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Article I – Name and Principle Office 

This corporation shall be known as ALICE DRIVE BAPTIST CHURCH. The corporation will be further referred to in the Constitution as “the Church.” The Principle Office of the Church is located at 1305 Loring Mill Road, Sumter, SC 29150. Trustees may change the Principle Office at the direction of the Church. 

 

Article II - Mission

The mission of Alice Drive Baptist Church is to help as many people as possible take their next step toward Jesus Christ. 

 

Article III - Incorporation 

Alice Drive Baptist Church shall be incorporated in accordance with the laws of South Carolina governing religious bodies. The corporation is not for profit. The purposes for which the corporation is organized are to operate exclusively for religious purposes within the meaning of section 501(C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or the corresponding section of any future Federal tax code. No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its directors, officers, or other private individuals or persons, except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to make reasonable compensation for goods and services rendered and to make payments in furtherance’s of the purposes set forth above. No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation. The corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provisions of these articles, the corporation shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried on by a corporation exempt from Federal income tax under section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or corresponding section of any future Federal tax code, or by any corporation, contributions to which are deductible under section 107 (C) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or corresponding section of any future Federal tax code.

 

Article IV - Statement of Faith 

The statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired 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 Alice Drive Baptist Church’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Vision Council is the Church’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application. 

  1. We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, 26; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1, 3; 4:24; Acts 5:3, 4; Romans 1:20; Ephesians 4:5, 6; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
  2. We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; Romans 9:5; Titus 2:13)
  3. We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also that spiritual death which is separation from God, and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and become guilty sinners in thought, word, and deed. (Genesis 1:26, 27; 3:1-24; Romans 3:25; 5:12-18; 1 John 1:8)
  4. We believe that the Lord Jesus died for our sins according to the scriptures as a representative and. substitutionary sacrifice; that He rose victorious from the grave on the third day; and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood. (Isaiah 53; Matthew 20:28; John 3:16; Romans 3:24-26; 5:1; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:7; 1 John 2:2; Matthew 28:6; Romans 10:9; 1 Corinthians 15:14)
  5. We believe in the personal and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17)
  6. We believe that all who come by grace through faith to accept the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God. (John 3:3, 5; 1:12, 13; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9)
  7. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting joy of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost. (John 5:28-29; 1 Corinthians 15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 20:4-6; 11-15)
  8. We believe that all Christians are baptized by the Holy Spirit when they are born again. We believe that water baptism by immersion is the biblical testimony of the professed believer in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.(Acts 2:28-41, 47; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 8:36-40; 10:47; 18:8; Romans 6:3, 4; 1 Corinthians 12:13)
  9. We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. The Bible is our authority in faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21)
  10. We believe that those who partake of the Lord’s Supper should be born-again believers, walking in fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 2:42-46; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29)
  11. We believe that as Christians we are to meet together regularly for worship, ordinances, discipleship, and the encouragement of each other. (Hebrews 10:24, 25; Acts 2:42, 46, 47a) 

 

Article V - Church Covenant

  1. We the people of Alice Drive Baptist Church commit ourselves to God and to helping as many people as possible take their next step toward Jesus. 

  2. Because we believe that all people matter to God, we want all people to know Jesus as we know Him. We will welcome those exploring Jesus since we ourselves are sinners saved by grace through faith. We will deepen our relationship with Jesus, worshipping Him publicly and privately. (John 17:3; 1 John 5:2; Ephesians 2:8-9)
  3. Because we believe Alice Drive Baptist Church should be a place of grace, we want all people to know community as we know community. We will gather regularly in fellowship, care for each other, and give grace to all. We will protect the unity of our church by acting in love toward one another, refusing to gossip, and following the leaders God provides. (Hebrews 12:1; John 15:12; Acts 2:42-47)
  4. Because we believe people should be like Jesus, we will grow our character to be like His. We will pledge ourselves to disciplines of prayer, study, giving, and fasting so our hearts may be healed and transformed. (Acts 2:42-47; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; 2 Timothy 2:15; Malachi 3:10; Matthew 6:17-18)
  5. Because we believe all people have a purpose, we will seek to discover our calling and go share the blessings God gives us. We will serve with our gifts, we will share our resources, and we will spread the story of Jesus. (Jeremiah 29:11; 1 Corinthians 12:7; 2 Corinthians 9:7; Acts 1:8)
  6. We hold ourselves and our leaders accountable to this covenant. All this we pledge to do to the glory of God and in obedience to our leader Jesus, empowered by the Spirit. 

    Amen 

    Article VI - Church Government and Affiliations 

    Under the Lordship of Christ, the government of Alice Drive Baptist Church is vested in the members who compose it. It is subject to the control of no other ecclesiastical body; and is autonomous in its decision-making. The Church recognizes and sustains the obligations of mutual counsel and cooperation, which are common among Churches. While maintaining its local autonomy, the Church will cooperate with and support Baptist bodies deemed appropriate by the Church in their local, state and national expressions; for example: the Southern Baptist Convention, the South Carolina Baptist Convention and the Santee Baptist Association. We will also cooperate with and relate to other bodies that further the purposes of Jesus Christ and advance the work of His kingdom. 

 

Article VII - Membership

Qualification of Members 

  1. All members of Alice Drive Baptist Church will indicate their belief in Jesus Christ
    as Savior and Lord and give testimony of a personal experience with Him to a Staff Minister or persons designated by the Ministers.
  2. ChurchmembersofAliceDriveBaptistChurchwillbebaptizedbyimmersionor give evidence of such a baptism by another Church body.
  3. All adult members 16 years and older will attend a New Member Class. The Ministers will offer such a class on a regular basis.
  4. All members of Alice Drive Baptist Church will make a commitment to abide by the Church Covenant and to uphold the Statement of Faith and the Purpose of the Church as expressed in the mission statement.
  5. No Church member of Alice Drive Baptist Church shall hold concurrent membership in another Church.
  6. CategoriesandPrivilegesofMembership 
  7. Church Members. Church members of Alice Drive Baptist Church are those who
    meet all the qualifications of membership as listed in this document. They are eligible to serve in appropriate Church offices as defined by the Church constitution and Church policies. Church members 16 years old and older have full voting privileges. A Church member who has not attended in the previous 12 months shall not be eligible to serve in church leadership.
  8. Fellowship Members. Persons who desire to be part of the Alice Drive Baptist Church family while maintaining ties to another Christian Church of like faith may be considered for fellowship membership. They may present themselves before the Church body and ask to be included in the life of the Alice Drive Baptist Church family. Fellowship members must make a commitment to abide by the Church Covenant and to uphold the Statement of Faith and Purpose of the Church as expressed in the mission statement. Baptism by immersion is not a requirement for
  9. a fellowship member. A fellowship member shall not be eligible to vote or serve in a church Leadership position specified in this constitution. 

    c. A member shall be considered inactive when he or she has not attended, given or been in contact with the church for a period of 1 year. An inactive member shall not be eligible for leadership or able to vote on church matters. A person may be reinstated when they begin attending, giving or are in contact with the church. 

    3. Procedure for Membership 

  10. Prospective members should present themselves to the Church family or to the
    Ministerial Staff or to the Deacon Officers requesting membership.
  11. Prospective members will be informed about the qualifications of membership and their fulfillment of the qualifications of membership will be verified by the Church Staff.

 

Termination of Membership 

  1. Membership is terminated when the Church receives a written request from a member or receiving Church asking for a transfer of membership. 
  2. When a person joins another Church in full membership, that person’s membership in Alice Drive Baptist Church is terminated. 
  3. A Church member whose behavior is harmful to the Church and who is unrepentant of his/her actions may have their membership in Alice Drive Baptist Church terminated on the recommendation of the Deacon Officers and the Lead Pastor. Before termination of membership, the Deacon Officers and the Lead Pastor will initiate the procedure outlined in Matthew 18. Such a termination must be approved by the Deacons. If the member remains unrepentant, the membership will be terminated. The member may appeal to the Church body as a whole at a special called Church meeting for this purpose. 
  4. AnymemberwhosemembershiphasbeenterminatedbytheChurchmayappeal for the restoration of his/her membership by approaching the Deacons. If the Deacons discern a repentant heart, in accordance with 2 Corinthians 2:6-8, they may restore the former member to full membership. 
  5. Membership is terminated upon the death of a member. 

 

Article VIII - Church Ordinances

Baptism

The Church shall practice the ordinance of baptism for all new believers and those believers who desire active membership in the Church body. Baptism shall be in the form of immersion except in cases of extreme illness or physical limitations. In those cases, the Ministers may administer a form of baptism in keeping with a person’s health needs. The Ministers shall schedule baptism at regular intervals.

limitations:

In those cases, the Ministers may administer a form of baptism in keeping with a person’s health needs. The Ministers shall schedule baptism at regular intervals.

 The Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s Supper, commemorating the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, shall be held at regularly scheduled times as determined by the Ministers. It shall be celebrated not less than four times each year. Deacons and Ministers shall serve the Lord’s Supper to the Church body. A Lord’s Supper preparation team will be given the responsibility for preparing for the Supper. 

Article IX - Church Meetings 

Meetings:

The Church body shall gather at an annual meeting on or prior to the Sunday before Thanksgiving. During the annual meeting, Church officers and leaders shall be elected as provided by this Constitution and the annual Church budget will be presented for adoption. Other items will be presented as necessary. All items to be presented at the Annual meeting will be made available to the Church two weeks prior to the meeting.

Called Meetings:

A special meeting of the Church body may be called by a majority vote of the Deacons, a majority vote of the Vision Council, or by the Lead Pastor. One-week notice of such a meeting shall be given through Church publications (e.g. the newsletter, the bulletin, church wide email) unless the urgency of the matter renders the notice impractical. In such case two of the three authorized agents (Deacons, Vision Council, or Lead Pastor) must be in agreement that a meeting should be called. In such emergency situations, the meeting may only be held in conjunction with a regularly scheduled worship service. The only items of business that may be considered during a special Church meeting are those items for which the meeting has been called.

Quorum:

A quorum for Church meeting shall consist of the members who are present at the meeting and are eligible to vote. Members who are eligible to vote and are in service on Church property may vote by absentee ballot.

Procedures:

All Church meetings shall be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order, latest revised edition. In the event that Robert’s Rules of Order comes into conflict with basic New Testament teaching, the New Testament shall override the authority of Robert’s Rules of Order.

Moderator:

Church meetings shall be presided over by a Church moderator who is nominated by the Nominating Team and elected by the Church to a one-year term. In the absence of the Moderator, the Chairman of the Deacons shall preside.

 

 

Article X – Church Leadership 

 

Lead Pastor 

Role:

The Lead Pastor is to be the leader of the Church. He is responsible for
leading the Church to fulfill its mission and purpose. He serves as the leader of the Staff, the chair of the Vision Council, and ex-officio (non-voting) member of Church teams and the Deacon Body. He may elect to delegate a representative to serve in these capacities on his behalf. It is expected that he will be the primary preacher. He will be responsible for ensuring that Pastoral care is extended to the Church family and for providing pulpit supply when absent.

Qualifications:

The Lead Pastor is expected to be called of God, spiritually mature, excel at leadership, have adequate theological knowledge and training, and be spiritually gifted for his role. He should meet the qualifications expressed in 1 Timothy 3:1-7.

Accountability:

The Lead Pastor is accountable to the Church. The Chairs of the Deacons, the Stewardship Team, the Personnel Team and a member of the Vision Council will conduct an annual evaluation of the Lead Pastor, which shall be forwarded to the Personnel Team. In the event there are serious concerns about the Lead Pastor’s conduct or execution of duties, the Personnel Team along with the Deacon Officers shall be empowered to address these concerns with the Pastor. The model of Matthew 18:15-20 shall serve as a guide.

Vacancy:

The office of Lead Pastor will be vacant when the Lead Pastor resigns, dies, or is terminated. If the Lead Pastor resigns, a notice of 30 days must be given, unless there are extenuating circumstances approved by the Vision Council and the Deacon Officers. The Lead Pastor may be terminated for ineffective performance of duties, for moral failure, and for failing to represent the cause of Christ. Such a termination may occur only by a recommendation of the Personnel Team that is ratified by two-thirds of the Deacons. Should the Personnel Team fail to act, a vote of three-fourths of the Deacons may call a meeting of the Church to consider the termination of the Lead Pastor. The Church shall vote to approve or disapprove the recommendation of the Team and/or Deacons at a called meeting to consider this item of business only. One-week notice must be given for this meeting. The Lead Pastor will be allowed to address any meeting called for the purpose of terminating him. A simple majority vote in favor of the recommendation shall vacate the office of Lead Pastor. If the Lead Pastor is terminated in such fashion, the Personnel Team will determine severance pay and benefits.

Selection:

When the office of Lead Pastor is vacant (through resignation, termination, or death), the Vision Council will work with the ministerial staff and Deacons to provide interim Pastoral leadership. The Pastor Search Team shall consist of: three members of the Vision Council (selected by themselves); the current Chairman of Deacons; and three members of the Church, chosen from six individuals nominated by the Nominating Team and elected by the church. The Pastor Search Team will interview and select the candidate they sense God is calling to serve as Pastor of the Church. The prospective candidate will be presented to the Church and the Church will vote to approve or disapprove that candidate. A two-thirds majority vote (of those present and voting) is required for a candidate to be called as Pastor. A candidate will be given up to one week to make a decision if required. 

 

 

Church Staff 

Determination of Need:

The Church may employ other Staff Ministers and support staff as needed. Their duties, qualifications, accountability, and benefits will be specified in the Church Human Resource Management Policies that are approved by the Personnel Team.

Ministerial Staff:

Each ministerial position shall be created by the approval of a job description by the Personnel Team. The Personnel Team, working with the Lead Pastor and other Ministerial Staff, shall be responsible for selecting the person they feel God is calling to serve for each position. The Vision Council will ratify the selections of the Personnel Team. The Vision Council and the Personnel Team must both approve of a prospective candidate. A position is filled when the candidate accepts a calling from the Personnel Team. The church body will affirm the action of the Personnel Team.

Other Staff:

The Personnel Team will be responsible for the hiring, administration and termination of all other staff. Each staff position will have a job description approved by the Personnel Team.

Vacancies:

Staff positions shall be vacant through resignation, death, or termination. The Human Resource Management Policies will specify how each circumstance shall be governed. Any employee who is terminated may appeal to the Deacon Body, whose decisions are final. No employee may appeal to the Church Body as a whole.

At Will Employment:

All provisions within this Constitution setting out leadership positions and responsibilities do not constitute a contract of employment. All employment by the church is at-will employment. Any reference to job descriptions does not constitute a guarantee that employment with the church will continue for any specified period of time or end only under certain conditions. Employment at the Church is a voluntary relationship and nothing in the Constitution or other church documents constitutes an express or implied contract of employment.

 

 

Vision Council

Role:

The Vision Council, along with the Lead Pastor, shall be responsible for directing the energies of the Church to fulfill its mission. This shall be accomplished through prayer, counsel and recommendations of specific action to the Church and its various teams. For purposes of the Church’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, the Vision Council is the Church’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application. They serve as the body that receives nominations for the office of Deacon, ensuring those nominated are qualified, are properly informed of Biblical/Church expectations and are willing to serve. These names will then be forwarded to the Church for election. The Vision Council is designated to receive all recommendations for change to this Constitution as per Article XIV. The Lead Pastor serves as the leader of the Vision Council. From time to time, it may be advantageous for Deacon Officers, or other Church leadership groups to meet with the Vision Council. Pursuant to Article X, Section 1, paragraph e, selected members of the Vision Council will serve on the Pastor Search Team. 

Qualifications:

The Vision Council shall be comprised of Church members who are exceptionally mature as believers, gifted as leaders, above reproach, wise, and respected throughout the Church body. They should have been a part of the Church family for at least two years. They must be in agreement with the mission and direction of the Church family. They must be faithful in attendance and in tithing and must fulfill in general the spirit of Acts 2:17-18; 42-47; and 1 Timothy 6:11-12.

Accountability:

The Vision Council is accountable to the Church and the Lead Pastor to fulfill their duties. If significant issues arise with any member of the Vision Council (excluding the Lead Pastor), the Lead Pastor, with the agreement of the Deacon Officers, can ask the member to step down. The model of Matthew 18:15-20 shall serve as a guide for any situation that arises.

Selection and number:

There shall be not fewer than seven and not more than twelve members of the Vision Council. Members shall serve staggered three- year terms and may be re-elected to an additional consecutive term. Members will be nominated by the Ministerial Staff. The Deacons shall ratify each member who will serve. Should a person fail to be ratified by the Deacons, a reason shall be given to that person by the Deacon Chair. The Church in its annual meeting shall ratify those thus nominated. The Deacon Chair will serve as an ex-officio member of the Vision Council.

 

 

Deacons 

Role:

Deacons shall be the servant ministers of the Church family. They will
endeavor to serve in such a way that the mission of the Church is advanced, the work of the Lead Pastor is supported, and harmony and unity is promoted within the Church family. As a body they shall be responsible for organizing themselves to the mission-servant work of the Church. The Deacons shall elect annually a Chair, Vice-Chair, and a Secretary, who together fulfill the responsibilities of Deacon Officers.

Qualifications:

Deacons must be Church members who are exceptionally mature as believers, gifted as servants, above reproach, wise, and respected throughout the Church body. They must be in agreement with the mission anddirection of the Church family. They must fulfill in general the qualifications of 1 Timothy 3:8-13 and Acts 6:1-7. They must be faithful in attendance, tithing, service, and outreach. They shall have been members of the Church for at least 1 year. 

Accountability:

Deacons are responsible to the Church and the Lead Pastor in fulfilling their duties. If significant issues arise with any member of the Deacon body, the Deacon Officers can ask the Deacon to step down. The model of Matthew 18:15-20 shall serve as a guide for any situation that arises. 

Selection and number:

The Church will have a minimum of 12 Deacons. The number may be increased by the Deacon Body. Deacons shall serve staggered three-year terms, with one third being elected each year. Once Deacons have completed a three-year term, they shall not be eligible for reelection for a period of one year. Nominations from the Church body for the office of Deacon will be received by the Vision Council at a specified time. The Vision Council shall ensure the nominees are Biblically qualified, understand the role of Deacon, and are willing to serve. Nominees will be presented to the Church for election. If a vacancy occurs due to death, resignation, or dismissal of a Deacon, the Vision Council may appoint a qualified person to complete the term. A person who fills an un-expired term of one year or less shall be eligible for re-election without waiting the required one-year interval.

Ordination:

All Deacons shall be ordained by the Church. Ordinations in Churches of like faith and practice shall be recognized or reaffirmed by the Lead Pastor. It is understood that ordination signifies the commitment of a person to servant thinking, values, and lifestyle. Ordination is a confirmation by the church of God’s calling on a person’s life.

 

A Deacon may serve as an ex-officio (non-voting) member of any church team, as determined by the Deacon Chair.

 

 

Stewardship Team 

Role:

The Stewardship Team shall serve as the principal oversight group for Financial Policies. In this role, they will be responsible for constructing adopting, and ensuring the implementation of Financial Policies and procedures. As principal overseers of these operational processes, they are responsible for ensuring that training is provided to appropriate church staff ministers who administer policies and that others designated to manage are provided training to manage within policy guidelines on a day-to-day basis. They ensure that proper accounting procedures and practices are followed. They recommend to the Church an annual budget and encourage a culture of Stewardship within the congregation. They work in concert with the Vision Council to ensure that they positively affect the Church’s ability to fulfill its mission.

Qualifications and Number:

Members of the Stewardship Team shall be Church members, supportive of the Church mission, gifted in wisdom, and mature followers of Christ. The team shall consist of seven members, nominated by the Nominating Team and elected by the Church. They shall serve three-year terms, evenly staggered. The Team shall also annually elect a Chair. The Church Treasurer shall serve as an ex-officio (non-voting) member of this team. 

 

 

Personnel Team 

Role:

The Personnel Team shall serve as the principal oversight group for
Human Resources Management Policies. In this role, they will be responsible for constructing, adopting and ensuring the implementation of Human Resource Management Policies and procedures. They shall construct, adopt and ensure the equitable implementation of salary administration policies and procedures. As principal overseers of these operational processes, they are responsible for ensuring that training is provided to appropriate church staff ministers who administer policies and that others designated to manage are provided training to manage within policy guidelines on a day-to-day basis. They work in concert with the Vision Council to ensure that they positively affect the Church’s ability to fulfill its mission.

Qualifications and Number:

Members of the Personnel Team shall be Church members, supportive of the Church mission, gifted in wisdom, and mature followers of Christ. The team shall consist of seven members, nominated by the Nominating Team and elected by the Church. They shall serve three-year terms, evenly staggered. The Team shall also annually elect a Chair.

 

 

Formation of Other Teams 

Needs:

As needs arise, it may be advantageous for the Church to elect other teams to perform specific ministry functions. The Vision Council, the Deacons, or the Church in meeting can recommend the formation of a team for a specific purpose. Leadership, number, and qualifications of team members shall be specified in the recommendation to the Church.

Selection:

Members of teams will be selected by the Nominating Team and approved by the Church.

 

 

Church Clerk 

Role:

The Church Clerk shall maintain accurate records of all Church business
including, but not limited to, minutes of Church meetings and Church membership. The Clerk will work with Church staff to ensure these records are accurate and preserved. The Clerk may select an assistant to help with these duties. The Clerk serves as secretary of the corporation and as a member of the Trustees. Church records shall be kept at the Principle Office.

Qualifications:

The Clerk shall be a Church member, supportive of the Church mission, gifted in service and a mature follower of Christ.

Selection:

The Clerk will be nominated by the Nominating Team and elected by the Church. The term of service shall be for one year and the clerk may be re-elected. 

 

 

Church Treasurer 

Role:

The Church Treasurer shall oversee the receiving and disbursement of Church funds and shall be responsible for presenting to the Church a written report at each Church meeting. The Treasurer shall also ensure that accurate financial data is presented to the Stewardship Team and is available to members on a monthly basis. Adequate Church staff will be provided to assist the Treasurer with these duties. The Treasurer may request the Nominating Team select an assistant to help with these duties. The Treasurer may also ask the Nominating Team to appoint Church members or designated Church staff to count funds received by the Church. The Treasurer is responsible for ensuring that an annual audit is performed. The Treasurer shall follow all Financial Policies approved by the Stewardship Team. The Treasurer shall make recommendations about banking relationships to the Stewardship Team for their approval. The Treasurer serves as treasurer of the corporation and as a member of the Trustees.

Qualifications:

The Treasurer shall be Church member, supportive of the Church mission, gifted in service and a mature follower of Christ.

Selection:

The Treasurer will be nominated by the Nominating Team and elected by the Church. The term of service shall be for one year and the treasurer may be re-elected. 

 

 

Trustees 

Role:

As stipulated in the Church charter, the Church Trustees serve as
officersofthecorporation. AsdirectedbytheChurch,theyareauthorizedto sign and execute legal documents on behalf of the corporation.

Selection:

Persons duly elected each year as Deacon Chair, Church Treasurer, and Church Clerk shall serve as Trustees.

Limitations:

There shall be no sale, conveyance, transfer, mortgaging, or encumbering of Church property, tangible or intangible, unless the same shall be authorized by motion adopted by majority vote at Church meetings as specified in Article IX.

Proceedings:

Should proceedings (any threatened, pending, or completed action or proceeding, whether civil, administrative, or investigative) be initiated against the Church or by the Church, the Trustees shall serve as the Church’s agents in such proceedings. They are empowered to secure counsel and incur reasonable expense in such matters. No proceeding may be initiated by the Church without the approval of two of the following: The Church, the Deacons, or the Vision Council. The Trustees will ensure that the Church carries adequate liability coverage.

 

 

Other Church Leadership Needs

Church ministry needs other than those specified by this Constitution shall be fulfilled in manner determined by the Ministerial Staff and the Vision Council. Their responsibilities shall include structure/staffing levels, determining qualifications, selection, education/training, encouragement, and dismissal. 

 

 

Nominating Team 

Role:

The Nominating Team shall provide candidates for office as specified in
this Constitution and as determined by Church action. Designated staff members shall assist them in this role. Candidates proposed by the Nominating Team will be approved by the Church prior to serving in the office they are nominated for.

Membership:

The Nominating Team shall consist of one Staff member appointed by the Lead Pastor and no fewer than 3 and no more than 7 Church members nominated by the Deacons. All proposed Nominating Team members will be approved by the Church. They shall serve for one year and may serve 3 consecutive years except for the Staff member who will serve as determined by the Lead Pastor.

 

 

Election and Dismissal of Leaders 

Election:

Church leaders shall be elected to their offices as provided in this
Constitution. The Vision Council, the Ministerial Staff, and the Deacon Officers will be empowered to recommend to the Church any need not provided for herein. All Church leaders shall be elected at the annual meeting of the corporation as specified in Article IX.

Dismissal:

ChurchLeadersmaybedismissedfromtheirofficesasprovidedin this Constitution. Should a dismissal provision not exist, the Vision Council with the Deacon Officers shall be empowered to remove a Church leader on the grounds of moral failure, incompetence, failure to support the Church’s mission, or because the person is hindering the work of God in the Church, in accordance with Matthew 18:15-20. 


Article XI – Church Year 

The Church Year shall run from January 1 to December 31. This may be changed by vote of the Church in Church meeting. 

 

 

Article XII – Church Property and Agents

Church Agents

All Church Property, tangible and intangible, shall be held by the corporation. Only those persons duly authorized by this Constitution or by action of the Church, may be considered agents of the Church and have authority to convey or encumber Church property, mortgage Church property, enter into contracts on behalf of the Church, or represent the Church. 

 

Church Property Policies.

Use of church property shall be governed by policies that are approved by the Trustees.

 

Church Policies.

The Church may deem it useful to adopt policies to provide guidance in administering specific areas, such as (but not limited to) Property use, Human Resource management, and Financial affairs. Copies of all church policies will be maintained at the principal office of the Church. All Church policies shall be available for review by any Church member.


Article XIII – Construction and Definitions

Unless context requires otherwise, the general provisions, rules of construction and definitions in South Carolina Nonprofit Corporation Law shall govern the construction of this Constitution. 

 

Article XIV- Adoption and Amendments 

This Constitution shall be enacted and all previous constitutions null and void, when the Church body, duly notified, adopts them by a two-thirds vote in a Church meeting. Such action shall be recorded by the Church Clerk. Any provision of this Constitution may be altered, amended, or repealed by a vote of two-thirds of the active members who are eligible to vote and are present at a Church meeting, regular or called. One week written notice of proposed changes shall be required. The Vision Council is designated to receive all recommendations for change to this document. 

 

Certificate of Church Clerk 

I, the undersigned, certify that I am presently elected and acting Secretary of Alice Drive Baptist Church, a South Carolina Nonprofit Religious Corporation, and that the Constitution, consisting of _______ pages, was adopted by the members of Alice Drive Baptist Church, on_________________. 

 

 



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