Constitution

Preamble

WHEREAS, it is the express purpose of God our Heavenly Lord to call out of the world a saved people who shall contribute to the Body of Christ, built and established on the foundation of Jesus Christ, the Chief Cornerstone.

WHEREAS, the members of the Body of Christ are enjoined to assemble themselves together for worship, fellowship, counsel, and instruction in the Word of God and the work of the ministry and for the exercise of those spiritual gifts and offices provided for in the New Testament, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that we recognize ourselves as a body of Christian believers working together for the common purpose of spreading the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and that under the laws of the State of Pennsylvania we may exercise all the rights and privileges granted to religious bodies.

Language

To the extent such is contained herein, the use of any masculine gender stated within this document is intended to be gender inclusive and refer to both men and women.

The term “Lead Pastor” may be used interchangeably with the term “Senior Pastor.”  Both terms shall refer to the same individual.

Article I Name

The name of this corporation shall be Dare to Imagine Church, Inc.

Article II Purpose

The purpose of this corporation shall be:

1.   To establish and oversee places of worship under the guidance of the Holy Spirit (Titus 1:5; Psalm 107:3; Acts 2:42, 46, 47; Hebrews 10:25).

2.   To create departments as may be necessary in order to establish places of worship, to spread the Gospel by all necessary means, and to support other religious activity as deemed necessary by the Board of Directors to further our exempt purposes (Matthew 28:19, 20).

3.   To have the right to own, hold in trust, use, possess, sell, convey, mortgage, lease or dispose of such property, real or chattel, as may be needed for the prosecution of its work.

4.   To license and ordain ministers of the Gospel and be their covering (1 Thessalonians 5:12; 2 Thessalonians 2:15; 3:4; Hebrews 13:17).

Article III Statements Of Faith

The human phraseology employed in this statement is not inspired nor contended for, but the truth set forth is held to be essential to a full Gospel ministry.  No claim is made that it contains all the truth in the Bible, only that it covers orthodox fundamental matters.

There Is One True God

God is called by many different names because of the different dimensions of His personality, but God is one (Deuteronomy 6:4). God is super-dimensional and eternally self-existent (John 8:54-59). God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. He is the creator of the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1&2). While God is one, He has revealed Himself in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).

Jesus Christ is the Son of God

Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity, the eternal Son of God. The Scripture declares His virgin birth (Matthew 1:18-23); His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26 & 1 Peter 2:22 & I John 3:4,5); His miracles (Acts 2:22 & 10:37-38); His substitutionary death on the cross (II Corinthians 5:21 & I Peter 2:24 & 1 Corinthians 15:4); His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:1-6 & 1 Corinthians 15:4); and His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9,11 & Philippians 2:9-11).

The Bible is the Inspired Word of God

The Old and New Testament are verbally inspired by God, the only written revelation from God to man. The Bible is infallible and the authoritative rule of faith and conduct for mankind (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13 & Peter 1:21).

Fall of Humankind 

Humankind was created in the image of God (Genesis 2:26). However, by a voluntary act of the will, Adam and Eve disobeyed God (Genesis 3:6).  People were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). However, by a voluntary act of the will, Adam and Eve disobeyed God (Genesis 3:6). That first sin had several repercussions. Adam and Eve were excommunicated from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:23), a curse was pronounced (Genesis 3:14-19) and the process of physical death (Genesis 2:17) and spiritual death (Romans 5:12-19) resulted. Sin separated humankind from God (Ephesians 2:11-18) and left us in a fallen or sinful condition (Romans 3:23).

Salvation

The only means of salvation is Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12 & John 14:6). He died on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins (1 Peter 2:24). He offers each of us a pardon for our sins (Hebrews 9:26) and wants us to become children of God (John 1:12).

When we put our faith in Christ, it triggers a spiritual chain reaction. We become the Temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). Our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Revelations 3:5). We become citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20-21). We are given eternal life (John 3:16). We are adopted and become children of God (Galatians 4:4-7). Our sins are forgiven and forgotten (Heb. 8:12). We are credited with the righteousness of Christ (Romans 4:4-5). We are born again (John 3:3). God takes ownership of us (1 Corinthians 6:20). We receive an eternal inheritance (Ephesians 1:13-14 & 1 Peter 1:3-5).

The evidence of salvation is two-fold. The internal evidence is the direct witness of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16). The external evidence is the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22, 23). We become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) and are transformed into the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18).

The Church and Its Mission

The Church is the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-27) and has a three-fold purpose: To evangelize the world (Acts 1:8 & Mark 16:15-16), to worship God (I Corinthians 12:13), and to equip for ministry (Ephesians 4:11-16 & 1 Corinthians 12:28, 14:12)

Generosity

 We believe that tithes, offerings, and alms are God’s financial plan for the support of God’s work (Malachi 3:10; Matthew 23:23; 2 Corinthians 9:6-12).

Article IV Ordinances

Water Baptism

The ordinance of water baptism (Matthew 28:19) shall be administered by all established Christian places of worship, including this organization, to all those who have repented of their sins and who have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ to the saving of their souls (Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12).

The Lord’s Supper

The ordinance of the Lord’s Supper shall be observed regularly by all established Christian places of worship, including this organization, as enjoined in the Scriptures (Luke 22:19, 20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

Article V Membership

This organization shall have a non-voting membership. The Board of Directors may create a membership program that details the requirements of membership and procedures for dismissal.

Article VI Government

Section 1 Board of Directors

1.     There shall be a Lead Pastor/President.

2.     There may be a Vice President.

3.     There shall be a Secretary.

4.     There shall be a Treasurer.

5.     Other individuals may be added as needed.

Section 2 Official Board of Directors and Voting Power

1.     The Board of Directors is that group of persons vested with the management of the business and affairs of the corporation.

2.     The official Board of Directors shall consist of individuals listed above and those added by official action of the Board of Directors.

3.     The majority shall serve without remuneration and not be related by blood or marriage.

4.     The Lead Pastor/President shall be chairman of the Board of Directors and chief executive of the corporation.

5.     Each member of the Board of Directors shall have equal voting power among all of the other members.

6.     A decision of the Board of Directors is considered valid with a simple majority vote and the approval of the Lead Pastor/President, unless otherwise specified in the Constitution and Bylaws.

7.     The Lead Pastor/President shall be an ex officio member of every committee and can at his discretion be the chair of such committee at the time of its creation.

8.     The official Board of Directors members are numbered in position as shown in Section 1 of this Article. The numbering shall serve as the order in which the Lead Pastor/ President shall be replaced if any of the following events take place:

A.     The Lead Pastor/President passes away unexpectedly, or

B.     The Lead Pastor/President is legally removed by the Accountability Board, or

C.     The Lead Pastor/President resigns and refuses to appoint a new Lead Pastor/ President.

Section 3 Removal From the Board of Directors

Any Board of Directors member may be removed from office with or without cause by a simple majority vote of the Board of Directors including the Lead Pastor/President’s approval. However, the removal of the Lead Pastor/President is subject to Article X.

The following reasons are considered just cause for Board of Directors member removal by the Board of Directors:

1.   In absentia at three consecutive Board of Directors meetings;

2.   Violation of the mutual interest clause of Article XI;

3.   Not acting in the best interests of the organization;

4.   Willful nondisclosure of a conflict of interest as interpreted by a majority vote of the Board of Directors; and

5.   Willful failure to attend a Bible Study at and/or to give of tithes and offerings to this organization.

Section 4 Process for removal from the Board of Directors

A Board of Directors member may be removed from the Board of Directors in the following manner:

1.     By letter of resignation submitted to the Lead Pastor/President;

2.     By action of the Board of Directors in which a simple majority of the Board of Directors, including the Lead Pastor/President’s vote in favor for removal.

Article VII Meetings

Section 1 Church Services

In any established place of worship the appointed Pastor will be responsible for regular church services.

Section 2 Corporation Meetings

The corporation year shall coincide with the calendar year beginning on January 1st, and running through December 31st.

Proper notice of ten days shall be given to all Directors prior to any Corporation Meeting.

The Lead Pastor/President will call the official Board of Directors meeting to discuss the direction of the corporation. The Lead Pastor/President shall set dates and times for Board of Directors meetings. The Board of Directors may have invited guests present at any meeting so long as the Lead Pastor/President has approved it.

The Secretary shall keep an accurate account of the minutes that were discussed at any Board of Directors meeting. He then has to submit them at the next Board of Directors meeting for discussion by the Board of Directors and approval by the Lead Pastor/ President. Upon approval by the majority of the Board of Directors, the minutes shall be adopted, and all policy and procedure in them will continue to be enforced.

Section 3 Waiver of Notice

Attendance of a Director at any meeting of the Board of Directors will constitute a waiver of notice of such meeting except where such Director attends a meeting for the express purpose of objecting, at the beginning of the meeting, to the transaction of any business because the meeting is not lawfully called or convened.

Section 4 Meetings by Remote Communications Technology

Subject to the notice provision in Section 2 of this Article, the Directors may also hold meetings by means of a remote electronic communications system, including video or telephone conferencing technology or the Internet, or any combination, only if each person entitled to participate in the meeting consents to the meeting being held by means of that system, and the system provides access to the meeting in a manner or using a method by which each person participating in the meeting can communicate concurrently with each other participant. Participation in such a meeting shall constitute presence in person at such meeting, except participation for the express purpose of objecting to the transaction of any business on the ground that the meeting is not lawfully called or convened.

Section 5 Action by Unanimous Written Consent Without Meeting

Any action required or permitted to be taken by the Board of Directors under any provision of law may be taken without a meeting, if all members of the Board of Directors shall individually or collectively consent in writing to such action. Such written consent or consents shall be filed with the minutes of the proceedings of the Board of Directors. Such action by written consent shall have the same force and effect as the unanimous vote of the Directors. Any certificate or other document filed under any provision of law which relates to action so taken shall state that the action was taken by unanimous written consent of the Board of Directors without a meeting and that the Bylaws of this corporation authorize the Directors to so act and such statement shall be prima facie evidence of such authority.

Article VIII Quorum

Two-thirds of the Board of Directors members (including the Lead Pastor/President) at an official Board of Directors meeting constitutes a quorum.

Article IX Ecclesiastical Authority

This organization is theocratic in government. In any growing congregation, there will be people at all stages of spiritual growth and maturity. For that reason, it is not proper to submit the affairs of the church to a democratic vote as the same is not God’s way, for the purpose of the church is not to do the will of the majority, but the will of God.

Any disputes that arise over the interpretation of these Bylaws shall be deferred to the highest authority of this church. In this case it would be the Lead Pastor/President, with the advice of the Board of Directors. The Lead Pastor/President shall be responsible for the day-to-day decisions and shall run the affairs of the church. In Watson v. Jones, the court ruled that:

“Whenever the questions of discipline, or of faith, of ecclesiastical rule, custom, or law have been decided by the highest church judicatory to which the matter has been carried, the legal tribunals must accept such decisions as final, and as binding on them.”

Article X Accountability Board

There shall be an Accountability Board made up of no less than three (3) persons and no more than five (5). The Accountability Board shall be made up of individuals nominated by the Lead Pastor/President of the corporation and confirmed by a simple majority of the Board of Directors after careful consideration. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; Acts 15). The Board of Directors shall consider the nominations and vote to have each nomination appointed.

Section 1 Purpose

The purpose of the Accountability Board is to:

1.     Provide a spiritual covering by prayerfully giving necessary aid, instruction, guidance, protection and correction as well as counsel, wisdom and fellowship to the Lead Pastor/President (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; Acts 15) and,

2.     To hear accusations against the Lead Pastor/President of the corporation brought to them unanimously by the official Board of Directors excluding any disqualified individuals serving on the Board of Directors and make a determination as to whether the Lead Pastor/President has committed any of the infractions listed below.

3.     The Board of Directors may call the Accountability Board into session to conduct an investigation for the following accusations against the Lead Pastor/President:

A.     Adultery (only if accusation is brought by the Lead Pastor’s/President’s spouse)

B.     Embezzlement

C.     Conviction of a felony that is a violation of Scripture

4.     The Accountability Board may dismiss the Lead Pastor/President if they find him guilty of any of the following action:

A.     Adultery

B.     Embezzlement

C.     Conviction of a felony that is a violation of Scripture

The Accountability Board will determine if the Lead Pastor/President is guilty or innocent and whether to discipline or dismiss him from office. The Accountability Board is the only entity that has the authority to dismiss the Lead Pastor/President from his position if, after being called into session in accordance with the provisions of this Article and after considering all accusations against him; they determine that it is the best course of action for him and the church. The decision of the Accountability Board is final.

Section 2 Structure

Any Member of the Accountability Board may be replaced or removed at any time deemed necessary by request of the Lead Pastor/President and confirmation of the Board of Directors of the corporation, provided that it not be after the Accountability Board has been called to officially meet in accordance with Section 1 of this Article.

The representative nominated by the Lead Pastor/President and confirmed by the Board of Directors shall chair the Accountability Board.

Future vacancies shall be nominated by the Lead Pastor/President and voted on by the Board of Directors.

A record of the current and past Members of the Accountability Board shall be kept in a log under the custody of the official Board of Directors. The log shall clearly list the names of each member and the current chairman.

Any successor Lead Pastor/President to the founding or current Lead Pastor/President shall keep the Accountability Board that was in existence at the time he became Lead Pastor/President. He may, after a six-month period, make nominations for replacements of no more than one representative per year. He must follow the procedure set forth in Section 1 of this Article.

Section 3 Quorum

100% of the Accountability Board must be present to constitute a quorum. The Accountability Board may only meet if it has been called to do so unanimously by the official Board of Directors according to the provisions of this Article.

Section 4 Determinations

Any action taken by the Accountability Board is valid by a two-thirds majority.

Section 5 Power

The Accountability Board shall have no innate power or authority as a legal organizational entity, except that which is invested in them by these Bylaws. Their decisions, when called together in accordance with Section 1 of this Article, shall be final.

Article XI Mutual Interest

The behavior of anyone in fellowship with this church is of common interest to the Board of Directors and membership. (Galatians 6:1) This church requires every Board of Directors member and Congregational member to adhere to a life style that is consistent with the doctrines of this church as taught in the Holy Scriptures. Therefore, this church reserves the right to refuse service to any individual, whether member or not, that is not submitting their life style to this Scriptural mode of conduct. This right of refusal, as determined by the Lead Pastor, could include no attendance at services, rejection of the benefits of membership, and prohibited use of church assets.

Article XII Founder’s Vision

To establish an efficient leadership infrastructure, the Lead Pastor/President shall be responsible to clearly articulate in clear, concise and simple language, a policy and procedures document. The purpose of this document is to create a consistent and logical framework, which empowers staff and volunteers to participate in the decision making processes that reflect the Lead Pastor/President’s heart and vision for the church.

Article XIII Membership Review Of Church Records

Section 1 Requests Made by Members

To ensure the trust of the membership and to also ensure that a public interest is being served, all church records, financial information and all kinds of financial transactions must always be available for membership inspection and review. At no time may information be supplied that would violate Section 4 of this Article or Article VII of the Bylaws. Any questions by any members shall be addressed to the treasurer either in writing or by scheduled appointment.

Section 2 Required Provisions of the Request

The request must state the name of the member, the reason for the request and that the information shall in no way be made public or shared with any other member in a way that will jeopardize the church.

Section 3 Required Format or Fee

This corporation may require the member to review the requested record on premises instead of providing a hard copy(ies).  To the extent any hard copy is provided, this corporation may require the member to pay a reasonable per page fee for any copies that are required in order to accommodate approved records requests.

Section 4 Confidentiality

In order to keep the records of the church confidential, records shall not be released to any outside agency, person or entity unless due process has been served and a certified subpoena has been personally delivered. This includes the IRS, except under the provisions of Section 7611 which shall be limited only to information deemed to be relevant to the inquiry being made. At all times the IRS will be expected to comply with all of the provisions of Section 7611.

Section 5 Denying a Request

The Board of Directors reserves the right to deny such a request for any of the following reasons:

1.     the request is considered by the Board of Directors and deemed to be frivolous;

2.     the member making the request has a history of being divisive;

3.     the member does not adequately provide the required information on the request as stated in this Article;

4.     the person making a request is a non-member or a person whose membership was terminated; and

5.     the person making the request is not a tither to this church or is not otherwise considered a member in good standing.

Article XIV Amendments

Amendments to this constitution may be made by two-thirds vote of the official Board of Directors, including the Lead Pastor/President. 

Bylaws

Article I Order

For the purpose of conducting business, the Lead Pastor/President shall, in an orderly manner, preside over all of the affairs of the corporation.

Article II Finances

Section 1 Audit

The Treasurer and or other Board of Directors appointed person shall complete an internal audit. This audit of all financial records shall be made after the close of the calendar year, prior to the end of March.

Section 2 Checks and Withdrawals

1.     Any check or withdrawal at or more than $5,000.00 shall require the signatures of two officers who are also authorized signees on the bank account.

2.     The signature of the Treasurer (Chief Financial Officer) must be on any check or withdrawal at or more than $1,000.00.

Section 3 Salaries

All salaries shall be determined in the following manner:

1.     A compensation committee shall be formed which will consider each candidate and create a compensation package that shall be forwarded to the Board of Directors for approval. The compensation committee may be made up of any individual or group of individuals who are approved by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors themselves may serve as the compensation committee if they see fit.

2.     The Board of Directors shall appoint members of the committee.

3.     The Board of Directors shall consider the recommendation of the compensation committee and shall vote on the package.

Only uncompensated individuals of the Board of Directors shall vote on any recommended compensation package.

All salaries shall be reviewed each year during the last meeting of the calendar year.

Article III Property Rights

All property, real or chattel, shall be taken, held, sold, transferred or conveyed in the corporation’s name.

No real or chattel property of the corporation shall be sold, leased, mortgaged, or otherwise alienated without authorization of the Lead Pastor/President.

The Lead Pastor/President of the corporation shall certify in such conveyances, leases, or mortgages.

In the event that the corporation ceases to exist, all assets of THIS CHURCH shall at the discretion of the Board of Directors be given to organizations that are exempt as described in Section 501(c)(3) and/or 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. The receiving organization must be of similar purpose.

Article IV Government And Official Functions

The officers listed below are ultimately responsible to oversee that all listed duties are properly executed. The actual carrying out of necessary actions may be accomplished by any individual whom the Board of Directors sees fit.

Section 1 Lead Pastor/President
Qualifications

The Lead Pastor/President shall have wisdom in handling the corporation’s affairs. He shall be of sound doctrine and good judgment.

Duties

The Lead Pastor/President shall be the leader of the church as provided by the Holy Scriptures.

The Lead Pastor/President shall be chairman of the official Board of Directors and preside over all corporation meetings.

Manner of Appointment

The Lead Pastor/President shall be appointed by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

Term of Office

The term of office of the Lead Pastor/President shall be reviewed every two years by the Board of Directors. The number of consecutive terms that he may serve, however, is unlimited. Should his term not be renewed it shall be equivalent to the Accountability Board being called by the Board of Directors. He is subject to removal at anytime in accordance with Article X of the constitution.

Section 2 Vice President
Qualifications

The Vice President shall have wisdom in handling the corporation’s affairs. He/she shall be of sound doctrine and good judgment.

Duties

He/she will serve as chief advisor to the Lead Pastor/President.

He/she shall carry out the responsibilities that the Lead Pastor/President delegates to him.

Manner of Appointment

The Lead Pastor/President shall nominate and the Board of Directors shall confirm the Vice President to office by majority vote.

Term of Office

The term of office of the Vice President shall be reviewed every two years. The number of consecutive terms that he/she may serve is unlimited. He/she is subject to removal at any time in accordance with Article VI of the Constitution.

Section 3 Secretary
Qualifications

The Secretary shall be a spiritually minded person and of sound judgment. He/she must be administratively minded with the ability to multi-task.

Duties

By virtue of his office, the Secretary shall keep a true and accurate record of all meetings, including business meetings of the corporation. He/she shall perform clerical duties, and shall be the custodian of all legal documents.

Manner of Appointment

The Lead Pastor/President shall nominate and the Board of Directors shall confirm the Secretary to office by majority vote.

Term of Office

The term of office of the Secretary shall be reviewed every two years. The number of consecutive terms that he/she may serve is unlimited. He/she is subject to removal at any time in accordance with Article VI of the Constitution.

Section 4 Treasurer
Qualifications

The Treasurer shall be a spiritually minded person, and of sound business judgment. He/she shall be capable of doing the accounting required to maintain the corporation books.

Duties

By virtue of his/her office, the Treasurer shall keep, in a business-like manner, an itemized account of all receipts and disbursements of moneys committed to his/her trust and shall make reports to be presented during the official Board of Directors meetings. He/she shall deposit and make withdrawals in a manner prescribed in Article II of the Bylaws.

Manner of Appointment

The Lead Pastor/President shall nominate and the Board of Directors shall confirm the Treasurer to office.

Term of Office

The term of office of the Treasurer shall be reviewed every two years. The number of consecutive terms that he/she may serve is unlimited. He/she is subject to removal at any time in accordance with Article VI of the Constitution.

Section 5 Directors
Qualifications

Directors shall be spiritually minded persons, and of sound business judgment.

Duties

By virtue of their office, Directors shall carry out the responsibilities that the Lead Pastor/ President or Board of Directors delegate to them.

Manner of Appointment

The Lead Pastor/President shall nominate and the Board of Directors shall confirm Directors to office.

Term of Office

The term of office of the Directors shall be reviewed every two years. The number of consecutive terms that he/she may serve is unlimited. They are subject to removal at any time in accordance with Article VI of the Constitution.

Article V Other Considerations

Anything that has not been discussed in this Constitution and Bylaws shall be discussed and decided upon at an official Board of Directors meeting.

Article VI Ministers Of The Gospel

The Lead Pastor/President of this ministry shall by virtue of his office automatically be recognized as an ordained minister.

Section 1 Classes of Ministers

This ministry shall have a set number of classes of ministers, as set forth below. Each class of minister will have distinct rights and privileges; they are listed below:

Commissioned Minister:

This recognition is automatically given to all believers in fellowship with this ministry. They are not authorized to perform any sacerdotal services, but primarily assist others in the Body of Christ. Individuals in this category may include, but are not limited to: teachers, worship leaders, instructors, hospital and jail visitation, ministerial assistance, and lay persons.

Chaplain:

This recognition is for ministers of the gospel that are called by God and recognized by the Lead Pastor/President to minister primarily in prisons, hospitals and government agencies.

Licensed Minister:

This recognition is given by the Lead Pastor/President of this ministry. This recognition is for those who are somewhat seasoned in the ministry, but need further experience. Many of these are individuals that have been working in their chosen vocation, but for some reason or another have never entered full-time ministry, or have only been in full-time ministry for less than three (3) years. Such persons are authorized to perform the following religious functions:

1.     Conduct religious worship

2.     Religious instruction

3.     Administer communion

4.     Provide spiritual counseling

5.     Serve on the Board of Directors of a church

6.     And other sacerdotal functions including

A.     Conduct baby dedication ceremonies

B.     Perform baptisms

C.     Perform weddings

D.    Conduct funerals

E.     Visit the sick and shut-in

F.     Minister in prisons

However, this person is not in charge of a congregation. Limited authority is granted to run the affairs of the ministry.

Ordained Minister:

This recognition is given by the Lead Pastor/President to those persons who have an “established” or “proven” ministry. Ordained ministers are authorized to perform all functions of the Christian ministry and religious functions, and must be capable of doing so. Ordained ministers are authorized to perform all religious functions:

1.     Conduct religious worship

2.     Religious instruction

3.     Administer communion

4.     Provide spiritual counseling

5.     Serve on the Board of Directors of a church

6.     Ministry administration

7.     And other sacerdotal functions including

A.     Conduct baby dedication ceremonies

B.     Perform baptisms

C.     Perform weddings

D.    Conduct funerals

E.     Visit the sick and shut-in

F.     Minister in prisons

He/she must be capable, as determined by the Lead Pastor/President, to take charge of a congregation.

Section 2 Lead Pastor/President’s Authority

The Lead Pastor/President of this ministry shall have ecclesiastical authority to decide who, how or if a person will be licensed by this ministry to hold any of the classes mentioned above (Matthew 16:13-19).

Section 3 Servant Leaders

The Servant Leaders are a Lead Pastor appointed committee given charge of the spiritual care of the congregation. Their authority is limited to that which is granted them by the Lead Pastor. They have no financial or governmental control within the fellowship. They should only concern themselves with the spiritual needs of the fellowship.

Qualifications

All Servant Leaders must qualify by exemplifying the following in their lives. At any point, an Servant Leader may be dismissed from his office for not fulfilling even one of these qualifications by the Lead Pastor. Servant Leaders must be:

1.     A prayer warrior; devoted to study of the Bible (1 Thessalonians 5:17; Ephesians 6:18-20; 2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Peter 3:18)

2.     Above reproach (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6-7)

3.     Temperate, sober, vigilant (1 Tim. 3:2)

4.     A faithful tither and attender of Bible Study (Malachi 3:8-10; Deuteronomy 14:22; 2 Corinthians  8:1-5; 2 Corinthians  9:7)

5.     Sober-minded, prudent (1 Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:8)

6.     Of good behavior; orderly, respectable (1 Timothy 3:2)

7.     Hospitable (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8)

8.     Able to teach (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:9)

9.     Not a drunkard (1 Timothy 3:3,8; Titus 1:7)

10. Not violent; not pugnacious (1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7)

11. Patient, moderate, forbearing, gentle (1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7)

12. Not a brawler; not contentious, not quick tempered (1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7)

13. Not covetous; not a lover of money; not greedy for money (1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7)

14. Rules his own house well; his children are faithful (1 Timothy 3:4; Titus 1:6)

15. Not a new convert (1 Timothy 3:6)

16. Well thought of, has a good reputation with outsiders (1 Timothy 3:7)

17. Not self-willed (Titus 1:7)

18. A lover of good (Titus 1:8)

19. Just, upright (Titus 1:8)

20. Holy, devout (Titus 1:8)

21. Self-controlled (Titus 1:8)

Duties

The Servant Leaders shall devote their time to prayer, the ministry of the Word (by teaching and encouraging sound doctrine), and assisting the Lead Pastor in caring for God’s flock. The Servant Leaders shall take particular responsibility to examine and instruct prospective Members, equip the Membership for the work of the ministry, encourage sound doctrine and practice, Assist the Lead Pastor to admonish and correct error, coordinate and promote the ministries of the church, and mobilize the church for world missions. They shall work closely with the Lead Pastor to ensure a healthy spiritual atmosphere within the fellowship.

Manner of Appointment

The Lead Pastor shall appoint Servant Leaders to office.

Term of Office

Should a Servant Leader be found in violation of the Bylaws the Lead Pastor may dismiss him/her.

Article VII Privacy

This church shall diligently watch to keep private all records concerning polity, doctrine, counseling and information on individuals in fellowship with this church. This church must not disclose any records that may compromise information about a member’s attendance, membership status, giving and counseling records.

Article VIII Amendments

Amendments to the Bylaws may be made by a two-thirds vote of the official Board of Directors, including the Lead Pastor/President.

These Bylaws adopted on this day make null and void all prior addenda and these Bylaws supersede and replace all previous Bylaws voted on prior to this day.

Signed and certified, to be effective immediately.