Constitution and Bylaws
Name and Purpose
Section 1. Name - The name of the corporation is Tres Dias of Central Arizona, hereinafter
referred to as TDCA. TDCA will use the domain name www.tdcaz.org for all web related
Section 2. Purpose - The purpose shall be to develop Christian leaders and to help sustain their
commitment to Jesus Christ as they pursue Christian Action in their environments. The means
for achieving this purpose are the three-day Tres Dias experience, also referred to as the
"Weekend " and ongoing Reunion Groups, Secuelas and other Fourth Day activities.
Section 3. Affiliation- TDCA is a chartered member of Tres Dias International. As such, it
subscribes to the constitution and bylaws of the national organization and will adhere to the
Essentials of Tres Dias and the Tres Dias Statement of Belief. As a charted member of Tres Dias
International TDCA will help support other Tres Dias communities with prayer, palanca and
team members as it is needed and we are able. We will help to support developing Tres Dias
communities financially as we are able.
Section 4. Tres Dias Purpose and Statement of Belief.
The purpose of TRES DIAS is to foster and guide the growth of the Tres Dias movement, to
assure continued adherence to its Essentials and to advocate its purpose of developing Christian
leaders and to help to sustain their commitment to Christ as they pursue Christian apostolic
action in their environments.
1. We believe and profess our faith in one Triune God - The Father, The Son and The
Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19).
2. We believe and profess that Jesus Christ is the only Savior and is God in the flesh (John
1:1, 1:14, 3:36, 14: & Heb. 2:17).
3. We believe and profess that The Holy Spirit is God and is The Lord and Giver of life,
who continues to work in believers today to sanctify, edify and empower the whole
Christian church on earth - - - for His purpose (Job 33:4, Acts 1:8, John 14:26 & Rom.
4. We believe and profess that the Holy Scriptures are the inspired and completely true
Word of God (II Tim. 3:16-17).
5. We believe and profess that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God; that
forgiveness of sins is received through confession and repentance - - and that our sins
are washed away through the blood of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38, I John 1:9 & Rom.
6. We believe and profess that salvation is a gift of God's grace received through personal
faith in Jesus Christ (Eph. 2:8).
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7. We believe and profess that the Body of Christ is to make every effort to keep the unity
of the Spirit through the bond of peace until we all reach unity in the faith and in the
knowledge of The Son of God (Eph. 4:3, 13).
8. We believe and profess that God's unconditional love, as made manifest to us through
Jesus Christ, is the primary witness by which people are renewed, edified and changed
(I Cor. 13:8).
9. We believe and profess that God has called us to live holy lives that will bring glory to
His name (Col. 3:1-25).
Note: For purposes of standards and principles, Tres Dias ascribes to those stated in the
"Authorized King James Version" of the Bible of 1611 (KJV)
Section 1. Members - The membership of the TDCA community consists of
a. Anyone who has completed a Tres Dias of Central Arizona weekend;
b. Or who has served on a Weekend Team sponsored by the TDCA Community;
c. In addition, those who have completed a Tres Dias, or the equivalent of this type of
weekend, in another Community, and now resides in the area may become members of
the TDCA Community by requesting to be placed on the local mailing list for the TDCA
Section 1. Governing Board - The Secretariat of TDCA is elected from the membership of the
community to administer and manage the affairs of the movement. It shall be composed of the
Officers, and the Chairperson of each Standing Committee. The function of the secretariat is to
conduct an effective program in accordance with the Tres Dias Method.
Section 2. Officers - The officers of the Secretariat shall be a President, a Vice President, a
Secretary, and a Treasurer. All officers will have one vote each.
Section 3. Standing Committees - These shall consist of the Pre-Weekend, Weekend, Fourth
Day, Reunion Group, and Palanca Committees. The vote shall reside with the committee
chairperson. Additional Standing Committees may be formed as the TDCA Secretariat
determines the need in the future.
Section 4. Appointed Positions and Committees – These consist of the Spiritual Advisors, Men’s
and Women’s Leaders, Communications, Database and Website. These are non-voting positions.
Section 5. Elimination of Secretariat Liability - As set forth in the Arizona Nonprofit
Corporation Act, each member of the Secretariat shall be immune from civil liability and shall
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not be subject to suit indirectly or by way of contribution for any act or omission resulting in
damage or injury if said member was acting in good faith and within the scope of his official
capacity, unless such damage or injury was caused by willful and wanton or grossly negligent
conduct of the Secretariat. Without limiting the foregoing, it is the intention of the paragraph to
provide for the Secretariat the full benefits and immunities created by or available under the
provisions of A.R.S. § 10-1017(d) and § 10-1029(D) and § 10-1029 (A) (B), as the same may be
expanded or modified in the future.
Section 1. President – (Voting Position) The President shall preside at all meetings of the
Secretariat, shall chair the delegation to the International Assembly; and shall perform such other
duties as may from time to time be agreed to by the Secretariat. The President shall appoint
future working committees as the need arises. Working committees must be approved by a 2/3
majority of the Secretariat
Section 2. Vice President - (Voting Position) The Vice President shall be the coordinating
delegate to the International Assembly. In the absence of the President, the Vice President shall
perform the President's duties, and such other duties as may from time to time be assigned by the
President or Secretariat.
Section 3. Secretary - (Voting Position) The Secretary shall inform National Tres Dias of
upcoming weekends. Record the minutes of all meetings of the Secretariat, handle any outside
community correspondence and perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President or
Section 4. Treasurer - (Voting Position) The Treasurer shall have charge of all receipts and
monies, deposit and disburse funds as authorized by the Secretariat. The Treasurer shall keep
regular accounts of receipts and disbursements, submit the record when requested, and give an
itemized statement at regular meetings of the Secretariat. The Treasurer will develop a budget for
specific weekend expenses. The Treasurer should prepare all documents to be submitted to an
accountant for any auditing or tax requirements. The Treasurer shall sign checks and withdrawal
slips for its bank accounts and perform such duties as may be assigned by the President.
Section 5. President Emeritus – After fulfilling term as president, out going person becomes
president emeritus with voting privileges for the first six months.
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Section 1. Pre-Weekend Committee - (Voting Position) The Pre-Weekend Committee shall have
charge of organizing and presenting informational meetings, determining, weekend schedule,
reserving weekend facilities, receiving and processing applications of potential candidates from
all Christian denominations, according to the established priority system, to attend a weekend
and become part of the TDCA Community. The Pre-Weekend Committee will also arrange
transportation for the candidates to the location and maintain the list of potential team members.
Section 2. Weekend Committee - (Voting Position) The Weekend Committee shall be
responsible for the care of the facilities, purchasing and maintaining inventory of supplies,
setup/take down and transporting weekend supplies to and from the weekend facility.
Section 3. Fourth Day Committee – (Voting Position) The Fourth Day Committee shall schedule
and publish the dates and locations for upcoming Secuelas. The Fourth Day Committee will
develop the program for the secuela, such as MC’s, music, testimonies, food assignments, baby
sitting, clean up, etc.
Section 4. Reunion Group Committee – (Voting Position) The reunion group committee shall
develop a directory of reunion groups, respond to inquires on joining a group, track group size,
days the groups are scheduled to meet, etc. The Reunion Group Committee will develop general
education and encourage the TDCA Community to meet on regular basis for accountability and
support in their daily walk.
Section 5. Palanca Committee – (Voting Position) The Palanca committee will solicit and
contact local Pescadores for palanca (food & miscellaneous items) required for weekends.
Organize groups to prepare palanca for upcoming weekends. Solicit General Palanca letters for
TDCA weekends. Develop and send General Palanca letters to other communities as their
weekends occur during the year Work with Treasurer in the stewardship of allocated funds
designated for a weekend in regards to palanca items.
Section 6. Terms for Standing Committees - The term of office for Standing Committee
chairpersons shall be two years and applicable training time necessary for new chairpersons.
Appointed Positions and Committees
Section 1. Spiritual Advisors (Non-voting Position) – A team of spiritual advisors shall be
appointed by the President and approved by a 2/3 majority of the Secretariat to provide spiritual
guidance to the Secretariat and the TDCA Community. Spiritual Advisors select and consult with
spiritual directors for upcoming weekends on the type of philosophy they may impart to the
weekend. Takes action relating to spiritual matters within TDCA as requested by the Secretariat.
Serves for one year, limited to two consecutive terms.
Section 2. Men’s and Women’s Leaders (Non-voting Positions) – A men’s and a women’s leader
shall be appointed by the President and approved by a 2/3 majority of the Secretariat to provide
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guidance to the rector selection committee and to rectors on the selection of team members.
Consult with rectors on the philosophy and function of their particular weekend. Serves for one
year, limited to two consecutive terms.
Section 3. Communication Committee – (Non-voting Position) The Communication Committee
will be responsible for compiling, editing, and mailing of a monthly newsletter. Distribute the
potential candidate list to the community. This position will be an appointed position by the
President subject to ratification by the secretariat.
Section 4. Database Committee – (Non-voting Position) The Database Committee will be
responsible for continual update of all pescador’s phone, address, email, church and service data.
Also included is the updating of service history of what positions or Rollos have been given by
an individual pescadore. This data is then to be available for the Leaders to pass on to the
upcoming Rector/Hd Cha for selection of teams. Data may be requested for other areas of
secretariat as appropriate. This position will be an appointed position by the President subject to
ratification by the secretariat.
Section 5. Website Committee- (Non-voting Position) The Website Committee will be
responsible to update and maintain the Web site for the TDCA community to serve as an
effective internet-based communication tool.
Section 1. Annual Meeting - The fiscal year of TDCA shall run from January to December. The
annual meeting of the TDCA Community shall be held in January in conjunction with the
monthly secuela at such time and place as shall be determined by the Secretariat. A quorum shall
consist of at least 2/3 of the voting members of secretariat.
Section 2. Regular Meetings - The Secretariat shall hold 9-12 regular meetings each operating
year at a place and time to be determined by the Secretariat. All meetings should be posted in the
newsletter and website. All meetings shall be open to the TDCA community unless the
Secretariat shall be in "executive session", i.e., Special Meetings. For voting purposes, a quorum
shall consist of five (5) members of the Secretariat.
Section 3. Special Meetings - Special meetings of the Secretariat shall be held as determined by
Section 4. Modus Operandi All business meetings will follow Robert’s Rules of Parliamentary
Elections and Appointments
Section 1. Nominations and Elections – Each June the President shall appoint a Nominating
committee of four members - two men and two women, subject to approval by the Secretariat.
The committee shall elect its own chairperson, and select a slate of nominees for vacating
positions on the Secretariat. This slate will be presented to Secretariat at the August Secretariat
meeting. Voting by the Secretariat shall take place at the September Secretariat meeting and be
by secret ballot.
Even numbered years the following positions will be open for election:
Odd numbered years the following positions will be open for election.
Section 2. New Officers and Standing Committees- The newly elected officers and committee
chair persons will be presented at the Annual Meeting by the Secretariat and shall serve for a
term of two years, or until their successors shall be elected, but not more than two consecutive
terms in the same office. The Vice-President and Secretary must be elected in alternate years
from the President, and Treasurer to ensure continuity of the Secretariat. A prerequisite for
selection of a President is based on that person having previously served on a Secretariat (either
locally or another community). Terms shall begin in January and end in December.
Section 3. Appointed Committee Chairpersons – These Committee Chairpersons shall be
appointed by the President, subject to approval of the Secretariat. Chairpersons shall serve for a
term of up to two (2) years, or until their successors shall be approved. Chairpersons may select
as many members of the community to serve on their committees as are needed to perform the
duties of the committee.
Section 4. Appointment of Rector/Rectora Selection Committee - At least six (6) months prior to
a scheduled Tres Dias Weekend, the President, with the advice and consent of the Secretariat,
will select three (3) to serve on the Rector/Rectora Selection Committee.
Section 5. Rector/Rectora Selection Committee Functions – At least five (5) months prior to the
scheduled Tres Dias Weekend, the Rector Selection Committee will meet in a prayerful and
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cloistered atmosphere to make selections for Rector/Rectora(s) and will announce them to the
Section 6. Rector/Rectora Vacancy - In case of a vacancy by a Rector/Rectora, the
Rector/Rectora Selection Committee will fill that vacancy and announce its selection to the
Vacancies in Office
Section 1. A position shall be vacant upon the death, resignation, removal or disqualification of
the incumbent. A vacancy is also created should the incumbent miss three consecutive
Secretariat meetings. If a vacancy occurs among the Officers, the vacancy shall be filled for the
remainder of the term by the Secretariat. If a vacancy occurs among the Standing Committees or
Appointments, the President shall appoint a replacement to fill the remainder of the term, subject
to ratification by the Secretariat.
Section 1. In the event of dissolution, all of the remaining asset and property of the corporation
shall, after necessary expenses thereof be distributed to such organizations as shall qualify under
Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended, or, to another organization
to be used as in the judgment of a Justice of Supreme Court of the State of Arizona will best
accomplish the general purposes for which this corporation was formed.
Amendment of By-Laws
Section 1. These by-laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the Secretariat. Amendments
to the by-laws through policies and procedures adopted by and approved by the Secretariat will
supercede any particular part of these by-laws.