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林城華人基督教會會章

Southern Baptist Convention - The Baptist Faith and Message

http://www.sbc.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp

第一項:名稱及隸屬

 

本教會中文名稱定為”林城華人基督教會”,英文名稱定為”LYNCHBURG CHINESE   CHRISTIAN CHURCH” ,以下簡稱本教會。

 

第二項:信仰

 

1.    我們相信全部新舊約聖經是神的啟示,將他救贖人類的計劃完全啟示出來, 也是信仰與生活最高神聖的準則o

2.    我們相信獨一的真活神,即永存的聖父, 聖子與聖靈o

3.    我們相信聖子耶穌基督,是真神也是真人,由聖靈感孕童貞女馬利亞所生。他死於十字架上,流血為人贖罪。神使他後來從死裡復活,升天,並要照他 的應許快要親自再臨o

4.    我們相信聖靈,三一真神的第三位,與聖父,聖子同質,同權,同存。他的 工作是使人知罪,重生,並住在信徒心中,使他有能力過聖潔的生活與事奉 神,服務人o

5.    我們相信人是照神的形像造的,在亞當裡墮落成為罪人,都需要神的救恩o

6.   我們相信悔改的罪人唯賴神的恩典得以重生,並因信耶穌基督得以稱義o

7.   我們相信義人身體復活得永生,不義的人復活受永刑o

8.  我們相信教會的元首是基督。教會是一體的,由聖靈所重生的人組成,並在敬拜,交通,傳福音及事奉上發揮其功用o

9.  我們相信聖餐與洗禮是教會僅有的聖禮,是主耶穌基督生命,復活,再回到 地上,及掌權的見証。

 

第三項:宗旨

 

本教會相信聖經都是神所默示的,是我們信仰與實際的唯一準則,也相信它固守一切耶穌基督的教訓,依此我們有如下的宗旨:

1.  保持固定的個人靈修與大眾崇拜的事奉o

2.  傳講、教導神的話,為造就、指引並操練信徒o

3.  帶領失喪者歸入基督o

4.  促進世界的傳福音,宣道工作。

5.  提供信徒藉相互的鼓勵,交通,事奉,使靈命得以成長的環境o

6.  為了宗教,教育,社會,互助及慈善的目的而保有產業。

 

第四項:組織

 

1.    會員大會:本會之最高決策權由按照本會會章所認可之會員集合召開之會員 大會所有。

2.    教會執事會:教會執事會執事們由會員中選出,並向所有會員負責並解答問題。教會執事會為會員大會以下之最高議事機關,其將負責於建立,維持本 教會之基本政策及儀式,並有權對其他任何委員會,教會職員及雇員所作之 決定予以修訂,改正或否決o

3.   會牧:會牧為本教會會務之主要執行者,亦為本教會屬靈工作之主要牧養者,其對所有會員負責並解答問題,並為教會執事會的當然成員。

 

第五項:附則

 

  本教會附則由首任執事會制訂並付諸實施,有關會員,會員大會,聘任會牧,選舉  執事,籌組委員會,職員任用,教會規範,及其他行政方針之修正,變更,補充或 修改,必須依照附則中相關項目的規定來修正,變更,補充或修改之。

 

第六項:會章之修正,補充及實施

 

1.    對任何會章修正,補充之擬定,必須由教會執事會或三分之一以上之會員簽署以書面提交會員大會決定之。教會執事會必須於討論修改會章之會員大會召開前兩週,對會員提出修正或補充的書面報告o

2.    會章之修正或補充之擬定,必須經由三分之二參加會員大會具有投票權之會員通過後,方正式成立。會章及其修正或補充部份於通過後立刻生效。

 

第七項:解散

 

  1.  本教會之解散,應在召開會員大會時,由五分之四多數會員投贊成票決定之o

2.  在本教會必須解散時,本教會之產業,將捐贈給基督教會或基督教慈善機構 。該機構應先由執事會過半數推薦,並在七.1節所述同一會員大會中,由過半數會員核准。且該機構之本身為1954年國內稅法第501(c)(3)節或其先後相當條款所述之免稅機構;或捐贈給聯邦,州或地方政府專供公益目的使用。本教會之財產或金錢不得分給本教會之任何會員。

 

 

 

林城華人基督教會附則

                                                                                                                                                                                                             

第一項:會員

 

1.資格:具備下列各條件者得以申請為本教會會員

(1)  已悔改認罪者:

(2)  因著信,接受耶穌基督為其個人之救主者:

(3)  以接受洗禮來見証其信仰者:

(4)  生活有真基督徒見証者:

(5)  接受本會會章者o

 

2.種類:本教會會員有下列兩種會員種類:

     (1)活動性會員:凡具備“會員資格”中所列各項條件,為本教會所接受,並參與所有神所定規之禮儀(大眾崇拜,神話語之餵養,聖餐)  ,過順服與服事的生活,且在經濟上支助本教會者。

     (2)非活動性會員:凡曾為本教會活動性會員,但由於各種不同的原因而未能積極地履行活動性會員的義務,超過一段時間者。若一活動性會員,在六個月內只參加不到25%的教會崇拜,執事會將通知該會員並列其為非活動性會員。非活動性會員沒有投票或被選為執事之資格。非活動性會員在六個月內參加至少25%的教會崇拜,可以恢復其活動性會員資格o

 

3.會員的接納

(1)凡受過洗禮者並參加本教會主日崇拜三個月以上可以要求轉會到本教 會。需填交會員資格申請表,藉以取得會牧及教會執事會之認可。在教會接納儀式後成為活動性會員。

(2)受洗成為會員:凡未受過洗 禮者得填交受洗/會員申請表,經由會牧及教會執 事會同意認可後,於其洗禮及教會接納儀式後,成為活動性會員。

 

4.會員權利:所有會員均有權分享本教會之服事,然而投票權及教會執事會之被選舉權將僅屬於成為活動性會員三個月以上年满十八歲以上之活動性會員o、

 

5.會員資格之喪失:

      (1)會員資格於該會員死亡後自動失效o

      (2)凡連續一年以上未曾參加任何教會崇拜,而又未曾通知會牧或教會執事會 者,    其會員資格可由執事會以多數投票通過後廢止之。

 

第二項:會員大會

 

1.年度會員大會將於每年九月或十月間召開之o

 

2.特別會員大會可由教會執事會以超過半數之執事同意後召開之或由教會三分之一以上之活動性會員聯名簽署提交執事會主席後於兩週到一個月內召開之。對於緊急事故,若不能等到兩週後,執事含保留權利即時召開。

 

3.年度會員大會之召開通知將於開會前兩週以書面通知全體會員或於教會一般崇拜中宣佈之,特別會員大會將於召開前兩週宣佈之。對於緊急事故,若不能等到兩週後,執事會保留權利即時召開o

 

4.會員大會之法定參加人數為活動性會員之百分之六十。

 

5.主席由教會執事會主席擔任之,若執事會主席因故缺席,得由執事中推選一

        人擔任之o

 

6.會議內容:年度會員大會應包括:

      (1)  會牧工作報告;

      (2)  執事會主席工作報告;

      (3)  通過執事會提出之下年度預算;

      (4)  選舉新執事;

      (5)  表決其他會牧或執事會建議事宜。

 

7.議程:下列議程可適用之:

      (1)  讀經;

      (2)  禱告;

      (3)  宣讀上次會議紀錄:

      (4)  報告;

      (5)  舊案討論;

      (6)  新案討論;

      (7)  散會禱告。

 

8.表決:所有事項均以超過半數決定之,除非另有申明者。對會牧之投票,執事會執事之選舉,教會職員之選舉以及其他較敏感事項,應採用秘密投票。對所有事項之決定重於取得大家一致的心志,亦即同意於(1)我同意於此為最佳之決定,或者(2)我願意遵從多數人的意見,若無法取得大家一致的看法該事宜應給予更多的思考及禱告,以免有爭鬧及不榮耀的決定發生。

 

第三項:會牧

 

1.資格:本會應設會牧一人,以執行本教會之各項工作,會牧應具有基督徒的經驗與被建立的品格,其應具備提摩大前書三章二至七節以及提多書一章五至九節所述之標準,會牧必須完全同意本會會章,且其生活與行為無可指責者o

 

2.職責:會牧應負責所有教會大眾崇拜,教導傳揚神的話,監督教會職員及各樣聖工,並須於其缺席時負責尋覓代理人選,在徵得教會執事會同意後,代理其職務,會牧並有監督教會進展方向及工作發展之責,會牧可參加任何執事會議及其它任何委員會議,平時其不得投票,僅於投票數相同時,其得以投決定性之一票。

 

3.會牧之聘請:會牧職位空缺時,講壇供應委員會需經禱告後選擇一人為候選人,提交教會執事會通過,隨後提交會員大會付諸表決。執事會需經三分之二以上之執事通過,會員大會需經參加會議之有投票權之活動性會員的三分之二以上通過後決定之o

 

4.合約:在執事會與會牧間應簽定一份完整的書面合約,內容應包括其職務,責任,權益以及權能,教會與會牧之合約期限,第一,第二年為一年一聘,第三年起為三年一聘約,若於合約期滿時,未能取得會員大會三分之二以上有投票權之活動性會友通過續簽下任合約時,則其現任合約於期滿後自動停止,但會牧有責繼續執行其職責三個月,支領正常薪資,若經雙方同意此一附帶之職務可不予執行o

 

5.辭職:會牧之辭職需於其期望之合約終止日期之前三個月以書面辭呈送交教會執事會,在特殊狀下執事會與會牧可縮短所需之通知時間。

 

6.解聘:若由於會牧嚴重失職或與教會發生衝突,其合約可提前終止,會牧之解聘需根據本附則第六項“紀律”中所列各項加以謹慎地研判,並儘可能地設法使會牧與教會重歸和好,若實無可能重歸和好,則(1)會牧應給予辭職 之機會(2)若會牧不自動辭職,則解聘需經執事會三分之二以上之執事通過,然後召開會員大會,以參加會員大會三分之二以上之有投票權之活動性會員投票通過後生效。

 

第四項:執事會

 

1.組成:教會執事會除會牧外,應由五至九人組成o

 

2.資格:資格:所有教會執事需具有堅定之信仰,為本會章第四項所述其需為一靈命成熟之基督徒,為提摩太前書三章一至十三節,及提多書一章五至九節中所 述,其必須為一誠實的,有聖靈充滿智慧充足的人(使徒行傳六章三節)  , 其必須具有關心失喪靈魂的心志,並參加教會事奉,禱告與奉獻,為一忠心,可靠的教會支持者,執事必須受洗在二年以上,並成為本教會會員一年 以上。在過去一年中不曾无故缺席教会敬拜10%以上,并積極參與教會事工。

 

3.選舉:執事由教會會員從年度會員大會中之提名者中選出o

 

4.任期:執事會執事之任期由每年度之選舉起為期二年(第一年選舉,貳位執事將被選為二年任期者,其餘執事將被選為一年任期者)o

 

5.空缺:若教會執事於其任期屆滿前不能繼續其職責者,其代替人選將由執事會指定之,直至其現任任期屆滿為止,代替人選將向教會會員公佈之。

 

6.會議時間:教會執事會每月召開例會一次,執事會主席得召開臨時會議。

 

7.職員:執事會應自行選舉主席一人,秘書一人及司庫一人,每一職員任期一年,連選得連任,執事會職員亦視同為教會職員。

 

8.法定開會人數:教會執事會之法定開會人數為執事人數之三分之二以上(除了討論會牧個人及薪資問題之執事會議外,會牧應參加所有之執事會議)。

 

9.職責:教會執事會負責所有教會行政管理工作,解釋會章,聘雇,解雇教會之雇員(會牧之解聘程序必須依照本附則第三項中所述執行之)  ,組織各種工作人員會議,提交年度預算,控制財務進出賬目,傳播福音以及充當會牧與教會會員之間的協調人,會牧及執事會負責審理教會會員入會申請及受洗申請,並推展其他教會工作,執事會對外代表教會處理一切有關法律或產業轉移等事宜。

 

第五項:其他委員會及職員

 

1.講壇供應委員會:教會執事會可擔當講壇供應委員會之工作,若需成立另一 特別之委員會,則此一委員會應由三人組成,並推選一人為主席,在會牧選出之前,為講壇供應一事,參加服事,此委員會將進行遴選適當人選,並加以評估其講壇服事之資格,並對教會執事會提出下列之建議。

          (1)為聖靈之引領禱告o

          (2)從會員中尋求可能之講壇服事之人選。

          (3)對有可能之講壇服事人選,進行調查並與之交通連繫。

          (4)對資格適當之人選安排客座講壇和面談事宜o

          (5)向教會執事會提議會牧之候選人。

 

2. 執事提名委員會:執事會推舉四名活動性會員作為委員會的成員, 與一位執事擔任提名委員會主席。如果他們願意擔任該委員會的成員,推舉的名單將被公布在教會週報上。在兩週内如果沒有人反對,提名委員會正式成立。如果有人反對,執事會與反對的人交通後作出最後決定。

   

3.其他的委員會:其他委員會應按實際需要產生之,其職責將由教會執事會定規之。

 

4.職員:教會執事會之主席,秘書,司庫,主日學校長及總招待均視為教會之職員。

 

第六項:紀律

 

1.教會會員:若某一教會會員被兩位其他會員基於公正無偏之立場,指責其偏離聖經的標準,為本會章第二項所列,從事與聖經中聖潔原則相違之事,會牧及一位教會執事會執事將予此一會員勸導並與其一同禱告為能使其悔改,終使能恢復其與神之團契,此事應以謙卑,溫柔(加拉太書六章一節)及誠實(以弗所書四章二十五至二十七節)的態度來處理之。若所有以上所述均經採行後,其仍無悔改之意,則會牧可向執事會提出撤消其會員資格之提案,經由執事會三分之二之執事通過後,其會員資格即行撤消o

 

2.教會執事會執事:指責教會執事會執事之案,若非經由兩位以上會員基於公正無偏之立場的見证則都不可收(提摩大前書五章十九至二十一節)  ,若有指責的案由發生,上述用之於教會會員之步驟應予採用,懲戒可包括下列數項

         (1)取消其教會執事會執事資格:

         (2)撤消其教會會員資格o

 

3.會牧:指責會牧之案,若非經由兩位以上之會員基於公正無偏之立場之見証則都不可收(提摩大前書五章十九至二十一節)  ,指責之案將由教會執事會予以調查,並加以告誡,若執事會不滿意於會牧之行為,可付諸投票予以解聘之。若依然未能解決,執事會或會牧可將此事提交全體會員做最後決定。

 

第七項:附則之修正,補充及實施

 

1.對任何附則修正,補充之擬定,必須由教會執事會或三分之一以上之會員簽署以書面提交會員大會決定之。教會執事會必須於討論修改附則之會員大會召開前兩週,對會員提出修正或補充的書面報告o

2.附則之修正或補充之擬定,必須經由三分之二參加會員大會具有投票權之會員通過後,方正式成立。附則及其修正或補充部份於通過後立刻生效o

CONSTITUTION OF

THE LYNCHBURG CHINESE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

ARTICLE I. - NAME

The Chinese Name of this church is "林城華人基督教會", The English name is "Lynchburg Chinese Christian Church", herein called "this church".

ARTICLE II. - STATEMENT OF FAITH

II.1 We believe the Holy Scriptures both Old and New Testaments is the inspired Word ofGod, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the Divine and final authority for Christian faith and life. We believe in the inerrancy and infallibility of scripture.

II.2 We believe in the one, true and living God, eternally existing in three persons -Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

II.3 We believe in God the Son, Jesus Christ, true God and true man, conceived of theHoly Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross and shed His blood as atonement for the sins of men, and was raised bodily from the dead. He ascended into heaven. He will return imminently and personally according to His promise.

II.4 We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Godhead, who is of onesubstance, equal in power, and coexistent with the Father and the Son. His ministry is to convict men, regenerate the believing sinners, and to indwell, guide and empower the believers for godly living and service.

II.5 We believe that man was created in the image and the likeness of God, but inAdam all men have fallen into sin, and as sinners men are in need of God's salvation.

II.6 We believe that penitent sinners are regenerated solely by God's grace and justifiedthrough faith in Jesus Christ alone.

II.7 We believe that there shall be a bodily resurrection of the just to eternal life, and ofthe unjust to eternal punishment.

II.8 We believe that the church is one body, consisting of those regenerated by theSpirit of God and of which Christ is the Head, expressing itself in worship, fellowship, evangelism and service.

II.9 We believe that the Lord's Supper and baptism are the only sacraments andordinances of the Church and that they testify to the life, resurrection, return, and reign of the Lord Jesus Christ.

ARTICLE III. - STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

The purposes for which the said Church is organized are exclusively religious within the meaning of section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, this Church shall not carry on activities not permitted to be carried on by organization exempt from Federal Income Tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law.

This church, believing the Bible to be the inspired Word of God and the only divinely authorized rule of faith and practice, and acknowledging its adherence to all teaching of Jesus Christ, declares its purposes:

III.1 To maintain regular services for devotional and public worship.

III.2 To preach and teach the Word of God for the edification, instruction anddiscipline of believers.

III.3 To win the lost to Christ.

III.4 To promote the cause of world evangelism and missions.

III.5 To provide an environment wherein believers can grow spiritually throughmutual encouragement, fellowship and service.

III.6 To hold property in common for religious, educational, social, fraternal,or charitable purpose.

ARTICLE IV. - GOVERNMENT

IV.1 Congregational Meeting:

Final authority in this church is vested in the congregation of members duly qualified and assembled according to the By-laws of this church.

IV.2 Board of Deacons:

The Board of Deacon is elected by and answerable to the congregation. Under the congregation, the Board of Deacons shall be the highest authority. It shall be responsible for establishing and maintaining the basic policies and practices of the church and may review, revise, or reverse the decisions of any other committees, officers, or staff member as it deems appropriate.

IV.3 Pastor:

The pastor is the chief executive officer of the business of this church and the chief shepherd over its spiritual ministries. He is answerable to the congregation and is an ex officio member of the Deacon Board.

ARTICLE V. - BY LAW

The By-laws of the church, initially made and adopted by the first Board of Deacons, concerning membership, congregational meeting, calling of the pastor, election of the

Deacon Board, other church committees and offices, church discipline, and other administrative polices may be amended, altered, supplemented or modified in accordance with relevant provisions concerning amendment, alternation, supplementation or modification as may be contained in said By-laws.

ARTICLE VI. - AMENDMENT, REVISION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF CONSTITUTION

VI.1 Any proposed amendments or revisions to the articles must he submitted inwriting to the congregational meeting by either the Board of Deacons or one-third of the active church members. The Board of Deacons must present the proposal in writing to church members two weeks before the business meeting called to consider the proposal.

VI.2 To become the new Constitution, the proposal must be approved by two-thirds ofthe active members present in the meeting. This constitution and other revisions or amendments will become effective immediately after its approval.

ARTICLE VII. - DISSOLUTION OF THE CHURCH

VII.1 The dissolution of the said Church shall be the affirmative decision of four-fifthsmajority of the members at the congregational meeting.

VII.2 In the event that the said Church shall be dissolved, the estate of the said Churchwill be donated to Christian or Christian charitable organization(s), recommended first by a simple Deacon Board majority and approved by a simple member majority at the same said meeting in VII.1, and which themselves are exempt as organizations described in section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or corresponding sections of any prior or future Internal Revenue Code or to the Federal, State, or local government for exclusive public purpose. No property or monies will be dispersed to any member of the said Church.



 

 

BY-LAWS
OF THE LYNCHBURG CHINESE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

ARTICLE I. — MEMBERSHIP

I.1 Qualification:

All who

I.1.1. have turned from their sins through repentance,

I.1.2. have by a living faith trusted in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior,

I.1.3. have witnessed their faith by baptism,

I.1.4. have continued to live a life bearing the fruits of a true Christian,

I.1.5. have accepted the Constitution of this church,

may apply for membership.

I.2 Classification:

There are two (2) classifications of members.

Active Members are those who meet the above qualifications, have been duly accepted as members of the church and are faithful in attending all the ordinances of God (public worship, the ministry of the Word, communion), in a life of obedience and service, and in financial support of the church.

Inactive members are those who have been active, but for one reason or another have not actively fulfilled the obligations of active membership for an extended period of time. If an active member attends less than 25% of our church worship service during the six months period, the Board will inform the member that he/she will be listed as an inactive member. Inactive member will not be permitted to vote or be elected as Board Members. Inactive members may become active after attended at least 25% of worship service during the six months period.

I.3 Reception of Members.

1.3.1 Membership Application

Those who have been baptized and have attended our church worship service for 3 months can request for the membership. He/she must submit the membership application form for approval by both the pastor and the Board of Deacon. A public testimony as to the candidate's religion background and experience is recommended. He/she becomes an active member after the acceptance ceremony in the church.

1.3.2 Membership through Baptism

Those who have not been baptized must submit the application for baptism and membership. They must be approved by both the pastor and the Deacon Board. He/she becomes an active member following the baptism and the acceptance ceremony in the church.

I.4 Privileges:

All members are entitled to the privileges of the benefit of the ministries of the church. However, the privileges of voting and membership to the Deacon Board are reserved to those who are active members for more than three months and at least eighteen (18) years of age.

I.5 Loss of membership status:

I.5.1 Member will be discontinued when a member is deceased (dies).

I.5.2 The membership of those who have been absent from all church worship services for more than a year without notifying the pastor or Deacon Board is revoked.

ARTICLE II. - CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

II.1 The annual business meeting of the congregation shall be held in September or October.

II.2 Special meeting may be initiated by majority agreement of the Deacon Board or by a written

petition of one third of the active church members filed with the Chairman of the Deacon Board, who will call the meeting within two (2) weeks to one (1) month. In case of emergency, the Deacon Board reserves the right to call the meeting of emergent.

II.3 Notice of all regular business meetings of the congregation shall be made in writing to allmembers or announced in a regular worship service of the church two (2) weeks before the meetings. Special business meeting shall be announced two (2) weeks to thirty (30) days in advance. In case of emergency, the Deacon Board reserves the right to call the meeting of emergent.

II.4 A quorum shall consist of sixty percent (60%) of the active and qualified members.

II.5 The Chairman of the Board shall preside over congregational meetings. In the absence of theChairman at duly called meetings, another member of the Board may be elected to chair the meeting.

II.6 Agenda. The annual business meeting shall include such matters as

II.6.1 hearing the report of the pastor,

II.6.2 hearing the report of the Chairman of the Deacon Board,

II.6.3 approval of the budget recommended by the Board,

II.6.4 election of new member of the Board, and

II.6.5 voting on recommendations presented by the pastor and by the Board.

II.7 Order of Business. The following is recommended:

II.7.1 Scripture reading,

II.7.2 Prayer,

II.7.3 minutes and approval of preceding meeting,

II.7.4 reports,

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II.7.5 old business,

II.7.6 new business, and

II.7.7 adjournment with prayer.

II.8 Decisions. All matters, including nominations for an office, shall be decided or confirmedby majority vote, unless specified otherwise. Voting on issues deemed sensitive by the Deacon Board shall be by secret ballot.

The ideal in all decisions is consensus: an agreement that either

(II.8.1) I agree that this is the best decision, or

(II.8.2) I will submit to and willingly cooperate with the majority. Where there is no consensus, it is generally best to allow more time for thought and prayer. "Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory."

ARTICLE III. — THE PASTOR

III.1 Qualifications.

In order to fulfill its stated purpose, the church shall call a pastor. The pastor shall be a man of true Christian experience and established character. He shall qualify for his office according to the standards of I Timothy 3:2-7 and Titus 1:5-9. He shall be free from confirmed criticism in life and conduct as defined in Article VI, Section 3.

III.2 Duties.

The pastor shall be responsible for all public worship services, teaching and preaching of God's Word, supervision of the pastoral staff, overseeing the ministries of the church, and in the event of his absence, shall be responsible for someone to fulfill his duties, with the approval of the Deacon Board.

The general direction and development of the church work shall be under his supervision. The pastor may attend all meetings of the Deacon Board and Boards and Committees of the church. He does not vote, unless to break a tie vote.

III.3 Pastoral Call.

When there is a vacancy for the position of pastor, the Pulpit Supply Committee shall prayerfully select one candidate to present to the Deacon Board for approval. The approved candidate shall be presented to the congregation for a vote. A call shall consist of two-thirds vote by the Deacon Board and of total active members present and voting at the meeting, including absentee ballots.

III.4 Contract.

It is advisable that the Board and pastor draw up and agree upon a comprehensive, written Agreement detailing duties, responsibilities, authority, benefits and privileges.

The term of the contract between the pastor and the church should be annually for the first two years and a three- year contract term beginning the third year. Failure to receive sufficient votes from the congregation meeting (two-thirds vote by the total active members present and voting at the meeting, including absentee ballots.) for another term of office terminates the contract with the pastor with the understanding that the pastor's duties shall continue for three months with normal compensation unless waived by mutual consent.

III.5 Resignation.

The resignation of the pastor must be submitted to the Board in writing three months before his anticipated termination of contract. In special circumstances, the Board and pastor may shorten the required time of notification.

III.6 Dismissal.

In case of serious neglect of duties or conflict with the church, the contract of the pastor may be terminated before it expires. Careful procedure as outlined under "Discipline" (Article VI) should be observed and reconciliation sought where possible.

If there is no reconciliation,

III.6.1 The pastor should then be given the opportunity by the Board to resign or

III.6.2 if no resignation is forthcoming, a motion for dismissal should be passed by two-thirdsof members of the Board. The recommendation for dismissal should then be forwarded to a called congregation meeting which must pass the recommendation by a two-thirds vote of the active members present and voting in the meeting.

ARTICLE IV. — DEACON BOARD

IV.1 Composition.

The Deacon Board shall consist of five to nine members in addition to the pastor.

IV.2 Qualifications.

All members of the Deacon Board shall affirm the Statement of Faith set forth in the Church Constitution. A deacon shall be a Christian of spiritual maturity as set forth in I Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:5-9. He/She must be a man/woman of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom.(Acts 6:3). He/She must manifest a concern for the lost and be a faithful and loyal supporter of the church in his attendance, prayers, and giving. He/She must have been baptized for more than two years and been a member of the church for more than one year. He/She should not be absent more than 10% of church worship service without excuse in a year and actively involve in church ministry.

IV.3 Election.

The members shall be elected by the congregation from the nominations recommended by the nominating committee presented at the annual business meeting.

IV.4 Term of Office.

The term of office shall be for two years beginning with the annual election. (The first year two of the members of the Board shall be elected for a two-year term. Thereafter, each member shall be elected for one year.)

IV.5 Vacancies.

IF A Deacon must discontinue his/her service before the end of the term, replacement will be appointed by the Board for the remainder of the term. The replacement should be announced publicly to church members.

IV.6 When to Meet.

The Deacon Board should normally meet once a month. The Chairman may call special meetings.

IV.7 Officers.

The Board should elect a Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer. Each officer shall serve for a one-year term. The officer may be re-elected. These officers are considered officers of the church.

IV.8 Quorum.

The quorum of the Deacon Board shall be two-thirds of its total members. (The pastor should attend all the meetings unless there are sensitive issues concerning his person or salary.)

IV.9 Duties.

The Deacon Board is responsible for all church administrative management, explanation of church Constitution, hiring or dismissing of church employees (The employment or dismissal of a pastor must be processed according to the procedures specified by this By-law.), organizing workers' meetings for various programs, budget proposing, financial transaction, evangelism, and reconciliation between the pastor and members. The pastor and the Board shall approve membership and baptismal applications. They officially represent the church in dealing with all legal matters or property transactions, etc.

ARTICLE V. — OTHER COMMITTEES AND OFFICES

V.1 Pulpit Supply Committee.

The Deacon Board may act as the Pulpit Supply Committee. If a special committee is desired, it shall consist of three members elected by the Deacon Board and shall elect its own Chairman. It shall serve only until a pastor is elected. It shall conduct a search for, and evaluate the qualifications of, pastoral candidates and make appropriate recommendations to the Church Board as follows:

V.1.1 pray for the leadership of the Holy Spirit

V.1.2 solicit names of potential candidates from the congregation

V.1.3 investigate and communicate with prospective candidates

V.1.4 arrange guest speaking engagements and interviews, as appropriate, for those candidates

who appear to meet the desired qualifications

V.1.5 recommend to the Deacon Board candidates for pastor.

V.2 Deacon Nominating Committee.

Deacon board elects four active members as the committee members along with one deacon who serves as the chair of the committee. If they are willing to serve as the committee members, their names will be posted on the church bulletin. If no one objects within two weeks, the nominating committee is officially formed. If anyone objects within the weeks, the board will discuss with the dissenter and make the final decision.

V.3 Other Committees.

Additional committees shall be established as required and their duties defined by the Deacon Board. V.4 Officers.

The Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer of the Deacon Board, the Superintendent of the Sunday School and the Head Usher shall be considered officers of the church.

ARTICLE VI. — DISCIPLINE

VI.1 Church Members.

Should a member of this church be accused by two members in good standing of willfully departing from the scriptural standards set forth in the Constitution and engaging in conduct which conflicts with biblical principles of holiness, the pastor and one Board member shall counsel and pray with the erring individual for the purpose of leading the person to repentance and, ultimately, to full restoration of fellowship.

This shall be done in a spirit of humility and gentleness (Galatians 6:1) as well as loving honesty (Ephesians 4:25-27).

Should there be no evidence of repentance, the procedure set forth in Matthew 18:16-17 shall be followed. If after these steps of reproof are taken, there is no repentance, the pastor may recommend dismissal of the member to the Deacon Board. By a two-thirds vote of the Deacon Board, membership is canceled.

VI.2 Deacon Board Members.

No accusation shall be brought against a Deacon Board member expects on the testimony of at least two members in good standing (I Timothy 5:19-21). In case of an accusation, the procedure regarding Church Members (above) shall be followed. Discipline may include

VI.2.1 removal from Deacon Board, and/or

VI.2.2 cancellation of church membership.

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VI.3 Pastor.

No accusation shall be brought against the pastor except on the testimony of at least two members in good standing (I Timothy 5:19-21). The matter shall then be taken to the Deacon Board for investigation and admonition as above. If the Board is not satisfied with the pastor's conduct, it may vote for his dismissal. If still unresolved, the Board or the pastor may present the matter to the congregation for final decision.

ARTICLE VII. — AMENDMENT, REVISION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BY-LAWS.

VII.1 Any proposed amendments or revisions to these articles must be submitted in writing to the congregational meeting by either the Deacon Board or one-third of the active church members. The Deacon Board must present the proposal in writing to church members two weeks before the business called to consider the proposal.

VII.2 To become the new By-Law, the proposal must be approved by two-thirds of the active members present in the meeting. This By-Law and other revisions or amendments will become effective immediately after its approval.