To worship God corporately, with all we are, in spirit and in truth.
To build each other up - in faith, fellowship, and discipleship.
To reach the unchurched for Christ - by personal example, testimony and invitation.
Statement Of Faith
Holy Bible: The Holy Bible and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority for determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, the Bible is inspired, infallible and inerrant (see Prov. 30:5; Rom. 16:25,26; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20,21).
Trinity: There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son,(Jesus) and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and co-eternal (see Gen. 1:26; Isa. 9:6; Matt. 3:16,17; 28:19; Luke 1:35; Heb. 3:7-11; 1 John 5:7).
Jesus Christ: Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100 percent God and 100 percent man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for humankind and, thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory (see Isa. 9:6; John 1:1,14; 20:28; Phil. 2:5,6; 1 Tim. 2:5; 3:16).
Virgin Birth: Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity) in the Virgin Mary's womb; therefore, He is the Son of God (see Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:18,23-25; Luke 1:27-35).
Satan: A created spiritual being supernatural but not divine. The enemy of God and the accuser of Saints intent upon the ruin of men. His final defeat and destination in Hell are assured in scripture. (Zec. 3:1; Jn. 13:12; Rev. 20:10)
Sin: A condition of humanity, which separates unholy humankind from the holy God. All people suffer from this condition because of inherent sin by Adam and conditional sins by choices of action and attitude. The sinful condition relegates mankind to separation from God and eternal damnation. Only God can forgive sin. This forgiveness is appropriated through Jesus Christ the Savior and Lord (Gen. 3:6; Rom. 3:23; Rom. 5:12; Pr. 16:5; Gal 1:4).
Redemption: Humanity was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression, it fell. Humanity's only hope for redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (see Gen. 1:26-31; 3:1-7; Rom. 5:12-21).
Regeneration: For anyone to know God, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential (see John 6:44,65).
Salvation: We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ: His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human effort (see Rom. 10:9, 10; Acts 16:3 1; Gal. 2:16; 3:8; Eph. 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Heb. 9:22).
Repentance: Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance, we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation (see Acts 2:21; 3:19; 1 John 1:9).
Sanctification: Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God's Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ's character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (see Rom. 8:29; 12:1,2; 2 Cor. 3:18; 6:14-18; 1 Thess. 4:3; 5:23; 2 Thess. 2:1-3; Heb. 2: 11).
Jesus' Blood: The blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100 percent sufficient to cleanse humankind from all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both our sinfulness and our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death (see John 1:29; Rom. 3:10-12,23; 5:9; Col. 1:20; 1 John 1:7; Rev. 1:5; 5:9).
Jesus Christ Indwells All Believers: Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them by His Holy Spirit. They relinquish the authority of their lives over to Him, thus making Jesus the Lord of their lives as well as Savior. They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when He died, was buried and rose again from the dead (see John 1: 12; 14:17,23; 15:4; Rom. 8: 11; Rev. 3:20).
Baptism in the Holy Spirit: Given at Pentecost, the baptism in the Holy Spirit is the promise of the Father. It was sent by Jesus after His Ascension to empower the Church to preach the gospel throughout the whole earth (see Joel 2:28,29; Matt. 3: 11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5; 2:1-4,17,38,39; 8:14-17; 10:38,44-47; 11:15-17; 19:1-6).
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the Church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection and confirm the power of the gospel. The lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of biblical parameters (see Rom. 1: 11; 12:4-8; 1 Cor. 12:1-3 1; 14-.1-40; Eph, 4:16; 1 Tim. 4:14; 2 Tim. 1:5-16; Heb. 2:4; 1 Pet. 4:10).
Healing of the Sick: Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign that is to fellow believers. It is also a part of Jesus' work on the cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit (see Ps. 103:2,3; Isa. 53:5; Matt. 8:16,17; Mark 16:17,18; Acts 8:6,7; Rom. 11:29; 1 Cor. 12:9,28; Jas. 5:14-16).
The Church: The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus' Great Commission. Every person born of the Spirit is an integral part of the Church as a member of the Body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (see John 17:11,20-23; Eph. 1:22; 2:19-22; Heb. 12:23)
Water Baptism: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (see Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38).
The Lord's Supper: A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. (See Matt. 26:26-29; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12,36-38; 10:47,48; 1 Cor. 10:16; 11:23-26).
God's Will for Provision: It is the Father's will for believers to become whole, healthy and successful in all areas of life. But because of the fall, many may not receive the full benefits of God's will while on earth. That fact, though, should never prevent all believers from seeking the full benefits of Christ's provision in order to serve others.
· Spiritual (see John 3:3-11; Rom. 10: 9, 10; 2Cor. 5:17-2 1).
· Mental and emotional (see Isa. Tim. 1: 7; 2: 11) 12:2; Ph. 4:7,8; 2
· Physical (see Isa. 53:4,5; Matt. 8:17; 1 Pet 2:24).
· Financial (see Deut. 28:1-14; Josh. 1:8; Ps. 34:10; 84:11; Mal. 3:10,11; Luke 6:38; 2 Cor. 9:6-10; Phil. 4:19).
Resurrection: Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. As a result, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; they that are saved to the resurrection of life, and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation (see Luke 24:16,36,39; John 2:19-21; 20:26- 28; 21:4; Acts 24:15; 1 Cor. 15:42,44; Phil. 1:21-23; 3:21).
Heaven: Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ (see Matt. 5:3,12,20; 6:20; 19:2 1; 25:34; John 17:24; 2 Cor. 5: 1; Heb. 11: 16; 1 Pet. 1:4)
Hell: After living one life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to hell where they will be eternally tormented with the devil and the fallen angels (see Matt. 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Heb. 9:27; Rev. 14:9-11; 20:12-15; 21:8).
Second Coming: Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures (see Matt. 24:30; 26:63,64; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thess. 4:15-17; 2 Thess. 1:7,8; Rev. 1:7)
The principal office of Stateline Community Fellowship Church hereinafter referred to as the Corporation, shall be located at the address set forth in the Articles of Incorporation. The Corporation may have such other offices, either within or without the State of Incorporation, as the board of trustees may determine.
Members shall be all people who have made the determination to make Stateline Community Fellowship Church their church home as indicated by:
asking for a White nametag
showing consistent attendance
showing consistent financial support
willingly acknowledging Christ as their personal savior.
Membership shall be automatically renewed annually provided the member:
has attended 80% of primary church services
is actively involved in church ministries
shows consistent financial support
Members being dropped from the roll will be reviewed by the pastoral staff. If hardships exist which have disqualified the member for which said member is not responsible consideration will be made for the continuance of membership. Discontinued members may renew membership by six consecutive weeks of church attendance and a renewed commitment to consistent financial support.
Members' voting rights are described in Article Nine, Paragraph 5, relating to nominations for the board of elders and Article Five, relating to the selection of a new senior pastor. Members shall have no other voting rights.
Article III...Statement of Faith
(See Statement of Faith)
Stateline Community Fellowship Church is governed by the congregation, the trustees of the Corporation, the office of the senior pastor and the overseers. The congregation determines the spiritual tone, strength, and direction of the church by wisely selecting the senior pastor. The trustees are to serve the church by setting policy in the management of the church corporation and making the major financial decisions for the church. The senior pastor's office is responsible to oversee the day-to-day ministry of the church, and the board of overseers is to protect the church through counsel, prayer, and, if required, the discipline of the senior pastor.
Section 1. General Authority to Select a New Senior Pastor
In the event that the church needs a new senior pastor, two methods are provided for the congregational selection of a new senior pastor. One method involves the participation of the departing pastor and the other does not. The founding pastor of the church does not need to be officially confirmed by the congregation; therefore, he is exempted from Article Five.
Section 2. Congregational Process with the Participation of the Departing Pastor
(Paragraph 1) Departing Pastor Participates in Replacement
If the senior pastor is in good standing with the church and is removing himself because of retirement or relocation, the following is the selection process:
(Paragraph 2) Congregational Vote
The senior pastor may choose up to two candidates. The first candidate is to speak in three or more of the primary church services. Then the senior pastor is to formally recommend this candidate during a Monday night meeting of the membership. At any meeting of the membership for pastoral selection, each person in attendance must be named on the membership roll. At that meeting, the departing senior pastor and the candidate must leave. Then the secretary/treasurer is to conduct a secret ballot vote and, with a minimum two-thirds (2/3) vote, the candidate shall be accepted. If that ballot fails, the second candidate chosen by the senior pastor is afforded the same
as the first. If the second ballot fails, the process outlined in Section 3 shall be followed.
Section 3. Congregational Process Without Departing Pastor's Participation
(Paragraph 1) Departing Pastor Unavailable
If the senior pastor is removed by the overseers, is deceased, or cannot or will not participate in the selection process of the new senior pastor for any reason, the following shall be the process for selecting a new senior pastor:
(Paragraph 2) Meeting of the Membership
The secretary/treasurer or another person appointed by the board of trustees is to immediately call a meeting of the membership by making an announcement during the primary service(s). The meeting is to be held in the church meeting place on a Monday night, eight days later. At the meeting of the membership, a Pastoral Selection Committee of nine people will be elected by the membership to include six persons from the general membership and the three most senior full-time pastoral staff members. If there are not three full-time pastoral staff members, the membership may elect people who are familiar with the day-to-day work of the church. The committee itself is to vote and elect a chairperson and co-chairperson.
(Paragraph 3) Formation of Pastoral Selection Committee
It is the duty of the Pastoral Selection Committee to provide an interim pastor or guest speakers to conduct church services. However, neither an interim pastor nor any replacement speaker shall have the corporate powers of the president.
(Paragraph 4) Congregational Vote
The committee is to recommend a new senior pastor as soon as an acceptable candidate is available. That person must be a licensed or ordained minister of the gospel. He must be approved by three of the five members on the board of overseers before being presented to the church. Once the committee recommends a senior pastoral candidate, that person may speak to the church in every service for three weeks or in at least three of the primary church services. Afterward, a meeting of the membership shall be publicly called on a Monday night, chaired by the secretary/treasurer or by a member of the board of trustees selected by that board. At that meeting, church members shall vote by secret ballot to either accept or reject the pastoral candidate. Trustees and their spouses are to count the ballots. A minimum two-thirds (2/3) vote of those attending the meeting is required to elect the next senior pastor. When a two-thirds (2/3) majority in favor of the candidate does not occur, the Pastoral Selection Committee shall seek another candidate.
(Paragraph 5) Staff Administration During Transition
During the selection process, members of the church staff are to continue in their positions. Should staff or financial problems arise, the secretary/treasurer has authority to alter the roles of staff members, including dismissal if necessary in the judgment of the secretary/treasurer. Once the new senior pastor is in place, he has full authority to select his own staff, replacing existing staff members, if he should choose, according to the severance agreements (Article Seven, Section 2, Paragraph 5).
Article VI...Trustees of the Corporation
Section 1. General Powers
The Major financial affairs of the Corporation shall be managed by the board of trustees, hereinafter referred to as the trustees, whose members shall have a fiduciary obligation to the Corporation.
Section 2. Functions
(Paragraph 1) Provide Facilities
The trustees' vote in accordance with these Bylaws in order to conduct the major business decisions of the Corporation. The trustees oversee the provision of the physical facilities needed by the church body. They also coordinate any construction projects that require a loan.
(Paragraph 2) Exclusive Authority
The trustees are the only body within the Corporation or church body with the authority to (1) buy and sell real estate, (2) borrow money and/or (3) secure real estate leases
(Paragraph 3) Counsel
The trustees are to provide counsel to the senior pastor regarding the major financial affairs of the church
Section 3. Financial Guidelines
(Paragraph 1) Monies Available to Trustees
In order to provide for the physical needs of the church, the trustees have available to them 100 percent of all unrestricted monies accumulated in any type of savings account (including stocks, bonds, CDs, mutual funds, etc.) and all assets in land and property. In addition, the trustees may direct any expenditure up to 35 percent of the unrestricted income of the church from tithes, offerings, interest, and investments. (Current undesignated income is to be calculated as a percentage of the undesignated income of the previous year.) From the 35 percent of church income at the trustees' disposal, payment must be made on all debts and real estate leases of the Corporation.
(Paragraph 2) Debt Restrictions
Before the trustees may authorize the church to borrow money or incur a lease obligation, the following conditions must be met:
Minimum 25 percent down. Should the trustees choose to borrow money to facilitate the growth and/or work of the church, they must first accumulate 25 percent of the total price for the project as a down payment. Two variables apply when determining whether sufficient funds have been accumulated. One amounts previously expended on the project to be financed from the proceeds of such indebtedness will be deemed accumulated. And two amounts previously expended as principal reduction payments above the minimum required payments on pre-existing loans during the 12 months prior to incurring additional debt will be deemed accumulated and credited toward the 25 percent.
Maximum 35 percent payment ceiling. The combined totals of all monthly debt service and lease payments, following the incurring of the indebtedness or lease obligation under consideration, will not exceed 35 percent of the average monthly total income. The percentage shall be based on, but not be limited to, tithes, offerings, investment income and unrestricted gifts of the church.
Lease to purchase allowance. If the indebtedness is being secured to build that will relieve the church of its need for a leased facility to be vacated when the new building is completed, then the current lease commitment need not be calculated into the 35 percent expenditure limitation for 18 months. Thus, the church is allowed 18 months for both construction and lease payments that combined, exceed the 35 percent limit, but only if compelling assurance is evidenced that by the end of the 18-month period reasonable relief can be expected from the burden of the lease payment.
Income Projections. The church may not set budgets, meet conditions for borrowing or make any financial commitments based on upward projections of income.
Audit Requirements. If the church wishes to borrow more than $250,000, the trustees must base their financial limitations on the information provided by an audit of the previous year.
Church Plant Exception. If the church has less than 12 months of financial history and wishes to borrow less than $250,000, that decision may be based on the most current 3 months of financial history provided by the church treasurer. Even in this situation, the 25 percent down and 35 percent debt service ceilings must be met.
(Paragraph 3) Annual Audit
If the income of the church exceeds $250,000 per year, the trustees shall obtain an annual audit performed by an independent public accounting firm in accordance with Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS), with financial statements prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
(Paragraph 4) Audit Review Committee
The trustees shall appoint the secretary/treasurer and two other members of the trustee board to serve as an audit review committee. After reviewing the annual audit, committee members are to report their findings at a trustee meeting
(Paragraph 5) Conflict of Interest
In order to avoid a conflict of interest, all, the following criteria must be met to complete any business transaction between a trustee and the Corporation:
The trustee with whom the transaction is being considered is excluded from any discussions for approving the transaction.
The trustees consider competitive bids or comparable valuations.
The trustees act upon and demonstrate that the transaction is in the best interest of the Corporation.
The transaction must be fully disclosed in the end-of-year audited financial statements of the Corporation.
Section 4. Appointment, Number, Term, and Qualifications
(Paragraph 1) Number and Selection
The trustees shall be composed of five members, who are appointed by the senior pastor and approved by the board of elders. Trustees may not be employees of the Corporation or staff members of the church, nor can they be related or married to employees or staff members. Any trustee appointed after installation of the initial trustee board shall be approved by the board of elders (see Article Nine). The term of office for each trustee shall continue until such trustee resigns from office or from membership in the church, dies or is removed. All trustees must be selected from the membership of the church. All trustees must demonstrate spiritual maturity and be currently pursuing a lifestyle consistent with scriptural precedence for elders. (ITim. 3:2-7; Titus 1:6-9)
(Paragraph 2) Removal
The pastor may dismiss trustees, but at a rate that does not exceed one dismissal every six months. The elders are not required to approve pastoral dismissals of trustees. In the event that the office of pastor is vacant, the secretary/treasurer may appoint or dismiss trustees subject to the same limitations that apply to appointments and dismissals by the senior pastor in accordance with this paragraph and Article Six, Section 4, Paragraph 1.
(Paragraph 3) Exclusive Role
Because the trustees are responsible for the major financial decisions of the church, they must resign their position on the board if they ever become a staff member or take any other paid position within the church. Volunteer work within the church is encouraged, but paid positions may constitute a conflict of interest.
Section 5. Meetings
(Paragraph 1) Frequency of Meetings
A meeting of the trustees shall be held at least twice a year. The senior pastor or any trustee may call a meeting at any time, under the condition that a majority (three or more) of the trustees attend the meeting.
(Paragraph 2) Leadership of Meetings
If at all possible, the senior pastor is to attend and lead each trustee meeting. If not possible, the secretary/treasurer shall lead the meeting. If neither the pastor nor the secretary/treasurer is able to lead the meeting, the trustees must choose a leader for the meeting and proceed in order, with the appointed leader keeping minutes for the record. Any motions passed and recorded in a meeting without the pastor or the secretary/treasurer may not take effect until the following meeting with either the pastor or the secretary/treasurer present when the minutes of the previous meeting are approved.
(Paragraph 3) Location of Meetings
Any meeting of the trustees may be at such place or places as shall from time to time be determined by the trustees or fixed by the senior pastor and designated in the notice of the meeting.
(Paragraph 4) Written Notice of Meetings
Whenever, under the provisions of a statute or the Articles of Incorporation or these Bylaws, a written notice is required to be given to any trustee, these three rules apply. One, such notice may be given in writing by fax or by mail at such fax number or address as appears on the books of the Corporation and such notice shall be deemed to be given at the time the notice is faxed or mailed. Two, the person entitled to such notice may waive the notice by signing a written waiver before, at or after the time of the meeting. And three, the appearance of such person or persons at the meeting shall be equivalent to signing a written waiver of notice.
(Paragraph 5) Regular Meetings
The trustees may establish regular meetings. No notice shall be required for any regular meeting.
(Paragraph 6) Trustee Action Without Meeting
Any action that could be taken at a meeting of the trustees may be taken without a meeting if at least three of the trustees participate. Such action shall be effective as of the date specified in the written consent.
(Paragraph 7) Teleconferencing
At any meeting of the trustees, any person may participate in the meeting by telephone provided all members of the trustees present at the meeting or by telephone can hear and speak to each other. Participation by telephone shall be equivalent to attending the meeting in person.
(Paragraph 8) Quorum
A majority (three or more) of the trustees shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting. The act of a majority of the trustees shall be the act of the board of trustees. In the absence of a quorum at any meeting, a meeting of the trustees present may adjourn the meeting without further notice until a quorum shall be established.
Section 6. Compensation. Trustees, as such, shall not receive any salaries for their services.
Article VII... Senior Pastor of the Church/President of the Corporation
Section 1. The Office of the Senior Pastor
(Paragraph 1) The Dual Role
Because Stateline Community Fellowship Church has two complementary branches-the spiritual Body of believers and the legal Corporation-it is the senior pastor who administratively bridges the gap between the two branches. This dual role can sometimes be awkward: The senior pastor is primarily responsible for the spiritual life of the church, therefore, he must be in a position corporately to ensure that financial strength is directed toward the ministries of his choice.
(Paragraph 2) Responsibilities of the Senior Pastor
It is the senior pastor's responsibility to:
Provide biblical vision and direction for the congregation.
Define and communicate the church's purpose.
Oversee and coordinate the day-to-day ministry of the congregation and administration of the church.
Appoint a board of overseers pursuant to Article Eight.
Recognize and enlist apostolic, prophetic, evangelistic, pastoral and teaching ministries, along with that of elders, deacons and additional staff members as he deems biblical and necessary for the healthy and balanced spiritual ministry to the Body of believers.
Select trustees pursuant to Article Six who will help oversee the business of the Corporation.
Staff the church as he deems necessary to help administrate the affairs of the Corporation.
Veto any nominations to the board of elders pursuant to Article Nine.
(Paragraph 3) The Pastor's Spiritual Leadership
The senior pastor may work with overseers, elders, deacons or anyone serving in the functions or offices as outlined in Ephesians 4:11-13 in whatever way he determines is biblical to serve the spiritual needs of the congregation. Additionally, the senior pastor may budget monies, hire staff, develop projects or ministry, and create cell groups or other specialized ministries according to his convictions and biblical understanding. He shall have the authority to appoint and approve any assistants necessary to properly carry on the work of the church.
(Paragraph 4) The Pastor's Responsibility for Services
Times, the order of services, and the leadership of services are to be determined by the senior pastor or by the spiritual church structure that he establishes. No person shall be invited to speak, teach or minister at a service held in church-owned facilities, or in the name of the church, without the approval of the pastor or the appropriate member of the established church ministry team.
Section 2. The Office of the President
(Paragraph 1) The President
The Corporation finds its leadership under the Lord Jesus Christ and in its president. The senior pastor shall serve as the president and chief executive officer of the Corporation. If possible, he shall preside at all meetings of the board of trustees and shall see that all orders and resolutions of the board are put into effect. He shall execute in the name of the Corporation all deeds, bonds, mortgages, contracts and other documents authorized by the board of trustees. He shall be an ex-officio member of all standing committees and shall have the general powers and duties of supervision and management usually vested in the office of the president of a corporation.
(Paragraph 2) The President's Role with Trustees
The president is the non-voting chairman of the board of trustees. He calls meetings and determines the agenda in consultation with the trustees. The president shall make selections to the board of trustees from the church membership at a rate not to exceed one new appointment every six months in accordance with Article Six. The president may also dismiss trustee members, but at a rate that does not exceed one dismissal every six months in accordance with Article Six, Section 4, Paragraph 2.
(Paragraph 3) The President's Administrative Role
The president is the senior administrator of the church. He is ultimately responsible for all day-to-day administrative decisions of the church.
(Paragraph 4) The President's Role with Staff
The president hires, directs and dismisses staff. As the senior pastor, his call is confirmed to the church through the congregation, and those hired by him are to assist him in fulfilling this calling.
(Paragraph 5) The President's Role in Establishing Salaries
The president determines all salaries and writes pay scales for full-time salaried employees. Pay scales shall be explained to new full-time salaried employees. Changes in pay scales will be given in writing to the affected employees. If a severance pay agreement is established, that too must be given to the employee in writing. In addition, all part-time salaries and hourly wages are variable and are to be determined between the president and the employee.
(Paragraph 6) The President's Salary Exceptions
The salary of the president is to be on the same pay scale consistent with the pay scale established for the other members of the pastoral team with the following two exceptions:
Housing: The president (senior pastor) may live in a parsonage owned and maintained by the Corporation. The board of trustees shall choose the parsonage. Or, the board of trustees may elect to add to the presidents' salary an amount equal to the monthly value of the chosen parsonage.
Transportation: The senior pastor shall be provided with a gas allowance and fifty percent of vehicle repairs on personal vehicles used for church purposes.
(Paragraph 7) Optional Benefits
After the senior pastor has served for a minimum of 5 consecutive years, the trustees may provide additional benefits unique to the senior pastoral position. They may, for example, choose to provide an additional retirement benefit to compensate for the senior pastor's inability to build equity in a home while living in a church-owned parsonage. These benefits and others like them must be initiated by the trustees rather than the senior pastor because these benefits are optional and not required. They are purely an attempt to reward many years of faithful service,
(Paragraph 8) Budget
After the church is one year old, an annual budget must be prepared. The budget is to be based on 90 percent of the previous year's undesignated income. The president is to write the budget for 65 percent of the 90 percent in order to finance the basic ministry needs of the church (salaries, taxes, bills, missions, benevolence, department financial allocations, etc.). He is free to reflect his values and wisdom in his budget portion. Then, the president is to work with the trustees to add their 35 percent to the budget.
(Paragraph 9) Expenditures
Budgeted amounts are not to be considered actual monies available. The president can only spend actual funds that are available, and those monies are to be spent according to the budget. The president may not borrow money, sign leases, buy or sell real estate, or make any agreements that could force indebtedness upon the church. Should the church borrow, the trustees may give the president authority to spend those monies on the project for which the funds were borrowed. All undesignated monies that are available to the Corporation above budgeted amounts are deemed discretionary and are available to be spent by the president, but he may only obligate funds currently on hand.
Article VIII... Overseers
(Paragraph 1) Stateline Community Fellowship Church Requirements for Overseers
The members of the board of overseers must be active senior pastors of respected congregations who know and love Stateline Community Fellowship Church and the pastor. They must agree to make themselves available at their own expense to serve Stateline Community Fellowship Church if requested by the elders (Article Thirteen, Section 2), and must be willing to provide spiritual protection to the church through prayer and by exemplifying honorable Christian lives.
(Paragraph 2) Biblical Qualifications for Overseers
"Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap" (1 Tim. 3:2-7).
(Paragraph 3) Selection and Function of Overseers
A board of overseers will be nominated by the pastor and confirmed by the elders. The pastor will be accountable to the overseers in the event of alleged misconduct in compliance with Article Thirteen.
(Paragraph 4) Installing New Overseers
Each year the senior pastor and the elders may replace one of the overseers and enter that change into the minutes of a trustees meeting. If disciplinary action is being considered, changes in the board of overseers may not be made until its work is completed
Article IX... Elders
(Paragraph 1) Spiritual Role
The elders are to serve the congregation and the senior pastor for the development of the spiritual life of the church. These people and their spouses are to help create a positive spiritual climate within the church body. They are neither a governing or corporate board, but a spiritual body called to create and maintain stability in potentially negative situations.
(Paragraph 2) Definition
The elders are people who function within the local church but are not members of the pastoral staff of the church. They meet the biblical qualifications for eldership and function in that calling but derive their income from sources other than the church. The number of elders shall be determined by the senior pastor but shall not be less than six.
(Paragraph 3) Functions
The functions of the elders are to:
Maintain and teach by living a godly, Christian lifestyle
Provide a prayer shield for the pastoral team and the local church
Defend, protect and support the integrity of the pastoral team and the local church
Pray for the sick.
Organize, implement and execute licensing and ordination requirements and procedures
Mediate disputes among the brethren.
Confirm or reject pastoral appointments to the board of trustees and the board of overseers
Contact the board of overseers to initiate an investigation and potential discipline of the senior pastor
Represent the church to other local churches
(Paragraph 4) Biblical Qualification for Eldership
"An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer is entrusted with God's work, he must be blameless-not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gains. Rather he must be hospitable; one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it" (Titus 1:6-9)
(Paragraph 5) Nomination and Appointment to the Board of Elders
Selection of the elders will be preceded by the senior pastor's teaching on the biblical requirements for eldership at a Sunday service. Each adult present at the service will make one anonymous nomination for the position of elder in writing immediately after the sermon on eldership. The pastor and his associates will tally these nominations, and the elders will be selected from those with the largest number of nominations. The senior pastor can veto anyone's nomination. This nomination process should occur once every four years unless needed to add additional elders to complete a four-year cycle
(Paragraph 6) Four-Year-Service Terms
Once selected to serve on the elder board, the elder and spouse are to serve for a maximum of four years. After that time of service, the selection process is to be repeated and anyone re-nominated and appointed may serve as many times as the congregation and pastor choose. However, should the congregation fail to re-nominate any certain elder, the pastor may not select that person for service.
(Paragraph 7) Removal of an Elder
Should anyone in the congregation, including a staff member or another elder, bring an accusation against an elder, charging that the person does not qualify for eldership, a seven-member group from the staff and the elder board may hear the accusations and any response from the accused elder. Three of the seven-member group are to be chosen by the accused elder, and four are to be chosen by the senior pastor. The senior pastor may not serve on the panel judging the elder but may oversee the procedures if he chooses. Then, in an anonymous vote, if five or more agree that the elder does not meet the qualifications for eldership, that elder may no longer serve on the elder board.
(Paragraph 8) Replacement of Elders
During the four years of service, those elders who are no longer able to serve for any reason need not be replaced.
Article X... Officers
Section 1. Officers
The officers of the Corporation shall be a president and a secretary/treasurer and any other officers that the trustees may authorize from time to time.
Section 2. Appointment, Election and Term of Office
(Paragraph 1) Appointment of the President
The appointment and responsibilities of the president are listed in Articles Five and Seven above.
(Paragraph 2) Appointment of Secretary/Treasurer
The secretary/treasurer is to be nominated by the president and approved by the trustees. The secretary/treasurer must demonstrate spiritual maturity and be currently pursuing a lifestyle consistent with scriptural precedence for elders. (ITim. 3:2-7; Titus 1:6-9) The term of this office is indefinite. Should the trustees fail to approve of the nomination by the president, other nominations must be made until a candidate suitable to the trustees is nominated. The president may remove the secretary/treasurer.
(Paragraph 3) New Offices
New offices may be created and filled at any meeting of the board of trustees. Each officer shall hold office until his successor has been duly elected and qualified.
Section 3. Removal of Officers
(Paragraph 1) Overseers' Responsibility for the President
The overseers of the church may discipline or remove the president according to Article Thirteen.
(Paragraph 2) Trustees Responsibility for All Other Officers
Any officer elected or appointed by the board of trustees may be removed by the board when the best interests of the Corporation would be served thereby, but such removal shall be without prejudice to the contract rights, if any, of the officer, so removed.
Section 4. Powers of Officers
(Paragraph 1) The President
The powers of the president are listed in Article Seven.
(Paragraph 2) The Secretary/Treasurer
As secretary, the secretary/treasurer shall attend all sessions of the board of trustees and shall act as clerk thereof to record (or have recorded) all votes and the minutes of all proceedings in a book to be kept for that purpose. This person shall oversee the keeping of the membership rolls of the Corporation, and in general perform the duties usually incident to the office of secretary, and such further duties as shall be prescribed from time to time by the board of trustees or by the president.
(Paragraph 3) The Secretary/Treasurer's Role over Accounting
As treasurer, the secretary/treasurer shall oversee the keeping of full and accurate accounts of the receipts and disbursements in books belonging to the Corporation They shall also oversee the deposit of all monies and other valuable effects in the name and to the credit of the Corporation in such banks and depositories as may be designated by the president. The secretary/treasurer does not determine expenditures but does oversee the disbursement of the funds of the Corporation as may be ordered by the trustees or the president. This person shall perform the duties usually incident to the office of treasurer and such other duties as may be prescribed from time to time by the board of trustees or by the president.
(Paragraph 4) Audited Financial Statements
The secretary/treasurer shall serve on the Audit Review Committee and report to the trustees after its review of the annual audit. If the church does not have an annual audit, the secretary/treasurer is to provide to the board a report on the previous year's income and disbursements
(Paragraph 5) Cash Flow Statements
The secretary/treasurer is to work with the president to provide an annual cash flow statement that must accompany all giving receipts to members. That report is to include the specific amounts of cash remuneration received from the church to specific pastoral staff members. Benefits, support staff salaries, and other items may be grouped together, but the cash portion of the pastoral pay packages must be itemized individually.
(Paragraph 6) Public Availability of Annual Financial Statements
The secretary/treasurer shall ensure that current audited financial statements are available to anyone upon written request and that the previous year's cash flow statements are available to all contributors to the church.
Section 5. Trustees' Selection of Additional Officers
In the absence of any officer of the Corporation, except the president, or for any other reason that may seem necessary to the board, the board of trustees, by a majority vote may delegate the duties and powers of that officer for the time being to any other officer, or to any trustee.
Article XI... Business Practices
Section 1. Fiscal Year
The fiscal year of the Corporation shall be the calendar year.
Section 2. Contracts
The board of trustees may authorize any officer or officers, agent or agents of the Corporation, in addition to the officers so authorized by these Bylaws, to enter into any contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of and on behalf of the Corporation. Such authority may be general or may be confined to specific instances.
Section 3. Checks, Drafts or Orders
All checks, drafts, orders for the payment of money, notes or other evidence of indebtedness issued in the name of the Corporation shall be signed by such officer or officers, agent or agents of the Corporation, and in such manner, as shall from time to time be determined by resolution of the board of trustees. In the absence of such determination by the board of trustees, such instruments may be signed by either the secretary/treasurer or the president of the Corporation in accordance with their duties outlined in these Bylaws.
Section 4. Deposits
All funds of the Corporation shall be deposited to the credit of the Corporation in such banks, trust companies or other depositories as the board of trustees may select in accordance with these Bylaws.
Section 5. Gifts
The president/pastor may accept on behalf of the Corporation any contribution, gift, bequest or device for any purpose of the Corporation.
Section 6. Books and Records
The Corporation shall keep correct and complete books and records of account. Said books shall be kept at the principal office unless otherwise directed by the board of trustees. The Corporation shall also keep minutes of the proceedings of its members, the board of trustees, committees having and exercising any of the authority of the board of trustees, and any other committees. It shall keep at the principal office a record giving the names and addresses of all board members entitled to vote.
Article XII... Church Ministry
Section 1. Minister Ordination and Licensing
(Paragraph 1) Role of the Board of Elders
The elders may ordain and/or license a person as a minister of the gospel after first examining the applicant's background, moral and religious character, and previous Bible courses and/or independent studies completed. Final determination shall be within the absolute discretion of the board of elders.
(Paragraph 2) Application Through the Board of Elders
Application for ordination and/or licensing as a minister of the gospel shall be supplied in the form provided by the elders. An application shall be either approved or denied within 30 days of the completion of the investigation of the applicant by the board of elders. Those applicants who are approved shall receive a certificate evidencing the approval.
(Paragraph 3) Ability to Limit Ministry Validation
The spiritual leadership of the church may at its own discretion limit any licensee ordained to an area of special emphasis.
Section 2. Ministry Training
The senior pastor and his staff may establish a School of Ministry, setting forth a prescribed curriculum and course of study leading to ordination and licensing of ministers. The School of Ministry shall prepare students in the knowledge of the Word of God and in ministering to people's needs through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Article XIII... Church Discipline
Section 1. Disciplining Church Members
Only members are subject to church discipline
Section 2. Disciplining the Pastor
(Paragraph 1) Criteria for Discipline
Should the senior pastor demonstrate immoral conduct, financial practices or theological views that the majority of the elders believe may require either personal correction or termination of his position, the elders shall contact the senior pastor and then, if the problem remains, the overseers for investigation and evaluation of any appropriate discipline. (See Article Nine, Paragraph 3.)
(Paragraph 2) Process for Investigation
Should the overseers be asked to investigate alleged pastoral misconduct, a consensus of four of the five overseers is required to take disciplinary action. With such a consensus, the overseers shall assume complete authority over the senior pastor. They may decide to remove him from his position or to discipline him in any way they deem necessary. The overseers have no authority in Stateline Community Fellowship Church unless contacted by the elders, and then only insofar as permitted under these Bylaws.
(Paragraph 3) Motivation
It is the intention of the Corporation to protect the hearts of all involved in matters of pastoral discipline. Using the method outlined in these Bylaws, the "sheep" never have to pass judgment upon their "shepherd."
Article XIV... Amendment of Bylaws
These Bylaws may be altered, amended or repealed, and new Bylaws may be adopted, by a four to five vote of the board of trustees at any regular board meeting. At least five days advance written notice of the said meeting shall be given to each member of the board. The written notice must explain the proposed changes. These Bylaws may also be altered, amended or repealed, and new Bylaws may be adopted by consent in writing signed by all members of the board of trustees. Any amendment alteration or repeal of these bylaws by the board of trustees must be ratified or may be vetoed by the senior pastor.