By-Laws of New Life Fellowship of Randolph, Inc.
Table of Contents
Statement of Faith
Dissolution & Nonassessability
Article I: Statement of Faith
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God; supernaturally inspired, preserved by God and inerrant in the original manuscripts. The bible is the divine authoritative standard for every age and every life.
We believe that the Godhead exists eternally in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – and that these three are one God. And also that God is the absolute and sole designer and creator of the universe and that creation was by divine decree, not through evolutionary process.
We believe that God the Father is the head of the Godhead. The Father is the spirit, an eternal being with no end or beginning, who has chosen to reveal himself to His creation through His Son and the Holy Scriptures.
We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead, and possesses all the divine attributes. The Holy Spirit opens the unbelieving heart, thereby enabling the unbeliever to repent, believe and receive the gospel. He indwells all believers, baptizes and seals them at the moment of their salvation, and fills them in response to confession of sin and yieldedness to Him.
We believe that God, by His sovereign choice and out of love for man, sent his Son, Jesus Christ into the world to save sinners.
We believe that Jesus Christ in the flesh was and is both God and man. He was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life. His life revealed who he was through His mighty works, wonders and signs exactly as revealed in the four gospels. He was crucified, died as a penalty for our sins and was raised from the dead bodily on the third day. He ascended to the Fathers right hand where He is the head of the church and intercedes for believers. He is coming again personally, bodily and visibly to this earth to set up His kingdom.
We believe that the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ made a perfect atonement for sin, redeeming us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.
We believe that such salvation with its forgiveness of sins, its impartation of a new nature, and its hope of eternal life is entirely apart from man’s effort, good works, baptism, and church membership and is of pure grace.
We believe that a true believer is eternally secure. He cannot lose his salvation, but sin may interrupt the joy of his fellowship with God and bring the loving discipline of his Heavenly Father.
We believe that all who receive Christ become joint-heirs with Christ, and at death, their spirits immediately depart to be with Christ. At Christ’s second coming their bodies will be raised to the likeness of His glorified body and dwell forever in His presence.
We believe that it is the goal of every Christian to grow in spiritual maturity through delightful obedience to the Word of God by the enabling indwelling Spirit.
Article II: Organization
The name of the corporation is New Life Fellowship of Randolph, Inc.
Affiliation – None at this time
Article III Mission Statement
We desire to exalt and glorify God. As a result, we seek to live and teach the freedom of the cross under the reign of grace, which strives to celebrate and declare that Jesus Christ is enough in this life and in the life to come. As a family of believers, we seek to be messengers of His word and this reigning grace by loving without condition, serving without reward, and forgiving without limit.
We believe that embracing this grace brings new life.
Article IV: Membership
Section 1: Qualification and Reception to Membership. The membership of this corporation shall be open to any believing and confessing Christian, who acknowledges and accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and who is willing to subscribe to the policies of this corporation, and who is willing to live in peace and harmony within this fellowship.
Section 2: Membership Roles. A list of members shall be maintained by the Elders. This list may be reviewed and updated at any time by the Elders.
Article V: Government
Section 1: The Headship of Christ. The government of the church shall be founded upon the Lordship and direction of Jesus Christ. Everyone in leadership shall continually seek His mind and will, through His Spirit and the Word of God in all actions and decisions.
Section 2: The Congregation. The body of believers that make up the membership of this church shall always be considered to be the final voice in carrying out the commands of the Lord Jesus Christ. The church shall have the power to designate boards and committees to expedite the business and purposes of the church.
Section 3: Officers. The officers, also known as the Board of Directors of this church, shall consist of: a president / church chairman who is serving as an elder, and vice presidents (heretofore also known as elders). The church chairman, with the support of the elders, shall have supervision and control of the business affairs and spiritual direction of the corporation. He shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors, and shall have other duties as may be prescribed from time to time by the needs of the organization. The pastoral staff shall manage the areas of ministry that they have been assigned by the Board of Directors.
Section 4: Treasurer. The treasurer, under the direction and control of the Officers, shall be a member of the Trustees, having charge and custody of and be responsible for all the funds of the church, shall perform all duties incidental to the office of treasurer and shall have such other duties as may be delegated or assigned by the Officers.
Section 5: Secretary. The secretary shall perform such duties as are elsewhere prescribed by these By-Laws, keep the minutes of the meetings of the Officers; see that all notices are duly given; be the custodian of all church records; keep the register of the post office address of each of the Officers and sign with the presiding Officers such instruments as are required to be attested by the secretary of the church; and shall perform such other duties as may be delegated or assigned by the Officers.
Section 6: Board of Directors. The Board of Directors (heretofore also known as elders) shall be congregationally elected. The elders shall oversee the personal shepherding of each church member. The elders shall oversee the ministry of the church. The quantity of elders shall not exceed 10 percent of the regular attending members. Their term of office may or may not be predetermined. The elders shall not receive any salaries or compensation for their services. The pastor shall be one of the other elders, but as pastor shall be compensated as provide in Section 8.
Section 7: Trustees. The trustees shall be congregationally elected. They shall oversee the financial ministry of the church. The quantity of trustees shall not exceed 10 percent of the regular attending members. Their term of office may or may not be predetermined. The trustees shall not receive any salaries or compensation for their services.
Section 8: Pastor(s). Applications from and interviews with potential pastoral candidates shall be reviewed by the Elders and Trustees for scriptural, personal and philosophical agreement with our church doctrine and philosophy of ministry. Once approved by a 2/3 majority of the Elders, candidates may be brought in to meet with and preach / teach to the rest of the fellowship. Pastors shall be received into fellowship by a 2/3 majority vote of the members at a special congregational meeting called for that purpose. The church shall provide adequate salary, housing allowance, and health insurance. The trustees shall work on and determine this with approval of the elders and the congregation.
Section 8: Dismissal of Staff. Pastor(s) may only be dismissed for reason of behavior not keeping with the spiritual qualifications of his position or come under church discipline as outlined in Article V. or if Pastor(s) are found to be in irreconcilable disagreement with the established: Statement of Faith, Mission Statement or philosophy of ministry of this church. Dismissal of the Pastor(s) shall also require a 2/3 majority vote of all the elders, then brought to the fellowship where it would require a 51% majority vote of the members at a special business meeting called for that purpose.
Section 9: Appointment of Officers.
A. Elders and trustees shall be those who seek this position if they feel so called by God and that call is encouraged by the fellowship and other elders. They shall be interviewed and confirmed by a 2/3 majority vote of the elders and then brought to the fellowship for confirmation of a 2/3 majority of the membership.
B. In the event the pastor(s) resign or are removed from position, an interim or temporary pastor may be appointed by a 2/3 majority vote of the elders and 2/3 majority vote of the membership at a special business meeting called for that purpose.
C. Additional paid staff shall require the decision of 2/3 majority vote of the elders and 2/3 majority vote of the membership at a special business meeting called for that purpose.
Article IV Dissolution & Nonassessability
Section 1: Disposition of Assets. Upon the dissolution of the Church, the Officers shall, after the payment of all the liabilities of the Church, dispose of all of the assets, including all real and personal property, of the Church by transferring the same to any corporation operated exclusively for religious purposes as an exempt corporation under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended, of the United States of America.
Section 2: Prohibitions. No part of the net earnings of the Church shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to: it’s members, officers, directors, or any person except that the Church shall be authorized and empowered to make reasonable compensation for services rendered.
Section 3: Nonassessability. The private property of the officers, directors, deacons or any member of the Church shall be nonassessable and shall not be subject to the payment of any corporate debts, nor shall any of the aforementioned members of the Church become individually or corporately liable or responsible for any debts or liabilities of the Church.
Article V Church Discipline
Discipline is indispensable within a local church. Matthew 18: 15-35,
I Thessalonians 5: 14, and II Thessalonians 3: 6-15 are only a few of the many scriptures which stress the fundamental importance of church discipline. The Officers will be responsible for administering discipline within this church. Every reasonable effort will be made by the Officers to bring about the repentance and reconciliation of a party failing to live up to the commitment made; however, if repentance and reconciliation are not possible, the Officers may expel the offending party from the church. If the offending party is a pastor, the Officers may expel such a pastor from membership. Discipline and expulsion for the church member may be administered in cases where the scriptures or the doctrine or order of this church have been willfully disobeyed. Discipline, expulsion, in the case of a pastor, may be administered where the scriptures or the doctrine or order of this church have been willfully disobeyed or where the pastor has failed to live up to the commitments made at ordination.
Article VI. Meetings
Section 1. Business meetings shall be as needed with two required meetings to be held in November (The Annual Meeting) and in July (The Semiannual Meeting). The Annual meeting shall be for the purpose of approving next year’s budget, electing officers, and hearing reports from all organizations and committees within the church.
Section 2. All business meetings are open to members as reported by the elders. Only members may vote. Non-members may attend as visitors only. Written notice of business meetings, including the agenda must be announced in the church’s bulletin for 2 weeks prior to the date of the meeting.
Section 3. Special business meetings may be called by 2/3 elders and are open to members as reported by the elders. Only members may vote. Non-members may attend as visitors only. Written notice of special business meetings, including the agenda must be announced in the church’s bulletin for 2 weeks prior to the date of the meeting.
Section 4. Meetings are conducted in the following manner:
· Call to order
· Prayer and/or Scripture reading
· Reading of the minutes of the last meeting(s)
· Unfinished business
· New business
· Other discussion
· Adjournment and closing prayer
Robert’s Rules of Order shall be followed as a “guideline only” but shall not be the governing factor at these meetings. The Chairman shall lead the meeting, following the elder determined agenda and the order as described in Section 4 above. There shall always be time allotted for the membership and visitors to present their ideas, concerns input.
Section 5. Quorum: A quorum shall consist of 20% of the members of this congregation.
Section 6. The elders shall develop the agenda for all business meetings.
Section 7. Absentee Ballots: These ballots shall be accepted and apply for the confirmation and election of officers, pastors, paid staff or other decisions agreed upon by the membership. They shall apply to the first vote only.
Article VII. Miscellaneous.
Section 1. The fiscal year of the corporation shall end on December 31.
Article VIII. Amendment
These Bylaws may be amended by a vote of two-thirds of the members of the corporation present and voting at a meeting called for such purpose. Written notice of the meeting, including the text of the proposed bylaw amendment, must be announced in the church’s bulletin for 2 weeks prior to the date of the meeting.