Canon Six — The Parish
The Parish as the local expression of the CCIA shall consist of at least seven families who under the direction of the Bishop covenant to share in the life of the Diocese through worship, ministry, financial support and prayer.
- The Formation of the Parish
a. A Parish shall not have geographical boundaries and shall consist of all persons enrolled as communicants therein.
b. Any congregation desiring to be received into union with the Church shall declare its desire thereof, duly certified of said congregation by means of the Letter of Intent. This being done, it shall be at the discretion of the Bishop to admit the Parish into union with the Diocese as either a Mission or Full Communion Parish.
c. In the organization of a new Parish, the Parish shall be a Mission Parish for at least six months and maintain a membership of at least seven families.
d. The Parish shall begin tithing to the Dioceses upon beginning a formal relationship. Missionary Priests who serve Parishes that are not yet tithing shall personally tithe to the Diocese until the Parish begins tithing. The Diocesan Bishop will address unique situations individually.
- The Full Communion Parish
a. A new Parish having participated in the life of the Diocese for at least six months maintaining at least seven families and having covenanted to tithe to the Diocese from the tithes and general offerings collected, the Parish shall be received as a Full Communion Parish.
b. The reception of the Parish into Full Communion shall be witnessed by the visitation of the Bishop for the confirmation and/or reception of the communicants.
- The Calling of a Pastor
a. The Diocesan Bishop must approve the Pastor.
b.The Parish Council may submit their recommendation (if any) of a new pastor, looking to the Diocesan Bishop for fatherly direction and oversight.
- Ownership of Property
a. The ownership of the property of the Parish shall be determined by the Constitution and By-Laws of the local Parish.
- Parish Government
a. The Pastor of the Parish has full authority in all Parish concerns in conformance with the Holy Scriptures, Apostolic Tradition and the Canons of the CCIA as well as the Parish By-Laws.
- Parish Councils
a. The Parish Council shall function according to the By-Laws of the local Parish.
b The Pastor shall confirm new council members.
c. The Pastor shall be an ex officio member of the Parish Council.
d. The spirit of government in every Parish should be that of selflessness with the Clergy and other leaders working together in a spirit of Concord, a bonded community freely and generously consenting to the Lord’s leadership under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
- Record keeping
a. Parishes shall keep an accurate Parish Register, recording baptisms (with parentage, date of birth, sponsors or witnesses, date of the rite, etc.), confirmations, marriages, burials, number of communicants and other important information.
b. Parishes shall keep accurate records of financial contributions.
- Parochial Reports
a. It shall be the duty of every Pastor to deliver to the Dioceses a report of the preceding year including the following information:
i) Number of Baptisms.
ii) Number of Confirmations.
iii) Number of Marriages.
iv) Number of Burials.
v) Number of Communicants within the Parish.
vi) Treasure’s report for the past year.
vii) Other official acts.
viii) Other information concerning the state of the Parish life.
ix) The year reported shall be the calendar year.
x) The Diocese should receive the report no later than February 15th.