CONSTITUTION And BY-LAWS Of CHRIST BAPTIST CHURCH MOKOPANE
Adopted by the membership on 15 April 2018
We declare and establish this constitution to preserve and secure the principles of our faith and to govern the body in an orderly manner. This constitution will preserve the liberties of each individual church member and the freedom of action of this body in relation to other churches.
|ARTICLE 1: NAME, AND LOCATION|
|The name and designation of this church shall be Christ Baptist Church Mokopane. For convenience sake it will be referred to hereafter as the “church”. The church meets at, and the location of the building is, 132 Thabo Mbeki, Mokopane.
The church, though independent, autonomous and free from any control of any church professing the same principles, shall be in voluntarily membership with the Sola Five Church Association & Baptist Northern Association. It shall therefore support these ministries through its finances and attendance at meetings whenever possible. However, the church shall manage its own affairs without reference to any outside authority except as is hereinafter provided. It shall exist as a corporate body distinct from its members and office bearers and shall remain in existence notwithstanding changes in the composition of its membership or office bearers.
|ARTICLE 2: PURPOSE|
|This church exists by the grace of God, for the glory of God, which shall be the ultimate purpose in all its activities. The Church exists as a Biblical community for God’s glory and therefore exalts His supremacy in all things (Colossians 1:15-19), to the building up of its members to attain unity of faith and true knowledge of Christ to spiritual maturity (Ephesians 4:11-16).|
|ARTICLE 3: STATEMENT OF FAITH AND DOCTRINE|
|ARTICLE 3, SECTION 1: STATEMENT OF FAITH GUARDING THE CONSTITUTION|
|Because we believe that the Holy Bible is the Inspired, Infallible, and Inerrant Word of God, it alone and not this constitution is and will be the basis and authority of answering any and all questions regarding the purpose, structure, and function of the Church.
The purpose of this constitution is to primarily satisfy the requirements of the law which we respect, and to serve as a legal document to which the Church can refer to when agreement on issues cannot be reached otherwise, or legal requirements of the law need to be followed. The following five essential and non-negotiable statements of faith are the foundation and framework on which this constitution is based.
|3.1.1 We Believe In A High View of God|
|God is absolutely sovereign in all things. The church is established and exists for His glory alone. God is directing and working all things after the counsel of His own will.
Psalm 22:28; Psalm 33:6-9; Psalm 115:3; Daniel 4:34-35; Isaiah 40:17-18; Romans 9:13-29; Revelation 4:11.
|3.1.2 We Believe In A High View of Scripture.|
|Because the Bible is the Inspired, Infallible, and Inerrant Word of God in the original language passed down to us without change, it is the absolute and final authority on all matters of faith and conduct.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21.
|3.1.3 We Believe In the Preaching of Sound Doctrine.|
|Maintaining a high view of God and a high view of scripture necessitates the preaching, teaching, and practicing of sound doctrine. Doctrine always precedes action.|
|2 Timothy 4:1-5.
|3.1.4 We Believe In Personal Holiness.|
|Though we are in the world, we are not of the world. We are accountable to God and to each other for what we do and how we live, for we have been bought and are not our own. We belong to Christ.
Matthew 18:15-17; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20; 2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Peter 1:18; Ephesians 5:3-12.
|3.1.5 We Believe In Spiritual Authority.|
|God himself has established order in every area of our lives, and the church is no exception. God in scripture has clearly given us the structure of authority for the Church. Christ is the head of the church and He mediates His rule through the shepherding of godly elders (pastors).
Colossians 1:18; 1 Peter 5:1-4.
These elders (pastors), having a high view of God and scripture, being devoted to the preaching, teaching and practicing of sound doctrine, and being examples of personal holiness before the congregation, are responsible to lead the church. The Bible teaches that the congregation is spiritually accountable to the elders (pastors) as overseers, and that the elders (pastors) are accountable to God. Decision-making however while normally vested in the elders (pastors), who shepherd the church, are subject to the final authority of the congregation as a whole of which they are a part.
Acts 15:6-21 Hebrews 13:17; 1 Timothy 5:17.
|ARTICLE 3, SECTION 2: DOCTRINAL STATEMENTS|
|We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.|
|Genesis 1:1,26; John 1:1,3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19,20; Ephesians 4:5,6|
|3.2.2 God the Father|
|We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.|
|Luke 10:21,22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; Romans 1:7; I Timothy 1:1,2; 2:5,6; I Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6|
|3.2.3 God the Son|
|We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit, who is true God and true man. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people as our high priest and advocate, and His personal visible return to earth.|
|Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; 20:28; Romans 9:5; 8:46; II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30, 31; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; 6:9,10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:28; I Timothy 3:16|
|3.2.4 God the Holy Spirit|
|We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.|
|John 14:16,17,26; 15:26,27; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26|
|3.2.5 The Scriptures|
|We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.|
|II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20,21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31,32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32|
|We believe that man was created by God in His own image; that he sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from God; that as a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are therefore sinners in deed and by way of life, and for that reason under condemnation. We believe that those who repent and forsake sin and trust Jesus Christ as Saviour are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become new creatures, delivered from condemnation and receive eternal life. From beginning to end, the total work of regeneration is by grace alone.|
|Genesis. 1:26; 5:2; Genesis 3; Genesis 2:17; 3:19; Eccl. 2:11; John 3:14; 5:24; John 5:30; 7:13; 8:12; 10:26; Romans 9:22; II Thessalonians 1:9; Rev. 19:3,20; 20:10;14,15; 21:18; Psalm 51:7; Jeremiah 17:9; James 1:14; Romans 3:19; 5:19; Proverbs 28:13; I John 1:9; John 3:16; John 1:13; II Corinthians 5:17; Romans 8:1|
|3.2.7 The Church|
|We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.|
|Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:19-21; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25|
|3.2.8 Christian conduct|
|We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellow men; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ. True believers are called to a life of holiness, with a personal devotion to the Lord Jesus and service for Him.|
|I Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-3; Hebrews 12:1-2; John 14:15,23-24; I John 2:3-6; II Corinthians 9:6-9; I Corinthians 4:2; Col. 1:9-10|
|3.2.9 The ordinances|
|We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death and is available to all believers. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ|
|Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-26|
|3.2.10 Religious liberty|
|We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.|
|I Timothy 2:5; Romans 14:7-9,12|
|3.2.11 Church cooperation|
|We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by either formal or informal cooperation with other like-minded bodies according to article III, section 1. Cooperation in a denomination is voluntary and cannot be coerced.|
|Acts 15:36,41; 16:5; I Corinthians 16:1; Galatians 1:1-3; Revelations 1:4,10,11.|
|3.2.12 The return of Christ|
|We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body of both the just and the unjust, the final judgment, the eternal blessedness of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked.|
|Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Phil. 3:20; I Thessalonians 4:15; II Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 4:5; I Corinthians 15; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6,11-15|
|3.2.13 Family and Marriage|
|We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. Marriage is the uniting of one natural born man and one natural born woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime.|
|Genesis 2:23-25; Ephesians 5:22-33, Rom 1:26-27|
|ARTICLE 4: CHURCH MEMBERSHIP|
|ARTICLE 4, SECTION 1: THE CHURCH DEFINED|
|The word church (ekklesia) means, “called out ones” and can refer to the entire spiritual body of Christ or a local congregation of that body. In the New Testament it most often refers to an established local congregation of believers.
Scripture teaches that all who place their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual body called the Church, the family of God, of which Jesus Christ is the head (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:22). The Church is made up of individual local congregations of believers that assemble together for the cause of fellowship and growing in Christ. God has given each local congregation all that it needs to individually and corporately mature and carry out the commands and commissions of our Lord (Acts 2:47; Acts 11:22; 1 Corinthians 1:2; Colossians 4:15). The church exists for the spiritual purpose set forth in Article II of this constitution and by-laws.
|ARTICLE 4, SECTION 2: DEFINITION OF MEMBERSHIP|
| Members of this church shall be comprised of those who have:
|ARTICLE 4, SECTION 3: PURPOSE, PRIVILEGE AND OBLIGATION OF CHURCH MEMBERSHIP|
|4.3.1 Church membership is important in that it facilitates:
a) The defining of who belongs to our local congregation.
b) The knowing of who should participate in the privileges and responsibilities of the Church.
c) The providing of adequate care, nurture, and protection for every individual that belongs to this church.
d) The exercising of authority and oversight in discipline and restoration of those members not maintaining a biblical standard of doctrine and conduct.
4.3.2 The privilege and obligation of church membership:
a) The final authority and responsibility in all matters touching the life and service of the Church rests with its membership.
b) Each individual member under the direct Lordship of Christ and the authority of God’s word has the right to participate in the life and decision making process of the Church including the appointment of its leaders.
c) Each member is entitled and expected to attend the official meetings in place in terms of Article 4 section 8.
d) Members are expected to support the ministry of the Church through their giftedness, giving of their finances, attendance of the worship services and any other way that evidences their fellowship with the Church.
e) Members or office bearers have no rights to the income, property or assets of the Church solely by virtue of their being members or office bearers.
|ARTICLE 4, SECTION 5: PROCEDURES FOR CHURCH MEMBERSHIP|
|4.5.1 APPLICATION FOR CHURCH MEMBERSHIP|
|Any person may request membership with this church presenting himself or herself to an elder for membership at any time.|
|4.5.2 PROCESS FOR CONSIDERATION OF CHURCH MEMBERSHIP|
|Upon a person’s request for membership, the following procedures will be followed:
a) The applicant shall fill out the official membership form, answering all the questions provided.
b) The applicant shall attend the membership classes as decided from time to time by the elders.
c) If needed an elder or an elder-appointed member of the Church shall meet with the person to discuss and answer any questions regarding the Church and his or her membership commitment.
d) If after meeting with an elder or an elder-appointed member of the Church, the applicant is found to have trusted Christ as Saviour, is found to be of kindred spirit with the Church, is willing to accept the constitution of the Church, and can and will commit to the responsibilities of membership an elder shall present his or her request for membership to the Elders for approval.
e) If a request for membership is denied, an elder of the Church shall meet with the person to discuss and answer any questions regarding the decision of the Elders.
f) Upon Elders approval, the potential member’s name shall be presented to the Church either by public announcement or through any official church publication.
g) Members shall have the opportunity to state reasons they believe the applicant should not be received as a member.
h) If such reasons are brought to bear it will be discussed with the applicant.
i) If no adequate reasons are given why the applicant cannot be a member, the person will be publicly presented to the Church as a fellow member of the Church at a church service by the body of elders or a representative of the Elders.
j) Any member who has been a member of another church including Baptist both locally, nationally or internationally will follow the same procedures above. There will be no automatic transfer of membership.
k) If any of the above needs to be wavered for whatever reason not known or experienced by the time of acceptance of this constitution, the Elders may so decide and agree upon such procedure unanimously.
|ARTICLE 4, SECTION 6: MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS|
|4.6.1 TYPES OF MEETINGS|
|126.96.36.199 Worship Services
a) The church shall meet regularly each week for a Sunday morning, and midweek service for preaching, instruction, evangelism, and/or worship of God.
188.8.131.52 Church Business Meetings
All church members are encouraged to participate in and become involved in all church activities, including those related to church business. The business of the church shall be conducted through two types of meetings as described herein.
184.108.40.206.1 Annual General Meeting: (AGM)
a) After the church’s financial year end, the AGM shall be held within the first month of the new year, to affirm the Church’s annual budget, and financial reports and report to the congregation other ministries of the Church regarding the previous year’s ministry.
b) This meeting will also provide the platform for the Church to be informed of the direction of their ministries for the coming year.
c) Three Sundays notice needs to be given for such a meeting and 1/3 of the membership present will be deemed as a quorum.
d) Minutes need to be kept of this meeting even if there are no decisions taken. At least the reports and financial statements have to be included in the minutes.
e) When decisions need to be taken and there seems to be lack of unity on the matter at hand, or a member in good standing with the Church requests for voting to take place, or the will of the Church cannot be sought in another way according to a procedure accepted by the Church at the time of the meeting the matter will be put to vote. In such cases a majority vote will be accepted unless there is clear evidence that the unity of the Church will be disturbed. If the unity of the Church is at stake, it is the responsibility of the Elders to find ways to unite the people on the issue before such a vote takes place. A higher percentage in favour of a matter will then be required.
f) The pastor or if this is impractical for whatever reason, anybody else appointed by the body of elders shall act as chairman. The presiding chairman shall when a vote is needed have a deliberative and casting vote.
g) A church member is eligible to vote when formal voting takes place when he or she is present and has reached the age of eighteen.
220.127.116.11.2 Special General Meetings:
a) Special members’ meetings may be called as required by the elders, or at the written request, submitted to the elders, of five percent of the voting membership. The date, time, and purpose of any special meeting shall be announced at all public services of the church within two weeks preceding the meeting. In the event of a written request from the members, the elders shall call a special meeting to be held within one month of their receipt of the request.
|ARTICLE 4, SECTION 7: ORDINANCES|
|Scripture teaches that there are two ordinances that the Church is to observe until Jesus Christ returns again.
A person who receives Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour by personal faith who professes Him publicly at any worship service, and who indicates a commitment to follow Christ as Lord, shall be received for baptism.
· Baptism shall be by immersion in water.
· Baptism shall be administered by the pastor or whomever the church shall authorize.
· Baptism shall be administered as an act of worship during any service called for that purpose.
b) The Lord’s Supper.
The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and fruit of the vine, commemorate the death of Jesus Christ and anticipate His second coming.
· The Lord’s Supper shall be observed in the Sunday morning or any other service deemed appropriate.
· The pastor and deacon fellowship shall be responsible for the administration of the Lord’s Supper.
· The deacon fellowship shall be responsible for the physical preparations of the Lord’s Supper.
|ARTICLE 5: CHURCH GOVERNMENT & FINANCES|
|ARTICLE 5, SECTION 1: PURPOSE OF CHURCH GOVERNMENT|
|Biblical structure and function allows the peaceful and orderly working out of the ministry of the Church. The Church is the family of God and its head is Jesus Christ. Just as God has given us the structure and the function of each person in a family, He has done so in regards to his church (Ephesians 5:23). God’s Word reveals the proper structure of the Church and the function of each of its parts. The purpose of such structure and instruction is to ensure spiritual maturity both individually and corporately as a New Testament Church (Ephesians 4:11-13).|
|ARTICLE 5, SECTION 2: STRUCTURE OF CHURCH GOVERNMENT|
|5.2.1 JESUS CHRIST IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH|
|Scripture teaches that Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church. Jesus Christ has revealed His will for us, as the Church, through His Word, the Bible (Ephesians 5:23). Under the authority of Jesus Christ as Head of the Church and the Word of God, the members of the Church which includes its leaders are the final authority within this local Church. This authority is exercised through the election of elders to govern the Church.
However, the approval of the membership of this Church at a properly called meeting, as provided in this constitution, shall be required to effect the following actions:
a) Approve annual budgets of the Church, authorize any capital expenditure of the funds of the Church when such expenditure is not covered by an approved budget or acquired by other means, or is not within the confines of the Church income. When the Church is not liable for the expense it need not be referred to the members meeting but will be subject to the wisdom of the elders.
b) Accept, reject, or otherwise dispose of any matter submitted to the membership of the Church by the Body of Elders at a Special General Meeting;
c) Adopt, amend, or repeal the Constitution of this church.
d) Approve the call of a pastor.
e) Approve the call of any new full-time ministry staff position whose salary will be paid by the Church.
f) Withdrawal from the Sola Five Association and or any other associations.
|5.2.2 THE ELDERS|
|Jesus Christ is the only Head of the Church. He rules over the Church by calling and appointing elders to shepherd, oversee, and lead the Church while lovingly equipping the members for their work of service through the teaching and training ministries of the Church. These elders are directly responsible to Jesus Christ for the governing of the Church according to His Word (Acts 20:28-30; 1Thess. 5:12-14). The final human authority within the Church however lies with the constituted church meeting of which the elders form part.|
|Deacons are recommended by the Church and approved by the elders to assist the elders, and to facilitate through their practical ministry of service the smooth functioning of the Church. (Acts 6:1-6).|
|ARTICLE 5, SECTION 3: AUTHORISED SIGNATORIES|
|The Elders for the purpose of the signing of legal documents involving the sale, mortgage, purchase, or rental of property, or other legal document where authorised signatures are required shall appoint such persons. They shall have no power to buy, sell, mortgage, lease, or transfer property without the specific authorization of the Elders and duly recorded in the minutes. Authorised Signatories shall serve for a period or purpose specified by the body of elders. And all financial transactions are to be conducted through a bank account!|
|ARTICLE 5, SECTION 4: ORDINATIONS|
|Ordination refers to the recognition by the Elders and the Church of a member’s call to the ministry as an elder or a deacon (Acts 6:6; Acts 13:2-4; Acts 20:28). Ordination shall be conferred for life, so long as the member manifests the qualifications of and effectively serves in the office to which they were ordained, otherwise they will be asked to step down and allow the opportunity for others to serve in this capacity. All who accept such ordination will also accept the wisdom of the Elders if asked to step down.
|ARTICLE 5, SECTION 5: CHURCH RECORDS AND FINANCES|
|a) The church shall maintain current, adequate, and correct accounts, books, and records of its business and properties. All such books, records, and accounts shall be kept at its principal place of operation, unless another place is approved by the Elders.
b) The church shall be supported by the voluntary giving of its members and adherents according to the teaching of the Bible.
c) The Elders is responsible to put in place a proper method for counting the Sunday offerings that will ensure that no single person determines the final count and that such counting of the moneys happens immediately after the service.
d) An accurate account of all receipts and disbursements shall be maintained by financial staff or lay person/s appointed by and accountable to the Elders. The financial year of the Church shall begin on January 1st, and end on December 31st of each year.
e) The Elders will be responsible to ensure that the books and accounts are properly managed and that sufficient checks and balances are put in place and reviewed on an annual basis to prevent fraud or other harmful financial practices. The church’s financial transactions must be conducted by means of a banking account.
f) The church shall have the power to buy, sell, donate, let or hire, exchange, transfer, receive by way of donation or otherwise, movable and immovable property and to invest it’s funds as it deems wise in non-risky acceptable opportunities and places of investment, according to acceptable business practices. The church shall have the right to borrow money with or without security in such manner as the Church shall think fit through a responsible decision of its Elders.
g) The church’s income and property are not distributable to its members or office bearers, except as reasonable compensation for services rendered.
h) The church’s financial books will be audited on an annual basis by a qualified auditor and the audit be made available to its members. All the Church’s books must always be available for the perusal of its members.
i) The Elders shall be responsible to appoint a qualified auditor who shall examine the Church securities, audit the accounts and financial records and furnish a report to the members in writing.
|ARTICLE 6: ELDERS|
|The New Testament Scripture is clear about those who have the responsibility of rule, oversight, and care of the Church. These men are called elders, overseers, and bishops. All three different titles are used to refer to the same spiritual office of leadership in the Church and are interchangeable (1 Timothy 3:1-7, (2) Acts 20:17-18, 28-31; 1 Peter 5:1-4). We know that Christ is the only Head of the Church and that the task of the elders is to lead the congregation in discovering the will of Christ for His Church from the Word of God.|
|ARTICLE 6, SECTION 1: THE AUTHORITY OF ELDERS|
|6.1.1 DECISION-MAKING AUTHORITY|
|Day to day decision-making authority of the Church under the final authority of the constituted church meeting is vested in the elders (pastors) who shepherd the Church. The objective of any and all decisions made shall be to do the will of God regarding the matter at hand for the benefit of the church (Acts 15:2-6).|
|6.1.2 DECISION-MAKING PROCESS|
|Decisions shall be reached after careful and prayerful consideration in a spirit of humility, with each elder regarding one another before himself. Consensus will always be the preferred form of agreement within the context of their meetings. If consensus cannot be reached and any of the elders feel the matter is serious enough to demand a decision the matter will be put to the vote after time has been given for further wisdom, Godly counsel and direction to be brought to the matter at hand. Prayer, the final authority of Scripture, patience and careful consideration of the well-being and unity of the Church will always be the guiding factor.
When it is unwise to take a decision without reference to the Church, a Special General Meeting will be called for that purpose or in lesser matters the members of the Church could be invited to participate in the process by their interaction with the Elders by either expressing their agreement or disagreement either in written form or a personal meeting with the Elders.
|6.1.3 STATEMENT OF UNITY|
|Any decision made after following the agreed upon decision-making process will be a unified “yes” or “no” decision. All elders agree to be unified in the final decision, “yes” or “no,” in public and in private, even though it may not agree with their personal preference (Hebrews 13:7).|
|6.1.4 SPECIAL DECISIONS|
|The Elders shall seek the affirmation of the Church members when the following decisions are being made (Proverbs 11:14):
a) The calling of or removal of the pastor or other paid pastors.
b) The church’s annual budget.
c) The approval of the audited statements.
d) Expenditures involving new property or new buildings and related indebtedness.
e) Any changes or amendments to the constitution.
f) Any other matter where they feel that the decision of the Elders will be frowned upon by the congregation or could place the respect the Church has for the Elders in disrepute.
|6.1.5 AFFIRMATION OPTIONS|
|a) The Elders may choose at any time and on any matter to seek the affirmation of the congregation or any leadership group within the Church such as deacons, teachers, etc.|
|ARTICLE 6, SECTION 2: CONGREGATIONAL AFFIRMATION|
|6.2.1 PURPOSE OF CONGREGATIONAL AFFIRMATIONS|
|The purpose of an affirmation from the congregation or any other group of the Church is the seeking of godly counsel of many as taught in scripture (Proverbs 11:14). This type of counsel can be helpful to the elders in the determining of God’s will in a matter. We must remember that the purpose of an affirmation is not so that the body from which affirmation is sought can make the decision (Hebrews 13:17). The elders will make the final decision after a fair hearing by the relevant bodies. This final decision should under serious circumstances be put before the relevant body either formally or informally again to allow them further time for interaction, agreement or disagreement or as stated below for informal affirmation.|
|6.2.2 ELIGIBLE MEMBERS|
|A church member is eligible to vote in formal affirmations when he or she is present and has reached the age of eighteen.|
|From time to time the Church shall be called to make a decision on critical issues at hand. For that purpose the Church will be called to prayer and then to vote either by the raising of hands or by ballot. Percentages required to carry a vote are stipulated under relevant headings in this constitution. The ballots used for voting shall preferably, but not necessarily provide the following choices.|
|ARTICLE 6, SECTION 3: RESPONSIBILITIES OF ELDERS|
|6.3.1 TO SPIRITUALLY SHEPHERD THE CHURCH|
|a) To preach and teach God’s Word (Acts 6:2, 4; 1 Timothy 5:17; 2 Timothy 4:2).
b) To pray (Acts 6:4).
c) To maintain doctrinal purity in the church (Galatians 1:6-9; 1 Timothy 1:3-7; Jude 3-4).
d) To reprove, rebuke, and exhort the church with great patience (2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:9-11).
e) To be examples in the church (1 Peter 5:3).
f) To shepherd the church though their caring and council. (1 Peter 5:3)
|6.3.2 TO GOVERN AND OVERSEE ALL THE AFFAIRS OF THE CHURCH|
|a) To establish policies and practices for the Church that is consistent with scripture and the purpose of the Church (1 Timothy 3:4-5).
b) To direct and oversee all of the financial resources and expenditures of the Church.
c) To direct and oversee the maintaining of adequate and correct accounts, books, and records of the business of the Church.
d) To appoint officers, councils and committees as needed to carry out the business of the Church in an orderly and acceptable manner. Any officer or council appointed by the elders is directly responsible to the elders and shall serve as long as the elders see the need (Acts 6:3).
e) To select a Pastor in accordance with the selection process as decided on by a Special General Meeting called for that purpose.
f) To appoint elders for the Church in accordance with the selection process established in this constitution (Titus 1:5).
g) To appoint deacons for the Church in accordance with the selection process established in this constitution under Article 9 (Acts 6:2-6).
h) To maintain open communication with the Church body.
|ARTICLE 6, SECTION 4: QUALIFICATIONS OF ELDERS|
|6.4.1 CALLED BY GOD|
|An elder (pastor) must be a man who has been called by God into the gospel ministry either vocationally or non-vocationally. The evidences for such a call are as follows:
a) Confirmation of the call to the Elders by other believers (2 Timothy 2:1-2; 3 John 1:12).
b) Possession of the abilities necessary to serve (giftedness).
c) A deep desire to serve in this position (1 Timothy 3:1).
d) A lifestyle characterized by moral integrity (Titus 1: 6-9; 1Peter 5:1-3).
|6.4.2 ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP|
|An elder must affirm and adhere to the constitution of this church (Hebrews 10:25).|
|6.4.3 BIBLICAL QUALIFICATIONS|
|An elder must possess the qualifications described in 1Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9. He shall be:
a) Blameless as a steward of God; above reproach.
b) When married, a husband of one wife.
c) Temperate, sober, vigilant.
d) Sober-minded, prudent.
e) Given to hospitality.
f) Apt to teach; able to teach; he can exhort believers and refute false teaching.
g) Not given to wine.
h) Not violent; not pugnacious.
i) Patient, moderate, forbearing, gentle.
j) Not a brawler; not contentious; not soon angry or quick-tempered.
k) Not covetous; not a lover of money; not greedy of base gain.
l) Rules his own household well. His children are faithful; not accused of rebellion to God.
m) Not a novice; not a new convert.
n) Has a good report or reputation with outsiders.
o) Not self-willed.
p) Loves what is good.
q) Just, fair.
r) Holy, devout.
|An elder (pastor) must be ordained to the ministry by this church (Acts 14:23).|
|ARTICLE 6, SECTION 5: SELECTION OF ELDERS|
|6.5.1 ELDER SELECTION PROCESS FROM WITHIN THE CONGREGATION|
|The process by which elders are nominated and appointed to the body of elders is as follows:
a) As the need arises, the elders shall set aside men that they determine have met the qualifications and calling of the office of elder. They shall be declared as being under consideration.
b) The members at large have the right to nominate as well, or a man may present himself to the elders as one desiring the office of an elder.
c) These men will then if necessary enter into a period of training during which they are equipped, evaluated and encouraged.
d) During the time of training men who for some reason have been proven unsuitable will either be asked to leave the training programme or will be encouraged into other areas of ministry more suitable to their giftedness.
e) The elders shall then make it known to the Church that a particular individual is being considered as a candidate for the office of elder.
f) For a period of time the congregation will have the opportunity to prayerfully consider the individual’s qualifications for the office of elder. If members for any reason feel that the person may be unqualified, they should go to him in love with discretion and privately discuss their concerns (Matthew 18:15-18; Titus 1:7).
g) If after a discussion with the nominee, the members feel that their concern is unresolved, then they should approach the elders with their concern. During the time that a man is under consideration, there are several process options.
h) After the time of consideration, the elders shall make a final announcement regarding the date during which the candidate will be recognised and set apart publicly. During this announcement a final opportunity will be given for members to express their concern with such and appointment.
i) After prayerful consideration of the Elders and the congregation, the elders shall reach unanimity in this regard.
j) Upon the Elders approval, the man shall be set aside before the congregation and immediately assume his position as an elder.
k) Currently the church has two elders/pastors, but the church is not limited in any way to have more.
|ARTICLE 6, SECTION 6: LEADERSHIP AMONG THE ELDERS|
|6.6.1 FIRST AMONG EQUALS|
|As demonstrated in the scriptures, even among the leadership of the Church there is a leader. In as much as the pastor has the responsibility of the spiritual equipping and oversight of the entire congregation, of which each of the elders are a part, he shall be the first among equals in the Elders. As such, he shall serve as the chairman, moderator, and spokesman for the Elders to the Church. He shall have but one vote in the Elders and in that way is an equal among equals (Acts 15:13-21).|
|ARTICLE 6, SECTION 7: REMOVAL OF ELDERS|
|Any elder may be removed from office if he becomes physically or mentally incapacitated, spiritually unqualified, or his inability to serve is established by the remainder of the Elders. Any accusation or action against an elder must be presented to the Elders in accordance with scripture (1 Timothy 5:19-20).|
|ARTICLE 7: THE PASTOR|
|ARTICLE 7, SECTION 1: THE POSITION OF THE PASTOR|
|The pastor is the primary teaching pastor of the Church. He is responsible for the spiritual equipping and oversight of the entire congregation and is the first among equals in the Elders. He is the spokesman for the Elders to the congregation and is directly accountable to the Elders for the carrying out of his duties in the Church (Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:11-12; 1 Peter 5:2-4).|
|ARTICLE 7, SECTION 2: DUTIES OF THE PASTOR|
|The duties and responsibilities of the Pastor are as decided from time to time by the elders. Acts 6:4; Acts 6:4; 1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:5; 1 Timothy 4:16; Titus 1:9; Acts 20:34. .|
|ARTICLE 7, SECTION 3: AUTHORITY TO DELEGATE|
|The elders may, at their discretion, delegate any task pertaining to the administration and oversight of the Church staff. Delegation may be done through individuals or councils. In the event of the delegation of a task, those individuals or councils shall be directly responsible to the Elders, and the elders shall remain responsible for the task. This provision is added with the following tasks in mind, but is not limited to this list.
a) Priority in the selection of pastoral, non-pastoral ministry and support staff.
b) The annual review of all church staff and their ministries.
c) The review of ongoing and new church program possibilities and ministries.
|Romans 10:14-15; 1 Corinthians 9:3-14; Galatians 6:6; 1Thess. 5:12-18; 1 Timothy 5:17-18; 3 John 5-8
|ARTICLE 7, SECTION 4: THE SELECTION OF THE PASTOR|
|The Elders shall select the Pastor as follows:
a) The elders shall serve as the pastor search council, or select the pastor search council.
b) If a council is the preferred option, the elders shall set guidelines and procedures for the council to follow throughout the pastor search process.
c) The council shall consist of at least five persons and shall have a member of the Elders as its chairman.
d) The council shall be directly responsible to the elders and shall keep them informed on its progress.
e) Upon the recommendation of the council and the approval of a specific Pastor Candidate, the Elders shall make known to the congregation all pertinent information about the pastor candidate.
f) A special meeting shall be set and announced publicly at least two weeks in advance when a pastor candidate is coming in view of a call.
g) At the special-called meeting, a formal affirmation of all eligible members shall be taken concerning the candidate for the pastor. The results of this affirmation will be made public.
h) After consideration of the formal affirmation of the congregation, the Elders shall make the final decision regarding the candidate for pastor-teacher. Upon approval of the Elders, a call will be extended to the man who upon acceptance shall become the pastor.
i) The Elders shall announce to the Church the date that the new pastor’s tenure shall begin.
|ARTICLE 7, SECTION 5: FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF THE PASTOR|
|The elders or elder delegated council shall initially establish and continually review the pastor’s financial support and benefit package (1 Timothy 5:19-20).
a) The pastor shall receive his support package information in writing prior to a call being extended, but not before serious discussions in view of a call have taken place.
b) The elders or the elder delegated council or persons shall also review the pastor’s support and benefit package annually.
c) Any change in his support and benefit package shall be given to the pastor in writing.
|ARTICLE 7, SECTION 6: TENURE AND DISMISSAL OF THE PASTOR|
|a) The tenure of the pastor-teacher shall be indefinite in length.
b) The retirement age of the Pastor will be deemed 65 and ongoing ministry will be negotiated annually with no obligation on the pastor or church in this regard.
c) The Elders has the authority to dismiss the pastor if he becomes physically or mentally incapacitated, spiritually unqualified, or his inability to serve is unanimously established by the remainder of the Elders.
d) Any accusation against the pastor must be made in accordance with scripture (1 Timothy 5:19-20).
e) Dismissal of duties may be immediate if so determined by the remainder of the Elders.
f) The pastor must give at least one-month’s written notice if he intends to resign.
g) The time limit of resignation is subject to a lesser time if mutually agreed upon in writing by the pastor and the Elders.
h) Financial support shall continue to the end of the pastor’s tenure. Any leave due to the pastor is paid out ex-gratia.
|ARTICLE 8: CHURCH STAFF|
SECTION 1. PAID MINISTRY STAFF.
|8.1.1 DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF PAID MINISTRY STAFF|
|The elders shall establish the duties and responsibilities of each person in writing. The elders may change these duties as the need arises. Any duties or changes in duties shall be given to each staff member in writing so that each person will know their duties and responsibilities to the Church.|
|8.1.2 PAID MINISTRY STAFF ARE UNDER AUTHORITY|
|Ministry staff shall be directly responsible to the Church represented by the elders for the carrying out of their duties and responsibilities.|
|8.1.3 SELECTION OF PAID MINISTRY STAFF|
|a) The elders shall lead in the selection of all paid ministry staff.
b) Paid ministry staff selection shall be made in accordance with Article 7, Section 4.
|8.1.4 FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF PAID MINISTRY STAFF|
|The elders or elder delegated council shall initially establish and review each person’s financial support package.
a) The staff member shall receive his/her financial support package information in writing before he/she comes to the Church in view of a call.
b) The elders or council appointed by the elders for this purpose shall initially establish the ministry staff member’s support and benefit package. If such a task is carried out by a council their findings will be subject to the approval of the elders.
c) The elders or appointed persons shall review the ministry staff’s support and benefit package at least annually.
d) Any change in his/her support package is subject to the approval of budgeted figures.
|8.1.5 TENURE AND DISMISSAL OF PAID MINISTRY STAFF|
|a) The tenure of paid ministry staff shall be indefinite in length.
b) Upon the recommendation of the elders, paid ministry staff shall be dismissed if they become physically incapacitated, spiritually unqualified, or their inability to perform their duties as established by and confirmed by the Elders.
c) The retirement age of the ministry staff will be deemed 65 and ongoing ministry will be negotiated annually with no obligation on the pastor or church in this regard.
d) Dismissal is subject to Elders’ approval.
e) Dismissal may be immediate if so determined by the remainder of the Elders.
f) Paid ministry staff must give at least one-month’s written notice if they intend to resign.
g) The time limit of resignation is subject to a lesser time if mutually agreed upon in writing by the paid ministry staff and the Elders.
h) Financial support shall continue to the end of a paid ministry staff’s tenure.
i) Any other payments are ex-gratia.
|8.2.1 DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF NON-PAID MINISTRY STAFF|
|Non-paid ministry staff members will be deemed as those whose financial support is either raised through outside support or paid from another source than the Church. Non-paid ministry staff members can also be those who feel led to offer their service on a full-time basis free of charge and in so doing hold themselves as fully accountable just as if they were paid staff. The elders shall establish the duties and responsibilities of each non-paid ministry staff member in writing.|
|8.2.2 NON-PAID MINISTRY STAFF ARE UNDER AUTHORITY|
|In spite of the fact that their salaries are not paid by the Church, non-paid ministry staff shall be directly responsible to the elders for the carrying out of their duties and responsibilities. The elders may choose to delegate that accountability to the council overseeing the ministry the non-paid ministry staff is involved in.|
|8.2.3 SELECTION OF NON-PAID MINISTRY STAFF|
|a) The elders shall lead in the selection of all non-paid ministry staff unless such authority has been delegated to another person or council.
b) Non paid ministry staff selection shall be made in accordance with Article 7, Section 4 where applicable.
|8.2.4 TENURE AND DISMISSAL OF NON-PAID MINISTRY STAFF|
|a) The tenure of non-paid ministry staff shall be indefinite in length.
b) Upon the recommendation of the elders, or the delegated authority over the ministry occupied by the non-paid ministry staff worker such staff member shall be dismissed if they become physically incapacitated, spiritually unqualified, or their inability to perform their duties is established by and confirmed by the Elders.
c) The retirement age of non-paid ministry staff will be deemed 65.
d) Dismissal may be immediate if so determined by the remainder of the Elders.
e) Non-paid ministry staff members must give at least one-month’s written notice if they intend to resign.
f) The time limit of resignation is subject to a lesser time if mutually agreed upon by the non-paid ministry staff member and the Elders in writing.
|8.3.1 DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILIIES OF SUPPORT STAFF|
|Support Staff are those who are employed in positions not directly related to ministry but as those who undergird ministries e.g. secretaries, office helps, book keepers, property maintenance, domestic services etc. The elders or delegated authority shall establish the duties and responsibilities of support staff in writing. They may change these duties as the need arises. Any duties or changes in duties shall be given to them in writing so that they will know their duties and responsibilities to the Church and its ministries when they function according to their own terms of reference.|
|8.3.2 SUPPORT STAFF ARE UNDER AUTHORITY|
|Support staff shall be directly responsible to the elders or to the council designated with the responsibility of carrying out certain ministries as far as their own duties and responsibilities are concerned.|
|8.3.3 SELECTION OF SUPPORT STAFF|
|a) The elders and/or person delegated to this responsibility shall lead in the selection of all support staff.
b) The selection shall be subject to Elders’ approval.
c) The position of support staff appointments shall go before the Church for formal or informal affirmation only when it is a new position to be funded from the Church budget, and such a position is greater than that of cleaning and gardening staff.
d) When such a position is covered from outside sources no church approval is needed.
|8.3.4 FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF SUPPORT STAFF|
|The elders shall establish and review the financial support package of all ministry support staff.
|8.3.5 TENURE AND DISMISSAL OF SUPPORT STAFF|
|ARTICLE 9: DEACONS|
|The office of deacon is described in I Timothy 3: 8–13 and Acts 6: 1–7. The church shall recognize, in accordance with the constitutional provisions on elections, men who are giving of themselves in service to the church, and who possess particular gifts of service. These members shall be received as gifts of Christ to His church and set apart as deacons.|
|ARTICLE 9, SECTION 1: PURPOSE OF DEACONS|
|The purpose of deacons in the Church is as follows:
a) To work and serve alongside the elders and staff to support, encourage, promote, and uphold their ministry (Acts 6:3).
b) To exemplify spiritual maturity in the fellowship of the Church, in their family, personal, and business relationships (1 Timothy 3:8-16).
c) To be people of prayer and students of the Word of God (1 Timothy 2:8; 2 Timothy 2:14-15).
d) To take care of the practical side of the Church ministry either in person or through oversight; e.g. door duty, care of facilities, assistance to widows & orphans, ushering at meetings etc.
|ARTICLE 9, SECTION 1: ACTIVE CHURCH MEMBERSHIP|
|A deacon must be an active voting member of this Church for one year prior to the time of election to the diaconate unless the Elders approve a shorter time (1).|
|ARTICLE 9, SECTION 2: BIBLICAL QUALIFICATIONS|
|A deacon must possess the qualifications as described in scripture.|
|(1) 1 Timothy 3:10, (2) Acts 6:3, (3) Acts 6:3, (4) 1 Timothy 3:8, (5) 1 Timothy 3:9, (6) 1 Timothy 3:10, (7) 1 Timothy 3:12, (8) 1 Timothy 3:12,|
|ARTICLE 9, SECTION 3: DEACON SELECTION PROCESS|
|The process by which deacons are selected is as follows:
a) The Elders shall determine if there is a need for additional deacons for the Church (Acts 6:1-7).
b) When the Elders determines that there is a need for additional deacons, it shall recognise suitably qualified people whose suitability will be tested before such name is brought to the Church for informal affirmation. Members as well may recommend such candidates on an ongoing basis. (Acts 6:1-7).
c) Nominations by the Church shall be prayerfully considered by the elders for the position of deacon. Upon affirmation by the elders such names shall go before the Church for a period of no less than one month and no longer than two months for informal affirmation.
d) A special service shall be held so that the elders may present those men that they have appointed as deacons so that they may be formally set aside as deacons by the laying on of hands (Acts 6:1-7).
|ARTICLE 9, SECTION 4: DEACON OFFICERS|
|The diaconate shall preferably be led by an elder appointed by the Elders to head up this ministry. If no elder is willing or available to head up this ministry the Elders will appoint from amongst the deacons a person to head up this ministry.
|ARTICLE 10: CHURCH PROPERTY|
|ARTICLE 10, SECTION 1: ACQUISITION OF CHURCH PROPERTY|
|All property which the Church may acquire whether movable or immovable shall be held and administered solely for the furtherance of its objectives and the propagation of its principles.|
|ARTICLE 10, SECTION 2: REGISTRATION OF IMMOVABLE PROPERTY|
|All immovable property acquired or hereinafter acquired by the Church shall be the separate fully owned property of the Church, and such property must be registered in the name of the Church. The church will handle the registration of the immovable property through its Elders who will authorise those with signing powers.
|ARTICLE 10, SECTION 3. TRANSFER OF IMMOVABLE PROPERTY|
|No disposal or transfer of immovable property bought by the Church or donated to the Church for it’s express purposes shall be valid unless authorised by a resolution passed at a Special General Meeting called for that purpose.|
|ARTICLE 10, SECTION 4. APPLICATION OF PROCEEDS OF SALE OF PROPERTY|
|The proceeds derived from the sale or other disposal of any property of the Church shall be applied and devoted in such manner as the Church, or where the Church has ceased to exist the Sola 5 & BNA associations may deem best fitted to secure the furtherance of the objects of the Church and the propagation of its principles.|
|ARTICLE 11: DISSOLUTION OF THE CHURCH|
|The Church may at any time be dissolved by a resolution of a majority of two-thirds of the members present at a Special General Meeting of the Church. In the event of such resolution being passed such Meeting shall thereupon authorise the Elders or such members thereof who may still hold office, to take the necessary steps to wind up the affairs of the Church, and in particular to transfer the property of the Church in due.
If the Elders no longer exists or any members thereof, the meeting shall appoint and authorise any other suitable person or the sending Church, Christ Baptist Church, through its officers to comply with the above requirements.
|The Church shall be deemed to have ceased to exist when public worship shall have been discontinued and the stated purposes of the Church ceases to continue in any acceptable form. It shall also cease to exist when the number of active members has dropped to below 10.|
ARTICLE 12: OPERATIONAL PROCEDURE AND GUIDELINES
The following procedures and provisions stated herein provide direction, instruction, and/or guidance concerning general areas, committee functions, job descriptions and/or other areas not addressed specifically within the Constitution and By-Laws. The expressed purpose of any procedure or guideline contained wherein is to insure expectations and responsibilities are consistent and understood by all parties. The church upon proper notice may elect to alter, amend, repeal, and/or adopt other procedures or guidelines as it deems appropriate through regular or special called business meetings.
|ARTICLE 12, SECTION 1: GUIDING PRINCIPLES|
We adhere to the fact that Christ lives within each believer, therefore we believe that those called to serve in staff/personnel positions must strive to reflect Christ. The following principles reflect the expectation of all individuals serving in staff positions of the church. Such staff/personnel shall exhibit High moral standards and behaviour. Courtesy, helpfulness, and friendliness which is due each member of the church.
Support of constitution, By-Laws, policies and procedures approved and adopted by the church. Allegiance to and cooperation with the pastor and support of other staff/personnel positions. The pastor serves as the overseer and supervises all individuals serving in a staff or salaried position. The pastor shall seek to resolve any issues that may arise in a satisfactory manner. The Pastor shall consult with and/or notify the Leadership on all matters that affect salaried positions within the church. Any recommendations regarding a staff or salaried position shall come from the Personnel Committee.
|ARTICLE 12, SECTION 2: JOB DESCRIPTIONS|
This section contains all job descriptions and/or staff leadership positions of the church. The church may through its normal business processes add, change, delete and/or modify the job descriptions to best meet the ministry needs of the church and community.
The Pastor is the spiritual leader of the congregation. He is responsible for leading members to witness, to grow, and to develop Christian maturity. He is to use his skills in proclamation and pastoral care in meeting the needs of persons in the church and community. The Pastor is also to function as the administrative leader of the church.
The qualifications shall be consistent with those listed in 1 Timothy 3:1-7. The church may through either a regular or special called business meeting amend the qualifications to include minimum educational, experience, and/or training requirements for the pastor position(s).
- Proclaim the gospel and lead the Church in proclaiming the gospel to the community.
- Lead the church in a caring ministry for persons in and outside the church.
- Lead or make provisions for the leadership of the congregational services and/or worship activities within the Church.
- Preach at worship services, or arrange to have this function performed. The Pastor is responsible for the Visiting Pastor when he is away for any other reason.
- Plan and provide leadership in the observance of the Church Ordinances.
- Conduct counselling sessions, funeral services, wedding ceremonies, and other pastoral activities as led by the Holy Spirit.
- Serve as the Moderator of the church during church business meetings.
- Serve as Chairman of the Church Council to lead in planning, coordinating, and evaluating the total programs of church and other designated functions.
- Provide administrative leadership for the total church programs and work with the deacons, church officers, and church committees as they perform their assigned duties.
- Serve as the general supervisor for all salaried employees and conduct staff meetings to accomplish the approved ministry objectives, plans, and programs of the church.
- Responsible for reviewing all information communicated or posted through the church’s web site.
- Cooperate with associational, and denominational leaders in matters of mutual interest and support.
- Demonstrates responsible stewardship of entrusted resources, adheres to established expenditure guidelines, and consults with Budget & Finance committee on all expenditures.
- Creates, establishes, and maintains a calendar of activities, events, and/or opportunities; preferably six months in advance and insures such items are reflected on the church calendar. (Note: Such activities and/or events are to be shared through multiple communication channels; such as the business meetings, bulletins, newsletters, website, flyers/posters, etc. to adequately inform affected parties or members.)
|ARTICLE 13: MODIFICATION OF CONSTITUTION|
|The constitution adopted by the Church in a business meeting held on 15 April 2018 shall supersede all prior resolutions, precedents, and actions of the Church not in harmony with its provisions. Note that this Constitution was adopted on 18 June 2018, for the purpose of registering the Church as an NPO or PBO.
The constitution may be amended or changed by the Elders after approval from the Church. Changes to Article 3, Statement of Faith and Doctrine, will require a unanimous vote of the Elders before being presented to the Church. The Elders shall seek either formal or informal affirmation of the congregation when changes or amendments to the constitution are required. Notification of such changes will be given for four consecutive Sunday mornings either in writing or through a public announcement to ensure that the majority of members have been informed. If during this period no concerns are raised it is accepted that consensus has been reached. The whole Church then agrees to stand by the decision.