church council and lay pastor nominations

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 Nomination for Church Council

(Article V, Section 2 - Church Constitution)

1. The Church Council shall assist the Pastor in the planning, financial and administration functions of the Church. They shall, if requested by the Pastor, consider applications for Church membership. They shall act as the pulpit committee, provide the interim pulpit supply, and act as leaders for Church meetings if the office of Pastor is vacant. The Church Council shall assist the Pastor in caring for the administrative needs of the Church’s various ministries as requested by the Pastor. They shall annually review and approve the Pastor’s salary. They shall approve the Church budget.

2. Immediately following the annual Church administration meeting, the Church Council shall assemble and elect, from their own number, a chairman, who shall be vice president of the corporation, a vice chairman, and a secretary.

3. The Church Council shall constitute the board of trustees of the corporation. The board of trustees shall exercise only the following specific powers:

a) to purchase, hold, lease or otherwise acquire real and personal property on behalf of the Church, and to take real and personal property by will, gift or bequest on behalf of the Church.

b) to sell, convey, alienate, transfer, lease, assign, exchange or otherwise dispose of, and to mortgage, pledge, or otherwise encumber the real and personal property of the Church, to borrow money and incur indebtedness for the purpose and the use of the Church; to cause to be executed, issued, and delivered for the indebtedness, in the name of the Church, promissory notes, bonds, debentures, or other evidence of indebtedness, or to secure repayment by deeds or trust, mortgages, or pledges.

c) to exercise all powers necessary for the dissolution of the Church corporation, if such action is mandated by a vote of Church membership.

ELIGIBILITY FOR CONTINUANCE IN OFFICE

(Article IV, Section 3c-d - Church Constitution)

1. Only church members are eligible for election or appointment to any Church office or position.

2. In order to promote a high spiritual standard in the Church, all officers, teachers, and committeemen will be expected to attend regular church services of the Church faithfully when they are not providentially hindered and to support the Church financially with their tithes and offerings according to Malachi 3:8-10; I Cor 16:2; II Cor 9:6-7. Deacons shall further meet the qualifications of I Tim 3:8-13. All shall strive to win the lost to Christ.

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NOMINATION FOR DEACON/LAY PASTORAL CARE MINISTRY

“Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons. In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything. A deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must manage his children and his household well. Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.” - I Timothy 3:8-13

BOARD OF DEACONS

Church Constitution - Article V, Sec 3

The board of deacons shall assist the Pastor, in such manner as he shall request, in the ministry of service to the Church. They shall annually elect from their own number a chairman, vice chairman and secretary. They shall make provisions for the observance of the ordinances of the Church. They shall in cooperation with the Pastor, disburse the benevolence fund. They shall assist the Pastor invitation and all other evangelistic efforts of the Church. They shall visit the sick, the sorrowing and the needy and to personally strive to win the lost to Christ. They shall attend to the necessities of the poor, the widowed and the fatherless.

ELIGIBILITY AND NOMINATION OF DEACON/PASTORAL CARE MINISTRY

Article IV, Sec 3

b. All church officers must be approved initially and thereafter annually, as rotation of terms come open, in order for them to commence in their offices. The Pastor with consultation of the Church Council shall recommend members for election. The congregation may submit names for consideration at least two weeks prior to the annual election.

c. Only Church members are eligible for election or appointment to any church office or position.

d. In order to promote a high spiritual standard in the Church, all officers, teachers, and committeemen will be expected to attend regular services of the Church faithfully when they are not providentially hindered, and to support the Church financially with their tithes and offerings according to Malachi 3:8-10; I Cor 16:2; 2 Cor 9:6-7. Deacons shall further meet the qualifications of I Tim 3:8-13. All shall strive to win the lost to Christ.

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