CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS FAITH BAPTIST CHURCH FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY 40601
We, the Body of Christ, do preserve and secure the principles of our faith, and until the coming of Christ may be governed in an orderly manner consistent with the accepted beliefs of the Southern Baptist Denomination, and for the purpose of preserving the liberties inherent in each individual member of this church and the freedom of action of this body with respect to its’ relation to other churches of the same faith, we do declare and establish this constitution.
ARTICLE I: NAME
- This body shall be known as the Faith Baptist Church of Franklin County, Kentucky. We recognize a Baptist Church to be an organized body of baptized believers, equal in rank and privilege. The Church shall be absolutely independent in administering its own affairs. It acknowledges the Lordship of Jesus Christ and unites in covenant together to do what He has commanded.
- The Faith Baptist Church is a cooperating member of the Franklin County Baptist Association, the Baptist General Convention of Kentucky, and the Southern Baptist Convention. The Church shall cooperate voluntarily by contributing money through the regular treasury of such organizations or directly to causes fostered by them, when invited to do so. In such cooperation, however, the Church shall retain its full independence of action and government and shall not surrender any of its doctrine, prerogative, power, or autonomy.
ARTICLE II: THE PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH
The purpose of the Church is for assembling to engage in spiritual worship, with prayers, songs of praise, presenting of tithes and offerings, and the teaching and preaching of God’s Holy Word, thereof gaining spiritual strength, growth in grace, and knowledge of our Lord and Savior. Furthermore, to engage in training in church membership, doctrines, stewardship, evangelism, missionary endeavors, that the members individually and unitedly may be better prepared and equipped, under the leadership and guidance of the Holy Spirit, to care for the needy, lift up the fallen, save the lost, beginning at home then through cooperation with other churches of like faith and order, more completely carry out the Great Commission of our Lord and Savior by extending the gospel and these missionary endeavors, to all people throughout the world. (Matthew 24:14, Acts 20:20)
ARTICLE III: ARTICLES OF FAITH
Section 1. The Scriptures We believe the whole Bible from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21 is the verbally inspired and infallible Word of God. (II Timothy 3:16)
Section 2. God There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things. (Genesis 1:1, Deuteronomy 6:4)
Section 3. The Trinity
God is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each with distinct person attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being. (Matthew 28:19)
Section 4. The Fall Of Man
God originally created man in His own image and free from sin; but, through temptation, he violated the command of God and fell from his original holiness and righteousness. (Genesis Chapter 3)
Section 5. The Mediator
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal God the Son. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary (not known by man sexually), is the begotten Son of God and is the divinely appointed Mediator between God and man. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the Law, suffered, and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried, rose again the third day, and ascended to His Father, at whose right hand He ever liveth to make intercession for His people. He is the only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest and King of the Church, and Sovereign of the universe. (Matt. 1:23) (I Timothy 2:5)
Section 6. Faith
Saving faith is the commitment of life to God as He is revealed in Jesus Christ and is the kind of commitment that endures to the end of this earthly life. It is based on the truth of the scripture, is brought about in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and leads to a life of holiness. (Ephesians 2:8, Galatians 2:16, Romans 5:1)
Section 7. Repentance
We believe that in order to be saved the soul must be born again by the Holy Spirit and made to understand the manifold evil of his sin. Man must humble himself because of it, turn from it with Godly sorrow, despising his sin, and turn toward God with the purpose of walking with God so as to please Him in all things. (Luke 13:3, Acts 3:19)
Section 8. Regeneration
Regeneration is a change of the heart brought about by the Holy Spirit who awakens those who are dead in sin, enlightening their minds spiritually to understand the Word of God and renewing their whole nature so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of God’s free and special grace alone. (II Corinthians 5:17)
Section 9. Justification
Justification is the judicial act of God whereby those who put faith in Christ are declared righteous in His eyes and free from guilt and punishment. (Romans 4:3, Romans 4:5)
Section 10. Sanctification
Sanctification is to be set apart by God.
(a) Regeneration – our nature is changed.
(b) Justification – our standing is changed.
(c) Sanctification – our character is changed.
(John 17:17, Hebrews 10:10, I Thess. 5:23)
Section 11. Perseverance of the Saints
Those whom God has accepted in Christ and sanctified by His Spirit will never totally or finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and though they may backslide through neglect and temptation into sin, whereby they grieve the Spirit, weaken their blessings and comforts, bring shame on the Church and worldly judgments on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again by repentance and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. (John 3:16, II Timothy 1:12, I Corinthians 3:15, I John 5:6-13)
Section 12. The Church
The Lord Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church. We believe that the Church is a body of baptized believers whose mission is not only to “reform the world”, but to preach and teach the gospel of salvation to the individual soul. (Ephesians 1:22, Colossians 1:24, John 15:4-8)
Section 13. Baptism
Baptism is an ordinance of Jesus Christ required of every believer, wherein he is immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit as a sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins and of his committal of life to God to live and walk in newness of life. It is necessary before entering into the church membership. Baptismal service will be held within one (1) month after profession of faith unless illness or emergency prohibits this. (Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:3, I Peter 3:21)
Section 14. The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ to be administered with bread and grape juice and to be observed by His churches until the end of the world. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate His death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge and renewal of their communion with Him and of their church fellowship. The Lord’s Supper is open to all Christian believers. (Matthew 26:26-29, I Corinthians 11:23-29)
Section 15. 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. (Acts 20:7, I Cor. 16:1-2, Revelation 1:10)
Section 16. The Resurrection
The bodies of men, after death, return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God – the righteous to rest with Him; the lost to be reserved under darkness to the judgment. At the last day, the bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised. (Ecclesiastes 12:7, Matthew 25:31-46, John 5:26-29, John 11:25)
Section 17. The Judgment
God has appointed a day wherein He will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when everyone shall receive according to his deeds; the wicked shall go away into everlasting punishment; the righteous into everlasting life. (Romans 14:10-13)
ARTICLE IV: CHURCH COVENANT
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, 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, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this Church in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its’ prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its’ worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the Church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; educate our children religiously 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 above reproach in our behavior; to avoid all tattling, back-biting and excessive anger; to abstain from all acts which may cause our influence to be harmful to others, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feelings and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.
We, moreover, engage that when we remove from this place, we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
ARTICLE V: CHARACTER
Section 1. Polity
The government of this church is vested in the body of believers who compose it. It is subject to the control of no other church body, but is recognized and sustains the obligations of mutual counsel and cooperation, which are common among Baptist churches.
Section 2. Doctrine
This church receives the Scriptures as its’ authority in matters of faith and practice. Its’ understanding of Christian truth, as contained therein, is in essential accord with the belief of the Baptist churches as indicated in the Articles of Faith herewith.
ARTICLE VI: MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Qualifications
The membership of this church shall consist of such persons as have confessed Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of their life and have met the following qualifications:
- Giving the Church satisfactory evidence by oral statement as to their Christian experience, and if coming from another Baptist church, by letters of dismissal and recommendations or satisfactory substitutes therefore.
- Baptism by immersion in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit unless in case of transfer of membership, one has already been baptized in the manner indicated in these Articles of Faith. (ARTICLE III, Section 13)
- Study of the church constitution.
- Agreement to enter into the covenant of this church.
Section 2. Acceptance
Upon the completion of membership requirements the new member shall be received into full membership of the church.
Section 3. Duties
Members are expected, first of all, to be faithful in all the duties essential to the Christian life; and also to attend regularly the services of this church, to give regularly for its’ support and its’ causes, and to share in its’ organized work.
Section 4. Quorum
Those members present and voting at a meeting duly noticed and called shall constitute a quorum of the membership for the transaction of business. All members of the church in good standing shall be entitled to vote in the church business meeting, each member being entitled to one vote.
Section 5. Rights
Such members as are in full and regular standing and do not hold letters of dismissal, and such only, may act and vote in the transactions of this church.
Section 6. Termination
The continuance of membership shall be subject to the principles and usages of the Baptist churches, and especially as follows:
- Any member in good and regular standing who desires a letter of dismissal and recommendation to any other church is entitled to receive it upon a Baptist church request. In case of removal to another community, he should promptly unite with another Baptist church in order to continue his work for the Lord.
- If a member in good standing requests to be released from his covenant obligations to this church for reasons which the church may finally deem satisfactory, after it shall have patiently and kindly endeavored to secure his continuance in its’ fellowship, written requests may be granted and his membership terminated.
- Should a member become an offense to the church and to its’ good name by reason of immoral or unchristian conduct, or by persistent breach of his covenant vows, the church may terminate his membership, but only after due notice being given by the pastor and deacon body, being brought before the church, and after faithful efforts have been made to bring such member to repentance and amendment.
- The membership of no person shall be terminated (except by letter granted to another Baptist Church) at the meeting when the recommendation for action is made.
- The pastor and deacon body shall make recommendations to the church after first considering all requests for termination of membership or action looking thereto. After due process and termination recommended, said termination shall be announced from the pulpit on Sunday morning two weeks prior to the regular business meeting. Termination shall consist of a two-third of the majority vote of quorum.
Section 7. Restoration
Any person whose membership has been terminated for any offense may be restored by vote of the church upon evidence of his repentance and reformation. Restoration shall consist of the majority vote of quorum (Article VI, Section 4).
ARTICLE VII – CHURCH OFFICERS
The officers of this church shall be as follows:
Section 1. Senior Pastor, Associate Pastors, Youth Ministers, Music Minister, etc.
- When a vacancy occurs, a pulpit committee shall be elected by the church to seek out a suitable pastor and their recommendation will constitute a nomination. The election for pastor shall take place at a meeting called for that purpose, of which at least one weeks’ notice shall be given from the pulpit on Sunday morning. Election shall be by secret ballot, an affirmative vote of two-thirds of quorum (as specified in Article VI, Section 4) for election. The pastor, thus elected, shall serve until the relationship is ended either by termination or resignation.
- 2. A pastor should be chosen and called by God. A pastor must meet the requirements for pastors as given in I Timothy 3:1-7. As a pastor, his greatest ministry is to stand and preach the Gospel. He must remember to give the whole council of God, which will include evangelism, Bible doctrines, teaching, reproofs, exhortations and warnings (Acts 20:27). He is commanded to “feed the Church of God” (Acts 20:28), by preaching sermons and Bible lessons that are applicable to their individual needs.
- A pastor must be temperate and constantly spirit-controlled. The pastor shall have in charge the welfare of the church. This should include being able to minister to the individual needs of the congregation. (All members should exercise this personal ministry.)
Section 2. Deacons
- Deacons must meet the requirements for deacons given in I Timothy 3:8-13:
“Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (King James Version)
- The church shall elect men who are honorable, who are true servants of God, and who conform to the meaning of the Word and practice of the New Testament as reflected in the principles set forth in I Timothy 3. Deacons must support the church’s purpose wholeheartedly, must participate fully in the church’s events and ministries, must be tithers, and must have the fulfillment of the church’s mission as their top priority.
Section 3. Election of Deacons
- Be it resolved that the election or re-election of deacon candidates shall be from the adult membership (age 21 years or older and being a member of Faith Baptist Church no less than one year) and shall take place as follows:
- With the Biblical qualifications in mind, the Pastor and Deacon Body will prayerfully submit the names of members for consideration. Men whose names are submitted shall be so informed, and they shall be urged to engage in self-appraisal and personal evaluation in light of the spiritual qualifications. Any person may remove his name at that point if he does not aspire to the position of deacon or if he does not believe he adequately meets the qualifications.
- The Pastor and Deacon Body shall conduct interviews with each nominee. They shall review the nominees and make the selections. Nominees not selected shall be given reason as to why they were not selected.
- The names of the prospective deacons shall be brought before the church and they will be given 30 days to show cause why any one of the prospective deacons would not be qualified to serve. Any member with such cause must first express his or her concern to the prospective candidate (Matt. 18:15) and then must express his or her concern to the Pastor and Deacon Body for consideration if the concern has not been properly addressed.
- On a Sunday Morning, after the worship service, each member of the church shall receive a sheet of paper with the names of the qualifying nominees. An affirmative vote of a two-thirds majority is required to be elected as deacon and said deacon will serve the remainder of a three-year term.
- The re-election shall take place one month prior to the new church year and every third year thereafter. Upon election of a previously non-ordained man, the church will undertake to ordain said man in conferring upon him the office of deacon.
Section 4. Duties of the deacons are as follows:
- Offer advice and help to the pastor with regard to any problems that may arise within the church.
- Make recommendations to the church having to do with any area of church life.
- Promote church harmony.
- Work with the pastor in providing for the welfare of the church membership.
- In counsel with the pastor and by such methods as the Holy Spirit may direct in accordance with the New Testament teachings, they are to have oversight of the discipline of the church. In administering said discipline, they are to be guided always by the principles set forth in Matthew 18:15-17, I Corinthians 5:9-13, and I Thessalonians 5:12-14. The deacons shall be free to call upon any member of the church to aid in disciplinary action.
Section 5. Moderator
The moderator shall be elected annually. In the absence of the moderator, the assistant moderator shall preside, or in the absence of both, the clerk shall call the church to order and a moderator protem shall be elected. The moderator shall preside at all regular and special business meetings or as otherwise authorized by the church. He shall be directly responsible for notifying the church committees and organizations to have their reports ready for business meetings. He shall be responsible for seeing that these reports are presented to the church clerk for filing after they have been presented to the church. The moderator shall give notice of all meetings where such notice is necessary.
Section 6. Assistant Moderator
There shall be an assistant moderator who shall be elected annually and shall preside in the absence of the moderator.
Section 7. Clerk
The church shall elect the clerk annually. The clerk of the church shall keep in a suitable book, a record of all the official actions of the church. He/she shall keep a register of the names of members, with dates of admission, dismissal or death, together with a record of baptisms. He/she shall issue letters of dismissal voted by the church, write for the letters of those who transfer membership to this church, secure information from those making decisions in all the church services, preserve on file all communications and written official reports.
Section 8. Treasurer, Financial Secretary and Assistant Treasurer
The church shall elect a church treasurer annually. The treasurer shall be bonded to cover the funds in his/her care. It shall be the duty of the treasurer to receive and preserve all money or things of value given to the church, keeping at all times an itemized account of all receipts and disbursements. Payment of bills shall be made in accordance with church requirements. No one person or persons shall have the authority to demand or request payments without church approval (except Trustee’s set amount – Article VII, Section 10, Paragraph 4). It shall be the duty of the treasurer to render to the church at each of its’ monthly meetings a written, itemized report of receipts and disbursements for the preceding month and this report shall be copied and issued to the church members at the regular monthly business meetings of the church. All books, records and accounts kept by the treasurer shall be considered the property of the church and shall be open to inspection at all times by any member of the church. The treasurer shall, upon the election of his/her successor, promptly deliver to his/her successor the active books, records and accounts pertaining to or relating in any manner to the duties of the office he/she is relinquishing.
Section 9. Music Director
A music director will be a layperson elected annually by the church to work with the pastor in conducting the music of all worship services. When the church has a paid minister of music, no music director will be elected.
Section 10. Trustees
- The Board of Trustees, composed of four persons serving two year terms under the rotation system, two members being automatically retired each year (but eligible for nomination) and two members, recommended by the nominating committee and approved by the church, will be elected for a two year term to fill the vacancy.
- Should a vacancy occur during the term of any member, another member shall be elected as outlined above, to serve for the duration of the un-expired term.
- They will hold in trust the property of the church and inspect the said property regularly in regard to the need of repairs or replacements, including janitorial and custodial duties.
- At the first regular business meeting of the new Church year a dollar amount will be set for trustee approval. The trustees must recommend all purchases above set amount to the Deacon Body for recommendation to the church for approval.
- They shall be responsible for the church’s insurance program and are to execute all other legal functions, which the church shall designate to them, including signing of all contracts.
- The Board of Trustees will be responsible for the election of a chairman each year.
Section 11. Chairman of Ushers
The Chairman of Ushers shall, upon the approval of the church, associate with himself a sufficient number of aides to care for the seating and comfort of the congregation, the greeting and introduction of visitors, receiving of contributions and similar needed services.
Section 12. Church Council
- The Church Council shall be composed of the Pastor, Treasurer, church Clerk, Chairman of Deacons, Sunday School Director, Training Union Director, Brotherhood Director, W.M.U. Director, Music Director, Chairpersons of committees and directors of any future departments or organizations.
- It shall be the duty of this council to plan the annual calendar and present it to the church for its’ approval. It will seek to correlate the activities of all church organizations and make periodic checks to see that conflicts are kept to a minimum.
- It will serve as the Budget Planning Committee. The duties of this committee shall be as follows: (a) Prepare and submit to the church the annual budget; and, (b) encourage all organizations to operate within the framework of the budget. The annual budget will be approved at the regular business meetings.
- The Church Council will meet once a quarter to check on compliance of activities and budget.
Section 13. Officers of Church Organization
- All organizations and committees of the church shall be under church control, all officers being elected by the church on recommendation of the Nominating Committee and reporting regularly to the church. Both the Sunday School Director and the Training Union Director shall be laymen.
- Sunday School Officers:
The church, upon the recommendation of the Nominating Committee, shall elect the Sunday School Director annually. The Sunday School Director will serve with the Nominating Committee in selecting all other Sunday School workers only. The purpose is to instruct its’ members in the study of the Bible.
- Training Union Officers:
The church, upon recommendation of the Nominating Committee, shall elect the Training Union Director annually. The purpose of Training Union is to train in Christian living in our daily lives.
- W.M.U. Officers:
The Members of W.M.U. will elect their own officers.
- Brotherhood Officers:
The members of the Brotherhood will elect their own officers.
- Youth Director
The Youth Director shall be elected annually upon recommendation of the Nominating Committee. The Youth Director is responsible for the spiritual and social welfare of the youth. The Assistant Youth Director may be chosen in the same manner. When the church has a paid Youth Minister, no youth director or assistant youth director will be elected.
ARTICLE VIII – COMMITTEES
The church shall elect the following standing committees:
Section 1. Nominating Committee
- A Nominating Committee will consist of six members plus the chairman of deacons and shall be elected annually by the church. This committee shall elect their own chairman. It shall be the duty of the Nominating Committee to bring to the church nominations for vacancies of officers and committees as provided.
- They shall call a meeting of each newly elected committee for the committee’s purpose of selecting a chairperson.
Section 2. Pulpit Committee
- A Pulpit Committee shall be elected by the church when the pulpit becomes vacant. The Pulpit Committee will be composed of five members, three men and two women, plus one deacon. The Pulpit Committee shall be elected at a meeting called for this purpose. 2. Nominations shall be by secret ballot with each person voting for three men and two women. The three men receiving the largest number of votes and the two women receiving the largest number of votes shall constitute the nominees. 3. The five nominees will then be recommended individually to the church (during the same meeting) for election by majority vote. 4. The committee shall elect its’ own chairman at its’ first meeting.
- This committee shall be responsible for the supply of the pulpit until the pastor is called.
- This committee shall be responsible for seeking out a suitable pastor and their recommendation shall constitute a nomination. Nominations for pastor will be made only through this committee and with the approval of a majority of its’ members.
- This committee shall present a questionnaire submitted by the deacons and approved by the church to the applicant.
- This committee will cease to function when a pastor is called.
Section 3. Youth Committee
The church, upon the recommendation of the Nominating Committee, shall elect the Youth Committee annually. The Youth Committee shall consist of six parents and two youth. The committee shall assist youth, youth minister and/or youth director in spiritual and social welfare.
ARTICLE IX – MEETINGS
Section I. Worship Services
- The church shall meet regularly each Sunday morning and evening for preaching, instruction, evangelism, and for the worship of Almighty God, and on Wednesday evening for prayer and Bible study. These meetings will be open for the entire membership of the church and for all people and shall be conducted under the direction of the pastor.
- The Lord’s Supper shall be celebrated on the first Sunday of each quarter or at such other times as the church may determine.
- Occasional religious meetings may be appointed by the pastor at his discretion, or by vote of the church.
Section 2. Business
- The church shall have a regular monthly business meeting on the first Wednesday evening following the first Sunday of each month.
- The business meetings of this church shall be conducted by standard procedure, in a quiet and orderly manner.
- At no time shall a business meeting be called during any worship service, except in an emergency, and then only after the closing prayer.
- All monetary items of business in excess of trustee allotment (ARTICLE VII, Section 10, 4) shall be presented to the Deacon Body for recommendation.
Section 3. Special Services
- Whenever possible, the church will follow the prescribed courses of Study Courses, Officers’ Clinics and other special emphasis as the Southern Baptist Convention and/or our Association may provide.
- Licensing to the Ministry. Person must be an active member of this church for one year, preached two or more sermons from this pulpit, and be approved by the church at a regularly scheduled business meeting.
- Ordaining of Minister. A Review Board of pastors and deacons must review person.
ARTICLE X – USE OF BUILDINGS AND EQUIPMENT
- The facilities of the church shall be made available to the membership free of charge for the purpose of weddings, receptions, showers, etc. All weddings must be performed by an evangelical minister and is the joining together of one man and one woman as husband and wife (Mark 10:6-9). However, persons must make arrangements with the church custodian for the satisfactory cleaning of the church grounds. These events must not conflict with previously arranged church activities.
- For the borrowing of equipment, Pastor, Chairman of Deacons and Chairman of Trustees shall be consulted as to its’ use and whereabouts. Arrangement for use of buildings must be made with Pastor, Chairman of Deacons and Chairman of Trustees for approval.
- Approval for the use of buildings and grounds or equipment can be denied to anyone by the pastor and/or Deacon body.
ARTICLE XI – PRECEDENCE
This Constitution and By-Laws supersedes any previous document or action of the church with which it may be at variance, effective April 1, 2004.
ARTICLE XII – AMENDMENTS
- This Constitution and accompanying By-Laws may be amended or repealed by the affirmative vote of a two-thirds majority of members present and voting at a meeting specially called for that purpose, at least two weeks notice being given, the proposed amendment being inserted in the call.
- No change shall be made in “Articles of Faith” and “Covenant” except by the affirmative vote of a three-fourths majority of members present and voting at a meeting specially called for that purpose, said proposed change having been laid before the church in writing at a business meeting not less than one month before the time of the proposed action, and read from the pulpit on the Lord’s Day next succeeding such proposal.
- And now, to the only wise God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be worship, honor, power, glory, dominion and obedience rendered now and evermore.