The Jurisdictional Supervisor should be spirit-filled, have a proven record of leadership ability, be a woman of wisdom, sober, prayerful and be knowledgeable of the women’s work of the Church of God in Christ. It is recommended that the District Missionaries who work closely with the Jurisdictional Supervisor be given first consideration when appointing Jurisdictional Supervisors.
The Jurisdictional Supervisor must be a strong supporter of the total vision and programs of the Jurisdiction as set-forth by the Jurisdictional Bishop. She must also be a strong supporter of the International Department of Women and the General Supervisor. Training and implementation specific to the women’s work of the Church of God in Christ is provided by the General Supervisor. She should be a compelling voice for the programs and leadership of the Jurisdiction, International Department of Women and Church of God in Christ at large.
The Jurisdictional Bishop recommends his choice of the Supervisor Designate to the General Supervisor. The General Supervisor receives the Designate for orientation, instruction, and testing by the National Board of Examiners. Upon successful completion of requirements, the designate will receive her official appointment and be installed by the General Supervisor on Women’s Day of the Annual Holy Convocation. The General Supervisor presents the sacred articles of the Supervisor’s office: The Cross a symbol of the Suffering Christ; The Stole as a yoke of responsibility and mark of servitude; and finally the General Supervisor places the cap of humility on the designate to complete the installation process.
The newly appointed supervisor is then enrolled in the Jurisdictional Supervisor’s Training Academy. The Academy provides an additional year of continuing education and training for excellence as a Jurisdictional Supervisor. The training emphasis is centered around the how-to strategies of the Supervisor’s primary objectives; supporting the focus of her Bishop’s projects and vision in the Jurisdiction; preparing women to qualify for missionary credentials; and the organization and implementation of the women’s ministries in the Jurisdiction.
The Jurisdictional Supervisor is empowered to: Appoint staff and personnel to assist her in carrying out the program for women’s ministry as given to her by the Jurisdictional Bishop and General Supervisor. She may also remove individuals for cause with the approval of the Jurisdictional Bishop.
The Jurisdictional Supervisor shall establish training procedures, examine, and appoint women eligible for Deaconess, Evangelist and District Missionary credentials in her Jurisdiction. She may also with the approval of her Bishop recommend to the General Supervisor qualified evangelists for National Evangelist License. Request for applications, license, and certificates of appointment as well as the Standardized Training curriculum for Missionaries are available through the Credential Secretary of the International Department of Women office.
The Jurisdictional Supervisor is to advise credential holders of their Jurisdictional and National financial obligations. Financial records and accounting of revenue and expenditures should be readily available to the Jurisdictional Bishop upon request: (a) income received from financial assessments as well as project income within the Jurisdictional Department of Women (b) revenue received and reported to the International Department of Women office on behalf of the female credential holders for the National Credential holders report due in April (c) Auxiliary, Bands and Missionary reports to the International Department of Women are made in November.
The foundation of the Women’s Department is the Auxiliaries, Bands, Units, Circles, and Initiatives. These are the greatest ministry tools for imparting spiritual values, life skills and practical living to women, our children and youth. Organization and implementation are key components for an effective and inclusive department.
A strong, well organized Jurisdictional Department of Women is an asset not only to the Bishop’s vision for the Jurisdiction, but also to the District and Local ministries. The total ministry of the Women’s Department should include credential holders and laywomen. The Supervisor or her designate (District Missionary or Auxiliary leader) should be able to offer assistance in training women to lead and execute programs which will assist the Pastor in advancing the Kingdom of God through women’s ministry. Prayer, teaching biblical principles, and evangelism are the core of ministry. When the Local, District and Jurisdictional ministries are strong, the National and International Work will be strengthened.
The Supervisor should maintain frequent and direct communication with the Jurisdictional Bishop which assures that the Bishop is informed and knowledgeable of the activities and projects of the department. The Bishop may assign non-related Department of Women responsibilities to the Supervisor and the constituency of women in the department. When this is done, the Supervisor should carry out those duties to the best of her ability.
The charge of the Jurisdictional Supervisor is vast and demanding. Her own personal relationship with God must remain a priority. She must also seek to maintain her commitment to her local church in attendance and financial responsibilities.