Qualifications. Because the restoration of Ephraim is occurring through the covenantal atoning work of Messiah Yeshua, members of the B’ney Yosef North America (BYNA) Administrative Council must be disciples of Yeshua as demonstrated by their words and deeds, and by the testimony of those who know them. They are “elders” in the biblical sense of providing supervision and direction over the affairs of the community, but they differ from the BYNA Elders in that their duties are to look after the needs of the people rather than to provide apostolic or ministerial oversight to the body. In that sense, the Administrators serve in a similar capacity as the Deacons appointed to act under the guidance of the Apostles (Acts 6:1-6). The following are General Qualifications for all Administrators.

  • Character. A person’s character is of the highest importance for a position on the Administrative Council. A BYNA Administrator, whether male or female, married or single, should be recognized by his or her extended community as a person of character. Exodus 18:18-26 states that leaders over the nation should be capable in their fields, fear God, be men of truth, and hate dishonest gain. They must be servant-leaders, following the example and instructions of Messiah Yeshua (Matthew 20:25-28; Luke 22:25-27), and demonstrating the qualities displayed by the Apostle Paul in Titus 1:5-9 and 1 Timothy 3:1-7. These passages admonish that an elder “must have a good reputation with those outside the church.” No person of questionable character should be a member of the Administrative Council or an official appointed to represent it. Elders must be blameless, temperate, and of good behavior. Humility is also essential to an elder’s character, as well as the ability to manage their households well. This is a higher calling than a congregational, business, government, or military leader since it represents to the nations a number of congregations and peoples.

  • Leadership. A candidate for the BYNA Administrative Council must have proven his or her leadership skills not only within his or her realm of endeavor (business, government, ministry, military), but also as someone who promotes unity among different groups. Hence, as 1 Timothy 3:4 states that an elder must have managed his or her house well, a BYNA Administrator should manage his or her responsibilities well.

  • Experience. According to 1 Timothy 3:6, an elder should not be a novice. No one should rise to membership of the Bʼney Yosef North America Administrative Council who has not had many years of professional experience in the skills required for the position of responsibility to which he or she is nominated, and who does not understand and agree with the future unification of Judah and Ephraim. Neither shall they be considered if they have not functioned in a supervisory role in a government, military, corporate, financial, business, agricultural, educational, or ministerial capacity. They should be respected within the organization or community where they serve and should not have been removed from their positions. A present supervisory position is not required if they have not been thrust out of their previous positions and if they meet the above requirements.

  • Influence. If a person has not had influence over a good number of people, he or she should not be considered for the BYNA Administrative Council. Fundamentally, the council serves to conduct the business and represent all the people of B’ney Yosef North America, so if a person does not already represent a good number of people, then he or she should not be considered.

  • Peaceful Demeanor. A BYNA Administrator should bring unity and peace rather than foster contentious debate and division. We are attempting to unite the tribes, not break them into further divisions. One should detect peace from his or her demeanor, as indicated in 1 Timothy 3:3, which states that an elder must not be “given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous.” Administrators should desire and have abilities in resolving conflict. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God” (Matthew 5:9).

  • Vision. A BYNA Administrator should have a vision that extends beyond the Hebrew Roots/Messianic awakening. He or she must understand that the house of Yosef will include people from the church and possibly other religions who are called by God to join us and, in time, will hear Yeshua’s call to repentance.

  • Good Judgment. Exodus 18:21-22 suggests that leaders must be able to execute sound judgment in matters under their jurisdiction. BYNA Administrators should be willing to do so. Administrators must be able to make righteous judgments while not fearing man, not favoring the rich or poor, and not accepting bribes.

  • Not Divisive, Prejudiced, Easily Offended, or Prone to Slander. Administrators should not be known as ones who stir up controversy or are contentious about doctrine. As 1 Timothy 3:3 states, elders are “not quarrelsome.” They should not be ones who force their opinions on others. They should respect others who see issues differently and be willing to allow great diversity in the community without contradicting Torah. Administrators should not exhibit racial prejudice since Israel is comprised of those coming “out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9). Administrators should not be easily offended. They must not quickly lay blame. They must be quick to forgive. Administrators should not slander other people, living or dead.

  • Group Identification. Administrators must be willing to operate as a group. The Administrative Council should give a unified face to the movement. It cannot consist of factions attempting to rise to prominence. The goal of a unified Ephraim/B’ney Yosef must be held superior to personal doctrinal beliefs.

  • Adherence to One Law. BYNA Administrators must adhere to the concept that the Law (Torah), as given for guidance to Israel, applies to all who are now identifying themselves as Israelites and joining together in this North American association of B’ney Yosef. They must also acknowledge, however, that lack of adherence by others is not a disqualifying marker for eternal life.

  • Discernment. Because the regathering and restoration of Israel is prophecy in action, and because we are actively attempting to align ourselves with that prophecy, members of the Administrative Council must have spiritual discernment, and many should have the predisposition and desire to press in to prayer to reach the heart of our heavenly Father, receive his words, and communicate them in a humble yet powerful manner.

  • Recognizing of Talent. BYNA Administrators should be able to recognize talents in other people and employ them for the best of the organization. They must be willing to delegate by turning jobs over to others. This is oversight, not micromanagement.

Current Functions. The Administrative Council of B’ney Yosef North America shall:

  • Establish the structure and size of the permanent administrative leadership for B’ney Yosef North America, including offices required and responsibilities for each, the nomination and selection process, term limits for officials, and other matters required to ensure good order and function of the Ephraimite family in exile.

  • Be empowered to meet not less than monthly, ideally in person, but via technical means if personal meeting is not feasible, and to set policies and incur obligations on behalf of B’ney Yosef North America in compliance with the guidance and direction of the Elders. There will be at least one in person mandatory meeting per year at a location decided upon by the Administrative Council. This meeting may coincide with the Annual Meeting of the BYNA Governing Body (Elders and Administrative Council), specifications for which are contained in the BYNA Bylaws.