Constitution

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF VIBURNUM

We declare and establish this constitution to preserve and secure the principles of our faith and to govern this body in an orderly manner. The constitution will preserve the liberties of each individual member and the freedom of action of this body in its relation to other churches.

l. NAME

This body shall be known as the First Baptist Church of Viburnum, located at Viburnum, Iron County, Missouri. This church is incorporated under the laws of the state of Missouri as a non-profit corporation. This church is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and religious purposes as outlined in the Internal Revenue Code.

ll. PURPOSE

The First Baptist Church of Viburnum will strive to accomplish the following four purposes.

(A) To be a Bible believing, Bible preaching, Bible teaching church of born-again individuals committed to scriptural principles for personal living and congregational life.

(B) To make known to people in our community the Gospel of Jesus Christ so as to lead them to a saving relationship with God by means of God's grace and their faith.

(C) To make known to people in our community the principles of biblical faith so as to lead them to a lifestyle that will honor God and enable them to experience a full and meaningful life in Christ.

(D) To fulfill the above purposes by means of corporate worship and Christian Education programming.

Ill. STATEMENT OF FAITH

The Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God and is the basis for our beliefs. The church subscribes to the doctrinal statement of the "Baptist Faith and Message" as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 1963. The ordinances of the church are believers baptism and the Lord's Supper.

lV. POLITY

The government of this church is vested in the body of believers who comprise its membership. Every member shall have an equal voice in the decisions of the church body. All internal groups created and empowered by the church shall be accountable to the church. This church is not subject to the control of any denominational or ecclesiastical body. This church shall voluntarily co-operate with the Mineral Area Baptist Association, the Missouri Baptist Convention, and the Southern Baptist Convention.

V. MEMBERSHIP

(A) The membership of this church shall be composed of all persons who have publicly professed Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior and having been accepted by the vote of the church, experience full fellowship of the church in one of the following ways.

(1) By being scripturally baptized by someone in the church so designated by the church.

(2) A member of another Southern Baptist church may be received by church vote and a letter of transfer from that church.

(3) lf a person has been a member of a Southern Baptist church, but by special circumstances cannot provide a regular letter of transfer, the church will receive such person upon a satisfactory statement.

(4) lf a person has been a member of a non-Southern Baptist church and has been scripturally baptized (i.e., by total immersion and not regarded as essential for salvation) that person will be granted membership upon the recommendation of the pastor and the vote of the congregation in the regular monthly church business meeting.

(B) This church shall grant letters of transfer of membership only to Southern Baptist churches upon request. Granting of such letters terminates membership in this church. The church does not grant letters of transfer of membership to individuals or to churches of other denominations. Upon the request of a member to transfer their membership to a non-Southern Baptist church, that church will be notified of the member being dropped from the membership roll as acted upon by the congregation in a regular monthly church business meeting. Membership in this church will terminate upon the verbal or written request of any member and as acted upon by the congregation in a regular monthly church business meeting.

(C) Members are expected to be faithful in all the practices of the Christian life, to practice the teachings of the Bible, to attend the services of the church, to tithe regularly for its support and its causes, to share in its organized work, and to conduct themselves toward one another in the spirit of God's love and grace.

(D) Members who are in full fellowship and whose membership has not been terminated shall have an equal vote in the business meetings of the church and to hold church offices. Those members not present at business meetings forfeit the right to cast a vote at that meeting.

(E) The church recognizes as part of its mission and ministry the right to exercise discipline towards its members. The church recognizes that individuals voluntarily decide to become members of this body in response to the leadership of the Holy Spirit. The guidelines of Matthew 18:15-20 will be followed in the matter of church discipline. The church recognizes its responsibility to terminate someone's membership in this body upon the recommendation of the pastor and/or the unanimous recommendation of the deacons and upon the vote of the congregation in a regular monthly church business meeting. Someone's membership in this body may also be terminated at their own request as acted upon in a regular monthly church business meeting.

VI. OFFICERS

(A) PASTOR:

(1) The church shall call and employ a pastor for the fulfillment of a job description negotiated between the pastor and the pastor search committee with input from the personnel committee and as approved by the church in a business meeting.

(2) The church shall appoint a pastor search committee and instruct them in their work when the pastoral vacancy occurs, The church shall call a pastor upon the recommendation of a pastor search committee at a meeting designated for this purpose with one week‘s notice to the congregation.

(3) The pastor shall be accountable to God, the personnel committee and the congregation in the fulfillment of his duties and responsibilities.

(4) The employment relationship between the pastor and church shall terminate with a thirty day notice of resignation from the pastor or a thirty day notice of dismissal from the congregation.

(5) Additional terms, conditions, policies, and annual financial compensation of the employment relationship between the pastor and church are to be determined in writing by the church's personnel committee and upon the approval of the church in a regular monthly church business meeting.

(B) CHURCH STAFF:

The church shall call and employ additional church staff members as the church so desires for the fulfillment of its mission. Additional church staff shall perform professional or support duties and responsibilities. They shall be accountable to God, the pastor, the personnel committee and the congregation in the fulfillment of their duties and responsibilities. The terms, conditions, policies, and compensation of the employment relationship between the church and its staff are to be determined in writing by the church's personnel committee in consultation with the pastor and upon the approval of the church in a regular monthly church business meeting.

(C) DEACONS:

The deacons of our church shall exercise their leadership through personal involvement in a servant ministry in the life of the church and community as indicated below.

Deacons:

(1) Assist in the church ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper.

(2) Lead the church in the fulfillment of its mission.

(3) Support the pastor and staff.

(4) Provide guidance and leadership in church discipline matters.

(5) Be concerned about and seek to maintain the fellowship and unity of the body.

(6) Minister to those in crisis (i.e., illness, bereavement, benevolence, widows, counseling, loneliness, shut-ins, etc.).

(7) Do hospital and institutional visitation. ‘

(8) Be actively involved in outreach to the lost and discipling of believers.

(9) Minister to inactive church members.

(10) Assist in the worship services upon request.

(11) Meet regularly with the other deacons and the pastor.

(12) Enter into training for the fulfillment of the above responsibilities.

Deacon Election:

The church shall have from seven to nine deacons at any given time. The deacon ministry program year in the church begins on July 1 and ends on June 30. Deacons may be active for one, two, three, or four year terms, with no deacons serving for more than four consecutive years. Vacancies during the year among the deacons will not be filled until July'1. Eligibility for service as a deacon shall be gained after being inactive as a deacon for one full year.  Serving as a deacon in our church shall be gained by new deacons or inactive deacons through the following selection process.

The deacons shall appoint in April from among the active deacon body a nominating committee to review possible candidates for deacon service among the church's membership. A list of nominees will be presented to the deacons as soon as reasonable. The deacons will then determine through prayer and confidential deliberation the suitability of the nominees for deacon ministry according to the stated qualifications. Qualified candidates for deacon service will then be contacted and interviewed to determine the willingness to serve. The list of candidates will then be presented to the church for election to office in the June church business meeting. Deacons will be ordained as needed at a later date. Uppermost in the selection and election of deacons will be their desire to fulfill the above responsibilities and their ability to meet the following qualifications.

Deacon Qualifications:

(1) A born-again Christian and member of this church.

(2) Committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in their life.

(3) Faithful to l Timothy 3:8-12.

(4) Attend faithfully the worship services and the programs of this church.

(5) Growing in personal discipleship.

(6) Tithe to this church's general budget.

(7) Believe in the inerrancy, infallibility and authority of Scripture.

(8) Committed to the purpose and mission of the local church.

(9) Be trainable for this deacon ministry.

(10) Demonstrate a New Testament "servant" attitude.

Vll. CHURCH COUNCIL

(A) The Church Council shall function as the administrative body of the church. The Church Council shall serve the church in planning, coordinating, and evaluating the total work of the church. The Church Council shall assist the church in policy making and decision making. The Church Council shall meet for its work at least quarterly and preferably monthly. The pastor shall serve as the chairman of the Church Council. The chairman of the deacons shall serve as the vice-chairman of the Church Council. The church clerk shall serve as the secretary of the Church Council. The Church Council shall bring its recommendations to the church at a regular monthly church business meeting for final approval. The Church Council shall perform the following functions:

(1) Recommend to the church wide events, functions and activities.

(2) Formulate and recommend to the church goals and objectives, and action plans for their accomplishment.

(3) Examine and review regularly the use of the church's properties, and in so doing make recommendations for improvements.

(4) Examine and review regularly matters in the church related to the church's mission and ministry, finances, fellowship, priorities, calendar, leadership, etc., and in so doing make recommendations to the church for improvements.

(B) The membership of the Church Council shall consist of the following:

(1) Pastor

(2) Sunday School Director

(3) Woman's Missionary Union Director

(4) Chairman of the Deacons

(5) Chairman of the Trustees

(6) Church Clerk

(7) Church Treasurer

(8) Church Financial Secretary

(9) Church Custodian

(10) Church Media Library Director

(11) Minister of Music or a representative of the music ministry program

(12) Minister of Youth or a representative of the Youth Committee

(13) Others:

Chairman of the Personnel Committee upon request

Chairman of the Finance Committee upon request

Chairman of the Nominating Committee upon request

Chairman of the Kitchen Committee upon request

Chairman of the Wedding Committee upon request

Usher Coordinator upon request

Vlll CHURCH OFFICERS AND LEADERS

(A) Pastor

(B) Sunday School Director The Sunday School Director shall work with the pastor, the Sunday School workers and the Church Council in planning, conducting and evaluating the total work of the Sunday School ministry program

(C) Woman's Missionary Union Director. The Woman's Missionary Union Director shall work with the pastor, the Woman's Missionary Union workers, and the Church Council in planning, conducting and evaluating the total work of the Woman's Missionary Union ministry program.

(D) Deacons

(E) Chairman of the Trustees. The Chairman of the Trustees shall work with the pastor the other trustees and the Church Council in managing and maintaining the church's physical properties.

(F) Church Clerk. The Church Clerk shall perform the following duties

(1) Record the minutes of the church when it is in a business meeting Maintain these minutes and report them to the church upon request

(2) Maintain accurate membership records Arrange for their safe keeping

(3) Request letters of transfer of church membership and forward letters of transfer of church membership upon the vote of the church

(4) Prepare the annual Uniform Church Letter submit it for church approval and send it to the association

(5) Serve as the secretary for the Church Council

(G) Church Treasurer. The Church Treasurer shall perform the following duties:

(1) Keep and maintain accurate records of all church monies received and disbursed.

(2) Disperse church monies according to the approved church budget or upon the vote of the church in business meeting.

(3) Reconcile monthly bank statements.

(4) Make a monthly report to the church in business meeting.

(5) Assist the church financial secretary and the pastor upon request in church financial matters and concerns.

(H) Church Financial Secretary. The Church Financial Secretary shall perform the following duties:

(1) Collect, count, record and deposit all of the church's offerings.

(2) Keep and maintain accurate records of all financial contributions by church members and non-members.

(3) Provide statements of financial giving to church members (and non- members upon request) for income tax purposes.

(4) Assist the church treasurer and the pastor upon request in church financial matters and concerns.

(l) Church Custodian. The Church custodian shall be responsible for performing duties indicated in a job description formulated by the personnel committee and approved by the church in a regular monthly business meeting.

(J) The Church Media Library Director shall be responsible for planning, organizing, promoting, and evaluating the church's media library.

(K) Minister of Music

(L) Minister of Youth

(M) Moderator The pastor shall serve as the moderator of the church business meetings, whether regular or called. ln his absence, the chairman of the deacons shall serve as the moderator. If they are both not available, the church shall elect a temporary moderator for the particular church business meeting. The pastor as moderator shall perform the following dunes.

(l) Prepare for and preside over the church business meetings Roberts Rules of Order will be the guidelines for the conducting of church business meetings.

(2) Facilitate productive church business meetings in a Christlike manner in an attitude of love and grace.

(3) Facilitate productive church business meetings in an orderly and efficient manner.

(4) Promote attendance and participation in church business meetings among the church's membership.

(5) Notify the church of special called business meetings with at least a weeks notice.

(6) Assist the church clerk upon request in the performance of their duties.

(N) Usher Coordinator The Usher Coordinator shall be responsible for recruiting scheduling and supervising the ushers for the church's public worship services

(O) Terms of Office All of the church’s officers and leaders with the exception of employees, ‘shall be elected for a one year term by the church upon recommendation of the nominating committee. No member of the church shall occupy any of the above church officer or leadership positions, with the exception of employees, for over five consecutive one year terms. Eligibility for serving in the same leadership position shall be gained after an absence of one year from that leadership position

IX. COMMITTEES

The church shall have two kinds of committees: standing and special. Standing committees shall assist the church in its ongoing areas of ministry. The members of the standing committees shall be enlisted by the church's nominating committee and approved by the church in a regular monthly business meeting. Membership on standing committees will be for one, two, or three year terms, with no committee member sewing more than three consecutive years. Eligibility for serving on the same committee shall be gained after an absence of one year from that committee. The members of a standing committee will serve on a rotating basis with at least one third of the members being replaced every year. The ministry program year in the church begins on July 1 and ends on June 30. The fiscal year in the church begins on January 1 and ends on December 31.

The church shall appoint special committees as the need arises. Special committees shall focus on specific areas of need and concern as indicated and instructed by the church at the time of their appointment in a regular church business meeting. The work of special committees shall be reported to the church in a business meeting upon request. Special committees will not continue beyond the time needed to perform their designated tasks.

The following are the church standing committees.

(A) Nominating Committee. The nominating committee will make recommendations to the church in the staffing of all church-elected volunteer leadership positions. There will be three members of the nominating committee along with the Sunday School Director, the Woman's Missionary Union Director, and the pastor as ex officio member. The three members of the nominating committee will serve one year terms only and will not be re-elected to serve until going off of the committee for a minimum of one year. The three members of the nominating committee will be enlisted to serve by the pastor prior to March 1 and approved by the church in the March church business meeting. The responsibilities of the nominating committee are as follows

(1) Seek to understand the nature and the work of the leadership positions to be filled

(2) Select interview and enlist all ministry program leaders church standing committees and general church officers

(3) Attempt to assess and determine any functions and needs of church ministry programs, committees and general church officers

(4) Present nominees and recommendations to the church for electron prior to the church program year, or as the need to do so arises

(B) Personnel Committee The personnel committee shall assist the church in administrative matters related to all employed personnel. The personnel committee will consist of three members. The responsibilities of the personnel committee are as follows

(1) Determine the need for additional church employed positions

(2) Serve as a communications liaison between the church and all employed personnel

(3) Evaluate annually the work of all employed personnel

(4) Prepare and update job descriptions for all employed personnel Submit any changes to the congregation for approval in a regular business meeting

(5) Prepare and update employment policies for all employed personnel Submit any changes to the congregation for approval in a regular business meeting

(6) Develop annual salaries and benefits for employed personnel Recommend these to the church's finance committee

(C) Finance Committee. The finance committee shall assist the church in all church financial matters. There will be three members of the finance committee along with the church treasurer, the church financial secretary, and the pastor as ex officio. The responsibilities of the finance committee are as follows:

(1 ) Advise the church in the administration of church expenditures using sound financial management and accounting procedures.

(2) Formulate and recommend financial policies and procedures to be practiced by the church.

(3) Review with committee chairmen and ministry program leaders their expenditures in terms of budget allocations and budget adjustments.

(4) Plan, formulate and present to the church an annual budget in the November church business meeting for the upcoming fiscal year.

(5) Assist and advise the church treasurer and the church financial secretary in their responsibilities.

(6) Consult with the pastor and the Church Council plans and ideas related to Christian biblical stewardship education.

(D) Youth Committee. The youth committee is charged with the responsibility of planning, conducting, coordinating and evaluating the church's youth (grades 7-12) ministry program. This committee is to consist of two youth, a Junior High Sunday School teacher and a Senior High Sunday School teacher, one parent of youth, one at-large adult member, and the pastor serving as ex officio member.

(E) Wedding Committee. The wedding committee shall assist the church, and couples to be married in the church building, in the administration of the use of the facilities of the church for a wedding rehearsal, wedding reception, and related activities. There will be five members of the wedding committee. The responsibilities of the wedding committee are as follows.

(1) A minimum of one committee member is to exercise a ministry of presence in all phases of a wedding held at the church building.

(2) Assist and advise the wedding party church custodian and pastor upon request in the use of the church building.

(3) Unlock and re-lock the church building Adjust thermostats for proper heating and/or cooling. Locate chairs and tables etc. within the -building for their use and return them following their use. Be sensitive to return the church building to it intended usage on Sundays.

(4) Monitor the usage of the kitchen for any wedding related activity.

(5) Make recommendations to the church for policies regarding wedding related activities.

(F) Kitchen Committee. The kitchen committee shall assist the church in the use of the church s kitchen facilities. There will be five members of the kitchen committee. The responsibilities of the kitchen committee are as follows:

(l) Monitor and supervise the use of the church kitchen facilities and equipment.

(2) Assist the church upon request in all church wide fellowship events utilizing the church kitchen and equipment

(3) Maintain high standards of sanitation in cleanliness of all kitchen equipment.

(4) Maintain an up-to-date inventory of all kitchen supplies. Arrange for the purchase and storage of all church kitchen supplies.

(5) Arrange for the servicing repair and replacement of equipment in the kitchen as needed.

(6) Make recommendations to the church for policies regarding the' use of the church kitchen.

(7) Work with the Church Council church custodian and pastor in the use of the church kitchen.

(8) Coordinate funeral meals on behalf of bereaving families.

(G) Trustees Committee. The church shall have three trustees who will function as corporation directors, elected by the church following nomination by the church nominating committee. The term of office shall be three years. These trustees shall elect their own officers president, vice-president, and secretary. Vacancies in unexpired terms may be filled at any time by the church. The trustees as corporation directors shall hold in trust the title to all church property. They shall represent the church in all legal responsibilities relating to purchase, improving and disposal of the church's property. They shall have no power to buy, sell, mortgage, lease or transfer any property without the specific vote of the church authorizing such action and they shall have control over the use of the church property as provided by church policy. They shall affix their signatures to legal papers as directed by the church.

X. MEETINGS

(A) Unless otherwise ordered by the church, public worship services will be held on Sunday mornings and Sunday evenings. Sunday School will meet on Sunday mornings. A prayer and Bible study meeting will be held on Wednesday evenings. There will be additional meetings at different times for the church's Christian Education programming ministry. There will be additional revival meetings and special services held at different times through the year.

(B) Unless otherwise ordered by the church, there will be a regular church business meeting on the first Wednesday evening following the first Sunday of each month. The church may conduct special called business meetings to consider matters of special nature and significance. The moderator or the chairman of the deacons may call for a special called business meeting with one weeks notice to the congregation, provided such notice includes the time, place and purpose of such meeting. The quorum consists of the members who attend the business meeting.

Xl CHURCH ORDINANCES

(A) BAPTISM This church shall receive for baptism any person who has received 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

(1) Baptism shall be by total immersion in water

(2) The pastor or whomever the church shall authorize shall administer baptism. The deacons shall assist in the preparation for and the observance of baptism

(3) Baptism shall be administered as an act of worship during any worship service of the church

(4) Scriptural baptism is not sacramental in nature and it is not necessary for salvation Baptism is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified buried and risen Savior the believers death to sin the burial of the old life and the resurrection to walk newness of life in Christ Jesus (The Baptist Faith and Message 1963)

(5) Scriptural baptism is required of those desiring membership in the church and of those desiring to participate in the observance of the Lord s Supper in our church

(B) LORDS SUPPER. The church shall observe the Lords Supper quarterly The pastor and deacons shall administer the Lord s Supper the deacons being responsible for the physical preparation

(1) The Lord s Supper is one of two ordinances of the church baptism being the other The Lord s Supper is not sacramental in nature and its observance is not necessary for salvation The elements of the Lord s Supper symbolize the body and blood of Jesus with no saving effect in the partaking of them ‘The Lords 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 Hrs second coming (The Baptist Faith and Message 1963)

(2) Membership in our church is not required of those partaking of the Lords Supper in a public worship service in our church any scripturally baptized believer who is in agreement with the above statements regarding the Lords Supper is invited to partake.

XII. ADOPTION AND AMENDMENTS

This constitution shall be adopted by two-thirds vote of the members present at the regular monthly church business meeting following the regular monthly church business meeting in which it is presented for adoption. Changes in the constitution may be made at any regular monthly church business meeting provided each amendment shall have been presented in writing at the previous regular monthly church business meting and copies of the proposed amendments shall have been furnished to each member present at the earlier meeting.  Amendments to the constitution shall be by two-thirds vote of the church members present.