This Association has a two-fold nature, first, the churches co-operating in the work either by letter or contribution, constitute the Association proper. Secondly, the annual meetings of the co-operating churches are in nature joint committees, meeting for the purpose of carrying out the express will of the churches acting under parliamentary rules as hereafter provided. This Association being a voluntary association of equal and independent churches, has no ecclesiastical authority, nor can it ever interfere in any way with any church in the exercise of her Divine prerogatives but will ever uphold and defend the absolute and unqualified independence of the churches.