PHILIPPI BAPTIST CHURCH
327 PHILIPPI CHURCH ROAD
UNION, SC 29379
CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
REVISED AND UPDATED 2007
A church is a fellowship of people who have accepted Christ as Savior and are united by their common relation to the Holy Spirit. A church, like a community or an individual, is always changing. Fundamental doctrines remain the same, but methods of teaching these doctrines and of moving toward objectives must change if the mission of the church is to be accomplished.
If used as the guide to follow in carrying out the work of the church, a church constitution and by-laws document helps church preserve democratic procedures.
Basic theology and philosophy are the foundation stones of a constitution, while policies and procedures made up the by-laws. By-laws change more often than a constitution, but both constitution and by-laws should be reviewed annually by a special committee, the church council, and/or deacons. As the program of a church changes, so must the rules of its governmental procedure change. The church should discuss and approve changes in the constitution and by-laws.
The basic advantages of a constitution and by-laws are to:
- Furnish members a written statement of their church organization, fundamental guidelines, and theological beliefs.
- Aid in preserving democracy and harmony since predetermined guidelines have already been established by the member.
- Provide orderly procedures for guiding the transaction of church business.
- Serve as a basis for solving problems before problems arise.
We declare and establish this constitution to preserve and secure the principles of our faith, and to govern the body in an orderly manner. This constitution will preserve the liberties of each individual church member and the freedom of action of this body in its relation to other churches.
ARTICLE I. NAME
This body shall be known as the Philippi Baptist Church, Inc. of 327 Philippi Church Road, Union, South Carolina.
ARTICLE II. OBJECTIVES
To be a dynamic spiritual organism empowered by the Holy Spirit to share Christ with as many people as possible in our church, community and throughout the world.
To be a worshipping fellowship, experiencing an awareness of God, recognizing His person, and responding in obedience to His leadership.
To help people experience a growing knowledge of God and man.
To be a church that ministers unselfishly to persons in the community and world in Jesus’ name.
To be a church whose purpose is to be Christ like in our daily living by emphasizing total commitment of life, personality, and possessions to the Lordship of Christ.
ARTICLE III. STATEMENT OF FAITH
The Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God and is the basis for any statement of faith. The church subscribes to the doctrinal statement of the “Baptist Faith and Message” as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 1963. We band ourselves together as a body of baptized believers in Jesus Christ personally committed to sharing the good news of salvation to lost mankind. The ordinances of the church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
ARTICLE IV. RELATIONSHIPS
The government of this church is vested in the body of believers who compose it. It is subject to the control of no other ecclesiastical body, but it recognizes and sustains the obligations of mutual counsel and cooperation which are common among Baptist Churches. Insofar as is practical, this church will cooperate with and support the Union County Baptist Association and South Carolina State Convention affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.
ARTICLE V. ARTICLES OF FAITH
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is the record of God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. It reveals the principles by which God judges us; and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinion should be tried. The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ.
Ex. 24:4; Deut. 4:1-2; 17:19; Josh. 8:34; Psalm 19:7-10; 119:11; 89, 105, 140; Isa. 34:16; 40:8; Jer. 15:16; 36; Matt. 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16FF; 17:11; Rom. 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; Heb. 1:1-2; 4:12; I Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21
There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
- GOD THE FATHER
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.
Gen. 1:1; 2:7; Ex. 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff; 20:1ff; Lev. 22:2; Deut. 6:4 32:6; I Chron. 29:10; Psalms 19:1-3; Isa. 43:3; 15; 64:8; Jer. 10:10; 17:13; Matt. 6:9ff; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Rom. 8:14-15; I Cor. 8:6; Gal. 4:6; Eph. 4:6; Col. 1:15; I Tim. 1:17; Heb. 11:6; 12:9; I Peter 1:17; I John 5:7
- GOD THE SON
Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin, Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself the demands and necessities of human nature and identifying Himself completely with mankind, yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, partaking of the nature of God and of man, and in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.
Gen. 18:1ff; Psalms 2:7ff; 110:1ff; Isa. 7:14; 53; Matt. 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:17; 14:33; 16:16, 27; 17:5; 27; 28:1-6, 19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John 1:1-18, 29; 10:30, 38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16, 28; 17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1-20, 28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5, 20; Rom. 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3, 34; 10:4; I Cor. 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8, 24-28; II Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4-5; Eph. 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Phil. 2:5-11; Col. 1:13-22; 2:9: I Thess. 4:14-18; I Tim. 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Heb. 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15, 24-28; 12:2; 13:8; I Peter 2:21-25; 3:22; I John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15; 5:9; II John 7-9; Rev. 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16
C. GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He calls men to the Savior, and effects regeneration. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the assurance of God to bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
Gen. 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11, 139:7ff; Isa. 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matt. 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28-32; 28:19; Mark 1:10, 12; Luke 1:35; 4:1, 18-19, 11:13, 12:12, 24:49; John 4:24, 14:16-17, 26, 15:26, 16:7-14; Acts 1:8, 2:1-4, 38, 4:31, 5:3, 6:3, 7:55, 8:17, 39, 10:44, 13:2, 15:28, 16:6, 19:1-6; Rom. 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27; I Cor. 2:10-14, 3:16, 12:3-11; Gal. 4:6; Eph. 1:13-14, 4:30, 5:18; I Thess. 5:19; I Tim. 3:16, 4:1; II Tim. 1:14, 3:16; Heb. 9:8, 14; II Peter 1:21; I John 4:13; 5:6-7; Rev. 1:10, 22:17
Man was created by the special act of God, in His own image, and is the crowning work of His creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice, man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan, man transgressed the command of God and fell from his original innocence; whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin, and as soon as they are capable of moral action become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every man possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Gen. 1:26-30, 2:5, 7, 18-22, 3, 9:6; Psalm 1, 8:3-6, 32:1-5, 51:5; Isa. 6:5; Jer. 17:5; Matt. 16:26; Acts 17:26-31; Rom. 1:19-32, 3:10-18, 23, 5-6, 12, 19, 6:6, 7:14-25, 8:14-18, 29; I Cor. 1:21-31, 15:19, 21-22; Eph. 2:1-22; Col. 1:21-22, 3:9-11
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by his own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense, salvation includes regeneration, sanctification, and glorification.
- Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become
new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace. Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior. Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer into a relationship of peace and favor with God.
- Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is
Set apart to God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual perfection through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person’s life.
- Glorification is the culmination of salvation, and is the final blessed and abiding state
of the redeemed.
Gen. 3:15; Ex. 3:14-17, 6:2-8; Matt. 1:21, 4:17, 16:21-26, 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69, 2:28-32; John 1:11-14, 29, 3:3-21, 36, 5:24, 10:9, 28-29, 15:1-16, 17:17; Acts 2:21, 4:12, 15:11, 16:30-31, 17:30-31, 20:32; Rom. 1:16-18, 2:4, 3:23-25, 4:3ff, 5:8-10, 6:1-23, 8:1-18, 29:39, 10:9-10, 13, 13:11-14; I Cor. 1:18, 30, 6:19-20, 15:10; II Cor. 5:17-20; Gal. 2:20, 3:13, 5:22-25, 6:15; Eph. 1:7, 2:8-22, 4:11-16; Phil. 2:12-13; Col. 1:9-22, 3:1ff; I Thess. 5:23-24; II Tim. 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Heb. 2:1-3, 5:8-9, 9:24-28, 11:1-12:8, 14; James 2:14-26; I Peter 1:2-23; I John 1:6-2:11; Rev. 3:20, 21:1-22:5
GOD’S PURPOSE OF GRACE
Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerated, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. It is consistent with the free agency of man, and comprehends all the means in connection with the end. It is a glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise, holy, and unchangeable. It excludes boasting and promotes humility.
All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end. Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the cause of Christ, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
Gen. 12:1-3; Ex. 19:5-8; I Sam. 8:4-7, 19-22; Isa. 5:1-7; Jer. 31:31ff; Matt. 16:18-19;
21:28-45, 24:22, 31, 25:34; Luke 1:68-79, 2:29-32, 19:41-44, 24:44-48; John 1:12-14, 3:16, 5:24, 6:44-45, 65, 10:27-29, 15:16, 17:6, 12, 17-18; Acts 20:32; Rom. 5:9-10, 8:28-39, 10:12-15, 11:5-7, 26-36; I Cor. 1:1-2, 15:24-28; Eph. 1:4-23, 2:1-10, 3:1-11; Col. 1:12-14; II Thess. 2:13-14; II Tim. 1:12, 2:10, 19; Heb. 11:39-12:2; I Peter 1:2-5, 13, 2:4-10; I John 1:7-9, 2:19, 3:2
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the two ordinances of Christ, committed to His teachings, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth.
This church is an autonomous body, operating through democratic processes under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. In such a congregation, members are equally responsible. Its Scriptural officers are pastors and deacons.
The New Testament speaks also of the church as the body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages.
Matt. 16:15-19, 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42, 47, 5:11-14, 6:3-6, 13:1-3, 14:23,27, 15:1-30, 16:5, 20:28; Rom. 1:7; I Cor. 1:2, 3:16, 5:4-5, 7:17, 9:13-14, 12; Eph. 1:22-23, 2:19-22, 3:8-11, 21, 5:22-32; Phil. 1:1; Col. 1:18; I Tim. 3:1-15, 4:14; I Peter 5:1-4; Rev. 2-3, 21:2-3
BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s Supper.
The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
Matt. 3:13-17, 26:26-30, 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11, 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22, 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42, 8:35-39, 16:30-33, 20:7; Rom. 6:3-5; I Cor. 10:16,21, 11:23-29; Col. 3:12
THE LORD’S DAY
The first day of the week is the Lord’s Day. It is a Christian institution for regular observance. It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private, and by refraining from worldly amusements, and resting from secular employments, work of necessity and mercy only being accepted.
Ex. 20:8-11; Matt. 12:1-12, 28:1ff; Mark 2:27-28, 16:1-7; Luke 24:1-3, 33-36; John 4:21-24, 20:1, 19-28; Acts 20:7; I Cor. 16:1-2; Col. 2:16, 3:16; Rev. 1:10
The Kingdom of God includes both His general sovereignty over the universe and His particular kingship over men who willfully acknowledge Him as King. Particularly the Kingdom is the realm of salvation into which men enter by trustful, childlike commitment to Jesus Christ. Christians ought to pray and to labor that the Kingdom may come and God’s will be done on earth. The full consummation of the Kingdom awaits the return of Jesus Christ and the end of this age.
Gen. 1:1; Isa. 9:6-7; Jer. 23:5-6; Matt. 3:2, 4:8-10, 23, 12:25-28, 13:1-52, 25:31-46, 26:29; Mark 1:14-15, 9:1; Luke 4:43, 8:1, 9:2 12:31-32, 17:20-21, 23:42; John 3:3, 18:36; Acts 1:6-7, 17:22-31; Rom. 5:17, 8:19; I Cor. 15:24-28; Col. 1:13; Heb. 11:10, 16, 12:28; I Peter 2:4-10, 4:13; Rev. 1:6, 9, 5:10, 11:15, 21-22
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to his promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.
Isa. 2:4, 11:9; Matt. 16:27, 18:8-9, 19:28, 24:27, 30, 36, 44, 25:31-46, 26:64; Mark 8:38, 9:43-48; Luke12:40, 48, 16:19-26, 17:22-37, 21:27-28; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11, 17:31; Rom. 14:10; I Cor. 4:5, 15:24-28, 35-58; II Cor. 5:10; Phil. 3:20-21; Col. 1:5, 3:4; I Thess. 4:14-18, 5:1ff; II Thess.1:7ff, 2; I Tim. 6:14; II Tim. 4:1, 8; Titus 2:13; Heb. 9:27-28; James 5:8; II Peter 3:7ff; I John 2:28, 3:2; Jude 14; Rev. 1:18, 3:11, 20:1-22:13
EVANGELISM AND MISSIONS
It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. The new birth of man’s spirit by God’s Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others. Missionary effort on the part of all rests thus upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerate life, and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by personal effort and by all other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.
Gen. 12:1-3; Exodus 19:5-6; Isa. 6:1-8; Matt. 9:37-38, 10:5-15, 13:18-30, 37-43, 16:19, 22:9-10, 24:14, 28:18-20; Luke 10:1-18, 24:46-53; John 14:11-12, 15:7-8, 16, 17:15, 20:21; Acts 1:8, 2, 8:26-40, 10:42-48, 13:2-3; Rom. 10:13-15; Eph. 3:1-11; I Thess. 1:8; II Tim. 4:5; Heb. 2:1-3, 11:39-12:2; I Peter 2:4-10; Rev. 22:17
The cause of education in the Kingdom of Christ is co-ordinate with the causes of missions and general benevolence, and should receive along with these the liberal support of the churches. An adequate system of Christian schools is necessary to a complete spiritual program for Christ’s people.
In Christian education there should be a proper balance between academic freedom and academic responsibility. Freedom in any orderly relationship of human life is always limited and never absolute. The freedom of a teacher in a Christian school, college, or seminary is limited by the pre-eminence of Jesus Christ, but the authoritative nature of the Scriptures, and by the distinct purpose for which the school exists.
Duet. 4:1, 5, 9, 14, 6:1-10, 31:12-13; Neh. 8:1-8; Job 28:28; Psalms 19:7ff, 119:11; Prov. 3:13ff, 4:1-10, 8:1-7, 11, 15”14; Eccl. 7:19; Matt. 5:2, 7:24ff, 28:19-20; Luke 2:40; I Cor. 1:18-31; Eph. 4:11-16; Phil. 4:8; Col. 2:3, 8-9; I Tim. 1:3-7; II Tim. 2:15, 3:14-17; Heb. 5:12-6:3; James 1:5, 3:17
God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are, we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are, therefore, under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others. According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer’s cause on earth.
Gen. 14:20; Lev. 27:30-32; Deut. 8:18; Mal. 3:8-12; Matt. 6:1-4, 19-21, 23:23 25:14-29; Luke 12:16-21, 42, 16:1-13; Acts 2:44-47, 5:1-11, 17:24-25, 20:35; Rom. 6:6-22, 12:1-2; I Cor. 4:1-2, 6:19-20, 12, 16:1-4; II Cor. 8-9, 12-15; Phil. 4:10-19; I Peter 1:18-19
Christ’s people should, as occasion requires, organize such associations and conventions as may best secure cooperation for the great objects of the Kingdom of God. Such organizations have no authority over one another or over the churches. They are voluntary and advisory bodies designed to elicit, combine, and direct the energies of our people in the most effective manner. Members of New Testament churches should cooperate with one another in carrying forward the missionary, educational, and benevolent ministries for the extension of Christ’s Kingdom. Christian unity in the New Testament sense is spiritual harmony and voluntary cooperation for common ends by various groups of Christ’s people. Cooperation is desirable between the various
Christian denominations, when the end to be attained is itself justified, and when such cooperation involves no violation of conscience or compromise of loyalty to Christ and His Word as revealed in the New Testament.
Ex. 17:12, 18:17ff; Judges 7:21; Ezra 1:3-4, 2:68-69, 5:14-15; Neh. 4, 8:1-5; Matt. 10:5-15, 20:1-16, 22:1-10, 28:19-20; Mark 2:3; Luke 10:1ff; Acts 1:13-14, 2:1ff, 4:31-37, 13:2-3, 15:1-35; I Cor. 1:10-17, 3:5-15, 12; II Cor. 8:8-9; Gal. 1:6-10; Eph. 4:1-16, Phil. 1:15-18
THE CHRISTIAN AND THE SOCIAL ORDER
Every Christian is under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in his own life and in human society. Means and methods used for the improvement of society and the establishment of righteousness among men can be truly and permanently helpful only when they are rooted in the regeneration of the individual by the saving grace of God in Christ Jesus. The Christian should oppose, in the spirit of Christ, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice. He should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. Every Christian should seek to bring industry, government, and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth, and brotherly love. In order to promote these ends, Christians should be ready to work with all men of good will in any good cause, always being careful to act in the spirit of love without compromising their loyalty to Christ and His truth.
Ex. 20:3-17; Lev. 6:2-5; Duet. 10:12, 22:17; Psalms 101:5; Mic. 6:8; Zech. 8:16; Matt. 5:13-16, 43-48, 22:36-40, 25:35; Mark 1:29-34, 2:3ff, 10:21; Luke 4:18-21, 10:27-37, 20:25; John 15:12, 17:15; Rom. 12-14; I Cor. 5:9-10, 6:1-7, 7:20-24, 10:23-11:1; Gal. 3:26-28; Eph., 6:5:9; Col. 3:12-17; I Thess. 3:12; Philemon; James 1:27, 2:8
PEACE AND WAR
It is the duty of Christians to seek peace with all men on principles of righteousness. In accordance with the spirit and teachings of Christ, they should do all in their power to put an end to war.
The true remedy for the war spirit is the gospel of our Lord. The supreme need of the world is the acceptance of His teachings in all the affairs of men and nations, and the practical application of His law of love.
Isa. 2:4; Matt. 5:9, 38-48, 6:33, 26:52; Luke 22:36, 38; Rom. 12:18-19, 13:1-7, 14:19; Heb. 12:14; James 4:1-2
God alone is Lord of the conscience, and He has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men which are contrary to His Word or not contained in it. Church and state should be separate. The state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. In providing for such freedom no ecclesiastical group or denomination should be favored by the state more than others. Civil government, being ordained of God, is the duty of Christians to render loyal obedience thereto in all things not contrary to the revealed will of God. The church should not resort to the civil power to carry on its work. The gospel of Christ contemplates spiritual means alone for the pursuit of its ends. The state has no right to impose penalties for religious opinions of any kind. The state has no right to impose taxes for the support of any form of religion. A free church, in a free state, is the Christian ideal, and this implies the right of free and unhindered access to God on the part of all men, and the right to form and propagate opinions in the sphere of religion without interference by the civil power.
Gen. 1:27, 2:7; Matt. 6:6-7, 24, 16:26, 22:21; John 8:36; Acts 4:19-20; Rom. 6:1-2, 13:1-7; Gal. 5:1, 13; Phil. 3:20; I Tim. 2:1-2; James 4:12; I Peter 2:12-17, 3:11-17, 4:12-19
ARTICLE VI. CHURCH COVENANT
Having been led, as we believe by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord and, on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, and the relief to the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; 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 of, and use of, intoxicating drinks as a beverage; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.
We, moreover, engage that when we remove from this pace we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of the covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
ARTICLE I – MEMBERSHIP
SECTION 1 – GENERAL
This is a sovereign and democratic Southern Baptist Church under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The membership, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, retains unto itself the exclusive right of self-government in all phases of the spiritual and temporal life of this church fellowship.
SECTION 2 – CANDIDACY
Any person being lead of The Holy Spirit may become a member of this church in any of the following ways:
- By profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and is willing to follow Him in Baptism according to Biblical teachings, policies followed by this church.
- By promise and upon receipt of a letter of recommendation from another Bible believing Baptist Church.
- By restoration upon a statement of a prior conversion experience and baptism in a Bible believing Baptist Church when no letter of recommendation is obtainable.
…And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:47b NKJV)
SECTION 3 – CHURCH MEMBERS AND NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION
Church members shall be expected to be faithful in all the duties of the Christian life, to be regular in attendance at all services unless providentially hindered, to give regularly and systematically to its support and to Kingdom causes, and to share in its organized work.
New church members will be expected to participate in the church’s new member orientation plan.
Any person (s) who is a member and/or regular attendee of Philippi Baptist Church desiring to participate in any ministries within the church in a worker or leadership capacity must be willing to undergo a background check as provided by the church. All findings of said background check will be made available to the individual upon request and held in confidence. The church reserves the right to deny participation to anyone refusing to undergo the above mentioned background check.
SECTION 4 – VOTING RIGHTS OF MEMBERS
Every member of the church is entitled to vote at all elections and on all questions submitted to the church in conference, provided the member is present or provision has been made for absentee balloting.
SECTION 5 – TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP
This church shall dismiss, from its membership, those who are removed by death, those who unite with churches of other faiths to which this church does not grant letters, those who request a church of like faith and order to ask for a letter of transfer, those who may request membership to cease, and those who are found guilty of un-Christian conduct, and this only after due process of dealing with such members as discussed under Discipline, Section 6.
SECTION 6 – DISCIPLINE
- 1. It shall be the basic purpose of the Philippi Baptist Church to emphasize to its members that every reasonable measure will be taken to assist any troubled member. The pastor, other members of the church staff, and deacons are available for counsel and guidance. Redemption, rather than punishment, should be the guideline which governs the attitude of one member towards another.
- 2. Should some serious condition exist, which would cause a liability to the general welfare of the church, every reasonable measure will be taken by the pastor and by the deacons to resolve the problem, all such proceedings shall be pervaded by a spirit of Christian kindness and forbearance. But, finding that the welfare of the church will best be served by the exclusion of the member, the church may take this action by a majority vote of the members present at a meeting called for this purpose; and the church may proceed to declare the offender to be no longer in the membership of the church.
- 3. Any person whose membership has been terminated for any condition, which has made it necessary for the church to exclude him, may, upon his request, be restored to membership by a vote of the church upon evidence of his repentance and reformation.
ARTICLE II – CHURCH OFFICERS
All Church Officers must be members of the church. The officers of this church shall be as follows:
SECTION 1 – PASTOR
- When a vacancy occurs, a pastor shall be called by the church to serve until the relationship is dissolved at the request of either the pastor or the church. In either case, at least sixty days notice shall be given of termination of the relationship, unless otherwise mutually agreed, with both pastor and the church seeking to follow the will of God and the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
- Upon the resignation/termination of the pastor, the following persons will become a committee of nine (9) persons to nominate a Pastor Search Committee to be presented to the church for their consideration and election:
- The three (3) active members of the Nominating Committee with the Chairman serving as Chairman of this committee.
- Director of the Brotherhood
- Director of the WMU
- President of the Choir
- Director of the Sunday School
- Director of Discipleship Training
- Chairman of the Deacons
- This committee shall seek out six (6) persons (a committee of five with one alternate) who are adults (age 18 or older), well qualified, active and proven church members (3 men and 3 women) who are willing to serve on the Search Committee, and place their names in nomination for election by the church.
- An election (called conference with at least one week’s notice) will be held by the church congregation during which time additional names of church members may be placed in nomination from the floor. If nominations are made from the floor, the person or persons being nominated must be present, be adults (age 18 or older), well qualified, active and proven church member, and willing to serve if elected.
- If additional names are placed in nomination, a vote shall be taken and the three (3) men and the three (3) women with the most votes shall be elected as an alternate.
- The Pastor Search Committee shall have the responsibility to seek out and nominate, as pastor, a licensed and ordained Baptist minister of the Gospel whose Christian character and qualifications fit him for the office of pastor of this church. When the Committee has made their choice for a new pastor, they shall submit their recommendation to the church VIA the Deacons and the Church Council. Their recommendation must be in writing and shall include all information, qualifications, etc. available about the candidate, and also include a schedule of events as stated in (7) below. At least one week’s notice must be given for the called conference meeting. The Committee shall bring only one name at a time for consideration of the church, and no nomination shall be made except that of the committee.
- The Pastor Search Committee, in presenting the potential pastor to the church, shall allow time for the pastor to:
- Meet with the staff.
- Meet with the deacons.
- Meet with the congregation in a drop-in fellowship, and if at all possible, establish a question and answer period for the Pastor and congregation.
- Have the Pastor speak at both Sunday morning and Sunday evening services, sharing his testimony at one of the services.
- Have a time of fellowship after the evening service, serving light refreshments if time permits.
- The election to call the Pastor will be held during a called conference, using paper ballots. The election for the call of the pastor to Philippi shall be with an affirmation vote of the majority of those present and voting necessary for the call. Should the one recommended by the committee fail to receive a majority vote, the committee will be instructed to seek out another minister, and the meeting shall be adjourned without debate. The Chairman of the Pastor Search Committee shall call and inform the recommended Pastor the results of the vote. When a pastor is secured, the services of this Search Committee shall be terminated.
- Whenever a vacancy occurs, the Deacons will have the responsibility of selecting a supply pastor and presenting him to the church for approval by a majority vote.
- The Pastor shall be the leader of the church and shall have weekly staff meetings, or as often as needed, and give direction to the other staff personnel. He shall have in charge the welfare of all organizations, departments, and committees; he may call a special meeting of the Deacons or any committee according to procedures which may be set forth in the By-Laws; he shall conduct religious services on stated occasions, administer the ordinances, minister to membe3rs of the church and the community, and perform other duties that usually pertain to that office; he shall have charge of the pulpit ministry of the church and shall provide for pulpit supply when he is absent, and arrange for workers to assist in revival meetings and
other special services. The Pastor shall preside at all meetings of the church except as otherwise provided in the By-Laws. He shall be the administrative head of the church and shall arrange and approve all absences and vacations of all church employees.
SECTION 2 – CHURCH STAFF
- This church shall call or employ such staff members as the church shall need. A job description shall be written when the need for a staff member is determined. Staff members, other than the pastor, shall be recommended to the church by the Personnel Committee.
- The Personnel Committee shall seek out and nominate a staff person whose Christian character and qualification s fit the position of this church. When the committee has made their choice for the position, they shall submit their recommendation to the church. This recommendation must be in writing and shall include all information, qualifications, etc. available about the candidate.
- At least one week’s notice must be given for the called conference meeting. The committee shall bring only one name at a time for consideration of the church, and no nomination shall be made except that of the committee.
- The Personnel Committee, in presenting their potential staff member to the church, shall allow time for the staff member:
- To meet with the Pastor.
- Meet with congregation in a drop-in fellowship.
- Share his or her testimony in the service, at which time the vote will take place.
- The election of the staff member will be held during a called conference, using paper ballots. The election for the call of the staff member shall be with an affirmation vote of the majority of those present and voting necessary for the call. Should the one recommended by the Personnel Committee fail to receive 75% of the vote, the Personnel Committee will be instructed to seek out another person, and the meeting shall be adjourned without debate.
- At least two weeks notice at the time of resignation should be given except by mutual consent.
- The secretaries and custodians shall be recommended to the church. The election of these shall be held during a called conference, using paper ballots. Persons in these positions may or may not be members of this church.
- Any personnel matters of this church that need to be handled during a called conference shall be voted on by paper ballots. Members must be present to vote.
SECTION 3 – DEACONS – DEACON NOMINATION AND ELECTION
- THEIR NUMBER, ELECTION AND TERMS OF SERVICE
A. There may be one (1) active deacon position for every fifteen (15) resident family units
who are members of this church, with a minimum of ten (10) active deacons. The active deacons shall determine the number of active deacons to be serving at any one time. All men 21 years of age or older, that have been a member of this church, and have regularly attended all worship services (unless when on vacation or providentially hindered) for at
least one (1) year are eligible to be considered to have their name on the election ballot. Also, an individual may request that their name not be considered for election by calling the church office once the deacon election process begins.
B. Active deacons shall be elected by the church during the regular Sunday Morning Worship Service (s). Annual election for the new church year shall take place no later than the 1st Sunday in August. The church member ship shall be advised by mail, at least two (2) weeks in advance of the election. The election shall be by secret ballot. A candidate for deacon must receive a majority of the ballots cast to be elected.
- The normal term of office for deacons shall be three (3) years. Terms shall begin on September 1st and expire on August 31st. After serving a period of three years, a deacon shall be eligible for re-election, only after the lapse of at least one (1) year.
- If a vacancy occurs among the deacons, a special election will be held to fill that vacant position. The elected deacon for this position will serve the remainder of the vacant deacon’s term. If the elected deacon has never been ordained, an ordination service must be performed before his duties begin.
- The deacons shall elect the following officers: Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, and such other officers and committees as they deem best to carry on their work. New officers shall be elected on the 2nd Sunday in August, but their duties won’t begin until September 1st (the new church year).
- The church may confer the honorary title, Deacon Emeritus, to any deacon who, by reason of honorable service, shall have earned such distinction, and who, by reason of age or infirmities, no longer is able to render active service as a deacon.
- A deacon may be removed from active service by a majority vote by the deacon body.
- There is no obligation to elect, as an active deacon, a person who comes to this church from another church where they have served as deacon.
- The church shall ordain any individual elected to the office of deacon, who has not been previously ordained by this church or by another Baptist church of like faith and order.
- A deacon nominee must be a man, at least 21 years old or older, regularly attendee, completed the Prospective Deacon Questionnaire, and a member of this church for at least 12 months prior to presentation of the nominee’s list to the church.
- In electing deacons the church shall use the Bible as the guide: I Timothy 3:8-13 “Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For they that have used the office of a deacon purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. NOTE: Also see Acts 6:1-8
A. In accordance with the meaning of the work and practice of the church and the practice of the church, the task of the deacon shall be to serve with the ministerial staff in:
a. Proclaiming the gospel to believers and unbelievers.
b. Caring for church members and other persons in the community.
c. Leading the church to engage in a fellowship of worship, witness, education and ministry.
d. Leading the church in performing its tasks.
e. Serving as an exemplary Christian leader.
f. Protecting and promoting the unity and fellowship of the church.
g. Supporting the programs of the church and the actions taken in church conference
h. Supporting the programs of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Baptist State Convention of South Carolina, and the Union County Baptist Association in missions, education and benevolence.
B. Deacons shall meet regularly, at least once each month, and at such other times that they may be called together by their chairman or the senior minister.
C. A majority of the number of active deacons shall constitute a quorum at any deacons’ meeting for the purpose of transacting business and approval of recommendations to be presented to the church.
D. Changes to the PROSPECTIVE DEACONS’ QUESTIONNAIRE (APPENDIX A) must be approved by the church.
SECTION 4 – MODERATOR
The Pastor shall be the Moderator. In the absence of the Pastor/Moderator, the Chairman or Vice-Chairman of Deacons shall preside; or in the absence of these, the clerk shall call the church to order and an acting moderator shall be elected.
SECTION 5 – CLERK
The church-elected Clerk of the Church shall keep, in a suitable book, a record of all the actions of the church, except as otherwise herein provided. He or she is responsible for keeping a register of the names of members, with dates of admission, dismission, or death, together with a record of baptisms. He or she shall issue letters of dismission, voted by the church, preserve on file all communications and written official reports, and give legal notice of all meetings where such notice is necessary, as indicated by these By-Laws. The Church may delegate some of the clerical responsibilities to a church secretary. All church records are church property and should be filed in the church office. The clerk shall have the responsibility of coordinating the preparation of Annual Associational Letter and other pertinent date applicable to this office.
SECTION 6 – TREASURER
The church shall elect annually a Church treasurer. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to receive, preserve, and pay out, upon receipt of vouchers of approved billings and/or other approved and signed by authorized personnel, all money, or things of value paid or given to the church, keeping at all times an itemized account of all receipts and disbursements. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to render to the church at each regular business meeting an itemized report of the receipts and disbursements for the preceding month and these to be preserved in the church office. The Treasurer’s books shall be made available as desired by the Finance Committee for review or audit, and all books, records, and accounts kept by the Treasurer shall be considered the property of the church. The Treasurer, if not an active Deacon, shall, upon invitation, meet with the Deacons, and shall be an ex-officio member of the Finance Committee. In case the Treasurer is not available to take care of the essential signing of checks necessary, the checks may be signed by the Assistant Treasurer, or someone elected by the Church for the purpose.
SECTION 7 – ASSISTANT TREASURER/FINANCIAL SECRETARY (ATFS)
The AFTS shall be elected annually by the church. He or she shall receive the empty collection envelopes after the money has been counted by the Church Treasurer or by the designated persons selected by the Church to serve in this capacity; and from these the AFTS shall give donors individual credit. The ATFS shall keep the file copy of each individual giving record for a period of five (5) years and shall also be responsible for preparing and distributing annual (or quarterly if requested by an individual) records of contributions to all contributing members. In the absence of the Treasurer, the ATFS will act accordingly. All records and files shall be considered the property of the Church.
SECTION 8 – TRUSTEES
The Church shall elect three members as trustees. Their term of office shall be for three years with one trustee being elected each year. Vacancies may be filled at any time with the one elected filling out the unexpired term of the one whose vacancy is being filled. Having served as a trustee during a previous term will not disqualify a member for re-election. Trustees shall be nominated by the regular Nominating Committee.
The trustees shall, as provided by law and the action of the Church, hold in trust all property of the Church and shall represent the church in all matters of legal responsibility regarding the purchase, improvement, and disposal of Church property. They shall execute all legal papers relating to the church and to the community as the Church may direct. They shall have no power to buy, sell, mortgage, lease, or transfer any property of the Church without a specific vote of the Church authorizing such action. Neither shall they have any control over the use of the Church property except by vote of the Church. The trustees, in cooperation with the Deacons, shall see that adequate insurance is carried on the Church property at all times.
ARTICLE III – OTHER CHURCH OFFICERS
In addition to those ever-essential officers named in Article II, other officers shall be: Director of Music, Director of Sunday School, Director of Discipleship Training, Director of the Men’s Ministry, Director of the Woman’s Missionary Union, and other such officers as may be desired. All officers of the church and its organizations, unless otherwise specified, shall be elected for a term of one year, upon the recommendation of the Nominating Team.
SECTION 1 – DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
The Director of Music shall assist the Pastor in the organization and administration of the musical work within the Church. He will guide in determining plans and policies and shape these into programs of work. This will be done by working closely with the Director of Sunday School, Director of Discipleship Training, Director of the Brotherhood, Director of the Woman’s Missionary Union, and through the Church Council and other planning meetings.
The Instrumentalists shall play for all services as directed by the Director of Music. They shall cooperate with the Director of Music in the attainment of a suitable program of church music.
SECTION 2 – DIRECTOR OF SUNDAY SCHOOL
The Director of the Sunday School shall have general oversight of the entire school, and shall administer its affairs in cooperation with and according to the plans and methods of the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, subject to the approval of the local Church. He shall acquaint himself with the best methods of Religious Education through Sunday
School programs and endeavor to adopt them in this school. It shall be his duty to council with his teachers and officers through officers’ and teachers’ meetings and the work of the school, giving advice and receiving suggestions from his co-workers. He shall see that a full and accurate report is made of the work of the Sunday School and is available for any business meeting of the Church.
SECTION 3 – DIRECTOR OF DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING
The Director of Discipleship Training shall have charge of the activities of the Discipleship Training. He shall acquaint himself with the program and methods outlines by the Discipleship Training Department of the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention for the organization and shall endeavor to adopt such programs in this Church, subject to the approval of the Church. He shall see that a full and accurate report is made of the work of all Discipleship Training and is available for any business meeting of the church.
SECTION 4 – DIRECTOR OF MEN’S MINISTRY
The Director of Men’s Ministry shall promote the work of the Men’s Ministry as outlined by the Brotherhood Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, seeking to enlist the men of the Church in an active program for Christ and all boys of the Church in a program of missions, training, giving and activity subject to the approval of the Church. The duties of this ministry will be to conduct studies to determine local missions needs and develop plans for meeting those needs. The Director shall see that a full and accurate report is made of the work of the Men’s Ministry and is available for any business meeting of the Church. The Director is to authorize all allocations and expenditures of the Men’s Ministry.
SECTION 5 – DIRECTOR OF WOMAN’S MISSIONARY UNION
The Director of the Woman’s Missionary Union shall seek to enlist all the women and girls of the Church in a program of missions, training, praying, giving, and activity according to plans promoted by the Woman’s Missionary Union Auxiliary to the Southern Baptist Convention and subject to the approval of the Church. The duties of this ministry will be to conduct studies to determine local mission s needs and develop plans for meeting those needs. She shall see that a full and accurate report is made of the work of the Woman’s Missionary Union and is available for any business meeting of the Church. The Director is to authorize all allocations and expenditures of the Woman’s Missionary Union.
COMMITTEES AND COORDINATING GROUPS OR PERSONS
SECTION 1 – GENERAL
All Church committees shall be recommended by the Nominating Committee and elected by the Church unless otherwise indicated in the description below. Since the Pastor is an ex-officio member of all committees, he shall be informed of all meetings and meeting places as other members of the committee. Each committee shall meet at least once each quarter to discuss the matters and functions of the committee.
SECTION 2 – CHURCH COUNCIL
- The primary functions of the council shall be to recommend to the congregation suggested objectives and church goals; to review and coordinate program plans recommended by church officers, organizations, and committees; to recommend to the congregation the use of leadership, calendar time, and other resources according to program priorities; and to evaluate program achievements in terms of church goals and objectives.
- The council, unless otherwise determined by vote of the Church, shall have as regular members: the Pastor, Music Director, Sunday School Director, Discipleship Training Director, Woman’s Missionary Union Director, Men’s Ministry Director, and Chairman of Deacons. Committee chairman and Church elected officers may serve as ex-officio members if so desired by the committee. The Pastor will serve as Chairman of the Church Council.
- All matters agreed upon by the council, calling for action not already authorized, shall be referred to the church for approval or disapproval.
SECTION 3 – NOMINATING TEAM
- The Nominating Team coordinates the staffing of all church leadership positions (including this committee and excluding the office of deacon) that are filled by volunteers. The team recommends persons for these positions to be elected by the church.
- The Nominating Team shall serve on a three-year rotation system with one third to be elected each year. The chairman shall be elected by the team members. This team shall consist of three (3) persons plus the five (5) members hereinafter designated.
- Throughout the year, the Nominating Team shall have the responsibility of nominating to the church persons to serve in the various volunteer positions of the church organizations, regular and special committees, vacated from time to time, by removal, death, expiration of term of office, or failure to function. The first report of the team for new officers each year shall consist of nominations for the offices of Music Director, Sunday School Director, Discipleship Training Director, Woman’s Missionary Union Director, and Brotherhood Director. Upon their election by the church, these persons shall become members of the Nominating Team to assist with the selection of other personnel for the organizations and teams of the Church. This action shall be accomplished prior to July 1, and the final report of the committee shall be presented to the Church no later than September 5th each year.
- All reports of the team shall be suggestive to the Church, and any member of the Church shall have the privilege of a nomination from the floor.
SECTION 4 – PROPERTIES TEAM
The Properties Team assists the Church in maters related to property administration. Its work includes such areas as maintaining all Church properties for ready use, recommending policies regarding use of properties, recommending employment of maintenance personnel, and assigning responsibility to appropriate personnel for supervision. This team shall consist of four (4) sub-teams covering the areas of: carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and grounds. Each sub-team shall consist of three (3) members serving on a three-year rotation system with one member being elected each year. The chairman of the Properties Team shall be elected by the team members. Any project whose materials exceed the amount of $100.00, or whose labor will incur charges, must have prior consultation and approval with the chairman of the Properties Team.
SECTION 5 – FLOWER TEAM
The Flower Team shall be composed of three (3) persons serving three-year terms in rotation. The team shall be responsible for securing, arranging, and disposing of floral arrangements for church services. When practical, the flowers used in church services, shall be taken to sick or shut-in members. The selection and care of containers and other supplies necessary to this work shall be the responsibility of this team. The chairman shall be elected by the team members.
SECTION 6 – BENEVOLENCE TEAM
It shall be the responsibility of the team to investigate cases of material need in the church and community, and when deemed necessary, to assist the needy to a limited amount. The limited amount is generally not to exceed $100.00. This team shall be made up of the Pastors, Director of WMU, and the Director of Men’s Ministry.
SECTION 7 – CHURCH HOST/HOSTESS (Formerly the Kitchen Committee)
The Host/Hostess shall be responsible for formulating and recommending to the church policies for the kitchen and for communicating these policies to church members. They shall be responsible for ordering kitchen supplies and periodically checking the condition of the kitchen. They shall advise the different Kitchen Teams in providing meals for various church functions.
SECTION 8 – BAPTISM TEAM
The Baptism Team is elected to assist in preparing for the Ordinance of Baptism. The team is responsible for preparing the candidates and the baptistry for the Ordinance. This is a two-member team elected each year.
SECTION 9 – PERSONNEL TEAM
The Personnel Team assists the church in matters related to employed personnel administration. Its work includes such areas as: determining staff needs, employment, salaries, benefits, and personnel services. This team shall have three (3) members serving three-year terms on a rotation basis with one being elected each year. The chairman shall be elected by the team members.
SECTION 10 – LORD’S SUPPER TEAM
The Lord’s Supper Team prepares the elements and the equipment for the Observance of the Lord’s Supper. The team shall perform the preparatory and maintenance work as required to observe the memorial service, and will be responsible for preparing the elements on a schedule approved by the church. Two persons make up this team and are elected each year.
SECTION 11 – NURSERY CORRELATING TEAM
This team shall coordinate the church’s nursery activities and help nursery parents and teachers work together. The team will see that adequate provisions are made for nursery children each time they are at church and for all services. This is a three-member team elected to serve three years on a rotation basis with one person being elected each year. The chairperson shall be elected by the team members.
SECION 12 – CHURCH USHERS
- Every regular Church usher shall be selected by the Nominating Team and elected by the Church. The ushers shall be led by an usher chairman also selected by the Nominating Team and elected by the Church. The ushers are to greet people as they enter and leave the Church, seat people at the proper time, provide bulletins, and/or other materials at the time of seating. It shall be the duty of this team to become familiar with the lighting and audio speaker systems and operate them upon request; to receive tithes and offerings, and be attentive to the needs of the congregation and the Pastor.
- There shall be a group of junior ushers composed of young single men of the church serving with this team of ushers. These young men shall be in training at all times and shall serve as ushers during youth services, revivals, and on special occasions during the year.
- It shall be the responsibility of the chairman to see that the ushers receive proper training and are well informed of their responsibilities. It shall be the further duty of the chairman
to have on duty a sufficient number of ushers at each regular and special Church service. Prior to worship services, the chairman shall check with the Pastor for any special instructions, changes in order of service, etc.
SECTION 13 – FINANCE COMMITTEE
The Finance Committee shall be composed of all active deacons. If not an active deacon, the treasurer shall be an ex-officio member of this committee. This committee shall have the responsibility of managing all finances of the church and keeping the congregation informed of the financial status of the church at all times.
SECTION 14 – BUDGET PLANNING TEAM
The Budget Planning Team shall be composed of the Church Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer/Financial Secretary, Church Council, and one church member at large. This team shall prepare and submit to the church each year an all-inclusive unified budget indicating by items the amount needed and sought for all local and worldwide expenses. The Finance Committee shall review the budget prior to submission for church approval.
SECTION 15 – EVANGELISM TEAM
This team shall consist of all church council members and their primary responsibility will be to plan and coordinate the church’s schedule of evangelistic events including revivals, conferences, etc.
SECTION 16 – PUBLIC RELATIONS TEAM
This team will consist of three members serving for three years on a rotation system with one member elected each year. The chairman shall be elected by the team members. This team will be responsible for seeing that the good news concerning Philippi Baptist Church gets out to the public. Newsworthy events will be written up and given to various media. Other available means may be used to publicize the church. This team will work closely6 with the Pastor in advertising services and/or events.
SECTION 17 – ASSOCIATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER AND ALTERNATE
The Executive Committee Member and Alternate will be elected annually. It will be the responsibility of the Executive Committee member to attend Associational Executive Committee Meetings and to keep the church informed of action taken and business conducted. If the Executive Committee member cannot attend the Associational Committee Meeting, he will contact the alternate who will attend in his place.
SECTION 18 – ASSOCIATIONAL MESSENGERS AND ALTERNATES
The church shall annually elect the allotted number of messengers according to the Associational Constitution. It shall be the responsibility of the messengers to attend the Annual Associational Meeting and any called meetings. The messengers shall conduct the business of the association and make a report to the church. In case the messengers cannot attend a meeting, the alternates will be contacted to attend as messengers.
SECTION 19 – CHURCH HISTORIAN
The Church Historian shall be elected annually by the church. The Church Historian shall gather and preserve all significant church records, work closely with the church clerk in acquiring and maintaining these records, maintain a biographical sketch of all ministers who serve the church, seek ways to educate and inspire the church membership through the use of church history information, and prepare and update the church history at regular intervals.
SECTION 20 – LOCKHART CHRISTIAN ACTION TEAM
There shall be two representatives of our church elected annually to serve on this team. These representatives shall attend the meetings as scheduled, conduct the business at hand and make reports to the church.
SECTION 21 – VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL DIRECTOR
The VBS Director shall be elected annually by the church. The VBS Director shall work closely with the Pastor and Sunday School Director in planning and promoting the Vacation Bible School of the church.
SECTION 22 – PARLIAMENTARIAN AND ASSISTANT
The Parliamentarian and Assistant shall be elected annually by the church. They shall be familiar with Roberts Rules of Order and the Church Constitution and By-Laws. During such times as needed the Parliamentarian may be called upon to advise the Moderator in church business meetings.
SECTION 23 – BUS MINISTRY TEAM
The Bus Team is elected to carry out the responsibilities of the Bus Ministry. The team shall be responsible for driving for various church functions, keeping up with routine maintenance, and insuring that the buses are clean and safe for church use. The chairman shall be elected by the team members.
SECTION 24 – OTHER AND SPECIAL TEAMS
- Any additional teams or persons shall be elected as desired by the church to serve for the purpose designated. Duties and responsibilities of such committees or persons shall be defined and adopted as a part of the By-Laws.
- Special teams shall be elected for special obligations as desired by the church. Such teams shall be elected by the church upon the recommendation of the Nominating Team unless the church directs their appointment in a different manner. Under normal circumstances, the services of these teams shall be considered terminated upon the completion of assignment.
SECTION 25 – CHRISTIAN LIFE TEAM
The Christian life Team identifies social and moral issues to which the congregation needs to respond. It brings appropriate issues and concerns to the attention of the congregation and makes suggestions for individual and church response. It relates to the Christian Life Commission in the Union County Baptist Association, the South Carolina Baptist Convention, and to the Christian Life Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, helping to make literature, information, resources, and action plans available to the entire church, including its various organizations. This is a three member team elected to serve permanently with one person being elected chairperson each year by the committee.
SECTION 26 – GREETERS’ TEAM
The purpose of this team is to welcome and greet all persons who attend Philippi Baptist Church. They should go “out of their way” to make visitors feel at home while worshiping with us. Their duties shall include, but are not limited to: opening and closing sanctuary doors, assisting those with special needs, providing a warm welcome and dismissal to worshipers, providing direction/instruction when necessary, monitoring hallways in between services and Sunday School, distributing bulletins, announcements, prayer sheets, etc., assisting in overflow situations, and aiding the staff as necessary for comfortable, Christ-honoring worship.
ARTICLE V – PROGRAM SERVICES
SECTION 1 – GENERAL
The staff of program services shall be recommended by the Church Nominating Committee for election by the church.
SECTION 2 – CHURCH RECREATION SERVICE
The Recreation Staff will serve the church in seeking to meet the recreational needs of members and groups. They will provide recreation activities and provide consultation, leadership assistance and resources. This committee shall be under the direction of the Pastor. The size of this committee will vary according to the need. This committee shall be elected annually by the church. All activities shall be carried out in accordance with the Rules and Guidelines for the CFC.
SECTION 3 – CHURCH LIBRARY STAFF
The Church Library Staff shall consist of a Director and an Assistant Director elected annually by the church. The Library staff shall have the responsibility for maintaining the church library. This will include the proper selection and cataloging of books and materials, spending budgeted money wisely in keeping the library updated, opening the library at designated times, and encouraging and assisting church members in the proper use of the library.
ARTICLE VI – PROGRAM ORGANIZATIONS
SECTION 1 – GENERAL
- All organizations of the church shall be under church control; all officers being elected by the church and reporting regularly to the church.
- The church of the Lord Jesus Christ should, as a bare minimum, expect the following three-fold standard from her leaders, officers and teachers:
A. Be Spiritual – Be a Christian – persons that have had a personal experience with the Lord Jesus Christ and have accepted Him as Savior and Lord of their lives.
B. Be a Christian influence/example:
a. Possess Christian morals and live daily a life that will be a Christian influence on others of the Church and community.
b. Live in pure, Biblical relationships as defined in scripture.
c. Abstain from the use or sale of intoxicating drink.
d. Abstain from the very presence and appearance of evil and immorality as defined in scripture.
C. Be a member of Philippi Baptist Church.
D. Be faithful to their Lord, their Church and themselves:
a. Be cooperative with their Pastor, other church leaders and the church, in a great program of spiritual advancement.
b. Be in attendance at every service of worship in their church unless hindered by some
reason approved by a good conscience; this includes Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Mid-Week Prayer Meeting.
c. Unless providentially hindered, teachers and officers of the Sunday School shall attend all teachers and officers meetings to share ideas and help plan active projects for their class, department, and the church organization as a whole.
d. Take advantage of every opportunity for training offered by the Church, Association, and Convention to be better equipped for their elected responsibility.
SECTION 2 – SUNDAY SCHOOL
There shall be a Sunday School, divided into departments and classes for all ages and conducted under the direction of a General Director for the study of God’s Word.
The tasks of the Sunday School shall be to teach the biblical revelation; lead in reaching all prospects for the church; lead all church members to worship, witness, learn and minister daily; provide and interpret information regarding the work of the Church and the denomination.
SECTION 3 – DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING
There shall be Discipleship Training, divided into departments for all ages and conducted under the direction of a General Director. The Discipleship Training shall serve as the training organization of the church.
The tasks of the Discipleship Training shall be to teach systematic theology, Christian history, Christian ethics, and church policy and organization; give orientation to new church members; train all church members to worship, witness, learn, and minister daily; train leaders for the church and the denomination; discover, recruit, and train potential leaders; provide for specialized training, provide organization and leadership for special projects of the church; provide and interpret information regarding the work of the church and the denomination.
SECTION 4 – WOMAN’S MISSIONARY UNION
There shall be a Woman’s Missionary Union with a Director and such officers and organization as needed. The tasks of the Woman’s Missionary Union shall be to teach mission, lead persons to participate in missions, provide organization and leadership for special mission projects of the church, and provide and interpret information regarding the work of the church and the denomination.
SECTION 5 – MEN’S MINISTRY
There shall be a Men’s Ministry with a Director and such officers and organization as needed. The tasks are to teach missions; lead all men, young men, and boys to participate in mission activities; provide organization and leadership for special projects of the church; provide and interpret information regarding the work of the church and the denomination.
SECTION 6 – CHURCH MUSIC PROGRAM
There shall be a Church Music Program under the direction of the Music Director. Such officers and/or organizations shall be included as needed. The music tasks shall be to teach music and hymnody, provide music and musicians for the congregational services and the organizations of the church, play music, provide organization and leadership for special projects of the church, provide and interpret information regarding the work of the church and the denomination.
SECTION 7 – NURSERY
Guidelines and Regulations
- The nursery workers will consist only of the volunteers that are scheduled, or appointed to work on that particular meeting time.
- Any child that is to be in the care of the nursery must be signed in/out at the entrance of the nursery upon each visit.
- Upon departure, the same adult that signed in the child must also sign out the child, unless otherwise noted in the comment section of the sign-in sheet.
- Anyone apart from the scheduled/appointed workers and the signed-in children are not allowed into or through the nursery while the nursery is in operation. (The operational times begin when the first child is signed in and end when the last child is signed out.)
- Each parent/guardian, whose child is involved in the nursery, must complete an information form for their child/children. (The forms may be picked up and dropped off at the nursery.)
ARTICLE VII – ORDINANCES
SECTION 1 – BAPTISM
A person who receives Jesus Christ as Savior by personal faith, who professes Him publicly at any worship service, and who indicates a commitment to follow Christ as Lord, shall be received by the church for baptism.
- Baptism shall be by immersion in water.
- Baptism shall be administered by the pastor or whomever the church shall authorize. The Baptism Committee shall assist in the preparation for an Observance of Baptism.
- Baptism shall be administered as an act of worship at any of the worship services.
- A person professing Christ and failing to be baptized after a reasonable length of time, shall be counseled by the pastor and/or staff and deacons. If negative interest is ascertained, he shall be deleted from those awaiting baptism.
SECTION 2 – THE LORD’S SUPPER
The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and fruit of the vine, commemorate the death of Jesus Christ and anticipate His second coming.
- The Lord’s Supper shall be observed quarterly, preferably the first Sunday of the quarter, or as otherwise scheduled.
- The Lord’s Supper shall be observed in the Morning or Evening Worship Services.
- The pastor and deacons shall be responsible for the physical preparation of the Lord’s Supper
ARTICLE VIII – CHURCH MEETINGS
SECTION 1 – WORSHIP SERVICES
Unless the church, through a majority vote, elects to change a scheduled service or services, or in the case of inclement weather, the church shall meet regularly each Sunday Morning, Sunday Evening, and Wednesday Evening, for preaching, instruction, evangelism, and for the worship of Almighty God. These meetings will be open for the entire membership of the church and for all people and shall be conducted under the direction of the pastor.
SECTION 2 – ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES
All funds for any and all purposes shall pass through the hands of the Church Treasurer or Assistant Treasurer/Financial Secretary and be properly recorded on the books of the church.
A system of accounting that will adequately provide for the handling of all funds shall be the responsibility of the Finance Committee and Church Council.
SECTION 3 – FISCAL YEAR
The fiscal year of the church shall run concurrently with the church year which begins on September 1 and ends on August 31. However, the church budget and financial year shall begin on January 1 and end on December 31. (Calendar Year)
ARTICLE X – GENERAL
SECTION 1 – LICENSE
When a member announces to the church that he feels the Call to the Ministry, the church, by majority vote, may license him as an acknowledgement of his Call to the Ministry and encouragement to make preparations for it. The Clerk of the Church may furnish the member with a copy of the minutes or a Certificate of License as his credential. It is understood that the performance of civil cuties by the member shall be governed by State Law. The church may, at its discretion, revoke any such license by majority vote.
SECTION 2 – ORDINATION
In the event this church is requested by a Baptist Congregation to ordain a member who has been called as its Pastor, the following procedure shall be followed: The church will express its approval by a majority vote of the members present at any regularly arranged business meeting of the church. Then the church shall invite the Associational Council or Ordinations to examine the candidate concerning his fitness for the Ministry. In the event the Association has no such council, the church shall invite representatives of neighboring churches to examine the candidate and report to the church.
SECTION 3 – AFFILIATION WITH ASSOCIATIONS AND CONVENTIONS
We recognize that there is mutual helpfulness in the association of churches who are in such agreement in faith and practice as to encourage the spirit of fellowship and good will. We also recognize that there have been devised, through the voluntary cooperation of church of like faith and order, organizations whose purpose it is to implement the Missionary, Educational, and Benevolent interests and obligations of the individual Christian and his church family.
Believing that the Union Association of Baptist, the Baptist State Convention of South Carolina, and the Southern Baptist Convention are organizations which have as their sole purpose the promotion and support of missions, education and benevolence of the character and in keeping with the spirit of the Constitution and the Articles of Faith of this church, we, therefore, agree to participate in these organizations through our duly elected messengers and our support of the causes which these organizations represent.
SECTION 4 – PROPERTY HOLDING
If, at any time, this church shall determine to alter the quality of its Beliefs and Practices, so as in important respects, to be at variance with the character described in this Constitution and in the Articles of Faith, if the decision is by less than unanimous vote of those present at a regular business meeting of the church, it is understood that the rights of the church property shall inhere in the part of the congregation which shall agree to continue to use the property for the purpose for which it was purchased and has been to that time maintained.
ARTICLE XI – ADOPTION AND AMENDMENTS
SECTION 1 –
This Constitution and By-Laws shall be considered adopted and in immediate effect if and when a majority of the members present at the business meeting at which vote is taken shall vote in favor or same. This vote shall be taken not less than thirty days after formal presentation to the church.
SECTION 2 –
Changes in this Constitution and By-Laws may be made at any regular business meeting of the church, provided such amendments shall have been presented in writing at a previous meeting, and copies of the proposed amendment be furnished to each member present. Amendments to the Constitution shall be by majority vote of all member of the church present entitled to vote; amendments to the By-Laws shall have a concurrence of a majority of the members present and voting.
ARTICLE XII – VALIDATE
SECTION 1 –
The adoption of this Constitution and By-Laws shall affect a repeal of all previously adopted rules in conflict herewith.
SECTION 2 –
A copy of the constitution and By-Laws shall at all times be kept by the clerk among his or her records and another copy shall be kept in the church office, and all amendments to or revisions thereof shall, after passage by the church, be prepared by the clerk and attached to copies of the Constitution and By-Laws and made available to the church members generally upon request. A copy of this Constitution and By-Laws shall be maintained in the Church Library for the convenience of Church members and the master copy shall be maintained and filed in the church’s safe deposit box at the bank.
ARTICLE XIII – CEMETERY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
SECTION 1 – PRICING POLICY
- There shall be no charge for plots (single graves) for any member of Philippi Baptist Church, resident and non-resident.
- If a member of the Philippi Baptist Church is married to a non-member, there shall be no charge on a single plot (one grave) for the non-member spouse, and/or any non-member minor, non-working dependent child living at home. This would include children under 18 years of age, children over 18, not working and a full time student in an accredited school or college, or handicapped children, not able to work regardless of age.
- No more plots will be sold after November 30, 1995.
SECTION 2 – OWNERSHIP POLICY
- Persons and families eligible for free plot sites shall select and register same with the cemetery caretaker before ownership can be claimed.
SECTION 3 – RESTRICTIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS
- Nothing will be allowed in the cemetery except headstones and foot markers. Foot markers are to be installed at ground level. Heretofore, there will be no exceptions to this rule, and anyone not abiding by it shall be required to remove markers, and they shall be installed properly and correctly. Anyone not abiding by this restriction shall be given a sixty (60) day notice of default, and if not corrected within said time frame, the Caretaker shall take immediate action to correct same at the expense of the owner or responsible person or family. The cemetery must be left clean by persons doing work on graves.
- Specific rules, restrictions and instructions in writing shall be given to and discussed with owner by the Caretaker at the time of ownership registration.
- The Caretaker and Assistant, appointed by the church, shall have complete authority of the Cemetery Administration. He shall maintain the blue print of cemetery plots, maintain a book of registrations, and make reports to the Church or Church Council as may be desired. Even though the Caretaker shall be in charge, the Assistant Caretaker, the active Deacons, Trustees, and Property Committee shall be familiar with these policies and procedures and shall be in a position to assist the Caretaker as needed.
ARTICLE XIV – CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP CENTER
SECTION 1 – STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The Christian Fellowship Center building was constructed for Philippi Baptist Church members and organizations. Our CFC building was designed as a multipurpose building. Its uses include church wide, class and family type functions, as well as limited recreational facilities.
We are thankful that God has provided us with these facilities. It is our desire to maintain, in the CFC, a distinctively Christ honoring atmosphere which will strengthen the Christian fellowship within our church family and build Christian character.
Our buildings are to be used at all times to magnify and exalt the name of Jesus Christ and to reach people for Him through all our activities.
We are anxious that our church be the kind of Christian fellowship where people grow in a meaningful relationship to God and to one another.
SECTION 2 – GENERAL GUIDELINES
The Christian Fellowship Center is for the use of members of Philippi Baptist Church. Members may invite guests to activities held in the CFC. However, guest should be aware that due to the prohibitive cost of insurance, Philippi Baptist Church assumes no liability for accidents related to activities held in its buildings. Therefore, we encourage the use of sound safety practices in all activities.
All activities will begin with prayer and be under adult supervision.
- The CFC may be used for (but not limited to) the following activities:
- Church-wide, departmental and class meals and socials
- Church approved scheduled recreational activities
- Church approved arts and craft classes
- Choir sponsored meals and socials
- The church’s mission organizations sponsored meals and socials
- Church-wide, departmental and class meetings
- Mission organization meetings
- Choir meetings
- Church approved Associational Meetings, meals and socials
- Other church approved meetings, meals, socials and singings
- Birthday parties
- Family Reunions
- Certain church approved community activities
- Since our buildings have been dedicated to the glory of God and for church use, they shall not be used for any activity which is contrary to established church policy such as (but not limited to):
- Sales and/or profit motivated activity
- Gambling activities
- General Rules
- Activities scheduled in the CFC should be confined to this building only, i.e. Do not enter Educational Building or Auditorium. Please enter and exit by CFC side door only.
- Sportsmanship, based on Christian principles, should be our standard of conduct.
- Modest clothing (including shirts and shoes) should be worn at all times.
- Food and drinks should not be brought on gym floor while recreational activities are in progress.
- There should be no “horseplay” or behavior likely to result in bodily injury or property destruction.
- There should be no smoking inside the building, and, of course, alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
- The building will not be available for recreational activities on Sunday or during scheduled services at the church.
- Equipment should be stored in the proper place immediately after use. (By the person using it.)
- There will be no loitering outside the CFC or on church property while services or activities are in progress.
- No pets are allowed in the buildings.
- Profane language or disorderly conduct is not permitted.
- The CFC may not be reserved on a continuing basis, other than normal routine scheduled activities as shown in SECTION 3.
SECTION 3 – SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
SECTION 4 – RESERVATIONS
- Who may reserve the building?
- Members of Philippi Baptist Church.
- Members and groups of Philippi Baptist Church shall have priority in reserving the CFC.
- All members of Philippi Baptist Church have the right to reserve the building.
- Members who desire to reserve the CFC must reserve the building by requesting that the Church Secretary place their name by the date and time they desire to reserve the building on the CFC reservations calendar kept in the church office.
- All reservable facilities shall be on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Anyone requesting reservations must provide responsible adult supervision and give the name of at least one responsible adult church member at the time the reservations are made, as being present and in charge of the group.
- Reservations should be made at the earliest possible time prior to the reservation date.
- Reservations should be promptly cancelled if plans are changed.
B Non-Church Members – Non-church members who desire to reserve the building should be referred to the Chairman of Deacons so that the Deacons can give consideration to their request.
C. Reservations for meetings and activities of an Associational or Community nature (or with another church) that would involve our membership, should be referred to the Chairman of Deacons so that the Deacons can give consideration to the request.
D. Cost – Church members who reserve and use our building for non-church related activities (family reunions, showers, birthday parties, etc.) should be aware that it is expensive to maintain and operate our buildings. Please help us to conserve with utility costs as much as possible. Church members that reserve our CFC Building must put up a $200.00 deposit at the church office upon receiving the key for the CFC Building. The $200.00 deposit will be returned to those members who clean up behind themselves, upon returning the CFC key to the church office during regular business hours. Church members who do not clean up after themselves will be charged the $200.00 deposit for clean up of the CFC and $200.00 for the worship center. Non-church members (except Southern Baptist Association) will be charged $500.00 for the use of the CFC, $1,000.00 for use of the church worship center, $200.00 for use of the sound system (use of the sound system must be accompanied by a trained church technician. Non-members will also be charged $200.00 for clean up of the CFC, if used, and $200.00 for the worship center, if used.
SECTION 5 – CARE OF EQUIPMENT AND BUILDINGS
- Except for skates, only the type of recreational equipment provided by the church may be used in the Christian Fellowship Center.
- All equipment should be stored after use. The Recreation Committee Chairman is responsible for shoring equipment back in its proper place after use during scheduled activities.
- None of the recreation equipment in the CFC may be borrowed for use away from our facilities.
- Balls are not to be deliberately kicked or thrown against the walls or ceilings of the building.
- The responsible adult in charge of the group shall see that equipment is not misused or deliberately abused.
- After use, the responsible adult in charge of the group will inspect and secure the building, making sure that no water is left running, restrooms are in order, heat or air conditioners are off, lights are off, and doors are secured.
- Any person or persons using the equipment or furniture or building shall leave it in good condition, clean and ready for use in every way.
- All recreational equipment should be confined to the gym area only.
- There shall be no hanging from the basketball rims or nets.
SECTION 6 – KITCHEN
- If the kitchen is to be used in conjunction with the CFC, it must be reserved.
- All food must be removed from kitchen promptly after close of meeting.
- Garbage and trash is to be bagged in plastic bags, which are provided, and placed in outside trash cans near double doors leading to the outside from the CFC.
- The kitchen should be left in a clean, sanitary and orderly condition. Clean all counters and tables after use.
SECTION 7 – WEDDINGS
- Members of Philippi Baptist Church may reserve church buildings for their wedding by contacting the church office. The Secretary will supply the individual requesting reservations for a wedding with detailed information and directions.
- Non-Church Members who desire to reserve church buildings for a wedding should be referred to the Chairman of Deacons so that the Deacons can give consideration to their request.
SECTION 8 – GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR ALL BUILDINGS AND EQUIPMENT
We are thankful that God has provided us with these facilities. It is our desire to maintain in our buildings a distinctively Christ-honoring atmosphere, which will strengthen the Christian fellowship within our church family and build Christian character.
Our buildings are to be used at all times to magnify and exalt the name of Jesus Christ and to reach people for Him through all our activities.
Each of us should be mindful that the condition of our buildings reflect our spirituality. Therefore, we all have an individual responsibility in protecting and maintaining the appearance of our buildings.
- Posters, notices, maps, etc., are to be placed on church provided bulletin boards only. Never tape, tack, blue, staple or nail any notice, poster or map, etc., to the walls, doors, or furniture.
- The church desires to cooperate with its members, other churches and organizations by sharing its equipment. However, pianos, organs, and office equipment will not be loaned.
- Excluding recreational activities in the CFC, there will be no running or horseplay in our buildings.
- Food and drink are not permitted in any building except the CFC and kitchen.
- No pets are permitted in any of our buildings.
- Modest Clothing (including shirts and shoes) should be worn at all times.
- Smoking or use of alcoholic beverages is not permitted in our buildings.
- There should be no loitering outside our building while services or activities are in progress.
- Profane language or disorderly conduct is not permitted.
- When candles are used, they should be of the dripless type.
- Exits must always be left free of furniture, equipment, etc.
ENCLOSURE I – RULES OF ORDER
For the conduct of Church Business Meeting… “Let all things be done decently and in order.”
REGULAR BUSINESS MEETING
SECTION 1 – ITEMS USUALLY CONSIDERED IN A REGULAR BUSINES MEETING
- Prayer and meditation.
- Reading of Minutes of Previous Meeting
- Report of Church Treasurer
- Report of other Church Officers: Sunday School, Discipleship Training, Woman’s Missionary Union, Men’s Ministry, or any other organizations.
- Unfinished Business – (Note: A motion to consider is not necessary. The matter is before the church and should be acted upon unless a motion to postpone is acted upon.)
- Report of Committees – (Note: These reports should be adopted, together with any amendments that may be made unless a motion to postpone be carried. In such case, such reports remain as unfinished business for the next meeting.)
- New Business – (Note: It is the privilege of any member to present any matter which, in his or her judgment, should claim the attention of the church. But such procedure is usually unwise unless the one presenting the matter is prepared to make a motion to consider the matter, and unless the counsel of others has previously been sought.
- Consideration of Recommendations of the Deacons
- Authorization of Expenditure of Money
- The Acceptance of Resignations and Employment of New Workers
- Consideration of New Buildings and Repairs and Replacements
- The Granting of Letters of Dismissal
SECTION 2 – ITEMS USUALLY CONSIDERED IN A SPECIAL BUSINESS MEETING
(Note: No item of business should be considered in such meetings except the one matter for which the meeting is called, except that by unanimous consent other matters may be considered which were not specified in the call.)
SECTION 3 – PROCEDURES TO BE FOLLOWED CONCERNING REPORTS, MOTIONS, RESOLUTIONS, ETC.
Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised is the authority for Parliamentary Rules of Procedure for all business meetings of the church.
- A matter may not be discussed until a motion has been made and duly seconded; and, unless withdrawn by the one making and the one seconding it, must be voted on.
- During the discussion of a motion, a new motion dealing with another subject matter may not be presented.
- An amendment to a motion changes neither the meaning not the purpose of the original motion. It is concerned with method, clarification, time, place, persons, etc. At times, an amendment or an amendment to an amendment has the effect of changing the meaning and purpose of the original motion. In such cases, it is the duty of the moderator to rule that the adoption of such amendment, or amendments, would, in effect, deny the meaning and purpose of the original motion and consequently is out of order. In such an event, unless the ruling of the moderator is overruled by an appeal to the floor, a substitute motion would be in order.
- If an amendment to a motion is accepted by the mover, no vote on the amendment is necessary. When, therefore, an amendment is accepted or voted upon, then the motion to adopt the original motion, following a free discussion, is in order.
- There are other motions which are always in order when a matter is under discussion. There are: (a) a motion to “lay on the table’, (b) to commit to a committee, (c) “to postpone action”, (d) to call for the previous question, (e) “to adjourn”, (f) “to reconsider”. None of these motions can be made or acted upon while a member is speaking or a vote is being taken. Such motions are always in order, but it is most often unwise to make use of them. Comments on each type as listed above follows:
- The effect of a motion “to lay on the table” is to postpone action; and when once a motion is laid on the table, it may be considered at a subsequent meeting, but as though it
were new business. Such a motion is not debatable unless some mention of time, or place, or purpose forms a part of the motion.
- The effect of a motion to “commit to a committee” is to postpone action in the belief that the matter under discussion merits further study. It means that the maker of such a motion, and those who are inclined to favor, believe that careful study by a smaller group would be profitable to all.
- A motion to “postpone action” on a matter differs from that of a motion “to commit to a committee” to study only to the extent that a committee to study is not provided in the matter.
- A “call for the previous question” is a call for the cessation of debate and immediate action on the motion before the body. It should be used sparingly in a democratic body because the effect of it is to deny a full debate to what may be a large minority. When such a motion is made, the moderator may say “shall the main question now be put?” If the vote is affirmative, the motion, without further debate, must be acted upon by the body. Such a motion is not open to debate unless the original motion contains some condition as to time, place, or purpose.
- The effect of a motion “to adjourn” is to cut off further debate without any opportunity for a vote. Such a motion should not be often made in a democratic body. It is not debatable unless there is, in the motion, some condition as to time, place, or purpose. However, if the body decides to adjourn at a given time, it is the duty of the moderator, without a motion, to adjourn the meeting when the hour arrives.
- A motion “to reconsider” has reference to a motion which has been formerly adopted. Such a motion can be made only by a person who voted with the majority when the original motion was passed. If such a motion prevails, the original motion is before the body as though it had never been acted upon.
- Any member has the right to appeal from the decision of the moderator, although such an action should be rare. In such a case the moderator should say, “shall the appeal be sustained?” If a majority does not vote to sustain, then the ruling made ay the moderator does not stand. It is the business and duty of a moderator to call to order any member who, in debate or otherwise, violated any regular rule or order. Moreover, any member has a right to make a point of order if, in his or her judgment, the moderator has failed to observe, or has wrongly interpreted recognized rules of order or procedure. In this event, the moderator may refuse to recognize the point of order as raised. Then, in such an event, an appeal to his decision, as outlined above, may be made.
SECTION 4 – MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS
- In stating a motion, or when one is being made and acted upon, the moderator should stand.
- In the event of a “Tie vote” the moderator may vote or decline to vote, If he declines, the matter is decided in the negative.
- No member is entitled to speak on a matter or a motion preparatory to making a motion, unless he or she is explaining why, in his or her judgment, such a motion should be made. However, it is better to make a motion, get a second to it, and then explain the motion.
- In case there are several nominees for an office, the moderator should call first for a vote on the nominee last named, and so on.
- All reports from committees, and all motions and resolutions of any considerable length should be written out and handed to the clerk.