Calvary Assembly of God
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Constitution and By-laws of Calvary Assembly of God Church
2600 Shipley Road, Wilmington, Delaware 19810

Constitution and Bylaws, Calvary Assembly of God Church, Wilmington Delaware

 

Minutes of Organizational Meeting on August 26, 1943

A meeting of the members of the Congregation of Calvary Pentecostal Church was held at the usual place of worship at 908 West Street, at 7:30 P.M. on Thursday, August 26th, 1943, pursuant to notice of said meeting attached hereto, said notice having been posted at the front door of the usual place of worship of said congregation more than ten days prior to August 26, 1943.

Upon motion duly made and seconded, Ralph P. Hughey, Delmar T. Van Sice, Philip D. MacAvaney, James E. Cole, Ernest Greenwell and Frank Eskridge were duly elected Trustees of said Congregation by plurality of votes of the members present.

Upon motion duly made and seconded, the said Trustees were authorized to execute, under their hands and seals, a certificate certifying the above action of the members of the Congregation at this meeting to the Recorder of Deeds, in and for New Castle County and State of Delaware, for the purpose of forming a religious corporation under the provisions of Chapter 68 of the Revised Code of Delaware 1935.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

Philip D. MacAvaney Secretary

Certificate of Incorporation

CALVARY ASSEMBLY OF GOD, INC. OF WilMINGTON, DELAWARE

A RELIGIOUS CORPORATION OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE, INCORPORATED UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF CHAPTER 68 OF THE REVISED CODE OF DELAWARE

1935

Recorded in the Recorder's Office at Wilmington in Deed Record W-Vol, 43, Page 591, Etc, The Twenty-seventh day of August, A.D. 1943.

The undersigned persons, being duly elected and acting Trustees of a Congregation of Christians known as Calvary Pentecostal Church of Wilmington, Delaware, Inc. hereby certify to the Recorder of Deeds, in and for the New Castle County and State of Delaware, as follows:

  1. A Religious Society and Congregation of Christians know as "Calvary Pentecostal Church of Wilmington, Delaware, Inc.", consisting of more than fifteen persons, held a congregational meeting on the twenty-sixth day of August, A.D., 1943 at their usual place of worship at No. 908 West Street, in the city of Wilmington, County of New Castle and State of Delaware, of which there was due notice given by ten days notice by advertisements at the front door of the usual place of worship of said congregation as provided by 2473, Section 3, Chapter 68 of the Revised Code of Delaware, 1935, and further notice of said meeting was given by general announcement thereof by Reverend Ralph P. Hughey, to the said congregation at the meetings of the congregation held on the Fifteenth and Twenty-second days of August, A.D., 1943.
  2. At said meeting of the congregation held as aforesaid, on the Twenty-sixth day of August, A.D., 1943, Ralph P. Hughey, Delmer T. Van Sice, Philip D. MacAvaney, James E. Cole, Ernest Greenwell and Frank Eskridge were duly elected Trustees of said congregation by plurality of votes of the members present.
  3. At said meeting the aforesaid congregation took the name of "Calvary Pentecostal Church of Wilmington, Delaware, Inc."

Witness our respective hands and seals, the Twenty-sixth day of August, A.D., 1943

Philip D. MacAvaney
Ralph P. Hughey
Delmer T. Van Sice
James E. Cole
Ernest Greenwell
Frank Eskridge

Signed, Sealed and Delivered in the presence of Alfred A. Blakeney.

Preamble

For the purpose of establishing and maintaining a place for the worship of Almighty God, our Heavenly Father; to provide for Christian fellowship for those of like faith, where the Holy Ghost may be honored according to our distinctive testimony; to assume our share of responsibility and the privilege of propagating the Gospel of Jesus Christ by all available means, both at home and in foreign lands; we do hereby recognize ourselves as a local assembly in fellowship with and a part of the General Council of the Assemblies of God, and adopt the following articles of church order and submit ourselves to be governed by the Constitution and By-laws.

Constitution

Article 1 - Name

The name of this Church Body shall be "Calvary Assembly of God, Inc."

Article II - Prerogatives

Sec. 1: This Assembly shall have the right to govern itself according to the standards of the New Testament Scriptures.

Sec. 2: In connection therewith, or incidental thereto, it shall have the right to purchase or acquire by gift, bequest or otherwise, either directly or as Trustee, and to own, hold in trust, use, sell, convey mortgage, lease or otherwise dispose of any real estate or chattels as may be necessary for the furtherance of its purposes; all in accordance with its Constitution and By-laws or as the same may be hereafter modified or amended.

Article III - Affiliations

While maintaining its inherent rights to sovereignty in the conduct of its own affairs, this Assembly shall voluntarily enter into full cooperative fellowship with assemblies of like precious faith associated in the Eastern District Council, and the General Council of the Assemblies of God, with the headquarters at Springfield, Missouri; and shall share in the privileges and assume the responsibilities enjoined by that affiliation.

Article IV - Tenets of Faith

Updated / changed on March 24, 2008 per congregation vote. Entire article is updated.

This Assembly shall accept the Holy Scriptures as the revealed will of God, the all sufficient rule of faith and practice, and for the purpose of maintaining general unity, adopts the Statement of Fundamental Truths approved by the General Council of the Assemblies of God.

1. The Scriptures Inspired

The Scriptures both Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:12)

2. The One True God

The One true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent "I AM," the creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Ghost (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22).

The Adorable Godhead

(a) Terms Defined

The terms "Trinity" and "persons," as related to the Godhead, while not found in the Scriptures, are words in harmony with the Scripture whereby we may convey to others our immediate understanding of the doctrine of Christ respecting the Being of God, as distinguished from "gods many and many lords." We, therefore, may speak with propriety of the Lord our God, who is One Lord, as a Trinity or as one being of three persons, and still be absolutely Scriptural (examples: Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 14: 16-17).

(b) Distinction and Relationship in the Godhead

Christ taught a distinction of Persons in the Godhead, which He expressed in specific terms of relationship, as Father, Son and Holy Ghost, but that distinction and relationship, as to its mode, is inscrutable and incomprehensible, because unexplained. (Luke 1:35; 1 Corinthians 1:24; Matthew 11:25-27; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 1:3-4).

(c) Unity of the One Being of Father, Son and Holy Ghost

Accordingly, therefore, there is that in the Son which constitutes Him the Son and not the Father; and there is that in the Holy Ghost which constitutes Him the Holy Ghost and not either the Father or the Son. Wherefore the Father is the begetter, the Son is the Begotten and the Holy Ghost is the one proceeding from the Father and the Son. Therefore, because these three persons in the Godhead are in a state of unity, there is but one Lord God Almighty and His name one. (John 1:18; John 15:26; John 17:11,21; Zechariah 14:9).

(d) Identity and Cooperation in the Godhead

The Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost are never identical as to Person; nor confused as to relation; nor divided in respect to the Godhead; nor opposed as to cooperation. The Son is in the Father and the Father is with the Son, as to fellowship. The Father is not from the Son, but the Son from the Father and the Son proceeding, as to nature, relationship, cooperation and authority. Hence, neither Person in the Godhead either exists or works separately or independently of the others. (John 5:17-30, 32, 37; John 8:17-18).

(e) the Title, Lord Jesus Christ

The appellation, "Lord Jesus Christ," is a proper name. It is never applied, in the New Testament, either to the Father or the Holy Ghost. It therefore belongs exclusively to the Son of God. (Romans 1:1-3,7; 2 John 1:3).

(f) The Lord Jesus Christ, God With Us

The Lord Jesus Christ, as to His divine and eternal nature, is the proper and only Begotten of the Father, but as to His human nature, He is the proper Son of Man, who because He is God and man, is "Immanuel," God with us. (Matthew 1:23; 1 John 4:2, 10, 14; Revelation 1:13, 17).

(g) The Title Son of God

Since the name "Immanuel" embraces both God and man in the Person, our Lord Jesus Christ, it follows that the title, Son of God, describes His proper deity, and the title Son of Man, His proper humanity. Therefore, the title, Son of God belongs to the order of eternity and the title, Son of Man to the order of time. (Matthew 1:21-23; 2 John 1:3; 1 John 3:8; Hebrews 7:3; Hebrews 1:1-13).

(h) Transgression of the Doctrine of Christ

Wherefore, it is a transgression of the Doctrine of Christ to say that Jesus Christ derived the title, Son of God, solely from the fact of the incarnation, or because of the relation to the economy of redemption. Therefore, to deny that the Father is a real and eternal Father, and that the Son is a real and eternal Son, is a denial of the distinction and relationship in the Being of God; a denial of the Father and the Son, and a displacement of the truth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. (2 John 1:9; John 1:1-2, 14, 18, 29, 49; 1 John 2:22-23; 4:1-5; Hebrews 12:2)

(i) Exaltation of Jesus Christ as Lord

The Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, having by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; angels and principalities and powers having been made subject unto Him. And having been made both Lord and Christ, He sent the Holy Ghost that we, in the name of Jesus, might bow our knees and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father until the end, when the Son shall become subject to the Father that God may be all in all. (Hebrews 1:3; 1 Peter 3 :22; Acts 2:32-36; Romans 14:11; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28).

(j) Equal Honor to the Father and to the Son

Wherefore, since the Father has delivered all judgment unto the Son, it is not only the express duty of all in heaven and on earth to bow the knee, but it is an unspeakable joy in the Holy Ghost to ascribe unto the Son all the attributes of Deity, and to give Him all the honor and the glory contained in all the names and titles of the Godhead (except those which express relationship. See paragraphs b, c, and d), (1 Peter 1:8; Revelation 5:6-14; Philippians 2:8-9; Revelation 7:9-10; Revelation 4:8-11).

3. The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ

The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare:

  1. His virgin birth (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31,35).
  2. His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22).
  3. His miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:38).
  4. His substitutionary work on the cross (1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
  5. His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:4).
  6. His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9, 11; Acts 2:33).

4. The Fall of Man

Man was created good and upright; for God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.' However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God (Genesis 1:26, 27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19).

5. The Salvation of Man

Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God.

(a) Conditions to Salvation

Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:12).

(b) The Evidence of Salvation

The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12).

6. Ordinances of the Church

(a) Baptism in Water

The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:4).

(b) Holy Communion

The Lord's Supper, consisting of the elements - bread and the fruit of the vine - is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1 :4); a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26); and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26); and is enjoined on all believers "till He come!"

7. The Baptism of the Holy Ghost

All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all the Early Christian Church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry. (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4, 8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31). This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 8: 12-17; 10:44-46; 15:7-9). With the baptism in the Holy Ghost come experiences as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8), a deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43; Hebrews 12:28), an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work (Acts 2:42), and a more active love for Christ, for His Word and for the lost (Mark 16:20).

8. The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Ghost

The Baptism of believers in the Holy Ghost is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives utterance (Acts 2:4). The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues (1 Corinthians 12:4-10, 28), but different in purpose and use.

9. Sanctification

Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and a dedication unto God (Romans 12: 1-2; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12). The Scriptures teach a life of "holiness without which no man shall see the Lord." (Hebrews 12:14). By the power of the Holy Ghost we are able to obey the command: "Be ye holy, for I am holy." (1 Peter 1:15-16).

Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit (Romans 6:1-11, 13; 8:1-2,13; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:12-13; 1 Peter 1:5).

10. The Church and its Mission

The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the General Assembly and Church of the First Born, which are written in heaven (Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23).

Since God's purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshipped by man, and to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, the priority reason- for-being of the Assemblies of God as part of the Church is:

  1. To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16).
  2. To be a corporate body in which man may worship God (1 Corinthians 12:13).
  3. To be a channel of God's purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son
    (Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 12:28; 14:12).

The Assemblies of God exists expressly to give continuing emphasis to this reason - for being in the New Testament apostolic pattern by teaching and encouraging believers to be baptized in the Holy Spirit.

This experience:

  1. Enables them to evangelize in the power of the Spirit with accompanying supernatural signs (Mark 16:15-20; Acts 4:29-31; Hebrews 2:3-4).
  2. Adds a necessary dimension to worshipful relationship with God (1 Corinthians 2:10-16; 1 Corinthians 12-14).
  3. Enables them to respond to the full working of the Holy Spirit in expression of fruit and gifts and ministries as in New Testament times for the edifying of the Body of Christ (Galatians 5:22-26; 1 Corinthians 14:12; Ephesians 4:11-12; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Colossians 1:29).

11. The Ministry

A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a twofold purpose: (1) The evangelism of the world, and (2) The edifying of the Body of Christ (Mark 16:15-20; Ephesians 4:11-13).

12. Divine Healing

Divine Healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; James 5:14-16).

13. The Blessed Hope

The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the church (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52).

14. The Millennial Reign of Christ

The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth for one thousand years (Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27,30; Revelation 1:7; 19:11-14; 20:1-6). This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel (Ezekiel 37:21-22; Zephaniah 3:19-20; Romans 11:26-27) and the establishment of universal peace (Isaiah 11:6-9; Psalm 72:3-8; Micah 4:3-4).

15. The Final Judgment

There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Matthew 24:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20; 20:11-15; 21:8).

16. The New Heavens and the New Earth

"We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness" (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:22).

Article V - Ordinances

Sec. 1: The ordinance of Baptism of immersion in water (Matt. 28:19) shall be administered to all those who have repented of their sins and have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ to the saving of their souls, and give clear evidence of their salvation (Romans 6:3-6; Colossians 2:12).

Sec. 2: The ordinance of the Lord's Supper shall be observed regularly as enjoined in the Scriptures (Luke 22: 19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

Article VI - Standard of Membership

  1. Evidence of a genuine experience in regeneration (the new birth). (John 1:12-13; 3:3-8; 1 Peter 1: 18-25).
  2. Evidences of a consistent Christian life. (Romans 6:4, 8: 1-4, 13: 13-14; Ephesians 4: 17-32, 5:1-2, 15; John 1:6-7).
  3. To fully subscribe to the tenents of faith as set forth in the Bible and this Constitution.
  4. Readiness to be governed by this Constitution, By-Laws, and Rules of Order adopted by this Assembly.
  5. Willingness to contribute regularly to the support of Calvary Assembly of God, according to his or her ability.

Article VII - Officers

Updated/Changed on March 24, 2008 per congregation vote.

Sec. 1: The officers of Calvary Assembly of God shall consist of seven members:

  1. The Pastor
  2. The Board of Trustees and / or Deacons
  3. Secretary
  4. Treasurer
  5. Missionary Secretary / Treasurer

Sec. 2: The Pastor shall be a member of the General Council of the Assemblies of God and meet other qualification which may be determined in the By-Laws.

Sec. 3: (Updated Section) The Board of Trustees and / or Deacons shall consist of no less than 4 and no more than 6 members. They may be called "The Church Board".

The Pastor and the Church Board shall be responsible for the spiritual management, trusteeship of the property, property rights, and maintenance of all property, both real estate and otherwise, owned by Calvary Assembly of God. Of the Church Board, one shall be the Secretary, one shall be the Treasurer, and one shall be the Missionary Secretary/Treasurer. The members of the Church Board shall be elected from the active membership of the Assembly, and in full harmony with the Tenets of Faith as set forth in the Bible and this Constitution. They shall be men and women of mature Christian experience earnestly seeking or filled with the Holy Spirit, wisdom (Acts 6:3), and other qualifications as set forth in the scriptures. (1 Tim. 3:8-13).

Sec. 4: (Updated Section) This should not exclude divorced or re-married persons as referenced in these scriptures 1 Corinthians 7:12-15 (abandonment) and Matthew 5:32, 19:9 (adultery). As well as any individual who was divorced or re-married before becoming a Christian.

Article VIII - Meetings

Sec. 1: Meetings for public worship shall be each Lord's Day and during the week as provided for under the direction of the Pastor and the Church Board.

Sec. 2: The annual business meeting shall be on the fourth Wednesday of March, unless otherwise set by the Pastor and Church Board. Announcement of the annual business meeting shall be made to the Assembly at least two weeks prior to the date of said meeting. Such announcements shall be made by the Pastor or Church Secretary, and posted within the foyer. The following officers shall be elected at the annual business meeting:

  1. The Board of Trustees and / or Deacons (to renew or replace those members of the Board whose terms have expired).
  2. All required Sunday School officials such as:
    1. The Sunday School Superintendent
    2. The Assistant Sunday School Superintendent
    3. The SuNday school Secretary
    4. The SuNday school Treasurer

Sec. 3: Special business meetings of the Assembly may be called when necessary, after proper notice has been given by the Pastor or the Secretary of the Assembly, provided the meeting has been agreed upon by majority of the Church Board.

Special meetings may also be called by a petition which has been signed by not less than one-fourth of the active membership of the Assembly, the petition to be placed in the hands of the Pastor or Church Secretary, and an announcement made on the two Sundays prior to the date of the meeting, unless waived by proper motion of the Assembly at the special meeting.

Sec. 4: Quorum - Any special business or regular business meeting of the Assembly shall not be considered legal unless one-fourth or more active members shall be present to constitute a Quorum.

Sec. 5: The Church Board with the Pastor shall meet monthly for the transaction of routine business for the Assembly, with the time and place of the meeting being announced by the Pastor. As Trustees of the property, they shall meet for the discharging of their duties as necessity may demand, upon the requests of the Pastor or Church Secretary.

Sec. 6: For further information concerning the election of Church Officials, and the filling of vacancies, refer to Article II in the By-Law section.

Article IX - Departments and Committees

This Assembly shall hereby provide for the establishment of a Sunday School Department, Young People's Work, Relief Committee, Home and Foreign Missionary Committees, or any other departments, committees, and positions as the work may require. All such departments, etc. shall be subordinate to the Assembly and shall contribute to the harmony and development of the whole. The committees and positions shall be selected by, and be under the general supervision of the Pastor and Church Board. The Pastor shall be ex-officio member of all committees and departments.

Article X - Finances

Updated/Changed on March 23, 2007 per congregation vote.

Sec. 1: All Funds for the maintenance of the Assembly shall be provided by the voluntary contributions of the tithes and offerings of the members and friends of the organization. Offerings shall be accepted by the Assembly at such times and in such ways as agreed upon by the Pastor and Church Board, and shall be administered by the Treasurer under their direction. (Malachi 3:10; Luke 6:38; 1 Corinthians 16: 1-2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8).

Sec. 2: No person shall be allowed to solicit funds for special purposes without the consent of the Pastor and the Church Board.

Sec. 3: Whatever salaries are to be paid, together with the amount to be paid, shall be decided upon by the Pastor and Church Board.

Sec. 4: (Updated Section) The funds to meet our missions' program commitment are to be paid from the non-designated income of the general fund on a monthly basis, which will be a tithe (10%). This is in addition to funds that are specifically designated for the missions program. Any adjustments will require a presentation and a vote at a congregational meeting called by the Board.

Sec. 5: The Treasurer shall prepare and distribute a quarterly financial report to the Active Membership. In addition, a special business meeting, in accordance with Article VII, Section 3 of the Constitution, shall be called where the budget for the succeeding year is presented for review and comments. This meeting is to be called no later than the second Tuesday of November.

Article XI - Properties

All properties of the Assembly shall be deeded to the Assembly and held in its name. No property of the Assembly shall be sold, leased or mortgaged or otherwise disposed of without the same have first been recommended by a vote of at least two-thirds of the voting members who are in attendance at a regular business meeting or a special business meeting of the Assembly which has been called for the consideration of the proposal. The Church Board of the Assembly shall certify in such conveyance, lease, or mortgage, that the same has been duly authorized and recommended by a vote of the Assembly. Such certificate shall be held to be conclusive evidence hereof.

Article XII - Amendments

This Constitution may be amended or changed at any regular business or special business meeting of Calvary Assembly of God by a two-thirds vote of the majority of active members present, provided such changes or amendments have been announced publicly and posted within the church foyer two Sundays prior to the date of the meeting. The announcement shall be made by the Pastor or Secretary of the Church Board.

BY-LAWS

Article I - Duties of Officers

Updated / Changed on March 24, 2008 per congregation vote.

Sec. 1: The Pastor shall be considered the Spiritual Leader of the Assembly and shall direct all of its activities. He shall act as chairman of all the business meetings of the Assembly and Church Board. He shall be an ex-officio member of all committees and departments. He with the Church Board, shall approve all guest speakers or ministers, and provide for all services of the Assembly.

Sec. 2: (Updated Section) The Church Board shall serve the Assembly as an advisor and manager with the Pastor, in all matters pertaining to the Assembly in its Spiritual life and civic affairs. They shall thoroughly and properly review all applications for membership in the Assembly and possess the authority to accept or reject anyone of them with an appropriate report on their decision by the Pastor. They shall also have full authority to administer the discipline of the Assembly and to give due notice of their action. They shall establish and maintain a Policy and Procedure Manual for the church's operations. They shall serve as Trustees of all the property and property rights of the Assembly, and shall be custodians of all the property of the Assembly, and responsible for its proper maintenance.

Sec. 3: A majority present at any meeting of the Church Board shall constitute a quorum, provided all members have been notified to be present. In the event the Assembly is temporarily without a Pastor, or the Pastor is unable to be present, the Church Board shall be empowered to provide for its own chairman from its membership in order to transact business for the Assembly.

Sec. 4: The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the official meetings of the Church Board and of the annual business meeting and special business meetings of the Assembly and perform any other clerical work necessary to the proper discharge of his duties. He shall be the custodian of all legal documents, and in possession of the corporate seal.

Sec. 5: The Treasurer shall be entrusted with all the finances of the Assembly which may be committed to him. He shall deposit all funds in a responsible bank, in the name of the Assembly, and shall disburse the same by check as authorized by the Pastor and Church Board. The Treasurer shall keep an itemized account of the receipts and disbursements. He shall make a report at the regular meetings of the Church Board and a report to the Assembly at its regular annual business meeting. His accounts shall be audited under the direction of the Pastor and Church Board or the Pastor in tabulating gifts and offerings.

Sec. 6: The Missionary Secretary/Treasurer shall be entrusted with all finances received for the support of missions, and/or individuals that this Assembly chooses to assist each month. He shall remit same to the Missions Department of the general Council of the Assemblies of God in Springfield, MO., to finance our monthly missionary obligations. He shall present a Missionary financial statement at each Church Board meeting for their acceptance. He shall conduct all necessary correspondence relating to Missionaries and/or finances. He shall present a financial statement at each annual Church business meeting for acceptance by the active members present at such meeting.

Article II - Elections and Vacancies

Sec. 1: The Pastor shall be nominated by the Church Board. Recommendations may be made to them by any member of the Assembly. Elections shall be by secret ballot at the annual business meeting of the Assembly, or at a special meeting called for that purpose. A two-thirds majority of all the votes cast shall be required to constitute an election.

Sec. 2: The Secretary, Treasurer and Mission Secretary/Treasurer shall be elected annually by the members of the Church Board from among their own membership. The terms of office shall be for one year from the time of election.

Sec. 3: The Church Board shall be chosen from the active membership of the Assembly. They shall be nominated by a nominating committee of three members chosen by the Pastor and the Church Board; one from the "Board" members and the other two from the congregation. The names of those serving on the Nominating Committee shall be posted at least three weeks before the annual business meeting within the church foyer. The committee shall present a slate of candidates possessing the requirements according to the New Testament Scriptures. They shall be elected by a majority vote at the annual business meeting of the Assembly. They shall be elected to serve as follows:

At the beginning of this Corporation or Assembly (1943), two members shall be elected to serve one year. Two members elected to serve two years, and two to serve three years. Upon the expiration of the terms of office, the succeeding members of the "Board" shall be elected to serve a term of three years each.

Sec. 4: A list of the nominees shall be posted at a conspicuous place within the foyer edifice at least two weeks prior to the annual business meeting. If after the list of nominees is posted, further nominations are desired, they may be made, provided they are submitted to the Nominating Committee in writing not less than one week prior to the annual business meeting, and signed by not less than seven active members of the Assembly.

Sec. 5: In the event the Pastor has serious charges presented against him, or his ministry has ceased to be effective, or no provision has been made as to the term of his ministry, power is vested in the Church Board to ask for the resignation of the Pastor at any of its regular business meetings. If such resignation is refused, the pastorate shall not be considered vacant until action of the Church Board has been confirmed by a two-thirds vote of the congregation at a meeting called for that purpose, such meeting to be presided over by the District Officiary. When a vacancy in the pastorate occurs, a supply shall be arranged by the Church Board until a Pastor shall be chosen as prescribed in Section 1. In the case of a Pastor's removal from office, a report of such action shall be made to the District Officiary.

Sec. 6: Should the Pastor plan to leave the Assembly to accept a pastorate elsewhere, he shall give the Church Board twenty-eight days' notice of his leaving, unless other satisfactory arrangements are agreed upon by the "Board" and himself.

Sec. 7: Any office of the Church Board may be declared vacant by an act of a majority membership of the Church Board at any regular business or special business meeting, subject only to an appeal by the erring member to the Assembly, and in that case, only the majority of active membership present at a regular business or special business meeting shall declare the office of the Church Board vacant. Grounds for such action shall be:

  1. Unscriptural conduct
  2. Doctrinal departure from the tenets of the faith
  3. Incompetency in office
  4. For any good and sufficient reason

Any incumbent under charges shall have an opportunity for a fair and impartial hearing of his case before the Assembly, if he so desires.

Sec. 8: Whenever a vacancy shall occur on the Church Board, the Church Board members shall be authorized to fill the vacancy by appointment for the unexpired term by majority vote of the Church Board members.

Sec. 9: For information concerning the qualifications of officers, replacement of vacancies, etc., refer to Article VII of the Constitution.

Article III - Membership

Membership in this Assembly shall be to all those who give evidence of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and who voluntarily subscribe to its tenets of faith and agree to be governed by its Constitution and By-Laws as herein set forth. They shall be classified as:

Sec. 1 - Active Membership: All those who meet the Scriptural standards for membership, together with those names which have been added from time to time. They must regularly attend the means of grace and take part in the services. They must be living consistent Christian lives and in agreement with our distinctive testimony.

Sec. 2 - Inactive Membership: Enrolled members who shall without good cause absent themselves from services of the Assembly for a period of three consecutive months or more, and who cease to contribute of their means to its support, who may be out of harmony with its teachings or its ministries, or who shall be under charges of misconduct, or who may have fallen under condemnation through sinful or worldly practices, shall be considered as inactive members and shall lose their voting privileges until they are restored to the fellowship, their standing to be settled by the definite action of the Assembly through its selected officers.

Sec. 3 - Membership Removals: The names of any members moving from the city and failing to correspond with the church for a period of one year may be removed from the church roll. Any persons remaining in the inactive membership file for one year may be removed from the roll. The Pastor and Church Board shall be authorized to make such removals when necessary, after proper efforts to restore delinquent members have been made. If a name is removed from the membership roll, the one whose name is removed shall be notified by the Secretary of the Church Board.

Notification of said removal shall be made to the Assembly.

Sec. 4 - Reception of Members:

(a) Persons desiring to become active members of the Assembly, shall make the fact know to the Pastor or Church Board. They shall examine the applicant according to the standards for membership. (Article VI of the Constitution).

(b) The Pastor, or a member of the Church Board shall present the names of those who apply for membership with his recommendation and render a final decision. All persons who shall have met the membership requirements and have been passed on favorably, shall be received into the Assembly publicly at any of the regular, or special services and their names inscribed on the roster.

Sec. 5 - Discipline:

(a) Any member of the Assembly who shall willfully absent himself from the regular services for a period of three consecutive months, or who shall be under charges, shall be temporarily suspended from active voting membership pending investigation and final decision in his case.

(b) Unscriptural conduct or doctrinal departure from the tenets of faith held by this Assembly shall be considered sufficient grounds upon which any persons may be disqualified as a member.

Sec. 6: Members in good standing, who may wish to sever their relationship with the Assembly, or who may desire to be transferred to some other congregation, may apply to the Pastor for a letter which shall be granted on the approval of the Pastor and Church Board, said letter to be signed by the Pastor of the Assembly.

Article IV - Sunday School

The Sunday School shall be conducted as a department of the activities of the Assembly. The Sunday School Superintendent, Assistant Sunday School Superintendent, Secretary, and Treasurer shall be nominated by a nominating committee composed of one member of the Church Board, and two members chosen from the congregation. The nominations shall be posted two weeks before the elections at some conspicuous place within the Church foyer. If any additional; nominations are desired, procedure in Article II, Sec. 4, of the By-Laws may be followed.

These officers, together with the Pastor, shall constitute the Executive Committee of the Sunday School. They shall supervise all the activities of the Sunday School and shall appoint such teachers from time to time as may be deemed advisable.

Article V - The Young People's Society

Should a Young People's Society be created, it shall be under the general supervision of the Pastor and Church Board. It shall be conducted as a branch of the activities of the Assembly. They shall have the right to select its own President, Vice President and Secretary. The Treasurer shall be appointed by the Pastor and Church Board.

Article VI - Property Rights

Sec. 1: All property, real, personal or mixed, shall be acquired, owned, sold, transferred, encumbered, pledged, conveyed or otherwise handled in the corporate name of the Assembly.

Sec. 2: No real property shall be purchased, acquired, held, sold, leased, mortgaged, or otherwise obtained or alienated without the same shall have been authorized by two-thirds majority vote of the active members of the Assembly present at any regular business or special business meeting. All other property of the Assembly may be acquired, held, used, sold, transferred, pledged, assigned or otherwise obtained, alienated, or disposed of by the Church Board with the Pastor, provided the said property is used for the purpose of the Assembly.

Sec. 3: The Pastor or the Secretary of the Assembly shall certify in all the instruments of conveyance, lease mortgage, etc. that the same has been duly authorized by the vote of the Assembly, or the Church Board.

Article VII - Order of Business

  1. Devotional
  2. Reading of previous minutes by the Secretary
  3. Report of the Treasurer
  4. Report of Missionary Secretary/Treasurer
  5. Report of Committees and/or Departments
  6. Unfinished Business
  7. Election of Officers
  8. New Business
  9. Adjournment

Article VIII - Amendments

The By-Laws of Calvary Assembly of God may be amended and/or changed at any regular business or special business meeting of the Assembly by a majority vote of the active membership present, provided such proposed changes or amendments have been announced publicly and placed within the Church foyer two Sundays prior to the date of the meeting. The announcement shall be made by the Pastor or Secretary of the Church Board.

 

 

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