aa Bylaws (DRAFT)

By-laws and Constitution of New Faith Baptist Church, Annetta, Texas as of November 16, 2018
  1. Location of Offices
    1. The name of this Corporation is New Faith Baptist Church, Annetta, Texas. It is a Texas nonprofit religious Corporation (501(c)3 organization) with its principal offices in Annetta, Texas.
  2. Purpose
    1. This Corporation is organized for exclusively religious purposes. Our commission is summarized as follows; “And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age’” (Matthew 28:18–20)
  3. Statement of Faith
    1. The Statement of Faith is incorporated by reference herein as “What we Teach” as as stated on our website.
  4. Corporate Membership
    1. The corporation shall have not members. Any action which would otherwise require approval by a majority of all members shall only require approval by the Pastor and Deacons also known as the “Board”. If and when Elders are elected, the Board will consist of the pastor/elder and all other elders.   All rights which would otherwise vest in the members shall vest in the Board. Finally, certain issues may be voted upon by the church subject to the discretion of the Board.
  5. Church Membership
    1. The congregation of Christian believers who have applied for church membership and have been duly accepted shall constitute a spiritual body, united for spiritual purposes as expressed in the bible.
    2. Active church membership shall be open to all persons who confess Christ as their Lord and Savior and who have been baptized.
    3. Membership shall not vest in any church member any proprietary rights in the Corporation, but shall entitle the church member to vote at a meeting of the church members on those matters that the Board chooses to submit to the church membership. In such case, voting privileges are restricted to members who are in good standing, not under any disciplinary action and who are 16 years old or older.
    4. All requests for membership shall be made to the pastor or board and may be approved upon the applicant’s agreement with the church’s Statement of Faith. A duly appointed committee of the Board shall evaluate a persons agreement with the Statement of Faith and recommend approval or disapproval for membership.
    5. Applicants who do not confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior or who does not evident a godly lifestyle shall be denied membership.
    6. Applicants who are accepted to membership shall publicly affirm their membership and be publicly acknowledge by church members.
    7. Church members shall seek to exercise their spiritual gifts for the mutual benefit of all the church body and shall submit to the loving rule of the Board and Pastor.
  6. Church Discipline
    1. The threefold purpose of church discipline is to glorify God by maintaining purity in the local church (1 Corinthians 5:6), to edify believers by deterring sin (1 Timothy 5:20), and to promote the spiritual welfare of the offending believer by calling him or her to return to a biblical standard of doctrine and conduct (Galatians 6:1).
    2. Members of this church and all other professing Christians who regularly attend or fellowship with this church who err in doctrine, or who engage in conduct that violates Scripture as determined by the Board, shall be subject to church discipline, including dismissal according to Matthew 18:15–18.
  7. Quorum
    1. At all meetings of church members, the presence of a majority of the board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. A membership quorum shall exist where 6 or more members are present.
  8. The Board
    1. All the activities and affairs of the Corporation shall be exercised by or under the direction of the Board who are responsible for shepherding and having oversight of the flock. The Board shall be entitled and empowered to carry on all business of the church as legally entitled.
    2. The Board may authorize any member of the Board, or Officer or Trustee to sign on behalf of the Church as the Board deems necessary and appropriate.
  9. Qualification
    1. Elders and Deacons shall be reviewed and approved on an annual basis, or as needed, in accordance within the qualification of 1Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9.
    2. Tenure for Elders and Deacons shall be for a 2 year period and renewed by the majority of the Board for subsequent terms.
    3. Elders and Deacons may resign effective upon giving written notice to the Board.
    4. Elders and Deacons may be removed from office by any regular or special meeting of the Board if he is found to be physically or mentally incapacitated or spiritually unqualified according to the biblical qualifications in 9.1. above.
  10. Meetings
    1. Regular meetings will be held once monthly as designated by the Board.
    2. Special meeting may be held at the discretion of the Board.
  11. Committees
    1. The Board my appoint by resolution and pass by a majority of the members of the Board, Committees as deemed necessary by the Board. Such Committees may include, but are not limited to: Membership approval, Pastoral selection, etc.
  12. Fees and Compensation
    1. The Board shall not receive any stated or fixed salary or other fees for their board services, however, they may receive compensation for their services in other corporate capacities and services.
  13. Deacons
    1. Deacons shall consist of church members possessing the qualifications described in 1 Timothy 3:8-13 and shall, upon being called and nominated, be reviewed and approved or disapproved by the Board.
  14. Officers and Trustees
    1. The officers of the Corporation shall be a Chairman, who shall be elected from the Board, and a Secretary/Treasurer who may be any member of the Church.
    2. The officers and trustees shall be chosen annually and shall serve at the pleasure of the Board, until he shall resign, be removed by the Board, or otherwise be disqualified to serve.
    3. Any officer or Trustee may resign by giving written notice to the Board.
  15. Ordination, Licensing, Commissioning and Marriages and Funerals
    1. The Board is authorized to ordain, license and commission as it deems necessary and appropriate.
    2. Those who are members of the Board and are ordained, licenses or commissioned or otherwise authorized by this church to solemnize a marriage or preside at a funeral may do so as necessary.
      1. Church facilities and participation by Church ordained Board members are only authorized in marriages where the participants are one man and one women (Gen. 2:21-24; Matt 19:4-6; and Mark 10:6-9).
  16. Pastor Teacher
    1. The Pastor-Teacher is to be an qualified Elder and shall be selected and confirmed by the Board in its sole discretion.
    2. He shall remain in office an indefinite period of time subject to the expressed rights of the Board to dismiss him upon giving one month’s written notice.
    3. The Pastor-Teacher-Elder shall be accountable to the Board, shall conduct all public and regular services of the church and shall be response for the general oversight of the spiritual welfare of the church. In the absence of the Pastor-Teacher-Elder, the Board at the sole discretion of the Board, shall be responsible to arrange for the public and regular service of the church.
  17. Amendments
    1. These Bylaws may be amended from time to time as approved by the majority vote of the Board.
  18. Receipt, Investment and Disbursement of Funds
    1. The Corporation shall receive all monies or other properties transferred to it for he purposes for which the Corporation was formed. However, nothing contained herein shall require the Board to accept or receive any money or property it it determines that such receipt is contrary to the expressed purposes of the Corporation.
    2. The Corporation shall hold, management, and disburse any funds or properties received by it from any source in a manner that is consistent with the expressed purposes of the Corporation.
  19. Records and reports
    1. The Corporation shall maintain adequate and correct accounts, books and records of its business and properties.All shuck books, records and accounts shall be kept at it principal place of business in the State of Texas as fixed by the Board for time to time.
    2. Every member of the Board shall have an absolute right at any reasonable time to inspect all books, records, document and physical properties of the Corporation and also of it subsidiary organizations, if any.
    3. The fiscal years of the Corporation shall be a calendar year.
  20. Dissolution
    1. Upon dissolution of this Corporation, the Board shall cause the assets herein to be distributed to another Corporation with purposes similar to that identified in Article 2 above and, or distributed according to the majority of the Board to those similar corporations to which the Church supports as Missionaries.
  21. Instruments in Writing
    1. All checks, drafts, demands for money and notes of the Corporation and all written contracts of the Corporation shall be signed by such officer or officers, agent or agents, as the Board may form time to time by resolution designate.
I, the undersigned, being the Secretary of the New Faith Baptist Church of Aledo, Texas do hereby certify that he above Bylaws were adopted as the Bylaws here on the _________day of _________2018. I do further certify that the above Bylaws were adopted by the member of the church in a regularly called meeting on the same date.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this ______ day of ________ 2018
Secretary _____________________________________________________________
New Faith Baptist Church
3303 W Fm 5
Aledo, TX 76008
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