Related NW Yearly Meeting Organizations
The following organizations receive most or all of their members through election by the Yearly Meeting or its councils and boards, and are accountable to the Yearly Meeting.
Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Foundation
See 8.08.06, under Finance Committee
Friends Church Extension Fund
See 8.08.07, under Finance Committee
Friends Youth provides leadership for high school and college-age young people. It has its own clerks, its own organizational structure, and a handbook detailing purposes and procedures. Friends Youth is related to the Yearly Meeting under the Board of Education and Youth, three members of whom serve, with an appointed adviser and the general superintendent of the Yearly Meeting, on its Executive Committee.
George Fox University
George Fox University, the Yearly Meeting institution of higher education, reports annually to the Yearly Meeting, which elects all its trustees. Of the forty-two trustees, not more than fourteen are elected each year for terms of three years. These are nominated as follows: not more than six by the Executive Council of the Yearly Meeting; not more than six by the University Board of Trustees; not more than two by the University Alumni Association. Members to fill vacancies occurring otherwise than by expiration of term are nominated by the group entitled to representation by the original nomination. University bylaws state that no change affecting the relationship between the University and the Yearly Meeting may be made without consent of the Yearly Meeting. The Center for Peace Learning is an agency of George Fox University with its own board of advisers.
Tilikum, a Yearly Meeting camping ministry, reports annually to the Yearly Meeting, which approves all its Board of Directors. A representative of NWYM, as appointed by the Superintendent, shall be a member of the board. Directors of the board shall be members or active attendees of churches within the NWYM at a minimum ratio of four-sevenths (4/7) of the total number of board members. Those serving who are not members of churches within NWYM shall be active congregants of their home congregations (in accordance with the practice of their congregations). All board members shall be followers of Jesus Christ and shall subscribe in writing to a Statement of Faith in keeping with principles of Faith and Practice, and approved by the board. Tilikum bylaws state that no change affecting the relationship between Tilikum and the Yearly Meeting may be made without consent of the Yearly Meeting.
Organizations Serving Northwest Yearly Meeting
These Friends organizations have a direct ministry relationship with Northwest Yearly Meeting, but appoint their own officers.
Friends Men offers men of the Yearly Meeting an annual retreat for inspiration and fellowship and fosters interest in special projects of Christian outreach. The fellowship appoints its own officers. [LEARN MORE]
Friends Women promotes missions by sharing and distributing literature, by praying for the missionaries and encouraging their families, and by contributing financial support. Friends Women sponsors an annual retreat. It appoints its own officers. [LEARN MORE]
The Pastors Association
The pastors and other ministers of Northwest Yearly Meeting meet annually for fellowship and inspiration. The Pastors Association appoints its own officers. It also makes appointments to a related organization (see above).
Organizations in which the Yearly Meeting Holds Membership
Evangelical Friends Church International
Evangelical Friends Church International (EFCI) consists of four regions of evangelical Friends: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and north America. By virtue of membership in Evangelical Friends Church International/North America, Northwest Yearly Meeting is a member of Evangelical Friends International.
Evangelical Friends Church International/North America
Northwest Yearly Meeting is a member of Evangelical Friends Church International/North America (EFCI/NA). It is represented by the general superintendent, two members from each appropriate board, and one member-at-large. EFCI/NA provides cooperative action in missions (Evangelical Friends Mission – EFM), education, and publications; and it represents the constituent yearly meetings in various Friends ecumenical activities. It holds national conferences periodically. Its Statement of Faith is found in the Appendix.
Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC)
Friends World Committee for Consultation, with which NWYM is affiliated, facilitates communication, inter-visitation and fellowship among Friends worldwide. FWCC was founded in 1937 “to act in a consultative capacity to promote better understanding among Friends the world over.”
The National Association of Evangelicals
Northwest Yearly Meeting is a member of the National Association of Evangelicals, with representation through Evangelical Friends International/NA appointment. The Statement of Faith of the Association is found in the Appendix.