CONSTIUTION AND BY-LAWS

THE LORD'S CHAPEL - SEGUNDO COLORADO

ARTICLE I – PREAMBLE

The Lord’s Chapel is a non-denominational Church with the goal of being a community

where the love of Christ is shared and proclaimed. Our Church has been, and seeks to

continue to be, a beacon on a hill, where the light of the Gospel can shine and where we

embrace all who come with a desire to know God through His Son Jesus. The Church was

founded in November of 1986, incorporated in February of 1987 and reincorporated

October of 2014. As a non-denominational Church, we are not opposed to denominations

and we seek to embrace the unity of all who follow the Lord Jesus and accept the Word of

God as the sole authority for Christian faith and practice. With that in mind, we embrace

classical expressions of the Christian faith such as the …


Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary; Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, died, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He arose from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic, universal Church; the communion of the saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting, Amen.


ARTICLE II – PURPOSE

The purpose of this Church is the edification of the saved, the evangelization of the lost,

and the teaching of the Holy Scripture. In response to clear Biblical statements, we

earnestly endeavor to work together, loving and encouraging one another, moving toward

the goal of maturity in Christ, functioning in harmony with God’s Holy Word, the Bible, until

He returns. In response to Christ’s command, we earnestly seek to see our community, our state, our country, and our world reached for Christ.

Eph. 4:11-13 Matt. 28:18-20


ARTICLE III – STATEMENT OF FAITH

A. THE WORD OF GOD - We believe that the Old and New Testaments are God’s

revelation given through man, directed by the Holy Spirit. These Scriptures, as originally given are verbally and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit. These Scriptures stand free from error in any and all parts. They are the final and supreme authority in all areas of the believer’s life. We believe that the Word of God searches hearts, exposes sin, and is food for the believer’s soul.

Heb. 4:12 2Tim. 3:16-17 2Peter 1:20-21


B. THE DOCTRINE OF GOD - We believe in the Trinity of the Godhead-eternally existing in three persons-the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are of one essence and equal in power and glory, and therefore are to be honored and worshipped equally as the One True and Living God.

Matt. 3:16-17 Gal. 4:4-6 John 14:10,26


C. THE PERSON AND WORK OF JESUS We believe that Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary, is both God and man, completely sinless, and voluntarily gave His life as an atonement for sinful man by dying on the cross and shedding His blood. He is the propitiation for the sins of the whole world. He was buried and on the third day, His body was raised from the dead in accordance with the fulfillment of Holy prophecy recorded in the Scriptures, and that this same Jesus ascended into Heaven and now sits at the right hand of God as the believer’s intercessor and advocate.

Heb1:3, 4:15, 9:12, 14, 12:2 Gal 4:4 Luke 1:30-32, 24:6

John 1:1, 3:16, 17, 19:41-42 1Pet. 2:24 1Cor. 15:3-4

Romans 5:8,9 Matt. 16:21 Isaiah 53


D. THE HOLY SPIRIT - We believe that the present ministry of the Holy Spirit is that of restraining sin in the world, convicting the spiritually lost of the their sin, baptizing and sealing believers into the body of Christ at conversion, indwelling believers at conversion, interceding for them, teaching them, filling them, bearing fruit in them, strengthening them and gifting them according to His sovereign will to live victorious Christian lives and to experience fruitful service.

2Thess. 2:7 John,14:26, 16:8-11, 13 1Cor. 6:19,12:1,4, 7-11, 13

Eph. 1:13-14, 3:16 4:30 Rom. 8:9-11,26,27 Titus 3:5 Gal. 5:22-23


E. MAN - We believe that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, are totally depraved, and need a Savior from sin. We also believe that as a result of all Members of the human race being born in sin that we are not only sinners by nature but by practice as well.

Rom. 3:23, 5:12 Matt. 1:21 John 3:19


F. SALVATION - We believe that salvation is a free gift of God’s grace, offered to us on the basis of Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross for the sins of man. Salvation is received personally by repentance of sin and by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and is in no way obtained or increased by human effort. This salvation contains within itself deliverance from the guilt and penalty of sin, a perfectly righteous standing before God, the provisions for victory over the power of sin, eternal life, and the promise of future glorification in God’s presence.

Eph. 2:8, 9 John 3:14-18, 14:6 Rom. 5:8,9, 6:22,23 10:9 1John 1:8,9

Titus 2:11-14 Acts 2:38-39, 4:12 Heb. 4:16 Jude 1:24, 25

             

G. PRAYER - We believe in the power of prayer, to the saving and keeping of man. That prayer is the “detonator” which releases God’s power in our lives. We believe that prayer is not a religious exercise but a necessary means ordained by God for His people to communicate one-on-one with Him thru His Son, Jesus Christ. Put simply, we believe prayer to be conversation with God, our Father; the believer talking to God and listening to His response. We believe that the Bible, God’s own Word, teaches that we simply come to God as we are, where we are and pour our hearts to Him and then spend time listening for Him to speak to us through His Word, the Holy Bible, or the inward voice of the Holy Spirit. We believe, that God answers all prayers - these answers being part of the proof of who He is, that He hears us, and that we are His children. We believe strongly in intercessory prayer on the behalf of others just as Jesus continues to intercede for us. We also believe in the intercession and guidance of the Holy Spirit as we pray. We believe that the Bible teaches us to live in a state of prayer to God, The Father, that prayer to Him changes lives, condition of life, body and soul. We believe prayer ignites the power of the gospel to powerfully shake the world. Note: there are over 600 direct references to prayer in God’s word. We list only a few as a beginning reference study: Intercession for others.

James 5:13-16  Luke 11:1, 2  Mark 11:24  1Thess. 5:17

Rom. 8:26  John 14:13,14 1Tim 2:1-4,8  Acts 4:31  

Matt 21:22  Eph 6:18 1John 1:9. 5:14,15  Phil 4:6


H. THE CHURCH - We believe that the Church, the Bride of Christ, is composed of all those, who by faith, have been united to the risen and ascended Son of God. The Church, which is completely distinct from Israel, began at Pentecost, and will be completed at the coming of Christ for His own at Rapture. All believers in this age, whether Jews or Gentiles, are baptized by the Holy Spirit into Christ at salvation, and so become one spiritual body of which Christ is the Head. All believers as Members of the Body of Christ, which is the Church, are commanded, by the Word, to be obedient to that Word, to assemble in local Churches for worship, instruction in the Word, fellowship, prayer, and observance of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The commission of Christ to His Church is to witness, teach, and preach the Gospel to both Jew and Gentile.

Matt. 28:18-20  Acts 2:41-47, 20:28  1 Cor. 11:23-26, 12:13

Eph. 1:21-23,4:1-5, 5:24-27  Heb. 10:24, 25  Col 1:18  1Tim 3:15


I. CHRISTAIN RESPONSIBILITY - We believe that the Christian is to glorify and worship God and edify man in his personal conduct in relation to his family, his vocation, his neighbor, and his government. We fulfill this responsibility as we submit to the Lordship of Christ and obey the Scriptures by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Matt. 22:37-40 28: 20  Rom. 8:14, 13:1-7  1Cor. 6:19-20  Eph.6:4-9

Phil. 2:13-16 1Thess. 5:11,14,15  Gal. 6:10  John 4:24


J. ORDINANCES - We believe that the Lord has instituted the ordinances of the Lord’s Supper and believer’s baptism. All who are born-again in Christ should participate in these ordinances. This participation is in obedience to His Word. We also believe that parents should dedicate their children to the Lord while they are young.

1Cor. 11:23-26  Matt. 28:18-20 

Acts 2:41,42 Mark 16:15,16 


K. THE FUTURE PLAN OF GOD - We believe that Jesus Christ is soon going to return as He promised He would.

John 14:1-4 Acts 1:10-11  1Thess. 4:13-18


L. THE ETERNAL STATE - We believe in the bodily resurrection of all people, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment.

Matt. 25:31-34, 46  1Cor. 15:51-53  2Cor. 5:1-4

John 5:28,29; 11:25-26 Romans 8:21-23  Rev. 20:11-15

Job19:25-27


ARTICLE IV – MEMBERSHIP


SECTION 1 - QUALIFICATIONS

A. Candidates for Membership must have accepted Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord.


B. Candidates for Membership must give assurance of a desire to live a consistent Christian life. They are to be encouraged to read and be in agreement with the Constitution, and By-Laws of the Church, especially the statement of belief and purpose of The Lord’s Chapel.


C. All attending believers are encouraged to become Members of this local body by placing their names on the Church role by completing the Church affirmation of Membership which can then be given to the Pastor, Secretary or other Member of Church leadership.

Acts 2:41, 4:32, 5:12-13  1Cor. 1:10, 12:12, 27  Eph. 4:16, 


SECTION 2- ACCEPTANCE

A. Candidates for Membership will be received into Membership upon their profession of faith in the Lord Jesus as their Savior and Lord.

Rom. 10:9-10  Philippians 2: 11 1Tim. 6:12  Heb. 10:23


B. Candidates for Membership will be welcomed into Membership and offered the right hand of fellowship by the Pastor and the Members at any Worship Meeting of the Church.


SECTION 3 - DUTIES

A. Members are expected to conscientiously strive to live according to the light revealed by the Holy Spirit through God’s Word.

Rom. 6:1-4,12-14, 12:1,2  1Cor. 2:12-16 Matt 5:14-16, 1John 1:7


B. Members are expected to whole-heartedly attend the services and activities of the Church, should read and be willing to abide by the Constitution and By-Laws of this Church. All new Members shall be encouraged to attend Membership classes, especially new converts.

1Chron. 16:29 Heb. 10:24,25  Acts 11:26, 13:44  Romans 12:4,5


C. Members are expected to contribute regularly (and generously) to the support of the financial program of the Church, which includes local ministry, outreach and missions, as God had prospered them, and as they have determined in their hearts.

Mal. 3:8-10  1Cor. 16:2  Luke 6:38  2Cor. 9:6-11


D. Members are expected to serve willingly and cheerfully when called upon to do so.

Psalm 100:2  2Cor. 8:3,12  Romans 12:6-8,13  Philippians 2:4



ARTICLE V – GOVERNMENT


SECTION 1 - LOCAL AUTONOMY

The government of this Church is vested (fully and unconditionally guaranteed as a legal right, benefit, or privilege) in the Membership that composes it. The Church shall be strictly self-governing in all matters relating to it, always aware that Christ is the Head of the Church and His Word shall be the supreme authority.

Eph.1:22, 23, 2:19-22 Col 1:15-18 John 15:1,5,17:21, 22 Matt. 28:18-20 Romans 12:5 


SECTION 2 - GOVERNING BODY

A. A Board of Elders and/or a Board of Deacons shall execute the various duties of governing this Church as directed by this Constitution and by the Membership of the congregation of this Church.


B. The Board of Elders shall be an uneven number of Members, if possible, elected by the Church to serve as the governing body of the congregation in its dealing with the Pastor, in the oversight of the spiritual matters of the Church, and in daily administration of Church spiritual business and needs of the Church and community. 


C. The Board of Deacons shall be an uneven number of Members, if possible, elected by the Church to serve in a supervisory capacity overseeing the care of, and operation of the physical needs of the Church, Church grounds, and other assets. This Board shall be considered as the stewards of the Church and consequently God’s belongings.


D. The Board of Elders and the Board of Deacons shall meet separately In a Board Meeting each month for the purpose of making assessments and evaluations concerning the spiritual and physical needs and operation of the Church and shall make necessary recommendations to the Church body at any regular or special Business Meeting. At least one Member of each of these Boards shall serve on the Budget Committee. At least one Elder will serve as an aid to the Pastor in emergency decisions; i.e. aiding families or persons in need, emergency expenditures, etc. 


E. In the absence of either the Board of Elders, or the Board of Deacons, the existing Board shall bear both spiritual and stewardship responsibilities.


F. All Boards, Committees, and organizations affiliated with this Church shall be under authority of and accountable to the autonomous body, to the Word of God, and to one another.

Deut. 1:12-18  Acts 6:1-6 Eph. 4:4-7, 11-16 


G. Church Discipline shall be practiced in accordance with the Scriptures with the goals being: repentance, reconciliation, and complete forgiveness.

Matt. 6:14,15, 18:15-17 1 Cor. 5:1, 4,5, 7, 11, 6:1-2 Luke 17:3-4 James 5:19-20



ARTICLE VI – OFFICERS


SECTION 1 - QUALIFICATIONS


A. THE PASTOR


  1. The qualifications of the Pastor are set forth in 1 Timothy 3:1-7. 1Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.  2Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. 5(If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.  
    and
    Titus 1:6-9. 5The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. 6An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. 8Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
    The Pastor shall meet these qualifications.
    1Peter 5:2,3  Matt 28:19 John 14:26  1John 2:20  Psalm 25:4,5;143:10 Acts 20:28

  2. The Pastor shall be rooted in the word of God, spiritually mature, blameless above reproach, sympathetic, cooperative and in agreement with the faith and practice of this Church.

B. BOARD MEMBERS – Elders and Deacons


  1. Qualifications of Elders and Deacons are as set for the in 1 Tim. 3:8-13 8In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. 9They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 10They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons. 11In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything. 12A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. 13Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.
    and
    Acts 6:2,3. 2So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them
    Titus 1:6-9
    Each Elder or Deacon shall meet these qualifications.

  2. Board Members are to have been a Church Member for at least one 6 months and be at least twenty-one (21) years of age.

  3. Each Board Member shall be in agreement with the Constitution and Bylaws of this Church and shall affirm this in the presence of the congregation.

C. OTHER OFFICERS


  1. All other officers shall be proven spiritually mature Members of this Church.

  2. All other officers shall be committed to the fulfillment of the aims and purposes of this Church and shall be in agreement with the Constitution and By-Laws of this Church and shall affirm that to the congregation.

SECTION 2 – DUTIES

A number of detailed Duties Lists as shown below are made part of this Constitution by reference. Changes to these attached Lists (including new or deleted Lists) may be made as specified by the Deacon or Elder Board subject to a majority vote of the Congregation Members.

NAMES of the ATTACHED DUTIES LISTS are ...

* AUDIT COMMITTEE * BUDGET COMMITTEE * DEACON BOARD CHAIRMAN *  DEACON * ELDER BOARD CHAIRMAN * ELDER * JANITOR * MUSIC DIRECTOR * PASTOR * PASTOR REVIEW COMMITTEE * SECRETARY * SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT * 

* CHILDREN'S CHURCH HELPER * TREASURER *

A. THE PASTOR

  1. The Pastor shall have general oversight of the spiritual life of the Church and as a shepherd leading his flock, the Pastor (by example) will lead the Church body and strive to accomplish God’s will and vision. He shall organize and develop the Church’s strengths for the best possible service.
    Acts 20:28

  2. The Pastor, at his option, shall be an ex-officio Member of all Boards and Committees connected with the Church.

  3. The Pastor shall act as Moderator in the Elder Meetings of the Church, unless otherwise directed by the Constitution or so ordered by a vote of the congregation (a two-thirds vote of those present and voting is required). The Pastor may choose to temporarily vacate the Moderator position.

  4. The Pastor shall conduct or provide Membership classes for all new believers. Classes should be held twice per year, or as the need arises.

  5. The Pastor shall conscientiously perform other such duties as may be arranged between himself, the Board Members, and the Membership.

B. BOARD MEMBERS

  1. Board Members are responsible, with the Pastor, for the spiritual and physical welfare of the Church as well as the mission of the Church.
    Titus 1:9

  2. Board Members shall faithfully perform all other duties designated by this Constitution or pertaining to the office. They shall endeavor by God’s grace to live and serve in full conformity with the standards set forth in the Word of God and in this Constitution

C. OTHER OFFICERS

THE CHURCH SECRETARY

  1. The secretary shall keep an accurate record of all congregational business meetings designated by the Pastor, the congregation, the Constitution, Board of Elders, or Board of Deacons.

  2. The secretary shall carry out business correspondence for the Church as needed and appropriate.

  3. The secretary shall keep a record of Church Membership, admissions, dismissals, deaths, marriages, baptisms, dedications, and other activities sanctioned by the Church.

THE CHURCH TREASURER

  1. The Treasurer shall keep an accurate record of all receipts and disbursements and shall handle all money belonging to the Church. All monies received shall be verified by a 2nd Member of either the Budget Committee, Board of Elders or Board of Deacons.

  2. The Treasurer shall post a quarterly financial statement listing the receipts and the disbursements for the previous quarter.

  3. The Treasurer shall submit his or her books to be audited once a year before the Annual Business Meeting.

  4. The Treasurer shall give a receipt for all money given during the year (by check or envelope) to each person by the 31st of January of New Year.

THE MODERATOR – VICE MODERATOR

  1. The Deacon Board Chairman shall be the moderator of the Congregational Business Meetings unless he requests otherwise or unless the congregation so votes.

  2. The Vice Moderator shall be elected from the Board of Deacons. The Vice Moderator shall assume the office of Moderator in the absence of the Moderator or so voted by the Church.

  3. The Moderator or Vice Moderator shall preside at all Congregational Business Meetings and public services of the Church.

SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT

  1. The Sunday-School Superintendent shall organize and coordinate the Sunday-School program under the auspices of the Pastor and the Church.

  2. The Sunday-School Superintendent shall purchase materials and supplies as needed to operate the Sunday-School program and shall recruit Sunday-School teachers and workers as needed from qualified Church Members. These recruits shall be recommended by the Sunday-School Superintendent and approved by the Pastor and/or Board of Elders.

SECTION 3 – TERMS OF OFFICE

A. THE PASTOR

  1. The Pastor shall serve for an indeterminate term.

B. DEACONS AND ELDERS

  1. The Board of Elders shall consist of an uneven number of Elders (minimum of 3) to be elected by the Church. The Pastor, as the teaching Elder, shall serve on this Board as a voting Member of the Board. Elders are elected by the Church for five (5) years of service, unless they choose to step down, become disqualified for service, or are unable to perform their service as an Elder.

  2. The Board of Deacons shall consist of an uneven number of Deacons (minimum of 3) to be elected by the Church. Each Deacon is elected by the Church for five (5) years of service, unless they choose to step down, become disqualified for service, or are unable to perform their service as an Deacon.

C. OTHER OFFICERS

  1. All officers, other than the Pastor and Board Members, shall serve one (1) year terms, as elected by the Congregation at the Annual Business Meeting. Offices vacated during term of office shall be filled for the remainder of the term through process of vote at a special called Business Meeting of the Church.

D. No person shall hold more than one (1) office listed in the Constitution at a time, except for the office of Vice Moderator.



ARTICLE VII – MEETINGS


SECTION 1 – WORSHIP

A. The Church shall meet every Sunday morning for worship and may schedule other meetings as deemed necessary by the Pastor or approved by the Pastor. 


B. The Lord’s supper shall be observed on the third Sunday of the month and/or at any other times deemed necessary by the Pastor or the sitting Board(s).



SECTION 2 – CONGREGATIONAL BUSINESS MEETING

A. The Annual Congregational Business Meeting

1. The fiscal year of the Church shall begin on January 1st and end on December 31st of each year.


2. The Annual Congregational Business Meeting of the Church shall be held, using Roberts Rules of Order, as modified by the Deacon Board (excepting a 2/3rds vote) on the third Wednesday of October or as otherwise scheduled. At this meeting officers shall be elected and the budget shall be approved for the following year.


3. Annually, the Deacon Board shall elect a Deacon Board Chairman to conduct (moderate) the Congregational Business Meetings.


4. The minutes of the preceding Congregational Business Meeting will be read and approved (and amended if needed). Reports will be submitted by the Treasurer and others as needed.


5. Other business shall be conducted as noted on the agenda. Items for the agenda must be presented prior to the Congregational Business Meeting although new business will be allowed during the meeting


6. The Church shall hold Quarterly Congregational Business Meetings on the third Wednesday of January, April, and July or as otherwise scheduled.



B. Other Congregational Business Meetings 

1. Any regular or called meeting of the congregation may be constituted a meeting for the transaction of business, providing announcement of said meeting be given from the pulpit at two (2) consecutive Sunday morning services prior to the meeting.


2. Special Congregational Business Meetings may be held at any time by order of the Board of Elders, the Board of Deacons, or the Pastor, or upon written request of three fourths (3/4) of the Membership who are of voting age. The time and place of said meeting(s) and the nature of business to be acted upon shall be announced at the two (2) consecutive Sunday morning services prior to the meeting.


3. The Members present and voting at any Congregational Business Meeting called in accordance with the requirements of this Constitution shall be eighteen (18) years of age shall be allowed to vote. Note: Members under the age of 18 are full and complete Church Members in every other way. 


4. In conduct of Congregational Business Meetings any parliamentary questions not covered by this Constitution and By-Laws shall be decided by the current edition of “Roberts Rules of Order.”


5. No Congregational Business Meeting shall be called without the Pastor’s knowledge, provided there is an acting Pastor at the time.


6. For any motion to be approved by the Church, including but not limited to, hiring of staff, electing of officers, approval of business, etc.… a minimum of a two-thirds (2/3) vote of approval (or rejection) will be necessary by voting Members present at the constitutionally called Congregational Meeting.



ARTICLE VIII – AMENDMENTS

This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the voting Members present and voting at any regular or special Congregational Business Meeting, providing the proposed amendment had been presented to the Congregation at the two (2) consecutive Sunday morning services prior to the said meeting. Also, an exact copy of the proposed amendment must be conspicuously posted on the Church bulletin Board on the two (2) Sundays immediately preceding the meeting.



BY-LAWS FOR THE LORD’S CHAPEL


ARTICLE I – ELECTIONS


SECTION 1 – TIME

The election of officers shall be held during the October Congregational Business Meeting of the Church. Elected officers shall take office January 1st of the following year, unless an officer is re-elected, is filling a vacancy, or a special circumstance occurs where the officer will take office early if approved by the Church to do so at a constitutionally held Congregational Business Meeting. The election of a Pastor or other paid staff Member shall be at a special constitutionally called Congregational Business Meeting as the need arises.


SECTION 2 – PROCEDURE

A. A two-thirds (2/3) vote of the voting Members present and voting at any constitutionally called Congregational Business Meeting shall be required for the election of officers or to render final decision on any Church business.

B. The Pastor and all other positions within the Church shall be voted on by written ballot, which shall be handled by the Board of Elders, or the Board of Deacons. All other business shall be conducted by the making of a motion, a second of that motion, and a vote by show of hands or verbal affirmation.


SECTION 3 – ABSENTEE BALLOTS

Absentee ballots will be accepted provided they are signed and dated by the Member casting the ballot and presented to Church leadership prior to the constitutionally called Congregational Business Meeting.


SECTION 4 – VACANCIES

Offices vacated during term of office shall be filled for the remainder of the term through the voting process at a special called Congregational Business Meeting of the Church or at a regularly scheduled Congregational Business Meeting if that meeting is to be held within 30 days of the vacation of the said office. All terms of the Constitution shall be followed.



ARTICLE II – REVIEWING THE 


MEMBERSHIP ROLL


SECTION 1 – THE NEED

The Board of Deacons shall review the Church Membership roll at least once per year (prior to the Congregational Annual Business Meeting) to determine if there are Members who should be moved to an inactive roll or removed from the roll altogether. In the absence of Deacons, the Elders shall make this review.

Eph. 5:1-7


SECTION 2 – THE GUIDELINES

A. The following reasons shall be sufficient for moving Members to an inactive roll or for being removed from the roll of Church Membership completely.


1. Absence for six (6) months or more; unless confined to some type of assisted care. Shall include Members who have moved, resigned, or demised.


2. If a Member of the Church is in obvious sin, as stated in the Holy Word of God, and refuses to repent of this sin or to respond with humility and repentance to Church discipline as outlined in the Word of God and the Church Constitution.


3. Has a wrong attitude toward, or disagreement with, the Church’s statement of faith as stated in the Constitution based on the Word of God.


4. Indifference toward the life and work of the Church as stated in this Constitution.



SECTION 3 – THE GOAL

A. The goal shall be to restore any Member suffering from Section 2 of this article to full fellowship with the Lord and with the Church according to Galatians 6:1-2 and 

2 Cor. 2:5-8. 


B. If reconciliation is not possible, due to distance or an unwillingness to repent and be reconciled, the Member shall be removed from Church Membership. This shall be done only when recommended by the Board of Elders and/or Deacons and shall be done by a two-thirds (2/3) of the voting Members of the Church at any constitutionally called Business Meeting.


C. Members may be restored, to full Membership standing, by action of the Church upon the recommendation of the Elders and/or Deacons after the individual has attended the services regularly for at least six (6) months and has shown and expressed a renewed desire to fellowship with the people of the Church.


D. Persons on an inactive Membership roll, or who have been removed from Membership, shall not hold office, bring business, or vote in the Church Business Meetings.



ARTICLE III – DISSOULUTION OF OFFICERS


SECTION 1 – THE PASTOR

A. The Pastor may be removed by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Combined Elder and Deacon Boards, provided such action is caused by documented violation of the Lord's Chapel Pastoral Standards as paraphrased below and has been carefully considered as viewed by the Members.

The Pastor must be above reproach, blameless, temperate, disciplined, upright, respectable, self controlled, gentle, hospitable holy and able to teach. He must be faithful to his wife, manage his own family well and see that his children obey him in a manner worthy of full respect. He must have a good reputation with outsiders and be one who loves what is good.

The Pastor must not be given to drunkenness, violent, quarrelsome, overbearing, quick-tempered, pursuing dishonest gain nor be a lover of money.


B. If at any time, the Pastor’s beliefs, preaching or teaching becomes inconsistent with the Word of God and the statement of faith in this Constitution, his services shall be terminated by the process outlined in the Constitution and By-Laws of the Church.


C. Thirty (30) days severance pay shall be due to the dismissed Pastor. 


D. A tendered resignation shall be accepted without Church vote. Thirty (30) days written notice should be given if possible.


SECTION 2 – BOARD MEMBERS

A. A Board Member shall vacate office by default if said Member ceases to be an active Member of the Church.


B. A Board Member may be removed from office for failure to fulfill the duties of the office as described in this Constitution. Failure to endeavor by God’s grace to live and serve in full conformity with the standards set forth in this Constitution and found in God’s Word shall be reason for removal from office. Board Members shall faithfully perform all other duties designated by this Constitution or pertaining to the office. They shall endeavor by God’s grace to live and serve in full conformity with the standards set forth in the Word of God and in this Constitution


C. If it is determined by the Pastor, Board of Elders and/or Board of Deacons, that a Board Member should be removed from office then the Board Member in question will be given the option to resign without a vote. Should the Board Member refuse to resign that Board Member can be removed from office by a two thirds (2/3) vote of the voting Members present at a constitutionally called Business Meeting.


SECTION 3 – OTHER OFFICERS

Any other officer’s services may be terminated for failure to fulfill his or her duties as described in this Constitution. Termination shall be by ballot vote at the Constitutionally called Congregational Business Meeting or regular Business Meeting provided that meeting is within thirty (30) days of termination recommendation.


SECTION 4 – RESIGNATIONS

The resignation of any Officer shall be in writing to the Church and shall be effective on the date specified.


ARTICLE IV – COMMITTEES


SECTION 1 – NOMINATING COMMITTEE

A. The Pastor, Board of Elders, and Board of Deacons, shall serve to make nominations of qualified candidates to fill any open constitutionally ordained office. Voting Members of the Church may also make nominations.


B. Candidates for office shall be nominated and made known to the Church at least two (2) consecutive Sundays prior to a constitutionally called Business Meeting.


SECTION 2 – BUDGET COMMITTEE

A. A Budget Committee shall consist of no less than five (5) Members, in addition to the Treasurer and the Pastor. There shall be two (2) Board Members (Elder and/or Deacon) and three (3) other Members to be elected by the Church. This Committee shall be established at the October Business Meeting and shall serve for one (1) year.


B. This Committee shall review and prepare the annual budget for the Church, which will be presented for approval at the Annual Congregational Business Meeting held in October.


SECTION 3 – AUDIT COMMITTEE

A. An Audit Committee consisting of three (3) Members shall be elected by the voting Members at the October Congregational Business Meeting to serve for a period of one (1) year. Neither a Deacon, nor the Treasurer may serve on this Committee. 


B. The Audit Committee shall audit the Treasurer’s books once per year prior to the Annual Congregational Business Meeting and at such other times as may seem necessary. 


C. The Audit Committee shall submit a written report to the Church of the results of the audit at the Annual Business Meeting for acceptance by the Church.


SECTION 4 - BUILDING COMMITTEE

A. The Board of the Deacons shall serve as the overseeing Board for the care of the physical Church and the Church grounds.


B. The Board of Deacons shall give oversight to any current or future Church construction.


C. The Board of Deacons shall work in conjunction with the Pastor and Board of Elders in execution of these duties.


SECTION 5 - SEARCH COMMITTEE

A. When the need arises to hire a paid staff Member (e.g. the Pastor resigns and needs to be replaced, or the Church by vote at a constitutionally held Congregational Business Meeting determines that there is a need to hire an additional staff Member) a Search Committee shall be formed.


B. The Search Committee shall consist of at least five (5) Members who shall be nominated and elected by the Church at a constitutionally held Congregational Business Meeting. The Committee shall meet at their discretion and according to need. The Committee shall elect its own Board Chairperson.


C. The Pastor (unless this position has been vacated) shall serve as a Member of this Committee in an advisory role.


D. This Committee, with endorsement from the sitting Boards and the Church, shall determine the qualifications for the position to be filled, and compensation (i.e. salary, benefits etc…) for the position. This Committee shall post advertisements for the position, shall screen applicants, shall conduct initial interviews, and shall recommend bringing candidates before the Church for consideration and vote.


E. Members of this Committee shall serve until the Church votes to fill the position at which time the Committee shall disband.


SECTION 6 – ELIGIBILITY

A. No two (2) Members from the same family shall serve on the same Committee if that Committee has less than four (4) Members.


B. No other Member of the Treasurer’s household shall be permitted to serve on the Audit Committee.


C. Any Church Member, granted they meet the above conditions, is eligible to serve on any Committee, if so nominated and approved by vote of the Church at a constitutionally held Congregational Business Meeting.








This Constitution and By-Laws was voted on and adopted on Sunday, April 27th, 1987


This Constitution and By-Laws was amended on Sunday, May 26th, 1996


This Constitution and By-Laws was amended on Wednesday, April 26th, 2006


This Constitution and By-Laws was amended on Wednesday, July 15th, 2015


This Constitution and By-Laws was amended on Wednesday, October 17th, 2018