ARTICLE I – NAME
The name of this church shall be the Faith Baptist Church of Adrian.
ARTICLE II – PURPOSE
The purpose of this church shall be the advancement of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. It shall seek to attain this end through the public worship of God, the preaching of the Gospel, consistent Christian living by its members, personal evangelism, missionary endeavor and Christian education.
ARTICLE III – POLITY
The government shall be vested in the body which composes its membership.
ARTICLE IV – DOCTRINE
This church receives the New Testament as an all-sufficient basis of doctrine and practice. Everything that Faith Baptist Church does is founded upon the Truth set forth in the Bible, which is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). Because the essential beliefs serve as the bedrock of our ministry (Matthew 7:24), all members and everyone involved in our ministry is expected to act in a manner that promotes and supports these beliefs. It is also expected of all ministry workers, participants, and those who use Faith Baptist facilities to support the spiritual purpose of our church or ministry and behave in accordance with those purposes.
These are the essential beliefs of Faith Baptist Church.
- We believe in one God, maker of heaven and earth, and eternally existent as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Genesis 1:31)
- We believe the Bible, composed of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is God’s inspired and infallible Word. It is inerrant and is the authority for conduct, belief, and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
- We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, and in His miracles, His substitutionary death on the cross through His shed blood for mankind and paid for the sins of the world. He rose bodily from the grave, ascended into heaven, and will return to earth in power and glory. (John 1:1-3,14; Matthew 1:18-25; Philippians 2:5-9; Colossians 1:15; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, Acts 1:11)
- We believe in the deity of the Holy Spirit, that His present work is to reveal Jesus Christ to people, to regenerate those who believe, and that He indwells Christians to mediate the life of Jesus Christ in them. (John 14:16-19; 16:7-15; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Romans 8:9,11; Titus 3:5; Eph. 4:11-16)
- We believe people were created in the image of God. Through Adam all people obtained a sin nature which produces sin. Because of sin, all people in their natural condition are separated from God and are under the wrath and condemnation of God. Since God created mankind into genders distinctly male and female, we believe that the only legitimate marriage is that between a man and a woman. He has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage. We believe that God disapproves and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. (Gen. 2:24; 19:5,13; 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; 7:2; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9; 7:1; Eph. 5:22-23; I Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4).
- We believe people may be saved from the wrath of God, be forgiven of sin, be justified by the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and be reconciled to God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and are eternally secure in Him. This salvation is a free gift of God’s grace to all who believe. (Ephesians 1:4; 2:8-10; Romans 8:28-30; 10:9-10,13; 2 Peter 3:9, John 3:16; 10:29-30; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 5:11-13)
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and lost: they that are saved to the resurrection of life in Heaven, and they that are lost to the resurrection of damnation in Hell. (John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15)
- We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in Christ. We believe the church, as a local body, was commanded by the Lord Jesus Christ to make disciples of all nations. We believe the two ordinances in the church are baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper and are representations of the Lord’s death and resurrection for the believer. (Matthew 16:18; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Hebrews 10:25; Matthew 26:26-29; 28:18-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32)
ARTICLE V – MEMBERSHIP
Section 1 – Admission of Members
The members of this church shall consist of persons professing faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, giving evidence of a changed heart followed by immersion and accepting the faith of practice held by the church.
By Baptism – A person who confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and adopts substantially the views of faith and principles of this church and is baptized by immersion may be received into the fellowship of the church.
By Letter – A person who is in substantial accord with the views of faith and the principles of this church may be received by letter from any sister church of like doctrine.
By Experience – A believer of worthy character who has formerly been a member of a sister church of like doctrine but who, for a sufficient reason, cannot present a letter from that church but who is in substantial accord with the views and principles of this church may be received upon statement of experience.
By Restoration – A person who has lost his membership may be restored to membership upon recommendation of the board of deacons and vote of the church.
Section 2 – Duties of Members
The members will strive by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to cheerfully conform to the following:
Pastoral Relationship – They will honor and esteem their pastor, pray for him fervently, submit to him in a scriptural exercise of his official authority. Manifest a proper consideration for his reputation and assist him in carrying out the programs of the church. Hebrews 13:7, 17; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13.
Church Relationship – They will strive for advancement of the church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort. Will be faithful in attendance at church unless otherwise hindered by sickness or other means beyond their control. Will contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry and the expense of the church. Will preserve the unity of the church by walking together in divine love and if at any time they find themselves opposed to the doctrinal statements or if for any other reason are unable to harmonize with the rest of the church they will not seek to disrupt its fellowship, but will quickly withdraw from its membership.
Personal Relationship – They will strive to maintain family and personal devotions (2 Timothy 2:15) and will walk prudent in the world by being just in their dealings, faithful in their service as a pattern of their behavior.
Section 3 – Privileges of Membership
For voting purposes the church shall have two categories of members, active and inactive, which shall be defined as follows:
Active Members – It is the policy of this church to encourage members to be active by subscribing to the doctrines, policies and ordinances (baptism and Lord’s Supper) of this church, being in regular attendance, giving of their time, talents and treasures through this church and remaining in fellowship with the pastor, members and the Board of Deacons.
Inactive Members -When a member shall fail to manifest any interest in the church, by his normal church attendance (unless providentially hindered) for a period of 6 months, showing no desire or intention of returning to the church, such member shall automatically become an inactive member. Members who are inactive are not entitled to vote in any business meeting of the church nor are they to hold any church office. Restoration to active membership and/or church office shall be by affirmation of the majority vote of the deacon board.
Determination – When the need arises, the pastor and Board of Deacons shall determine which members of the church are active or inactive.
Section 4 – Dismissal of Members
By Letter – Any member in good standing who desires a letter of dismissal and recommendation to any other sister church of like doctrine may receive it upon his request and upon the recommendation of the board of deacons and vote of the church. The name of the church to which membership is requested shall be named in the request and the letter shall be sent to the pastor or clerk of that church. Such letter shall be valid only for six months after its date, unless renewed, and this restriction shall be in the letter.
By Statement – Any member in good standing may be granted a certificate of standing for the purpose of associating himself with any evangelical church other than a Baptist church.
By Exclusion – Should any member become offensive to the church and to its good name by reason of immoral or unchristian conduct, the church may terminate his membership, but only after due notice and a hearing before the board of deacons, and after faithful efforts have been made to bring such member to repentance and amendment.
By Suspension – The board of deacons should prepare, from year to year, a list of inactive members who have for a period of two or more years failed to participate in the service of worship without valid excuse. If they are satisfied that the persons so described cannot be reclaimed,they shall present to the church a recommendation that these delinquent members be erased from the membership roll. Upon such action being taken by the church, said members shall thereafter cease to be members of this church.
ARTICLE VI – CHURCH DISCIPLINE
Ongoing sin in the life of a believer obstructs his walk with the Lord, threatens the unity and fellowship within the body, and ultimately weakens the witness of the church among non-believers. Scripture therefore encourages believers to be concerned with each other’s spiritual well-being, and teaches them to confront in love where there is evidence of sin.
Matters of discipline of members shall be in the hands of the Deacons, and Pastor, except that no one shall be expelled from the membership except by majority vote of the members present at any business meeting. All discipline shall be for the purpose of reclaiming the individual, expulsion coming only after all other measures have failed. The Deacons shall constitute a standing committee on discipline, to whom all cases of grievances and moral delinquencies shall be referred. No one shall have the right to accuse any member of the church at any public meeting of the church unless this person or group of persons has first presented the charge to the committee on discipline. All personal grievances between individuals shall be dealt with in the manner set forth in Matt. 18:15-19:
Step 1: When the sin, or offense, is personal and private, the injured should go at once to the one who has done the injury and show his fault. Every effort should be made for reconciliation. (Matthew 18:15-22; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7). In connection with these scriptures, it is well to consider, also, the duty of one who has reason to believe that a brother has been injured by him and is offended at him. We find the Law of the Lord Jesus Christ for such cases in Matthew 5:23-24. This is also to be a very private matter between the two. Each should jealously guard the reputation of the other.
Step 2: If the injured goes to the one doing the injury, and that one sees his fault and repents of it, the injured party should immediately and fully forgive him. Then the matter would end.
Step 3: However, if the one doing the injury will not see and acknowledge his fault or repent of it, a second step may be taken. (Up to this time the utmost privacy should be maintained, in the hope that the wrong doing might not become known and injure the church.) When such private effort at supporting righteousness fails, then the injured party is commanded to get one or two spiritual persons to go with him to the offender. It is suggested that these persons be the pastor or deacons.
Step 4: If there is still no repentance, Scripture teaches that the matter should be brought before the church. In the Biblical structure, the matter should at this point be brought before the deacons, as representatives of the church. Their decision is final unless either or both parties involved insist on a hearing before the congregation, which hearing must be granted.
Step 5: If after much prayerful discussion a reconciliation is not made, the injured may then take the matter to the church, should it be of serious enough matter to warrant such action. Such action may be initiated only by the pastor and/or deacon board. No public recommendation to either consider or execute such a move shall be made except by the pastor and/or deacon board.
Step 6: If the offending party will hear the church and yield to the prayerful decision of the members assembled, there should be a complete and immediate reconciliation.
Step 7: If he will not hear the church and do right, then fellowship should be withdrawn from him, and he should be regarded as an outsider who has never had any connection with the church.
Step 8: The members of the church shall continue to work and pray for his complete restoration but shall not extend such comfort and sympathy as would minimize or alleviate the effect of the exclusion.
This procedure will apply to both personal and general offenses. A personal offense being the offense against individuals and a general offense being an offense against the church in its collective capacity, that is an offense against no member in particular but against all the members in general. These offenses, though not exhaustive, may be classified as follows:
1) A rejection of the fundamental doctrine held by this church (Gal. 1:8-9; John 10:11; Titus 3:10-11).
2) Anything that seriously disturbs the union and peace of this church (Romans 16:17; Prov. 6:16-19; Matt. 12:25).
3) Disorderly and immoral conduct in any of its forms (2 Tim. 3:6, 11; 1 Cor. 5:11).
ARTICLE VII – THE PASTORATE
The Pastor shall preach the Gospel, administer the ordinances, watch over the membership, have in his charge the spiritual welfare of the congregation and the stated services of public worship. He shall be an ex-officio member of all boards and committees of the church and its auxiliary organizations.
Section 1 – Selection
The call of Pastor shall come before the church at a regularly called business meeting, notice of such meeting and its purpose having been read from the pulpit on two successive Sundays. A vote of three-fourths of the members present and qualified to vote shall be necessary to extend a call. Only one (1) candidate shall be presented by the pulpit committee to the church at one time. The vote shall be by written ballot.
Section 2 – Qualifications
The pastor shall seek in all his ministry to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ and to promote loyalty to Him before seeking loyalty for church, denomination, or self (Colossians 1:18). The pastor shall seek to be Biblically orthodox and fundamental in his personal beliefs and theology, avoiding the new trends and shifting winds of doctrine. (2 Timothy 1:13; 2:16; 3:13-17). The pastor shall seek to depend, for the effectiveness of his ministry upon the power of the simple consistent teaching of the Word of God (Hebrews 4:12) and the wonderful working of the Holy Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). He shall seek to minimize any dependence on human wisdom, personality, and man-made methods for accomplishing the work of God. The Biblical qualifications of a pastor are given in 1 Timothy 3:2-7; Titus 1:6-9):
- Above Reproach – Pastors must be blameless, presenting no patterns of Scriptural disobedience or grounds for accusation.
- Husband of One Wife – Pastors, if married, must be devoted spouses.
- Temperate – Pastors must be self-controlled, enslaved to nothing, free from excesses.
- Prudent – Pastors must be sober, sensible, wise, balanced in judgment, not given to quick, superficial decisions based on immature thinking.
- Respectable – Pastors must demonstrate a well-ordered life and good behavior.
- Hospitable – Pastors must be unselfish with their personal resources. They must be willing to share blessings with others.
- Able to Teach – Pastors must be able to communicate the truth of God and exhort sound doctrine in a non-argumentative way. (2 Tim. 4:2 & 2:24)
- Not Addicted to Wine – Pastors must be free from addictions, and must be willing to abstain for the sake of others.
- Not Pugnacious – Pastors must be gentle and characterized by forbearance and tenderness – not having a quick temper.
- Uncontentious – Pastors must not be given t quarreling or selfish argumentation.
- Free From the Love of Money – Pastors must not be stingy, greedy or out for sordid gain. They should not be preoccupied with amassing material things, but rather should be a model of giving.
- Manage Own Household – Pastors must have a well-ordered household, a healthy family life, and well-behaved children. (Pertains to those children still under the authority of the parents).
- Not a New Convert – Pastors must not be new believers. They must have been Christians for long enough to demonstrate the reality of their conversion and the depth of their spirituality.
- Good Reputation with Outsiders – Pastors must be well respected by unbelievers, and must be free from hypocrisy.
- Not Self-Willed – Pastors must not be stubborn, insensitive or prone to force opinions on others. They must be more interested in service than self-pleasure.
- Not Quick Tempered – Pastors must be able to exercise self-control and patience in difficult situations.
- Loves What is Good – Pastors must desire the will of God in every decision.
- Just – Pastors must be fair and impartial. Their judgments must be based on Scriptural principle.
- Devout – Pastors must be reverent, continually desiring to be separated from sin. They must be devoted to prayer, the study of Scripture and the guarding of their own spiritual walk. (Acts 20:28)
- Holding Fast the Faithful Word – Pastors must be stable in the faith, obedient to the word of God, continually seeking to be controlled by the Holy Spirit.
Section 3 – Spiritual Duties
The pastor shall openly and privately discourage any power groups from forming in the church. (1 Corinthians 1:11) Rather, he shall seek t unify the church as one body in Christ. He shall, through prayer, preaching and example, attempt to warn any such groups of the dangers to those who would destroy the body of Christ through factions. The pastor shall seek to serve the local congregations first, appraising all suggested programs in light of how they will best serve this local church and its specific needs. The pastor’s first responsibility to the church is in teaching the Word of God.
Section 4 – Review
Prior to the annual meeting, the Deacon and Trustee Boards will jointly prepare a written performance evaluation of the Pastor. Any compensation adjustments will be presented at the annual meeting within the proposed budget.
Section 5 – Discipline
When necessary to discipline the Pastor, such discipline shall be in accordance with the admonitions in 1 Timothy 5:1 and 1 Timothy 5:9 which read, “against an elder receive not accusation, but before two or three witnesses.” When an accusation is made in accordance with the Word of God then the process for discipline is to be in accordance with the Word of God as set forth in Matthew 18:15-19 and as stated in Article VI of this constitution. For an accusation to be brought against the Pastor in any public or private meeting before the steps of Matthew 18:15-19 have been followed is unscriptural and will not be tolerated by this membership.
Section 6 – Resignation / Removal
The term of office may be ended upon at least thirty (30) days notice on the part of the Pastor or of the church or by mutual consent. The call for dismissal of a pastor may be given for either moral, doctrinal reason, or incapacitation. Termination of the office shall be voted at a regularly called business meeting, notice of such meeting and its purpose having been read from the pulpit on two successive Sundays. A vote of a majority of the members present and qualified to vote shall make a valid termination of the said office. The Pastor will give the church in writing a thirty day notice of his intent to depart, and he will remain in the employ of the church for that period, unless the Board of Deacons deems that he should leave before that time.
Article VIII – Elected Officers
Section 1 – General Information
Qualifications – All elected officers must be active members of Faith Baptist Church.
Nominations – Candidates shall be voted upon after recommendation by the Nominating Committee.
Vacancies – The Nominating Committee shall be responsible for submitting names of candidates to fill vacancies which may occur throughout the year.
Section 2 – Deacons
Deacons serve under the direction of the pastor, undertaking those areas of service necessary for the church’s functioning that would otherwise prohibit the pastor from performing his Biblical responsibilities. Deacons shall be faithful, loyal members of Faith Baptist Church. Deacons shall be elected from the membership of the church at the annual meeting for a term of three years. Consecutive terms shall be limited to two.
Qualifications of Deacons (1 Timothy 3:8-12)
Individuals of Dignity – Deacons must be mature, of sound mind and character, yielded to the Holy Spirit.
Not Double-Tongued – Deacons must demonstrate verbal consistency. They must not be prone to saying one thing to one person and something else to another.
Not Addicted to Wine – Deacons must be free from addictions, and must be willing to abstain for the sake of others.
Not Fond of Sordid Gain – Deacons must be purely motivated in their service.
Holding to the Mystery of Faith with a Clear Conscience – Deacons must have a sound knowledge of Christian truths and a lifestyle in accord with them. They must not be easily swayed from the truth.
Beyond Reproach – Deacons must display a lifestyle free from on-going patterns of Scriptural disobedience.
First Tested – Deacons must have proven over time that they are faithful and that their walk is credible. (At least one year of Faith Baptist Church membership).
Their Spouses Must be Faithful, Dignified, Temperate – not malicious gossips – Deacons, if married, must have spouses that are also devoted to the Lord and yielded to the control of the Spirit.
The Husband of One Wife – Deacons, if married, must be devoted spouses.
Manage Household Well – Deacons must have well-ordered households, a healthy family life, and well-behaved children. (Pertains to those children still under the authority of the parents.)
Section 3 – Moderator
The moderator shall preside at all business meetings of the church. He shall be elected at each annual business meeting to serve for one year. Consecutive terms shall be limited to five (5).
Section 4 – Clerk
A clerk shall be elected at each annual business meeting to serve for one year. He shall keep a complete record of the transaction of all business at the meetings of the church. This shall be read for approval at the next following business meeting. He shall keep a record of the names and addresses of members, with dated and manner of admission and dismissal; also a record of baptisms and a list of those suspended. He shall notify all officers, committee members and delegates of their election and appointment. He shall issue letters of dismissal and recommendation voted by the church, preserve on file all communications and written reports, and give legal notice of all meetings where such is required by this constitution. He shall deliver immediately to his successor all books and records for which he has been responsible as clerk. Consecutive terms shall be limited to five (5).
Section 5 – Assistant Clerk
An assistant clerk shall be elected at each annual business meeting to serve for one year and work with the clerk in carrying out duties as listed for the clerk. He should not be immediately related to clerk. Consecutive terms shall be limited to five (5).
Section 6 – Church Treasurer
A local treasurer shall be elected at each annual meeting to serve for one year. He shall have custody of the funds of the church and all checks drawn by him shall be in the name of the church. He shall keep separate accounts of all funds raised or contributed for particular purposes and no funds shall be disbursed by him except for the purposes for which they were raised or contributed. Funds received for the support of the church and for the reduction of the church indebtedness and any other monies received for any purpose shall be disbursed by him only on the order of the board of trustees. He shall present to the church an itemized report of the receipts and disbursements, showing the actual financial condition of the church at each annual meeting, this report to have been audited previously by the trustee board. He shall make such other financial reports as may be desired by the church and its members. He shall deliver immediately to his successor all books and records pertaining to his office. Consecutive terms shall be limited to five (5).
Section 7 – Assistant Treasurer
An assistant treasurer shall be elected at each annual meeting to serve for one year and work with the treasurer in carrying out the duties as listed for church treasurer. He should not be related to treasurer. Consecutive terms shall be limited to five (5).
Section 8 – Sunday School Superintendent
At each annual meeting of the church a Sunday School Superintendent shall be elected for one year. He shall be the executive head of the Sunday School exercising the authority and performing the duties usually pertaining to that office. Consecutive terms shall be limited to five (5).
Section 9 – Assistant Sunday School Superintendent
An assistant Sunday School Superintendent shall be elected at each annual meeting to serve for one year. He shall work with the Sunday School Superintendent to carry out the duties of that office. Consecutive terms shall be limited to five (5).
ARTICLE X – PASTORAL ASSISTANTS
Section 1 – Head Usher
It shall be the duty of the head usher to appoint assistants to meet and greet people and see that they are properly seated and supplied with hymn books, also arrange for taking of the offering at all services of the church, also take charge of the general deportment in and out of the building during the service. The head usher shall be appointed by the Pastor before the annual meeting in January for the term of one year.
Section 2 – Choir Director
It shall be the duty of the choir director to lead the choir and to cooperate with the Pastor in arranging suitable choir music for the church services. The choir director shall be appointed by the Pastor before the annual meeting in January for the term of one year.
Section 3 – Organist and Pianist
It is the duty of the organist and pianist to play the respective instruments at all the services of the church; in case of expected absence to notify the Pastor or to provide a suitable substitute. The organist and pianist shall be appointed by the Pastor before the annual meeting in January for the term of one year.
Section 4 – Youth Director
It is the duty of the youth director to work with the Pastor in arranging suitable and spiritual meetings for the youth of the church. He shall arrange with the youth a schedule for meeting together for the purpose of spiritual training in areas of Bible study, fellowship and recreation. He shall be appointed by the Pastor before the annual meeting in January for the term of one year.
Section 5 – Children’s Church Director
Responsible for administration of all materials and activities pertaining to the Children’s Church service. The Children’s Church Director shall report to the board of deacons and the Pastor. He or she shall be appointed by the Pastor before the annual meeting for the term of one year.
Section 6 – Missionary President
A Missionary President shall be appointed by the Pastor before the annual meeting in January for the term of one year. It is the responsibility of the president to cooperate with the Pastor in promoting missionary interests in the church by special events, missionary speakers, missionary films and projects to personalize missions.
ARTICLE X – BOARDS & COMMITTEES
Section 1 – Deacon Board
There shall be a board of comprising all deacons of at least three (3) in number. The board shall choose annually a chairman and secretary and shall meet as needed. Special meetings may be called by the Pastor or chairman who shall notify the other members. A simple majority shall constitute a quorum.
Duties of the Board of Deacons
Assist the Pastor
The board shall in every way assist the Pastor in his work, looking over the welfare of the church membership
With him consider all applicants for church membership, and all requests for letters of dismissal
Cooperate with him in providing the pulpit supply and the leaders of the prayer meeting in his absence
Visit members, care for the sick, needy and distressed members of the church.
Promote Christian instruction and ministry to the church membership
Provide for the Lord’s Supper and aid in its administration.
The finances of the church are basically in the hands of the Deacon Board.
Hold in trust all property belonging to the church including securities, investments, title papers and other valuable documents of the church and shall take all necessary measures for its protection, management and upkeep.
It shall designate the bank where the funds of the church shall be deposited.
All bills authorized by the church shall be approved by the board before payment is made.
All expenditures must be kept in line with the adopted budget.
Use of church funds for new purchases, improvements, or repairs above the annual approved budget must be approved by congregational vote.
It shall be their responsibility to cooperate with the Pastor in determining the amount of money to be paid to a pulpit supply or to special guests and to inform the treasurer of said amount.
The Building and Grounds
It shall determine the use of the church building for all extra or secular purposes, but it shall have no power to buy, mortgage, lease, or transfer any property without specific vote of the church authorizing such action.
The board shall have authority to make ordinary repairs which, in their wisdom, are necessary and all such extraordinary repairs or improvements as the church shall deem wise.
It shall also act as a building committee when additional space is needed and shall bring its recommendation to the church.
Act as a pulpit committee when needed.
The board shall be constantly studying the present and future needs of the church and shall recommend ways and means that the policies and programs of the church shall be carried forward.
Make a written report at each annual meeting of the church on the matters in its charge.
It shall perform such other duties as are imposed upon it by the church and state.
Section 2 – Pulpit Committee
The board of deacons shall be the pulpit committee. It is the duty of the pulpit committee to investigate, interview and recommend to the church body suitable candidates for the pastorate. It shall be responsible for the pulpit supply during any interval that the church may be without a resident Pastor.
Section 3 – Nominating Committee
It shall consist of the deacon board, the clerk, and the treasurer. It shall prepare a list of those qualified to fill the various offices. It shall nominate one or more persons for each office to be filled and report the names to the church at least two weeks before the election is to be held.
Section 4 – Missions Committee
The missions committee shall consist of no less than five (5) active members of Faith Baptist Church. These committee members shall be appointed for one year by the senior pastor at the annual meeting with approval by the deacon board. The missions committee shall be for the purpose of missions awareness within the church. They shall recommend adding and/or removing missionaries for financial support, as well as disbursing approved missions money to missions projects.
Section 5 – Removal of Board Members
Each board may recommend the removal of one of its members by a majority vote of the entire board. Such recommendation shall be voted on at a regular business meeting. Such meeting is to be given proper notification and after the process for discipline which is to be in accordance with the Word of God as set forth in Matthew 18:15-19. Removal shall occur by a majority vote of the attending congregation.
ARTICLE XI – WORSHIP SERVICE
Public services shall be on the Lord’s Day and the youth fellowships and the church school shall hold weekly meetings at times fixed. Occasional religious meetings may be appointed by the pastor at his discretion, or by vote of the church.
ARTICLE XII – BUSINESS MEETINGS
Section 1 – General Information
A quorum for the transaction of business at annual meeting to 10% of active members. If an active member is unable to attend a business meeting, he/she may request a ballot from the clerk and submit an absentee ballot prior to the meeting.
The moderator shall recognize only active members of Faith Baptist Church. Voting on the calling of a pastor and election of officers will be by secret ballot as well as any other cases if the moderator deems necessary. All voting shall be by simple majority except otherwise stated.
All matters pertaining to the purchase, sale or mortgage of property shall be voted on only by members in good standing and who are of legal age. On all other matters, members in good standing who are fifteen years of age or older are entitled to vote.
Section 2 – Annual Meetings
The annual business meeting shall be for the purpose of receiving the annual reports of individual officers, boards and committees of the church and its auxiliary organizations; the election of officers; and the transaction of such other business as is proper to come before this meeting.
The annual election of officers shall be held during the annual meeting of the church which shall be held in January. At least two (2) weeks before the election the nominating committee shall present to the church the names of one or more persons for each office to be filled. At the time of annual meeting it shall be the privilege of any member present and qualified to vote to place in nomination the name of any eligible person for any office not so nominated. Nominations from the floor shall be reviewed by the Nominating Committee and acted upon after review. A majority of the ballots cast are necessary for the election of any officer. Vacancies occurring during the year may be filled for the unexpired terms at any business meeting. The nominating committee shall present to the church nominees for the vacancy to be filled.
Section 3 – Regular Business Meetings
Quarterly business meetings shall be held.
Section 4 – Special Business Meetings
Special business meetings may be called at any time by the pastor or by the clerk or by five (5) members in good standing who are qualified voters. Notice of such meeting and the object for which it is called shall be given from the pulpit on the Sunday preceding the date of the meeting. At any of the regular meetings of worship, however, the church may, without notice, act upon the reception of members, upon the dismissal of members to other churches, and upon the appointment of delegates to councils, associations and conventions, but not upon extraordinary business.
ARTICLE XIII – CHURCH YEAR
The fiscal year of the church shall be the calendar year.
ARTICLE XIV – AMENDMENTS
This constitution may be amended at any regular or called business meeting of the church by a two thirds vote of those present and voting, provided a quorum is present and voting, and that notice of such amendment, stating the proposed change, shall be posted in the church and the posting announced from the pulpit on two successive Sundays.
ARTICLE XV – TAX-EXEMPT STATUS
Section 1 –
The organization is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and/or scientific purposes under section 501(c) (3) of the Internet Revenue Code.
Section 2 –
No part of the net earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the organization shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in the purpose clause hereof. No substantial part of the activities of the organization shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the organization shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provision of this document, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
Section 3 –
Upon the dissolution of the organization, assets shall be distributed for one of more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose.
Adopted: January 9, 1974
Last Amended and Updated: January 27, 2013