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Amended and Restated Bylaws of

Faith Evangelical Free Church of Wahpeton, ND

 

Article 1: Name

 

The name of this organization is Faith Evangelical Free Church

Where appropriate, the following descriptors may be used:

Faith Church

A Community Fellowship

EFCA

Evangelical Free Church

 

Article 2: Affiliation & Statement of Belief

 

Faith Church is a member of the Evangelical Free Church of America through the Northern Plains District and has a Statement of Faith identical to the Evangelical Free Church of America.

  1. We believe in on God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely, perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
  2. We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
  3. We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
  4. We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus—Israel’s promised Messiah—was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
  5. We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
  6. We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
  7. We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
  8. We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and other sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
  9. We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
  10. We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the work, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen
 

Article 3: Mission and Philosophy of Ministry

 

The mission of Faith Church is The Great Commission: “Therefore, go and make disciples in all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and then teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you; and be sure of this – that I am with you always, even to the end of the world:  Matthew 28:19-20.

The philosophy of ministry of Faith Church: “In our public and private ministries, we will attempt to find those people who are seeking after God and introduce them to the biblical truth about Jesus Christ.”

Article 4 Membership

Section 1.  Qualifications

Any persons who confess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose conduct is in general accord with their confession, who subscribe to the Statement of Faith as written in the Articles of Incorporation and these Bylaws, and who are willing to support the Congregation with faithful attendance, participation, prayer and material means may become Members of this organization, hereafter referred to as "the Membership." The body of Members and regularly attending, non-members is hereafter referred to as "the Congregation." Membership in this church is a privilege and not a right. As a result, it is subject to these Bylaws, as amended from time to time.

Section 2.  Admission

Admission to the Membership shall be as follows:

  1. Application for membership shall be made to the Board of Elders. The Board of Elders shall examine all applicants for membership. Successful completion of membership class is a requirement for membership unless the Board of Elders waives this requirement in the case of a particular applicant. Members must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  1. Prior to accepting applicants as Members, the Board of Elders shall notify the Membership of the names of all applicants whose applications it is considering favorably.
  1. Any Member aware of information which might be important to the Board of Elders’ determination concerning any pending application may inform an Elder, who shall assure that the information in question is communicated to the Board of Elders before it takes final action on the application in question. The Board of Elders shall allow a reasonable amount of time after notifying the Membership before taking final action on any such application in order to accommodate such communications.
  1. Once the Board of Elders takes final action on an application for membership, it shall inform the applicant of its decision, and arrange for applicants accepted into membership to be publicly recognized before the Congregation.
 
  1. A member in good standing may vote at any congregation meeting.
 
  1. Membership is not transferable into the church or out to another church.

Section 3.  Conduct

All Members are expected to conduct themselves "in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ" (Phil. 1:27).  That conduct is intended to include the following:

  1. A goal of becoming increasingly Christ-like (Col. 3:12ff).
  1. Discipleship, learning and applying the truths of Scripture to personal life (2 Tim. 2:15).
  1. Private, family and corporate worship (Heb. 10:25).
  1. Personal evangelism and missions involvement (Matt. 28:18ff).
  1. A systematic contribution of one's income (1 Cor. 16:2).
  1. Prayer for the needs and ministries of the Congregation (Phil. 4:6).
  1. Employing spiritual gifts to serve others (1 Peter 4:10-11; 1 Cor. 12:7-11).
  1. Relationships with fellow believers characterized by forgiving mercy, freeing grace, family care and forbearing speech, void of deceit and gossip.
  1. Any Member who is no longer willing to abide by this church's Bylaws, Statement of Faith and purpose as stated in the Articles of Incorporation has a duty to withdraw from membership.

Section 4.  Discipline

  1. If, in the studied opinion of the Board of Elders, a Member’s conduct is not in harmony with Scriptural principles, the Board of Elders shall initiate a process of interviewing and counseling the erring Member according to Matthew 18:15-17 and Galatians 6:1. The Board of Elders’ actions shall be conducted in love with the primary purpose being restoration of the erring Member.
  1. If, after the counseling process, the erring Member should choose to continue in his/her unrepentance, the erring Member shall be removed from the Membership. Removal shall be accomplished upon recommendation from the Board of Elders and by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Members present and voting at a Business Meeting.
  1. A Member who has been removed from membership under this section and desires readmittance, may be restored to membership by giving satisfactory evidence to the Board of Elders of repentance and reformation.  The Board of Elders may, at its sole discretion, determine whether to submit the name for membership. The applicant shall then follow the regular procedure for membership.

Section 5.  Termination

  1. A Member who has not had contact with the church for one (1) year may be removed from the Membership by the Board of Elders.  The Board of Elders will make a final attempt to communicate with the Member before the action is final.
  1. Members in good standing, upon their own written request and not under disciplinary action or review for disciplinary action, shall be removed from the Membership by the Board of Elders.
  1. Any person removed from the Membership, for a reason other than death, shall be notified by letter from the Board of Elders.
  1. When it has been established that the Member has united with another church without notifying this church the Member shall be removed from the Membership.
  1. All membership terminations shall be reported at the Annual Business Meeting.


Article 5 Governance

Section 1.  Congregational Government

Faith Evangelical Free Church of Wahpeton, ND is a local, independent, self-governing body, responsible alone to Christ who is its Head, Savior and Lord. The government of this church shall be congregational, and as such, the primary authority resides in its Membership. The Membership shall delegate its authority to the Board of Elders in all matters, except those matters listed below, which must be brought before the Membership for approval at a Business Meeting:

  1. Calling the Senior Pastor.
  1. Approving Annual Budgets.
  1. Building new buildings, remodeling existing structures, or buying or selling real estate that exceeds 10% of the annual general fund budget.
  1. Incurring debt or signing leases that exceeds 10% of the annual general fund budget.
  1. Changing the Articles of Incorporation and/or Bylaws.
  1. Electing candidates to positions as established elsewhere in the Bylaws.
  1. Notwithstanding the above limitations, within a given fiscal year the Board of Elders without obtaining approval by the Membership may authorize the cumulative non-budgeted expenditure of up to five percent (5%) more than the annual General Fund budget most recently approved by the Membership.

Section 2.  Business Meetings

A. The Annual Business Meeting

The Annual Business Meeting of the Membership shall be held within sixty (60) days after to the end of the fiscal year of the church. If the Annual Business Meeting cannot, in the opinion of the Board of Elders, be held as scheduled, then it shall be held at a time and place designated by the Board of Elders. Notice of the meeting shall be provided to the Membership at least two (2) Sundays prior to the date of the meeting. The Annual Business Meeting shall be for the purpose of electing candidates to positions, approval of the General Fund and Missions Budgets, distribution of annual reports and for the transaction of other business. Elders and Nominating Committee members elected at the Annual Business Meeting shall assume their duties at the beginning of the new fiscal year.

B. Semi-annual Business Meeting

The Semi-annual Business Meeting of the Membership shall be held approximately 6 months after the Annual Business Meeting, the date and time to be determined by the Board of Elders. Notice of the meeting shall be provided to the Membership at least two (2) Sundays prior to the date of the meeting. Reports shall be presented by the Board of Elders, Treasurer, Senior Pastor, staff, and committees.

C. Special Business Meetings

Special Business Meetings may be called by the Senior Pastor, the Chairman, or by a request signed by a quorum of Members. Notice of a Special Business Meeting shall be provided to the Membership by announcement at the regular Sunday services of the Church at least two (2) Sundays prior to the date of the meeting.

D. Informational Meetings

The church may hold Informational Meetings from time to time which Members may attend to discuss issues of concern to the church, but no member action may be taken at such meetings. Said meetings shall not be considered to be either Annual or Special Business Meetings and shall not be subject to the notice requirements contained in these Bylaws.

E. Quorum

A quorum for the transaction of business at a duly called meeting shall consist of twenty percent (20%) of the Membership or at least fifty (50) Members, whichever is less.

F. Voting

All Members have the right to vote in all motions coming before the Business Meetings. Absentee votes will be accepted. All motions shall be determined by simple majority vote, except when otherwise specified in these Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation or as required by law.  

G. Agenda

The agenda for Business Meetings shall be set by the Chairman and the Senior Pastor, and published at least two (2) Sundays prior to the date of the meeting. Members may add an item to the Business Meeting agenda using the following process:

  1. Create an agenda item proposal.
  2. Gather at least ten (10) Members to sign a petition supporting the agenda item proposal.
  3. Submit the agenda item proposal and the signed petition to the Board of Elders no later than four (4) days after the first meeting announcement.
  4. Upon receiving the petition, the Chairman shall amend the agenda and present it, along with notice of the change, by the Sunday prior to the meeting.

 

  • Proxies

 

No proxies allowed (no one is allowed to vote for you).

J. Robert’s Rules of Order

Robert's Rules of Order, to the extent approved by the Board of Elders, shall be the parliamentary guide to be used in all matters of business unless otherwise specified in these Bylaws.

K. Elections

The vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the Members present and voting at the Business Meeting shall be required for all uncontested or contested elected positions. In a two person contested election, an individual receiving the vote of a majority of the Members present and voting will be elected.  In contested elections involving more than two people, each Member present may cast votes for up to the number of open positions.  The individuals receiving the most votes will be elected if they receive the vote of a majority of the Members present and voting. If necessary, a runoff vote between the top remaining candidates (one more than the number of open positions) will be taken immediately. Each Member present may cast votes for up to the number of open positions. The individuals receiving the most votes will be elected if they receive the vote of a majority of the Members present and voting. Positions not filled after the second ballot will be treated as vacant.  The holder of an office may be re-elected, except as otherwise prescribed in these Bylaws.

Article 6 Leadership

Section 1.  Board of Elders

The Biblical role of Elder is that of overseer. The general role of the Board of Elders is to provide for the spiritual life and direction of the church, as well as providing policy guidance and overall governance. As required by law, the Board of Elders serves as the Board of Directors of the corporation.

A. Size, Qualifications and Terms

The Board of Elders shall consist of the Senior Pastor (by position is an elder has voting rights) and at least six (6) but no more than nine (9) elected Elders, the exact number to be set by the Board of Elders.

  1. Elders shall be men who fulfill the Biblical requirements of 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1 and 1 Peter 5:1-3. They shall also be Members of this church who have demonstrated leadership abilities. Elected Elders shall not be employees of this church.
  2. Candidates for elected Elder shall be selected and presented to the Membership at the Annual Business Meeting by the Nominating Committee and be affirmed by at least two thirds (2/3) of the Members present and voting.
  3. The term of an elected Elder shall be three (3) years. Each term shall commence at the beginning of the fiscal year with individual terms staggered so that approximately one-third (1/3) of the Board of Elders is affirmed each year.
  4. Each elected Elder shall serve no more than two (2) consecutive terms on the Board of Elders before leaving the Board of Elders. A past elected Elder may again be presented as an elected Elder candidate.
  5. All elected Elders serve on the Board of Elders without compensation, other than normal and reasonable reimbursement for approved expenses they incur for this role.

B. Responsibilities  

The responsibilities of the Board of Elders shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  1. Maintain theological purity in accordance with the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) Statement of Faith.
  2. Oversee the spiritual condition of this church.
  3. Pray for the Congregation, the Staff and each other.
  4. Regularly assess the effectiveness of the Board of Elders’ spiritual leadership and governance.
  5. Provide supervision of, accountability for, and protection of the Senior Pastor.
  6. Produce and maintain the governing policies of this church.
  7. Oversee the membership process.
  8. Provide church discipline and participate in conflict resolution.
  9. Present Annual Budgets to the Membership for approval.
  10. Ensure a financial review or audit is conducted and reported to the Membership annually.
  11. Provide a written report to the Membership annually.
  12. Approve delegates to the EFCA district and national meetings.
  13. Conduct an annual formal review of the pastoral staff.
  14. Shall be responsible for maintaining church policies.

C. Meetings

  1. The Board of Elders shall meet monthly (unless otherwise agreed by the Board of Elders).
  2. Regular meetings shall be held at the principal office of the church in the absence of a designation in the resolution to the contrary.
  3. No official business shall be conducted unless there is a quorum of two-thirds (2/3) of the Elders present.
  4. The presence of an Elder at any meeting shall constitute a waiver of notice of such meeting, except where an Elder attends a meeting for the express purpose of objecting to the transaction of any business because the meeting is not lawfully called or convened.
  5. The business to be transacted at the meeting need not be specified in the notice or waiver of notice of such meeting, unless specifically required by law or by these Bylaws.
  6. Notice of any special meeting of the Board of Elders shall be given at least five (5) days prior to the meeting date, by direct personal conversation in person, by phone, or by written notice delivered personally, sent by mail to each Elder at his address as shown by the records of the church, or by facsimile communication when directed to a telephone number at which the Elder has consented to receive notice or by electronic mail when directed to an electronic mail address at which the Elder has consented to receive notice.
  7. Any action that could be taken at a meeting of the Board of Elders may be taken without a meeting when authorized in writing signed by all of the Elders. A communication shall be authenticated if it is delivered to the principal office of the church or to an officer or agent of the church authorized by the church to receive the communication and the communication sets forth information from which the church can reasonably conclude that the communication was sent by the purported sender. The written action is effective when signed by all of the Elders unless a different effective time is provided in the written action.
  8. A conference among Elders, or among members of any committee designated by the Board of Elders, by any means of communication through which the participants may simultaneously hear each other during the conference, constitutes a meeting of the Board of Elders, provided the same notice is given of the conference as would be required for a meeting, and if the number of persons participating in the conference would be sufficient to constitute a quorum at the meeting.  Participation in a meeting by that means constitutes personal presence at the meeting.
  9. Whenever any notice of a meeting is required to be given under the provisions of the Articles of Incorporation or the Bylaws of the church to an Elder, a waiver thereof is effective whether given in writing, orally, or by authenticated electronic communication.

D. Selection

The selection of Elders shall be a process of seeking God’s direction and provision to meet the needs of His church.

  1. The Elder Board identifies Elder candidates and recommends them to the Nominating Committee for affirmation by the Membership.
  2. Elder candidates must have been a Member of our church for no less than one (1) year.
  3. Specific selection process is addressed under Article 6, Section 3, B.
  4. Elder candidates will be required to fill out an Elder Application.

E. Termination

An elected Elder may be removed from office:

  1. By his own decision.
  2. By a three-quarters (3/4) majority vote of the other members of the Board of Elders.
  3. By a three-quarters (3/4) majority vote of the Members present and voting at a Business Meeting.

Section 2.  Officers

The officers of the church shall be Chairman, Vice Chairman, Sr. Pastor, Treasurer and Secretary. The officers shall have such powers to perform such duties as may from time to time be specified in resolutions or other directives of the Board of Elders. In the absence of such specifications, each officer shall have the power and authority and shall perform and discharge the duties of the offices of the same title serving in nonprofit corporations having the same or similar general purposes and objectives as this church. An officer may resign their office at any time if no longer able to discharge the duties of the office. Any two or more offices may be held by the same person except that one person may not be Chairman and Vice Chairman at the same time. All officers must be Members of the church, at least 18 years of age or older, and meet all other legal requirements for their positions.

The Board of Elders shall determine which officer(s) shall sign and deliver, in the name of the corporation, deeds, mortgages, bonds, contracts, or other instruments pertaining to the business of the corporation.

 

  • Chairman and Vice Chairman.  The Board of Elders shall annually appoint from within its membership a Chairman and a Vice Chairman who shall also serve as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the church. In the absence of the Chairman, the Vice Chairman shall assume all duties of the Chairman of the Board of Elders. The Chairman shall preside at all Business Meetings of the church. In cases where he may be absent, the Vice Chairman shall preside.
  • Treasurer.  The Board of Elders shall appoint a Treasurer, who may or may not be a member of the Board of Elders. The Treasurer shall have the authority and perform the duties prescribed, from time to time, by the Board of Elders. The Treasurer shall also be considered the Chief Financial Officer of the church for legal purposes.
  • Secretary.  The Board of Elders shall appoint a Secretary, who is a member of the Board of Elders, who shall record the minutes of the meetings of the Board of Elders and Business Meetings and keep them on file with the church.
  • Termination.  Any officer elected or appointed by the Board of Elders may be removed by the Board of Elders whenever in its judgment the best interests of the church would be served thereby, but such removal shall be without prejudice to the contract rights, if any, of the officer so removed. An elected officer may be removed from office:

 

    1. By his own decision.
    2. By a three-quarters (3/4) majority vote of the members of the Board of Elders.
    3. By a three-quarters (3/4) majority vote of the Members present and voting  at a Business Meeting.

Section 3.  Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee shall prepare a proposed slate of candidates for all elected positions identified in these Bylaws.  The Nominating Committee will operate under policies and procedures approved by the Board of Elders, including but not limited to the following:

A. Size and Terms

  1. This committee shall consist of the following members:  Two (2) Elders as selected by the Board of Elders; the Senior Pastor; and four (4) at-large members who are Members of this church (excluding ministry staff and other elected leaders), and affirmed by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Members present and voting.
  2. At-large members shall serve one (1) year terms.



  1. Nominating Committee at-large members shall serve no more than three (3) consecutive terms. After completing three (3) consecutive terms, an at-large Nominating Committee member may again be presented as an at-large Nominating Committee member providing he/she has been separated from the Nominating Committee for a minimum of one (1) year when his/her term begins.

B. Nominating Process

  1. At least two (2) months prior to a Business Meeting, the Board of Elders shall notify the Nominating Committee of all positions needing to be filled at the meeting.
  2. The Nominating Committee shall call upon the Membership to provide suggestions of individuals who meet the qualifications of the open positions. Members are encouraged to provide recommendation(s) to any member of the Nominating Committee.

Recommendation(s) shall be submitted in writing at least forty-five (45) days before the Business Meeting.

  1. The Nominating Committee shall prayerfully screen and evaluate all candidates. The committee will then select candidates for the open position(s). Selection will be made primarily on the basis of spiritual qualification with secondary regard for functional matters.
  2. The Nominating Committee will provide the slate of candidates to the Board of Elders for presentation to the Membership at least three (3) Sundays prior to the Business Meeting.
  3. Any Member desiring to add a candidate to the ballot may do so by means of a petition indicating the candidate’s name and proposed position. The petition must be signed by no less than ten (10) Members and presented to the Board of Elders, no later than two (2) Sundays prior to the Business Meeting. The Board of Elders shall then publish an amended ballot no later than the Sunday before the Business Meeting.

Section 4.  Special Committees

Special committees are those established by the Membership or the Board of Elders to complete an assigned task. When the task is complete, the committee is dissolved.  

A. Bylaws Revision Committee

  1. This committee shall be made up of at least two (2) members affirmed by the Membership who are Members of this church (excluding ministry staff and other elected leaders), the Chairman or his designee from the Board of Elders, and the Senior Pastor. This Committee shall be responsible to the Membership.
  2. This committee shall, with input from the Board of Elders, draft changes to the Bylaws and/or Articles of Incorporation.
  3. It shall present these draft changes to the Membership for approval.

B. Senior Pastor Call Committee

The selection of a man to serve as Senior Pastor shall be a process of seeking God’s direction and provision to meet the needs of His church. A call committee shall be formed for the purpose of identifying a Senior Pastor candidate.

  1. The committee shall include at least three (3) church members and up to three (3) members of the Board of Elders (excluding ministry staff and other elected leaders) as recommended by the Board of Elders and affirmed by the Membership.
  2. The Board of Elders shall provide a job description and salary range to the Call Committee, as well as a budget for Call Committee expenditures.
  3. The committee shall present a candidate to the Board of Elders, the Board of Elders will present the approved candidate to the Membership for approval.

Section 5.  Adoption of Committees

The Board of Elders, by resolution adopted by a majority of the Elders in office, may designate one or more standing or special committees, which committees, to the extent provided in such resolution, shall have and exercise the authority designated in such resolution; but the designation of such committees and the delegation thereto of authority shall not operate to relieve the Board of Elders, or any individual Elder, of any responsibility imposed on it or him by law. These committees shall give a full written report, in the form and to the extent requested, of the work done during the year. All appointed committee members shall be Members of this church. (Administrative Team, Christian Education, Worship Team, Outreach Team, Discipleship Team)

 

Section 6.  Elected Position Vacancies

If any elected position becomes vacant, the Board of Elders may appoint an interim replacement to serve until the next Business Meeting. An election (see Article 6, Section 3) to fill the remainder of the term shall be held at this meeting. If the remainder of the term is less than half of the total term, the time served shall not count as one of the consecutive terms available to the person elected for the remaining term.

Section 7.  Staff

A. Senior Pastor

The Senior Pastor shall be defined as the man called by the Membership to fulfill the responsibilities outlined in his job description as determined by the Board of Elders, including but not limited to:  

  1. He shall serve in a full-time capacity.
  2. He shall be ordained by the Evangelical Free Church of America or a like-minded denomination and move his credentials to the EFCA within three (3) years.
  3. The Senior Pastor shall be chosen by a vote of at least three-quarters (3/4) of Members present and voting at any Business Meeting. The vote to call a Senior Pastor shall also include acceptance into Church membership for the candidate and, if the candidate is married, his wife. This man shall be called for an indefinite period of time. He shall be of irreproachable Christian character, having a "good report" (I Timothy 3:1-13).
  4. The Senior Pastor shall preach and teach the Word of God in complete agreement with the EFCA Statement of Faith, provide spiritual leadership for the Congregation, watch over the spiritual welfare of the Congregation, administer the ordinances and instruct the Congregation in true and authentic Christian living.
  5. The authority of the Senior Pastor rests in the office, i.e., steward of the Word of God. Hence, pastoral authority is not that of a person, but the teaching authority of the Scripture (II Timothy 4:1-2).
  6. The Senior Pastor is accountable to the Membership through the Board of Elders for the performance of his duties. He shall report to the Board of Elders at its meetings and to the Membership at each Business Meeting. He shall submit a comprehensive written report for the Annual Business Meeting.
  7. The Senior Pastor shall submit to an annual review conducted by the Church Chairman and two (2) additional elders selected by the Board of Elders.
  8. Accusations against the Senior Pastor shall be considered by the Board of Elders only when supported by the testimony of two (2) or more witnesses and in the manner indicated in the Word of God (Matt. 18:15-17; Gal. 6:1). Should he, unfortunately, be found to err in doctrine or conduct, the Elders shall, in humility and love, admonish him. If necessary, the Board of Elders along with the District Superintendent may temporarily remove the Senior Pastor from leadership, with pay. If the accusations are still unresolved, the matter shall be referred to the Membership for a vote. A vote of three-quarters (3/4) of the Members present and voting in disapproval of the Senior Pastor shall constitute dismissal.

B. Associate Pastoral Staff

The Senior Pastor and Board of Elders, shall hire Associate Pastoral Staff according to the needs of the church and within the limits of the approved budget. The participation of the Congregation shall be actively sought in the selection of Associate Pastoral Staff.

  1. An Associate Pastor shall preach and teach the Word of God in complete agreement with the EFCA Statement of Faith and provide spiritual leadership to his area of ministry.
  2. The Associate Pastor shall meet the Scriptural requirements for service, and shall display evidence of irreproachable Christian character (I Timothy 3:1-13).
  3. He shall be ordained by the EFCA or a like-minded denomination and move his credentials to the EFCA within three (3) years.
  4. The Associate Pastor shall submit to an annual review conducted by the Church Chairman and two (2) additional elders selected by the Board of Elders.

C. Associate Ministry Staff

The Senior Pastor and Board of Elders, shall hire Associate Ministry Staff according to the needs of the church and within the limits of the approved budget.  The participation of the Congregation shall be actively sought in the selection of Associate Ministry Staff.

  1. Associate Ministry Staff shall oversee a major ministry area, as determined by the Senior Pastor, shall be in complete agreement with the EFCA Statement of  Faith, and shall provide spiritual leadership to his or her ministry area.
  2. Associate Ministry Staff shall meet the Scriptural requirements for service, and shall display evidence of irreproachable Christian character (I Timothy 3:8-13).
  3. Associate Ministry Staff shall possess or be working toward EFCA credentialing.
  4. The Associate Ministry Staff shall submit to an annual review conducted by the Church Chairman and two (2) additional elders selected by the Board of Elders.
 

Article 7: Property

 

Should a division occur within the church, the board of directors of the Northern Plains District of the Evangelical Free Church of America shall determine which group or individuals within the church adheres to the doctrine and principles of these bylaws.  The district board of directors shall have authority to transfer ownership of all property to that group. Should the church dissolve, all property shall be transferred to the Northern Plains District of the Evangelical Free Church of America.

Article 8 Amendments

Amendments to these Bylaws must be submitted to the Members in writing and approved by two-thirds (2/3) majority of Members present and voting at a Business Meeting.

These Amended and Restated Bylaws are hereby adopted as the Bylaws of Faith Evangelical Free Church of Wahpeton on EFFECTIVE DATE.

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