CONSTITUTION OF FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH MAGNOLIA, AR

Preamble

Since it pleased Almighty God, by His Holy Spirit, to call certain of His servants to unite here in 1854 under the name Magnolia Baptist Church for the worship of God and the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and He has sustained and prospered the work to the present day; 


Now therefore we, the members of First Baptist Church of Magnolia, Arkansas declare and establish this Constitution to preserve and secure the principles of our faith and to govern the church in an orderly manner while pursuing its ministry. This Constitution is to be interpreted at all times to reflect the character of and bring glory to Jesus Christ, as revealed in the Holy Bible and articulated in the standards set forth in the Statement of Faith and Covenant of this church.

NAME

The name of this church is First Baptist Church of Magnolia, Arkansas.

PURPOSE


First Baptist Church of Magnolia, Arkansas exists for the glory of God and the good of others through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 10:31-32)

 

The Glory of God – We seek to live and speak so that in everything we do and everything we say we make much of the holy, righteous, true and living Triune God who has loved us with an everlasting love.

 

The Good of Others – We seek to live and speak for the eternal good of others that many may be saved both at home and abroad, for this generation and each successive generation until the return of Jesus.

 

The Gospel of Jesus Christ – The glory of God and the good of others is necessarily and essentially tied to the eternal deity, virgin birth, sinless life, sacrificial death, burial, triumphant resurrection, ascension, intercession and promised return of Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God in whom the Father is well pleased and the Son of Man by whose death we are forgiven of sins, justified before the Father and granted eternal life as children of God.


STATEMENT OF FAITH


As a participating church in the Baptist Missionary Association of America, we subscribe to the BMAA Statement of Faith. Section III, parts C and D, as amended will be voted on by the messengers of the BMAA in April, 2016. First Baptist Church of Magnolia, Arkansas hereby adopts these parts upon approval of this Constitution.

 

I. God

 

There is one living and true God, the creator of the universe (Exod. 15:11; Isa. 45:11; Jer. 27:5). He is revealed in the unity of the Godhead as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, who are equal in every divine perfection (Exod. 15:11; Matt. 28:19; II Cor. 13:14).

 

A. God the Father is the supreme ruler of the universe. He providentially directs the affairs of history according to the purposes of His grace (Gen. 1; Ps. 19:1; Ps. 104; Heb. 1:1-3).

 

B. God the Son is the Savior of the world. Born of the virgin Mary (Matt.1:18; Luke 1:26-35), He declared His deity among men (John 1:14, 18; Matt. 9:6), died on the cross as the only sacrifice for sin (Phil. 2:6-11), arose bodily from the grave (Luke 24:6, 7, 24-26; I Cor. 15:3-6), and ascended back to the Father (Acts 1:9-11; Mark 16:19). He is at the right hand of the Father, interceding for believers (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25) until He returns to rapture them from the world (Acts 1:11; I Thess. 4:16-18).

 

C. God the Holy Spirit is the manifest presence of deity. He convicts of sin (John 16:8-11) teaches spiritual truths according to the written Word (John 16:12-15), permanently indwells believers (Acts 5:32; John 14:16, 17, 20, 23), and confers on every believer at conversion the ability to render effective spiritual service (I Peter 4:10, 11).

 

II. The Scripture


A. The Scriptures are God’s inerrant revelation, complete in the Old and New Testaments, written by divinely inspired men as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (II Tim. 3:16; II Peter 1:21). Those men wrote not in words of human wisdom but in words taught by the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 2:13).

 

B. The Scriptures provide the standard for the believer’s faith and practice (II Tim. 3:16, 17), reveal the principles by which God will judge all (Heb. 4:12; John 12:48), and express the true basis of Christian fellowship (Gal. 1:8, 9; II John 9-11).

 

III. Creation


A. The World–God created all things for His own pleasure and glory, as revealed in the biblical account of creation (Gen. 1; Rev. 4:11; John 1:2, 3; Col. 1:16).

 

B. The Angels–God created an innumerable host of spirit beings called angels. Holy angels worship God and execute His will; while fallen angels serve Satan, seeking to hinder God’s purposes (Col. 1:16; Luke 20:35, 36; Matt. 22:29, 30: Ps. 103:20; Jude 6).

 

C. Man–As the crowning work of His creation, God created humankind (male and female) in His own image (Psa. 8; Gen. 1:27; 2:7). Consequently, every person from conception is of inherent dignity and worth and merits the respect of all other persons (Psa. 51:5; Psa. 139:13-16; Gen. 9:6; Matt. 10:28-31; Jam. 3:9).

 

D. Marriage–God created marriage (Gen. 1:27-28; 2:23-24). Jesus Christ declared the creator’s intention for marriage to be the inseparable and exclusive union between a man and a woman (natural man and natural woman) (Matt. 19:4-6; Mark 10:6-9). Marriage testifies of the union between Christ and the church (Eph. 5:31-32; Rom 1:25-27).

 

IV. Satan


Satan is a person rather than a personification of evil (John 8:44) and he with his demons opposes all that is true and godly by blinding the world to the gospel (II Cor. 4:3, 4), tempting saints to do evil (Eph. 6:11; I Peter 5:8), and warring against the Son of God (Gen. 3:15; Rev. 20:1-10).

 

V. Depravity

 

Although man was created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26: 2:17) he fell through sin and that image was marred (Rom. 5:12; James 3:9). In his unregenerate state, he is void of spiritual life, is under the influence of the devil, and lacks any power to save himself (Eph. 2:1-3; John 1:13). The sin nature has been transmitted to every member of the human race, the man Jesus Christ alone being excepted (Rom. 3:23; I Peter 2:22). Because of the sin nature, man possesses no divine life and is essentially and unchangeably depraved apart from divine grace (Rom. 3:10-19; Jer. 17:9).

 

VI. Salvation

 

A. The Meaning of Salvation–Salvation is the gracious work of God whereby He delivers undeserving sinners from sin and its results (Matt. 1:21; Eph. 2:8, 9). In justification He declares righteous all who put faith in Christ as Savior (Rom. 3:20-22), giving them freedom from condemnation, peace with God, and full assurance of future glorification (Rom. 3:24-26).

 

B. The Way of Salvation–Salvation is based wholly on the grace of God apart from works (Titus 3:5; Eph. 2:9). Anyone who will exercise repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved (Acts 16:30-32; Luke 24:47; Rom. 10:17).

 

C. The Provision of Salvation–Christ died for the sins of the whole world (John 1:29; 3:16; I John 2:1, 2).Through His blood, atonement is made without respect of persons (I Tim. 2:4-6). All sinners can be saved by this gracious provision (Heb. 2:9; John 3:18).

 

D. Divine Sovereignty and Human Freedom–God’s sovereignty and man’s freedom are two inseparable factors in the salvation experience (Eph. 2:4-6). The two Bible truths are in no way contradictory, but they are amazingly complementary in the great salvation so freely provided. God, in His sovereignty, purposed, planned and executed salvation in eternity; while man’s freedom enables him to make a personal choice in time, either to receive this salvation and be saved, or to reject it and be damned (Eph. 1:9-12; 1:13, 14; John 1:12, 13).

 

VII. Sanctification


All believers are set apart unto God (Heb. 10:12-14) at the time of their regeneration (I Cor. 6:11). They should grow in grace (II Peter 1:5-8) by allowing the Holy Spirit to apply God’s Word to their lives (I Peter 2:2), conforming them to the principles of divine righteousness (Rom. 12:1, 2; I Thess. 4:3-7) and making them partakers of the holiness of God (II Cor. 7:1; I Peter 1:15, 16).

 

VIII. Security

 

All believers are eternally secure in Jesus Christ (John 10:24-30; Rom. 8:35-39). They are born again (John 3:3-5; I John 5:1; I Peter 1:23), made new creatures in Christ (II Cor. 5:17; II Peter 1:4), and indwelt by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:9; I John 4:4), enabling their perseverance in good works (Eph. 2:10). A special providence watches over them (Rom. 8:28; I Cor. 10:13), and they are kept by the power of God (Phil. 1:6; 2:12, 13; I Peter 1:3-5; Heb. 13:5).

 

IX. Church

 

A. The Nature of the Church–A New Testament church is a local congregation (Acts 16:5; I Cor. 4:17) of baptized believers in Jesus Christ (Acts 2:41) who are united by covenant in belief of what God has revealed and in obedience to what He has commanded (Acts 2:41, 42).

 

B. The Autonomy of the Church–She acknowledges Jesus as her only Head (Eph. 5:23; Col. 1:18) and the Holy Bible as her only rule of faith and practice (Isa. 8:20; II Tim. 3:16, 17), governing herself by democratic principles (Acts 6:1-6; I Cor. 5:1-5) under the oversight of her pastors (Acts 20:28; Heb. 13:7, 17, 24).

 

C. The Perpetuity of the Church–Instituted by Jesus during His personal ministry on earth (Matt. 16:18; Mark 3:13-19; John 1:35-51), true churches have continued to the present and will continue until Jesus returns (Matt. 16:18; 28:20).

 

D. The Ordinances of the Church–Her two ordinances are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer as a confession of his faith in Jesus Christ (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:4) and is prerequisite to church membership and participation in the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:41, 42). The Lord’s Supper is the sacred sharing of the bread of communion and the cup of blessing by the assembled church (Acts 20:7) as a memorial to the crucified body and shed blood of Jesus Christ (Luke 22:19, 20; I Cor.11:23-26). Both ordinances must be administered by the authority of a New Testament church (Matt. 28:18-20; I Cor. 11:23-26).

 

E. The Officers of the Church–Pastors and deacons are the permanent officers divinely ordained in a New Testament church (Phil.1:1). Each church may select men of her choice to fill those offices under the leading of the Holy Spirit (Acts 6:1-6; 20:17, 18) according to the divinely given qualifications (I Tim. 3:1-13).

 

Pastors (elders, bishops) are authorized to oversee and teach the churches under the Lordship of Jesus Christ (Acts 20:28; Heb 13:7, 17, 24; I Peter 5:1-4). Each church is responsible to follow them as they follow Christ (I Cor. 11:1; I Thess. 1:6; Heb. 13:17) and to provide a livelihood for them that they might fulfill their ministries (I Tim 5:17, 18; Phil. 4:15-18). Pastors are equal in the service of God (Matt. 23:8-12).

 

Deacons (ministers, servants) are servants of the churches and assistants to the pastors, particularly in benevolent ministries. Each church may select her own deacons according to her needs, and no church is bound by the act of another church in that selection (Acts 6:1-6).

 

F. The Ministry of the Church–Her mission is evangelizing sinners by preaching the gospel (Matt. 28:19; Luke 24:45-47), baptizing those who believe (Acts 2:41; 8:12, 35-38), and maturing them by instruction (Matt. 28:20; Acts 2:42) and discipline (Matt. 18:17, 18; I Cor. 5:1-5).

 

G. The Fellowship of the Church–She is free to associate with true churches in furthering the faith (II Cor. 11:8; Phil 4:10, 15, 16) but is responsible to keep herself from those who hold doctrines or practices contrary to Holy Scripture (Gal. 1:8, 9; I John 2:19). In association with other churches, each church is equal and is the sole judge of the measure and method of her cooperation (Matt. 20:25-28). In all matters of polity and practice, the will of each church is final (Matt. 18:18).

 

X. Civil Authority

 

Human government was instituted by God to protect the innocent and punish the guilty. It is separate from the church, though both church and state exercise complementary ministries for the benefit of society (Matt. 22:21).

 

Christians should submit to the authority of the government under which they live, obeying all laws which do not contradict the laws of God, respecting officers of government, paying taxes, rendering military service, and praying for the welfare of the nation and its leaders (Rom. 13:1-7; I Peter 2:13, 17; I Tim. 2:1, 2). They should vote, hold office, and exercise influence to direct the nation after the principles of Holy Scripture.

 

Civil authority is not to interfere in matters of conscience or disturb the institutions of religion (Acts 4:18-20), but it should preserve for every citizen the free exercise of his religious convictions.
Churches should receive no subsidy from the government, but they should be exempt from taxation on property and money used for the common good through worship, education, or benevolence.

 

XI. Last Things

 

A. Return–Our risen Lord will return personally in bodily form to receive His redeemed unto Himself. His return is imminent (I Thess. 4:13-17; Rev. 22:20).

 

B. Resurrections–After Jesus returns, all of the dead will be raised bodily, each in his own order: the righteous dead in “the resurrection of life” and the wicked dead in “the resurrection of damnation” (John 5:24-29; I Cor. 15:20-28).

 

C. Judgments–Prior to the eternal state, God will judge everyone to confer rewards or to consign to punishment (Matt. 25:31-46; II Cor. 5:10; Rev. 20:11-15).

 

D. Eternal States–Heaven is the eternal home of the redeemed (John 14:1-3) who, in their glorified bodies (I Cor. 15:51-58), will live in the presence of God forever (I Thess. 4:17) in ultimate blessing (Rev. 21, 22). Hell is the place of eternal punishment and suffering (Luke 16:19-31) for the devil, his angels (Matt. 25:41), and the unredeemed (Rev. 20:10-15).

 

Addendum

 

NOTE: The following statements are not to be binding upon the churches already affiliated with this association, or to require adoption by churches petitioning this body for privilege of cooperation, or to be a test of fellowship between brethren or churches. However, they do express the preponderance of opinion among the churches of the Baptist Missionary Association of America.

 

1. We believe in the premillennial return of Christ to earth, after which He shall reign in peace upon the earth for a thousand years (Rev. 20:4-6).

 

2. We believe the Scriptures to teach two resurrections: the first of the righteous at Christ’s coming; the second of the wicked at the close of the thousand-year reign (I Thess. 4:13-17; Rev. 20:6, 12-15).

 

We endorse the New Hampshire Confession of Faith as a representative compendium of what Baptists have historically believed through the centuries. This confession was consulted and provided a pattern and guide for the formulation of these doctrinal statements. As there are several versions and editions, we refer particularly to the edition in J. E. Cobb’s Church Manual third edition, published by the Baptist Publications Committee of Texarkana, TX.

 

CHURCH COVENANT


 

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and having been baptized upon our profession of faith, in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, we do now, relying on His gracious aid, solemnly and joyfully renew our covenant with each other.

 

We will work and pray for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

 

We will walk together in brotherly love, as becomes the members of a Gospel Church, exercise an affectionate care and watchfulness over each other and faithfully admonish and entreat one another as occasion may require.

 

We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, nor neglect to pray for ourselves and others.

 

We will endeavor to bring up such as may at any time be under our care, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and by a pure and loving example to seek the salvation of our family and friends.

 

We will rejoice at each others’ happiness and endeavor with tenderness and sympathy to bear each other’s burdens and sorrows.

 

We will seek, by Divine aid, to live carefully in the world, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, and remembering that, as we have been voluntarily buried by baptism and raised again from the symbolic grave, so there is on us a special obligation now to lead a new and holy life.

 

We will work together for the continuance of a faithful evangelical ministry in this church, as we sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines. We will 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 will, when we move from this place, as soon as possible, unite with a church of like faith where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.

 

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.

MEMBERSHIP


 Section 1: Membership Qualifications

 

To qualify for membership in this church, a person must be a believer in Jesus Christ who gives evidence of regeneration, who has been baptized, in obedience to Christ, following his or her regeneration, and who wholeheartedly believes in the Christian faith as revealed in the Bible. Each member must agree to submit to the teaching of Scripture as expressed in the Statement of Faith and must promise to keep the commitments expressed in the Church Covenant.

 

Section 2: Membership Candidacy

 

An individual may present himself/herself for candidacy at any regular church service in one of the following ways:

 

(1) Upon profession of faith and Baptism;

 

(2) By promise of a letter of recommendation from another church of like faith;

 

(3) By statement of faith and prior Scriptural Baptism.

 

A candidate for membership will then meet with a Pastor or a designee of the Senior Pastor to share their testimony and learn about the church, including its doctrine and covenant and expectations of membership. Upon the candidate’s willingness to submit to the teaching of Scripture as expressed in the Statement of Faith and upon the candidate’s promise to keep the commitments expressed in the Church Covenant, and upon, as applicable, receipt of letter or baptism, the candidate will be presented to the church for a membership vote at any regular or special meeting of the members. Candidates will be accepted into membership by a majority vote of the church.

 

Section 3: Duties and Privileges of Membership

 

In accord with the duties enumerated in the Church Covenant, each member shall be privileged and expected to participate in and contribute to the ministry and life of the church, consistent with God’s leading and with the gifts, time, and material resources each has received from God. Only those shall be entitled to serve in the ministries of the church who are members of this congregation. Notwithstanding, non-members may serve the church for purposes of administration and professional consultation.

 

Under Christ this congregation is governed by its members. Therefore, it is the privilege and responsibility of members to attend all members’ meetings and vote on the election of officers, on decisions regarding membership status, and on such other matters as may be submitted to a vote.

 

Section 4: Member Accountability and Church Discipline

 

Any member consistently neglectful of his or her duties or guilty of conduct by which the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be dishonored, and so opposing the welfare of the church, shall be subject to the admonition of the Pastors and the discipline of the church, according to the instructions of our Lord in Matthew 18: 15–17 and the example of scripture. Church discipline, then, should ordinarily be contemplated after individual private admonition has failed.

 

Church discipline can include admonition by the Pastors or congregation, suspension from communion for a definite period, deposition from office, and excommunication (see Matthew 18: 15–17; 2 Thessalonians 3: 14–15; 1 Timothy 5: 19–20; 1 Corinthians 5: 4–5).

 

The purpose of such discipline should be:

 

For the repentance, reconciliation, and spiritual growth of the individual disciplined (see Proverbs 15: 5; 29: 15; I Corinthians 4: 14; Ephesians 6: 4; I Timothy 3: 4–5; Hebrews 12: 1–11; Psalm 119: 115; 141: 5; Proverbs 17: 10; 25: 12; 27: 5; Ecclesiastes 7: 5; Matthew 7: 26–27; 18: 15–17; Luke 17: 3; Acts 2: 40; I Corinthians 5: 5; Galatians 6: 1–5; II Thessalonians 3: 6, 14–15; I Timothy 1: 20; Titus 1:13–14; James 1: 22);

 

For the instruction in righteousness and good of other Christians, as an example to them (see Proverbs 13: 20; Romans 15: 14; I Corinthians 5: 11; 15: 33; Colossians 3: 16; I Thessalonians 5: 14 [note this is written to the whole church, not just to leaders]; I Timothy 5: 20; Titus 1: 11; Hebrews 10: 24–

32 25);

 

For the purity of the church as a whole (see I Corinthians 5: 6–7; II Corinthians 13: 10; Ephesians 5: 27; II John 10; Jude 24; Revelation 21: 2);

 

For the good of our corporate witness to non–Christians (see Proverbs 28: 7; Matthew 5: 13–16; John 13: 35; Acts 5: 1–14; Ephesians 5: 11; I Timothy 3: 7; II Peter 2: 2; I John 3: 10); 

 

And supremely for the glory of God by reflecting His holy character (see Deuteronomy 5: 11; I Kings 11: 2; II Chronicles 19: 2; Ezra 6: 21; Nehemiah 9: 2; Isaiah 52: 11; Ezekiel 36: 20; Matthew 5: 16; John 15: 8; 18: 17, 25; Romans 2:24; 15: 5–6; II Corinthians 6: 14–7: 1; Ephesians 1: 4; 5: 27; I Peter 2: 12).

 

Section 5: Termination of Membership

 

Membership shall be terminated in the following ways:

 

(1) Death of the member;

 

(2) Granting of a letter of recommendation to a church of like faith by majority vote of the church at any regular or special meeting of the members;

 

(3) As an act of church discipline upon the vote of at least two-thirds of the members present at any regular or special meeting of the members;

 

(4) Upon request;

 

(5) Upon proof of membership in another church.

MEETINGS


 

Section 1: Worship Meetings

 

Worship services shall be held each Lord's Day, and may be held throughout the week as the church determines.

 

Section 2: Members’ Meetings

 

In every meeting together, members shall act in that spirit of mutual trust, openness, and loving consideration which is appropriate within the body of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

There shall be a regular members’ meeting every three months, the time for which shall be announced at least two weeks prior to the meeting.

 

A Pastor shall preside as moderator at all members’ meetings of the church. In the event a Pastor cannot preside, the chairman of the Deacons will preside as moderator.

 

Provided all constitutional provisions for notification have been met, a quorum shall be understood to be met by those members present. All votes shall be tallied based on the number of votes cast by members present.

 

A budget shall be approved by the membership at a regular or special members’ meeting prior to the start of the fiscal year.

 

At any regular or special members’ meeting, officers may be elected and positions filled as needed, so long as all relevant constitutional requirements have been met.

 

Special members’ meetings may be called as required. The date, time, and purpose of any special meeting shall be announced at all public services of the church at least one week preceding the meeting.

CHURCH OFFICERS


Section 1: Summary

 

The Biblical offices in the church are pastors and deacons. To assist with record keeping, financial accountability, and legal matters, the church recognizes the administrative positions under this constitution of clerk, treasurer, and trustee. All officers must be members of this church prior to assuming their responsibilities. Also, the church may elect or the Senior Pastor may appoint a committee to assist the officers for a specific purpose.

 

Section 2: Senior Pastor

 

The Senior Pastor shall serve as overseer and spiritual leader of the church whose primary responsibility shall be the ministry of the Word and prayer. He serves as the primary preaching pastor in the church. He is the leader of pastoral ministries in the church.

 

The Senior Pastor may relinquish the office of Senior Pastor by giving notice of resignation to the church. The church may declare the office of Senior Pastor to be vacant by majority vote in a scheduled or called members’ meeting. In the event the church declares the office to be vacant, the church will provide a severance package equal to two months compensation and benefits to the Senior Pastor.

 

In the event of a “search” for a Senior Pastor, a “Pastor Search Committee” will be elected by the church. The committee will be tasked with securing an interim pastor or supplying the pulpit with preachers, the development of a plan to seek out and secure a Pastor, the vetting of pastoral candidates and the presentation of a candidate (or candidates) to the church for their consideration. The call of an interim pastor, the search plan and the call of a Pastor will each be approved by the church.

 

Section 3: Pastors

 

Pastors shall be called as the church determines the need for such offices upon request from the Senior Pastor. Notwithstanding particular assigned responsibilities, the Pastors will work with the Senior Pastor and other staff in all necessary areas of ministry for the glory of God and good of the church.

 

A Pastor may relinquish the position by giving notice of resignation to the church.  The church may declare the office of a Pastor to be vacant by majority vote in a scheduled or called members’ meeting. In the event the church declares the office to be vacant, the church will provide a severance package equal to two months compensation and benefits to the Pastor.

 

In the event of a “search” for a Pastor, a committee will be elected by the church to work with the Senior Pastor and other Pastors in the development of a plan to seek out and secure a Pastor, the vetting of candidates and the presentation of a candidate (or candidates) to the church for their consideration. The call of a Pastor will be approved by the church.

 

Section 4: Deacons

 

In accordance with the New Testament, Deacons are to be servants of the church. The ministry of the Deacon is to serve with the Pastors and shall be to carry out God’s work in the church and community in helping the church members and others in the community any way they can.

 

All Deacons shall actively support, with time and finances, the work of the Lord through the various ministries of the Church. All Deacons are expected to attend members’ meetings of the church as a matter of example and service, in supplying their voice to these deliberations. All Deacons are expected to attend the church worship services and perform assigned duties incidental to the conduct of the Sunday services.

 

The church shall elect the number of Deacons desired by the church from time to time. Only those persons who meet the scriptural qualifications (Acts 6:1-6 and 1 Timothy 3:8-13) and who have been members of the church for at least one year shall be elected. Once elected, Deacons shall serve thereafter as long as they are faithful to their duties. A Deacon may be removed from office at any scheduled or called members’ meeting by majority vote of the members present upon recommendation from the Senior Pastor and the Deacons due to moral sin, doctrinal error or misuse of his office. A Deacon may resign his office.

 

Section 5: Administrative Positions

 

(1) Clerk and Assistant Clerk

 

The church shall annually elect a Clerk and Assistant Clerk who shall be responsible for maintaining the minutes of church business and the church membership roll in cooperation with the church business office. They shall provide a written report of the church’s members’ meeting minutes and membership activity at each regular members’ meeting.

 

(2) Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer

 

The church shall annually elect a Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer who shall serve as the financial officers of the church. They shall be responsible for the oversight of the handling of all church funds, including receipts and disbursements. They shall also be responsible for the regular reporting of all church funds to the church.

 

(3) Trustees

 

The church shall elect, as needed, five to serve as Trustees, representing the church in any legal matters.

 

POLITY AND RELATIONSHIPS

The government of this church is vested in the body of believers who comprise it under the headship of Jesus Christ. Persons duly received by the members shall constitute the membership. All internal groups created and empowered by the church shall report to and be accountable to the church, unless otherwise specified by church action.

 

This church is subject to the control of no other ecclesiastical body, but it enjoys mutual counsel and cooperation which are common among Baptist churches.

 

AMMENDMENTS

The Statement of Faith and Church Covenant may be amended by a three-quarters vote of the members present and voting at a members’ meeting, provided the amendment shall have been offered in writing at the previous members’ meeting, and shall have been announced from the pulpit at church services two successive Sundays prior to such vote.

 

This constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting at a members’ meeting, provided the amendment shall have been offered in writing at the previous members’ meeting, and shall have been announced from the pulpit at church services two successive Sundays prior to such vote.

 

OPERATION AND DISSOLUTION


This church is organized and operated primarily for the purpose of engaging in religious worship or promoting the spiritual development or well-being of individuals. It is to be operated in a way that does not result in accrual of distributable profits, realization of private gain resulting from payment of compensation in excess of a reasonable allowance for salary or other compensation for services rendered, or realization of any other form of private gain.

 


The church pledges its assets for use in performing the organization’s religious functions. It directs that on discontinuance of the church by dissolution or otherwise the assets are to be transferred by vote of the remaining membership to a charitable, educational, religious, or other similar organization that is qualified as a charitable organization under the Internal Revenue Code.