Mission Statement

 

Provide a proper foundation and framework, in a supportive environment, for Royal Arch Freemasonry to prosper

  

Objectives

Objective 1

Provide strong strategic leadership from Grand Chapter.

Objective 2

Develop a mutually beneficial relationship with Grand Lodge.

Objective 3

Promote a quality program of education and training.

Objective 4

Obtain and retain membership.

 

Key Objective 1 Provide Strong Strategic Leadership from Grand Chapter

 

Continual reinforcement of the key strategies of S.G.R.A.C.Q. through a range of communication channels including web-site and social media, GSE communications, and modeling of best practices by Grand Chapter Officers

Promote excellence and best practices by the selection of high calibre candidates, particularly for Grand Chapter Office

The four Principal Officers of Grand Chapter must be highly visible in the promotion of our aims for excellence

 

Recommendations

District Grand Educators to be properly trained and instructed in identifying and recruiting suitable Grand Chapter Officers

 

Key Objective 2 Develop a mutually beneficial relationship with Grand Lodge

 

Regular scheduled meetings of the Most Worshipful Grand Master and the Most Excellent First Grand Principal - to discuss and develop strategies for the joint promotion of both Orders

Regular scheduled meetings of the President of Board of General Purposes and the President of Grand Committee - to discuss and develop strategies for the joint promotion of both Orders

Pursue the promotion of Royal Arch Masonry at Craft Lodge level under guidelines agreed with Grand Lodge

Promote the establishment of partnerships between Lodges and Chapters

 

Recommendations

Promotional booklets have been produced for distribution to potential candidates.

A list of suggested responses for Chapter members looking to recruit candidates from Craft lodges and advising them of how to handle typical objections from members of those lodges, such as:

Negativity from Craft members only

  • The Chapter strongly encourages all members to be active in their lodges
  • Chapter members MUST be lodge members
  • Chapter offers a daily advancement in Masonic knowledge
  • This is contrary to our arrangement with UGLQ
  • A lodge member may join a Royal Arch Chapter one year after taking the 3˚

“You need to have been a Worshipful Master of your lodge before joining the Royal Arch”

“You need to master lodge ritual first”

  • Chapter ritual sheds light and explanation on the ritual of the 2˚ and 3˚
  • It can take many years to master lodge ritual

“Freemasons are time poor”

  • It is really up to each individual how much time he can devote to his masonry
  • For the first few years at least, Chapter does not require meeting every month, and many Chapters meet only bi-monthly
  • In the UK, lodge members are expected to join a Royal Arch Chapter immediately after completing their 3˚

 

Key Objective 3 Promote a quality program of education and training

 

i. Potential Members

 

Promotion of the Royal Arch Order

Explanation of it being the culmination of Pure Ancient Masonry, its place in the tree of Masonic knowledge, and the reasons why Craft Masons should join

ii. Existing Chapter Members

 

Chapters to have education programs to expand the knowledge of the Royal Arch among their members

Promote the taking of office in the Chapter as an integral part of the education program.

iii. Chapter Officers

 

Educate Chapter Officers in the importance of delivering good ritual work

Promote the responsibility of Chapter Officers in the mentoring of new members and introduce a program to implement this

Provide training opportunities at Chapter and/or District level

Promote the opportunities for Past Principals as Active Grand Chapter Officers

 

iv. Grand Chapter Officers

 

Provide ongoing education in Active Grand Chapter Officer roles and responsibilities

Promote the need for Grand Chapter Officers to accept, as their personal responsibility, a commitment to ceremonial proficiency

Provide ongoing training opportunities to assist in achieving this goal, with the over-riding theme being, “Know what you are expected to do, and know how to do it.”

 

Recommendations

1. Potential Members

Promotion of the Royal Arch Order by

  • Masonic Family Expo and Open House held alternately bi-annually
  • Craft Masons Information Meetings conducted by a Grand Chapter Team at specially convened Chapter meetings
  • Masonic Centre Notice Boards

2. Existing Chapter Members

  • Availability of lectures and addresses on the Grand Chapter web-site
  • The Prologues and Epilogues book produced by the Education and Training Committee which is issued to all Chapters
  • District Grand Educators to promote taking up Grand Chapter Office

3. Chapter Officers

  • Good ceremonial work is essential and ritual should be learnt for delivery to candidates
  • The Chapter should do the work itself, possibly with assistance from other Chapters. Grand Chapter should be the last resort for doing the work at Chapters.
  • A Mentors’ Handbook is being finalised and should be available for distribution early in 2015
  • Share Cryptic and Red Cross Degree work between Chapters. This could be facilitated with the help of the District Grand Educator

4. Grand Chapter Officers

  • District Grand Educators and senior Grand Chapter Officers to identify, approach and recruit potential Grand Chapter Officers

 

Key Objective 4 Obtain and Retain Members

 

i. Obtain

 

Enliven Craft Mason Information Session presentations

DGE’s to encourage Chapter members to strongly promote the Royal Arch Order at their Craft lodges

Mentor current Chapter members on how to approach possible candidates at their Craft lodges

Articulate how the Royal Arch series of degrees further explains and expands on the Craft degrees

 

ii. Retain

 

Split work (long charges) such as Principal Sojourner and the Mystical Lecture in the Royal Arch or the Tracing Board in the Mark Degree

Combined meetings at other Chapters that do not have work

Mentoring – need for a Royal Arch Mentoring Handbook (Manual)

Involve members in all Chapter activities – give them a reason to belong

Recommendations

1. Obtain

  • All Districts to be encouraged to hold an Open Night (Craft Masons Information Meeting) on a regular basis
  • District Grand Educators to encourage Chapter Members to strongly promote the Royal Arch at their Craft Lodges in order to recruit Candidates
  • Mentor current Chapter members on how to approach possible candidates at their Craft lodges
  • Articulate and explain how the Royal Arch series of degrees further explains and expands on the Craft degrees

2. Retain

  • Split the work (long charges) such as Principal Sojourner work, as well as the Mystical Lecture in the Royal Arch Degree or the Tracing Board Lecture in the Mark Degree. The decision to do this is up to the individual Chapters
  • It is suggested that Chapters, having worked a degree, should schedule an educational session at the festive board or at the next meeting, depending on their degree work schedule
  • Combine degree work meetings with other Chapters who do not have work
  • Involve members in all Chapter activities. This gives them a reason to belong and feel wanted and productive
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