Regulations Of Tema Joint Church

These Regulations are hereby enacted under the power of the Constitution of the Tema Joint Church.

(a) Each Minister shall conduct services at the Church in accordance with the arrangements made by the Church and as required by his pastoral responsibilities, e.g. conduct the service in English and within the time agreed with the Council.
(b) The Resident Minister shall be responsible for adequate pastoral care of all members of the Church.
(c) The Resident Minister, with the assistance of the other Ministers, shall be involved with the work of the Church Education Groups like Community Cells, the Children’s Service, the Junior Youth, the Fraternities and Fellowships and other activities of the Church.

Council Meetings shall be open to members of the Congregations as observers, except when Council decides otherwise.

Council shall create as many Committees as is necessary for the smooth running and administration of the Church. The following Committees shall, for the meantime, constitute the key groups of the Church:

(a) The Evangelism and Lay Training Committee
The Evangelism and Lay Training Committee shall:
I. Keep under review the whole evangelism task of the Church and the ways in which it is being carried on;
II. Study and advise on methods of evangelism for use by the congregation, groups and individuals in the Church;
III. Bring to the notice of the Council, new or neglected spheres for evangelism, and to suggest lines of action;
IV. Keep under review the Church’s provision for training lay people for Christian witness and service both in the Church and in the world;
V. Advise on literature and visual aids for use in evangelism and lay training, and as far as possible, arrange for suitable materials to be available;
VI. Submit quarterly reports and recommendations to the Council.

(b) Worship Committee
The Worship Committee shall:
I. Keep under review Orders of Service for various services and functions of the Church; e.g. Sunday morning and evening services, service for communion, baptism, confirmation, burial, marriage etc.;
II. Promote the enrichment of Church worship by act of devotion acceptable and approved by the Church Council;
III. Encourage and guide the study of the Holy Scriptures in the Church.
IV. Arrange the annual almanac of the Church;
V. Assist in preparing the preaching plan;
VI. Supervise the activities of the ushers and lay readers.

(c) Finance Committee
The Finance Committee shall:
I. Consist of the Treasurer and a maximum of 5 (five) other members appointed by the Church Council;
II. Be responsible for the administration of the finances of the Church subject to the general directives of the Council;
III. Scrutinize the statements of accounts and present an annual budget for approval by the Church Council and subsequent consideration by the Congregation at an Extraordinary General Meeting;
IV. Ensure that the accounts of the Church are audited annually in accordance with the Constitution of the Church.

(d) Welfare Committee
The Welfare Committee shall:
I. Promote healthy relationship among the members of the congregation;
II. Share the joys, sorrows and concerns of members of the congregation;
III. Encourage mutual assistance with the smooth running of the Community Cells;
IV. Ensure the existence of a Christ-centred Church, worshipping God in a friendly and cheerful atmosphere;
V. Encourage spiritual upliftment and Christian brotherhood among members.

(e) Social Action Committee
The Social Action Committee shall:
I. Reach out and touch the lives of the ‘poorest of the poor’ through Christian love, fellowship and support;
II. Consult with various groups, societies and individuals in the Church to get them more involved in the activities of the Social Action Committee.
III. Explore avenues and work in partnership with identifiable professionals, religious and other groups, in and outside Ghana, who share its vision and can help to attain it objectives;
IV. Educate and counsel individuals and communities on issues of topical interest;
V. Initiate efforts to understand the historical, social and environmental background of the people the Social Action Committee interacts with, to enable it to promote better empathy and make informed decisions;
VI. Support the evangelism of workers in various industries in Tema and elsewhere.