By Laws

 

Spiritual Gifts:  We believe that God the Holy Spirit, in grace and apart from human merit, sovereignly bestows spiritual gifts to believers in this dispensation.  Some of the permanent spiritual gifts which exist today are Pastor-Teacher, ministering, governments, helps, giving, and showing of mercy.  We further believe that the temporary spiritual gifts ceased with the completion of the Canon of Scripture.  These include: Apostleship, prophecy, speaking in tongues, interpreting tongues, healing and working of miracles.  (1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 4:7-12; Ro. 12:4-8)  Any member practicing these temporary gifts shall be subject to immediate dismissal.   

 

                                                           

TENETS

 

This Church shall not at any time become a member, sanction, or support the National Council of Churches of Christ in America, the World Council of Churches, or any other such organizations.

 

This Church shall not solicit anyone to become a member.  Those who desire to affiliate with this church may do so by complying with the provision of Article V.

 

This Church shall not require contributions or pledges among the members.

 

Article IV

Government

 

The spiritual leadership of this Church is vested in the Pastor-Teacher solely, whose absolute authority is derived from the scripture (1 Tim. 5:17; Tit. 3:5). 

 

The daily administration of the affairs of this Church, including the interpretation of these By-Laws is vested in the Board of Deacons, under the advice of the Pastor-Teacher except as hereafter provided

(See Article VIII-Deacon Duties).

 

Article V

Membership

 

Qualifications for Membership:  A person shall qualify for membership who: (a) believes in the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior, (b) agrees to be governed in Church affiliation by these By-Laws and its duly adopted amendments (c) acknowledges and accepts the authority of the Pastor-Teacher.

 

Receiving Members:  Any person desiring to become a member of this Church, who makes such a request to the Pastor or any Deacon, and who meets the qualifications of this Article, shall be received as a member into the membership of this Church.

 

Voting Member:  The voting members shall be limited to those members who are 18 years old or older. 

 

Membership Roll:  A member may be removed from the membership roll by action of the Pastor-Teacher with a two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the Deacon Board.  Reinstatement, after a time period of one week, shall follow the same procedure as Qualifications for Membership.

 

Article VI

Bible Class Services

 

Bible Class services shall be held when and as often as the Pastor-Teacher determines, or in the event a vacancy in the office of Pastor-Teacher exists, as the Deacons may determine.  The Pastor-Teacher shall be the final authority in the regulation of all aspects of these Bible Class services if he is able and available.

 

Article VII

Business Meetings of the Members

 

Place:  All business meetings of the members shall be held at the principal place of Bible Class services of this Church, unless otherwise specified in any notice.

 

Time of Annual Meeting:  There shall be an annual business meeting of the members within 90 days after the end of the calendar year, the exact date to be determined by the Deacons and called in the manner prescribed for special business meetings of the membership.

 

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