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									                      BY-LAWS OF SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH
                              ANGLETON, TEXAS

                                     ARTICLE I
                                CHURCH MEMBERSHIP

Section A General:

This is a sovereign and democratic Baptist church under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
The membership retains the exclusive right of self-government in all areas of the
spiritual and temporal life of this church.

The membership reserves the exclusive right to determine who shall be members of this
church and the conditions of such membership.

Section B Reception of New Members:

Subject to Section C below, all applicants for membership, except in item five (5) below,
shall present themselves publicly confessing Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and
Lord of Life by one of the following methods according to the policies of this Church:

       1. by profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and requesting
       baptism;

       2. by promise of letter from another Baptist church of like beliefs as defined in
       the church’s constitution;

       3. by statement of prior conversion experience and scriptural baptism in a
       Baptist church of like beliefs as defined in the church’s constitution; or

       4. by statement of prior conversion experience and scriptural baptism in a
       church of like faith.

       5. The application of a person unable to attend church service because of
       physical disability or other extenuating circumstances shall be considered on an
       individual basis. A membership committee (if needed), appointed by the Pastor
       or other moderator, shall report to the church after the proper study of the
       circumstances, and the church shall then take action.

During a business meeting or a special called business meeting, if needed, the church
shall approve or disapprove the candidate for membership. The approval of three-
fourths (3/4) of those church members present and voting shall be required to elect a
candidate to membership. Should there be a challenge as to any candidate, a
membership committee, appointed by the Pastor or other moderator, shall investigate
the reasons for the dissent and make recommendations to the church within thirty (30)
days as to the reception of the candidate.

Section C New Member Orientation:

The members and staff of Second Baptist Church, Angleton, Texas recognize their
spiritual obligation to educate candidates for membership in the beliefs, responsibilities,
and privileges of membership in Second Baptist Church, Angleton, Texas, and its

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covenant. All candidates for membership in this church shall participate in New
Member Orientation according to the policies of this church. The Pastor shall be in
charge of New Member Orientation or shall delegate that authority to another person.

Section D Responsibilities and Privileges:

       1. Members are expected to strive toward perfection in the Christian life. It shall
       be the responsibility and privilege of each member to acquire scriptural
       knowledge, to make constant progress in spirituality, to show consistent
       Christian conduct before the world, and to strive for control and final eradication
       of every unholy tendency within themselves.

       2. It shall also be the responsibility and privilege of every member to so live that
       others may see Jesus in him/her. Members are expected to participate in the
       ministry and mission of the church with the goal of ministering to the needs of the
       saints and being a positive witness of the gospel to the lost, whether locally or
       world wide.

       3. Also, toward those who are not connected with this church, every member
       should be exact in fulfilling promises so that the good name of the church may
       not be injured, and the Gospel of Christ may be commended to them.

Section E Rights of Members:

All members of the church may participate in the ordinances of the church. All
members 16 years of age or older may vote and hold office.

Section F Termination of Membership:

Requests for membership letters shall be granted on a monthly basis during a regular
business meeting or a special called business meeting.

Membership shall be terminated in the following ways:

       1. death of the member;

       2. transfer of membership to another Baptist church. The member’s letter will be
       issued to the new church, not to the member. If a member is not in good
       standing, the letter will be issued stating the member is in “Breach of Church
       Covenant” without providing details;

       3. actively involved with a church of another faith and order and no longer
       actively involved at Second Baptist, Angleton, Texas;

       4. placement on a nonresident roll after diligent search has been made to
       locate the member;

       5. request by member in writing; or

       6. upon a vote of termination of membership in accordance with Section G,
       Discipline of Members, of this article.


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Section G Discipline of Members:

    1.      It shall be the practice of this church to emphasize to its members that
    every reasonable measure will be taken to assist any troubled member. The
    Pastor, other members of the church staff, and Deacons will be available for
    counsel and guidance. The attitude of members toward one another shall be
    guided by a concern for redemption and restoration rather than punishment.

    2.      Should some serious condition exist, including breach of Church
    Covenant, which would cause a member to become a liability to the general
    welfare and harmony of the church, the Pastor and the Deacons will take prayerful
    and reasonable measures to resolve the problem following the principles found in
    Matthew 18:15-17. If it becomes necessary for the church to take action to
    exclude a member, a three-fourths (3/4) vote of the members present at a regular
    or special business meeting called for this purpose is required; and the church
    may proceed to declare the person to no longer be in the membership of the
    church. All such proceedings shall be bathed in prayer and exhibit a spirit of
    Christian kindness and patience.

    3.     The church may restore to membership any person previously excluded
    upon request of the excluded person, and by a three-fourths (3/4) vote of the
    members present at a special or regular business meeting upon evidence of the
    excluded person’s repentance.

    4.       Should there be a conflict within the church that involves issues between
    Pastor, staff, Deacons, and the church membership that could destroy or hinder
    the work of the church, the church will call for an outside mediator to work with the
    parties involved to make every reasonable attempt to resolve the conflict. The
    church should request a mediator before the problem escalates to the point it
    causes a break in the unity, harmony and fellowship of the congregation.
    Mediation services can be requested through the state convention offices or local
    association offices.

                                 ARTICLE II
                      PASTORS, MINISTERS AND DEACONS

Section A Staff and Minister Selection, Accountability and Termination

      1. Members of the Ministerial Staff

      The ministerial staff shall consist of the Pastor and such other ministers as the
      church shall from time to time add to help carry out the mission and the program
      of the church more effectively. These may be the Associate Pastor, Ministers of
      Education, Administration, Music, Youth, and others (including interim staff
      positions) as the church may need.

      2. Selection of Search Committee

      For any ministerial position, a search committee shall be nominated by the
      church council and approved by the church at a business meeting after allowing
      for additional nominations from the floor. The Search Committee shall consist of
      five (5) members and two (2) alternates who are aware of the needs of the

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church and the qualifications needed for the position to be filled. If the Search
Committee is formed to fill a position other than the Pastor, the committee shall
work in concert with the Pastor to choose that minister. The Search Committee
shall be approved by a majority vote of the church present at a business
meeting. The Search Committee shall be dissolved after a minister is chosen by
the church, and the prospective minister has accepted the position.

3. Selection of Pastor or Ministers

When a pastor or ministerial position is to be filled, the Search Committee shall
seek out a suitable person to fill that position. The Search Committee shall bring
to the consideration of the church only one man at a time. Their
recommendation shall constitute a nomination. Election shall be by secret ballot:
with an affirmative vote of three-fourths (3/4) of those church members present
at a regular or special business meeting. The Pastor or Minister, thus elected,
shall serve until the relationship is terminated by his request or the church’s
request.

4. Accountability of Pastor and Ministers

a. The Pastor is led by the Holy Spirit, is the undershepherd of the church, and
accountable first to Christ. The Pastor is also accountable to the church through
the Deacon body, which is likewise accountable for the spiritual support of the
pastors and ministers as provided in Section C, Subsection 3 of this Article. The
Pastor shall seek the wise counsel of the Deacon body and the Deacon body
shall minister to the Pastor and all ministers of the church as the need may arise.

b. The ministerial staff is under supervision of the Pastor and accountable to the
church through the Pastor and Personnel Committee. In the absence of a
pastor, the Personnel Committee will assume supervision of support staff.

c. Unresolved staff issues shall be addressed as set forth in the Policy and
Procedures Manual of the Church.

5. Entertaining an Accusation Against a Minister

Understanding that any accusation of moral and/or professional misconduct
brought against a member of the ministerial staff should be treated with great
seriousness (I Tim. 5:17-20) and any accusation brought against a staff member
will be heard in accordance with Article I, Section G. Discipline of Members, with
this notable exception: the initial hearing will be by the Chairman of the Deacons,
the Chairman of the Personnel Committee, and the Pastor (in the case of the
support ministerial staff).

In the absence of a pastor, or in the case of an accusation of a pastor, a third
party to the initial hearing will be selected in accordance with the guidelines set
out in the Policy and Procedures Manual.

6. Termination of Service

Termination of service of a Minister or Pastor may occur in one of the following
manners:

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       a. A minister may relinquish his position by giving at least two (2) weeks’ notice
       of resignation to the church. Compensation of a resigning minister or pastor
       shall be determined by church vote at a regular or special business meeting.

       b. After the scriptural requirements of Matthew 18:15-17 and 1 Timothy 5:17-20
       have been fulfilled, the church may declare the office vacant. Such action shall
       take place at a meeting called for that purpose of which at least two (2) weeks’
       public notice has been given. The meeting may be called by the
       recommendation of 1) Personnel Committee; 2) a majority of the Deacons, or 3)
       by written petition signed by not less than one-fourth (1/4) of the resident church
       members. The moderator of this meeting shall be the Chairman of the Deacons.
       The vote to declare the office vacant shall be by secret ballot; an affirmative vote
       of three-fourth’s (3/4) of the members present being necessary to declare the
       office vacant. Except in instances of a minister or pastor being excluded from
       office as a result of gross misconduct, the church shall compensate the staff
       member with one-twelfth (1/12) of his total annual compensation. The
       termination shall be immediate, and the compensation shall be rendered in not
       more than thirty (30) days.

       c. Prior to taking any action under subsection b above, a mediator shall be
       sought to resolve such conflicts according to the policy and procedures manual.

Section B Candidate Qualifications for Pastors, Associate Pastors, Other
Ministers and Deacons

In doctrine a candidate must be sound, believing in: (1) salvation by grace, through faith
in Jesus Christ; (2) the Divine Inspiration of the Holy Scriptures; (3) the virgin birth of
Christ; (4) the blood atonement of Jesus on the cross for the salvation of all believers;
(5) the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead; (6) the second coming of Christ; and
(7) that the ordinances of believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper are to be performed
as memorials and symbols and not as sacraments.

       1. Qualification of the Pastor, Associate Pastors and Other Ministers:

       The Pastor shall possess the scriptural qualifications set forth in I Timothy 3:2-7
       and Titus 1:5-9. Christ is the Head of His church and Chief Shepherd of the
       flock. The Holy Spirit is His administrator. The man shall be called of God to the
       preaching of the Word, ordained by a Baptist church, and called to the pastorate
       of a local church as the undershepherd of Christ and under the guidance of the
       Holy Spirit. The Associate Pastor shall possess the same scriptural
       qualifications as set forth in 1 Timothy 3:2-7 and be ordained or licensed. These
       scriptural qualifications of the Pastor and Associates Pastors are:

       from 1Timothy 3:1-7 NIV:

          1) Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an
          overseer, he desires a noble task.

          2) Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one
          wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,


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   3) not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome,
   not a lover of money.

   4) He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey
   him with proper respect.

   5) (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can
   he take care of God's church?)

   6) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and
   fall under the same judgment as the devil.

   7) He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will
   not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.

And from Titus 1:5-9 NIV:

   5) The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out
   what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I
   directed you.

   6) An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man
   whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild
   and disobedient.

   7) Since an overseer is entrusted with God's work, he must be
   blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to
   drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.

   8) Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is
   self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.

   9) He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been
   taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute
   those who oppose it.

2. Qualifications of Deacons

The Scriptural qualifications for Deacons are found in Acts 6:1-7 and I Timothy
3:8-13. They should be applied prayerfully and honestly in the selection of
candidates for the office of deacon. The qualifications are found in the following
scripture:

from Acts 6:1-7 NIV:

   1) In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the
   Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews
   because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution
   of food.




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   2) So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, "It would
   not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to
   wait on tables.

   3) Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be
   full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to
   them

   4) and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word."

   5) This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a
   man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor,
   Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism.

   6) They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid
   their hands on them.

   7) So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem
   increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to
   the faith.

    from 1 Timothy 3:8-13 NIV:

     8) Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not
     indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.

     9) They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear
     conscience.

     10) They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against
     them, let them serve as deacons.

     11) In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect,
     not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.

     12) A Deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must
     manage his children and his household well.

     13) Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and
     great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

a. Specific Qualifications of Deacons

In doctrine a candidate must be sound, believing in: (1) salvation by grace,
through faith in Jesus Christ; (2) the Divine Inspiration of the Holy Scriptures; (3)
the virgin birth of Christ; (4) the blood atonement of Jesus on the cross for the
salvation of all believers; (5) the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead; (6)
the second coming of Christ; and (7) that the ordinances of believer’s baptism
and the Lord’s Supper are to be performed as memorials and symbols and not
as sacraments.



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      The following qualifications may be waived only by a majority vote of the
      congregation present at a business meeting and voting at the time, and then on
      an individual basis only:

           1. a candidate for the office of Deacon must be at least twenty-five (25) years
           of age upon being nominated;

           2. a candidate for the office of Deacon must have been a Christian and
           member of a New Testament church of like faith and order for at least five (5)
           years, including the last two (2) years as a member of this church;

           3. a candidate and his wife must be members of this church in good
           standing. This, however, shall not be construed to mean that an unmarried
           man is ineligible for service as a deacon; and,

           4. a candidate who is already an ordained Deacon must have been a
           member of this church for at least six (6) months prior to being nominated by
           the Deacon body and voted on at a regular business meeting. The candidate
           must meet the qualifications of these Bylaws.

      4.      Explanation of Certain Scriptural Qualifications of Ordained Offices:

      The scripture places equal importance on each of the qualifications for these
      ordained offices. Though no one qualification seems of more importance than
      the other, history compels an interpretation of the qualification of a “husband of
      one wife.” It is our belief that 1 Timothy 3:2 & 12 and Titus 1:6 address each of
      the following situations:

      a. polygamy;

      b. divorce; and,

      c. philandering (lack of commitment to one woman).

      Though Christ never commands divorce, divorce is allowed for:

      a. adultery (Matthew 5:31, Matthew 19:9)

      b. abandonment by unbelieving spouse (1 Corinthians 7:15)

      Marriage between a man and a woman is an earthly example of the relationship
      between Christ and the Church. (Eph. 5:25-33) God hates divorce. (Mal. 2:16)
      Accordingly, for a man who has been divorced to be considered for any ordained
      office, he must be examined on a case by case basis as provided for in these
      bylaws, and determining whether the divorce was scripturally permissible and
      also applying each other qualification set by scripture.

Section C Duties of the Pastor, Associate Pastors, Other Ministers and Deacons:

      1. Pastor

      a. The Pastor is responsible for leading the church to function as a New
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Testament church. The Pastor shall fulfill his responsibilities to lead the
congregation, the organizations, and the church staff to perform their tasks under
the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the wise counsel of the Deacons, general
officers, organizational officers, and the membership of the church as a whole.
The Pastor will be expected to delegate appropriate responsibilities to others to
insure the work of the church is done in a consistent manner.

The Pastor is leader of pastoral ministries in the church. As such he works with
the Deacons and the church staff to: (1) lead the church to carry out the mission
and purpose of the church, (2) proclamation of the gospel both inside and outside
the church, (3) direct appropriate care for both church members and persons in
the community.

b. The Pastor also has the responsibility to supervise all staff and church
employees either directly or through delegation.

c. The Pastor shall have in his charge the welfare and oversight of the church
and shall present his plans and programs to the church. He shall conduct church
services, administer the ordinances, minister to the needs of the members of the
congregation and the community, and perform other duties that normally pertain
to the office of the Pastor. He shall have special charge of the pulpit ministry of
this church, shall arrange for ministers to conduct evangelistic or other meetings
and special services, and shall arrange for pulpit supply when he is absent.

d. The Pastor shall act as a non-voting ex-officio member on all committees.

2. Associate Pastor and Other Ministers

a. Associate Pastor

The Associate Pastor shall assist the pastor in the overall ministry of the church.
In the absence of the Pastor, he shall perform whatever pastoral responsibilities
need to be fulfilled.

His immediate accountability is to the Pastor or, if the office of pastor is vacant,
to the Personnel Committee. He shall also demonstrate interest in his own
spiritual and professional growth and development by participating in Christian
leadership conferences and other appropriate activities approved by the church.

The Associate Pastor shall also carry out those duties and responsibilities as set
forth in his job description contained in the church Policies and Procedure
Manual.

b. Minister of Music

The Minister of Music shall be responsible to the Pastor for the music ministry of
the church and fulfill those duties and responsibilities as set forth in his job
description contained in the church Policies and Procedure Manual. His primary
responsibility is to plan and direct music for worship services in cooperation with
the Pastor.



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He shall demonstrate his interest in his own spiritual and professional growth and
development by participating in Christian music programs, leadership
conferences and other appropriate activities approved by the church.

His immediate accountability is to the Pastor or, if the office of pastor is vacant,
to the Personnel Committee.

In the absence of the Pastor, he shall perform whatever pastoral responsibilities
need to be fulfilled in conjunction with other ministers.

c. Minister of Youth

The Minister of Youth shall be responsible to the Pastor for the youth ministry of
the church and fulfill those duties and responsibilities as set forth in his job
description contained in the church Policies and Procedure Manual. He shall
also be responsible for all church youth activities and plan and promote a
meaningful youth program which includes a format allowing for spiritual growth
as well as social and physical activities.

His immediate accountability is to the Pastor or, if the office of pastor is vacant,
to the Personnel Committee.

He shall demonstrate interest in his own spiritual and professional growth and
development by participating in Christian youth programs, leadership
conferences and other appropriate activities approved by the church.

In the absence of the Pastor, he shall perform whatever pastoral responsibilities
need to be fulfilled in conjunction with other ministers.

d. Minister of Education

The Minister of Education will consult with the Pastor and other officers of the
church for developing, promoting and coordinating the educational ministry of the
church. His responsibilities are set forth in his job description contained in the
church Policies and Procedure Manual.

His immediate accountability is to the Pastor or, if the office of pastor is vacant,
to the Personnel Committee.

He shall demonstrate interest in his own spiritual and professional growth and
development by participating in Christian educational programs, leadership
conferences, and other appropriate activities approved by the church.

In the absence of the Pastor, he shall perform whatever pastoral responsibilities
need to be fulfilled in conjunction with other ministers.

e. Mission(s) Pastor(s)

The Pastor of any mission church of Second Baptist Church shall be considered
church staff and shall be a licensed or ordained minister so as to fulfill all the
responsibilities of the Pastor to the mission’s members.


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       The Mission(s) Pastor(s) shall be responsible to the church and Pastor and shall
       work in close cooperation with the Missions Committee.

       His responsibilities are set forth in his job description contained in the church
       Policies and Procedure Manual.

       3. Duties of Deacons

      In accordance with the model given in the New Testament church, Deacons are
      to be the servants of the church and minister to the members’ needs. The
      Deacon body shall also minister to the Pastor and all ministers of the church as
      the need may arise. They are to cooperate with the Pastor in carrying out his
      pastoral duties. Specifically, they are also charged to:

       a. assist with serving the Lord’s Supper;

       b. serve as wise counselors and advisors to the Pastor, ministers and church
       concerning spiritual and physical needs of the church when requested;

       c. participate in ordination of Deacons and Ministers;

       d. investigate requests to the church for benevolence assistance. The Deacons
       may use money from the benevolence funds administered by the Deacons to
       meet such needs. In cases where requests for assistance are considered too
       large the requests will be taken to the church;

       e. minister to the spiritual needs of the families of this church as lead by the
       Pastor as such needs arise. Each week two deacons will be on call to minister
       to church members; and

       f. at the request of the Pastor the Deacons may investigate potential church
       disciplinary problems, and when needed make recommendations to the church
       on how to deal with them. Deacons may also be called upon to mediate disputes
       between church members and help bring about reconciliation.

Section D Licensing Ministers:

When a member announces to the church that he feels the call to the ministry, the
church upon a three-fourths (3/4) majority vote of the members present in a regular or
called business meeting, may license him as an acknowledgement of his call to the
ministry and as encouragement to make preparation for it. The clerk of the church may
furnish the member with a copy of the minutes or a certificate of license as his
credential. It is understood that the performance of civil duties by the person licensed
shall be governed by state law. The church may at its discretion revoke such license by
three-fourths (3/4) majority vote of the members present at a regular or called business
meeting.

Section E Ordination of Ministers:

In the event this church is requested by a Baptist congregation to ordain a member who
has been called as its pastor the church shall express its willingness to be the ordaining
church by a three-fourths (3/4) majority vote of the members present at any regularly

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arranged business meeting of the church. The church shall then invite Baptist ministers
and Deacons from the sister churches to compose the presbytery (ordaining council).
They will examine the candidate concerning his fitness for the ministry and report to the
church. The approval of ordination shall require a three-fourths (3/4) vote of the
members present at the ordination service.

Section F Selection and Ordination of Deacons

The scriptural method of selecting deacons found in Acts 6:1-5 places the responsibility
for selection of deacons on the church body. The Holy Spirit must lead the church
body, and the proposed method allows time to seek the leadership of the Holy Spirit
before the church selects deacons.

      1. The Deacon body will recommend to the church the timing for new Deacon
      selection. As a guideline the number of deacons should not be less than one (1)
      for every thirty (30) resident church families.

       2. The meeting at which deacon candidates will be nominated shall be
       announced at least two (2) weeks in advance.

       3. Nominations shall take place at a Sunday morning service. The church
       members present will be furnished a list of those who are already deacons.
       Each church member present who is a least 16 years of age will receive a ballot
       on which to write names equal to the number of deacons to be considered.

       4. A group of at least three (3) Deacons will tally the votes indicating the number
       of times each name appears. A list of those most frequently named shall be
       compiled.

       5. The Pastor and one or more Deacons will visit the nominees ranking highest
       on the list and question them on the basis of the qualifications of a deacon, and
       whether they would be willing to serve as deacons. The role of the Deacon’s
       wife shall be emphasized and the interview shall be conducted in her presence.
       A report will be made to the Deacon body. If the Deacon body believes the
       candidate is not fully qualified or the candidate declines to serve, the Deacon
       body shall have the option of selecting the name receiving the next highest
       number of votes or simply limiting the number presented to the church to a
       smaller number.

       6. Those who are qualified will be presented to the church for approval by
       ordination. Ordination of the newly elected deacons shall be conducted six (6)
       months after the election. During this six (6) months of orientation period, the
       new deacons will attend Deacons’ meetings but will not have voting privileges.

       7. Deacons joining this church from another church may become an active
       deacon of this church after six (6) months of membership and after proper
       examination by the Pastor and one or more representatives of the Deacon body.
       A report shall be obtained from the candidate’s previous church. A candidate
       may be elected to active deacon status by recommendation of the Deacon body
       and church approval.



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       8. There shall be no obligation to automatically accept as an active deacon one
       who has been a deacon in another church, but if one should be chosen, his
       previous ordination in a church of like faith and order shall suffice for this church.

                      ARTICLE III     OTHER CHURCH OFFICERS

Section A General:

All church officers shall be members in good standing of Second Baptist Church,
Angleton, Texas.

Section B Church Clerk:

The Church Clerk shall keep complete and accurate records of all church business
which shall be approved at each church business meeting. The Church Clerk shall also
keep a correct register of the church membership with the date and manner of their
admission. The Church Clerk shall secure letters or proper credentials for applicants
presenting themselves for membership by letter. All applicants and all dismissals by
letter, or any method, that are approved by the church at a business meeting shall be
recorded in the minutes. At the first monthly business meeting of the church year the
Church Clerk shall submit a statistical report of the members for the past year and a
general record of the work of the church as the annual letter to the Gulf Coast Baptist
Association.

The Church Clerk is nominated by the Nominating Committee. The Church Clerk shall
be subject to re-election each year and shall remain in office until the Clerk resigns, or
the church chooses to replace the clerk.

The Church Clerk shall be the guardian of the permanent church records including the
monthly financial records and maintained in accordance with the church’s Policies and
Procedures Manual. The Church Clerk shall preserve the annual budget as a part of
the permanent records in the church office

Section C Moderator:

In the absence of the Pastor, another ministerial staff member shall preside as
moderator over regular or special business meetings. If the Pastor and all other
ministerial staff members are absent or engaged in other ministerial duties, the
Chairman of the Deacons shall preside as moderator.

Section D Treasurer:

The Treasurer shall receive and preserve all money or things of value, paid or given to
the church. The Treasurer shall also disburse all funds which are duly authorized by the
church through budget approval or other church action with reference to the specific
items. The Treasurer shall, at all times, keep an itemized account of all receipts and
disbursements.

The Treasurer shall present to the church each month a financial report of the receipts
and disbursements of the preceding month. The Treasurer’s report and records shall
be audited by an audit committee and/or by a public accountant annually or as deemed


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necessary. The Treasurer shall be bonded, with the church paying for the bond, in an
amount set by the church’s Policies and Procedures Manual.

The Treasurer is responsible for the Tithes and Offerings Committee.

The Treasurer or assistant treasurer and at least one member of the Tithes and
Offerings Committee shall count all monies received and deposit the monies by the end
of the next business day.

The Treasurer is nominated by the Nominating Committee, elected by the church and
shall serve a one year term.

Section E Church Trustees:

The Church Trustees are a permanent committee consisting of the three (3) members
who are subject to re-election each year. These Trustees will remain in office until they
resign or the church chooses to replace them. The Church Trustees are nominated by
the Nominating Committee and elected by church vote.

       1. Qualifications of Church Trustees:

       Each candidate for Trustee shall:

       a. have been a Christian and a member of a New Testament church of like faith
       and order for at least five (5) years, including the last two (2) years as a member
       of Second Baptist Church Angleton;

       b. be at least twenty-five (25) years of age upon being nominated;

       c. demonstrate a character of integrity, worthy of respect, sincere, honest and
       dependable;

       d. have demonstrated sound practices in handling of finances and legal matters;
       and

      2. Duties of Church Trustees:

      The Church Trustees:

       a. shall act as legal representatives as directed by the church and affix their
       signatures to all legal documents of the church. There must be at least two (2)
       trustee signatures on all legal documents;

       b. shall maintain a current file of all property of the church, which is documented
       by deed bill of sale, or title. They shall also maintain a file on any outstanding
       mortgage loans and on all forms of insurance secured by the church;

       c. shall investigate and secure the most favorable terms with reference to
       insurance, financial contracts, and legal matters into which the church has
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       d. may act as ex-officio members on all committees and ministry teams as
       needed; and

       e. shall perform such other duties as set forth in the church’s policies.

                                 ARTICLE IV
                        CHURCH PROGRAM ORGANIZATION

The church shall maintain programs of Bible teaching, church member training, church
leader training, new member orientation, mission education-action and support, and
music education-training, and performance. All organization related to the church
programs shall be guided by the church body. All officers shall be elected by the church
and report regularly to the church. All program activities shall be subject to church
coordination and approval. The church shall provide the human resources, the physical
resources, and the financial resources for these programs.

Church programs shall include but are not limited to: Bible Study; Discipleship;
Missions organizations; Men’s, Women’s, Youth, and Children Ministries; outreach,;
evangelism; music and any other program in furtherance of the church’s Mission
Statement.

                                   ARTICLE V
                            CHURCH PROGRAM SERVICE

The church may adopt or establish such other programs as the church may, from time
to time, deem proper for the furtherance of the church’s purpose.

                                     ARTICLE VI
                                  CHURCH COUNCIL

The Church Council shall serve the church by leading in planning, coordinating,
conducting, and evaluating the ministries and programs of the church and its
organizations.

The Church Council is made up of the Pastor, ministerial staff, Bible Study Director,
Discipleship Training Director, Chairman of the Committee on Committees, Chairman of
the Deacons, Director of Outreach, Children’s Ministry Coordinator, Women’s Ministry
Team Leader, Men’s Ministry Team Leader, Youth Ministry Team Leader, Church Clerk
and Treasurer. In the event one of the foregoing positions is not filled, a representative
of that ministry team shall serve as a member of the church council during such
vacancy.

The primary function of the Church Council shall be to recommend to the church
suggested objectives and church goals; to review and coordinate ministry and program
plans recommended by church officers, organizations, and committees; to recommend
to the church the use of leadership, calendar time, and other resources according to
program priorities and to evaluate achievements in terms of the church objectives and
goals.

                                ARTICLE VII
                   CHURCH COMMITTEES AND MINISTRY TEAMS


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Section A Type of Committees:

There are three (3) general types of church committees: standing, special, and
permanent. All committees have the same guidelines and their charters are described
in the church Policies and Procedures Manual. The number of members on a committee
shall be three (3), five (5), or seven (7) unless specially approval by the church.

Section B Permanent Committees

Members of a permanent committee do not serve on a rotational basis, but may be
subject to re-election as provided for in these bylaws.

Section C Standing Committees:

Standing committees shall serve on a rotational basis as indicated in the Church
Policies and Procedure Manual.

Section D Special Committees:

Special committees may be set up to perform temporary services of special interest to
the church and are dismissed after their final report.

Section E Ministry Teams:

All ministry teams shall exist to glorify God, edify God’s people and be the presence of
Christ to those who are not yet God’s people. Ministry teams shall consist of individuals
who share similar interests and/or burdens and feel so led to serve in a specified
ministry capacity. All ministry teams have their guidelines, charters and duties described
in the church Policies and Procedures Manual.

Each ministry team must have a designated ministry team leader who is recognized by
the Committee on Committees and approved by the church and Pastor. The ministry
team leader must be a member in good standing of the church and must have been a
member for at least six (6) months prior to becoming the leader.

Section F Youth and Children’s Ministry Team Leaders:

Youth and Children’s Ministry team leaders, and teachers must have completed six (6)
months of membership at Second Baptist Church of Angleton, or church of like faith,
and will be required to complete and pass a background check. He or she must be at
least 18 years of age to work in the children or nursery ministry and 21 to work in the
Youth Ministry unless otherwise approved by the church at a business meeting.

                                   ARTICLE VIII
                               CHURCH ORDINANCES

Section A Baptism:

This church shall receive for baptism any person who has received Jesus Christ as
Savior by personal faith, who professes Him publicly at any worship service, and who
indicates a commitment to follow Christ as Lord.


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       1.    Baptism shall be by immersion in water.

       2.     The Pastor, Associate Pastor or member of the ministerial staff shall
       administer baptism. The Pastor, Associate Pastor or ministerial staff may
       authorize others to administer baptism if requested by the candidate for baptism.
       The Baptism Committee shall assist in the preparation for, and the observance
       of, baptism.

       3.     Baptism shall be administered as an act of worship during any worship
       service of the month.

       4.     A person who professes Christ and is not baptized after a reasonable
       length of time shall be counseled by the Pastor, staff, or Deacons. If the person
       does not wish to be baptized, that person’s name will be deleted from the list of
       those awaiting baptism.

       5.     A candidate for membership in this church from another denomination
       shall be baptized again if: (a) the church from which the candidate comes does
       not practice immersion; (b) that church considers baptism a requisite for
       salvation; or (c) the candidate was baptized before he made a true and sincere
       profession of faith in Jesus Christ as personal Savior.

Section B The Lord’s Supper:

The church shall observe the Lord’s Supper at least quarterly as scheduled by the
church. The Pastor and Deacons shall administer the Lord’s Supper with the Deacons
being responsible for the physical preparation.

Visitors who have received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are invited to
participate in our observance of the Lord’s Supper.

                                    ARTICLE IX
                                 CHURCH MEETINGS

Section A Worship Service:

Unless otherwise specified, the church shall meet regularly on Sunday mornings,
Sunday evenings, and Wednesday evenings for the worship of Almighty God. Prayer,
praise, preaching, instruction, and evangelism shall be among the elements of these
services. The Pastor, or whom he shall designate, shall direct the services for all the
church members and for all others who may choose to attend.

Section B Special Services:

Evangelistic services and any other church meetings essential to the advancement of
the church’s objectives shall be placed on the church calendar.

Section C Regular Business Meetings:

The church shall hold regular business meetings at least quarterly and at such time as
the church’s policy may deem appropriate. An agenda for each meeting shall be posted
at least one week in advance of the meeting.

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Section D Special Business Meetings:

The church may conduct called business meetings to consider matters of special nature
and significance. Such meetings shall be called by the Pastor and the Deacon body or
in the absence of the Pastor, by a member of the staff and the Deacon body. A one-
week (1) notice must be given for the specially called business meeting unless extreme
urgency renders such notice impractical. The notice shall include the subject, the date,
the time, and the place, and it must be given in such a manner that members have an
opportunity to know of the meeting.

Section E Quorum:
The quorum consists of those members who attend the business meetings provided
that it is a stated meeting or one that has been properly called.

Section F Parliamentary Rules:

Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised, is the authority for parliamentary rules of procedure
for all business meetings of the church.

                                      ARTICLE X
                                   CHURCH FINANCE

Section A Financial Support:

The church shall be supported by tithes, offerings, and gifts.

Section B Annual Budget:

Each year a budget shall be prepared by the Budget and Finance Committee and
presented to the church for approval by the beginning of the fiscal year.

Section C Funds and Disbursements:

The church shall insure its funds. The church treasurer and assistants shall be bonded.
All church disbursements shall be paid by checks signed only by a person authorized by
the Church’s policies and procedures.

Section D Reports:

The church treasurer shall make financial reports to the church showing income,
disbursements, and the portion of the budget expended each month. This report shall
be made at the regularly scheduled business meeting. The treasurer shall maintain an
accurate set of church books suitable for auditing.

Section E Expenditure Approval:

All expenditures not approved in the regular budget shall require three-fourths (3/4)
approval vote of church members present in a regular or special business meeting of
the church.

                                       ARTICLE XI

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                                     CHURCH YEAR

Section A Organizational Year:

The organizational year of the church, including committees and teams, is from
September 1 to August 31. The organizational year for Bible study shall be established
by church policy.

Section B Fiscal Year:

The fiscal year shall begin January 1 and end December 31.

                                     ARTICLE XII
                   CHURCH POLICY AND PROCEDURES MANUAL

The church shall develop and keep updated a church Policies and Procedures Manual.
This manual may be developed by a special committee as directed by the church. This
manual should include church policies and procedures, and organizational charts
indicating lines of responsibility to be used in the administration of the church. The
manual shall be maintained in both hard copy and electronic format in the church office
by the church secretary and made available for use by any member of the church. The
church council, or a special committee formed for that purpose, shall review the manual
no less than once every five (5) years, and shall recommend changes for the church to
consider at any regular or a called business meeting for that purpose. Any church
member or church organization may initiate suggested changes in the manual.

Passage, addition, revision, or deletion of church policies requires:

       (a)   the recommendation of staff, committee or organization to whose areas of
       assignment the procedures or policies relate, and

       (b)    approval by the church.

                                      ARTICLE XIII
                                      AMENDMENT

These by-laws must be amended in accordance with the Constitution of Second Baptist
Church, Angleton.

The by-laws above have been approved by the Article or Section on the dates indicated
above.

Second Baptist Church
Angleton, Texas




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