Statutes of the Church

ASSOCIATION CULTUELLE déclarée N° 03/4229 en date du 24 mars 2004
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Eglise Protestante Evangélique ELIM (member of UAPM-FPF)

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The Statuts of Association
It has been set up, for an unlimited duration, a worship association, regulated by the 9th of December 1905 Act and by the 1st of July 1901 Act, as well as by the decree of the 16th of March 1906, regarding public administration rules for the execution of the 9th of December 1905 Act and by the decree of the 16th of August 1901 regarding public administration rules of the 1st of July 1901 Act.

Among the signatories, it was been convened and decided the following:

Article 1

The worship association is denominated as: Eglise Protestante Evangélique ELIM.

Article 2

The head office is located at 19, Ave d’Italie, 75013 Paris.
Any ulterior transfer will be dealt with the Board of Administration.

Article 3

The purpose of the association is to bear the costs and expenses of the christian protestant evangelical worship, in conformity with the profession of faith of the Union Assemblies Protestants in Mission, annexed to the present statutes and in communion with the Federation Protestante de France.
It has an exclusive worship purpose, putting into application (according to) Article 19 of the 9th of December 1905 Act, which apart from worship celebration, includes: Acquisition, renting, construction, renovation and expenses of the buildings used for worship service Expenses and training of the ministers and of other persons involved in the exercise of the worship service.

Article 4

To be a member of the worship association, one must satisfy the following conditions: Be at least 16 years old. Accept the present statutes and the profession of faith that is annexed. Be accepted by the president of the association and by the Board of Administration.

Article 5

Each member will be free to retreat/retire from the association. The president and the Board of Administration may exclude any member who would not conform to the present statutes and whose behavior or convictions would disagree with the annexed profession of faith.

Article 6

The income of the association is composed of: offerings from members of the association, that are given on a voluntary basis and in an anonymous way, to provide for the expenses uncured while conducting the worship, as well as other income in line (compatible) with the 9th of Decembrer 1905 Act; free gifts (donations and legacies) authorised by the relevant authority.

Article 7

There cannot be less than 25 members in the association, according to article 19, paragraph 1 of the 9th of December 1905 Act.
These persons will meet in General Assemblies, ordinary assemblies that are scheduled at least once a yearm and extraordinary assemblies initiated by the president.

Article 8

The president of the association calls for general assembliesm upon decision of the Board of Administration.
The convocation letters are written and remitted to attendees, not less than 15 days before the appointed date of the general assembly.

Article 9

The General Assemblies are placed under the authority of the president of the association. A session secretary is identified and is given the responsibility to record the minutes of the meeting.
A quorum, representing more than half of the members of the association, is required for the validity of decisions that are taken at the assemblies.

The vote is performed through raised hands, except if the president decides for secret bulletin voting.

Votes by proxy is accepted, up to a maximum of 3 times for each member of the association.

The required majority is the majority of the expressed vote.

However, upon proposal by the Board of Administration, the vote can be held with two thirds of the expressed votes.

Article 10

Aims of the ordinary general assemblies: approve all the management and legal administration performed by the administrators; look into any matter that has not been defined as the administrators’ usual/normal duties. Aims of the extraordinary general assemblies: agree to any disposal of assets; carry out statutory modifications; pronounce the dissolution of the association.
This last type of general assembly needs to be voted with a majority of two thirds of the expressed votes.

Article 11

The Board of Administration is composed of: the president of the association (who is compulsorily the pastor)
four to eight other members.
These are designated during an ordinary general assembly, following a proposal by the acting Board of Administration. Every year, half of the members will be renewed, the former administrators can be re-elected.

Whenever there is a vacancy due to someone being deceased, someone quitting or any other reason, the board will call for a General Assembly within 2 months, in order to replace the departing member.

The new member will be in service only for the remaining period, due by his predecessor.

Among the members of the Board of Administration, there will be a treasurer and an assistant treasurer, a secretary and an assistant secretary.

If there is absolute necessity, a member of the Board of Administration can be identified to do the interim for the president.

Article 12

The meetings of the Board of Administration will be held at least once every quarter, or whatever summoned by the president of the association.

Article 13

The Board of Administration is granted the following powers: Closing of accounts at the end of every financial period and producing a financial report that is submitted at the general assembly.
Convocation of general assemblies, preparation of the agenda and execution of the decisions.

Preparation of the annual budget, that will be examined by the general assembly.

Management of the financial resources. Performing legal management and administration, namely: deal with any acquisition and alienation of variable or fixed assets, subscribe to any loan, give mortgage warranty etc, and accept donations and legacies, in conformity with the laws that are in force.

Decision to take legal actions.

Article 14

The duration of the mandate of the president of the association is linked with his duties as the Head Pastor of the local church.

Article 15

The president, or any other member representing him, can obtain a mandate from the Board of Administration, to perform any management or legal administrative duty, in its name, as well as the calling of general assemblies, preparation of the agenda and execution of decisions that have been adopted.

Article 16

In the case of dissolution, the assets of the association will be taken care of, following the rules defined by the general assembly through majority votes.

Paris,
The Council of Administration