Bylaws of DMI Norway (Deaf Ministries International)
Adopted at December 8, 2012.
§ 1 The basis for the foundation
DMI Norway (Deaf Ministries International) is a foundation established by the support group for Christian Ministry Among the Deaf, and is an independent legal person working on evangelical / common Christian ground and identify with the so-called Lausanne Covenant, (established 1974).
The Foundation emphasizes the Bible’s teaching that everyone shall hear the Christian gospel, and is based on the Christian views on human dignity.
As is the case with the rest of the world-wide work of Deaf Ministries International, DMI Norway is also a result of the ministry Lill and Neville Muir began in South Korea in 1979.
§ 2 Purpose of the foundation
DMI Norway aims to improve living conditions for deaf in all parts of the world and helps to strengthen the Christian ministry among deaf in Norway. This objective is realized through evangelical work, and by initiating various social, economic and educational measures which can give deaf a positive and dignified life.
For this purpose the Foundation cooperates with DMI and other organizations and churches who do similar work. DMI Norway is responsible for sending out and supporting employees. In order to promote the foundation’s purpose cf. §§ 1 and 2, DMI may provide financial support to projects or organizations which the Foundation collaborates with.
§ 3 Basic capital
The foundation’s original capital is NOK 100 000 – one hundred thousand.
§ 4 Business Office
The Foundation’s office is in Oslo.
§ 5 Board
The Board of the Foundation consists of six – 6 – members. There shall be 3 – three – to 4 – four – deputies. The Board shall have a chair and a vice chair. The Board constitutes itself. The term of office is four years.
The 6 board members and 2 deputies are initially appointed by the Support Group for Christian Ministry among the Deaf, which ceased at the establishment of the present foundation. The Board appoints new Board members and deputies.. Lill Muir and Neville Muir have the right to attend Board meetings, speak and make proposals to the Board, but do not have the right to vote. At least one of the Board members should be hearing impaired.
The Board manages the foundation’s work and is responsible for proper management. The Board shall provide annual reports and accounts, and make sure that the accounts are audited by auditors appointed by the Board.
The Board has the power of resolution when at least four – 4 – members are present. In the case of a tie, the Chairman of the Board has the casting vote.
The Board may assign signature. The Board may grant procuration.
§ 6 General Manager
The Board may appoint a general manager who is Board secretary. The General Manager is responsible for the daily management of the foundation’s activities in Norway and represents the Foundation externally. The General Manager also takes part in the management of DMI’s work internationally.
The General Manager’s responsibilities include all matters that are not of an unusual nature or of great importance.
§ 7 Conversion
The Board may adopt amendments and dissolution when the conditions in the Foundations Act are present. In the event of dissolution the board will administer the termination and dispose the Foundation’s capital for the purposes mentioned in Article § 2. Amendments and the resolution to dissolve requires a two-thirds – 2/3 – majority.
§ 8 Relationship to law ETC.
The Foundation is governed by the Foundations Act at all times.