Proposed Revised Constitution

CONSTITUTION

 

PREAMBLE

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 relationship to other churches.

 

ARTICLE I – NAME AND LOCATION

This body shall be known as Bannockburn Baptist Church of Austin, Texas. The church is located in various sites throughout Central Texas.

 

ARTICLE II – MISSION

The mission of Bannockburn Baptist Church is to guide people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

 

ARTICLE III – STRATEGY

The mission of Bannockburn Baptist Church is carried out through four strategies that manifest the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:18-20. In this passage, Jesus told his disciples to “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.” The strategies that reflect the uniqueness of this local body are:

  1. Reach – reaching people with the Gospel,
  2. Connect – connecting them into the local Body of believers,
  3. Equip – equipping them to grow in their faith and understanding of God’s Word, and
  4. Go – going locally, nationally and into all the world on mission.

 

ARTICLE IV – FOUNDATIONAL STATEMENTS OF FAITH

The following foundational statements of faith are contained in The Baptist Faith and Message (2000), with the addition of our statement on Marriage, Sexuality and Divorce (as adapted from various theological resources).

I. The Scriptures
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is 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. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. 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 opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.

Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39;16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.

II. God
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. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

A. 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 knowing, 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.

Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff.; 20:1ff.; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah
10:10; 17:13; Matthew 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; Romans 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9; 1 Peter 1:17;1 John 5:7.

B. 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 human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary 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, fully God, fully man, 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.

Genesis 18:1ff.; Psalms 2:7ff.; 110:1ff.; Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 53:1-12; Matthew 1:18- 23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27;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; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3,34; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8,24-28; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 8:9; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11;Colossians 1:13-22; 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14- 18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12- 15,24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15;5:9; 2 John 7- 9; Revelation 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, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Saviour, and effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. 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 guarantee that God will 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.

Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11; 139:7ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28- 32; Matthew 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;Romans 8:9- 11,14-16,26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-11,13; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 1 Timothy 3:16;4:1; 2 Timothy 1:14; 3:16; Hebrews 9:8,14; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:13; 5:6-7; Revelation 1:10; 22:17.

III. Man
Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God’s 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. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they 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 person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14- 18,29; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19,21-22; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11.

IV. Salvation
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

A. 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 Saviour.

B. 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 unto a relationship of peace and favor with God.

C. 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 maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person’s life.

D. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.

Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 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; Romans 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; 1 Corinthians 1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Philippians 2:12- 13;Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1ff.; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5.

V. God’s Purpose of Grace
Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, 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 the 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, and 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.

Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 19:5-8; 1 Samuel 8:4-7,19-22; Isaiah 5:1-7; Jeremiah 31:31ff.; Matthew 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; Romans 5:9-10; 8:28- 39; 10:12-15; 11:5-7,26-36; 1 Corinthians 1:1-2; 15:24-28; Ephesians 1:4-23; 2:1-10; 3:1-11; Colossians 1:12-14; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; 2 Timothy 1:12; 2:10,19;Hebrews 11:39– 12:2; James 1:12; 1 Peter 1:2-5,13; 2:4-10; 1 John 1:7-9; 2:19; 3:2.

VI. The Church
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.

The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.

Matthew 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; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:4-5; 7:17;9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22- 23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11,21; 5:22-32; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 2:9-14; 3:1-15; 4:14; Hebrews 11:39-40; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 2-3; 21:2-3.

VII. 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 Saviour, 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.

Matthew 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; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23- 29; Colossians 2:12.

VIII. 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 include exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private. Activities on the Lord’s Day should be commensurate with the Christian’s conscience under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Exodus 20:8-11; Matthew 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; Romans 14:5-10; I Corinthians 16:1-2; Colossians
2:16; 3:16; Revelation 1:10.

IX. The Kingdom
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.

Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 9:6-7; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Matthew 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; Romans 5:17; 8:19; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28; Colossians 1:13; Hebrews 11:10,16; 12:28; 1 Peter 2:4-10; 4:13; Revelation 1:6,9; 5:10; 11:15; 21-22.

X. Last Things
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.

Isaiah 2:4; 11:9; Matthew 16:27; 18:8-9; 19:28; 24:27,30,36,44; 25:31-46; 26:64; Mark 8:38; 9:43-48; Luke 12:40,48; 16:19-26; 17:22-37; 21:27-28; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; 17:31; Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15:24-28,35-58; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians 1:5; 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 5:1ff.; 2 Thessalonians 1:7ff.; 2; 1 Timothy 6:14; 2 Timothy 4:1,8; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:27-28; James 5:8; 2 Peter 3:7ff.; 1 John 2:28; 3:2; Jude 14; Revelation 1:18; 3:11; 20:1-22:13.

XI. 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. The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.

Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 19:5-6; Isaiah 6:1-8; Matthew 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; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 3:1-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:8; 2 Timothy 4:5; Hebrews 2:1-3; 11:39-12:2; 1 Peter 2:4-10; Revelation 22:17.

XII. Education
Christianity is the faith of enlightenment and intelligence. In Jesus Christ abide all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. All sound learning is, therefore, a part of our Christian heritage. The new birth opens all human faculties and creates a thirst for knowledge. Moreover, 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 education 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, by the authoritative nature of the Scriptures, and by the distinct purpose for which the school exists.

Deuteronomy 4:1,5,9,14; 6:1-10; 31:12-13; Nehemiah 8:1-8; Job 28:28; Psalms 19:7ff.; 119:11; Proverbs 3:13ff.; 4:1-10; 8:1-7,11; 15:14; Ecclesiastes 7:19; Matthew 5:2; 7:24ff.; 28:19-20; Luke 2:40; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Ephesians 4:11-16; Philippians 4:8; Colossians 2:3,8-9; 1 Timothy 1:3-7; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:14-17; Hebrews 5:12-6:3; James 1:5; 3:17.

XIII. Stewardship
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.

Genesis 14:20; Leviticus 27:30-32; Deuteronomy 8:18; Malachi 3:8-12; Matthew 6:1-4,19- 21; 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; Romans 6:6-22; 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 4:1-2; 6:19-20; 12; 16:1-4; 2 Corinthians 8-9; 12:15; Philippians 4:10-19; 1 Peter 1:18-19.

XIV. Cooperation
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.

Exodus 17:12; 18:17ff.; Judges 7:21; Ezra 1:3-4; 2:68-69; 5:14-15; Nehemiah 4; 8:1-5; Matthew 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; 1 Corinthians 1:10-17; 3:5-15; 12; 2 Corinthians 8-9; Galatians 1:6-10; Ephesians 4:1- 16; Philippians 1:15-18.

XV. The Christian and the Social Order
All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in our own lives 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 Jesus Christ. In the spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. 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.

Exodus 20:3-17; Leviticus 6:2-5; Deuteronomy 10:12; 27:17; Psalm 101:5; Micah 6:8; Zechariah 8:16; Matthew 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; Romans 12–14; 1Corinthians 5:9-10; 6:1-7; 7:20-24; 10:23-11:1; Galatians 3:26-28; Ephesians 6:5-9; Colossians 3:12-17; 1 Thessalonians 3:12; Philemon; James 1:27; 2:8.

XVI. 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. Christian people throughout the world should pray for the reign of the Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 2:4; Matthew 5:9,38-48; 6:33; 26:52; Luke 22:36,38; Romans 12:18-19; 13:1- 7; 14:19; Hebrews 12:14; James 4:1-2.

XVII. Religious Liberty
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, it 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.

Genesis 1:27; 2:7; Matthew 6:6-7,24; 16:26; 22:21; John 8:36; Acts 4:19-20; Romans 6:1-2; 13:1- 7; Galatians 5:1,13; Philippians 3:20; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; James 4:12; 1 Peter 2:12-17; 3:11-17; 4:12-19.

XVIII. The Family
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.

Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.

Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.

Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; 3:1-20; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Joshua 24:15; 1 Samuel 1:26-28; Psalms 51:5; 78:1-8; 127; 128; 139:13-16; Proverbs 1:8; 5:15-20; 6:20-22; 12:4; 13:24; 14:1; 17:6; 18:22; 22:6,15; 23:13-14; 24:3; 29:15,17; 31:10-31; Ecclesiastes 4:9- 12; 9:9; Malachi 2:14-16;Matthew 5:31-32; 18:2-5; 19:3-9; Mark 10:6-12; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Timothy 5:8,14; 2 Timothy 1:3-5; Titus 2:3-5; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7.

Marriage, Sexuality and Divorce
We believe that the term ‘marriage’ has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. Therefore, we consider the ceremonial union of a man and a woman in holy matrimony an act of worship. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography, or disagreement with one’s biological sex, or any attempt to change one’s sex, is sinful and offensive to God.

The Scriptures declare divorce to be a sin. It is forbidden, except in cases of marital infidelity. The Church, therefore, should not counsel or encourage divorce. However, the Church must also demonstrate the grace of redemption through Jesus Christ, and thus divorced or remarried persons shall be extended the same grace which all believers share.

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. There is a difference between temptation and unrepented sin. Jesus was tempted in all ways as we are, yet He never sinned. Members, employees, volunteers and attendees of this church wrestling with all manner of sexual temptation will find us ready to point them to Jesus and join with them to fight for their obedience to Christ. Jesus called the weary and heavy-laden to Himself. As a church desiring to follow Christ fully, Bannockburn will be a safe place for men and women fighting sexual temptations of all kinds. For those fighting temptation and repenting of sin, the church will provide love, care and direction. We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of the Church.

We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of the church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by the church in any capacity, as well as all members of the church, should abide by and agree to this Statement on Marriage, Sexuality and Divorce, and conduct themselves accordingly.

The church’s Statement on Marriage, Sexuality and Divorce is based upon God’s will for human life as conveyed to us through the Scriptures, upon which this church has been founded and anchored. This Statement on Marriage, Sexuality and Divorce shall not be subject to change through popular vote; referendum; prevailing opinion of Members or the general public; influence of or interpretation by any government authority, agency, or official action; or legal developments on the local, state, or federal level.

Genesis 1:27; 2:24; Matthew 11:28-30; 15:19; 19:1-9; Mark 10:1-12; Romans 1:26-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 10:13; Ephesians 2:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; Titus 3:3-7; Hebrews 2:17-18; 4:14-16; Hebrews 13:4.

 

ARTICLE V – CHURCH COVENANT

Having been led 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 covenant, 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, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.

We covenant to maintain family and private devotions; to diligently educate our children in the Christian faith; 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 sins of the flesh; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior; to abstain from any behavior that may diminish our Christian witness or may cause a weaker brother or sister to stumble; and to abstain from the abuse of harmful substances.

We covenant 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 covenant that if we leave this church, we will, as soon as possible, unite with another church where we can carry out our biblical responsibilities as believers.

 

ARTICLE VI – ORDINANCES

We believe that baptism by immersion symbolizes that a person has identified with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Baptism is a public proclamation that a person has trusted Jesus Christ alone for salvation, has received forgiveness of sin, and has been reconciled to God.

We believe that the Lord’s Supper commemorates the death of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross and the price He paid with His body and blood, a final sacrifice for our sin.

 

ARTICLE VII – CHURCH AFFILIATIONS AND CHRISTIAN RELATIONSHIPS

The government of this church is vested in the body of believers who compose it, each member having equality of rights, with the majority bearing rule except as set forth specifically by the Bylaws. 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 association and state convention affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.

 

ARTICLE VIII – AMENDMENTS

Proposed amendments to the Constitution may be submitted to the Trustees. Upon majority approval of the Trustees, the proposed amendments shall be presented to the church.

Proposed amendments shall be made available and notice of the special business meeting shall be publicized at least thirty (30) days before the election shall be held. Questions or concerns are encouraged to be presented in writing to the Pastor or one or more of the Trustees.

Proposed amendments will be considered in a special business meeting called for that purpose and approval shall be by written ballot and shall require an affirmative vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the qualified voting members present (including absentee ballots per BBC Bylaws §1.4.3 and §1.4.4).

 

ARTICLE IX – EFFECTS AND DATE OF ADOPTION

This Amended and Restated Constitution shall become effective immediately following the adoption of this Constitution by the church and shall supersede and take effect in lieu of any Constitution in effect prior to that time.

 

Ten-Year Document Change History

  • June, 2016
  • January, 2013
  • June, 2010
  • May, 2006

Proposed Revised Bylaws

BYLAWS

 

ARTICLE I – CHURCH MEMBERSHIP

This is a sovereign and democratic Baptist Church under the lordship of Jesus Christ. The membership retains unto itself the exclusive right of self-government in all phases of the spiritual and temporal life of this Church. The membership of Bannockburn Baptist Church, referred to as Church, shall consist of all persons whose names appear on the Church membership roll. The Senior Pastor is referred to as Pastor. With congregational approval, the Church shall be led by the Pastor, served by the Deacons, and operated through Elected Ministry Teams.

1.1  Admission to Membership: Any person may request membership in this Church. Individuals are always welcome to attend the Church without joining, but the New Testament teaches that membership in a local church should be a priority in the life of a maturing believer.

1.2  Church membership is affirmed upon the fulfillment of the qualifications found in this Article:

1.2.1  An individual may be received for membership upon salvation, baptism, and completion of a membership orientation. The Church shall consider the following:

1.2.1.1  Salvation is demonstrated by expressing his/her public profession of faith in Christ as personal Savior, trusting Christ to pay the penalty for sin and choosing to follow Him. For those who are currently Christians, a statement of prior profession of faith in Christ as personal Savior and Scriptural baptism in another church of like doctrine is evidence of salvation and baptism. When appropriate, the Church staff shall seek a transfer letter of membership from the candidate’s previous local congregation.

1.2.1.2  Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water as a testimony of having trusted Christ for salvation.

1.2.1.3  Membership orientation is the process of helping prospective members understand the mission, vision, and values of the Church as outlined in the Church’s Constitution and in these Bylaws (§1.3).

1.2.2  Recognizing that some Church attendees are away from their home church and may desire to participate in fellowship and service opportunities with the Church, application may be made for associate privileges and responsibilities. The applicant shall meet the same requirements and follow the same procedures as would an applicant for regular membership. The associate member shall not be eligible to be elected to an office nor have voting privilege. When an associate member makes a permanent move away from the area, that member shall automatically be removed from the Church’s associate roll.

1.3  Membership Orientation:

1.3.1  The Church places a high value on the significance of meaningful membership and seeks to ensure that new members have all the information they need to understand the doctrine, structure, and values of the Church. Membership orientation may take place in age-appropriate venues, but an ongoing orientation class shall be provided for all prospective adult members.

1.3.2  Membership orientation shall be held at regular intervals throughout the year.

1.3.3  Completion of membership orientation shall be made available through alternate means for any candidate who is unable to attend.

1.4  Voting Rights of Members:

1.4.1  A qualified voter shall be 16 years of age or older and shall have one vote on Church matters that call for a voice, show of hand, or ballot vote.

1.4.2  In order to vote on a Church matter, each qualified voter shall have one vote which shall be exercised in person and not by proxy, or

1.4.3  If a prior provision is made in the specific vote to allow an absentee ballot, a vote may be made in that manner. When provision for absentee ballots has been made, any qualified voting member is entitled to vote absentee, provided the member goes personally to the Church, secures a ballot, and votes immediately. The absentee voting period shall commence ten days and conclude no later than three days prior to the actual Church scheduled voting date.

1.4.4  A person may execute a Limited Power of Attorney for the purpose of absentee voting if an original executed copy of the Limited Power of Attorney is attached to the absentee ballot. This Limited Power of Attorney form shall be available in the Church office during absentee voting.

1.5  Termination of Membership: Membership may be terminated in the following manners:

1.5.1 Upon the death of a member; or

1.5.2 Upon issuance of a church letter of recommendation for membership in some other Baptist church; or

1.5.3 Upon a member’s request that their membership be terminated; or

1.5.4 Upon a member joining a church of a different faith; or

1.5.5 Upon purging of the Church roll to remove members who have not attended for a significant period of time and with whom we cannot make contact; or

1.5.6 Upon the determination that the member cannot be restored to fellowship as outlined in §1.6.

1.6  Discipline of Members: It shall be the basic purpose of the Church to emphasize to its members that every reasonable measure shall be taken to assist any troubled member. The Pastor, Pastoral Staff, or Deacons are available for counsel and guidance. Restoration, rather than punishment, should be the guideline that governs the attitude of one member toward another.

1.6.1  Should some serious condition exist which would cause a member to become a liability to the general welfare of the Church, every reasonable measure shall be taken to resolve the problem. A spirit of Christian kindness and forbearance shall pervade all proceedings.

1.6.2  But, finding that the welfare of the Church shall best be served by the exclusion of the member, the Pastor shall convene a review committee of the following leaders: Operations Pastor, Chairman of the Deacons, Chairman of the Personnel Ministry Team, Chairman of the Trustees, and up to two other persons as deemed necessary by the Pastor. This team shall prayerfully consider the recommendation of the Pastor and, with a unanimous vote, may proceed to declare the offender to be no longer in the membership of the Church.

1.6.3  Any person whose membership has been terminated for any condition, which has made it necessary for the Church to exclude him/her from membership, may, upon request to the Pastor, be restored to membership upon evidence of repentance and reformation. This reinstatement to membership shall require a unanimous vote of the review committee identified in §1.6.2.

ARTICLE II – CHURCH MEETINGS

2.1  Worship Services: The Church shall meet regularly each week for worship, in all locations, under the direction of the Pastor.

2.2  Regular Business Meetings: Regular business meetings shall be held quarterly. These meetings shall take place within seventy (70) days following the close of the business quarter.

2.3  Special Business Meetings: With the agreement of the Chairman of the Trustees, the Pastor or any other member of the Pastoral Staff may call special business meetings of the Church. The Church Clerk(§7.10), upon written petition of ten percent (10%) of the qualified voting members of the Church, may also call a special business meeting. Calling of the special business meeting may be made by announcement in any regular Sunday morning worship service, by written notice, by electronic communication, or by any other reasonably appropriate means to notify each qualified voting member no less than four (4) calendar days prior to the special business meeting. The call for a special business meeting shall contain the date, time, place, and items of business to be considered. Any proposed decisions from such a meeting requiring written ballot voting (as outlined in §2.9) shall be voted on at a separate special business meeting. All other decisions shall require an affirmative vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the qualified voting members present.

2.4 Meeting location(s): Regular and special business meetings may be conducted at any campus or simultaneously at multiple church campuses provided a Trustee is present at each participating church campus.

2.5  Postponement of Meetings: Any Church meeting may be postponed and rescheduled by agreement of the Pastor, the Chairman of the Trustees, and the person who called the meeting. Notice of such postponement and the date and time of the rescheduled meeting shall be communicated to the members by reasonably appropriate means.

2.6  Quorum of Members: The qualified voting members present at any regular or special business meeting shall constitute a quorum.

2.7  The Church staff is responsible for keeping a register of the names of qualified voting members, with dates of admission, separation, or death, together with a record of baptisms. The Church staff shall issue letters of separation voted by the Church, preserve on file all communications and written official reports, and give legal notice of all meetings where notice is necessary as indicated in these bylaws. All Church records are Church property and should be accessible in the Church office.

2.8  Parliamentary Rules: Roberts Rules of Order, Revised (the most current edition), is the authority for parliamentary rules of procedure for all meetings.

2.9  Propositions requiring absentee and written ballots shall include:

  • Calling or dismissing of the Pastor (§4.6.5.5 and §4.5.3 respectively),
  • Election of a Pastor Search Team (§4.6.3.4),
  • Sale of Church real estate (§7.3.5.2),
  • Dissolution of Bannockburn Baptist Church (§11.2.2),
  • Launch of a new multi-site campus (§10.1.3),
  • Release of a multi-site campus (§10.2.3),
  • Amendments to the Church Constitution and/or Bylaws (§12).
ARTICLE III – ORDINANCES

3.1.  Baptism is a symbolic act of obedience whereby an individual believer demonstrates publicly his/her acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

3.1.1 Baptism shall be by immersion in water.

3.1.2 Baptism shall be administered by the Pastor or his designee.

3.1.3 Baptism may be administered as an act of worship during any worship service.

3.2.  The Lord’s Supper is an ongoing symbolic act of obedience whereby individual believers may partake of the bread and fruit of the vine, commemorating the death of Jesus Christ, and anticipating His second coming.

3.2.1 The Lord’s Supper shall be observed at least quarterly.

3.2.2 The Pastor and his designees shall be responsible for the administration of the Lord’s Supper.

3.2.3 The Deacons shall be responsible for the physical preparation and serving of the Lord’s Supper.

ARTICLE IV – PASTOR

4.1  Qualifications of the Pastor (as outlined in Titus and 1 Timothy)

4.1.1 The Pastor shall be a male.

4.1.2 The Pastor shall exhibit the following character qualities:

  • Above reproach,
  • The husband of one wife,
  • Children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination,
  • Sober-minded,
  • Upright,
  • Respectable,
  • Loving what is good,
  • Hospitable,
  • Able to exhort and refute,
  • Self-controlled,
  • Gentle,
  • Not arrogant,
  • Not quick-tempered,
  • Not a drunkard or violent,
  • Not a lover of money or greedy for gain, and
  • Well thought of by those outside of the Church

4.2  Duties of the Pastor

4.2.1  Spiritual Duties:

4.2.1.1  The Pastor shall be the spiritual leader of the Church and shall lead the Church to function as a New Testament Church in carrying out the Great Commission of Jesus Christ as stated in Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 1:8.

4.2.1.2  The Pastor shall lead the Church in training people to fulfill the Great Commission by:

  • Reaching people with the Gospel,
  • Connecting them into the local Body of believers,
  • Equipping them to grow in their faith and understanding of God’s Word, and
  • Going locally, nationally and into all the world on mission.

4.2.2  Administrative Duties:

4.2.2.1 The Pastor is the titular head of the Church and ex-officio member of all teams and in charge of all ministries and shall supervise directly or by delegation all Church staff members.

4.2.2.2 The Pastor or his designee shall act as moderator for all Church meetings.

4.2.3 The Personnel Ministry Team may assign the Pastor duties as required by the needs of the Church.

4.3  Pastor’s Resignation:

4.3.1  The Pastor may resign his position by giving four weeks written notice to the Personnel Ministry Team.

4.3.2  Upon receipt of the Pastor’s resignation, the motion to have the office of Pastor declared vacant shall be brought by the Chairman of the Personnel Ministry Team at a special business meeting called for that purpose.

4.3.3  This meeting shall also include the authorization to begin a search for an Interim Pastor. Such action shall require an affirmative vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the qualified voting members present.

4.3.4  The moderator for this meeting shall be the Chairman of the Trustees or the Chairman’s designee.

4.3.5  Upon the resignation of the Pastor, the Trustees shall declare the office of the Pastor to be vacant and shall follow the procedures contained in §4.6 of these Bylaws.

4.4  Pastor’s Incapacitation

4.4.1  Should the Pastor be incapacitated, the Trustees may declare the office of the Pastor to be temporarily vacant. At this time, the Trustees, in accordance with a review of the Pastor’s Succession Plan, shall appoint a spiritual leader (to fulfill the duties as outlined in §4.2.1) and an administrative leader (to fulfill the duties as outlined in §4.2.2) from the current pastoral staff. The appointed spiritual leader and administrative leader shall serve until the Pastor is able to resume his duties.

4.4.2  If the Trustees determine that the Pastor is unable to resume his duties, they shall declare the office of the Pastor to be vacant and shall follow the procedures contained in §4.6 of these Bylaws.

4.5  Pastor’s Termination

4.5.1  After the Personnel Ministry Team has followed Church policies as they relate to personnel discipline, and has exhausted all appropriate or reasonable reconciliatory remedies, there may be a review by outside legal counsel to ensure that proper procedures were followed. A motion can then be brought to the Church to terminate the Pastor’s employment.

4.5.2  The Chairman of the Personnel Ministry Team shall bring forth this motion at a special business meeting called for that purpose.

4.5.3  Termination of employment shall be by written ballot and shall require an affirmative vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the qualified voting members present (including absentee ballots per §1.4.3 and §1.4.4) in a special business meeting called for that purpose. The moderator for the meeting shall be the Chairman of the Trustees or the Chairman’s designee.

4.5.4  Upon the termination of the Pastor, the Trustees shall declare the office of the Pastor to be vacant and shall follow the procedures contained in §4.6 of these Bylaws.

4.6 Pastor Vacancy

4.6.1  In accordance with a review of the Pastor’s Succession Plan, the Trustees shall appoint a spiritual leader (to fulfill the duties as outlined in §4.2.1) and an administrative leader (to fulfill the duties as outlined in §4.2.2) from the current pastoral staff.

4.6.2  Interim Pastor Selection:

4.6.2.1  Upon the vacancy of the office of Pastor, an Interim Pastor shall be selected within a reasonable time. No person who is a member of the pastoral staff at the time of a vacancy may be selected as Interim Pastor. The Interim Pastor shall have the same spiritual qualifications as the Pastor. The Interim Pastor shall not be a candidate for the position of Pastor.

4.6.2.2  The Chairman of the Personnel Ministry Team shall chair the Interim Pastor Search Team. The remaining members of the Interim Pastor Search Team shall be the members of the Personnel Ministry Team sitting at that time and the Chairman of the Deacons. This team shall remain intact until an Interim Pastor is recommended and approved by the Church. Should the Chairman of the Personnel Ministry Team or Chairman of the Deacons change due to term limitations, this Interim Pastor Search Team shall remain intact until they accomplish their task.

4.6.2.3  The Interim Pastor Search Team shall prepare a written job description before an Interim Pastor candidate is submitted for approval.

4.6.2.4  The Interim Pastor Search Team shall recommend the Interim Pastor candidate to the Church for approval in accordance with the guidelines for a special business meeting called for that purpose. Approval by the Church shall be by a simple majority vote of the qualified voting members present.

4.6.2.5 An Interim Pastor shall be an at-will employee of the Church. Should it be necessary to remove the Interim Pastor, the Personnel Ministry Team shall declare the office of Interim Pastor to be vacant. The declaration that the Interim Pastor position is vacant shall follow the procedures contained in §4.6 of these Bylaws.

4.6.3  Formation of a Pastor Search Team: After an Interim Pastor has been selected, a Pastor Search Team shall be formed, consisting of seven team members and two alternates. This Pastor Search Team shall remain intact until the Church has called a new Pastor.

4.6.3.1  The Chairman of the Nominating Team or the Chairman’s designee shall oversee and facilitate the process of selecting the members of the Pastor Search Team.

4.6.3.2  A job description and qualifications of potential members of the Pastor Search Team shall be presented to the Church in writing prior to nominating candidates for the Pastor Search Team.

4.6.3.3  Candidates for the Pastor Search Team shall be nominated by the Church by submitting a Pastor Search Team Nomination Form. Members nominated shall be reviewed according to the Ministry Teams Guidelines document (included in the Policies and Procedures Manual of the Church) and contacted by the Nominating Team. If the prospective team member agrees to serve, his/her name shall be placed on the ballot for election to the Pastor Search Team.

4.6.3.4  The Church shall vote by written ballot at a special business meeting (including absentee ballots per §1.4.3 and §1.4.4) to elect the seven members (and two alternates) of the Pastor Search Team. The seven members (and two alternates) receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected to the Pastor Search Team, subject to the following limitation: no more than one member of the same family shall serve on the Pastor Search Team. Determination of family member status shall not be based solely on place of residence, but rather on recognition of kinship through blood, marriage or adoption.

4.6.3.5  Should any of the members elected to the Pastor Search Team serve on an Elected Ministry Team, the Pastor Search Team member shall resign his/her position on that Elected Ministry Team within 30 days upon election to the Pastor Search Team.

4.6.4  Duties of the Pastor Search Team:

4.6.4.1  The duties of the Pastor Search Team shall be limited to the identification, selection and presentation of a Pastoral candidate.

4.6.4.2  The Pastor Search Team shall select a Chairman to lead the team.

4.6.4.3  Process for the selection of a Pastoral candidate:

4.6.4.3.1  Subject to the qualifications of the Pastor in §4.1, the Pastor Search Team shall seek the input of Church members for the attributes and qualities of a new Pastor.

4.6.4.3.2  The Pastor Search Team may seek recommendations for a Pastor from Church members, Southern Baptist pastors and seminaries, and other Christian leaders.

4.6.4.3.3  The Pastor Search Team shall review and analyze all submitted resumes.

4.6.4.3.4  Verbal and/or written reports should be given to the Church at least monthly during the selection process.

4.6.4.3.5  If a current staff member of the Church submits himself as a candidate for the position of Pastor, he shall be given the same consideration as other candidates. Upon conclusion of the search process and vote of the Church, if he is not chosen, he shall be required to offer his resignation for consideration by the new Pastor.

4.6.4.3.6  The Pastor Search Team shall interview at least three candidates prior to recommending a candidate.

4.6.4.3.7  The Personnel Ministry Team and Pastor Search Team shall meet with the candidate to communicate the terms of employment as Pastor. These terms should include a comprehensive written job description and compensation package. Such benefits may not materially deviate from the Church’s approved range of benefits and severance packages.

4.6.5 Presentation of a Pastor candidate to the Church:

4.6.5.1  Once the Pastor Search Team agrees upon the man they believe is God’s choice for the Pastor of the Church, the Pastor Search Team shall invite the Pastoral candidate to preach at least one Sunday worship service in view of a call as Pastor.

4.6.5.2  Notice and posting of a special business meeting to consider calling a Pastor shall be given at least ten (10) days in advance of the meeting. The Pastor Search Team should provide additional information on the candidate before the special business meeting.

4.6.5.3  The Chairman of the Personnel Ministry Team or the Chairman’s designee shall serve as moderator for this meeting to consider the calling of a Pastor.

4.6.5.4  Only one candidate shall be considered at a time.

4.6.5.5 The election to call the candidate as Pastor shall be by written ballot. An affirmative vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the qualified voting members present (including absentee ballots per §1.4.3 and §1.4.4) is required.

ARTICLE V – CHURCH EMPLOYEES

5.1  The Church shall employ persons as authorized by these Bylaws and that are necessary to lead and assist in fulfilling the purpose of the Church. The Church staff shall serve at the will and discretion of the Pastor and is comprised of licensed/ordained pastors and non-licensed/non-ordained staff members. Licensure and/or ordination does not solely determine the category of staff. There are three primary categories of staff:

5.2  Pastoral staff:

5.2.1  The pastoral staff serves under the direct supervision of the Pastor and is responsible for all ministry and operational functions of the Church.

5.2.2  The need for additional pastoral staff is determined by the Pastor in consultation with the Personnel Ministry Team. Following the selection process, the candidate shall be presented to the Church for a vote. Approval by the Church shall be by a simple majority vote of the qualified voting members present in a regular or special business meeting.

5.2.3  Termination of any member of the Pastoral Staff is at the sole discretion of the Pastor after consultation with the Personnel Ministry Team.

5.3  Directors:

5.3.1  Directors serve under the direct supervision of a member of the pastoral staff and are responsible for the day-to-day leadership of key areas of ministry in the Church.

5.3.2  The hiring of additional director-level employees may be recommended by a member of the pastoral staff, but the final decision of the need is left to the discretion of the Pastor.

5.3.3  Termination of director-level employees is left to the discretion of the direct supervisor over that position, in consultation with the Pastor or his designee and the Personnel Ministry Team.

5.4  Ministry staff

5.4.1  Ministry staff is composed of individuals who administer the day-to-day ministry functions of the Church. This category of staff can include, but is not limited to, business office personnel, administrative assistants, technical support staff, childcare workers and facilities support staff.

5.4.2  The hiring of additional personnel may be recommended by the supervisor of any group, but the final decision of the need for ministry staff is left to the discretion of the Pastor in consultation with the supervisor of the group.

5.4.3  Termination of ministry staff is left to the discretion of the direct supervisor over that position, in consultation with the Pastor or his designee.

5.5  An annual performance evaluation shall be administered for each paid staff member by his or her immediate supervisor. This performance evaluation shall be reviewed and approved by the Pastor and then reviewed with the employee. The evaluation shall be signed by both the employee and his or her supervisor and placed in the employee’s personnel file.

5.6  Any change in staffing that requires funding beyond what has been approved by the Personnel Ministry Team and the Church in the current fiscal year budget shall be approved by the Personnel Ministry Team and the Finance Ministry Team. A revised budget shall then be presented to the Church for approval by a simple majority vote of the qualified voting members present in a regular or special business meeting.

ARTICLE VI – DEACON MINISTRY

6.1  Purpose: The Deacon Ministry exists to assist the Pastor in shepherding the Church.

6.2  Duties:

6.2.1  Deacons serve the Lord Jesus Christ by conducting the caring ministry of the Church, doing benevolence work, being alert to the spiritual needs of the congregation, promoting unity within the Church and facilitating the spread of the gospel.

6.2.2  In accordance with the meaning of the work and practice of the New Testament, Deacons are to be ministering servants of the Church.

6.3  Qualifications:

6.3.1  Deacons shall be selected based upon qualifications contained in 1 Timothy 3:8-13 and Acts 6:1-7:

  • Good reputation,
  • Above reproach,
  • Filled with the spirit of God,
  • Wise,
  • A man of dignity,
  • Honest,
  • Not a drunkard,
  • Husband of one wife,
  • Good manager of his family, and
  • Free from the love of money.

6.3.2  Additional criteria:

  • A Church member for at least one year with prior Deaconship; otherwise, a Church member for at least three years,
  • Consistent in financial giving to the ministry of the Church,
  • Active in small group (at least 60% attendance) and worship participation, and
  • Approval of the Pastoral Staff.

6.4  Selection:

6.4.1  The Church shall annually form a Deacon Search Team comprised of Deacon officers, as selected by the Deacon body, and the Pastor or his designee.

6.4.2  The Deacon Search Team shall have the following responsibilities:

6.4.2.1  Determine the number of Deacons required to adequately serve the Church.

6.4.2.2  Receive nominations of eligible men to serve as Deacons from the Deacon body and small group teachers.

6.4.2.3  Interview all nominees concerning their desires and qualifications for the office of Deacon.

6.4.2.4  Recommend to the Church the names of all qualified Deacon candidates that desire to serve.

6.4.2.5  Following an election by the Church of the new Deacons, the team shall assist the Pastor and Church in the ordination of Deacon candidates. Approval by the Church shall be by a simple majority vote of the qualified voting members present in a regular or special business meeting.

6.4.3  Elections shall be held as needed to augment the Deacon body.

6.5  Officers:

6.5.1  The active Deacon body shall elect annually from its membership a Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary.

6.5.2  The Chairman of the Deacons shall preside at all meetings of the Deacon body and shall perform other duties as the Deacon body may authorize.

6.5.3  The Vice-Chairman of the Deacons shall assist the Chairman and perform the duties of the Chairman upon his death, absence, resignation, request of the Chairman or upon the Chairman’s inability to perform the duties of his office.

6.5.4  The Secretary of the Deacons shall keep a record of membership and attendance of Deacons, make reports on Deacon recommendations to the Church, and perform other duties as required.

6.6  Meetings: The Deacon body shall meet regularly at times and places as the Chairman of the Deacons may determine. The Deacons present shall constitute a quorum.

ARTICLE VII – ELECTED MINISTRY TEAMS

7.1 Elected Ministry Teams exist to provide oversight and counsel for key areas of leadership in the Church. The Pastor or his designee is a non-voting, ex-officio member of these teams.

7.2 Elected Ministry Teams:

7.2.1  Elected Ministry Team (EMT) members are elected by the Church. Approval by the Church of the candidates shall be by a simple majority vote of the qualified voting members present in a regular or special business meeting. Current ministry teams are:

7.2.1.1 The Trustee Ministry Team

7.2.1.2 The Nominating Ministry Team

7.2.1.3 The Personnel Ministry Team

7.2.1.4 The Finance Ministry Team

7.2.1.5 The Facilities Ministry Team

7.2.1.6 The Mission Ministry Team

7.2.1.7 The Education Ministry Team

7.2.1.8 Church Clerk

7.2.2  Qualifications:

7.2.2.1  At least 21 years of age,

7.2.2.2  A Church member in good standing for at least three years,

7.2.2.3  Active in small group (at least 60% attendance) and worship participation,

7.2.2.4  Consistent in financial giving to the ministry of the Church,

7.2.2.5  Approval of the Pastoral Staff,

7.2.2.6  Competent in the area for which he/she is being considered,

7.2.2.7  Able to maintain complete confidentiality,

7.2.2.8  Not a staff member or the spouse of a staff member of the Church,

7.2.2.9  Not a family member (as defined in §4.6.3.4) of someone serving on an Elected Ministry Team, and

7.2.2.10  Willingness to submit to a criminal background check.

7.2.2.11  Exceptions to the above criteria may be made on rare occasions as determined necessary by the Nominating Ministry Team.

7.2.3  When dealing with matters that require confidentiality, the Elected Ministry Teams may act on behalf of the Church, without additional direction from the membership, with the advice and consent of the Pastor or the Chairman of the Trustees. Such acts may include, but are not limited to, the hiring of lawyers as necessary to represent the interests of the Church. The Elected Ministry Team shall first consult with the Pastor and/or Chairman of the Trustees to determine need before obtaining budgetary approval from the Finance Ministry Team to retain a lawyer.

7.2.4  Other guidelines for Elected Ministry Teams, including terms of service, are detailed in the Ministry Teams Guidelines document (included in the Policies and Procedures Manual of the Church).

7.3 Trustee Ministry Team:

7.3.1  Selection: The Trustee Ministry Team consists of three members. Each year the Church shall elect a Trustee(s) who has been nominated by the Nominating Ministry Team.

7.3.2  Term: Trustees shall serve for three years. Terms shall be staggered so that a vacancy occurs each year.

7.3.3  Chairman: The Trustee entering the third year of service shall be offered the Chair. If said Trustee declines, the Chair shall be offered to the second year trustee. A Trustee may not hold the Chair during the first year of service.

7.3.4  Should a Trustee resign, move, or otherwise be unable to serve the three-year term, the Nominating Team shall present a candidate to fill the unexpired term vacated by the departure in accordance with §7.3.1.

7.3.5  Duties:

7.3.5.1  Trustees shall serve as the legal representatives of the Church as set forth below.

7.3.5.2  It shall be the function of the Trustees to affix their signatures to legal documents involving the purchase, sale, mortgage, lease, or transfer of real property, or other legal documents where the signatures of Trustees are required. The Trustees may appoint and empower agents to assist them with acquisition, maintenance and disposition of real property. Before an agent is retained, budgetary approval shall be obtained from the Finance Ministry Team.

7.3.5.3  Trustees shall hold the Church property in trust. They shall have no power to buy, sell, mortgage, lease, or transfer any real property without a specific vote of the Church authorizing each action. Such a vote shall be by written ballot and shall require an affirmative vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the qualified voting members present (including absentee ballots per §1.4.3 and §1.4.4) in a special business meeting called for that purpose.

7.3.5.4  Trustees have the right and authority to prohibit acts or omissions, including but not limited to (a) permitting any Church assets or property, whether real property, personal property, intangible property, or any property or asset of any kind that is subject to the direction or control of the Church, to be used in any manner that would be—or, in the sole determination of the Trustees, could be perceived by any person to be— inconsistent with the Statement on Marriage, Sexuality and Divorce as stated in the Church Constitution §4; and (b) permitting any Church facilities to be used by any person, organization, corporation, or group that would or might use such facilities to convey, intentionally or by implication, what might be perceived as a favorable impression about any definition of marriage other than that contained in the Church Constitution. The Church’s Statement on Marriage, Sexuality and Divorce is based upon God’s will for human life as conveyed to us through the Scriptures, upon which this Church has been founded and anchored. This Statement on Marriage, Sexuality and Divorce shall not be subject to change through popular vote; referendum; prevailing opinion of members or the general public; influence of or interpretation by any government authority, agency, or official action; or legal developments on the local, state, or federal level.

7.3.5.5  The Trustees shall perform an annual review of the Church Policies and Procedures Manual. If revisions are necessary, the Trustees shall make recommendations to the Pastor or his designee, appropriate Elected Ministry Team, or the Church body. This review shall also ensure that updated copies of the following are on hand in the Church office:

  • Articles of Incorporation and Tax Exemption Documents,
  • Church Constitution,
  • Church Bylaws,
  • Church Employee and Operational Policies and Procedures,
  • Staff Job Descriptions,
  • Ministry Teams Guidelines,
  • Elected Ministry Team Minutes,
  • Business Meeting Minutes,
  • Risk Management Reports,
  • Senior Pastor Succession Plan, and
  • Other items as requested by the Trustees.

7.3.5.6  The Trustees shall review the Annual Risk Management Report from the Pastor or his designee.

7.3.5.7  At least every three years, the Trustees shall review and recommend revisions to the Constitution and Bylaws. The Trustees shall be augmented by a three-person, ad hoc team, selected by the Nominating Team and approved by the Church. Any recommended revisions shall be presented to the Church for approval as outlined in §12.

7.3.5.8  The Trustee Ministry Team shall be responsible for any other duties assigned in these Bylaws or that may be assigned by the Pastor or his designee.

7.4 Nominating Ministry Team

7.4.1  Selection: When a vacancy occurs, the Church shall elect members from a slate of nominees presented by the Nominating Ministry Team.

7.4.2  Duties and Responsibilities:

7.4.2.1 Recruit and recommend Church members to fill vacancies on the Elected Ministry Teams.

7.4.2.2  Recommend to the Church the number of members necessary to adequately serve the needs of the Church.

7.4.2.3  With the approval of the Pastor, determine the need to establish or discontinue Elected Ministry Teams.

7.4.2.4  The Nominating Ministry Team shall be responsible for any other duties assigned in these Bylaws or that may be assigned by the Pastor or his designee.

7.5  Personnel Ministry Team

7.5.1  Selection: When a vacancy occurs, the Church shall elect members from a slate of nominees presented by the Nominating Ministry Team.

7.5.2  Duties and Responsibilities:

7.5.2.1  Assist the Church in matters related to employed personnel administration, including determining staffing needs and terms of employment.

7.5.2.2  Determine Church personnel policies and procedures and ensure that the policies and procedures are documented in a comprehensive handbook and followed.

7.5.2.3  Ensure that annual performance evaluations are completed and documented for each paid staff member.

7.5.2.4  Conduct an annual performance evaluation of the Pastor.

7.5.2.5  The Personnel Ministry Team shall be responsible for any other duties assigned in these Bylaws or that may be assigned by the Pastor or his designee.

7.6  Finance Ministry Team

7.6.1  Selection: When a vacancy occurs, the Church shall elect members from a slate of nominees presented by the Nominating Ministry Team.

7.6.2  Duties and Responsibilities:

7.6.2.1  Assist the Pastor and Church staff in all financial and stewardship matters.

7.6.2.2  Review and approve the annual budget for Bannockburn Christian Academy and Kingdom Kids Weekday.

7.6.2.3  Provide financial oversight to Bannockburn Christian Academy and Kingdom Kids Weekday on a monthly basis.

7.6.2.4  The Finance Ministry Team shall be responsible for the duties assigned in §9 in these Bylaws.

7.6.2.5  The Finance Ministry Team shall be responsible for any other duties assigned in these Bylaws or that may be assigned by the Pastor or his designee.

7.7  Facilities Ministry Team

7.7.1 Selection: When a vacancy occurs, the Church shall elect members from a slate of nominees presented by the Nominating Ministry Team.

7.7.2 Duties and Responsibilities:

7.7.2.1 Determine the Church’s need for additional buildings, renovations, and other construction, using input from the Pastor and other groups and teams, coordinating all projects with the Finance Ministry Team.

7.7.2.2 Arrange for architectural and engineering plans and studies.

7.7.2.3 Oversee construction activities authorized by the Church.

7.7.2.4 The Facilities Ministry Team shall be responsible for any other duties assigned in these Bylaws or that may be assigned by the Pastor or his designee.

7.8  Mission Ministry Team

7.8.1  Selection: When a vacancy occurs, the Church shall elect members from a slate of nominees presented by the Nominating Ministry Team.

7.8.2  Duties and Responsibilities:

7.8.2.1 Maintain healthy relationships with local ministry partners.

7.8.2.2 Review and recommend mission projects at the local, state, national and international levels.

7.8.2.3 Coordinate local service projects.

7.8.2.4 The Mission Ministry Team shall be responsible for any other duties assigned in these Bylaws or that may be assigned by the Pastor or his designee.

7.9  Education Ministry Team

7.9.1  Selection: When a vacancy occurs, the Church shall elect members from a slate of nominees presented by the Nominating Ministry Team.

7.9.2  Duties and Responsibilities:

7.9.2.1  Serve as the Board of Directors of Bannockburn Christian Academy and attend to the duties described in the Academy’s Bylaws and Policy Manual.

7.9.2.2  Oversee the production of an annual budget for Bannockburn Christian Academy for approval by the Finance Ministry Team.

7.9.2.3  Monitor compliance with the budget for Bannockburn Christian Academy.

7.9.2.4  Coordinate Church involvement in homeschool activities, when needed.

7.9.2.5  Coordinate the Church in its ministry to families as it relates to the education of their children.

7.9.2.6  The Education Ministry Team shall be responsible for any other duties assigned in these Bylaws or that may be assigned by the Pastor or his designee.

7.10  Church Clerk

7.10.1 Selection: When a vacancy occurs, the Church shall elect a Clerk as presented by the Nominating Ministry Team.

7.10.2 Duties and Responsibilities:

7.10.2.1 Keep an accurate record of the proceedings of each regular or special business meeting.

7.10.2.2 Submit the minutes of each meeting to the Church office within ten business days. The Church office shall maintain a suitable record of all actions of the Church.

ARTICLE VIII – VOLUNTEER AND APPOINTED MINISTRY TEAMS

8.1  In addition to the Elected Ministry Teams, there are other very important ministry teams. These volunteer and/or appointed ministry teams may be permanent or temporary in nature.

8.2  Guidelines for volunteer and appointed ministry teams, including terms of service, are detailed in the Ministry Teams Guidelines document (included in the Policies and Procedures Manual of the Church).

ARTICLE IX – CHURCH FINANCIAL RECORDS AND REPORTING

9.1  Church finances shall be administered with the utmost integrity. The Finance Ministry Team and all staff members shall guard against any conflict of interest in the administration of Church funds. The day-to-day responsibility of all administration of financial transactions shall be the duty of the Pastor or his designee.

9.2  The Church staff shall ensure that true and accurate records are maintained with full and correct entries made with respect to all financial transactions of the Church, including all income and expenditures.

9.3  All financial records shall be kept in an orderly manner in the Church office. Upon submission of a written request, any Church member may review any and all financial records, except personal giving records. The requested records shall be made available at the Church within a reasonable time.

9.4  The Pastor or his designee, in coordination with the Finance Ministry Team, shall annually develop a budget. The proposed budget shall be presented to the Church and approval by the Church shall be by a simple majority vote of the qualified voting members present in a regular or special business meeting. The staff shall administer the budget upon Church approval with oversight of the Finance Ministry Team.

9.5  Church staff shall prepare quarterly financial reports that accurately present the financial condition of the Church. Upon review and approval, the Finance Ministry Team shall present the reports to the Church within seventy (70) days of the close of the quarter. Approval of the quarterly financial reports by the Church shall be by a simple majority vote of the qualified voting members present in a regular or special business meeting.

9.6  An examination of the Church’s financial condition and its receipts and disbursements shall be made by a non-member, external, independent accounting firm recommended by the Finance Ministry Team. This examination shall be conducted for the purpose of gaining an unqualified opinion that the financial statements represent fairly the financial condition of the Church as of the report date. Furthermore, this examination shall be performed every three years or more often as directed and considered necessary by the Finance Ministry Team. The Finance Ministry Team shall consider all recommendations coming from this examination and shall implement any recommendations. Should the Finance Ministry Team decline to follow any of the recommendations, a written report with explanation of the declination shall be submitted to the Trustees.

9.7  The fiscal year of Bannockburn Baptist Church shall be from July 1 thru June 30. If necessary, the fiscal year can be adjusted to meet the needs of the ministry with the approval of the Church. Approval by the Church shall be by a simple majority vote of the qualified voting members present in a regular or special business meeting.

ARTICLE X – MULTI-SITE OPERATIONS

10.1  Any consideration for the launch of a multi-site campus shall be the purview of the Pastor.

10.1.1  At the time of the Pastor’s choosing, the plan for the launch of a multi-site campus shall be brought before the Church.

10.1.2  Following the presentation of the Pastor’s plan, an ad hoc team comprised of the Pastor, the Trustees, and the Chairman of each Elected Ministry Team shall be called upon to take the Pastor’s proposal under consideration. Upon a unanimous vote of the Trustees and an affirmative vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the remaining members of the ad hoc team, a motion shall be brought before the Church.

10.1.3  Action by the Church shall be by written ballot and shall require an affirmative vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the qualified voting members present (including absentee ballots per §1.4.3 and §1.4.4) in a special business meeting called for that purpose. The moderator for this meeting shall be the Pastor or his designee.

10.2  In the event that a multi-site campus desires to separate from Bannockburn to become an independent body, the following process shall be followed:

10.2.1 The multi-site campus shall bring the matter before the Church at the next regular or special business meeting at which time the entire Church body shall enter into a 60-day period of prayer and reflection. At the conclusion of this time of prayer and reflection, if the multi-site campus continues to feel led to pursue independence, it shall make a presentation to an ad hoc team assembled for this purpose.

10.2.2  An ad hoc team comprised of the Pastor, the Trustees, and the Chairman of each Elected Ministry Team shall be called upon to take the multi-site campus’ proposal under consideration. Upon a unanimous vote of the Trustees and an affirmative vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the remaining members of the ad hoc team, a motion shall be brought before the Church.

10.2.3  Action by the Church shall be by written ballot and shall require an affirmative vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the qualified voting members present (including absentee ballots per §1.4.3 and §1.4.4) in a special business meeting called for that purpose. The moderator for this meeting shall be the Pastor or his designee.

ARTICLE XI – DISCONTINUANCE AND TAX EXEMPT PURPOSE

11.1  Use of Assets: The assets of this Church shall be used in performing the Church’s purpose.

11.2  Discontinuance of the Church:

11.2.1 Upon discontinuance of the Church by dissolution or otherwise, the Church shall, after paying and making provision for payment of all liabilities of the Church, distribute all remaining assets of the Church to another church or organization of like faith and order that is a qualified charitable organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law.

11.2.2 Such action shall be by written ballot and shall require an affirmative vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the qualified voting members present (including absentee ballots per §1.4.3 and §1.4.4) in a special business meeting called for that purpose.

11.3  Purpose: The nonprofit corporation, called Bannockburn Baptist Church, is organized for charitable, religious, and educational purposes, as stated in the Constitution. Its purpose also includes the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law.

11.4  Limitation of Activities: No substantial part of the activities of the nonprofit corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and this nonprofit corporation shall not participate in or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the nonprofit corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on:

11.4.1  By a corporation exempt from federal income tax under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law.

11.4.2  By a nonprofit corporation contributions to which are deductible under Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law.

11.5 Restrictions on Distribution of Earnings: No part of the net earnings of this nonprofit corporation shall inure to the benefit of or be distributable to its members, Trustees, officers or other private persons, except that this nonprofit corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in these articles.

ARTICLE XII – AMENDMENTS

Proposed amendments to the Bylaws may be submitted to the Trustees. Upon majority approval of the Trustees, the proposed amendments shall be presented to the Church.

Proposed amendments shall be made available and notice of the special business meeting shall be publicized at least thirty (30) days before the election shall be held. Questions or concerns are encouraged to be presented in writing to the Pastor or one or more of the Trustees.

Proposed amendments shall be considered in a special business meeting called for that purpose. Approval shall be by written ballot and shall require an affirmative vote of three- fourths (3/4) of the qualified voting members present (including absentee ballots per §1.4.3 and §1.4.4).

ARTICLE XIII – EFFECTS AND DATE OF ADOPTION

These Amended and Restated Bylaws shall become effective immediately following the adoption of these Bylaws by the Church and shall supersede and take effect in lieu of any Bylaws in effect prior to that time. All policies and procedures of the Church shall be administered in a manner that is consistent with the provisions stated herein.

Ten-Year Document Change History

  • June, 2016
  • January, 2013
  • June, 2010
  • May, 2006

Pastor Chuck Davis Preaches

Pastor Chuck Davis preaches this past Labor Day Sunday.

Constitution and Bylaws Review

October 2, 2016

To: Bannockburn Members
From: Mark Hey, Chairman of the Trustees
Subject: Revised BBC Constitution and Bylaws

The members of Bannockburn Baptist Church approved our current Constitution and Bylaws in June of this year. The Constitution and Bylaws review team, elected by the members of Bannockburn, knew in June that a few minor revisions would still be needed in the coming months, and included in this packet are the proposed revisions to these two documents. This six-member elected team is comprised of Mark Hey (Trustee), Dan Kelley (Trustee), Steve Prichett (Trustee), Roberta Grant (ad hoc), Jack Kelly (ad hoc), and Mike McKinney (ad hoc).

Attached please find a draft of the proposed Constitution and Bylaws. This team respectfully requests that you review these documents and make any comments you desire in accordance with the guidelines appearing at the end of this letter.

A brief overview of each of the revised articles is listed below. The list below summarizes the changes to the documents, but each member is encouraged to read the Constitution and Bylaws in their entirety.


CONSTITUTION

  • Except for the statement on Marriage, Sexuality and Divorce, all other previous foundational statements of faith have been replaced by the Baptist Faith and Message of 2000 (BFM) in its entirety. Bannockburn has long held to the BFM as our statement of faith, but our previous Constitution only contained segments of the BFM. This team felt that the entire BFM, along with Scripture references, should be contained in the Constitution to clearly articulate our foundational statements of faith. Our statement on Marriage, Sexuality and Divorce remains unchanged in this proposed Constitution and can be found at the end of §4.

BYLAWS

  • Updated §2.3 to reflect that any proposed decision at a special business meeting that requires a written ballot vote (as outlined in §2.9), take place at a separate meeting that meets the minimum requirements for written ballot voting (as detailed in §1.4.3). Any other proposed decision shall require an affirmative vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the qualified voting members present at the original meeting.
  • Inserted a new §2.4 to allow for business meetings to take place at any BBC campus or at multiple campuses simultaneously as needed, provided a Trustee is present at each campus during the meeting.
  • Added clarifying language to §4.6.2.1 to articulate that during a search for a Senior Pastor, the Interim Pastor shall not be a candidate for the position of Senior Pastor.

REVIEW PROCESS / TIMELINE

After reading the draft of the Constitution and Bylaws, you may have questions or wish to comment on the revisions. Please follow the guidelines below if you choose to respond to the team:

    • All input must be in writing.
    • If there is a Biblical question or comment, please cite your biblical reference(s) and anexplanation of what should be changed and why. Please be specific.
    • Written comments can be submitted via one of the following methods:
      • Drop off in person with the receptionist at the South Austin Campus, or with Mary Green in the Senior Pastor’s office.
      • Email the Review Team directly at bylaws@bbcfamily.com.
    • Please respond no later than 12PM on Monday, October 10, 2016.
    • If changes are deemed necessary, a revised Constitution and Bylaws proposal will be prepared and will be made available at both campuses on Sunday, October 16, 2016.
    • For those unable to vote on these revisions at the quarterly business meeting, absentee voting for the adoption of the proposed Constitution and Bylaws will be conducted weekdays from 8:30AM – 4PM in the Church office from November 10-16, 2016.
    • A quarterly business meeting to vote on the proposed Constitution and Bylaws will be held on Sunday, November 20, 2016, at 6PM.
    • After combining the absentee votes with the written ballot votes cast at the quarterly business meeting, if three-fourths (3/4) of the qualified voting members approve the proposed Constitution and Bylaws, they shall become effective immediately and shall supersede the existing Constitution and Bylaws.

BBC Constitution

Current Version (June 2016)

Proposed Updates (November 2016)

BBC Bylaws

Current Version (June 2016)

Proposed Updates (November 2016)

Proposed Revised Constitution – May 22, 2016

CONSTITUTION

 

PREAMBLE

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 relationship to other churches.

 

ARTICLE I – NAME AND LOCATION

This body shall be known as Bannockburn Baptist Church of Austin, Texas. The church is located in various sites throughout Central Texas.

 

ARTICLE II – MISSION

The mission of Bannockburn Baptist Church is to guide people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

 

ARTICLE III – STRATEGY

The mission of Bannockburn Baptist Church is carried out through four strategies that manifest the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:18-20. In this passage, Jesus told his disciples to “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.” The strategies that reflect the uniqueness of this local body are:

  1. Reach – reaching people with the Gospel,
  2. Connect – connecting them into the local Body of believers,
  3. Equip – equipping them to grow in their faith and understanding of God’s Word, and
  4. Go – going locally, nationally and into all the world on mission.

 

ARTICLE IV – FOUNDATIONAL STATEMENTS OF FAITH

We ascribe to the full statement found in the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message. The following statements summarize the primary tenets of our faith:

 

The Bible:

The Bible, though written by men, was supernaturally inspired by God. It is therefore inerrant and infallible.

 

The Trinity:

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. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

 

Sin:

Adam, the first man, willfully disobeyed God, bringing sin and death into the world. As a result, every person is born a sinner, which is evidenced in their willful acts of sin; and they are therefore subject to eternal punishment, under the just condemnation of a holy God.

 

Salvation:

Christ offered Himself as a sacrifice by the appointment of the Father. He fulfilled the demands of God by His obedient life, died on the cross in full substitution and payment for the sins of all, was buried, and on the third day He arose bodily from the dead. Therefore, salvation comes through repentance of sin and by faith alone in Him as Savior. The believer is declared righteous, born again by the Holy Spirit, turned from sin, and assured of eternal security in heaven.

 

The Church:

The body of Christ on earth exists to continue the ministry that Jesus started. We exist as a local congregation that is a part of the overall body of Christ-followers in Central Texas, and of the universal Church around the world. This local assembly of baptized believers, under the discipline of the Word of God and the lordship of Christ, is organized to carry out the commission to evangelize, to teach, and to administer the ordinances of believer’s baptism and the Lord’s table.

 

Creation:

All things were created by God. Angels were created as ministering agents,
though some, under the leadership of Satan, fell from their sinless state to become agents of evil. The universe was created in six days and is continuously sustained by God, thus it both reflects His glory and reveals His truth. Human beings were not evolved, but directly created in the very image of God. As reasoning moral agents, they are responsible under God for understanding and governing themselves and the world.

 

The Return of Christ:

The return of Christ for all believers is imminent. The unsaved will then be raised and judged according to their works and separated forever from God in hell. The saved, having been raised, will live forever in fellowship with God in heaven.

 

Marriage, Sexuality and Divorce:

We believe that the term ‘marriage’ has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. Therefore, we consider the ceremonial union of a man and a woman in holy matrimony an act of worship. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography, or disagreement with one’s biological sex, or any attempt to change one’s sex, is sinful and offensive to God.

The Scriptures declare divorce to be a sin. It is forbidden, except in cases of marital infidelity. The Church, therefore, should not counsel or encourage divorce. However, the Church must also demonstrate the grace of redemption through Jesus Christ, and thus divorced or remarried persons shall be extended the same grace which all believers share.

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. There is a difference between temptation and unrepented sin. Jesus was tempted in all ways as we are, yet He never sinned. Members, employees, volunteers and attendees of this church wrestling with all manner of sexual temptation will find us ready to point them to Jesus and join with them to fight for their obedience to Christ. Jesus called the weary and heavy-laden to Himself. As a church desiring to follow Christ fully, Bannockburn will be a safe place for men and women fighting sexual temptations of all kinds. For those fighting temptation and repenting of sin, the church will provide love, care and direction. We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of the Church.

We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of the church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by the church in any capacity, as well as all members of the church, should abide by and agree to this Statement on Marriage, Sexuality and Divorce, and conduct themselves accordingly.

The church’s Statement on Marriage, Sexuality and Divorce is based upon God’s will for human life as conveyed to us through the Scriptures, upon which this church has been founded and anchored. This Statement on Marriage, Sexuality and Divorce shall not be subject to change through popular vote; referendum; prevailing opinion of Members or the general public; influence of or interpretation by any government authority, agency, or official action; or legal developments on the local, state, or federal level.

 

The Family:

God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.

 

ARTICLE V – CHURCH COVENANT

Having been led 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 covenant, 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, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.

We covenant to maintain family and private devotions; to diligently educate our children in the Christian faith; 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 sins of the flesh; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior; to abstain from any behavior that may diminish our Christian witness or may cause a weaker brother or sister to stumble; and to abstain from the abuse of harmful substances.

We covenant 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 covenant that if we leave this church, we will, as soon as possible, unite with another church where we can carry out our biblical responsibilities as believers.

 

ARTICLE VI – ORDINANCES

We believe that baptism by immersion symbolizes that a person has identified with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Baptism is a public proclamation that a person has trusted Jesus Christ alone for salvation, has received forgiveness of sin, and has been reconciled to God.

We believe that the Lord’s Supper commemorates the death of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross and the price He paid with His body and blood, a final sacrifice for our sin.

 

ARTICLE VII – CHURCH AFFILIATIONS AND CHRISTIAN RELATIONSHIPS

The government of this church is vested in the body of believers who compose it, each member having equality of rights, with the majority bearing rule except as set forth specifically by the Bylaws. 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 association and state convention affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.

 

ARTICLE VIII – AMENDMENTS

Proposed amendments to the Constitution may be submitted to the Trustees. Upon majority approval of the Trustees, the proposed amendments shall be presented to the church.

Proposed amendments shall be made available and notice of the special business meeting shall be publicized at least thirty (30) days before the election shall be held. Questions or concerns are encouraged to be presented in writing to the Pastor or one or more of the Trustees.

Proposed amendments will be considered in a special business meeting called for that purpose and approval shall be by written ballot and shall require an affirmative vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the qualified voting members present (including absentee ballots per BBC Bylaws §1.4.3 and §1.4.4).

 

ARTICLE IX – EFFECTS AND DATE OF ADOPTION

This Amended and Restated Constitution shall become effective immediately following the adoption of this Constitution by the church and shall supersede and take effect in lieu of any Constitution in effect prior to that time.

 

Ten-Year Document Change History

  • June, 2016
  • January, 2013
  • June, 2010
  • May, 2006

Proposed Revised Bylaws – May 22, 2016

BYLAWS

 

ARTICLE I – CHURCH MEMBERSHIP

This is a sovereign and democratic Baptist Church under the lordship of Jesus Christ. The membership retains unto itself the exclusive right of self-government in all phases of the spiritual and temporal life of this Church. The membership of Bannockburn Baptist Church, referred to as Church, shall consist of all persons whose names appear on the Church membership roll. The Senior Pastor is referred to as Pastor. With congregational approval, the Church shall be led by the Pastor, served by the Deacons, and operated through Elected Ministry Teams.

1.1  Admission to Membership: Any person may request membership in this Church. Individuals are always welcome to attend the Church without joining, but the New Testament teaches that membership in a local church should be a priority in the life of a maturing believer.

1.2  Church membership is affirmed upon the fulfillment of the qualifications found in this Article:

1.2.1  An individual may be received for membership upon salvation, baptism, and completion of a membership orientation. The Church shall consider the following:

1.2.1.1  Salvation is demonstrated by expressing his/her public profession of faith in Christ as personal Savior, trusting Christ to pay the penalty for sin and choosing to follow Him. For those who are currently Christians, a statement of prior profession of faith in Christ as personal Savior and Scriptural baptism in another church of like doctrine is evidence of salvation and baptism. When appropriate, the Church staff shall seek a transfer letter of membership from the candidate’s previous local congregation.

1.2.1.2  Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water as a testimony of having trusted Christ for salvation.

1.2.1.3  Membership orientation is the process of helping prospective members understand the mission, vision, and values of the Church as outlined in the Church’s Constitution and in these Bylaws (§1.3).

1.2.2  Recognizing that some Church attendees are away from their home church and may desire to participate in fellowship and service opportunities with the Church, application may be made for associate privileges and responsibilities. The applicant shall meet the same requirements and follow the same procedures as would an applicant for regular membership. The associate member shall not be eligible to be elected to an office nor have voting privilege. When an associate member makes a permanent move away from the area, that member shall automatically be removed from the Church’s associate roll.

1.3  Membership Orientation:

1.3.1  The Church places a high value on the significance of meaningful membership and seeks to ensure that new members have all the information they need to understand the doctrine, structure, and values of the Church. Membership orientation may take place in age-appropriate venues, but an ongoing orientation class shall be provided for all prospective adult members.

1.3.2  Membership orientation shall be held at regular intervals throughout the year.

1.3.3  Completion of membership orientation shall be made available through alternate means for any candidate who is unable to attend.

1.4  Voting Rights of Members:

1.4.1  A qualified voter shall be 16 years of age or older and shall have one vote on Church matters that call for a voice, show of hand, or ballot vote.

1.4.2  In order to vote on a Church matter, each qualified voter shall have one vote which shall be exercised in person and not by proxy, or

1.4.3  If a prior provision is made in the specific vote to allow an absentee ballot, a vote may be made in that manner. When provision for absentee ballots has been made, any qualified voting member is entitled to vote absentee, provided the member goes personally to the Church, secures a ballot, and votes immediately. The absentee voting period shall commence ten days and conclude no later than three days prior to the actual Church scheduled voting date.

1.4.4  A person may execute a Limited Power of Attorney for the purpose of absentee voting if an original executed copy of the Limited Power of Attorney is attached to the absentee ballot. This Limited Power of Attorney form shall be available in the Church office during absentee voting.

1.5  Termination of Membership: Membership may be terminated in the following manners:

1.5.1 Upon the death of a member; or

1.5.2 Upon issuance of a church letter of recommendation for membership in some other Baptist church; or

1.5.3 Upon a member’s request that their membership be terminated; or

1.5.4 Upon a member joining a church of a different faith; or

1.5.5 Upon purging of the Church roll to remove members who have not attended for a significant period of time and with whom we cannot make contact; or

1.5.6 Upon the determination that the member cannot be restored to fellowship as outlined in §1.6.

1.6  Discipline of Members: It shall be the basic purpose of the Church to emphasize to its members that every reasonable measure shall be taken to assist any troubled member. The Pastor, Pastoral Staff, or Deacons are available for counsel and guidance. Restoration, rather than punishment, should be the guideline that governs the attitude of one member toward another.

1.6.1  Should some serious condition exist which would cause a member to become a liability to the general welfare of the Church, every reasonable measure shall be taken to resolve the problem. A spirit of Christian kindness and forbearance shall pervade all proceedings.

1.6.2  But, finding that the welfare of the Church shall best be served by the exclusion of the member, the Pastor shall convene a review committee of the following leaders: Operations Pastor, Chairman of the Deacons, Chairman of the Personnel Ministry Team, Chairman of the Trustees, and up to two other persons as deemed necessary by the Pastor. This team shall prayerfully consider the recommendation of the Pastor and, with a unanimous vote, may proceed to declare the offender to be no longer in the membership of the Church.

1.6.3  Any person whose membership has been terminated for any condition, which has made it necessary for the Church to exclude him/her from membership, may, upon request to the Pastor, be restored to membership upon evidence of repentance and reformation. This reinstatement to membership shall require a unanimous vote of the review committee identified in §1.6.2.

ARTICLE II – CHURCH MEETINGS

2.1  Worship Services: The Church shall meet regularly each week for worship, in all locations, under the direction of the Pastor.

2.2  Regular Business Meetings: Regular business meetings shall be held quarterly. These meetings shall take place within seventy (70) days following the close of the business quarter.

2.3  Special Business Meetings: With the agreement of the Chairman of the Trustees, the Pastor or any other member of the Pastoral Staff may call special business meetings of the Church. The Church Clerk (§7.10), upon written petition of ten percent (10%) of the qualified voting members of the Church, may also call a special business meeting. Calling of the special business meeting may be made by announcement in any regular Sunday morning worship service, by written notice, by electronic communication, or by any other reasonably appropriate means to notify each qualified voting member no less than four (4) calendar days prior to the special business meeting. The call for a special business meeting shall contain the date, time, place, and items of business to be considered. Any proposed decisions from such a meeting shall be voted on at a separate special business meeting by written ballot and shall require an affirmative vote of three- fourths (3/4) of the qualified voting members present (including absentee ballots per §1.4.3 and §1.4.4).

2.4  Postponement of Meetings: Any Church meeting may be postponed and rescheduled by agreement of the Pastor, the Chairman of the Trustees, and the person who called the meeting. Notice of such postponement and the date and time of the rescheduled meeting shall be communicated to the members by reasonably appropriate means.

2.5  Quorum of Members: The qualified voting members present at any regular or special business meeting shall constitute a quorum.

2.6  The Church staff is responsible for keeping a register of the names of qualified voting members, with dates of admission, separation, or death, together with a record of baptisms. The Church staff shall issue letters of separation voted by the Church, preserve on file all communications and written official reports, and give legal notice of all meetings where notice is necessary as indicated in these bylaws. All Church records are Church property and should be accessible in the Church office.

2.7  Parliamentary Rules: Roberts Rules of Order, Revised (the most current edition), is the authority for parliamentary rules of procedure for all meetings.

2.8  Propositions requiring absentee and written ballots shall include:

  • Calling or dismissing of the Pastor (§4.6.5.5 and §4.5.3 respectively),
  • Election of a Pastor Search Team (§4.6.3.4),
  • Sale of Church real estate (§7.3.5.2),
  • Dissolution of Bannockburn Baptist Church (§11.2.2),
  • Launch of a new multi-site campus (§10.1.3),
  • Release of a multi-site campus (§10.2.3),
  • Amendments to the Church Constitution and/or Bylaws (§12), and
  • Other circumstances deemed necessary by the Pastor, the Chairman of the Trustees, or a ten percent (10%) group of qualified voting Church members (§2.3).
ARTICLE III – ORDINANCES

3.1.  Baptism is a symbolic act of obedience whereby an individual believer demonstrates publicly his/her acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

3.1.1 Baptism shall be by immersion in water.

3.1.2 Baptism shall be administered by the Pastor or his designee.

3.1.3 Baptism may be administered as an act of worship during any worship service.

3.2.  The Lord’s Supper is an ongoing symbolic act of obedience whereby individual believers may partake of the bread and fruit of the vine, commemorating the death of Jesus Christ, and anticipating His second coming.

3.2.1 The Lord’s Supper shall be observed at least quarterly.

3.2.2 The Pastor and his designees shall be responsible for the administration of the Lord’s Supper.

3.2.3 The Deacons shall be responsible for the physical preparation and serving of the Lord’s Supper.

ARTICLE IV – PASTOR

4.1  Qualifications of the Pastor (as outlined in Titus and 1 Timothy)

4.1.1 The Pastor shall be a male.

4.1.2 The Pastor shall exhibit the following character qualities:

  • Above reproach,
  • The husband of one wife,
  • Children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination,
  • Sober-minded,
  • Upright,
  • Respectable,
  • Loving what is good,
  • Hospitable,
  • Able to exhort and refute,
  • Self-controlled,
  • Gentle,
  • Not arrogant,
  • Not quick-tempered,
  • Not a drunkard or violent,
  • Not a lover of money or greedy for gain, and
  • Well thought of by those outside of the Church

4.2  Duties of the Pastor

4.2.1  Spiritual Duties:

4.2.1.1  The Pastor shall be the spiritual leader of the Church and shall lead the Church to function as a New Testament Church in carrying out the Great Commission of Jesus Christ as stated in Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 1:8.

4.2.1.2  The Pastor shall lead the Church in training people to fulfill the Great Commission by:

  • Reaching people with the Gospel,
  • Connecting them into the local Body of believers,
  • Equipping them to grow in their faith and understanding of God’s Word, and
  • Going locally, nationally and into all the world on mission.

4.2.2  Administrative Duties:

4.2.2.1 The Pastor is the titular head of the Church and ex-officio member of all teams and in charge of all ministries and shall supervise directly or by delegation all Church staff members.

4.2.2.2 The Pastor or his designee shall act as moderator for all Church meetings.

4.2.3 The Personnel Ministry Team may assign the Pastor duties as required by the needs of the Church.

4.3  Pastor’s Resignation:

4.3.1  The Pastor may resign his position by giving four weeks written notice to the Personnel Ministry Team.

4.3.2  Upon receipt of the Pastor’s resignation, the motion to have the office of Pastor declared vacant shall be brought by the Chairman of the Personnel Ministry Team at a special business meeting called for that purpose.

4.3.3  This meeting shall also include the authorization to begin a search for an Interim Pastor. Such action shall require an affirmative vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the qualified voting members present.

4.3.4  The moderator for this meeting shall be the Chairman of the Trustees or the Chairman’s designee.

4.3.5  Upon the resignation of the Pastor, the Trustees shall declare the office of the Pastor to be vacant and shall follow the procedures contained in §4.6 of these Bylaws.

4.4  Pastor’s Incapacitation

4.4.1  Should the Pastor be incapacitated, the Trustees may declare the office of the Pastor to be temporarily vacant. At this time, the Trustees, in accordance with a review of the Pastor’s Succession Plan, shall appoint a spiritual leader (to fulfill the duties as outlined in §4.2.1) and an administrative leader (to fulfill the duties as outlined in §4.2.2) from the current pastoral staff. The appointed spiritual leader and administrative leader shall serve until the Pastor is able to resume his duties.

4.4.2  If the Trustees determine that the Pastor is unable to resume his duties, they shall declare the office of the Pastor to be vacant and shall follow the procedures contained in §4.6 of these Bylaws.

4.5  Pastor’s Termination

4.5.1  After the Personnel Ministry Team has followed Church policies as they relate to personnel discipline, and has exhausted all appropriate or reasonable reconciliatory remedies, there may be a review by outside legal counsel to ensure that proper procedures were followed. A motion can then be brought to the Church to terminate the Pastor’s employment.

4.5.2  The Chairman of the Personnel Ministry Team shall bring forth this motion at a special business meeting called for that purpose.

4.5.3  Termination of employment shall be by written ballot and shall require an affirmative vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the qualified voting members present (including absentee ballots per §1.4.3 and §1.4.4) in a special business meeting called for that purpose. The moderator for the meeting shall be the Chairman of the Trustees or the Chairman’s designee.

4.5.4  Upon the termination of the Pastor, the Trustees shall declare the office of the Pastor to be vacant and shall follow the procedures contained in §4.6 of these Bylaws.

4.6 Pastor Vacancy

4.6.1  In accordance with a review of the Pastor’s Succession Plan, the Trustees shall appoint a spiritual leader (to fulfill the duties as outlined in §4.2.1) and an administrative leader (to fulfill the duties as outlined in §4.2.2) from the current pastoral staff.

4.6.2  Interim Pastor Selection:

4.6.2.1  Upon the vacancy of the office of Pastor, an Interim Pastor shall be selected within a reasonable time. No person who is a member of the pastoral staff at the time of a vacancy may be selected as Interim Pastor. The Interim Pastor shall have the same spiritual qualifications as the Pastor. The Interim Pastor shall not be a candidate for the position of Pastor while actively serving as Interim Pastor.

4.6.2.2  The Chairman of the Personnel Ministry Team shall chair the Interim Pastor Search Team. The remaining members of the Interim Pastor Search Team shall be the members of the Personnel Ministry Team sitting at that time and the Chairman of the Deacons. This team shall remain intact until an Interim Pastor is recommended and approved by the Church. Should the Chairman of the Personnel Ministry Team or Chairman of the Deacons change due to term limitations, this Interim Pastor Search Team shall remain intact until they accomplish their task.

4.6.2.3  The Interim Pastor Search Team shall prepare a written job description before an Interim Pastor candidate is submitted for approval.

4.6.2.4  The Interim Pastor Search Team shall recommend the Interim Pastor candidate to the Church for approval in accordance with the guidelines for a special business meeting called for that purpose. Approval by the Church shall be by a simple majority vote of the qualified voting members present.

4.6.2.5 An Interim Pastor shall be an at-will employee of the Church. Should it be necessary to remove the Interim Pastor, the Personnel Ministry Team shall declare the office of Interim Pastor to be vacant. The declaration that the Interim Pastor position is vacant shall follow the procedures contained in §4.6 of these Bylaws.

4.6.3  Formation of a Pastor Search Team: After an Interim Pastor has been selected, a Pastor Search Team shall be formed, consisting of seven team members and two alternates. This Pastor Search Team shall remain intact until the Church has called a new Pastor.

4.6.3.1  The Chairman of the Nominating Team or the Chairman’s designee shall oversee and facilitate the process of selecting the members of the Pastor Search Team.

4.6.3.2  A job description and qualifications of potential members of the Pastor Search Team shall be presented to the Church in writing prior to nominating candidates for the Pastor Search Team.

4.6.3.3  Candidates for the Pastor Search Team shall be nominated by the Church by submitting a Pastor Search Team Nomination Form. Members nominated shall be reviewed according to the Ministry Teams Guidelines document (included in the Policies and Procedures Manual of the Church) and contacted by the Nominating Team. If the prospective team member agrees to serve, his/her name shall be placed on the ballot for election to the Pastor Search Team.

4.6.3.4  The Church shall vote by written ballot at a special business meeting (including absentee ballots per §1.4.3 and §1.4.4) to elect the seven members (and two alternates) of the Pastor Search Team. The seven members (and two alternates) receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected to the Pastor Search Team, subject to the following limitation: no more than one member of the same family shall serve on the Pastor Search Team. Determination of family member status shall not be based solely on place of residence, but rather on recognition of kinship through blood, marriage or adoption.

4.6.3.5  Should any of the members elected to the Pastor Search Team serve on an Elected Ministry Team, the Pastor Search Team member shall resign his/her position on that Elected Ministry Team within 30 days upon election to the Pastor Search Team.

4.6.4  Duties of the Pastor Search Team:

4.6.4.1  The duties of the Pastor Search Team shall be limited to the identification, selection and presentation of a Pastoral candidate.

4.6.4.2  The Pastor Search Team shall select a Chairman to lead the team.

4.6.4.3  Process for the selection of a Pastoral candidate:

4.6.4.3.1  Subject to the qualifications of the Pastor in §4.1, the Pastor Search Team shall seek the input of Church members for the attributes and qualities of a new Pastor.

4.6.4.3.2  The Pastor Search Team may seek recommendations for a Pastor from Church members, Southern Baptist pastors and seminaries, and other Christian leaders.

4.6.4.3.3  The Pastor Search Team shall review and analyze all submitted resumes.

4.6.4.3.4  Verbal and/or written reports should be given to the Church at least monthly during the selection process.

4.6.4.3.5  If a current staff member of the Church submits himself as a candidate for the position of Pastor, he shall be given the same consideration as other candidates. Upon conclusion of the search process and vote of the Church, if he is not chosen, he shall be required to offer his resignation for consideration by the new Pastor.

4.6.4.3.6  The Pastor Search Team shall interview at least three candidates prior to recommending a candidate.

4.6.4.3.7  The Personnel Ministry Team and Pastor Search Team shall meet with the candidate to communicate the terms of employment as Pastor. These terms should include a comprehensive written job description and compensation package. Such benefits may not materially deviate from the Church’s approved range of benefits and severance packages.

4.6.5 Presentation of a Pastor candidate to the Church:

4.6.5.1  Once the Pastor Search Team agrees upon the man they believe is God’s choice for the Pastor of the Church, the Pastor Search Team shall invite the Pastoral candidate to preach at least one Sunday worship service in view of a call as Pastor.

4.6.5.2  Notice and posting of a special business meeting to consider calling a Pastor shall be given at least seven (7) days in advance of the meeting. The Pastor Search Team should provide additional information on the candidate before the special business meeting.

4.6.5.3  The Chairman of the Personnel Ministry Team or the Chairman’s designee shall serve as moderator for this meeting to consider the calling of a Pastor.

4.6.5.4  Only one candidate shall be considered at a time.

4.6.5.5 The election to call the candidate as Pastor shall be by written ballot. An affirmative vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the qualified voting members present (including absentee ballots per §1.4.3 and §1.4.4) is required.

ARTICLE V – CHURCH EMPLOYEES

5.1  The Church shall employ persons as authorized by these Bylaws and that are necessary to lead and assist in fulfilling the purpose of the Church. The Church staff shall serve at the will and discretion of the Pastor and is comprised of licensed/ordained pastors and non-licensed/non-ordained staff members. Licensure and/or ordination does not solely determine the category of staff. There are three primary categories of staff:

5.2  Pastoral staff:

5.2.1  The pastoral staff serves under the direct supervision of the Pastor and is responsible for all ministry and operational functions of the Church.

5.2.2  The need for additional pastoral staff is determined by the Pastor in consultation with the Personnel Ministry Team. Following the selection process, the candidate shall be presented to the Church for a vote. Approval by the Church shall be by a simple majority vote of the qualified voting members present in a regular or special business meeting.

5.2.3  Termination of any member of the Pastoral Staff is at the sole discretion of the Pastor after consultation with the Personnel Ministry Team.

5.3  Directors:

5.3.1  Directors serve under the direct supervision of a member of the pastoral staff and are responsible for the day-to-day leadership of key areas of ministry in the Church.

5.3.2  The hiring of additional director-level employees may be recommended by a member of the pastoral staff, but the final decision of the need is left to the discretion of the Pastor.

5.3.3  Termination of director-level employees is left to the discretion of the direct supervisor over that position, in consultation with the Pastor or his designee and the Personnel Ministry Team.

5.4  Ministry staff

5.4.1  Ministry staff is composed of individuals who administer the day-to-day ministry functions of the Church. This category of staff can include, but is not limited to, business office personnel, administrative assistants, technical support staff, childcare workers and facilities support staff.

5.4.2  The hiring of additional personnel may be recommended by the supervisor of any group, but the final decision of the need for ministry staff is left to the discretion of the Pastor in consultation with the supervisor of the group.

5.4.3  Termination of ministry staff is left to the discretion of the direct supervisor over that position, in consultation with the Pastor or his designee.

5.5  An annual performance evaluation shall be administered for each paid staff member by his or her immediate supervisor. This performance evaluation shall be reviewed and approved by the Pastor and then reviewed with the employee. The evaluation shall be signed by both the employee and his or her supervisor and placed in the employee’s personnel file.

5.6  Any change in staffing that requires funding beyond what has been approved by the Personnel Ministry Team and the Church in the current fiscal year budget shall be approved by the Personnel Ministry Team and the Finance Ministry Team. A revised budget shall then be presented to the Church for approval by a simple majority vote of the qualified voting members present in a regular or special business meeting.

ARTICLE VI – DEACON MINISTRY

6.1  Purpose: The Deacon Ministry exists to assist the Pastor in shepherding the Church.

6.2  Duties:

6.2.1  Deacons serve the Lord Jesus Christ by conducting the caring ministry of the Church, doing benevolence work, being alert to the spiritual needs of the congregation, promoting unity within the Church and facilitating the spread of the gospel.

6.2.2  In accordance with the meaning of the work and practice of the New Testament, Deacons are to be ministering servants of the Church.

6.3  Qualifications:

6.3.1  Deacons shall be selected based upon qualifications contained in 1 Timothy 3:8-13 and Acts 6:1-7:

  • Good reputation,
  • Above reproach,
  • Filled with the spirit of God,
  • Wise,
  • A man of dignity,
  • Honest,
  • Not a drunkard,
  • Husband of one wife,
  • Good manager of his family, and
  • Free from the love of money.

6.3.2  Additional criteria:

  • A Church member for at least one year with prior Deaconship; otherwise, a Church member for at least three years,
  • Consistent in financial giving to the ministry of the Church,
  • Active in small group (at least 60% attendance) and worship participation, and
  • Approval of the Pastoral Staff.

6.4  Selection:

6.4.1  The Church shall annually form a Deacon Search Team comprised of Deacon officers, as selected by the Deacon body, and the Pastor or his designee.

6.4.2  The Deacon Search Team shall have the following responsibilities:

6.4.2.1  Determine the number of Deacons required to adequately serve the Church.

6.4.2.2  Receive nominations of eligible men to serve as Deacons from the Deacon body and small group teachers.

6.4.2.3  Interview all nominees concerning their desires and qualifications for the office of Deacon.

6.4.2.4  Recommend to the Church the names of all qualified Deacon candidates that desire to serve.

6.4.2.5  Following an election by the Church of the new Deacons, the team shall assist the Pastor and Church in the ordination of Deacon candidates. Approval by the Church shall be by a simple majority vote of the qualified voting members present in a regular or special business meeting.

6.4.3  Elections shall be held as needed to augment the Deacon body.

6.5  Officers:

6.5.1  The active Deacon body shall elect annually from its membership a Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary.

6.5.2  The Chairman of the Deacons shall preside at all meetings of the Deacon body and shall perform other duties as the Deacon body may authorize.

6.5.3  The Vice-Chairman of the Deacons shall assist the Chairman and perform the duties of the Chairman upon his death, absence, resignation, request of the Chairman or upon the Chairman’s inability to perform the duties of his office.

6.5.4  The Secretary of the Deacons shall keep a record of membership and attendance of Deacons, make reports on Deacon recommendations to the Church, and perform other duties as required.

6.6  Meetings: The Deacon body shall meet regularly at times and places as the Chairman of the Deacons may determine. The Deacons present shall constitute a quorum.

ARTICLE VII – ELECTED MINISTRY TEAMS

7.1 Elected Ministry Teams exist to provide oversight and counsel for key areas of leadership in the Church. The Pastor or his designee is a non-voting, ex-officio member of these teams.

7.2 Elected Ministry Teams:

7.2.1  Elected Ministry Team (EMT) members are elected by the Church. Approval by the Church of the candidates shall be by a simple majority vote of the qualified voting members present in a regular or special business meeting. Current ministry teams are:

7.2.1.1 The Trustee Ministry Team

7.2.1.2 The Nominating Ministry Team

7.2.1.3 The Personnel Ministry Team

7.2.1.4 The Finance Ministry Team

7.2.1.5 The Facilities Ministry Team

7.2.1.6 The Mission Ministry Team

7.2.1.7 The Education Ministry Team

7.2.1.8 Church Clerk

7.2.2  Qualifications:

7.2.2.1  At least 21 years of age,

7.2.2.2  A Church member in good standing for at least three years,

7.2.2.3  Active in small group (at least 60% attendance) and worship participation,

7.2.2.4  Consistent in financial giving to the ministry of the Church,

7.2.2.5  Approval of the Pastoral Staff,

7.2.2.6  Competent in the area for which he/she is being considered,

7.2.2.7  Able to maintain complete confidentiality,

7.2.2.8  Not a staff member or the spouse of a staff member of the Church,

7.2.2.9  Not a family member (as defined in §4.6.3.4) of someone serving on an Elected Ministry Team, and

7.2.2.10  Willingness to submit to a criminal background check.

7.2.2.11  Exceptions to the above criteria may be made on rare occasions as determined necessary by the Nominating Ministry Team.

7.2.3  When dealing with matters that require confidentiality, the Elected Ministry Teams may act on behalf of the Church, without additional direction from the membership, with the advice and consent of the Pastor or the Chairman of the Trustees. Such acts may include, but are not limited to, the hiring of lawyers as necessary to represent the interests of the Church. The Elected Ministry Team shall first consult with the Pastor and/or Chairman of the Trustees to determine need before obtaining budgetary approval from the Finance Ministry Team to retain a lawyer.

7.2.4  Other guidelines for Elected Ministry Teams, including terms of service, are detailed in the Ministry Teams Guidelines document (included in the Policies and Procedures Manual of the Church).

7.3 Trustee Ministry Team:

7.3.1  Selection: The Trustee Ministry Team consists of three members. Each year the Church shall elect a Trustee(s) who has been nominated by the Nominating Ministry Team.

7.3.2  Term: Trustees shall serve for three years. Terms shall be staggered so that a vacancy occurs each year.

7.3.3  Chairman: The Trustee entering the third year of service shall be offered the Chair. If said Trustee declines, the Chair shall be offered to the second year trustee. A Trustee may not hold the Chair during the first year of service.

7.3.4  Should a Trustee resign, move, or otherwise be unable to serve the three-year term, the Nominating Team shall present a candidate to fill the unexpired term vacated by the departure in accordance with §7.3.1.

7.3.5  Duties:

7.3.5.1  Trustees shall serve as the legal representatives of the Church as set forth below.

7.3.5.2  It shall be the function of the Trustees to affix their signatures to legal documents involving the purchase, sale, mortgage, lease, or transfer of real property, or other legal documents where the signatures of Trustees are required. The Trustees may appoint and empower agents to assist them with acquisition, maintenance and disposition of real property. Before an agent is retained, budgetary approval shall be obtained from the Finance Ministry Team.

7.3.5.3  Trustees shall hold the Church property in trust. They shall have no power to buy, sell, mortgage, lease, or transfer any real property without a specific vote of the Church authorizing each action. Such a vote shall be by written ballot and shall require an affirmative vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the qualified voting members present (including absentee ballots per §1.4.3 and §1.4.4) in a special business meeting called for that purpose.

7.3.5.4  Trustees have the right and authority to prohibit acts or omissions, including but not limited to (a) permitting any Church assets or property, whether real property, personal property, intangible property, or any property or asset of any kind that is subject to the direction or control of the Church, to be used in any manner that would be—or, in the sole determination of the Trustees, could be perceived by any person to be— inconsistent with the Statement on Marriage, Sexuality and Divorce as stated in the Church Constitution §4; and (b) permitting any Church facilities to be used by any person, organization, corporation, or group that would or might use such facilities to convey, intentionally or by implication, what might be perceived as a favorable impression about any definition of marriage other than that contained in the Church Constitution. The Church’s Statement on Marriage, Sexuality and Divorce is based upon God’s will for human life as conveyed to us through the Scriptures, upon which this Church has been founded and anchored. This Statement on Marriage, Sexuality and Divorce shall not be subject to change through popular vote; referendum; prevailing opinion of members or the general public; influence of or interpretation by any government authority, agency, or official action; or legal developments on the local, state, or federal level.

7.3.5.5  The Trustees shall perform an annual review of the Church Policies and Procedures Manual. If revisions are necessary, the Trustees shall make recommendations to the Pastor or his designee, appropriate Elected Ministry Team, or the Church body. This review shall also ensure that updated copies of the following are on hand in the Church office:

  • Articles of Incorporation and Tax Exemption Documents,
  • Church Constitution,
  • Church Bylaws,
  • Church Employee and Operational Policies and Procedures,
  • Staff Job Descriptions,
  • Ministry Teams Guidelines,
  • Elected Ministry Team Minutes,
  • Business Meeting Minutes,
  • Risk Management Reports,
  • Senior Pastor Succession Plan, and
  • Other items as requested by the Trustees.

7.3.5.6  The Trustees shall review the Annual Risk Management Report from the Pastor or his designee.

7.3.5.7  At least every three years, the Trustees shall review and recommend revisions to the Constitution and Bylaws. The Trustees shall be augmented by a three-person, ad hoc team, selected by the Nominating Team and approved by the Church. Any recommended revisions shall be presented to the Church for approval as outlined in §12.

7.3.5.8  The Trustee Ministry Team shall be responsible for any other duties assigned in these Bylaws or that may be assigned by the Pastor or his designee.

7.4 Nominating Ministry Team

7.4.1  Selection: When a vacancy occurs, the Church shall elect members from a slate of nominees presented by the Nominating Ministry Team.

7.4.2  Duties and Responsibilities:

7.4.2.1 Recruit and recommend Church members to fill vacancies on the Elected Ministry Teams.

7.4.2.2  Recommend to the Church the number of members necessary to adequately serve the needs of the Church.

7.4.2.3  With the approval of the Pastor, determine the need to establish or discontinue Elected Ministry Teams.

7.4.2.4  The Nominating Ministry Team shall be responsible for any other duties assigned in these Bylaws or that may be assigned by the Pastor or his designee.

7.5  Personnel Ministry Team

7.5.1  Selection: When a vacancy occurs, the Church shall elect members from a slate of nominees presented by the Nominating Ministry Team.

7.5.2  Duties and Responsibilities:

7.5.2.1  Assist the Church in matters related to employed personnel administration, including determining staffing needs and terms of employment.

7.5.2.2  Determine Church personnel policies and procedures and ensure that the policies and procedures are documented in a comprehensive handbook and followed.

7.5.2.3  Ensure that annual performance evaluations are completed and documented for each paid staff member.

7.5.2.4  Conduct an annual performance evaluation of the Pastor.

7.5.2.5  The Personnel Ministry Team shall be responsible for any other duties assigned in these Bylaws or that may be assigned by the Pastor or his designee.

7.6  Finance Ministry Team

7.6.1  Selection: When a vacancy occurs, the Church shall elect members from a slate of nominees presented by the Nominating Ministry Team.

7.6.2  Duties and Responsibilities:

7.6.2.1  Assist the Pastor and Church staff in all financial and stewardship matters.

7.6.2.2  Review and approve the annual budget for Bannockburn Christian Academy and Kingdom Kids Weekday.

7.6.2.3  Provide financial oversight to Bannockburn Christian Academy and Kingdom Kids Weekday on a monthly basis.

7.6.2.4  The Finance Ministry Team shall be responsible for the duties assigned in §9 in these Bylaws.

7.6.2.5  The Finance Ministry Team shall be responsible for any other duties assigned in these Bylaws or that may be assigned by the Pastor or his designee.

7.7  Facilities Ministry Team

7.7.1 Selection: When a vacancy occurs, the Church shall elect members from a slate of nominees presented by the Nominating Ministry Team.

7.7.2 Duties and Responsibilities:

7.7.2.1 Determine the Church’s need for additional buildings, renovations, and other construction, using input from the Pastor and other groups and teams, coordinating all projects with the Finance Ministry Team.

7.7.2.2 Arrange for architectural and engineering plans and studies.

7.7.2.3 Oversee construction activities authorized by the Church.

7.7.2.4 The Facilities Ministry Team shall be responsible for any other duties assigned in these Bylaws or that may be assigned by the Pastor or his designee.

7.8  Mission Ministry Team

7.8.1  Selection: When a vacancy occurs, the Church shall elect members from a slate of nominees presented by the Nominating Ministry Team.

7.8.2  Duties and Responsibilities:

7.8.2.1 Maintain healthy relationships with local ministry partners.

7.8.2.2 Review and recommend mission projects at the local, state, national and international levels.

7.8.2.3 Coordinate local service projects.

7.8.2.4 The Mission Ministry Team shall be responsible for any other duties assigned in these Bylaws or that may be assigned by the Pastor or his designee.

7.9  Education Ministry Team

7.9.1  Selection: When a vacancy occurs, the Church shall elect members from a slate of nominees presented by the Nominating Ministry Team.

7.9.2  Duties and Responsibilities:

7.9.2.1  Serve as the Board of Directors of Bannockburn Christian Academy and attend to the duties described in the Academy’s Bylaws and Policy Manual.

7.9.2.2  Oversee the production of an annual budget for Bannockburn Christian Academy for approval by the Finance Ministry Team.

7.9.2.3  Monitor compliance with the budget for Bannockburn Christian Academy.

7.9.2.4  Coordinate Church involvement in homeschool activities, when needed.

7.9.2.5  Coordinate the Church in its ministry to families as it relates to the education of their children.

7.9.2.6  The Education Ministry Team shall be responsible for any other duties assigned in these Bylaws or that may be assigned by the Pastor or his designee.

7.10  Church Clerk

7.10.1 Selection: When a vacancy occurs, the Church shall elect a Clerk as presented by the Nominating Ministry Team.

7.10.2 Duties and Responsibilities:

7.10.2.1 Keep an accurate record of the proceedings of each regular or special business meeting.

7.10.2.2 Submit the minutes of each meeting to the Church office within ten business days. The Church office shall maintain a suitable record of all actions of the Church.

ARTICLE VIII – VOLUNTEER AND APPOINTED MINISTRY TEAMS

8.1  In addition to the Elected Ministry Teams, there are other very important ministry teams. These volunteer and/or appointed ministry teams may be permanent or temporary in nature.

8.2  Guidelines for volunteer and appointed ministry teams, including terms of service, are detailed in the Ministry Teams Guidelines document (included in the Policies and Procedures Manual of the Church).

ARTICLE IX – CHURCH FINANCIAL RECORDS AND REPORTING

9.1  Church finances shall be administered with the utmost integrity. The Finance Ministry Team and all staff members shall guard against any conflict of interest in the administration of Church funds. The day-to-day responsibility of all administration of financial transactions shall be the duty of the Pastor or his designee.

9.2  The Church staff shall ensure that true and accurate records are maintained with full and correct entries made with respect to all financial transactions of the Church, including all income and expenditures.

9.3  All financial records shall be kept in an orderly manner in the Church office. Upon submission of a written request, any Church member may review any and all financial records, except personal giving records. The requested records shall be made available at the Church within a reasonable time.

9.4  The Pastor or his designee, in coordination with the Finance Ministry Team, shall annually develop a budget. The proposed budget shall be presented to the Church and approval by the Church shall be by a simple majority vote of the qualified voting members present in a regular or special business meeting. The staff shall administer the budget upon Church approval with oversight of the Finance Ministry Team.

9.5  Church staff shall prepare quarterly financial reports that accurately present the financial condition of the Church. Upon review and approval, the Finance Ministry Team shall present the reports to the Church within seventy (70) days of the close of the quarter. Approval of the quarterly financial reports by the Church shall be by a simple majority vote of the qualified voting members present in a regular or special business meeting.

9.6  An examination of the Church’s financial condition and its receipts and disbursements shall be made by a non-member, external, independent accounting firm recommended by the Finance Ministry Team. This examination shall be conducted for the purpose of gaining an unqualified opinion that the financial statements represent fairly the financial condition of the Church as of the report date. Furthermore, this examination shall be performed every three years or more often as directed and considered necessary by the Finance Ministry Team. The Finance Ministry Team shall consider all recommendations coming from this examination and shall implement any recommendations. Should the Finance Ministry Team decline to follow any of the recommendations, a written report with explanation of the declination shall be submitted to the Trustees.

9.7  The fiscal year of Bannockburn Baptist Church shall be from July 1 thru June 30. If necessary, the fiscal year can be adjusted to meet the needs of the ministry with the approval of the Church. Approval by the Church shall be by a simple majority vote of the qualified voting members present in a regular or special business meeting.

ARTICLE X – MULTI-SITE OPERATIONS

10.1  Any consideration for the launch of a multi-site campus shall be the purview of the Pastor.

10.1.1  At the time of the Pastor’s choosing, the plan for the launch of a multi-site campus shall be brought before the Church.

10.1.2  Following the presentation of the Pastor’s plan, an ad hoc team comprised of the Pastor, the Trustees, and the Chairman of each Elected Ministry Team shall be called upon to take the Pastor’s proposal under consideration. Upon a unanimous vote of the Trustees and an affirmative vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the remaining members of the ad hoc team, a motion shall be brought before the Church.

10.1.3  Action by the Church shall be by written ballot and shall require an affirmative vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the qualified voting members present (including absentee ballots per §1.4.3 and §1.4.4) in a special business meeting called for that purpose. The moderator for this meeting shall be the Pastor or his designee.

10.2  In the event that a multi-site campus desires to separate from Bannockburn to become an independent body, the following process shall be followed:

10.2.1 The multi-site campus shall bring the matter before the Church at the next regular or special business meeting at which time the entire Church body shall enter into a 60-day period of prayer and reflection. At the conclusion of this time of prayer and reflection, if the multi-site campus continues to feel led to pursue independence, it shall make a presentation to an ad hoc team assembled for this purpose.

10.2.2  An ad hoc team comprised of the Pastor, the Trustees, and the Chairman of each Elected Ministry Team shall be called upon to take the multi-site campus’ proposal under consideration. Upon a unanimous vote of the Trustees and an affirmative vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the remaining members of the ad hoc team, a motion shall be brought before the Church.

10.2.3  Action by the Church shall be by written ballot and shall require an affirmative vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the qualified voting members present (including absentee ballots per §1.4.3 and §1.4.4) in a special business meeting called for that purpose. The moderator for this meeting shall be the Pastor or his designee.

ARTICLE XI – DISCONTINUANCE AND TAX EXEMPT PURPOSE

11.1  Use of Assets: The assets of this Church shall be used in performing the Church’s purpose.

11.2  Discontinuance of the Church:

11.2.1 Upon discontinuance of the Church by dissolution or otherwise, the Church shall, after paying and making provision for payment of all liabilities of the Church, distribute all remaining assets of the Church to another church or organization of like faith and order that is a qualified charitable organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law.

11.2.2 Such action shall be by written ballot and shall require an affirmative vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the qualified voting members present (including absentee ballots per §1.4.3 and §1.4.4) in a special business meeting called for that purpose.

11.3  Purpose: The nonprofit corporation, called Bannockburn Baptist Church, is organized for charitable, religious, and educational purposes, as stated in the Constitution. Its purpose also includes the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law.

11.4  Limitation of Activities: No substantial part of the activities of the nonprofit corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and this nonprofit corporation shall not participate in or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the nonprofit corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on:

11.4.1  By a corporation exempt from federal income tax under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law.

11.4.2  By a nonprofit corporation contributions to which are deductible under Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law.

11.5 Restrictions on Distribution of Earnings: No part of the net earnings of this nonprofit corporation shall inure to the benefit of or be distributable to its members, Trustees, officers or other private persons, except that this nonprofit corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in these articles.

ARTICLE XII – AMENDMENTS

Proposed amendments to the Bylaws may be submitted to the Trustees. Upon majority approval of the Trustees, the proposed amendments shall be presented to the Church.

Proposed amendments shall be made available and notice of the special business meeting shall be publicized at least thirty (30) days before the election shall be held. Questions or concerns are encouraged to be presented in writing to the Pastor or one or more of the Trustees.

Proposed amendments shall be considered in a special business meeting called for that purpose. Approval shall be by written ballot and shall require an affirmative vote of three- fourths (3/4) of the qualified voting members present (including absentee ballots per §1.4.3 and §1.4.4).

ARTICLE XIII – EFFECTS AND DATE OF ADOPTION

These Amended and Restated Bylaws shall become effective immediately following the adoption of these Bylaws by the Church and shall supersede and take effect in lieu of any Bylaws in effect prior to that time. All policies and procedures of the Church shall be administered in a manner that is consistent with the provisions stated herein.

Ten-Year Document Change History

  • June, 2016
  • January, 2013
  • June, 2010
  • May, 2006

Running From God (Week 2)

Pastor Ky walks us through Jonah 1:4-16