Pine Ridge Baptist Church Bylaws

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BYLAWS OF PINE RIDGE BAPTIST CHURCH

ZEBULON, NORTH CAROLINA, INC.

As Amended January 19, 2011

PREAMBLE

We do declare and establish these bylaws for the purpose of preserving and making secure the principles of our faith and to the end that this body is governed in an orderly manner, consistent with New Testament teaching and for the purpose of preserving the liberties inherent in each individual member of the Church and freedom of action of this body with respect to its relation to other bodies in Christ.

ARTICLE-I-Name

This body shall be known as Pine Ridge Baptist Church of Zebulon, North Carolina, Inc.

ARTICLE-II-Purpose

The purpose of this organization is to glorify God through His Son Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church, in the power of the Holy Spirit.

The basic functions of the Church that shall enable it to accomplish its purpose may be summarized as follows:  (1) to worship, (2) to evangelize, (3) to teach, and (4) to encourage stewardship.

Worship is the experience of communion with the living and holy God which leads to an awareness of His holiness, majesty and grace.

Evangelism is the presentation of the gospel in a clear, uncompromising way so that our communities, both local and worldwide, may come to a personal acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

Teaching is the instruction and application of the Bible in order to build up each member to maturity in Christ.

Stewardship is the encouraging of each member to accept responsibility in the use of time, talents, and substance—both personal and corporate—in the service Jesus Christ.

We will practice the precepts and examples of the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ as set forth in the New Testament.  We will preach and propagate among all people faith in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

ARTICLE-III-Statement of Faith

1.    THE SCRIPTURES – The scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by the inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience.  (Jeremiah 30:2, II Timothy 3:16)

2.    GOD – There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself all perfection, and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence and obedience.  (Genesis 1, Exodus 20:3, Psalm 41:13)

3.    TRINITY – God is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of Nature, essence of being.  (I John 5:6, 7)

4.    PROVIDENCE – God from eternity decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs and governs the author or approver of sin nor to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures.  (I Corinthians 2:9)

5.    FREENESS OF SALVATION – The blessings of salvation are made free to all believers.  There is nothing, which prevents the salvation of the worst sinner on earth except his own voluntary rejection of the Gospel.  (Romans 10;9, 10, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8,9)

6.    FALL OF MAN – God created man in His own image and free from sin, but through the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God and fell from his original state of righteousness.  In consequence of this, all mankind are sinners, not by constraint but choice, and are transgressors of the law.  (Genesis 3:15, Romans 3:23)

7.    THE MEDIATOR – Jesus Christ, the Son of God, having taken upon Himself human nature, but void of sin, died on the cross for the salvation of sinners.  It is He who is qualified to make intercession for his people.  (I Timothy 2:5)

8.    REGENERATION – A change of heart wrought by God through the Holy Spirit to a believer in the Son of God.  (Romans 6:3-23, II Corinthians 5:17)

9.    REPENTANCE – Having been made conscious by the Holy spirit of the evil of sin one humbleth himself, with Godly sorrow, destination of sin, and self-abhorrence, and determines to walk with God so as to please Him in all things.  (Psalm 51:1-4)

10.    FAITH – Saving faith is the belief, on God’s authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ.  It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and is accompanied by all other saving graces, and leads to a life of holiness.  (John 3:16, Acts 16:31, I Peter 2:6-10)

11.    JUSTIFICATION - God’s full acquittal from all sin, not upon any merits of the sinner, but on account of the obedience and to all Christ’s commands.  (Romans 1:16, 17, Romans 3:24-26)

12.    SANCTIFICATION – A progressive pressing after a holy and heavenly life through a supply of divine strength and in cordial obedience to all Christ’s commands.  (Romans 8:3, 4, Ephesians 1:4)

13.    PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS – Those whom God hath accepted and sanctified by His Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and though they may fall, through neglect and temptation into sin, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the church, and temporal judgements on themselves yet they shall be renewed again into repentance and be kept by the power of God through faith and unto salvation.  (John 10:28, I John 5:13)

14.    THE CHURCH – The Lord Jesus is the head of the Church, which is composed of all His true believers, and in Him is vested supremely all power for its government.  According to His commandment, Christians are to associate themselves into particular societies of churches, to which He has given need authority for the administration of affairs.  The regular officers of a church are Bishops or Elders (Pastors) and Deacons.  (Matthew 16:18, I Corinthians 3:9, Ephesians 4:11-12, I Timothy 3:1-13)

15.    BAPTISM – An ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is immersed in water In the name of the Father, son and Holy Spirit, as a sign of his fellowship with death, burial and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of his giving himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life.  I is prerequisite to church fellowship, and to participation in the Lord’s Supper.  (Matthew 28:19, 20, Romans 6:3, 4)

16.    THE LORD’S SUPPER – An ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and the juice of the vine, to be observed by His churches until He comes again.  It is in no sense a sacrament but is a memorial to His death and a renewal of communion with Him.  (I Corinthians 11:20-34)

17.    THE LORD’S DAY – A Christian institution or regular observance, and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion both public and private, resting from worldly employments and amusements; works of necessity and mercy only excepted.  (Genesis 2:2-3)

18.    THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED – There is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and wicked.  Those only who are justified through the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by The Holy Spirit are truly righteous in His sight.  Those who continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under condemnation.  This distinction between the righteous and the wicked holds in and after death, and will be made manifest at the judgment when final and everlasting awards are made to all men (Psalm 1:1-6, Malachi 3:18, Romans 2:7-10)

19.    THE RESURRECTION – The Scriptures clearly teach that Jesus arose from the dead.  His grave was emptied of its contents.  He appeared to the disciples after His resurrection in many convincing manifestations.  He now exists in His glorified body at God’s right hand.  There will be a resurrection of the righteous and the wicked.  The bodies of the righteous will conform to the glorious spiritual body of Jesus.  (Luke 23, 24, Romans 8:10, 11, Luke 20:27, 28, I Corinthians 15:22-32)

20.    THE RETURN OF THE LORD – The New Testament teaches in many places the visible and personal return of Jesus to this earth.  The time of His coming is not revealed.  It is the duty of all believers to live in readiness for His coming and by diligence in good works to make manifest to all men the reality and power of their hope in Christ.  (Matthew 24:36, I Thessalonians 4:13-18)

21.    THE JUDGEMENT – God hath appointed a day, wherein He will judge the world by Jesus Christ.  The final announcement of destinies of men shall be made – the wicked going into everlasting punishment and the righteous into everlasting life.  Also, everyone shall receive according to his deeds.  (Hebrew 9:27, Revelation 20:11-15)

22.    ELECTION – We believe in election to the extent that God employs some, as agents in carrying out His holy will in the world.  It is the eternal purpose of God but is in no way inconsistent with the free agency of man  (John 15:16, Ephesians 1:4, II Thessalonians 2:13)

ARTICLE-IV-Membership

Section 1: Eligibility
 
Anyone professing faith in the lord Jesus Christ, giving evidence of a change of heart, and abiding by the statement of faith, including in this constitution may upon baptism by immersion, be received into the fellowship of this church by majority vote of the members present.

Section 2: Admission of Members

A person may become an applicant for membership in one of the following ways:

Baptism

An applicant may be received as a candidate for baptism, after the administration of which, the applicant shall automatically enjoy the full benefits of fellowship with the church.

Letter

By letter from another church, Baptist or otherwise, who has received the ordinance of baptism by immersion, may be received by granting a letter of recommendation and if such letter cannot be secured within ninety days the respective member may be received on “Statement of Faith”.

Statement of Faith

Any person to whom the ordinance of baptism by immersion has been administered may be received as a member upon statement of faith in Christ.

Spiritual Watchcare

Persons who are temporary residents in the area of this church or who have justifiable reasons for not being baptized by immersion may come under the Spiritual Watchcare of this church.  Such persons shall, except as qualified below, have the same rights and privileges as those ordinarily afforded members of this church, such as pastoral care, but the shall not vote in church business conference, nor hold office in this church, or in any of the church organizations filled by vote of the general church membership.  When such persons desire or are able, they may be baptized by immersion and be received into the membership of this church.  The provisions of this section shall become effective upon adoption of this constitution and shall apply only to persons admitted to Spiritual Watchcare after that date.

Section 3:  Duties

Each member is expected to be faithful in duties essential to the Christian life, to attend regularly the services of the church, to give regularly for its support and its causes (in proportion as God has blessed) to share in its organized work and to make available to the church such talents and abilities as god has endowed him/her with.

Section 4: Rights of Members:

A.    Every member is entitled to vote on all issues and questions brought before the church, and to bring matters before the church for consideration by means of a motion during a regular business meeting.

B.    Every member is eligible for consideration by the membership as a candidate for elective offices in the church.

Section 5:  Termination of Membership

Methods of terminating the membership status of a member shall be as follows:

By Letter

A letter of transfer to unite with another church may be issued upon request, to another church for any member of this church who is in good standing.  The church to which transfer is requested must pass upon all such applications

Removal from Roll

When a member unites with a church of another denomination or faith, this church, upon receipt of properly authenticated communication thereof, shall terminate the membership status of the member and authorize the clerk to remove the member from the role.

Discipline

A member may be terminated as a result of discipline:

A.    The deacons will recommend any disciplinary action.

B.    The deacons will bring recommendation to the church body at the next business meeting of the church.

C.    The church body will vote on the recommendation of the deacons at a special called business meeting to be held not less than 7 days later than the meeting at which the recommendation is first announced.

Death

Death of a member shall automatically call for removal of his name from the roll without vote of the church.

ARTICLE-V-Meetings

Section 1: Worship

A.    Regular worship shall be held on the Lord’s Day and on Wednesday evenings.

B.    The Lord’s Supper shall be observed once each quarter.

Section 2:  Business

A.    There shall be a regular business session at the mid-week evening service on the second Wednesday of the quarter.  All matters of regular business shall be taken care of at these meetings.  At this time, reports of all organizations will be heard.

B.    At any regular worship service the church may, without notice, act upon the reception of members.

C.    The call of a pastor or other ministers, election of deacons, and election of church officers shall be at specially called business session during a Sunday Morning Worship hour after at least one week’s advance notice.

D.    All other church officers filling vacancies created during the church year may be elected at the regular business meeting.

E.    The pastor or chairman of the deacons shall at the request of the deacons, call form the pulpit a special business meeting after at least one week’s notice.  The purpose of the meeting must clearly be stated in the notice.

F.    A quorum shall consist of the members present at a business meeting.

G.    The church clerk shall keep minutes of each business meeting and preserve them as part of a permanent church record.

H.    In the business sessions Robert’s Rules of Order shall be followed.  The moderator shall be the pastor.  In his absence, the chairman of the deacons shall preside.

I.    A quarterly financial report shall be distributed to the membership, not later than, the beginning of the regular quarterly business meeting.

ARTICLE-VI-Church Officers and Duties

Section 1: Pastor

A pastor is to be chosen and called by the church whenever a vacancy occurs.  His election shall take place at a meeting called fro that purpose of which at least one week’s notice shall be given.  The church shall elect a Pastor Search Committee from nominees submitted by the Deacons.  It shall consist of five persons designated by the church.  Election shall be by secret ballot of members present.  The pastor thus elected shall serve until the relationship is terminated by mutual consent or expulsion by the body by majority vote.   He shall serve as moderator of church business meetings, but in his absence the chairman of the Deacon board shall serve, and if both are absent the Church Clerk shall call the meeting to order and the members present will elect a moderator pro tem.

Conventions

The church shall bear the pastor’s expense to the Southern Baptist Convention and/or North Carolina Baptist Convention and such promotional meetings, in which it is deemed the church and pastor will receive benefit, provided the financial status of the church permits and within the budget limitations.

Revivals

The pastor shall have the privilege of conducting one revival annually away from the church.  The pastor shall locate a supply for the pulpit at the church expense.  The deacons must approve additional revivals.

Termination

Should the pastor or the church desire to terminate the pastoral relationship, the party desiring such change shall give to the other written notice of at least thirty days, unless otherwise arranged by mutual agreement.  The church may terminate the relationship in a shorter time provided the pastor’s salary is continued through the thirty-day period.

Section 2: Deacons
  
Qualifications
  
Deacons shall be selected from the membership of the church and shall be composed of seven members who are not of the same immediate family.  Immediate family shall be defined as husband, wife, parent, child and sibling.)  Any member over the age of eighteen, who has been a member of this church for at least one year, and is willing to be a servant of the church and to endeavor by God’s grace to live and serve in full conformity to the standards of this particular office as found in the Word of God in I Timothy 3: 8-13 shall be eligible to serve.

Term
  
The terms of office for deacons shall be three years with service beginning on January 1st following election and ending on December 31st three years later.  A deacon cannot succeed himself but shall be eligible for re-election after the lapse of one year.

Selection

A.    On the first Sunday in November, ballot forms shall be presented to the members of Pine Ridge Baptist Church in attendance on that Sunday.  The members present shall be asked to write in the names of up to three persons whom they wish to be elected as deacons.  The pastor should preach a message this Sunday on the qualifications of the deacon.  Each member shall be asked several weeks prior to this election to make their selection a matter of priority in prayer and family discussion.

B.    The current deacons shall tally the ballots, and a list of candidates shall be prepared by rank according to the total number of votes received.  The candidates shall fill vacancies with the highest numbers of votes received who are willing to serve.  In the event that there are fewer willing to serve than there are vacancies, ballots shall again be distributed on the first Sunday in December, and the vacancy or vacancies shall be filled in accordance with this section.  If the vacancy or vacancies are not thus filled, the position or positions shall remain vacant for the following year.

C.    Any deacon-elect who has not previously been ordained, shall be ordained on the first Sunday in January.

General
  
Non-serving deacons are still ordained deacons and are a resource to be called upon as needed for help and counsel by the church and individual members.

Responsibilities and Duties
  
The Deacon Council assists with the church’s pastoral ministries program.  Its major functions are planning, coordinating, and evaluating the work of the church related to pastoral functions.  The four major functions of the deacons include:

1.    Proclaim the gospel to believers and unbelievers.
    a.    Personal witnessing activities.
    b.    Leading congregational prayers.
    c.     Occasionally leading a group Bible study in the Pastor’s absence.

2.    Care for the church’s members and others in the community.
    a.    Ministering in times of crisis.
    b.    Listening to burdened persons.
    c.    Referring persons in need to qualified resources for assistance.
    d.    Basic counseling.

3.    Build Christian fellowship among church members.
    a.    Sharing information about the church’s life and work.
    b.    Assisting in administering ordinances.

4.    Serve as an exemplary Christian leader.
    a.    Set an example in Christian lifestyle.
    b.    Set an example in church leadership responsibilities.
    c.    Physically and spiritually support all activities and programs of the church.

5.    Serve as corporate directors pursuant to the direction of the membership of the church.

Section 3:  Minister of Youth

The purpose of the Minister of Youth shall be to coordinate and carry out the ongoing program for the youth of the church.  The Youth Minister shall be charged with furthering the spiritual growth of our youth, in accordance with the current job description for the Minister of Youth.  The pastor shall supervise the Minister of Youth.

Section 4:  Trustees

A.    Trustees serving at the time of the adoption of these bylaws shall serve out the remainder of this term; thereafter there will be three trustees.  Trustees will be recommended by the Church Nominating Committee and elected annually by the church, using a three-year rotation system.  A trustee may be re-elected after a one-year absence from office.

B    Duties:  Serve as legal representatives in all transactions related to the church that have been authorized by the church membership.  At least two of the three Trustees must sign all legal documents related to the purchase, sale, mortgaging, or rental of Church property after approval by the church in regular business session.  Documents signed by the Trustees should show that they sign as Trustees for the church and not as individuals.  If a Trustee acts without the authority of the church, he is personally responsible for his actions.  Trustees will act only as directed by the church membership in regular business session.  Every directive of the church to be carried out by the Trustees will be recorded in the minutes.

C.    Any Trustee may be removed from office by a majority vote of the members at a regularly schedule church conference for a breech of any fiduciary duty.

D.    In the event of a vacancy due to death, incapacity of transfer or membership, a new Trustee shall be selected to fill the reminder of the unexpired term in the same manner as in “A” above.

Section 5: Clerk

The clerk shall be elected annually from the membership of the church.  It shall be the duty of the clerk to attend, or be represented at all church business meetings, to keep an accurate record of the minutes and all business transactions, to prepare the annual associational letter and to notify all officers, issue letters as authorized by the church, preserve all papers and valuable letters and records that belong to the church, and preserve a true history of the church.  It shall also be the duty of the clerk to see that an accurate roll of the church membership is kept with dates and methods of admission and dismissal, change in name, correct mailing addresses and other pertinent information.   If the clerk is absence from any regular or specially called business meeting the pastor or chairman of the deacons shall appoint a person to make an accurate record of the minutes of that meeting.

Section 6:  Treasurer

The treasurer of the church shall be elected annually from among the membership of this church.  In keeping with the financial policies of the church in Article VIII of this constitution, this officer shall receive, preserve, and disburse all money or things of value paid or given to the church, keeping at all times an itemized account of all receipts and disbursements.  This person shall make a quarter report to the church according to the major divisions of the church budget.  This person shall make a final report at the end of the church year.  This person then shall store the reports for safe keeping at the church or as the church may otherwise direct.  This person shall record individual contributions of the donors and provide them an official record of their contributions in accordance with the financial policies of the church in article VIII of this Constitution.


ARTICLE-VII-Committees

Section 1:  Church Council

The Church Council shall be composed of the pastor, and staff, the church clerk, the Sunday School staff, the Woman’s Missionary Union director, the char of the Youth Council, the chair of the Deacon Board, and the chairs of the standing committees of the church.  The pastor shall serve as chairman, the chair of the Deacon Board as the vice-chairman, and the church clerk as the secretary of the Church Council.

The primary functions of the Council shall be to recommend to the congregation suggested objectives and goals; to review and coordinate program plans recommended by church officers, organizations, and committees; to recommend to the congregation the use of leadership, calendar time, and other resources according to program priorities; to evaluate program achievements in terms of church goals and objectives.  All matters agreed upon by the council, calling for action not already authorized, shall be referred to the church for approval of disapproval.

Section 2:  Standing Committee

These committees are nominated by the Nominating Committee and elected by the church to serve on a three-year rotational system.  All Standing Committees will serve from October 1st through September 30th.

Section 3:  Non-Standing Committee

These committees shall be established by the church as needted to serve for whatever time required to complete the task of the committee.  (Ex. Pianist Search Committee)

Section 4:  Nominating Committee

This committee will act on behalf of the church to staff each position of leadership with the person whose abilities and commitments match the requirements of the office.  They will make an annual report on the second Sunday in September for church approval on the last Sunday in September.  The Nominating committee shall also act to fill vacancies as they occur during the course of the church year.  The members of this committee shall serve a three year rotational term with new members nominated by existing members and approved by the church.

Section 5:  Flower Committee

This committee shall be responsible for securing floral arrangements for church services, securing arrangements for special events when requested as dinners, parties, funerals and memorials.  This committee must also maintain the permanent plants in the church and dispose of dead, used arrangements when no longer needed.

Section 6:  Hostess Committee

This committee shall be responsible for the arrangement of the social functions of the church, and for recommending polices and changes needed in the use of the kitchen facilities.

Section 7:  Building and Grounds Committee

It shall be the duty of this committee to give attention to and study the condition and state of repair and appearance of the building and grounds including making such repairs and improvements authorized by the church and included in the church budget as needs arise.  They will be responsible for leading in the beautification and care of all grounds owned by the church, including the parking area.  This committee will also be responsible for supervising all grounds maintenance such as mowing, edging, trimming, and weeding.  They will develop and initiate a program of preventive maintenance, including safety measures and accident and fire protection in church buildings, grounds, and parking areas.  It is hoed they will continuously review and project present and future needs and make recommendations for special or large repair needs, equipment and other property needs.  All matters of major repair or improvements and items of equipment shall be referred to the Finance and Budget Committee before the yearly budget is presented.

Section 8:  Finance and Budget Committee

This committee is responsible for the financial program of the church.  They are to lead in the establishment of the budget, oversee expenditures consistent with the budget, and provide guidance in all financial matters of the church.

Section 9:  Recreation Committee

This committee shall provide adequate facilities, equipment, and leadership needed for churchwide recreational activities, and should also make recommendations for proper maintenance of facilities and equipment.  The Recreation Committee should also provide a spring and a fall churchwide fun day per year.

Section 10:  Nursery Committee

This committee shall be responsible for seeing that the nursery is staffed at times when deemed necessary by the committee.  They shall also make any recommendations for changes that they see need to be done.

Section 11:  Youth Committee

The Youth Committee shall be responsible for the oversight and supervision of the youth ministries of the church and shall advise and assist the Minister of Youth in the planning and execution of those ministries.  This committee shall meet with the Minister of Youth at least quarterly to plan and evaluate the ongoing ministries.  This committee shall be composed of all interested members.

Section 12:  Baptismal Committee

This committee shall be responsible for assisting all persons involved with baptism before, during and afterwards.  This committee shall ensure the baptismal tub is cleaned, filled and drained, and to arrange for maintenance or repair of facilities.

Section 13:  Ushers Committee

This committee shall be responsible for general conduct, seating arrangements, and order in all worship services.  This committee shall be responsible for greeting people as they enter the church, seat people as necessary, and provide bulletins, and other materials at the time of seating.  This committee also shall be responsible for receiving the offering at each regular church service or any special service at which collection is received.

ARTICLE-VIII-Financial Policies

Section 1

The unified budget shall be our method of finance, with one church treasury for all gifts.  Each year The Finance and Budget Committee shall recommend to the church a proposed budget of income and of expenditures for the year.  The church shall take final action upon the recommendations.  A budget of expenditures adopted by the church shall constitute authorization for the treasures to pay bills and obligations within the limits of the budget.

Section 2

All special gifts, given in harmony with the purposes of the church, shall be accepted and used according to the wishes of the donor.

Section 3

All bills and obligations of the church shall be paid by check and recorded in keeping with good bookkeeping practices.  A quarterly financial report shall be made to the church members.  The Finance and Budget Committee shall arrange for an audit at anytime it is deemed necessary.

Section 4

The responsibility of developing a procedure for counting and depositing all offerings, regular and special, into the church’s bank account is that of the Treasurer.

Section 5

The Treasurer shall prepare quarterly an official record of the amount contributed by each member during the calendar year.

ARTICLE-IX-Cooperation

Section 1

The government of this church is vested in the body of believers who compose its membership.  It is subject to the control of no other ecclesiastical body, but recognizes its obligation and privileges to cooperate with other bodies of like order and faith for extending the work of our Lord’s Kingdom.

Section 2

Our affiliations shall be as follows:
A.    The Tar River Baptist Association
B.    The North Carolina Baptist State Convention
C.    The Southern Baptist Convention
D.    The Baptist World Alliance

ARTICLE-X- Licensing and Ordaining

Section 1

A member of this church, called to preach the Gospel, may be licensed upon recommendation by the pastor and the deacons and upon approval by a three-fourths majority of members in a regular church business meeting.  A member whishing to be licensed by a church where previous membership was held may do so providing it is a Southern Baptist church and is in total support of the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message.  It must be note4d that licensure simply means a church’s “stamp of approval’ of a minister’s calling.

Section 2

A member of this church requesting ordination to the Gospel ministry may be approved for ordination to the Gospel ministry by a three-fourths majority vote of members in a regular church business meeting.  Ordination Council shall be established for the purpose of examining the candidate’s abilities for ministry.  This council shall be composed of any number of members selected by the candidate and approved by the church and may include ordained pastors, deacons, seminary faculty, church members, etc.  The Tar River Baptist Association does provide Ordination Council for this examination if needed.  At the completion of this council, the ordination service can then be scheduled.  A candidate for ordination wishing to be ordained in a church where previous membership was held, may do so providing it is a Southern Baptist church and is in total support of the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message.

ARTICLE-XI-Covenant

Having been led, as we believe by the Spirit o God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and, on the profession of our faith, having been baptized 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 this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.

We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings; faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale of, and use of, destructive drugs or intoxicating drinks as a beverage; to shun pornography; 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 rules 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 the principles of God’s Word.

ARTICLE-XII-Adoption and Amendment of the Bylaws

Section 1:  Adoption

These bylaws shall be considered adopted and in immediate effect if and when two-thirds of the members present at the business meeting at which vote is taken shall vote in favor of same.  This vote shall be taken not less than two weeks after formal presentation of the Constitution and Bylaws to the church and notice of the church meeting at which the vote will be taken.

Section 2:  Amendment

This Constitution and Bylaws may be amended, altered, or repealed by a two-thirds vote of the members present, at the regular scheduled business meeting; provided, however, that such amendment, alteration, or repeal must be given to the Clerk in writing; and this proposed change shall be presented to the church at least two weeks prior to the time the vote is taken.

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