Constitution of Saint Barnabas

The Constitution of Saint Barnabas governs the organization and conduct of the Saint Barnabas Apostolate.

I. Name and Type

  1. We are known as the Saint Barnabas Apostolate (herein “the Apostolate”).
  2. We are an Anglican organization of lay members who strive to support the spiritual and temporal needs of the Saint Barnabas Anglican Church and deepen our personal relationships with Jesus Christ.

II. Organization

  1. The head of the Apostolate shall be the Rector of Saint Barnabas Church (herein “the Rector”) or their designate who shall be an ordained Anglican minister.
  2. The Rector shall appoint a Fellow who shall be president of the Apostolate (herein “the Provost”).
  3. The executive body of the Apostolate shall be the Council of Saint Barnabas (herein “the Council’) composed of the Rector, the Provost, the Prefect, the Secretary, the Treasurer and the Dean of Fellows.
  4. The Prefect, the Secretary and the Treasurer shall be elected by common majority among good-standing Fellows for three-year cascading terms.
  5. The Dean of Fellows shall be the senior ranking member of the Apostolate not holding the position of Provost, Prefect, Secretary or Treasurer.
  6. The collective meeting of all members of the Apostolate shall be called the Plenary of Saint Barnabas (herein “Plenary”).
  7. The Commons of Saint Barnabas, the Constitution of Saint Barnabas and the Ordinary of Saint Barnabas shall collectively form the constitutional and foundation documents of the Apostolate. Their amending procedures are articulated further in this document.

III. Council of Saint Barnabas

  1. The Council shall meet ordinarily on a quarterly basis before each Embertide and extraordinarily anytime when summoned by the Rector.
  2. The Chair of the Council shall be the Provost.
  3. The Secretary shall record accurate minutes of all meetings of the Council and shall publish these minutes for all members of the Apostolate.
  4. The Provost shall make provision for a designated meeting location.
  5. All meetings of the Council shall be open to members of the Apostolate who may raise concerns during discussion but will not hold a vote at the Council.
  6. Council may establish Ordinaries regarding its conduct and the general administrative policies of the Apostolate.

IV. Plenary of Saint Barnabas

  1. The plenary of membership of the Apostolate shall meet ordinarily once per year and extraordinary anytime when summoned by the Rector.
  2. Plenary shall be summoned ordinarily after Epiphany but before the Lenten Embertide each year.
  3. The Chair of Plenary shall be the Provost.
  4. Plenary shall ratify the Commons, Constitution and Ordinary each year and shall entertain amendments to these documents in accordance with the amendment procedures.
  5. Plenary shall review previous year spending and approve the upcoming year budget presented by the Treasurer.
  6. The Prefect shall prepare an Annual Administration Report detailing the administrative activities of the Apostolate during the past year.
  7. The Prevost shall prepare an Annual State of the Apostolate report that details the past and ongoing activities of the Apostolate.
  8. All attending members of the Apostolate have a vote at Plenary.
  9. A 2/3 majority of members present on the Roll are required to hold Plenary.

V. Membership

  1. Membership is open to any baptized Christian who affirms the Commons.
  2. There shall be three grades of membership defined in greater detail within the Ordinary:
    1. Associate – friends of the Apostolate who do not have any formal obligations but support the Apostolate in a variety of ways.
    2. Novice – members who wish to join the Apostolate and are in training and a period of prayer and reflection.
    3. Fellow – full members of the Apostolate who participate in daily prayer and work.
  3. The Dean of Fellows shall be responsible for membership applications and advancement through the various grades.
  4. Members may be married or single but all are called to a life of Christian chastity which promotes healthy relationships between human beings.


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