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Article I
Membership
Section 1 ~ Qualifications:
      A. All applicants must profess a saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and have a
           personal relationship with Him.
      B. A person’s profession of faith shall be evident through his testimony, reputation
           and conduct.
      C. Every individual considering membership should accept, be in agreement with,
           and willingly submit himself to this Constitution and Bylaws.
      D. Following the command of Jesus, we require believers baptism by immersion of
           all membership candidates.
      E. The individual shall be willing to support Bethel Bible Church in attendance,
           prayer, monetary giving and serving in areas where his/her spiritual gifts can be
           used to minister to others.
      F. Each individual must be at least 14 years of age.
      G. An Associate Membership will be given to those individuals who are members of
           another church body and are temporarily living away from their home church for
           an anticipated length of over 6 months. These could be individuals such as
           students, interns, traveling business people, foreign visitors, and/or missionaries
           on furlough. The same qualifications as listed above and the rights and
           privileges as outlined in Section 4 of this article will be adhered to with the
           exception that the individual will not be extended voting rights.
Section 2 ~ Procedure
      A. The individual considering membership will need to obtain and read a copy of
           this Constitution and Bylaws and enroll in the membership orientation class,
           when offered.
      B. The individual will need to obtain a membership questionnaire and submit the
           completed form to the Elder Board or any member of the pastoral staff.
      C. The Elder Board will contact the individual and schedule the interview meeting.
           This meeting is for the purpose of discussing, but is not limited to, the
           individual’s testimony and evidence of his/her understanding of and agreement
           with this document in its entirety. This meeting shall be held at the
           convenience of the Elder Board and the individual once the questionnaire has
           been submitted. The majority of the Elder Board will need to be present for
           this meeting.
      D. Approval for membership shall be granted upon a satisfactory interview and the
           status of believer’s baptism.
      E. Every new member shall be welcomed publicly at a regular Sunday morning
           service.
      F. New members shall be added to the current membership roll.
      G. At the Annual Congregational Business Meeting, all members will be asked to
          reaffirm Bethel Bible Church’s purpose and beliefs.
Section 3 ~ Lifestyle
      A. Members are encouraged to live righteous lives according to Titus 2:1-8, 11-14
          and I Thessalonians 4:1-12.
      B. Members, as part of the body of Christ, are encouraged to get involved in
          activities that are beneficial in stimulating spiritual growth. These activities
          may include, but are not limited to, the following:
              1. spending time daily in the Word of God and in prayer (Psalm 119:9,11,18;
                  Colossians 4:2; I Thessalonians 5:17-18)
              2. spending time daily in personal and family devotions (Deuteronomy 6:4-9;
                  Colossians 3:16)
              3. attending church services on a regular basis (Psalm 122:1; Hebrews
                  10:23-25)
              4. getting involved in small group Bible studies (Acts 17:11; II Timothy 2:15)
              5. serving in areas of ministry (Romans 12:1-12)
              6. committing to teach, train and nurture people in spiritual growth
                  (Proverbs 22:6; III John 4; I Peter 5.2)
      C. Members should encourage one another and speak in love for the purpose of
          building each other up. (Hebrews 10:24-25) Members should also support one
          another through prayer and be willing to help those who are in need. (Galatians
          6:9-10)
      D. Members are encouraged to support Bethel Bible Church by giving a portion of
          their income. (I Corinthians 16:2, II Corinthians 8:3, II Corinthians 9:6-7)
      E. Members are encouraged to live a life that reflects Jesus Christ, striving
          towards Christ-like living. Spiritual growth of the individual should be evident
          through the fruit of the Spirit which is recorded in Galatians 5:22-23 as “love,
          joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-
          control.”
      F. Members are encouraged to be witnesses in their communities by carefully and
          consistently living in a manner worthy of Jesus Christ. (James 1:26-27)
      G. We believe that Scripture discourages Christians from bringing civil lawsuits
          against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. God’s
          church has all of the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between
          members. In seeking to reconcile differences, mediation and arbitration are to
          be sought rather than litigation. (I Corinthians 6:1-8; Ephesians 4:31-32)




Section 4 ~ Rights/Privileges
      A. The voting age of membership shall be 18 years of age.
       B. Proxy and absentee voting is prohibited.
       C. Voting members are eligible to serve on any of the boards, subject to meeting
          the biblical qualifications outlined in Article III, Section 1-C, Section 2-C, and
          Section 5-B.
       D. Members are eligible to serve in any areas of ministry according to their gifts
          and qualifications.
       E. Voting members may submit nominations for board members. The selection
          process for the Elder Board and Deacon Board is outlined in Article III, Section
          1-D of these Bylaws.

Section 5 ~ Absence/Withdrawal
      A. Any member, absent for one year and from whom no communication has been
          received, may be removed from the membership list by a majority approval of
          the Elder Board.
      B. Anyone removed from membership shall be notified in writing by the Church
          Clerk.
      C. Any member who wishes to be removed from membership shall inform the Elder
          Board in writing.
      D. Letters of transfer will be granted upon request, to departing members who are
          in good standing at Bethel Bible Church.
      E. It shall be within the scope of the Elder Board to review the church
          membership whenever they deem necessary.

Section 6 ~ Church Discipline
      A. Bethel Bible Church shall make every effort to adhere to the principles set
          forth in Matthew 18:15-17, “If your brother sins against you, go and show him
          his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your
          brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that
          every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.
          If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church, and if he refuses to listen
          even to the church, treat him as you would an unbeliever.”
      B. The motivation behind discipline is love and ultimately restoration.
              1. “Do everything in love.” (I Corinthians 16:14)
              2. “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be
                  devoted to one another in brotherly love.” (Romans 12:9-10a)
              3. ”My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone
                  should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the
                  error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of
                  sins.” (James 5:19-20)
      C. If any member is found to consistently conduct himself in a manner that is in
          any way a direct violation of clear biblical commands, becomes divisive within
          this church body, and denies any of the doctrinal statements found in the
         Statement of Faith, the principles found in Matthew 18 shall set the standard
         for the following steps taken to help restore the brother or sister:
             1. Personally approach the member one on one to confront the sin. If the
                member shows true repentance, no further action shall be taken. If
                he/she is unwilling to repent, continue with Step 2. We are warned in
                Galatians 6:1, “Brothers, if someone is caught in sin, you who are spiritual
                should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be
                tempted.”
             2. Confront the member a second time, bringing one or two other fellow
                members with you as witnesses. If the member shows true repentance,
                no further action shall be taken. If the member once again is unwilling to
                repent, continue with step 3.
             3. The particular matter being addressed shall be brought to the attention
                of the Elder Board. The Board members shall meet with the member in
                question to confront him/her and to see if there has been any evidence
                of repentance.       If the Board determines that the member is
                unrepentant, they shall present the matter at a called, member only,
                congregational meeting. This is in accordance with I Timothy 5:20,
                “Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that the others may take
                warning.” If the member still refuses to listen to biblical counsel, then
                continue with step 4.
             4. The Elder Board may remove the person from membership by a majority
                vote of the Board, and then provide the reason in writing to the
                individual. We are told in II Thessalonians 3:6, 14-15, “In the name of
                the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from
                every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you
                received from us . . . If anyone does not obey our instruction in this
                letter, take special note of him. Do not associate with him, in order that
                he may feel ashamed. Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him
                as a brother.”
             5. The Elder Board shall disclose to the congregation, at any called
                congregational business meeting, the action taken regarding any person
                who was disciplined and removed from membership.
      D. Any member is subject to the steps outlined above and may be removed from
         any role of pastor, board member, trustee, officer, ministry leader or any other
         role of service until the disciplinary issue is resolved. The resolution could be
         reinstatement, probation, permanent removal or variations thereof.



Article II
Ordinances of the Church
Section 1 ~ Communion
       A. The Lord’s Supper shall be practiced on a regular basis.
       B. All believers who profess a saving faith in Jesus Christ are invited to partake in
          communion.
       C. Prior to receiving communion, one should take time for personal self-examination
          and confession of sin before the Lord. In this way, each believer might partake
          in the Lord’s Supper in a worthy manner. (I Corinthians 11:27-29)
       D. The Lord’s Supper is observed as a reminder of Jesus’ sacrificial death, with
          the elements serving only as a symbol of His broken body and shed blood on the
          cross.

Section 2 ~ Baptism
      A. Baptism by immersion shall be the mode practiced by this body of believers.
      B. Baptism by immersion, which is symbolic of Jesus’ death, burial and
          resurrection, shall serve as an act of obedience to the command of Jesus and as
          a public statement of faith. (Matthew 3:6; Matthew 28:16-20; Luke 3:21-22;
          Romans 6:1-4; Colossians 2:11-12)
      C. Baptism by immersion is a requirement for membership into Bethel Bible Church.


Article III
Leadership
Section 1 ~ Elder Board
      A. Purpose
           The purpose of the Elder Board is to provide the spiritual leadership of this
           church. This Board shall serve as overseers and shepherds of God’s flock as
           commanded in I Peter 5:1-4, “To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow
           elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to
           be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as
           overseers – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you
           to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those
           entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief
           Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade
           away.”

       B. Responsibilities
             1. The Elder Board is accountable, first to the authority of Christ, who is
                the Head of the Church, and second, to the membership, as stated in
                Article II of the Constitution. They shall be responsible for teaching,
                encouraging and correcting this body according to scripture. (Titus 1:9)
             2. The Board shall strive to stimulate the spiritual development of each
                individual, resulting in spiritual growth as a body of believers. (Ephesians
                4:12-16)
      3. The Elder Board shall hold regularly scheduled, monthly Board meetings.
      4. The Elder Board shall be responsible for the interview and approval of
          prospective church members.
      5. The Board shall provide spiritual leadership and direction in accordance
          with the purpose, mission and vision of this body of believers.
      6. Members of the Board shall assist the pastor(s) during worship services
          when needed. This may include, but is not limited to, serving communion,
          performing baptisms, and leading services in the absence of the
          pastor(s).
      7. The Board shall provide Elder Board liaisons to each member of the
          pastoral staff for the purpose of support, enhanced communication and
          accountability.
      8. The members of the Elder Board shall determine the number of new
          Elder and/or Deacon Board members needed as determined by the size
          and needs of this congregation. No family members shall be elected to
          serve in a majority status on any church Boards.
      9. The Elder Board shall review the Nominating Committee report and
          approve the candidates and the ballot before the annual meeting.
      10. The Elder Board is responsible to conduct the annual meetings.
C. Qualifications
      1. The Elder Board shall be selected and approved based upon the
          qualifications listed in the following two passages of scripture.
          a. I Timothy 3:1-7, “Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his
              heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. Now, the
              overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife,
              temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not
              given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a
              lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his
              children obey him with proper respect. (If anyone does not know how
              to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He
              must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall
              under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good
              reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and
              into the devil’s trap.”
           b. Titus 1:6-9, “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. 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. Rather he
              must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, and who is self-
              controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 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. All elders must be members of Bethel Bible Church.
      3. All Pastors, once elected by the congregation, are automatically Elder
          Board members.
D. Selection Process
      1. The Elder Board shall establish a Nominating Committee each year for
          the purpose of creating a slate of candidates to fill positions that are
          vacant, or soon to be vacant. The Nominating Committee should consist
          of one elder, one deacon and three church members, but the actual size
          can be changed as needed, so long as the congregation is adequately
          represented. Efforts will be made to include some new Nominating
          Committee members in the process each year. Once selected, the
          Nominating Committee members shall be announced to the congregation
          and printed in the bulletin. At that time, the elders will also announce to
          the congregation that nominations for new Elder and Deacon Board
          members are being accepted.
      2. The Nominating Committee shall accept confidential, written nominations
          which identify both the nominee and the nominator. Nomination forms
          will be provided by the Nominating Committee. Nominations will be
          closed 45 days before the annual meeting.
      3. A member may nominate himself or be nominated by any member of the
          church. Those nominating someone shall receive prior consent and
          signature from the individual before submitting the nomination form to
          the Nominating Committee.
      4. The Nominating Committee may interview the nominator of a candidate
          for the purpose of determining why he/she believes the nominee is
          qualified for the position indicated. The Nominating Committee shall
          review the names of the candidates being considered for the positions
          and conduct individual interviews of each prospective candidate to hear
          their testimony and to determine whether they meet the qualifications
          as outlined in I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9.
      5. Each Nominating Committee member shall prayerfully consider each
          candidate.
      6. If the Nominating Committee determines that a candidate is not
          biblically qualified for the position, he shall be informed confidentially by
          the Committee as to the reason. Out of consideration for the candidate,
          no details regarding this decision will be made public.
      7. A proposed list of candidates and length of individual terms shall be
          presented to the Elder Board for consideration. Approval will be based
          on a majority vote of the current Elder Board members present at any
          one of their scheduled meetings.
            8. The approved list of candidates shall be presented to the congregation
                no later than 30 days prior to the Annual Congregational Business
                Meeting, which shall be held on any Sunday during March.
            9. Members will be asked to prayerfully consider each candidate, keeping in
                mind the qualifications found in I Timothy 3 and Titus 1.
            10. At the Annual Congregational Business Meeting, the candidates shall be
                presented to the congregation to give their testimonies before being
                voted on by written ballot. The ballot shall show each candidates name
                and length of term. Approval of the candidate(s) will be based on a
                majority vote of the voting members present. Actual vote count will not
                be announced.
            11. Existing office holders will be required to publicly re-affirm their
                beliefs each year at the annual meeting.
            12. A nominee or candidate may withdraw his name at any time during this
                process.
            13. In the event of an unexpected vacancy, the Elder Board is responsible to
                evaluate the need of a replacement depending on the length of the
                remaining term. The Elder Board may make a temporary appointment if
                the remaining term is 3 months or less, or they may establish a
                Nominating Committee in order to fill a longer vacancy.
      E. Term/Removal
         Elder Board members shall be elected for terms of one, two or three years in
         order to maintain stability within the Board by minimizing the number of
         retirements each year.
            1. A year of service shall be from annual meeting date to annual meeting
                date.
            2. Elder Board members are limited to serving two consecutive terms
                followed by at least one sabbatical year.
            3. A Board member may be removed from the Board by his own decision, or
                by a majority vote of the voting members present at any called
                congregational business meeting, only after adhering to I Timothy 5:19
                and the steps outlined under church discipline.
            4. All Elder Board members are subject to disciplinary procedures as
                outlined under Article I, Section 6 of these Bylaws.




Section 2 ~ Deacon Board
      A. Purpose
   The purpose of the Deacon Board is to accomplish the work of Christian service
   in order that the elders may devote themselves to prayer and the teaching of
   the Word. The Deacon Board is responsible for serving the needs of this body
   of believers and conducting the caring ministries of this church body. The
   Deacon Board is accountable first to the authority of Christ, who is the Head of
   the Church, and second to the Elder Board, which represents the membership as
   stated in Article II of the Constitution.
B. Responsibilities
   Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
       1. Conduct the benevolence ministry.
       2. Visit the sick.
       3. Visit the negligent members.
       4. Be alert to the cares, concerns and spiritual needs of the people in this
           congregation, apprising the elders of these matters so that appropriate
           action may be taken.
       5. Promote unity within this church body.
       6. Assist in serving communion and assist with baptisms.
       7. Oversee any and all church property.
       8. Each deacon shall be responsible for a designated number of families
           determined by the size and needs of the congregation.
       9. The chairman of the Deacon Board shall act as spokesman to the Elder
           Board and Pastoral Staff.
       10. Meet at least once a month to conduct any necessary business.
C. Qualifications
       1. Deacons shall be selected and approved based upon the character
           qualifications listed in scripture: I Timothy 3:8-12, “Deacons, likewise,
           are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and
           not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of
           the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if
           there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.”
       2. Deaconesses shall be selected and approved upon the character
           qualifications listed in scripture:
           a. I Timothy 3:11, “Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious
               gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things.” (NASB)
           b. Titus 2:3-5, “Older women likewise, are to be reverent in their
               behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching
               what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love
               their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at
               home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of
               God will not be dishonored.” (NASB)
       3. Deacon Board members must be willing to serve the body of believers:
           Acts 6:1-4, “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. 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. 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 and will give our attention to prayer and the
                ministry of the word.’” Romans 16:1, “I commend to you our sister
                Phoebe, who is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea.” (NASB)
            4. Deacons/Deaconesses must be members of Bethel Bible Church.
      D. Selection Process
           The selection process for Deacon Board members is the same as for Elder
         Board members outlined under Article III, Section 1-D of these Bylaws.
      E. Term /Removal
         Deacon Board members are subject to the same term of position and removal
         from position as the elders as outlined in Article III, Section 1-E of these
         Bylaws.

Section 3 ~ Church Council
      A. Purpose
          The Church Council shall be made up of the elders, deacons, trustees and
          officers for the purpose of meeting together to discuss and deal with any items
          of mutual interest or concern.
      B. The Church Council shall meet whenever they deem necessary.



Section 4 ~ Church Chairman
      A. Purpose
          The purpose of the church chairman is to exercise guidance, direction and/or
          control during all church congregational and/or business meetings.
      B. Responsibilities
          The responsibilities of the church chairman include, but are not limited to, the
          following:
              1. serve as chairman of the Elder Board
              2. act as moderator/mediator at all church congregational and/or business
                 meetings
              3. serve as ex officio member of all church ministries and committees
              4. fulfill additional responsibilities as determined by the Elder Board



      C. Qualifications
         The church chairman must be an elder. The qualifications listed for an elder
         are outlined under Article III, Section 1-C of these Bylaws.
      D. Selection Process
            1. Generally, the elder, who is in his last term year, is elected to this
                position. However, it is open to any non-staff member of the Elder Board
                willing to serve as church chairman.
            2. The Elder Board shall vote and announce to the congregation the elder
                elected to be chairman of both the church and the Elder Board.
      E. Term/Removal
            1. The position of church chairman should be for the duration of the last
                year of his term on the Elder Board.
            2. The church chairman is subject to the term and removal clause of an
                elder as outlined under Article III, Section 1-E of these Bylaws.

Section 5 ~ Pastoral Staff
      A. The pastoral staff shall include the senior pastor and associate pastor(s).
      B. Qualifications
              1. Each member of the pastoral staff must meet the qualifications of an
                 elder as outlined under Article III, Section 1-C of these Bylaws.
              2. Each member of the pastoral staff must be in agreement with all articles
                 of this Constitution and abide by this church’s Bylaws.
              3. He must uphold, maintain and defend this Constitution and Bylaws in its
                 entirety.
      C. Responsibilities
              1. The senior pastor and the associate pastor(s) shall serve as members of
                 the Elder Board.
              2. Each member of the pastoral staff shall be accountable to the Elder
                 Board through its liaisons and to the congregation.
              3. The responsibilities of the pastoral staff are the same as that of an
                 elder as outlined under Article III, Section 1-B of these Bylaws.
              4. The senior pastor shall also be responsible for the following:
                     a. To teach and preach the Word of God to this congregation on a
                        regular basis.
                     b. To administer the ordinances of the church as outlined under
                        Article II of these Bylaws.
                     c. To communicate the purpose, and develop the mission and vision of
                        Bethel Bible Church.
              5. The Elder Board shall determine any additional responsibilities of the
                 senior pastor and the associate pastor(s).
              6. The pastoral staff may initiate new ministries. See also Article VI,
                 Section 2-B of these Bylaws.
      7. The pastoral staff shall be responsible to oversee any and all ministry
          leaders.
D. Selection Process
      1. A Pastoral Search Team shall be composed of members of this
          congregation. The Team may be composed of elders, deacons and other
          members of the congregation. No more than two elders/deacons may
          serve on the Pastoral Search Team. Positions on the Search Team are on
          a volunteer basis. The number of Team members shall be determined by
          the size and needs of the congregation.
      2. The Church Chairman shall make an announcement to the congregation
          that a Pastoral Search Team will be forming.
      3. Church members will be given two full weeks to volunteer for the Team.
          If an inadequate number volunteer, the Elder Board shall seek additional
          members.
      4. On the third Sunday, after the first announcement is made, a printed
          ballot of Search Team candidates will be presented to the congregation
          for a vote. Acceptance will be based on a majority vote of the voting
          members present.
      5. The Pastoral Search Team shall determine the best way to post the
          available position. The position can be posted in Christian circulars
          and/or Christian colleges, universities and seminaries.
      6. The Pastoral Search Team shall have a chairman and secretary. The
          chairman shall serve as the one to guide, direct and moderate all Team
          meetings. The secretary is responsible for keeping minutes as well as
          any other documentation necessary for record keeping (i.e. job listings,
          questionnaires, resumes and letters). These records, if requested, shall
          be made available to the congregation.
      7. The Team shall evaluate the candidates who have responded and shown
          interest in the position.        The Team shall respond by sending
          questionnaires, as well as church and/or community information, to all
          qualified candidates.
      8. If the Team receives returned questionnaires, they shall evaluate them
          and decide which candidate(s) they would like to pursue.
      9. If no response is received in a timely manner, the chairman and/or
          secretary shall make follow-up phone calls to the potential candidates.
      10. If it has been determined that a candidate seems suitable for the
          position, he shall be contacted by letter or e-mail and then by phone to
          schedule an interview meeting. It is also an opportunity to get to know
          the candidate, and if possible, his family as well, on a more personal level.
      11. The Pastoral Search Team shall determine if any members of the Team
          need to travel to the candidate’s hometown for the purpose of observing
          and gathering any information that may be pertinent to his candidacy.
      12. Once this interview meeting has been held, it shall be determined if the
          Team feels that this is the best qualified candidate. The candidate may
          be presented to the Elder Board after a majority vote of the Pastoral
          Search Team at any of the Team’s meetings.
      13. Once the candidate has been presented to the Elder Board, they may
          determine if additional interviews and/or meetings need to be scheduled.
      14. The candidate shall be approved by a majority vote of the Elder Board.
          Members of the pastoral staff are ineligible to vote, due to the
          possibility of a conflict of interest.
      15. The candidate shall be presented to the congregation by the Pastoral
          Search Team and Elder Board. The Pastoral Search Team shall schedule
          the candidate to speak at regular Sunday worship service(s). He may also
          be asked to speak at other church functions and/or gatherings. He shall
          be required to give his testimony publicly. He may also be scheduled to
          speak at an informal congregational meeting for the purpose of a
          question and answer session.
      16. The vote for a new member of the pastoral staff shall take place only
          after he has met the requirements outlined above. Approval of a
          candidate for the pastoral staff is based on a three-fourths majority
          vote of voting members present at a called congregational business
          meeting as outlined in Article IV of these Bylaws.
E. Term/Removal
      1. The term of pastor shall begin once he has been publicly affirmed and
          presented to the congregation as a member of the pastoral staff.
      2. A pastor automatically becomes a member of Bethel Bible Church upon
          public affirmation and presentation to the congregation.
      3. A member of the pastoral staff may serve for an indefinite term.
      4. A pastor may resign from his position by his own decision. A letter of
          resignation must be received by the church chairman no later than thirty
          days prior to his last day serving on staff. If sin is involved and a setting
          aside from ministry is required, the resignation is effective immediately.
      5. A pastor may be removed by a three-fourths majority vote of the voting
          members present at any called congregational business meeting of church
          members, only after adhering to I Timothy 5:19 and the steps outlined
          under church discipline in Article I, Section 6 of these Bylaws.
      6. All members of the pastoral staff are subject to the disciplinary
          procedures outlined under Article I, Section 6 of these Bylaws.
      7. At the discretion of the Elder Board, a severance package may be
          allowed. It shall consist of a minimum of one month’s salary and benefits,
          but shall not exceed six months.
Section 6 ~ Officers and Trustees
      A. Officers
          The officers of Bethel Bible Church shall be the church clerk and church
          treasurer. They are accountable to the Elder Board as are all deacons.
             1. Purpose
                 The purpose of each of these positions is to establish order within the
                 business of the church.
             2. Selection Process
                 The candidates for the positions of church clerk and treasurer shall be
                 selected by the Nominating Committee as delineated in Article III,
                 Section 1 – D – 1 through 13.
             3. Eligibility
                     a. The above mentioned officers are required to be members of
                        Bethel Bible Church who are at least twenty-one years of age.
                     b. The church clerk and treasurer should meet all qualifications
                        required of deacons/deaconesses but shall attend the regular
                        Deacon Board meetings only as requested.
                     c. The offices of church treasurer and church clerk shall be
                        available to all qualified men or women.
             4. Duties and Responsibilities
                     a. Church Clerk
                        The church clerk is responsible for:
                          1. Recording the minutes and keeping accurate records of
                              actions taken at all congregational business meetings. These
                              records shall then be submitted for approval at the next
                              congregational business meeting.
                          2. Keeping all records of the church, and maintaining accurate
                              records of the elders, deacons, officers and church
                              membership rolls. These records shall include, but are not
                              limited to, information pertaining to the elections and
                              approvals or removals of the members of this body of
                              believers.
                          3. Completing any and all records and/or reports that may be
                              required by county, state or federal laws.
                          4. Fulfilling any other duties or responsibilities that the Elder
                              Board may deem necessary.
                     b. Treasurer (Executive Financial Officer)
                        The treasurer shall be responsible for:
                          1. Forming a financial team, based on the magnitude of the task
                              and the approval of the Elder Board.
                          2. Overseeing the disbursement and receipt of funds of the
                              church according to the annual budget.
                  3. Establishing a procedure for handling all tithes and
                     offerings, which shall be received, counted and tallied in the
                     presence of a staff member, finance team member or church
                     officer.
                  4. Preparing a proposed annual budget that shall be presented
                     to the Elder Board for approval.
                  5. Presenting the proposed budget to the congregation no later
                     than four weeks prior to the Annual Congregational Business
                     Meeting.
                  6. Maintaining accurate records of all financial transactions of
                     the church and annually reporting the financial standings to
                     the congregation, and as additionally needed.
                  7. Preparing accurate financial statements, posting receipts and
                     disbursements of each account, and making these statements
                     available to the membership.
                  8. Supplying all records that may be required by any
                     governmental authorities.
                  9. Performing any additional duties or responsibilities that the
                     Elder Board may deem necessary.
      5. Term/Removal
             a. The church clerk and treasurer shall each serve for a term of
                three years.      These positions are limited to serving two
                consecutive terms. Once completed, they will not be eligible to
                serve in any other office for one year.
             b. The year of a term shall be from the end of one Annual
                Congregational Meeting to the end of the next.
             c. Members serving in each office are subject to disciplinary
                procedures as outlined under Article I, Section 6 of these Bylaws.
             d. Members serving as officers may be removed from office by
                his/her own decision, with a letter of resignation submitted to the
                church chairman, or by a majority vote of the voting members
                present at any called congregational business meeting, only after
                adhering to all the steps outlined under church discipline.
B. Trustees
      1. The position of trustee shall be composed of a minimum of two members
         of the congregation.
      2. The responsibility of the trustees is to maintain church property.
      3. Trustees shall be appointed by the Elder Board, supported by the Deacon
         Board, and approved by a majority vote of church members present at a
         congregational business meeting.
             4. Trustees should be of sound business judgment and spiritual
                discernment. They should have experience in such areas as property
                maintenance, insurance and/or business administration.
             5. Additional duties and responsibilities of the trustees shall be determined
                by the Deacon Board.
             6. Trustees are subject to the same terms of position as outlined for an
                officer in Article III, Section 6-A-5.



Article IV
Meetings
Section 1 ~ Congregational Business Meetings
      A. Congregational meetings serve the purpose of keeping the congregation
           informed about the business of the church. These meetings also allow the
           congregation to communicate with its leadership.
      B. The Annual Congregational Business Meeting shall be held during the month of
           March. This meeting shall serve the purpose of presenting all annual reports
           from committee chairmen and ministry leaders, voting on the annual budget and
           new board members, and any other church business that may need to be
           communicated to the congregation.
      C. A congregational business meeting shall be granted by the Elder Board upon a
           written request signed by at least twenty-five percent of the voting members
           of this church body, and shall be held within thirty days of the request. The
           request shall include a statement of the purpose of the meeting and the action
           proposed.
      D. Official minutes of all congregational business meetings shall be recorded and
           kept by the church clerk. Minutes from the previous business meeting shall be
           read and approved.
      E. The church chairman shall conduct meetings based upon Robert’s Rules of
           Order, when applicable.

Section 2 ~ Notice
      A. The notice of a scheduled congregational business meeting shall be given for the
          three consecutive Sundays prior to the date of the meeting and shall include a
          statement of the nature of the scheduled meeting and the action proposed.
      B. The notice shall be given by announcement from the pulpit and shall be printed
          in the bulletin for the three consecutive Sundays prior to the scheduled
          meeting.
Section 3 ~ Quorum
      A quorum for congregational business meetings shall consist of at least 51 percent
      of the church membership.

Section 4 ~ Voting
      A. All members, ages eighteen years and older, have the right to vote at any
          business meeting. Matters shall be determined by a majority vote of the
          members present, except when otherwise stated in these Bylaws.
      B. Each member receives one vote per voting issue, including the church chairman.
      C. Proxy and absentee voting are prohibited.
      D. Actions requiring a quorum for voting:
             1. The election of board members.
             2. The borrowing of money by the church.
             3. Approval of compensations for salaried staff members.
             4. Approval of the annual budget.
             5. Amendment or ratification of the budget.
             6. Expenditure of church funds in excess of five percent of the total
                 church budget.
             7. Purchase or sale of church property.
      E. Actions requiring a quorum and three-fourths majority vote of the members
          present:
             1. The election of a pastor.
             2. Amendment or ratification of these Bylaws.



Article V
Finance
Section 1 ~ Annual Budget
      A. The proposed annual budget, prepared by the treasurer, shall be presented
           first to the Elder Board for approval and then to the congregation.
      B. The proposed annual budget shall be available and presented to the congregation
           the Sunday prior to the Annual Congregational Business Meeting.
      C. Approval of the annual budget is subject to a majority vote of the voting
           members present at the Annual Congregational Business Meeting. This action
           shall be taken by written ballot.
      D. The fiscal year shall begin January 1st and end December 31st.

Section 2 ~ Quality Assurance
      The review and evaluation of any and/or all financial records of Bethel Bible Church
      shall be completed by an independent accounting firm when the Elder Board deems
      it necessary.
Section 3 ~ Purchase or Sale of Real Estate Property
      A. The trustees or a membership-appointed Building Committee shall have the
          authority to propose in writing, the purchase or sale of real estate property for
          the church.
      B. The proposal shall be presented to the Treasurer for financial evaluation and
          then to the Elder Board. A majority vote of the Elder Board present at a called
          Board meeting shall constitute Board approval of the proposal.
      C. The purchase or sale of real estate property shall require approval of the
          members of the congregation by a majority vote at a called congregational
          business meeting before the sale can be completed.



Article VI
Church Ministries
Section 1 ~ Purpose
      Church ministries shall be planned and designed to accomplish one or more of the
      aspects found in our purpose statement .

Section 2 ~ New Ministries
      A. Approval from the congregation is not needed to start a new ministry.
      B. Any member or group of members may propose a new ministry by submitting a
          brief written explanation and plan to the Elder Board for approval. The
          pastoral staff may also initiate new ministries. A proposal from the pastoral
          staff shall be submitted to the Elder Board for approval. Approval of a new
          ministry shall be based on a majority vote.
      C. A ministry leader may be recommended by the Elder Board.
      D. Ministry leaders shall be accountable to the Elder Board.

Section 3 ~ Ministry Evaluations
      The Elder Board shall conduct annual evaluations of the pastoral staff and all
      ongoing ministries.
      A. Evaluations may also be conducted whenever the Elder Board deems it
          necessary.
      B. The Elder Board shall provide each pastor and ministry leader with a written
          evaluation of their performance in meeting the purpose goals set forth in
          Article III of the Constitution.
Article VII
      Hired and Operational Staff
      Hired and operational staff may consist of janitors, secretaries and any other
      position the Elder Board may deem necessary. The hiring of new staff members
      shall be allowed if funds have been properly budgeted and made available for this
      purpose. New staff members are hired by and are accountable to the Elder Board.



Article VIII
      Resolution Clause of Unbiased Compensation
      We agree that all lay-members in positions such as Elder, Deacon/Deaconess,
      Treasurer, Church Clerk, and Trustee will be non-salaried. In addition, the salaried
      individuals cannot vote on their own compensation. That compensation will be
      recommended by the Elder Board and then determined by vote of the congregation.



Article IX
      Dissolution Clause (Required by law)
      Upon the dissolution of the organization, assets shall be distributed for one or
      more tax exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal
      Revenue Code, or corresponding section of future federal tax code, or shall be
      distributed to the federal government, or to state or local government for a public
      purpose. Any such assets not disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of
      Common Pleas of the county in which the principal office of the organization is then
      located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as
      said Court shall determine, which are organized or operated exclusively for such
      purposes.



Article X
Amendments
Section 1 ~ Procedure
      These Bylaws of Bethel Bible Church may be amended at any called congregational
      business meeting provided that the following have been adhered to:
              A. Amendment(s) may be proposed by: boards, officers, committees, group
                 ministries or members of the congregation. A written proposal must be
                 submitted to the Elder Board for approval.
              B. After approval, the proposed amendment(s) shall be published by letter
                 to the membership and in the bulletin.
              C. The congregation will be notified, in the bulletin and from the pulpit, of
                 the time and place of the scheduled meeting on the three consecutive
                 Sundays prior to the meeting.
              D. Voting on the amendment(s) shall be by secret ballot.
              E. Approval of the amendment(s) shall be by a three-fourths majority vote
                 of the members present at the called congregational business meeting.

Section 2 ~ Exclusions
      As long as this Constitution is edict, neither this Article X nor the Statement of
      Faith shall ever be amended.



This document, in its entirety, has been officially ratified and adopted by the members
Bethel Bible Church on the 29th day of October in the year 2006.



Article XI
Ad Hoc Clause to this Constitution and Bylaws for Temporary Interim Government

A temporary Elder Board will be established to oversee this church for a time period from
the approval and acceptance of this constitution and the agreement to the joint merger by
the congregations of Bethel Bible Church and Faith Ministries Community Church until the
scheduled annual business meeting in March of 2008.

This board will consist of the existing Governing Board of Bethel Bible Church (presently
5) and the Elder Board of Faith Ministries Community Church (presently 4).

This Ad Hoc Board will operate under the constraints of this constitution, specifically
Article III Leadership Section 1- Elder Board.

Members of Faith Ministries Community Church will automatically become members of
Bethel Bible Church.

Nine (9) Faith Ministries have been identified for continuation at Bethel Bible Church.

The first regular congregational business meeting will be held in March of 2007 for the
purpose of status reports, the approval of the annual budget, and the approval of any
proposed amendments to these by-laws.

After the regular congregational business meeting of March 2008, this article will become
null and void and record of this Ad Hoc Clause will be filed with the Church Clerk.