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Mid Atlantic Provisional Charter Final Draft Docx Version

Mid Atlantic Provisional Charter Final Draft Docx Version

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The Mid-Atlantic Regional NetworkProvisional Charter(Final Draft) 
Preamble
 How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity! Ps 133:1
 The Mid-Atlantic Network is a Regional Network of churches in the Virginia, WestVirginia and North Carolina Region of the United States. The Mid-Atlantic Network is asubdivision (missionary district) of PEARUSA, a North American mission and churchplanting movement of the Province de
L’Eglise Anglicane au Rwanda (PEAR 
), and asub-jurisdiction of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). It is a movement of healthy reproducing Anglican churches- birthed in Rwanda, planted in America, bearingfruit in our region. As a network of churches, The Mid-Atlantic prays and labors toward the renewal of allthings under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Article 1. Fundamental Declarations
The Mid-Atlantic Network, being part of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church of Jesus Christ, believes and confesses Jesus Christ as Lord. He is the Way, the Truth andthe Life: no one comes to the Father but by Him.The Mid-Atlantic Network affirms the Christian faith as described and defined in thePEARUSA Charter (Appendix 1) and the Jerusalem Declaration (Appendix 2).The Mid-Atlantic Network exists for the glory of God, and for the mutualencouragement, shared mission, church planting and common witness of PEARUSAchurches in the Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina Region. The vision andpassion of The Mid-Atlantic Network is to have healthy, praying, growing, missional,churches that plant new churches where the Holy Spirit directs.We affirm the Operational Values of Regional Networks of PEARUSA as the principlesthat govern our work together:
1. Personal Devotion and Consecration
: We commit to be individuals who earnestlyseek to personally know and follow the Lord Jesus Christ, seeking to fulfill our spiritualmandates of living by and in faith, grace, humility, dependence, consecration, personalholiness, and Christian community.
2.
 
Spirit-led and Spirit-empowered
: We commit to depend upon, pray, and earnestly
 
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seek the guidance, presence, and power of the Holy Spirit in all we do.
3. Mission-driven and Mission-focused
: Our mission is given to us by our Lord Jesus tobecome and make disciples. We commit to seek to fulfill this calling and to measure ouractivities and efforts by faithfulness and effectiveness in evangelism and discipleship.
4. Missional Communities and Church Planting:
We are committed to
 
scattering for
mission” into our communities. Specifically we are pursuing the development of 
missional communities
and
church plants
as primary methods of effective evangelismand discipleship, and our measurements of growth focus on release, expansion, andmultiplication.
5. Movement more than Structure:
We commit to think and act creatively and boldlyin mission, and to equip and empower the entire Church to bear witness to Jesus Christ,in power, by word and deed, in the context of everyday life in the world. We commit towork with other faithful followers of Christ in Kingdom-minded collaboration.
6. Effectively and Flexibly Institutional:
Proper institutions are essential to guard andprotect beliefs, practices, and people and to enable us to live by principle rather than bypersonality. We thank God for the legacy of sustained faith and mission we receive from
Christ’s church. Therefore, we commit to continually strive to be effective
ly, efficientlystructured and to build flexible and responsive systems to expand and support the missionand ministry of PEARUSA.
7. Relationally Rich:
We commit to be a movement growing in genuine love, mutualhonor, deep appreciation, and unity.
8. Relationally True:
In the spirit of the East African Revival, we commit to integrity,transparency, and accountability.
9. Relationally Reconciled
: In the case of conflict or tension, we commit to make everyeffort to be at peace with one another and to work through difficulties unto reconciliation.
10. Teamwork and Collaboration:
Fundamental to our heritage, we commit to do allour work in a highly collaborative, conciliar fashion. Structures and practices of leadership must be manifestly collaborative with visible evidence of Spirit-led teamwork on every level of oversight and decision making. As much as possible, and wheneverpractical, we will make decisions through conciliar work by laity, clergy, and bishops.
11. Consensus in Decision-Making:
We commit to listen well to one another as we seek to lead by full participatory consensus (rather than requiring absolute unanimity),honoring those who respectfully differ but are able to support the general consensus.
12. Stewardship:
We are stewards of the Gospel, of the grace of God in our lives, and of all resources we have been given. We commit to live as servants of Christ and stewardsof every gift and resource, using everything we are given as an investment in the
fulfillment of our Lord’s covenant of b
lessing for our world.
 
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Article 2. Ecclesiastical Organization andGovernance
Section 1. A Regional Network of PEARUSA
 The Mid-Atlantic Network is a Regional Network of PEARUSA, established by thePEARUSA Mission Council. Except in matters delineated by the PEARUSA Charter, theConstitution and Canons of the Province of Rwanda govern PEARUSA. By provision inthe Provincial Canons, PEARUSA is established by the House of Bishops of Rwanda as amissionary district in North America.
Section 2. The Anglican Church in North America
Through GAFCON, PEARUSA is in full communion with the ACNA. At the directionof the Archbishop of Rwanda, PEARUSA is a full member within ACNA as a missionarydistrict of Rwanda.
Section 3. Membership and Size
a. The Mid-Atlantic is a network of PEARUSA Affiliated Churches and PEARUSAMission Churches within the Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina region and anyothers churches approved by the PEARUSA College of Bishops.b. As a PEARUSA Regional Network, The Mid-Atlantic must be comprised of no fewer than twelve affiliated churches and missions, with a combined
ASA
(Average SundayAttendance) of no fewer than 1000 persons for the previous calendar year, includingclergy, members, visitors, and children. If at any time The Mid-Atlantic
’s
ASA fallsbelow these specifications, it is the responsibility of the Network Council to notify thePEARUSA Mission Council, who will then take appropriate steps to ensure that allPEARUSA networks meet the minimum requirements.
Section 4. Network Council 
 
a. The Mid-Atlantic Network is under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and is overseen by theNetwork Bishop(s) and Network Council.b. The Network Council is comprised of the Network Bishop, any Assisting Bishops, anda representation of clergy and laity. The provisional council is tasked with furtherdefining the composition of the Council to be affirmed by the Network Assembly. Regional networks, their bishops, and their leadership teams are responsible for thefollowing aspects of the mission and ministry of PEARUSA:1, Collaboratively discerning God-gifted spiritual and administrative leaders to serve the

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