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					This document sets forth the by-laws of a church. By-laws serve as the main
organizational document of an entity. As drafted, these by-laws are tailored specifically
to be used by church organizations and include sections on the qualifications, duties,
and rights for church membership, guidelines for church staff and committees, and
guidelines and rules for church meetings including worship. This document can be
customized to fit the needs of any church organization seeking to establish by-laws.
                  By-Laws Of Church
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 The membership of this church shall consist of baptized believers who have voluntarily joined themselves together
for mutual encouragement in the faith, for instruction in righteousness and for the evangelization of the lost, and
who shall regard the Holy Scriptures as the primary guide in all matters of faith and practice, both corporate and
private.


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                                           By-Laws
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Article I: Church Membership

   Section 1: Qualifications
          The membership of this church shall consist of baptized believers who have
      voluntarily joined themselves together for mutual encouragement in the faith, for
      instruction in righteousness and for the evangelization of the lost, and who shall
      regard the Holy Scriptures as the primary guide in all matters of faith and
      practice, both corporate and private.

   Section 2: Reception of Members
          Candidates for Membership may be received at any worship or evangelistic
      service of the church in any one of the following ways:
          1. Upon a public profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior,
               thus becoming a candidate for New Testament baptism;
          2. By petition to this church that it contact another church of like faith
               and order and request a Letter of Dismissal to unite with this church;
          3. By a statement satisfactory to this church, to the effect that the
               candidate has previously been a member in good standing of another
               church of like faith and order;
          4. From churches of differing faith and order, but New Testament
               baptism shall be required of all such candidates; or
          5. By restoration.
          When an individual seeks to become a candidate for membership, any
      member of the church may make a motion to accept the individual under the
      watchcare of the church for a period of four weeks and a vote of the body shall be
      taken.
          After being received into the watchcare of the church, the candidate will
      receive a New Member Packet containing the following materials: ______
      Constitution and By-Laws, _____ Faith and Message, and other information
      concerning the rights, privileges and obligations of members of
      _________________ Church. This church shall make a definite and perpetual
      effort to maintain a program of initial instruction during the watchcare period.
          After the period of watchcare and initial instruction, the right hand of
      fellowship shall be given along with full and active membership at a regular
      worship service of the church. At that time, the church clerk will enter the new
      member’s name into the church roll.

   Section 3: Responsibilities of Membership
          Members shall be expected to submit to the control of the Holy Spirit through
      their lives, in being faithful to the teachings of the Bible, to attend regularly the
      services of the church, to contribute to the support of the church, to share in its

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       organized work, and to conduct themselves toward one another in the spirit of the
       Church Covenant.

   Section 4: Rights
          Such members as are in full and regular standing may act and vote in the
      business transactions of the church. All members upon the floor of the body have
      equal rights, and are entitled to equal privileges and consideration from all
      officers and other members. Every member of the church is eligible for
      consideration by the membership as candidates for elective offices in the church
      in accordance with the qualifications relating to these offices.

   Section 5: Inactive Membership
          During each calendar year, the Church Clerk, in consultation with the Church
      Council shall review the membership roll of the church.
          Any member who has been absent from the church for a period of one year
      without manifesting an interest therein by communication with the church, shall
      after reasonable attempts to contact the member in question, and on the
      recommendation of the Church Council, be placed on the inactive roll by vote of
      the church membership. This shall not affect the sick, homebound, nursing home
      residents, or those away at school or in the armed forces. Persons so carried on
      the inactive roll shall not be permitted to participate in church business meet
				
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