Church Constitution

Snyder  Bible  Church                                                                                              Snyder,  Colorado

 

Constitution and By-Laws

 

Constitution

 

Preamble……………………………………………………………………….page    1    

Article I.  Name………………………………………………………………              1

Article II.  Purpose…………………………………………………………              1

Article III.  Doctrine………………………………………………………..           1

Article IV.  Membership…………………………………………………              7

Article V.   Government…………………………………………………               8

Article VI.  Church Discipline………………………………………..               9

Article VII.  Officers, Boards, &  Committees……………….                   9

Article VIII.  Duties of Officers………………………………………                                                          10                                                                                                                             Article IX.    Duties of Boards………………………………………..               11

Article X.  Installation of Officers………………………………….              12

Article XI.  Licensing and Ordaining……………………………                12

Article XII.  Property Rights…………………………………………..             12

Article XIII.  Concerning Changes………………………………..               12

Article XIV.  Amendments……………………………………………..             13

Article XV.  Finances……………………………………………………..               13

 

By -  Laws

 

Article I.  Board Organization……………………………………….                 13                  Article II.  Deacons Fund………………………………………………                 13

Article III.  Committees………………………………………………….                13

Article IV.  Communion…………………………………………………                13

Article V.  Quorum…………………………………………………………               13

Article VI.  Our Aim…………………………………………………………              14

Revised December 7, 1980

Retyped December 7, 1995 

Revised and Retyped January 14, 1996 

Revised and Retyped June 2, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREAMBLE

We, the members of the Snyder Bible Church, do ordain and establish the following Articles, to which we voluntarily submit ourselves.

ARTICLE I.  NAME

The name of this organization shall be “SNYDER  BIBLE  CHURCH”.

ARTICLE II.  PURPOSE

The purpose of incorporating as a church with the corporate name of Snyder Bible Church of Snyder, Colorado, is to exalt and magnify the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ, to declare to the lost world the marvelous salvation which He, by sin bearing, blood shedding, death and resurrection hath procured, to administer the Word both to the saved and the unsaved for the salvation and edification of those who will accept His free gift.  Also, to establish a Sunday School, a Christian School, a Mission Board, a Radio Station, a Book Store, and anything that would further our ability to spread the Gospel throughout the world at the discretion of the active church membership, in accordance to God’s command in Matt. 28:19-20 and Acts 1:8.

ARTICLE III.  DOCTRINE

We, the members of this organization, do acknowledge the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as being the Word of God and the only infallible guide of Faith and Practice.  The Scriptural doctrines to which we require all Pastors, Office Members and Applicants for Membership to subscribe are contained in the following:

Section 1.  Inspiration of the Scriptures

We believe that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God (II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:21), by which we understand the whole Bible; nor do we take the statement in the sense in which it is sometimes erroneously said the works of human genius is inspired, but in the sense that the Holy Spirit gave the very words of the sacred writings, to the holy men of the old (Mark 13:11; I Cor. 2:13), and that His divine inspiration is not in the different degrees, but extends equally and fully to all parts of these writings, historical (I Cor. 10:11), poetical (Mark 12:36; Ps 110:1), doctrinal (II Tim. 3:16-17), and prophetical (Acts 1:16; 2:16, 17:2-3; 18:28; 26:22-23); and to the smallest word and inflection of the word (Matt. 5:18; Luke 16:17), providing such a word is found in the original manuscripts.

 

 

 

 

 

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Section 2.  The Trinity

We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons (II Cor.13:14); the Father (Heb. 1:1), the Son (Heb 1:2), and the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4); and that these three are One God (Mark 12:29), having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfection’s, and worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence and obedience (Matt 28: 19-20).

Section 3.  Person and Work of Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God (Col. 1:15), which is to say, He is himself very God; He took upon Him our nature (Phil. 2:5-8), being conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary (Matt. 1:18-25);  He died upon the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of the world (I Peter 2:24-25); He arose from the dead in the body in which He was crucified (Luke 24:6); He ascended into heaven in the body glorified (Acts 1:9-11), where He is now, our interceding High Priest (Heb. 4:14-16); He will come again personally (I Thess. 4:16-18), and visibly set up His kingdom (Matt. 25:31-46; Rev. 11:15-17), and to judge the quick and the dead (Rev. 20:4-6; Rev. 20:11-15).

 

Section 4.  Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

 

A.  We believe that the Holy Spirit, not as an influence, but as a divine Person, the source and power of all acceptable worship and service (Acts 1:8), is our abiding Comforter and Helper (Jn. 14:16-17) that He never takes His departure from the church nor from the feeblest  of the saints (I Cor. 6:19), but is ever present to testify of Christ (Jn. 15:26; 16:13-14); seeking to occupy us with Him, and not with ourselves, nor with our experiences (Phil. 3:3).

B.  We believe that in this age certain well-defined ministries are committed to the Holy Spirit, and that it is the duty of every Christian to understand these and to be adjusted to them in his own life and experience.  These ministries are:  The restraining of evil in the world (II Thess.. 2:7), to the measure of the divine will; the convicting of the world respecting sin, righteousness, and judgment (Jn. 16:7-11); the regenerating of all believers, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (Roman 8:9, Eph. 4:30); baptizing all believers into the body of Christ at the moment of salvation (I Cor. 12:12-14); and the continued filling for power and service to those among the saved who are yielded to Him and who are subject to His will (Eph. 5:18).

C.  Spiritual Gifts:  We believe that God, in His sovereignty, bestows a spiritual gift or gifts upon every believer at the moment of salvation, and that it is the responsibility of every believer to minister according to his gifts (I Cor. 12:4-18; Eph 4:11-16; Rom. 12: 1-8).  We believe that the sign gifts (miracles, healing, tongues, and interpretation of tongues) gradually ceased as the New Testament scriptures were completed and their authority became established. 

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Section 5.  Man Created and Fallen

We believe that man, originally created in the image and after the likeness of God (Gen. 1:26) fell from this high and holy estate by eating the forbidden fruit (Gen. 2:17, Gen. 3:6) and as the consequence of his disobedience, the moral nature was not only grievously injured by the fall, but he totally lost all spiritual life (Jn. 5:40; 6:53), becoming dead in trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1,3), and subject to the power of the devil (I Jn 3:8).

Section 6.  Total Depravity of Man

 

We believe that this spiritual death or total corruption of human nature has been transmitted to the entire race of man (Gen. 6:5; Ps 14:1-3), the man Christ Jesus excepted (Heb. 4:15); and hence that every child of Adam is born into this world with a nature which not only possesses no spark of divine life, but is essentially and unchangeably bad (Ps. 51:5; Rom. 5:12,18); being enmity against God (Rom. 8:6-7), and incapable, by any educational process whatsoever, of subjection to His law (John 3:6).

Section 7.  Regeneration

We believe that owing to this universal depravity and death in sin, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless born again (Jn. 3:5-7) and that no degree of reformation, however great, no attainment in morality, however high, no culture, however attractive, no humanitarian and philanthropic schemes and societies, however useful, no baptism or other ordinances, however administered. can help the sinner to take even one step toward heaven (Gal. 5:15; Phil. 3:4-9); but a new nature imparted from above, a new life implanted by the Holy Spirit, (Titus 3:5) through the Word, (James 1:18; I Peter 1:23) is absolutely essential to salvation.

Section 8.  Atonement Through the Blood of Christ

 

We believe that our redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood (Lev. 17:11) of our Lord Jesus Christ (Matt 26:28), who was made to be sin (Rom. 5:6), and no repentance, no feeling, no faith, no good resolutions, no sincere efforts no submission to the rules and regulations of this or any church, or of all the churches that have existed since the days of the apostles can add in the least degree to the value of that precious blood (I Peter 1:18-19) or to the merit of the finished work wrought in us (Eph. 1:7) by Him who united in His Person true and proper Deity with perfect and sinless humanity.

 

 

 

 

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Section 9.  Justification by Faith

We believe that Christ, in the fullness of the blessing He has secured by His obedience unto death, is received by faith alone (Rom. 5:1), and that the moment we trust in Him as Savior, we pass out of death into everlasting life (Jn. 5:24), being justified from all things (Acts 13:39), accepted before the Father according to the measure of His acceptance (Eph. 2:4-6, 13), loved as He is loved (Jn. 17:23), and having His place and portion as linked to Him, and one with Him forever (I Jn. 4:17; 5:11-12).

Section 10.  Assurance

We believe that it is the privilege not only of some, but of all who are born again by the Spirit, through faith in Christ as revealed in the Scriptures, to be assured of their salvation (Luke 10:20; 12:32; II Cor. 5:1,6,8; II Tim. 1:12) from the very day they took Him to be their Savior (Jn. 6:47) and that this assurance is not grounded upon any fancied discovery of their own worthiness, or fitness, but wholly upon the testimony of God in His written Word (Rom. 8:33-39; I Jn. 5:13), exciting within His children love, gratitude and obedience.

Section 11.  Standing and State

We believe that the believers standing in Christ is perfect and eternally changeless.  His state during his earthly life is subject to fluctuation.  (Eph. 4:7; Col. 3:1-10).

Section 12. Salvation and Rewards

 

We believe that salvation is for all the world but reward is designed for the saved; that salvation is the believer’s present possession, while reward is set forth as a future attainment.  (Jn. 1:12; 3:1-18; I Cor. 3:8-16; Rev. 22:12).

 

 

Section 13.  Evangelism and Missions

We believe that the believer in Christ should be evangelistic and enthusiastic to proclaim the gospel to all the world.  (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8)

Section 14.  Baptism

We believe that water baptism is the believer’s testimony to oneness with Christ in death and resurrection.  We also believe that baptism is the immersion of the believer’s body in water and emergence from the water.  (Matt. 3:16; Mk 1: 5-11; Acts 8:12, 36-39)

 

 

 

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Section 15.  Lord’s Supper

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the believer’s testimony that his soul is living day by day upon the crucified Christ, and is a communion of the members of the body of Christ.  (Matt. 26:26-29; I Cor. 11:20-24)

 

Section 16.  The Church, A Unity of Believers

We believe that all who are united to the risen and ascended Son of God are members of the Church (Matt. 16:16-18; Acts 2:32-47) which is the Body of Christ (Eph. 1:22-23), regardless of membership or non-membership in the organized churches of the earth; that by the same Spirit we are all baptized into and thus become one body, that is Christ’s (Rom. 12:5), whether we are Jew or Gentiles, and having become members one of another, we and all Christians are under solemn duty to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (I Cor. 12:12-27), rising above all sectarian differences, and loving one another with a pure heart, fervently.  (Eph. 4:3-10; Col. 3:14-15)

Section 17.  The Christian Walk

 

We believe that we are called with a holy calling to walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit (Rom. 8:12-13; 13:14; I Pet. 1:14 & 16); and so to live in the Spirit that we shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Eph. 4:22-24) but the flesh, being still in us to the end of our earth pilgrimage (I Jn. 1:8), needs to be kept constantly in subjection to Christ (Col. 3:1-10) through the operation of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:18; 22-23), or it will surely manifest its presence to the dishonor of His name (Gal. 5:17-21).

 

Section 18.  Satan and Fallen Angels

 

We believe that God created an innumerable company of holy spiritual beings known as angels; that one – “Lucifer, Son of the Morning” – the highest in rank, sinned through pride, thereby becoming Satan (Ezek. 28:11-19; Isa. 14:12-17); that a great company of the angels followed him in his moral fall, some of whom became demons and are active as his agents and associates in the prosecution of his unholy purposes, while others who fell were reserved in chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day (II Pet. 2:4; Jude 6).

We also believe that Satan is the originator of sin, and that under the permission of God he, through subtlety, led our first parents into transgression, and thereby accomplished their moral fall and subjecting them and their posterity to his own powers (Gen. 2:1-19; Rom 5:12-14); that he is the enemy of God and the people of God, opposing and exalting himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped (II Thess.. 2:4); and that he who said, “I will be like the Most High”, in his warfare (Eph 6:10-12) appears as an angel of light (II Cor. 11:13-15), even counterfeiting the works of God by fostering religious movements and systems of doctrine, which systems in every case are characterized by denial of the efficiency of the Blood of Christ and of salvation by grace alone (I Tim. 4:1-3; II Cor. 4:3-4).

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Section 19.  Victory of Christ and Holy Angels

 

We believe that Satan was judged at the Cross (Jn. 16:11; Col. 2:15), though judgment was not executed, and that he, an usurper, now rules as the “god of this world” (II Cor. 4:4), that at the second coming of Christ, Satan will be bound and cast into the abyss for  1000 years (Rev. 20:1-3), and after 1000 years, “he must be loosed a little season”, finally to be “tormented day and night forever and ever”.

We believe that a great company of angels kept their holy estate and are before the Throne of God (Luke 15:10; Rev. 7:11), from whence they are sent forth as ministering spirits to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation (Heb. 1:34).

We believe that man was made lower than angels; and that in His incarnation Christ took, “for a little” time, this place that He might lift the believer to His own sphere above the angels (Heb. 2:6-10).

Section 20.  The Blessed Hope / The Rapture of the Church

We believe that according to the Word of God, the next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy will be the coming of Christ in the air (Phil. 3:20), to receive to Himself (Jn. 14:1-3), both His own who are alive and remain unto His coming and also all who have fallen asleep in Jesus (I Cor. 15:51-52; I Thess. 4:13-18); and that this is the Blessed Hope (Titus 2:11-14) set before us in the Gospel, and for this we should be constantly looking (II Peter 3:11-13).  We believe the world is day by day ripening for judgment (Matt. 24:15-35, II Tim. 3:1-5) and that this dispensation of grace will end with an apostasy in the professing church (I Tim. 4:1-2). We believe that the taking away of the saved ones will be followed by the great tribulation on the earth, which was predicted by our Lord (Matt.24:15-22). This will be the 70th week of Daniel’s prophecy (Daniel 9:27). Our Lord will bring to an end that time of judgment for the whole earth by His own glorious appearing (Rev. 19:1-21).

 

Section 21. Pre-millennial Second Coming of Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will return to the earth in person, on the clouds, with power and great glory (Matt. 24:29-30) at the end of the great tribulation and before His thousand year millennial reign on the earth. We believe God will restore Israel to her land and fulfill God’s covenant promises to Israel (Acts 15:15-17; Ezek. 37:21-28; Rom.11:25-27). Satan will be bound in the abyss for a thousand years (Rev. 20:2). During the millennial reign of Christ, the whole world will have the knowledge of God and the curse that is on the whole creation will be lifted at that time (Isa. 11:1-9).

 

 

 

 

 

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Section 22.  Heaven and Hell

We believe that at death the spirits and souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation pass immediately into His presence (Luke 23:43; II Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23), and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body, when Christ comes for His own, whereupon soul and body, reunited, shall be associated with Him forever in glory; but the spirits and souls of the unbelieving remain, after death, conscious of condemnation and in misery (Luke 16:19-26) until the final judgment of the Great White Throne at the close of the millennium, when soul and body, reunited, shall be cast in to the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:11-15), not to be annihilated, but to be punished with the everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power (II Thess.. 1:7-9).

 

Section 23. Dispensations

 

We believe in the dispensational interpretation of the Word of God.

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ARTICLE IV.  MEMBERSHIP

 

Section 1.  Any person who has accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his own personnel Savior and gives assurance of a desire to live a consistent Christian life and who will subscribe to the doctrinal statement, purpose and government of this church shall be eligible for membership.

Section 2.  Persons may be received into membership upon profession of faith, restatement of faith or a statement of faith by letter, conditioned upon an examination satisfactory to the Board of Elder Deacons of the church.

Section 3.  Members are expected to strive consistently to live according to the light revealed to them by the Holy Spirit from the Word of God; to wholeheartedly support the services and activities of the church; to contribute to its material support as the Lord shall prosper them; and to submit to the discipline of the church.

Section 4. While any person is welcome to attend the services of this church, the privilege of holding office, of voting or having a voice in a congregational meeting shall be limited to members on the active role, above 15 years of age.

 

Section 5.  It shall be within the province of the Board of Elder Deacons to review the membership roll annually and at this time members who seem to manifest inconsistency or flagrant sin in the Christian life or a wrong attitude toward the church’s doctrinal standards or show indifference toward the life and work of the church shall be investigated for the purpose of remedying any weakness in their Christian life.  It shall be the responsibility of the Board of Elder Deacons to recommend that the person or persons in question be either dropped from the membership, or moved to a passive membership list, until such time, as in the judgment of the Board of Elder Deacons, they have manifested a change of attitude.

Section 6.  Letters transferring membership may be granted by the Board of Elder Deacons to members in good standing of this church.

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ARTICLE V.  GOVERNMENT

 

Section 1. 

A.  All powers such as examination of candidates for membership, discipline, appropriation of all monies, supervision of sub-organizations, shall be vested in the Board of Elder Deacons, except as otherwise provided in this constitution.

B.  The Board of Elder Deacons shall not float a loan, encumber with mortgage, buy, sell, or transfer any real estate except by authorization of the congregation.

C.  Authorization for payment of all non-current monthly obligations, not to exceed $10,000 shall be under the jurisdiction of the Board of Elder Deacons.

Section 2.  The fiscal year shall end on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of January, and the annual meeting shall be held within two (2) weeks thereafter, as determined by the Board of Elder Deacons, notice having been given at two (2) regular Sunday services preceding said meetings.  At this meeting shall occur the reading of minutes of the previous meeting, annual reports, election of officers, and other necessary business.  Fifty-one percent (51%) of the active voting membership shall constitute a quorum and a majority vote shall be sufficient to render final decision on all matters except as otherwise provided therein.

Section 3.  Special meetings of the congregation may be called by the Pastor, Board of Elder Deacons, or by written request of fifteen (15) active members provided notice of such meeting shall be announced from the pulpit on the preceding Sunday.

Section 4.  A nominating committee of five (5) members, including at least one (1) Elder Deacon whose office is not terminating during the year of his serving on the committee, to hold office for one (1) year, shall be elected by the congregation at the annual business meeting for the election of officers.  The nominating committee shall prepare a full list of qualified, willing nominees for each of the various offices vacant or to be vacated and shall present said list at the annual meeting.  The committee shall thoroughly investigate the qualifications and capabilities of every person considered for office in regard to Christian standing, experience and loyalty to our Lord Jesus Christ.  Each candidate must subscribe to the constitution and doctrinal statement of this church.  It shall be within the province of the congregation to accept or reject, in part or in whole, the report of the committee by majority vote.  No voting by proxy shall be allowed.  No nominations will be allowed from the floor during any election.

 

Section 5.  In the conduct of the business meeting, any parliamentary questions not covered by this constitution shall be decided by the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order.

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ARTICLE VI.  CHURCH DISCIPLINE

Section 1.  It shall be the responsibility of the Board of Elder Deacons to review the membership roll annually and at this time, members who seem to manifest inconsistency or flagrant sin in their Christian Life or a wrong attitude toward the Church’s doctrinal statement or standards or show indifference toward the life and work of the Church shall be investigated for the purpose of remedying weakness in their Christian life.  It shall be the responsibility of the Board to either drop from the membership roll or place on a passive membership roll, such inconsistent persons who shall remain on the passive roll until such time as in the judgment of the Board of Elder Deacons, they have manifested a changed attitude (Matt. 18:15-18; Jn. 20:23; II Thess.. 3:6, I Cor. 5:11-13).

Section 2.  No part of the net earnings of the Snyder Bible Church shall insure the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.  In the event said Church should cease to have services and dissolve as an organization, the property then belonging to said Church shall be given by a majority vote, to a then-existing, non-profit, tax exempt organization established for like purpose.

ARTICLE VII.  OFFICERS, BOARDS, AND COMMITTEES

 

Section 1. 

A.  The officers of the Church shall consist of a Pastor, Church Clerk, Financial Secretary / Treasurer, Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of the Sunday School, Director of Youth Fellowship, President and Vice President of the Ladies Missionary Society.

B.  The Boards shall be:  (1) Elder Deacon Board (2) Deaconess Board

C.  The committees shall function under the supervision of the Pastor and the Board of Deacons.  They are (1) Music, (2) Ushers, (3) Social, (4) Audit

(5) Nominating

Section 2.  The first Board of Deacons elected:  One (1) shall be designated for a one (1) year term, two (2) for a term of two (2) years, and two for a term of three (3) years.  On expiration of their term of office, their election shall be as follows:  Four (4) names to be submitted on Church ballot for the three (3) year term, four (4) names to be submitted on Church ballot for the two (2) year term, and two (2) names for the one (1) year term.  The two carrying the highest votes for either the three or two year term shall be elected to said office.  Two names are to be submitted for the one year term.  The one carrying the highest number of votes shall be elected to the said office.  Deacons must meet the qualifications of I Timothy 3. Subsequently, the Elder Deacons shall be elected to a term of three years.

 

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Section 3.  There shall be a Board of Deaconess’s consisting of at least five (5) members, elected for a term of three (3) years, in accordance with Section 2 above.  They, and the officers of the Women’s Missionary Society, must meet the requirements of Titus 2; I Peter 3; as well as I Timothy 3.

Section 4.  Should any officer fail to perform his or her duties or be unable for a period of time to do so, which in the opinion of the Board of Deacons would be detrimental to the welfare of the Church, the Deacons shall have power to declare such office vacant and appoint some member in good standing from the Church membership to fill such office until the office shall be terminated, at which time it shall be duly filled by election of officers at the next annual business meeting.

Section 5.  All officers of the Church, with the exception of the Deacons and Deaconess’s, shall be elected for a period of one (1) year.  The same officer may be elected for a second year.

ARTICLE VIII.  DUTIES OF OFFICERS

 

Section 1.  The pastor of the Church must be an ordained man or be ordained within one (1) year.  He shall be chosen by ballot upon unanimous recommendation of the Elder/Deacon Board.  A careful investigation must be made of each candidate before he is presented to the Church, as to his doctrinal position.  He shall preach the Gospel, teach the Word for the perfecting of Saints (Eph. 4:11-16), administer the ordinances, and watch over the membership.  He is to work in co-operation with, and as a paid member of, the Elder Deacon Board to promote the spiritual interests of the Church. He is to help organize and develop its strength for the best possible service. He must endorse all points of the doctrinal statement of the Church. The Pastor shall remain with the Church so long as agreeable with both parties.  It shall be the privilege of either the Pastor or the Elder Deacon Board to dissolve the pastoral relationship. One month’s notice shall be given.  This shall be both one month of continued ministry and salary or one month’s pay, with immediate cessation of all aspects of said ministry.  This shall be determined by the Board of Elder Deacons.  The Pastor shall have two weeks paid vacation each year.

 

Section 2.  Church Clerk – it shall be the duty of the clerk to have charge of the records of the Church, to keep minutes of the Church business meetings, to keep a correct list of its membership, and to attend to the general correspondence of the Church under direction of the Pastor or the Board of Elder Deacons.

 

 

 

 

 

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Section 3.  Financial Secretary / Treasurer – it shall be the duty of the Financial Secretary / Treasurer to receive all monies contributed for the general expenses of the Church and other funds which may be entrusted to the office.  All disbursements shall be authorized by the Board of Elder Deacons and all payment of bills shall be made by check after having been approved by the Board of Elder Deacons.  The Financial Secretary / Treasurer shall present to the Church quarterly, itemized report of receipts and disbursements, showing the actual financial condition of the Church.  The Financial Secretary / Treasurer shall deliver immediately to the successor all books and records pertaining to this office.

 

Section 4.  Sunday School Superintendent and Assistant.  The Superintendent of the Sunday School and his assistant shall be elected by the congregation each year at the annual business meeting and shall work in conjunction with the Pastor and the Board of Elder Deacons.  They shall assist the Pastor in looking after the spiritual interests of the school, seeking the conversion and spiritual growth through the teaching of the Word (Eph. 4:11-16) of all who are in their care.

Section 5.  Director of Youth Fellowship – it shall be the duty of the director to have a general oversight of all youth fellowship groups within the Church under the supervision of the Pastor and Elder Deacons.  He shall encourage and seek the early conversion of uncovered youth and spiritual growth through the teachings of the Word (Eph. 4:11-16).

 

ARTICLE IX.  DUTIES OF THE BOARD

Section 1.  The duties of the Board of Elder Deacons shall be:

A)   To direct and assist the Pastor in promoting the spiritual welfare of the

Church, in the conduct of religious services and in the administration of the ordinances.  

            B)  To consider all applications for membership and recommend to the

                  Church such actions as they deem proper.

            C)  To admonish members who may be negligent of their covenant

                   obligations.

            D)  To visit the sick and distressed members of the Church and, when

                   necessary, to relieve their needs by appropriation from the general

                   fund or other funds set aside for such purposes.  Monies from the

                   Deacon’s Fund may be used on special occasion for non-church

                   members upon agreement of the Board of Elder Deacons and the Pastor.

            E)  In the absence of the Pastor, to be responsible for a leader to conduct

                  all regular services of the Church.

            F)  The chairman of the Elder Deacon Board shall preside as moderator at all

                  business meetings of the Church

 

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Section 2.  The duties of the Board of Deaconess’s shall be:

            A)  To cooperate with the Board of Elder Deacons and the Pastor in seeking

                   the spiritual welfare of the Church.

            B)  To assist and care for the poor

            C)  To visit the sick

            D)  To welcome strangers to all services

            E)  To assist women candidates at baptismal services

            F)  To prepare the elements for the Lord’s Supper

            G)  To teach the younger women according to Titus 2.

Section 3.  The Work of the Missionary Society – shall be to assist in the promotion of the missionary program of the Church, both home and foreign missions.  The Society shall help increase the missionary interest and zeal of the Church.

 

ARTICLE X.  INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS

 

Section 1.  Being duly elected in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution, the candidates for the officer of Elder Deacon shall present themselves to the Church for installation the Sunday following the election.

Section 2.  No women shall be ordained by this Church to the Gospel ministry.

 

ARTICLE XI.  LICENSING AND ORDAINING

 

Section 1.  Any male member who, in the judgment of the Church, gives evidence, by zeal, and aptness to teach, and that he is called of God to work in ministry, and requests of the church to be licensed or ordained, shall have the Church call for an ordination council and upon recommendation of the council shall proceed in the licensing or ordination of the candidate.

 

ARTICLE XII.  PROPERTY RIGHTS

 

Section 1.  In the event of dissension and separation, all property of the Church belongs to the members who abide by the Constitution of this Church.

ARTICLE XIII.  CONCERNING CHANGES

 

Section 1.  This Church shall, for all time, remain independent and cannot enter into any denomination affiliations.

 

 

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ARTICLE XIV.  AMENDMENT

 

Section 1.  The Church may make such amendments to this Constitution and By-Laws as may seem necessary, but such amendments must be submitted to the membership in a written form and printed copies furnished for all members. The Board of Elder Deacons shall review the amendments and present them to the membership for adoption by two-thirds (2/3) majority vote cast.  Only members on the active membership list shall vote on the amendments.

ARTICLE XV.  FINANCES

 

Section 1.  This Church shall not incur unnecessary debts. Debts dishonor God and cause sinners to stumble.  The Church shall be supported by free-will offerings and tithes of God’s people and not by any questionable means (Mal. 3:10; II Cor. 9:-6-7).

 

BY – LAWS

 

ARTICLE I.  BOARD ORGANIZATIONS

 

The Elder Deacon Board shall, at its first meeting after the annual election, appoint its own chairman.

ARTICLE II.  DEACONS FUND

At the close of each communion service, a special deacons offering shall be taken.  The purpose of this fund is to provide for and assist poor and needy of the Church.  All monies in said fund are under their power for disbursement.

 

ARTICLE III.  COMMITTEES

The Board of Elder Deacons of the Church shall appoint such committees that are not covered in this Constitution, as they may deem necessary for the oversight and work of the Church.

ARTICLE IV.  COMMUNION

Communion services shall be observed on the first Sunday of each month or at such time which the Church shall determine.

ARTICLE V.  QUORUM

At business meetings of the Church, fifty-one (51%) percent of the members on the active membership list shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

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ARTICLE VI.  OUR  AIM

Every member of the family should attend Sunday School and every family should worship at each Church service.

Revised constitution – December 7, 1980

Typed December, 1995

Revised and retyped constitution – January 14, 1996

Revised and retyped constitution – June 2, 2010

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