Church Membership Covenant

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.

We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.

We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to abstain from all appearances of evil; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Saviour.

We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Saviour, to secure it without delay.

We moreover engage that, when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.

Articles of Faith

I. THE SCRIPTURES

A. STATEMENT

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men supernaturally inspired; that is has truth without any admixture of error for its matter; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man; the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.

B. DEFINITION

1. By “The Holy Bible”, we mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation, which as originally written, does not only contain and convey the Word of God, but IS the very Word of God.

2. By “inspiration”, we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and are free from error, as no other writings have been or ever will be inspired.
(Ps. 19:7-11; Ps. 119:89, 105, 130, 160; Prov. 30:5,6; Isa. 8:20; Luke 16:31; Luke 24:25-27, 44,45; John 5:39, 45-47; John 12:48; John 17:17; Acts 1:16; Acts 28:25; Romans 3:4; Romans 15:4; Eph. 6:17; II Tim. 3:16, 17; I Peter 1:19-21; Rev. 22:19.)

II. THE TRUE GOD

We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God; an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the Maker and Supreme ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unit of the godhead there are three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.\
(Gen. 17:1; Ex., 15:1; Ex. 20:2, 3; Ps. 83:18; Ps. 90:2; Ps. 147:5; Jer. 10:10; Matt. 28:19; Mark 12:30; John 4:24; John 15:26; Romans 11:33-36; I Cor. 12:4-6; Eph. 4:6; I Tim. 1:17; Rev. 4:11.)

III. THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

The Second Person of the Triune God is the Son whose name is the Lord Jesus Christ. He existed eternally with the Father, and at the time of his incarnation, without change in His deity, became a man through the miracle of His divine conception and virgin birth. He lived a sinless, impeccable life, died a substitutionary death for all men; was buried and rose from the grave physically the third day. He ascended into Heaven; is presently fulfilling His intercessory and mediatorial ministry; and has promised to return to rapture the church prior to the Tribulation, at the conclusion of which He will institute His Davidic reign over Israel and the nations.
(Matthew 1:20-25; Matthew 17:5; Luke 1:26-35; John 8:28; John 14:3; I Cor. 15:4; I Thess. 4:13-18; Heb. 4:15; Heb. 9:24; Heb. 10:12; I John 2:2.)

IV. THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; equal with God the Father and God the son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world, He restrains the Evil One until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that he convicts of sin, of judgment, and of righteousness; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; that He seals, baptizes, endures, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer.
(Gen. 1:1-3; Matt. 3:11; Matt. 28:19; Mark 1:8; Luke 1:35; Luke 3:16; Luke 24:49; John 1:33; John 3:5,6; John 14:16, 17,26; John 15:26,27; John 16:8-11, 13; Acts 5:30-32; Acts 11:16; Romans 8:14, 16, 26, 27; Eph. 1:13, 14; II Thess. 2:7, 13; Heb. 9;14; I Peter 1:2.)

V. THE DEVIL OR SATAN

We believe that Satan was once holy and enjoyed heavenly honors; but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels; that he is now the malignant prince of the power of the air, and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man’s great tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power of the present apostasy, the lord of the anti-Christ and the author of all the powers of darkness – destined however to final defeat at the hand of God’s Son, and to the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.
(Isa. 14;12-15; Ezek. 28:14-17; Matt. 4:1-3; Matt. 13:25, 37, 39; Matt. 25:41; Mark 13:21, 22; Luke 22:3, 4; John 14:30; II Cor. 11:13-15; Eph 2:2; I Thess. 3:5; II Thess 2:8-11; I Peter 5:8; II Peter 2:4; I John 2:22; I John 3:8; I John 4:3; II John 7; Jude 6; Rev. 12:7-10; Rev. 13:13, 14; Rev. 19:11, 16, 20; Rev. 20:1-3, 10.)

VI. THE CREATION

We believe in the Genesis account of creation, and that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively; that man was created directly in God’s own image and after His own likeness; that man’s creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all animal and vegetable life was made directly, and God’s established law was that they should bring forth only “after their kind”.
(Gen. 1:1, 11, 24, 26, 27; Gen. 2:21-23; Ex. 20:11; Neh. 9:6; Jer. 10:12; John 1:3; Acts 4:24; Acts 17:23-26; Romans 1:20; Col. 1:16, 17; Heb. 11:3; Rev. 10:6.)

A. FALL OF MAN

We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression, fell from his sinless and happy state, in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but of choice; and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
(Gen. 3:1-6, 24; Ezek. 18:19, 20; Romans 1:18, 20, 28, 32; Romans 3:10-19; Romans 5:12, 19; Gal. 3:22; Eph. 2:1, 3.)

B. THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED

We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as are justified through faith in the name of the Lord Jesus and sanctified by the Spirit of our God are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in inpenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse. This distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.
(Gen. 18:23; Prov. 11:31; Prov. 14:32; Mal. 3:18; Matt. 7:13, 14; Matt. 25:34, 41; Luke 9;26; Luke 16:25; John 8:21; John 12:25; Acts 10:34, 35; Romans 1:17; Romans 6:16-18; 23; Roman 7:6; I Cor. 15:22; Gal. 3:10; I Peter 4;18; I John 2:29; I John 3:7; I John 5:19.)

VII. SALVATION

A. THE ATONEMENT

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by the appointment of the Father freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement of our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ the Lord bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; that, having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection. He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Saviour.
(Isa. 53:4-7, 11, 12; Matt. 18:11; John 3:16; John 10;18; Acts 15;11; Romans 3;24, 25; I Cor 15:3, 20; II Cor. 5:21; Gal. 1:4; Eph. 2:8; Phil. 2;7, 8; Heb. 2;14; Heb. 7:25; Heb. 9:12-15; Heb. 12:2; I Peter 2:24; I Peter 3:18; I John 2:2; I John 4:10.)

B. THE GRACE OF GOD IN THE NEW CREATION

We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.
(Luke 5:27; John 1:12, 13; John 3:3, 6-8; Acts 2:41; Acts 16:30-33; Romans 6:23; II Cor. 5:17, 19; Gal. 5:22; Eph. 2:1; Col. 2:13; II Peter 1:4; I John 5:1.)

C. THE FREENESS OF SALVATION

We believe in God’s electing grace; that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith; that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
(Isa. 55:1, 6, 7; Matt. 11:28; John 3:15, 16, 18, 36; John 5:40; John 6:37; Acts 2:38; Romans 8:20, 30; Romans 10;13; I Cor. 15:10; Eph. 2:4, 5; Col. 3:12; I Thess. 1:4; I Tim. 1:15; Titus 1:1; I Peter 1:2; Rev. 22:17.)

D. JUSTIFICATION

We believe that the great gospel blessing, which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done; but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood is His righteousness imputed unto us.
(Isa. 53:11; Hab. 2:4; Zech. 13:1; Acts 13:39; Romans 1:17; Romans 4:1-8; Romans 5:1, 9; Romans 8:1; Gal. 3:11; Titus 3:5-7; Heb. 10:38.)

E. REPENTANCE AND FAITH

We believe that repentance and faith are solemn obligations, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God; thereby, being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Savior.
(Ps. 51:1-4, 7; Isa. 55:6, 7; Mark 1:15; Luke 12:8; Luke 18:13; Acts 2:37, 38; Acts 20:20; Rom. 10:9-11, 13.)

F. PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS

We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment of Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professions; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation.
(Ps. 121:3; Matt. 6:30; Matt. 13:19-21; John 8:31, 32; John 10:28, 29; John 16:8; Romans 8:28, 35-39; Phil. 1:6; Col. 1;21-23; Heb. 1:14; I Peter 1:15; I John 2:19.)

VIII. THE CHURCH

We believe that a church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers are pastors or elders and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe the true mission of the church is found in the Great Commission; first, to make individual disciples; second to build up the church; third, to teach and instruct, as He has commanded. We do not believe in the reversal of this order we hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government free from interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to co-operate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel; that every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its co-operation; on all matters of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final.
(Lev. 27:32; Mal. 3:10; Matt. 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41, 42; Acts 6:5, 6; Acts 14:23; Acts 15:22, 23; Acts 20:17-28; I Cor. 5:11-13; I Cor. 6:1-3; I Cor. 8:11; I Cor. 11:2; I Cor. 12:4; I Cor. 16:1, 2; II Cor 8:23, 24; Eph. 1:22, 23; Eph. 4:11; Eph. 5:23, 24; Col. 1:18; I Tim. 3:1-13; I Peter 5:1-4; Jude 3, 4.)

A. BAPTISM

We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a born-again believer, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, to show forth in solemn and beautiful emblem their faith in the crucified, buried, risen, and coming Saviour, with its effect in their death to sin and resurrection to a new life and that it is a prerequisite that the Church will receive into its membership those who have been truly born again, and then baptized (immersed) in obedience to the command of Christ.
(Matt. 3:6, 16; Matt. 28:18, 20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41, 42; Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-5; Col. 2:12.)

B. LORD’S SUPPER

We believe the Lord’s Supper to be an ordinance of the church in which born-again believers, by the sacred use of bread and juice, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination. We, hereby, declare that the Church invites other Christians, who, after self-examination, to participate in our communion service.
(Matt. 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19, 20; Acts 2:42; I Cor. 10:16; I Cor. 11:23-28.)

IX. CIVIL GOVERNMENT

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of the Lord Jesus Christ; who is the only Lord of the consciences, and the coming Prince of the kings of the earth.
(Ex. 18:21, 22; II Sam 23:3; Ps. 72:11; Dan. 3:17, 18; Matt. 10:28; Matt. 22:21; Matt. 23:10; Acts 4:19, 20; Acts 5:29; Acts 23:5; Romans 13:1-7; Phil. 2:10, 11; Titus 3:1; I Peter 2:13, 14, 17.)

X. FUTURE EVENTS

We believe that at death the spirits and souls of believers pass instantly into the presence of Christ and remain in conscious joy until the resurrection of the body when Christ comes for His own.
(I Cor. 15:50-58; II Cor. 5:6-8; I Thess. 4:13-18.)

The blessed hope of the believer is the imminent, personal pretribulational, pre-millennial appearance of Christ to rapture the church. His righteous judgments will then be poured out on an unbelieving world during the Tribulation, the last half of which is the Great Tribulation. The climax of this fearful era will be the physical return of Jesus Christ to the earth in great glory to introduce the Davidic Kingdom. Israel will be saved and restored to national superiority. Satan will be bound and the curse will be lifted from the physical creation. Following the Millennium, the Great white Throne judgment will occur, at which time the bodies and souls of the wicked dead shall be re-united and cast into the Lake of Fire. Jesus Christ shall reign forever and forever as Lord of Lord and King of Kings.
(Isa. 11:1, 2; Matt. 24:29, 30; I Thess. 4:13-18; II Thess. 2:1-12; I John 4:3; Rev. 3:10; Rev. 20:2, 3, 11-15.)

CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS

I. CHURCH ORDER

A. RECEPTION OF MEMBERS

1. Any person professing faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, giving evidence of a change of heart, and adopting the views of faith and practice held by this church as set forth in this document, may upon baptism by immersion be received into its membership.

2. Members from other churches holding the same faith may be received by letter of recommendation and dismissal from their respective churches. If the person for various reasons is unable to secure a letter, he may be received by giving satisfactory evidence of Christian life and conduct.

3. Any member whose name is in the inactive file of the church, or who has been excluded from church membership, may upon making satisfactory explanation to the church be restored to full membership.

4. All candidates for membership shall be examined by the Pastor and then be presented before the members of this church for reception. Three-fourths must vote in favor of reception.

B. REMOVAL OF MEMBERS

1. Members may be removed upon three-fourths vote of the present and active voting members of this church in one of the following ways:

a. By death of the member. This shall be so recognized.

b. By request of member.

c. Unscriptural conduct or radical departure from the Articles of Faith held by the Church shall be considered sufficient grounds upon which such member may be removed from the church roll. (Romans 16:17, 18; I Cor. 5:11; Gal. 1:8, 9) The action to remove a member from the church roll shall at all times be first recommended by the Pastor and deacons and be voted upon by three-fourths majority of those present and active members voting at any business meeting of the church.

d. When a member is out of fellowship as provided in subparagraph (c) above, such person shall be dealt with in accordance with Matthew 18:15-18; he shall thereafter be notified by letter of the action of the church.

C. INACTIVE MEMBERS

A member shall be considered inactive if such person has not attended any service for more than three (3) months in succession without just cause. All questions herein will be decided by Pastor and deacons.

D. OUR GOAL IN MEMBERSHIP

1. That we strive to have a Regenerated church membership (John 3:16).

2. That we strive to have a Spiritual church membership (Matthew 5:48; Romans 8:1-9).

3. That we strive to have a Separated church membership (John 17:14, 15; I John 2:15).

4. That we strive to have a Compassionate church membership (John 20:21).

E. DUTIES OF MEMBERS

1. The government of this church is by its members.

2. To work towards the acquisition of scriptural knowledge, constant progress in grace and spirituality, consistency in conduct and the control of unholy temper.

3. To pray for their Pastor, to manifest a tender regard for his reputation, and also to pray for the work of the church that many souls will be saved and that those who are saved might be rooted and grounded and built up in the faith.

4. All members should bring themselves to the realization that we are a part of the body of our Lord Jesus, that we are of the household of Faith, and that in God’s sight we are brothers and sisters. It is therefore our duty to love each other as such, to love and pray for our church as our earthly home, and to strive to honor our Lord in all we do, say, or act, bearing in mind that we are epistles of Christ, known and read by men.

5. To contribute according as God has proposed toward the maintenance of the church and its missionary program; and in general, assist in bearing expenses and sharing the duties and services of this congregation.

F. MEETINGS OF THIS CHURCH

1. The congregation shall meet regularly every LORD’S DAY for public worship.

2. The congregation shall meet at least once in each week for prayer service.

3. The ordinance of the Lord’s Supper shall be observed monthly, and at such other times as the church shall designate.

4. Regarding business meetings:

a. Regular business meeting shall be held at least monthly. The last meeting of each calendar year shall be designated the annual meeting of the church. The agenda for the annual meeting shall include the election of officers and the approval of the budget for the next calendar year.

b. Special meetings may be called when necessary, providing two weeks notice has been give.

c. An emergency business meeting may be called at any regular service by the Pastor Moderator, with the consent of three-fourths of the voting members present. This business meeting must have a specific agenda set and no new items of business may be brought up at this meeting.

d. These meetings shall be conducted in a decent and orderly way.

(1) Every business meeting shall be opened and closed by prayer.

(2) No second motion shall be entertained until the one under consideration has been disposed of, expect a motion of amendment, adjournment or “puts the question.”

(3) Any speaker who introduces any matter foreign to the subject under discussion shall be ruled out of order.

(4) Discourteous language or remarks adapted to injure the reputation or feelings of any member shall be ruled out of order and shall forfeit the speaker’s right to the floor.

(5) The moderator may speak upon any subject under discussion.

(6) Every active member wishing to speak shall rise and respectfully address the moderator.

(7) Every proposition presented for action of the church must be introduced by motion of one member and seconded by another.

(8) No member shall speak more than twice upon the same subject.

(9) All questions shall be decided by a majority vote, unless otherwise specified in this constitution.

(10) All church members 18 years of age and over are eligible to vote.

II. OFFICERS OF THE CHURCH

We believe the scriptures require only two offices in the church: the pastor and deacons, and we accept them as God-given.

A. THE PASTOR

1. Calling of a Pastor:

a. the Pastor is to be chosen and called by the church whenever a vacancy occurs. His election shall take place at a regular meeting called for the purpose, of which at least one week’s public notice shall be given. The deacons of the church shall be the pulpit committee to seek out a suitable pastor, and their recommendation will constitute a nomination, though any member has the privilege of making other nominations. The committee shall bring to the consideration of the church only one man at a time.

b. Election shall be by ballot, an affirmative vote of three-fourth of those present and voting being necessary to a choice. A quorum of 30% of the voting membership must be present at this meeting. The pastor thus elected shall serve until the relationship is terminated for some reason. The Pastor’s terms of office shall be indefinite.

2. Termination of Pastoral Relationship:

a. The pastoral relationship may be terminated by the pastor – after having given the church 30 days written notice of his desire to close his pastorate.

b. The pastoral relationship may be terminated by the church – after it has given the pastor 30 days notice of its desire to close his pastorate. The church may give notice if the majority of members at a regular or called business meeting vote to terminate the ministry.

3. Duties of the Pastor:

a. It shall be the duty of the Pastor to preach at the meetings of the church; to administer the ordinances of the gospel; to act as moderator at business meetings; to have in charge the welfare and oversight of the church. The Pastor will be responsible for any speakers in the church for any regular meeting of the church, or for any protracted meeting, or a missionary conference, or an evangelistic campaign. The pastor shall be responsible for the selection of the pianist and musical program. The Pastor shall be an “ex-officio” member of any board. He shall be the Sunday School Superintendent and may appoint an Assistant Sunday School superintendent. The Sunday School Superintendent will appoint Sunday School teaches, Department Heads, and has authority to dismiss them if necessary.

b. The Pastor shall be the moderator of the church; he may call the Deacons or the church together for special meetings to transact the business of the church; he shall devote his time and energies to the welfare of the church; he shall receive such compensation as the church may decide.

B. THE DEACONS

1. There shall be two or more deacons (the maximum number determined by pastor and deacons) whose term of office shall be two (2) years. After serving two consecutive terms as deacon, a member must wait one year before becoming eligible to stand for re-election. They shall be recommended by the Pastor and incumbent deacons and be voted on by the church at each annual meeting.

2. It shall be a duty of the Board of Deacons to meet once each month. They shall select a chairman and a secretary from among their own number. The Secretary shall keep a record of the minutes and proceedings of all meetings. The chairman of the Board of Deacons shall act as Moderator of the church in the absence or removal of the pastor. The Pastor and Board of Deacons shall constitute a standing committee for the purpose of examining questionable applications for membership and to which all matters of discipline shall be referred. The deacons shall act as a nominating committee for church Clerk, Treasurer, and Trustees. It shall be a duty of the deacons to seek out such members of the church who need pecuniary assistance and to use the alms of the church for their relief, to visit the sick, to prepare and distribute the elements of the Lord’s Supper, to have general supervision of the spiritual interest of the church, to provide for the Service of Worship, and to cooperate with and assist the pastor in the performance of his duties. It shall have charge of the sale and distribution of all literature or other articles, and shall have charge of the library. The Board of Deacons shall recommend the pastor’s remuneration and all items of missionary payments to the church. The board of Deacons shall act in an advisory capacity concerning all matters of church business, and in the employing and dismissing of staff members. At the direction of the Board of Deacons monies shall be received, counted and deposited to the account of the church.

3. The Board of Trustees shall be composed of two deacons (or more) selected annually by the Board of Deacons and approved by the church. This Board shall act in an advisory capacity in all matters concerning legal transactions and church properties. The Chairman of the Board of Deacons will act as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and shall be the President of the Corporation.

C. OTHER ELECTED OFFICES

1. Clerk: The Clerk shall be elected to a term of one year and may be reelected without limitation. The Clerk shall keep a complete record of all of the official acts of the church, shall affix the church seal to and certify all documents upon order of the church, and shall keep a complete and accurate registry of the active, inactive, and erased membership of the church.

2. Treasurer: The Treasurer shall be elected to a term of one year and may be reelected without limitation. The Treasurer shall keep an accurate account of the receipt and disbursement of all church funds, shall disburse church funds only by the approval of the church, and shall give a report of the church treasure at all regular business meetings.

3. Head Usher: The head Usher shall be elected to a term of two years and may be reelected without limitation. The head usher shall be responsible for maintaining a secure, friendly, and orderly environment at all meetings and services of the church.

III. ORGANIZATIONS

A. The church regards as integral parts of itself all organizations formed to carry out its activities and which use the facilities of the church. The Pastor and Board of Deacons will have general oversight over such organizations and may ask for the written reports whenever desired.

B. Organizations may be formed upon the approval of the Board of Deacons and must conform to the spirit, policy, and teachings of the church.

C. Officers of all organizations of the church, including sponsors of children, youth, and adult activities, shall be members in good standing and be approved by the Board of Deacons and Pastor.

IV. AMENDMENTS

This Constitution and By-Laws may be amended at any regular or special meeting of the church by a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting, provided that the amendments do not conflict with the Articles of Incorporation. Notice of intention to amend with proposed amendment or amendments shall be made in writing and announced from the pulpit at all church worship services on the two Sundays immediately preceding the meeting. The Articles of Faith are irrevocable.

V. INDEPENDENT, FUNDAMENTAL BAPTIST CHURCH

This church, now, or in the future, shall never in any manner become officially connected with any convention or association, but shall remain as an Independent, Fundamental Baptist Church.

VI. BIBLE VERSIONS

There are three qualities which make a good translation: accuracy, clarity, and style. It should translate primarily accurately (formal equivalence) by faithfulness to the original languages, and secondarily with clarity (readability) by revealing, not obscuring the meaning of the text.

The Geneva Bible, the King James Version (KJV), the New King James Version (NKJV), the New American Standard Bible (NASB), and the English Standard Version (ESV) are authorized for use in the teaching and pulpit ministries at Grace Baptist Church. Exceptions are only brief citations of other versions.