Pickerington Christian Church Constitution
(Revision of June, 2007)
The purpose of this constitution is to serve as a document to be used by Pickerington
Christian Church, to set forth a mutually adopted procedure of management. As a
congregation formulated after the Church of the New Testament, it is directed that on all
matters of faith the Church shall adhere to the commands and approved precedents of the
scriptural word. The articles to follow are to be applied in all matters of expedience in
order that the work of the church may be executed “decently and in order.” The Creed of
the Pickerington Christian Church – what we believe – is attached at the end of this
document, as appendix 1.
Article I: Name and Location
The name of this congregation is Pickerington Christian Church, located in the county of
Fairfield and the state of Ohio.
Article II: Purpose
Pickerington Christian Church has been formed on the premise that a great commitment
to the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-38) and the Great Commission (Matthew
28:19-20) will build a great church.
The congregation has stipulated that she is called together for these reasons:
1. To Love God
2. To Love People
3. To Serve the World
All ministries and programs of Pickerington Christian Church must justify their existence
under all three of these defined purposes. Additionally, each will be terminated when it
fails to continue fulfilling its defined purpose.
Article III: Membership of the Church
The members of the church shall consist of all those, regardless of age, who have
complied with the New Testament terms of salvation (including Baptism by emersion).
Voting privileges shall be accorded to all members, 18 years of age and older, who have
continued an active membership by a continuity of attendance, giving and service.
Voting members will be those who have demonstrated a commitment to Pickerington
Christian Church over the previous twelve months (or since they have joined, if within
the 12 month period), through consistent attendance, giving, and serving. Any disputed
case may be decided on the basis of these things by a three-fourths consensus of the
Anyone not in attendance during the most recent three months will be excluded from
voting unless the Elders receive and approve a written request for waiver. Examples of
circumstances that may qualify for exemption include: health issues, work related travel,
missions work out of the area, and military service.
Article IV: Elders, Deacons, Ministers
Section 1 – Elders
The officers of Pickerington Christian Church shall consist of the Eldership. There shall
be a plurality of men serving in the office of Elder. The specific number shall be
determined by the need of the congregation and the number of qualified men available.
The Elders (also called overseers, pastors and shepherds in the New Testament) shall be
tested men who are to take the example of the apostles. In the following three key roles:
1. Pastor – As their name indicates, a key role for the Elder is that of Pastor –
shepherding and caring for the members of Pickerington Christian Church.
2. Protector – protecting the church from threats within and without (Acts 20:18-36).
3. Policy Maker – When a new policy must be established, it will be with the Elders
oversight and approval.
Their maturity, moral reliability, ability to teach, and leadership at home (Titus 1:5-9 and
I Timothy 3:1-7) shall have prepared them for caring leadership for the church.
Candidates for Elder shall be presented to the congregation for approval. They shall be
called to a three (3) year term of service unless twenty-five percent (25%) of those
casting votes do not support their service. Such candidates shall have been nominated by
members of the congregation, approved by the existing Elders, and presented to the
congregation for its approval or disapproval.
Nominees being considered for Elder in this local church must have served as a deacon
twelve (12) months prior to election or appointment or have been an Elder in a Christian
Church (Church of Christ) or a church of similar doctrine and theology, which must be
accepted by the Elders, prior to becoming a member of this Church, in which case he
must have been a member of Pickerington Christian Church for one year. He must
believe, without mental reservation, in the full and final inspiration of the Holy Scriptures
to the extent that it is to him the final rule of faith and practice.
Duties shall be prescribed in the New Testament to oversee the entire church, feed the
flock, etc. Each Elder shall be responsible for the particular work assigned to him, and,
insofar as is consistent with the New Testament, should work with the minister and the
Chairman of the Elders.
Elders shall generally meet in regular monthly sessions and on call as needed.
The Elders are responsible to the congregation for remaining loyal to the Word of God
and must not Lord it over the flock. Congregational approval shall be sought for all
major financial undertakings, i.e., budget approval, building projects, and land purchases.
The Elders shall approve all ministry coordinators, special ministry leaders, as well as
Financial Secretary and Treasurer, and others needed as the ministries of Pickerington
Christian Church expand.
In case of a vacancy in the Eldership, the Elders may appoint an individual to fill the
vacancy until the next annual congregational meeting. The normal elections procedure
will then be followed.
An Elder may be removed from service for loss of scriptural qualifications and/or failure
to perform the functions of an Elder. Complaints must be written, signed and submitted
to the Eldership and must be substantiated. A two-thirds (2/3) vote of the congregation
will be necessary to actuate the removal. A three-fourths consensus of the Eldership will
be required for removal recommendation to the congregation.
Section 2 – Deacons and Ministries
Deacons shall be selected as servant leaders for the congregation ministries. Although all
Christians are called to serve (and, indeed, are expected to serve each other), Pickerington
Christian Church wishes to especially select and challenge some who will accept the call
to offer formal and committed ministry leadership (Acts 6:3,4 and I Timothy 3:8-18).
Each year the Elders shall select the areas of ministry required to maintain and extend the
church’s program, and to continue expanding her outreach. The congregation shall then
nominate men to serve as leaders for those ministries. As is the case with Elder
candidates, candidates for Deacon shall be nominated by the congregation and approved
by the existing Elders, and presented to the congregation for its approval or disapproval.
They shall serve a one (1) year term as Deacons unless 25 percent of those casting votes
do not support their service.
Candidates for Deacon must have been a member of this congregation for at least one (1)
In leading their ministries, the Deacons shall be under the oversight of the Elders. The
Elders shall also have authority to appoint other men or women to lead ministries for up
to one year, in addition to the elected Deacons. Ministries will be comprised of the
Deacon leader(s) and sufficient volunteers from the congregation to efficiently
accomplish the ministry’s tasks. Annually each ministry will submit a budget request to
the financial ministry, which prepares in for presentation to the Eldership. When the
budget has been approved by the Eldership and the Congregation, the ministry may
operate within the budget guidelines without further individual disbursement approval
unless otherwise directed by the Eldership.
A Deacon may be removed from service for loss of scriptural qualifications and/or failure
to perform the functions of a Deacon. Complaints must be written, signed and submitted
to the Eldership and must be substantiated. A three-fourths (3/4) consensus of the
Eldership will be required for removal.
Section 3 - Minister
The Minister shall be a member of a Christian Church (Church of Christ) or a church of
similar doctrine and theology, which must be accepted by the Elders, and shall have been
immersed into Christ. He must believe, without mental reservation, in the full and final
inspiration of the Bible as the infallible word of God, and therefore, the all-sufficient rule
of faith and practice for the church. He must believe unreservedly in the deity and
supreme authority of Christ.
The Minister shall share the same qualifications of character and faith as the Elders, share
in the care of the congregation with them, and be responsible to the Elders for the
performance of his duties and Biblical integrity of his teachings. His major
responsibilities shall be in preaching and teaching (Acts 20:24, I Corinthians 4:12, and I
The Minister is authorized to serve as the executive head of the programs and personnel
for the congregation. Members of the congregation and all employed personnel shall
consider the Minister to be the chief administrator of the staff.
The minister shall be considered as an Elder (a “paid elder”, I Timothy 5:17-18), and,
with the Chairman of the Elders, automatically a member of all committees and groups of
The Minister candidate shall be selected by the Eldership. The congregation shall have
the opportunity to hear a message by the candidate being considered. The Minister
candidate shall be elected by secret ballot of the congregation; he shall not be voted on in
a competitive way. The Minister shall be called if seventy-five percent (75%) of the
congregation approve. Salaries, benefits, and vacations will be decided by the Elders.
Exact terms of the agreement between the Minister and the Elders will be drawn up in
writing to avoid misunderstanding at a later date.
All work of the Minister must be done in cooperation with the Eldership and for the
forwarding of the purposes of the Church and the New Testament teachings. The
Minister shall be held to strict doctrinal account, and shall be encouraged to organize the
entire church for carrying out the church’s stated purpose.
A minister may be removed from service for loss of scriptural qualifications (I Timothy
3:1-7, 6:1-21; II Timothy 4:1-5; and Titus 1:5-9) and/or failure to perform the functions
of a Minister. Complaints must be written, signed and submitted to the Eldership and
must be substantiated. A three-fourths consensus of the total Eldership will be required
for removal recommendation to the congregation. A two-thirds (2/3) vote of the
congregation will be necessary to actuate the removal.
A period of sixty (60) days shall be given on either the Minister’s resignation or his
termination of office, unless other arrangements are mutually agreed upon. If a minister
is removed for loss of scriptural qualifications, the sixty (60) day arrangement will not
apply, unless deemed appropriate by the Elders.
Section 4 – Associate Ministers and Assistant Ministers
An Associate Minister or Assistant Minister shall be a member of a Christian Church
(Church of Christ) or a church of similar doctrine and theology, which must be accepted
by the Elders, and shall have been immersed into Christ. He must believe, without
mental reservation, in the full and final inspiration of the Bible as the infallible word of
God, and therefore, the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice for the church. He must
believe unreservedly in the deity and supreme authority of Christ.
Recommendation for employment of Associate Ministers and Assistant Ministers shall
originate with and be approved by the Elders. The hiring of an Associate or Assistant
Minister is not contingent upon congregational vote, but instead is done wholly through
the Elders. Salaries, benefits, and vacations will be decided by the Elders.
Associate Ministers and Assistant Ministers shall serve until the Elders or the individual
Minister gives a sixty (60) day notice of the termination of the employment contract.
Section 5 – Administrators, Directors for Special Purposes,
Secretaries and other employees
The above shall be employed by the Elders, assigned their duties and responsibilities by
the Elders and Minister, and shall serve until one of the parties gives a thirty (30) day
notice to the others of the termination of the employment contract.
Article V: Annual Meeting and Elections
The annual meeting of the members of the Church shall be held on the 3rd Sunday of
May. The purpose of this meeting shall be to present to the congregation annual reports,
to elect Elders and Deacons, to approve the annual budget, and to transact such business
of the Church as may properly come before the meeting. The Chairman of the Elders
shall preside over the meeting.
Only members as described in Article III of this constitution shall be permitted to vote,
and the vote shall be by ballot at all congregational meetings.
Nominations for Elders and Deacons shall not be permitted from the floor. All nominees
for Elder or Deacon will be introduced to the congregation no fewer than two (2) times in
the 60 days preceding the congregational meeting, during a regularly scheduled church
No absentee voting shall be permitted without a written request for waiver, submitted to
and approved by the eldership. The process for absentee voting will be determined by the
Elders in a timely fashion before each vote, contingent upon items being voted upon at
that particular congregational meeting.
The Chairman of the Elders shall appoint the necessary personnel to count the ballots and
to assist him with the business before the congregation. The Chairman of the Elders shall
announce and publish the results of the ballot.
At all regular and special meetings of the Church or Board of Elders, those voting
members present shall constitute a quorum for conducting business.
Article VI: Special Meetings
A special meeting of the congregation may be called by the Board of Elders, through the
Chairman of the Elders, at any time provided notice of such meeting is mailed by U.S.
regular mail to all members of the church at least ten (10) days in advance of the meeting
stating the place, time, and purpose for the meeting. In lieu of regular mail notice
provided above, notice of a special meeting stating place, time, and purpose may be given
by announcement in the weekly church publication no fewer than 4 weeks prior. The
chairman of the Elders shall preside at all special meetings and he shall announce and
publish the result of the ballot.
Article VII: Real Estate
The buying, selling, conveying, mortgaging, or otherwise encumbering of real estate by
the church shall be decided by members of the church at an annual meeting or a special
meeting called for that purpose. Vote shall be by ballot and a three-fourths (3/4) vote
shall be required for the motion to be approved.
Article VIII: Auxiliary Organizations
All auxiliary organizations must be established under the guidance of the Eldership of the
No money raising projects shall be permitted that are not in full accord with the
No outside speakers shall be used by auxiliary groups, if same has not been approved by
Article IX: Church Discipline
Section 1 – Purpose
The purpose of discipline at Pickerington Christian Church is to encourage members to
grow in Christ and become strong, effective Christians in their daily lives. Discipline
will be carried out in two ways:
EDIFICATION – the edification program of the Church, through teaching the scriptures,
intimate fellowship with other believers, and the use of God-given gifts for the up-
building of others. (The objective is to help dedicated Christians grow.)
PURIFICATION – Because the Scripture calls for the church to practice moral purity
before the community, the procedure outlined below is to be applied in dealing with
members whose behavior brings embarrassment or disgrace to the Church and/or
themselves. (The objective is to restore the erring person.)
Section 2 – Procedure
The procedure, outlined below, is borne out of Jesus’ directive in Matthew 18.
The leaders will direct the Church Member who is aware of the problem to confront the
person privately. If confession and repentance do not occur, section 2.2 is to be followed.
The leaders will direct two or three Church members (one of whom is to be an Elder) to
talk to the person privately. If confession and repentance do not occur, section 2.3 is to
The problem will be made known to the Elders who will determine if the individual
needs further encouragement to repent, by following the procedure in section 2.2 once
again. If there is no repentance, or if the Elders determine not to use section 2.2 again,
then section 2.4 is to be followed.
The individual will be notified that an announcement, to the assembled congregation, is
pending which will state that they are being removed from the Church membership. The
individual will be given the opportunity to remove himself/herself from the membership
and prevent this announcement.
If the individual opts not to remove himself/herself from the membership, an
announcement to the congregation will be made within three (3) weeks of the notification
in section 2.4.
Article X: Amendments
This constitution may be altered, amended or repealed by a three-fourths (3/4) vote of the
voting members at any annual meeting of the Church or any special meeting of the
Church called for that purpose; provided, however, that the proposed amendments shall
have been approved by the Elders. Written notice of the time and place of voting thereon
together with a copy of the Church constitution at least thirty (30) days prior to such
Article XI: Uncovered Situations
All situations not covered in this document, but which arise shall be dealt with by the
Appendix 1: The Foundation of Pickerington Christian
(The following was not part of the original Constitution and has been added, per
congregational approval. It seemed excessive to color all of it in yellow, indicating an
addition, so we didn’t.)
What We Believe
We believe the Bible (both the Old and New Testament) is the infallible Word of God. It
is our only rule of faith and practice. We have no other creed, no other doctrine. We
believe the 66 books of the Bible are:
"…able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ
Jesus" (2 Timothy 3:15).
"…inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in
righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16).
We believe Scripture when it declares, "…in the beginning God" (Genesis 1:1). We
understand this to mean God is eternal in nature. Nothing made God. He always has
existed; and always will. We believe there is only one true God who, in the beginning,
created the sun, the moon, the stars, and the planets. He created our world and everything
in it (John 1:3). He created man in His image to enjoy fellowship with God for all
We believe that Jesus is "…the Christ, the Son of the Living God" (Matthew 16:16). He
is God (John 1:1), in the flesh (John 1:14), who came from heaven to redeem fallen man.
He is the Messiah, the Savior of the world, who died on a cross to save us from the
penalty of sin. Jesus said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the
Father, but through me" (John 14:6).
We believe the Holy Spirit is the indwelling presence of God who marks us as Christians
(Ephesians 1:13). He is given as a gift to all who repent and are baptized (Acts 2:38). He
empowers us to accomplish works of service (1 Corinthians 12:7). He is the Helper sent
by God that we might walk in such a way to bear faithful witness (John 15:26-27).
Through Him we are able to bear godly fruit in our lives (Galatians 5:22).
We believe a person is saved by God's love and mercy, by God's grace. Nothing man can
do would earn him the salvation of God. It is a free gift from God attained through faith
(Ephesians 2:8). In receiving this gift of grace, an individual will respond in faith (James
Hear the Gospel (Romans 10:17)
Believe in Jesus (John 3:16, Acts 16:31)
Repent of one's sins (Acts 2:38, 17:30)
Confess Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9-10)
Baptism (immersed) into Jesus (Acts 2:38, Romans 6:3-6, 1 Peter 3:21)
Live and Love by the example of Jesus (Matthew 25:31-46, Philippians 2:12)