THE BYLAWS OF
ARTICLE II. CHURCH GOVERNMENT
ARTICLE III. GENERAL
ARTICLE IV. CHURCH
ARTICLE V. DEACONS
ARTICLE VI. COMMITTEES
ARTICLE VII. ADOPTION AND CHANGES
Article I, Membership
Section 1. General
Membership in this body will be made up of persons who make such decision known at any public worship service and presenting themselves as a candidate for membership. At the discretion of the pastor they may be voted on at that time or remain a candidate for a period of not less than one week after which they are accepted by a majority vote of those members present.
Section 2. Acceptance of members
(1). Professions of faith. Profess Jesus Christ as Savior and believer's baptism by immersion as commanded by Christ in Matthew 28:19. (2). Transfer of a letter. Members of another church of like faith and order may be received upon transfer of their letter from that church. (3). Statement. Anyone who has been a member of a church of like faith and order, and in consequence of a peculiar circumstance has no regular letter, may be received into the fellowship upon a statement, satisfactory to the members of New Beginning FGBC.
Section 3. Voting rights
All active members may participate and vote in the transaction of church business.
Section 4. Responsibilities of Membership
It will be the responsibility of each member to support the Church in fulfilling its mission and purpose. This may be manifested by prayer, tithing, attendance at worship and Bible Study (unless providentially hindered), and service.
Section 5. Discipline
Should any unhappy differences arise between members, the aggrieved member will follow, in a tender spirit, the rules given by our Lord in Matthew 18. Should any case of gross misconduct or public scandal occur, the Deacons will endeavor to remove the offense following the same Biblical teachings as above, and if such fails, will recommend the case to the Church.
If the Church votes to entertain a complaint against a member, which must be in writing, it will appoint a reasonable time and place of a hearing and notify the person in question thereof, furnishing the member with a copy of the charges. At such hearing the accused will be entitled to counsel of his choosing. If the accused fails to attend the hearing the Church may proceed in his absence.
All such proceedings will be prevailing by a spirit of Christian kindness and forbearance, but should an adverse decision be reached, the Church may proceed to admonish or terminate the membership of the member.
Section 6. Termination of membership
Membership in New Beginning FGBC, Inc. may be terminated in the following ways. 1. A letter of dismissal or transfer may be granted any member in good or regular standing to any church of like faith and order upon official request of said church. 2. By removal. The names of members joining other churches to which letters cannot be granted are removed from the roll. 3. By discipline. See Article 1, Section 5 above.
Article II. Church Government and Meetings
Section 1. Form of Government
The congregational form of government will be inviolably preserved in The New Beginning FGBC. The assumption of authority by any individual or group apart from the duties and responsibilities placed on them under the provisions of these bylaws is thoroughly inconsistent with the spirit and intent of these bylaws and the will of the members of this church.
Section 2. Church Year:
The calendar year will be the fiscal year under which the church will operate. In all other matters, the church year will commence on the first day of October and end on the last day of September.
Section 3. Worship Services
The church will meet regularly every Lord's day for worship, Bible study, and training in Christian service. The church will also meet at least once each week in a service of prayer, Bible study and testimony. The church may hold such additional meetings as may be needed to meet the spiritual needs of the congregation. The Lord's Supper will be observed at least once during each calendar quarter.
Section 4. Business Meetings
For the transaction of its business, the church will hold a regular quarterly business meeting on the first Saturday of each quarter. By majority vote of those active members present and voting, any regular business meeting may be recessed to a specific date. No other matter(s) may be discussed except the matter(s) for which the meeting was held open.
Section 5. Special Called Business
Special business meetings may be called for a specific purpose, by the pastor or a majority of the active deacons after one week's public notice to the members of the church at a Sunday service, or by written notice. No other subject may be discussed at a special called meeting except for which it was called and previously announced.
Section 6. Moderator
The pastor will preside as moderator at all regular and special business meetings of the church. In the absence of the pastor, the chairman of deacons will preside, In the absence of the pastor and the chairman of deacons, the vice chairman of deacons will preside. In the absence of all three, the clerk will call the church to order and a moderator pro tem will be nominated and elected from among the active members present. All regular and special business meetings of the church will be transacted according to Robert's Rules of Order (Revised), but the church may adopt special rules, if desired, not in conflict with the Constitution, these bylaws or generally accepted rules of parliamentary procedure.
Section 7. Majority Rules
All matters will be decided by a majority of the active members present and voting, except as may otherwise be provided in these Bylaws.
Article III General
Section 1. Licensing of Ministers
When a member announces to the church that he feels the call to the ministry, the Church, by majority vote of the active members present, may license him as an acknowledgment of his call to the ministry and encouragement to make preparation for it. The clerk of the Church may furnish the member with a copy of the minutes or a certificate of license as his credentials.
Section 2. Ordination of Ministers
In the event New Beginning FGBC is requested to ordain a member for the Gospel Ministry, the following procedure will be followed: The church will form a Council on ordination to examine the candidate concerning his call and fitness for the ministry. The Council will consist of the Pastor and other ordained men and women of New Beginning FGBC, and other ministers and deacons that may be invited from other Churches. After the Council has met with the candidate, a report will be made to the Church. Upon recommendation of the Council, and approval by the church, the ordination of the candidate will proceed. It is understood that the performance of civil duties by the member will be governed by state law.
Article IV Church Officers
Section 1. Officers defined
The Officers of this Church will be the Pastor, Ministerial Staff, Church Outreach Director, Chairman of Deacons, Clerk, Treasurer and Trustees. All Officers of this Church will be tithers in belief and practice.
Section 2. Election and Duties
Section 2.1 Pastor
The Pastor is responsible for preaching the Word, reproving, rebuking, and exhorting with all long suffering and doctrine. The pulpit of the church will be under his personal supervision and control during the tenure of his office. It will be the privilege of the Pastor to select the evangelists who will assist in special revival services, and to select the other ministers to fill the pulpit on other stated occasions.
It will also be the duty of the Pastor to supervise and coordinate the activities of all the other offices and staff members of the church.
The Pastor will be an ex-officio member of all standing and special committees, Boards, Councils, etc., and exercise leadership toward the purpose as stated in the Constitution.
Whenever a vacancy occurs, a pastor will be called by the Church to serve for an indefinite period. The relationship may be dissolved at the request of the pastor or the Church; however, in either case, at least a thirty-day notice will be given of termination, unless otherwise mutually agreed upon by both parties.
Section 2.2 Minister of Music
It will be the duty of the Minister of Music to direct and supervise the planning, promotion, implementation, and administration of the music program of the church. The Minister of Music will serve on the church council and assist in coordinating the total church program. He will work directly with the pastor.
He/She will recommend and/or enlist persons to assume leadership responsibilities in the music program, delegating responsibilities to provide adequate leadership. He will assist the Pastor in planning, conducting, and evaluating the worship services of the church.
He will administer a graded music program to serve all groups and church functions; organize music groups, choirs, vocal and/or instrumental ensembles. He will enlist and train leadership for the music program.
He will counsel, advise, and assist church leaders in integrating the music program into the church-wide programs.
He will serve as an exofficio member of the deacon body and Music Committee.
He will supervise the church organist and church pianist and other music personnel.
He will supervise the maintenance of all church-owned musical instruments and equipment.
He will submit an annual budget to the Budget and Finance Committee.
Section 2.3 Minister of Youth
It will be the duty of the Minister of Youth to coordinate all youth programs by utilizing the organizations of the church. He will be responsible for leading the church to provide a positive and a spiritual program aimed at helping the young people of the church relate their lives to Christ.
The Minister of Youth will work closely with the Nominating Committee and the department directors in determining that places of adult leadership are adequately staffed at all times and to insure that adequate adult leadership is available.
The Minister of Youth is responsible for providing adequate Bible study in addition to that presented by the youth Sunday School Department, and for supervising youth outreach and mission activities.
The Minister of Youth will be responsible for planning and coordinating a well-balanced recreational program for youth based on the goals of helping the youth in their overall spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental development.
The Minister of Youth will work with the Pastor in planning and promoting youth revivals and special youth projects as needed. He will serve as exofficio member of the Youth Committee.
He will submit an annual budget to the Budget and Finance Committee.
Section 2.4 Minister of Education
The Minister of Education will direct and supervise the planning, promotion, implementation, and administration of the education program of the church. He will serve on the Church Council and assist in coordinating the total church program. The Minister of Education will work directly with the Pastor. (In the absence of a Minister of Education, those duties will be shared by the Pastor, the Minister of Music, and appropriate committees).
He will recommend and/or enlist persons to assume leadership responsibilities in the educational program, delegating necessary responsibilities to provide adequate leadership. He will assist the Pastor in planning, conducting, and evaluating the worship services of the church.
He will direct the planning, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive program of Christian education based on the tasks of the Sunday School, Discipleship Training, Brotherhood and Womenís Missionary Union.
He will organize, promote and/or conduct a teacher training program.
He will serve as an exofficio member of the deacon body and Education Committee.
Section 2.5 Church Outreach Director
The Outreach Director will be responsible for developing and implementing methods of encouragement to members and others through correspondence and telephone calls.
The Outreach Director will develop and maintain prospect files, initiate and monitor visitation programs and assist the Sunday School in reaching and enlisting new members.
This will include the initiation of training programs for the purpose of training members in witnessing and soul-winning.
The Outreach Director will serve as exofficio member of the public relations committee.
.Section 2.6 Deacon Chairman
The Chairman of Deacons will lead and direct the deacon body in a spiritual ministry which supports the pastor and the Church. He will serve on the Church Council, the Finance Committee and the Nominating Committee, for the purpose of providing input from the deacon body. He will provide encouragement and guidance in the administration of a Family Ministry plan. He will serve as Moderator in the absence of the pastor.
Section 2.7 Trustees
The church will elect at least three members to serve as trustees. Their term of office will be for three years with one-third of the number elected each year. Vacancies may be filled at any time with one elected serving the unexpired term of the one whose vacancy is being filled. Having served as a trustee for a previous term will not disqualify a member for reelection. The member serving his last year will act as of the chairman of the committee.
The trustees, as provided by law and action of the church, will hold in trust the title to all church property. They will execute all legal papers relating to the church and to the community as the church may direct. They will have no power to buy, sell, mortgage, lease, or transfer any property of the church, including both real and personal property, without a specific vote of the church authorizing such action; neither will the trustees have any control over the use of the property of the church except by vote of the church. The trustees will have general oversight over the upkeep, repair, and use of the church property.
The trustees will be responsible for having an annual inventory and a physical appraisal made of all church property. The trustees will be responsible for securing adequate insurance coverage for all church property annually. The trustees will present their recommendation for insurance coverage to the church at any regular business meeting for approval by member vote.
Section 2.8 Treasurer
The treasurer will be elected annually or as deemed necessary. It will be the duty of the treasurer to receive and make bank deposits. The treasurer will be an exofficio member of the Budget and Finance Committee.
The church will also elect annually two associate treasurers. Any two of the three may countersign checks. The two associate treasurers will also assist the treasurer in the performance of the duties imposed upon him by these bylaws.
The treasurer and associate treasurers will be bonded. The amount and conditions of the bonds will be recommended by the Budget and Finance Committee and approved by the church.
Section 2.9 Clerk
The clerk will be elected annually or as deemed necessary. It will be the duty of the clerk to attend, or to be represented at all business meetings of the church and to record all actions of the church in the form of minutes. A register of the names of members, with dates of admission, dismissal, or death, together with the dates of baptisms, as well as a listing of inactive members will be maintained. The clerk will issue letters of dismissal voted by the church, preserve on file all communications and written official reports, and give legal notice of all meetings as directed in these bylaws.
The clerk will prepare the annual association letter to be submitted to the Association each year. The church may delegate clerical responsibilities to the church secretary. All church records are the property of the church and will be filed in the church office.
Article V. Deacons
Section 1. General:
All Deacons must be members of this Church. They must possess belief in sound Biblical doctrine. They will be tithers in belief and practice. Their social and moral standards should be above question. Their life and conduct at all times should be the type that will bring honor to the name and cause of Christ and a credit to the Church. They should be willing to give of themselves to serving Christ through ministering to the membership of this Church. They should support the programs and ministries of this Church.
Section 2. Qualifications:
All Deacons will meet the spiritual requirements set forth in Acts 6:3 and I Timothy 3:8-13. To serve as a Deacon he must have been a member for one or more years by the time of election. He should be able to attend regularly scheduled monthly meetings of the Deacons. He will be faithful and a loyal supporter of the entire Church Program.
Section 3. Number, Election, and Terms of Service:
There will be three active Deacons per one hundred active church members. Deacons will be elected by ballot from a list of qualified nominees. The Church will nominate men to serve in the office of a deacon as follows:
Any member of the Church may nominate one or more male members of the Church who meet the qualifications as stated above, by using the nomination forms provided.
A letter, in the form of a questionnaire along with a copy of these bylaws will be sent to each nominee. A Deacon nominating committee will consist of the Chairman of Deacons, the immediate past Chairman of Deacons and three other deacons selected by the deacon body. The committee will meet with each nominee for the purpose of counseling, examination and to determine if the nominee desires that his name be placed on the ballot.
The election will be held during the last Sunday Morning service in September, using a preprinted ballot. Any member may vote for one or more of the nominees up to the number of vacancies to be filled. The nominees receiving the most votes will be elected, up to the number needed. Deacons will serve for a three-year rotational term, beginning in October of each year, with approximately one third rotating off each year. In case of death, removal, resignation, or incapacity to serve, the Deacon nominating committee will fill these vacancies from the above list of Church elected deacons.
After a deacon has been elected for and served a complete full term of three years, he will not be eligible for reelection until the lapse of one year.
Section 3. Duties and Responsibilities:
In accordance with the meaning of the word and
the practice of the New Testament, deacons are to be servants of the
Church. They are
to be zealous to guard the unity of the spirit within the
Church in the
bonds of peace. They shall support the Pastor. Deacons will serve as council of
advice, conference, and action with the Pastor in all matters pertaining to the
welfare and work of the
Church. They will be witnessing servants. They are to assist in
formulating plans for constant progress of the
Church in all things pertaining to
evangelistic outreach and discipleship of Christians for the extension and
growth of the
By proper organization and method among themselves, they are to establish a Family Ministry Program for the purpose of maintaining personal relations with, and inspiring oversight of all members of the Church. They are to seek to know the physical and spiritual needs of the members, and to serve the whole Church by supporting, encouraging and edifying all who are in need.
In counsel with the Pastor, except where the Pastor is the subject of the disciplinary action, either singularly or as a group and by such methods as the Holy Spirit may direct, in accordance with the New Testament teachings, they are to have oversight of the discipline of the Church. They are to be guided always by the principles set forth in Matthew -17, I Corinthiansí 5:9-13 and I Thessalonians 5:12-14. The Deacons will be free to call upon any member of the Church to aid in discipline.
Deacons will assist the Pastor in the serving of the Lordís Supper.
It shall be the deacons responsibility to count the tithes and offerings and to assist the Treasurer in making bank deposits.
Every active deacon will accept the responsibility of witnessing and soul winning.
Section 4. Organization:
The whole body of Deacons will be organized as a unit for the consideration of general policies to perform their assigned duties and will meet at least monthly. They will organize themselves as directed.
Article VI. Committees
Section 1. General
The church will establish such committees as are needed to carry out its work. Each committee will have six members serving on a two-year rotation system with one half to be elected each year. Except as provided in these bylaws, each committee will be responsible for electing their own chairman.
Section 1.1. Budget and Finance Committee
The Budget and Finance Committee will be composed of the chairman of deacons, the church treasurer, the church clerk, and six tithing members nominated by the Committee on Committees. They will be elected annually by the church with one half to be elected each year. The elected members of the Budget and Finance Committee will serve terms of two years each. After serving a two-year term, no person will be eligible for reelection until after the lapse of one year, provided, however, that any person filling an unexpired term of one year or less will be eligible for reelection to a full two year terms.
The Budget and Finance Committee will elect its own officers from among its members. They will meet monthly, or at other times as the committee deems necessary, to consider the financial condition of the church and make regular reports of the financial condition to the church in regular business meetings. It will be the duty of the Budget and Finance Committee to designate the depository or depositories of all church funds; prepare annually a proposed budget, giving due consideration to the needs of the various departments, organizations, and programs of the church; and submit the proposed budget to the church at the October business meeting. The committee will also present the proposed budget to the deacons for their information. In addition to the specific duties imposed upon it herein, the Budget and Finance Committee will have general oversight of all church finances, the procedure for approval of disbursement and expenditure of all funds.
This committee will cause an audit of the church financial records to be made biannually, during even numbered years. This audit will be made by a contracted auditing firm approved by the church. The audit will be completed before the end of the fiscal year.
An audit report will be made to the church not later than April of the ensuing year.
The secretary of the Budget and Finance Committee will keep a written and accurate record of all the activities of the committee, and will make such records available to the deacons and the church upon request.
Section 1.2. Building and Grounds Committee
It will be the duty of this committee to care for all the real property of the church, and to recommend and supervise necessary purchases and repairs.
Section 1.3. Church Council
Church Council will consist of the
Directors of Sunday School, Discipleship Training,
The Church Council will make recommendations to the church for action.
Section 1.4. Committee on Committees
The Committee on Committees will be composed of six members recommended by the Nominating Committee and approved by church vote annually. The chairman will be selected by the Nominating Committee.
The Committee on Committees recommends persons to fill expiring terms on committees, except as otherwise specified in these bylaws, each year and fills the vacancies occurring throughout the church year.
The Committee on Committees will have the responsibility of overseeing the active function of each committee, and to insure that each committee has elected officers within 30 days of the beginning of the new church year.
Section 1.5. Education Committee
The Education Committee will assist the Minister of Education in planning, development and promoting activities and programs for the purpose of enlisting and involving the church membership in the total education ministry of the church. The committee will also function in an advisory capacity, responsible for the screening of curriculum used in the church educational programs. (In the absence of a Minister of Education, the Pastor will fill his role with this committee.) The Minister of Education will serve as an exofficio member.
Section 1.6. Heritage Committee
The Heritage Committee will be a regular committee and will consist of six members nominated by the Committee on Committees. The Heritage Committee will be responsible for collecting and preserving the history of and The New Beginning FGBC. Their duties will include preparing and maintaining scrap books and other display materials illustrating the church's history, maintaining an area within the church where historical materials are stored and preserved, and participating in the planning for an anniversary and homecoming day each five years.
Section 1.7. Music Committee
The Music Committee will assist the Minister of Music in all musical training efforts and work to improve the general standards of the music of the church. This committee is charged with the purchase and care of music properties such as instruments and hymnals.
The Minister of Music, the church organist and pianist will be exofficio members of the Music Committee
Section 1.8. Nominating Committee
At the regular business meeting in May each year, the existing nominating committee, hereinafter referred to as the retiring nominating committee, will nominate five persons to serve on the nominating committee for the coming year. Upon their election, these, in addition to the chairman of deacons, will be the new committee.
At the regular business meeting of the church in the following June, the new nominating committee will submit to the church the names of the nominees for the Sunday School and Discipleship Training directors. Upon their election, the heads of these organizations and the six members of the new nominating committee provided for herein will serve as the nominating committee for the church until the following May.
The nominating committee will seek counsel with all department directors regarding department leadership. In the event the nominating committee fails to enlist Sunday school or Discipleship Training Directors, the committee will assume full responsibility for enlisting teachers and leaders for those organizations.
The nominating committee will submit nominations for officers, teachers, leaders, and workers no later than the September business meeting.
The term of all officers, teachers, leaders, and workers will begin on the first day of October each year. Nominations for vacancies will be submitted to the Church by the committee to fill unexpired terms.
Section 1.9. Nursery Committee
With a goal as outlined in Proverbs 2 - 2:6, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."
The Nursery Committee will be responsible for staffing the nursery with qualified nursery workers during all worship services of the church. Regardless of whether paid or volunteer workers are used, every effort should be made to obtain active members of the Church. The Committee will develop procedures with the budget and finance committee for requesting and approving paid nursery workers
The Nursery Committee will be responsible for providing necessary supplies and equipment, and insuring proper maintenance and cleanliness of equipment and facilities.
Section 1.10. Ordinance and Wedding Committee
This committee will be composed of three men and three women. The Committee will assist the Pastor in preparing for and administering the ordinance of baptism, and will assist the Pastor and the Deacons in preparing for and administering the ordinance of the Lord's Supper.
The committee will insure that all needed baptismal and Lord's Supper supplies and materials are in place prior to the observance of each ordinance. This committee will make recommendations for supplies and equipment as needed. The committee will insure that all equipment is gathered, cleaned, and stored after each observance of the ordinance.
The committee will also work with the Pastor and the wedding parties in making the wedding a meaningful and happy experience to all involved. This committee will be responsible for insuring that the church facility is accessible and comfortable for the preparation and ceremony.
The committee will be responsible for establishing and maintaining rules governing weddings at New Beginning FGBC, and for insuring that the wedding date and time are placed on the church calendar.
Section 1.11. Personnel Committee
The Personnel Committee will make recommendations to the church in matters regarding staff and employees. The committee's responsibilities include recommending staff positions, salaries, benefits, hiring and termination of services.
This committee will write job descriptions for all staff members and update job descriptions annually.
This committee will prepare and maintain an organizational chart relating to the employed staff.
All employed staff, except the Pastor, will notify chairman of the Personnel Committee in writing when they desire to terminate their employment. A two-week notice is expected.
This committee will review all church personnel salaries annually in August and make recommendations to the Budget and Finance Committee.
The Personnel Committee will make policy recommendations to the church, regarding office hours, vacation, sick leave, holidays, compensatory time, and time off for revivals and special meetings for church staff. This committee will also be responsible for the maintenance and preservation of personnel records.
Section 1.12. Planning and Development Committee
The Planning and Development Committee is responsible for all visionary planning. It is responsible for recommending to the church future building and equipment needs. All such recommendations will be acted upon by the Church before implementation.
Section 1.13. Public Relations Committee The public relations committee is responsible for advertising the ministries and communicating special projects, events and activities of the Church. The Church Outreach Director will serve as exofficio of this committee.
Section 1.14. Technical Services Committee
This committee will be responsible for overseeing the proper operation and maintenance of all sound, recording, and Video Equipment and computers owned by the church. The committee will be responsible for training any individuals not on the committee in the operation of the equipment as needed. The committee will be responsible for overseeing replacement or repair of the equipment upon loss or damage, acquisition of any new equipment, and keeping a current inventory of all such equipment for insurance purposes, in the event of loss or damage.
Section 1.15. Youth Committee
This committee will assist the Minister of Youth in providing a positive and spiritual program for the purpose of helping the young people of the church to relate their lives to Christ. The committee will work closely with the church leadership to develop a Christ-centered youth program. A young person, selected by the youth group will also serve as member. The Minister of Youth will serve as an exofficio member.
Section 1.16. Weekday Education Committee
This committee will be composed of active members with a goal as outlined in Proverbs 1:7, "A respect and understanding of God are the beginning of all knowledge and wisdom. ,," The purpose of this committee will be to oversee a church ministry to the community, a school which is to be used to enhance the spiritual lives of children. This committee will formulate operating policies and give guidelines to New Beginning FGBC.
Section 1.17. Standing and Temporary Committees
In addition to the deacon body and the committees named herein, the church may elect such committees as may be needed. The members of such standing or temporary committees will be nominated by the Committee on Committees and elected by the church unless otherwise specified by church action. The members of such standing or temporary committees will serve such terms and perform such duties as may be determined by the church.
Article VII. Adoption and Changes
Section 1. Adoption
These Bylaws will be voted on by the members of New Beginning FGBC, at a regular business meeting or a special business meeting called for that purpose. These Bylaws will be considered adopted and in immediate effect if two-thirds of the active members present and voting at such business meeting will vote in favor of their adoption. It is provided, however, that a copy of these bylaws must be made available to each member of the Church, at least two weeks prior to the date of the business meeting at which it is to be voted on.
Section 2. Changes
These Bylaws, or any provision thereof, may be amended or altered by a two-thirds vote of the active members present and voting at any regular business meeting of the church. It is provided, however, that any proposed change must be given to the church clerk in writing, and the church clerk must make copies available of the proposed change to each member of the church, at least two weeks prior to the date of the business meeting at which the proposed change is to be voted on.
Section 3. Maintenance
The original copy of these Bylaws, with the
be kept by the
church clerk. The
church clerk will be responsible for insuring that a copy is
filed in the
church office. All amendments and changes to The
these Bylaws, after approval by the
church, will be attached to any copies of the
available for distribution. A current dated and amended copy of the
be kept by the
church clerk, with a copy available in the
church office for
distribution as requested. Copies of such changes and amendments will be made
church members upon request.