders, the society, the other members or associate members.

6. Members of the society remain ` independent `. The members of the society bear a spiritual and moral responsibility for each other and for all people and all of Gods creation, arising out of their calling to express Christian love in their ministry and lives, but the society will not exercise any judicial or disciplinary role in relation to its members. Each member is accountable to God, to their conscience, to the law, and to the public. Their ministry will succeed or fail according to its fruits.

7. The society is part of the Christian church. It is not aligned with any one denomination or movement. It welcomes people from every Christian background and encourages them to minister in Christian love. It respects and encourages diversity. Membership does not imply agreement with the beliefs or practices of the founders, the other members or associate members.

8. Those who have been ordained and/or authorised for ministry within the Christian church will be received into membership of the society and authorised for ministry through the society, at a gathering (as explained further on). They must be willing, by letter, to express their ability and intention to abide by the founding principles, and in the same letter confirm when and where they were ordained and/or authorised. Their ability to offer Christian love needs to be confirmed by any six witnesses who are over eighteen, chosen by the person concerned who are willing to submit letters of recommendation. If a person has difficulty in providing six witness letters, they should provide as many as they can, and not less than three. They can then try and make up the missing letters by meeting as many members of the society as they wish, to ask if any of them would be willing to submit a letter of recommendation for them. The person seeking membership of the society and authorisation for ministry through the society will provide an Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal records Bureau. Anyone who can provide the above will be accepted. There will be no other requirements made of them nor questions asked of them. The letters will be available to be read by all the members.

9. Those seeking ordination and authorisation for ministry will be received into membership of the society and ordained and authorised for ministry through the society, if they;

- Are able to offer Christian love and believe they are called to minister.


A person’s ability to offer Christian love needs to be confirmed by any twelve witnesses who are over eighteen, chosen by the person concerned who are willing to submit letters of recommendation. If a person has difficulty in providing twelve witness letters, they should provide as many as they can, and not less than three.They can then try and make up the missing letters by meeting as many members of the society as they wish, to ask if any of them would be willing to submit a letter of recommendation for them. The person seeking ordination and authorisation for ministry through the society and membership of the society will provide an Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal records Bureau. Anyone who is willing, by letter, to express their ability and intention to abide by the founding principles, and who in the same letter confirms that they feel called to minister and who can provide the letters of their twelve witnesses, will be accepted. There will be no other requirements made of them nor questions asked of them. The letters will be available to be read by all the members.

10. The ordination and authorisation of new members will take place at a gathering. All the members of the community that are present will conduct it. The service of ordination and authorisation will involve a period of silence, within which those involved will recognise that they are being called by God to serve God and all people and all of God's creation, in Christian love. This will then be followed by all those present laying their hands on or towards each person being ordained and/or authorised and all those present saying the words,

` May N continue to receive and receive afresh, the Holy Spirit, for the work of a (members may suggest what description is appropriate for their ministry, such as priest, or pastor, or minister or pastoral carer etc,)… in your church, ` There will then be silence. There will be no other requirements made of them nor questions asked of them.

11. There will be no other obligatory ingredients to the service, however, if other ingredients are included in the service, they can only be included, if every person involved in the service consents to them. Each person will be permitted to wear whatever clothes or robes they choose. Each person will receive a certificate of ordination and/or authorisation and membership of the society.

12. The society will have no fixed rites except for meeting together in silence followed by all members saying together the Lord's prayer, followed again by silence.

13. If any members at a gathering choose to worship together in addition to this, they must ensure that any words or symbols or acts used in worship, are acceptable to all those taking part in the service. This may result in there being a number of different acts of worship adopting different forms according to the preferences of those attending.

14. Once a person has been accepted as a member of the society they remain a member for life, unless the person concerned wishes to cease being a member. This is an expression of the Christian love and forgiveness, which remains, committed to a person eternally and which can never abandon any person, whatever their situation or predicament.

15, New members requiring training can be linked with existing experienced members as well as an agreeable and relevant training programme being set up for them.

16. A gathering of the members will be called whenever need arises and at least once a year. The members of the society will try to attend at least one gathering a year.

17. The members at the first gathering will elect a Chair who will;
- chair the gathering - arrange for the administration of the society - act as a spokesperson for the society
- have executive authority to carry out any work arising from the gathering and in between gatherings.
- Call the next gathering,

18. The chair will normally hold office for a minimum of three years, with there being no maximum. At the first gathering following every third year of the chair holding office, the chair must ask for nominations for the position of chair. The existing chair can be nominated as can any other member of the society. Any nomination must be seconded. If two members are nominated, there must be an election on the basis of one member one vote. If more than two members are nominated, there must be an election using a recognised and accepted form of proportional representation. The existing chair or any other member can be nominated in her or his absence if it is understood that he or she wishes to be nominated.

In the event of a tied vote;
- if the previously elected chair has tied with another member, the chair will take precedence and continue in position.
- If other members have tied, not including the previously elected chair, they will draw lots to find the one elected.

19. The chair is responsible for calling the next gathering, giving all members at least sixty days notice and preferably more than ninety days.

Significant items for discussion must be sent to the chair at least twenty-eight days before the gathering and the chair must circulate them to members at least fourteen days before a gathering.

21, Emergency gatherings can be called at the request of twelve members, giving all members at least seven days notice, and informing them of the reason for calling the gathering.

22. If the chair resigns or dies in office, then the secretary of the society (the election of the secretary is explained further on) is responsible for the calling of the next gathering and chairs the opening election for the position of the chair.

23. If the chair is unable to attend a gathering then the secretary will chair the gathering.

24. If the secretary does not wish to chair a gathering at which the chair is absent, then the secretary will ask for nominations to the position of the chair, for that gathering alone. Any nomination must be seconded. The election is conducted on a one-person one-vote basis, with the chair for that gathering alone being appointed on a simple majority. If the vote is tied they will draw lots to find the one elected.

25. At the first gathering, once the election for chair has been concluded, the members will elect a Treasurer.

26. The treasurer will normally hold office for a minimum of three years; with there being no maximum. At the first gathering following every third year of the treasurer holding office, the chair must ask for nominations for the position of treasurer. The existing treasurer can be nominated as can any other member of the society. Any nomination must be seconded. If two members are nominated, there must be an election on the basis of one member one vote. If more than two members are nominated, there must be an election using a recognised and accepted form of proportional representation The existing treasurer or any other member can be nominated in her or his absence if it is understood that he or she wishes to be nominated.

In the event of a tied vote;
- If the previously elected treasurer has tied with another member, the treasurer will take precedence and continue in position.
- If other members have tied, not including the previously elected treasurer, they will draw lots to find the one elected.

27. Any account shall require the signature of the chair and the treasurer and another named member of the society. Full details of the finances must be provided at every gathering and all accounts are open for inspection by any member on request.

28. At the first gathering, once the election for treasurer has been concluded, the members will elect a Secretary.

29. The secretary will normally hold office for a minimum of three years’ with there being no maximum. At the first gathering following every third year of the secretary holding office, the chair must ask for nominations for the position of secretary. The existing secretary can be nominated as can any other member of the gathering. Any nomination must be seconded. If two members are nominated, there must be an election on the basis of one member one vote. If more than two members are nominated, there must be an election using a recognised and accepted form of proportional representation. The existing secretary or any other member can be nominated in her or his absence if it is understood that he or she wishes to be nominated.

In the event of a tied vote:
- If the previously elected secretary has tied with another member, the secretary will take precedence and continue in position.
- If other members have tied, not including the previously elected secretary, they will draw lots to find the one elected.

30. All decisions of the gathering will be minuted by the secretary and will be made available to all members attending the next gathering at which the minutes must be amended if necessary and approved and kept for reference.

31. A gathering is quorate with any number attending, as long as members have been given the correct notice.

32. Emergency gatherings are quorate if more than 75% of the members are in attendance.

33. Any proposal to alter the founding principles must be discussed at an ordinary gathering of members. First, the gathering must approve the proposal with a 75% majority. Then this vote must be followed by a postal vote concerning the proposal, involving every member, including the members who attended the gathering, with a 75% majority of the postal votes required to alter them.

34. Voting on all other issues and at all gatherings is by a 75% majority vote.

35. Not less than twenty-eight days prior to a gathering, any twelve members can ask for there to be an election held at the start of the gathering for the position of chair, treasurer or secretary. Their proposal must contain all of their signatures and must be sent to the chair, who must notify all the members that this will take place at the gathering.

36. The society can make further appointments, develop structures and evolve, as is necessary.

37, Associate Membership will be offered to anyone ordained and/or authorised for ministry within the Christian church who wishes to remain within their particular denomination or movement of the church but who yet feels an affinity with the society.

38. Associate members may be involved in the life of the society, but they are not able to vote or hold office in the society.