sample of church constitution in south africa


11.1.2. THE PASTORATE: 16.1. endobj 17.2. xko{~X+>$Q"@z;Z;3l'D_3iOb9AN8YFL+g'+NO.oOO>DP,tv $u#$lsq1cW{#h^[5n9=;=(c`z%I7cw,Jz71E8N^h6`Wk?+I:7u/Nqp[:6OV,nVYED}6DQy^10w3?V, /s5*O6j/GGM@{IojsJ% Those who have given evidence of their personal salvation through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, have been baptised by immersion, have accepted this Constitution and who have been admitted to membership in terms of Article 6.2. BAPTIST UNION OF SOUTHERN AFRICA: 2.1. This principle further recognises that each member should participate in the appointment of the Churchs leaders, and that a constituted church meeting, subject to the direct Lordship of Jesus Christ and the authority of Scripture, is the highest court of authority for the local church.

The Church, as and when fully constituted, shall seek and maintain membership with the Baptist Union of Southern Africa but shall be independent of any control by it save as hereinafter provided. In the absence of the Pastor, the Assistant/ Associate Pastor shall act as Chairman with the same exception as in 12.1. The Church is not to be identified with the State nor is it, in its faith or practice, to be directed or controlled by the State. 11.6.2.

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No donation will be accepted which is revocable at the instance of the donor for reasons other than a material failure to conform to the designated purposes and conditions of such donation. The Agenda shall be made available to all members prior to the meeting. Under the Lordship of Jesus, the appointment and support of the pastor are the responsibility of the Church membership. stream 4 0 obj ______________________ ____________________ SECRETARY CHAIRMAN (Each member shall accept this Constitution as indicated on the membership application or by signing a copy of the Constitution). The CHURCH as the whole company of those who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ and regenerated by the Holy Spirit. /Contents 4 0 R <>>> 7. The Church recognises Jesus Christ as its supreme Head, and undertakes to manage its affairs according to New Testament teaching, believing that as the Body of Christ it is equipped by His Spirit to act, decide and direct as set out in Article 8.1. After having also considered any suggestions from Church members the Executive shall recommend to a General Meeting such person/persons from its membership of maturity, good standing in the Faith, and in the secular world, as it considers suitable for appointment to this office. 4.1.12. 9.3. The local church, being a manifestation of the universal church, is a community of believers in a particular place where the Word of God is preached and the ordinances of Believer's Baptism and the Lord's Supper are observed. No remuneration will be paid to any employee, office bearer, member or other person which is excessive, having regard to what is generally considered reasonable in the sector and in relation to the service rendered and has not and will not economically benefit any person in a manner which is not consistent with its objects. Quorum: 11.4.1. GENERAL MEETINGS: Annual General Meeting: The Church business year shall end on 31st December and the Annual General Meeting shall be held as soon thereafter as possible, but not later than 31 March. <> That Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. NsK}mZ\.0{91,3isD!u 10. endobj 7 0 obj

$.' 9 0 obj That the one true church is the whole company of those who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ and regenerated by the Holy Spirit; that the local church on earth should take its character from this conception of the church spiritual, and therefore that the new birth and personal confession of Christ are essentials of church membership.

endobj Ordinary (or Quarterly) General Meetings shall be held in June, September and December. 15. Ordinary (or Quarterly) General Meeting: 11.2.1.

stream They shall act as required by a resolution of a General Meeting of the Church. endobj Thereafter the Church may wish to extend the Pastors ministry on an annual basis. <> A Pastoral Committee shall be elected by the Church to draw up a letter of call which contains the terms and conditions of service; to liase with the Pastor, to affirm and to address grievances and problems relating to the ministry; and to bring recommendations, when necessary, to the leadership of the Church. << /Length 14 0 R /Type /XObject /Subtype /Image /Width 750 /Height 200 /Interpolate 12.5. The Church will carry out its objects in a non-profit manner with an altruistic intent. xVKs1%y0C9 p`8@&0 ih3{W?eIpPR pIYcr_LtTd@h@5RMD! 24.

They consent to the fact that should any member violate such principles he/she may be required by the leadership of the Church either to accept their counsel and discipline or to forfeit his/her membership of the _____________ Baptist Church. The Church shall continue to exist even when its membership changes and there are different office-bearers. x^Z]5}_1ULIS Y]^ATut(GNrL8&o{gNZXUv}~i7dze6r$u6}liVomy5U5xgWV/4&/K.Zr]]$:^ <> That the Lord Jesus died for our sins, a substitutionary sacrifice, according to the Scriptures, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. This involves intercession, worship, faithful service and bearing witness to Jesus Christ, even to the ends of the earth. In the event of the Church withdrawing from the Union, all monies made available for the development of the Church and its properties by the Baptist Union shall be immediately refunded to the Baptist Union. Every member shall be entitled and expected to attend General Meetings, unless prevented by some reasonable cause, and to exercise his/her vote for the welfare of the whole church, in a spirit of prayer and love. In the event of a vacancy occurring in the office of Deacon such vacancy may be filled in the aforesaid manner at a General Meeting, but only for the unexpired period of the previous incumbent's term of office. Any proposal to sell, donate, exchange, mortgage, hypothecate, or otherwise alienate or encumber any immovable property shall have the prior approval of a Special General Meeting by a two thirds majority vote of the members present. wXRGD7urA>:/=roZtj 1\-KT(~4Hy D,Q3B*wg#EoY(K,~ nkp-M|lpx@)psobPl";'!&4&}ocd6 .> tqbqW[t8_[48hRj05_|Ht/S%8c68S 4p4K ^6MN3>+u&VP,bP>N*!xt56`J3@)D 0F76Q*A*[w.W endobj The Statement on Baptist Principles contained in Clause 4.2 is an entrenched provision and may not be revoked or amended save on a 90% majority vote of members present and entitled to vote at a duly constituted special church meeting of which at least three months' notice has been given. 3 0 obj The methods of voluntary giving shall be decided upon by the Executive. Only a properly constituted Church meeting shall have the power to dismiss a pastor. 14.7. 25. z" " % % 9* O* O- d- . 4.2. THE EXECUTIVE: 13.1. 1 0 obj 5 0 obj 11.6.3. 13.2.

CHURCH DISCIPLINE: 9.1.

/Font << endobj Application for church membership under Article 5.3 shall be made in the first instance to the Pastor or Secretary. Special General Meetings shall be convened - 11.3.1.1. The Code of Pastoral Ethics of the Baptist Union of Southern Africa shall be accepted and signed by the Pastor. 4.2.4. endobj Such report shall refer to the existence of the securities and the adequacy of the records maintained and shall express an opinion on the accuracy of the Accounts presented. 50% of the Executive shall constitute a Quorum. 8.2. Having become a member the Church shall remain in membership unless the membership shall resolve otherwise by a 90% (ninety per cent) vote of members present at a properly constituted meeting of members. 7.2. 15.7. 18.8 To comply with the requirements of the South African Revenue Service for Tax Exemption, at least 85% of the Churchs activities, measured either in cost or time spent, will be carried out for the benefit of persons in the Republic. <> endobj

It shall be understood that Clause 3.1, 8.1 and 24.6 are entrenched, and may not be revoked, amended or amplified. FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS: 19.1. <> % The person appointed by the Area Co-ordinator shall be recompensed by the church for his/her services and travel. Any member in good standing who desires to join another Baptist Church shall be given a letter of transfer upon application from the church concerned. 21. 3.2.2. << /Length 5 0 R /Filter /FlateDecode >> 6 0 obj The funds of the Church will be used solely for the objects for which it was established, or shall be invested with a financial institution as defined in section 1 of the Financial Services Board Act, 1990 (Act No. One of these people shall be nominated to serve as Chairman of the meeting or meetings 25.1.2 It shall be the obligation of the disputants and of the Church membership as a whole to afford the Church Executive and the three Association representatives when so invoked, every reasonable opportunity to assist in bringing about a God-honouring solution. x[o01T'RU ( stream 2 0 obj 13.4. stream %PDF-1.4 If a General Meeting fails to procure a Quorum it shall automatically reconvene at the same time and place seven days later, and the members then present shall constitute a Quorum. PAGE 13 PAGE PAGE 1 @ E K ADMISSION OF MEMBERS: 6.1. The Executive shall meet at least once monthly if possible. 11 0 obj 13.3. endstream Upon written request of at least 10 members (stating the purpose), and within one month of such request. f#~3WZx@V8-[Q& eR}6k[?e7{$ NCwnm>&w/3_\awP[Jwe8sS UWNl8q5 <> <> 23.5. All immovable property acquired by the Church in any manner shall be registered in the name of the Trustees of the Church. 7 0 obj Voting shall be by show of hands unless 11.6.4.1 otherwise required elsewhere in this Constitution one member requests a ballot 11.6.5.There shall be no postal or proxy voting. j D2UenjthBTV%m@S5y Y),FUL0-PyJUnX1[\5 83uj In the unhappy event of serious disputation or anxious concern As between a group or groups of members and the remaining membership, or As between the Pastor and the whole membership or a group or groups within that membership, or As between a Pastor and his Executive, or As between the Executive and the membership, or As between Pastor and Pastor which in the opinion of any one of the disputants abovementioned is impinging on the effective ministry of the Church or is seriously threatening its unity, it shall be the right and privilege of any such Pastor or of any four members of the Executive Committee or of any ten Church members to either: 25.1.1 Call for a special meeting of the Executive Committee with a view to resolving the differences. 4.2.5 The PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS, by which we understand that each Christian has direct access to God through Christ our High Priest, and shares with Him in His work of reconciliation. It is fully autonomous and remains so notwithstanding responsibilities it may accept by voluntary association. 4.2.7 The principle of SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE in that, in the providence of God, the two differ in their respective natures and functions. The dissolution of the Church may be effected by the two thirds majority vote of members present at a Special General Meeting. 6 0 obj The non-receipt of the notice as required by 11.1.5 and 11.3.2 shall not invalidate the proceedings at the meeting. The ministry is a vocation in which both pastor and congregation endeavour to follow Gods leading. 20. To provide instruction and fellowship for believers, seeking to build them up to the measure and stature of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:13) Method of Functioning: The Church shall exist as a legal entity in its own right, separate from its members. !o3mz1V9K&e\&TWds+n)tA)[KQymr2AY~$.R3"0{O&Y j,^r*QEuhh3Y"/R. In the event of the Church at any time ceasing to exist, all acquired property or rights to property at such time shall ipso facto vest in and become the property of the Baptist Union of Southern Africa which shall hold, administer or deal with it in such manner as the said Union through its Executive Committee may deem best fitted to secure the objects in Clause 3. 4.1.4. 16.2.3.3. DISSOLUTION: 23.1. Q + ~ 1 b 0 b : r ( W W 8 : CONSTITUTION OF THE _________________________ BAPTIST CHURCH 1. Notice of all General Meetings shall be given at both services on two Sundays preceding the date of the meeting and as required by (11.1.5) (11.3.2). <> /MediaBox [0 0 612 792] 12.2. endobj /Type /Page 15.4. BELIEVER'S BAPTISM as an act of obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ and a sign of personal repentance, faith and regeneration; it consists of the immersion in water into the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. RESOLUTION OF DIFFERENCES / AREAS OF CONCERN 25.1. The Pastor or Pastors, together with Deacons, and Elders, if any, shall constitute the Executive. Nomination for the office of Deacon shall be submitted in writing to the Church Secretary duly signed by the nominee, proposer and seconder not later than eight days prior to the date of the meeting when the election shall take place. 20 0 obj /Resources << The members shall appoint annually a competent person or persons who shall examine the Church securities, audit the Accounts and Financial Records of the Church and furnish a report thereon to the members in writing, not less than 14 days prior to the Annual General Meeting (see 11.1.2). A General Meeting shall be advised of any transfers.