Creston Community Church
Constitution and By-Laws
NAME: This organization shall be known as the Creston Community Church.
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this organization, in harmony with its doctrinal statement, shall be to study and teach the Holy Scriptures; by the blessings of God to lead people to believe in Jesus Christ; and to promote their growth in the Christian Life.
OFFICERS: The Officers shall be a President, a Secretary and a Treasurer.
AMENDMENTS: This constitution may be amended, except the clause specifying the objectives of the organization, at any regular session by a two-thirds vote of the adult Congregation who are in agreement with our doctrinal statement.
DISSOLUTION: A 2/3rd majority of the Congregation must vote to dissolve the corporation. All assets, after all obligations and liabilities of this corporation have been paid, satisfied, discharged or adequate provision made, shall be distributed to qualified Christian 501(c) 3 organizations.
MEMBERSHIP: For purposes of membership, if you believe that Creston Community Church is your church and you agree with the “Creston Community Church – Statement of Faith and Doctrinal Beliefs” and “Creston Community Church – Philosophy” then you are a member of the church. For the purposes of voting, a member must be 18 years or older and have regularly attended the church during the prior year.
PASTOR: The Pastor must meet the Scriptural qualifications of an Elder as stated in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9, be in active attendance, and be in agreement with the Doctrinal Statement and Church Philosophy. He, along with the Elders, shall direct the general affairs of the Congregation and preserve good order.
When there is a Pastoral vacancy, a Pastoral Search Committee will be formed. When the Search Committee settles on a Pastoral candidate, the Congregation will vote on the candidate and then issue a Call. The Pastor will serve as President of the Congregation by virtue of his Calling by the Congregation until he no longer fulfills the position of Pastor.
The Pastor may be dismissed if deemed unfit to serve by the Trustees. The Trustees must present their findings to the Congregation. A vote for retention must be ratified by 2/3rds of the Congregation.
In the case of a Pastoral vacancy, an Elder will be appointed by the Trustees to act as interim President until a Pastor is selected and answers the call.
ELDERS: The Elders must meet the Scriptural qualifications of an Elder as stated in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9, be in active attendance, and be in agreement with the Doctrinal Statement and Church Philosophy. Along with the Pastor, the Elders shall direct the general affairs of the Congregation and preserve good order.
The Elders Board will be made up of the Pastor and at least 2 Elders who serve with and counsel the Pastor to oversee the spiritual life & health of the Congregation. They will also serve on the Trustees Board.
The Elders are chosen by the Pastor and other Elder(s) and serve at the discretion of the Pastor.
The new Elders are to be ratified by the Congregation at the Annual Meeting. In the event of a vacancy of the office during the year, a Nominee will fulfill the responsibilities of the office until ratified at the next Annual Meeting.
TRUSTEES: The Trustees must meet the Scriptural qualifications of a Deacon as stated in 1 Timothy 3:8-13, Romans 16:1-2 and 1 Peter 4:10, be in active attendance, and be in agreement with the Doctrinal Statement and Church Philosophy. The Trustees shall include the Pastor, the Elders, Secretary, Treasurer and at least two At-Large Members of the Congregation who are called from within the Congregation by the members of the Trustees Board. They serve to oversee and manage the financial health of the Congregation, and the physical assets of the church and the use thereof. The Trustees have the responsibility to disburse Benevolence funds. The Trustees will at all times keep the Congregation informed of who the currently serving Trustees and Elders are and of any changes of Elders and Trustees.
New Trustees are chosen by the Trustees Board and are ratified by the Congregation at the next Annual Meeting.
OTHER OFFICERS: There will be a Secretary and Treasurer. A single person may hold these two positions. These Officers must meet the Scriptural qualifications of a Deacon (Trustee) as stated in 1 Timothy 3:8-13, Romans 16:1-2 and 1 Peter 4:10, be in active attendance, and be in agreement with the Doctrinal Statement and Church Philosophy. They will be ratified by the Congregation at the Annual Meeting by a 2/3rd majority of those present.
The Secretary shall keep minutes of the Annual Meeting and of the Trustees meetings. Minutes of the Annual Meeting and of the Trustees meetings shall be timely posted in the Church sanctuary.
The Treasurer shall receive the contributions, pay the bills of the church and keep a record of all financial matters, including the annual preparation of the donor reports. The Treasurer, or another member of the Trustees, will present the budget at the Annual Meeting.
In the event of a vacancy of the office during the year, the Trustees nominate the Secretary and/or Treasurer for the vacancy. The Nominee will fulfill the responsibilities of the office until ratified by the Congregation at the next Annual Meeting.
TERM OF OFFICES:
The offices of Elder, Secretary and Treasurer shall have no term limits. They will be ratified to serve by the Congregation at the first Annual Meeting following their appointment to their office as described above and will not need to be re-elected annually.
Members should bring their concerns about any leaders of the church to the Elders. Issues will be dealt with based on Scriptural guidelines.
CHURCH BUSINESS MEETINGS
ANNUAL MEETING: An Annual Meeting will be held the third Sunday of February, or as close thereto as possible. Public notice of this meeting will be given 3 Sundays prior to the meeting. All officers shall continue in office until their duly elected successors are able to enter upon the duties of their respective offices. The annual budget will be presented and approved by a 2/3rds majority of those present. Any additional business items for consideration at the Annual Meeting regarding Leadership or Finances must be submitted to the Trustees one month prior to the Annual Meeting.
SPECIAL MEETINGS: A Special Meeting of the Congregation may be called by the Trustees for any purpose deemed necessary and will be announced at least three Sundays prior to the meeting. A special meeting must be called to incur debt. It must be voted on and approved by a 2/3rd majority of those present.
“Proxy” votes are not allowed for any Church business meeting.
This Constitution and these By Laws supercede and replace any and all previously ratified Constitutions and By Laws of Creston Community Church.
This Constitution and these By Laws were ratified by the Congregation of Creston Community Church at a Special Meeting called on November 16, 2014.
Elissa K. Williams Date: November 16, 2014
Secretary, Creston Community Church