Section 1. Polity (Government).
(a) To have the Senior Bishop (EOM Presiding Bishop) exercise polity (A form or process of spiritual/civil government or constitution) ( in both the capacity of spiritual and temporal matters of EOM International along with the executive board members who provide counsel the Senior Bishop by serving on the EOM International Board (EOM Board of Directors), and therefore, to have the EOM International Board assist the Senior Bishop to implement policy by which the corporation and membership shall be governed according to its Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws; to have the Senior Bishop (EOM Presiding Bishop) appoint Junior Bishops and Elders to serve on the EOM International Board (EOM Board of Directors) who also shall assist the Senior Bishop to concentrate Junior Bishops, ordain Elders and Deacons, license Ministers of the Gospel, commission and send forth Evangelists and Missionaries. (Acts 14:23; 20:17,28; Titus 1:5; 1 Thessalonians 5:12,13; 1 Timothy 3:1,4,5; 5:17; 1 Peter 5:1-4)
(b) To have the Presiding Bishop seek procure a unanimous consensus concerning the matters at hand before the EOM International Board, and thereby, “endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit” as the fundamental foundation of Church polity (Ephesians 4:3). Scripture teaches that we should seek to attain unanimity above majority rule. However, in the absence of unanimity during the course of overseeing the concerns of EOM International, the Senior Bishop therefore shall have the final authority regarding all decisions of spiritual and business matters pertaining to its corporate life and conduct as a local and international Church assembly. (Ps. 133; John 17:11, 21-23; Acts 15:4-31; 2 Cor. 13:11; Phil. 2:1-4)
Section 2. Standards.
(a) To have the Senior Bishop (Presiding Bishop) assisted by the EOM International Board, to uphold and maintain Scriptural order, structure, and discipline in national and international Church assembly. (1 Timothy 3:15; Titus 1:5; 2 Timothy 3:16; 4:1,2; Hebrews 13:7,17)
(b) To have a standard of membership determined by the Senior Bishop, who shall be assisted by the counsel of the EOM International Board, according to the Scriptures and Corporation bylaws and articles. (1 Corinthians 12:27,28)
(c) To have determine by the Presiding Bishop along with counsel from the EOM International Board to examine every ones petition for membership status, leadership status, and/or hold a position of trust status. The examination procedures are design to limit and/or prevent legal legibility procedings against EOM International Organization, Board of Directors, officers, Staff members, and its members.
(1) Examination Procedures consist of completing an application, which contains their confession of faith in the trinity, God our Father, Jesus Christ Son of God, Holy Ghost Spirit of God; background checks; references; and other means necessary to determine each applicant's good standing within God's principles and man's judicial laws. By law every petitioner must disclose any/all convictions in the form of sexual abuse and child abuse.
(2) Petitioner's information will not be used to deny anyone from becoming a member of EOM due to their derogatory background with the criminal justice system.. EOM believe in the precepts of forgiving and restoring all people back to God through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, Matthew 18:1-21; Galatians 6:1-10; St. Matthew 7:1-5
(3) Petitioner's information will be used to determine legal ways to accommodate applicants while serving in their approved status. The Presiding Bishop along with assistance from the executive board and EOM Board of Directors will seek legal counsel to determine specific guidelines within EOM bylaws, articles, and man's law for special consideration for each status.
(4) The Board of Directors can add addition criteria as necessary to limit and/or prevent legal legibility procedings against EOM International Organization, Board of Directors, officers, Staff members, and its members.
(d) Worshipers/visitors; everyone is welcome to worship at any of EOM established ministries internationally without having any legal obligations to EOM's Board of Directors and its established and future bylaws and articles. However, anyone desiring membership status, leadership status, and/or a position of trust status must undergo the examination process.
****Section cannot be removed- (e) Additionally, due to contravention’s (action counter to something; violation or opposition) of Scriptural standards, or because an individual may be out of harmony with the Church teaching, ministries and or spiritual leadership of the Senior Bishop and EOM International Board, and or because EOM International is not a public owned institution and its property is not a public owned place. Simply stated EOM is privately owned entity having the authority base on biblical principals and precepts to govern its own disputes and affairs. (Acts 20:28-31; 2 John 9-11; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; Titus 3:10-11; Rom. 16:17; 2 Pet. 2:1-2; 1 Tim. 1:20; 1 Cor. 5:1-13; 2 Thes. 3:6-15; Titus 3:10).
Section 3. Statement Of Continuing Support. To preserve perpetual support, the members and EOM International Board (Directors) of the Church shall be governed by and subject to the policies of the Church affirming and supporting the God-given ministry and vision of the Senior Bishop (EOM Presiding Bishop). It shall be ever understood that the Senior Bishop shall serve on the EOM International Board for life, except with respect to succession pursuant to Article XII, Section 2 of the Bylaws. Any attempt by the members or Director to remove the EOM Presiding Bishop as Senior Bishop, as Chairman of the EOM International Board or as President of the Corporation shall be voided, except for the specific instances set forth in Article XII, Section 1, Sub-section M of the Bylaws. This Statement of Support is not adopted to limit the normal function of any member or Directors of the Church, but to affirm that the Senior Bishop is the Chief Apostle of EOM International, and that the Church shall be operated under the special God-given ministry and vision of the Senior Bishop.
Section 4. Promotion.
(a) To promote the evangelization of our community, our state, our nation and the world by all Scriptural means, conventional modes and modern technology. (Mt. 24:14; 28:18-20)
(b) To establish and maintain such departments, ministries, Youth Centers, Day Care Centers, Bible School, K-12 Schools, and institutions as may be deemed necessary for the propagation of the Gospel, and for the work of national and international Church assembly. (Mt. 28:18-20; Acts 2:42)
Section 5. Property. To have the right to buy, take, lease or otherwise acquire, own, hold in trust, use, sell, convey, mortgage, lease, or otherwise dispose of such property, real, personal and mixed, tangible and intangible, of whatsoever kind as may be useful for the prosecution of its work.
Section 6. Voluntary Affiliation. To voluntarily affiliate EOM International with other Churches or organizations of like precious faith and enter into full cooperative spiritual fellowship to participate in the privileges enjoined by that affiliation, while maintaining its inherent rights, as a Church Corporation, to sovereignty, national, and international autonomy in the conduct of its own affairs.
Section 7. Tax Exemption. To maintain a tax-exempt status, Scripture teaches that all tithes and offerings “belong to the Lord” and are “holy to the Lord” (Leviticus 27:30; Proverbs 3:9; Hebrews 7:1-8). Therefore, the Church is tax immune. Any attempts by civil government to tax the Church or its property, or to tax the gifts of God’s people to the Lord, or to claim the right to grant a revocable tax exemption are attempts by the state to usurp the Sovereignty of Christ. The civil government that seeks to tax the Church or gifts to the Church is literally and specifically robbing that which has been “rendered unto God” (Luke 20:25). Such taxation violates the parameter of the authority of civil government according to the Bible.