THE ASSOCIATION OF PRESBYTERIAN INTERIM
MINISTRY SPECIALISTS
BYLAWS


I. Name
The Association of Presbyterian Interim Ministry Specialists (APIMS).
 
II. Purpose


The purpose of The Association of Presbyterian Interim Ministry Specialists (APIMS) is to assist the Presbyterian Church (USA) serve the Lord Jesus Christ through the support of its members and future members for the specific purpose of intentional  interim ministry, and by providing information regarding placement, training, and research for  members who may desire to practice this specific ministry. The Association of Presbyterian Interim Ministry Specialists (APIMS) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the furtherance of the religious and educational ends of the Presbyterian Church (USA), related to interim ministry.
The Association of Presbyterian Interim Ministry Specialists (APIMS) is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational and scientific purposes, including for such purposes, the making and distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future Federal Tax Code.
 
III. Membership


Individual Members
Individual members shall include those persons:
- subscribing to the Bylaws of APIMS;
- having annual dues currently paid to APIMS;
- who are members of or in service to the Presbyterian Church (USA).
The rights and responsibilities of an individual member:
- attending meetings of APIMS;
- receiving printed material mailed to APIMS Members;
- having access to membership lists;
- vote, hold office, and serve on committees of APIMS.
Governing Body Members
Governing Body Members shall include any governing body or recognized group within particular governing bodies:
- subscribing to the Bylaws of APIMS;
- having annual dues currently paid to APIMS;
 - who are members of or in service to the Presbyterian Church (USA);
- encouraging the study and practice of specialized Interim Ministry in its governing body, its constituent parts, and in the church at large.
The rights and responsibilities of Governing Body Members:
- designate one person as APIMS representative with all the rights and responsibilities of an individual member, except holding office;
- have access to membership lists;
- contract with APIMS leadership for its own governing body events.
 
IV. Officers


Officers of APIMS shall be Moderator, Vice?Moderator, Secretary, and Treasurer. These officers shall perform the duties prescribed by the Manual of Operations and by the parliamentary authority adopted by APIMS.
 
V. Nominations


Nominations shall be made by a representative Nominating Committee of three APIMS Individual members reflecting the diversity of the Association membership. The Council shall appoint one of its members to chair the Nominating Committee. Two additional members of the Nominating Committee shall be elected by the membership. The Nominating Committee shall be elected at the Annual Meeting.


The duties of the Nominating Committee shall be to nominate the Moderator of Council, to nominate additional members of the Council as needed, and to nominate two Individual members for the succeeding Nominating Committee.
The following standards are to be observed by the Nominating Committee:
-No member of the Nominating Committee may serve more than three consecutive years.
- The Nominating Committee shall not nominate one of its own members to office.
- Only one candidate for each office shall be presented for nomination.
- Full opportunity shall be given for nominations from the floor by any member of    APIMS.
- The Nominating Committee shall convene, by any means, as needed in order to present a slate of nominees at the next Annual Meeting.
 
VI. Elections


Elections shall be conducted by ballot, or if without objection, by voice vote. Terms of office shall begin upon election.
 
VII. Meetings of APIMS


Annual Meeting
Meetings shall ordinarily be held annually in conjunction with the Annual Conference of the Interim Ministry Network.  Written notice of the meeting shall be made two months prior to the meeting. A quorum for the Annual meeting shall be those in attendance.
Business to be conducted at the Annual Meeting shall be for the purpose of electing officers, members of Council, members of the Nominating Committee, receiving reports of officers, committees and for any other business that may arise. A docket for the Annual meeting shall be prepared by Council and presented for approval at the beginning of the meeting.

Special Meeting
Special meetings may be called by the Moderator or the Council and shall be called upon the written request of ten members of APIMS.  Written notice of the meeting shall be made two months prior to the meeting.  A quorum for a Special Meeting shall be 10% of the total membership.   The purpose of the meeting shall be stated in the call to the meeting. 

Emergency Meeting
In the case of emergency, as declared by the Council, an Emergency Meeting may be called.
Written notice of the meeting shall be made one month prior to the meeting.  A quorum for an Emergency Meeting shall be 10% of the total membership.   The purpose of the meeting shall be stated in the call to the meeting.  

 

Minutes of APIMS Meetings


Minutes of all meetings shall be reviewed and approved at the next regular meeting of the Council.
 
VIII. Council


The Council shall serve as the APIMS Board of Directors. The Council shall establish a budget, manage the finances of the Association, enter into contracts, plan APIMS meetings, make reports, advocate for interim ministry, and insure the regular and proper functioning of the Association and its committees.
 
The Council shall foster relationships with ecumenical partners, The Interim Ministry Network and others interested in the practice of interim ministry.
 
Council Membership. There shall be no fewer than six members of the Council divided into in three equal classes. The classes shall be as nearly equal in number as possible, of which only one shall expire each year. No more than one Council member shall be elected from any single presbytery. Members elected to the Council in classes shall serve one term for a three?year period, except when it is necessary to elect some council members for shorter terms in order to fill vacancies. Members elected for a one-year vacancy may be reelected to his or her own three-year term. Members may not be elected to Council by APIMS membership until one year has elapsed following the end of their term.


The Council may appoint up to two additional members, taking into account such factors as the need for particular expertise or the need to widen the diversity of the Council. Council appointed members shall serve one year terms, renewable for two additional one year terms and may not be elected by the membership or appointed to Council until one year has elapsed following appointed service.  Ex Officio members of the Council, with vote, shall be the immediate Past Moderator of APIMS, for a one year term; the Membership Services Coordinator; the Editor of The Bridge; the Treasurer; and a staff representative of the National Ministries Division, or its successor agency.
 
Each Council member must be a member of APIMS and ordinarily a member of theInterim Ministry Network.  A Quorum of the Council shall be a simple majority of the elected members.
 
APIMS and Council Officers


The Moderator shall be nominated from the current Council's elected membership, by the Nominating Committee, and elected by the membership of APIMS. The term shall be for two years. The Vice Moderator shall be elected by Council from among its members and serve at the pleasure of the Council.
 
The Treasurer shall be appointed annually by the Council and serve at the pleasure of the Council.
 
IX. Parliamentary Authority


The rules contained in the most recent edition of Robert's Rules of Order shall govern APIMS in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Part II ?? The Book of Order, and any special rules of order APIMS may adopt.
 
X. Amendments


Proposed amendments shall be submitted in writing to the Secretary of APIMS. Council will review and present such proposed amendments to the membership of APIMS together with the Call of the Annual Meeting. Upon approval of two?thirds of the members voting at the Annual Meeting, said amendments will take effect immediately.
 
XI. Fiduciary Responsibility


No part of the net earnings of APIMS shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributed to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the organization shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in this document. No substantial part of the activities of this organization shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and this organization shall not participate in, intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provision of this document, APIMS shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization exempt from federal income taxes under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue code or corresponding section of any future federal tax Code, or (b) by an organization contributions to which are deductible under section 107 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
 
XII. Dissolution


In the event of the dissolution of APIMS, all assets will be distributed to the Presbyterian Church (USA), an organization qualified for exemption from federal taxes under Section 501 (c) (3) as described in Section 509 (a) (1) of the Internal Revenue Code. All assets will become the property of the Presbyterian Church (USA) or its successor or assigns as long as said church or successors are still exempt under Section 501 (c) (3) of the internal Revenue Code or corresponding section of any future federal tax code at the time of said dissolution.
 
As amended the Annual Meeting of the Association in Baltimore, Md. May 22, 2007. The most recent amendments appear in italic font in the body of the document.

 

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