So that things may be done decently and in order in accordance with the accepted tenets of other churches of like precious faith, and that we may more readily help each other in our Christian service, we declare and establish this constitution to which we voluntarily submit ourselves.
Name and Purpose
Section 1 -Name-
This congregation of believers shall be known as the Christian Bible Fellowship Church of Newville.
Section 2 -Purpose-
(A) This congregation is organized as a church exclusively for charitable, religious and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (of the corresponding provision of any future United States Revenue Law), including, but not limited to, for such purposes, the establishing and maintaining of religious worship, the building, maintaining and operating of churches, parsonages, schools, chapels, radio stations, television stations, rescue missions, print shops, day care centers, camps, nursing homes, cemeteries, and any other ministries that the Church may be led of God to establish.
(B) The Church shall also ordain and license men to the Gospel ministry; evangelize the unsaved by the proclaiming of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ; educate believers in a manner consistent with requirements of Holy Scripture, both in Sunday and weekday schools of Christian education; maintain missionary activities in the United States and any foreign country; and engage in any other ministry the Church may decide, from time to time, to pursue in obedience to the will of God.
(C) The Church shall give itself to "perfecting the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ," (Eph 4:12) and evangelizing the lost.
Statement of Faith and Covenant
Section 1 - Statement of Faith -
(A) The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed, and therefore are the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the complete and divine revelation of God to man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning. The King James Version of the Bible shall be the official used by the church. (2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
(B) The Godhead
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deut 6:4; Matt 28:19; 2 Cor 13:14; John 14:10, 26)
(C) The Person and Work of Christ
(1) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. (Is 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2, 14; 2 Cor 5:19-21; Gal 4:4-5, Phil 2:8)
(2) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through his death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.(Acts 2:18-36; Rom 3:24-25; 1 Pet 2:24; Eph 1:7; 1 Pet 1:3-5)
(3) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-10; Heb 9:24; 7:25; Rom 8:34: 1 John 2:1-2)
(D) The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
(1) We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and judgment; and He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers in the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11; Rom 8:9; 1 Cor 12:12-14; 2 Cor 3:6; Eph 1:13-14)
(2) We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. (Eph 1:17-18; 5:18; 1 John 2:20,27)
(3) We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelist, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry. (Rom 12:3-8; 1 Cor 12:4-11,28; Eph 4:7-12)
(4) We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing. (1 Cor 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22)
(E) The Total Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that man is totally depraved, and of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen 1:26-27; Rom 3:22-23; 5:12; 6:23; Eph 2:1-3; 4:17-19)
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. (John 1:12; Eph 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19)
(G) The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers
(1) We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom 8:1, 38-39; 1 Cor 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:4-5)
(2) We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. (Rom 13:13-14; Gal 5:13; Titus 2"11-15)
(H) The Church
(1) We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again persons. (1 Cor 12:12-14; 2 Cor 11:2; Eph 1:22-23; 5:25-27)
(2) We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Tim 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11)
(3) We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control. (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom 16: 1, 4; 1 Cor 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13; 1 Peter 1-4)
(4) We recognize water baptism and the Lord's Supper as the Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the Church in the age. (Matt 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:18; 1 Cor 11:23-26)
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God. (Rom 12:1-2; 14:13; 2 Cor 6:14-7:1; 2 Tim 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11)
(J) The Second Advent of Christ
We believe in the "blessed hope", the personal, imminent return of Christ who will rapture His Church prior to the seven-year tribulation period. At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return, with His saints to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom which was promised to the Nation of Israel. (Ps 89:3-4; Dan 2:31-45; Zech 14:4-11; 1 Thess 1:10; 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Rev 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6)
(K) The Eternal State
(1) We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Matt 25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Rev 20:5-6, 12-13)
(2) We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Luke 23:43; 2 Cor 5:8; Phil 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thess 4:16-17; Rev 20:4-6)
(3) We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment. (Matt 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thess 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev 20:11-15)
(L) The Personality of Satan
We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the Fall of Man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Job 1:6-7; Isa 14:12-17; Matt 4:2-11; 25:41; Rev 20:10)
We believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods. We reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory and Theistic Evolution's unscriptural theories of origin. (Gen 1-2; Ex 20:11)
(N) Civil Government
We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: 1) the home; 2) the church; and 3) the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the Church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God. (Rom 13:1-7; Eph 5:22-24; Heb 13:17; 1 Peter 2:13-14)
(M) Human Sexuality
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity should be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God's gift of sex. (Gen 2:23; 19:5, 13; 26:8-9; Lev 18:1-30; Rom 12:26-29; 1 Cor 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thess 4:1-8; Heb 13:4)
(P) Divorce and Remarriage
We believe that God hates divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Although divorced and remarried persons of divorced persons may hold positions of service in the Church and be greatly used of God for Christian service, they may not be considered for the offices of pastor or deacon. (Mal 2:14-17; Matt 19:3-12; Rom 7:1-3; 1 Tim 3:2,12; Titus 1:6)
We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental well-being of the mother are acceptable. (Job 3:16; Psalm 51-5; 139:14-16; Isa 44:24; 49:1,5; Jer 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44)
We believe that God has given the Church a Great Commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations. (Matt 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor 5:20)
(S) Grievances and Lawsuits Between Believers
We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the Church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the Church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian's insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander. (1 Cor 6:1-8)
We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God's wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local church financially. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the Church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. We believe that Christians relinquish all rights to direct the use of the tithe or offering once the gift had been made. (Gen 14:20; Prov 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Cor 16:2; 2 Cor 9:6-7; Gal 6:6; Eph 4:28; 1 Tim 5:17-18; 1 John 3:17)
Section 2 -Authority of Statement of Faith-
The statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. We do believe, however, that the foregoing Statement of Faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible, and therefore, is binding upon all members.
Section 3 -Church Covenant
Having been led, as we believe by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and, on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
We engage therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love; to strive for advancement of Church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful to engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale of, and the use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.
We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other Church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.
Section 1 - Qualifications for Membership -
Upon a majority vote of the members present at any Church service or meeting membership shall be attended to all who have had and whose lives evidence a genuine experience of regeneration through faith in an acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior; who renounce sin; who endeavor to live a consecrated life wholly unto the Lord; who fully subscribe to the Statement Faith contained herein; and who enter into the Church covenant contained herein; and upon compliance with any one of the following conditions:
(A) By baptism (immersion) as a true believer in Christ Jesus as Personal Savior;
(B) By letter of transfer from another Bible-believing church of like faith and practice, or other written statement of good standing from the prior church if the applicant has been baptized by immersion subsequent to a profession of faith;
(C) By testimony of faith, having been baptized by immersion; or
(D) By restoration, if having been removed from membership, upon majority vote of the congregation after confession is made publicly before the Church membership of sin or sins involved, and satisfactorily evidencing repentance.
Section 2 - Duties of a Member -
On becoming a member of this Church, in addition to the covenant contained in Article 11, Section 3, each one further covenants to love, honor, and esteem the Pastor; to pray for him; and to recognize his authority in spiritual affairs of the Church; to cherish a brotherly love for all members of the Church; to support the Church in prayer; tithes, offerings and with other financial support as the Lord enables; and in accordance with Biblical commands to support through a lifestyle walk affirmation of the beliefs and practices of the Church.
Section 3 - Privileges of Membership -
This congregation functions, not as a pure democracy, but as a body under the Head ship of the Lord Jesus Christ and the direction of the Pastor as the under shepherd with the council of the Board of Deacons. Membership in this Church does not afford those individuals with any property, contract or civil rights based upon principles of democratic government. Determination of the internal affairs of this Church are ecclesiastical matters and shall be determined exclusively by the Church's own rules and procedures. The Pastor shall oversee and/or conduct all aspects of this Church. The Board of Deacons shall give counsel and assistance to the Pastor as requested by him. The membership of the Church has certain limited areas of exercising a vote. Members may not vote to initiate any Church action, but rather the vote of a member is to confirm and ratify the direction of the Church as determined by the Pastor.
Section 4 - Discipline of a Member -
(A) There shall be a Discipline Committee consisting of the Pastor and the Board of Deacons. These men shall have sole authority in determining heretical deviations from the Statement of Faith and violations of the Church Covenant. If the Pastor or a deacon is the subject of a disciplinary matter, he shall not sit as a member of the Discipline Committee. He shall be entitled to the same steps as other Church members and be subject to the same discipline.
(B) Members are expected to demonstrate special loyalty and concern for one another. When a member becomes aware of an offense of such magnitude that it hinders spiritual growth and testimony, he is to go alone to the offending party and seek to restore his brother. Before he goes he should first examine himself. When he goes, he should go with a spirit of humility and have the goal of restoration.
(C) If reconciliation is not reached, a second member, either a deacon or the Pastor is to accompany the one seeking to resolve the matter. This second step should also be preceded by self-examination, and exercised in a spirit of humility with the goal of restoration.
(D) If the matter is still unresolved after the steps outlined in subsections (B) and (C) have been taken, the Discipline Committee, as the Church representatives biblically responsible for putting down murmuring, shall hear the matter. If the matter is not resolved during the hearing before the Discipline Committee, the Committee shall recommend to the members of the Church that they, after self-examination, make an effort personally to go to the offending member and seek that member's restoration.
(E) If the matter is still unresolved after the steps outlined in subsections (B), (C), and (D) have been taken, such members who refuse to repent and be restored are to be removed from the membership of the Church upon a majority vote of the membership present at a meeting called for the purpose of considering disciplinary action.
(F) No matter may be heard by the Discipline Committee or the Church unless the steps outlined in subsections (B) and (C) have been taken, except in the case of a public offense.
(G) If an unrepentant offending party is removed from the Church membership all contact with him from that point forward must be for the sake of restoration (except family members).
Section 5 - Transfer of Membership -
Members, not under the discipline process of Section 4, may request that letters of transfer be sent to another church.
Section 6 - Termination of Membership -
(A) The membership of any individual member shall be automatically terminated without notice if the member in question has not attended a regular worship service of the Church in the preceding six months. Upon good cause being shown to the Pastor, this provision for termination may be waived in the case of any individual member at the discretion of the Pastor.
(B) No member of this Church may hold membership in another church. If any member unites in membership with another church, that person is automatically terminated without notice from membership in this Church.
(C) A member may resign at any time, except when under disciplinary action of the church, but no letter of transfer or written statement of good standing will be issued upon such resignation, except at the discretion of the Pastor.
Section 1 - Church Officers -
The Church officers are Pastor, Deacon, Clerk, Treasurer, and Financial Secretary. One person may hold two or more offices, except the pastor. The Pastor, from time to time as he deems appropriate, may appoint other Church officers, subject to the confirmation vote of the Church membership. The Pastor and the Deacons shall select other officers such as Ushers, Sunday School Superintendent, and Youth Activities Director.
Section 2 - Designation of Corporate Officers -
As an accommodation to the legal relationships outside of the Church the Pastor shall serve as President of the corporation; the Church Clerk shall serve as secretary of the corporation; the Treasurer shall serve as the Treasurer of the corporation; and the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Deacons shall serve as the Vice-President of the corporation.
Section 3 - Eligibility for Continuance in Office -
(A) All Church officers shall affirm their agreement with the Statement of Faith (as set forth in Article II) annually in the presence of each other.
(B) All Church Officers must be approved initially and thereafter annually by the Pastor in order for them to commence or continue their offices.
(C) Only the Church members are eligible for the election or appointment to any Church office or position. To be elected to the Board of Deacons, the nominee must be a member for at least one year.
Section 4 - Term of Office -
(A) The relationship between the Church and Pastor shall be permanent unless dissolved at the option of either party by the giving of a months notice, or less by mutual consent. The severance of the relationship between the Pastor and the Church may be considered at any regular Church administrative meeting, provided notice to that effect shall be given from the pulpit to the Church two Sundays prior to the said regular Church administrative meeting. A three-fourths majority of the members present and voting shall be required to decide the matter. Disciplinary removal of the Pastor from the office automatically terminates his membership. A restoration to membership after disciplinary removal will be subject to the requirements of Article III, Section 1 (D).
(B) The term of service for the Deacons will be three years on a rotating basis, all other offices shall be for one year except for the Pastor.
(C) A vacancy occurring in any office or board, except in the case the Pastor, may be filled at any regular Church administrative meeting.
(D) All elected and appointed officers shall serve their respective offices until their successors are duly elected or appointed.
Section 5 - Election of Officers -
The annual election of officers by the Church membership shall occur during the month of January at the annual Church meeting.
Section 6 - Calling a Pastor -
The Pastor of the Church shall be chosen by the congregation, by secret ballot, upon the recommendation of the Pulpit Committee after prayerful investigation and consideration. Pulpit supply or being Interim does not constitute a call to candidate as perspective pastor.
(A) Only men shall be recommended to the Church as candidates who can and will conscientiously sign without mental reservation the Articles of Faith, Covenant, Constitution and By-laws of the Church and the selection of the pastor shall be voted upon at a meeting of the congregation especially called for that purpose. Notice of such meeting shall be given at both services of the church on the two consecutive Lord's Days preceding the meeting called for such election. A majority of at least three-fourths of the active voting membership present shall be necessary to elect.
(B) No pastor shall be called to the pastorate of the Church unless he can clearly testify that he has been born again.
(C) No pastor shall be called to the pastorate of the Church who does not fully endorse and preach the doctrines set forth in the Statement of Faith.
Section 7 - Pastoral Oversight of Officers and Staff -
(A) Subject to the approval of the Church membership and on the condition that they shall become a member of the Church upon assuming their duties, the Pastor may hire associates and assistants, to assist the Pastor in carrying out his God-given responsibilities.
(B) All the Church staff, whether paid or volunteer, shall be under the supervision of the Pastor who has the sole authority to hire, appoint, and dismiss the same.
Duties of Officers
Section 1 - The Pastor -
(A) The Pastor shall preach the Gospel regularly and shall be at liberty to preach the whole counsel of the Word of God as the Lord leads him. He shall administer the ordinances of the Church, act as moderator at all Church meeting for the transaction of Church matters, supervise the teaching ministries of the Church, and tenderly watch over the spiritual interest of the membership.
(B) The Pastor shall appoint the members of the various committees at the annual Church meeting. He shall publicly inform all newly elected officers of their particular function and the responsibilities of their respective offices. He shall extend the right hand of fellowship to all new members on behalf of the Church and perform such other duties as generally appertain to such a position. The Pastor shall be free to choose the means and methods by which he exercises the ministry that God has given him. (I Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9)
(C) If at any time the Pastor shall make application to be released from the pastorate, or if the relations between Pastor and congregation become such as to be detrimental to the welfare of the Church, the relationship may be terminated by the congregation in ninety days from the notice of intent, or in shorter period of time if it is mutually agreed upon. The Deacons and Trustees shall have the authority to consider this matter and make recommendations to the congregation, but it shall require three-fourths vote of those members present at a constitutionally called congregational meeting to dismiss the Pastor.
(D) If at any time the pastor's personal belief, preaching or teaching shall not be in full accord with doctrinal standards of this church, his services as pastor shall be terminated immediately following a congregational meeting at which his dismissal has been requested by a three-fourths majority vote.
Section 2 - The Board of Deacons -
(A) The board of deacons shall assist the Pastor, in such manner as he shall request in promoting the spiritual welfare of the Church, in conducting the religious services, and in the performing of all other work of the Church. They shall make provision of the observance of the ordinances of the Church. They shall, if requested by the Pastor, consider applications for Church membership. They shall, in cooperation with the Pastor, disburse the benevolence fund. They shall assist the Pastor in visitation and all evangelistic efforts of the Church. They shall provide the pulpit supply and act as leaders for Church meeting if the office of Pastor is vacant. The board of deacons shall assist the Pastor in caring for administrative needs of the Church's various ministries as required by the Pastor.
(B) Immediately following the annual Church meeting, the board of deacons shall assemble and elect, from their own number, a vice-chairman. The Pastor shall be chairman of the board of deacons. The vice-chairman of the deacons shall be vice-president of the corporation. The deacons shall also elect a secretary that shall keep all deacon records.
(C) The board of deacons shall constitute the board of trustees of the corporation. The board of trustees of the corporation shall only exercise the following specific powers:
(1) to purchase, hold, lease, or otherwise acquire real and personal property on behalf of the Church, and to take real and personal property by will, gift, or bequest on behalf of the Church.
(2) to sell, convey, alienate, transfer, lease, assign, exchange, or otherwise dispose of, and to mortgage, pledge, or otherwise encumber the real and personal property of the Church, to borrow money and incur indebtedness, in the name of the Church, promissory notes, bonds, debentures, or other evidence of indebtedness; and to secure repayment by deeds of trust, mortgages, or pledges.
(3) to exercise all powers necessary for the dissolution of the Church corporation, if such action is mandated by the vote of the Church membership.
(D) When the office of Pastor is vacant, the board of deacons shall serve as the Pulpit Committee. (At the deacons discretion, the Pulpit Committee may be enlarged by the addition of several members from the congregation.)
(E) The board of deacons shall be responsible in preparing a budget for the Church to be given at the annual meeting. The board of deacons shall review the Pastor and staff salaries in helping the prepare the budget.
(F) There shall be four deacons (or as many as deemed necessary) selected on the basis of scriptural qualifications as outlined in Acts 6:3 and 1 Timothy 3: 8-13. The deacons shall be elected on a rotation system of serving for a period of three years and are eligible for re-election after one year leave.
Section 3 - Church Clerk -
The clerk shall keep a record of church proceedings, of membership roll, of all baptisms, of certificates for ordination, licenses and commissions as directed by the Church, and preserve all documents, papers, and letters coming into his hands during his term of office. All records are to be kept in the Church office, and delivered to any successor upon leaving office. He shall keep an account of any special events in the life of the Church which are of historical interest and shall give a report at the annual Church administration meeting of the status of the Church membership roll in the past year. The Clerk shall also serve as the secretary of the corporation.
Section 4 - Treasurer -
The treasurer shall account for all funds contributed to the Church and shall disburse the same as ordered by the Church. He shall present a written report of itemized disbursements monthly for the Pastor and the Deacons and Trustee meeting; also a report shall be given at the regular quarterly Church administration meetings and make a general report for the year at the annual Church administration meeting. All expenditures of the Church except miscellaneous petty cash disbursements shall be paid by check. The church Treasurer shall also serve as the treasurer of the corporation.
Section 5 - Financial Secretary -
The Financial Secretary is to assist the Church Treasurer in counting the church offering. They are also to keep track of the total given weekly in the offering envelopes. They are to keep track of the weekly offering count and to collect money for special events (dinners, family outings, etc.) They will perform the duties of the Church Treasurer during any absence of the Church Treasurer.
Section 6 - Nominating Committee -
The Pastor and board of deacons shall be the nominating committee, considering names to submit to the congregation at the annual meeting for church offices. Names may be given by the congregation until three weeks prior to the annual meeting. Names for the various church offices will be posted on the bulletin board one week prior to the annual meeting.
Section 7 - Duties of all Officers -
(A) All officers shall prepare a written report of their work for the annual Church administrative meeting and shall surrender any records in their possession to the Clerk at the close of their term of office to be filed as a permanent record of the work of the Church. All records are the property of the Church and must be kept in the Church office.
(B) Any officer who neglects his duties as outlined in the constitution for a period of three months may be removed from his office at the discretion of the Pastor and another may be appointed by the Pastor to serve the unexpired term.
Section 8 - Installation of Officers -
At the morning worship service following the annual meeting the newly elected officers of the Church shall be recognized and installed to their respective offices of the Church.
Section 1 - Meetings for Worship -
Unless otherwise determined by the Pastor, the Church shall meet each Sunday for public worship both morning and evening and at least once during the week for Bible Study and prayer. Except when circumstances forbid it, the ordnance of the Lord's Supper shall be observed on the first Sunday of each month.
Section 2 - Meetings for Church Administration -
A quarterly administration meeting of the Church shall be held during the month following the end of each quarter (April, July, October, January). The January meeting will also be the Annual Meeting. Notice of such meetings shall be given on the Sunday preceding the meeting. The meetings are open to active members, and at the Pastors desecration those that are regular and faithful in church attendance. Only members in good standing may vote.
Section 3 - Special Meetings -
(A) The Pastor (or deacons if the office of Pastor is vacant or the Pastor is the subject of possible disciplinary action) may call a special meeting by giving notice of such a meeting and the purpose of which it is called to the Church from the pulpit at least one Sunday and not less than one week prior to said meeting. A meeting for election of a pastor may be called by the pulpit committee at any regular Church meeting of the Church at least two weeks in advance.
(B) Bible conferences, missionary conferences, and revivals may be held as the Pastor deems beneficial.
Section 4 - Fiscal Year -
The fiscal year of the Church shall begin January 1st and end December 31st.
Section 1 - Authorized -
The congregation has the responsibility to maintain the building and grounds and to keep the same clean and in repair. The congregation has the responsibility to maintain the salary and benefits for their pastor, considering his needs and the level of living consistent with that of the congregation.
Section 2 - Unauthorized -
Any expenditures for one item or related items in excess of $1,000.00 not authorized in the regular annual budget must be approved by the congregation.
Section 1 - Ordination Qualifications -
Any member of this Church or its mission churches, who gives evidence of a genuine call of God into the work of the ministry and possesses the qualifications stated in I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9, may be ordained as a minister of the Gospel.
Section 2 - Ordination Procedure -
(A) Upon a conference with the Pastor and after the Pastor has approved the candidate for ordination, the Pastor shall call a council to examine and pass on the qualification of the candidate. The ordination council shall consist of ordained ministers of like faith invited to participate in the examination of the candidate.
(B) If the candidate is found worthy of the ordination by the council, the council shall recommend him for ordination to the Church. The ordination council shall have its moderator or a representative at the ordination service.
(C) The Pastor and vice-chairmen of the deacons shall arrange and conduct the ordination service.
Section 1 - Private Inurement -
No part of the net earnings of the Church shall inure to the benefit of or be distributable to its members, trustee, officers, or other private persons, except that the Church shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for the services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article 1 Section 2 hereof.
Section 2 - Political Involvement -
No substantial part of the activities of the Church shall be the carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation. The Church shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.
Section 3 - Dissolution -
Upon the dissolution of the Church, the Trustees shall, after paying or making provision for payment of all the liabilities of the Church, dispose of all the assets of the Church to such organization or organizations (organized and operated exclusively for religious purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations) under Section 501 (c) (3) or the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law), as the Trustees shall determine. Assets may be distributed only to organizations which agree with the Church's Statement of Faith.
Section 4 - Radical Nondiscrimination -
The Church shall have a nondiscriminatory policy and therefore shall not discriminate against members, applicants, students, and others on the basis of race, color, or national or ethnic origin.
From time to time the Church, in exercise of it's religious, educational, and charitable purposes, may establish various funds to accomplish specific goals. Contributors may suggest uses for the contributions but all suggestions shall be deemed advisory rather than mandatory in nature. All contributions made to specific funds or otherwise designated shall remain subject to the exclusive control and discretion of the Pastor and the Board of Deacons. No fiduciary obligation shall be created by any designated contribution made to the Church other than to use the contribution for the general furtherance of any of the purposes stated in Article I, Section 2.
This Constitution may be revised or amended by two-thirds vote of the members present and voting, at any regular business meeting, provided that the said revision or amendment has been submitted in writing and announced from the pulpit fourteen (14) days before the vote is taken.
This Constitution was adopted by two-thirds majority vote of the members present and voting at a duly-called meeting of the Church in which a quorum was present.
This Constitution and By-Laws supersedes any other constitution and/or by-laws of Christian Bible Fellowship Church.
May 12, 1996 Nancy Stum
Date Church Clerk
Each member of the Church shall be entitled to vote on all manners except those pertaining to the disciplining of members, the purchase or sale of real property, and the dismissing or calling of a Pastor, in which matters only members at least eighteen years of age are entitled to vote.
All Church administration meetings shall be opened and closed with prayer for divine guidance and blessing.
All appointments for public worship and Bible study and arrangements thereof including time and place and use of the property belonging to the Church for the purposes other than that stated appointments shall be under the control of the Pastor.
The date of the annual Church administrative meeting shall be in January and set by the Pastor and the Board of Deacons.
All literature used in the Church shall be in complete agreement with the Statement of Faith.
The following order shall be observed at the regular Church administrative meetings:
(a) Devotions and Prayer
(b) Reading of the Minutes
(c) Reception of Members
(d) Dismissal of Members
(e) Report of Officers
(f) Reports of Standing Committees
(g) Reports of Special Committees
(i) Election of Officers
(j) New Matters
These by-laws may be altered, suspended, or amended at a regular Church administrative meeting by majority vote of the members present and voting.