constitution

The Constitution of Cru

at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 

ARTICLE I—NAME

 

The name of this student group is Cru.

This student group is a student chapter (hereafter Chapter) recognized by Cru, a California nonprofit corporation with its principal offices in Orlando, Florida.

This student group has applied for and been granted Chartered status as a Chapter of Cru.  As long as the student group fulfills the mission set forth in the Charter, and otherwise remains in compliance with its obligations under the Charter, the student group has the right to use the name and materials of Cru that are designated for the use of Chapters within the Campus Ministry. The student group has agreed that it will carry out the mission and present the messages of Cru.

 

ARTICLE II—PURPOSE

The purpose of the Chapter, as articulated in the Charter, is to be a caring community of people who are being transformed by Jesus Christ and who are passionate about connecting others to Jesus Christ.  The group seeks to help students discover and explore the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, help them to grow and mature in faith, encourage them to passionately live life in a manner consistent with belief in the God of the Bible, and inspire commitment to advancing the purposes of God in the world. 

 

We believe that being a Christian is not about practicing a religion or fulfilling a duty.  Being a Christian is about having a real relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and this relationship is lived out communally and publically. 

ARTICLE III—STATEMENT OF BELIEF

The Statement of Belief for this organization can be found at http://www.cru.org/about-us/statement-of-faith/index.htm.


ARTICLE IV—MEMBERSHIP

 

Section 1.

Membership and activities are open to all currently enrolled students and community members, in accordance to the MIT Nondiscrimination Policy.  A member is someone who comes regularly to our weekly events (regularly means at least half the time)

Voting membership shall consist of those members who regularly attend at least 75% of large and/or small group meetings for the previous 6 months.

 

Section 2.

A member may be removed from membership and lose the privileges of membership, including the right to attend meetings and events sponsored by Cru, under the following circumstances:

1.      If the individual is causing overall disruption to the group, causing an obvious negative effect on the group as a whole.

2.      If the individual poses a danger to other students.

3.      If the individual’s conduct rises to the level of harassment of another member of the group.

Under such circumstances, two or more members of the leadership team will meet with the individual, share the concerns, and ask him or her to leave the group.  The accused member may then request a hearing before the full leadership team.  The President will then call a special leadership meeting; they will hear from the accused member as well as other witnesses, confer, and make a decision regarding the accused member’s membership rights.

 

ARTICLE V – OFFICERS AND LEADERSHIP

 

Section 1: Officers

The officers of this organization will serve as liaisons with the University.  The officers of this organization shall be the following:

1.                     President

2.                     Vice President

3.                     Treasurer

4.                     Other officers deemed necessary

 

Term of office: An officer shall serve for one year from the start of his term or until his/her successor is selected. The officers will be responsible for organizing meetings, activities and events of the Chapter in order to fulfill the purposes and mission of the Chapter.

 

Additional Leaders: The current officers, in consultation with Cru staff, shall select additional leaders that are able to serve the Chapter as needed for a one year term.

 

Section 2: Qualifications

Officers serve as representatives of the Chapter and organization of Cru, and, prior to being placed on the ballot, must commit to lead the Chapter in a way which is consistent with the mission and faithful to the messages of Cru. All leaders in Cru should follow Jesus’ example of leadership, teaching by word and by example. This will involve: 

A.                Being able to present the Gospel in a manner designed to lead others to examine, and to consider accepting the Christian faith as their own

B.                 Teaching the Bible and using Cru materials to help believers to grow in their Christian faith.  Leading Bible studies, helping to lead Christ-centered weekly meetings, and training members how they can communicate the messages that are central to the Chapter’s mission.

C.     Demonstrating by example how to live consistently with the Biblical teachings Cru communicates, such as in the following relevant passages: Galatians 5:13-26, I Peter 5:1-7, and Ephesians 4:20-5:7.

D.    Guiding the Cru Chapter in service to the University community, particularly seeking to care for those in need.

 

In order to communicate the Chapter’s message clearly and with integrity, leaders must not only speak the Chapter’s messages, but also live in a manner consistent with those messages. This requirement recognizes that communication is a multifaceted reality, requiring alignment between the words and the behavior of the communicator. Failure to live consistently with the messages communicated results in hypocrisy. 

A.                Attendance requirement: Leaders must have been involved for at least one semester, having attended 75% of weekly large group and/or small group meetings (unless they were not in residence due to participation in an off campus study abroad program, an internship, or were involved in a ­­­­Cru Chapter on a different campus).

B.                 Knowledge requirement: Leaders must complete the Chapter’s leadership application, which shall determine the applicant’s skill in providing spiritual leadership for the Chapter, knowledge of the Chapter’s core messages, and understanding of how to model the Chapter’s messages in their behavior.

 

Section 3: Selection Process

A.    Officers of this Chapter will be chosen through election format. See Article VI. Additional leaders will be selected from the general membership. They will be chosen based on their ability to meet the same qualifications as the officers, and their willingness to serve.

B.                 Only those applicants who can communicate the Chapter’s message accurately, can

provide spiritual leadership for the Chapter, and can model the Chapter’s message in their behavior shall be eligible for a leadership position.

C.      Applicants may be asked prior to any voting about their willingness to model the Chapter’s core messages through their behavior so that the messages are communicated with integrity.

 

Section 4: Removal of Leaders

 

Leaders may be removed from their positions by a majority of the Leadership Team.  Any member of the Chapter may make a complaint against any leader in the Chapter, including a member of the Leadership Team.  Following the complaint, the Leadership Team (or members of the Leadership Team) shall meet to confer with the Chapter’s Cru staff for advice and counsel. They will also meet with both the complaining individual and the accused leader. No leader may be removed without first receiving a full and fair hearing from the Leadership Team. A leader complained against may only be removed by at least a simple majority agreement of the remaining members of the Leadership team. 

 

Any misrepresentation on the leadership application or a change in the leader’s understanding of the mission of Cru (and, hence, their ability to communicate the messages of the Chapter accurately) shall be grounds for the immediate review of the leader’s position by the Leadership Team.

 

ARTICLE VI--ELECTIONS

Section 1.

Types of Elections: Elections will be held to select the following year’s officers.  Special elections shall be held when an office is vacated in mid-term.

 

Section 2.

Nomination of Candidates: Any voting member may nominate a candidate for office during the meeting or meetings prior to the vote.  Any member may raise a question or concern to the leadership team regarding a present or proposed future leader.  The candidate must meet the performance-based qualifications for office listed in Article V, section 3, in order to remain on the ballot.

 

Section 3.

The current leadership team will choose the following years officers from the pool of nominated candidates.

 

 

ARTICLE VII—MEETINGS

 

Section 1.

Types of meetings:

A.                Membership Meetings: Formal meetings of the voting membership to conduct a vote.

B.                 Large and Small Group Meetings: Regularly scheduled meetings for all members to attend – Prayer meetings, Life Groups, and team meetings

C.                 Additional Meetings: Gatherings, in addition to regularly scheduled meetings, which are open to all members.

 

Section 2.

Quorum for Membership meetings.  At least half of the voting membership shall be MIT students.  At every vote there must be at least five voting members. 

 

Section 3.

Meetings shall be held to further the purposes of the Chapter.  The officers, in consultation with Cru staff, shall determine the frequency, time and place, and agenda of the various meetings.

 

Large group meetings typically occur weekly during the school year, breaking when instruction ends and during school vacation periods.  Small group meetings (Bible Studies, Discussion Groups) also meet weekly within the same parameters.  Other meetings necessary to advance the purposes of the Chapter will be held as occasion warrants.

 

ARTICLE VIII—FINANCES

The Chapter may raise revenues through contributions, fundraising activities or by applying for school funds available to student groups.  Paying dues is not a mandatory requirement to be considered a member of this organization.  Students, however, may be charged for such services as special social gatherings, retreats and conferences. 

The Chapter will hold to high standards of financial integrity.  A member or several members of the leadership team will be responsible to carefully administer any school funds granted to the Chapter. 

 

 

ARTICLE X—CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

Section 1.

The leadership team may propose to amend this constitution by general consensus.  A two-thirds majority of the voting members present at a general meeting, or other duly publicized meeting

called for such a purpose, may amend this constitution. 

Section 2.

Articles II and III may not be amended without express written permission of Cru.

 

Article XI: ASA CLAUSE

Cru at MIT agrees to abide by the rules and regulations of the Association of Student Activities, and its executive board. This constitution, amendments to it, and the by-laws of this ministry shall be subject to review by the ASA Executive Board to insure that they are in accordance with the aforementioned rules and regulations.

 

 

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