New Hampton Christian Church
In writing this Constitution and these Bylaws, the male form (he, him, his,) has been used in referring to individual of unspecified gender. It is felt that the extensive use of phrases such as him or her, she or he, etc. would tend to distracts readers. It is hoped that the choice in this matter will not be understood to reflect beliefs concerning the appropriateness of gender roles.
Doctrine of Faith
Our beliefs and their scriptural reference are as follows:
GOD -- We believe there is one living GOD eternally existent in three persons, GOD the FATHER, GOD the SON, GOD the HOLY SPIRIT who is the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth.
I Corinthians 8:4-6, Isaiah 45:18, John 4:24
JESUS -- We believe that Jesus Christ is GOD incarnate, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, He lived a sinless life and offered himself as a substitute sacrifice for sinners through his blood for the redemption and forgiveness of our sins that we might have life everlasting. He was raised bodily on the third day and descended to the right hand of the Father, there to make intercession for the saints. Luke 1:30-38 Corinthians 15:1-28, Romans 8:34.
THE HOLY SPIRIT — WE believe that the HOLY SPIRIT is a divine person equal with GOD the Father and GOD the Son. HE graciously equips the Christian for godly living and service through conviction of sin, of righteousness and of judgment, and a seal which guides, teaches witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer. We also believe that signs and wonders, as well as all the gifts of the HOLY SPIRIT work today to empower and edify the body of believers of the church. John 14:26. Titus 3:3-7, Acts 2:1-4, 8-39
CREATION WE believe the Genesis account of creation and that man came by direct creation of GOD. Genesis, chapters 1 & 2.
FAITH AND SALVATION — We believe that faith in the LORD JESUS is the only condition for salvation. “Salvation is by HIS GRACE, not by works. By accepting HIM we become anew creation. Romans
10:8 -13 , John 3:16-17, Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 John 1:7-9.
RESURRECTION WE believe in the resurrection of the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting damnation. Matt. 25:46, Luke 16:19-31, Daniel 12:2THE LOCAL CHURCH --- WE believe the true mission of the Church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity with church discipline guidelines as provided in the HOLY BIBLE. “Col. 1:15-18, Matt 25:31-40, Mark 16:15-20, Matt. 18:15-20,11 Timothy 3:10-17 & 4-5, Galatians 6:1-5
ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH — We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s
Supper are two ordinances of the church to be observed until the time of Christ’s return.
They are not a means of salvation but are channels of GOD’S sanctifying grace and
blessing to the faithful in CHRIST JESUS. Acts 2:42, 10:44-48, Corinthians 11:23-29,1
Peter 3:21-22, Matthew 26:26-29.
DAILY LIFE We believe in the GREAT COMMANDMENT as the basis for carrying out our daily
activities of living. Matthew 22:37-40, Mark 12:30-31
SATAN — We believe a literal Satan rebelled against GOD and is at work with his
demonic hosts in the world today. Satan was judged and defeated at the cross of
CHRIST. Jesus gave his body, the church, all authority over Satan and his demonic host.
John 19:28-30, Ephesians 6:10-18, 1 John 3:8.
The name of this church shall be the “NEW HAMPTON CHRISTIAN CHURCH, an independent body of believers committed to principles of GOD as found in the SCRIPTURES of the HOLY BIBLE.
The purpose of this organization shall be as revealed in the New Testament to win people to faith in JESUS CHRIST and commit actively to the church by helping them to:
•grow in the knowledge of CHRIST so that increasingly they may know and do HIS will, •work for the unity of all Christians and with them engage in the common task of building the KINDOM of GOD through the working of the HOLY SPIRIT.
The members of this church shall consist of those individuals who through public confession of faith and baptism have previously been identified as members of the congregation of this church. All future membership in this church shall be upon confession of faith and baptism or transfer of membership from another church which recognizes the one true LIVING GOD as SUPREME FATHER and JESUS the CFIRIST, SON of GOD, and the SAVIOR of all through the power and anointing of the HOLY SPI RIT.
Voting members shall be those church members who are 1 8 years of age and older.
The general administration of the church shall be vested in a body known as the “Church Governing Board”. This board shall consist of the Pastor, Church officers and members entrusted to office based on qualifications listed in the Bible (1 Timothy 3:1-13). The officers of the church shall be the chairman, vice chairman, secretary, and treasurer. All members of the “Church Governing Board” shall be members of the church.
Regular business meetings shall be held at stated intervals, at least once each quarter. The annual business meeting shall be held as near to the first of the year as feasible. At the annual meeting written reports shall be submitted by the pastor and by each organization of the church. Audited financial reports shall be submitted by the treasurer of the church and by each of its organizations. Officers for the ensuing year shall be elected by consensus.
Notice of all congregational business meetings shall be mailed to members not less than
* *two weeks prior to the meeting and shall include the date, place, time of the meeting, and an annotated agenda of business to be transacted
Records shall be kept of all property, real estate and equipment for the purpose of security, insurance, and meeting all legal requirements as defined by 501-3C statutes. In the event of dissolution, all property shall be sold as required to pay all outstanding debts and the remainder donated to an organization serving the body of Christ.
Amendments not in conflict with the church’s stated principles and policies will be adopted by consensus of those present in an annual meeting of the church, providing the proposed amendment(s) was mailed to the membership at least 30 days prior. All amendments must first be approved by consensus of the Governing Board before being submitted to the church membership.
All leadership of this church must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money, and holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience. Ephesians 3:14-21.
The feeder, protector, and guide, or shepherd, of a flock of God’s people in New Testament times. In speaking of spiritual gifts, the apostle Paul wrote that Christ gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers” (Eph. 4:11).
The Greek word translated “pastors” in (Ephesians 4:11) is used elsewhere in the New Testament of sheepherders, literally or symbolically (Matt. 25:32); of Jesus, the Good Shepherd (John 10); and of “shepherds,’ or leaders, of the church (Eph. 4:11).
The spiritual leader/leaders of this church shall be called “Pastors”.
Elders are considered the most qualified to hold places of leadership by virtue of their age, experience, and authority, as well as specific leadership roles. The Eldership of this church includes all those seated on the Church Governing Board. Titus 1:5-9
Deacons are lay persons full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, servants in the ministries of the church. A deacon keeps in close touch with the families of the church to make certain they are involved in church life and are ministered to promptly at times of special need. I Timothy 3:8-13
Deacons in this church are involved in leadership of the various ministries as appointed by the Church Governing Board.
A female believer serving in the position of a Deacon. Romans 16:1
It is the hope and intention that all decisions of this church will be researched, discussed and then acted upon by consensus. Definitions are: “an opinion or position reached by a group as a whole”, “the quality or condition of being in complete agreement or harmony”, and “agreement of the majority in sentiment or belief’. Acts 2:46-47, 15:25
In situations where decisions are required and complete agreement cannot be reached, it shall be considered a consensus when a supermajority of 70% is reached by voting.
A Greek word “sozo” pronounced “sod-zo” translated “salvation” means forgiveness of sins, healing, deliverance, and prosperity (spirit, soul and body). Psalms 103:1-8, Mark 16:15-18,Galatians 1:4,1 Peter 2:24
Thc Governing Board of thc
New Hampton Christian Church
Name - Purpose
The name of this corporation shall be the New Hampton Christian Church. The general purpose of this corporation shall be for the promotion of the welfare, goals and programs of the New Hampton Christian Church (hereinafter referred to as the “Church”). The purposes for which the Church is organized are strictly educational, charitable, benevolent, cultural, scientific and not-for-profit as stated in the Articles of Incorporation, as may be amended. The financial mission of this Church is to encourage, receive, invest, manage, steward, and disburse private support on behalf of the donors of the New Hampton Christian Church, for the benefit of the Church. The corporation shall operate as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation governed by its board of directors.
Section 2.1 Principal Office.
The principal office of the corporation shall be located at the Church, 204 South Race Street, New Hampton, Harrison County, Missouri 64471. The corporation may have such other offices, either within or without the State of Missouri, as the Governing Board may determine or as the affairs of the corporation may require from time to time.
Section 2.2 Registered Office.
The corporation shall have and continuously maintain in the State of incorporation, a registered office, and a registered agent whose office is identical with such registered office, as required by the Missouri Nonprofit Corporation Act. The registered office may be, but need not be, identical with the principal office in the State of incorporation, and the address of the registered office may be changed from time to time by the Governing Board.
Section 3.1 Membership
The corporation shall have members. The membership shall have the sole authority to elect the Governing Board as further provided in Article 6.
Section 3.2 New Members
Application for membership shall be placed with the Pastor or a member of the Governing Board. Unless transferring membership from another Christian Church the same Doctrine of Faith as our Church, new members shall complete a course instructing them about the Church beliefs and procedure conducted by the Pastoral staff, or their designated leader, and shall give a confession of their Christian faith according to the Church’s Doctrine of Faith as stated in our constitution. The Governing Board shall approve all new members before introducing them to the Church membership (also referred to as the “congregation”) where they will be welcomed at the next service following the Governing Board meeting.
Section 3.3 Children
Children of members and non-members who attend Church services and youth organizations shall be nurtured under the Churches spiritual care. When they have made a confession of faith in Jesus Christ, they shall receive special instruction by the Pastor and the Student and Children’s Ministry in the WORD of GOD, Christian doctrine and the history of the Church. When this is satisfactorily completed as determined by the Church Governing Board, they shall be received into membership.
Section 3.4 Membership discipline
Erring or negligent members shall be disciplined by the Governing Board in accordance with Matthew 18:15-18 and Galatians 6:1.
Section 4.1 Qualifications
The Pastor of the Church shall meet the New Testament requirements of the office (Titus 1:5-9; 1 Timothy 3: 2-7) and shall be ordained. The Pastor shall meet all criteria as required by the State of Missouri to officially perform services regulated by the state such as marriage. The Pastor shall be a member of the Governing Board and the board of all organizations within the Church. Assistant pastors shall be called in the same manner as the Pastor to assist in carrying out pastoral duties as deemed necessary by the Governing Board. Assistant pastors may also hold other leadership positions within the Church.
Section 4.2 Duties
The Senior Pastor shall select and direct other qualified associate pastors, as approved by the Church Governing, to assist in carrying out his duties and responsibilities. He shall also have the authority to terminate the services of an associate pastor at his sole discretion.
The Pastor and his staff shall be devoted to the service of the Church, preaching and teaching the Word of God, administering the sacraments, and participating in pastoral work. He shall practice good administrative procedures and cooperate with the Governing Board. The Pastor shall provide the congregation with an annual report of the state of the Church and present a written report to the Church at the annual business meeting.
Section 4.3 Call
A new pastor shall be called at a regular or special Church business meeting, which is announced two (2) weeks in advance. He must receive a consensus of those in attendance. The call shall be for an indefinite period of time.
Section 4.4 Termination
There shall be a minimum of two (2) months notice required by the Church or Pastor for termination of duties.
Section 4.5 Charges Against the Pastor
All charges against the Pastor or an associate pastor shall be submitted in writing to the Chairman and shall not be considered unless supported by the testimony of 2 or 3 witnesses. The Governing Board of the Church shall consider all charges and by consensus, make recommendations to the membership. Dismissal of a pastor requires consensus of the membership at a duly called special meeting for that purpose.
Church Governing Board
The Church Governing Board is the primary planning and control body for the Church and is responsible for overseeing its operation and directing its activities. The Governing Board delegates authority and responsibility to working bodies referred to herein as Ministries which are in turn accountable to the Governing Board. The Ministerial Staff is also accountable to the Governing Board for the performance of their duties.
Section 5.1 Organization of the Governing Board
A. Election; Qualifications. The Governing Board shall consist of the eleven members, the Senior Pastor, three (3) Associate Pastors, the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Chairman of the Board of Deacons, and two (2) qualified members at large, chosen by consensus of the Congregation. All members of the Governing Board shall be members in good standing, and chosen based on their spiritual character, gifts, abilities, training, and special interests as defined in I Timothy 3:1-7, I Peter 5:1-11 and Titus 1:4-9. The Associate Pastors may also be selected to lead one of the ministries or hold office on the Governing Board. In this case, the number of members on the Governing Board shall not be reduced.
B. Term. Officers shall serve a two (2) year term and may succeed themselves one time. Elders of the Ministries shall serve a two (2) year term and may succeed themselves. The initial Governing Board shall serve staggered terms so that all new board members are not elected at the same time. 1 Timothy 3:8-13.
The duties and responsibilities of the Governing Board shall include the following:
A.Upon recommendation from the Staff Care Ministry, reviews and approves performance evaluations, salary adjustments, and changes in job descriptions for all salaried personnel. B.Appoints the Chairman of the Board of Deacons, the Deacon leader, Deacons, and others, as deemed necessary, for each Ministry. C.Has the authority to request reports from the Ministerial Staff, the Church officers, and the Ministries. D.Approves policies for the use of Church facilities. E.Takes such action on behalf of the Congregation as deemed necessary in cases of emergency. Any significant action shall be reported to the Congregation. F.Attempts to resolve any conflicts that may arise between Ministries and/or Officers of the Church. G.Has the authority to employ and terminate the employment of part-time paid Ministerial Staff and all full-time and part-time Non-ministerial Staff. H.Approves non-budgeted expenditures of up to Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000) for any combination of expenditures in a given calendar year, funding to be provided from the Capital Funds account, and such other emergency expenditures for the protection of Church property and safety of the people as deemed necessary. I.Appoints members as Deacons to standing committees.
Section 5.3 Meetings of the Governing Board
Governing Board members shall attend all monthly board meetings. Attendance records shall be maintained. Members are responsible to notify the Chairman in advance of an expected absence. If absence from any three (3) consecutive regularly scheduled Governing Board meetings during the year occurs without reasonable notification or explanation, the Governing Board shall review the matter with the individual and has the right to declare the office vacated.
Section 5.4 Vacancies
Resignation by any Elder of the Governing Board shall be submitted in writing to the Chairman. The Chairman shall inform the Governing Board of the vacancy and the letter of resignation shall be read to and acted upon by the Congregation at the next regular business meeting. The membership will be advised of the vacancy in the next Church mailing.
If a vacancy is created by any other reason, and there is no letter of resignation, the Chairman shall inform the Governing Board of the vacancy and notify the Congregation in the next Church mailing.
Vacancies occurring in any elective office shall be filled for the remainder of the term by the Governing Board at their next scheduled meeting.
Section 5.5 Charges against a member of the Governing Board
Charges against a member of the Governing Board shall be submitted to the Governing Board and shall not be considered unless supported by the testimony of two or three (2 or 3) or more witnesses. The Governing Board shall meet with the person in question to discuss and evaluate the charges in the spirit of Christian love. If, in the judgment of the Governing Board, the Board member has erred in doctrine or conduct, the Governing Board shall in meekness and gentleness admonish and seek to restore the erring one according the procedure outlined in Matthew 18:15-18 and Galatians 6:1. Appropriate discipline shall be administered in the spirit of Christ with due regard for the welfare of the individual as well as the Church. If the Board member continues in error, the Governing Board shall submit its recommendations for discipline to the Congregation for action at the next business meeting (I Timothy 5:20).
Section 5.6 Compensation
Members of the Governing Board shall receive no compensation for his services as such; provided, however, that by majority vote of the remaining Board members, a Board member rendering exceptional or unusual services to the Church may be reasonably compensated therefore.
The Chairman shall preside at all meetings of the Governing Board and of the Church. He shall confer with the Pastor in preparing the agenda for such meetings, and shall utilize the counsel that the Pastor can give by virtue of his training, experience, and calling. The chairman shall be responsible for leadership of the Church services in the absence of the Pastor.
Section 6.2 Vice-Chairman
The vice-chairman shall assume the duties of the chairman in his absence, and assist him in his duties. The vice-chairman shall also be the Chairman of the Trustees of the Church.
Section 6.3 Secretary
The secretary shall keep and preserve the minutes of all business meetings of the Church and of the Governing Board. He shall maintain membership records and publish quarterly, the names and addresses of all current members along with highlights of the quarter activities. He shall conduct and preserve all official correspondence as shall be delegated to him. He shall be responsible for the official seal and documents of the Church. He shall receive, record, and transmit to the Church treasurer all funds contributed to the Church.
Section 6.4 Treasurer
The treasurer shall be responsible for all funds committed to him and shall make disbursements as authorized by the Church or Governing Board. The treasurer shall also present a written report of the receipts and expenditure to each regular meeting of the Governing Board and Church. He shall keep all records and make reports as required by the government concerning the Church’s tax exempt status. All members shall receive an annual report as soon as after January 1 as possible of contributions for tax purposes.
Section 6.5 Compensation
An officer shall receive no compensation for his services as such; provided, however, that by a majority vote of the Governing Board (exclusive of such officer, if he be a member of the Board), an officer rendering exceptional or unusual services to the Church may be reasonably compensated therefor.
Board of Trustees
This board shall be led by the Vice Chairman of the Church. Members are chosen for their experience in business and finance as well as their specific personal qualifications. Other members shall be the Secretary and Treasurer of the Church and two (2) members at large, chosen by consensus from the Congregation. The Senior Pastor shall be staff liaison. The Board of Trustees shall be responsible for the stewardship, finance, and accounting matters of the Church as follows:
A.Development of an annual budget for the church, in cooperation with the Governing Board to meet the financial needs of the various ministries consistent with the projected annual revenue projected. B.Planning, developing, and conducting stewardship programs that encourage spiritual growth in the area of managing our God-given resources, gifts, time and talents. C.Management of all financial matters in accordance with the annual budget, financial policies of the Church and other fiscal decisions made by the Congregation. D.Provide the management and maintenance of all Church property, plant and equipment. E.Oversight of all accounting and financial obligations as outlined in Article 11.
Board of Deacons
The Board of Deacons shall consist of nine (9) Ministries which are the working bodies through which particular Church programs and policies are designed and implemented. The Ministries are accountable to the Governing Board which delegates authority and responsibility to the Ministries though the Chairman of the Board of Deacons.
Section 8.1 Ministry Organizations
Each Ministry shall consist of a Leader and one (1) or more deacons, plus a Pastoral Staff liaison.
Members shall be appointed annually to each Ministry by the Governing Board for a staggered two (2) year term and may succeed themselves. They may serve on more than one ministry as determined by the Governing Board.
Each Ministry may secure the services of individuals as deemed necessary to specific tasks.
The Chairman of the Board of Deacons shall hold regular monthly meetings for the purpose of coordinating various activities of the Church, assessing progress on programs and goals and assessing needs to accomplish objectives.
Adding or deleting individual Ministries shall be accomplished by amending these Bylaws in accordance with Article 12.
Section 8.2 Qualifications of Ministry Members
All Ministry members shall be men and women in the Church who have been recognized by the body of believers, as having shown leadership-servant and character qualities consistent with 1 Timothy 3:8-13.
Section 8.3 Number and Purposes of the Ministries
There shall be nine (9) Ministries with scope and purpose as outlined below to serve Jesus Christ through His Body at New Hampton Christian Church.
A.Worship and Music Ministry - Planning, developing, and conducting regular and special worship services and music/art programs that support worship and other ministries of the Church. B.Evangelism/Discipleship - Planning, developing and conducting evangelism and discipleship programs designed for those who come in contact with the Church, those considering Church membership, and new members during their first year in the Church. C.Mission Ministry - Planning, developing and overseeing the Church’s local and foreign missionary programs.
D.Staff Care Ministry - Ministering to the needs of all paid Ministerial and Non-Ministerial staff and overseeing all staff-related concerns. To research and recommend staff changes (excluding the Senior Pastor) to the Governing Council and/or the Congregation as required. To develop and maintain job descriptions for all paid personnel E.Adult and Small Group Ministry - Planning, developing, and overseeing Christian Education programs and small group, ministries designed for families and single adults.
Fostering spiritually enriching, caring, and service-oriented adult fellowship groups throughout the Congregation.
Visitation of Congregation members and friends and providing Congregational care services designed to meet physical and spiritual needs and to promote spiritual growth.
Planning developing, and overseeing small group (cell) participation and meetings for the purpose of Bible study, fellowship, support and service.
F.Student and Childrens Ministry - Planning, developing and overseeing Christian education programs and ministries for children from birth through sixth grade.
Planning, developing, and overseeing Christian Education programs and small group ministries designed for Junior, Senior High, and College age students.
G.The Lord’s Warehouse - Planning, developing and management for the collection and giving of food, clothing and other items to the needy people in the area served by the Church. H.Christian Center
Developing and managing programs and activities to serve the body of Christ and the community of New Hampton.
Praying for local and regional issues involving the body of Christ. Examples would be church governance, business prosperity, health issues, associated Bible Believing Christian Churches, etc.
Section 8.4 Meetings
Ministry members are expected to attend their meetings. Attendance records shall be maintained. Ministry members are responsible for notifying the Chairman of their respective ministry in advanced of an expected absence. If a member repeatedly misses meetings without notifying in advance, the Ministry Chairman shall review the matter with the individual and has the right to declare office vacated, with the approval of the Chairman of the Governing Board.
Section 8.5 Vacancies
A resignation by a member of a ministry shall be submitted in writing to the Chairman of that Ministry. The membership will be advised of the vacancy in the next Church mailing, and appointment will be made to fill the position. Approval of the appointment will take place at the next meeting of the Governing Board.
Section 8.6 Charges against Ministry Members
Charges against a ministry member shall be submitted to the Governing Board and shall not be considered unless supported by the testimony of two or three (2 or 3) or more witnesses. The Governing Board shall meet the person in question to discuss and evaluate the charges in the spirit of Christian love. If, in the judgment of the Governing Board, the ministry member has erred in doctrine or conduct, the Governing Board shall in meekness and gentleness admonish and seek to restore the erring one according to the procedure outlined in Matthew 18:15-18 and Galatians 6:1. Appropriate discipline shall be administered in the spirit of Christ with due regard for the welfare of the individual as well as the Church. If the ministry member continues in error, the Governing Board shall submit its recommendation for discipline to the Congregation for action at the next business meeting (I Timothy 5:20)
Section 9.1 Ministerial Search
Upon acceptance of the resignation of the Senior Pastor, a Ministerial Search Committee shall be formed under the direction of the Governing Board.
ARTICLE 9.2 Nominating Committee
A.Commiffee; Term. This committee shall consist of six (6) members whom three (3) shall be elected by consensus from the Congregation at the annual meeting and three (3) selected from members of the Governing Board by the Board. The members of this Committee shall serve for a term of one (1) year. B.Election; Meetings. This committee shall be convened by the Chairman for the purpose of electing by consensus from its members a Chairman and a Secretary. C.Ex-Officio Member. The senior Pastor or his designated associate pastor shall be an ex-officio member of the Committee. D.Ballot. This committee shall prepare and present to the annual business meeting of the Church, a ballot with one of more candidates for each office to be filled, endeavoring to nominate two candidates for each elective office. B.Nomination of Candidates. The Nominating committee must unanimously agree to nominate each candidate. F.Initial Nominations. Within thirty (30) days following their organizational meeting, the Committee shall advise the members of the Church that they want their recommendations in writing of candidates to fill the specific openings. Members will be given thirty (30) days after the notice to respond with their suggestions. The ballot shall then be compiled based on the members’ suggestions and on information compiled by the Nominating Committee and such ballot shall be selected based on gifts, abilities, training, and special interests required to fill the various positions. No person shall be nominated unless they have been a member of the Church for one (1) year. G.Responsibilities. This committee shall assume the complete responsibility of interviewing candidates to determine their willingness to serve before placing their names on the list. Sample lists of nominees shall be mailed to members at least one (1) week prior to the annual election and shall include a short profile of each candidate. H.Nomination list. Within thirty (30) days following their organizational meeting, the Committee shall advise the members of the Church that they want their recommendations in writing of candidates to fill the specific openings. Members will be given thirty (30) days after the notice to respond with their suggestions. The list shall then be compiled based on the members’ suggestions and on information compiled by the Nominating Committee and such ballot shall be selected based on gifts, abilities, training and special interests required to fill the various position. No person shall be nominated unless they have been a member of the church for one (1) year. I.Secret Ballot. All elections shall be conducted by secret ballot, unless otherwise determined by a consensus of all members voting at the business meeting. J.Vacancies. Vacancies occurring in any elective office shall be filled at the next regular or special business meeting of the Governing Board.
Section 10.1 Public services
Public services shall be conducted regularly on Sundays and weekdays for
worship, the preaching and teaching of god’s Word, prayer, and fellowship.
Section 10.2 Conducting Sacraments
The sacrament of Holy Comimunion shall be conducted at least monthly. The sacrament of Baptism shall be conducted in keeping with the Church principles and according to the needs of the constituency.
Section 10.3 Business meetings
A.Member Meetings. All meetings of the members shall be held at the principal office of the Church or at such other places as shall be determined from time to time by the Governing Board. The membership shall meet at such time and intervals as its desires, but in any event the Chairman shall call for at least one (1) Church member business meeting annually. B.Special Member Business Meetings. Special business meetings may be called by the Chairman of the Governing Board in consultation with the Senior Pastor. Members shall be given not less than one (1) week’s notice of all meetings.
Section 10.4 Governing Board, Ministry, and Committee Meetings
A.Annual Meeting. The Governing Board shall meet annually within thirty (30) days after election for the purpose of appointing members to serve on the various Ministries. B.Regular Meetings. Regular meetings of the Governing Board shall be held, not less than monthly. Ministries, special committees, and task forces shall meet as necessary to discharge their responsibilities. Special meeting of the Governing Board, Ministries, special committees, and the task forces may be called by their respective chairmen. Special meetings of the Governing Board may also be called.
Contracts, Loans, Checks, Deposits, and Funds
Section 11.1 Contracts
The Governing Board may authorize any officer or officers, agent, or agents to enter into any contract or execute and instrument in the name of and on behalf of the Church, and such authority may be general or confined to specific instances.
Section 11.2 Loans
No loans shall be contracted on behalf of the Church and no evidence of indebtedness shall be issued in its name unless authorized by a resolution of the Governing Board. Such authority may be general or confined to specific instances.
Section 11.3 Checks, Drafts, etc.
All checks, drafts or other orders for the payment of money, notes or other evidence of indebtedness issued in the name of the Church, shall be signed by such officer or officers, agent or agents of the Church and in such manner as shall from time to time be determined by resolution of the Governing Board. In the absence of such determination by the Governing Board, such instruments shall be signed by the Chairman or the Treasurer of the Church.
Section 11.4 Deposits
All funds of the Church shall be deposited from time to time to the credit of the Church in such banks, trust companies or other depositories as the Governing Board may select.
Section 11.5 Gifts
The Governing Board shall from time to time establish guidelines for the acceptance of gifts to the Church.
Section 11.6 Books and Records
The Governing Board shall keep correct and complete books and records of account and shall also keep minutes of the proceedings of Governing Board and committees having any of the authority of the Governing Board, and shall keep at the registered or principal office, a record giving the names and addresses of the members of the Governing Board. All books and records of the Church may be inspected by any member of the Governing Board, his agent or attorney, for any proper purposes at any reasonable time.
Section 12.1 Quorum
Fifteen percent (15%) of the members of the Church shall constitute a quorum for a business meeting.
A majority of the members of the Governing Board, Ministries, committees, and task forces shall constitute a quorum.
Section 12.2 Rule of order
All business meetings of the Governing Board, Ministries, committees, task forces and all organizations of the Church shall be conducted according to Robert ‘s Rules of Order.
Section 12.3 Fiscal year
The fiscal year of the Church shall begin on January 1 and end on December 31.
Section 12.4 Delegates to Conferences
Delegates shall be nominated by the Nominating Committee and elected at the annual meeting of the Church or a quarterly business meeting. Compensation for normal expenses of the delegates shall be indicated before they are nominated.
Section 12.5 Pension funds
The Governing Board shall make all decisions regarding Pension funds.
Section 12.6 Use of properties
Use of the Church properties or equipment for private functions shall be handled though the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Policies for the use of Church properties shall be formulated by the Trustees and submitted to the Governing Board for approval.
Section 12.7 Corporate Seal
The corporate seal of the Church shall be circular I form and have inscribed thereon the name of the corporation, the state of incorporation and the words “Corporate Seal”.
Section 12.8 Financial Audting
All financial records of the Church shall be audited no less than annually. Auditors shall be appointed annually by the Chairman and approved by the Governing Board. The audit shall be submitted to the Governing Board no later than March 31 for their review and presentation at the next annual meeting.
Section 12.9 Amendments
Amendments to these Bylaws not in conflict with the Church Constitution may be adopted at any regular business meeting (or a special meeting called for that purpose) by a consensus vote of all members present, provided that the proposed amendment has been first presented in writing at a preceding regular business meeting.
Indemnification of Governing Board and Officers
Each governing board member or officer, or former board member or officer of this corporation and his legal representatives, shall be indemnified by this corporation against liabilities, expenses, counsel fees and costs reasonably incurred by him or his estate in connection with, or arising out of, any action, suit, proceeding or claim in which he is made a party by reason of his being, or having been, such board member or officer; provided that in no such case shall the corporation indemnify such board member or officer with respect to any matters as to which he shall be finally adjudged in any such action, suit or proceeding to have been liable for negligence or misconduct in the performance of his duties as such director or officer (including expenses, counsel fees and costs reasonably incurred in connection therewith), provided the Board of Governors of the corporation shall have first approved such proposed compromise settlement and determined that the board member or officer involved was not guilty of negligence or misconduct; but in taking such action any board member involved shall not be qualified to vote thereon. In determining whether or not a board member or officer was guilty of negligence or misconduct in relation to any such matters, the Board of Governors may rely conclusively upon an opinion of independent legal counsel selected by such Board. Any compromise settlement authorized herein shall not be effective until submitted to and approved by a Court of competent jurisdiction. The right to indemnification therein provided shall not be exclusive of any other rights to which such board member or officer may be lawfully entitled.
The Board of Governors shall further be authorized, at its discretion, to procure liability insurance for the protection and indemnification of board members and officers, at the expense of the corporation.
Resolution to Amend
ARTICLE 8, Section 8.3 Number and Purposes of the Ministries
Be it RESOLVED that the bylaws of the New Hampton Christian Church are hereby amended in the following respect:
1.ARTICLE 8, Section 8.3 shall read “There shall be ten (10) Ministries with scope and purpose as outlined below to serve Jesus Christ through His Body at New Hampton Christian Church.” 2.Letter “F’ shall be added to ARTICLE 8, Section 8.3, to read “J. Food Service Planning, developing and overseeing the meals for New Hampton Christian Church including, but not limited to funeral dinners and conference refreshments”.
Be it further RESOLVED, that the secretary of the Governing Board be and hereby is authorized and directed to prepare new revised Bylaws incorporating the changes to the bylaws specified in this Resolution.
Approved by consensus of the Governing Board of the New HamptonChristian Church this 17 day of July 2006.