EDCA President Ireland
1 NAME, HISTORY, STATEMENT OF FAITH, AIMS
The European Deaf Christian Alliance (EDCA) is an umbrella of representatives from Deaf Christian
Denominational and Non-Denominational Churches and organisations in Europe.
These representatives are born-again, Spirit-indwel t believers who have submitted themselves to God
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and to the fulfilment of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-
20; Mark 16:16-20; Acts 1: 8).
1.2 NAME AND HISTORY
Deaf Christian Fellowship-Europe was formed in Holland in April 1998, comprised of five member
nations: Holland, Estonia, Denmark, Sweden, and England.
This organization changed its name in November 2000 to the European Deaf Christian Alliance,
EDCA member nations are as follows , with their year of initial membership:
Country Year Country Year
1. Holland 1998
2. Estonia 1998
3. Denmark 1998
4. Sweden 1998
5. England 1998
6. Russia 2001
7. Finland 2005
8. Ukraine 2008
9. Spain 2008
10. Italy 2009
11. Northern Ireland 2011
12. Norway 2012
13. Switzerland 2013
14. Austria 2014
15. Romania 2015
16. Moldova 2015
17. Bulgaria 2015
18. Germany 2016
19. Belarus 2017
20. France 2017
21. Israel 2017
22. Poland 2017
23. Hungary 2017
24. Czech Republic 2018
25. Belgium 2018
1.3 STATEMENT OF FAITH
The statement of faith is Evangelical and Interdenominational. This fellowship accepts the Holy
Scriptures as the all -sufficient rule of faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).
We believe in the resurrection of the body, the judgement of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ with the eternal blessedness of the righteous and the eternal punishment of the wicked.
1.4 THE PURPOSE OF EDCA
1.5 THE AIM OF EDCA
The aim is to reach deaf people of every nation (in co-operation with other evangelical groups), to lead them to the knowledge of salvation through Jesus Christ and to build them up in the Christian life in fellowship with other deaf believers.
1.6 STATEMENT OF NON-PROFIT
EDCA has no commercial purpose and seeks no profit.
2 NATION MEMBERSHIP AND FUNCTIONS OF THE BOARD
2.1 NATION MEMBERS
Nations are eligible for membership if:
Applications for membership should be addressed to the Secretary of EDCA, who will present it to the Board. The Board will decide approval of membership status based on God’s guidance and consensus of the Board.
2.2 THE BOARD
The Board consists of Nation representatives and officers.
The Board shall meet at least once a year to go through the official business of EDCA.
2.2.1 NATION REPRESENTATIVES TO THE BOARD
2.2.2 OFFICERS OF THE BOARD
2.3 ROLES AND DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS
2.3.5 GENERAL BOARD MEMBERS
2.4 WITHDRAWAL AND DISMISSAL
If a National representative or officer wants to withdraw from the EDCA Board, she/he can send a letter of resignation to Secretary or President of EDCA.
If a member National representative or officer changes his or her actions or beliefs so as to no longer reflect the EDCA Statement of Faith or Biblical values, the EDCA Board may make a prayerful and unified decision to dismiss him/her.
2.5 ANNULMENT OF MEMBERSHIP
If a member has not attended the EDCA Board meetings for three consecutive times, then the EDCA Board reserves the right to suspend his or her membership.
If a member country has not attended the EDCA Board meetings for three consecutive times, then the Board reserves the right to suspend the nation’s membership in EDCA.
A member or nation may be reinstated upon the approval of the EDCA Board.
3 AREAS OF ACTIVITIES OF EDCA
3.1 EDCA BOARD MEETINGS
These will be focused on EDCA’s strategy, its business and future, according to the decision of the EDCA Board. These meetings are attended by the Officers of the Board and the National Representatives. The Board may grant permission for a limited number of guests to observe the Board meetings.
During the board programme, there may be separate meetings such as:
3.2 EUROPEAN DEAF CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE (EDCC)
EDCC is to be held every four years immediately after the formal EDCA Board meeting.
These Conferences are to be planned by the EDCA Board in co-operation with the national host country’s committee. This conference is open to all and is focused on Biblical teaching, evangelism, and spiritual growth for the Deaf communities throughout Europe. This conference, as well as the other areas of activities, seeks to draw together the European Deaf communities in unity as part of a single Body of Christ.
3.3 OTHER AREAS OF ACTIVITIES
The areas of activities that EDCA is involved in include, but are not limited to the following:
EDC Pastors and Leaders: Focused on equipping, empowering and encouraging Deaf pastors and leaders; typically held every year.
EDC Youth and Winter Camp: Focused on evangelism and spiritual growth and encouragement for youth ages 18 – 35; typically held every two years.
EDC Evangelism: Focused on Evangelism and outreach to Deaf communities throughout Europe.
EDC Worship Training: Focused on practice and training for praise and worship within Deaf communities; typically held every year.
EDC Family: Focused on Biblical training and encouragement for families and married couples; typically held every three years.
EDC Deafblind and Visually Impaired: Focused on spiritual growth, empowerment and encouragement of Deaf-Blind persons.
EDC Bible Translation: Focused on bringing together a network of churches and organizations involved in Deaf Bible translation and Bible use throughout Europe.
EDC Women’s Ministry: Focused on bringing together Deaf women, to encourage and strengthen their capacity for ministry as well as personal spiritual growth and fellowship.
3.4 HOST COUNTRY COMMITTEE’S DUTIES
For many of these areas of activities, there will be a local host country committee that will co-operate with the EDCA Board in the organisation of an EDCA activity in their country. The membership of the host committee shall be determined by the EDCA representatives from the country where the Conference is to be, in consultation with the Board. If appropriate, the Board will nominate person(s) to the host committee.
The host committee shall be responsible for all the local practical matters relating to the organising of the Conference and for carrying out the decisions of the EDCA Board in full.
The host committee will bear full responsibility with regard to the Conference’s finances.
Member Nations are requested to make an annual contribution to EDCA funds. The amount of the contribution by each member nation is to be determined by the Board, and may vary according to the level of development of the Christian Deaf community and financial capabilities of each country. The current rates are as follows, but EDCA reserves the right to revise these rates at any time, and any such revision will be reflected in the next revision of these statutes.
Developed countries 100€
Eastern European countries 50€
Developing European countries 10€
Non-European Developed countries 20€
Non-European Developing countries 10€
Countries outside of Europe may become associate members to encourage global relations and communication, and may participate but without vote.
The EDCA Board may allow non-members to observe meetings, without voice or vote, before deciding whether or not to seek membership and pay membership fees.
EDCA finances shall be conducted in accordance with the laws of the country where the treasurer resides. Likewise audits will be carried out from that same country.
For ease of accounting and finances, it is recommended that all transactions be carried out in Euros.
Funds are to be used solely to fulfil the purposes and aims of the organisation as set out in section 1.4 and 1.5 above.
The Board Members are volunteers and can only claim compensation for actual expenses and cash expenditure.
EDCA is a non-profit organisation. The liabilities of EDCA are limited to the assets of the organisation. Neither the Board Members nor the Representatives are personally liable.
If at some future point the Board agrees that EDCA should be dissolved, the EDCA Board will appoint a committee to guide the organization through the actions and legalities involved.
The constitution may be amended at any time with the full knowledge and approval of the Board.
(Amended by Raymond Abernethy, 2019)
EDCA President Ireland