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Don’t forget to vote on the Membership and Dues Proposal!

Hi Friends!

Don’t forget to vote on Membership and Dues Proposal before voting closes on August 10!

Click here to go to read the PDF of the proposal and to vote. 

Please Vote: Membership and Dues Policy Proposal

This document outlines a proposal for membership levels and responsibilities as well as proposed yearly fees for membership.

Having a clear definition of who is a member, who is affiliated, and who is ordained has been lacking in the PCA and a point of confusion. This is especially true when it comes to voting rights in the organization and being able to accept already ordained clergy without having to go through a second ordination process. We have also not charged yearly dues for our ordained ministers, affiliates, and members, which is standard practice for most organizations of our type. Clarifying our membership levels will help us in overall organization of the PCA, and yearly membership fees will allow for the PCA to have a consistent stream of income, offset ordination costs (website fees, printing and mailing of certificates, etc.), and give members a bigger sense of investment into the organization.

We have tried to keep the dues as modest as possible. For affiliation and ordination, we are assuming that we will find a reasonable background check website where the ordination and affiliate fee will cover the cost. Once this system is put into practice, the fees should be reviewed every year to balance the PCA’s needs with the ability of our members and clergy to pay. It should also be stressed that no one should be turned down for ordination or affiliation for lack of funds, and hopefully the fact that others can pay yearly dues will help offset the costs for those who can’t.

At all levels of membership, members are responsible for paying yearly dues and notifying the PCA of any name or address changes. All clergy are responsible for ensuring that they submit bi-annual background checks after the initial background check that is submitted with affiliation or ordination paperwork.

ALL CLERGY who wish to be recognized on the PCA website and have already been ordained by the PCA will need to submit the following documentation after September 1, 2017 and prior to November 1, 2017.

  • Yearly dues of $10 via PayPal or other means.
  • A complete update of contact information.
  • An updated background check if you were ordained prior to 2014.
  • A signed Ministerial Promise form if you have not already signed one.

Following approval of these membership definitions, the Leadership Council will set up instructions for the documents, payments, and acceptable sites for background checks.

The full outline of Membership Levels and Dues are outlined here: Membership and Dues Proposal (PDF)

Please use the box below to vote on the proposal via Survey Monkey. Voting will close on August 10, 2017 (30 days).

 

Updated Constitution and Cannons Voting Results

The Updated Constitution and Cannons has been APPROVED by the membership. The results breakdown is below.

Thank you to all who voted (and this is double the amount of people who voted last time)!

Reminder: Vote on Revised Constitution and Canons Ends June 14

Hello Friends,

There is a week and a half left to vote on the revised version of the Constitution and Canons. Voting will close on June 14, 2017.

Please click here for rational and link for voting: http://progressivechristianalliance.org/please-vote-constitution-and-canons-update/

Please Vote: Constitution and Canons Update

Dear PCA friends,

I greet you in the name of the Historic Jesus and the Cosmic Christ.

Your Progressive Christian Alliance Leadership Council has been hard at work strengthening our Progressive Christian Alliance Community. In the current spiritual environment of our nation and world, a strong Progressive Christian witness is needed. We are experiencing a response to this need by the number of people God is calling into ordination through our organization. This is very exciting to us and we are sure that you share our excitement and our commitment to meet this need.

We are very pleased and grateful for the 501©(3) designation we have received from the IRS. This designation gives us the official status needed to begin the process of requesting acceptance of PCA ordination as valid clergy designation to apply for chaplaincy certification. In the process of making the chaplaincy certification application we discovered that there were some needed refinements to be made to our Constitution and Cannons. Your leadership Council has been at work several months working to revise our Constitution and Cannons to meet those requirements. We have labored to make sure that the document stays true to the spirit our founders intended and that the vision of the Progressive Christian Alliance remains clear and unchanged in this revision. It is very important that we make this revision in order to be able to receive certification for chaplaincy designation for our clergy.

We are sending out this draft copy of our revised Constitution and Cannons for your review, comment, and vote. Thank you for giving it careful consideration to provide a basis for strength as we move into the future. There will also be a Survey Monkey that will be posted in order to allow you to vote on the revision.

Thank you for your time and prayerful consideration.

The Rev. Dr. R. Lawton Higgs, Sr.

Chair, PCA Leadership Council

Constitution and Canon Update 14May2017 (PDF)

Please vote using Survey Monkey below. Voting will close on June 14, 2017.
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Leadership Council Needs Interim Treasurer ASAP

Dear PCA Friends,

We are so grateful that our former treasurer J.T. Ramelis filed successfully our application for a 501©(3) status with the IRS. We are pleased now to be operating as a 501©(3) tax-deductible, nonprofit religious organization. Since that time Mr. Ramelis has resigned from the Leadership Council as our Treasure. The Progressive Christian Alliance is in need of a PCA volunteer to serve as Treasurer on our Leadership Council, a person who has experience managing the finances of a 501©(3) nonprofit, tax-deductible organization.

We would appreciate anyone in our Progressive Christian Alliance connection who knows a person affiliated with the PCA or, who would like to serve in that position themselves, to make a nomination or self-nomination, to serve in the role of Treasurer. Please submit a short résumé for yourself or the person nominated to the Progressive Christian Alliance Leadership Council for our consideration to be appointed to serve out the term of J.T. Ramelis.

The following is the job description for the Treasurer for The Progressive Christian Alliance detailed in the proposed changes for our Constitution and Cannons:

Leadership Council Treasurer Responsibilities 
1. Manages finances of the organization.
2. Administrate fiscal matters of the organization
Provide annual budget to the council for members’ approval.
3. Ensures development and council review of financial policies and procedures.
4. Provides monthly financial statements to council members and, upon approval by council members, to PCA membership.
5. Maintain records of donations by membership both individual and congregational and provides end of year tax statements to all who have donated.
6. Prepare and file all IRS tax forms related to 501(c)3 status. 7. Use software to track all income, expenses, etc.
8. Serves a three (3) year term and may not self-succeed into same position. 9. Cannot concurrently chair another committee.

Thank you for your prayerful response. Please send nominations to higgslawtonsr@gmail.com.

Grace & Peace,

Rev. Dr. R. Lawton Higgs, Sr.

Chair, Leadership Council

04/07/17

 

Proposal for Membership Definitions and Yearly Dues

The Progressive Christian Alliance is an international, transdenominational association of Christian ministers, ministries and laypersons.

We are a diverse fellowship inviting others to share in our common spiritual journey while walking our unique and sacred pathways. We believe that following Christ’s example means working for social justice and hospitality to all people, especially those who have not found hospitality elsewhere, and a heartfelt, thoughtful approach to being in relationship with God.

We exist to provide support and love, direction and shared experience, encouragement and constructive engagement, in our mutually shared journey to celebrate a progressive sacramental Christian faith.

The Spirit is calling us to strengthen our relationships with one another as Progressive Christians and to establish clearer definitions of our loving and just relationships.  The Leadership Council is feeling lonely.

We don’t know our ministers, ministries and lay people well enough. We have developed a document outlining a plan to remedy our isolation and to connect us in a way that will enable a stronger right practice of Christ’s example (orthopraxis) of social justice and hospitality to all people, with a heart felt thoughtful approach of being in relationship with God.

This document is entitled, “Proposal for Membership Definitions and Yearly Dues.” We are posting it here on the PCA website and on our Facebook groups and pages for your consideration and refinement.  After extensive grassroots discussion and clarification the Leadership Council will place the final version up for a vote to include it in the PCA Constitution and Cannons. The Leadership Council celebrates the Progressive Christian Alliance and each and every one of our ministers, ministries and lay people. We request your prayerful, thoughtful responses and love as we move forward with this work of faith.

 

Rev. Dr. R. Lawton Higgs, Sr.

Leadership Council, Chair

Progressive Christian Alliance

January 10, 2017

Timeline for commentary:

  • Thirty days for general commentary and suggestions. Deadline is February 18, 2017.
  • Two weeks for editing and consideration of suggestions by the Leadership Council: Deadline March 4
  • 30 Days for general commentary and vote for implementation: Voting would end April 3.

Click on the link below to read the entire proposal (PDF and should be viewable on most computers.)

Membershipdefinitionsproposal-10jan17

Exciting News! (501c3 Update)

The Leadership Council is excited to announce that we are now an official 501(c)3 organization! This opens up a lot of opportunities for our members and the organization as a whole. The Leadership Council is very excited, especially since this status opens us up as a body for sponsoring chaplains, having regular convocations, and being able to do more to support ministries! (This also means that any contribution you make from here on out is tax deductible!)

We’d like to particularly thank our treasurer, J.T., for his heroic feat of paperwork filing that made getting 501(c)3 status not only possibly, but fast!

Thank you all for your support while we went through this process, and we will be grateful for your continued support as we move forward!

Many blessings, and Happy New Year from your Leadership Council!

R. Lawton Higgs, Chair

Beth Beyer Abbott, Co-chair

J.T. Ramelis, Treasurer

Fred-Allen Self, Secretary

Gina Pond, Councillor-at-Large

501(c)3 Update

We are pleased to announce that we have been informed by the IRS that our paperwork has been received and that they are in the process of reviewing our application.

We’d like to thank all of our donors who helped us raise the funds to file our application! We really appreciate the faith and hope you have invested into the Progressive Christian Alliance.

Many thanks,

The Leadership Council

Proposed Change to Constitution

To the Members of the Progressive Christian Alliance,

The Leadership Council, per Article VII of our Constitution, is required to get a vote from the membership, with a 30 day comment period, when we need to change any part of the Constitution and Canons.

In order to submit our 501(c)3 application, we are required by the IRS to change the wording of Article VI to clarify who or what organizations will get the Progressive Christian Alliance’s assets in the event that the Progressive Christian Alliance is either liquidated or dissolved. Because there has been mis-use of 501(c)3 status by other people, the IRS strongly suggests that any monies in a 501(c)3 account be transferred into another tax-exempt account upon dissolution.

The following wording was approved by the Leadership Council and now requires a vote by the membership to approve the following change:

from: In the event of liquidation or dissolution of the Progressive Christian Alliance all of its assets and property of every nature and description whatsoever shall be paid over and transferred at the direction of the trustees to the individual congregations and affiliated ministries.

to: In the event of liquidation or dissolution of the Progressive Christian Alliance, all of its assets and property of every nature and description whatsoever shall be paid over and transferred at the direction of the Leadership Council to PCA 501c3 congregations, 501c3 affiliated ministries or any 501c3 agencies.

Per the constitution, voting will be open for the next 30 days to allow for comment and discussion. Voting will open today and expire on September 30, 2016 and the results will be posted within a week of closing date (if not sooner).

Please vote using the box below, or, if you have issues with the box below, click here to go to the SurveyMonkey website.

Thank you for your participation in this process, and we appreciate your patience as we move closer to 501(c)3 status!

 

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