CONSTITUTION OF TAIWAN MISSIONARY FELLOWSHIP

 

Recognizing the common faith, purpose, and interests that link us together as laborers for God in Taiwan, we feel it is fitting to express our unity through an organized fellowship.

 

 

I. NAME

  

The name shall be TAIWAN MISSIONARY FELLOWSHIP. 

 

 

II. PURPOSE

 

A. The organization shall offer opportunities for cooperation in helping solve common problems. It shall encourage projects such as education of missionaries’ children, Christian literature, and inter-mission prayer meetings.

 

B. It shall sponsor an annual missionary conference and other joint conferences, retreats and meetings.

 

C. It shall sponsor the cooperative care-giving ministry of the Center for Counseling and Growth. 

 

 

III. NATURE

  

This organization shall serve all willing evangelical Christian groups or individuals in carrying out cooperative efforts in reaching Taiwan for the gospel

 

 

IV. STATEMENT OF FAITH

 

Members of the Fellowship affirm their belief in:  

 

A. The divine inspiration and consequent authority of the whole canonical Scriptures which is limited to the sixty-six books of the Holy Bible alone.

 

B. The Trinity, one God, revealing Himself in three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

C. The doctrine of the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory.

 

D. The fall of man, his consequent moral depravity, and his need for regeneration.

 

E. The atonement through the substitutionary death of Christ.

 

F. The justification of sinners by faith in Christ alone.

 

G. The ministry of the Holy Spirit by Whose indwelling, the Christian is enabled to live a holy life.

 

H. The resurrection of the body, both in the case of the just and the unjust; and

 

I. The eternal life of the saved, and the eternal punishment of the lost.

 

 

V. MEMBERSHIP

 

A. VOTING MEMBERS

 

Those missionaries working in Taiwan who hold an evangelical Christian faith, who are supportive of the above purpose, who agree with the intended meaning as determined by the TMF Board and have signed the Taiwan Missionary Fellowship STATEMENT OF FAITH, who have applied and been accepted as members at an annual business meeting of the Taiwan Missionary Fellowship, and who have paid their annual dues, are VOTING MEMBERS.

 

 

B. LIFETIME HONORARY MEMBER

 

A former voting member of TMF who is supportive of the above purposes may join the Fellowship as a Lifetime Honorary Member if they meet all three of the following eligibility requirements.

 

1. A former voting member of TMF who has served in Taiwan for more than 10 years, and

 

2. Those who are 62 years of age or older, and

 

3. Those who are officially retired.

 

 

C. ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

 

People who hold an evangelical Christian faith, sign the statement of faith and who are supportive of the above purpose, may apply to join this Fellowship as associate members by signing the statement of faith and recording their names with the Treasurer and paying their annual dues. Associate members shall have no voting privilege.

  

 

D. ACCEPTANCE OF MEMBERS

 

At the Taiwan Missionary Fellowship business meeting, the Chair will read the names of new applicants, presenting them for official acceptance.

  

 

E. APPROVED MISSION GROUPS

 

Those mission groups whose official statement of faith exhibits sufficient congruence with TMF’s Statement of Faith, as determined by acceptance of the Board in consultation with the Field Leaders’ Committee.

  

 

F. PAYMENT OF DUES

 

Dues are payable at the beginning of the annual conference or at any time during the year.

 

 

VI. ORGANIZATION

 

A. STRUCTURE  

 

1ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING

 

The Annual Business Meeting shall be arranged and prepared for all members of TMF at its annual conference. 

 

2. TMF BOARD

 

The TMF Board (hereafter referred to as the Board) shall be responsible for carrying on the business of TMF between the annual business meetings. It shall give support to the Conference Chair in planning the Annual Conference when needed and in carrying out other functions of TMF. Nine Board members are elected for three-year terms at the annual business meeting. They shall serve as the Board of Directors.

 

3. SUPERVISORY BOARD  

 

The three-person Supervisory Board shall be responsible to maintain the organization’s legal compliance with Taiwan regulations. Supervisory Board members are elected for three-year terms at the annual business meeting.

 

4. FIELD LEADERS COMMITTEE

 

The Field Leaders Committee shall be made up of the Leader of each of the missionary groups. (They must each be a TMF voting member.)

 

 

B. MEETINGS 

 

1. The regular business meeting of this Fellowship shall be held each year at the time and place of its Annual Conference. 

 

2. If deemed necessary by the Board or the Field Leaders Committee, special meetings may be called by the Chair.

 

3. Each chair shall call at least two board or committee meetings each year. 

 

 

C. OFFICERS

 

1. The Officers of this Fellowship shall be a Board Chair and a Treasurer, both of whom must be voting members. The Board Chair and Treasurer shall serve for a term of three years. The Officers shall serve as members of the Board.

 

The Field Leaders Committee shall choose their own convener and secretary from within their Committee. 

 

2. All Officers of the Taiwan Missionary Fellowship shall serve until the close of the conference of the year in which their terms shall expire. Newly elected officers begin their term of service after the close of the conference in which they were elected. 

 

 

D. SUB-COMMITTEES 

 

The Board and the Field Leaders Committee may appoint other committees to carry out specific projects of the Fellowship. During the Fellowship’s annual business meeting each year, a Conference Chair shall be appointed to serve in upcoming years.

 

 

VII. RATIFICATION AND AMENDMENT 

 

A. RATIFICATION

 

This Constitution shall become effective upon adoption by the Taiwan Missionary Fellowship at its annual meeting.

  

B. AMENDMENT

 

The Constitution may be amended by the vote of two-thirds of the voting members at the annual conference business meeting.

  

C. OFFICIAL DOCUMENT

 

The actual legal document governing TMF is the Chinese constitution as approved by the government. This document operates subject to that document.

 

 

BY LAWS of the CONSTITUTION

 

I. MEMBERSHIP (Clarification of Section V in the Constitution)

 

 

A. MISSIONARY

 

The term MISSIONARY for TMF purposes is interpreted to mean an expatriate, even if self-supporting, who qualifies under the definition of membership. In the case of a National married to a Missionary, the National would also be eligible for membership.

 

B. MEMBERSHIP

 

Membership status in TMF is active as long as the member missionary resides in Taiwan or maintains active participation in the evangelical missionary endeavor on the Taiwan field or is involved in work actively supporting the Taiwan field, is on home assignment, intending to return to Taiwan, or is a Lifetime Honorary Member. Dues are to be current, with the exception of those on home assignment. 

 

C. ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP

 

Associate membership is for individuals ministering who hold an evangelical Christian faith which for TMF is defined in its Statement of Faith, but whose organization is not a member of TMF. These members will be listed in the directory without their organization’s name. 

 

D. MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS

 

All membership applications shall be screened by the Board. Any not generally identified as evangelical shall be denied membership by the board.

 

E. DUES

 

All members, both voting and non-voting, except those who are on home assignment for one year or more, are expected to pay dues for each fiscal year which begins at the Annual Conference in July.

 

 

II. THE ANNUAL MISSIONARY CONFERENCE 

 

Sponsoring an Annual Missionary Conference is one of the most important functions carried out by TMF. This Conference, normally held in the summer, shall be planned by the Conference Committee and its sub committees. Its purpose shall be to bring missionaries and their families together from all over Taiwan for a time of fellowship and spiritual uplift. The Board shall strive to prepare a program which will fill the spiritual and social needs of both young and old, including high school and college age young people. 

 

 

III.  JOB DESCRIPTIONS

 

A. BOARD CHAIR

 

The Board Chair shall be responsible to call and preside over meetings of the Board. With the approval of the Boardthe chair may appoint and be an ex-official member of special committees as they are needed.

  

B. CONFERENCE CHAIR

 

The Conference Chair shall supervise arrangements for the Annual Conference They shall represent the Fellowship in correspondence with Conference speakers and others. With approval of the Boardthey shall be responsible to secure Conference speakers for the next immediate Annual Conference. The Conference Chair shall also recruit members of the Conference Committee and supervise the Conference Committee activities.

 

  

C. TREASURER

 

The Treasurer shall see that accurate financial records are kept and see that reports are given to the Board and the annual business meeting of the Conference.

 

D. FIELD LEADERS OFFICERS

 

The Field Leaders Committee shall elect their Convener and Secretary from within their Committee. The Convener shall call their meetings and prepare an agenda for it. The Secretary shall take the minutes and distribute them after the meetings.

 

 

IV. STAFF RESPONSIBILITIES

  

A. The TMF office staff shall prepare the TMF Directory, serve as TMF accountant, manage the TMF office, maintain an up-to-date member list, and assist with the VIP visa applications.

 

B. The staff needs to work with the Board and Conference Committee to coordinate Conference needs.

 

C. Coordinate Conference registration.

 

D.  Maintain the TMF website and provide for TMF email announcements or regular mailings.

 

E. staff member shall attend TMF Board meetings as a non-voting staff member.

 

 

V. BOARDS AND COMMITTEES 

 

A. The Board shall be elected from the membership of TMF to serve for three year terms. It shall be responsible for the business of TMF between Conferences. This shall include the oversight of the operations of the organization, and reporting to the government. It shall see that there is a Conference Committee to arrange the Conference and see that the Missionary Directory is published each year. 

 

B. THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE shall be selected from the membership of TMF to serve for one season. It shall be responsible for procuring all speakers and helpers, as well as arranging for the physical needs of the Annual Conference. This shall include assisting in the arrangements for the housing and feeding of those attending the Conference as well as arranging for space to hold meetings and carry on activities.

 

 

VI. AMENDMENT

 

These By-Laws may be amended by a majority vote of the Board of Taiwan Missionary Fellowship.

  

 

NOTE: Recommended Guidelines for Board Membership

 

1. Be an active member of the Taiwan Missionary Fellowship

 

2. Have at least two years of experience in Taiwan prior to serving on the Board.

 

3. Attend at least one TMF Summer Conference prior to serving on the Board.

 

4. Attend all Board meetings unless an emergency arises necessitating a substitute representative, at which time the TMF office must be informed.

 

5. Effectively communicate the decisions of the TMF Board to your constituency.

 

 

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