Lakehills Free Will Baptist Church of Cedar Park, Texas
CONSTITUTION & MINISTRY BYLAWS
Article 1 -Name and Purpose
Section 1.01 – Lakehills Free Will Baptist Church of Cedar Park, Texas
This congregation of believers shall be known as the Lakehills Free Will Baptist Church of Cedar Park, Texas. Permitted aliases are , LHFWB or Lakehills Church, FWB. No other aliases or names shall be used in reference to this congregation.
Section 1.02 – Purpose
This congregation is organized as a church exclusively for charitable, religious, and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Revenue Law), including, but not limited to, for such purposes, the establishing and maintaining of religious worship, the building of churches, parsonages, schools, chapels, radio stations, television stations, rescue missions, print shops, daycare centers, and camps; the evangelizing of the unsaved by the proclaiming of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ; the educating of believers in a manner consistent with the requirements of Holy Scripture, both in Sunday and weekday schools of Christian education; and the maintaining of missionary activities in the United States and any foreign country.
Article 2 –Covenant and Statement of Faith
Section 2.01 – Covenant
Having received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and having been baptized as a believer by immersion, I commit myself to God and to other members of the Lakehills Church family to do the following:
Hebrews 10: 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Malachi 3:10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse…..
1Peter 4:10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
1Thessalonians 5:22 by “denying ungodliness and worldly lusts” “we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.” Titus 2:12
Acts 2: 46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church[a] daily those who were being saved.
Section 2.02 – Statement of Faith
Section 2.03 – Authority of Statement of Faith
The Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. We do believe, however, that the foregoing Statement of Faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible and, therefore, is binding upon all members. All literature used and teachings in the church shall be in complete agreement with the Statement of Faith.
Article 3 –Membership
Section 3.01 – Qualifications for Membership
Upon a majority vote of the members present at any church service or meeting, membership shall be extended to all who have had and whose lives evidence a genuine experience of regeneration through faith in and acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior; who renounce sin; who endeavor to live a consecrated life wholly unto the Lord; who fully agree to support the Statement of Faith contained herein; who enter into the church covenant contained herein; who agree to submit to the authority of the church and its leaders as set forth herein; who have completed the new members course; and upon compliance with any one of the following conditions:
Section 3.02 – Duties of a Member
On becoming a member of this church, in addition to the covenant contained in Section 2.03, each member further covenants to love, honor, and esteem the Pastors or pastoral representative; to pray for him; to recognize his authority in spiritual affairs of the church; to cherish a brotherly love for all members of the church; to support the church in prayer, tithes, offerings and with other financial support as the Lord enables; and in accordance with Biblical commands, to support through a lifestyle walk affirming the beliefs and practices of the church.
Section 3.03 – Privileges of Membership
Section 3.04 – Discipline of a Member
Section 3.05 – Transfer of Membership
Members not under the disciplinary process of Section 3.04 may request that letters of transfer be sent to another church.
Section 3.06 – Termination of Membership
Section 4.04 – Terms of Office
Section 4.05 – Election of Officers and Board Members
The annual election of officers by the church membership shall occur during the month of October at the annual church administration meeting.
Section 4.06 – Pastoral Oversight of Staff
Article 5 –Duties and Power of Officers
Section 5.01 – The Pastors or pastoral representative
Section 5.02 – The Deacons
Section 5.03 – The Clerk
The Clerk shall:
Section 5.04 – Treasurer & Finance Committee
Section 5.05 – The Board of Facilities
Section 5.06 – The Board of Directors
1) To purchase, hold, lease, or otherwise acquire real and personal property on behalf of the church, and to take real and personal property by will, gift, or bequest on behalf of the church;
2) To sell, convey, alienate, transfer, lease, assign, exchange, or otherwise dispose of, and to mortgage, pledge, or otherwise encumber the real and personal property of the church, to borrow money and incur indebtedness for the purpose and the use of the church; to cause to be executed, issued, and delivered for the indebtedness, in the name of the church, promissory notes, bonds, debentures, or other evidence of indebtedness; and to secure repayment by deeds of trust, mortgages, or pledges;
3) To exercise all powers necessary for the dissolution of the church corporation.
SECTION 5.07— Duties of all Officers
ARTICLE 6 –MEETINGS
SECTION 6.01—MEETINGS FOR WORSHIP
Unless otherwise determined by the Pastors or pastoral representative, the church shall meet each Sunday morning and evening for public worship and at least once during the week for Bible study and prayer. Except when circumstances forbid it, the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper shall be observed once each quarter and Foot Washing shall be observed at least once a year.
SECTION 6.02—MEETINGS FOR CHURCH ADMINISTRATION
SECTION 6.03—SPECIAL MEETINGS
SECTION 6.04—FISCAL YEAR
The fiscal year of the church shall begin January 1st and end December 31st.
ARTICLE 7 –Christian Education
The church believes that it is to provide the members’ children with an education which is based upon and consistent with Biblical teachings. The church believes that the home and church are responsible before God for providing a Christian education. To this end, the church shall engage in ministries in education in keeping with the following dictates. The Pastors or pastoral representative and Deacons must approve all teachers before they are considered for a teaching position.
SECTION 7.02—CHURCH PARTICIPATION
All educational programs or courses of instruction formulated and offered by the church shall be primarily for the benefit of the members of the church; however, the Pastors or pastoral representative may permit non-church members to participate in church educational programs or courses of instruction if he deems it in the best interest of the church.
SECTION 7.03—STAFF MEMBERSHIP
All staff instructors, staff teachers, and staff administrators shall be members of this church. This provision shall not apply to visiting missionaries, evangelists, or preachers engaged for the purpose of delivering sermons, conducting revivals, or other special meetings on a temporary basis.
SECTION 7.04—STATEMENT OF FAITH ACCORD
All educational programs or courses of instruction shall be taught and presented in full accord with the Statement of Faith of the church. The church shall not hire, appoint, or retain any employee or volunteer for its educational programs who fails to adhere to or expresses disagreement with the Statement of Faith.
All educational programs or courses of instruction shall be conducted as an integral and inseparable ministry of the church.
All educational programs or courses of instruction shall be conducted consistent with the teaching of the inerrant Word of God. Any assertion or belief which conflicts with or questions a Bible truth is a pagan deception and distortion of the truth which will be disclaimed as false. It is the responsibility of every instructor or teacher to present the inerrant Word of God as the sole infallible source of knowledge and wisdom.
SECTION 7.07—CHRISTIAN WALK
All administrators, instructors, and teachers shall continue or adopt a lifestyle consistent with the precepts which they teach, whether in or out of the classroom.
ARTICLE 8 –ORDINATION
SECTION 8.01—ORDINATION QUALIFICATIONS
Any member of this church or its mission churches, who gives evidence of a genuine call of God into the work of the ministry and possesses the qualifications stated in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9, may be ordained as a minister of the Gospel. The candidate shall pass a written examination and be approved by the Pastors or pastoral representative and Deacons before this church shall be obligated to grant him license.
SECTION 8.02—ORDINATION PROCEDURE
ARTICLE 9 –INDEMNIFICATION
SECTION 9.01—ACTIONS SUBJECT TO INDEMNIFICATION
The church may indemnify any person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action, suit, or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative, or investigative, including all appeals (other than an action by or in the right of the church) by reason of the fact that the person is or was a Pastors or pastoral representative, Deacon, officer, employee, or agent of the church, against expenses, including attorneys’ fees, judgments, fines, and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by him in connection with the action, suit, or proceeding; and if that person acted in good faith and in a manner he reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the church and, with respect to any criminal action or proceeding, had no reasonable cause to believe his conduct was unlawful. The termination of any action, suit, or proceeding by judgment, order, settlement, conviction, or on a plea of nolo contendere or its equivalent, shall not, of itself, create a presumption that the person did not act in good faith and in a manner that he reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the church and, with respect to any criminal action or proceeding, had no reasonable cause to believe that his or her conduct was unlawful.
SECTION 9.02—EXPENSES SUBJECT TO INDEMNIFICATION
To the extent that a Pastor, Deacon, officer, employee, or agent has been successful on the merits or otherwise in defense of any action, suit, or proceeding referred to in this Article, or in defense of any claim, issue, or matter in that action, suit, or proceeding, he or she may be indemnified against expenses, including attorneys’ fees, actually and reasonably incurred by him or her in connection with the action, suit, or proceeding.18
SECTION 9.03—LIMITATIONS OF INDEMNIFICATION
Any indemnification made under this Article, may be made by the church only as authorized in the specific case on a determination that indemnification of a Pastor, Deacon, officer, employee, or agent is proper in the circumstances because he has met the applicable standard of conduct set forth in Section 9.01. The determination shall be made (a) by a majority vote of a quorum consisting of the Pastors or pastoral representative and Deacons who were not and are not parties to or threatened with the action, suit, or proceeding; (b) if the described quorum is not obtainable or if a majority vote of a quorum of disinterested Deacons so directs, by independent legal counsel in a written opinion; or (c) by a majority vote of the members of the church.
SECTION 9.04—TIMING OF INDEMNIFICATION
Expenses of each person seeking indemnification under this Article, may be paid by the church as they are incurred, in advance of the final disposition of the action, suit, or proceeding, as authorized by the Deacons in the specific case, on receipt of an undertaking by or on behalf of the Pastor, Deacon, officer, employee, or agent to repay the amount if it is ultimately determined that he or she is not qualified to be indemnified by the church.
SECTION 9.05—EXTENT OF INDEMNIFICATION
The indemnification provided by this Article shall be deemed to be discretionary unless otherwise required as a matter of law or under any agreement or provided by insurance purchased by the church, both as to action of each person seeking indemnification under this Article in his official capacity and as to action in another capacity while holding that office, and may continue as to a person who has ceased to be Pastor, Deacon, officer, employee, or agent and may inure to the benefit of the heirs, executors, and administrators of that person.
The church may purchase and maintain insurance on behalf of any person who is or was a Pastor, Deacon, officer, employee, or agent of the church against any liability asserted against him and incurred by him in that capacity, or arising out of his status in that capacity, whether or not the church would have the power to indemnify him against liability under the provisions of this Article.
ARTICLE 10 –COMMITTEES
SECTION 10.01—STANDING COMMITTEES
The Board of Directors and or the Deacons shall appoint standing committees and during creation of such boards may designate a chairperson for each standing committee and terms following the prescribed bylaws on nominating committee members as specifically provided in these bylaws.
SECTION 10.02—SPECIAL COMMITTEES
The Deacons and or Board of Directors, in its discretion, may create special committees to provide the board with advice and information regarding matters submitted to the committee by the board for consideration. The committee shall have no authority to act on behalf of the corporation. The members of the committee shall be chosen by a majority vote of originating board and shall serve solely at the pleasure of the originating board. The special committee shall be subject to the control and direction of the originating board at all times.
ARTICLE 11 –DESIGNATED CONTRIBUTIONS
From time to time the church, in the exercise of its religious, educational, and charitable purposes, may establish various funds to accomplish specific goals. Contributors may suggest uses for their contributions, but all suggestions shall be deemed advisory rather than mandatory in nature. All contributions made to specific funds or otherwise designated shall remain subject to the exclusive control and discretion of the Pastors or pastoral representative and Board of Directors. No fiduciary obligation shall be created by any designated contribution made to the church other than to use the contribution for the general furtherance of any of the purposes stated in Section 1.02.
ARTICLE 12 –BINDING ARBITRATION
SECTION 12.01—SUBMISSION TO ARBITRATION
Believing that lawsuits between believers are prohibited by Scripture, all members of this church agree to submit to binding arbitration any matters which cannot otherwise be resolved, and expressly waive any and all rights in law and equity to bringing any civil disagreement before a court of law, except that judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof.
SECTION 12.02—NOTICE OF ARBITRATION
In the event of any dispute, claim, question, or disagreement arising out of or relating to these bylaws or any other church matter, the parties shall use their best efforts to settle such disputes, claims, questions, or disagreement as befits Christians. To this effect, they shall consult and negotiate with each other in good faith and, recognizing their mutual interests not to disgrace the name of Christ, seek to reach a just and equitable solution. If they do not reach such solution within a period of sixty (60) days, then upon notice by either party to the other, disputes, claims, questions, or differences shall be finally settled by arbitration as described in Section 12.01, above, and such Procedures for Arbitration as are adopted pursuant to Section 12.04, below.
SECTION 12.03—LIMITATIONS ON ARBITRATION DECISIONS
SECTION 12.04—ARBITRATION PROCEDURES
The Procedures for Arbitration shall be as adopted by the Pastors or pastoral representative, Board of Directors and the Deacons.
ARTICLE 13 –DISSOLUTION
Should a condition arise at any time in the future when, for any reason, the church work cannot continue, making it necessary for the church to disband, the ownership of the church property, buildings, equipment, and funds shall be transferred to Texas Home Missions..
ARTICLE 14 –AMENDMENTS
These bylaws may be revised or amended by a majority vote of the members present and voting at any regular church administration meeting, provided that said revision or amendment has been submitted in writing to the Board of Directors and announced from the pulpit fourteen (14) days before the vote is taken.
These bylaws were adopted by a unanimous vote of the members present and voting at a duly called meeting of the church in which a quorum was present.
These bylaws supersede any other bylaws of the church.
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