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                         THE CONSTITUTION OF
                  FAITH SPRING RHEMA CHURCH




                                     PREAMBLE

       We the people from different works of life, held from different nations,
languages, tongues and tribes coming together in one faith, creed and doctrine under
                            Faith Spring Rhema Church,
the Ministry founded by the Power and illumination of the Holy Spirit in Christ under
  God; having firmly and solemnly understanding the need to continue in unity of
   the faith, Visions and Christian life, bounded in love and care for one another
         as one people from diverse communities; for the purpose of promoting
          the good leadership and welfare of our members and churches, on
             the principle of freedom, equities, love, care, encouragement
                 and prosperity; and of consolidating the unity of our
                    members and spiritual harmony in pursuance
                     of the heavenly kingdom of God, do hereby
                        make and give ourselves the following
                                    Constitution:


                                    OUR MOTTO:
      Changing lives, equipping the Saints and taking the gospel further


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SECTION 1: THE MINISTRY


1 – ARTICLE 1:        INTRODUCTION

The name of the Ministry shall be “Faith Spring Rhema Church” (FSRC) hereinafter referred to as
“THE CHURCH”.         Jesus-Christ

1-1.a) The registered office of the Church shall be at 5 Umuntu Ahia-ukwu Road, Olokoro
       Umuahia, Umuahia South L.G.A. Abia State, Nigeria or such other place as may be decided
       by the Central Executive Council.
1-1.b) Any change in the situation of the registered office, the Church shall notify the relevant
       authorities in the prescribed form immediately.
1-1.c) In furtherance of its visions, the Church may establish and maintain other offices in any part
       of the country and beyond.

1 – ARTICLE 2:        INTERPRETATIONS


In this constitution, unless the context otherwise requires, the following words and expressions shall
have the following:

1-2.a) “THE CHURCH” “THE MINISTRY” or “FSRC” shall mean the Faith Spring Rhema
       Church and/or its authorized representations.
1-2.b) The word “Visions” shall mean the Aims and Objectives, unless it appears specifically
       otherwise from context.




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1-2.c) Words signifying the singular number shall include plural or vice versa, and words signifying
        the masculine shall include the feminine unless they appear specifically otherwise from
        context.

1-2.d) “G.O or G.S” shall mean the General Overseer; “CEC” shall mean the Central Executive
        Council; “NEC” shall mean the National Executive Council; “COP” shall mean the Council
        of Presbyters; “DC” shall mean the District Council and “BOE” shall mean the Board of
        Elders.

1-2.e) The “Council of Presbyters” signifies the State Executive Council (SEC).

1-2.f) A Minister shall mean a Pastor or its equivalence in the Five Fold Ministry as listed in the
       Bible “Ephesians 4:11-12”.

1-2.g) This constitution is supreme to any other act or byelaw in FSRC and its provisions shall have
       legal binding on the authorities, persons and members of FSRC.

1-2.h) If any other act or law is inconsistent with the provisions of this constitution, this constitution
        shall prevail. That other act or law shall to the extent of the inconsistency, be void.

1 – ARTICLE 3:       VISIONS

The principle Vision of Faith Spring Rhema Church is as follows:

1-3.a) To build a place for the church of Jesus Christ to develop in strength and maturity in the
       word of God and services to humanity – (Ephesians 4:1-16, 2 Timothy 2:15);

1-3.b) To reach-out cities and hither lands with the power of the good news and make disciples of
       all nations; also assist the people by building schools, hospitals and handiwork training
       centers for human empowerment – (Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Corinthians 2:1-5)

1-3.c) To promote, encourage, support and foster other objectives as are lawful and are consistent
       with the spirit and practice of true Christian worship – (John 4:21-24);

1-3.d) To educate society against promiscuity, perversion and resistance to change, such as: societal
       crimes, drug addictions, etc. – ( 1 Corinthians 3:16-7, 6:12-20);

1-3.e) To train missionaries who will as well reach-out into cities and hither lands with the gospel
       of Christ and be a blessing to the people – (2 Timothy 2:1-7, James 5:9-12);




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1-3.f) To help in discipleship and leadership training of the Christian workers and church leaders
       through informative programs, seminars and conferences – (2 Timothy 2:15)

1-3.g) To build orphanage and mission relief centers for the needy, orphans and the less privileged
       in the society – (Matthew 25:31-46, James 1:27).

1-3.h) To help in human and society development within the localities of our establishments by
       promoting education and enlightenment – (Matthew 5:13-16);

1-3.i) To acquire a multipurpose gospel outreach facility to launch various modes of ministries into
       every man's world for the expansion of the Kingdom of God , till Christ returns – (Matthew
       16:17-19, Luke 19:11-13)

1-3.j) To establish a gospel network, that will through informative programs on air reach out to the
       remote villages and urban areas of Africa and beyond - for Christ. – (Isaiah 52:6-7, Nahum
       1:15, Romans 10:15)

1 – ARTICLE 4:       TENET OF FAITH (2 Timothy 3:10-17)

The Fourteen (14) Fundamental Biblical Doctrines of Faith Spring Rhema Church are as follows;

1-4.a) Holy Bible: We believe in the Scriptures as an inspired word of God. The Scriptures both
       Old and New Testaments are inspired of God, and are the revelation of God to man. (John
       11:49-52; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)

1-4.b) The One True God: There is one God the Father Almighty, the creator of heaven and
       earth. He manifests Himself in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit -
       (Deuteronomy. 6:4-5, Isaiah 43:10-11, Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:21-22, John 1:1-3,14;
       Colossians 2:9-10)

1-4.c) Jesus Christ: We believe in the virgin birth of Christ, as the Son of God and the Savior of
       the world. Who died, resurrected and ascended into heaven, and will physically come back
       again to earth for His saints - (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6-7; Micah 5:2-5; Luke 1:26-37; John 1:1-3, 14,
       14:1-3, 6; Matthew 27:62-66, 28:1-10; Acts 1:9-11)

1-4.d) The Fall of Man: Man was created by God, and through voluntary transgression fell and
       thereby incurred both spiritual and physical death - (Genesis 1:26-28, 2:7, 3:1-24; Romans
       3:23)

1-4.e) The Salvation of Man: Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed Blood of
       Jesus Christ. Man must be born again through repentance towards God and faith in Christ's




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       redemptive work of grace. (Luke 24:45-47; John 1:14. 3:3-7; Romans.3:24 -26, 5:12-21;
       Ephesians 2: 1-9, Titus 2:11-15, 3:4-8; Hebrews 9:11-28)

1-4.f) The Ordinances of the Church:
       Baptism in Water: All who turn to Christ are to baptize in water by immersion, as the
       only scriptural mode of baptism and is for believers in Christ only. It is an outward sign of an
       inward change. (Matthew. 3:13- 17, 28:19; Mark 16:15-16, Luke 3:21-22; Acts 8:12-13;
       10:47-48; Romans. 6:4)
       Holy Communion: is a memorial sacrament to remember the death and burial of our
       Lord Jesus Christ until He returns. We partake of the Lord’s Supper, taking the bread and
       cup of the wine as symbols of His Body and His Blood. (Matthew.26:26-30; Luke 22:14-23;
       1 Corinthians 11:23-31)

1-4.g) The Five Fold Ministry: We believe in the gift ministries, with the nine gifts of the
       Holy Spirit for the edification of the Church. (Ephesians 4:8-18, 1 Corinthians 12:1-31)

1-4.h) Baptism of the Holy Spirit and Fire: This baptism is for all who ask. Tongues
       speaking are an initial sign of this baptism along with the power to be a witness and sustain a
       holy life - (Joel 2:28-29, Luke 24:45-49, John 16:7-15, Acts 1:4-8; 2:1-4; 8:14-17; 10:43-46;
       11:13-16, Romans 8:15-17).

1-4.i) Divine Healing: Divine deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is
       the privilege of all believers - (Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 8:14-17, Mark 16:15-18, Acts 10:38,
       James 5:14-16).

1-4.j) Sanctification: We believe in progressive sanctification. The Greek word "Hagiasmos" a
       term for sanctification means to "Set apart". Is the process by which the Holy Spirit sets apart
       the believer in purity; God is a Holy God, He wants us to live holy and portray His image, It
       is God's will for us to be sanctified (John 17:15-19, Romans 15:14-16, Ephesians 5:25-27, 1
       Thessalonians 5:19-24, Hebrews 13:11-16).

1-4.k) The Rapture of the Saints: You cannot see the word 'rapture' written in the English
       Bible. This word "Rapture" emanated from a Latin verb "Rapere", meaning "to seize", hence
       "to transport" and is applied to the Bible doctrine of the gathering of the saints to Christ at
       His second advent - (1 Corinthians 15:51-57, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). The word "Rapture"
       refers to the Greek word "Harpazo" which is translated as "Caught up" in 1 Thessalonians
       4:17.




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1-4.l) The Judgment Seat of Christ: All believers will appear before the judgment seat of
       Christ to receive rewards of their works while in the body on earth - (Romans 14:10-12, 1
       Corinthians 3:10-15, 2 Corinthians 5:10, 1 Peter 4:17).

1-4.m) The Millennial Reign of Christ: Jesus Christ will reign with His saints in this world
       for a thousand years. This will be a thousand years of total peace on earth - The Prince of
       Peace ruling from the throne of David in Jerusalem - ( Isaiah 9:6-7; Zechariah 14:1-9, 16-17;
       Revelation 20:1-10).

1-4.n) The White Throne Judgment: This shall be God's final judgment. God the Father
       being a just and true God will judge the wicked at the great white throne judgment
       (Revelation 20:11-15). Those who reject His gift of salvation through Christ will perish
       eternally. Those who believe will inherit eternal life, joy and peace forever, amen! (Daniel
       12:1-3; Matthew 25:31-46; Mark 9:42-50; John 3:18; Revelation 3:10-13).

1 – ARTICLE 5:      BIBLICAL SEPARATION

FSRC Principle and Practice of Biblical Separation are thus:

1-5.a) God’s Word clearly teaches that God’s people ought to separate from every form of sin and
       unbelief, both in personal life as well as ecclesiastical association.

1-5.b) While all true believers are spiritually “one in Christ”, being united with one another and
       with Christ, the joining together of all and sundry (Christian denominations) in ecumenical
       union is unbiblical and abominable in the sight of God.

1-5.c) The Church requires all her members to be Bible-believing and practicing Christians, and in
       loyalty to God’s command, are therefore to oppose without compromise all that is false and
       contrary to the truth of God’s Word.

1-5.d) The Church requires all its members to separate themselves faithfully from all forms of sin
       and unbelief, and from any linkage or association with the Ecumenical Movement or any of
       its associating or supporting bodies.

1-5.e) The Church requires all its members to heed God’s commands to the believers. To be
       unequally yoked together with unbelievers, but to come out and be separate (2 Corinthians
       6:14-17). To reprove and rebuke those who reject sound doctrine (2 Timothy 4:2-5). Do not
       have fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness (Ephesians 5:11), nor receive or
       welcome false teachers (2 John 10, 11), and to earnestly contend for the faith which was once
       delivered unto the saints (Jude 3).



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1-5.f) The Church requires all its members to endeavor to uphold these principles of separation in
       love; love for Christ, His Church and those of His people who are unwittingly in unbiblical
       union.

1 – ARTICLE 6:       MAIN PRACTICES OF THE CHURCH

1-6.a) BAPTISM: The observance of the baptism of believers is by immersion in water on personal
       confession of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ and of having faith in God. It is on
       personal will and decision. However, in FSRC the believer shall go through baptismal
       classes and examination before baptism.

(1-6a-1)   FSRC does not recognize baptism by sprinkling of water. Those who had such before
           joining this Church shall re-baptize by immersion in the water.

(1-6a-2)   The Church baptizes from the age of fourteen (14) and above. Any body below the age of
           fourteen (14) is not eligible. However, in exceptional circumstances where a person
           within the age of twelve (12) can convincingly testify of his salvation and faith in Christ,
           the discretion is left for the Pastor in-charge to decide to or not baptize the person.

(1-6a-3)   We baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, in accordance
           with the Holy Scripture “Matthew 3: 13- 17, 28:19”.

1-6.b) THE LORD’S SUPPER: is the remembrance of the Lord’s death until He returns. The
       Church shall observe regularly the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion according to the
       injunctions of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Bible. It is for the baptized members whose
       conduct is consistent with their confession of faith.

1-6.c) WORSHIP: All members shall meet regularly for the public worship of God in the church
       or in any other place designated for worship. Our worship shall be to God the Father and the
       Son and the Holy Spirit. The members shall also maintain Home Cell Group Meetings and
       personal devotions to God.

1-6.d) CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: The Church shall conduct a Christian education program to
       build up the members on the most holy faith through Sunday school, Bible study classes,
       Cell group meetings, Christian publications, Gospel tracts and such other similar measures as
       the Central Executive Council may decide.

1-6.e) FELLOWSHIP AND DISCIPLESHIP: Members shall participate in fellowship, prayers
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       the church. However, every administering spiritual gift among believers must be in line with
       the scriptures and practices of the Church.

1-6.f) EVANGELISM & MISSIONS: The Church in obedience to the command of our Lord
       Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18- 20), shall both as individual and collective witnesses, proclaim
       the Gospel to their families, neighbors, colleagues, friends, Communities and beyond.

1-6.g) STEWARDSHIP: Every member shall have the responsibility and privilege to contribute
       his or her gifts, talents, time and resources to the work of God and the extension of His
       kingdom, such contributions are willingly without compulsion, and generously according to
       his or her ability as God enables.   Jesus-Christ

1-6.h) WEDDING: The solemnization of marriages shall be between born-again believers. The
       members involve shall go through marriage counseling before their marriage. The Marriage
       Committee may ask them to go for medical check-up before their wedding. Any contagious
       disease (e.g. HIV, AIDS, etc) can interrupt the marriage.

1-6.i) CHILD DEDICATION: Members of the Church shall dedicate their newborn babies to the
       LORD for God’s blessings upon the child, as one of the Biblical traditions. However, it is not
       by compulsion but willingly. Dedication of a child shall be within three Months from the day
       of birth.

1-6.j) FUNERALS: The Church shall bury its member who has gone to sleep in the Lord. The
       Church shall conduct a Christian funeral service to only a born-again believer in Christ Jesus,
       who is a Full Member in good standing with the Church.

  (1-6j-1) FOR ORDINARY / ASSOCIATE MEMBER: Reference to Section 2 Article 3
           Paragraph 3b of the Constitution, the Pastor and the Board of Elders by their discretion
           will decide on the funeral of ordinary or an associate member, based on the bereaved
           ones faithfulness and commitment in the Church. They shall notify their decision to the
           Zonal Pastor; who shall respond accordingly based on the information received about
           the bereaved.

  (1-6j-2) The Church shall not be responsible for the burial of a non-member, but for compassion
           and love, the Church may go for a condolence visit when the Church’s member family
           member is bereaved.




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1 – ARTICLE 7:      THE CHURCH PROPHETIC DECLARATION

1-7.a) THE PROPHETIC DECREE: I come to Faith Spring Rhema Church; To study and to
       understand the word of God, His covenants and His principles; To live a better life in
       Christ, and to prepare myself for the Kingdom of God; The gates of hell shall not
       prevail against me, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ’ Amen!

1-7.b) Ministers on arrival to the pulpit shall lead the congregation into the Prophetic Declaration;
       he shall do this before any other proceedings.

1-7.c) All members and persons present in the congregation shall stand up, lifting up their Bible
       during the Prophetic Decree; and by faith repeat the wordings after the Preacher.

1-7.d) Every Minister in FSRC or seeking for an appointment must be conversant with and able to
       memorize the Prophetic Declaration. It is necessary preceding employment.

SECTION 2:- GOVERNANCE OF THE CHURCH

2 – ARTICLE 1:      FSRC PRINCIPLE OF GOVERNANCE

Faith Spring Rhema Church in setting forth the form of government which it maintains as being
founded upon and agreeable to the Word of God, reiterates, by way of introduction, several cardinal
principles which are basic to and regulative of its form of church government.   Jesus-Christ

2-1.a) God has given men everywhere the free will to decide in all matters that concern religion; the
       rights of private judgment in this regard are universal and inalienable.

2-1.b) Our blessed Savior (the Lord Jesus Christ) is the head of the Visible Church that is His body.
       He has for the edification of that visible Church, appointed officers to not only preach the
       Gospel and administer the Sacraments; but to also exercise and impose discipline for the
       preservation of both truth and duty. It is incumbent upon these officers and upon the whole
       Church, in whose name they act, to censure or cast out the erroneous and scandalous,
       observing in all cases the rules contained in the Word of God.

2-1.c) The character, qualifications, and authority of church officers are clearly laid down in the
       Holy Scriptures (1 Timothy 3:1-13), as well as the proper method of their investiture and
       institution.




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2-1.d) All Church power, whether exercised by the body in general or in the way of representation
       by delegated authority, is only ministerial and declarative. That is to say, the Holy Scriptures
       are the only rule of faith and conduct; no church court ought to pretend to make laws to bind
       the conscience in virtue of its own authority; all its decisions should be founded upon the
       revealed will of God.

2-1.e) If we steadfastly adhere to the preceding Scriptural and rational principles, the vigor and
       strictness of its discipline will contribute to the glory and happiness of any church. Since
       ecclesiastical discipline must be purely moral or spiritual in its object and not accompanied
       by any civil effects, it can derive no force whatever but from its own justice, the approbation
       of an impartial public, and the countenance and blessing of the great Head of the Church
       Universal “Jesus Christ”.

2 – ARTICLE 2:       THE ADMINISTRATION

2-2.a) The government and administrations of Faith Spring Rhema Church shall be in accordance to
       the provisions of this Constitution.

2-2.b) The Church discipline shall be according to the provisions of this Constitution in line with
       the Holy Scriptures.

THE BOARD OF ELDERS (BOE):

2-2.c) The spiritual oversight of the individual local branches in matters of discipline, principles of
       doctrines and elections of Church Officers shall be their responsibility.

   (2-2c-1) The Pastor of the Church shall be a member of the BOE.

   (2-2c-2) They shall be in charge of the welfare and discipline of members of the Church.

   (2-2c-3) They shall have the right to establish new church branches of Faith Spring Rhema
            Church when the need arises.

   (2-2c-4) There shall not be an Elder without first been a Deacon or Deaconess .(1 Timothy 5:17)

   (2-2c-5) The Female member of the Board of Elders shall be addressing as “Senior Deaconess”
            while a Male shall be addressing as “Elder”. (1 Timothy 5:19-20)

   (2-2c-6) They shall in consultation with the Zonal leader and his approval, remove a Deacon or a
            Deaconess who is not living up to the confession of his/her faith.



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   (2-2c-7) The Pastor in-charge of the branch shall consult the District Coordinator during
            Eldership Election to supervise it.

THE DISTRICT COUNCIL (DC):

2-2.d) The administrative oversight of the Church’s Zonal branches shall be the responsibility of the
       District Council.

  (2-2d-1) They shall in collaboration with the Board of Elders and Zonal leaders, oversee the
           welfare of the members and overall spiritual wellbeing of the Church’s local branches,
           both discipline and principles of doctrine.

  (2-2d-2) They shall be responsible for the approval of Eldership candidates.

  (2-2d-3) They shall have the right to establish new church branches of Faith Spring Rhema
           Church.

  (2-2d-4) They shall in collaboration with the State Coordinator, supervise the ordination of elders
           of the Church.

  (2-2d-5) They shall in due consultation with the State Coordinator and his written approval,
           discipline, remove or dethrone any elder who is not living up to the confession of his
           faith, oath of office or working contrary to the constitution.

  (2-2d-6) They shall serve as arbitration/advisory committee to the matters affecting the District
           churches.

THE DISTRICT COORDINATOR:

2-2.e) He shall be responsible of overseeing the administration and welfare of the Churches in the
       District. He shall as the leader, coordinate the activities of the District Council officers.

  (2-2e-1) He shall be the Chairman of the District Council and shall preside over the meetings of
           the District, at his absence the Assistant District Coordinator shall preside.

THE COUNCIL OF PRESBYTERS (COP):

2-2.f) The administrative oversight of the Church at the State levels shall be the responsibilities of
       the Council of Presbyters. They shall oversee to the affairs and welfare of the Churches at
       districts within the State.




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   (2-2f-1) They shall coordinate the activities of the District Leaders in the state.

   (2-2f-2) They shall in collaboration with the National Coordinator, supervise the ordination of
            District Leaders.

   (2-2f-3) They shall in due consultation with the National Coordinator and his written approval
            discipline, remove or dethrone any District Leader who is not living up to the confession
            of his faith, oath of office or working contrary to the constitution.

   (2-2f-4) They shall discipline a Pastor who is not living up to the standard of his profession by
            suspension or ex-communication. However, they have no right to dismiss a Pastor
            without the NEC written approval.

   (2-2f-5) They shall have the right to establish new church branches of FRSC.

   (2-2f-6) They shall recommend new Ministers for promotion, and/or for Ordination to the NEC.

   (2-2f-7) They shall carry out any other functions as may assign to them by the General Overseer.
               S us Christ
THE STATE COORDINATOR:

2-2.g) He shall be responsible of overseeing the administration and welfare of the Churches in the
       State. He shall coordinate the activities of officers of the Council of Presbyters.

  (2-2g-1) He shall be the Chairman of the Council of Presbyters and shall preside over the
           meetings of the COB, at his absence the Assistant State Coordinator shall preside.

THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL (NEC):

2-2.h) This shall be responsible for the welfare and administrative oversight of the Church at the
       national level. Their responsibilities are:

   (2-2h-1) They shall recommend Ministers for Ordination, and/or for promotion to the CEC.

   (2-2h-2) They shall in consultation with the CEC and its written approval, transfer or replace a
            Minister in a local Church.

   (2-2h-3) They shall in due consultation with the General Overseer and his written approval
            discipline, remove or dethrone any State Coordinator who is not living up to the
            confession of his faith, oath of office or working contrary to the constitution.



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   (2-2h-4) They shall have the right to discipline or remove an officer in COP, if the person is
            living wrongly or acting contrary to the Constitution.

   (2-2h-5) They shall discipline a Minister within the nation by suspension or ex-communication.
            However, they have no rights to dismiss a Minister without due consultation with the
            CEC and its written approval.

   (2-2h-6) They shall elect their officers, and approved by the Central Executive Council.

   (2-2h-7) They shall have the right to establish new Church branches of FSRC.

   (2-2h-8) They shall have the right to establish more ad-hoc departments when the need arises but
            shall consult the General Overseer and seek for his approval before proceeding.

   (2-2h-9) They shall carryout any other functions that may be assign to them by the General
            Overseer.

THE CENTRAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL (CEC):

2-2.i) The administrative oversight of the Church in general is vested on this body;

   (2-2i-1) It is the supreme body of the Church. Its decision is final and binding on persons in all
            facet of the Church. However, its decision can be repeal by the discretion of the General
               Overseer.            Jesus-Christ

   (2-2i-2) They shall be responsible of making and changing of policies, endorsing and reviewing
            of Byelaws and implementing of the Constitution.

   (2-2i-3) They shall be responsible for the employment of ministers, their promotions and transfer.

   (2-2i-4) They shall be responsible for the overall welfare of the entire branches of FSRC and the
            Ministers.

   (2-2i-5) They shall have the right to dismiss or terminate the employment of a minister who is
            not living according to the confession of his faith or working contrary to the practice,
            doctrine and constitution of Faith Spring Rhema Church.




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   (2-2i-6) They shall have the right with the endorsement of the General Overseer discipline,
            remove or dethrone any National Coordinator who is not living up to the confession of
            his faith, oath of office or working contrary to the constitution.

   (2-2i-7) They shall carry out any other functions as may assign to them by the General Overseer.

GENERAL OVERSEER (GO/GS)

2-2.j) The General Overseer is responsible for the general oversight of the Church, and the
       maintenances of its infrastructure. His office is supreme to all others; and shall be the
       Chairman of the CEC.

2 – ARTICLE 3:      THE MEMBERSHIP

The Church expects all members to strive consciously to live according to the light given to them by
the Holy Spirit through the word of God and to support wholeheartedly the services and activities of
the Church.

2-3.a) The membership of this Church is open to all people. God has commissioned this Ministry to
       bring people of different nations, tribes and languages together to portray the image of Jesus
       Christ in love, without prejudice or racism. (Phil. 2:1-11)

   (2-3a-1) The membership shall be of three categories, (1) Ordinary Members, (2) Associate
            Members and (3) Full Members.

2-3.b) ORDINARY MEMBERS: This comprises of children from seven (7) to fourteen (14) years,
       and all non-baptized members both Youths and Adults, either born in the Church or got born-
       again through the church. However, they have no voting rights.

2-3.c) ASSOCIATE MEMBERS: These are persons who are born-again and baptized in the water
       by immersion at another Church and later join FSRC, who are in the process of qualifying
       for full membership. The Church may ask them to produce their Christian baptismal
       certificate, if any.

   (2-3c-1) They shall stay for at least two Months from the first day of attendance; and regularly
            attend the activities of the Church before the Board of Elders can authorize their full
            membership.

   (2-3c-2) They shall not be re-baptizing, if confirmed baptized by immersion in their previous
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   (2-3c-3) They shall partake in the Lord’s Supper while waiting for the confirmation of their full
            membership, depending on the type of Church they came from. However, they have no
                voting rights.        Jesus-Christ

2-3.d) FULL MEMBERS: These are Communicant members baptized by immersion in the Church,
       who are in good standing with the church in faith, doctrine, teachings and practices. They
       have voting rights.

   (2-3d-1) A Full Member who travels abroad (abroad members) with due information to the
            Church authorities, retains his membership as long as he keeps his faith in Christ,
            relating with the church and did not resign his membership. If is someone holding an
            office; he shall relinquish it to another.

2 – ARTICLE 4:           TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP

2-4.a) A member may at will terminate his/her membership from the Church, but before such
       resignation of membership, the following steps are required:-

(2-4a-1)       He must make his intensions known to the Church within a minimum period of two
               calendar Months by writing to the Board of Elders.

(2-4a-2)       He must handover all the properties of the Church in his custody to the Board of Elders.
               That is, if there is any.

(2-4a-3)       He must pay up all his outstanding debts to the church, if there is any.

2-4.b) Notwithstanding of resigning with a written notice, a member shall be deemed to have
       resigned if he or she shall be absent from worship services of the Church without information
       to the church authorities or good reasons acceptable to the Board of Elders for a continuous
       period of three consecutive Months.

2-4.c) Membership shall also be terminated by a resolution of the Church passed at a
       Congregational Council Meeting (CCM), National Council Meeting (NCM), Extraordinary
       Congregational Council Meeting (XCCM), Congregational Executive Council Meeting
       (CECM) or at any other official meeting of the Church approved by the CEC; whereby such
       member posses a threat to the cooperate existence of the Church.




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2-4.d) A member may also terminate or suspend his membership because of bad behavior or miss-
       conduct; the decision shall be by the resolution of the Board of Elders (BOE) of the Church;
       in accordance to Section 2 Article 2 Paragraph 2c and 2c-2 of the Constitution.

2-4.e) In the event of any allegation of unworthy conduct submitted to the Pastor, Board of Elders
       or Church Committee by a non-member or one member against another. The elders or Pastor
       shall make inquiry into the matter and if possible visit the member accused or arrange for a
       meeting with him or her. After looking into the case prayerfully, shall convey the case to the
       Church for the Board of Elders to consider it. In the process, if the member is found guilty
       but shows a remorse and manifest godly repentance, the Church shall retain his/her
       membership. However, he/she may be ex-communicated as the case may require.

2-4.f)   Nevertheless, if the member shows no repentance but hardens his/her mind, the BOE shall
         dismiss him/her from the membership of the Church, in accordance to Section 9 Article 2
         Paragraph 2b of the Constitution.

2-4.g) Any person ex-communicated in accordance with the Scriptures, and rules of this
       Constitution or otherwise ceasing to be a member of the Church shall forfeit all rights and
       privileges to/and claims upon (if any) the Church and its property and funds.

2 – ARTICLE 5:       CHURCH BRANCHES

2-5.a) The Church may seek to establish more branches in pursuance of achieving its Vision.

2-5.b) Such branches shall be under the control of the Church, and identify as the branches of
       FSRC, it shall function in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution and the rules
       made hereunder.

2-5.c) Each Church branch shall govern itself as an autonomous Assembly, working in uniform
       with other branches of Faith Spring Rhema Church. It shall maintain the same days of
       Weekly Activities, method of worship, objects and vision. The branch can also arrange for its
       own meetings, programs, revivals, and gospel crusades, and accepting into membership any
       member of the society who is eligible.

2-5.d) However, no branch shall fix a program when there is a general combined program of the
       entire body, whether is of the Zone, District, State, National or Central program.

2-5.e) The bigger branches shall assist the smaller ones (financial and material); until such a time
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SECTION 3: OFFICES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Exodus 18:13-26)

3 – ARTICLE 1:      THE CHURCH COMMITTEE

3-1.a) The Church Committee shall consist of fourteen (14) Officers: the Chairman, Vice-Chairman,
       Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Financial Secretary, Assistant Financial Secretary, Treasurer,
       Assistant Treasurer, Welfare Officer, Assistant Welfare Office, Public Relation Officer
       (PRO), Sunday School President and two Ex-officio members.

3-1.b) They shall serve for two years term at first, after which they may individually be re-elected
       for one more term making it four years.

3-1.c) Committee officers either by election or appointment shall not exceed four years in the
       office; except in a young branch where there are no much or qualified members to assume
       the offices.

3-1.d) The Church shall from the Deacons and Deaconesses, elect the Church Committee. Co-
       opting a non-Deacon or Deaconess into the Committee shall be only for to fill a vacancy; but
       the Board of Elders shall approve the person.

3-1.e) A young or a new branch shall use ordinary Church workers to run the administration until
       such a time when they will get qualified members consecrated as Deacons and Deaconesses;
       then they can form a Church Committee.

3-1.f) The Church shall select two Elders into the Church Committee. After the election, the
       Committee among themselves shall elect their Chairman and present him / her to the Church.

3-1.g) The Committee Chairman or Chairperson shall be a member of the Board of Elders, while
       the Vice Chairman shall be a Deacon or a Deaconess.

3-1.h) The Chairman shall chair the meetings of the Church Committee, except for prudential
       reasons, when the Board of Elders shall appoint one of its own to chair a particular meeting.

3-1.i) Any member of the Church Committee absenting from three meetings consecutively without
       satisfactory explanations shall be deeming to have withdrawn from the Church Committee. A
       successor may be co-opted by the Church Committee upon recommendation, and approved
       by the Board of Elders to fill any vacancy arising either from such deemed withdrawal or
       from any other reasons; and such successor shall serve until his or her predecessor’s tenure
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3-1.j) Churches shall submit the names of every Church Committee Member to their Zonal office.
       They shall notify the office any change in the Church Committee membership within one
        month of the change.     Jesus-Christ

3-1.k) THE COMMITTEE MEETINGS: The Church Committee shall meet once in every month.
       Special or emergency meetings may be schedule by the discretion of the Chairman and the
       Secretary when necessary at such place and time as they may determine by giving five days’
       notice to Committee Members. The Chairman shall be responsible for the convening of
       meetings, in the absence of the Chairman, by the Vice-Chairman.

3-1.L) They must notify the Pastor about any emergency meeting, at least seven (7) days preceding
       such meeting, and spells out the purpose of the meeting to him.

   (3-1L-1) The Pastor at his discretion shall attend any of the meetings of the Church Committee.

3-1.m) QUORUM: Half (1/2) of the members of the Committee present shall constitute a quorum.
       Should the attendance be insufficient for a quorum those members present, at the present of
       Chairman or Vice Chairman, Secretary or Assistant Secretary and three other officers should
       continue with the meeting.

3-1.n) In such scanty attendance, the committee shall not take decisions pertaining to any serious
       matters concerning the Church.

3-1.o) Decisions of the Church Committee shall be by simple majority votes of the members present.
       The Chairman shall have a casting vote only in the case of equality of votes.

3-1.p) The Church Committee shall at the Annual Congregational Meeting (ACM) of the Church
       present the previous financial year’s account duly audited either internally within itself or
       externally from the Church Auditors.

3-1.q) The Church Committee, through the secretary, shall keep all records, except financial, of the
       church and be responsible for their correctness. The Church Committee shall also be
       responsible for keeping the following registers:

   (3-1q-1) REGISTER OF FULL MEMBERS: An up-to-date Register of Full Members with full
            particulars of their names, address and place of birth, baptism, transfer, resignation,
            marriage, dismissal or death.

   (3-1q-2) MINUTES BOOK: Minutes book to record the minutes of the Church Committee and
            the Meetings of the church.



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3-1.r) The duty of the Church Committee is to assist the Pastor on the daily activities of the Church
       and to help in sending reports and contributions on matters affecting its running to the Pastor.

3-1.s) They shall with the Board of Elders pioneer the Church when the Pastor is absent. They shall
       not act contrary to the laws and Constitutions of the church. They shall remain subordinate to
       the Pastor.

3 – ARTICLE 2:       ELECTION TO THE CHURCH COMMITTEE

Candidates for election to the Church Committee shall fulfill the following conditions:

3-2.a) They shall demonstrate beyond reasonable doubt, and over a sufficient length of time, that
       they are faithful, matured members of the Church, faithfully devote themselves to personal
       prayers, study of the Word of God and Christian services in the house of the Lord.

3-2.b) They shall attend Sunday worships, weekly Bible Studies and Prayer meetings of the Church
       regularly unless prevented from doing so for valid reason.

3-2.c) They shall make a careful study of the Constitution, in particular our Visions, Tenet of Faith,
       Principles and practices of the Church and fully accept it.

3-2.d) They shall be willing to participate wholeheartedly in the ministry of the Church, and to
       devote time, talents and resources in such ministry, which shall include serving in the various
       departments of the Church.

3-2.e) Persons for the election to the Church Committee shall be screen carefully by the Board of
       Elders to ensure that only those with essential qualifications, and who are in full agreement
       with the doctrinal stand of the Church, particularly with its teachings and practices are in
       consideration for nomination and election to the Church Committee.
3 – ARTICLE 3: DEACONS AND DEACONESSES

3-3.a) Board of Elders shall do the selection of candidates for Deacons and Deaconesses, and the
       church full members shall confirm the candidates. The Church full members have the right to
       accept or reject any of the candidates. However, their refusal shall be on Two Third (2/3)
       majority vote of those in attendance.

3-3.b) Elected Deacons / Deaconesses shall serve for two years term at first, after which he/she may
       be re-elected for one more term, making it four years.




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3-3.c) The maximum duration in office is four years, after which he/she shall not be re-elected
       again into the office. However, the church may appoint them to head some other departments.

3-3.d) The Church shall elect a Deacon or Deaconess who served faithfully to be an Elder, but the
       District Council shall confirm the person’s eligibility, in accordance to Section 2 Article 2
       Paragraph 2d-2 and 2d-4 of the Constitution.

3-3.e) A Deacon or Deaconess who is an officer in the Church Committee shall continue his/her
       duty until his/her tenure in the committee elapses, even if his/her tenure in the office of
       Deacon or Deaconess has expired.

3-3.f) They shall be anointed with anointing oil and prayed for by the laying of hands of the Pastors
       and Elders and commissioned into office, and shall receive Certificate of Appreciations at the
       end of their tenure.

3-3.g) The size and population of a Church shall determine the number of Deacons and Deaconess
       needed.

3 – ARTICLE 4: THE FUNCTIONS OF DEACONS AND DEACONESSES

3-4.a) They shall serve as the Church Committee, by election.

3-4.b) They shall assist the Pastor and the BOE in the administration of the Church.

3-4.c) They shall help in maintaining decorum and orderliness during regular Lord’s Day’s worship
       services in the Church.

3-4.d) They shall be Sunday school teachers.

3-4.e) They shall head cell group fellowships and home Bible studies.

3-4.f) They shall serve as church counselors, and shall refer serious matters to the Church Elders.

3-4.g) They shall carryout any other function that may assign to them by the resolution of the
       Church or the Zonal Council.

3 – ARTICLE 5:       QUALIFICATION FOR ELDERSHIP ORDINATION

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3-5.a) They shall first be a deacon or a deaconess;

3-5.b) They shall satisfy the various requirements listed in 1 Timothy 3:1-16, Titus 1:1-16, and 1
       Peter 5:1-11; and in “Section 3 Article 2 Paragraph 2a to 2d” of the Constitution.
       Additionally, the church shall elect them and confirm by the Pastor.

3-5.c) They shall endeavor by God’s grace to serve in full conformity with the standards set forth in
       the Word of God (1Timothy 3:2-7 and Titus 1:6-9).

3-5.d) They shall assist the Pastor in the government and discipline of the Church, visiting the sick
       and sorrowing members, investigating delinquents and endeavoring to remedy any spiritual
       weakness in the lives of members.

3-5.e) They shall be subject to the discipline and scrutiny of the District Council in accordance to
       “Section 2 Article 2 Paragraph 2d-2, 2d-4 and 2d-5 of this Constitution.

3-5.f) They shall present the Certificate of deaconship for clarification. This is applicable to the
       female candidate.

3-5.g) They shall be willing and apt to teach and preach the word of God whenever given the
       opportunity.

3 – ARTICLE 6:       THE BOARD OF ELDERS

3-6.a) The Board of Elders shall consist of the ordained Elders and the Pastor.

3-6.b) They shall have their Certificates of Ordination immediately after the ordination.

3-6.c) They shall by themselves elect their Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Assistant
       Secretary and other offices they may deemed necessary for the Board.

3-6.d) They may at their discretion appoint or invite Deacons and Deaconesses to take part in any
       meeting of the Board of Elders without voting right.

3-6.e) They shall have their meetings once (1) every month; and when deemed necessary by the
       discretion of the Chairman and the Secretary, and in consultation with the Pastor.

3-6.f) They shall in consultation with the Pastor, determine when necessary to consult the Church
       Committee and department leaders to discuss and deliberate on matters concerning the




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        welfare, progress and spiritual life of the Church, and the suitability of candidates worthy for
        next election into offices.

3-6.g) No person shall divested an Elder of his status in the Church once received the certificate, for
       so long as he remains faithful to the Word of God, and steadfastly to the services of the
       ministry and doctrines of our Lord Jesus Christ and in obedience to the provisions of this
       constitution.

3 – ARTICLE 7:       THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE BOARD OF ELDERS

3-7.a) Subject to Section 2 Article 2 Paragraph 2c of this Constitution, the Board of Elders shall be
       responsible for the spiritual welfare and ministries of the Church.

3-7.b) They shall remove any Church Committee member or a Church Worker from office if his/
       her conduct and action prove to be an apostate or otherwise be against the Word of God or
       acting contrary to the interest and/or the Constitution of the Church.

3-7.c) They shall in collaboration with the Pastor, supervise all church works, equipments, building,
       replacing and renovating of the Church properties.

3-7.d) They shall assist the Pastor in the ministration of the Sacraments, conducting prayer meetings,
       special meetings, church announcements and all similar efforts aimed at reaching the lost for
       Christ and of building up the Church in holy way.

3-7.e) They shall in agreement with the Pastor; take a decision in matters concerning a member or
       the Church and the decision shall be final and binding on the church. However, their decision
       can be repeal by the discretion of the District Council.

3-7.f) They shall at the absence of a Pastor, hold the church for a while until a new Pastor is
       replaced; but shall not perform church rites and sacraments. If there is a need for church
       sacrament or rites, they shall contact the Zonal Leader to perform it.

3-7.g) They shall in collaboration with the Pastor screen and qualify or disqualify candidates for
       Church Committee.

3-7.h) They shall work with the Pastor to exercise discipline in the Church according to the Word of
       God; enquire into the knowledge and Christian conduct of the members of the Church;
       admonish and rebuke those who are found to deserve censure, suspend or exclude offenders
       from the Lord’s Supper and if necessary ex-communicate those that deserved it.




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3-7.i) They shall have joint Leadership meetings with the Deacons, Deaconesses, and department
       leaders twice a year, during March and September precisely. In such meetings, the Pastor
       shall be the Chairman, in his absence the Chairman board of elders shall preside.

SECTION 4: THE PASTORIAL OFFICE

4 – ARTICLE 1:       THE PASTOR & THE 10 PRECEPTS

As a Pastor, you have received the greatest privilege and responsibility in the entire world: called to
pastor the Children of the living God: called by the Sovereign Lord and Majesty of the universe to be
His minister. God has given you the greatest commission and work imaginable. The Scripture spells
out in detail just what your duties are.

4-1.a) You must challenge and lead people to worship the Lord, the only living and true God, in
       spirit and in truth. You must minister and serve the members even as Christ ministered and
       served His disciples’

4-1.b) You must seek and save the lost even as Christ sought and saved the lost. You must work
       and labor for the expansion of the kingdom of God: the harvest is ripe and the task is urgent.

4-1.c) You must preach the word of God: correcting, rebuking, and exhorting people. You must
       teach, instruct, root and ground people in Jesus Christ and in the word of God.

4-1.d) You must edify and build up believers and equip them to do the work of the ministry. You
       must feed believers. You must watch over and warn them about the horribleness of eternal
       damnation.

4-1.e) You must do the work of an evangelist. You must oversee the administration of the church
       assigned to you, set in order the affairs and organizations of the church without partiality or
       compromise.

4-1.f) You must always be prayerful. Pray in season and out of season; with all manner of prayers
       and supplication, and with thanksgiving make your request known to God Almighty.

4-1.g) You must know it is your responsibility for shepherding the flocks of Christ. You shall in
       collaboration with the Cell group leaders; Elders, Zonal Pastors and District Leaders
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4-1.h) You must build the church first in the homes, as instructed by Christ Jesus. You must build
       up the church as a wise master-builder. Your children and people in your house must first
       have positive effect of your ministry before the public will.

4-1.i) You must hold fast to sound doctrine and you must preach and teach sound doctrine. You
       must not use the word of God for selfish purposes. You must lead the believers into pure and
       faultless religion.

4-1.j) As a comrade in Christ and soldier of the cross in Faith Spring Rhema Church, you must
       strive to maintain holiness in the fear of God, and uphold the standard and spiritual
       foundation of the Church.

4 – ARTICLE 2:      PASTORAL QUALIFICATION

The book of Ephesians 4:10-12 made us to understand that pastoral office is divine, as no human
being called him or her, but God. Yet, since we are still in our earthly body, there are some
qualifications demands of a Minister to enable him or her render good and honorable service unto
the LORD. On this, the Church demands that for someone to be a Pastor:

4-2.a) He must be called by God, aware and convinced of the call; (Hebrews 5:4)

4-2.b) He must be willing in all circumstance to answer and fulfill the purpose of the call. (Mark
       8:34-38, Acts 20:24, Galatians 6:12-14, 2 Timothy 4:6- 8).

4-2.c) He must be very conversant with the Word of God and be diligent to present him-self
       approved unto God, as a worker who does not need to be ashamed, but rightly dividing the
       word of truth”. (Joshua 1:8, Psalm 119:9-11, Jeremiah 15:16, Colossians 3:16, 2 Timothy
       2:15).

4-2.d) He must be a man filled with the Holy Spirit. A Pastor can do nothing without the Holy Spirit.
       In Faith Spring Rhema Church, we believe and depend so much on the Holy Spirit. ( Micah
       3:8, Luke 4:18-19, Acts 1:8, 10:38, 1 Corinthians 2:12, Philippians 3:10-11)

4-2.e) He must be very humble. Humbleness is one of the essential qualities needed of a Minister in
       Faith Spring Rhema Church. (Numbers 12:2-11, Psalm 34:1-3, Psalm 113:5-8, Romans
       12:15-17, James 4:10, 1 Peter 5:2-6).

4-2.f) He must be prayerful: Prayer is one of the spiritual weapons that give us victory over the evil
       foes. A prayer less Pastor undoubtedly will be a weak and powerless pastor. (1 King 8:44-53,




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        1 Chronicles 16:11, Psalm 102:16-28, Jeremiah 29:13, Luke 5:15-16, 11:1, 18:1, Ephesians
        6:18, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Colossians 4:2-4, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, Jude 20-21).

4-2.g) He must be ready always to preach the gospel of Christ. This is the essence of our call into
       the Ministry. (Psalm 119:46, Isaiah 55:11, Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-20, Luke 4:18-19,
       Acts 22:15, Romans 1:15-16, 15:19-21, 2 Timothy 1:8, 4:1-5).

4-2.h) He must be sincere. Sincerity to God and man is required of a gospel Minister in all his
       dealings, both within and outside the Church. (Joshua 24:13-14, Matthew 5:34-37, 1
       Corinthians 4:1-2, 2 Corinthians 1:17-22, Philippians 1:9-11, 1 Peter 1:22-23).

4-2.i) He must strive to live a holy life. You may get all the blessings in this world, but without
       holiness, no eyes shall see the LORD. (Psalm 93:2-5, Romans 12:1-2, 2 Corinthians 7:1, 1
       Thessalonians 4: 7-9, 2 Timothy 1:8-10, Hebrews 12:14-29).

4-2.j) He must be diligent in discharging his ministerial duties. Ministry is not for lazy men as
       some people think it to be. Ministry takes all you are; it is a lifetime service. (Proverbs 4:23-
       27, 10:2-5, 12:23-28, 13:4-9, 2 Corinthians 8:21-24).

4-2.k) He must be a man of patient, yes, patience in all things. (James 1:2-8, 5:7-12, Romans
       12:10-21, 2 Peter 1:1-11).

4-2.l) He must be willing to go on mission, both to the cities and to the hinterlands. (Isaiah 6:8,
       Jonah 1:1-3, 3:1-3, Mark 10:28-30, Luke 9:23-25, 14:33, Acts 18:9-10, 20:24, 1 Corinthian
       9:16, 1 Timothy 1:11-12, 2 Timothy 4:7-8).

4-2.m) He must peruse our constitution and understands the fundamental Tenet of Faith of Faith
       Spring Rhema Church and our visions, Doctrines, teachings and practices before applying to
       work with FSRC (Jeremiah 3:15, John 10:13-16, 20:21-23, 1 Peter 5:2-3).

4-2.n) He must be bold as a lion: It is unacceptable for a Gospel Minister to live a fearful life. Fear
       in its own is sin. You must be bold and strong spiritually to enable you stand fearlessly
       before men. Our Master “JESUS CHRIST” is the Lion of the tribe of Judah “For God has
       not giving us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” –
       (Deuteronomy 1:21, 2 Timothy 1:7, Revelation 5:4-5)

4 – ARTICLE 3:        PASTORAL EMPLOYMENT & PREROGATIVES

4-3.a) The Church shall screen a person who wants to work with the Church as a minister. If he
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         any other Senior Minister who the General Overseer will delegate shall perform the
         consecration rites.

4-3.b) After consecration, the minister shall be recognize as a Pastor of FSRC; but will operate in
       the office of an Assistant Pastor at least for three years before he can be fully ordained and
       issued a Pastoral Certificate of FSRC; then he shall be qualified to handle a church branch.

4-3.c) Graduating from Theological school does not qualify someone to be a Pastor in FSRC.
       Except the person is already a member of the Church and must have been consecrated three
       years before his graduation; in this case, the Minister on graduating shall have an ordination
       by the Church before he can be in-charge or shepherd a church branch.

4-3.d) For a Pastor to be in-charge of a branch of FSRC, he must be ordained and have the Pastoral
       Certificate of the Church. However, a minister can serve as an assistant Pastor preceding
       ordination.

4-3.e) FSRC recognizes some Theological Schools Certificates, but places more value on the
       ordination of the Church and its Pastoral Certificate; to maintain unity of doctrine, teachings,
       believes and practices in accordance to Section 4 Article 1 Paragraph 1e and 1i of the
       Constitution.

4-3.f)   The Church may accept a Minister from another denomination who desires to work in
         FSRC; but the Minister shall go through the due process, in accordance to Section 4 Article 3
         Paragraph 3a and 3b of the Constitution.

4-3.g) If a minister is already an ordained Pastor from another Bible teaching and Holy Spirit
       believing denomination and wants to work in FSRC, at the presentation of his certificate
       after verification, the church shall employ him but as an assistant pastor at least for one year.
       The Church will deem the one year as probation period, which shall determine if he will
       work with FSRC or not.

4-3.h) There are some exceptional cases where the General Overseer may use his prerogative of
       grace towards reducing the period of probation for a minister.

4 – ARTICLE 4:        PASTORIAL DISCIPLINE

4-4.a) The Church shall thoroughly follow up any accusation made about a Minister of FSRC. After
       an exhaustive investigation, if the Minister is guilty, the Church shall treat him according to
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4-4.b) A Minister Ex-communicated because of fallen prey into a scandalous sinful or immoral life,
       shall stay away from the pulpit and ecclesiastical functions for a period of ten (10) Calendar
       months. During these periods, he will forfeit his rights and privileges.

4-4.c) The Church shall after ten months restore a minister ex-communicated. After restoration, he
       will regain his rights and privileges immediately.

4-4.d) A minister who is an office holder or an executive officer, may regain back his office or
       position after three months of his restoration, if found a change and godly repentance in him.

4-4.e) The Church shall expel any Minister who refused to adhere to discipline after been found
       guilty of an unhealthy or sinful attitude, in accordance to Section 9 Article 2 Paragraph 2b of
       the Constitution.

4-4.f) A Minister or an Ordained Elder who indulges in the act of rivalry or splintering shall be
       guilty before God and the Church (FSRC). The Church shall treat him according to the
       provisions of Section 9 Article 2 Paragraph 2b or 2d of this constitution.

4 – ARTICLE 5:       CHURCH CERTIFICATES

4-5.a) The Pastoral and Eldership offices shall receive Certificates of Ordination immediately after
       the ordination from the Central Council.

4-5.b) A Minister employed for a pastoral position in FSRC, shall immediately after employment
       receive a Certificate of Employment from the Central Council.

4-5.c) The Central Council shall be responsible for the issuing of Baptismal Certificates to all the
       Church branches.

4-5.d) A Minster promoted into the Central Council shall immediately after the swearing in receive
       a Certificate of Promotion from the Central Council (CEC).

4-5.e) A Minister commissioned into an office shall immediately after the swearing in receive a
       Certificate of Appointment, from either the National, States, Districts or Zonal councils,
       depending the place of employment. However, the General Overseer shall endorse and
       authorize all Certificates of the Church.

4-5.f) The Church Certificates are very important because it certifies your stay and position with
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      SECTION 5: THE ADMINISTRATION AND PREROGATIVE

      5 – ARTICLE 1:      THE ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES

      5-1.a) The Ministers in the Administrative offices shall be responsible for all the matters, and
             governing the affairs of the Church within their jurisdictions. They shall be known as the
             Executive Council either at the Central, National, States or Districts.

      5-1.b) The General Overseer shall have Annual Coordinators Meeting with all the Coordinators,
             both the Central, National, States and Districts. He shall also convene emergency meetings
             with them any time deemed good for the welfare and administrative purpose of the Church.

      5-1.c) The National Coordinator shall in consultation with the General Overseer at his discretion,
             fix national meetings or any other Christian ceremony, so also the States and Districts
             Councils.

      5-1.d) The Church shall employ only the ordained Ministers and Elders at the Central, National and
             State Administrative offices. The candidates shall present their ordination certificates for
             verification preceding the employment.

      5-1.e) The office of the General Overseer shall be responsible for the verification and
             commissioning of ministers into office; at his absence, office of the Central Coordinator or
             Secretary General shall perform the duty.

      5 – ARTICLE 2:      THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES – (Deuteronomy. 1:9-18)

      5-2.a) The Administrative Offices of FSRC shall be:
               (①) THE GENERAL OVERSEER
               (②) THE CENTRAL COORDINATOR
               (③) NATIONAL COORDINATOR(S)
               (④) THE SECRETARY GENERAL
               (⑤) ASSISTANT SECRETARY GENERAL
               (⑥) TREASURER
               (⑦) ASSISTANT TREASURER
               (⑧) FINANCIAL SECRETARY
               (⑨) ASSISTANT FINANCIAL SECRETARY
               (⑩) DIRECTOR MISSIONS & EVANGELISM
               (⑪) DIRECTOR SUNDAY SCHOOL
               (⑫) DIRECTOR MEDIA & PUBLICATION
(⑬)              DIRECTOR EDUCATION & CHRISTIAN DEVELOPMENT



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           (5-2a-1)   AD-HOC ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES
                      (①) DIRECTOR MUSIC MINISTRY
                      (②) DIRECTOR MEN’S MINISTRY
                      (③) DIRECTOR WOMEN MINISTRY
                      (④) DIRECTOR YOUTH MINISTRY
                      (⑤) DIRECTOR CHILDREN MINISTRY

5-2.b) The CEC shall make up of the thirteen offices listed in Section 5 Article 2 Paragraph 2a of
       this Constitution. At the Central Executive Council, officers of the five ad-hoc offices shall
       work directly under the empirical office of the General Overseer.

5-2.c) The Functions of the Ad-hoc offices shall be just as their names imply.

5-2.d) The five Ad-hoc Offices shall exist as separate offices at the National and State levels, with a
       change of titles from “Directors” to National or State Coordinators of their respective
       ministerial offices.

5-2.e) The thirteen offices at the Central Council shall be applied at the National and State Councils
       and with addition of the five ad-hoc offices; making it 18 Executive offices in the NEC, SEC
       and DC.

5-2.f) The number of the Officials may also increase depending on the number of FSRC branches
       in a Nation, States or Districts. The number of Churches we have in each nation or state shall
       determine either to reduce the number of the offices or to increase them, if the need arises.

5-2.g) All the States Coordinators shall be members of the National Executive Council. More so,
       the District leaders shall be members of the State Executive Council (SEC).

5-2.h) Every District Leader shall be a Presbyter. That is, whosoever becomes a District Leader
       shall immediately be ordained a Presbyter.

5 – ARTICLE 3:        ADMINISTRATIVE HIERARCHY

5-3)    FSRC administrative hierarchy shall be as follows:
       {01}   General Overseer
       {02}   Central Coordinator
       {03}   Central Executive Council (CEC)
       {04}   National Coordinator
       {05}   National Executive Council (NEC)
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      {07}     State Executive Council “SEC” (Council of Presbyters)
      {08}     District Leaders – District Council
      {09}     Sectional Leaders – Sections
      {10}     Zonal Leaders – Zones

SECTION 6: FUNCTIONS OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES

6 – ARTICLE 1:      THE GENERAL OVERSEER

6-1.a) In accordance to Section 2 Article 2 Paragraph 2f of the Constitution, “The General Overseer
       shall be responsible for the general oversight of the Church. He shall be the Chairman of the
       Central Executive Council (CEC)”.

6-1.b) He shall approve the planting of new churches both locally and abroad, and in collaboration
       with the National, State and District Coordinators oversee their growth and sustenance into
       full-fledged churches, to fulfill the church’s vision in accordance to Section 1 Article 3
       Paragraph 3a to 3j of the Constitution.

6-1.c) He shall preside at all Central Executive Council meetings and all Annual Congregational
       Meetings of the Church. At his absence, the Central Coordinator or the Secretary General
       shall preside, or any other Senior Minister delegated by the G.O.

6-1.d) He shall act as the ambassador of the Church at any official occasion and ceremonies, or
       appoint any other Minister to represent him.

6-1.e) He shall in consultation with the Secretary General prepare the agenda for every meeting and
       confer with him to determine place and time to convene meeting.

6-1.f) He shall counter-sign minutes, approve vouchers and together with the Treasure and/or of the
       Trustee sign cheques for all payments on behalf of the Church.

6-1.g) He shall be a signatory to the bank account of the Church, and a member of the Church’s
       board of trustee.

6-1.h) He shall be responsible for the good and orderly functioning of the Church and keep himself
       in close touch with the activities of the Church secretariat.

6-1.i) He shall be responsible for the selection of the Central Executive Council Members, National,
       States, and District Coordinators and perform all other duties pertaining to his office in the
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6 – ARTICLE 2:       THE CENTRAL COORDINATOR

6-2.a) He shall coordinate the Church affairs at the International levels.

6-2.b)   He shall assist the General Overseer in matters pertaining to the Ministries of the Church.

6-2.c) He shall have the same functions and power as the general overseer while discharging his
       duty in any official occasion, meetings or ceremony of the Church at the absence of the
       General Overseer.

6-2.d) He shall preside over the meetings of the Church in the absence of the incumbent.

6-2.e) He shall carryout other functions as may assign to him by the General Overseer.

6 – ARTICLE 3:       THE NATIONAL COORDINATORS

6-3.a) He shall be the administrative Minister of the Church at the national level

6-3.b) He hall be the Chairman of the National Executive Council (NEC).

6-3.c) He shall co-ordinate the functions and activities of officers of the church at the national level.

6-3.d) He shall in consultation with the National Secretary, prepare the agenda for every meeting.

6-3.e) He shall confer with the secretary to determine venue and time to convene meeting.

6-3.f) He shall be a signatory to the Church’s national account.

6-3.g) Shall approve and sign expenditure and vouchers on behalf of the national body of the
       Church.

6-3.h) He shall be responsible for the good and orderly functioning of the Church at the national.

6-3.i) He shall carry out other functions as may assign to him by the General Overseer.

6 – ARTICLE 4:       THE ASSISTANT NATIONAL COORDINATOR

6-4.a) He shall in the absence of the national coordinator perform all the duties of the office of the
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6-4.b) He shall perform other duties that may assign to him by the National Coordinator or the
       NEC.

6 – ARTICLE 5:       THE SECRETARY GENERAL

6-5.a) The Secretary General shall be a graduate who has a good ability in reading and writing
       English, and prolific in computer use.

6-5.b) He shall keep a concise account of minutes of meetings and read them at meetings.

6-5.c) He shall be the custodian of the Church’s minute book, register and other stationeries for the
       efficient running of the Church.

6-5.d) He shall confer with the General Overseer to determine venue and time to convene meetings,
       and to prepare the agenda for the meeting.

6-5.e) He shall conduct all correspondences of the Church.

6-5.f) He shall keep the comprehensive list of the Church’s Ordained Pastors and Elders.

6-5.g) He shall preside over meetings and other official ceremonies of the Church at the absence of
       the General Overseer and the Central Coordinator.

6-5.h) He shall be a signatory to the Church’s bank account.

6-5.i) He shall carryout any other functions as may assign to him by the General Overseer.

6 – ARTICLE 6:       THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY GENERAL

6-6.a) He shall in the absence of the Secretary, perform all the duties of the office of the Secretary.

6-6.b) He shall carryout any other to him by the Secretary or the CEC.

6 – ARTICLE 7:       THE TREASURER

6-7.a) The treasurer of the Church shall be an ordained Minister or an Elder of outstanding good
       behavior, and no questionable character.

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6-7.c) He shall maintain the church assets register and ensures their safety.

6-7.d) He shall always confer with the financial secretary for account accuracy.

6-7.e) He shall ensure that all money received on behalf of the Church are paid into the Church
       account within forty-eight hours of such receipt.

6-7.f) He shall be a signatory to the Church bank account.

6-7.g) He shall carryout any other functions as may assign to him by the General Overseer.

6 – ARTICLE 8:       THE ASSISTANT TREASURER

6-8.a) H shall in the absence of the Treasurer perform all the duties of the office of the Treasurer;

6-8.b) He shall perform other duties that may assign to him by the Treasurer or the CEC

6 – ARTICLE 9:       THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY

6-9.a) The Financial Secretary must be educated and an ordained minister or Elder.

6-9.b) He shall record and keep accurate account of all the Church financial transaction.

6-9.c) He shall receive all money on behalf of the Church and hand over the same to the treasurer
       with proper endorsement within forty-eight hours of such receipt.

6-9.d) He shall keep updated financial records of all the full members and publish statement of
       account annually, and shall be published a month before the end of year Annual
       Congregational Meeting (ACM), or when a resolution is passed to that effect.

6-9.e) He shall record and keep the accurate account of the Church income and expenditure
       through the Church’s payment and withdrawal voucher and account register.

6-9.f) He shall in consultation with the Secretary and the Treasurer, prepare annual budget estimate
       for the Church, which shall be ratified by the Central Executive Council and approved by the
       General Overseer.

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6 – ARTICLE 10:         THE ASSISTANT FINANCIAL SECRETARY

6-10.a) He shall perform the duty and functions of the financial Secretary in his absence.

6-10.b) He shall perform any other function that may assign to him by the financial Secretary or the
        CEC.

6 – ARTICLE 11:          DIRECTOR MISSIONS & EVANGELISM

   6-11.a) He shall ensure that the missions and evangelism strategies of the Church are well
           coordinated.

   6-11.b) He shall supervise the Church’s mission fields and see to the welfare of the missionaries
           and the local churches.

   6-11.c) He shall inform and give briefing to the G.O, on the development of the churches in the
           mission areas, and discovery of new mission opportunities.

   6-11.d) He shall be in-charge of recruitment and training of the Church missionaries.

   6-11.e) He shall in collaboration with the General Overseer, invent new missions and
           evangelism strategy.

   6-11.f)     He shall in collaboration with the Director of Media and publication make sure that the
               Church has adequate gospel printed materials, and always ready to go with the gospel.

   6-11.g) He shall be in charge of purchasing and replacing of the Church evangelism equipments
           when necessary, approved by the Central Executive Council.

   6-11.h) He shall make sure that the Church evangelism life is always on fire.

   6-11.i)     He shall carryout any other functions as may assign to him by the General Overseer.

6 – ARTICLE 12:         DIRECTOR MEDIA & PUBLICATION

   6-12.a) He shall have oversight on the Church publications; tracts, bulletins, magazines, flyers
           and posters.

   6-12.b) He shall in collaboration with the Director of Missions and Evangelism makes sure that
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   6-12.c) He shall be responsible for the announcement of the Church activities to the public,
           when and/as authorized by the General Overseer or Central Executive Council.

   6-12.d) He shall pass notices to the press and television stations for public announcement when
           necessary.

   6-12.e) He shall be in charge of our recording and communication equipments; and supervise
           the coverage of the Church meetings, programs, ceremonies and gospel outreaches.

   6-12.f)     He shall be in charge of purchasing and replacing of the media equipments as approved
               by the Central Executive Council, when necessary.

   6-12.g) He shall carryout any other functions as may assign to him by the General Overseer.

6 – ARTICLE 13:         DIRECTOR EDUCATION AND CHRISTIAN DEVELOPMENT

   6-13.a) He shall be in charge of the Church’s mission school and sees to its progress.

   6-13.b)      He shall supervise the production of the yearly academic curriculum and making sure
               that they are in line with the Government stipulated standard.

   6-13.c) He shall make sure that the school environments are conducive for learning, and that the
           teachers are God fearing and well mannered.

   6-13.d) He shall develop a program by which the students will come to know God while
           schooling.

   6-13.e) He shall work in collaboration with the Director of Children Education in reaching to
           the children at the Kindergarten levels.

   6-13.f)     He shall be in charge of employment of teachers and school workers in consultation
               with the General Overseer.

   6-13.g) He shall send annual progress report of the school to the Church, at the Annual
           Congregational Meetings (ACM).

   6-13.h)     He shall carryout any other functions as may assign to him by the General Overseer.

6 – ARTICLE 14:         DIRECTOR SUNDAY SCHOOL

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   6-14.b) He shall have oversight on the production of our Sunday school teaching and studying
           manuals, and ensures that they are available for our Churches when required.
   6-14.c) He shall supervise the articles for every years teaching manual and ensures that they are
           of standard and in accord with our doctrines.

   6-14.d) He shall be responsible of making yearly Sunday school manual production budget to
           the CEC, which shall be approving by the General Overseer.

   6-14.e) He shall in collaboration with the General Overseer produce workable Sunday school
           strategies that will help in the growth of the Church;

   6-14.f)     He shall give a progress report on the Sunday school department to the Central
               Executive Council, when required.

   6-14.g) He shall in collaboration with the General Overseer see to the training and producing of
           good Sunday school field instructors, who will assist in training Sunday school teachers,
           in our annual Sunday school teachers’ summit.

   6-14.h) He shall be responsible of developing a strategy that will make Sunday school very
           interesting, which shall make the members enthusiastic to attend Sunday school.

   6-14.i)     He shall carryout any other functions as may assign to him by the General Overseer.

SECTION 7: CONGREGATIONAL MEETINGS AND DELEGATIONS

7 – ARTICLE 1:        THE CHURCH MEETINGS

7-1.a) Any Congregational Meeting of the Church may be constituted as a general meeting for the
       transaction of business, provided announcement of the said meeting has been given from the
       pulpit at four weeks regular worship services on the four preceding Lord’s Days or by four
       weeks’ written notice to the Churches.

7-1.b) Congregational Meetings shall be opening with prayers, Scripture reading, Gospel message,
       and closed with prayers.

7-1.c) Congregational Meetings shall be of two kinds; namely, Annual Congregational Meeting
       (ACM) and Extraordinary Congregational Meeting (XCM), they are as follows;

   (7-1c-1) ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING (ACM): This is for the transaction of
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               passed in writing or announced on the pulpit in all the local churches; at least three (3)
               weeks preceding the meeting, specifying the place, date and time of the meeting, and the
               business to transact.

   (7-1c-2) The General Overseer shall preside over such Meetings; at his absence, the Central
            Coordinator, the Secretary General, or any other Senior Minister delegated by the
            General Overseer shall preside.

   (7-1c-3) At the ACM, the Central Executive Council shall present management reports, plans for
            the physical year and visions ahead for the Church, while other Administrative Councils
            (National, States and Districts) shall present progress reports from their sectors, the
            spiritual and physical conditions of the Church branches, and other relevant reports.

   (7-1c-4) Items of business shall include acceptance of the previous financial year’s accounts,
            reports from the Church Committees, presentation of newly ordained ministers and
            elders, election or appointment of new administrative officers and internal Auditors
            when the need arises, and any other matters on the agenda.

7-1.d) EXTRAORDINARY CONGREGATIONAL MEETING (XCM): This is an emergency
       meeting for the transaction of particular business pertaining to the Church. It may hold at any
       time upon due notice being given to all the Church branches. At such a meeting, the Church
       shall consider only such business as is specifically mentioned.

7-1.e) Any member who wishes to place an item on the agenda of any Congregational Meeting may
       do so provided such member gives a personal signed written notice with particulars of such
       items to the Secretary at least three weeks before the meeting is due to be held. The Church
       shall give notice of such additional items to the branches either from the pulpit at the regular
       Lord’s Day worship service immediately preceding the date of the meeting or in writing at
       least seven days to the meeting.

7-1.f) The National Coordinator or State Coordinator shall by due consultation with the General
       Overseer and his approval, call an Extraordinary (Emergency) National or State
       Congregational Meeting when deemed prudent within his own state of jurisdiction.

7-1.g) The Church Committee or Elders of the Church branch can also by due consultation with the
       Pastor and his approval, call an Extraordinary Meeting of the local Church any time when
       deem prudent for the good and welfare of the Church.

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7-1.i) CONGREGATIONAL COUNCIL MEETING (CCM): Both the Extraordinary
       Congregational Council Meeting (XCCM) Shall be only for the Ordained and Consecrated
       Ministers, Elders, Deacons and Deaconesses, department leaders, Church workers and five
       ordinary Full Members delegates appointed by the Board of Elders from every local church.

7-1.j) At the CCM or XCCM, there shall be occasional reshuffling and changing of Church
       officers, when deemed prudent for administrative purposes by the Central Executive Council.

7-1.k) No person shall act as a proxy in CCM or XCCM unless he/she is a full member in good
       standing of a local Church. No person shall at any meeting act as proxy for any other person
       than a member of his/her owns local Church, and he/she must inform the Pastor about it, at
       least, three days preceding the day to convene the meeting.

7-1.l) CONGREGATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING (CECM): Both the
       Extraordinary Congregational Executive Council Meeting (XCECM) shall be only for
       the constituted officers of the Executive Councils from the Central, National and States.

7-1.m) At the CECM or XCECM, there shall be occasional reshuffling and changing of officers of
       the administrative offices, when deemed prudent for good administrative purposes by the
       General Overseer.

7-1.n) CENTRAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL (CEC): This shall be only for the members of the
       Central Executive Council.

7 – ARTICLE 2:       CHURCH CONVENTION

(7-2.a) There shall be Annual Church Convention for the spiritual revivals and awakenings of the
        Church. It shall be open to the public; both Members and non-members of the church, the
        time and venue of the meeting will be at the discretion of the General Overseer and the CEC.

(7-2.b) At such meeting, the Church shall not discuss any other business outside spiritual matters. It
        shall serve as a solemn Assembly and moment of reflection for the Members and all people
        present.

7 – ARTICLE 3:       ELECTORAL PROCEDURE

7-3.a) All the elections of the Church shall be by Open Secret ballot system.

7-3.b) Only the Full Members shall be eligible to participate in any Church election.

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7-3.d) In any election, the decisions of the Officials present shall be final, be it officials from the
       Central, National, State or District Council.

7-3.e) In the election of candidates into office, the candidate who got the simple majority votes cast
       shall immerge as the winner.

7-3.f) In any Congregational meeting, it is only two thirds (2/3) majority votes of the full members
       in attendance shall carry a resolution at the meeting; this has to do with the deliberation of
       issues or matters about the Church.

7 – ARTICLE 4:       CONSTITUTION REVIEW COMMITTEE

7-3.b) The CEC shall appoint the Constitution Review Committee and the Church shall ratify them
       at any CECM or XCECM.

7-3.c) They shall be of people with distinguished character, matured in Christian faith and
       committed members of the Church with proven integrity.

7-3.d) They shall be people who have held a leadership position either within the Church or at any
       reputable circular firm.

7-3.e) They shall be a maximum of twelve members.

7-3.f) The Church shall constitute them when necessary and shall stand disbanded upon completion
       of the constitution review assignment.

7-3.g) Their assignment shall complete when the Church at CCM adopts the reviewed constitution
       upon presentation.

SECTION 8: FINANCIAL MATTERS

8 – ARTICLE 1:       FINANCE

8-1.a) The Church shall support its work and program by the freewill offerings of its members, gifts
       and donations from friends and visitors and by such other income as may be derived by the
       Church according to the Holy Scriptures.

8-1.b) The Church shall use its fund in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution in
       pursuance of achieving its visions and objectives, in accordance with the provisions in
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8-1.c) The Treasurer shall collect all funds received on behalf of the Church and deposit them into
       the Church account. He shall keep an account of all monetary transactions and shall be
       responsible for their correctness.

8-1.d) The General Overseer or Central Coordinator and Secretary General in addition with the
       Treasurer or the Assistant Treasurer will sign cheques and all other bank documents for
       withdrawals from the bank.

8-1.e) At the Annual Congregation Meeting (ACM) the General Overseer in collaboration with the
       Executive Councils; shall appoint three or four dedicated Full Members of the Church who
       are versed and prudent in financial matters to be Auditors and shall hold office for two years
       only and may be re-appointed for another two years; making it four years.

8 – ARTICLE 2:       THE AUDITORS

8-2.a) The Auditors shall be required to audit the Church’s accounts annually and present a report
       upon them at the Annual Congregational Meeting. They may also be required at the
       discretion of the General Overseer to audit the Church’s accounts for any period within their
       tenure of office at any date, and make a report to the Executive.

8-2.b) They shall notify the financial secretary and the treasurer of their intention to carry out an
       audit of the Church account one month before audit.

8-2.c) They shall have no access to the physical cash of the Church, neither have they right to ask
       for money from the treasurer.

8-2.d) They shall report immediately to the General Overseer and the Central Executive Council
       any discrepancies or miss-appropriation of fund discovered in the record, for action.

8-2.e) They shall ensure that they maintain financial balance between the financial Secretary and
       the Treasurer; and make sure that there is financial accountability and transparency in the
       Church.

8 – ARTICLE 3:       THE TRUSTEES

8-3.a) The Church shall have the power to acquire immovable property and such other property as
       the relevant authorities shall permit.

8-3.b) If the Church acquires any immovable property, it shall vest such property in trustees subject
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        The Central Executive Council of the Church shall elect the Nominees and approved by the
        General Overseer.

8-3.c) The Church shall indemnify the trustees against risk and expense out of the property of the
       Church. Any trustee may resign at any time his or her trusteeship.

8-3.d) When a trustee dies or becomes of unsound mind (because of old age, etc.) the Executive
       Council of the Church will at that point remove the person from the trustee.

8-3.e) If a trustee is guilty of misconduct of such kind as to render it undesirable that, he or she
       continues as a trustee, Central Executive Council may remove him or her from trusteeship.
       They may fill Vacancies in the trusteeship at the General Congregational Meeting. The
       church may announce a notice of any proposal to remove a trustee or to appoint a new trustee
       in all the Church branches at the Lord’s Day regular worship service or at the Weekly
       activities three weeks preceding the Council Meeting convened for the purpose.

SECTION 9: PROHIBITIONS AND OFFENCES

    As Children of God and believers of Christ Jesus, it is God’s commands and injunctions for us to
    maintain orderliness and good Christian attitudes both in our personal life and in behavior
    pertaining to our worship of God and services in the Church. The breach of these provisions shall
    attract the following penalties where applicable.

9 – ARTICLE 1:       PROHIBITION

9-1.a) Gambling of any kind whether for stakes or not, is forbidden on the Church’s premises. The
       Church also prohibits introduction of materials for gambling or drug taking and of bad
       characters into the premises.

9-1.b) The Church shall not use its funds to pay the fines of any member convicted in court for
       criminal offences.

9-1.c) The Church shall not attempt to restrict or interfere with trade or make directly or indirectly
       any recommendation to, or any arrangement with its members that has the purpose or is
       likely to have the effect of fixing or controlling the price or any discount, allowance or rebate
       relating to any goods or services, which adversely affect consumer interests.

9-1.d) The Church shall not as a body indulge in any political activity or allow its funds and/or
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9-1.e) Political involvement, support or interest of any member of the Church shall be strictly on
       personal and individual bases, and shall not affect the Church either in part or as a whole.

9-1.f) The Church shall not condone any action or behavior that undermines its peace and unity,
       either to the entire body or to its branches. As such, all members of the FSRC should strive to
       live in peace with one another and united with brotherly affection as people of one faith in
       Christ Jesus.

9 – ARTICLE 2: OFFENCES

9-2.a) HERESIES – These are false doctrines, teachings and delusive dogmas. Any person in the
       Church found in this hideous act whether a full Member or not, shall be dismissed
       immediately from the Church (1 Timothy 4:1-3, Titus 3:10-11, 2 Peter 2:1-9, Revelation 2:4-
       6).

9-2.b) REBELLION – This can be defined as an act of challenging the decision of any of the
       Church authorities, either the Church Committee, Board of Elders, Council of Presbyters or
       any of the Executive Councils; refusing to adhere to discipline and correction or comply with
       the decision of the Church Leaders. The Church will dismiss such a person from membership
       (1 Samuel 15:22-23, Job 36:10-12, Proverbs 17:11, Jeremiah 6:27-30).

9-2.c) WITCHCRAFT / SORCERY / IDOLATRY – Any of these acts is an abomination unto
       the LORD, and shall not be found or mentioned among the believers of Jesus Christ.
       Therefore, the Church shall immediately terminate the membership of any person found in
       any of these acts (Exodus 22:18-20, Deuteronomy 18:10-14, Jeremiah 50:36-38).

9-2.d) DIVISIVE ACTS – These are acts of sowing the seed of discord among members of the
       Church by using undermined words to incite fractions and religious factions. Any Member
       found in this type of act shall be ex-communicated until such time repentance is found in
       him/her by the Pastor and Board of Elders (Romans 16:17-20, Jude 16-19).

9-2.e) GOSSIP / SLANDER – These are acts of giving falsified information, mud slinging and
       character assassination, which can damage or destroy a person’s reputation. Any Member
       found in this act shall be ex-communicated, until such time repentance is found in him/her by
       the Pastor and Board of Elders (Psalm 15:1-5, Psalm 101:5-8, Proverbs 10:18-21, Proverbs
       17:4-5).

9-2.f) PHYSICAL ASSAULT – This can be defined as “Two Fighting”; any Member of the
       Church found indulging in this act either by pushing, stabbing, kicking, knocking or boxing,




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         shall be ex-communicated until such time repentance is found in him/her by the Pastor and
         Board of Elders (James 4:1-6).

9-2.g) SCANDALOUS LIFE – This sinful life or attitude can bring a shame to the body of Christ,
       and to the name of the Church. Such as Adultery, Fornication, Drunkenness, Murder,
       Stealing and Rubbery, etc, any Member found in any of these acts shall be ex-communicated
       until such time repentance is found in him/her by the Pastor and Board of Elders (Galatians
       5:19-26, Revelation 21:8).

9-2.h) LATENESS – The act of lateness to the “Lord’s Day” worship service and weekly activities
       is an offence and shall not be condone mostly from the full Members and Church officials.
       Lateness can attract suspension from official duties and may bring dethronement from office
       and position in the Church.

9-2.i)   ABSENTEEISM – As a full Member, if there be any tangible reason why you should be
         absent in any meeting, mostly in the Lord’s Day worship service, get the Pastor or any
         Church Committee Member informed on time. Failure to do so can attract suspension from
         official duties and may bring dethronement from office and position in the Church.

9-2.j) Any Minister or Full Member ex-communicated shall loose his office or position in the
       Church; and may regain it after two months of his restoration, if found godly repentance in
       him/her.

9-2.k) In reference to Section 9 Article 2 Paragraph 2b any member who refused to comply or obey
       the Church leadership after two consecutive warning, which shall be done in writing, shall
       have his/her membership terminated.

9 – ARTICLE 3:       MOTION OF NO CONFIDENCE

9-3.a) The members of a local church shall if aggrieved, or at a variance with an office bearer of the
       church, have power to vote by two thirds (2/3) majority for the removal of such person from
       the seat, at a special General meeting of the local church called for the specific purpose.
       Such person shall vacate his/her position and another member of the church or the deputy
       shall replace him/her.

9-3.b) If it is a Minister, the Board of Elders shall write to the District Council; and make their
       observations and feelings known. The DC shall call for an emergency general meeting of all
       the full members of the local church, at two-thirds (2/3) majority votes for the removal; the
       Minister shall be removed from the branch.




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9-3.c) At two-thirds (2/3) majority vote against a Minister in a local church, the DC shall
       immediately report the minister to the SEC and recommend him for an emergency transfer.
       The SEC on receiving the report shall follow the right procedures within an interval of three
       months, the G.O will indorse the minister’s transfer and the SEC shall transfer him.

SECTION 10: GENERAL INFORMATION

10 – ARTICLE 1:       ON THE CHURCH

10-1.a) The Church shall maintain the same administrative protocols and hierarchy from the Central,
        to the national, states, districts and zones.

10-1.b) The ministerial and administrative provisions of this Constitution are applicable at the five
        arms or levels of the Church, they are; Central, National, states, districts and zones, except
        otherwise the functions that specifically appeared in the context meant for the officials at
        certain levels.

10-1.c) In reference to Section 7 Article 1, Paragraph 1a to 1f of this Constitution, the Church shall
        maintain the same order of its meetings both at the central, national, states, districts and
        Zones.

10 – ARTICLE 2:       BYELAWS

10-2.a) The National and State Councils may give to themselves a byelaw, as it may deem
        necessary for the management of the affairs of the church in relevance to the laws of the
        land.

10-2.b) Subject to Section 2 Article 2 Paragraph 2i-2 of the Constitution, the Central Executive
        Council may repeal or amend such Byelaws, as they may from time to time consider
        necessary for giving effect to the provisions of this Constitution, or for the well-being and
        good governance of the Church.

10-2.c) Those who need a Byelaw shall notify the Central Executive Council in writing through the
        Secretary General, detailing the needs and purposes of the Byelaw, and wait for the approval
        from the General Overseer before proceeding.

10-2.d) All Byelaws shall be consistent with this constitution; and shall in violation to this
        Constitution declared null and void, in accordance to Section 1 Article 2 Paragraph 2g and
        2h of the Constitution.




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10 – ARTICLE 3:       CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

10-3.a) This Constitution shall be subject to amendments when the need arises.

10-3.b) The Executive will consider proposal to modify or alter this Constitution when such motion
        for the constitutional amendments comes up at any of the CCM or CECM meetings

10-3.c) The proposed changes shall be spelled out in writing motion and signed by the person; and
        send to the office of the State Secretary, National Secretary or Secretary General of the
        Church, at least three weeks preceding the CCM or CECM meetings.

10-3.d) The reason for the amendment and the benefits of the proposed replacement must be clearly
        spell out in the writing.

10-3.e) The Secretary General will read the proposal in the Congregational Council Meeting (CCM)
        or Congregational Executive Council Meeting (CECM). After reading the motion letter, at
        least seven full members in good standing with the Church shall second the motion.

10-3.f) After seconding the motion, the Secretary General shall register the proposal and the Church
        shall convene an Extraordinary Congregational Council meeting (XCCM) for the
        amendment.

10-3.g) The Pastors shall announce the meeting on the pulpit in the churches three times at regular
        Lord’s Day’s worships services. At least, three weeks preceding the Extraordinary
        Congregational Council meeting of the Church deem for the amendment.

10-3.h) At the XCCM, the motion for the amendment shall be subject to deliberation and vote; the
        adoption of the proposed amendment shall be by two third (2/3) majority votes of the Full
        members in attendance.

10-3.i) If the votes were not up to two-thirds (2/3) majority, the constitution will be kept until some
        other time.

10-3.j) If two third (2/3) majority of the members in attendance favor the proposal, the Church shall
        constitute Constitutional Review Committee according to the provisions of this constitution.

10-3.k) However, when the Central Executive Council considered there is need for a major review
        of the constitution, they shall sponsors such amendments to the Church through CECM or
        XCECM with reasons for such amendments.




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 10-3.l) The Church shall not make any new rules nor the rules herein contained be amended or
         rescinded, without the consent of two-thirds (2/3) majority votes of the Full members
         present in the officially constituted Congregational Council Meeting (CCM) or
         Extraordinary Congregational Council Meeting (XCCM) convening for the amendment.

 10-3.m) They shall be present and voting at a properly constituted meeting approved by the General
         Overseer. There must be due notice that will specify the intention to propose such rules or
         amendments, in accordance to Section 10 Article 3 Paragraph 3g and 3h of this Constitution.

 10 – ARTICLE 4:       THE CHURCH PROPERTY

10-4)    All property, which the Church may acquire whether movable or immovable shall be hold
         and administered solely for the propagation of the gospel and furtherance of its visions, in
         accordance to Section 1 Article 3 Paragraph 3a to 3j of this Constitution.

 10 – ARTICLE 5:       CHURCH MEETING STANDING ORDER

10-5.a) The Pastor, Assistant Pastor or Chairman Board of Elders shall preside over the meetings and
        ceremonies of the Church. In the absence of the Pastor, his Assistant takes over. In the
        absence of a Pastor, the Chairman Board of Elders shall preside.

     10-5.b) The meetings of the Church shall proceed as follows:
              )
            (① The opening prayers
              )
            (② Praises and worship
              )
            (③ Gospel message
              )
            (④ Pastor (Chairman) opening speech
              )
            (⑤ Reading of the last meeting minutes by the Secretary
              )
            (⑥ Adoption of the minutes
              )
            (⑦ Signing of the minutes by the Pastor (Chairman) and Secretary
              )
            (⑧ Agenda for the meeting
              )
            (⑨ Matters arising
              )
            (⑩ General / Any other business (AOB)
              )
            (⑪ Vote of thanks by the Pastor (Chairman)
              )
            (⑫ Motion for adjournment
              )
            (⑬ Entertainment if there be
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(10-5.c) Motion for adjournment of the meeting shall come after the AOB. No member shall move for
         adjournment when the matters in the agenda are still on progress. Unless the Pastor
         (Chairman) otherwise decides to postpone the issues in the agenda. One or two more
         members shall second motion for adjournment.



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 10 – ARTICLE 6:        NOTICE

(10-6.a) In the event of any question or matter arising out of any point or from any local branch of the
         Church, that has no provision in this constitution, and then subject to contents in Section 2
         Article 2 Paragraph 2d and 2d-1 of this Constitution, the local Church shall notify its District
         Council who shall look into the matter.

(10-6.b) Where the DC is unable to settle the matter, they shall send it to the COP; and if the COP is
         unable to settle the matter, they shall send it to the NEC. Where the NEC is unable to settle
         the matter, they shall send it to the Central Executive Council. The CEC shall decide on the
         matter and the necessary step to take. The decision reached by the Executive Council shall be
         final.

 10 – ARTICLE 7:        CONCLUSION

 10-7) If any member commits an offence not written in this Constitution, the executives or Church
       Leaders shall look into the gravity of the offense and in accordance with the Scriptural
       injunctions treat the person accordingly in love without Compromise or partiality.


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My great comrades in Christ and beloved members of the Faith Spring Rhema Church International,
You are welcome!

I, Pastor Jude Dickson know you have been waiting eagerly for this day. A day when a piece of book
like this called the Constitution of the Faith Spring Rhema Church shall be signing into law. Today,
our gracious heavenly Father has made it possible for us to witness this great day, as a dream comes
true. I am most appreciative to God Almighty for given me this great privilege of putting down my
signature today being Saturday 2nd of July 2011 and signed this Constitution into law. The law that
will run through many generations in this Church, even when I am gone, thank you CHRIST JESUS!
This constitution today will help in preserving ecclesiastical discipline, orderliness and blessings in
our beloved and cherished denomination FSRC. This great provision is for us and for the generations
that will follow after. This occasion today is indeed an epoch event in the history of this Church.

To all the Church Leaders, Pastors, Workers and Members who have been with me all these years
and laboring with me for the gospel of Christ, I love you dearly. Please, work in consistence with the
provisions of this Constitution with all humbleness and obedience, it is one of the ways to render
good services to God and to ourselves. Knowing this, that one day we shall be free from this
bondage of the flesh and torments of the earthly afflictions of our precious souls striving for the
heavenly abode. A day is coming when we shall journey across the bridge to the yonder shore,
where we shall meet our Lord and Master Jesus Christ face to face with joy and smiles beaming
upon our faces, to be with Him and part no more. This is my hope, your hope and our hope in this
great Ministry.

As the General Overseer of this Church, I advise you to remember always to respect the Holy
Scripture – for it is the Word of God. Take good care of the Church members – for they are flocks of
God, and show love to one another – for that is the only thing you owe man on earth. May the Spirit
of the Lord God of heaven guide you and lead you in all the way, from now and forever in the
mighty name of Jesus Christ, Amen! Thank You! Thank you very much. God bless you very good.




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          ABOUT THE LOGO OF FAITH SPRING RHEMA CHURCH




There are seven (7) permanent features of the Faith Spring Rhema Church Logo.
These features are:

    1.   The red coated circled with the inscription of the Church’s name.
    2.   The white arc with red line on the base;
    3.   The descending dove;
    4.   The green leave on the dove’s beak;
    5.   The open book;
    6.   The inscription of 1 Chronicles 16:24 on the open Bible.
    7.   The quotation in the white arc;

                              DESCRIPTION OF THE LOGO

    1. The red-coated circle with the inscription of the Church’s name represents the Blood of Jesus
       Christ covering the Church. The blood of Christ covers and protects the Church from the evil
       foes.

    2. The white arc with red line on the base represents holiness through the blood of Christ. All
       other things in the logo rest on the arc. The red-coated circle with inscription of the church’s
       name, the open book and the descending Dove are resting on it. That means the Church’s
       foundation and everything about the Church is resting on holiness and the Blood of Christ
       Jesus.



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    3. The descending Dove represents Coming down of the Holy Spirit. The word rhema means
       the power of a spoken word or the inspire word. No other person can activate a spoken word
       and turns it into rhema or an active power except the Holy Spirit.

    4. The green leave on the dove’s beak represents life from the Holy Spirit. This is the living life
       the Holy Spirit breaths in us through our faith in the word. That makes the church a faith
       spring that gives living water for the people.

    5. The open book represents the written Word – “Logos” (The Bible). We draw our faith from
       the written word – Logos. The Holy Spirit activates the word into rhema, which becomes
       very active and powerful. Every miracle, healing, deliverance and heavenly blessings come
       from the rhema by faith through the Holy Spirit.

    6. The inscription “1 Chronicles 16:24” is the foundation verse of the Church. The verse steers
       our ministerial direction and keeps our mind focused on our mission and visions.

    7. The Quotation in the white arc is the message contains in our foundation verse (1 Chronicles
       16:24). It represents preaching in Holiness (Titus 2:11-15). We shall not be moved but firmly
       establish while preaching the gospel in holiness.




                                        God bless you.



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