STONY PLAIN BAPTIST CHURCH
STONY PLAIN, ALBERTA
(Revised Edition, February 7, 2010)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ARTICLE I IDENTITY
ARTICLE II STATEMENT OF BELIEFS
ARTICLE III AMENDMENTS
BY-LAW I MEMBERSHIP
1.1 Profession of Faith
1.2 Membership Requirements
1.3 Water Baptism
1.4 Transfer of Membership
1.5 Membership Acceptance Procedure
1.6 Membership Termination
1.7 Inactive Members
1.8 Discipline Procedure
BY-LAW II CONGREGATIONAL MEETINGS
2.1 Annual Meetings
2.5 Rules of Order
BY-LAW III GOVERNMENT
3.1 Final Authority
3.2 Officers of the Church
3.3 The Church Council
3.4 The Deacon Committee
3.5 Secretary Treasurer
3.6 Procedure for selecting Officers
BY-LAW IV SALARIED CHURCH PERSONNEL
4.1 Ministers (Pastors, Directors, Full or Part-time)
4.2 Auxiliary Staff
BY-LAW V FISCAL MATTERS
5.3 Year End
5.4 Appointment of Auditors & Reports
5.5 Inspection of Books
BY-LAW VI BORROWING POWERS & SIGNING OFFICERS
6.1 Borrowing Powers
6.3 Officers of the Church
BY-LAW VII VACANCIES OF OFFICE
BY-LAW VIII ADDITIONAL BY-LAWS
BY-LAW IX AMENDMENTS
BY-LAW X CHURCH POLICY & PROCEDURES MANUAL
ARTICLE I – IDENTITY
1.1 NAME: The name of the church shall be:
Stony Plain Baptist Church,
Box 3139, Stony Plain, Alberta.
1.2 AFFILIATION: The Church is affiliated with the ALBERTA BAPTIST ASSOCIATION of the
NORTH AMERICAN BAPTIST CONFERENCE with headquarters
l South 2l0 Summit Avenue,
Post Office Box l59,
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, 60l8l
Phone (708) 495-2000
Fax (708) 495-330l
1.3 VISION: “Our VISION is to see RELATIONSHIPS renewed and strengthened on two plains: First, to see people renew and strengthen their relationship with God and Second, to see people renew and strengthen their relationships with each other. We accomplish this vision by making disciples of Jesus Christ through worship, evangelism and edification.”
1.4 PURPOSE: This Church exists for the purpose of providing believers with a place and opportunities where they can WORSHIP the God of the Bible, GROW in knowledge and understanding of the Bible, be NURTURED in thought and behaviour toward Christian maturity, to SERVE with their giftedness, and WITNESS of their faith to the community.
a. To promote and preserve the truth as revealed in the Bible.
b. To provide a place and opportunities for people to worship the God of the Bible.
c. To equip church members to live christianly within contemporary culture.
d. To encourage responsible and active church membership.
e. To encourage believers to express their giftedness both in the church and their community.
f. To increase local church membership.
g. To actively support church planting.
h. To seek the well being of Stony Plain through Word and Deed and by Witnessing to the town of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
i. To support the North American Baptist Conference.
ARTICLE II – STATEMENT OF BELIEFS
This church endorses and accepts the Statement of Beliefs of the North American Baptist Conference, adopted at the l982 Niagara Falls Triennial Conference, as its own Statement of Beliefs.
Baptists, since their beginnings, repeatedly have composed confessions which expressed the doctrinal consensus among related churches. In principle, however, Baptists always have insisted that no statement of faith can be considered creedally binding even upon concurring congregations. The purpose of their doctrinal summaries was to explain to other Christians and to the larger society what Baptists believed and practised. Within and among Baptist churches, statements of faith also provided a standard for instruction, counsel and fellowship.
We, as the North American Baptist Conference, presently feel the need to state more fully our Baptist understanding of the Christian faith. The purpose that guided us in writing and the use that we intend for this declaration are:
l. To further the sense of identity and the spirit of unity within our North American Baptist Conference by declaring our common doctrinal understandings;
2. To provide a basis for doctrinal instruction within our Conference;
3. To provide a basis for doctrinal discussions in the hiring of Conference personnel;
4. To serve as a reference point when opinions differ;
5. To provide a basis for doctrinal discussion in admitting new churches and new pastors into our various associations;
6. To provide a doctrinal guide for new churches;
7. To give a doctrinal witness beyond our Conference.
In continuity with our immediate forefathers and the larger fellowship of Baptists throughout history, we seek to practice and propagate by God’s grace the following convictions:
1. We believe, the Bible is God’s Word given by divine inspiration, the record of God’s revelation of Himself to humanity (II Tim.3:l6). It is trustworthy, sufficient, without error – the supreme authority and guide for all doctrine and conduct (I Pet. l:23-25; John l7:l7; II Tim. 3:l6-l7.) It is the truth by which God brings people into a saving relationship with Himself and leads them to Christian maturity (John 20:3l, I John 5:9-l2; Matt.4:4; l Pet.2:2).
2. We believe in the one living and true god, perfect in wisdom, sovereignty, holiness, justice, mercy and love (I Tim.l:l7; Psalm 86:l5; Deut. 32:3-4). He exists eternally in three coequal persons who act together in creation, providence and redemption (Gen.l:26; I Pet. l2; Heb. l:l-3).
a) The Father reigns with providential care over all life and history in the created universe; He hears and answers prayer (I Chron. 29:ll-l3; Matt. 7:ll). He initiated salvation by sending His Son, and He is Father to those who by faith accept His Son as Lord and Saviour (I John 4:9-10; John 3:16; John l:12; Acts l6:31).
b) The Son became man, Jesus Christ, who was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary (John 1:14; Matt.1:18). Being fully God and man, He revealed God through His sinless life, miracles and teaching (John 14:9 Heb. 4:15; Matt. 4:13-24). He provided salvation through His atoning death in our place and by His bodily resurrection (I Cor. 15:3-4; II Cor. 4:21; Rom. 4:23-25). He ascended into heaven where He rules over all creation (Phil. 2:5:11). He intercedes for all believers and dwells in them as their ever present Lord (Rom. 8:34; John 14:23).
c) The Holy Spirit inspired men to write the Scriptures (II Pet. 1:21). Through this Word, He convicts individuals of their sinfulness and of the righteousness of Christ, draws them to the Saviour, and bears witness to their new birth (James 1:18; John 16:7-11; I Thess.1: 5-6; Rom. 8:16). At regeneration and conversion the believer is baptized in Holy Spirit (I Cor.12:13). The Spirit indwells, seals and gives spiritual gifts to all believers for ministry in the church and society (Rom.8: 9-11; Eph. l:13-14; Rom. 12: 5-8; I Pet. 4:10). He empowers, guides, teaches, fills, sanctifies and produces the fruit of Christlikeness in all who yield to Him (Acts 4:31; Rom 8:14; I Cor. 2: 10-13; Eph. 5: 18; II Thess. 2:13; Gal. 5:16; 22-23).
3. We believe God created an order of spiritual beings called angels to serve Him and do His will (Psalm 148:1-5; Col. l: 16). The holy angels are obedient spirits ministering to the heirs of salvation and glorifying God (Heb. l:6-7; 13-14). Certain angels, called demons, Satan being their chief, through deliberate choice revolted and fell from their exalted position (Rev. 12:7-9). They now tempt individuals to rebel against God (I Tim. 4:1; I Pet. 5:8). Their destiny in hell has been sealed by Christ’s victory over sin and death (Heb. 2:14; Rev. 20:10).
4. We believe God created man in His own image to have fellowship with Himself and to be steward over His creation (Gen. l:26-28). As a result, each person is unique, possesses dignity and is worthy of respect (Psalm l39:13-17). Through the temptation of Satan, Adam chose to disobey God; this brought sin and death to the human race and suffering to all creation (Gen. 3; Rom. 5:12-21; 8:22). Therefore, everyone is born with a sinful nature and needs to be reconciled to God (Rom 3:9-18,23). Satan tempts people to rebel against God, even those who love Him (Eph. 4:27; II Cor. 2:11; Matt. 16:23). Nonetheless, everyone is personally responsible to God for thoughts, actions and beliefs and has the right to approach Him directly through Jesus Christ, the only mediator (Rom. 14:12; I Tim. 2:5).
5. We believe salvation is redemption by Christ of the whole person from sin and death (II Tim. l:9-l0; I Thess. 5:23). It is offered as a free gift by God to all and must be received personally through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ (I Tim. 2:4; Eph. 2:8-9; Acts 20:21). An individual is united to Christ by the regeneration of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 2:20; Col. 127). As a child of God, the believer is acquitted of all guilt and brought into a new relationship of peace (Rom 5:1). Christians grow as the Holy Spirit enables them to understand and obey the Work of God (II Pet. 3:l8; Eph. 4:15; I Thess. 3:12).
6. We believe the Church is the body of which Christ is the head and all who believe in Him are members (Eph. l:22-23; Rom. 12:4-5). Christians are commanded to be baptized upon profession of faith and to unite with a local church for mutual encouragement and growth in discipleship through worship, nurture, service and proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world (Acts 2:41-42; 47; Luke 24:45-48). Each church is a self governing body under the lordship of Christ with all members sharing responsibility (Acts 13:l-3; 14:26-28). The form of government is understood to be congregational (Matt. 18:17; Acts 6:3-6; 15:22-23).
The ordinances of the church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:18-20). It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s identification with the death, burial and resurrection of the Saviour Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:3-5). The Lord’s Supper is the partaking of the bread and of the cup by believers together as a continuing memorial of the broken body and shed blood of Christ. It is an act of thankful dedication to Him and serves to unite His people until He returns (I Cor. ll: 23-26).
To express unity in Christ, local churches form associations and a conference for mutual counsel, fellowship and a more effective fulfilment of Christ’s commission (Acts l5; I Cor. 6:1-3).
7. We believe religious liberty, rooted in Scripture, is the inalienable right of all individuals to freedom of conscience with ultimate accountability to God (Gen. l:27; John 8:32; II Cor. 3:17; Ro. 8:21; Acts 5:29). Church and state exist by the will of God. Each has distinctive concerns and responsibilities, free from control by the other (Matt. 22:21). Christians should pray for civil leaders, and obey and support government in matters not contrary to Scripture (I Tim. 2:1-4; Rom. l3:l-7; I Pet. 2:13-16). The state should guarantee religious liberty to all persons and groups regardless of their religious preferences, consistent with the common good.
8. We believe Christians individually and collectively, are salt and light in society (Matt. 5:l3-16). In a Christlike spirit, they oppose greed, selfishness and vice; they promote truth, justice and peach; they aid the needy and preserve the dignity of all races and conditions (Heb. 13:5; Luke 9:23; Titus 2:12; Phil. 4:8-9; I John 3:16-17; James 2:l-4).
9. We believe God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring all things to their appropriate end and establish the new heaven and the new earth (Eph. l:9-10; Rev. 21:1). The certain hope of the Christian is that Jesus Christ will return to the earth suddenly, personally and visibly in glory according to His promise (Titus 2:13; Rev. l:7; 3:11; John 14:1-3). The dead will b raised, and Christ will judge mankind in righteousness (John 5:28-29). The unrighteous will be consigned to the everlasting punishment prepared for the devil and his angels (Matt. 25:41; 46; Rev. 20:l0). The righteous, in their resurrected and glorified bodies, will receive their reward and dwell forever with the Lord (Phil. 3:20-21; II Cor. 5:l0; I Thess. 4: l3-18).
ARTICLE III – AMENDMENTS
The Constitution may be amended at any regular or special business meeting. The proposed changes must be publicly posted and announced from the pulpit for three consecutive Sundays, prior to the meeting, at which time the amendment will be acted upon. It must be passed by a two-thirds majority of those present.
BY-LAW I – MEMBERSHIP
1.1 PROFESSION OF FAITH: Any person desiring to become a member wof the Stony Plain Baptist Church must give a credible profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
1.2 MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENT:
a. Constitution and Statement of Beliefs:
Any person desiring to become a member of the Stony Plain Baptist Church must be in agreement with the Constitution and Statement of Beliefs of the church.
b. Covenant of Membership:
Any person desiring to become a member of the Stony Plain Baptist Church must be willing to accept and receive the Covenant of Membership and give expression of the Covenant in a public ceremony as set by the Church Council.
“Trusting in the Grace of God through our Lord Jesus Christ, I covenant together with all the members of the Body of Christ in the Stony Plain Baptist Church and with God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Holding to the Constitution and Statement of Beliefs of the Stony Plain Baptist Church here set forth, I solemnly covenant to so order my life in accordance with the Word of God that I may live first and foremost for God. I consecrate myself, and in so far as it is within my power, my household and property to God. By means of the covenant I make public my profession of faith that Jesus Christ has died for my sins and has risen from death for my justification. Understanding that the Body of Christ is also expressed in other churches in Jesus Christ I covenant to exercise christian fellowship, to work together with them by prayer, for the redemption of the world through our Lord Jesus Christ and for the praise of His Glory.”
c. Responsibilities of Membership:
Any person desiring to be a member of the Stony Plain Baptist Church must commit themselves to the following responsibilities and faithfully discharge them.
i. To support faithfully my brothers and sisters in Christ by regular studying the Bible, praying and worshipping God together.
ii. To give generously of my time, talents and treasure, according to the principles set forth in the Bible.
iii. To take part in the decision of the church at its meetings.
iv. To exercise concern for the spiritual and physical needs of my neighbours, especially those of the church.
l.3. WATER BAPTISM: Any person desiring to become a member of Stony Plain Baptist Church must be water baptized in the Christian tradition.
a. The normative practice of the Stony Plain Baptist Church is believer’s baptism by immersion.
b. However, Stony Plain Baptist Church recognizes the diversity within the historic catholic Christian church regarding water baptism and thus welcomes into membership those who have been water baptized by another mode or in another tradition within the historic catholic Christian Church.
l.4 TRANSFER OF MEMBERSHIP:
a. Transfer Out: Those wishing to transfer their membership to another church of like faith shall make request of the church council and shall be given a letter or certificate of transfer.
b. Transfer In: Those wishing to transfer their membership from another church to the Stony Plain Baptist Church must comply with the following:
i. Must provide a letter or certificate of transfer.
ii. Must accept the Constitution and Statement of Beliefs of the Stony Plain Baptist Church..
iii. Must attend an interview with the Church Council.
iv. Upon recommendation of the Church Council for membership, must participate in a membership ceremony as set out by the Council.
1.5 MEMBERSHIP ACCEPTANCE PROCEDURE:
a. Any person desiring to become a member of the Stony Plain Baptist Church must comply with one of the following procedures:
i. Any member of the church may make recommendation to the Church Council by written letter concerning certain individuals who are potential candidates for membership.
ii. The individual seeking membership with the Stony Plain Baptist Church may do so by one of the following:
ii (1)Request an interview with the Pastor or Church Council to
inform the church of his or her intentions.
iii (2)Write a letter to the Church Council requesting membership.
b. Potential members must appear before the Church Council for an interview.
c. Upon recommendation for membership by the Church Council, the potential member’s name will be announced in the church bulletin two Sundays prior to the membership ceremony and the potential member will be notified of his or her conditional acceptance into membership.
d. The condition to be fulfilled is the participation in a Membership Ceremony.
e. The Membership Ceremony is designed to accomplish three objectives:
i. To allow potential members opportunity to publicly state their intentions of becoming a responsible and active member of the Stony Plain Baptist Church.
ii. To provide an opportunity for the members of the Stony Plain Baptist Church to confirm and receive into membership the potential members.
iii. To be a reminder and re-establishment of members commitment to
f. New members will be given a certificate of membership and their names will be placed on the church membership the church.list.
l.6 MEMBERSHIP TERMINATION: Membership may be terminated as follows:
a. Voluntary withdrawal from membership.
b. By request of letter or certificate of transfer.
c. Due to a six month absence from active participation in the church.
d. Due to doctrine or conduct which in the opinion of the Stony Plain Baptist Church is inconsistent with the Bible and historic Christianity.
e. By death.
l.7 INACTIVE MEMBERS:
a. The membership roll will be reviewed every six months by the Church Council. Members who have given no evidence of participation for a six month period shall be placed on an Inactive Members list. Such individuals will be contacted and advised that the action has been taken.
b. Inactive members may be returned to the membership roll should they return to fellowship and participate in the work of the church. They shall be returned to active membership when next reviewed by the church council.
c. Inactive members are not eligible to vote at any church meetings.
l.8 RECONCILIATION PROCEDURE:
a. If anyone has a grievance with a member in the church, that person is to meet with the individual and seek a resolution to the issue together.
b. If the offending member will not listen to the one with the grievance, then the one with the grievance must take another along to act as an objective mediator to help settle the grievance.
c. If the matter cannot be settled after such action and the individual with the grievance wishes to pursue the matter, then a formal written grievance must be made to the Church Council requesting intervention in the matter.
d. The Church Council, upon receiving the written grievance, will then arrange to speak with all parties involved and work towards reconciliation.
e. If the matter cannot be settled after this intervention, then the issue will be presented to the church members at a meeting called for this purpose and the church will work together with the parties involved towards reconciliation.
f. If the matter cannot be settled after this procedure, then both parties involved must refrain from participating in the Lord’s Supper until the issue is resolved.
g. If the matter has not been settled in a three month period, and after the congregational meeting, the parties will be requested to meet with the church, and the congregation will make recommendations how the issue is to be resolved.
h. If the recommendations of the church are not received or followed, then a suspension of membership shall be enforced upon the unwilling party and that person’s voting rights shall be withdrawn. Membership and voting privileges will only be reinstated when repentance and reconciliation occurs.
i. The suspension of membership will take place upon recommendation of the church, after the above steps are followed and the offending party is unrepentant.
j. A letter of suspension will be sent to the unrepentant individual requesting them to continue to seek for reconciliation.
k. If the individual, after this point reconciles and requests membership to be reinstated, then the Church Council shall consider the request.
BY-LAW II – CONGREGATIONAL MEETINGS:
2.1 ANNUAL MEETINGS: Annual Business Meeting of the church shall be held as soon after the first of January as is conveniently possible, at which meeting the following shall take place:
a. Written or oral reports shall be given from the Coordinators of the various ministries of the church. These include, Pastor, Treasurer, Men’s Fellowship, Women’s Fellowship and Christian Education. These reports shall be based on the fiscal year.
b. The confirmation and installation of members to the Elders and Deacons, and to their respective place of responsibility.
c. Unscheduled business meetings may be called by the Pastor, Church Council or two thirds of the active membership.
2.2 NOTICE: Notice of all regularly scheduled business meetings of the church shall be posted and announced from the pulpit for two consecutive Sundays prior to the meeting.
2.3 QUORUM: a. Forty percent of the active members shall constitute a quorum at
any church business meeting.
b. The active membership shall be determined by the active membership
list as prepared by the Church Council twice a year.
c. The number of active members in the membership at any given time,
shall be defined by the most recently updated record of active
members, plus any new members who have been added since the last
membership list review.
2.4 RULES OF ORDER: The Spirit of Christ shall be observed in all the discussions and sessions of the church. The procedures not covered in this Constitution or By-Laws shall be guided by ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER.
BY-LAW III – GOVERNMENT:
3.1 FINAL AUTHORITY: The membership, in duly convened congregational meetings, shall be the final authority to the church. All Officers and committee Coordinators shall report their activities to the congregation, as it shall request, for the purpose of information and ratification.
3.2 OFFICERS OF THE CHURCH: The Officers of the church may be male or female who meet the qualifications of leadership as laid out in the Scriptures.
a. THE PASTORAL STAFF: Shall consist of those individuals who are qualified to minister in this capacity and may be selected from within or outside of the membership.
b. ELDERS: The Elders shall manage the affairs and shepherd the church and shall be selected from within the membership.
c. DEACONS: The Deacons shall carry out the various practical ministries of the church and shall be selected from within the membership.
d. TREASURER/FINANCIAL SECRETARY: The Treasurer/Financial Secretary shall regulate the financial affairs of the church, excluding 1) Benevolence 2) C.E. 3) Youth Ministries. He/she shall report to council and shall be selected from the church membership.
3.3 THE CHURCH COUNCIL:
a. COUNCIL: Shall consist of Pastor/s, and Elders.
b. COUNCIL RESPONSIBILITIES:
i. Develop, promote and administer all aspects of spiritual growth for the church.
ii. Assist in Baptismal Services and the serving of the Lord’s Supper.
iii. Interview and examine candidates for baptism and church membership and make recommendations to the church.
iv. Consider membership transfers, dismissals, or suspension of members as the need may arise, developing appropriate recommendations for action to the church, or take direct action where needed.
v. Review the church membership roll at least twice a year to establish an active and inactive members list, and if there is found any member not in good standing, take appropriate action.
vi. Establish and maintain regular visitation with members and visitors to the church.
vii. Make an annual review of the salaries for paid officers and staff
members and take appropriate action.
viii. Conduct an annual performance evaluation of the Senior Pastor.
ix. Be responsible for activating a pastoral search committee when
x. Appoint any person or committee necessary to carry out the spiritual needs of the church.
c. QUALIFICATIONS: Members of the Church Council shall be Church Members who are of unquestionable Christian character, conduct, devoted to the spiritual welfare and unity of the church, who demonstrates leadership gifts, and whose lives confirm to the Scriptures, (Acts 6:3; I Tim. 3:l-7; Titus 1:5-9).
d. TERMS OF OFFICE:
i. The Pastor shall be a continuing member of the Church Council until there is a resignation from ministry or retirement from ministry, or is placed on probation.
ii. Elders, after election, shall step down after two years and be nominated to serve for a further term of two years.
3.4 THE DEACONS COMMITTEE:
a. Committee Members shall consist of a minimum of four members.
i. To keep accurate records of church attendance and visitor attendance.
ii. Care for the receiving of the offering during Sunday Worship and Christian Education.
iii. Assist in Baptismal Services and serving of the Lord’s Supper.
iv. Look after such matters as from time to time determined by the Council.
c. Qualifications: Members of the Deacons Committee shall be church members of unquestionable christian character, conduct, devoted to the spiritual welfare and unity of the church, who demonstrate leadership gifts and whose lives are in conformity with the Bible (Acts 6:3; I Tim. 3:8-13; Titus 1:5-9).
d. Term of Office: After election shall serve for a maximum term of five years. Fifty percent of the Deacons shall step down each year and may be renominated and reinstated for a further term of two years. After five years of consecutive service on the Committee, Deacons must step down for one year.
3.5 TREASURER/FINANCIAL SECRETARY
a. Qualifications: Shall be a Church member of unquestionable Christian character, conduct, devoted to the spiritual welfare and unity of the church, who demonstrate gifts required for the task and whose life is in conformity with the Bible.
b. Ministries: At the discretion of the council, this dual ministry may be performed by one person or as two distinct ministries, by two persons.
The Treasurer shall:
i. Keep accurate records of all monies received and disbursed.
ii. Provide council with an up to date report at its regular meeting.
iii. Present to the membership a statement of receipts and disbursements at its annual meetings and from time to time as the council may request.
The Financial Secretary shall:
i. Maintain accurate records and issue receipts for all donations.
ii. Prepare an annual Budget based on recommendations from council.
d. Term of Office: The Treasurer/Financial Secretary shall be elected for a term of one year and may be re-elected indefinitely.
3.6 PROCEDURE FOR SELECTING OFFICERS
ELDERS and DEACONS
a. Any active member of the church may nominate individuals for leadership.
b. Nominations must be made in writing to the Church Council by November 30.
c. Candidates for leadership must appear before the Church Council by November 30.
d. Upon the council’s recommendation of acceptance the candidate must appear before the church members at the Annual Business Meeting for election and confirmation.
e. If the number of recommendations for leadership is greater than the positions available, then the church members must place the matter to a vote. Majority vote shall determine the outcome.
f. If a candidate is rejected by the church members, the candidate must wait one year before being recommended again for leadership.
BY-LAW IV – SALARIED CHURCH PERSONNEL
4.1 MINISTERS (Pastors, Directors, Full or Part-time.)
a. The Senior Paster shall be an ordained minister of the Baptist faith and practice, or one who is eligible for ordination in the Baptist denomination. This individual must be a believer in, preacher and teacher of the doctrines in the Bible whose qualifications conform to (I Tim. 3:1-7).
b. Other called persons shall be ministers of the gospel, believers in and preachers or teachers of the Christian faith as embodied in the Bible and in agreement with the Statement of Faith of this church.
c. Decisions for the call of a Minister shall be by recommendation of the Church Council and shall require a three quarter majority vote of a properly convened general meeting.
d. The Minister shall be called for an unspecified period of time.
e. The salary and benefits shall be specified in the call and shall be reviewed annually by the Church Council.
f. The Minister shall have an annual vacation, as specified in the written call. Changes may be made by mutual agreement of the Minister and the Church Council.
g. The duties of the Minister shall be stated in the written call. Duties may be changed by mutual consent of the Ministers and the Church Council. Duties shall be documented and on file in the Church office.
h. The Senior Paster, as spiritual leader of the church and undershepherd of the Lord Jesus Christ, shall have administrative charge of all other paid personnel and be an ex-officio (voting) member of all Committees of which he is not a standing member.
i. The Senior Paster is to represent the church at all denominational functions and in the capacity of delegate. His expenses and those of his wife, should she accompany him, shall be paid by the church. Other ministers or Elders may also be appointed in this capacity as the church so directs.
j. The Minister’s relationship may be severed either by mutual consent or after three months notice on the part of the church of the Minister. In the case of the Minister failing in his or her duties or moral failure the Church Council shall determine appropriate action to be taken.
4.2 AUXILIARY STAFF PERSONNEL:
a. The Church Council may hire or appoint auxiliary staff.
b. Positions shall include Church Secretary, hired or appointed, custodians, hired or appointed, and other such support staff as are deemed necessary.
c. The duties, qualifications, job descriptions and proposed wages and benefits shall be established by the Church Council.
d. A paid church employee shall not be eligible to vote on matters relating to his/her salary and benefits.
e. Auxiliary staff employment may be terminated by notice given in advance by either the staff member or Church Council, in accordance with regulations laid down by the Board of Industrial Relations of the Province of Alberta.
BY-LAW V – FISCAL MATTERS
5.1 PROFIT: The purpose of this church shall be carried out without profit or gain for its members and any profit or other accretions to it shall be used for promoting its purpose and objectives.
5.2 DISSOLUTION: In the event of dissolution of the organization all the remaining assets, after payment of liabilities, shall be distributed to the Alberta Baptist Association of North American Baptist Conference.
5.3 YEAR-END: The fiscal year of the church shall be January l to December 3l.
5.4 APPOINTMENT OF AUDITORS AND REPORTS: The books, accounts and records of the church shall be reviewed at least once each year by a duly qualified accountant or by two members of the church, appointed by the Church Council for that purpose, prior to the Annual Meeting. A complete and proper statement of the books for the previous year shall be submitted at the Annual Meeting.
5.5 INSPECTION OF BOOKS: The books and records of the church may be inspected by any member of the church at any appropriate time.
BY-LAW VI – BORROWING POWERS AND SIGNING OFFICERS
6.1 BORROWING POWERS: The borrowing power of the church shall be vested in the congregation. The Church Council shall advise the membership to keep borrowing to a minimum and shall borrow for as short a term as possible.
6.2 AUTHORITY: The church shall have authority to:
a. Borrow money on the credit of the church in such amounts and upon such terms as they may think proper for the purpose of carrying out the objectives of the church. However, funds shall be raised internally first, and then through the North American Baptists Conference, before borrowing from a Financial Institution.
b. Hypothecate, pledge or mortgage the real and personal property of the church for capital expenditures.
c. Issue bonds, debentures or debenture stock to raise funds for capital projects.
6.3 OFFICERS OF THE CHURCH: The following officers shall be signing authorities of the church: Elder, Deacon or Church Secretary Treasurer. A combination of any two or these may be possible as assigned by the Church Council.
BY-LAW VII – VACANCIES OF OFFICE:
Vacancies of any office may be filled immediately for an unexpired term by election at any regular or called church Business Meeting. The Church Council shall secure a slate of such officers as necessary, prior to the election.
BY-LAW VIII – ADDITIONAL BY-LAWS:
Laws shall be enacted from time to time as deemed desirable by the church body.
BY-LAW IX – AMENDMENTS:
The By-Laws may be amended at any regular or special Business Meeting. The proposed changes must be publicly posted and announced from the pulpit for three consecutive Sundays prior to the meeting, at which time the amendment will be acted upon. It must be passed by a two-thirds majority of those present.
BY-LAW X – CHURCH POLICY & PROCEDURES MANUAL:
All positions, job description, duties and procedures shall be more specifically detailed in the Church Policy and Procedure Manual.