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Qualifications and Responsibilities for Various Council Leadership Roles

In order to serve our partners and provide leadership for the network, HNI maintains various teams working together with different leadership functions.  HNI has one international executive leadership team, which is called the International Apostolic Council.  There are also smaller branches of leadership called  Regional Apostolic Teams.  These will be formed around each cluster of partners in a region to care for them and to provide culturally relevant governance.  HNI also gathers various advisory councils to supplement each leadership team.  They will operate both internationally and regionally, providing a wider forum for processing decisions.  Below is a description of some basic qualifications for serving on any of these teams.

Qualifications for serving in any HNI Leadership Team Role

  1. Those with godly and biblical character, qualities that are evidenced by a loving heart and attitude toward others, submission to authority, ability to work with others in a team, and a willingness to walk in the light with accountability to other team members.
  2. Those who have demonstrated they carry a truly Kingdom perspective and global awareness of the purposes of God, and are willing to lead without putting their own interests before those of the Kingdom and HNI.
  3. Those with a commitment to HarvestNet values, vision, and policies and willing to maintain healthy relationships within the network.
  4. Those with a commitment to the work of HarvestNet evidenced in regular giving of time and financial resources to the network as they are able.
  5. Those who are effective ambassadors of HNI, representing us well to others, demonstrating a welcoming attitude to all, willing to build relationships with new partners, and to recruit and train additional HNI leaders when needed.
  6. Those willing and able to make the necessary sacrifices to attend the needed leadership team meetings to fulfill their role.
  7. Those who have demonstrated a willingness to participate in a consensus decision-making process, resolving differences in a Christ-honoring way for the benefit of the network.
  8. Those who are willing to honor the current president and the Apostolic Council of the network in matters within HNI and related to its mission and work.
  9. Those demonstrating an ability for wise governance of HNI and its mission, including its legal, financial, and ethical integrity.
  10. Those who have a sense of calling to serve HNI on a council, and having that call recognized by the Apostolic Council and others on their respective regional teams.

Responsibilities of Members of Various HNI LeadershipTeams

Responsibilities for members of the HarvestNet International Apostolic Team

  1. Select the president of HNI and other corporate officers each year.
  2. Set the mission, vision, and agenda for HNI annually in consultation with regional teams.
  3. Act as the legal governing board of HNI as a US Nonprofit Corporation.
  4. Appoint other HNI partners to fill all critical roles within the network including all those on the Regional Apostolic Teams and Advisory Councils.
  5. Oversee the hiring and dismissal of HNI staff at the network offices.
  6. Oversee any HNI ministries like Gateway, HNI School, missions work, etc.
  7. Oversee the budget and financial policies of HNI.
  8. Provide leadership for HNI in a consultative manner considering the needs of HNI partners and consulting the Advisory Council.
  9. Assist with the leadership and oversight of local churches and ministries as requested by the autonomous local leadership teams of those churches and ministries. 
  10. Mediate or adjudicate any matters of dispute or need for discipline within HNI.
  11. Attend team meetings, retreats, and HNI events and some HNI regional summits as able.
  12. Personally support the work of HNI with time and financial resources as able.

Responsibilities for members of any HarvestNet Regional Apostolic Team

  1. Select their respective team leader in conjunction with the International Apostolic Team.
  2. Set the mission, vision, and agenda for their region of HNI annually, in keeping with HNI vision and values and in a way that protects HNI DNA.
  3. Act as the governing and planning team of HNI work within their region. (This does not include governing individual churches or ministries.)
  4. Appoint other HNI partners to fill all critical roles within their region.
  5. Oversee the hiring and dismissal of HNI staff in their region.
  6. Oversee partnership and credential applications in their region
  7. Oversee the budget and financial policies of HNI in their region.
  8. Provide leadership for their region in a consultative manner, considering the needs of HNI partners and consulting any advisory council they create.
  9. Select 2 of their members to represent their regional team to the HNI Apostolic Team.
  10. Assist with the leadership and oversight of local churches and ministries as requested by the autonomous local leadership teams of those churches and ministries. 
  11. Mediate or adjudicate any matters of dispute or need for discipline within their region.
  12. Attend any council meetings, retreats, or events for their region as well as the international HNI summit.
  13. Plan the annual summit in their region with the International Apostolic Team.
  14. Personally support the work of HNI with time and financial resources as able.

Responsibilities of members of any HNI Advisory Council (international or regional)

  1. Provide a larger council of advice for their respective apostolic team.
  2. Assist the Apostolic Council in its work within their region.
  3. Attend the council meetings, retreats, or events as well as some HNI summits as able.
  4. Personally support the work of HNI with time and financial resources as able.
  5. Act as ambassadors for HNI in welcoming and caring for new partners.
  6. Assist the International Apostolic Council in raising the funds needed to operate the network by promoting HNI support in their sphere of influence.