Community: How We Relate

MEMBERSHIP

 

Introduction

Membership is designed to encourage, nurture, and connect Associations, Partners and Individuals within the international Christian camping community. Membership also provides the platform to encourage the development of new Associations and partnerships worldwide.

 

Membership Styles

  • Associations– Associations are groups of camps or camping ministries that enhance, encourage and expand the work of Christian camping in their country or region through mutually beneficial training, networking, sharing of best practices, and common support.

  • Global Partner– Global Partners are organisations that encourage, deliver, support or enable Christian camping.  

  • Friend– Friends are people, churches, individual camps or organisations who wish to demonstrate their support of the ministry of CCI.

 

Association Membership

Membership is exclusive to one Association per country and one per region; members will be expected to be a member of their regional Association if it exists, in addition to being part of CCI

 

Membership Process

New Association members will be welcomed on the basis of:

  1. Endorsement by a member Association or a CCI representative appointed by the CCI CEO.

  2. Affirmation of the CCI Identity and Community documents.

  3. Demonstration of broad engagement through:

    • A wide range of Christian camping leaders representing multiple churches, denominations or other ministries.

    • A large geographic area.

    • Various styles of Christian camping.

  4. Demonstration that they are sustainable through team leadership and a proven track record of involvement in Christian camping.

 

 

Criteria for Association membership

To become an Association member, at any level ,the board or steering committee must:

  1. Agree with the CCI ‘Statement of Faith’.

  2. Agree with the CCI ‘Identity’ and ‘Community’ documents.

  3. Make a voluntary financial contribution to support the ministry and growth of CCI annually.

  4. Submit an annual report of activity

 

Benefits of Association Membership

  1. Invitation to Global and Regional Gatherings

  2. Invitation for a representative to attend the Executive Global Gathering held every three years.

  3. Listing on the CCI website

  4. Part of a global mutual support structure

  5. Regular global communication and sharing of best practice

  6. Use of the CCI logo

  7. Use of the name Christian Camping International and CCI

  8. The opportunity to vote for and serve as a member of the CCI Board of Directors

 

Association Membership Categories

There are four categories of Association membership (After discussion with the CCI Coach, the CCI CEO determines the appropriate category for each entity):

 

Category 1 – Established Association

  1. With paid employees running the Association

  2. With an annual gathering of leaders for planning, fellowship, and training

  3. With a board or steering committee

  4. With a maintained membership list

  5. With regular communication with their members

  6. With an agreement in place and a CCI Coach where appropriate

  7. With a clear structure in place for financial accountability

 

Category 2 – Emerging Association

  1. With volunteer leaders running the Emerging Association

  2. With an annual gathering of leaders for planning, fellowship, and training

  3. With a board or steering committee

  4. With a maintained contact or affiliation list

  5. With regular communication to their contacts

  6. With an agreement in place and an identified CCI Coach

  7. With a clear structure in place for financial accountability

Category 3 – Pioneering Association

  1. With a leader or team establishing an Association and assessing its viability

  2. With a view to establishing an annual gathering of leaders

  3. With a board or steering committee

  4. With development and maintenance of a participant/subscriber/affiliate list

  5. With plans to regularly communication with their affiliates

  6. With an agreement in place and a CCI Coach 

  7. With a progression plan in place to move to ‘Category 2’ membership within 5 years

 

Category 4 – Sensitive Access (Unpublished) Association

  1. With leaders running the Association

  2. With at least one annual gathering of leaders for planning, fellowship, and training

  3. With a governing board or steering committee

  4. With a maintained membership list

  5. With regular communication with their members

  6. With an agreement in place and a CCI Coach

  7. With a clear structure in place for financial accountability

  8. With no profile globally for the health and safety of the Association

 

 

Global Partner Membership

Criteria for Global Partner Membership

To become a Partner member the organisation must:

  1. Agree with the CCI ‘Statement of Faith’

  2. Operate or be involved in more than one country

  3. Be excited about the power and potential of Christian camping to change lives and grow the church globally

  4. Be committed to pray for the effective ministry and growth of CCI

  5. Make a voluntary financial contribution support the ministry of CCI each year

  6. Have no reduction in any current support to a local CCI Association

Benefits for Global Partner Membership

  1. Have the ability to tangibly support the growth of the Christian camping movement globally

  2. Invitation to Global and Regional CCI Gatherings

  3. Regular global communication

  4. Use of the CCI logo on their publications

  5. Use of the name Christian Camping International or CCI on their publications

  6. Can be featured and endorsed on the CCI website and App as a global partner

 

 

Friend Membership

Criteria for Friend Membership

To become a Friend member the individual or organisation must:

  1. Agree with the CCI ‘Statement of Faith’

  2. Be excited about the power and potential of Christian camping to change lives and grow the church globally

  3. Be committed to pray for the effective ministry and growth of CCI

  4. Make a voluntary financial contribution to support the ministry of CCI each year

Benefits of Friend Membership

  1. Regular global communication

  2. Providing support of a worldwide mission

 

 

Financial Contributions

The annual financial contributions for all types of membership will consist of a voluntary financial contribution.

 

Continued Membership

  1. In the event that an Association fails to maintain membership requirements, the CEO, in consultation with the Board, will have discretion to redefine the membership status or remove a member from the worldwide alliance.

  2. In the event that a ‘Global Partner’ fails to maintain membership requirements, the CEO will have discretion to redefine the membership status or remove a member from the worldwide alliance.

  3. In the event that a ‘Friend’ fails to maintain membership requirements, the organisation or individual will automatically be removed as a member.

 

 

CONNECTION AND INTERACTION

All CCI Gatherings indicated below will run on a three-year rolling programme

 

Global Gatherings

Purpose

The purpose of the Global Gathering is to:

  1. Provide spiritual support for the Association leaders.

  2. Enhance networking and relationships between Association leaders and beyond.

  3. Create a forum to discuss issues of mutual concern within Christian camping and invite perspectives beyond CCI members.

  4. Share best practices in Christian camping and Association management.

  5. Provide opportunity to visit Christian camping venues and programmes in different parts of the world.

  6. Celebrate Christian camping globally

 

 Logistics

It is expected that the Global Gathering will be held every three years.  The CEO will consult with other leaders and Board members to establish the date, site, and structure for the event.

Participation

It is expected that all member Associations are represented at the Global Gathering.

 

Regional Gatherings

Purpose

The purpose of Regional Gatherings is to:

  1. Provide spiritual support for Association leaders

  2. Enhance networking and relationships between Association leaders.

  3. Create a forum to discuss issues of mutual concern within Christian camping especially within the scope of the region.

  4. Share best practices in Christian camping and Association management.

  5. Provide opportunity to view Christian camping venues and programmes within the region.

 

Logistics

  1. Regional Gatherings will be held every three years during which time a total of five Regional Gatherings will be run:

    1. Europe

    2. Asia Pacific

    3. Africa

    4. North America

    5. Latin America

  2. These may be stand-alone events or they may link with existing regional meetings.  The locations will be determined by the CEO in consultation with other CCI leaders in the specific regions.

 

Participation

Leaders of Associations are invited to participate in their local Regional Gathering.

 

Executive Leadership Gathering

Purpose

The purpose of the Executive Leadership Gathering is to:

  1. Provide spiritual support for Association executive leaders

  2. Enhance networking and relationships between Association executive leaders.

  3. Create a forum to discuss issues of mutual concern within Christian camping especially within the scope of the job role.

  4. Share best practices in Christian camping and Association management.

  5. Provide opportunity to view Christian camping venues and programmes within the region.

 

Logistics

Executive Leadership Gatherings will be held every three years.  The locations will be determined by the CEO in consultation with other CCI Association executive leaders.

 

Participation

One executive leader per Association will be invited to attend

 

 

Communication

CCI will communicate regularly with members and share prayer requests between members

 

 

 

 CCI WORLWIDE BOARD

The Board of Directors is the official governing body of CCI.

 

Responsibilities

  1. To act as the guardians of the Statement of Faith.

  2. To approve the Strategic Plan.

  3. To establish appropriate policies.

  4. To approve the annual budget.

  5. To select and supervise the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

  6. To select the Board Chair and other officers.

 

Requirements

  1. English is the official language of the CCI Board; therefore, all Nominees must possess adequate English language skills to read reports and participate in discussions.

  2. All Nominees must have had previous experience on a Board of Directors, preferably experience on the Board of their home Association.

  3. Support for the ‘Identity’ and ‘Community’ Documents of CCI.

  4. Endorsement by one’s home Association.

  5. Endorsement by other supervisory organisations such as camps, church, denomination or mission agency.

  6. Board Members or their home Associations are responsible to cover the cost of their travel to and from board meetings.

 

Nomination and Election

  1. New members may be nominated by the Board of Directors or by Member Associations.

  2. The Board will determine the number of spaces available to be filled in the annual election.

  3. Each year the Board can appoint an Election Committee to supervise the nomination and election of new and returning Board Members. This committee will normally consist of the International Director and two Board Members who are not standing for re-election. 

  4. Electronic communication will be the norm for nomination, interaction and voting.

  5. A call for nominations will be sent to the Associations by June 30.

  6. Nominations from the Associations must be received by the Elections Committee by August 31.

  7. By September 15, all nominees will be required to submit:

    • An affirmation of their willingness to serve on the Board of Directors.

    • An affirmation of their support for the Identity and Community documents of CCI.

    • A written endorsement of support from their home Association.

    • A written endorsement of support from any other supervisory organisations such as a camp, church, denomination or mission agency.

  8. By September 30 the ballot will be prepared and sent to the Associations. Associations will be asked to vote for as many candidates as there are positions available. Votes must be received by the Election Committee by November 30.

  9. At least 50% of the Associations must vote to constitute a valid election.

  10. When the number of Nominees is equal to, or less than, the number of available positions on the Board, Nominees must receive a simple majority approval of the Associations casting ballots.

  11. When the number of Nominees is greater than the number of available positions on the Board, the Nominee(s) receiving the greatest number of votes will be elected.

  12. In the case of a tied vote that would create an excess number of Board Members (based on the number of available positions), the Board will have the discretion to select the candidate who will fill the vacancy.

  13. All Nominees will be notified of the election results by December 7 and Associations will be notified of the election results by December 14.

  14. Records of the votes will be maintained until after the next face-to-face meeting of the Board of Directors.

 

Composition

  1. There will be no fewer than seven and no more than eleven Members of the Board of Directors.

    • There will be no fewer than seven and no more than nine Association Board Members.

    • In addition, the Board has the discretion to nominate up to two Independent Board Members.

  2. No more than one person per Association may serve as an Association Board Member at any time. However, Independent Board Members may be from any location.

  3. The CEO is a non-voting, ex-officio member of the Board of Directors.  His or her membership is not included in the minimum or maximum number of board members, nor does his or her participation negate a board member from his or her home Association serving on the Board.

 

Terms

  1. Terms will be four years for the initial term and four years for the second term.  The second term will be split into 2 two-year sub terms to enable individuals to move off the board earlier should they wish to do so.  Individuals will not need to be re-elected for the second term.

  2. No Board Member will serve more than eight consecutive years.

  3. Board Members who have discontinued service may be eligible for re-election after two years off the Board of Directors.

  4. Terms begin January 1 and conclude December 31.

 

Meetings

  1. The Board normally meets one time each year in a face-to-face meeting.

  2. The Board normally meets two other times each year by electronic means.

  3. Special meetings may be called at the request of any Board Member.

 

Officers

  1. The Board shall elect its own officers.

  2. The Board will set the terms of its officers.

  3. The Board will have a Chair. The Chair’s duties include calling meetings, establishing the agendas for the meetings, appointing committees, communicating frequently with the CEO, and other tasks assigned by the Board.

  4. The Chair may hold no other office within CCI while serving as the Chair.  The Board will have a Vice-Chair.  The Vice Chair’s duties include supporting the Chair as required and taking on the role as the acting Chair when the Chair is absent.  The Vice Chair position will be re-voted on a yearly basis.  There is no assumption that the Vice Chair will go on to become the Chair elect.  

  5. The Board will combine the positions of Secretary and Treasurer. The Secretary duties include keeping minutes of the meetings, when necessary, and signing legal documents on behalf of CCI.  The Treasurer duties include reviewing financial statements and communicating with the CCI Staff concerning financial matters.

  6. The Treasurer/Secretary may also hold other offices.

  7. The Board may establish other officers as it chooses.

  8. The Board may have an Executive Committee consisting of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, the CEO and up to one additional Board Member to address issues that arise between meetings.

 

 

 

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND STAFF

 

The Board of Directors may employ a Chief Executive Officer to fulfil the organisation’s mission and vision, and to manage the day-to-day operations of CCI.

 

The CEO may use other titles (President, International Director, Director, etc.) as appropriate within various cultures and languages.

 

The CEO will serve as a non-voting, ex-officio member of the Board of Directors.

 

The responsibilities of the CEO include:

  1. Serving as the guardian of the ‘Identity: Who We Are’ and ‘Community: How We Relate’ documents.

  2. Selecting, supervising, and reviewing the employment and involvement of all staff and volunteers (paid or unpaid) of CCI.

    • Managing the finances.

    • Fulfilling of the Strategic Intents and other initiatives and goals established by the Board of Directors.

    • Raising the funds needed to operate and grow CCI.

    • Communicating with the members.

    • Speaking on behalf of CCI.

    • Representing CCI.

    • Assessing the health of each Association and providing encouragement and support as needed.

    • Establishing new Associations.

    • Developing links with other organisations with the intent of forming partnerships

    • Other duties assigned by the Board of Directors.

 

 

 FINANCES

 

Introduction

Funds needed to operate CCI will be generated primarily through donations, membership fees and event fees. The United States Dollar will be the primary currency used for transactions.

 

Sources of Income

  1. Donations– The CEO will work to generate the funds necessary to operate and expand CCI. Sources may include individuals, churches, associations, businesses, foundations or other benevolent agencies.

  2. Event fees– Events such as the Global Gathering and Regional Gatherings should generate adequate income to cover their costs. It is expected that financial assistance from donations will be needed to help some members participate in the Global and Regional Gatherings.

 

Uses of funds

  1. Income may be used for operating expenses such as salaries, travel, insurance, administration and communication.

  2. Income may be used for the expansion of and strengthening of CCI through the establishment of new Associations and by temporarily assisting existing Associations.

  3. Income may be used for special projects approved by the Board of Directors.

 

Budgets

  1. The International Director will prepare an annual budget.

  2. The Board of Directors will approve the budget.

 

Accountability

  1. An outside review of the financial statements will be conducted each year.

  2. Financial accountability will adhere to the standards of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

 

 

 

AMENDMENTS

 

Amendments to this document, ‘Community: How We Relate’, will be made by a vote of two-thirds of the Board Members.

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