Faith Baptist Church of Myrtle Ms. Constitution

And By-Laws

Preamble

We, the members of Faith Baptist Church of Myrtle,Ms, do hereby declare and establish this Constitution to preserve and secure the principles of our faith and to govern the body in an orderly manner, to maintain the autonomy of this church in freedom of action in relation to other churches and organizations.

Article One

NAME

This body shall be known as the Faith Baptist Church, located at Myrtle Ms.

Article Two

The Purpose of Faith Baptist Church

To rebuild the walls of Salvation and the Gates of Praise, which have been destroyed by modern evangelism of our day, such as easy believism and decisional regeneration.

To bring people to the Glorious Liberty that is found in Christ.

To bear the Cup of Salvation to the world and to preserve the true way of Salvation.

To bring forth fruit that should remain for the Glory of the Father.

To love one another with a pure heart fervently without hypocrisy being joined together as the body of Christ

To make manifest the manifold wisdom of God

Article Three

PRINCIPLES OF FAITH

We affirm that the Holy Scriptures are God’s revelation to mankind, and that it is inspired by

God, it is without error  it is an accurate record of the history and future of mankind, and that it depicts the birth, life, death and resurrection of the Savior of all mankind, our Lord Jesus Christ, and is therefore the sole basis for our faith.

We regard the scriptures of the Holy Bible as authoritative in all matters of faith, practice, and principle.

The ordinances of the church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

Article Four

GOVERNMENT OF THE CHURCH

The government of this church is vested in the body of believers who comprise it, owing allegiance only to its head and founder, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Persons duly received by the members shall constitute the membership. These members shall be individuals who have in common with the members their spiritual union with the Lord Jesus Christ and their agreement on the principles of faith contained in this document. These members, so bound together, regard one another as having equal rank and privilege as well as equal responsibility and obligation in fulfilling the purpose of this church as stated in Galatians 3:26-28.

All internal or external groups created and empowered by the church shall report to and be accountable only to the church, unless otherwise specified by church action under authority of this constitution.

At the same time, this body recognizes the rightful place of the state and pledges itself to the support of federal, state, and local governments in accordance with Romans 12:1-7 and I Peter 2:13-17.

Article Five

RELATIONSHIPS

This Church is subject to the control of no other civil or ecclesiastical body. However we recognize the benefits and sustain the obligations of mutual cooperation, which are common among Baptist churches, associations and conventions. Insofar, as practical, this body agrees to cooperate with and support the churches of Camp Liberty, Pontotoc, Mississippi, USA.

Article Six

AMENDMENTS

This Constitution may be amended, modified or repealed under the following circumstances: the proposal must be read at one regular business meeting. The proposal must then be presented at the next regular business meeting for action by the church. The proposal must be approved by two-thirds majority vote of members present voting in the affirmative.

Article Seven

SOLE AUTHORITY

There shall be no worship, education, service by members or fellowship conducted which is in conflict with this constitution. The church shall not conduct any business transaction contrary to the Constitution.

All rules, regulations, bylaws and policies previously approved, if any, by this Church, in conflict with this Constitution are each and all hereby repealed, set aside and superseded.

This Constitution shall be and is, hereby established as the sole “Constitution” for this Church. No rules, regulations, bylaws or policies may be established which conflict with this constitution.

Article Eight

Statement of Faith

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Article Nine

RATIFICATION

This constitution is hereby ordained and established for Faith Baptist Church of Myrtle Ms, by vote of the membership on ___________, 19_____.

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 Pastor, Trustee

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Trustee, Founding Member, Treasurer

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Trustee, Founding Member, Church Clerk

BY-LAWS

ARTICLE ONE

CHURCH MEMBERSHIP

Section 1: General

This is a sovereign Baptist church under the lordship of Jesus Christ. The membership retains the exclusive right of self-government in all phases of the spiritual and temporal life of this church.

The membership reserves the exclusive right to determine who shall be members of this church and the conditions of such membership.

Section 2: Candidacy

Any person may offer themselves as a candidate for membership in this church. All such candidates shall be presented to the church at any regular church service for membership in the following way:

            A person seeking membership in FaithBaptist Church must submit a written testimony of their salvation experience. Which must contain within it a place and time where they experienced repentance towards God and faith towards the Lord Jesus. The testimony will be examined first by the pastor and then by the members as a witness to the truth of salvation and for acceptance as a member of FaithBaptist Church.

Should there be any dissent concerning any candidate, such dissent shall be referred to a membership committee for investigation and recommendation to the church within thirty (30) days. A three-fourths vote of those church members present and voting shall be required to elect such candidates to membership.

Section 3: Rights of Members

1) Every member of the church is entitled to vote at all church business conferences provided the member is present and faithful in his obligation to Tithe and attend services.

2) Every member of the church may participate in the ordinances of the church as administered by the church.

Section 5: Termination of Membership

Membership shall be terminated in the following ways: (1) death of the member, (2) transfer by

letter of recommendation to another Baptist church, (3) exclusion by action of this church, or (4) erasure upon request or proof of membership in a church of another denomination.

Section 6: Discipline

It shall be the practice of this church to emphasize to its members that every reasonable measure will be taken to assist any troubled member. The pastor will be available for counsel and guidance. The attitude of members toward one another shall be guided by a concern for redemption and restoration rather than punishment.

Should some serious condition exist which would cause a member to become a liability to the general welfare and harmony of the church the pastor  will take prayerful and reasonable measures to resolve the problem following the principles found in Matthew 18:15-17. If it becomes necessary for the church to take action to exclude a member, a two-thirds vote of the members present is required; and the church may proceed to declare the person to no longer be in the membership of the church. All such proceedings shall be bathed in prayer and exhibit a spirit of Christian kindness and patience.

The church may restore to membership any person previously excluded upon request of the excluded person, and by vote of the church upon evidence of the excluded person’s repentance.

Should there be a conflict within the church that involves issues between pastor, staff, deacons, and the church membership that could destroy or hinder the work of the church, the church will call for an outside mediator to work with the parties involved to make every reasonable attempt to resolve the conflict. The church should request a mediator before the problem escalates to the point it causes a break in the unity, harmony and fellowship of the congregation.

ARTICLE TWO

CHURCH OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES

All who serve as officers of the church and those who serve on church committees shall be members of this church.

Section 1: Church Officers

The officers of this church shall be the pastor who is also the church Moderator, the church staff as elected by the church, the deacons, a clerk, a treasurer, and trustees.

1) The pastor is responsible for leading the church to function as a New Testament church. The pastor has the responsibility to lead the congregation, the organizations, and the church staff to perform their tasks. The pastor will be expected to delegate appropriate responsibilities to others to insure the work of the church is done in a consistent manner.

The pastor is leader of pastoral ministries in the church. As such he works with the deacons and the church staff to: (1) lead the church to carry out the mission and purpose of the church, (2) the proclamation of the gospel both inside and outside the church, (3) to provide appropriate care for church members.

A pastor shall be chosen and called by the church whenever a vacancy occurs. The election shall take place at a meeting called for that purpose. At least one week’s public notice shall be given before a candidate for pastor shall be presented for consideration.

A pastor search committee shall be elected by the church after prayerful consideration. Adequate time should be given to the process to help the church through the transition period.

      The pastor search committee will have the responsible for seeking the person that will fulfill the pastor’s role for the congregation. The recommendation of the pastor search committee will constitute a nomination. Any church member has the privilege of making other nominations depending on the policies and procedures established by the church. The committee shall bring for the consideration of the church only one name at a time. Election shall be by ballot, an affirmative vote of three fourths of those present and voting (unless previous arrangements are made for absentee balloting) is required to call (elect) the pastor.

The individual called to fill the pastor’s role shall serve until the relationship is terminated by their request or the church’s request. The pastor shall preside at meetings of the church unless another staff member or church member has been designated to fill that role. If so designated the pastor may serve as moderator in all business meetings in keeping with the rules of order authorized in these bylaws.

The pastor may relinquish the office of pastor by giving at least two weeks’ notice to the church at the time of resignation.

The church may declare the office of pastor to be vacant. Such action shall take place at a meeting called for that purpose with at least one week’s public notice given. Such meeting should take place only after the church has followed the Matthew 18:15-17 principles and/or the church has sought help through mediation. The meeting may be called upon the recommendation of a majority of the personnel committee and the deacons or by written petition signed by not less than one fourth of the resident church members. The moderator for this meeting shall be designated by the members present and elected by majority vote. The moderator shall be someone other than the pastor. The vote to declare the office vacant shall be by secret ballot; an affirmative vote of two thirds of the members present being necessary to declare the office vacant. Except in instances of gross misconduct by the pastor so excluded from office, the church will compensate the pastor with not less than one twelfth of the pastor’s annual compensation. The termination shall be immediate and the compensation shall be paid in not more than thirty days.

            2)The church shall elect  a clerk as its clerical officer. The clerk shall be responsible for keeping a suitable record of all official actions of the church, except as otherwise provided in these by-laws. The clerk shall be responsible for keeping a register of names of members, with dates of admission, dismissals, death or erasure, together with a record of baptisms. The clerk shall issues of dismissal approved by the church, preserve on file all communications and written official reports, and give required notice of all meetings where notice is necessary, as indicated in these by-laws.

The church may delegate some of the clerical responsibilities to a church secretary or ministry assistant who will assist the elected clerk. All church records are church property and shall be kept in the church office when an office is maintained.

            3)The church shall elect a church treasurer as its financial officer. It shall be the duty of the treasurer to receive, preserve, and pay out, upon receipt of invoices or vouchers approved and signed by authorized personnel, all money or things of value paid or given to the church, keeping at all times an itemized account of all receipts and disbursements. It shall be the duty of the treasurer to provide to the church at each regular business meeting an itemized report of the receipts and disbursements during the period between business meetings. The treasurer’s report and records shall be audited annually by an audit committee or public accountant.

Upon completion of the audit at the end of the fiscal year and its acceptance and approval by the church, the records shall be delivered by the treasurer to the church clerk, who shall Keep and preserve the account as a part of the permanent records of the church.

            4)The church shall elect three or more trustees to serve as legal officers for the church. They shall hold in trust the church property. Upon a specific vote of the church authorizing each action, they shall have the power to buy, sell, mortgage, lease or transfer any church property. When the signatures of the trustees are required, they shall sign legal documents related to the above items only upon the approval and at the direction of the church body in business meeting.

Trustees shall serve at the discretion of the pastor for as long as he deems fit upon the approval of the church.

ARTICLE THREE

CHURCH ORDINANCES

Section 1: Baptism

This church shall receive for baptism any person who has publicly professed faith in Jesus Christ as Savior during any worship service, and who indicates a commitment to follow Christ as Lord.

1) Baptism shall be by immersion in water

2) The pastor, or any one so designated by the church shall administer baptism

3) Baptism shall be administered as an act of worship during any worship service of the church

                  4) Baptism will only be administered to those who have submitted a written testimony of                                    salvation to the church.

Section 2: The Lord’s Supper

The church shall observe the Lord’s Supper as often as the Holy Spirit leads the pastor to do so and it not to become common place and a vain repetition.

ARTICLE FOUR

AMENDMENTS

Changes in the constitution and by-laws may be made at any regular business meeting of the church provided each amendment shall have been presented in writing at a previous business meeting and copies of the proposed amendment shall have been furnished to each member present at the time the amendments were first presented. Amendments to the constitution shall be by a two-thirds vote of church members present. Amendments to the by-laws shall be adopted by a majority vote of the members present and voting.

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