Bylaws of The Brotherhood of St. Andrew

Dated August 10, 2022

(As amended by the National Council, Mesa, Arizona, April 7, 2016)
(approved amendment for National Council Meeting July 2017)
(approved amendment by Executive Board on March 1, 2018)
(Adopted by National Council, July 5 2018)
(Adopted by National Council, June 24, 2021)


(a) Upon approval of an application for a Chapter Charter, a number will be assigned to the  Chapter by the National Office, which number will remain with the Chapter in perpetuity,  regardless of status.

(b) An active Chapter shall be one which (a) has forwarded to the National Office an annual  report on a form provided by the National Office as of the past St. Andrew’s Day (November 30),  or whose application for charter has been approved since October 1, immediately prior to the  past St. Andrew’s Day: (b) its members have paid their current annual pledges as hereafter  prescribed: (c) meets regularly, preferable weekly, for prayer, study of the Holy Bible, plan for  service and regular business: (d) holds regular corporate communions for its membership: and  (e) endeavors to be represented at Assembly meetings (if there is one) 

(c) The officers of a Chapter may include a Director, Vice Director, Secretary, Treasurer,  Chaplain (lay or ordained) and Advisor (if it is a Junior Chapter). The rector, vicar, or clergy in charge is ex-officio a  Chapter member. In small chapters, two or more offices may be combined.

(d) Each active Chapter is entitled to one vote at National Council Meetings. Each chapter,  including Cathedral Chapters, may vote at a National Council meeting by being present or by  absentee ballot.

(e) Each Chapter delegate to National Council Meetings shall be furnished with a letter, signed  by an officer of the Chapter, confirming his qualification as a delegate to the National Council  Meeting and presented to the National Office prior to that annual meeting.

(f) Women may be invited to all Brotherhood meetings as “Associates.” Associates may attend  Brotherhood meetings, and at Chapter and Assembly levels may participate in discussions and  activities of the Chapter or Assembly; but Associates may not hold Chapter or Assembly office,  or have delegate status at National events, and may not be recognized as “members” of the 

Brotherhood. Associates may contribute an annual amount of not less than $20.00, may make  additional voluntary contributions, and on contribution of $300.00 or more may be recognized as  a Life Associate. Associates may obtain from the National Office and are privileged to wear a  suitable pin or emblem, similar to but distinguishable from that of an Active member. Life  Associates, and Associates, who contribute $20.00 or more, will receive the St. Andrew’s Cross  publication.

(g) Upon approval of an application from an affiliate congregation of the Episcopal /Anglican  Congregation, an affiliate number will be assigned by the National Office, which number will  remain with that congregation as long as they remain an active affiliate. 

An active Affiliate Congregation shall be one which has (a) forwarded to the National Office an  annual report on a form provided by the National Office prior to November 30, (b) Has asked  each member to prayerfully consider making a ministry pledge to the Brotherhood of St.  Andrew, (c) Has paid their affiliate registration fee of $75 to the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, (d)  has provided the National Office with a current listing of names, addresses, email address, and  phone number of all members, and (e) meets regularly for prayer, study of the Holy Bible, has a  plan for service, and (f) holds regular corporate communion for its members. Members of  Affiliate Congregations may individually subscribe to receive the printed copies of the St.  Andrew’s Cross upon payment of the current annual fee determined by the National Council.

2. Annual Membership Pledge

(a) Each member of the Brotherhood shall be asked to make an annual ministry pledge to cover  the operation of the National Office and publication of the St. Andrew’s Cross. All annual  ministry pledge’s shall become due on St. Andrew’s Day, November 30, and shall be paid  before the following January 31st.

(b) Members and Members-at-Large will be reminded directly by the National Office for  individual annual ministry pledge on or about November 1st of each year; such annual ministry  pledges then become due and payable by each individual for the ensuing year beginning  December 1. Each Chapter shall be responsible for ascertaining, and so noting on its annual  chapter report the number of members pledging and the amount of total pledges received.

.(c) Any person otherwise eligible for membership, making a life membership contribution of a special amount of  $1000.00 will receive a certificate of Life Membership. A portion, not exceeding 40%, of such contribution shall be allocated toward  current operating expenses with remainder being invested in the Brotherhood Foundation.


(a) Assemblies shall not be numbered but shall be named for the ecclesiastical or geographical  area they represent. Each Assembly organized under the provisions of the Constitution Article  II, Section 3, shall prepare Bylaws, which shall govern its activities. (Samples of such  documents may be obtained from the National Office). As a minimum, provisions as to  Assembly objectives, membership by both Chapters and Members-at-Large within the  Assembly area, number of officers and their election, meetings and standing committees will be  included. A copy of such Bylaws shall be forwarded to the National Office.

(b) Each active Assembly shall submit an annual report to the National Office on a form provided in order to have voice and vote at National Council Meetings.


(a) The President, having first justified the positions to the National Council and secured or  budgeted salaries for the positions, may from time to time appoint and employ, on a full-time  basis or a part-time basis, such paid administrative officers and other employees as are deemed  to be necessary for the effective operation of the Brotherhood. Such officers and employees  may include but are not limited to Executive Director, Office Manager and clerical help. Terms  of office, duties and titles shall be determined by the personnel committee. Policies concerning

employment, salaries, working conditions, employee benefits, termination of employment, and  other personnel matters shall be prepared and kept current bythe Personnel Committee, and  shall be approved by the Executive Board. Up-to-date job descriptions shall be maintained for 

all employees. The President may authorize travel and other expenses for employees and  other members of the Brotherhood or its Advisory Boards or Committees engaged in  Brotherhood business.

(b) The National President may appoint or authorize Provincial Presidents to appoint Diocesan  Coordinators and assistant Diocesan Coordinators to administer and promote Brotherhood affairs within their Dioceses under  direction of the Provincial President. The National President may authorize travel and other expenses  within budget limitations for Diocesan Coordinators or other Field Officers.

(c) The Diocesan Coordinators, Assistant Diocesan Coordinators, and/or Liaison Advisors have  the responsibility to conduct an annual visit (in person or by other communication) with their  Diocesan Bishop and/or Diocesan Communications Director to insure that all diocesan web  sites carry a current link to The Brotherhood of St Andrew web site, and that each diocesan web  site includes a page specifically focused on Men’s Ministry including the Brotherhood of St  Andrew. Provincial Presidents are responsible to oversee this communication with the  Diocesan Bishop or Communications Director, and, where there is no current Brotherhood  leader in place in a diocese, it will fall on the Province President to make such contact.

(d) Province Presidents are authorized to create Cathedral Chapters with the concurrence of the Diocesan Bishop in appropriate geographical areas.  Once a Cathedral Chapter is established it will be entitled to voice and one vote at all National Council Meetings.


(a) International Vice Presidents may be appointed by the President, with the advice and  consent of the Executive Board, to represent the Brotherhood for work outside the United States  of America and to establish the Brotherhood in particular areas in which the President sees that  opportunity exists, and where there is presently no functioning organization of Brotherhood  activity.

(b) A clear written statement of the authority, duty and responsibility of each International Vice  President, in the form of a position description, shall be prepared by the President, approved by  the Executive Board and furnished to each respective International Vice President at the time of  his election or appointment, or as soon thereafter as conveniently practicable. A file of these  statements shall be maintained in the National Office, reviewed and updated by the President  and re-approved by the Executive Board from time-to-time as appropriate and upon assumption  of office by each new President.

(c) International Vice Presidents appointed for work outside the Unites States of America shall,  while so functioning, be ex-officio members of the National Council, with full voice.


(a) All nominees for National Office, shall meet requirements of Article III of the Constitution.  Names, addresses, and a brief outline of their Brotherhood activities, together with title of  position for which nominated and letter from nominee stating willingness to serve, shall be  submitted to the Chairman of the Nominating Committee at least sixty (60) days prior to any  National Council Meeting.

(b) National Officers must retain their National Council status per Article III, Section 1, of the  Constitution.

(c) Any National Officer who, through unwillingness or inability, does not fulfill the duties of his  office or appropriate duties assigned by the President, may, after written notice from the  President, or the Senior Vice President in the absence or incapacitation of the President, be  replaced by a vote of the National Council or its Executive Board. Temporary incapacitation  does not apply.


(a) A Nominating Committee of six (6) National Council Members, of which the President shall  not be a member, shall be elected by the Executive Board to serve a three (3) year term. Two  (2) members shall be elected each year and retiring members shall not be eligible for re-election  to the Nominating Committee for a period of (1) year after expiration of their last term of  membership. The Senior Vice President, whether a Committee Member or not, shall act as  temporary Chairman and call for an organizational meeting to elect a Chairman. 

(b) A Nominating Committee member who wishes to be nominated for an elective office will  recuse himself from any actions taken by the Committee by leaving the place of discussions

The nominating committee shall receive all nominations for six elected officers, three members-at-large representatives (MAL), and six chapter representatives  to the National Council and the Executive Board. The  committee shall meet not less than 60 days prior to National Council meetings to prepare for the  upcoming elections.

(c) The Nominating Committee’s duties shall be to solicit nominations, determine eligibility of  nominees and prepare a list of all nominees for each meeting of the National Council, Executive  Board or any meeting of the National Brotherhood at which elections are to be held, in  accordance with Article III Section I of the Constitution. Nominations shall be submitted  annually using the National Nomination Questionnaire to the National Office for all open  positions for National Officers then eligible for election or re-election. The National Office shall  send all Questionnaires as received to the Nominating Committee, and the Committee Chair  shall present a summary report listing the nominees and the names of the nominators for each  office, and their recommendations to the National Council at the designated annual meeting,  where elections may be held. Nominations for all elected positions shall be submitted to the National Council Annual Meeting for election or interim replacement of candidates to vacancies  arising from death, disability or resignation of Convention elected members.

(d) The Nominating Committee shall screen all nominations submitted, initiate its own  nominations if appropriate, and present for election a slate for each national office.

(c) (e) Regardless of the number of nominees submitted by the Committee for consideration,  the Committee shall include with its report a list of all nominees for whom nominations were duly  received in accordance with the provisions of Bylaw 6(a), with identification of the nominator(s)  for each. The Committee shall review every Nomination Questionnaire submitted to it, on behalf  of a nominee, for completeness and accuracy, and shall make request to the nominator(s) for  any additional information which it may need before beginning its selection of nominees. The  Committee’s recommendations shall be published to the membership of the National Council,  by direct mail The cross or other appropriate means, not less than 30 days prior to the election  date.

(i) All voting shall be by printed ballot turned in at the time of the election in person or received  by mail not less than seven (7) days prior to the election.

(j) Election of National Officers shall be by written ballot with a simple majority determing the outcome of the election of each position..

(k) At least three months prior to the National Council Annual Meeting, the provisions governing  election to the National Council shall be published by the National Office, and Chapters and  Assemblies shall be advised of their right to nominate National Council Members.


(a) All personnel of the National Office involved in handling of funds shall be adequately  bonded. The Financial Management Procedures and Controls shall be the governing document for all financial activity and the supervision thereof, to be adhered to by the National Office  personnel, the Executive Board, the National Council and our Brotherhood membership.

(b) Checks issued for amounts exceeding $500.00 by the National Office will be signed by two  individuals: an Office employee designated for this purpose and either the Treasurer or the President who are all bonded, or, in the absence of either one of these, the Senior Vice President, who is also bonded.

(c) The Fiscal Year shall be January 1 to December 31 beginning January 1 2019.

(d) The annual budget shall be submitted to the Executive Board by the Finance Committee for  its review and possible modification and approval. The Executive Board shall submit the  proposed budget to the National Council in writing as part of the Annual Report prepared and  printed under the direction of the National Office. The National Council members at the annual  meeting of the National Council shall make a reasonable amount of time available for discussion  of the proposed budget. The National Council will vote up or down for the approval or  disapproval of the submitted budget without making amendments to the individual line items. In  the event the National Council disapproves the proposed budget submitted by the Executive  Board, the Executive Board will take whatever steps are necessary to revise and resubmit the  budget for a second vote later in the National Council meeting. 

(e) The Treasurer shall keep correct account of all funds received and paid out by the  Brotherhood. He shall keep Brotherhood funds, except for small amounts of petty cash, in  banks approved by the Finance Committee. He shall prepare and distribute to the Executive  Board periodical financial reports on a form prescribed by the President.

(f) The Finance Committee shall keep watch over the financial condition of the Brotherhood  including capital assets, receipts, expenditures, and preparation of and adherence to an annual  budget.

(g) There shall be an annual audit of the books of the Brotherhood Including the Brotherhood  Foundation by an independent auditor selected by the Finance Committee. A similar audit shall  be performed upon relief from employment of the Treasurer.

(h) The Treasurer shall establish rules and regulations governing all travel and expense  vouchers and for other financial procedures subject to approval of the Executive Board

(i) The income derived from special appeals and designated gifts shall be utilized in furtherance  of the National Brotherhood Outreach Program conforming to Article VIII of the Constitution.

(k) No bank account shall be created or continued in the name of The Brotherhood of St.  Andrew without the approval of the President, Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance  Committee. However, an independent account by a recognized Chapter or Assembly may be allowed if it is designated by the chapter number and parish name or the words “Assembly of”  before the Diocese name, then followed by “of The Brotherhood of St. Andrew.” Thus, i.e., chapter 0456-S, of The Brotherhood of St. Andrew at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church or Assembly  of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts of The Brotherhood of St. Andrew.


(a) All records of the Brotherhood, both financial and administrative, will be kept under the  control the National Office, except for such short periods of time that they may be required for  official use elsewhere. The Senior Member of the Brotherhood staff in the National Office shall  be the custodian of records and shall turn them over to the successor upon termination of  employment or transfer of custody and obtain a receipt thereon. A copy of this receipt will  become part of the official records.

(b) No files or records of the Brotherhood are to be removed from the National Office without  authorization of the President. An inventory of all such files and records stored outside the  National Office is to be kept in the National Office and available to National Officers upon  request. No such files and records are to be destroyed without approval by the President and  vote by the Executive Board.

(c) The Nationa President with advice and consent of the Executive Board shall appoint official brotherhood Historian/Archivist.  The Historian/Archivist is a member of the Adminnistrative Committee.


(a) Committees, except the Nominating Committee, which is otherwise provided for, shall be  appointed by the President in writing. The letter of appointment shall designate the Chairman  and the term for which the Committee is to function. The President will also state clearly the  duties and responsibilities of the Committee, its authority and the means available to it for the  execution of its task. A list of Committee Chairmen and outline of Committee functions shall be  furnished to the members of the Executive Board and Committee members. Each Standing  Committee shall consist of at least three members including the Chairman. The President shall  be a member ex-officio of all Committees except the Nominating Committee. Special  Committees may be of any size commensurate with the task assigned.

(b) The Standing Committees assigned by the National President shall be Communications,  Field Operations, Administration, Program, and Finance. Other committees may be assigned by  the President as needed.

Standing Committee reports shall be submitted annually by each Chairman to the President and  for inclusion in the Annual Report and for presentation, if requested, by the President at the  annual Executive Board and National Council Meetings.

(c) The St. Andrew’s Cross, the publication of the Brotherhood shall be published electronically  monthly and printed quarterly, adhering to any budget constraints, and shall be mailed to the  entire Active and Associate membership of the Brotherhood and to such other recipients as the  Executive Board may direct. The President, with the advice of the Senior Vice President, shall  appoint an editorial board which shall include the Editor and other Brothers having particular  expertise in promoting the Brotherhood.

(d) The President of the Brotherhood may request the Presiding Bishop to appoint a Bishop’s  Advisory Committee to serve for the succeeding year, and shall recommend that the  Brotherhood Chaplain be included in the membership of the Bishop’s Advisory Committee along  with appointments by the Presiding Bishop. Be it further resolved that the members of the  Bishop’s advisory committee are invited to attend all Brotherhood of St. Andrew meetings and  shall have voice but shall have no vote unless otherwise eligible. The President of the  Brotherhood may request The Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America to appoint  an Anglican Bishop’s Advisory Committee to serve for the succeeding year, and shall  recommend that not less than three Bishops be included in the membership of The Advisory  Committee. Be it further resolved that the members of the Anglican Bishop’s Advisory  committee are invited to attend all Brotherhood of St Andrew meetings and shall have voice but  shall have no vote unless otherwise eligible. And be it further resolved that the President of the  Brotherhood of St Andrew contact The Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North  America, and request his council on the establishment of the advisory council.


(a) Business meetings of theNational Council and Executive Board shall be conducted in  conformity with Robert’s Rules of Order.

(b) Meetings of the National Council shall be open sessions and may be attended by any  member or associate member of The Brotherhood of St Andrew.

(c) Committee reports are to be written and included in the Annual Report given to participants.  Reports by Committee Chairmen are to be submitted by title unless otherwise instructed and  there is a decision to be made by the National Council.

(d) Following the announcement by the President of the selection, location and time for the next  Council meeting it shall be the National Council Chairman’s responsibility unless directed otherwise by the President, to make all necessary arrangements and accommodations for future  National Council Annual Meeting and National Council meetings, with National Office support.  This task shall include facilities planning, meeting agenda, and the Chair may form a committee  to assist him in this function. The National Council Chairman may appoint a National Council  Annual Meeting Chairman and may obtain local support for his committees. The meeting or  convention chairman shall be a National Council member.


(a) The Field Operations Committee shall be charged with the responsibility for preparing Field  Operations manuals and guides for the training of new members and officers, and for assisting  both individuals and Chapters toward fulfillment of the Disciplines of Prayer, Study and Service

(b) The Junior Brotherhood Committee shall be charged with the responsibility for preparing  manuals and guides for the training of Junior Chapter sponsors, members and officers, and for  assisting both individuals and chapters toward fulfillment of the Brotherhood mission of “Bringing  Youth to Christ.” 


Promptly following each National Council meeting at which action has been taken to change the  annual ministry pledge amount(s) or payment schedule, or to amend these Bylaws, the National  Office shall prepare a “Bylaws Supplement” which shall, be maintained at the National Office for  distribution on request by Brotherhood members or others interested in the Brotherhood.


(a) Any active chapter or Assembly may propose an amendment to the Constitution by  forwarding a resolution embodying the exact wording of its proposal to the President of the  Brotherhood not later than six (6) full months before the day on which a National Council Annual  Meeting is to assemble.

(b) The Executive Board shall give full consideration to all proposed amendments to the  Constitution at a meeting, by e-mail or by postal service mail if a meeting is not practicable,  immediately following the President’s receipt thereof and shall record its recommendations as to  adoption, rejection or change of language without delay.

(c) The Executive Board may propose an amendment or revision of the Constitution by  tendering to the President a resolution embodying the exact wording of the proposal not later  than the publication deadline for a Brotherhood publication sent three months prior to the date a  National Council Annual Meeting will convene.

(d) Proposed Constitutional amendments or revisions shall be circulated to the Brotherhood  membership by the National Office in an issue of the Brotherhood publication sent not less than  three months prior to the day on which the National Council Annual Meeting will convene, with  notice that it will be presented to the Convention for action. In the case of Chapter and Assembly proposals, the Executive Board recommendations thereon will immediately follow the  text of the proposed amendment.

(e) Only proposed Constitutional changes or revisions thereof submitted according to the  preceding sections shall be presented to the National Council Annual Meeting. Adoption shall  require a two-thirds vote taken on written ballot of the accredited chapter delegates present or  voting by absentee ballot received no less than 7 days prior to the session of the Convention  formally designated for this purpose in the Convention program The attention of all chapters  shall be called to this provision in the same Brotherhood magazine that publishes the proposed  amendment or revision.

(f) Comments on a proposed amendment or revision to the Constitution must be submitted to  the Executive Board of the not less than 30 days prior to the scheduled National Council  Meeting.

(g) Amendments to Bylaws may be proposed by a Chapter or Assembly at any time by  forwarding a resolution embodying the exact wording of the proposal to the President of the  Brotherhood. Such proposals will be reviewed by the Executive Board and presented to the  National Council at its next meeting together with any recommendations thereon. The  Executive Board and any National Council member may propose amendments to the Bylaws at  any meeting of the National Council. A two-thirds vote of the National Council members present  or voting by absentee ballot at a properly called meeting is required for adoption of proposed  amendments.

(h) The National Office shall notify the Brotherhood membership without delay of all  amendments approved in either the Constitution or Bylaws, electronically or placed on the Brotherhood Web Site.

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