At our annual meeting January 15, 2012, the membership of Living Water Spiritual Community voted unanimously to adopt new bylaws, as follows:
Article 1. Identification.
Section 1.01 – Mission and Purpose.
Living Water Spiritual Community nurtures and empowers each person to realize the indwelling Christ by providing opportunities to discover, express and serve Spirit.
The purpose of Living Water Spiritual Community, a Colorado Corporation, is to teach the universal principles of Truth as taught by Jesus, the Christ. In the accomplishment of this mission, Living Water Spiritual Community shall conduct services of worship, classes of instruction and demonstrate the principles of Truth by using them in the operation of the ministry. It may adopt other means that, in the judgment of the Senior Minister, will further the principles of practical Christianity among the people of the community it serves.
Section 1.02 – Unity Worldwide Ministries Membership and Responsibilities.
Living Water Spiritual Community is a member of the Unity Worldwide Ministries, a nonprofit corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Georgia with headquarters in Lee’s Summit, MO – hereinafter referred to as the Association. It is also associated with the Unity School of Christianity of Unity Village, MO. The operation and conduct of this ministry will comply with the regulations and policies of the Association as outlined in the Association Bylaws, insofar as they do not conflict with the laws of the State of Colorado.
Responsibilities of the ministry as a member of the Association:
. 1. Leadership. This ministry will have as its leader an ordained or licensed Unity Minister in good standing or a person serving under special dispensation approved by the Association. Refer to Section 4.02 [Minister] of these Bylaws and to Section 4.01 (c) of the Association Bylaws.
For the purpose of these Bylaws, the term “Minister” will include any person serving under special dispensation of the Association.
. 2. Teaching. The Principles of practical Christianity will be taught through this ministry using methods, textbooks, literature, and other materials approved by the Association. Other teachings may be offered at the discretion of the Senior Minister.
. 3. Reports. The ministry’s designated Administrative Director will make annual reports to the Association on forms supplied by the Association.
Article II. Office and Official Records
Section 2.01 – Principal Office.
The Board of Trustees will fix the principal executive office of Living Water Spiritual Community. Said office shall be in the County of Jefferson, State of Colorado, or at such other place within the State of Colorado as the Board of Trustees hereafter shall designate. The Corporation may also have offices at such other place or places, as the Board of Trustees may from time to time designate.
Section 2.02 – Official Records.
Records of membership, finances, donation, corporate minutes, etc. will be maintained at the principal office of the Corporation. Official church documents are to be available to church officers, the Senior Minister and/or Co-minister(s) and church members at all times – with two exceptions. 1) Personal records of congregation members, such as counseling notes, tithing records and other sensitive information, shall be made available only on a strict need-to-know basis. 2) Personnel records of professional and volunteer staff members shall also be made available only on a strict need-to-know basis. In both cases, only the Senior Minister or Co-minister (or in the event that both positions are vacant, the President of the Board) may approve such a request.
Article III. Membership.
Section 3.01 – Qualifications.
Any person over eighteen (18) years of age desiring membership in Living Water Spiritual Community must complete the prerequisite classes as described by ministry policy and support the ministry through prayer, participation and financial support. She/he will strive to live in accord with the Christ principles of love and Truth as taught by Unity.
Section 3.02 – Election of Members.
The names of anyone fulfilling the qualifications for and desiring membership in Living Water Spiritual Community will be submitted to the Board of Trustees at their next scheduled meeting after such request is made. Upon consensus of the Trustees present and voting, the applicant will become an active member and will be notified accordingly by the Board Secretary. All staff members and Licensed Unity Teachers are considered members of this ministry.
Section 3.03 – Terms of Membership.
. 1. Active Member. A member will retain status as an active member through his/her participation in prayer, service, classes and/or giving until such time as the member resigns or whose membership is terminated by action of the Board of Trustees.
. 2. Inactive Member. Those individuals who are determined by the Board of Trustees, including agreement by the Senior Minister, to no longer fulfill the qualifications of active membership will be placed on the inactive member list. The Board of Trustees will attempt to notify the said member of their inactive status by mail within ten days.
. 3. Letter of Transfer. A member of another Unity congregation may apply for membership with Living Water Spiritual Community as long as the minimum qualifications of membership at Living Water Spiritual Community are met.
. 4. Removal. Removal from the membership role of any member whose qualifications are in question requires at least a seventy five percent (75%) affirmative vote of the Board of Trustees, including agreement by the Senior Minister. Prior to any action concerning removal, the member must be notified by mail and be given an opportunity for a hearing before the Board.
. 5. Reinstatement of Inactive Member. An inactive member may regain the status of active member by:
. a) Attending four (4) of the six (6) Sunday services preceding a membership meeting (within one year of inactivation).
. b) Reapplying for active membership in accordance with Section 3.02 [Election of Members] (after one year of inactive member status).
Section 3.04 – Powers of Active Members.
Active members of Living Water Spiritual Community shall have the power to do the following:
. 1. Vote at any membership meeting, at which the member is present, called in accordance with Section 3.05 [Meetings and Quorum].
. 2. Elect members to the Board of Trustees as specified in Section 4.04 [Board of Trustees – Election].
. 3. Ratify the Bylaws of this ministry or any amendments thereto as specified in Section 8.01 [Bylaws Amendments – Procedures].
. 4. Vote on any expenditure or divestiture that exceeds twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) in value. A seventy-five (75%) percent affirmative vote of those present and voting is required for approval. Refer to Section 4.03 (3) (g) [Board of Trustees – Duties].
. 5. Elect a member and an alternate to serve on the Nominating Committee as specified in Section 4.04 (2) [Nominating Committee].
. 6. Call a special membership meeting when the affairs of this ministry warrant such action. Refer to Section 3.05 (2) [Special Membership Meeting].
. 7. Vote to override any action of the Board of Trustees. This vote must be taken in a duly constituted membership meeting [see Section 3.05 (1) and (2)]. Notice of the issue to be voted on must be submitted to the membership in writing 10 days prior to the meeting. Seventy-five (75%) percent of those present and voting have the authority for determination.
. 8. Vote for the removal of any or all Trustees from the Board of Trustees in accordance with Section 4.05 (1) [Vacancy]. A seventy-five percent (75%) affirmative vote of those present and voting is required.
. 9. Vote for the termination of employment of the Senior Minister or Co-minister in accordance with Section 4.03 (5) [Termination of Employment of Minister(s)]. A seventy-five percent (75%) affirmative vote of those present and voting is required.
. 10. Vote on any matters officially brought to the attention of the membership,
. 11. Offer suggestion to the Senior Minister or Board of Trustees as may seem advisable for the good of the ministry.
. 12. Ten (10%) percent of the active members or any ten (10) members, whichever is greater, may request Conflict Management assistance by notifying the President of the Unity Worldwide Ministries in writing with copies to the Board of Trustees and Senior Minister. Upon receipt of a request for assistance to the President or designee of the Unity Worldwide Ministries, said person will confer with the Senior Minister and/or Regional Representative to evaluate whether further action is required.
Section 3.05 – Meetings and Quorum.
. 1. Annual Membership Meeting. The annual membership meeting of Living Water Spiritual Community shall be held at its official headquarters after the beginning of the calendar year and not later than March 1 at a time determined to be most convenient for the majority of the congregation and designated by the Senior Minister and Board of Trustees.
. 2. Special Membership Meetings. Any time the affairs of the ministry warrant a special meeting, the meeting may be called by:
. a) The Senior Minister or Co-minister(s).
. b) A majority of the Trustees of the Board.
. c) Submitting a petition having been signed by ten percent (10%) of the active membership; a written request must be submitted to the Board who will, within a reasonable length of time, call the meeting on behalf of the requesting party. Both the written notice to the membership and the written request to the Board will state the purpose(s) for the special meeting. Business conducted at the special meeting will be limited to the pre-stated purpose(s).
. 3. Written notice. Written notice stating the date, time and place will be mailed or emailed to all active members at least ten days before any membership meeting.
. 4. Quorum. Those active members present and voting at a membership meeting called pursuant to the notice provisions of Section 3.05 (3) [Written Notice] will constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any membership meeting.
. 5. Participation. Participation in the business affairs of any membership meeting will be restricted to active members in attendance. Participation of other persons in the discussion of business must be approved by a vote of seventy-five percent (75%) of the active members in attendance. Association representatives have the right to participate in the discussion when they have been invited by the Senior Minister and the Board of Trustees.
. 6. Voting. Unless otherwise provided herein, the vote of the majority of the active members present and voting (including those voting by absentee ballot) will be necessary for approval or disapproval of the action being voted upon. Refer to Section 3.04 (4) and (7) and Section 8.01. Active members unable to be present in an annual membership meeting may vote by absentee ballot upon application to the ministry office in advance of the meeting date. Absentee ballots must be returned prior to the meeting. Absentee ballots will not be accepted at special membership meetings. Proxy votes are not allowed.
Article IV – Government.
Section 4.01 – Administration.
The government of Living Water Spiritual Community shall be vested in the Senior Minister as the Administrative Director and the Board of Trustees elected from membership.
Section 4.02 – Minister.
. 1. Senior Minister or Co-ministers.
. a) Duties. As the spiritual leader, the Senior Minister will be responsible for the scheduling, conduct, and content of services, classes, and all other activities that for the purpose of this ministry as specified in Section 1.01 [Mission and Purpose]. As Administrative Director, the Senior Minister will be:
. 1) Responsible for the complete functioning of the ministry,
. 2) Voting member of the Board of Trustees on all matters,
. 3) Appointing committees in accordance with Section 5.01 [Committees-Formation],
. 4) A member of all committees (refer or to Section 5.01 [Committees-Formation]), and
. 5) Responsible for seeking the Association’s assistance in the event of a dispute adversely affecting the ministry.
. b) Vacancy. The position of the Senior Minister may be vacated by any of the following actions:
. 1) Resignation.
. 2) After the Board and the Senior Minister or Co-minister(s) have completed the Conflict Management procedures of the Unity Worldwide Ministries, a vote of at least seventy five percent (75%) of the Board of Trustees and the active church membership is required to terminate the employment of the Senior Minister or Co-minister.
. c) Compensation. The compensation of the Senior Minister or Co-minister(s) shall be fixed by agreement between the Senior Minister or Co-minister(s) and the Board of Trustees.
. 2. Associate and/or Assistant Minister. The Associate and/or Assistant Minister will be a duly licensed or ordained Unity minister who functions with less responsibility than the Senior Minister or Co-minister.
. a) Duties. The Associate and/or Assistant Minister will perform the duties and fulfill the responsibilities assigned by the Senior Minister or Co-minister.
. b) Vacancy. The employment of the Associate and/or Assistant Minister is, as any other staff member, at the discretion of the Senior Minister or Co-minister(s).
. c) Compensation. The compensation of the Associate or Assistant Minister shall be fixed by agreement of the Minister and the Senior Minister or Co-minister, as ratified by the Board of Trustees.
Section 4.03 – Board of Trustees – Members.
. 1. Structure. The Board of Trustees shall consist of the Senior Minister and four Trustees elected from the membership of Living Water Spiritual Community – and their respective spouses or “significant others.” Each Trustee will be elected to a two-year term. The expired terms of elected Trustees will be filled at the annual membership meeting in accordance with Section 4.04 [Board of Trustees – Election]. No elected Trustee will serve more than three consecutive two-year terms without an interval of one year between terms. The spouse or “significant other” of each elected Trustee may participate in the discussion of issues brought before the Board. No active Licensed Unity Teacher or other individual receiving significant compensation from the ministry, with the exception of the Senior Minister and his/her spouse, may serve on the Board of Trustees. The determination of “significant compensation” shall be determined by the Board of Trustees. Each elected Trustee shall be granted one vote in the decision-making process of the Board.
The structure of the Board of Trustees may be changed by a seventy-five percent (75%) majority vote of the membership in attendance at the voting meeting.
. 2. Prayer. It is important that, in addition to adhering to the normal procedures for legally functioning set forth in these Bylaws, that the spiritual principles taught by Unity be utilized in handling the decisions before the Board of Trustees. During the discussion of an item of business, any participant may request time for prayer about the issue or the relationships revolving around the issue.
. 3. Duties. As a representative of the membership, each member of the Board of Trustees will:
. a) Uphold the spiritual mission and purpose of the ministry as stated in Section 1.01 [Mission and Purpose].
. b) Uphold the highest interest of the membership in conducting the business of the ministry.
. c) Be conversant with these Bylaws and establish policy for the operation of the ministry.
. d) Be faithful in attendance at worship services, Board and membership meetings of the ministry.
. e) Determine the business needs of the ministry, establish and approve the operating budget of the ministry and authorize the payment of monies to meet the needs of the ministry.
. f) Administer the real and personal property of this ministry.
. g) Affirm the sale, pledge, or proposed financing of real or personal property belonging to the ministry. All decisions in favor of the sale, pledge, or proposed financing of real property exceeding twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) in value shall be presented to the membership at a properly constituted membership meeting to be voted on in accordance with Section 3.04 (4) [Powers of Active Members].
. h) Authorize the funding for staff positions of this ministry, as recommended by the Senior Minister. See Section 4.02 (1) [Senior Minister or Co-minister Duties].
. i) Set dates for the fiscal year.
. j) Each year cause to be prepared a complete financial statement with disclosures which will set forth the fiscal condition and operation of the ministry.
. k) Secure a fidelity bond for persons handling church monies.
. l) Approve applicants for membership in accordance with Section 3.02 [Election of Members].
. m) Act to fill the unexpired term of any Trustee in accordance with Section 4.05 (2) [Replacement].
. n) Elect officers of the Board, and their successors, to fill any unexpired term when necessary. See Section 4.08 [Board of Trustees – Officers].
. o) Ratify Board committees and their Chairpersons as appointed by the President of the Board. See Section 5.01 [Formation].
. p) Seek Association assistance in the event of any dispute adversely affecting the ministry.
. q) Attend and actively participate in ongoing Board Education programs.
. r) Consider other duties brought to their attention by the Senior Minister and other Trustees.
. s) Keep or cause to be kept an accurate record of membership.
. t) Keep or cause to be kept accurate records of gifts to the ministry in compliance with Internal Revenue Service regulations; and acknowledge in writing contributions in compliance with Internal Revenue Service regulations.
. 4. Employment of Minister(s). It is the responsibility of the Board of Trustees to employ a licensed or ordained Unity minister for the church through cooperation with the employment management procedures of the Unity Worldwide Ministries.
. 5. Termination of Employment of Minister(s). After the Board and the Senior Minister or Co-minister(s) have completed the Conflict Management procedures of the Unity Worldwide Ministries, a vote of at least seventy five percent (75%) of the Board of Trustees and the active church membership is required to terminate the employment of the Senior Minister or Co-minister.
Section 4.04 Board of Trustees – Election.
. 1. Qualifications. Any person elected to the Board of Trustees must be an active member of Living Water Spiritual Community. He/she will be a person who:
. a) Desires to serve on the Board.
. b) Strives to live in accord with the Christ principles of love and Truth as taught by Unity.
. c) Furthers the work of this ministry through his/her active interest, love and tithes.
. d) Is a sincere and continuing student of Unity, conversant with its teachings.
. e) Has demonstrated leadership capabilities.
. f) Has not served six or more consecutive years on the Board without a one year hiatus of service.
. 2. Nominating Committee. A Nominating Committee will be formed at least three months prior to the annual membership meeting and will initiate the search for at least one qualified candidate for each to-be-vacant position on the Board of Trustees. The committee will consist of the Senior Minister or Co-minister and three active members selected in the following manner:
. a) At the annual membership meeting, the membership shall elect one of its active members, and an alternate, to serve on the Nominating Committee for the next year’s election. In the event of the unavailability of the person so selected to serve, the Board will select a person from the active membership to fill the vacancy, other than a current Board member.
. b) The Board will elect one of its Trustees.
. c) Together with the Senior Minister, the above two committee members will select the third committee member from the active membership who will become Chairperson of the Nominating Committee.
. 3. Nominating Procedure. As the presiding officer of the annual membership meeting, the President of the Board will:
. a) Read Section 4.04 [Board of Trustees – Elections] just prior to the call for nominations.
. b) Call upon the Chairperson of the Nominating Committee to present the committee’s nominations.
. c) Call for additional nominations from the floor. Nominees should never be chosen on the basis of a person’s business success or financial resources alone. All nominees, no matter how nominated, must qualify in accordance with Section 4.04 (1) [Qualifications].
. 4. Election. Written ballots are required if there are any partial terms to be filled or there is more than one nominee for each Trustee position. The nominee receiving the largest number of votes will be elected to the longest unexpired term vacant on the Board. If two Trustee positions are being elected, the candidate receiving the second highest number of votes will be elected to the second Trustee position or to the next longest unexpired term. If three Trustee positions are being elected, the candidate receiving the third highest number of votes will be elected to the third Trustee position or to the next longest unexpired term. If four Trustee positions are being elected, the candidate receiving the fourth highest number of votes will be elected to the fourth Trustee position or to the next longest unexpired term. All persons elected in such a manner will be considered to be fulfilling a term of office.
Section 4.05 – Board of Trustees – Vacancy and Replacement.
. 1. Vacancy. The office of a Trustee may be vacated by any of the following means:
. a) The resignation of the Trustee.
. b) The Board voting for the removal of a Trustee due to absences from three successive regular Board meetings. The Board, upon written request by the subject Trustee, may excuse absences.
. c) The Board voting for the removal of a Trustee because of a failure to fulfill the duties of the office as specified in Section 4.03 (3) [Duties].
. d) The active membership voting for removal of the Trustee because of failure to fulfill the duties of the office as specified in Section 4.03 (3) [Duties]. See Section 3.04 (8) [Powers of Active Members].
. 2. Replacement. Should a vacancy occur on the Board of Trustees, the Board will proceed to fill the vacancy by ballot at its next regular meeting. In case of emergency, a special meeting may be called. Only persons meeting the qualification specified in Section 4.04 (1) [Qualifications] may be considered as replacements. No replacements will have served as a Trustee during the year prior to their election. A majority vote of those present in voting will be necessary to elect. The appointment will expire coincident with the term of the Board member being replaced. A person appointed in this manner is not considered to have served a complete term.
Section 4.06 – Board of Trustees – Meetings in Quorum.
. 1. Regular Board Meetings. The business meetings of the Board of Trustees will be held at a time and location specified by the President of the Board.
. 2. Special Board Meetings. Special meetings of the Board will be called by the President of the Board under any of the following conditions:
. a) By request of the Senior Minister or Co-ministers.
. b) By request of two or more Trustees.
. c) As the President of the Board deems it necessary.
The request will be filed in writing with the Board Secretary. Reasonable effort must be made to notify all Trustees of any special meeting.
. 3. Quorum. Three Trustees will constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
. 4. Minister(s) Attendance. The Senior Minister (or Co-minister(s)) has (have) the right to attend all Board meetings. The Senior Minister (or each Co-minister) must be notified of all special meetings.
Section 4.07 – Board of Trustees – Voting.
Voting shall occur with all measures brought before and requiring a determination by the Board. Each elected Trustee shall hold one vote and be responsible for the submission of that vote. The spouse or “significant other” may participate in the discussion concerning the measure in question but is not eligible to vote. Proxy votes are not allowed. Measures involving the change of status of an individual, such as removal from office or employment or the change of her/his membership status, require a seventy-five percent (75%) majority vote of the Board. An abstaining vote shall be treated as a null vote; therefore, it may reduce the number of votes (but not the percentage) required for passage of the measure in question. The Board may determine from time to time the margin of vote necessary (such as a simple majority, a two-thirds majority or a consensus) for passage of all other measures, other than “change of status” measures, brought before the Board. Such determination shall always require a seventy-five (75%) percent majority. The determined margin of vote shall be used for all measures brought before the Board (unless otherwise provided herein).
Section 4.08 – Board of Trustees – Officers.
Officers of the Board of Trustees shall consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. All officers will be selected in a manner decided by the Board at the first Board meeting after the annual meeting or at a special meeting called for the purpose of selecting officers. Officers will hold their respective offices for one year or until their successors are duly elected or qualified. The President of the Board shall have served on the Board not less than eleven months prior to her/his election as President.
. 1. President. The President will:
. a) Preside at all Board of Trustees meeting.
. b) Preside at all membership meetings.
. c) Appoint committees in accordance with Section 5.01 [Formation].
. d) Be a member of all committees by virtue of the office.
. e) Sign such papers and documents, upon proper authorization, as may be necessary.
. f) Be responsible for the planning of Board orientation, retreats and workshops.
. 2. Vice-President. The Vice-President will:
. a) Perform all the duties of the President of the Board in the absence of the President of the Board.
. b) Become President of the Board in case the office of the President becomes vacant. In such a case, a new Vice-President of the Board will be selected from among remaining Trustees to fill the remainder of the term.
3. Secretary. The Secretary will:
. a) Keep, or cause to be kept, an accurate record of the minutes of all Board and Membership meetings.
. b) Hold in custody and be responsible for all reports, contracts, other legal papers, minute books and the corporate seal, which items will be kept in the ministry office at all times, or in such other repository as prescribed by the Board.
. c) Attend to all official business required by the Board.
. 4. Treasurer. The Treasurer will:
. a) Be custodian of the funds of this ministry. He/she will pay out or cause to be paid out, funds authorized by the Board. Refer to Section 4.03 (3) [Duties].
. b) Keep, or cause to be kept, a record of all financial transactions and submit a monthly financial report at each regular Board meeting.
. c) Submit a financial report, covering the last complete fiscal period, at the annual Membership meeting.
. d) Count, or cause to be counted by the appointment of qualified persons, all funds received and be responsible for their deposit. When counting ministry funds at least two (2) unrelated persons should be present.
. e) Place, or cause to be placed, the funds of this ministry in the bank or other depository approved by the Board.
. f) Be responsible for the appropriate investment of idle ministry funds. All investments must be approved by the Board prior to such investment.
Article V – Committees.
Section 5.01 – Formation.
The President of the Board or the Senior Minister will appoint committees for any specific purpose, with the exception of the Nominating Committee. Ratification by the Board is required.
Article VI – Seal.
Section 6.01 – Description.
The corporate seal of this ministry shall include the name of the ministry in a circle, which encloses the name of the city, state and date of incorporation.
Section 6.02 – Dissolution.
Should the Corporation dissolve:
. 1. All property and funds remaining after the payment of the debts of the Corporation will be delivered to the Association.
. 2. Such funds or property will be for the use and benefit of the Association as may be determined by the Board of Trustees of the Association, in alignment with current policies and procedures.
. 3. The Association will make available, according to its current policies and procedures, funds for the re-establishment of a Unity ministry in Westminster or Arvada, CO.
. 4. Should the Association no longer exist, any assets remaining of the Corporation after dissolution will be disposed of by a court of competent jurisdiction of the county in which the principal office of the Corporation is then located. Such disposition shall be exclusively for such purposes as said court shall determine, or to such organization or organizations which are organized and operated exclusively for purposes set out in Section 5.01 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.
Article VII – Meeting Procedures.
Section 7.01 – Rules of Order.
Spiritual Discernment shall be the deliberation and decision-making process of the Board, unless otherwise stipulated by the Board.
Article VIII – Bylaws Amendments.
Section 8.01 – Procedure.
Amendments to these Bylaws must be made by voting members of the Corporation at a legally constituted Membership meeting. An affirmative vote to 75 percent (75%) of all active members present and voting will be necessary to pass any amendment to these Bylaws. These Bylaws fully supersede all previous Bylaws adopted by Living Water Spiritual Community.
Definition of Terms:
A member ministry in the Unity Worldwide Ministries recognized by the Association to be in good standing which has as its Spiritual Leader a duly ordained or Licensed Unity minister, or a person serving under special dispensation (see Section 1.02 (1)).
A Unity minister duly ordained, licensed or serving under special dispensation and determined to be in good standing by the Unity Worldwide Ministries, who assumes the spiritual and administrative leadership role in a member ministry in good standing.
In shared partnership ministries a Unity minister duly ordained or licensed and determined to be in good standing by the Unity Worldwide Ministries, who equally assumes the spiritual and administrative leadership roles with another co-minister in a member ministry in good standing. These leaders work in conjunction with the Board of Trustees of the member ministry and oversee the teaching, preaching, worship services, healing, counseling, prayer and fellowship activities of the ministry.
Ministries with more than one minister, a Unity minister duly ordained or licensed and determined to be in good standing by the Unity Worldwide Ministries serving any member ministry in good standing. The Associate Minister may be equal in ability but functions with less responsibility than the Senior Minister. The Associate Minister reports to the Senior Minister, who determines the scope of the Associate’s responsibilities.
In ministries with more than one minister, a Unity minister duly ordained or licensed and determined to be in good standing by the Unity Worldwide Ministries serving any member ministry in good standing. The skills and/or experience of the Assistant Minister may be less than those of the Senior Minister. The Assistant may be placed in a specialized service area of the ministry such as pastoral visitation or administrative support. The skills of the Assistant are, therefore, allowed to develop for a more comprehensive range of ministry service of the Assistant to the ministry.