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									Grace Baptist Church
Constitution and Bylaws
1058 Buckshoal Rd.                                                  Phone: 1-434-572-1860
Virgilina, VA 24598                                               E-mail: Info@gbcmin.org
                                  December 14, 2005
Submitted By: Ad Hoc Committee elected by church
                Jeff Arnold          Zack Weddle
                Stan Bradshaw        Rev. Jack Stewart (ex – Officio)
                Don Cumbie           Rev. Dave Cline (ex – Officio)
                Jimmy Watts

Preamble

We declare and establish this constitution to preserve and secure the principles of our
faith, and to govern the body in an orderly manner. This constitution will preserve the
liberties of each individual church member and the freedom of this body in its relation to
other churches. It is to be understood that nothing in this constitution or bylaws shall
be implied or understood to replace or supercede the teachings of scripture. The literal
and contextual interpretation of the scriptures is considered the supreme measure for all
matters of faith and practice.

Name and location of our church

This body shall be known as the Grace Baptist Church, located at 1058 Buckshoal Road,
Virgilina, and Halifax County, Virginia, 24598.

Primary Objectives

To be a dynamic spiritual organism empowered by the Holy Spirit to share Christ with as
many people as possible in our church, community and throughout the world.

To be a worshiping fellowship, experiencing an awareness of God, recognizing His
person, and obeying His leadership.

To study, teach, and obey God’s infallible, perfect and complete word, the Bible.

To experience an increasingly meaningful fellowship with God and fellow believers.

To help people experience a growing knowledge and passion for God and compassion
for fellow man.

To be a church that ministers unselfishly to all persons in the community and world in
Jesus’ name regardless of race, social standing, or other prejudices.

To be a church whose purpose is to be Christ like in our daily living by emphasizing total
commitment of life, personality, and possessions, to the lordship of Christ.


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Statement of Faith

The Holy Bible is the infallible, inspired word of God and is the basis for any statement
of faith. This Church willingly aligns itself to the doctrinal statement of “The Baptist
Faith and Message” as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2000.

Further, we band ourselves together as a body of believers Baptized by immersion into
Jesus Christ, and personally committed to spreading God’s glory around the world, and
sharing the good news of salvation to lost mankind.

The church ordinances of the church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The biblical
offices of the church are Pastors and Deacons.

Relationships

This Church is self-governed, therefore is subject to the control of no other religious
body or organization. However, we do recognize and sustain the obligations of mutual
counsel and cooperation with churches of common purpose and doctrine. Insofar as is
practical, and within Biblical guidelines, this Church will cooperate with and support the
Dan River Baptist Association (DRBA), the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia
(SBCV), and the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).

Church Covenant

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

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

We also engage to maintain family and personal devotions; to religiously educate our
children; to seek to faithfully live according to the principles of scripture as found in
Galatians 5:16-26; and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our
Savior.

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

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


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                                  Bylaws
Article I. Adoption and Amendments

Section I. These bylaws shall be considered adopted and in immediate effect if
and when a majority of the members present at the business meeting at which
vote is taken shall vote in favor of it. This vote shall be taken not less than one
month after formal presentation of the bylaws to the church.

Section II. Any of the rules in these bylaws must be amended, altered, or
replaced by a majority vote of the active members present at any business
meeting of the church called for that purpose.

Section III. The adoption of this constitution and bylaws shall affect a repeal of
all previously adopted rules, policies and or procedures that conflict with it.

Section IV. A copy of this constitution and bylaws shall at all times be kept by
the clerk among his/her records and another copy shall be kept in the church
office, and all amendments to or revisions thereof shall, after passage by the
church, be prepared by the church secretary and attached to these copies and
made available to the church members, upon request.         A copy of the most
current constitution and bylaws will be given to all new members.
Article II. Church Polices and Procedures

The Church office shall keep on file, and posted in visible accessible areas, an
updated Grace Baptist Church Policies and procedures Guidebook.                 This
guidebook will consist of official church staff, committee, ministry descriptions, as
well as policies concerning use of church campus and facilities. The Guidebook
will be available for reference by anyone. Using the scriptures, this constitution
and bylaws and applicable laws as a guide, the church office, and each
committee/ministry will compile and amend their own policies and procedures.
The pastors and deacons shall review these policies regularly to ensure efficiency
and consistency with scripture, the mission/primary objectives of the church, and
these bylaws.
Article III. Membership

Section I. The membership of this church shall be composed of persons who
have given evidence of regeneration, who have been baptized by immersion, and
who have been received by vote of the church. Potential members are
encouraged (however, not required) to meet with pastoral staff members prior to
presenting themselves for membership. New members will also be given a
giftedness/interest survey so that they can be directed to places of service within
the body that match their giftedness and interest.

Section II. The membership reserves the exclusive right to determine who shall
be members of this church and the conditions of such membership. Any person
may offer himself as a candidate for membership in this church. All such


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candidates shall be presented to the church at any regular church service
(including special services) for membership in any of the following ways:

      1) By being born again and becoming a candidate for baptism according
         to John 3, Romans 10:9,10 and Ephesians 2:8,9
      2) By promise of a letter of recommendation from another Church of like
         faith. Provided they are born again (John 3, Romans 10:9,10 and
         Ephesians 2:8,9) and been baptized by immersion.
      3) By personal statement of being born again and baptism by immersion
         in a Christian church when no letter is obtainable.

Section III. Letters of dismission may be granted to any church of like faith and
order. When letters are granted, membership in this church will terminate.
When a member of this church joins another church, membership in this church
will terminate.

Section IV. New members are encouraged to take part in the new member
orientation class provided by the church. In this class the member will be
informed of church polity, doctrine, and procedures.

Section V. In considering the rights involved, active members, may act and vote
in the transactions of this church. An active member is defined as an individual
who has joined this church as outlined in the membership section of these
bylaws, regularly attends worship at least twice a month, participates in
ministries of the church, and regularly gives of their tithes and offerings to Grace
Baptist Church. It is to be understood that temporary absence (i.e. Military
service, illness, employment responsibilities, college attendance) will not preclude
a member who would otherwise be active, from taking part in the rights involved
under their membership of this of this church.
Article IV. Meetings

Section I. Worship and the Two Ordinances

   1) This church shall meet regularly each Sunday for worship and preaching
      of the Gospel.
   2) This church and its ministries shall meet at other times for purposes of
      teaching, training, and fellowship.
   3) The first ordinance of the church is Believers Baptism. Believer’s Baptism
      takes place only after a statement of conversion (salvation, being born
      again: John 3) by an individual. Grace Baptist Church practices immersion
      baptism. Born again individuals coming to us from other churches that do
      not practice baptism by immersion, shall be scheduled for baptism prior to
      membership at Grace Baptist Church.
   4) The second ordinance of the church is The Lord’s Supper (communion)
      shall be observed at least once a quarter and at such time as the pastoral
      staff may decide. Grace Baptist Church practices “open communion”
      meaning that all and only born again individuals (John 3, Romans 10:9,10
      and Ephesians 2:8,9), are welcomed to partake when the ordinance is


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      taken. Christians should take note of the admonishments of the apostle
      Paul concerning communion (1 Corinthians 11:17-34).

Section II. Business Meetings

   1) This church shall hold regular Quarterly business meetings (The Second
      Sunday evening following ministry activities, in January, April, July, and
      October) in order to discuss and plan the spiritual and financial program
      of the church. At the time of such meetings, the church may act without
      notice upon: reception of members, regular church business that does not
      conflict with this constitution or prior parliamentary ruling concerning this
      constitution; and upon election of delegates to represent the church. A
      member of the pastoral staff shall preside as moderator at all business
      meetings. In the absence of pastoral staff, the senior pastor will appoint
      a moderator, or the meeting will be postponed. In case of office vacancy
      in the pastoral staff the church shall elect a moderator pro-tempore.
      Christian demeanor and a Christ like attitude will be the rule of order in
      any business meeting of this church body. The most current revision of
      Robert’s Rules of Order, will serve as a non-binding frame of reference for
      the setting of the agenda, and conducting of business matters.
   2) An agenda will be distributed to all members present at the business
      meeting; this agenda will include any old business that still needs to be
      acted on, as well as any known new business. New business arising at
      the meeting shall be discussed and voted on, tabled for future meeting, or
      referred to committee, at the discretion of the moderator.
   3) Forty - Five (45) members shall constitute a quorum except for the
      election of deacons and pastors, for which a special meeting will be called
      on a Sunday morning, at which time those active members present will
      constitute a quorum. For all business (unless specified otherwise in these
      bylaws) a majority of those active members voting will be necessary for
      the passage of any item. It is to be understood that only active church
      members may vote on church business.
   4) The Senior Pastor, working in cooperation with committee chairs, the
      deacon body, and other church leaders, shall call a special called business
      meeting when a need for immediate action by the church is required. In
      such cases appropriate notice will be given to the church body, and the
      discussion at said meeting can only be the announced topic. In the event
      that the Senior Pastor is either unable or unwilling to call a needed special
      meeting a simple majority of duly elected active deacons will enable the
      deacon chairman to call and moderate, if pastor(s) are unable or
      unwilling, a special meeting of the church body. When a condition arises
      that there is an even number of elected deacons – the chairman will
      abstain from this vote.
   5) The church membership roll shall be revised as necessary at regular
      business meetings.




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Article V. Church Officers
Section I. Officers
The two offices of the church shall be Pastors and deacons with duties and
responsibilities as outlined in scripture. Pastors and Deacons are to at all times
consider themselves to be servants of Jesus Christ and to the Body of Christ.
Section II. Lists and Duties of Officers

   1) Senior Pastor
         a. The senior pastor shall carry out the duties and responsibilities of
             Pastor/Elder/Bishop as defined in scripture; especially 1 Timothy
             3:1-7, Ephesians 4:11-15, and as under-shepherd found in 1 Peter
             5:1-4. As well as other scriptures concerning the office of
             Pastor/Elder/Bishop. He shall be ex-officio member of all
             organizations, departments and committees; he may call a special
             meeting of any committee. He shall conduct religious services on
             stated and special occasions, administer the ordinances, minister to
             members of the church and community, and perform other duties
             that usually pertain to the office of pastor.
         b. The senior pastor is a man, who is a born again believer, called by
             God to pastoral ministry, demonstrates appropriate theological
             convictions and gifted by God for the office of pastor, as well as the
             leadership skills necessary to led the other pastors and paid staff.
         c. He shall have general oversight of the entire church ministry. He
             shall have special charge of the worship services especially the
             pulpit ministry of the church He shall teach and maintain doctrinal
             purity within the church. He shall seek, share with and lead the
             church body in spiritual vision, and ministry as the Lord so leads
             him.
         d. The Senior Pastor shall be the supervisor of all pastoral and paid
             staff of the church, and periodically evaluate, counsel, encourage
             and lovingly correct the staff member as appropriate.
         e. The Senior Pastor is encouraged to seek and accept loving counsel
             and encouragement, both from within this church body, and that of
             his pastoral peers.
         f. In the case of major theological error, and/or Biblically defined
             moral failure by an Associate Pastor, the Senior Pastor, in
             conjunction with a ¾ vote of active deacons showing “no further
             confidence” in the moral and or theological leadership of an
             associate pastor, and after prayerful and sincere deliberation, and
             as a last resort, may call a special meeting of the church body, to
             consider the removal of an associate pastor from office.
         g. The senior Pastor, after prayerful and sincere deliberation as a last
             resort and in conjunction with a ¾ vote of active deacons showing
             “no further confidence” in the moral and or theological leadership

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          of a deacon, may call a special meeting of the church body to
          consider the removal of a deacon from office. This may only take
          place in the case of major theological error, and/or Biblically
          defined moral failure on the part of the deacon. In such cases a ¾
          majority of the active church members present at a special meeting
          called for this purpose, would have to cast a vote of “no further
          confidence” in the theological or moral leadership of said deacon.
      h. The call of the pastor shall take place at a meeting especially set
          for that purpose of which at least one week’s notice has been given
          the membership. The call shall be upon the recommendation of a
          special ad hoc committee (Pastoral Search committee) appointed to
          seek out and nominate as pastor a minister of the Gospel who is
          born again, and whose Christian character, theological convictions,
          and qualifications fit him for the office of pastor of this church.
      i. The senior pastor shall be called by the church to serve until the
          relationship, at the request of either the pastor himself, or the
          church, is dissolved.
      j. If a termination is at the request of the deacons there shall be
          required a ¾ majority of those active church members present at a
          meeting called for this purpose, to dismiss the pastor. In either
          case, six weeks notice and/or appropriate severance arrangements
          shall be made with the pastor in view of termination of the
          relationship, with both the Pastor and the church seeking to follow
          the will of God and the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
2) Associate Pastor(s)
      a. An associate pastor, under the supervision of the senior pastor,
          shall have in charge the welfare and oversight of the specific
          ministry(s) to which he is serving. He shall, in submission to the
          senior pastor, carry out the duties and responsibilities of
          Pastor/Elder/Bishop as defined in scripture; especially 1 Timothy
          3:1-7, Ephesians 4:11-15, and as under-shepherd found in 1 Peter
          5:1-4.      As well as other scriptures concerning the office of
          Pastor/Elder/Bishop. He shall assist the senior pastor in seeking,
          implementing and carrying out the spiritual vision and ministry
          direction of the church. He as a pastoral staff member shall be an
          ex-officio member of all organizations, departments and
          committees. He shall conduct religious services on stated and
          special occasions, administer the ordinances, minister to members
          of the church and community, and perform other duties that
          usually pertain to the office of pastor.
      b. An Associate Pastor is a man, who is a born again believer, called
          by God to pastoral ministry, demonstrates appropriate theological
          convictions and gifted by God for the specific area in which he will
          serve.
      c. All Associate Pastor(s) will be responsible to the Senior Pastor for
          job performance, accountability and growth.


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      d. An Associate Pastor will assume the roles of the Senior Pastor as
         instructed by the Senior Pastor in his temporary absence.
      e. In the case of a vacancy of the office of senior pastor, the
         associate pastor(s) will assume reasonable responsibilities of the
         senior pastorate, while a search is being conducted to fill the
         vacancy.
      f. He shall, alongside the senior pastor, teach and maintain doctrinal
         purity within the church.
      g. The call of an associate pastor shall take place at a meeting
         especially set for that purpose of which at least one week’s notice
         has been given the membership. The call shall be upon the
         recommendation of the senior pastor and a special ad hoc
         committee (Pastoral Search Committee) appointed to seek out and
         nominate as pastor a minister of the Gospel whose Christian
         character, theological convictions, and qualifications fit him for the
         office of pastor.
      h. An Associate Pastor shall be called by the church to serve until the
         relationship, at the request of either the associate pastor himself or
         the church, is dissolved. The congregation reserves the right to
         dismiss the Associate Pastor, if the Senior Pastor brings such a
         motion to the floor. If the termination vote is at the request of the
         Senior Pastor there shall be required a ¾ majority of those active
         members present to dismiss the Associate Pastor. In either case,
         six weeks notice and/or appropriate severance arrangements shall
         be made with the Associate Pastor in view of termination of the
         relationship, with both the Associate Pastor and the church seeking
         to follow the will of God and the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
3) Deacons
      a. Whenever Biblically and practically possible, the Deacon body shall
         consist of 12 active deacons who have been active members of
         Grace Baptist church for not less than one consecutive year prior to
         the nomination.
      b. Deacons shall carry out the qualifications, duties and
         responsibilities of Deacon as defined in scripture; specifically Acts
         6:3, and 1Timothy 3:8-13. They shall serve as servant leaders
         within the body of Christ. They shall, with the pastoral staff,
         regularly make recommendations to the church to further the
         ministry and mission of Grace Baptist Church.
      c. This church shall follow the practice of rotating its deacons.
         Deacons shall be elected for a period of three (3) years with one-
         third (1/3) of the members being elected each year. After the
         completion of a full three (3) year term, no deacon shall be eligible
         for re-election until after the lapse of one year.
      d. When regular vacancies of deacons occur, The Deacon Body in
         conjunction with the pastoral staff will formulate and carry out the
         criteria and selection process by which godly, qualified male
         members from the church body, who are willing to serve, are

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     nominated. For regular yearly rotation, the slate of the nominees
     shall be placed before the church in the weekly bulletin beginning
     the second Sunday of August each year. In the case of resignation
     of a deacon, an additional name will be added to the slate of
     nominees, and that individual will assume the regular rotation of
     the replaced deacon. The church affirmation of the slate will take
     place on the third Sunday in September.
e.   Any church member who wishes to nominate an additional
     individual to be considered must present that man’s name to the
     deacon body no later than the first Sunday in September. Seeing
     that the nominee fits the requirements of the office as outlined in
     scripture (Acts 6:1-7 and 1 Timothy 3: 8-13), and meets the criteria
     selection process formulated by the pastoral staff and the deacon
     body, his name will be added to a ballot and the church will vote
     and elect the required number from the nominee’s on the ballot.
     This vote will take place on the third Sunday in September.
f.   The deacons shall elect their own chairman and assistant chairman,
     and other officers. Deacons shall attend training regarding the
     duties and responsibilities of the deaconship, as well as study for
     further training and discipleship.
g.   Biblically deacons are a servant body (Acts 6:1-7, and 1 Timothy
     3:8-13). In fulfilling these scriptures deacons will assist the
     pastoral staff in creating and carrying out evangelistic, hospital,
     bereavement, and homebound visitation ministries. Deacons also
     serve the body of Christ by striving to preserve and protect unity
     within the body of Christ. This is generally carried out by rallying
     the members of the church around the vision and direction as
     outlined by the Senior Pastor, in his following of scripture and the
     Holy Spirit
h.   Newly elected deacons who are not ordained Southern Baptist
     Deacons will be ordained to the office of Deacon.            Deacon
     ordination will take place during a special service planned for this
     purpose.
i.   The deacon body shall arrange for regular meetings and such sub-
     committees as are necessary to the discharge of their duties. The
     chairman or assistant chairman of the deacons may call the
     deacons into special session whenever need for such arises.
j.   If there is a vacancy in the senior pastor position, or the senior
     pastor is unwilling to bring a proper motion to the floor. The
     deacon body, after prayerful and sincere deliberation and as a last
     resort, may call a special meeting of the church body to consider
     the removal of an associate pastor from office. This may only take
     place in the case of major theological error, and/or Biblically
     defined moral failure. In such cases a ¾ majority of active
     deacons would have to cast a vote of “no further confidence” in the
     theological or moral leadership of the Associate Pastor. In the case


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             of a vacancy in the senior pastor position, the deacon chair shall
             moderate this meeting.
          k. The deacon body, after prayerful and sincere deliberation and as a
             last resort, may call a special meeting of the church body to
             consider the removal of the senior pastor from office. This may
             only take place in the case of major theological error, and/or
             Biblically defined moral failure. In such cases a ¾ majority of
             active deacons would have to cast a vote of “no further confidence”
             in the theological or moral leadership of the senior pastor. The
             chairman of deacons or his designee (not a member of the pastoral
             staff) will moderate any such called meeting.
Article VI. Non – Ministerial Church Staff

   1) Church Secretary
         The church secretary is a hired hourly church staff position. He/she
         may serve in this position until the relationship is dissolved at either
         the request of the secretary or the senior pastor, in consultation with
         the deacons. In either case a reasonable notice will be given.
   2) Nursery Coordinator
         The nursery Coordinator is a hired hourly church staff position. He/she
         may serve in this position until the relationship is dissolved at either
         the request of the coordinator or the senior pastor, in consultation with
         the deacons. In either case a reasonable notice will be given.
   3) Choir Director
        The Choir Director is a hired hourly church staff position. He/she may
        serve in this position until the relationship is dissolved at either the
        request of the Director or the senior pastor, in consultation with the
        deacons. In either case a reasonable notice will be given.
   4) Other non - ministerial staff as deemed necessary by the Senior Pastor
      and the Church.
The senior pastor will serve as the immediate supervisor of paid church staff. He
may however delegate direct supervision staff.         Reviews will take place
periodically to evaluate performance and provide encouragement. The deacons
may be called in as consultants regarding personnel matters at the request of
either the Senior Pastor or staff member.

Upon church approval of the position, a special ad hoc committee appointed by
the senior pastor (or his designee) shall formulate the job description, as well as
conduct the candidate search. The finance committee shall determine, in
consultation with the ad hoc committee, adequate compensation for the position.

Article VII. Other Church Leaders/Directors

Section I. Election of Church leadership: The church shall elect from its
membership such directors/leaders as is deemed necessary to carry on the
various phases of the church ministry efficiently and effectively. To be eligible to


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serve as a church leader or director, members must be born again, and living a
godly consistent life before God and man. He/she must have also been an active
and ongoing member of Grace Baptist Church for a period of not less then one
consecutive year before his/her nomination.

It is to be understood that no committee or team is deemed the controlling one
or group, but that all leaders are to work together in the spirit of Christian love
and unity. Church leaders are to at all times consider themselves to be servants
of Jesus Christ and to the Body of Christ.
Article VIII. Church Committees

Section I. Election of Committees: The church shall elect from its membership
such committees as is deemed necessary to carry on the various phases of the
church ministry efficiently and effectively. To be eligible to serve as a church
committee chairperson, members must be born again, and living a godly
consistent life before God and man. He/she must have also been an active and
ongoing member of Grace Baptist Church for a period of not less then one
consecutive year before his/her nomination.

It is to be understood that no committee is deemed the controlling committee,
and that all committees are to work together in the spirit of Christian love and
unity. Committee members are to at all times consider themselves to be
servants of Jesus Christ and to the Body of Christ.

Section II. The committee Structure will be divided into the following 4
categories: Ad Hoc, Administrative, Ministry, and Service

          1.   Ad hoc Committees: Committees designated by the church for a
               specific goal and purpose with limited reach, and shall be
               dissolved once the assigned task is complete.
          2.   Administrative Committees: Committees designated by the church
               for purposes of administrating the business and appointment
               functions of the body.
          3.   Ministry Committees: Committees designated by the church for
               the purposes of carrying out the ministry and mission of the body.
          4.   Service Committees: Committees designated by the church to
               provide services, skills and labor to the body of Christ.
Article IX. License and Ordination to Gospel Ministry

Section I. License: When a male member announces to the church that he feels
the call of God to the Gospel ministry, the Pastoral Staff will arrange a meeting
with the individual and wife if married and discuss their salvation, and calling to
the ministry. The Senior Pastor may then present the man to the church, who,
by majority vote of members present and voting, will license him as an
acknowledgment of his call to the ministry and encouragement to make
preparation for it. The clerk of the church will authorize the church secretary to
furnish the member with a certificate of license as his credential. A licensing


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service will then be planned. It is understood that state law shall govern the
performance of civil duties by the member.

Section II. Ordination: In the event this church has been requested to ordain a
male member who has been called as pastor of a Baptist Church, or church of
like faith, the following procedure shall be followed: The Pastoral Staff will
arrange a meeting with the individual and wife if married and discuss their
salvation, and calling to the ministry. The Senior Pastor may then, form an
ordination council of other ordained Pastors for the purpose of interviewing and
validating the life and doctrine of said individual. Upon the recommendation of
the council to the church, the church will express its approval by a vote of three-
fourths of the members present at any regularly arranged business meeting of
the church. An ordination service will then be planned.
Article X. Church Discipline

Our guiding directive for any church discipline will be the words of Scripture.
Matthew 18:15-20 give especially clear instruction in regards to this matter.

It shall be the basic purpose regarding discipline issues at Grace Baptist Church
to emphasize to its members that every reasonable measure will be taken to
assist any troubled member. The pastors and deacons are available for counsel
and guidance. Redemption rather than punishment should be the guideline,
which governs the attitude of one member toward another. Should some serious
condition exist which would cause a member to become a liability to the name of
Christ and/or the general welfare of the church, every reasonable measure will
be taken by the pastors and other church leaders as appropriate, to resolve the
problem. A spirit of Christian kindness and forbearance shall pervade all such
proceedings. The pastors may use a wide range of methods for discipline of a
wayward member. The methods may be as simple as a conversation with the
member, or in extreme cases a recommendation to the church body for
expulsion of the member. A Finding that the welfare of the body of Christ will
best be served by the exclusion of the member, the church may take this action
by a 3/4 vote of the active members present at a meeting called for this
purpose; and the church may proceed to declare the offender to be no longer in
the membership of the church.

Any person, whose membership has been terminated for any condition, which
has made it necessary for the church to exclude him, may upon his request and
evidence of his repentance and reformation, be restored to membership by a
majority vote of the church.

Article XI. Ministries

All ministries of this church shall be guided by the command of our Lord Jesus
Christ given in Matthew 28:19,20. Ministries exist to develop in our membership
and world a passionate love for God, and for people (Mark 12:30,31). Church
ministries will give periodic updates and information to the church body of their
progress and needs.

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Article XII. Use of Church buildings and facilities

Grace Baptist Church property is to all times be considered the property of God,
and as such be used to His glory and honor. At no time shall church property be
used for personal gain, or to facilitate unbiblical or immoral activity.

Article XIII. Pastoral Search Committee

In the event of a vacancy in a pastoral position, a special ad hoc committee will
be appointed to search for a qualified man to fill the opening. This committee
will formulate for church approval a detailed job description, as well as make a
recommendation to the finance committee regarding beginning compensation for
the Pastoral Position. The search team will consist of seven (7) active church
members.

These members will also be born again and have a general reputation of godly
living and faithfulness to God. The committee should also reflect an accurate
cross-section of the church membership.

A Pastoral Search committee shall be made up of (7) members as follows; The
Deacon body shall appoint from its body (3) members, the nominating and
finance committee’s shall appoint from its committee (1) member each, and the
church body shall appoint the remaining (2) members from the floor by majority
vote, at a called business meeting for that purpose. This committee shall elect
its own chairperson.

The committee shall bring only one name at a time for consideration of the
church, and no nomination shall be made except that of the committee. Election
shall be by ballot with an affirmative vote of ¾ of those active church members
present and voting necessary for a call. Should the one recommended by the
committee fail to receive a three-fourths vote, the committee will be instructed
to seek out another minister, and the meeting shall be adjourned without
debate. If the vacancy is an associate pastor, the senior pastor must be in
agreement with the nomination before it is brought to the church. The
committee will dissolve upon the acceptance of the pastor by the church.

Article XIV. Trustees:

The Church shall elect from its membership 3 persons to serve in the position of
church trustee. Trustees shall, as provided by law, and action of the church
body, hold in trust the title to all property of the church, and shall legally
represent and execute on behalf of the church as directed by the church body.

They shall have no authority to buy, sell, lease, transfer, trade or mortgage real
property without specific vote of the church body. It is also understood that
trustees will have no specific authority over the use of church property.




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Trustees shall, in cooperation with the finance committee, maintain proper and
adequate liability and property insurance for the church.

Trustees, once elected will serve until active church membership change, health,
or other concerns bring about their resignation. The church also reserves to
right to remove, by majority church vote, any trustee who no longer meets the
criteria for trustee or is not serving the best interests of the church.

Article XV. Financial Stewardship

Scripture teaches that Christians should willfully and joyfully bring their tithes
and offerings into the storehouse (the local church) so that God’s work may be
funded. While, faith in God plays a predominant role in all decisions regarding
church finances – it is also important to ensure integrity and discipline in all
things. This article serves as a practical framework for proper and appropriate
stewardship of the Lord’s money.

An administrative committee of Grace Baptist Church known as the finance
committee shall oversee the collection, maintaining and distribution of such
funds. Annually the committee shall submit for church approval an itemized and
faith based budget for the ministries and financial business of the church.
Throughout the church year, the committee meets regularly to assure the
integrity of the church financial systems, as well as provide reports to the church
on a quarterly basis during the regularly scheduled meetings. The volunteer
church treasurer shall carry out the policies developed and overseen by the
finance committee.

Records, documents, etc. (paper and electronic) shall be considered property of
Grace Baptist Church and will be kept within appropriate confidences; such
records shall be housed and secured at the church whenever possible.

Tithes and offerings given to Grace Baptist Church should be done so in a giving
envelope that will be provided by the church. The finance committee shall
oversee the distribution of the general fund, per the annual budget that has
been approved by the church.

General Fund surpluses (amounts received over the budget needs) will be
reported to the church as surpluses. During times of church indebtedness, the
finance committee may authorize the church treasurer to appropriate additional
monies toward debt retirement, but may not inhibit church ministry department
funds in so doing. Reports will be made to the church when such an action
takes place.




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                       Index of Topics


                   Church Constitution
    Preamble                                      Page 1
    Church Name and Location                      Page 1
    Primary Objectives                            Page 1
    Statement of Faith                            Page 2
    Relationships                                 Page 2
    Church Covenant                               Page 2


                         Church Bylaws
    Adoption and Amendments                       Page 3
    Church policies and procedures                Page 3
    Membership                                    Page 3 - 4
            Definition                            Page 3
            Methods of membership                 Page 3, 4
            Termination of membership             Page 4
            New members class                     Page 4
            Rights of members                     Page 4
    Meetings                                      Pages 4- 5
            Worship and Ordinances                Page 4
            Business Meetings                     Page 5
    Church Officers                               Pages 6-10
            The Biblical Officers of the Church   Page 6
            The Senior Pastor                     Page 6
            Associate Pastors                     Page 7
            Deacons                               Page 8
`   Non – Ministerial Church Staff                Page 10
    Other Church leaders and Directors            Page 10
    Church Committees                             Page 11
    Licensure and Ordination of Ministers         Page 11
    Church Discipline                             Page 12
    Church Ministries                             Page 12
    Use of Church Buildings and facilities        Page 13
    Pastoral Search Committee                     Page 13
    Trustees                                      Page 13
    Financial Stewardship                         Page 14




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