Constitution, (FBC’s)

 PLEASE NOTE:   The numbering format changed when the                                                   document was pasted into this website, however, the text remains the               same.

Constitution

First Baptist Church of Galt, California

PREAMBLE

Trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and believing in the general policy of the Baptist Denomination, we, therefore, band ourselves together as a body of the believers in Jesus Christ, and adopt for the government the following articles.

ARTICLES I – NAME and AFFILIATION

The name of this body shall be the First Baptist Church of Galt, California and shall be a member of the Southern Baptist Convention, the California Southern Baptist Convention, and the Delta Valley Association of Southern Baptist Churches.

ARTICLE II – PURPOSE

The non – profit purpose of this body is not for the private gain of any individual or group of individuals. Its purpose is to preach and proclaim to all people the gospel of the Revelation of God through Jesus Christ as Savior, Lord. It shall provide regular opportunities for public worship, to observe the ordinances, and sustain doctrines and ethics set forth in the New Testament. A program of Christian education shall be established to assist and educate the members in Christian living and giving.

Political Limitations:

No substantial part of the activities of this organization shall consist of carrying on propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and shall not participate or intervene in any political campaign (including the publishing or distribution of statements) on behalf of any candidate for public office.

Dedication Clause:

The property of this organization is irrevocably dedicated to charitable purposes and no part of the net income or assets of this organization shall ever inure to the benefit of any director, officer, or private person.

ARTICLE III – STATEMENT OF FAITH

The Bible, as the inspired and infallible Word of God, shall be our sole and final authority and guide to matters of Faith and practice. We accept the doctrinal statement of the Baptist Faith and Message adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention as an expression of our full statement of faith.

We believe there is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

We believe Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of

The Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate

His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.

We believe salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as biological male or biological female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen 1:26-27.)   Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.

We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one biological man and one biological woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen 2:18-25.) We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4). We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a biological man and a biological woman.

We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God (Matt. 15:18-20; 1 Cor. 6:9-10).

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking his mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21; Rom. 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 6:9-11).

We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of First Baptist Church of Galt.

We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life (Ps. 139).

CONCLUSION

We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of First Baptist Church of Galt as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the First Baptist Church of Galt members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by First Baptist Church of Galt in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality (Matt. 5:16; Phil. 2:14-16; 1 Thess. 5:22), and sacred life created by God (Psalms 139:13-16).

ARTICLE IV- MEMBER COVENANT

Having been led, as we believe, by the Holy Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, and on the profession of our faith having been baptized in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the HolySpirit we do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.

We affirm therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrine, to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel throughout the world.

We engage to maintain family and individual devotions; to religiously educate children in the Christian faith; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of Our Savior.

We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in 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 rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.

We moreover engage that when we move from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.

ARTICLE V. FORMS OF GOVERNMENT

Under the authority of Christ as the head of the Church, governance rests exclusively in the local body and is exercised by the assembly of voting members, each of whom is equal in rank and privilege. The members may by By-laws or vote, delegate certain powers and management responsibilities from time to time provided the corporate powers shall be under the ultimate direction of the Members.

ARTICLE VI. DISSOLUTION

If at any time this Church shall be dissolved, both real and personal property shall be distributed to the Delta Valley Southern Baptist Association. In the event that Delta Valley Southern Baptist Association is no longer in existence, the assets shall be given to the Gateway Seminary. A vote to dissolve as a church shall require one hundred percent (100%) vote at a business meeting called for that purpose.

ARTICLE VII.  AMENDMENTS

Amendments to this Constitution may be adopted by two-thirds (2/3) of those Members present and voting at a called business meeting of the church, after the proposed amendment has been presented in writing thirty (30) days prior at a regular or called business meeting.

 Bylaws

First Baptist Church of Galt, California

 

SECTION I. CHURCH MEMBERSHIP

Qualification for membership: The membership of First Baptist Church shall consist of such persons who have made a profession of their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord and who, having been scripturally baptized by immersion, are in agreement with the Statement of Faith. All candidates for membership must sign that they agree to the Statement of Faith before they will be voted as members. 

  1. Reception: Membership in First Baptist Church may be attained in one of the following manners:
    1. By profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord followed by baptism by immersion.
    2. By transfer of church letter from another Baptist church;
    3. By statement of faith of prior experience of conversion and scriptural baptism;
    4. By restoration to the church membership after having been dropped due to disciplinary action.
  2. MEMBERSHIP CLASSES
    1. All candidates for membership in this church by baptism are required to participate in a membership class which serves as a new member orientation to the church. The substance of the Baptist Faith and Message shall be given to the class members.
    2. All candidates for membership in this church by promise of letter or upon statement of prior conversion experience are required to participate in the membership class.
  3. RIGHTS OF MEMBERSHIP
    1. Voting Rights:
      1. Every member is entitled to vote at all elections and on all questions submitted to the church in business sessions provided the member is present.
      2. Member under (18) eighteen may not vote on issues involving expenditure of more than $1000 or the call or dismissal of a pastor or staff person.
      3. Wherever the term “member” is used in reference to voting, it shall be understood to mean one who regularly attends the services of the church and supports or encourages its ministries.
    2. Participation rights:

Every member of the church is eligible for consideration by the membership as a candidate for elective office in the church.

  1. TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP

Membership may be terminated in the following ways:

  1. Death of member
  2. Dismissal to another Church
  3. Exclusion by action of the church
  4. Removed from roll upon members request

SECTION II. DISCIPLINE

  1. It shall be the practice of the church to emphasize to the members that every reasonable measure will be taken to assist any troubled member. The pastor, other members of the church staff and deacons are available for counsel and guidance. The attitude of members toward one another shall be guided by a concern for restoration rather than punishment.
  2. Should some serious condition exist, which would, cause a member to become a liability to the general welfare of the church, the pastor and deacons will take every reasonable measure to resolve the problem in accordance with MATTHEW 18. If it becomes necessary for the church to take action to exclude a member, a two-thirds (2/3) vote by secret ballot of the members present is required; and the church may proceed to declare the person to be no longer in the membership of the church. All such proceeding shall be pervaded by a spirit of Christian kindness and forbearance.
  3. Members of the church agree to submit any legal dispute with the church for mediation before a mutually agreed-upon mediator, or if none can be agreed upon, one selected by Peacemaker Ministries.  Lawsuits between believers, or threats of lawsuits between believers, are a matter of grave concern for the church, are contrary to biblical and church teaching, and mediation is an effort to resolve disputes in a biblical fashion (1 Cor. 6:1-7).  The confidentiality of the mediation process will be protected and these matters will not be discussed with people who do not have a necessary interest in them.
  4. The church may restore to membership any person previously excluded, upon request of the excluded person, and by vote of the church upon evidence of the excluded person’s repentance.

SECTION III. CHURCH OFFICERS

  1. GENERAL

All general officers must be voting and tithing (MALACHI 3:10) members of the church.  Any church officer may be removed from office by written resignation or by 2/3 majority vote by secret ballot of the members present at a business meeting if they are unable or unwilling to function or have violated the church covenant or statement of faith.

Ministerial staff are those that have been hired by the church to perform spiritual duties. The minister has been called by God to serve Him in a spiritual capacity. These positions can include but are not limited to Pastor, Youth Pastor, Worship Leader, and Children’s Pastor. These staff members are specifically focused on the spiritual wellbeing of the church. They lead the church in spiritual growth, they encourage them and pray for them all leading toward the churches spiritual maturity.

Non-ministerial staff are those that have been hired by the church to perform non spiritual duties. These duties do not need a spiritual calling and one may not be expressed. These positions include but are not limited to secretary, janitorial services, lawn care, and building maintenance. Spiritual growth of the church is not their purpose. Someone can lead spiritually from these positions and be a great example of service.

The officers of the church shall be as follows:

  1. PASTOR
    1. A pastor shall be chosen and called by the church whenever a vacancy occurs. The qualifications for pastor shall be consistent with those listed in 1st Timothy 3:1-7.
    2. Whenever a vacancy occurs, a Pastor Search Committee of a minimum of five members will be elected by the church. This committee shall seek a suitable pastor and its recommendation will constitute a nomination. Only one man at a time shall be presented to the church for consideration.
    3. His election shall take place at a meeting called for that purpose, of which at least ten days notice shall be given to the church membership.
    4. The Election shall be by secret ballot, an affirmative vote of three- fourths (3/4) of those voting being necessary to affirm a choice. The pastor, thus elected, shall serve until the relationship is terminated.
    5. Pastoral responsibilities are stated in the job description.
    6. After election, the pastor shall serve until the relationship is terminated, either by his request or the action of the church. The pastor may relinquish the office by giving at least two weeks’ notice to the church or the church may declare the office of pastor vacant at a meeting called for that purpose under one of the following circumstances, and for which at least 10 days written notice has been given: (1) upon recommendation of a majority of the personnel committee and deacons or (2) upon submission of a written petition signed by one fourth of the membership. The vote to declare the office vacant shall be by 75% affirmative vote of the, members present. The church shall compensate him with not less than two weeks salary and benefits. The actual termination shall be immediate, and the compensation shall be rendered immediately.
    7. CHURCH STAFF
    8. The church staff shall be called and employed as the church determines the need for such offices. A job description shall be written by the personnel committee when the need for a staff member is determined. Those staff members required by the church shall be recommended to the church by the Pastor, and the Personnel Committee and called by three fourths (3/4) of those present at a business meeting.
    9. The church shall be given (2) two weeks notice by staff member who chooses to resign. The church may vote to vacate such positions upon recommendation of the Pastor and Personnel Committee, by a three- fourth (3/4) affirmative vote, such termination being immediate and the compensation conditions being the same as for the pastor, except that the amount shall relate to the individual’s compensation.
    10. Non- Ministerial staff members shall be employed as the church determines the need for their services. The Personnel Committee shall have the authority to employ and to terminate services of non-ministerial staff members. Such employment and termination of services shall be with recommendation of the supervising staff member.
    11. CHURCH CLERK

The church clerk and assistant shall be elected annually and are responsible for keeping an                        accurate record of all business meeting transactions of the church and preparing the annual report as necessary. The Clerk shall keep a register of the names and addresses of the church members with dates of admission, dismissal, and deaths of members of this church family. The clerk shall issue letters of dismissal voted by the church, write letters of transfer of membership, and keep an accurate history of this church.

  1. CHURCH TREASURER:

The church shall elect annually, a church treasurer and assistant as its financial officers. It shall be the duty of the treasurer to receive the receipts of deposit, to preserve and pay out upon receipt of vouchers approved and signed by authorized personnel. It shall be the duty of the treasurer to render to the church at each regular business meeting an itemized report of the receipts and disbursements of the previous month. The treasurer’s report and records shall be audited annually by an auditing committee or public accountant. The treasurer shall not hold any other financial position in the church. Upon rendering the annual account at the end of each fiscal year and its acceptance and approval by the church, the records shall be filed by the treasurer as part of the permanent records of the church.

  1. FINANCIAL SECRETARY

The Financial Secretary shall be elected annually by the church. The Financial Secretary shall receive the empty collection envelopes after the money has been removed and from these shall give donors individual credit. The Financial Secretary shall keep the records for reference for a period defined by the IRS. The Financial Secretary shall also be responsible for preparing and mailing annually, records of contributions to all contributing members.

  1.  PURCHASING COORDINATOR
    1. A designated member of the finance committee shall serve as Purchasing Coordinator to coordinate all purchases of the church which are not fixed expenses. The Purchasing Coordinator shall be responsible for signing all requisitions after confirming that the items requested are; (1) Budgeted; (2) Approved by the Finance Committee or church if over budget spending is involved; or (3) Approved by the Finance Committee if deficit spending is involved.
    2. The Purchasing Coordinator shall verify all invoices before the church treasurer issues a check. The Purchasing Coordinator shall not be responsible for the purchasing of the items requisitioned unless it is agreed upon by the parties involved. In the absence of both the Purchasing Coordinator and the Chairman of the Finance Committee, any two members of the Finance Committee may jointly sign the purchase order.

SECTION IV. LEGAL OFFICERS

The following persons shall be the Legal Officers of the Church by virtue of their office:

(1)  President: The chairman of the Properties, Building, and Grounds.
(2) Secretary: The Church Clerk
(3) Chief Financial Officer:  The Treasurer
(4) Agent for service of the Process:  Chairman of Deacons

SECTION V. CHURCH COMMITTEES:

  1. GENERAL :
    1. Committees enable the church to function smoothly as an organization. Committees will be comprised of church members only.  From time to time Ad-hoc Committees may be formed to address specific issues. These committees are temporary, and will disband when their task is completed.
    2. The following are standing committees and shall be elected at the quarterly business meeting held in July, with the exception of the Nominating Committee, which is elected annually at the regular business meeting in April. With the exception of the Nominating Committee members, committee members shall be elected to serve three-year staggered terms to function throughout the year, and from year to year:  (1) Deacons, (2) Property, Building, and Grounds,
      (3) Finance, (4) Personnel and (5) Counting.
    3. Committee members having served a period of three years on the same committee shall have a break of one year unless in the event qualified candidates are unavailable this rule may be suspended by majority vote of the church. This rule does not prevent a member from serving on other committees. Church Committee members should choose a chairman to represent their committee as a member of the Church Council. The committee chairs will report regularly to the church, and all committee activities shall be subject to church coordination and approval. Thus, as elected committees of the church, all committee actions shall remain under church control. The church shall provide the human resources, the physical resources and financial resources for each committee to function properly.
    4. DEACONS
      1. Number, Election, Terms of Services
        1. When determination is made that additional deacons are needed, the pastor shall begin a time of the        Scriptural review to assure that members are familiar with qualifications of the office of deacon before directing that a ballot be prepared for the nomination of deacon candidates.
        2. No deacon shall be expected to serve more than three (3) consecutive terms without the break of at least one (1) year. In the event qualified candidates are unavailable, the election of new deacons may be waived by majority vote of the congregation.
        3. New deacons shall serve one year as deacon in training before being ordained.
        4. Qualifications

The qualifications for a deacon shall be consistent with those listed in 1st Timothy 3:8-13.   A deacon must be a member in good standing of this church for a period of at least one (1) year. All active deacons must be elected at a regular or duly called business meeting.

  1.  Deacons who have been previously ordained may be elected to serve at a regular or called  business meeting. The pastor shall assemble an ordaining council for the ordination of a new   nominated deacon candidate. After an investigation and recommendation by the council the  church will vote to continue or discontinue the ordination.
  2. Method of Procedure
    1. The standing officers of the deacons are: Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary. These officers are subject to election or re-election at the first regular deacons meeting of each year.  The Chairman shall be elected first, the Vice – Chairman Second, and the Secretary third.
    2. No deacon shall be eligible to serve as an officer who has not served as such in this church for one year. The whole body of deacons shall be organized as a unit for the consideration of the deacon ministry. They may organize themselves into sub-committees, as they deem necessary.
    3. Each deacon may freely confer with the pastor about all matters and problems of the church, and this shall be handled in a confidential manner.
    4. Duties:
      1. Deacons are to be servants of the church.  They are to guard the unity of the spirit within the bonds of peace. They are to establish and maintain personal relationships and an encouragement ministry with all the membership of the church. They are to seek to know the physical needs, the moral needs, and the spiritual struggles of the members of the congregation. They are to serve the whole church in relieving, encouraging, and developing all that are in need. Deacons should attend scheduled and called business meetings of the church.
      2. The Chairman of the Deacons shall be the moderator of the church if the church is without pastor. In the absence of the Chairman, the Vice- Chairman of the deacons shall preside, or in the absence of both, the Secretary of the Deacons shall preside.
        1. The pastor and deacons shall administer the ordinances of the Lord’s Supper and selected men of the deacon committee shall prepare the elements for the Supper and prepare the baptismal pool for scheduled baptisms.
        2. PROPERTIES, BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

This committee shall consist of four (4) church members serving staggered three (3) year terms and shall be responsible for the following actions: (1) General maintenance of building and grounds; (2) Vehicle maintenance; (3) Maintain insurance on buildings, grounds, and vehicles;    (4) Work day scheduling and coordinating; (5) Maintain building codes according to City State and Federal regulations; and (6) Coordinate with appropriate directors in utilization of classroom space.

 

  1.   FINANCE COMMITTEE

The Finance Committee shall consist of five (5) members serving staggered three year terms. The committee shall serve as overseers of the fiscal affairs of the church. They shall recommend an overall stewardship development plan, a unified church budget (completed by September), and budget subscription plans. They shall advise and recommend in the administration of gifts of church members and others, using sound principles of financial management. They will work with the treasurer and Church Council in the preparation and presentation to the church of required reports regarding the financial affairs of the church. A Finance Committee member must be present whenever funds are received and/or counted. All authority granted to the Finance Committee is derived from the church as a whole. Therefore any Committee Member who acts without authority of the church is personally responsible for any contract or undertaking so made. The church is to be kept regularly informed in detail as to the work of the Finance Committee.

E.   PERSONNEL COMMITTEE

  1. The Personnel Committee shall consist of five (5) members elected at-large to serve staggered, three (3) year terms. Personnel committee members shall serve no more than three (3) consecutive years. The personnel committee’s primary purpose is to assist the church in matters that relate to personnel administration and management.  Although it is the Senior Pastor who supervises the staff on a day to day basis, it is the Personnel Committee which oversees the employees of the church. In their role of overseers, Personnel Committee Members will work with all employees of the church, including the Senor Pastor, Pastoral staff, secretary, custodian etc. In the case of custodians and grounds keepers the personnel committee will coordinate with the Properties, Building, and Grounds Committee.
  2.  It shall be the duty of the Personnel  Committee to : (1) Confer with the employees on a quarterly basis ; (2) Prepare and update job descriptions; (3) Develop and recommend  personnel policies and procedures to the church for adoption; (4) Develop and recommend salary programs  through the budget process; (5) Recommend additional staff positions ;   (6) When the need arises, recruit, interview and recommend prospective employees; (7) Keep the staff and church informed of legal and governmental requirements; (8) When the need arises for the discipline or termination of an employee the proposed action shall be brought to the pastor, church council, and then to the church.
  3. Non-member assistance is welcome in the church, but must be under the supervision of a designated church member.

 

  1. NOMINATING COMMITTEE:

The Nominating Committee shall consist of four (4) members selected in the April business session. The Nominating Committee, in consultation with the pastoral staff, shall determine what positions need to be filled for the next year and prayerfully recruit people to fill these positions. The committee will present a slate of nominations to the church at the regular July business meeting. The complete list of nominations shall be posted at least ten (10) days before the business session when elections are to be held. Nominations may also be made from the floor of the business meeting at the time of election. The Sunday School Director, elected in July business meeting, will submit a list of workers for the Sunday school program to be approved by the church in the September business session. Throughout the year, if vacancies occur, the Nominating Committee will recruit people to fill these positions, and recommend them to the church. Elections may be held to fill offices vacated during the year at any regular or special called business session of which proper notice has been given.

G. COUNTING COMMITTEE:

The Counting Committee shall be composed of the treasurer, and other qualified members of the church leadership to make a working committee of three present members.

SECTION VI. CHURCH PROGRAMS

A.  GENERAL

The church shall maintain and operate such programs as it may deem advisable for equipping of the church for on-going ministry and outreach.  It may add or delete programs by majority vote of the members of the church body.  All organizations related to the church programs shall be under church control.  Program Directors shall be elected by the church annually.  Program Directors will represent their departments as a member of the church council and report regularly to the church.  All program activities shall be subject to church coordination and approval.  The church shall provide the human resources, the physical resources and the financial resources for the appropriate advancements of these programs.

SECTION VII. CHURCH ORDINANCES

  1. A.  BAPTISM

The church recognizes and practices two ordinances, one of which is believer’s baptism. Any person who has received Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and has publicly professed faith in Him and committed his or her life to follow Him as Lord may be presented to the church as a candidate for baptism. The Pastor or whomever the church authorizes shall administer baptism (by immersion).

  1. B.  LORD’S SUPPER

The Lord’s Supper, the second of the two ordinances, will be observed on the first Sunday of each month. The leadership has the option to change the time of observance. Any departure from the regular time shall be posted in the church bulletin the preceding Sunday. The pastor and deacons shall administer the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper and selected men of the deacon committee shall prepare the elements for the Supper.

SECTION VIII. WORSHIP

The church shall regularly meet on the Lord’s Day in regular worship services at times decided by the church family for the worship of Almighty God. Prayer, praise, teaching biblical instruction and evangelism shall be among the elements of these services. Revival services and any other church meetings essential to the advancement of the church’s objectives shall be placed on the church calendar.

SECTION IX. CHURCH COUNCIL

The church council shall be the coordinating committee for the organization of the Church. The director of every ministry program is, by virtue of his or her office, a member of the council. The council shall meet regularly for the purpose of discussing the progress of the church ministries. After checking on the progress or lack of progress, a report shall be given to the church. The pastor is to serve as ex-officio member of the council and may moderate the meetings of the council. The council may elect a different chairperson to perform this task. An Agenda for the business meeting shall be organized and published 10 days prior to the business meeting.

SECTION X. BUSINESS MEETINGS

  1. Regular business meetings shall be held the second Sunday of the first month of each quarter beginning October, plus a fifth business meeting in September to adopt a budget and elect Sunday School teachers.
  2. Special business meetings shall be called to consider business of special nature and significance. A ten (10) day notice must be given for a specially called business meeting. The notice shall include the subject, the date, time, and place. Such notice shall be made by public announcement from the pulpit, through the church bulletin and by posting on the church bulletin board.
  3. The pastor shall serve as moderator at all church business sessions. In the absence of the pastor, the chairman, Vice Chairman or Secretary of the deacons shall preside; or in absence of all four, the church clerk shall call the meeting to order and preside over the election of an acting moderator for the session.
  4. A quorum consists of at least twenty (20) members in attendance at the business meeting which has been properly published and called.
  5. ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER, REVISED, is the authority for parliamentary rules of procedure for all business meetings of the church.
  6. A simple majority of members present is required for passage of any motion before the session except those specifically, mentioned in the Bylaws and Robert Rules of Order.
  7. On matters of major importance, such as all matters involving dollar amounts in excess of $1,000.00, the call or dismissal of a pastor or staff person, a secret ballot is required. The vote count shall be announced by the moderator.

SECTION XI. CHURCH FINANCES

  1. BUDGET

The Finance Committee, in consultation with Church Council, shall prepare and submit to the church for approval, an inclusive budget, indicating by each item the amount needed and sought, for all local and other expenses. A program of stewardship education which informs the church about the budget needs may be implemented by the Finance Committee and church council.

  1. ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES

All receipts of any and all purposes shall pass through the church treasurer, and counting committee. They shall be properly recorded in the books of the church. There shall be an annual audit of all financial records. A system of accounting that will adequately provide for the handling of all funds shall be the responsibility of the Finance Committee.

SECTION XII. FISCAL YEAR

The church fiscal year shall run concurrently with the church year which begins on October 1 and ends September 30.

SECTION XIII. MARRIAGE POLICY

Marriage is the union of one biological man and one biological woman, ordained by God, and intended to endure for a lifetime. The institution of marriage is outlined in Holy Scripture (Genesis), codified in Levitical law and reaffirmed by the Lord Jesus in the New Testament (Matthew 19). It is the policy of this church that only a properly counseled biological man and biological woman may be married in this church, and only by a member of the clergy of this church, or by a clergyman approved by the clergy of this church.

SECTION XIV. AMENDMENTS

Proposed changes in the constitution and bylaws may be presented in writing at any regular business meeting of the church. An informal discussion meeting to gain ideas from the congregation shall be held in two weeks. A special business meeting shall be called one month from the day the document was presented to vote on the changes. Changes to the constitution shall be by two thirds (2/3) vote of resident members present.