-OUR CHURCH COVENANT-

 
           Having been led, as we believe, by the Sprit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour; 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, angels and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into a 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 and holiness; to give it a place in our affections, prayers and services ordinances, discipline and doctrine; to contribute cheerfully and regularly, as God has prospered us, towards its expenses, for the support of a faithful and evangelical ministry among us, the relief of the poor and the spread of the Gospel throughout the world.  In case of difference of opinion in the church, we will strive to avoid a contentious spirit, and if we cannot unanimously agree, we will cheerfully recognize the right of the majority to govern.

 

            We also engage to maintain family and secret devotion; to study diligently the word of God; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintance; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be kind and just to those in our employ, and faithful in the service we promise others; endeavoring in the purity of heart and good will towards all men; to exemplify and commend our holy faith.

 

            We further engage to watch over, to pray for, to exhort and stir up each other unto every good word and work; to guard each other’s reputation, not needlessly exposing the infirmities of others; to participate in each other’s joys, and with tender sympathy, bear one another’s burden and sorrows; to cultivate Christian courtesy; to be slow to give or take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, being mindful of the rules of the Saviour in the eighteenth chapter of Matthew, to secure it without delay; and through life, amid evil report, and good report to seek to live to the glory of God, who hath called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.

 

            When we remove from this place, we engage as soon as possible to unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s word.

 

 

 

BETHEL BAPTIST

CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS

 

 

RESTING OUR FAITH WHOLLY IN THE LORD JESUS CHIRST FOR OUR SALVATION, BELIEVING IN THE TEACHINGS AND PRACTICE OF THE BAPITST AND IN THOSE GREAT DISTINCTIVE PRINCIPLES FOR WHICH THEY EVER STOOD, NAMELY:

 

 

  • The preeminence of Christ as our divine Lord and Master.

 

  • The supreme authority of the Bible and its sufficiency as our only rule of faith and practice.

 

  • The right of private interpretation and competency of the individual soul in direct approach to God.

 

  • The absolute separation of Church and State.

 

  • A regenerate Church membership.

 

  • The beautiful, symbolic ordinance of believer’s baptism in obedience to the command of Christ.

 

  • The complete independence of local Church and its interdependence in associated fellowship with other Baptist Churches.

 

  • The solemn obligation of majority rule, guaranteeing equal rights to all and special privilege to none.

 

  • The spiritual unity to all believers, for which the Master so earnestly prayed.

 

  • A world-wide program of missionary fervor and evangelism in the obedience to the final command of Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

WE, THEREFORE, BAND OURSELVES TOGETHER AS A BODY F BAPTISED

(IMMERSED) BELIEVERS IN JESUS CHIRST AND ADOPOT FOR OUR GOVERNMENT AND PLAN OF WORSHIP SERVICE, THE ENCLOSED ARTICLES.

 

 

 

Bethel Baptist Constitution and By laws

 

                    ARTICLE   I

 

SECTION 1Belief

A church is a congregation of Christ’s Baptized Disciples united in the belief of what He has said and covenanting to do what He has commanded.

 

ARTICLE II

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

SECTION 1   - Moral Prerequisites to Church Membership

A)   REPENTANCE

Repent ye for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.

B)   REGENERATION

The spiritual process by which we become new creatures in Christ.

C)   FAITH

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life.

 

SECTION 2   - Ceremonial Qualification for Church Membership

 

A)   BAPTISM

The penitent regenerate believer is baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirits as a symbolic expression of a new relationship in the three persons of the Godhead.

 

SECTION 3   - How Members are Received.

A)   BY CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE

1)    A person must give an account of the dealings of God with their soul and express their reason of hope.

2)    A Person received on Christian experience will be given the right hand of fellowship.

 

B)   BY BAPTISM

1)    Candidates must feel that they are helpless sinners willing to trust in Christ for salvation and after baptism will be entitled to all rights and privileges of membership.

 

2)    A person received as a candidate for baptism will be given instructions to prepare for baptism and immediately after baptism will be given the right hand of fellowship.

C)   BY LETTER

1)    A person received by letter will be given the right hand of fellowship.

2)    The letter will be received from churches of the same order and faith.

 

SECTION 4   - How Membership Ceases.

A)   BY DEATH

The dead can have no place in an earthly congregation.

 

B)   BY EXCLUSION

1)    Those members who are guilty of a serious crime, gross impropriety and chronic troublemakers, who do not show repentance.

 

C)   BY DISMISSION

Letters of dismission are granted to members who apply for them, provided they are in good standing.

 

ARTICLE III

 OFFICERS

GENERAL DUTIES OF OFFICERS

 

            It shall be the duty of all officers elected or appointed to subscribe to and to uphold this Constitution and By-Laws, once adopted by the Church.

 

            All officers are required to faithfully discharge those duties devolving upon every other member, including the prayerful and loving support of the Pastor and submission to his scriptural authority; faithful and regular attendance of the stated services of the Church and financial support of the Church.

 

            Officers of this Church are expected to avail themselves of all of the names of grace that encourage growth in Christian discipleship: namely, prayer, Bible study and worship.

 

            Officers handling the finances of the Church are required to be bonded; namely financial Secretary, Church Treasurer, Trustees, and the Missionary President.

 

            Officers having books, records or other such Church property will deliver. Such items immediately to his/her successor or to the Church upon termination of office.

 

            All officials will be elected annually with the exception of the Pastor.

Officers who fail to discharge these duties by faithful and fervent example shall be subject to review, and upon a recommendation by the Pastor and/or the Official Board may be relieved of their duties.

 

The Official Board consists of the following officials: Pastor, Deacons, Trustees, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, and Sunday School Superintendent.  The Church Clerk shall be present at the Official Board meeting to record the minutes.  The Official Board has the authority to make business and financial decisions for the Church between scheduled church meetings.

 

SPECIFIC DUTIES OF OFFICERS

 

SECTION 1PASTOR:

1)    The Pastor is chosen by the church for an indefinite period as long as the work of the Lord prospers under his labors and is to rule in accordance with the law of Christ.

2)    The Pastor is to add to the church through conversion, lead the church with a servant attitude, instruct and build the faith of members and protect the church from false doctrines.

3)    The pastor will furnish an annual progress report to the official board prior to the election board meeting.

SECTION 2DEACONS:

1)    Deacons are men of honest report, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom.

2)    Deacons shall be chosen for an indefinite period and be ordained and serve in accordance with the example given in Acts 6:1-7.

3)    Deacons are to have charge of the sick and needy and assist the Pastor with the spiritual affairs of the church.

4)    Deacons may be dismissed if fulfillment of their office is not properly met by the church.

 

SECTION 3  - TRUSTEES:

The Trustees are a specific body chosen by the church as legal custodians of the church property and financial matters.

 

SECTION 4  -  TREASURER:

The Treasurer shall be the custodian of church funds.  He/She acts as the banker of all church monies.  He/She shall present the books to be audited at the close of the fiscal year.

SECTON 5 FINANCIAL SECRETARY:

                                The Financial Secretary shall keep an accurate record of all monies contributed for the general expense of the Church.  He/She shall present to the Church at its quarterly meetings a report of receipts and disbursements showing the financial status of the Church.  He/She shall present the books for audit at the close of the fiscal year.

 

SECTION 6 - SUNDAY SCHOOL SUNPERINTENDENT:

The Superintendent shall have general supervision of the Church school and its staff, and shall direct the Christian educational work of the church.

 

SECTION 7CHURCH CLERK:

The Church Clerk shall keep accurate minutes of the business processions of the Church including the reception and dismissal of members.  He/She shall keep a complete roll of members of the Church and their addresses, issue letters of dismissals and certificates of Christian standing as authorized by the Church, conduct all official correspondence, preserve and properly file all letters, reports, and other documents pertaining to his/her office.  The Church Clerk shall deliver immediately to his /her successor all books, files, records and other documents in his/her possession.  He/She is the keeper of the Church Seal.

 

The Assistant Church Clerk shall assist the Church clerk with clerical duties and take minutes at meeting when Church Clerk is unable to attend.

 

SECTION 8MISSION TREASURER:

The Mission Treasurer shall be the custodian of all monies contributed for missionary and other benevolent purposes.  Distribution of monies shall be reported to the Church at the quarterly business meeting.  The Missionary President and the Church Treasurer shall be accountable for the Mission Treasury.

 

SECTION 9MODERATOR:

The Moderator shall preside over Church business meetings and official board meetings.  The Pastor or a lay member shall by elected by the Church. 

ARTICLE IV

 ELECTION OF A PASTOR

 

SECTON 1GUIDLELINES:

When a vacancy occur, the Church will appoint a pulpit committee.  The committee shall investigate the candidates (1) personal character, (2) educational background, (3) ministerial records, and (4) preaching and teaching ability.

 

The candidate(s) will be presented to the church to preach and meet the members.

 

When a suitable person is found, the pulpit committee shall

Present the selected candidate at a properly notified Board meeting.

 

After an approved motion, the pastor is to be received, loved, supported and honored as one sent from God.

SECTION 2LENGTH OF PASTORATE:

                        The Pastor is to be elected indefinitely with an agreement being:

(1)  The pastor will present to the official board a 90 day notice of resignation should he decide to retire his services to the Church.

 

(2)  The official board will present to the Pastor a 90 day notice of intent to dismiss should it be found his service to the Church is not prosperous.

 

ARTICLE V

 PAID PERSONNEL

 

 

SECTION 1SALARIES

                        The Pastor, Music Director, Church Clerk, and the Custodian are paid the first of each month with an amount appropriated by the Church officials.

 

 

ARTICLE V1

 

MEMEBERS FINANCIAL OBLIGATION

 

SECTON 1PLEDGES

                        Members will make a sacrificial monthly Pledge to the Church.

 

SECTION 2TITHES

Members are encouraged to tithe in accordance with Malachi 3:10 and Genesis 28:22.

 

SECTION 3OFFERING

                        1 Corinthian 16:2, “give an offering as God has prospered you.”

 

ARTICLE VII

 OFFENSES

 

 

SECTION 1GENERAL OFFENSES

1)    Approach the individual and strive personally for an agreement.

 

2)    If an agreement cannot be reached, take with you one or two Christian witnesses.

 

3)    If this does not accomplish the desired results, bring the grievance before the Church.

 

   

ARTICLE VIII

 

CHURCH GOVERNMENT

 

 

SECTION 1CONSTITUTION AND BY LAWS

This Constitution and By laws may be revised by a 2/3 vote of the church when notice has been given 90 days previously in writing.

 

SECTION 2CHURCH BUSINESS:

The business of the Church shall be conducted according to the principles of the New Testament and by Robert Rules of Order.

  

ARTICLE IX

 

SECTION 1OFFICIAL BOARD MEETINGS

The Official Board will meet on the 2nd Wednesday evening in a month with a 5th Sunday at 7pm, or whenever the Pastor and Official Board deem a meeting necessary.

 

SECTION 2CHURCH MEETINGS (QUARTERLY)

                        Church meetings will be held on the 3rd Wednesday evening in a month with a fifth Sunday at 7pm.

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                         THE COMMITTEE

  

DEBBIE P. MITCHELL                                                                                              

 

 

SARA J. THOMPSON                                                                                              

 

 

VERNA WALLER                                                                                                      

 

 

ANNE TRIPP                                                                                                             

 

 

FRANCES ROBINSON                                                                                            

 

 

CHARLES E. THOMPSON JR.                                                                                

 

 

BENJAMIN BREWER                                                                                               

 

  

                        DATE APPROVED