Preamble and By-Laws

Preamble and By-Laws

October 16, 2011

 

We, the members of Centennial Christian Church, declare ourselves to be a free and independent congregation of Christians. We owe our allegiance to Christ only, and not to any organized denominational body or influence. We represent the restoration movement in action, and as such we are a local New Testament Church, free and independent of all denominational ties, self-governing and free to act according to the will of God as revealed in the New Testament.

 

Congregational Meeting:

 

1.      There will be a least one annual business meeting, date of which will be determined by the elders and deacons. Two weeks notice shall be given to the membership prior to the business meeting.

 

2.      At an annual meeting, elders and deacons shall be elected as the congregation desires to have serve according to the scriptural qualifications and responsibilities.

 

3.      The chairman of the board shall appoint a nominating committee with a minimum of four members, an equal number from the board and from the congregation, which shall submit to the annual business meeting names of those recommended for the offices of elder, deacon, and trustee.

 

4.      Voting shall be by ballot, each voter having the privilege of writing in any name desired; and those who receive a majority of the vote cast shall serve in the office to which they are elected.

 

5.      Those elected as elders and deacons shall serve a term of three years unless they terminate their office to which they are elected.

 

6.      Each year a trustee shall be elected to serve a term of three years unless they terminate their office at their own request or because of failure to comply with the scriptural requirements of the office.

 

7.      The privilege of voting is extended only to those who are members of the local congregation. The membership of the congregation shall consist of those who have come into the fellowship of the local congregation through obedience to the scriptural plan of salvation who have been immersed for the remission of sins and those who may transfer their membership to this congregation who have previously been obedient in the above manner.

 

8.      The voting age of the membership shall be those of sixteen years or beyond. (revised in annual meeting of 1973).

 

9.      The calling or releasing of a pastor by the church board shall require a vote of approval of the congregation by a majority of the votes cast. Termination of pastor’s ministry will be with a minimum of thirty days notice.

 

10.  Additional meetings may be called by the chairman of the board or by any three members of the board. Special meetings for the purpose of electing officers to fill unexpired terms may also be called by the above.

 

11.  Any hired personnel in a leadership capacity shall be approved by the elders, recommended to the board, then to the congregation for its vote. Personnel in a non-leadership capacity shall be hired by the church board as the necessity demands.

 

12.  Auxiliary organizations shall be under the approval of the eldership in regards to their organization and purpose.

 

Meetings of the Church Board:

 

1.      The church board shall be composed of those elected by the congregation to serve as elders, deacons, and trustees of the congregation.

 

2.      The date of the monthly meeting shall be determined by the board.

 

3.      Additional meetings may be called by the chairman of the board, the minister, or any three members of the board.

 

4.      The board shall elect its own chairman, vice-chairman, secretary  and treasurer out of its own number at the monthly meeting following the annual business meeting of the congregation.

 

5.      The term of these offices shall be one year.

 

6.      Business necessitating a vote of the board shall require the presence of a quorum.

 

7.      A quorum shall consist of a majority of the members of the board.

 

Amendments to These By-Laws and Regulations:

 

These by-laws and regulations  may be amended at any regular or special meeting of the congregation called for that purpose.

Amendment shall require a majority of the vote cast.

 

 

Guidelines for Use of the Property of Centennial Christian Church:

 

The Lord has blessed us with good physical facilities, for which we are thankful and for which we consider it our obligation to be good stewards. The primary use of our property is for the worship, education, and fellowship of our members and/or guests.

 

These guidelines are set forth concerning use of our property other than for this primary purpose, in order that they be clear, concise, and that they solve any problems before they arise. These guidelines supersede any previous guidelines.

 

Weddings:

 

Informal:

(weddings with no use of pews and no throwing of rice)

Must be cleared through the minister.

Fees: *Use of room, chapel, sanctuary  –  none

           Deposit                                        –  none

           Minister – **Member                  –  no charge

                                Non-member          –  $15.00

 

Formal:  

Must be cleared through the minister or church board.

Deposit – $30.00 (refunded if you do your own cleanup)

*Use of Sanctuary – none for member

Use of Kitchen (refrigerator, stove, garbage cans, utensils, coffee makers)

Replace anything consumed.

Cleanup by janitors:

-Kitchen (no dishes)

-Fellowship Hall and Sanctuary (no moving of furniture except chairs)

-Minister – Members**    – no charge

                – Non-Members – $25.00

*Donations appreciated, non-members especially

**Groom or Bride a member of Centennial

 

Secular Meetings: – Members and Non-members

     Use of building for anniversaries, parties, or meetings must be cleared through the minister or board and requires a $30.00 deposit (refunded if you do your own cleanup – paid to the janitor if cleanup is needed).

 

Priorities:  

1.      Religious meetings will have precedence over secular.

2.       Where two meetings fall at the same time, we will try to use different areas.

3.      All the uses will be put on the Master calendar (in the basement office) and the janitor informed immediately.

4.      In order for the janitors to do cleanup at the $30.00 rate, they must have been informed or notified two weeks in advance; otherwise the rate is $40.00.

 

The church board distributes this guideline in order that there will be written, concise rules and thus avoid any misunderstandings.

 

 

Responsibilities of Functional Committees:

 

Worship Committee:

Plan for the public worship services of the church and the stimulation of adequate and effective worship in various auxiliary organization of the church.

Be responsible for the communion and baptismal services.

Make sure towels and robes are always available.

Assign personnel to be present when candidate is preparing for baptism.

Assign personnel to care for robes and towels after service.

Assign someone to clean up after baptism.

Keep water in baptistery “fresh and clean” and at proper level.

Develop a program of personal devotional life throughout the entire membership.

Servicing at the table.

Secure speaker when minister is sick or on vacation.

Hymn books, Bibles and etc.

 

Music and Fine Arts Committee:

Develop the musical program of the church, including supervision of all choirs, orchestras and other musical groups. This responsibility should include recommending to the official board the employment of any special musical leadership and the supervision of such leadership after employment.

Choir: select choir and practice dates.

Specials: Enlist special numbers for various church services.

Planning: Should outline music program for entire year which would include special dates and programs, possible special concerts (Bible Colleges, etc.). Keep music program, including congregational singing, at top level.

Music: Music needed by choir and pianist should be ordered.

Personnel: Make sure organist and/or pianist is available at every service. Also choose song leader for each month. This person should contact the minister for a list of songs weekly.

Promote art memorials and gifts such as art windows, paintings, pictures, pulpit furniture, worship centers, musical instruments, etc. Approval of the department should be required before any pictures or other works of art or worship equipment are placed in the church building.

 

Christian Education Committee:

1.      Supervise and administer the church school, including selection and training of all church school officers and teachers.

2.      Prepare the annual church school budget for submission to the official board for approval and disbursement of funds within the budget, with at least quarterly financial reports being made to the official board.

3.      Promote an adequate program of leadership education.

4.      Supervise and administer Vacation Bible School and weekday religious education program, special classes, schools for Christian living, forums, camp programs, etc.

5.      Supervise the youth program for the church.

6.      Create and promote a program of Christian family life.

7.      Maintain a church library (in cooperation with interested committees).

8.      Supervise and train leaders in the use and application of audio-visual and special educational equipment owned by the congregation.

 

Evangelism Committee:

1.      Develop a concern for evangelism on the part of the entire membership of the congregation.

2.      Develop and promote a continuing, year-round program of evangelism.

3.      Plan and administer special evangelistic projects such as evangelistic meetings, personal evangelistic visitation efforts, etc.

4.      Encourage evangelism in the church school, youth groups, Women’s Fellowship group, etc.

5.      Maintain an up-to-date and comprehensive evangelistic responsibility roll.

6.      Train evangelistic personnel within the membership of the congregation.

 

World Missions Committee:

1.      Stimulate the widest possible interest in and support of the church’s program of missions, Christian Education and benevolence.

2.      Prepare the church’s annual budget for missions and benevolence in cooperation with the Finance and Stewardship committee, and after consultation with all auxiliary organizations giving to such causes.

3.      Encourage and supervise an adequate program of missionary education and concern in cooperation with other interested departments and auxiliary organizations.

4.      Promote special missionary projects, such as schools of missions, mission study classes, etc.

5.      Maintain a liaison relationship between the church and its living link missionary.

6.      Assume responsibility for visits to the church on the part of missionaries and sponsors, endeavoring to see that their time is used to the best advantage while they are with the congregation.

7.      Cooperate with other departments in maintaining a church library. Promote the widest possible reading of missionary books and magazines.

 

Finance and Stewardship Committees:

Finance:

1.      Prepare and submit the general budget to the official board for approval. Upon board approval, submit budget to entire congregation for verification.

2.      Disburse funds within the current fund budget, and make at least monthly financial reports to the official board.

Stewardship:

1.      Stimulate the widest possible interest on the part of the membership in the practice of Christian stewardship.

2.      Promote tithing and proportional giving.

3.      Promote special projects in stewardship and holding special stewardship classes.

4.      Encourage stewardship concern and expression in connection with the organizations of the church.

5.      Cooperate with other departments in maintaining a church library and promote the widest possible reading of stewardship books and magazines.

 

Building and Grounds Committee:

1.      Supervise the church property and all general equipment, including care, repair, decoration, and protection.

2.      Employ and supervise all custodial help on terms approved by the general board.

3.      Supervise the purchase and installation of all new equipment.

4.      Maintain adequate insurance coverage on the buildings and equipment.

5.      Handle all requests from outside agencies for the use of the church building or equipment, including permission or refusal to use, stipulating amount for rental, etc.

 

Hospitality and Fellowship Committees:

1.      Arrange for overnight lodging for guests of the church.

2.      Arrange for food for a guest of the church.

3.      Work out a program for greeters, giving out of bulletins, aiding visitors, signing guest book or appropriate guest card.

4.      Encourage friendliness within the congregation and toward all guests.

 

Food and Refreshments Committee:

1.      Plan and work out the details for all congregational dinners and any refreshments needed for church functions.

 

Pastoral or Shepherding Committee: Elders

1.      Observe and meet the needs of shut-ins, inactive members and new members.

2.      Help in planning Christian growth.

3.      Keep the membership updated and well-in-tune with the needs of the congregation.

    A.     Minister to the needs of shut-ins.

    B.     Try to determine why the inactive member is inactive. Search for ways of renewing their interest.

    C.     Get names and information about new members and see that they are called upon by other members. Seek ways to help them grow spiritually.

    D.     Seek ways to help the entire congregation to grow spiritually.

4. Be willing to listen to the problems of brothers and sisters and open your life up through prayer and counsel.

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