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Q†††††† WHAT IS THE SPIRITURAL BAPTIST ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW YORK INC.?

A.††††† The Spiritual Baptist Archdiocese of New York Inc. is a number of independently operated Spiritual Baptist Churches, that formed themselves into a single Unit, for the sole purpose of presenting a single authoritative voice of common interest, on behalf of their Churchís congregation.

 

Q.††††† ††††††††† IS THE SPIRITUAL BAPTIST ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW YORK AGOVERNMENT†††

†††††††††† RECOGNIZED RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION?

A.†††† The Spiritual Baptist Archdiocese of New York Inc. is a Government Recognized Religious

Organization, which was legally Incorporated in the State of New York in 1998, as a Not For Profit Religious Body, with all rights, privileges and exempt status comparable to that of the Catholics Archdiocese of New York, and the Episcopal Diocese of New York.

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Q.††††† WHY IS IT NECESSARY TO HAVE SUCH AN ORGANIZATION IN THE SPIRITUAL

†††††††† BAPTIST FAITH?

A.††††† The Spiritual Baptist Faith is one of the fastest growing Afro-centric Caribbean religious Faiths,

with membership scattered throughout in independently operated Churches. Like all other Faiths, their membership needs are the same, but their voices are seldom heard in the corridors of power, Corporations Board rooms, State agencies, or other organized Religious and Charitable Organizations, because of their fragmented state of being.††††

 

Q.†††† DO ALL CHURCHES HAVE TO BECOME MEMBERS OF THE ARCHDIOCESE

A.†††† Absolutely not. Membership in the Archdiocese is purely a voluntary decision to be †††† made by your Church Council and its general Membership.††††

 

Q.††††† SHOULD WE BE INTERESTED, WHAT BENEFITS CAN MY CHURCH EXPECT TO ††††††††† GAIN IN BECOMING A MEMBER OF THE ARCHDIOCESE

A.†††††† Being an Organization with the power of a collective voice to take collective actions;

 

a. Politicians will listen to you and take immediate action to satisfy your needs, because of our collective numbers, which can make the difference in an election.

†† ††††b. Government Agencies can better able to respond quickly to a Community of

††††††††††† Churches need because;

††††††† 1.Its system of accountability†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††† 2.Politicians sensibility to community criticism in reelections bid.

†††††† c. Ownership of property will be much easier to acquire through collective effort.

 

†††††† d. As a membership owned Organization, the acquisition of group insurance, legal and

††††††††† administrative assistance, Day Care and Adult Care Centers, scholarship Fund,

††††††††† Catering centers, Government Sponsored Food program to generate employment within your Church community, while serving the broader needs of neighborhood communities, and much more can be secured and actualized.

Q.††††† WILL THE ARCHDIOCESE INTERFERE WITH THE PRESENTDOCTRINES AND

†††††††† RITUALISTIC PRACTICES IN OUR CHURCH?

A.†††††† No. Your membership in the Archdiocese is primarily to provide a collective community voice, and not to interfere with the internal business of your Church.However, as an umbrella organization of Christian Religious Faiths, the Bible provides the basis of its doctrine, to which it adheres to, and as outlined in its statement of belief.

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Q.††† WHO WILL BERESPONSIBLE FOR THE ASSETS ACCUMULATED BY THE ARCHDIOCESE

A.††† The Assets of the Archdiocese will be the sole property of the member Churches, and will be controlled by the Elected Trustees of the Archdiocese who are members of the various churches. An Archdiocesan Account will reflect all financial activities, with proper administrative Control, and a transparency policy in place for periodical review.

††††† †† There will be elected internal Auditors to present a yearly Auditorís Report, for internal checks and balance, to avoid suspicions of impropriety. There will also be an External Auditors Report from a Certified Public Accountant, to be present at the Triennial Convention of the Archdiocese. The daily administrative operation of the Archdiocese will be administered by an Elected Administrative Board.

 

Q†††WHAT IS THE STATUS OF MT MORIAH SPIRITUAL CHURCH IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE ARCHDIOCESE

A.†††† Mt. Moriah Spiritual Church does not hold any special status in the Archdiocese that is not††

†††††††† available to other member churches. Like all other Churches, it is just a single member

†††††††† Church of the Archdiocese, and is subject to the same financial and other obligations to the Archdiocese, as other member churches. Until otherwise decided, It will serve as the temporary Headquarters and See of the Archdiocese until the acquisition of an Archdiocesan Building.††

 

Q.      WHAT MUST MY CHURCH DO TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE ARCHDIOCESE

A.††† Fill out the necessary Membership Form and submit it to the Secretariat.