CMA believes that being a member of the governing body of a Christian church, charity or not-for-profit organisation is a vital and serious role, and one that should be pursued out of altruism and commitment to the purposes of the organisation, rather than for personal financial gain.
At the same time, CMA recognises that in very large organisations, or in special high-risk sectors, the degree of skill, the associated risks, and the time commitment needed to properly fulfil an onerous governance role means that a prohibition on remunerating members of the governing body may seriously limit the pool of candidates, and thus diminish the overall governing effectiveness of the organisation.
In recognition of this tension, CMA has determined that the following policies must be followed in order for certification to be permitted:
The governing body of every organisation must approve the total remuneration package of the CEO (or equivalent) every time that remuneration package is changed, and in any event at least every three years, and must also approve the remuneration package of any member of the CEO’s family who is employed by the organisation or any of its subsidiaries or related entities. The approvals must be documented in the minutes.
The governing body of every organisation must properly address conflicts of interest and related-party transactions. A member of the governing body must immediately disclose any conflict of interest he or she may have in connection with a proposed business transaction or decision, in which case the governing body must ensure that:
A number of well-regarded Christian ministries offered (or were approached) to be part of a pilot program, which was successfully concluded after the launch in November 2017. This pilot program enabled us to test the systems with live data, examine the Standards in a live working environment, and iron out any wrinkles in a collaborative test environment. On 16 November 2017 the CMA Standards Council was officially launched at a major event in Melbourne and is now "open for business" to accept applications for accreditation from all worthy Christian organisations. Apply online here.
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