Adopted February 17, 2013
Name and Location……………………………………………….. 3
Purposes and Commission…………………………………….. 3
Statement of Beliefs…………………………………………….... 3
Church Membership…………………………………………….... 5
Other Councils and Committees………………………….... 11
Ordination, Licensing, and Commissioning…………..... 14
The Senior Pastor…………………………………………………… 15
Settlement of Disputes…………………………………………… 15
Other Provisions……………………………………………………. 15
Receipt, Investment, and Disbursement of Funds..... 16
Corporate Records and Reports…………………………….. 16
Instruments in Writing…………………………………………… 17
Church Decision Making………………………………………… 17
FAITH CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Name and Location
The name of this Corporation is Faith Baptist Church of Henderson, doing business as Faith Christian Fellowship, hereinafter referred to as “the Corporation” or “the Church”. It is a Nevada nonprofit religious corporation with its principal offices in Henderson, Nevada.
Purposes and Commission
This Corporation is organized for exclusively religious purposes (including such other purposes common to a pastoral church ministry as defined by Scripture). Our commission is to teach the Bible clearly and correctly so that people can believe on Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of sin and believers can grow in God’s grace. “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age’” (Matthew 28:18-20).
Statement of Beliefs
WE BELIEVE the Bible is God’s written revelation to man. It is verbally inspired in every word, and absolutely inerrant in the original documents. We affirm the infallibility, sufficiency, and authority of Scripture.
WE BELIEVE that there is but one living and true God, an infinite, all-knowing Spirit, perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—each equally deserving worship and obedience.
WE BELIEVE in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory.
WE BELIEVE that the salvation of man, who is sinful and lost, is instantaneous and accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God when the repentant sinner—enabled by the Holy Spirit—responds in faith. This salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works.
WE BELIEVE in the Spirit-filled life. As the supernatural and sovereign Agent in regeneration, the Holy Spirit baptizes all believers into the Body of Christ at the moment of salvation. The Holy Spirit also indwells, sanctifies, instructs, empowers them for service, and seals them unto the day of redemption.
WE BELIEVE in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved; the saved unto the resurrection of life and the unsaved unto the resurrection of damnation.
WE BELIEVE that all who put their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual Body, the Church, of which Christ is the head. The purpose of the Church is to glorify God by building its members up in the faith, by instruction of the Word, by fellowship, by keeping the ordinances of water baptism by immersion and the Lord’s supper, and by advancing and communicating the gospel to the entire world. The formation of the Church, the Body of Christ, began on the Day of Pentecost and will be completed at the coming of Christ for His own at the rapture.
WE BELIEVE that marriage has been ordained by God. This Church defines “marriage” as the exclusive covenantal union of one man and one woman in which such union is a lifetime commitment. A civil government’s sanction of a union will be recognized as a legitimate marriage by the Church only to the extent that it is consistent with the definition of “marriage” as set forth in this Article and Article IV, Section 2.
WE BELIEVE that legitimate sexual relations are exercised solely within marriage. Hence, sexual activities outside of marriage (referred to in the New Testament as “porneia” in Greek) including but not limited to, adultery, premarital sex, homosexuality, and pedophilia are inconsistent with the teachings of the Bible and the Church. Further, lascivious conduct, transgender behavior, and the creation and/or distribution and/or viewing of pornography, are incompatible with the Bible.
Faith Christian Fellowship has a separate Doctrinal Statement, as adopted on June 3, 2012, that provides an in-depth explanation of the beliefs of the Church and what we teach.
Section 1. Meeting Policy
a. Regular Worship Meetings. The Board of Elders shall set the frequency and times of the regular worship meetings of the Church, including worship on Sunday and other services as is desirable to best fulfill the purposes of the Church.
b. Church Meetings. The Church shall meet to receive reports and transact business at least four (4) times every year, hereafter referred to as the Quarterly Business Meeting. Meetings may be called at other times at the discretion of the office-bearers or upon the request of at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the membership.
No business (other than ordinary business) shall be brought before the Church unless notice of the business item has been given to the Secretary at least seven days prior to the Church meeting and approved by an elder.
All business meetings shall be announced at regularly-scheduled services on the two Sundays immediately preceding the date of the meeting. In the case of a special Church meeting the members must also be notified of the agenda either by announcement, or by circular letter or by email which has a read/read receipt attached to it. The office-bearers shall be responsible for such notification.
All business meetings shall be presided over by the duly appointed moderator or designee. At least one elder shall be present at all business meetings.
A motion at all business meetings (regular or special) shall be determined passed by a three-quarters (3/4s) majority of those members present and voting.
No member shall vote or preside at any meeting when such meeting shall be dealing with any matter affecting him/her.
Section 2. Marriage Policy
Marriage. Marriage is a union ordained by God between one man and one woman. It was first instituted by God in the early chapters of Genesis, was codified in the Levitical law, was compared to a relationship between God and His people by the Old Testament prophets, examples of it are in the historical narratives, and the wisdom literature discusses the unique unity of this relationship. Jesus explained the original intention and core elements of marriage, and several New Testament Epistles give explicit instructions on this union. Marriage is a typology of Christ and the Church. As such, the Church views marriage as a profound spiritual institution established by God. Due to the importance of marriage in the biblical witness, this Church adopts the following policies:
a. Officiating Only a duly ordained pastor/elder who is also licensed to solemnize marriages by the State of Nevada shall officiate at marriage ceremonies conducted on church property. A pastor/elder employed by the Church or officiating in that capacity for the Church shall be subject to dismissal and/or loss of ordination for officiating a same gender marriage ceremony.
b. Applicants Applicants wishing to have a ceremony performed by a pastor/elder of the Church, or to use the church facilities, shall affirm their agreement with the Statement of Beliefs and Marriage Policy set forth in these Bylaws and shall conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent therewith. Applicants shall receive a minimum of twelve (12) hours of premarital counseling by one of the Board of Elders or counselors appointed by the Church or other persons who, in the sole opinion of the Board of Elders of the Church, have appropriate training, experience, and spiritual understanding to provide such counseling.
c. Premises Any marriage performed on church premises shall be officiated by a pastor/elder of the Church. The pastor/elder officiating marriage ceremonies on church premises, whether or not employed by the Church, shall affirm in writing their agreement with the Statement of Beliefs and Marriage Policy set forth in these Bylaws and shall conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent therewith. The Board of Elders may, in their sole discretion, decline to make church facilities available for, and/or decline to officiate at, a ceremony when, in their judgment, there are significant concerns that one or both of the applicants may not be qualified to enter into the sacred bond of marriage for theological, doctrinal, moral or legal reasons.
Section 3. Elders, Deacons, Employees and Members Policy
Every elder, deacon, employee and member shall affirm in writing their agreement with the Statement of Beliefs set forth in these Bylaws and shall conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent therewith, or they shall be subject to removal from their position by the Board of Elders.
Section 1. Purpose of the Fellowship
The congregation of Christian believers who have applied for membership and have been duly accepted by the Board of Elders shall constitute a spiritual body, united for the spiritual purposes set forth in Article II and Article III of these Bylaws.
Section 2. Active Membership
Active membership in Faith Christian Fellowship shall be open to all persons who confess Christ as their Lord and Savior, have been baptized by immersion, are living according to biblical standards, who do not hold additional membership in another local assembly of Christians, and who agree with the spiritual purposes set forth in Article II and Article III of these Bylaws. If a person disagrees with the spiritual purposes set forth in Article II and Article III of these By-Laws, the individual must note the differences on the application and the Board of Elders shall review the differences. If the Board of Elders is willing to approve the application given the noted differences, then the member must agree to neither teach those things that contradict the Statement of Beliefs nor cause disunity over the differences while maintaining an attitude of humility and teachability.
Section 3. Voting Rights and Privileges
Membership in this Church shall not vest in any member any proprietary rights in the Corporation, but shall only entitle the member to vote at a meeting of the members on those matters that the Board of Elders choose to submit to the Church membership for affirmation. In such cases, voting privileges are restricted to members who are in good standing, who are not under any disciplinary action, and who have passed their sixteenth (16th) birthday. Membership shall not be assignable inter vivos by any member nor shall membership vest to any personal representative, heir, or devisee.
Section 4. Applications for Membership
All requests for membership shall be made to an elder, a deacon, or representative appointed by the Board of Elders. Upon making such a request, the individual shall be given an application for membership, along with a copy of the Doctrinal Statement and a copy of the Bylaws. The Board of Elders shall conduct an interview with applicant(s) wherein the applicant(s) shall give their testimony of faith in Jesus Christ and be afforded the time to ask the interviewing elders any questions pertaining to the Doctrinal Statement or the Church Bylaws. Each applicant upon completion of an interview shall agree in writing and public affirmation to all aspects of the Doctrinal Statement and to the Bylaws. The Board of Elders shall present the applicant(s) whom they recommend for membership before the Church membership for affirmation of the recommendation.
Section 5. Denial of Membership
If, upon review of an application for membership or after meeting with a prospective member, the Board of Elders determine that the applicant does not confess Jesus Christ as his or her Lord and Savior, or that the applicant lacks evidence of a godly lifestyle, or the applicant refuses to submit to the appointed leadership of the Church (Hebrews 13:7, 17), or that the applicant has not agreed in writing to the Doctrinal Statement and these Bylaws, membership shall be denied. The decision made by the Board of Elders shall be final and there shall be no appeal to any court from that decision.
Section 6. Admission of Applicants to Membership
Applicants admitted to membership shall present themselves at a worship service designated by the Board of Elders, at which service such applicants shall publicly affirm their membership commitment and be publicly acknowledged as members.
Section 7. Responsibilities of Members
Members shall support the Church by prayer, loving fellowship, regular attendance, the exercise of their spiritual gifts for the mutual benefit of the Church, and by their financial gifts. In reliance on God and in accordance with His Word, each member is expected to diligently strive for holy living. If possible, members are expected to attend all business meetings and exercise their voting rights and privileges.
Section 8. Church Discipline
a. The threefold purpose of church discipline is to glorify God by maintaining purity in the local church (1 Corinthians 5:5), to edify believers by deterring sin (1 Timothy 5:20), and to promote the spiritual welfare of the offending believer by calling him or her to return to a biblical standard of doctrine and conduct (Galatians 6:1).
b. Members of this Church and all other professing Christians who regularly attend or fellowship with this Church who err in doctrine or who engage in conduct that violates Scripture as determined by the Board of Elders, shall be subject to church discipline, including dismissal according to Matthew 18:15-18. Before such dismissal, however, (1) it shall be the duty of any member of this Church who has knowledge of the erring individual’s heresy or misconduct to warn or correct such erring individual in private, seeking his or her repentance and restoration. If the erring individual does not heed this warning, then (2) the warning member shall again go to the erring individual, seeking his or her repentance, but accompanied by one or two
individuals who shall confirm that the sin has occurred or is continuing to occur, and/or that the erring individual has been appropriately confronted and has refused to repent. If the erring individual still refuses to heed this warning, then (3) it shall be brought to the attention of the Board of Elders. If the Board of Elders determine – after thorough investigation in accord with the procedures prescribed by pertinent Scripture, including Matthew 18:15-18, 1 Timothy 5:19 – that there is corroborating evidence that the erring individual has sinned or is continuing to sin, that he or she has been appropriately confronted, and that he or she has refused to repent, then the Board of Elders shall inform the Church and the congregation thereof at a regularly-scheduled worship service in order that the Church may call the erring individual to repentance. Thereafter, if the erring individual demonstrates repentance, then notice to that effect may be given at a regularly-scheduled worship service. If, however, the erring individual does not repent in response to the Church in its collective call to repentance, then (4) he or she shall be publicly dismissed from the fellowship of the Church and/or membership of the Church and the Board of Elders shall inform the current members of the Church following a regularly-scheduled worship service. If the erring individual, after such dismissal, heeds the warning, demonstrates repentance, then he or she shall be publicly restored to all the rights, duties, privileges, and responsibilities of the fellowship and/or membership. It is understood that this process shall continue to conclusion whether the erring person leaves the Church or otherwise seeks to withdraw to avoid the discipline process.
c. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Board of Elders in the exercise of their discretion may proceed directly to the third stage of church discipline (i.e., the informing of the Church and the congregation thereof at a regularly-scheduled worship service in order that the Church may call the erring individual to repentance) or to the fourth stage of church discipline (i.e., the dismissal from the fellowship and/or membership of the Church) when one or more of the following have occurred:
(1). where the transgression and the refusal to repent have been public, i.e., openly and to the offense of the whole Church (1 Corinthians 5:1-5);
(2). where the disciplined party has taught or otherwise disseminated doctrine deemed false or erroneous by the Board of Elders, then chosen to disregard the direction and reproof of the Board of Elders (Romans 16:17); or,
(3). where the disciplined party has been warned twice by the Board of Elders to cease from factious and divisive conduct and has chosen to disregard that warning (Titus 3:10-11).
d. The members of this Church, and all other professing Christians who regularly attend or fellowship with this Church, agree that there shall be no appeal to any court because of the dismissal or because of public statements to the congregation at the third and fourth stages of church discipline. Members, who are under church discipline by the Church, as defined in the previous paragraphs, forfeit and waive the right to resign from this Church. Resignations from membership are possible only by members who are in good standing and who are not under any disciplinary action.
e. Separate and apart from the process of church discipline, but subject to the discretion and approval of the Board of Elders, a member, non-member regular attendee or any other individual may be notified that he or she is not to be present upon church premises for such a period of time as is deemed necessary for the safety and well-being of others on church premises. Such required absence may, but need not, be concurrent with church discipline of that person.
f. Separate and apart from the process of church discipline, but subject to the discretion and approval of the Board of Elders, any members who have not attended a worship service at Faith Christian Fellowship for a period of six (6) months or longer may be removed from membership
Section 9. Removal from Membership
Any member evidencing a sustained lack of interest, without plausible reason or excuse, in attending worship services or fellowship for a period of six (6) months shall be considered for removal from the membership roll. Elders shall attempt to visit the member considered for removal before processing the member for removal. A former member can be reinstated by complying with the membership process outlined above.
Section 10. Quorum
At all meetings of the members, whether regular, special or adjourned, the members present shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
Section 1. Powers
Jesus Christ alone is Lord of the Church and her Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4). As the risen Lord, He rules the Church from heaven by the Spirit, mediating that rule through the Word of God, the Scriptures (Hebrews 13:20; 1 Peter 5:4). Jesus Christ has ordained that the Church shall be overseen by elders who shall shepherd the Church according to His will (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:2). The Board of Elders of Faith Christian Fellowship shall govern the Church (1 Timothy 5:17) with the love and care commanded by the Word of God (1 Peter 5:2-3) and the Church shall lovingly and prayerfully submit to the authority of the Board of Elders (Hebrews 13:17).
Subject to the limitations of the Articles of Incorporation and any amendments or restatements thereto and these Bylaws, all the activities and affairs of the Corporation shall be under the oversight of the Board of Elders, who are responsible for shepherding and having oversight of the flock. Without prejudice to such general powers, but subject to these same limitations, it is hereby expressly declared that the Board of Elders shall have the following powers in addition to the other powers enumerated by these Bylaws:
a. To select and remove all the trustees, agents, pastors, staff, and employees of the Corporation; prescribe such duties for them consistent with the Scriptures, with law, with the Articles of Incorporation, or with these Bylaws; and fix the terms of their offices and their compensation.
b. To make such disbursements from the funds and properties of the Corporation as are required to fulfill the purposes of this Corporation as are more fully set out in the Articles of Incorporation, thereof and generally to conduct, manage, and control the activities and affairs of the Corporation and to make such rules and regulations consistent with the Scriptures, with law, with the Articles of Incorporation, or with these Bylaws, as they may deem best.
c. To adopt, make and use a corporate seal, and to alter the form of such seal from time to time as they may deem best.
d. To establish policies and practices for the Church consistent with the purposes of this Corporation.
e. To assist the Teaching-Elder in the administration of the ordinances of baptism and Communion.
f. To borrow money and incur indebtedness for the purposes of the Corporation and to cause to be executed and delivered, in the corporate name, promissory notes, bonds, debentures, deeds of trust, mortgages, pledges, hypothecations, or other evidences of debt and securities.
g. To carry on a business and apply any such profit that results from the business activity in which it may legally engage in a manner consistent with the purposes of this Corporation.
The Board of Elders and one hundred percent (100%) agreement of the Board of Trustees is required on all financially related decisions for the Church.
Section 2. Qualifications
Each member of the Board of Elders must be an active member of this Church and possess the qualifications described in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9. He shall be:
a. Blameless as a steward of God; above reproach (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6-7)
b. Husband of one wife; a one-woman man (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6)
c. Temperate, sober, vigilant (1 Timothy 3:2)
d. Sober-minded, prudent (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8)
e. Of good behavior; orderly, respectable (1 Timothy 3:2)
f. Given to hospitality (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8)
g. Able to teach; he can exhort believers and refute false teaching (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:9)
h. Not given to wine (1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7)
i. Not violent; not pugnacious (1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7)
j. Patient, moderate, forbearing, gentle (1 Timothy 3:3)
k. Not a brawler; not contentious; not soon angry or quick-tempered (1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7)
l. Not covetous; not a lover of money; not greedy of sordid gain (1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7)
m. Rules well his own house; his children are faithful, not accused of rebellion (1 Timothy 3:4; Titus 1:6)
n. Not a new convert (1 Timothy 3:6)
o. Has a good report or reputation with outsiders (1 Timothy 3:7)
p. Not self-willed (Titus 1:7)
q. A lover of good (Titus 1:8)
r. Just, fair (Titus 1:8)
s. Holy, devout (Titus 1:8)
t. Self-controlled (Titus 1:8)
Section 3. Number of Elders
The number of elders shall not be less than two (2) until changed by an amendment to these Bylaws.
Section 4. Method of Appointment and Term
The Board of Elders shall establish a process to identify, examine and qualify men for the eldership that culminates in their being publicly appointed to the office. The Board of Elders is responsible to identify those men whom God has given to the Church to be an elder. The Board of Elders shall examine the prospective elder to determine biblical qualifications, fitness for the office, and affirmation of the Church’s Doctrinal Statement, and Bylaws. They shall give the prospective elder opportunity to teach as a way to begin to present the prospective elder to the Church (1 Timothy 3:2, 5:22).
The Board of Elders shall present the prospective elder to the Church in a business meeting. After the presentation, at least thirty (30) days shall be designated for members of the congregation to have the opportunity to resolve any personal issues with the prospective elder regarding his qualifications by meeting with him privately. If the issues cannot be resolved privately, a meeting shall be arranged with the Board of Elders. The prospective elder shall be present at all such meetings and shall have the opportunity to respond to issues that are presented.
During these same thirty (30) days, the congregation shall be called to a season of prayer and fasting. At the end of the prescribed time the Board of Elders shall meet again with the prospective elder to review all the issues brought forth. Upon agreeing to appoint the prospective elder to the office, the Board of Elders shall set a date on which the prospective elder shall be publicly installed into office. They shall give notice during regular worship services at least two weeks before the installation date.
Each elder’s term of office shall be for life subject to the provision of Section 2 (Qualifications) of this Article. However, each elder’s qualifications and ministry shall be evaluated annually by the Board of Elders and be affirmed annually by the congregation as a means of mutual accountability.
Section 5. Resignation
An elder may resign effective upon giving written notice to the Board of Elders unless the notice specifies a later time for the effectiveness of such resignation. If the resignation is to take effect at some future time, a successor may be selected before that time. A vacancy or vacancies on the Board of Elders shall be deemed to exist in case of the death, resignation, or removal of any elder.
Section 6. Removal of Elders
Any elder may be removed from office at any regular or special meeting of the Church (said elder shall abstain from voting on his own removal) if he is found to be physically or mentally incapacitated or spiritually unqualified (according to pertinent Scripture, including 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9), after thorough corroborating investigation by the Board of Elders (or a duly appointed Committee of the Board), in accord with the procedures prescribed by pertinent Scripture, including Matthew 18:15-18 and 1 Timothy 5:19. When an elder is removed because of sin that is deemed sufficient to disqualify him from shepherding, and if he refuses to repent from that sin, the removal shall be accompanied by a public rebuke, and notice shall be made before the Church and the congregation thereof at a regularly-scheduled worship service as prescribed in 1 Timothy 5:20.
Section 7. Place of Meetings
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary provided in these Bylaws, any meeting (whether regular, special, or adjourned) of the Board of Elders of the Corporation may be held at any place within or without of the State of Nevada.
Section 8. Regular Meetings
Regular (monthly) meetings of the Board of Elders shall be held with the dates and times to be determined by the Board of Elders.
Section 9. Special Meetings
Special meetings of the Board of Elders may be called at any time by order of the Senior Pastor.
Section 10. Notice of Special Meetings
Special meetings of the Board of Elders shall be held upon four (4) days notice by first-class mail or a forty-eight (48) hour notice given personally or by telephone, email or other similar means of communication. Any such notice shall be addressed or delivered to each elder or at such elder’s address as it is shown upon the records of the Corporation or as may have been given to the Corporation by the elder for such purpose of notice.
Section 11. Quorum
Except as otherwise provided herein, a majority of the elders shall constitute a quorum. Whenever the matter to be considered concerns calling or dismissing an Elder, or buying or selling real estate, a quorum shall consist of not less than one hundred percent (100%) of the elders and trustees currently in office.
Section 12. Participation in Meetings by Conference Telephone
Members of the Board of Elders may participate in a meeting through use of conference telephone or similar communications equipment, so long as all members participating in such meeting can hear one another.
Section 13. Adjournment
A majority of the elders present, whether or not a quorum is present, may adjourn any elders’ meeting to another time and place. Notice of the time and place of holding an adjourned meeting need not be given to absent elders if the time and place be fixed at the meeting adjourned, except as provided in the next sentence. If the meeting is adjourned for more than forty-eight (48) hours, notice of any adjournment to another time or place shall be given prior to the time of the adjourned meeting to the elders who were not present at the time of the adjournment.
Section 14. Action without Meeting
Any action required or permitted to be taken by the Board of Elders may be taken without a meeting if all members of the Board shall individually or collectively consent in writing to a duly prepared resolution to such action. Such consent or consents shall have the same effect as a unanimous vote of the Board of Elders and shall be documented by including the signed resolution with the minutes of proceedings of the Board of Elders.
Section 15. Rights of Inspection
Every elder shall have the absolute right at any reasonable time to inspect and copy all books, records, and documents of every kind and to inspect the physical properties of the Corporation of which such person is an elder, for a purpose reasonably related to such person’s interest as an elder.
Section 16. Decisions of the Board of Elders
Decisions, other than financial (ref. Section 1 of this Article), shall be reached after prayerful consideration by unanimous vote in a spirit of humility, with each elder regarding one another before himself.
Section 17. Fees and Compensation
Elders (as such) shall not receive any stated or fixed salary for their services; however, nothing herein contained shall be construed to preclude any elders from serving the Corporation in any other capacity and receiving compensation. Any person receiving compensation directly or indirectly from Faith Christian Fellowship shall abstain from voting on the amount of their own compensation.
In the case where an elder is to be remunerated for his services (vocational elder), the Church is responsible to provide reasonable financial support to those men who devote all or large portions of their time and energy to their work as vocational elders (1 Timothy 5:17-18; 1 Corinthians 9:9-11).
When considering a vocational elder, the Board of Elders should look among themselves first. Then they may invite men from outside the local congregation to come into its midst and serve in this capacity.
The Board of Elders shall establish procedures for (1) the request by an elder for financial support, (2) the consideration of a member or an elder for financial support, and (3) the consideration of a man from outside the Church for a vocational elder position. Any man called from outside the congregation to be a vocational elder must be able to conscientiously affirm his agreement with the Statement of Beliefs (Article III), the current Faith Christian Fellowship Doctrinal Statement and these Bylaws. Should he at any time move from this position, he is under obligation to make this fact known to the Board of Elders.
Other Councils and Committees
Section 1. Councils and Committees
To promote efficient handling of Board matters, the Board of Elders may appoint various councils and committees from within its membership, the staff, and from the Church at large. These councils and committees shall perform
tasks solely in accordance with the duties and with powers specifically delegated by the Board of Elders. The general functions of councils and committees are:
a. To bring considered recommendations to the Board of Elders concerning ministries.
b. To provide a wider base of counsel to the Board of Elders having the oversight of specific ministries.
All councils and committees shall have elder oversight and shall exist for the period specified by the Board of Elders.
Section 2. Deacons
The Deacons shall assist the Board of Elders in the shepherding of the saints and aid in the general spiritual care of the Church, and perform other duties as assigned by the Board of Elders.
a. Deacon Qualifications
Each deacon must be a member of this Church and possess the qualifications described in 1 Timothy 3:8-13. He shall be:
(1). Reverent; a man of dignity (1 Timothy 3:8)
(2). Not double-tongued (1 Timothy 3:8)
(3). Not given to much wine; not addicted to wine (1 Timothy 3:8)
(4). Not greedy for money; not a lover of money; not covetous (1 Timothy 3:8)
(5). Holding the mystery of the faith with a pure/clear conscience (1 Timothy 3:9)
(6). Blameless; above reproach (1 Timothy 3:10)
(7). Husband of one wife; a one-woman man (1 Timothy 3:12)
(8). Rules/manages his children and his household well (1 Timothy 3:12)
(9). If he is married his wife’s character shall be:
(a). Reverent; a woman of dignity (1 Timothy 3:11)
(b). Not slanderers; not malicious gossips (1 Timothy 3:11)
(c). Temperate; sober-minded (1 Timothy 3:11)
(d). Faithful in all things (1 Timothy 3:11)
b. Method of Deacon Appointment and Term
The Board of Elders shall appoint individuals to be Deacon(s) upon unanimous approval of the Board of Elders.
Deacon candidates nominated by the Board of Elders shall be presented to the Church members for evaluation. The members shall be given thirty (30) days from the day of presentation to evaluate the candidates based on Article VI, Section 4. If the candidate is affirmed, the newly elected Deacon(s) shall assume office immediately.
A deacon shall serve for a six (6) month initial probationary term and yearly renewable terms thereafter.
c. Deacon Vacancies
A deacon may resign effective upon giving written notice to the Senior Pastor, unless the notice specifies a later time for the effectiveness of such resignation. If the resignation is to take effect at some future time, a successor may be selected before that time. A vacancy or vacancies shall be deemed to exist in case of the death, resignation, or removal of any Deacon, or if a need exists.
d. Removal of Deacons
A Deacon may be removed from office at any regular or special meeting of the Board of Elders if he is found to be physically or mentally incapacitated or spiritually unqualified (according to pertinent Scripture, including 1 Timothy 3:8-12), after thorough corroborating investigation by the Board of Elders, in accord with the procedures prescribed by pertinent Scripture, including Matthew 18:15-18.
Section 1. Trustees
The trustees of the Corporation shall be a Director, a President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. The Director must be the Senior Elder.
Section 2. Election
The Board of Elders, in conjunction with the current trustees, shall recommend replacement trustees for vacant positions. Nominee(s) shall be brought before the congregation for a vote of affirmation. Each trustee shall hold his/her office until he/she shall resign, be removed, or become otherwise disqualified to serve, or until his successor shall be elected and qualified.
Section 3. Removal and Resignation
Any trustee may be removed from office if he/she becomes physically incapacitated, spiritually unqualified, or his/her inability to serve is established in the opinion of the remainder of the Board of Trustees and the Board of Elders. Any trustee may resign at any time without prejudice to the rights, if any, of the Corporation under any contract to which the trustee is a party, by giving written notice to the Board of Elders, or to the Director of the Corporation. Any such resignation shall take effect at the date of the receipt of such notice or at any later time specified therein; and, unless otherwise specified therein, the acceptance of such resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective.
Section 4. Vacancies
A vacancy in any office because of death, resignation, removal, disqualification, or any other cause shall be filled in the manner prescribed in the Bylaws for appointment to such office, provided that such vacancies shall be filled as they occur.
Section 5. Inability to Act
In the case of absence or inability to act of any trustee of the Corporation and of any person herein authorized to act in his place, the Board of Elders may from time to time delegate the powers or duties of such trustee to any other trustee or other person whom the Board may select.
Section 6. The Director
The Director shall, subject to the control of the Board of Elders, have general supervision, direction, and control of the trustees and activities of the Corporation. The Director, or a duly appointed Elder, shall attend all meetings of the Board of Trustees and Church business meetings. He shall be an ex officio member of all standing committees and shall have such powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Elders or the Bylaws. The Director shall be an elder of Faith Christian Fellowship.
Section 7. President
In the absence or disability of the Director, the President shall perform all the duties of the Director, and when so acting shall have all the powers of, and be subject to all the restrictions upon, the Director. The President shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Elders or the Bylaws. The President shall be an Elder of Faith Christian Fellowship.
Section 8. Secretary
The Secretary shall keep, or cause to be kept, a book of minutes at the principal office or such other place as the Board of Trustees may order, of all meetings of the members, the Board and its committees, with the time and place of holding, whether regular or special, and if special, how authorized, the notice thereof given, the names of
those present at the meetings, the Board and committees’ meetings, and the proceedings thereof. The Secretary shall keep, or cause to be kept, at the principal office in the State of Nevada the original and a copy of the Corporation’s Articles and Bylaws, as amended to date.
The Secretary shall give, or cause to be given, notice of all meetings of the Board of Elders or the Board of Trustees and any committees thereof required by these Bylaws or by law to be given, shall keep the seal of the Corporation in safe custody, and shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as prescribed by the Board of Elders or the Board of Trustees.
The Secretary shall keep, or cause to be kept at the principal office of the Corporation, a church membership register, or a duplicated membership register, showing the names of the members and their addresses. The Secretary shall provide a copy of the church membership to the Board of Elders. Such list shall be reviewed and updated at least annually.
Section 9. Treasurer
The Treasurer shall keep and maintain, or cause to be kept and maintained, adequate and correct accounts of the properties and business transactions of the Corporation. The books of any account shall be at all reasonable times open to inspection by any elder or trustee of Faith Christian Fellowship.
The Treasurer shall deposit, or cause to be deposited, all monies and other valuables in the name and to the credit of the Corporation with such depositories as may be designated by the Board of Elders and the Board of Trustees. The Treasurer shall disburse the funds of the Corporation as may be ordered by the Board of Elders and the Board of Trustees, shall render to the Director and the Board of Elders as well as the Trustees of the Corporation, whenever they request it, an account of all his/her transactions and the financial condition of the Corporation, and shall make the financial reports at each regular trustees meeting and at the quarterly business meetings of members.
The Treasurer shall coordinate the preparation of all budgets.
The Treasurer has authority to authorize expenditures up to five-hundred dollars ($500) for items that exceed the current budget.
The Treasurer shall have such powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Elders and the Board of Trustees of the Corporation.
Ordination, Licensing, and Commissioning
Section 1. Ordination
The ordination process shall be determined by the Board of Elders. Ordination refers to the unanimous recognition by the Board of Elders of a man’s call to the ministry, preparation as a shepherd, and qualification to serve. Ordination shall be conferred for life, so long as the man continues to manifest the qualifications of the office.
Section 2. Licensing
The license is issued by the Board of Elders and is given in recognition of a man’s call to that ministry. Its aim is to allow a man to perform all of the ecclesiastical duties and functions of the Church. Licenses shall be evaluated – and issued or renewed – each year at the discretion of the Board of Elders. Licenses are issued only to members of Faith Christian Fellowship.
Section 3. Commissioning
When local-church certification is required for ministry where ordination would be unnecessary or inappropriate, a person is commissioned by the Board of Elders to minister. This authorization continues as long as the opportunity to minister remains in effect and as long as the person maintains the qualifications for ministry.
The Senior Pastor
Section 1. Qualifications
The Senior Pastor shall be an elder meeting the biblical qualifications set forth in Article VI, Section 2, of these Bylaws.
Section 2. Election
The Senior Pastor shall be selected by unanimous agreement of the Board of Elders and the Board of Trustees. Should he accept the call of the Church, his tenure of office shall be for an indeterminate period of time.
Section 3. Duties
He shall be responsible to arrange for and/or conduct all services of the Church and be responsible for the general oversight of the spiritual welfare of the Church. He shall be an ex officio member of all committees of Faith Christian Fellowship and is accountable to Board of Elders.
Section 4. Termination
Should the Senior Pastor fail to meet or uphold the standards set forth in Scripture, the Board of Elders shall relieve the Senior Pastor from his duties. The Board of Elders shall then have the right to remove the Senior Pastor as an employee of the corporation.
Section 5. Resignation
The Senior Pastor may resign his duties with sixty (60) days written notice. A period of time less than sixty (60) days shall be acceptable in the event the Senior Pastor, the Board of Elders, and the Board of Trustees agree to a shorter length of time.
Settlement of Disputes
In any dispute arising between church members, pastors, or staff pertaining to any matter of spiritual teaching or practices, church finances, or title to property purchased with church contributions, the dispute shall be resolved by the Board of Elders and/or the Board of Trustees of the Church. A decision shall be reached after prayerful consideration, in a spirit of humility, with each elder and/or trustee regarding one another before himself/herself and striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:1-3).
Section 1. Endorsement of Documents, Contracts
The Board of Elders and the Board of Trustees, except as in the Bylaws otherwise provided, may authorize any trustee or trustees, agent or agents, to enter into any contract or execute any instrument in the name of and on behalf of the Corporation. Such authority may be general or confined to specific instances. Unless so authorized by the Board of Elders and the Board of Trustees, no trustee, agent or employee shall have any power or authority to bind the Corporation by any contract or agreement, or to pledge its credit, or to render it liable for any purpose or to any amount.
Subject to the provisions of applicable law, any note, mortgage, evidence of indebtedness, contract, conveyance, or other instrument in writing and any assignment or endorsement thereof executed or entered into between this Corporation and any other person, when signed jointly by the Director and the Secretary or the Treasurer of this Corporation shall be valid and binding on this Corporation in the absence of actual knowledge on the part of the other person that the signing trustees had no authority to execute the same.
Section 2. Representation of Shares of Other Corporations
The Director or any other trustee or trustees authorized by the Board of Elders and the Board of Trustees are each authorized to vote, represent, and exercise on behalf of the Corporation all rights incident to any and all shares of any other corporation or corporations standing in the name of the Corporation. The authority herein granted may be exercised either by any such trustee in person or by any other person authorized to do so in proxy or power of attorney duly executed by said trustee.
Section 3. Amendments
These Bylaws may be amended and new and additional Bylaws may be made from time to time at any time by the Board of Elders and the Board of Trustees in the exercise of the power granted to said Board of Elders and Board of Trustees in these Bylaws. Members shall vote on any amendments to the Bylaws, including the exception of removal of any or all of the rights and privileges of the members (Article V, Section 3).
Section 4. Record of Amendments
Whenever an amendment or new Bylaw is adopted, it shall be copied in the book of minutes with the original Bylaws, in the appropriate place. If any Bylaw is repealed, the fact of repeal with the date of the meeting at which the repeal was enacted or written assent was filed shall be stated in said book.
Receipt, Investment, and Disbursement of Funds
Section 1. Receipt and Investment
The Corporation shall receive all monies or other properties transferred to it for the purposes for which the Corporation was formed (as shown by the Articles of Incorporation). However, nothing contained herein shall require the Board of Elders and the Board of Trustees to accept or receive any monies or property of any kind if they shall determine in its discretion that receipt of such monies or property is contrary to the expressed purposes of the Corporation as shown by said Articles.
Section 2. Disbursement of Funds
The Corporation shall hold, manage, and disburse any funds or properties received by it from any source in a manner that is consistent with the expressed purposes of this Corporation.
Corporate Records and Reports
Section 1. Records
The Corporation shall maintain adequate and correct accounts, books, and records of its business and properties. All such books, records, and accounts shall be kept at its principal place of business in the State of Nevada, or at a place agreed to by the Board of Elders and the Board of Trustees from time to time.
Section 2. Inspection of Books and Records
Every elder and trustee shall have the absolute right at any reasonable time to inspect all books, records, documents of every kind, and the physical properties of the Corporation, and also of its subsidiary organizations, if any.
Section 3. Fiscal Year of the Corporation
The fiscal year of the Corporation shall begin on the first day of January and end on the last day of December in each year.
Instruments in Writing
All checks, drafts, demands for money and notes of the Corporation and all written contracts of the Corporation shall be signed by such trustee or trustees, agent or agents, as the Board of Elders and the Board of Trustees may from time to time by resolution designate.
Upon dissolution of this Corporation, the Board of Elders and the Board of Trustees shall cause the assets herein to be distributed to another Corporation, or other Corporations, with purposes similar to that identified in Article II of these Bylaws and the Second Article of the Articles of Incorporation.
Church Decision Making
When the Church has fewer than the required numbers of Elders (Article VI, Section 3) decisions will be made by a three-quarters (3/4s) vote of the members in good standing (Article V, Section 3).