Adopted on the………………………………………………………….
1. ADOPTION OF THE CONSTITUTION
The Church is congregational in its government: i.e. it recognizes Jesus Christ as its supreme head, believing in His presence and managing its affairs according to His Word and the practice of His apostles. The Church finances and its property will be administered and managed in accordance with the provisions in this Constitution.
The Church is called Zion Christian Church - Mandadzaka (“the Church”), founded by Bishop Samuel Mutendi (1924)
The Church’s objects (“the Objects”) are the advancement of the Christian faith primarily in Zimbabwe and also throughout Africa and the rest of the World by all means consistent with the teachings of the Christian Bible including worship, ministry, mission, prayer, witness, education, community service , healings , miracles and the support of agencies and individuals and other charitable organizations involved in Christian missionary work and the relief of poverty or other social needs.
In pursuance of the Objects set out in clause 3 (but not otherwise), the Church shall have the following powers:-
(1) To carry on any other activities which further any of the Objects.
(2) To purchase, take on lease, hire, or otherwise acquire, any property or rights which are suitable for the Church’s activities.
(3) To improve, manage, develop, or otherwise deal with, all or any part of the property and rights of the Church.
(4) To sell, let, hire out, license, or otherwise dispose of, all or any part of the property and rights of the Church.
(5) To borrow money, and to give security in support of any such borrowings by the Church.
(6) To employ such staff as are considered appropriate for the proper conduct of the Church activities.
(7) To engage such consultants and advisers as are considered appropriate from time to time.
(8) To effect insurance of all kinds (which may include Trustees’ liability insurance).
(9) To invest any funds which are not immediately required for the Church’s activities in such investments as may be considered appropriate (and to dispose of, and vary, such investments).
(10) To liaise with other voluntary sector bodies, local authorities, Zimbabwean government departments and agencies, and other bodies, all with a view to furthering the Objects.
(11) To establish and/or support any other charitable body, and to make donations for any charitable purpose falling within the Objects.
(12) To form any charitable company with similar objects to those of the Church, and if considered appropriate, to transfer to any such company (without any payment being required from the company) the whole or any part of the Church’s assets and undertaking.
(13) To take such steps as may be deemed appropriate for the purpose of raising funds for the Church’s activities.
(14) To accept grants, donations and legacies of all kinds (and to accept any reasonable conditions attaching to them).
(15) To do anything which may be incidental or conducive to the furtherance of any of the Objects.
(1) The Members of the Church shall be such as profess faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord and have been baptized as believers into the Name of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The mode of baptism practised by the Church shall be that of immersion on the understanding that in special circumstances the Church Council Meeting may agree to make an exception. All new members shall be anointed by any of the following , Bishop , Pastors , Evangelist or Deacons before they are baptized .
(2) The members of the Church shall be such as profess faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord and who wish to make Zion Christian Church their spiritual home, who wish to be actively involved in the fellowship.
(3) By joining the Church, Members shall come...