Approved - As of 06-06-17
CrossPointe of Crouse, Inc.
CrossPointe: “Where faith and life intersect!” Hebrews 11:6
The following Bylaws originally adopted by the membership of the Church formerly known as Middle Cross Baptist Church, at a meeting in Crouse, North Carolina, on June 25, 2017, were adopted, as we seek to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by following the Biblical principles defined and declared in the following Bylaws. These shall order all functions of the Church and may be from time to time abridged or amended as allowed by the Bylaws and approved by the Elders with consent of the membership.
Name, Offices, Fiscal Year, Precedence
Section 1. Name: The name of the Church is CrossPointe of Crouse, Inc., hereafter referred to as “CrossPointe” or “Church”
Section 2. Offices: The principal office of CrossPointe shall be 3474 Crouse School Road, Crouse, NC 28033. The Church may also have offices at such other places as the Elders may from time to time designate and shall have full power and authority to change the principal office from one location to another.
Section 3. Fiscal Year: The fiscal year of the Church shall be September 1 through August 31 of each year.
Section 4. Precedence of Bylaws: These By laws shall take precedence over all other Church documents.
Articles of Faith
Section 1. Statement of Faith:
CrossPointe stands in the line of historic Christianity and primarily believes in Nine Core Beliefs as well as but not only the Baptist Faith and Message of 2000. The Bible itself is the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For the purposes of this Church’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, the Elders are the final interpretive authority of the Bible’s meaning and application.
The Nine Core Beliefs are as follows:
THERE IS ONE TRIUNE GOD: There is only one true and living God who is the Creator of the universe. He exists eternally in three Persons, the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.
THE BIBLE IS GOD’S WORD: The Bible is God’s written revelation of Himself to mankind divinely given through human authors who were inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is entirely true, totally sufficient, and completely authoritative for matters of life and faith.
PEOPLE ARE CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE: Humans are created by God to bear His image. They are the crowning work of His creation and are worthy of love, dignity, and respect regardless of matters of age, race, gender, or class.
PEOPLE ARE IN NEED OF REDEMPTION: Because of the fall of mankind, the image of God in humans is distorted but not lost. All people have disobeyed God willfully through sin; thus inheriting both physical and spiritual death and the need for redemption. All humans are born with a sin nature and into an environment inclined toward sin. Only by the grace of God through Jesus Christ can they experience salvation.
JESUS IS BOTH LORD AND CHRIST: Jesus is both fully God and fully human. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross as a substitute for mankind, and arose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and will one day return.
JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY OF SALVATION: Salvation comes only through Jesus Christ, the only mediator between God and man. No other religion, belief, or person can reconcile God and man. He alone can provide forgiveness and eternal salvation.
SALVATION IS BY FAITH ALONE: Salvation comes only through a faith relationship with Jesus Christ, the Savior, as a person repents of sin and receives Christ’s forgiveness and eternal life. Salvation is instantaneous and accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God. This salvation is wholly of God by Grace on the basis of Christ’s life, death and resurrection, not on the basis of human works. All the redeemed are secured in Christ forever.
THE CHURCH IS CHRIST’S BODY: The Holy Spirit immediately places all people who put their faith in Jesus Christ into one united spiritual body, the Church, of which Christ is the head.
JESUS CHRIST WILL RETURN: God will bring the world as we currently know it to its appropriate end in His own time in His own way and so we will be with the Lord forever.
Section 2. Statement of Purposes:
We desire to see lives transformed by God through the gospel for His glory. Therefore, this Church shall be organized and operated exclusively for religious purposes within the meaning of Section 501 C 3 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended, or any superseding section in order to:
Minister the Word of God to the faithful;
Conduct regular religious services through various forms of ministries;
Promote and encourage, through the ministries of the Church, cooperation with other organizations ministering within the community;
Spread the Word of the Gospel, to save the lost, and to aid and assist fellow believers in their spiritual growth through these forums and medias as led by the Holy Spirit;
Maintain local and mission church facilities;
License and ordain qualified individuals;
To provide regular Bible Studies, seminars, Church leadership training and other types of religious education.
This Church shall not operate for the pecuniary gain or profit, and it does not contemplate the distribution of gains, profits or dividends to its members and is organized solely for non-profit, Church related purposes. The property assets, net income and balance of receipts over disbursements of this Church are irrevocably dedicated to charitable and religious purposes, and no part of the balance of receipts over disbursements or net income of this Church shall ever inure to the benefit or profit any shareholder or individual. In the event of the dissolution of this church, its assets remaining after payment, or provision of payment of all debts and liabilities of this church shall be distributed to a not-for-profit fund, foundation or corporation that is organized and operated for charitable, educational, ecclesiastical, religious, or sacerdotal purposes and that has established it’s tax exempt status under Section 501 C 3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
Section 3: Statement of Common Commitment:
We are committed to the building of a New Testament Church, a fellowship that is completely autonomous (self-governing).
We will build this fellowship under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, recognizing that thre are several marks of a New Testament Church we desire to follow, specifically these:
The use of the Scripture as our sole authority for doctrine and polity.
The worship of One God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Regeneration and conversion as a prerequisite to Church membership.
Water Baptism by immersion.
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are divinely appointed Church ordinances.
The priesthood of every believer (no intermediary between God and man) and the right of every member to search the Scriptures for God’s teaching in his own life (but not to impose upon another).
The working of the Holy Spirit in the lives of all believers for the building of the church body and the edification (increasing in faith) of each member.
Finally, we are committed to the building of a Church that will help us grow in Christian maturity through the teaching of the Word, through the sharing of Christian love and fellowship, and through the telling of the good news of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. In ministry and governance, we will strive to do God’s will, God’s way, according to God’s Word.
Section 4. Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality:
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 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 and that is the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Genesis 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 Corinthians 6: 18; 7: 2-5; Hebrews 13:4). We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and the use of pornography) is sinful, and offensive to God (Matthew 15: 18-20; 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10)
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of CrossPointe as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a Biblical role model to its members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by the Church in any capacity, or serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. (Matthew 5: 16; Philippians 2: 14-16; 1 Thessalonians 5: 22)
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; Romans 10: 9-10; I Corinthians 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 this Church.
Section 5. Statement of the Sanctity of Human Life
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. (Psalm 139)
Section 1. Covenant
The church is the vehicle by which God is accomplishing His purposes in the world. The church exists to display the glory of God because all things exist for His glory. Followers of Jesus have been invited graciously into God’s redemptive purposes for the world through the church. In light of this reality the opportunity to join a local church is much more than a commitment to consistent attendance or active involvement in community. It is also a sacred call to be involved in the redemptive work of our sovereign God and to be a microcosm of the universal household of God. Therefore, we will covenant together to fulfill these purposes and hold one another accountable to this high calling.
CrossPointe Elders’ Obligation to the Church:
As overseers of a local Church, elders are those entrusted with protecting, leading, equipping and caring for the corporate Church body and her individual members. The following is an overview of the requirements for elders as defined within the Scriptures.
The Elders Covenant to:
Along with the aid of members, appoint elders and deacons according to the criteria assigned to them in Scripture (1 Timothy 3: 1-13; Titus 1: 5-9; 1 Peter 5: 1-4).
Prayerfully seek God’s will for our Church community and steward her resources to the best of our ability based on our study of the Scriptures and following the Spirit (Acts 20: 28; 1 Peter 5: 1-4).
Oversee the growth of members as disciples of Christ and give an account for their growth in grace, truth, and love (Matthew 28: 16-20; Acts 20: 28; Ephesians 4: 15-16; James 5: 14; Hebrews 13: 17; 1 Peter 5: 1-4).
Provide teaching and counsel from the whole Scripture (Acts 20: 27-28; 1Timothy 4: 16; 2 Timothy 4: 1-5; Titus 2: 11).
Equip the members of the Church for the work of ministry, including future Elders and Church Planters (Ephesians 4: 11-16; 2 Timothy 2: 2).
Be on guard against false teachers and teachings (Matthew 7: 15; John 10: 12-13; Acts 20: 28-31; 1 Timothy 1: 3-7, 1 John 4: 1).
Lovingly oversee the exercise of discipline when necessary, for the glory of God, the good of the one disciplined, and the health of the Church as a whole (Matthew 18: 15-20; 1 Corinthians 5; Galatians 6: 1; James 5: 19-20.
Set an example and join members in fulfilling the obligations of church membership stated in the church covenant (Acts 20: 28; Philippians 3: 17; 1 Timothy 4: 12; Titus 2: 7-8; 1 Peter 5: 3).
CrossPointe Members Covenant Obligations:
One of Cross Pointe’s convictions is that church membership should be meaningful. Therefore, we believe it is important to covenant together as a Church family. As members of CrossPointe, we affirm this covenant with one another, by God’s grace, for our growth, and ultimate for the glory of God.
Baptized Regenerate Community that Makes Disciples
Having been brought by divine grace to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 6: 44; Acts 3: 19; 16: 31; 17:30; 20: 21; Romans 10: 9-10; Ephesians 2: 8-10) and to surrender our lives to Him (Luke 14: 25-33), and having been baptized by immersion as born again believers in Jesus Christ (John 3: 3; Acts 8: 38; 10: 44-48) in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28: 19; Romans 6: 1-4), we covenant with one another as one body in Christ to glorify God (Isaiah 43: 7; 1 Corinthians 10: 31), by making disciples of Jesus among all nations (Matthew 28: 18-20; 2 Timothy 2: 2; Psalm 67: 1-2; Revelation 7: 9-10).
Worship Together Regularly under the Scriptures and partaking of the Lord’s Supper
Together, we will draw near to God in worship (Acts 2; 42; Hebrews 10; 22), We will delight in the presence of God (Psalm 16: 11, 37: 4; 63: 1-11), depend on the presence of God (Matthew 28: 20; John 15; 5; 16: 7; 1 Peter 3: 17-18), and grow in the knowledge of God (Philippians 3: 10; Colossians 1: 9-12; 2 Peter 3: 17-18) by submitting to the Word of God in all matters of life, as the all-sufficient authority in our lives and in His Church (Psalm 19: 7-11; 119: 105-112; 2 Timothy 3: 14-4: 5). Together, we will hold fast to the hope we profess (Hebrews 10: 23). We will participate regularly in the Lord’s Supper (Luke 22: 7-23; Acts 2: 42; 1 Corinthians 11: 23-32) as we reverently and joyfully remember the past work of Christ’s atoning sacrifice (2 Corinthians 5: 21), celebrate the present help of Christ our mediator who ever lives to intercede for us at the Father’s right hand (Romans 8: 34; Hebrews 4: 14-16; 7: 25; 9: 24; 1 Timothy 2: 5), and anticipate the future return of Christ as the King of Kings (Titus 2: 13; Revelation 19: 16).
Disciple and Care for One Another
The Gospel creates community and we are committed to living life together and challenging one another to grow as disciples of Christ. We are committed to living out the Gospel and its implications for everyday life (1 Peter 3: 15; Galatians 2: 14). Together, we will spur one another on to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10: 24). We will meet with one another consistently and actively participate in the corporate gatherings of this local Church, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together (Hebrews 10: 25). We will also pray for one another regularly (Ephesians 6: 18-20) and serve one another selflessly (Romans 12: 9-13).
Submit to the Leadership of the Church
We will cooperate with, submit to, and prayerfully support the leadership of the pastors and elders who have been entrusted by God to serve and care for this body by teaching the Word of God to us and modeling the character of Jesus Christ before us (Hebrews 13: 7; Acts 6: 1-7). We will seek the guidance of our pastors, elders and small groups in major life decisions.
We covenant that we will give cheerfully, regularly, and generously to the support of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel both in our community and through all nations (2 Corinthians 8-9) We affirm that we will also give our spiritual gifts, time, resources, and money in a sacrificial manner consistent with the Gospel and for its progress.
Display God’s Glory through Unity and Discipline
Unity: Together, we will seek to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4: 3). We affirm that we are God’s Church and not our own therefore our preferences, needs, and desires are secondary to the mission and vision of the church. Part of maintaining unity and peace means we will adhere to CrossPointe’s “Core Beliefs” and will not be divisive over CrossPointe’s theological distinctives as laid out in the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.
Restorative Discipline: We will humbly and gently confront one another and receive correction from one another in accordance with a New Testament understanding of church discipline and restoration (Matthew 18: 15-20; 1 Corinthians 5: 1-13; Galatians 6: 1). We will submit to and prayerfully support the leadership of our pastors and elders as they seek to oversee discipline among our Church.
We affirm our responsibility to grow in Christ and his Gospel through the consistent practice of spiritual disciplines, such as prayer, fasting, Scripture reading, worship, and others. We affirm, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to exercise our Christian liberty with responsibility, remembering that because of the Gospel, we have a special obligation to lead a new and holy life.
Gospel Centered Families
We will endeavor to build Gospel centered homes. Husbands will seek to lead their wives and children sacrificially as Christ leads the Church, meaning husbands are ready to lay down their lives for their families (Ephesians 5). Wives will seek to submit to their husbands, as the Church does to Christ. As parents, we will raise the children under our care, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and by a pure and loving example to seek the salvation of our family and friends.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen
Section 1: Classes of Membership
Membership in the Church shall be open to all, regardless of race, gender,
color, or social status.
Section 2: Qualifications for Membership
To qualify for membership in CrossPointe a person must:
Be a born-again believer in Jesus Christ who gives evidence of regeneration;
Have been baptized by immersion in obedience to Christ following his or her regeneration;
Agree with the Church’s Statement of Faith in its entirety;
Agree to submit to the teachings of Scripture as expressed in the Statement of Faith;
Agree to keep the commitments expressed in the Church Covenant
Agree to the Baptist Faith and Message 2000
The Elders shall be responsible for and have final authority in determining each person’s qualifications for membership.
Section 3: Procedure for Membership
A person wishing to become a member of CrossPointe must contact one of the elders so that arrangements can be made for a time to visit with the prospective member to share about their spiritual pilgrimage. The person shall be required to attend a Membership Class where the ministry and governance of the Church shall be explained. The person shall be required to complete a Membership Interview with at least one of the Elders where the person must demonstrate and articulate a clear understanding of the Gospel as defined in the Nine Essential Beliefs. The person shall be required to sign the Church Covenant.
Section 4: Public Presentation
Upon signed agreement of the Church Covenant and fulfilling the other stated requirements, the person will be presented before the Church fellowship to be welcomed and blessed by the congregation. Said members shall constitute the membership of CrossPointe.
Section 5: Responsibilities and Privileges
In accordance with the obligations listed in the Church Covenant, each member shall be privileged and expected to:
Participate and contribute to the ministry and life of the Church, consistent with God’s leading and with the gifts, time, and material resources each has received from God. Only members in good standing are entitled to serve in Church ministries. Non-members may serve on a case-by-case basis with approval of the Elders.
Make every reasonable effort to attend our Quarterly Faith Family Meetings.
Endeavor to preserve the unity of the Church. This includes holding their Pastors and Elders in esteem and praying for them regularly, as well as for the leadership and ministries of the Church. Each member shall handle any grievance with another member under the directions of Matthew 5: 23-24 and Matthew 18: 15-17. No public complaint shall be heard until this course has been pursued.
Add their opinion on any other subject under Church discussion even if their opinions are different from the opinion of the leadership or other members. This is to be done decently and in order, and with Christian concern. Any member has the right to bring issues they deem of importance to the Elders. If the issue cannot be resolved to the satisfaction of the member, they will not seek to disrupt the fellowship but decide to respect the decision made, or quietly withdraw from membership. A disorderly member may be subject to appropriate discipline as described in these Bylaws.
Make themselves available for consideration as a candidate for offices in the Church.
Have access to the public records of the Church including minutes and financial reports. This does not include the right to review or inspect confidential records including, but not limited to, personnel files or donor records.
Section 6. Changes in Membership Status:
Membership in the Church is a privilege and not a right. Membership may be changed as outlined below.
Transfer of Membership
A member in good standing who wishes to withdraw from membership in the Church in order to unite with another fellowship of like faith and order may make a request of the Elders to send a letter to the other church affirming the member’s good standing status.
A member may lose certain privileges of membership, such as, but not limited to, serving in the Church’s ministries and partaking in the Lord’s Supper. A member may be disciplined in accordance with Article V of the Bylaws as a member not in good standing.
Should it become verified by the Elders that any member has been absent from the fellowship of the Church for a significant period of time, without justifiable cause, the member will be designated as inactive for a period of one year. During this year the member forfeits his or her membership privileges and will be removed from membership at the conclusion of this year unless he or she is restored to active status in good standing. Prior to being removed from membership, efforts will be made to contact the member to share with him or her the actions to be taken and to seek the member’s restoration as an active member in good standing. Restoration will require an interview with at least one of the Elders for the purpose of encouragement toward healthy church membership.
When the Elders establish that a member has united with another church without notifying this Church, they shall authorize the removal of membership of that member.
The name of a deceased member shall be removed from membership and placed on a deceased members list.
A member in good standing may request withdrawal from membership to the Elders in writing. Any member in good standing who is not willing to abide by these Bylaws and Church Covenant has a duty to withdraw from membership. Any member who withdraws must communicate the reason for withdrawal to the Elders discreetly, having regard for the unity, purity, and peace of the Church. Reasons for voluntary withdrawal must be approved by the Elders. If the reason(s) for voluntary withdrawal are not approved by the Elders, then the member will not be allowed to voluntarily withdraw and may be placed under discipline as a member not in good standing.
Section 7. Member Not in Good Standing
Any member currently under discipline is not a member in good standing. In matters of discipline, the Elders shall follow the established and published discipline policy.
Section 8. Examination of Membership Record
The Elders shall meet at least annually to examine the Church membership record and bring it up to date. Any recommendations for removal of an individual from membership will be presented and, if found adequate for removal, the procedures from removing the member from membership, as stated above, shall be followed.
Section 1. Definition
The Bible teaches that discipline is a normal experience of following Christ and an expected practice of the Church (Hebrews 12: 3-17). This discipline can be understood in two forms, formative and corrective.
Section 2. Formative Discipline
Formative church discipline is set forth through the teaching of God’s Word, the example of Christian living, and the mutual ministry of the members of the body of Christ. It has as its goal the instruction of disciples, the transformation of their lives, and their edification in love (Ephesians 4: 11-13; Romans 12: 1-16; 1 Corinthians 12: 4-27). Formative discipline is God’s tool for growing believers in sanctification and enabling the Church to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Peter 4: 7-12). It is expected that the ministry of the Church will be such that Christ is formed in the members.
Section 3. Corrective Discipline
Corrective Church discipline is called for by disorderly conduct or heretical doctrine which is contrary to the Church’s life and doctrine as expressed in the Church Covenant. Reasonable efforts shall be made through counsel and admonition to resolve difficulties, correct errors, and remove offenses before any further action is taken. No offense shall be brought before the Church until the instructions of Jesus Christ have first been followed (Matthew 5: 23-24; 18: 15-18). Corrective discipline always has for its aim the glory of God, the welfare and purity of the Church, and the restoration and spiritual growth of the offender
The Bible teaches that as believers we still wrestle with the flesh and it is possible that our lives can be overtaken by sin and sinful behavior which may require corrective discipline (Matthew 18: 15-18; Galatians 5: 13-25; 6: 1-2). Should a member of this Church be found to be acting in a sinful way that is publicly known, outwardly expressed, and in a continual manner then the Elders will take corrective steps to seek the restoration of the member. It will be the responsibility of the Elders to provide Biblical and gracious guidance of the corrective discipline process, leading in such a way to protect the Church from harm, protect the honor of Jesus Christ, and to work for the good of the offender. If any person with whom the corrective action steps are warranted is in any Church leadership role, that person will be required to relinquish that position.
If every reasonable and Biblical measure has been taken to seek repentance and restoration (Matthew 18: 15-18; Galatians 6: 1-2), and the member refuses to turn from their offense through repentance, then written charges shall be given to the accused offender along with a request for a meeting with the Elders. Any offenses that fall within the following categories may precipitate Church discipline.
Theological sins, where a member holds to and promotes doctrinal error in the Church.
Sexual sins, where a member openly practices fornication, adultery, homosexuality or any other sexual sin prohibited in Scriptures.
Family sins, where a member is found to be abusive, destructive or rebellious within their family.
Moral sins, where it becomes publicly known that a member is involved in drunkenness, addiction, abortion, criminal activity, or any other moral category specified in the Scriptures.
Church family sins, when a member is divisive towards the Church, slanderous of the leadership, or negligent of Covenant responsibilities.
After meeting with all possible people and obtaining all possible facts, the Elders must form a judgment. If the Elders believe the accused to be guilty and deserving of severe Biblical discipline (1 Corinthians 5; 2 Thessalonians 3: 6, 14; 1 Timothy 1: 20; Titus 3: 9-11), they shall present the offender before the members of the Church for excommunication at a regular or called business meeting.
The desire of the Church is to avoid this step of the corrective Church discipline process. Repentance and a pursuit of restoration will always stop the corrective process from moving forward. It is the duty of the Church to forgive and restore to membership those persons who give satisfactory evidence of being repentant (2 Corinthians 2: 6-8). The Elders shall meet with and restore those who have been excluded when they have judged that the aims of the discipline have been accomplished. Such action is to be presented to the Church at a regular or called business meeting.
Section 1. Corporate Worship:
The Church shall gather for worship held each Lord’s Day and may be held throughout the week as the Elders deem appropriate. Our worship gatherings shall include the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper on a regular basis.
Section 2. Annual Business Meeting:
The annual business meeting shall take place no later than the last Sunday of August. The purpose of the annual meeting is for celebrating and giving thanks for God’s work in the Church during the fiscal year ending on August 31 of each year as well as updating members and gathering the member’s affirmation on any leadership changes or new leaders, the annual budget, and to consider any other business the Elders deem necessary. Minutes shall be taken and maintained by one of the Elders or their designee.
Section 3. Business Meetings:
There shall be quarterly meetings, called “Faith Family Meetings,” for the members at a time and date set by the Elders. The time and location of any such meeting shall be stated in the public announcement made at a worship service and communicated electronically when such communication is possible. It is the policy and intention of the Elders to keep members informed of the business and financial status of the Church. Every reasonable effort will be made to ensure that all members are notified of any business meeting through normal communication methods employed by the Church.
Section 4. Special Business Meetings:
A special business meetings of the members may be called at any time by the Elders. The time and location of any such meeting shall be stated in the public announcement made at a worship service and also communicated electronically when necessary. It is the policy and intention of the Elders to keep members informed of the business and financial status of the Church. Every reasonable effort will be made to ensure that all members are notified of any special business meeting through normal communication methods employed by the Church.
Section 1. Elders
The Elders shall direct the affairs of the Church, both spiritual and secular. This body shall consist of no less than three persons, one of which shall be chosen by the Elders as the Presiding Elder, who shall act as Chairman of the Elders. The Presiding Elder will normally be the Lead Pastor of the Church. There shall be no distinction in authority or dignity between the lay Elders and the Pastoral Staff.
The number of Elders may be increased in accordance with the needs of the Church as determined by the Elders. The number of lay Elders must always be greater than the number of paid, staff Elders. In the event that the number of lay Elders becomes less than or equal to the number of paid, staff Elders due to any of the reasons outlined in Article VII of the Bylaws, the remaining Elders, will have a period of six months to restore the number of lay Elders to greater than the number of paid, staff Elders by means that the Elders deem appropriate.
The Elders must be members of the Church. They shall possess the qualifications of Elders as set forth in 1 Timothy 3: 1-7, Titus 1: 5-9, and other relevant teachings of the New Testament. Elders, once in office shall serve as long as they remain in fellowship with the Church unless sooner voluntarily withdrawn, placed on Sabbatical, or removed as set forth herein.
The Elder shall be a born-again believer in Jesus Christ, baptized by immersion and called by God into Elder ministry.
The Elder shall wholly accept, agree with, and affirm the Bylaws and the Church Covenant.
The Elder shall be unanimously appointed by the Elder body.
The Elder shall be presented to the congregation for affirmation by the membership for affirmation no less than two weeks before being ordained as an Elder.
The Elders are the final authority on the decision to elect a proposed Elder.
Any Elder has the option to voluntarily withdraw from the position as an Elder. This option must be approved by those Elders not seeking to withdraw. Voluntarily withdrawing does not necessarily remove the Elder from the membership of the Church, however, if any of the Pastoral Staff chooses to withdraw, he will forfeit his paid staff position with the Church. If the Elder seeking withdrawal no longer fulfills the obligations of the Church Covenant then he may be placed under discipline as a member not in good standing in accordance with the discipline procedures outlined in Article V of the Bylaws.
Any lay Elder has the option to take a Sabbatical of one year after his third consecutive, full year as Elder. If the Elder chooses not to exercise this option, after six consecutive full years of serving as an Elder, the Elder must take a Sabbatical of one year. Upon fulfillment of any Sabbatical, affirmation of the current Elders shall be required to reinstall the Elder on Sabbatical.
If the Elders, after due examination, determine that an Elder no longer fulfills the requirements of an Elder, this Elder, upon unanimous decision of those Elders whose position is not in question shall be removed from the position as an Elder, but not necessarily from the membership of the Church. If the Elder in question no longer fulfills the obligations of the Church Covenant then that Elder may be placed under discipline as a member not in good standing in accordance with the discipline procedures outlined in Article V of the Bylaws.
All Elders shall act to produce the unity, purity, and peace of the Church and the Elder Body. The Elders shall be responsible for the maintenance of Spiritual discipline within the Church and its fellowship as well as the maintenance of the Bylaws, the Church Covenant, and the standards of membership.
Section 2. Elders Meetings
There shall be, at minimum, a meeting of the Elders every two months. The time and date of any such meeting may be made publicly known to the Church members as the Elders deem appropriate. The Elders withhold the right to meet together in private in order to maintain the unity, purity, and peace of the Church.
Based on the most recent number of Elders. The quorum will be 75% for any such meeting where a significant decision shall be made.
Section 3. Pastoral Staff
The Pastoral Staff of the Church shall be part of the Elder Body. Therefore, they shall meet, in every way, the requirements of the Elders as set forth in the Bylaws. The same qualifications and procedures regarding the lay Elders wholly apply to the entire Pastoral Staff.
The ministry of the Lead Pastor shall focus on the preaching, counseling, and discipling ministries of the Church as well as providing vision for the Church’s overall spiritual direction.
Associate Pastors and or Co-Pastors:
The ministry of the Associate Pastor(s) and or Co-Pastor(s) shall foucs on the teaching, counseling, and disciipling ministries of the Church in assistance to the Lead Pastor.
The ministry of the Administrative Pastor shall focus on the infrastructure, management, and financial ministries of the Church as well as providing direction for the Church’s overall business and administrative affairs of the Church. In the absence of this staff position this responsibility shall be upon the Lead Pastor and he may assign all of any part of these responsibilities to an Elder or to Elders.
Section 4. Deacons:
The Deacons of the Church may be appointed to assist the Elders in serving the congregation.
The number of Deacons may be changed in accordance with the needs of the congregation as determined by the Elders.
The Deacons must be members of the Church and should possess the qualifications of Deacons as set forth in 1 Timothy 3: 8-12, Acts 6: 3, and other relevant teachings in the New Testament. Deacons, once set in office, shall serve as long as they remain in fellowship with the Church unless sooner voluntarily withdrawn or removed as set forth herein.
Deacons shall be born again followers of Jesus Christ, baptized by immersion and called by God into Deacon ministry.
Deacons shall wholly accept, agree with, and affirm the Bylaws and the Church Covenant.
Deacons shall be unanimously appointed by the Elder Body.
Deacons shall be presented to the congregation for affirmation no less than two weeks before the Deacon is to be appointed.
If the Elders, after due examination, determine that a Deacon no longer fulfills the requirements of a Deacon, this Deacon, upon the unanimous decision of the Elders, shall be removed from the office of a Deacon, but not necessarily from the membership of the Church. If the Deacon in question no longer fulfills the obligations of the Church Covenant then the Deacon may bbe placed under discipline as a member not in good standing in accordance with the discipline procedures outlined in Article V of the Bylaws.
All Deacons shall act to produce the unity, purity, and peace of the Church and the Elder Body. The Deacons shall be responsible to serve the Church and its Elder body in the ways determined by the Elders. Their service will include, but is not limited to, providing oversight for the various teams and committees deemed appropriate and set in place by the Elders and affirmed by the members.
Section 5. Officers:
The affairs of the Church shall be administered by its officers. Said officers are the Elder Body. Any person dealing with the Church shall be entitled to rely upon any documents signed on behalf of the Corporation by at least two members of the current Elder Body and affixed with the Corporate Seal. The Corporation shall also have a Treasurer that is appointed annually by the Elders and affirmed by the members at the Annual Meeting.
Section 1. Oversight
The Treasurer shall be responsible for the daily maintenance of the funds received and disbursement of funds consistent with the Finance Team.
Section 2. Finance Team:
The Finance Team shall consist of the Administrative Pastor (or in his absence the Lead Pastor or any Elder the Lead Pastor may appoint), and no less than two other reputable members of the Church. The number of Lay members on the team must always be greater than or equal to the number of Elders on the team. They shall be responsible for the establishment and maintenance of policies relative to financial matters of the Church.
Section 3. Finance Team Meetings;
There shall be, at minimum, an annual meeting of the Finance Team. The time and date of any such meeting may be made publicly known to the Church members as the Elders and or the Finance Team deem appropriate.
Section 4. Budget:
The Finance Team shall prepare an annual budget and distribute that budget in reasonable detail at the Annual Business Meeting for affirmation from the members. The Elders are to be consulted in preparation of the budget and shall be able to affirm the budget no less than two weeks prior to the Annual Business Meeting. A status report of the budget will be given at each quarterly Faith Family Meeting by the Finance Team.
Section 5. Designated Funds:
Requests for the establishment of specific designated fund accounts must be approved by the Elders and affirmed by the Finance Team. Disbursements from accounts so established must qualify as being consistent with original intent. The financial reports shall include status of these accounts.
Section 1. Corporate Seal
The Corporate Seal shall be in such form as may be prescribed by the Elders. The seal may be used by causing it or a facsimile thereof to be impressed or affixed or in any manner reproduced.
Amendments to Bylaws
Section 1. Amendments
The Elders shall discern when additions or changes are needed to the Bylaws. Members in good standing may also bring recommendations to the Elders (in writing) for suggested changes in the Bylaws for consideration by the Elders. These Bylaws may be amended or repealed at a meeting of the Elders duly called for the specific purpose of amending or repealing the same, and must be unanimous vote of the Elder Body. Quorum for this special meeting shall be 100% for any such meeting of the Elders to amend the Bylaws. The changes shall be in effect on the date such changes are affirmed by the membership at a special called business meeting announced at least two weeks prior to the meeting. Quorum for this meeting to affirm the changes approved by the Elders shall be those members present.