Table of Contents
1. Article I – Name and Purpose
1. Section 1 – Name
2. Section 2 – Purpose
2. Article II – Form of Government
3. Article III – Articles of Faith
4. Article IV – Church Membership
1. Section 1 – Reception of Members
2. Section 2 – Status of Members
3. Section 3 – Duties of Members
4. Section 4 – Restoration of Members
5. Section 5 – Dismissal of Members
5. Article V – Officers
1. Section 1 – Elected Officers
2. Section 2 – Appointed Positions
6. Article VI – Committees
1. Section 1 – Nominating Committee
2. Section 2 – Building and Grounds Committee
3. Section 3 – Personnel Committee
4. Section 4 – Membership Committee
5. Section 5 – Missions Committee
6. Section 6 – Pulpit Committee
7. Section 7 – Finance Committee
8. Section 8 – Additional Committees and Quorums
1. Section I – Annual Meeting
2. Section II – Communion Service
3. Section III – Amendments
4. Section IV – Control By Other Corporations
5. Section V – Church Work
6. Section VI – Rules of Order
7. Section VII – Interpretation of By-Laws
8. Section VIII – Sale of Property
9. Section IX – Petitions
10. Section X – Voting
11. Section XI – Dissolution of the Church
ARTICLE I – NAME AND PURPOSE
Section 1 – Name
The name of this church shall be South Baptist Church of Flint, Michigan.
Section 2 – Purpose
The purpose of this church shall be to honor God by equipping believers to "make disciples" in the Flint
area and around the world through its missionaries ( Matthew 28:19-20 ; Ephesians 4:11-13 ; 1 Corinthians
In order to reach this goal, this church shall:
1. Maintain specific outreach/discipleship ministries along with a commitment to relevant Bible
teaching and training, genuine caring ministry, dynamic public worship opportunities and
meaningful fellowship in a context of compassion and community concern.
2. Emphasize a global perspective on the church's ministry by cooperating heartily through prayer, gift
and service in the effort to extend the witness of the Gospel to all the world.
ARTICLE II – FORM OF GOVERNMENT
This Church is an independent, congregationally-governed, Regular Baptist church. As such, it assumes
the sole responsibility for its own actions yet recognizes the validity of biblical cooperation and fellowship
with other churches of like faith.
ARTICLE III – ARTICLES OF FAITH
We believe in THE HOLY SCRIPTURE: accepting fully the writing of the Old and New Testaments as the
inerrant Word of God, verbally and plenarily inspired and therefore altogether sufficient as our only
infallible and authoritative rule of faith and practice ( Psalm 119:160 ; 2 Timothy 3:16-17 ; 2 Peter 1:19-21 ;
Revelation 22:18-19 ).
We believe in THE ONE TRUE GOD: Who is a sovereign, intelligent, spiritual and personal being. He is
perfect, infinite, and eternal in His being, holiness, love, wisdom, and power. He is absolutely separate
from and above the world as its Creator, yet everywhere present in the world as Upholder of all things. In
the unity of the Godhead there are three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every
divine perfection and executing distinct ministries in relation to God's creation and in the great work of
redemption ( Genesis 1:1 ; Exodus 20:2-3 ; 1 Corinthians 8:6 ; John 10:30 ; John 15:26 ).
We believe in THE LORD JESUS CHRIST: Who is the Second Person of the Trinity, the eternal Word and
the Only Begotten Son. Without any change in His Divine Person, He became a man by the miracle of the
virgin birth and thus is both true God and true man, one Person with two natures. He gave Himself in death
upon the cross, bearing the sin of the world, and suffering the full penalty of divine wrath in our stead. He
bodily arose from the grave and as our great High Priest ascended into Heaven, there to appear before
God as our Advocate and Intercessor ( John 1:1, 14 ; John 3:16 ; Matthew 1:18-25 ; Galatians 4:4-5 ;
Philippians 2:6-10 ; Hebrews 4:14-16 ; 1 John 2:1-2 ).
We believe in THE HOLY SPIRIT: Who is the Third Person of the Trinity, the divine Agent in nature,
revelation, and redemption. He convicts the world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment; and He
regenerates, indwells, baptizes, and seals all who become children of God through faith in Christ. He
further empowers, guides, teaches, sanctifies, and fills believers. The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to be
used for the edification of believers in the local church. The miracle and sign gifts were given for a unique
purpose to the first century church. They ceased at the end of that century as the Scripture was completed
and their purpose was fulfilled ( John 3:5 ; John 14:16-17, 26 ; Romans 8:9 ; 1 Corinthians 12:13 ;
2 Corinthians 12:12 ; Hebrews 2:3-4 ; Ephesians 1:13 , 5:18 ).
We believe that ALL PEOPLE ARE BY NATURE AND CHOICE SINFUL AND LOST: that man was the
direct creation of God, made in His image and likeness; and that by personal disobedience to the revealed
will of God he became a sinful creature, the father of a fallen race which is universally sinful in both nature
and practice. This sinfulness alienates all people from the life and family of God, and places them under
the righteous judgment and wrath of God. Thus he has within himself no possible means of salvation
( Genesis 1:27 , 3:6 ; Psalm 51:5 ; Romans 3:23 , 5:12, 19 ).
We believe in SALVATION BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH: that salvation is the free gift of God, neither
merited nor secured any part or in whole by any virtue or work of man, but is received only by personal
faith in Jesus Christ, in whom all true believers have a present possession — the gift of eternal life. Upon
the exercise of such faith a believer receives deliverance and eternal security from all condemnation, every
spiritual resource needed for life and godliness, and the divine guarantee that they shall never perish
( Ephesians 2:8-9 ; Titus 3:5 ; John 1:12 ; John 10:28-29 ; Romans 8:1 ; Philippians 1:6 ).
We believe in RIGHTEOUS LIVING AND GODLY WORKS: not as a means of salvation in any sense, but
as its proper evidence and fruit. Therefore, as Christians we should obey the Word of our Lord, and seek
the things which are above ( Ephesians 2:10 ; Philippians 2:12, 13 ; Colossians 3:1-4 ).
We believe in THE EXISTENCE OF SATAN: the devil who was created by God as an angel, but through
pride and rebellion became the enemy of his Creator. He thus became the unholy god of this age and the
ruler of all the powers of darkness and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire.
His present powers are vast but strictly limited by the permissive will of God who overrules all his wicked
devises for good. We are able to resist and overcome him only in the armor of God, by the blood of the
Lamb, and through the power of the Holy Spirit ( Isaiah 14:12-15 ; Ephesians 2:1-3 ; 1 Peter 5:8 ; Revelation
12:9-11 ; 1 John 3:8 ).
We believe in THE RETURN OF CHRIST: that His coming in the air to rapture His church, which is our
blessed Hope, is always imminent. Following that event, He will then pour out the righteous judgments of
God upon the unbelieving world during a seven year tribulation period and afterward descend with His
church and establish His literal and glorious kingdom over all the nations for a thousand years
(1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 ; James 5:8 ; Hebrews 10:37 ; Revelation 19:11-16 ; Revelation 20:4-7 ).
We believe in FUTURE LIFE, BODILY RESURRECTION, AND ETERNAL JUDGMENT: that the spirits of
the saved at death go immediately to be with Christ in Heaven, and that for the determination of rewards
which will take place when Christ comes for His own. The spirits of the unsaved at death descend
immediately into Hades where they are kept under punishment until the final day of judgment at which time
they shall be judged and cast into Hell, the place of final and everlasting punishment ( 1 Corinthians 15 ;
2 Corinthians 5:8-10 ; Revelation 20:11-15 ).
We believe in THE CHURCH: which is an organized congregation of immersed believers, observing the
ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them
by His Word. Its officers are pastors and deacons whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in
the Scriptures. We believe the true mission of the church is to "make disciples," which includes the faithful
witnessing of Christ to all people and the responsibility of spiritual nature in the truths of God's Word. The
local church has the absolute right of self-government free from the interference of any hierarchy of
individuals or organizations, and that the one and only Superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit. In
all matters of membership, polity, government, discipline, and benevolence, the will of the local church is
final. It is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the
furtherance of the Gospel, but each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its
cooperation. We believe in the unity of all New Testament believers in the church, which is the body of
Christ. All members of this one spiritual body should assemble and identify themselves in local churches
( 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 ; Acts 20:17-18 ; Ephesians 1:22-23 ; Acts 2:41-42 ; 1 Timothy 3:1-13 ; Philippians
1:1-2 ; Matthew 28:19-20 ).
We believe in THE ORDINANCES GIVEN TO THE LOCAL CHURCH WHICH ARE TWO: Baptism and
the Lord's Supper; that Baptism is by immersion of believers in water, thus portraying the death, burial and
resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Lord's Supper is the partaking of the bread and cup by the believer as a
continuing memorial of the body and blood of Christ ( Matthew 28:19-20 ; Acts 2:41 ; 1 Corinthians 11:23-
We believe in THE PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS: that Christ is our great High Priest and through
Him every born-again person has direct access into God's presence without the need of a human priest;
that the believer has the right and responsibility to personally study and interpret the Scriptures guided by
the Holy Spirit ( John 14:6 ; Hebrews 4:16 ; 2 Timothy 2:15 ; 1 Peter 2:1, 5, 9 ).
We believe in THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE: with each having definite and distinct
spheres of responsibility. Civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of
human society. Governmental leaders are therefore to be prayed for, and conscientiously honored and
obeyed except in those things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord of the
conscience and the coming King of Kings ( Romans 13:1-7 ; Matthew 22:21 ; Acts 5:29 ).
We believe in PERSONAL AND ECCLESIASTICAL SEPARATION: in accordance with the biblical
command to separate ourselves unto God from worldliness; and as a church, from ecclesiastical apostasy
and unbelief ( 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 ; 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 ; 1 Timothy 6:3-5 ; Romans 16:17 ).
We believe in the SANCTITY OF THE MARRIAGE RELATIONSHIP, in that the institution of marriage was
designed by God to unite one man and one woman in life-long commitment. (Genesis 2:23-24; Matthew
19:4-6) We also believe that sexual intimacy is a gift from God that is to be expressed only between a man
and a woman within the bonds of such a marriage (Genesis 1:28; 1 Corinthians 6:1-3; Hebrews 13:4).
Therefore, we believe that any other form of sexual expression is outside of God’s will and plan, and a sin
against God (Romans 1:24-29; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20). Furthermore, we believe that God takes sexual sins
seriously, yet He lovingly offers complete forgiveness and restoration through repentance to those who
disobey the Bible's teaching (Acts 3:19; 1 John 1:9). We also take seriously the responsibility that we have
as believers to model the example of our heavenly Father in loving all people – including those ensnared
by sexual sin – as we seek their restoration (Galatians 6:1-2; Jude 23).
ARTICLE IV – CHURCH MEMBERSHIP
Section 1 – Reception of Members
The membership of this church shall consist of scripturally baptized believers who have met with the
Membership Committee before whom they have given satisfactory evidence of their salvation and
acceptance of the Statement of Faith. Upon the recommendation of the Membership Committee, they will
be accepted into membership by congregational action.
. Those who have not previously been scripturally baptized will be received into membership
pending their baptism.
A. Those seeking to join the church who are coming from a sister Baptist church by letter of
recommendation will be received as outlined above.
Section 2 – Status of Members
. Active Members – Those who attend at least one worship service quarterly and are not under any
disciplinary action are considered active members. Only active members have voting privileges.
A. Inactive Members – Failure to attend the services as stated in the previous paragraph shall be
deemed sufficient ground for dropping them from the active membership roll and placing them on
the inactive roll. An appropriate effort shall be made to contact such individuals and restore them to
active involvement. Names shall be carried on the inactive roll for a period not to exceed one year.
If an inactive member shows no interest by this time, the Pastor and the Membership Committee
may recommend that the person be dropped from the rolls by church action.
Section 3 – Duties of Members
. Faithful attendance – Each member is expected to faithfully attend worship services, Sunday
School, and mid-week services/small group fellowships.
A. Financial support – Each member is expected to participate regularly in giving. New Testament
examples indicate that the work of the Lord should be financed by voluntary church-centered
B. Dedicated service – Each member is expected to volunteer to serve within the limits of his/her
ability, and to do so in a spirit of unity, cooperation, and loyalty.
C. Regular prayer – Each member is expected to support the work of our church and its leaders
through faithful prayer.
D. Loyal support – The Bible clearly teaches that we are all responsible to our Pastors (and Deacons)
who give leadership to our ministry. We recognize that they are human and fallible — but called by
God to serve us, and they deserve our respect and appreciation.
E. Personal godliness – Each member should seek to live a godly life and prayerfully consider
involvement in practices, habits, or associations that might be displeasing to God and injurious to
His testimony and the testimony of the church.
Section 4 – Restoration of Members
. It is vital to the testimony of this church and the glory of God that the purity of the church be
preserved and its peace protected. Therefore, it shall be the duty of the Pastors and the Deacons
to seek diligently to reclaim any member known to be living in disregard of his biblical and covenant
obligation. It is specifically directed that church leaders move with prayerful diligence in dealing with
anyone who is involved in immorality, in obstructing the work or disturbing the peace of the church
by slander or falsehood, in doctrinal deviation, in an irreconcilable dispute with another member, or
in other conduct unbecoming a Christian. The purpose of such disciplinary action is the restoration
of the sinning believer to fellowship with Christ and His church and the maintenance of the church's
purity ( 1 Corinthians 5:1-13 ; Galatians 6:1 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:11-13 ).
A. The leaders of the church shall seek to adhere faithfully to the teaching of God's Word relative to
the procedure for scriptural discipline: private admonition, group confirmation, and congregational
information and action. In the case of serious violation of Christian conduct (as outlined in Section
4A ) and after individual and group admonition by church leaders, the church may then vote to
remove the sinning member from church membership. In some cases, a person may be suspended
by Deacon action for a probation period of up to one (1) year. All membership privileges shall be
revoked. (See Article X of the By-Laws.) Church leaders shall then review his spiritual condition
and upon satisfactory evidence of repentance he shall be restored to full fellowship. If after this
review, there is no evidence of repentance, then the Deacons shall recommend to the church that
he be dismissed from church membership for conduct unbecoming a Christian ( Matthew 18:15-17 ;
Luke 17:3 ; Titus 3:10-11 ; James 5:20 ; 1 Timothy 5:20 ).
B. In dealing with matters of scriptural discipline, church leaders should always be characterized by
kindness, impartiality, consideration, and Christian love. When the godly sorrow that leads to
repentance does take place, fellow believers in the church should also maintain an attitude of care
and encouragement to keep the repentant one from being "overwhelmed by excessive sorrow"
( Galatians 6:1 ; 2 Corinthians 2:7 ; 2 Timothy 2:24-26 ).
C. As members of South Baptist Church, we agree not to pursue legal action or sue the Pastors ,
Deacons , or church staff in connection with the performance of their duties. It is our conviction that
God's Word clearly instructs us to settle all our own disputes between members through our local
church channels of authority and discipline as outlined above ( 1 Corinthians 6:1-8 ).
Section 5 – Dismissal of Members
. By letter: An active member, upon request, might receive a letter of recommendation by
congregational action in order to unite with another church of like faith.
A. By death: No church action is required.
B. By request: A church member may request that his name be removed from the rolls at any time. No
church action is required, but the removal must be reported at the next regular business meeting.
C. By uniting with another church: When one has united with another church, his membership with this
church shall cease. No church action is required, but the removal must be reported at the next
regular business meeting.
D. By exclusion: When the church, in exercise of its lawful authority and discipline (see Section 4 )
withdraws fellowship from one proven to be an unworthy member, his membership immediately
E. By inactivity: As outlined in Section 2 , those who by inactivity demonstrate a lack of interest in
church membership and involvement may be removed from membership at the recommendation of
the Pastor and the Membership Committee with congregational action.
ARTICLE V – OFFICERS
Section 1 – Elected Officers
The elected officers of this Church shall be:
. Lead Pastor
1. The Lead Pastor's life and testimony should model the leadership descriptions of 1 Timothy 3:1-
7 and Titus 1:6-9 .
2. It shall be the duty of the Lead Pastor to devote himself to prayer and the faithful preaching of
the Word of God, administrate the ordinances, and minister to the people in times of sickness
3. The Lead Pastor is the chief administrator of the church and its staff. He is to provide visionary
leadership and work closely with the Deacons in overseeing the various ministries of the
4. As soon as convenient after the annual meeting , the Lead Pastor shall make all committee
assignments of Deacons and members-at-large, unless otherwise provided in the Constitution
or By-Laws. In the absence of a Lead Pastor, the Deacons will make the assignments.
5. The Lead Pastor shall be an ex-officio member of all boards and committees, except the Pulpit
Committee. He shall preside at the meetings of the Deacons and at congregational meetings. In
the absence of the Lead Pastor, the Chairman of the Deacons shall preside.
6. The Lead Pastor's relationship shall continue until dissolved by request of himself or of the
church, in which case either shall have the right to claim two (2) months from the time such
request is formally made, before the relationship between them shall cease.
1. A Deacon is to be a mature male believer, proven in his Christian character in the home,
church, and community.
2. The Deacon Team shall consist of twelve (12) men qualified in accordance with 1 Timothy,
chapter 3 . Six (6) Deacons shall be elected each year to a two-year term of service. After one
(1) term of service, a Deacon may run for a consecutive term. After serving two (2) consecutive
terms, a Deacon will be required to have a one-year break of service before becoming eligible
for election to another term.
3. It shall be the duty of the Deacons to assist the Pastors in the oversight of the spiritual and
business interests of the church and in the administration of the ordinances. They shall dispense
gifts from the Benevolence Fund of the church as they deem appropriate. They shall be
responsible for the proper financial stewardship of all church moneys and the care and upkeep
of the physical properties and equipment of the church. They shall exercise care over the church
membership — and assist the Pastor i n matters of church discipline.
4. The Lead Pastor will appoint the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Clerk of the Deacon Board as
soon as convenient after the annual meeting. In the absence of a Lead Pastor, the Deacon
Board will make the appointments. When available, the former Chairman or Vice-Chairman shall
lead the Deacons in an election by which the three positions are filled by a majority vote of those
present and voting.
5. The Deacon Clerk will also serve as the Church Clerk. Duties shall be:
i. Take charge of and maintain membership records in cooperation with the Membership
ii. Preserve a correct record of the business transactions of the church;
iii. Present a report of the membership statistics at the annual meeting;
iv. Attend to the correspondence of the church and to perform other duties that are entrusted
by the church.
6. The Deacons shall normally meet at least once each month to hear reports and
recommendations from the committees and make any necessary decisions within its jurisdiction
in order to make the church operate efficiently. One more than one-half of presently serving
Deacons shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. They shall keep minutes of
their meetings in a permanent record and report in writing at least once a year to the
7. No full-time paid employee of the church may serve as a Deacon.
8. For legal purposes all Deacons are also Trustees.
B. Additional Pastoral Staff – Additional Staff members for Youth, Outreach, Christian Education,
Music Ministries, etc. may be sought from time to time as the need arises. Their ministries shall be
conducted under the direction of the Lead Pastor (see Article VI, Section 6B for procedures). In the
absence of a Lead Pastor, the Deacons and remaining Pastoral Staff shall continue to work closely
together to ensure the faithful continuation of church ministries, including the annual election of
officers, committee assignments and functions, and matters of church discipline and restoration.
C. Non-Pastoral Ministry Staff – Additional non-pastoral ministry staff for Children’s Ministry
Coordinator, Interns, etc., shall be appointed by the Lead Pastor, approved by the Deacons, and
elected by the church membership.
D. Pertaining to all officers, except the pastoral staff, in the event that an open position occurs, the By-
Laws, Section X, E. shall be followed to fill that position until the next regularly scheduled church
Section 2 – Appointed Positions
A. Deaconesses – There are to be at least sixteen (16) Deaconesses, nominated by the Nominating
Committee, and appointed by the Deacon Board for a one (1) year term. All who are nominated,
approved, and willing to serve, will be able to serve. It shall be their duty to assist the Lead Pastor
and Deacons in preparation of church ordinances, and any other assistance that may be deemed
necessary and fitting. The Lead Pastor shall appoint a Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson as soon
as possible after the annual meeting.
B. Treasurer – The Treasurer shall be appointed yearly by the Deacons. This officer shall sign the
checks of the Current Expense Fund. No funds shall be paid out except upon the order of the
Deacons. The Treasurer shall make periodic reports as requested by the Church or the Deacons at
annual business meetings .
C. Sunday School Superintendent – The Sunday School Superintendent shall be appointed yearly
upon the recommendation of the Lead Pastor with the approval of the Deacons, and shall be
charged with the oversight of the Sunday School.
D. Assistant Sunday School Superintendent – The Assistant Sunday School Superintendent shall be
appointed yearly upon the recommendation of the Lead Pastor with the approval of the Deacons,
shall assist the Superintendent, and shall serve in his absence.
E. Church Secretaries – Church Secretaries as required shall be employed upon recommendation of
the Lead Pastor with the approval of the Deacons. The Lead Pastor shall outline the duties and the
Personnel Committee shall recommend the salaries and benefits. The secretaries shall work under
the direction of the Lead Pastor .
F. Building Custodial/Maintenance Personnel – Building Custodial/Maintenance Personnel as required
shall be employed upon recommendation of the Lead Pastor a nd the Custodial/Maintenance
Supervisor. The custodial/maintenance personnel shall work under the direction of the
ARTICLE VI – COMMITTEES
Section 1 – Nominating Committee
A committee of three (3) men shall constitute the Nominating Committee. This Committee shall consist of
two (2) Deacons and one (1) member-at-large, appointed by the church membership at least four (4)
months in advance of the Annual Business Meeting. They shall prepare a ballot of one (1) or more
candidates for each of the various church offices. The proposed slate of officers shall be posted at least
one (1) month in advance of the Annual Business Meeting. Anyone serving on the Nominating Committee
shall not be nominated for any office.
Additional nominations to the slate posted by the Nominating Committee must be supported in writing by at
least three (3) active members of voting age and represent three (3) different families in the church. These
candidates must be presented to the Nominating Committee at least two (2) weeks prior to the Annual
Business Meeting, in order that each nominee may be contacted properly and their qualifications for the
office or position prayerfully considered and approved. Votes for a write-in candidate will not be counted.
Section 2 – Building and Grounds Committee
The Building and Grounds Committee, under the direction of the Lead Pastor and the Deacons , shall
oversee the temporal affairs of the church and its properties, keep the properties in good condition, and
make repairs and alterations as necessary. The committee shall be composed of at least two (2) Deacons
and four (4) members-at-large.
Section 3 – Personnel Committee
The Personnel Committee shall include at least two (2) Deacons. They shall have oversight over all
personnel policies and issues. They shall have responsibility for the personnel budget. They shall annually
review the needs of the staff. In cooperation with the Lead Pastor they shall maintain a manual of
personnel policies and procedures.
Section 4 – Membership Committee
The Membership Committee shall be responsible to:
1. Regularly review the membership roll, keeping an accurate listing of active and inactive
members in cooperation with the Church Clerk ;
2. Bring to the church the names of those members seeking congregational action regarding
letters of recommendation for joining sister churches;
3. Report to the church those members who have requested that their name be dropped;
4. Work with the Lead Pastor in insuring that adequate membership instruction classes are
provided for all who seek to join the church; and
5. Interview those who make application for church membership and recommend to the church
family the acceptance of all new members.
Section 5 – Missions Committee
It shall be the responsibility of this committee to:
1. Regularly review the missions program and to make recommendations to the Deacons and
congregation for financial increases/decreases of individual missionaries and agencies;
2. Make recommendations to the Deacons and congregation for new missionaries to be placed on
the missionary budget;
3. Oversee, under the direction of the Lead Pastor, special missions initiatives and conferences;
4. Maintain a Missions Policy;
5. Evaluate all supported missionaries through annual reports and through personal interviews
with missionaries while home on furlough;
6. Take the lead in encouraging congregational support of missions through prayer,
communication, and financial support; and
7. Under the direction of the pastoral staff, identify, encourage, counsel, discipline, and commend
members of the congregation for missionary service.
No missionary commitments shall be made (or any gifts presented) by any Sunday School class or
department, or by any organization or group within the church, unless approved by the Missions
Section 6 – Pulpit Committee
. This Committee will only exist in the event the office of Lead Pastor has been vacated for any
reason. It shall be formed and begin its work as soon as is reasonably feasible after the
announcement of the office becoming vacant. A committee of five (5) shall be elected by the church
and shall consist of three (3) Deacons and two (2) members-at-large.
It shall be the duty of this Committee to take such steps as may be necessary to call a Lead Pastor.
The Committee shall also be responsible for all pulpit supply until a new Lead Pastor arrives. The
Committee shall work with the Personnel Committee to recommend a salary package to the
Deacons and congregation for approval.
Upon recommendation of the Deacons, a Lead Pastor is called by congregational vote.
Announcement shall be given at least one week in advance of a congregational meeting at which
action will be taken. The vote shall be by ballot and require at least a two-thirds majority to extend
A. When any vacancy occurs among Associate Pastors, with the approval of the Deacons, a Search
Committee shall be formed consisting of the Lead Pastor, Deacon Chairman , Deacon Vice-
Chairman , and one additional member appointed by the Lead Pastor. The Lead Pastor shall be
responsible to search out qualified individuals to fill the open position. The Committee shall present
its findings to the Deacons , which in turn shall make recommendation to the congregation for its
approval. The vote shall be by ballot and require at least a two-thirds majority to extend the call.
Section 7 – Finance Committee
A. It shall be the duty of the Finance Committee to assist the Pastors and the Deacons with the
financial stewardship of all church moneys.
B. The committee shall consist of at least one (1) Deacon, the Church Treasurer, and members-at-
C. They shall be responsible to review the monthly and annual income and expenses and provide
regular reports to the Deacons and the church membership. In the case of a deficit or overage, they
shall make recommendations to the Deacons and church membership.
D. They shall work with budget administrators to ensure the proper allocation of expenses to the
annual budget. If there is a question about where an expense should be budgeted, the Committee
should review the expense with the budget administrator. If they cannot reach an agreement, the
issue will be referred to the Deacons for a final decision.
E. They shall be responsible to work with budget administrators to compile the annual budget and
submit a recommendation to the Deacons for the maximum annual expenditures. They shall be
responsible to communicate any changes to the budget administrators that result from the annual
budget approval process.
F. They shall be responsible for researching and managing our banking relationships, including
checking accounts, savings accounts, mortgages, loans, or other financial accounts, and bringing
recommendations to the Deacons and church membership.
Section 8 – Additional Committees and Quorums
Additional Committees as deemed necessary may be appointed as soon as possible after the annual
meeting by the Lead Pastor with the approval of the Deacons.
One more than one-half of the total committee members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of
Section I – Annual Meeting
A. The fiscal year shall begin on January 1 and end on December 31.
B. A quorum, for all church business meetings, shall consist of more than fifty (50) active members 18
years of age or older.
C. The annual meeting shall be scheduled within thirty (30) days of the end of the fiscal year at which time
all of the officers of the church, except those otherwise provided for, shall be elected by ballot. Terms of all
elected officers, not otherwise provided for, shall run concurrent with the fiscal year. Annual reports shall
be made at this time by the various officers and departments of the church.
Section II – Communion Service
A Communion service shall be held on a monthly basis.
Section III – Amendments
This Constitution and these By-Laws may be altered, amended, or repealed at any regular meeting of the
church. A written notice of the proposed change must be presented to the membership two (2) weeks prior
to the regular meeting and shall require a two-thirds vote.
Section IV – Control By Other Corporations
This corporation shall not be controlled by any other corporation.
Section V – Church Work
All the activities of the church, whether conducted through societies or committees, or otherwise, are a part
of the single church organization, and the Pastor and the Deacons shall have a general oversight of them
Section VI – Rules of Order
All business of the church shall be conducted in accordance with "Robert's Rules of Order."
Section VII – Interpretation of By-Laws
When any question or dispute arises in any branch of the church work or regarding these By-Laws, the
same shall be settled by the majority action of the Deacons or be referred by them to the church
membership for decision.
Section VIII – Sale of Property
The sale, mortgage, leasing, pledging, or encumbering of any part or all of the church property, shall first
be authorized by a three-fourths vote of the church membership present at any regular church meeting,
and when so authorized, shall be duly executed and carried into effect by the chairman and secretary of
the Deacon Board for and on behalf of the church.
Section IX – Petitions
No one shall circulate a petition or announcement in the church without having submitted it to the Pastor
and the Deacons and received their permission.
Section X – Voting
The right to vote upon church affairs is limited to active members of this church, 18 years of age or over.
A majority of votes cast shall be required for all decisions unless otherwise specified in the Constitution.
The election procedures shall be:
A. Nominees are chosen as specified in the Constitution.
B. Each election ballot shall include “none of the above.”
C. Members may vote for as many nominees as they approve.
D. Nominees with the most votes shall be elected if they receive a number of votes greater than
half the number of valid ballots cast.
E. In the event that any position is not filled:
1. The Deacons shall prepare a ballot of one or more nominees for each open position.
2. The ballot shall be posted two weeks before the election.
3. The election shall be held no later than the end of the next month after the previous election
Secret ballot may be called for on any issue by any active member of voting age; however, a secret ballot
is required on all major issues (e.g., calling a pastor, purchase of real estate, building construction, and
election of officers).
Absentee ballots shall be provided at the discretion of current committees to active members requesting
them for emergencies such as illness or work schedule. Voted ballots shall be returned to the church
office in sealed envelopes until the time of vote count.
Section XI – Dissolution of Church
Upon the dissolution of the church, the deacons shall pay or make provisions for payment of all the
liabilities of the church. Such provisions having been made, the Deacons shall then dispose of all the
assets of the church to such organization or organizations formed and operated exclusively for religious
purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under Section 501 (c) (3)
of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal
Revenue Code). Assets may be distributed to any tax-exempt organizations that agree with the church's