ARTICLE 5


GENERAL COUNCIL


5.1 There shall be a General Council made up of all Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists and ordained Pastors of the Church, Area Executive Committee members, National Heads, National Deacons, National Secretaries, Trustees, Chairmen of Boards and Committees, and Ministry Directors, National Executive Committee Members of Ministries/National ITI PENSA Coordinating Committee, Area Women’s Ministry Leaders in Ghana. Specialists, Retired Ministers and other persons maybe invited to attend without voting rights.


5.1(1) FUNCTIONS


a) The General Council shall be the highest policy-making body

b) It shall be the final appellate body in all disciplinary matters affecting members of the General Council for which purpose the Council may appoint an appellate Committee

c) It shall elect the Chairman, the General Secretary, the International Missions Director and the Executive Council Members

d) It shall have the duty to impeach any member of the General Council on grounds of stated misconduct should the Executive Council fail to do so.



e) It shall receive and approve reports submitted by the various organs of The Church.



5.1 (2) CONVOCATIONS



a) GENERAL COUNCIL MEETINGS

General Council Meetings shall be held at least once every two (2) years. They shall be duly constituted as follows:



i) GHANAIAN REPRESENTATION

All Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Area Heads and fifty percent (50%) of ordained Pastors,Trustees.Chairmen of Boards and Committees, Ministry Directors, three (3) Elders’ Representatives made up of the Area Deacon and two (2) others on the Area Executive Committee, all Pastors on secondment to the Headquarters, Pentecost University College, Chaplains and PENS A Travelling Secretaries, National Executive Committee Members of Ministries, National ITI PENSA Coordinating Committee and Area Women’s Ministry Leaders.



ii) Representation of the 50% ordained Pastors from Ghana, at the General Council Meetings, shall be on rotation basis upon due elections by YES or NO process or by consensus at a meeting of the ordained pastors.



iii) The names of all accredited ordained Pastors shall then be forwarded in writing by the Area Heads to the Chairman of The Church at least Forty (40) days before the due date for the General Council Meeting.



iv) The Chairman shall then formally write to invite the accredited ordained Pastors to the meeting at least 30 days before the date for the General Council meeting.



EXTERNAL REPRESENTATION

All Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, National Heads, Area Heads, Missionary Attaches and National Deacons.



b) EXTRAORDINARY COUNCIL MEETINGS

Between General Council Meetings, the Chairman or his accredited representative may convene Extraordinary Council Meetings. An Extraordinary Council Meeting shall be duly constituted as follows:



i) GHANA REPRESENTATION

The Executive Council Members, Trustees, Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, National/Area Heads, Heads of Committees/Boards, Ministry Directors and three (3) representatives of the Area Executive Committees, namely Area Deacon, one Elders’ representative and one Pastors’ representative.



ii) EXTERNAL REPRESENTATION

National and Accredited Area Heads, Missionary Attaches, National Deacons and National Secretaries.



5.1(3) QUORUM

Two-thirds (2/3) of the General Council members present shall form a quorum.



5.1(4) VOTING

Voting at the General Council convocation shall be by secret ballot, acclamation or show of hands.

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