Our Affirmation of Faith………………………………………………………page 2-4
Our Church Covenant…………………………………………………………page 4-5
Article I – Name and Organization…………….…………………………...…page 6
Article II – Purpose……………………………………………………………page 6
Article III – Legal Status……………………………………………………...page 6-7
Article IV – Property……………………………………………………….....page 7
Article V – Government………….…………………………………………...page 7
Article VI – Membership………………………………………….…………..page 7-8
Article VII – Officers…………………………………………..……………..page 9
Article VIII – Amendments…………………………………………………...page 9
Revised May 1, 2011
MCMICKEN HEIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH
Trusting the Lord Jesus Christ for our salvation and looking to the Scriptures as our rule of faith and practice, we therefore voluntarily band ourselves together as a body of baptized believers in Jesus Christ for the fulfillment of the purpose for which Christ established His church on earth, including a more certain preservation of the principles of our faith, to the end that this body may be governed in an orderly manner consistent with the eternal Word of god, in the adoption of this Constitution for our government, the affirmation of faith as a guide to our doctrine, and the covenant as a guide for conduct.
OUR AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
- THE WORD OF GOD – 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. (John 17:17; Romans 15:4; II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21)
- THE TRINITY – 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. (Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-4; I John 5:7)
- GOD THE FATHER – We believe in God, the Father, an infinite personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (John 3:16-17; John 4:24; John 17:5)
- JESUS CHRIST – We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. 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, and personal visible return to earth. (Isaiah 7:14; John 1:14; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:2-3; I John 1:7)
- 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 14:26; John 16:7-15; Romans 8:14-17; Ephesians 1:13-14)
- REGENERATION – We believe that all men are sinners by nature and by choice are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Chris as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. (John 1:12-13; John 3:3,16, 17; Acts 20:21; Ephesians 2:1-9; Titus 3:5)
- 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, ministry 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. (Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 2:38-41; Ephesians 2:19-22; Ephesians 5:25-27)
- CHRISTIAN CONDUCT – We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellowmen; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ. (II Corinthians 9:6-8; Ephesians 4:11-16; Philippians 2:14-16; Colossians 3:17-23; I Thessalonians 5:17-18)
- 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 a 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. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-42; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-32)
- 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 an 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. (Acts 4:18-20)
- CHURCH COOPERATION – We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization, whether regional or district conference, exists and functions by the will of the churches. Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. Churches may likewise cooperate with interdenominational fellowships on a voluntary, independent basis. (Acts 15:22-33; I Corinthians 16:3)
12. THE LAST THINGS – 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, the final judgment, the eternal felicity of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked. (John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:1-15; II Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 25:31-46)
13. BELIEFS ON MARRIAGE – We believe that Christian marriage is a sacred covenant ordained of God, “For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be glued to his wife.” God has given marriage for the happiness and propagation of mankind. Same sex or bestial acts are sinful and unnatural. Adultery and fornication are sinful acts that destroy God’s design for marriage. The marriage covenant is a spiritual and physical union into which one man and one woman may enter for the glory of God and, according to scripture, is to be broken only by death. The term “marriage” is used only in reference to this covenant between the opposite sex. We believe spouses must choose to maintain this covenant before God so as not to break faith with God and their spouse. We do not believe divorce is God’s solution to marital problems.
14. BELIEFS ON FORNICATION AND UNNATURAL SEX – We believe that heterosexuality is God’s revealed will for humankind and that a chaste and faithful expression of this orientation (whether in singleness or marriage) is the ideal to which God calls all people. We believe that fornication, homosexuality and bestiality are lusts that result from the fall of humanity into sinfulness. We believe there is hope for the person dealing with sinful lust and that Jesus Christ offers a healing alternative in which the power of sin is broken and the person is freed to know and choose to live a chaste heterosexual life. We believe that this freedom is attained through a process which includes recognizing lustful behavior as sin (rebellion against God’s desire), renouncing the practice of the lustful behavior, rediscovering healthy, non-erotic friendships with people of the same sex, and in the age to come rising from the dead with a new body free from every sinful impulse.
We believe that fornication, homosexuality and bestiality are emotionally and physically unhealthy behavior. We believe these acts to be a counterfeit that devalues the family and the unique role of men and women in their children’s lives. We believe that children are best served living with both their mother and father, and no child should willfully be deprived of these benefits.
(Genesis 1:26-28; Genesis 2:18-25; Genesis 3; Proverbs 5; Song of Solomon; Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:4-9; Ephesians 5:25-33; Romans 7:2; I Corinthians 7:2-3, 10-16; 1 Timothy 3:2, 12; Genesis 19:1-1; Genesis 3:14-15; Romans 3:23; 6:23; Leviticus 18:21-23; 20:13; Judges 19:22-30; Romans 1:18-32; I Corinthians6:8-11; I Timothy 1:9-10; II Peter 2:6-10; Jude 7. The Bible also condemns all types of fornication that would therefore include homosexuality. (Mathew 15:19; Mark 7:21: John 8:41; Acts 15:20, 29; Galatians 5:19-21; I Thessalonians 4:3; Hebrews 13:4) (See also the complete policy statement on file)
OUR CHURCH COVENANT
Having been led by the Holy Spirit of God to receive Jesus Christ as Savior and to confess Him as Lord, and on confession of this 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 covenant with one another, as one body in Christ, to lead a life worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him.
FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF THIS CHURCH
We promise by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to forsake the ways of sin and to walk together in Christian love and in the paths of righteousness. With this in view, we engage to strive together for both the peace and purity of this Church; to sustain its worship; and steadfastly to cherish and hold its ordinances, discipline, and doctrines.
AS CHRISTIAN STEWARDS
We promise to contribute, as faithful stewards, such time, talent and money in the measure that God prospers of us, that the responsibility for the work of the local church and the worldwide ministry of spreading the Gospel be faithfully and effectively discharged.
ALONE AND AT HOME
We also engage to maintain family and private devotions; to teach the Bible to our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances.
BEFORE THE WORLD
We promise to be just in our dealings and faithful in our engagements; to be exemplary in our deportment; to avoid unkind words and unrighteous anger; to combine zeal and knowledge in our efforts to advance the cause of our Savior; and to make Christ first in all things, both spiritual and temporal.
TOWARD ONE ANOTHER
We further engage to give and receive admonition with meekness and affection; to remember each other in prayer, and to aid each other in case of sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation; and mindful of the Scriptures, to seek it without delay, to encourage one another in the blessed hope of our Lord’s return.
WHEN WE MOVE
We moreover engage that when we move from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some local church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of the Word of God.
ARTICLE I – NAME AND ORGANIZATION
1. Name: The name of this organization shall be McMicken Heights Baptist Church.
2. Organization: The organization took place on the 5th day of March, 1949.
3. Incorporation: This organization was incorporated under and pursuant of the provisions of RCW 24.03, Washington Non-Profit Corporation Act on the 9th day of April, 1957. Incorporation No. 2-136410-4.
4. Affiliation: This church shall maintain affiliation with Converge Northwest Conference and of Converge Worldwide (formerly Baptist General Conference).
ARTICLE II – PURPOSE
The purpose of this church shall be:
a. to worship and glorify Almighty God.
b. to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to our community and to all parts of the world.
c. to teach and disciple Christians in the Word of God; to develop in them a consistent Christian character, and encourage them to actively serve the Lord Jesus Christ.
d. to promote missionary enterprises at home and abroad.
e. to administer the ordinances of the New Testament.
f. to minister to the spiritual and temporal needs of its members, the community, and all people everywhere.
ARTICLE III – LEGAL STATUS
No part of the net earnings of the church shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers or other private persons, except compensation for services rendered and to make payment and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article 2 hereof. Upon the dissolution of the corporation, the Board shall, after paying and making provisions for the payment of all the liabilities of the corporation, dispose of all of the assets of the corporation in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated
exclusively for charitable, educational and religious purposes, as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law) as the board shall determine.
ARTICLE IV – PROPERTY
Section 1. Division: In case of organic division of the church membership, the church property shall belong to those members who abide by this constitution. Should any controversy arise as to who is abiding by this constitution, the question shall be submitted to the Trustees of the Converge Northwest Conference and their decision shall be final.
Section 2. Dissolution: Should conditions arise, when, for any reason, the church work cannot continue, the church property shall be transferred to the Converge Northwest Conference or its successor according to Article III.
Section 3. Property: when it deems such action expedient, necessary or beneficial in promoting and advancing the work and purpose for which this corporation is formed; to take, secure, accept, hold or acquire, by gift, purchase, legacy or otherwise, real and personal property whenever it may deem the same proper, necessary and expedient in the work and purposes for which this body was organized and incorporated; and to hold, lease, encumber, give, exchange, sell, transfer or dispose of the same, in part or in whole; and to do or accomplish such acts as this body shall deem necessary or incidental thereto; all such acts to conform to the laws of the state.
ARTICLE V – GOVERNMENT
The government of this church is vested in the body of members who compose it. Thus, the final authority for decision shall be the congregation, to whom the Board and staff are responsible.
ARTICLE VI – MEMBERSHIP
- Qualifications: Any person confessing faith in Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord and giving evidence of regeneration and whose conversations and behavior agree with this churches Statement of faith may be a candidate for membership.
Admission: Any person who has been baptized by immersion and has demonstrated their commitment through participation the life of this church and is presented to the membership by the Elders and gives a verbal confession of their faith in Jesus may be admitted into membership in this church.
2. Responsibilities and Rights.
a. Every member of the church is expected to attend its meetings, to work for its growth, to fittingly represent his or her Lord and church in the community, and to contribute regularly and according to his or her ability.
b. Members shall strive with God’s help to keep their church obligations. They shall hold their pastor in esteem and pray for him as well as other officers of the church and work with them in carrying out the program of the church. They shall endeavor to preserve the unity of the church and, if at any time they find themselves opposed to the fundamental doctrines of the church, they shall not seek to disrupt its fellowship but shall quietly withdraw from its membership.
c. All members in good standing shall have equal rights, except that those under voting age shall be ineligible to vote on corporate matters. Members of this church have no property rights and upon termination of membership shall be entitled to no interest in the assets.
- Dismissal of Members.
Any member desiring to sever his or her membership shall be dismissed upon request. Such dismissal, if so requested, may be accompanied by a letter of commendation or transfer to another Baptist church. Any member who joins another church will be dismissed from membership in this church. Dismissal shall be effected only after approval by a majority of the members present at a meeting of the church.
- Discipline of Members.
a. Members who persist in living unchristian lives and who habitually neglect their church obligations may be removed from membership. The Elder Board shall seek to meet with all such persons in order to restore them to fellowship, helping them meet their responsibilities and rights. Failing to see satisfactory evidence of repentance and reformation, the Board shall report the offenders to the church, recommending removal from membership.
b. In all cases of grievances between members, the offenders shall be dealt
with in accordance with the rules set forth in Matthew 18:15-20. No public charge shall be made until such reconciliation has been attempted. Charges shall be written and shall be submitted to the Board for further action and possible church decision.
ARTICLE VII – OFFICERS
a. Pastor – called by the church by ballot.
b. Elder Board members – elected by the church by ballot.
c. Others by appointment.
- Election shall be according to the Bylaws.
ARTICLE VIII – AMENDMENTS
Amendments to this constitution may be adopted at any annual meeting of the church by a 2/3 majority vote of the voting-aged members present and voting, provided that proper notice embodying such amendments has been presented and discussed and adopted for presentation by a majority vote at the previous annual meeting. At no time can any amendment be adopted that is contrary to historic Baptist beliefs and practices.
Article I – Membership……………………………………………………………..Page 2
Article II – Church Positions…..…………………………………………………...Page 2-4
Article III – Elder Board Members………………………………………..………..Page 4
Article IV – Standing Committees………………………………………………….Page 4-5
Article V – Meetings…………………………………………………………….….Page 5-6
Article VI – Elections……………………………………………………………….Page 6
Article VII – Pastoral Relations……………………………………………………..Page 6-8
Article VIII – Auxiliary Organizations……………………………………………...Page 8
Article IX - Parliamentary Authority………………………………………………..Page 8
Article X – Amendments…………………………………………………………....Page 8
Revised May 1, 2011
GUIDELINES (BY LAWS)
ARTICLE I - MEMBERSHIP
A. The candidate must be baptized by immersion before being voted on for membership.
B. The candidate for membership will be interviewed by the Elder Board (EB).
C. The candidate will be presented by an EB member before the assembled church at any regular meeting in order to share their testimony of their faith in Christ.
D. The membership will vote upon the recommendation of the EB regarding the candidate.
E. The candidate will be welcomed into the membership of the church through the right hand of fellowship being extended by all the church following the vote.
ARTICLE II CHURCH POSITIONS
1. Church Officers
a. Pastor (Chairman)
b. EB Members
d. Financial Secretary
2. Church Positions:
a. Clerk (may do away with position and divide up responsibilities)
d. Standing Committees
a. Pastor will meet those set forth in I Timothy 3.1-7. His doctrine will fit that of the affirmation of faith of this church. He will be sympathetic and cooperative with Converge Worldwide and the other affiliations and associations of the church.
b. EB Members will meet those set forth in I Timothy 3.1-7, and have served in some capacity of leadership for one year prior to their nomination to the EB. A candidate for Elder will be selected by the Pastor with the agreement of the EB before his nomination before the congregation.
c. Deacons and Deaconesses will meet those qualifications set forth in I Timothy 3.8-13 and have been a member of the church for one year. These candidates will be selected by the EB with agreement from the Deacons or Deaconesses respectively.
d. All officers will have been actively serving as a member of the church for one year as recognized by the EB.
4. Officer Duties
a. The Pastor will:
i. Preach the gospel and train other men who are interested to do the same. He will preach the Bible as led by the Holy Spirit.
ii. Train others interested in how to share the gospel.
iii. Shepherd the flock of God and promote their scriptural interests.
iv. Organize and develop the church’s strength for the best possible service.
v. Be the chairman of the church, administrative officer of the EB, and advisory member of all committees and organizations of the church.
b. The Elder Board will:
i. Shepherd the flock for their spiritual well-being and growth.
ii. Work with the Pastor in his duties.
iii. Be advisory members of all committees and church organizations.
iv. Elect their own vice chairman who will also serve as vice chairman of the church.
v. Appoint a moderator for all church business meetings.
vi. Have oversight of the Deacon and Deaconess Boards.
vii. Vice Chairman will discharge the duties of the Pastor in his absence. He will make sure the pulpit is filled as needed.
viii. Appoint three qualified people to sign church checks.
c. Limiting Authority of Elder Board:
i. Shall not sell, mortgage, or dispose of Church property without the consent of the membership.
ii. Shall not approve a non-budget item exceeding 1% of the church’s budget, with the annual total for all non-budget items not to exceed 5% of the church’s annual budget. Emergency expenditures involving immediate repairs to prevent further catastrophe to the property or to enable worship to take place in the facility are exempt from the limitations mentioned when approved by the full EB.
d. Financial Secretary will:
Keep an accurate account of all monies received, deposit the same in the church bank account and give the Treasurer the total of each offering received.
e. Treasurer will:
i. Keep an accurate account of all monies deposited.
ii. Make payments on all obligations of the church.
iii. Monitor expenditures so that they fall within the approved budget.
c. Church Positions
a. Clerk will:
i. Keep the minutes of all business meetings.
ii. Help the Moderator maintain the order of business meetings according to Roberts Rules of Order.
iii. Disciple men to assume leadership roles.
iv. Keep an accurate record of all members.
b. Deacon will:
i. Demonstrate willingness to lead and organize members of the church for the glory of God and advancement of the ministry.
ii. Assume responsibility of one or more ministries.
iii. Disciple men to assume leadership roles.
iv. Be recognized by the church membership as demonstrating the qualities of a Deacon.
c, Deaconesses will:
i. Assume the responsibilities of serving the members of the church.
ii. Be recognized by the church membership as demonstrating the qualities of a
iii. Disciple women to have a gentle and quiet spirit.
iv. Fulfill the responsibilities (determined by the Deaconess board).
d. Terms of Office.
a. Pastor will: serve for an indeterminate period of time.
b. EB members will: be elected for three (3) year terms or less and staggered so as to minimize the number elected in any one year.
c. Other elected persons will: serve for one (1) year terms or less with the approval of the church.
ARTICLE III ELDER BOARD MEMBERS
1. The desired minimum number of EB members will be three. If in the event a full complement of Elders is not available, the EB will seek to have a qualified man temporarily seated from an affiliated church to act as an advisor.
2. Removal of EB Member: An EB member may be removed for failure to attend scheduled EB meetings without reasonable cause, gross negligence of duties, or sin which is proven and unrepentant. A 75% vote by the membership is required to remove an EB member from office.
ARTICLE IV – STANDING COMMITTEES
- Standing committees: The church and EB will carry out their work through the establishment of standing committees. Standing committees will be utilized until the EB or congregation feel that they should be terminated. These committees may form subcommittees to carry out their work. The committees will seek to have monthly meetings and submit their minutes to the EB. The following chart shows the flow of committee responsibility:
A. Social: they shall plan, recruit workers, organize, delegate responsibility and manage certain church social functions. Creativity, initiative, variety, and tantalizing tastes should mark the work of this committee. They shall set the ambiance to fit the occasion. They will communicate with committees and the EB and inform them of their plans and needs. They will develop a list of workers who will: set up, take down, clean up (adequately for worship if the facility is used on a Saturday), provide food items, serve, purchase items, advertise an event, provide
costumes, etc. They shall suggest special events to committees and work with appropriate committees to run their picnics, parties, or potlucks when applicable. They are encouraged to create new experiences for the congregation.
B. Property: They will provide the church with a comprehensive schedule of
proposed remodel, repair, and upgrades of the facility and grounds. These
will include time, cost estimates and if needed bids from licensed contractors.
They will determine the financial feasibility of projects with the Treasurer. They
will schedule workdays for projects and assign regular tasks for routine
maintenance. They will propose their annual budget needs in a timely manner.
C. Worship: They will exercise leadership in worship to permit the congregation
to express both words and feeling to glorify our Heavenly Father. They will use variety in planning their format and music. They will provide music as needed by the congregation and schedule special presentations and outside presenters. The doctrine of the words expressed through music, plays or speaking will fit the doctrine of the church as stated in the Constitution. Special events should be communicated to the congregation and advertised in the community as needed.
D. Education. This committee shall have responsibility for the vision and planning
of all teaching ministry at MHBC. They shall schedule all activities for promotion and celebrations, events, seminars, training teachers, staffing, fund raisers, contests, skits, etc. arising from or having a bearing on the educational processes of the church. They are encouraged to be creative, relevant, and innovative in their approaches. They shall read and research relevant materials regarding teaching techniques, materials and technical equipment used in teaching. They shall submit quarterly schedules to the Elders.
E. Auditing Committee: will be formed and governed as determined by the
ARTICLE V – MEETINGS
Section 1. Business meetings.
A. The annual business meeting will be held in January. The date will be
advertised by the vice chairman on the two consecutive Sundays prior to the meeting during worship service and will be placed in the journal/bulletin the same Sundays.
B. Quarterly business meetings will be held in the months of April, July, and
C. Special business meetings:
Other business meetings may take place at a meeting requested by the EB or a written petition by a quorum of the voting membership. Such a request must be presented in writing to the vice chairman stating the nature of the business and the time of the meeting. The vice chairman must then advertise the meeting at the worship services the two consecutive Sundays prior to the stated date.
Section 2. Elder Board and Committee Meetings.
A. The EB will meet no less than once per month.
B. The standing committees will meet as determined by the committee or when a committee member request a special meeting.
C. Subcommittees will meet as determined by the standing committee they serve.
ARTICLE VI ELECTIONS
Section 1. Time.
A. The election of EB members will be held at the third (3rd) quarterly business meeting in October. Their term ministry will begin at the Annual Business Meeting.
B. Approval of appointed officers will be at the annual business meeting.
Section 2. Procedure.
- Elder candidates will be presented to the congregation by the EB. The name will be made known to the congregation three weeks before the October meeting to give them an opportunity to tell the EB any reason the candidate is not qualified. Unless the EB feels they should change their mind the candidate will be placed on the ballot at the October meeting.
B. All elections will be by written ballot and require an 80% affirmative vote of the
C, Elder positions will be filled according to Art. II, 2b or Art III, 1.
D. The congregation will present names to the EB for other key positions. These
candidates must meet the requirements stipulated in the Guidelines.
Section 3. Quorum.
A quorum will consist of at least 20% of the voting membership and not less than 10 persons.
Section 4. Qualifications of voters.
A member must be a least age eighteen (18) and in good standing.
Section 6. Absentee Ballots.
A voting member who attends regularly but will be unable to attend the business meeting because of illness or infirmity may request an absentee ballot for the election or removal of EB members or a pastor, or on all matters pertaining to the purchase, sale, or mortgaging of the property.
ARTICLE VII – PASTORAL RELATIONS
Section 1. Establishment of pastoral relationship.
A. Selection and duties of the pulpit committee. When it is necessary to call a pastor a pulpit committee made up of a cross section of the congregation, including at least one Elder, will be appointed for the congregation. This committee will seek a suitable candidate for pastor of the church and will arrange for the church to become acquainted with the candidate. In seeking a suitable candidate, the committee will
consult fellow members and the leaders of our conference to determine the criteria to be used for selection. The committee will also formulate the financial terms of the call.
B. Extension of the call. The recommendation of the pulpit committee concerning (1) the call of the pastor and (2) the terms of such call will be presented to the church at a specially called business meeting. Notice of such a meeting will be made on two consecutive Sundays prior to the meeting. An affirmative vote of 90% of the membership will be necessary to extend a call to the candidate. A majority vote of the members will approve the terms of the call. Only one candidate at a time will be presented to the church. The vote will be by written ballot. When the call is approved it will be sent to the candidate by the head of the pulpit committee. The candidates’ written acceptance of the call will establish the pastoral relationship as of the date agreed upon by the church and the candidate. This will include church membership for the pastor and his wife.
Section 2. Working Arrangements with the Pastor
A. The pastors salary, housing, vacation and professional growth needs will be reviewed
annually by the EB, particularly for budget preparation
B. The pastor’s resignation will be by letter to the EB. The EB will present the letter of resignation to the church and make recommendations to the church regarding the date of dissolution of the pastoral relationship at a business meeting. The pastor’s salary will end at that date.
C. If the church seeks to dissolve the pastoral relationship for any reason other than Biblical just cause they may do so, but severance pay will be equal a total of two weeks for every year served. If the pastoral relationship is severed by the pastor, severance, if any, will be determined by the congregation.
D. A proposal to dismiss a pastor will be referred to the EB who will meet with the
pastor and grieved parties. The EB will determine if the grievance is
legitimate and act in order to correct the situation. The EB will be required to
present a written request for dismissal of the pastor when signed by at least
20% of the membership. The church may dissolve the pastoral relationship with the recommendation of the EB when carried by a majority of written ballots of qualified voters present and voting at a special business meeting. The measure will be voted on at a special business meeting called for that purpose and be by written ballot from qualified members. Dismissal will require a majority vote. In the event such a petition fails all those who signed or supported the petition will automatically have their memberships in the church revoked according to the requirements of the Constitution, Article 6, 2b. The re-establishment of members will take place on a case-by-case basis with the approval of the EB.
Section 3. Working relationship with other employees
A. Any salaried staff member will be employed at a business meeting upon recommendation of the EB. Employment will take place when a majority of members present affirm it. Employees will be under the supervision of the EB.
B. Terms of employment will be fixed at the time of employment and changed upon
recommendation of the EB and approval of the membership.
C. The EB will present each salaried worker a written job description.
ARTICLE VIII - AUXILLIARY ORGANIZATIONS (AO)
A. The AO must be 501(c)(3) designated and be incorporated and present their constitution and by-laws to the congregation.
B. The church membership must approve their plans and activities. The AO will present regular reports concerning their activities or any changes in status. The membership may designate a special standing committee to deal with the AO.
C. The AO must carry adequate insurance as determined by the congregation.
ARTICLE IX – PARLIMENTARY AUTHORITY
Church business meetings will follow Roberts Rules of Order when applicable and when not in conflict with the Constitution or Guidelines.
ARTICLE X – AMENDMENTS
The Guidelines may be amended at any regular or special business meeting of the church by a two thirds (2/3) vote of the present quorum, provided that notice was given two prior successive Sunday mornings during worship service and the amendment(s) is fully disclosed for any member requesting a printed or digital copy during the same two weeks.