North Cambridge Council of Churches (NCCC) Constitution

1. BASIS

The North Cambridge Council of Churches (NCCC) unites in pilgrimage those churches and groups which, acknowledging God’s revelation in Christ, confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the Scriptures, and in obedience to God’s will and in the power of the Holy Spirit commit themselves to the aims stated below in Section 2. 

2. AIMS

The aims of the North Cambridge Council of Churches (NCCC) are: 
To learn to know each other, to find opportunities of worship together and to actively seek unity among all Christians.
To honour and respect one another, giving support to each other whenever opportunities arise and to share with one another the treasures of our respective traditions.
To pray together and to pray for one another in a committed and informed way.
To encourage our congregations and organisations to work together in
  • sharing our Christian faith with others
  • serving the community
  • sharing our resources
  • addressing issues of peace and social justice
  • building bridges within the wider community.

3. AREA COVERAGE

The North Cambridge Council of Churches (NCCC) aims to serve the neighbourhoods which are located in the north of the city. 

4. RELATIONSHIPS

The North Cambridge Council of Churches (NCCC) is in association with the Cambridgeshire Ecumenical Council (CEC). The NCCC welcomes the chance to engage with other local ecumenical groups and to take advantage of networking opportunities among local Christians. 

5. MEMBERSHIP

Membership of the North Cambridge Council of Churches (NCCC) is open to any Christian church or group in the area referred to in Section 3 above which is committed to the same aims and purposes and that will work in the spirit of the Basis (in Section 1).  
 Visitors, including those from non-member churches/groups,  are always welcome to attend meetings and take part in debate, but visitors shall not be entitled to vote.

6. OFFICERS

The officers shall be a Chair and a Vice-Chair (one of whom shall normally be a minister and the other a lay person, and ideally one male and one female).  Each should ideally be of a different denomination. The Chair should normally serve for a period of 2 years. The Vice-Chair should serve normally for a period of 2 years and should succeed the Chair in office.In addition, a Treasurer and a Secretary shall be elected annually with an expected maximum service of 3 years (renewable) . 

7. MEETINGS

(a) Normally there shall be at least three meetings each year, one of  which shall be the Annual General Meeting. 
(b) Voting members shall consist of one clergy representative and 2 other representatives appointed from each member church or group. In churches where it is not customary to have ordained people, up to three lay people can be appointed.
(c) The Council may co-opt other members to bring in specific expertise, though without voting rights.
(d) The Annual General Meeting is when  officers are elected, accounts are received, annual reports are submitted and policy and initiatives for the year are decided. For the AGM or any other meeting to be quorate at least two thirds of all churches/groups should be represented, i.e. a minimum of one representative from at least two thirds of the churches/groups.  
(e) Special meetings may be called if requested in writing by representatives of 2 member churches/groups. At least two weeks’ notice in writing of any such meeting of the Council shall be given.

8. ENABLING GROUP/ EXECUTIVE

(a) When there are more than six churches and groups in membership of the Council, the churches/groups may appoint an Executive or ad hoc Working Groups whose functions shall be to enable the member churches/groups to make decisions in common and to serve as a reference point for the Council.
(b) Where there is no Executive the officers of the Council shall fulfil this function.

9. FINANCE

Each member church/group shall pay such annual subscription sum as shall be agreed at the Annual General Meeting of the Council. The financial year shall be from 01 October to 30 September. 

10. CONSTITUTION

Any changes to the Constitution shall be made by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting at the AGM Meeting after two weeks’ notice in writing has been given to all constituent churches/groups so that churches/groups have time to consider the proposals. For the AGM to be quorate at least one representative from two-thirds of the member churches/groups must be present.

NCCC Revised Constitution – ratified at NCCC AGM on 13th June2013