CONSTITUTION LEBO BAPTIST CHURCH
ARTICLE I – NAME
The name of this corporation is the Lebo Baptist Church of Lebo, Kansas, herein referred to as “the Church.”
ARTICLE II – STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe in the Bible and look to it as our only written authority. We believe this sacred writing to be inspired by God, and therefore trustworthy in revealing to us God’s truth and love. Central to its message is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and Son of man, who through His life, death, and resurrection provides forgiveness of sin and a new relationship for us with God and with fellow believers.
ARTICLE III – PURPOSE
The purpose of this Church is to proclaim the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, both here and abroad; to win people to Jesus Christ as their personal Savior; to preach and teach the Word of God; to observe the ordinances of the Baptism and the Lord’s Supper; and to provide for Christian fellowship and the public worship of God. To this end we pledge to worship, to work, and to witness; proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ until He comes again.
ARTICLE IV – DENOMINATION AFFILIATIONS
This Church shall be associated with the American Baptist Churches of the Central Region and the American Baptist Churches, U.S.A.
ARTICLE V – ECUMENICAL PARTICIPATION
This Church may join and participate in ecumenical activities approved by the Church.
ARTICLE VI – CHURCH ORDINANCES
Section 1. Baptism
The Greek word is “baptize,” meaning “to dip under.” According to the Scriptures, immersion best illustrates the deep meaning of baptism. More important than the way of baptism, however, is that is should be experienced only by persons who have made a conscious decision to accept and follow Christ. It shall be administered by the Pastor or some person duly authorized by the Church.
Section 2. The Lord’s Supper
We observe Communion (the Bread and the Cup), in memory of the sufferings of Christ. Our custom is to do this, at a minimum, on the first Sunday of each month, as deemed appropriate by the Pastor(s) and at special services. The Lord’s Supper is for all believers and all who belong to Him are gladly welcome to share these moments with our members. The Pastor and/or Deacons shall officiate at the Lord’s Table. In the absence of the Pastor and /or Deacons, the Church may choose someone duly authorized to serve in this place.
ARTICLE VII – MEMBERSHIP
All active members of the Church are members of the corporation.
The fellowship of this Church is open to all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender, who come seeking forgiveness of sins and eternal life.
The members of this Church in full and regular standing shall consist of persons who:
ARTICLE VIII – OPERATING PRINCIPLES
Section 1. Government
The governing body of the church is its active membership.
Section 2. Qualifications
Any person holding an office in the Church (as stated in the bylaws) excluding auxiliary organization of the Church, must be an active member of the Church.
ARTICLE IX – CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
Section 1. Amendments
Amendments to the constitution are adopted by a vote of ¾ of the active adult (16 years of age or older) members present and voting at a duly called meeting, provided that the following criteria are met:
Section 2. Interpretation
Matters concerning the interpretation of the provisions of this Constitution shall be referred to the Board of Deacons for recommendation to the Church.
Section 3. Superseding Previous Action
The adoption of this Constitution shall supersede and render null and void all previous constitutions.
Section 4. Effective Date
This Constitution shall be effective as of December 1, 2021.
A Covenant Relationship is a voluntary agreement by members of this Church body whereby each promises to conduct their lives in such a way as to glorify God and promote the mission of His Church. Every member should study it carefully, refer to it often, and seek to live by it. The Church Covenant shall be accepted by new members prior to giving the right hand of fellowship.
Having been led by the Holy Spirit to receive our Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, and having been baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, in the presence of God we choose to enter into this covenant with one another.
We desire to be a fellowship of believers who actively seek the salvation of the lost, enable the growth of each believer in discipleship and maturity, warmly welcome all people, support and nurture individuals and families, and minister the love of Christ to this community. To this end we commit ourselves to:
Desiring a close walk with Christ in our personal life we pledge ourselves to:
Believing that we have special responsibilities to the Church family we pledge ourselves to:
LEBO BAPTIST CHURCH
ARTICLE I – MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Admission of members.
Persons may be received into membership by any of the following methods; subject in each case to a vote of the Church:
Section 2. Types of Membership
The membership of the Church shall be designated as resident, non-resident, and watchcare.
Section 2. Duties
Every member of the Church is expected to perform the following duties:
Section 3. Intervention and Discipline of Members
Occasionally there may be a need for intervention in a member’s life to help him/her face and deal with a situation that is destructive within the body of Christ. These guidelines are neither procedures or rules. Their purpose is to help each person experience the love of God and the abundant life He wishes all to experience.
The Scriptures direct the Church to intervene and discipline members so that it is obedient to the Word, maintains the reputation of Christ, sustains the integrity of the Church, and meets the needs of the member.
Section 3. Dismissal of Members
Persons may be dismissed from membership, without any name being removed from the Church records, by any of the following methods:
Section 4. Inactive Members
ARTICLE II – ELECTED OFFICERS
Section 1. Election and Expectations
Section 2. Moderator
Section 3. Church Clerk
Section 4. Treasurer
Section 5. Superintendent of the Church School/Sunday School (Pastor)
Section 5. Head Usher
Section 6. Events Coordinator
ARTICLE III – ELECTED BOARDS/COMMITTEES
Section 1. Boards and Committees
Section 1. Common Criteria
Section 2. Executive Committee
Section 3. Worship Committee
Section 4. Pulpit Committee
Section 5. Pastoral Relations Board
Section 6. Finance Committee
Section 7. Nominating Committee
Section 8. Miscellaneous Committees
Committees appointed by the various Boards shall be considered as Church Committees.
Section 9. Board of Deacons
Section 10. Board of Trustees
Section 11. Board of Christian Education
Section 12. Board of Mission/Evangelism?
Section 14. Auxiliary Organizations
The Presidents of the various auxiliary organizations of the Church (e.g. Food Pantry) need not be active members of the Church and shall be elected by a majority vote of these organizations.
ARTICLE IV – ELECTIONS
Section 1. Annual Elections
Section 2. Eligible to Vote
ARTICLE V – CHURCH STAFF
Section 1. Pastor
Section 2. Election of Pastor
Section 3. Termination of Pastor
ARTICLE VI – MEETINGS
Section 1. Devotional Meetings
Section 2. Business Meetings
Section 3. Voting
Members 16 years of age and older in good standing may participate in congregational voting.
Inactive members are excluded from voting.
The Church Clerk shall supply a current active membership list to the Moderator before the Business Meeting and Special Business Meeting.
Unless stipulated elsewhere, votes pass with a simple majority of members present.
The following situations are to be presented to the congregation for decision:
Affirmation or removal of Ministry staff
Affirmation or removal of a Deacon
Affirmation of Church Officers
Admission or removal of a member
Approval of the annual Church budget
Any action which affects the Church’s indebtedness in excess of 5% of approved budget.
Acquisition of real property
Disposition of any substantial assets of the Church
Any action which affects the Church’s affiliation (requires 2/3 majority for approval.
Amendments to the Constitution, Church Covenant, Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation.
Other matters in which the Deacon Board deems prudent to seek the advice and counsel of the congregation.
Section 4. Rules of Order
Parliamentary questions shall be decided according to Robert’s Rules of Order.
ARTICLE VI – OFFERINGS
Section 1. Unified Budget
Section 2. Special Offerings
Special offerings for other projects may be taken only with the concurrence of the Deacons.
Section 3. Deacon’s Fund
ARTICLE VII – AMENDMENTS
Section 1. Rules for Amendments
Amendments to these bylaws are adopted by a 2/3 vote of the active adult members present and voting at a duly called meeting, provided that the following criteria are met:
These bylaws go into effect on December 1, 2021. The Executive Committee shall review the Constitution and Bylaws annually and recommend amendments as appropriate.
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