Article I – Name
The name of this organization shall be the “National Association of Wesleyan Evangelicals” (NAWE).
Article II – Purpose
The purpose of the NAWE is to support and assist evangelicals of the Wesleyan persuasion in effectively ministering in this present age—with a primary focus on the ministry of the local church. It is a voluntary network of evangelicals who uphold the traditional Wesleyan doctrine and principles upon which early Methodism was founded. The NAWE seeks to provide opportunities for fellowship among its members along with a broad variety of supportive services. The NAWE has no authority or control over the business affairs of the churches or other groups within its membership. Its goals are not control but ministry, not uniformity of churches but unity among churches.
Article III – Membership
All groups and individuals who seek membership in the association must subscribe to the doctrinal beliefs and operational procedures of the NAWE. A local church or parachurch group will be received into membership upon the recommendation of the Executive Director and a majority vote of the Executive Committee, pending final approval by a majority vote of the Annual Meeting. A ministerial candidate will be received into membership according to the procedures in Article V. A layperson who is not a member of a local church affiliated with the NAWE will be received into membership upon the recommendation of the Executive Director and a majority vote of the Executive Committee, pending final approval by a majority vote of the Annual Meeting. The Executive Committee may appoint one or more such person(s) as (a) voting delegate(s) at the Annual Meeting.
Association members may withdraw their membership from the NAWE at any time and for any reason by submitting a letter of withdrawal. The Executive Committee has the power by a majority vote to disaffiliate any member who it deems is not subscribing to the doctrinal beliefs and operational procedures of the NAWE.
Article IV – Organizational Structure
There shall be an Annual Meeting of the association for fellowship, inspiration, promotion of NAWE activities, and the conduct of any necessary business. While all members are encouraged to attend, the voting delegation shall consist of all ministerial members, five lay delegates from each local church, one representative from each parachurch group, and the person(s) appointed by the Executive Committee to represent the individual lay members.
- There shall be an Executive Committee whose function shall be to set the policies governing the association’s activities between Annual Meetings. The Executive Committee shall elect a chairperson from among its members.
- There shall be an Executive Director who shall be the official representative of the NAWE and who shall serve under the authority and guidance of the Executive Committee. The Executive Director may be either laity or clergy. He/she shall have responsibility for and exercise supervision over all activities of the association. The Executive Director shall preside over the Annual Meeting. He/she shall be an ex-officio member of all committees, including the Executive Committee.
- There shall be a Secretary who shall be responsible for keeping official records of the association, including minutes of the Executive Committee and the Annual Meeting.
- There shall be a Treasurer who shall be the custodian of all monies and other assets of the association. He/she shall be an ex-officio member of the Committee on Finance.
- There shall also be a Committee on Ministerial Relations, a Committee on Finance, a Committee on Nominations, Trustees, and other committees as deemed necessary by the Annual Meeting.
- All officers and committees shall be elected at the Annual Meeting for a term of three years.
Article V – Ministerial Credentialing
The Committee on Ministerial Relations shall be responsible to examine and determine the eligibility of all applicants seeking ministerial credentials with the NAWE. A ministerial candidate shall be received into membership as a deacon/deaconess or as an elder upon the recommendation of the Executive Director and the Committee on Ministerial Relations and a majority vote of the Executive Committee, pending final approval by a majority vote of the Annual Meeting. A service of ordination shall be held for any deacon/deaconess or elder not previously ordained. The Committee on Ministerial Relations will offer a Course of Study to assist candidates in progressing to their desired credentialing status.
Article VI – Statement of Faith
- We believe the Bible, in its original manuscripts, to be the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God.
- We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
- We believe that the new birth is absolutely essential for the salvation of lost and sinful persons and that it is accomplished by the grace of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
- We believe that there is a sanctifying experience available to all believers that is received by grace through faith on the condition of the believer’s total surrender to God and His will.
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost - they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
- We believe in the Church as the Body of Christ and in the spiritual unity of all true believers.
Article VII – Amendment Procedures
The constitution can only be amended by a three-fourths vote of the Annual Meeting. The by-laws can only be amended by a two-thirds vote of the Annual Meeting.