Constitution

CONSTITUTION OF CROSS ROADS BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH

ARTICLE I

Name
The name of this church is Crossroads Baptist Bible Church.

Article II

THE OBJECT OF THE CHURCH
To glorify God in:
1. The promotion of Christian fellowship and the edification of the believer through the preaching and the teaching of the Word of God.
2. The salvation of the lost through the preaching and the teaching of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
3. The world-wide proclamation of God’s grace as expressed in the shed blood and finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary.
4. Standing true to God’s Holy Word, the Bible, until His return.
5. The engaging in religious, charitable and/or educational purposes and not engaging in nonexempt purposes.

Article III
ARTICLES OF FAITH
1. We believe in the equality and distinct personality of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost, in the oneness of the Godhead. (Matthew 28:19 ; 2 Corinthians 13:14 ; Romans 15:16,30)
2. We believe in the deity, sovereignty, virgin birth and the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. We also believe that the next event to be fulfilled in scripture is the bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ. (John 1:1, 14 ; John 10 ; Colossians 1:15-19 ; Genesis 1:1, 26 ; John 1:1 ; Isaiah 7:14 ; Matthew 1:18, 23 ; John 14:3 ; Acts 1:11)
3. We believe that the Bible is the divine, inspired, complete word of God, complete in 66 books, and that it is our only authority in matters of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3 : 16,17 ; 2 Peter 1: 20, 21 ;Revelation 22: 18; Mathew 24 : 35: Luke 24 :27)
4. We believe that man was created in the image of God and man fell from his state of righteousness in the fall of Adam as a universal head of the human race. As a result of the fall, all men are sinners by nature and are under the just condemnation of God. (Romans 5:12 ; Genesis 3 : 1-20 ; Genesis 6 : 5-8)
5. We believe in the necessity of the new birth through the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus Christ by His sacrifice making the new birth a free gift of God.(Ephesians 1:7 ; Ephesians 2: 8 ; Romans 3 : 23-25; Romans 5 : 8-9; 1 Peter 1 : 18-19)
6. We believe in the special and complete redemption of the family of God, through the blood of Christ by the virtue of His vicarious suffering and sacrificial death on the cross. (Colossians 1:14 ; 1 Peter 1 : 18-19; Ephesians 1:7)
7. We believe that sanctification by the direct agency of the Holy Ghost is both instantaneous and progressive. ( 1 Cor. 1 : 3 ; 1 Cor. 12 : 13 ; 1 Cor. 13 : 4-13 ; Gal. 5 : 22-23 ; Eph. 6 : 10-18 )
8. We believe in the justification of the ungodly by grace through the imputed righteousness of our Lord Jesus Christ which is unto all them that believe. ( Rom. 3 : 24-26 : Rom. 5 : 1,9 : Acts 13 : 38-39: 2 Cor. 5:21)
9. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead and the judgment of all mankind, the wicked driven away in their punishment, but the righteous received into eternal life.( John 5 :28-29 ; Acts 17 : 31 ; Acts 24 :15 ; 1 Cor. 15 : 20-23 ; Heb 8 : 27-28 )
10. We believe in the absolute necessity of a Holy life in conformity to the life of Christ as the result of faith, and the evidence of the new birth. ( Rom. 8 : 4-17 ; 1 Cor. 15 : 58 ; James 1 : 21-22 )
11. We believe that the great commission of our Lord Jesus Christ given to His disciples makes it necessary on the part of each believer to see that the Gospel goes forth to the entire world and to every creature until the Lord Jesus Christ returns for His Saints. Each believer is to Go, Give, and Pray! ( Matt. 28 : 19-20 ; 2 Cor. 9 :7 ; Phil. 4 : 16-17 ; 2 Thes. 3 : 1-5 )
12. We believe in the observance of the only ordinances of the Lord Jesus Christ namely :
Baptism and the Lords Supper.
– Christian baptism is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, and consists of the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. ( Matt 3 :13-17 ; Matt 28 : 19 ; Acts 8 : 38)
The Lords Supper is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus Christ and is to be observed by all born again believers upon examination of their own life in the sight of God. ( Matt. 26 : 26-30 ; Mark 14 : 22-26 ; Acts 20 : 7 ; 1 Cor. 11 : 23-24 )
13. We believe that this Church is fully independent of any associations, council, or any other church, but depends for its acts on the Holy Ghost and the Word of God alone. The order of its government is congregational, wherein all its members have an equal voice and authority. (Eph. 1:22; Eph 5 : 19-21 ; 1 Tim. 3 : 15 ; 1 Pet. 2 :9 )
14. We believe in the observance of the first day of the week; that it should be observed by abstaining from secular employment and occupied in the public and private worship of God and in works of necessity and mercy. ( Matt. 28 : 1-9 ; Acts 20 : 7 ; 1 Cor. 16 : 2 )

ARTICLE IV

CHURCH COVENANT

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour and on the profession of our faith having been baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, we do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into a covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
We promise by the aid of the Holy Spirit to forsake the path of sin and to walk in the ways of holiness all the days of our lives. With this in view we engage to strive together for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to contribute cheerfully and regularly, to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the Church, and the relief of the poor and the spread of the gospel throughout all nations.
We also engage to maintain regular daily devotions, to educate our children in the Word of God; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the Word; to be just in our dealings; faithful in our engagements; and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating liquors as a beverage, and to be zealous in all our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour.
We further engage to walk together in Christian love and watchfulness giving and receiving admonition with meekness and affection; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy of speech; to be slow to take offence, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Saviour, to secure it without delay.
We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Holy Word.

ARTICLE V
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP

The membership of this church shall consist of baptized believers on the Lord Jesus Christ as their Personal Saviour.

Section 1 – ADMISSION OF MEMBERS

Each candidate must be recommended by the Pastor and Deacons, or Deacons in the absence of the Pastor accepted by the majority vote of the members at any regular meeting of the church after one of the following conditions has been met:

a. Public confession of faith in Christ and a public demonstration of same by baptism.
b. Public confession of faith and a letter from another church.
c. By restoration – If having been excluded from membership in this church, upon confession of error and giving satisfactory evidence of repentance.
d. Each candidate must receive a copy of the constitution of this church, and having reviewed it; accept it, with complete understanding to their responsibility in it.

Section 2 – DISMISSAL OF MEMBERS

a. No member shall be dismissed from the church without an effort being made by the Pastor and/or Deacons to first restore that member to fellowship and, after a reasonable effort, then only by a majority vote of the voting members at that meeting.
b. A letter of transfer or dismissal shall be granted any member who has another church request it. The type of letter will be determined by the majority vote of the voting members of that meeting.
c. Members who persist in conducting unbecoming to a child of God, and in all cases involving gross immorality will be removed from the membership
d. Members who show no interest in the work of the church for a period of one year, and after an effort has been made to revive that interest by the Pastor and the Deacons will be removed from the membership of the church.
e. Members will be removed from the membership of the church by written request of such members.
f. Persons uniting with another church without letter of dismissal will be dropped from the church roll.
g. Church members with health issues or excusable work related scheduling conflicts are excluded from membership voting penalties related to attendance.
h. Inactive church members are considered inactive after no attendance for five years and no edifying support by such member during this period of time. These members are not reachable and their contact information is unknown for this period of time.

ARTICLE VI

CHURCH OFFICERS

All officers of Crossroads Baptist Bible Church shall be Godly members whose lives are free from worldly habits and with lives of good report, both within the church and within the community. All elected officers shall subscribe to the articles of Faith, Church Covenant, and this Constitution, and be faithful in attending all church services.

1. PASTOR (ELDER OR BISHOP)(FUTURE: IN REGARD TO FULL TIME BENEFITS SUCH AS SALARY AND VACATION)

a. His calling should be for an indefinite period of time.
b. His scripture qualifications are I Timothy 3.
c. He shall be recommended by the pulpit committee and called by a two-thirds vote of the members present at an appointed meeting.
d. His duties are:

• He is to feed and lead the sheep.

• He must accept the constitution of this church in its entirety.

• He must give himself consistently to the ministry of the Word of God and to Prayer.

• He must assist the members of the congregation who are aged, sick, disabled, and such who are in need of spiritual help.

• He is also to assist outside the church congregation to aid church growth.

• He shall be moderator of church business meetings and an ex-officio member of all committees.( A nonvoting status)

• He is to instruct all candidates for baptism and church membership concerning their obligation to the Lord and the Church.

e. He may be dismissed at anytime by a two-thirds vote of the voting members at a meeting announced two weeks (prior two Sundays) before which the membership shall know that his dismissal is to be considered. He shall be given sixty (60) days notice of his dismissal.
f. The Pastor, upon the Leading of the Lord, may resign his duties upon thirty days (30) notice to the congregation.
g. Vacation: He shall be entitled to a 21 day paid vacation, including no more than two Sundays. An additional paid four weeks, not more than two (2) consecutive weeks, for evangelistic or bible conference work shall be allowed him with pulpit supply paid from Church treasury.
h. Salary: The budget committee shall review the Pastor’s salary at the end of each year and make appropriate recommendations to the Church no later than two weeks prior to the regular business meeting which is the first Sunday in December.

2. DEACONS

a. His Scripture qualifications are 1st Timothy 3.
b. Candidates for the Office of Deacon shall be recommended by a committee composed of the Pastor and Deacons who are not up for election. After questioning, then they shall be elected by voting members of the church. They must receive a two-thirds vote by the voting members at that meeting.
c. Deacons shall be elected for a three year term. Upon the initial adoption of this constitution, however, one Deacon shall be elected for one year, one Deacon for two years, and one Deacon for three years. If more than three are elected their terms shall be for proportionate times.
d. No Deacon shall succeed himself more than once. After having served two terms he shall be out of office at least one year before he shall be eligible for re-election to the Deacon board.
e. If possible, there shall be three Deacons for the first one hundred members and one additional Deacon for each complete twenty five members added with a maximum of seven Deacons. This may be amended as necessary.
f. It shall be the duty of the Deacons to engage actively in all the spiritual work of the church; seek out members who need special help and encouragement; visit the sick and aged, advise with and aid the Pastor in all matters relating to the spiritual work of the church.
g. In the absence of the Pastor, the members present at that meeting shall elect a moderator, who shall be one of the Deacons.
h. A Deaconess shall not hold the three term office and shall abide by like measures of this constitution. The Deaconess may hold the one year or the two year term of office.

3. BOARD OF TRUSTEES

a. They shall consist of three and not more than seven members elected for a period of three years. They shall receive a two-thirds vote by the voting members at that meeting.
b. The Trustees shall hold in trust the property of Crossroads Baptist Bible Church as prescribed by law. They will have no power unless it should be granted by the voting members at that meeting for a designated purpose.

c. It shall be the duty of the Trustees to supervise the care of all buildings and property of any kind whatsoever belonging to the church. They shall maintain repairs and insurance on such property and where appropriate, make recommendation to the church for the replacement, sale, remodeling, etc., of such property. They may hire a janitor at a salary specified by the Budget committee.
d. Unless directed otherwise by majority vote of the church, the Trustees shall not make an expenditure of over $500.00 during any church year. This amount does not include the normal expenditures for maintenance and repair of the church property.
e. The trustee cannot sell, mortgage, or encumber in any way the real estate, furniture, or vehicles owned by the church without a two-thirds vote of the voting members.

4. CHURCH CLERK

a. This person shall be elected for, but not limited to one year.
b. This person shall keep the minutes of the business meetings and an accurate record of all business carried on by the church. This person shall carry on all official correspondence for the church.
c. This person shall keep the roll of the church up to date and shall post a copy of the roll in the church at the beginning of the fiscal year.
d. In the absence of the Clerk, the Moderator of the meeting shall appoint an acting Clerk to record the minutes of the meeting.

5. TREASURER

a. This person shall be elected for, but not limited to, a period of one year. He shall keep an accurate record of all finances of the church, being responsible to establish a checking account and deposit same funds therein from which he shall pay all church bills.
b. This person shall make a report to the members present at each business meeting.
c. This person shall see that the books are audited every year, if the church so desires.
d. This person shall submit an itemized annual report to be given to the budget committee by no later than November 1 so the budget can be reviewed and given to the members before the December business meeting.
e. The Treasure shall be bonded at the churches expense.
f. The Treasurer shall also be responsible for maintaining a proper accounting of the moneys given through the various envelope system and shall furnish individuals an account of their envelope giving, if they so desire.

6. ASISTANT TREASURE

a. The Assistant Treasurer shall abide by the above conditions and may act for the Treasurer in the absence of the Treasurer.

7. SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT (FUTURE)

a. The Superintendent shall be elected every year for a period of one year. He shall be responsible for the complete supervision of the Sunday school and the purchasing of the Sunday school supplies and equipment.
b. Teachers shall be recommended by the Pastor, Deacons, and Superintendent to the voting members of that meeting for approval. They are to be faithful to their classes, teach well-prepared lessons, visit the sick and delinquent members of their class, and be faithful in attending all church services. A teacher who does not do these necessary things will be replaced at the recommendation of the Pastor, Deacons, and Superintendent.
c. The Assistant Superintendent shall be elected for a period of one year and shall assist the Superintendent as needed in the running of the Sunday school.

8. DIRECTOR OF MUSIC

a. The Director of Music shall be appointed by the Pastor and Deacons subject to the approval of the church.
b. He shall be in charge of choirs and leading of congregational singing.
c. He shall have the authority to designate someone to fulfill the leading of the congregational singing and the choir’s with the approval of the Pastor and Deacons.
d. In the absence of the Director of Music, the Pastor shall assume his responsibility.
e. The church musicians shall be elected by the church for a period of one year. The musicians must notify the Director of Music or the Pastor in case of absence so that a substitute may be secured.

9. OFFICES AND POSITIONS

a. All offices and positions of this church, whether elected or appointed, must be filled by the members of this church. Guest speakers or musicians may be invited to minister to the church at the discretion of the Pastor.

10. COMMITTEES

a. Budget committee will be headed by the Deacons and included the Treasurer and the Assistant Treasurer, and they can make recommendations for added members to said committee as needed.
b. Pulpit committee will be headed by the Deacons and can make recommendations for added members to said committee as needed.
c. Such other committees as are necessary may be appointed by the Pastor or Deacons.

11. NOMINATION COMMITTEE
a. The Nomination Committee shall consist of one Deacon and three members of the church, elected at any regular or special meeting of the local assembly.
b. Nominations made by the nomination committee must be posted no later than two weeks prior to the annual church business meeting. (Nominations for office will not preclude nominations being made from the floor at the annual business meeting, other than Deacons).

ARTICLE VII

MEETINGS

1. REGULAR MEETINGS
a. The church shall have two services of Worship every Lord’s Day, plus Sunday school. There shall be a mid-week Prayer service.

2. BUISNESS

a. There shall be a regular business meeting every two months. Every December there shall be the election of officers at the regular business meeting. All elected officers will begin their responsibilities as of January 1st on the following year, unless to fill an office vacancy before the December business meeting.
b. Paper ballots shall be used when voting for all positions, and any other necessary business involving personalities, as well as any expenditure twenty five hundred dollars and over, this is not to include the normal expenditures for maintenance and repair of church property, as stated in this constitution under section: “Board of Trustees” letter “d”. Ballots are to be counted by two members who are appointed for that purpose at the December business meeting and recorded by the Clerk. Special business meetings can be called at such time as may be deemed necessary by the Pastor and or Board of Deacons. Announcement of special meetings should be made two Sundays prior to the meeting.
c. Only those whose names appear on the church roll and who are 16 years of age and older and who are in good standing with God and the church (actions in accordance with Romans 15:1-9, 1 Cor. 5:11-12, Eph. 4:1-6) and have not missed more than ¼ of the church services a year, unless due to medical issues or work related responsibilities, will have a vote or a voice in the regular business meetings of the local assembly. Members voting on legal matters such as the purchase, sale, or mortgaging of church property must be in good standing and 18 years of age or older.
d. QUORUM: The members present who are in good standing shall constitute a quorum in any scheduled business meeting of the church, its boards or committees.

3) COMMUNION

a) A believer’s communion service will be held the first Sunday of the month.
b) The Pastor and or Deacons may change the communion service to a later date in the month, if conflicting with a revival or other special services.

ARTICLE VIII

AUXILIARY ORGANIZATIONS

1. Auxiliary organizations of the church shall have the right to adopt such rules and regulations as they may deem best and most favorable to their success, provided that none shall conflict with this constitution, the church covenant, or the articles of faith, or interfere with the regular or special meetings of the church.
2. All auxiliary organizations shall be accountable to the church, and shall submit monthly reports of their work to the Pastor and or Deacons.
3. When any auxiliary organization disbands, all money and property held by them shall become the property of the church.
4. All executive officers of the auxiliary organization must be members of the church and must answer in the affirmative the same question asked of all officers:
“Having read the covenant, constitution, articles of faith, and any by-laws of Crossroads Baptist Bible Church of Mount Jackson, can you endorse them and conscientiously endeavor to abide by them?”
5. Speakers at auxiliary meetings must either be members of this church or have the prior approval of the Pastor and the Deacons.

ARTICLE IX

LOCAL CHURCH SOVEREIGNITY

1. This church shall be free from any control or dictation by any foreign body or other religious organization or corporation.
2. This church shall administer is own affairs, handle and distribute its own finances, and at no time be subject to any foreign body, or other religious organizations or corporations to its business properties.
3. This church shall not fellowship with any group or organization which has been known to attempt interference with the internal affairs of local church bodies.

ARTICLE X
DISSOLUTION

1. If the Crossroads Baptist Bible Church should bring its work to a conclusion and dissolve, “no part of the net earnings of the church shall ever inure to the benefit of any donor, director, officer; nor shall any private individual be entitled to share in the distribution of church assets. Upon dissolution, any assets of the church must be distributed to one or more organization of like faith and practice recognized by the internal revenue service as one organized exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes.”

ARTICLE XI
AMENDMENTS

1. Amendments to the By-laws and Constitution may be adopted by a two-thirds vote of the voting members at any regular or special meeting called for the purpose, provided in either case, that such amendment shall be distributed in written form to the membership at least two weeks prior two such meeting.
2. All previous actions of this church, which is contrary to this Constitution, shall be rescinded upon the adoption of this Constitution.
3. “Future” in this Constitution is defined as an office position or benefit of an office position that is not required until the need for that position or benefit has been established.