FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF MADISON, INC.
First Baptist Church of Madison, Inc., as a North Carolina nonprofit corporation (hereinafter referred to as the
"Church") shall provide regular opportunities for public worship, sustain the ordinances, doctrines, and ethics set forth
in the New Testament for the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ; nurture its members through a program of Christian
education; channel its offerings to the support of the objects of the Redeemer's Kingdom; and preach and propagate
among all people the Gospel of the Revelation of God through Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
Section 1. Principal Office. The principal office of the Church shall be located at the corner of Franklin and
Hunter Streets, Madison, North Carolina, or at such other place as the Board of Directors may designate from time to
Section 2. Registered Office. The registered office of the Church required by law to be maintained in the
State of North Carolina may be, but need not be, identical with the principal office.
Section 3. Other Offices. The Church may have offices at such other places, wither within or without the
State of North Carolina, as the Board of Directors may designate or as the affairs of the Church may require from time
Section 1. General. The members of the Church shall be composed of persons who have given evidence of
regeneration by the spirit of God, who have subscribed to the Article of Incorporation and Bylaws of the Church, who
have been received into membership by vote of the members of the Church, and who have been baptized by
Section 2. Admission. Any person may offer himself as a candidate for membership in the Church. All such
candidates shall be presented to the members of the Church at any regular worship service for membership in any of
the following ways:
(a) By profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and for baptism according to the policies of the
(b) By promise of a letter from another Baptist church of like faith.
(c) By restoration, upon a statement of conversion experience and baptism in a Baptist church of like
faith when no letter is obtainable.
(d) By statement of conversion and of baptism according to the policies of the Church.
(e) Application for membership under circumstances other than those described heretofore in these
Bylaws will be considered by the members of the Church in conference, and the decision of the members of the Church
shall be final in each case. Should there be any dissent as to any candidate, such dissent shall be referred to the
pastor and the Board of Directors for investigation and the making of a recommendation to the members of the Church
within thirty (30) days from the date of such dissent.
(f) A three-fourths (3/4) vote of those members present and voting shall be required to elect
candidates for membership.
Section 3. Duties. Members are expected to be faithful in all the duties essential to the Christian life, and
unless providentially hindered, to attend regularly the services of the Church, to give regularly and systematically to its
support and Kingdom causes, and to share in its recognized work and activities.
Section 4. Termination. Membership shall be considered terminated upon the death of a member, and in
addition, membership may be terminated in one of the following ways:
(a) By Letter. Letters of recommendation may be granted to any church of like faith and order for members in
good standing. When letters are granted, membership in this Church will terminate. Letters of recommendation must
be passed upon by the members of the Church at a business meeting. Letters shall not be granted to individuals but
will be sent to another church upon the request of that church.
(b) By Exclusion. The Church, after due notice and opportunity for hearing and kindly efforts to make
such action unnecessary, may upon a two-thirds (2/3) vote of members present, terminate the membership of persons
in the Church for reasons it considers sufficient to warrant such action.
(c) By Renunciation. When a member of the Church joins a church of different faith and order,
membership in this Church will automatically terminate.
Section 5. Voting. In considering the rights involved, members and members only act and vote in the
transactions of the business and affairs of the Church. Each and every member has one and only one vote.
Section 1. Public Worship. The regular meetings of the Church for public worship shall be on Sunday
Section 2. Church Ordinances. The ordinance of the Lord's Supper shall be observed at least once each
calendar quarter, and at other times at the discretion of the pastor. The ordinance of Baptism shall be observed at the
discretion of the pastor.
Section 3. Business Meetings.
(a) Regular Business Meetings. Regular business meetings of the members of the Church shall be
held monthly, on Wednesday after the first Sunday in each month, for the disposition of all business matters not
otherwise provided for.
(b) Special Business Meetings. A special business meeting of the members of the Church may be
called at any time by the pastor, the chairman of the Board of Directors, or at the written request of any 20% of the
resident members of the Church. At least one (1) week's notice shall be given before holding such business meetings
by advertising in the Church Bulletin or by mail stating the purpose of the meeting, the time, and the place. At the
special meeting so called, only the matters so advertised to the congregation may be acted upon.
(c) Annual Business Meeting. The regular business meeting of the members of the Church in
September shall be the annual business meeting.
(d) Other Meetings. Other meetings of the members of the Church as a whole or of authorized
groups within the Church may be set according to the needs of the congregation.
Section 1. Officers. The officers of the Church shall be a pastor, a deacon chairperson (who shall serve as
the President of the Church), and deacons (who shall serve as the members of the Board of Directors as hereinafter
set forth), a clerk (who shall be the secretary of the Church for general purposes, a treasurer, a financial secretary,
trustees, and such other officers as shall be required for the work of the Church in any of its departments or
organizations. All of these officers except the pastor shall be elected by the members of the Church in good standing
and shall serve terms beginning January 1st of each year.
Section 2. Election and Duties.
(a) Pastor. A pastor shall be called to serve indefinitely. This relationship may be dissolved at the
request of either the pastor or the Church. In either case, at least thirty (30) days notice shall be given of termination
of the relationship, unless otherwise mutually agreed, with both pastor and the Church seeking to follow the will of God
and the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
The call of the pastor shall take place at a special business meeting of the members of the Church set for
that purpose of which at least one (1) week's notice has been given to the membership. The election of the pastor
shall be upon the recommendation of a pulpit committee. The pulpit committee shall have been recommended by the
Board of Directors and elected by the members of the Church to seek out and nominate as pastor a minister of the
Gospel whose Christian character and qualifications fit him or her for the office of pastor of the Church. The pulpit
committee shall bring only one name at a time for consideration of the Church, and no nomination shall be made
except that of the committee. Election shall be by ballot or standing vote with an affirmative vote of three-fourths (3/4)
of those present (provided 20% of the resident membership is present) necessary for a call. Should the one
recommended by the committee fail to receive a three-fourths (3/4) vote, the committee will be instructed to seek out
another minister, and the meeting shall be adjourned without debate.
The pastor shall have in charge the welfare and oversight of the Church; shall be ex-officio member of
all organizations, departments, and committees; may call a special business meeting of the members of the Church or
of the Board of Directors or any committee according to procedures set forth in the Bylaws; shall conduct religious
services on stated and special occasions, administer the ordinances, minister to members of the Church and
community, and perform other duties that usually pertain to that office including absolutely confidential pastoral
counseling; shall have special charge of the pulpit ministry of the Church and shall, in cooperation with the Board of
Directors, provide for pulpit supply when absent. In conjunction with the Board of Directors, the pastor will arrange for
workers to assist in revival meetings and other special services. The pastor shall be the administrative head of the
Church and shall arrange and approve all absences and vacations of all church employees.
(b) Board of Directors.
(i) Number and Term. The Board of Directors of the Church shall consist of twelve
(12) members. The twelve (12) members of the Board of Directors shall consist of deacons who shall be elected to
serve on the Board of Directors for a term of three (3) years each, such three (3) year terms beginning on the first day
of January following their election. One-third (1/3) of the number shall be elected each year. After the completion of a
full three (3) years, no deacon shall be eligible for re-election to the Board of Directors until the lapse of one (1) year.
A husband and wife may not serve on the Board of Directors at the same time. Any deacon not serving as a member
of the Board of Directors by virtue of rotation will retain the title of deacon and will serve at the discretion of the Church,
the pastor, and/or the chair-person of the Board of Directors. Following each annual election, members of the Board
of Directors shall elect their own chairperson and other officers as deemed necessary.
(ii) The chairperson of the Board of Directors. The chairperson of the Board of
Directors shall be President of the Church and shall represent the Church in all matters of legal responsibility regarding
the business of the Church and the purchase, improvement, and disposal of church property. The chairperson shall
execute all legal papers relating to the Church and to the community as the Church may direct. The chairperson shall
have no power to buy, sell, mortgage, lease, or transfer any property of the Church without a specific majority vote of
the Board of Directors authorizing such action; neither shall the pastor have any control over the use of the property,
except by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. Further, it shall be necessary before disposing of any real estate
or building by a deed of conveyance that approval by a three-fourths (3/4) vote of those members of the Church
present at business meetings be taken, provided 20% of resident membership is present. It is expressly stipulated and
provided, however, that the Board of Directors, by majority vote at any regular or special meeting, may authorize,
empower, and direct the chairperson to execute any deeds of trust, bonds, stocks, and/or notes to obtain loans, and
make, execute, deliver, and sell any stocks and bonds to meet the needs and purposes of the Church from time to time
(iii) Duties. The directors shall at all times consider themselves as servants of the
Church. With the pastor, and as the Holy Spirit may direct, the Board of Directors is to consider and make
recommendation to the Church in all matters pertaining to its work and progress. This shall include oversight of the
discipline of the Church, establishing and maintaining spiritual fraternal relations with members of the Church, and
assisting the pastor in the observance of the ordinances, the chairman of the Board of Directors being responsible for
the preparations for the observance of the Lord's Supper. The Board of Directors shall have the authorities reserved
to it in Section 2 of this Article. The Board of Directors also shall generally manage the officers and the civil affairs and
activities of the Church and in this connection shall have the power and authority to do all lawful acts and things that
are required to carry on the business of the Church.
(iv) Meetings. The Board of Directors shall arrange for its own regular monthly
meetings and shall appoint such committees as are necessary to the discharge of their duties. The pastor, or the
chairman of the Board of Directors, may call the Board of Directors into special session upon giving at least three (3)
days prior notice thereof whenever need for such arises. Any seven (7) of the directors then in office shall constitute a
quorum for the transaction of business at a meeting, and unless otherwise provided in these Bylaws, the vote of a
majority of the members of the Board of Directors who shall be present at a duly called or scheduled meeting shall be
required to effect any action or decision of the Board.
(i) Definition. The diaconate is one of two ordained offices in the Church. It may
include both men and women. Both shall be referred to as deacons. A person elected to serve shall be ordained by
the congregation provided that he or she has not been previously ordained by a church of like faith. A person once
set apart as a deacon remains so throughout life.
(ii) Election. Deacons shall be elected annually to replace those rotating off of the
Board of Directors. They shall be elected from resident adult members who have proved they have met spiritual
qualifications and have been resident members for the preceding three years. Vacancies occurring within a term shall
be filled at the next annual election. All elections shall be by secret ballot. Church publications shall advise the
members of the Church of the time, method, and place of elections, and shall also list qualifications and duties of
deacons. These publications shall also provide and describe to those members who do not wish to be considered for
the office of deacon the ways and means of having their names removed from the initial deacon ballot. Members may
remove their name from the deacon ballot for only the ensuing election. All removal requests shall be in writing and
kept in the church office. On the last Sunday of October, a list of eligible members excepting those who have asked
that they not be considered will be distributed to the congregation, and each member may vote for the number to be
elected, but not to exceed that number. When these ballots have been tabulated, twice the number to be elected shall
be selected from those receiving the largest number of votes. In the event both the husband and wife in the same
family are among those receiving the largest number of nominations, the pastor and/or Chairman of the Board of
Directors and/or designated deacon will ask the couple involved to decide which of the two names shall appear on the
final deacon ballot. In no case shall more than one of the two names appear. No name shall appear on the final ballot
unless permission has been granted by that person. Therefore, the persons receiving the highest number of votes
shall be contacted by those responsible for this task until twice the number to be elected have consented. This list
shall be published in the bulletin on the second Sunday of November. In the event of a tie for last place, the number of
names placed on the final ballot shall be increased to include those tied. On the third Sunday in November, a final vote
shall be taken. Members may vote for the number of deacons to be elected. In the event of a tie on this ballot, those
with a number of votes in excess of those tied shall be considered duly elected and all additional names shall be placed
on a ballot and another vote taken on the following Sunday for the remaining number to be elected. Ballots marked for
less than the number to be elected shall not be voided.
(iii) Honorary Deacons. A deacon may be elected as an honorary life deacon in
recognition of outstanding service by vote of the members. An honorary deacon retains all the rights, duties, and
responsibilities aforesaid, but not the right to participate at meetings of the Board of Directors, and he also shall not
again be eligible for election to an active term.
(d) Trustees. The members of the Church shall elect four (4) of their fellow members to serve as
trustees of the Church for an indefinite term. Vacancies may be filled at any time with the one elected to fill out the
unexpired term of the one whose vacancy is being filled. The Board of Directors shall decide the method of election.
Trustees may attend Board of Directors meetings, but may not vote. Trustees shall be voting members of the finance
committee. Trustees may at the direction of the board of directors represent the Church at religious and/or community
functions. Trustees may be assigned other duties by the Board of Directors and/or the Church including representing
the Church in the negotiations including the buying and selling of real property and securities.
(e) Treasurer. The treasurer shall be elected annually. It shall be the duty of the treasurer to keep
in a designated bank and disburse by check upon proper authority all money or things of value that are given to the
Church. The treasurer shall render a quarterly account of funds received and disbursed to the Church at its business
conference and to be preserved by the Church clerk. The treasurer shall be a member of the Budget and Finance
(f) Financial Secretary. The financial secretary shall be elected annually. It shall be the duty of the
financial secretary to receive the empty offering envelopes after the money has been removed and counted by the
tellers. The financial secretary shall give each contributor individual credit as provided in the record system approved
by the Church. The financial secretary shall keep records of the receipts from envelopes, plate, or loose, and
miscellaneous or special offerings. The record book for recording individual contributions, except for the financial
secretary, shall be made available only to the chairman of the Finance Committee, unless authorized by the Board of
Directors. Each of these books shall be retained for a period of five (5) years and then shall be destroyed by the
financial secretary and the chairman of the Finance Committee. The financial secretary shall be an ex-officio member
of the Finance Committee.
Section 1. Vesting. The government of the Church shall be vested in the members who compose it. Except
as otherwise provided in these Bylaws, members, and members only, may act and vote in the transactions of the
business affairs and decisions of the church body. Each member is entitled to one vote.
Section 2. Moderator. The chairperson of the Board of Directors shall serve as moderator and will preside
over all church business meetings. In his/her absence, the vice-chairperson shall preside; or in the absence of both,
the clerk shall call the members of the Church to order and an acting moderator shall be elected. Robert's Rules of
Order shall be the authority for parliamentary rules of procedure for all business meetings of the church body.
Section 3. Quorum. When due notice of the meeting of the members of the Church has been given
twenty-five (25) members will constitute a quorum, except as otherwise noted in this document.
Section 4. Minutes. The clerk shall keep minutes of each business meeting and shall record the approximate
number present and actions taken by the Church.
Section 1. Definition. The Church is a free, autonomous, independent body, congregational in nature, with
authority to determine for itself the use of its property and the adoption of all its church policies.
Section 2. Affiliations and Associations. The Church recognizes that there is mutual helpfulness in the
association of churches who are in such agreement in faith and practice as to encourage the spirit of fellowship and
good will. It also recognizes that there have been devised through voluntary cooperation of churches of like faith and
order, organizations whose purpose it is to implement the missionary, educational, and benevolent interest and
obligations of the individual Christian and his church family. Believing that there are local, state, and national
organizations which have as their sole purpose the promotion and support of missions, education, and benevolence of
the character of this Church, the Church therefore shall agree to participate in those organizations that reflect the
philosophy of the majority of the members of the congregation through its duly elected messengers and to support the
causes which these organizations represent. This church is autonomous and maintains the right to govern its own
affairs independent of any denominational control. Recognizing, however, the benefits of cooperation with other
churches in global missions, theological education, and ecclesiastical networking this church voluntarily partners with
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in its international, national, and state expressions.
Section 1. General. All organizations of the Church shall be under Church control, all officers being elected
by members of the Church and reporting regularly to the Church.
Section 2. Sunday School. The Church Sunday School shall be divided into departments and classes for all
ages and conducted under the leadership of the general director for the study of God's word. Sunday School is to be
conducted each Sunday morning. The task of the Sunday School shall be to teach the Biblical revelation; lead in
reaching all prospects for the Church; lead all Church members to worship, witness, learn and minister daily; and
provide and interpret information regarding the work of the Church and the denomination.
Section 3. Department of Church Training. The Department of Church Training shall be divided into groups
for all ages and conducted under the leadership of a general organization of the Church. The task of the Department
of Church Training shall be to teach to new members; train all Church members to worship, witness, learn and minister
daily; train leaders for the Church and denomination; discover, recruit and train potential leaders; provide for
specialized training; provide organization and leadership for special projects of the Church; and provide and interpret
information regarding the work of the Church and the denomination.
Section 4. Woman's Missionary Union. The Woman's Missionary Union shall be under the leadership of its
director and any other officers and leaders needed to carry out the WMU program. The task they will seek to perform
will be to teach missions; engage in mission action; support world missions through prayer and giving; and provide and
interpret information regarding the work of the Church and denomination.
Section 5. The Baptist Men. The Baptist Men shall be made up of such organizations as needed and shall
be under the leadership of its director. The tasks of the TBM are to teach missions; lead all men, young men and boys
to participate in mission activities; provide organization and leadership for special projects of the Church; and provide
and interpret information regarding the work of the Church and other Baptist partnerships.
Section 6. Music Ministry. The Music Ministry shall be under the leadership of a minister of music or a
director of music, in cooperation with the music committee. The tasks of the music ministry shall be to teach music and
hymnody; provide music and musicians for the congregational services and the organizations of the Church; lead
persons to participate in hymn singing; train persons to lead, sing and play music; provide organization and leadership
for special projects of the Church; and provide and interpret information regarding the work of the Church and other
Baptist partnerships. The chairman of the music committee and the minister of music shall be responsible for the care
and maintenance of the musical instruments of the Church. The minister of music or music director's hours,
compensation, and vacation time shall be determined by the appropriate church committees, directors, and
congregation in business session.
Section 1. Organist. The church may employ an organist. This person's hours, compensation, and vacation
time shall be determined by the appropriate committees, directors and the congregation in business session. The
organist's responsibilities shall be determined by the minister or director of music, appropriate committees, directors
and pastor. When a person is employed as organist conditions of employment and functions shall be entered into the
minutes of the board of directors, and the minutes of the appropriate church business session.
Section 2. Activities Director. The church may employ an activities director. This person's hours,
compensation, and vacation time shall be determined by the appropriate committees, directors and the congregation in
business session. The activities director's responsibilities may include oversight of youth ministry, children's ministry,
senior adult ministry, educational ministry, and other functions as assigned by church directors, pastor or
congregation. The activity director's functions may also serve as an adjunct to those of the minister of music. When a
person is employed as activities director conditions of employment and functions shall be entered into the minutes of
the board of directors, and the minutes of the appropriate church business session.
Section 3. Vacation/sick time. When vacation and sick leave time for salaried employees of the church are not
defined at the time of employment, the following shall apply:
Salaried employees are permitted four absences of each work unit per calendar year with full compensation. Absences
may be for vacation, sickness, or personal reasons. Absences may not be transferred from one year to another. One
additional absence per year may be permitted with the approval of the pastor or if that position is vacant, the
chairperson of the Board of Directors. Any additional paid absences must be approved by the Board of Directors.
Otherwise absences beyond five will not be paid. The fifth absence shall be granted as compensation for work above
and beyond normal duties or in the event of personal hardship.
Work units are defined as: 1. The full weekly schedule for full-time employees. 2. The regularly scheduled work days
or segments of work days for part-time employees. Part-time employees may make-up missed work at the discretion of
the pastor. These policies shall apply to the pastor except that all absences beyond four must be approved by the
Board of Directors.
Salaried employees include: the minister or director of music, the organist, the activities director, the Pastor, and any
other positions so designated by the Board of Directors and/or the congregation.
Days missed when the church offices are closed because of weather conditions shall not be considered and absence.
BUDGET AND FINANCE
Section 1. General Financial Policy. It shall be the financial policy of the Church to encourage members to
be good stewards, to tithe their incomes, to give regularly and systematically to the financial support of the Church, its
programs, and to all Kingdom causes; to budget for local operating expenses, cooperative mission causes, the local
building and equipment needs, local mission causes and other special purposes, and to encourage members to
support adopted budgets through commitments and contributions. The Church shall follow the Unified Budget Concept
with the fiscal year being conterminous of the calendar year.
Section 2. Election and Organization. The Budget and Finance Committee shall be composed of a
chairperson elected by the members of the Church, the treasurer, the Board of Directors, the Church Council, and the
Section 3. Meetings. An annual meeting shall be held in October of each year, for the purpose of preparing
the budget for the following year, to be presented to the Church in their November business meeting for approval.
Special meetings may be called by the pastor, chairperson, or, in their absence, the vice-chairperson of deacons, or
upon written request of three committee members. Copies of the proposed budget shall be mailed to the resident
membership at least 7 days prior to the November business meeting, and included in the bulletin the Sunday prior to
Section 4. Duties, Functions, Authority of Finance Committee. The Budget and Finance Committee shall
have the following duties, functions, and authorities.
(a) Prepare the budget of the Church, after consulting with those charged with making expenditures.
This shall be done in writing, prior to the October meeting.
(b) Receive for consideration all budget requests. These shall be made in writing.
(c) After consulting with those persons charged with making expenditures, but prior to the October
meeting, the chairman, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Church treasurer, WMU Director, TBM Director, and pastor
shall prepare a compilation of the budget requests and anticipated expenditures for presentation to the full finance
committee's meeting in October. This compilation shall be for information only.
(d) The committee shall have the authority to transfer funds from one line item to another line item
without increasing the budget totals. There shall be a maximum of $200 for any one transfer. All such transfers shall
be noted in the Minutes and reported to the Church at the next regular business meeting. Recommended budget
amendments that change the total of the budget must be submitted to the Board of Directors and to the members of
the Church for action before becoming final.
(e) The chairman shall be responsible for preparing and mailing statements to all contributing
Section 5. Tellers. This committee shall be composed of al least one deacon and one other person who will
count the offerings from Sunday School and the morning worship service each Sunday and prepare these funds for
deposit. These are then to be placed in a night deposit box at a local bank. Copies of the bank deposit slip are then to
be mailed by the bank to the treasurer. Tellers are to be designated by the Chairman of the Board of Directors for
Section 1. The Church Council. Members of the council will be the pastor, who serves as chairman, Sunday
School Director, the Assistant Sunday School Director, Department of Church Training Director, Director and President
of WMU, Director of TBM, Minister of Music, Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of Board of Directors, Treasurer, Librarian, Chairperson of Budget and Finance Committee, President of the Youth Council, and the Church Clerk, who will serve as the secretary and the chairperson of all other standing committees. When these persons are elected to these positions, they automatically become members of the Church Council. The responsibility of the Church Council is to study well, plan sensibly and promote actively the entire program.
Section 2. The Youth Council. This Council will be composed of elected representatives from each of the
youth organizations and adults selected by the Church nominating committee. Youth Council members are responsible
(a) Planning and coordinating the youth program of the Church.
(b) Keeping the Church informed of youth needs and activities.
(c) Assisting in the achievement of stated goals and objectives of the Church.
(d) The president and such other officers as are necessary will be elected by the Youth Council for a
one year term and may be reelected.
The Church shall elect such standing committees as may be deemed necessary to carry on the various phases
of the program of the Church efficiently and effectively. In any event, the Church shall at all times have the following
standing committees: Nominating, Budget and Finance, Building and Grounds, Music, Church Council, Missions,
Special Ministries, Recreation, Baptism, Library, Usher, Kitchen, Hospitality, Local Missions, and Flower. All standing
committees shall take office October 1st and serve through September.
Section 1. Election of Committees. The nominating committee shall nominate to the Church at a business
meeting persons to serve for the succeeding year on the standing committees, unless otherwise provided, naming also
the one to serve as chairperson of each committee.
Section 2. Duties of Standing Committees.
(a) The Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee shall consist of at least seven persons,
including the Church council. They shall serve throughout the year, nominating persons to fill any vacancies which
may occur, and then shall nominate officers and committee members to be elected for the coming year, presenting
these nominations in time that they may be acted upon to elect officers at the time stipulated in the office of each.
(b) The Building and Grounds Committee. The Building Committee shall consist of a chairman and
as many as four other persons. It shall be the duty of this committee to give attention to and study the condition and
state of repair and appearance of the buildings and grounds, making such repairs and improvements authorized by the
Church and included in the Church budget. All matters of major repair or improvement and items of equipment shall be
referred to the Budget and Finance Committee for recommendation to the Church. The committee shall be responsible
for the work of the caretaker and all other persons employed in the capacity of caring for the building. The chairman
shall be responsible for purchasing supplies for use by the caretaker. It shall be the caretaker's duty to so care for the
physical plant as to contribute helpfully to the comfort and well-being of the members at all services.
(c) The Budget and Finance Committee. See Article IX of these Bylaws.
(d) The Music Committee. The Music Committee shall be composed of a chairman, two members at
large, elected by the Church, the leaders of the various music departments, the organist, the pastor and the minister of
music. See Article VIII, Section 6 of the Bylaws for the duties.
(e) The Baptism Committee. This committee shall be composed of three members. This committee
shall make all necessary arrangements prior to each Baptism and assist in any way they can during and following each
(f) The Flower Committee. It shall be this committee's duty to see that flowers are furnished for the
Church Morning and evening worship and for special events of the entire congregation such as revivals and
association meetings. When decorating is required in connection with organizational special events within the Church,
the individual organization shall be responsible.
(g) The Library Committee. The chairman shall be the Librarian. This committee shall be in charge
of making rules, purchasing books, screening new books, seeing that all books are kept in good condition, and making
a schedule for loaning books.
(h) The Ushering Committee. It shall be the duty of the chairman of this committee to secure
adequate ushers to seat worshippers and receive offerings for all worship, memorial and special services. A
sub-committee shall act as "greeters" to see that all persons are welcomed as they enter the Church. The chairperson
of this sub-committee shall enlist greeters as needed.
(i) The Kitchen Committee. This committee chairman shall be nominated by the Church nominating
committee and elected by the members of the Church. The chairman and committee members shall be responsible for
making and maintaining a complete inventory of kitchen equipment, recommending purchases to be made through
proper channels as needs arise. All events that make use of the kitchen facilities must be scheduled through this
committee. The committee shall be responsible for seeing that the kitchen is kept clean, neat, and in order at all times
so as to meet Health Department inspection requirements. The family night meals are to be handled by a
subcommittee that will be recommended to the Church by the kitchen committee for election. This subcommittee shall
work in conjunction with the kitchen committee to carry out the family night program.
(j) The Special Ministries Committee. It shall be chaired by a deacon (active or inactive). It shall
consist of the number of members deemed necessary by the chairperson. Duties shall include providing Church
members with emergency transportation, as well as other special projects or ministries in the Church or community as
deemed appropriate by the committee and/or the Church.
(k) The Mission Funds Committee. This committee shall consist of six members who serve
staggered three year terms. It shall recommend to the Church a system of distributing local, home, and foreign mission
funds, including mission resource plan funds. Members shall be nominated by the nominating committee and elected
by members of the Church. The chairperson shall be one of the two members serving the last year of a term.
(l) The Recreation Committee. This committee shall consist of a chairperson nominated by the
nominating committee and elected by the members of the Church. Other members shall be volunteers who need not
be elected by the Church. The chairperson and members shall oversee Church teams participating in city or
community athletic leagues. They shall also direct recreation as needed at Church events such as picnics and other
(m) The Hospitality Committee. This committee shall consist of a chairperson nominated by the
nominating committee and elected by the members of the Church. Other members shall be volunteers who need not
be elected by the Church. This committee shall see that refreshments are provided for special Church events as
needed. It shall assist the kitchen committee as needed. It shall stand ready to assist the Church staff and other
committees as deemed appropriate.
ADOPTION AND AMENDMENTS
Section 1. Adoption. These Bylaws shall be considered adopted and in immediate effect if and when
three-fourths (3/4) of the members present at the business meeting at which the vote is taken shall vote in favor of
same; provided, however, that at least twenty percent (20%) of the total resident membership is present at the meeting.
This vote shall be taken not less than thirty (30) days after formal presentation of the Bylaws to the Church, and notice
of such meeting in which the vote is to be taken shall be given at least one (1) week in advance.
Section 2. Amendment. These Bylaws may be amended, altered, or repealed by a three-fourths (3/4) vote of
the members present at any regular business meeting of the Church; provided, however, that at least twenty percent
(20%) of the total resident membership is present at the meeting, and that such amendment, alteration, or repeal shall
have been given to the clerk in writing; and the proposed change shall have been presented to the Church at least
thirty (30) days prior to the time the vote is taken.