The regional Sunday School and Discipleship Ministries International (SDMI) coordinators and the Global SDMI director shall nominate one person to the General Assembly. The General Assembly shall elect one representative for the General Board.
Section: The General Board
Elections to the General Board shall be as herein provided:
Each nominee presented by the respective regions shall be elected by the General Assembly by a majority “yes” vote by ballot.
From the nominees presented by the International Board of Education, the General Assembly shall elect two, one of whom shall be an assigned ordained minister and one a layperson.
The members of the General Board shall hold office until final adjournment of the next General Assembly and until their successors are elected and qualified. In the event that a member of the General Board shall move his or her church membership or residence from the region he or she represents, or if a minister changes from the category of ministerial assignment for which elected, before the second regular meeting of the quadrennium, his or her membership shall be terminated immediately. The vacancy so created shall be filled promptly. (331)
Vacancies occurring in the membership of the General Board, and also the committees thereof, shall be filled upon nomination by the Board of General Superintendents, who shall present to the general secretary, the names of two eligible persons from whom for regional representation the Advisory Boards of the districts of the region on which the vacancy occurred shall elect one by a majority vote, each Phase 2 and Phase 3 District Advisory Board being entitled to one vote. For educational representation, the nominees shall be submitted to the General Board to elect one by a majority vote. For representation from Nazarene Youth International (NYI), nominees shall be submitted to the Global NYI Council to elect one by a majority vote. For representation from Nazarene Missions International (NMI), nominees shall be submitted from the Executive Committee of the Global NMI Council in consultation with the general superintendent in jurisdiction, and with the approval of the Board of General Superintendents to the Global NMI Council to elect one by a majority vote. For representation from Sunday School and Discipleship Ministries International (SDMI), the nominees shall be submitted to the General Board to elect one by a majority vote. (332.3–332.6)
The General Board shall serve as the board of directors of the Church of the Nazarene, Inc., and shall have primary authority with regard to non-ecclesiastical policies and plans—that is, with regard to topics such as budgeting, auditing, property management, and legal issues. The General Board shall encourage and expect all national, regional, district, and local boards to fulfill the mission of the Church of the Nazarene, which is to propagate Christian holiness in the Wesleyan tradition, and shall facilitate the progress of the global church in each nation and/or region. The General Board shall promote the financial and material affairs of all committees of the Church of the Nazarene, subject to instructions as may be given by the General Assembly. It shall coordinate, correlate, and unify plans and activities of the constituent committees so that a unified policy may be established by and in all activities of the Church of the Nazarene. It shall have power to direct auditing of the accounts of all departments and institutions relating to or associated with the Church of the Nazarene, and it shall direct the business and administrative affairs of the denomination, as well as the departments of the Church of the Nazarene, Inc. and of all organizations and institutions that are a part of, related to, or associated with this denomination. These departments, organizations, and institutions shall give due consideration to the advice and recommendations of the General Board.
The General Board shall have power to buy, own, hold, manage, mortgage, sell, convey, and donate, or otherwise acquire, encumber, and dispose of both real and personal property, sold, devised, bequeathed, donated, or otherwise conveyed to the Church of the Nazarene, Inc. in trust for any lawful purpose, and to execute such trust; to borrow and to loan money in the execution of the Church of the Nazarene, Inc.’s lawful purposes.