Church Covenant

 

We, the members of the Millgrove Bible Church, having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the LordJesus Christ as our Savior, in whose blood and righteousness alone we trust as the ground of our redemption, and on profession of our faith, believing in baptism in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, do now in the presence of God, angels and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant (agreement) 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 regularly give of our substance as the Lord prospers us, for the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church and the spread of the Gospel through all the nations. We also engage to maintain family and personal devotions; to educate our children spiritually; 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; exemplary in our conduct; to avoid all tattling, backbiting and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drink as a beverage and to be zealous in our efforts to evangelize the world.

 

We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and 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 place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word as contained in our Articles of Faith.

 

ARTICLE I - ORGANIZATION


Section 1. This Church shall be known as the Millgrove Bible Church, an independent church, answerable only to God, the Father of Jesus Christ, for its action.

 

Section 2. In all matters of discipline, order and policy, the New Testament shall be its authority.

 

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ARTICLE II - PURPOSE


Section 1. We, the members of the Millgrove Bible Church, do ordain and establish this constitution, in order to form a union of fellowship with one another by the divine help of the Holy Spirit to promulgate the Gospel of Jesus Christ; aid in mission work; promote Christian living; secure the blessings and rewards of God, our heavenly Father, to ourselves and future members.

 

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ARTICLE III - ARTICLES OF FAITH


WHEREAS: The Scriptures distinctly teach that in the last days the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall heap to themselves teachers having itching ears; and shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. - II Tim. 4:3,4

 

RESOLVED, that we by the grace of God, maintain a work of evangelism as well as the teaching of the inspired Word of God, for the perfecting of the saints, and for the edifying of the body of Christ:

 

RESOLVED, that we declare our adherence to the following doctrinal truth upon which this church is founded and we believe should be perpetuated:

 

Section 1. THE SCRIPTURES:
We believe that the Holy Bible as originally written was verbally inspired of the Holy Spirit and the product of Spirit controlled men. Believing in the infallible authority of the Scriptures, we accept the whole Bible, both Old and New Testaments, as the Word of God, by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions should be tried.
II Pet. 1:19-21; II Tim. 3:16,17


Section 2. THE TRUE GOD:
We believe there is one, and only one living and true God; that the Scriptures reveal God as eternally existing and manifesting Himself in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
Ex. 20:2-3; Matt. 3:16-17; I Cor. 8:6; II Cor. 13:14; I John 5:7; Rev. 4:11


Section 3. JESUS CHRIST:
A. Deity and Virgin Birth: We believe that Jesus Christ was absolute Deity, being coequal with God; begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can be born of woman, and that He is both True God and True man. - Gen. 3:15; Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:1,2,14; John 10:30; Phil. 2:6

   

B. His Atonement for Sin: We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement, through the shedding of His Blood, for our sin; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinners place, the Just for the unjust; Christ the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate and all sufficient Saviour.
Isa. 53:4-7,11,12; Matt. 18:11; John 3:16; I John 4:10; John 10:18; Acts 15:11; Rom. 3:24-25; II Cor. 5:21; I Cor. 15:3-4,20; Gal. 1:4; Eph. 2:8-9; Phil. 2:7-8; Heb. 2:14; Heb. 7:25; 9:12-15; 12:2; I Pet. 2:24; I Pet. 3:18; I John 2:2

   

C. His Bodily Resurrection: We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord.
Matt. 28:6-7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; I Cor. 15:4


   

D. His Ascension and Intercession: We believe that the risen, glorified Lord ascended into Heaven; that His present ministry is as our great High Priest and Advocate at the right hand of the throne of God. - Mark 16:19; Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9-11; I Tim. 2:5; Heb. 2:17; 5:9-10; 8:6; 12:2; I John 2:1; Rev. 3:21

   

E. His Second Coming: We believe in the personal, premillennial and imminent return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; that the Scriptures teach it to be in two phases: first, the rapture of the church, the body of Christ, into the glorious presence of the Son of God. Second, the revelation of Jesus Christ, as He returns to reign upon the earth on the Throne of His father David. - Isa. 9:6,7; Luke 1:32; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 2:29-30; I Thess. 4:13-18; Heb. 9:28; James 5:8

  

F. His Millennial Reign: We believe that Jesus Christ will reign, in righteousness, upon the earth for a thousand years.
Psa. 72:8; Isa. 11:4-5; 32:1; I Cor. 15:25; Rev. 20:1-4,6


Section 4. THE HOLY SPIRIT:
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; equal with God the Father and God the Son, and of the same nature; that He was active in creation; that in relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; that He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent of the new birth; that He seals, endures, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer. - Gen. 1:1-3; Matt. 28:19; Mark 1:8; Luke 1:35; 24:49; John 1:33; 3:5,6; John 14:16,17,26; 15:26,27; 16:8-11,13; Acts 5:30-32; 11:16; Rom. 8:14,16,26,27; II Thess. 2:7,13; Eph. 1:13,14; Heb. 9:14; I Pet. 1:2


Section 5. THE DEVIL OR SATAN:
We believe in the personality of Satan; that he is the unholy god of this age; the author of all powers of darkness; and destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the Lake of Fire. Matt. 4:1-3; Mark 1:13; II Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:2; Rev. 20:10


Section 6. THE CREATION:
We believe and accept the Genesis account of creation and believe that man came by the direct creation of God and not by evolution; that man was "created in God's own image." Gen. chapters 1 and 2; 1:27; 2:7; John 1:3; Col. 1:16,17


Section 7. THE FALL OF MAN:
We believe that man was created in innocence, under the law of His Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not only by constraint, but of choice; and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse. - Gen. 3:1-6; Rom. 1:18,20,32; 3:10-19; 5:12,19; Gal. 3:22; Eph. 2:1-3


Section 8. THE NEW BIRTH:
We believe that in order to be saved-sinners "must be born again," that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become the children of God; that the new birth is a new creation in Jesus Christ; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth, the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new birth is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, not by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life. - John 1:12,13; 3:3,6-8; Acts 16:30-33; Rom. 6:23; II Cor. 5:17,19; Gal. 3:26; 5:22,23-25; Eph. 2:1,2-10; 5:8,9; Col. 2:13; II Pet.1:4; I John 5:1


Section 9. JUSTIFICATION:
We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is Justification;
(a) that Justification includes pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on principles of His righteousness;
(b) that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood, His righteousness is imputed unto us. Isa. 53:11; Hab. 2:4; Zech. 13:1; Acts 13:38,39; Rom. 1:17; 4:1-8; 5:1,9; 8:1; Gal. 3:11; Titus 3:5-7; Heb. 10:38


Section 10. SANCTIFICATION:
We believe that Sanctification (to be "set apart") is the process by which God makes us partakers of His holiness that it is a progressive work that is begun in regeneration and continued in our hearts by the work of the Holy Spirit, in connection with Bible reading, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness and prayer, and completed at the return of Christ for His own. I Cor. 6:11; I Thess. 3:13; II Pet. 3:18; I John 3:2


Section 11. THE SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER:
We believe that all who are truly born again are kept eternally by God the Father for Jesus Christ.
John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:35-39; I Cor. 1:4-8; Phil.1:6; I Pet. 1:5; Jude 1
We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word; which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty, as an occasion to the flesh. - Rom. 13:13,14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15


Section 12. SEPARATION:
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Saviour and Lord; that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded by God. Rom. 12:1-2; 14:13; II Cor. 6:14; 7:1; II Tim. 3:1-5; I John 2:15-17; II John 9-11


Section 13. THE TWO NATURES:
We believe that every saved person possesses two natures-spiritual and carnal, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; and, that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural. Rom. 6:13; 8:12-13; Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:10; I Pet. 1:14-16; I John 3:5-9


Section 14. THE LOCAL CHURCH:
We believe that a local church is a voluntary association of members of the body of Christ, of baptized believers, equal in rank and privilege, subject to the Word of Christ and independent of any external ecclesiastical control whatsoever; associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws, and exercising the rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; that the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity. We hold that the local church has absolute right over any hierarchy of individuals or organizations, and that the one and only superintendent is Christ, through the Holy Spirit. On all matters of membership; of policy; of government; of discipline; of benevolence-the will of the local church is final.
Acts 2:41-42; I Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; 4:11-12; Eph. 5:23,24; Col.1:18; I Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:5


Section 15. THE ORDINANCES:
A. We believe God's Word commands every believer, (and only believers) to be baptized; that Christian and Bible baptism is the immersion of a believer in water, to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life.
Matt. 3:16; John 3:23; Acts 8:36-39; Rom. 6:3-5; I Pet. 3:21

B. We believe that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and this should be observed as Christ said "in remembrance" of His broken body and shed blood for us; that the Supper should be preceded always by solemn self examination; that the Supper has no sacramental virtue. - I Cor. 11:23-28


Section 16. EVANGELIZATION:
We believe that it is the solemn obligation of every believer to be a personal soul-winner, and to do his utmost to carry out the Savior's command to give the Gospel to the whole world. Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; Eph. 4:12


Section 17. THE RESURRECTION OF THE JUST AND UNJUST:
A. We believe that such as through faith are justified in the name of Jesus Christ, and sanctified through the Spirit of God, are truly righteous in His esteem; that the just shall be resurrected at the rapture of the Church to the everlasting grace and fellowship of the Lord that they shall reign with Him for a thousand years and shall sit in judgment with Christ; that their works shall be rewarded at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
Mal. 3:18; Rom. 5:1; 6:17-18; I Cor. 3:11-15; I Cor. 15:42-44, 52; II Cor. 5:10; I Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 20:1-6

B. We believe that such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight, wicked and under the curse; that the unjust shall be resurrected to everlasting conscious punishment of the lost at the end of Satan's "little season"; that their works shall be judged at the Great White Throne Judgment. Matt. 7:13,14; Mark 9:32-48; Luke 16:25; John 5:28,29; 8:21; Rev. 20:3,11-15


Section 18. THE CIVIL GOVERNMENT:
We believe that Civil Government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except, in things which are opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the kings of the earth. Ex. 18:21-22; II Sam. 23:3; Dan. 3:17-18; Psa. 72:11; Matt. 10:28; 22:21; 23:10; Acts 4:19,20; 5:20; Rom. 13:1-7; Acts 23:5; Phil. 2:10-11; Titus 3:1; I Pet. 2:13,14,17

 

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ARTICLE IV - MEMBERSHIP


Section 1. APPLICATION:
Any person professing faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, giving satisfactory evidence of having been born again, and adopting the same rules of faith and practice held by this church, by the vote of the Elders and Pastor shall be recommended to the Church for membership. Such person may be received into membership after receiving a favorable majority of the vote of the members present. Rom. 6:1-4


Section 2. REQUIREMENTS:
Any person may be admitted into the membership of this church as provided above in Section 1, by profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Even though we strongly encourage obedience to God's command to be baptized as stated in Article III, section 15A, we do not require baptism for membership.


Section 3. DISMISSAL:
Members, at their request and the vote of the Board of Elders, may receive a letter of dismissal.


Section 4. ACTIVE AND INACTIVE MEMBERS:
The Church Roll shall be revised annually by the Pastor, Elders and the Church Clerk as follows:
A. Members failing to support the Church by their attendance within a period of one year, without legitimate excuse, (such "support" and "excuse" to be defined by the Elders and Pastor) may be placed on an inactive list and so lose their right of franchise. Names continuing upon the inactive list for more than a year may be erased from membership by the Pastor and Elders. Every effort is to be made by the Pastor, and Elders to instruct and win delinquent members back to fellowship with God and the Church.


Section 5. REINSTATEMENT:
Upon approval by the Board of Elders, a former member may request to have their membership reinstated at any time.

 

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ARTICLE V - MEETINGS


Section 1. WORSHIP MEETINGS:
A. Meetings for worship shall be maintained on the Lord's Day, morning and evening. The Lord's Supper shall be maintained on the first Sunday of each month; or an alternate Sunday when deemed necessary by the Board of Elders; also, on Good Friday.

B. Mid-week Prayer Meeting shall be held on Wednesday evening of each week.

C. Additional Meetings shall be held upon approval of the Pastor and Elders.


Section 2. BUSINESS MEETINGS:
A. Congregational Meetings: This meeting of the Church shall be held annually on the third Thursday of the month of April.

1. Suggested agenda for the meeting shall be made two Sundays prior to any Church Business Meeting.

2. The Chairman of all Congregational Meetings shall be selected by the Board of Elders.

3. Announcements shall be made two full Sundays prior to any Church Business Meeting.

4. A quorum shall consist of 25% of the active members at all Business Meetings.

5. Qualified Voters: All voting members shall be members in good and regular standing and eighteen years of age or over.

6. Order of Meeting:

    a. Devotional Exercises
    b. Roll Call of members
    c. Reading of Minutes
    d. Reports of officers, committees and organizations
    e. Election of officers
    f. Unfinished business
    g. New Business


B. Special Meetings:
1. A Special Meeting may be called by either the Pastor or the Board of Elders, or the Board of Deacons, or by a petition to the Board of Elders bearing the signatures of at least ten members in good standing.

2. Special Meetings shall be governed according to ARTICLE V, Section 2: A., 1,2,3,4 and shall be limited to the agenda published for the special meeting.


C. Semi-Annual Reports: During each October, on or before the third Sunday of such month, a written report covering the period from the last Annual Meeting to the date of such report shall be published and provided to the Congregation by the: 

    1. Pastor

    2. Board of Elders

    3. Board of Deacons

    4. Financial Secretary

    5. Treasurer

 

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ARTICLES VI - OFFICERS AND STAFF


Section 1. THE OFFICERS AND STAFF:
The Officers and Staff of the Church shall be:

    A. Pastor

    B. Assistant Pastor    

    C. Ministry Support Staff    

    D. Office Staff    

    E. Elders    

    F. Deacons    

    G. Church Clerk    

    H. Treasurer & Assistant Treasurer    

    I. Financial Secretary and Assistant Financial Secretary    

    J. Auditing Committee


Section 2. ELECTION, TERM, QUALIFICATIONS, DUTIES:
A. Pastor
1. The Pastor shall be an ordained minister or licensed, awaiting ordination. He shall be elected by the church at a meeting called for that purpose, with a three-fourths vote of those present required to call the Pastor. The Pastor shall hold office indefinitely. The relationship of the Pastor and the Church may be terminated by mutual consent, or by either party on thirty days notice in writing to the other. The dismissal of the Pastor shall be by a two-thirds vote.


2. The Pastor shall be a firm believer in our Articles of Faith and his preaching must reflect the same. His qualifications shall further be as outlined in the Scriptures. (I Tim. 3:1-7)


3. His duties shall consist of conducting the church services of public worship, administering the ordinances, and performing the usual duties of a minister. It shall be his duty to attempt to visit all members at least once a year. He shall be responsible for the supervision of the Church Staff. The Pastor shall be accountable with the Board of Elders for his assigned duties and shall be an ex officio member of the Board of Elders with full voting rights.


B. Assistant Pastor(s)
1. The Assistant Pastor(s) shall be responsible for duties as outlined by the Position Description as determined by the Board of Elders. He shall be an ex-officio member of the Board of Elders without voting rights and directly supervised by the pastor, in conjunction with the Board of Elders.


2. The election and term of Assistant Pastor(s) shall be in accordance with Article VI, Section 2: A., 1,2.


C. Ministry Support Staff.
1. Ministry Support Staff Members shall be responsible for duties as outlined by their Position Description, as determined by the Board of Elders. Staff shall be directly supervised by the Pastor, in conjunction with the Board of Elders.


2. Ministry Support Staff shall be hired upon presentation and approval by the congregation by a two-thirds vote.


3. Request for resignation can be made by either the Board of Elders, the Board of Deacons, or both; always in consultation with the Pastor. If the employee in question refuses to honor the requested resignation, it will then be referred to the congregation with a 2/3 vote of confidence needed to retain the employee.


D. Office Staff
1. Office Staff Members shall be responsible for duties as outlined by their Position Description, as determined by the Board of Deacons. Staff shall be directly supervised by the Pastor, in conjunction with the Board of Deacons.


2. The Office Staff will be hired and dismissed by the Board of Deacons in consultation with the Pastor.


E. Elders
1. The Elders shall be seven in number, each a member of the Church in good standing. Six shall be elected by the Church at the April Business Meeting for a term of three years, in such a manner that only two will be elected each year. The seventh Elder shall be the Chairman of the Deacons Board. No Elder shall succeed himself except in an emergency.


2. The qualifications of an Elder shall be such as set forth in the New Testament. I Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9


3. Duties of the Elders shall be that the Elders with the Pastor, shall have the general oversight of the welfare of the Church. They shall assist with the ordinance of baptism, aid in the administration of the Lord's Supper, provide for the supply of the pulpit during the Pastor's absence, have charge of all matters of discipline, and visit the sick and distressed members of the Church. They shall hold regular meetings, at least once a month and shall make a written report and shall present a missionary budget at the April Business Meeting of the Church. Elders fund contributions shall be controlled and distributed by the Board of Elders.


F. Deacons
1. The Board of Deacons shall consist of nine members, each a member in good standing, to be elected in such a manner as to preserve the rotation of term. The term of each Deacon shall be for three years, but the term of no more than three Deacons shall expire in one year.


2. The qualifications of a Deacon shall be as set forth in the New Testament. I Tim. 3:8-13


3. The duties of the Deacons: They shall have charge, subject to the order of the Church, of all properties, real and personal of the Church, and shall provide for the care and maintenance of the same. The Deacons shall oversee the receipt, calculation, and deposit of all funds contributed to the church. They shall supervise the disbursement of all funds for the support and maintenance of the Church; provided however, they shall have no power to purchase or dispose of any property, real or personal, for or belonging to the Church without specific authorization of the Church in excess of $3000.00. Emergency repairs over the $3000.00 limit may be made with the subsequent congregational approval. Special contributions and/or gifts for approved church projects shall be received by and distributed with the approval of the Board of Deacons. The Chairman of the Board of Elders with the Chairman of the Board of the Deacons shall be authorized to execute any document including but not limited to contracts, mortgages, deeds, forms, and certificates in connection with the purchase or disposition of any property for or belonging to the Church and their signatures shall be sufficient to bind the Church thereto with Congregational approval. The Deacons shall hold meetings monthly and submit full and accurate account of all proceedings at the April business meeting. Yearly they shall present a budget to the Church for approval.


G. Church Clerk: The Church Clerk shall be a member in good standing and shall be elected by the Church at its April Business Meeting, for a term of one year. The Clerk shall make and preserve all records of the church; keep a register of names of members with date of admission and dismissal or death; and shall notify all officers, members of committees and delegates of their appointment or election; shall issue letters of dismissal and recommendations voted by the Church and shall keep a record of the transactions of all business meetings of the Church, which shall be read at the next following regular business meeting. The Church Clerk is accountable to the Board of Elders.


H. Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer: They shall be members of the Church in good standing and shall be elected by the Church at the April Business Meeting, for a term of one year. The Treasurer shall be custodian of all funds turned over to him by the Financial Secretary and shall disburse the same as directed by the Church body or the Church Boards. He shall make a full and accurate report monthly and at the April Business Meeting. The Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer are accountable to the Board of Deacons. The Treasurer's books shall be audited annually by an Auditing Committee of two to to be elected by the congregation.


I. Financial Secretary and Assistant Financial Secretary: There shall be one Financial Secretary and an Assistant who shall be elected annually at the April Business Meeting. The Financial Secretary and Assistant Financial Secretary shall keep an accurate record of individual contributions to the church. Annual statements shall be issued to all contributors. He shall make a full and accurate report at the April Business meeting. The Financial Secretary's books shall be submitted and audited as in Article VI, Section 2, J. The Financial Secretary and Assistant Financial Secretary are accountable to the Board of Deacons.


J. Auditing Committee: The Auditing Committee shall be elected at the April meeting and shall audit the books of the Treasurer and Financial Secretary. The Auditing Committee is accountable to the Board of Deacons.


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ARTICLE VII: COMMITTEES AND APPOINTMENTS


Section 1. COMMITTEES AND APPOINTMENTS OF THE CHURCH:
The following committees shall be appointed annually by the Board of Elders. A copy of responsibilities, policies, and activities are available upon request.


A. Ushers Chairman: The Ushers Chairman shall be responsible for taking the offering, seating people at the meetings and taking care of the comfort of those present, such as raising and lowering windows, opening doors and bell ringing. He shall appoint his own assistants. He shall be responsible to the Board of Elders.


B. Nominating Committee: The Nominating Committee shall consist of seven members and the Pastor. It will be appointed by the Board of Elders. Members of this committee will be appointed from the membership of the Board of Elders, the Board of Deacons, and members of the congregation. It shall be their duty to recommend nominations for the following offices at the April Business Meeting: Elders, Deacons, Church Clerk, Church Treasurer and Assistant, Financial Secretary and Assistant, and Auditing Committee. The list of nominations drawn up by the Nominating Committee shall be printed in the church bulletin or posted at least three Sundays previous to the election. After this list is posted, further nominations may be made in writing. Each nomination must be signed by three active members in good standing and left with the secretary of the Nominating Committee not later than seven days prior to the election meeting. If persons so nominated are found to be eligible and willing, their names shall be added to the list already posted.


Section 2. COMMITTEES OF THE BOARD OF ELDERS:
The following committees shall be appointed by the Board of Elders. They shall be chaired by a member of the Board who shall report to the Board. The Committee may include other members of the congregation. Additional committees may be formed when needed. Chairman of Committees will submit names of committee members to the Board of Elders.


A. Missionary Committee: This committee shall be responsible for the preparation and carrying out of a continuing program designed to stimulate missionary interest, encourage missionary support, and promote a growing missionary outreach. The committee shall also, when required, examine candidates for missionary support.


B. Christian Education Committee: This committee shall be responsible for the oversight of Educational ministries of the Church.


C. Outreach Committee: This committee will oversee outreach ministries into the community.


D. Membership Committee: The committee shall be comprised of the Pastor, the Elders and the Church Clerk. The duties are as outlined in Article IV, Section 4.


E. Music Committee: This committee shall be responsible for the preparation and carrying out of the continuing music program of the church.

 

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ARTICLE VIII - OTHER ORGANIZATIONS


Section 1. The following organizations and any such organization that may be formed shall be known as organizations of the Millgrove Bible Church and shall be responsible to the Board of Elders.


A. Sunday School: The Sunday School shall be maintained for the evangelization, instruction, and training of children and youth in the Word of God.


B. Adult Bible Studies: The Adult Bible Studies shall be maintained for the evangelization, instruction, and training of Adults in the Word of God.


C. Women's Missionary Society: The Women's Missionary Society shall be conducted in such a manner as to advance the missionary program of the Church.


D. Youth Ministries: The Youth Ministries shall be maintained to instruct and train the young people in the way of salvation and the Christian walk; to create a desire to fulfill the responsibility of Christian Service which God expects of Christian youth.


Section 2: All elected officers of the organizations of the Church shall be members of the Church in good standing.


Section 3: The Constitution and By-laws of all organizations shall be amended, if necessary, to harmonize with the Church Constitution.

 

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ARTICLE IX - AMENDMENTS


Section 1. The provisions of this Constitution relating solely to the Church may be amended at any business meeting thereof, duly called for that purpose, by three-fourths vote of the members present and voting, except that Article III and Article VI Section 2, A (2) shall not be amended.

 

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ARTICLE X - BY-LAWS


Section 1. The Church may adopt from time to time such By-laws as is deemed necessary, providing they conform with Article III.

 


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ARTICLE XI - MISCELLANEOUS


Section 1. All previous by-laws, rules, resolutions or regulations to be found on the Church records or minute books are hereby repealed.


Section 2. Except where otherwise stipulated all matters of business shall be decided by a simple majority of those present and voting.


Section 3. In the event of a vacancy in any elected office, excluding the pastors, the Board of Elders shall appoint a replacement to serve until the yearly April Annual Meeting at which time a new officer will be elected.


Section 4. After March 31, pending the April meeting, all individual elected and appointed officers will continue to serve until their successors are installed. The Deacons and Elders shall be installed by May 1.

 

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