HHBC Constitution & Bylaws

 

CONSTITUTION

Revised 7 Sep 2005
Amended 8 June 2016

* Amended items are shown in bold italics.

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 relation to other churches.

Article I - Name

This body shall be known as “Harrison Hills Baptist Church” of Lanesville, Indiana.

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Article II - Objectives

This church holds fast to the cross of Christ Jesus and believes that it should be at the foundation of all we do. Therefore, we seek to Connect believers in Biblical fellowship, Reach out to those who are lost, Offer our lives to God in daily service, Seek opportunities for ministry, and Strengthen our faith.

To be a dynamic spiritual organism empowered by the Holy Spirit to share Christ with as many people as possible in our church, community, and throughout the world.

To be a worshipping fellowship, experiencing an aware­ness of God, recognizing his person, and responding in obedience to his leadership.

To help people experience a growing knowledge of the relationship between God and man.

To experience an increasingly meaningful fellowship with God and fellow believers.

To be a church that ministers unselfishly to persons in the community and world in Jesus’ name.

To be a church whose purpose is to be Christlike in our daily living by emphasizing total commitment of life, person­ality, and possessions to the lordship of Christ.

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Article III - Statement of Faith

The Holy Bible is the inspired, authoritative, and finished Word of God as found in the Old and New Testaments and is the basis for any statement of faith. The church subscribes to the doctrinal statement of “The Baptist Faith and Message” as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2000. We band ourselves together as a body of baptized believers in Jesus Christ personally committed to teaching the Bible and sharing the good news of salvation to lost mankind. The ordinances of the church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of Harrison Hills Baptist Church’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Senior Pastor and other ministry staff is this Church’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.

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Article IV - Mission

The church exists to fulfill the Great Commission of the Lord Jesus in Lanesville, Harrison County and beyond, through consistently living out the Great Commandments for God’s glory! (Matthew 28:18-20; 22:37-40).

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Article V - Relationships

The government of this church is vested in the body of believers who compose it. 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 Southeastern Indiana Baptist Asso­ciation and the State Convention of Baptists of Indiana, affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Article VI - Church Covenant

Having been led by the Holy Spirit to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the public confession of our faith, having been baptized by immersion 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, solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.

We purpose, 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 attend its services regularly; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to give it a sacred preeminence over all institutions of human origin; to give faithfully of time and talent in its activities; to contribute cheerfully and regularly, as God has prospered us, to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spreading of the Gospel throughout all nations.

We also purpose to maintain family and private devotions; to train our children according to the Word of God; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk cautiously in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our conduct; to avoid all gossip, backbiting, and unrighteous anger; to abstain from all forms of activity which dishonor our Lord Jesus Christ, cause stumbling to a fellow believer, or hinder the winning of a soul to Christ; to be enthusiastic in our efforts to advance the cause of Christ, our Savior; and to give Him exalted honor in all things.

We further purpose to encourage one another in the blessed hope of our Lord’s return; to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and friendliness in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior, to seek it without delay.

We moreover purpose that when we remove from this place we will as soon as possible unite with some other church of like faith and order where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word. In the event there is no such church within a reasonable distance of our home, we shall seek, with the Lord’s help, to establish one on the principles of God’s Word.

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Article VII - Amendments

Changes in this constitution may be made at any regular church conference, provided each amendment shall have been presented in writing at a previous meeting, and copies of the proposed amendment be furnished to each member present. Amendments to the constitution shall be by two-thirds vote of all members of the church present entitled to vote.

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Article VIII - Adoption

Section 1 – This constitution shall be considered adopted and in immediate effect when two-thirds of the members present and voting at the church conference at which the vote is taken shall vote in favor of same. This vote shall be taken at a church conference only after it shall have been presented in writing at a previous meeting, and copies of the proposed constitution be furnished to each member present.

Section 2 – This constitution abolishes, supersedes, and takes the place of any constitution, rules, and bylaws and amendments that preceded it.

Section 3 – A copy of this constitution and bylaws shall at all times be kept by the church clerk and another copy shall be kept in the church office. All amendments and revisions shall, after passage by the vote of the church, be prepared by the church clerk, incorporated in the constitution and bylaws, and made available to church members on request.

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BYLAWS

Revised 7 Sep 2005
Amended 10 Dec 2008
Amended 28 Apr 2010
Amended Aug 20 2014
Amended 8 Jun 2016

(Amended items are shown in bold italics.)

Article I - Membership

Section 1. General

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 reserves the exclusive right to determine who shall be members of this church and the conditions of such membership.

The membership of this Church shall be composed of individuals who are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and affirm the tenets of the Church Constitution, and who offer evidence, by their confession and their conduct, that they are living in accord with their affirmations and this Constitution and Bylaws, and are actively pursuing and continuing in a vital fellowship with the Lord, Jesus Christ. The membership of this Church shall have final authority in all matters of church governance, as set forth and described here in these Bylaws.

Section 2. Candidacy

Any persons may offer themselves as candidates for membership in this church. All such candidates shall be pre­sented to the church at any church conference for membership in any of the following ways

(1) By profession of faith and for baptism according to the policies of this church.

(2) By promise of a letter of recommendation from another Baptist church.

(3) By a statement of prior conversion experience and believer’s baptism by immersion, from a church of like faith and order when no letter is obtainable.

Each member candidate shall be interviewed by the senior pastor or a deacon to consider recommendation for membership and presentation to the church body for a vote. The member candidate will be expected to have read the Baptist Faith and Message, Constitution and Bylaws, and Church Covenant, and affirm their agreement to support and not oppose those documents as a member.

Should there be any dissent as to any candidate, such dissent shall be referred to the senior pastor and the deacons for investigation and the making of a recommendation to the church within thirty (30) days. A three-fourths vote of those church members present and voting shall be required to elect such candidates to membership.

Section 3. Membership Standards

Believing that every person who has acknowledged Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord through personal repentance and faith, has welcomed believer’s baptism by immersion, recognizes that the integrity and vitality of the church are precious to our Lord and is trusting in the power of the Holy Spirit, the following is expected of every church member:

(1) To be faithful in attendance (Hebrews 10:25).

(2) To help sustain the church through regular giving (1 Corinthians 16:2).

(3) To bear witness to the Gospel in the world (Acts 1:8).

(4) To shun destructive chatter (Ephesians 4:29).

(5) To join in the care and encouragement of members of the fellowship (1 Corinthians 12:26-27).

(6) To seek service according to church needs and individual spiritual gifts (I Peter 4:10).

(7) To display conduct that brings honor to the Lord (Philippians 1:27a).

(8) To be missions minded (Matthew 28:18-20).

(9) To biblically express and address grievances with restraint and proportionality, placing high value on unity in the church (Ephesians 4:2-3).

(10) To study and train for growth in understanding, skill, and spirit (2 Timothy 2:15).

(11) To pray regularly and specifically for the concerns of the church (Colossians 4:2).

(12) To honor and defend biblical preaching, teaching, and ministry (2 Timothy 4:2-5).

(13) To be accountable for these standards (Ephesians 5:21).

(14) To resign or to accept removal for chronic, striking, and unrepentant indifference to these standards (Matthew 18:15-17).

Section 4. New Member Orientation

New church members will be expected to participate in the church's new member orientation plan.

Section 5. Voting Rights of Members

Every member of the church is entitled to vote at all elections and on all questions submitted to the church in conference, provided the member is present.

Section 6. Termination of Membership

Membership shall be terminated in the following ways:

(1) death,

(2) transfer to another Baptist church, or

(3) exclusion by action of this church.

Section 7. Discipline

(1) It shall be the basic purpose of the Harrison Hills Baptist Church to emphasize to its members that every reasonable measure will be taken to assist any troubled member. The senior pastor, other members of the church staff, and deacons are available for counsel and guidance. Redemption rather than punishment should be the guidance which governs the attitude of one member toward another.

(2) Should some serious condition exist which causes a member to become a liability to the general welfare of the church, every reasonable measure will be taken by the pastor and by the deacons to resolve the problem. All such proceedings shall be pervaded by a spirit of Christian kindness and forbear­ance, and confidentiality. But, finding that the welfare of the church will best be served by the exclusion of the member, the church may take this action by a two-thirds vote of the members present at a meeting called for this purpose; and the church may proceed to declare the offender to be no longer in the membership of the church.

(3) Any person whose membership has been terminated may request to be restored to membership by a vote of the church upon evidence of repentance and reformation.

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Article II - Church Officers

All church officers must be members of the church. The officers of this church shall be as follows:

Section 1. Senior Pastor

The senior pastor is responsible for leading the church to function as a New Testament church. The senior pastor will lead the congregation, the organizations, and the church staff to perform their tasks.

The senior pastor is leader of pastoral ministries in a church; as such he works with the deacons and church staff to: (1) lead the church in the achievement of its mission, (2) proclaim the gospel to believers and unbelievers, and (3) care for the church’s members and other persons in the community.

Section 2. Church Staff

This church shall call such staff members as the church shall need. Church staff are responsible to the senior pastor and shall assist him in the pastoral ministries of the church.

Section 3. Deacons

There should be one active deacon for every fifteen (15) church member families. Deacons shall be elected at a church conference by secret ballot.

The deacons shall serve on a rotation basis. Each year the term of office of one-third of the number of deacons shall expire, and election shall be held to fill the vacancies. In case of death or removal or incapacity to serve, the church may elect a deacon to fill an unexpired term. After serving a term of three years, a deacon shall be eligible for reelection only after the lapse of at least one year. The church may at its discretion delay the rotation procedure. There is no obligation to constitute as an active deacon a person who comes to the church from another church where he has served as deacon,

In accordance with the meaning of the work and practice of the New Testament, deacons are to be servants of the church. The task of the deacon is to serve with the senior pastor and staff in performing pastoral ministries tasks: proclaim the gospel to believers and unbelievers; care for church members and other persons in the community; lead the church to achieve its mission.

Men shall be eligible to serve according to the spirit and practice of the New Testament. They shall have been a member of this church for at least one (1) year before serving. Prospective deacon nominees shall be interviewed by the deacons or staff for “testing” before they may be submitted to the church for a vote.

Section 4. Moderator

A moderator shall be elected annually. In the absence of the moderator, the clerk shall call the church to order and an acting moderator shall be elected.

Section 5. Clerk

The clerk of the church shall keep in a suitable book a record of all the actions of the church, except as otherwise herein provided. The clerk is responsible for keeping a register of the names of members, with dates of admission, dismission, or death, together with a record of baptisms. The clerk shall issue letters of dismission voted by the church, preserve on file all communications and written official reports, and give legal notice of all meetings where such notice is necessary, as indi­cated in these bylaws. All church records are church property and should be filed in the church office when an office is main­tained

The clerk shall be elected annually.

Section 6. Treasurer

The church shall elect annually a church treasurer and assistant treasurer. It shall be the duty of the treasurer to receive, preserve, and pay out, according to the budget or by special approval of the church, all money, or things of value paid or given to the church, keeping at all times an itemized account of all receipts and disbursements. It shall be the duty of the treasurer to render to the church at each regular church conference an itemized report of the receipts and disbursements for the preceding month. The treasurer's report shall be audited annually by an auditing committee or public accountant. The individuals authorized to write checks shall be bonded.

Upon rendering the annual account at the end of each fiscal year, and its acceptance and approval by the church, the records shall be delivered by the treasurer to the church clerk, who shall keep and preserve the account as a part of the perma­nent records of the church.

Section 7. Trustees

The church will elect three men to serve as trustees, who will hold the church property in trust. The trustees shall ensure faithful stewardship of all employees, properties, and finances as all are a provision of our Lord. They shall be responsible for planning for the use of church property, including space allocation; providing long range planning for property expansion or alteration; negotiating and signing legal or binding documents; and the care and maintenance of all church property and equipment to make ministry possible. At its own discretion, the church may delay or adjust the rotation procedure.

Three trustees elected by the church will hold in trust the church property. They shall have no power to buy, sell, mortgage, lease, or transfer any property without a specific vote of the church authorizing each action. It shall be the function of the trustees to affix their signatures to legal documents involving the sale, mortgage, purchase, or rental of property or, contracts and other legal documents where the signatures of trustees are required. Trustees shall serve on a rotating basis, with one new trustee being elected every year.

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Article III – Church Employment

Section 1. Senior Pastor

A senior pastor shall be chosen and called by the church whenever a vacancy occurs. His election shall take place at a meeting called for that purpose, of which at least one week’s public notice has been given.

A pastor selection committee shall be appointed by the church to seek out a senior pastor, and its recommendations will constitute a nomination. Any member has the privilege of making other nominations according to the policy established by the church. This committee shall include at least one member of the personnel committee and the treasurer. The committee shall bring to the consideration of the church only one name at a time. Election shall be by secret ballot, an affirmative vote of three—fourths of those present being necessary for a choice. The senior pastor, thus elected, shall serve until the relationship is terminated by his request or the churches request. At least thirty (30) days notice shall be given before terminating the relationship. This requirement may be waived by mutual consent.

The senior pastor shall get church approval before taking on any extra duties or obligations outside his church duties. A job description shall be written describing authorized vacations, absences, and duties and obligations outside the church.

A notice will be given the church on a Sunday at least one week before his vacation will begin. In case of an emergency, he is to notify the Chairman of the Personnel Committee, the Chairman of the Deacons, or any active Deacon within the church. The senior pastor is responsible for filling the pulpit during his absence.

Section 2. Staff

This church shall call or employ such staff members as the church shall need. A job description shall be written when the need for staff members is determined. Staff members shall be recommended to the church by the personnel committee and called or employed by church action. The committee shall bring to the consideration of the church only one name at a time. Election shall be by secret ballot, an affirmative vote of three—fourths of those present being necessary for a choice. The staff member, thus elected, shall serve until the relationship is terminated by his request or the churches request. At least two weeks notice at the time of resignation should be given.

Section 2. Other Non-Staff Employees

The church shall employ other non-staff personnel as the church shall need to support the continued administration and support of the church and its ministries. A job description shall be written when the need for a new employee position is determined. The personnel committee shall employ or dismiss employees within the constraints of the approved church budget. The church body shall be informed of all employee vacancies or addition of employee positions during a scheduled church conference.

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Article IV - Church Administration and Organization

Section 1. General

This church operates under a Team concept. Each of the five teams has a team shepherd who is a part of the church staff and each team is composed of lay members who minister and serve in that area, of whom one is the team leader. The church body appoints or calls all church leaders and establishes operating guidelines for its staff, leaders, and ministries.

Section 2. Church Staff

The church staff shepherds each team and acts as the coordination point between each team. The church staff is expected to refine and communicate the vision and direction of the church, to the teams. Each team including each ministry and committee shall coordinate all events, plans, and decisions through their shepherd staff member to ensure unity of purpose and unity of the body.

Section 3. Executive Team

The Executive Team assists the church in matters related to administration and other support ministries. It is composed of three committees including the offices of Trustee, Treasurer, Moderator, and Clerk. The senior Trustee shall act as Executive Team leader.

All church committee members shall be recommended by the Executive Team and elected by the church. Committee members shall be elected annually. The trustees and senior pastor are members of each committee by virtue of their position. The treasurer is a member of the stewardship committee by virtue of his position. Each committee shall appoint a chairman to preside over its activities.

(1) Personnel Committee. The personnel committee assists the trustees in matters related to church staff and employee administration. Its work includes such areas as determining staff needs, employment, salaries, benefits, and personnel services. It shall consist of at least three at-large members. Personnel Committee meetings are closed meetings to protect the privacy of the staff and employees, however information must be made available to any member upon request. They are also responsible to maintain written servant selection procedures and guidelines approved by the church.

(2) Properties and Space Committee. The properties and space committee assists the trustees in matters related to properties administration. It shall consist of at least three at-large members. Its work includes such areas as maintaining all church properties for ready use, recom­mending policies regarding use of properties, recommending em­ployment of maintenance personnel, and assigning responsibility to appropriate personnel for supervision.

(3) Stewardship Committee. The stewardship committee assists the trustees in developing and recommending an overall stewardship education plan and administers the gifts of church members, using sound principles of financial management. It shall consist of at least three at-large members. They are also responsible to maintain written accounting procedures and guidelines approved by the church.

Section 4. Exaltation Team

The Exaltation Team assists, advises, and leads the church in matters related to worship and other up-reach ministries. Its work primarily includes each worship service and the support necessary to ensure effective worship. Support areas include ushers and greeters, audio/visual support, and the prayer ministry.

Section 5. Education Team

The Education Team assists, advises, and leads the church in matters related to training, education, and other down-reach ministries. Its work includes areas such as Sunday School, Discipleship Training, (adult) Group Ministries (i.e., Men’s or Women’s Bible Studies), Youth Ministry, and Children’s Discipleship Ministries. This team is responsible to approve doctrinally sound materials for all Education Training.

Section 6. Evangelism Team

The Evangelism Team assists, advises, and leads the church in all matters related to missions, evangelism and outreach ministries (including visitation programs).

Section 7. Edification Team

The Edification Team assists, advises, and leads the church in matters related to fellowship and in-reach ministries, including the Deacon ministry and the childcare ministry.

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Article V - Ministries and Program Organization

Section 1. General

All organizations of the church shall be under church control, all officers being elected by the church and reporting regularly to the church. The church shall evaluate, plan, organize, and implement such ministries as the church deems necessary.

Section 2. Sunday School

There shall be a Sunday School ministry, divided into departments and classes for all ages and conducted under the direction of the Education Team, for the study of God’s Word.  The tasks of the Sunday School shall be to teach the biblical revelation; reach persons for Christ and church. Sunday School is the primary outreach arm of the church.

Section 3. Discipleship Training

There shall be a Bible Discipleship program conducted under the direction of the Education Team. Discipleship Training shall serve as the training organi­zation of the church.

The tasks of Discipleship Training shall be to orient new church members; train church members to perform the functions of the church; train church leaders; teach Christian theology, Christian ethics, Christian history, and church polity and organ­ization; provide and interpret information regarding the work of the church and denomination.

Section 4. Visitation

There shall be an organized Visitation program conducted under the direction of the Evangelism Team. This program may be in addition to or in coordination with any organized Sunday School outreach program or activity. This program may also be used to contact inactive members.

The tasks of the Visitation program shall be to maintain a current record of church prospects and visitors, to educate the membership on the biblical need to reach out to people, and to facilitate church members actually contacting both church prospects and visitors.

Section 5. Appointing Servants

To maintain the utmost integrity with those in our care, all teachers, assistants, childcare workers, and all others working with children, youth, or other minors shall be elected annually by the church. They must be elected by the church before they may work in that area which also includes Vacation Bible School. They shall be selected according to the written guidelines maintained by the personnel committee and approved by the church.

Section 6. Marriages and Weddings

(1) Doctrinal Position

Harrison Hills Baptist Church (HHBC) supports and affirms the doctrinal position on “The Family” as published in Article XVIII of the Baptist Faith and Message of the Southern Baptist Convention (2000).  In particular, HHBC supports and affirms the definition of marriage as stated in that document, inserted below:

“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.”

(2) Additional support for our doctrinal position is found in Attachment 1

(3) Application of the Doctrine

a. To help preserve the biblical position on marriage, as identified above, only those weddings (and affiliated events) that involve a biological man and a biological woman will be permitted on the campus/grounds of Harrison Hills Baptist Church. 

b. HHBC also will not recognize, sanction nor approve of any marriage involving its members that are outside the “one biological man and one biological woman” biblical boundary, as stated above. 

c. Further, the pastors and staff of Harrison Hills Baptist Church shall only participate in weddings and solemnize marriages between one biological man and one biological woman.

d. Consistent with the local church’s authority over policies and practices that take place under the sanctioning of Harrison Hills Baptist Church, and to preserve the biblical position on marriage, as identified above, weddings (and affiliated events) on the campus/grounds of HHBC will be limited to those couples, at least one of whom is a member in good standing, of Harrison Hills Baptist Church.  (Weddings and affiliated events will not be permitted at Harrison Hills if neither of the parties is a member of Harrison Hills Baptist Church.)

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Article VI - Ordinances

Section 1. Baptism

A person who receives Jesus Christ as Savior by personal faith; who professes him publicly at any worship service; and who indicates a commitment to follow Christ as Lord, shall be received for baptism.

(1) Baptism shall be by immersion in water,

(2) Baptism shall be administered by the pastor or whom­ever the church shall authorize. The baptism preparation team shall assist in the preparation for, and observ­ance of, baptism.

(3) Baptism shall be administered as an act of worship during any worship service.

(4) A person professing Christ and failing to be baptized after a reasonable length of time shall be counseled by the pastor and/or staff and deacons. If negative interest is ascertained, he shall be deleted from those awaiting baptism.

Section 2. The Lords Supper

The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the cup, commemorate the death of Jesus Christ and anticipate his second coming.

(1) The Lord’s Supper shall be observed at least quarter­ly.

(2) The Lord’s Supper shall be observed in a regularly scheduled worship service.

(3) The pastor and deacons shall be responsible for the administration of the Lord Supper.

(4) The Lord’s Supper preparation team shall be responsible for the preparation of the Lord's Supper.

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Article VII - Church Meetings

Section 1. Worship Services

The church shall meet regularly each Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday evening for preaching, instruction, evangelism, and for the worship of Almighty God. 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 senior pastor.

Section 2. Special Services

Revival services and any other church meetings which will be essential in the promotion of the objectives of the church shall be placed on the church calendar.

Section 3. Regular Church Conferences

Regular church conferences shall be held. The frequency to be set so as to ensure the church body is well informed and decisions affecting the business of the church are properly rendered, preferably the first Wednesday evening of the month.

Section 4. Special Church Conferences

A specially called church conference may be held to con­sider special matters of significant nature. A one-week notice of the subject, date, time, and location must be given for the specially called meeting unless extreme urgency renders such notice impracticable.

Section 5. Quorum

The quorum consists of those who attend the church conference, provided it is a stated meeting or one that has been properly called.

Section 6. Parliamentary Rules

Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised, is the authority for parliamentary rules of procedure for all church conferences.

Section 7. Team Meetings

All Team Meetings are open to both members and non-members. Each Team shall meet bi-monthly. The meeting shall be announced and an agenda provided prior to their convening. The Team Shepherd or Team Leader shall lead team meetings. Teams are ministry results oriented and focus on problem solving and ministry accomplishment.

Section 8. Staff Meetings

The church staff shall regularly meet in closed meetings to act as the coordination point between each team. The staff shall coordinate all events, plans, and decisions to ensure unity of purpose and unity of the body. Furthermore, the staff will work to ensure ministry effectiveness.

Section 9. Committee Meetings

All committee meetings are open to church members with the exception of the personnel committee, which conducts closed meetings to protect the privacy of staff and employees. Open committee meetings shall be announced prior to their convening.

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Article VIII - Church Finances

Section 1. Budget

The stewardship committee, in consultation with the trustees, shall prepare and submit to the church for approval an inclusive budget, indicating by items the amount needed and sought for all local and worldwide expenses.

It is understood that membership in this church involves financial obligation to support the church and its causes with regular, proportionate gifts.

Section 2. Accounting Procedures

All, funds for any and all purposes shall pass through the hands of the church treasurer, or assistant treasurer, and be properly recorded on the books of the church. The officers and other individuals with check writing privileges shall be bonded. Additional written guidelines shall be maintained by the stewardship committee.

A system of accounting that will adequately provide for the handling of all funds shall be the responsibility of the church treasurer and stewardship committee.

Section 3. Fiscal Year

The dates for the fiscal year shall be determined by the church.

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Article IX - Amendments

Changes in these bylaws may be made at any regular church conference, provided each amendment shall have been presented in writing at a previous meeting, and copies of the proposed amendment be furnished to each member present. Amendments to the bylaws shall have a concurrence of a majority of the members present and voting. This process also applies to attachments to the bylaws.

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Article X - Adoption

These bylaws shall be considered adopted and in immediate effect when a majority of the members present and voting at the church conference at which the vote is taken shall vote in favor of the same. This vote shall take place after the bylaws have been presented in writing at a previous meeting, and copies of the proposed bylaws be furnished to each member present.

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BYLAWS ATTACHMENT 1

Added 8 Jun 2016

Position on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen 1:26-27.) Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.

We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one biological man and one biological woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen 2:18-25.) We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a biological man and a biological woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5Heb 13:4.)

We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a biological man and a biological woman.

We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10.)

We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Harrison Hills Baptist Church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the members of Harrison Hills Baptist Church and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Harrison Hills Baptist Church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; 1 Thess 5:22.)

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11.)

We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.) 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 Harrison Hills Baptist Church.

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