Believing ourselves to be led by the Holy Spirit to establish a congregation of followers of Jesus Christ in Clarkston, Michigan; to provide for the orderly conduct of our assembly; the delineation of our doctrines, beliefs, and practices; and the purposes of our ministry, we the members of Redeemer Puritan Reformed Church do ordain and establish this constitution for the glory of God.
Redeemer Puritan Reformed Church affirms The London Baptist Confession of 1689 as our principal doctrinal statement.
The principal Bible translation used in the public assembly of Redeemer Puritan Reformed Church is the Authorized (King James) Version of the Bible.
A common and authoritative Bible text is necessary in order to facilitate the uniform reading of the Scriptures and the understanding of the Bible as it is being preached. The proliferation of Bible translations has led to the reality that in any assembly for public worship there may be several different translations of the Bible being used by various individuals present, potentially causing unintended confusion as one translation is read publicly which is different from one’s personal copy.
The Authorized Version of the Bible has been long established as the common Bible text in English speaking churches throughout the world. Its poetic language and cadence distinguish it from the language of our ordinary conversation so that when it is read and preached it conveys authority and distinctiveness, dignifying public worship and elevating of the glory of God.
While the Authorized Version shall be the principal text used in public worship, this does not preclude the discriminating and careful use of other translations of the Scripture which may be helpful in personal study and devotion. Redeemer Puritan Reformed Church does, however, discourage the use of paraphrases of the Bible (i.e., The Message and The Living Bible) and gender neutral translations (i.e., NIV 2011).
Our adoption of the Authorized Version as the standard and uniform text of our public worship shall not be construed as an association with the so-called “King James Only” position. Many reformed churches have chosen to adopt a singular translation (in most cases, the English Standard Version or ESV) for their public worship. Their doing so is not considered fanatical (i.e., “ESV-onlyism”) or the elevation of a particular translation, but a preference arrived at after critical consideration of the translation’s suitability for their purposes in public worship. In the same way, after critical evaluation of various translations, Redeemer Puritan Reformed Church prefers the Authorized Version as the standard text for its public worship.
The name of this church shall be Redeemer Puritan Reformed Church, also known as Redeemer Church. The church shall be located in Clarkston, in the County of Oakland, in the State of Michigan.
INCORPORATION: Redeemer Puritan Reformed Church is incorporated under the laws of the State of Michigan (a Michigan Ecclesiastical Corporation), so that it may own, provide and/or maintain a place of worship (including suitable real estate and buildings), receive, hold and disburse gifts, bequests and funds, and/or do all and sundry things necessary or incident to carry on such purpose.
AFFILIATIONS: Redeemer Puritan Reformed Church is independent of any other denomination or ecclesiastical organization, reserving the right to voluntarily associate with other such organizations, the terms of which shall be determined by vote of the membership.
The final temporal authority in all matters of church government is vested in the membership of the church.
The membership vests the oversight of the spiritual and temporal affairs of Redeemer Puritan Reformed Church to the immediate supervision and direction of the Senior Pastor who is under the authority of the collective membership of the church for the proper exercise of his office.
Any person professing faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as his or her personal Savior, giving evidence of having been born again (John 3:3), having expressed a desire to conform to the Church Covenant and doctrinal position of this church, and having completed the membership orientation may upon the recommendation of the Elders acquire active membership in this church in the following manner:
Rights of Members: Active members of this church shall have the following rights:
Responsibilities of Members:
Renewal of Membership: There shall be an annual renewal of membership. Such renewal procedures shall be developed by the Elders and approved by the Senior Pastor.
Discipline of Members:
The purpose of church discipline is to effect a return to a Biblical standard of conduct and doctrine in a member who errs (Galatians 6:1), to maintain purity in the local church (1 Corinthians 5:6) and to deter sin (1 Timothy 5:20).
Any member of this church who teaches or insists on holding false doctrine, and persistently conducts himself or herself in a manner inconsistent with Biblical teaching, or who persists in disturbing the unity or peace of the church shall be dealt with as follows, according to Matthew 18:15-18:
It is clearly understood that the discipline process will continue to conclusion whether the erring member leaves the church or otherwise seeks to withdraw from membership. Termination of Membership:
Membership may be terminated in one of four ways:
Qualifications of Church Leaders
The Senior Pastor
The Authority of the Senior Pastor
The Responsibilities of the Senior Pastor
The Termination of the Senior Pastor
The Examination of Candidates for Elder
The Responsibilities of the Elders
REGULAR MEETINGS OF THE CHURCH: The church shall meet each Sunday for the purpose of public worship and the preaching of the Scriptures.
BUSINESS MEETINGS: There shall be three types of church business meetings throughout the church year:
Notice of a special business meeting shall be announced from the pulpit at least two Sunday’s prior to the meeting. The notice will include a clear statement of the purpose of the meeting.
The members of this church may call a special meeting of the congregation when 20% (twenty percent) of members in good standing request such meeting by letter sent by first-class mail to all members of the church. The letter shall be signed by at least 20% of the members. It shall clearly state the purpose of the meeting, the location of the meeting, and the date and time of the meeting. No member of the church, including the Senior Pastor, shall be excluded from participation in such meeting.
QUORUMS: The number of active members present at any annual or special business meeting of the church shall constitute a quorum, provided it is a properly called meeting in accordance with the terms of this Constitution.
A quorum shall be necessary for any vote.
SUFFRAGE: Only active members of this church who are at least 16 years of age and whose permanent residence is within 100 miles of the main Redeemer Puritan Reformed Church facility shall have the right to vote in person or by absentee ballot at any business meeting of the church, with the exception of votes on the transfer, sale, or lease of church real property when the member shall have attained legal voting age in the State of Michigan.
If an absentee ballot is required, a request in writing and signed by the member must be received by the Elders at least one week prior to the meeting.
FISCAL YEAR: The fiscal year of this church shall begin on October 1 and end on September 30 perpetually.
In the event of serious division and conflict which threaten the stability of the church (from which we pray God delivers us), a Council of Pastors shall be convened consisting of not less than three and no more than five ordained ministers, active or retired, from churches who subscribe without reservation to the London Baptist Confession of 1689.
The Council of Pastors shall meet privately with the disputing parties in an effort to bring understanding and reconciliation and peace, being principally guided by the Word of God and earnest prayer, seeking the confession of sin and repentance, where necessary.
The Council of Pastors shall patiently hear all of the issues related to the conflict, offer biblical counsel and guidance, superintend the dispute resolution with prayer, and offer its recommendation for resolution publicly to the membership.
The membership shall agree to abide by the recommendation for resolution as adopted by the Council of Pastors, humbly submitting to its guidance during the healing/restoration process. Neither individual members nor the membership as a whole shall seek any other recourse in resolving its disputes.
In the case of dissolution of the church organization, the property and all assets shall be sold, either through private or public sale. From the proceeds, firstly all current and long-term obligations of the church shall be paid. Secondly, all remaining funds shall be directed to such one or more Christian organizations qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, for the benefit of the church’s supported missionaries and/or such other Christian endeavors as the congregation shall determine. The church shall be considered dissolved if so decided by the congregation, or when the church has not held an Annual Meeting for three years, or when less than six members remain.
The Constitution or Articles of Incorporation of this church may be amended and/or revised at any congregational meeting by a two-thirds majority of the members voting in the affirmative, providing that both the text of such amendment and the basis for its consideration have been made available to all members at least thirty days in advance of any meeting at which such a proposal will be considered or voted upon.
This Constitution shall take effect immediately upon its ratification by two-thirds vote of the active members present at the meeting called for this purpose. This Constitution supersedes all previous Constitutions and By-Laws previously in force and shall remain in force as presently formulated or as duly amended according to Article X or until this corporation is legally dissolved. This Constitution shall not be suspended or abrogated.