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Constitution & Ministry Structure

Preamble

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.

Church Covenant

  1. Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive Jesus Christ as the Lord, Savior, and, supreme Treasure of our lives, and, on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, angels and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.

 

  1. We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love, to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness and peace; to promote its spirituality and fruitfulness; to sustain its worship, ordinances, and discipline; to welcome, and test biblically, instruction from the Scriptures,seeking to grow toward biblical unity in the truth; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.

 

  1. We also engage to maintain family and personal devotions; to educate our children in the Christian faith; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment, to avoid all tattling, backbiting and excessive anger; to seek God’s help in abstaining from all drugs, food, drink, and practices which bring unwarranted harm to the body or jeopardize our own or another’s faith.

  2. We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.

 

  1. We moreover engage that when we remove from this place, we will, if possible, unite with a likeminded church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant.

 

  1. We acknowledge that implicit within this covenant is the consent to be governed by the Relational Commitments that have been officially adopted by the church and that address peacemaking and reconciliation, accountability and church discipline, marriage and divorce, counseling and confidentiality, and the protection of our children.

 

Purposes

  • The priority of Redeemer Puritan Reformed Church is the public and private proclamation of God’s truth as revealed in His Holy Word, the Bible. The primary focus of our public assembly shall be the singing of Scripture through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs and the public expository preaching of the Scriptures.

 

  1. The home and family is the primary place for the teaching of God’s word and its practical application. Redeemer Puritan Reformed Church exists to assist fathers and mothers to lead their children to faith in Jesus Christ by the practice of daily family worship in the home. Additionally, each family member shall engage in personal daily times of meditation, Scripture reading and memorization, and other practices which keep the heart focused on eternal values.

 

  1. Because of God’s love for us in Christ we are enabled to love one another, love our enemies, and love our neighbors as ourselves. To this end we seek to love those who are outside of God’s family by caring for them in their spiritual and economic poverty, compassionately sharing the good news of God’s reconciling work through Jesus Christ, and calling them to repentance from sin and faith in Jesus Christ as their only hope for a contented life.

 

  1. Redeemer Puritan Reformed Church seeks to bring the gospel to our culture, first in Clarkston and Oakland County, Michigan and then to the broader world. Jesus Christ was not sent into the world to condemn its culture, but to redeem it. Through gospel proclamation and personal involvement in the life of our community, we seek to renew the culture by affirming the creative arts, and labor which produces consumable goods necessary for human flourishing. We will also bring the gospel to bear upon our civic engagement through positive participation in public forums, charitable activities, and the election of civic leaders.

 

  1. Redeemer Puritan Reformed Church believes that human beings were created by God to be productive contributors to cultural renewal through worship, work, and witness. To that end we seek constantly to bridge the gap between the sacred and the secular, consistently demonstrating that the two are not mutually exclusive, but interdependent. The fullness of all that we believe and practice in our family worship and public assembly will evidence itself in our secular employment and activities to the glory of God.

  

Doctrine & Beliefs

Redeemer Puritan Reformed Church affirms The London Baptist Confession of 1689 as our principal doctrinal statement.

 

On Bible Translations

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.

 

BY-LAWS

 

ARTICLE I – NAME

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.

ARTICLE II – AUTHORITY

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.

ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP

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:

  1. By vote of the church and baptism by immersion. 
  1. By vote of the church and by letter of transfer from another church of similar faith and order, provided that the applicant has previously been baptized by immersion. 
  1. By vote of the church upon the applicant stating his or her experience and faith in Christ and showing that he or she has previously been baptized by immersion. 

Rights of Members: Active members of this church shall have the following rights: 

  1. To receive the spiritual oversight and care of the Elders of the church;
  2. To vote in person or by absentee ballot at all congregational meetings of the church;
  3. To participate as teachers/helpers in the Sunday School, upon approval of the Elders;
  4. To participate in the music ministry of this church, upon approval of the Elders;
  5. To serve in elected positions of the church after one year of active membership and all Scriptural and constitutional qualifications are met;
  6. Any and all other rights normally afforded the membership of this church. 

Responsibilities of Members:           

  1. To attend upon the public worship of God consistently, unless providentially hindered;
  2. To financially support the budget of the church through voluntary financial gifts;
  3. To serve others in the body of Christ through their spiritual gift or gifts in a specific place of ministry within the church;
  4. To pray for and encourage the Senior Pastor, the Elders, and other leaders;
  5. To humbly submit themselves to the leadership of the church so long as such leadership does not violate the clear teaching of the word of God;
  6. To engage in daily Family Worship;
  7. To cultivate a life of godliness through attendance at public worship, daily Scripture reading and meditation, and daily prayer.
  8. To endeavor to share the gospel by speaking God’s word into the lives of others and acting in love to relieve the needs of the poor and needy. 

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:

  1. It is the duty of any member of this church who has knowledge of an erring member’s heresy or misconduct to warn and correct the erring member in private, seeking his or her repentance and restoration. 
  1. If the erring member does not heed this warning, the warning member shall again go to the erring member accompanied by one or two other members as witnesses to warn and correct, seeking repentance and restoration. 
  1. If the erring member still refuses to heed the warning, the matter shall be brought to the attention of the Elders, who, upon careful and prayerful investigation, shall tell it to the church, encouraging the congregation to pray for repentance and restoration of the erring member. 
  1. If the erring member refuses to heed to warnings of the leadership of the church and the church body, he or she shall be dismissed from the church pursuant to the Scriptures and treated as an unbeliever. 
  1. There shall be no appeal of the discipline process or the dismissal to any court. The congregation shall be encouraged to pray for the repentance and restoration of the erring member.

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: 

  1. By physical death; 
  1. By transfer: When it is requested, the Elders may grant to a departing member in good standing, a letter of dismissal to the fellowship of another church. No such letter may be given to a member who is at the time under the corrective discipline of this church.  The Elders may refuse to grant a letter of transfer to any church which is in their judgment disloyal to the gospel (Jude 3). 
  1. By exclusion: If a member habitually absents himself or herself from the stated meetings of the church without valid reason, or if due to relocation he or she ceases to maintain a vital contact with the church, he or she may be excluded from membership by vote of the members upon recommendation of the Elders. The Elders shall notify the excluded member in writing at the last known address.  If the excluded member applies again for membership, the procedures set forth will again be followed. 
  1. By dismissal by majority vote of the congregation as a final step of church discipline. 

 

ARTICLE IV – CHURCH LEADERS

Qualifications of Church Leaders 

  1. Professes faith in Jesus Christ as the only Savior from sin by God’s grace alone.
  2. Subscribes without reservation to the doctrinal statement of this church.
  3. Demonstrates character and a lifestyle consistent with the moral and spiritual qualities of a follower of Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9).
  4. Retains the confidence of the membership of this church in his leadership. 

The Senior Pastor 

The Calling of the Senior Pastor 
  1. In the event of the vacancy of the office of Senior Pastor, a Pastoral Search Council shall be selected from among the membership consisting of not less than five and no more than seven members in good standing. 
  1. Nominations for the Pastoral Search Council shall be submitted in writing to the elders for two Sundays.
  2. The elders shall contact each nominee to determine their desire, willingness, and qualifications to serve on the Pastoral Search Council.
  3. Membership on the Pastoral Search Council shall be open to both men and women.
  4. A congregational meeting shall be convened to affirm by vote of the membership all members of the Pastoral Search Council. 
  1. At its first meeting, the Pastoral Search Council shall select a chairman and a recording secretary. 
  1. The Pastoral Search Council shall develop a candidate profile which delineates the qualifications, education, experience, and character qualities sought in the Senior Pastor. This candidate profile shall be presented to the membership for its approval prior to the interview of any candidate for Senior Pastor. 
  1. The elders (Trustees) shall develop a compensation package for the candidate to be approved by vote of the membership at a duly called meeting for this purpose. 
  1. This compensation package shall be discussed with the candidate during his visit for the purpose of ascertaining the candidates’ specific financial needs, but the discussion of compensation shall not be construed by the candidate as an offer of employment. 
  1. When the Pastoral Search Council has settled on a candidate, the candidate shall be invited with his family to attend two consecutive Sunday worship services at which he will preach. 
  1. The Pulpit Search Council shall notify the membership in writing by first-class mail of its intent to invite a candidate to visit in view of a call to fill the vacancy of the Senior Pastorate. The specific date(s) of the candidates visit shall be stated in the letter. 
  1. During the time of his visit, the candidate will be invited to meet with the elders, other key leaders, and members for informal discussions about his vision for ministry at Redeemer Puritan Reformed Church. 
  1. Within one week of the conclusion of the candidate’s visit, a congregational meeting shall be convened in which the membership shall vote by secret ballot on whether to extend a call to the candidate to fill the vacancy of the Senior Pastorate. Three-Fourths of members present voting in the affirmative shall be necessary to extend a call to fill the vacancy of the Senior Pastorate. 
  1. When the membership by its affirmative vote calls a Senior Pastor, he shall be sent by first-class mail a Letter of Call which will contain the terms of employment (including compensation/benefits), the London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689, a copy of the church Constitution and By-Laws, and a statement of agreement with all of the above to be signed by the candidate. The candidate shall assume the office of Senior Pastor upon the church’s receipt of his signed agreement and shall have all of the rights, privileges and authority of the office of Senior Pastor granted to him by his call to ministry and this Constitution and By-Laws.

 
The Authority of the Senior Pastor 

  1. The Senior Pastor is the ruling elder with oversight and authority over all other elders, officers, and employees of the church (1 Peter 5:1-4);
  1. The Senior Pastor has the authority to “feed the flock” and as such shall guard the teaching office of the church;
  1. The Senior Pastor has the authority to “take the oversight” of the flock, as one who watches (guards) the souls of those under his care; 
  1. The Senior Pastor shall exercise his proper Scriptural authority not by constraint, but willing. He shall not “lord over” the flock, but use the authority of his office in meekness and humility (Galatians 6:1), for the welfare of the flock and not for personal aggrandizement or gain. 
  1. As the ruling elder, the Senior Pastor is worthy of double honor (1 Timothy 5:17). Because of the serious nature of his task as guard of the souls of those under his care, and as one who must give an account for those souls before God on the day of judgment, the leadership and vision of the Senior Pastor is to be respected, obeyed, and followed (Hebrews 13:7 and 17) so long as such leadership is judged faithful to the Word of God by those under his watchcare. 
  1. The Senior Pastor derives his shepherding authority from the Word of God, from his call to ministry and separation to the same by the Holy Spirit, and from the vestment of authority granted by the membership of this church. 
  1. The Senior Pastor is accountable before God for the congregation as well as accountable to the congregation for the faithful fulfillment of his calling and ministry among them.

 The Responsibilities of the Senior Pastor 

  1. The priority of the Senior Pastor shall be to “take heed to himself” (1 Timothy 4:16; 1 Timothy 6:11-16)) through the personal study of God’s word for His own edification and spiritual life. From this foundation of spiritual stability the Senior Pastor shall then “take heed to the doctrine” (1 Timothy 4:16) by:

 

  1. Investing considerable time each week in the study and exegesis of the Biblical text so that he is properly prepared to feed the flock during our weekly public assembly; 
  1. Investing considerable time in prayer every day for the members; 
  1. Taking advantage of every opportunity to personally and one-on-one communicate gospel truth first to his own family, then to the leaders (parents) of families within the congregation. 
  1. Leading the public worship in our assembly through:

 

  1. Faithfully proclaiming God’s word in our public assembly so that the members understand the sense of it and submit themselves to the authority of the word by the power of its author, the Holy Spirit. 
  1. The singing of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs in our public assembly shall come under the direct oversight of the Senior Pastor, though he may designate others to lead in worship; 
  1. The celebration of the Lord’s Table; 
  1. Moderate all congregational meetings of the church or designate such. 
  1. Officiate weddings and funerals at his discretion. 
  1. Lead all temporal aspects of the day to day operations of the church, including the employment and supervision of staff, the execution of contracts, and church finances. 
  1. Lead all meetings and direct all functions of the Council of Elders.

 

The Termination of the Senior Pastor 

  1. The Senior Pastor may resign his office upon 60 days public notice to the membership. 
  1. In the event a charge or charges of misconduct are brought against the Senior Pastor, the elders shall hear the charges privately, unless it is one or more of the elders bringing the charges, in which case the Council of Pastors as defined in Article VIII of these by-laws shall be convened and the process for conflict resolution implemented. 
  1. No charges of misconduct shall be brought against the Senior Pastor unless corroborated by at least two witnesses (1 Timothy 5:19). 
  1. If the elders or the Council of Pastors concludes that there is sufficient cause to believe that the Senior Pastor no longer meets the Scriptural qualifications of his office, a public meeting of the congregation shall be called for the purpose of hearing the charge(s) of misconduct, affirming or denying the veracity of the charges, and affirming or denying the termination of the Senior Pastor by two-thirds vote of the members present. 
  1. Ten days advance written notice of such public meeting shall be sent by first-class mail to every member. The notice shall clearly state the nature 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. 
  1. In the event the Senior Pastor is derelict in his responsibilities, the membership may call for the termination of the Senior Pastor under the following circumstances:

 

  1. By following the process outlined above in Article III relative to the Discipline of Members. If at the conclusion of this process it is determined that the Senior Pastor no longer meets the qualifications of his office, the church may request his resignation. 
  1. If the Senior Pastor declines to offer his resignation, 20% of the membership may call for a congregational meeting for the purpose of terminating the Senior Pastor. 
  1. A signed letter of all members requesting such a meeting shall be sent by first-class mail to the membership at least ten days in advance of the meeting. The letter 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, may be excluded from participation in such meeting. 

The Council of Elders

 The Examination of Candidates for Elder

  •  The Senior Pastor shall appoint elders (Titus 1:5) who are male and meet the Scriptural qualifications (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9). 
  1. No man shall be considered a candidate for elder who has not attained the age of 30 years. 
  1. Each candidate for elder shall meet the Scriptural qualifications for elder as delineated in 1 Timothy 3:1-11 and Titus 1:5-9. It is understood that the Scriptural qualifications do not require a man to be sinless or perfect, but rather consistently pursuing godliness in character and conduct. 
  1. Each candidate shall present to the Senior Pastor a written declaration of his intent to be considered for the eldership which shall include:

 

    1. A biography (parents, place of birth, early life, education, etc.);
    2. A detailed account of his conversion experience;
    3. A doctrinal statement;
    4. Evidence of a clear call of God to the gospel ministry;
    5. A list of his spiritual gifts;
    6. Detailed history of where and how he has exercised his ministry gifts
    7. A signed agreement with the London Baptist Confession of 1689

 

  1. Each candidate shall be examined by the Senior Pastor in relation to his conversion experience, his call to ministry, doctrinal statement, and practical ministry experience. 
  1. Upon approval of the Senior Pastor, an ordination council of area pastors shall be assembled in the presence of the congregation to publicly examine the candidate’s conversion experience, call to ministry, theological orientation, and ministry gifts. 
  1. Upon approval of the ordination council, the candidate shall be ordained to the gospel ministry and installed in the office of elder by the public laying on of hands and prayer.

 The Responsibilities of the Elders 

  1. The elders shall serve under the authority of the Senior Pastor, humbly serving alongside the Senior Pastor in the fulfillment of their calling as shepherds of this flock. 
  1. The elders shall immerse themselves in the study of God’s word and prayer and minister the word of God to the specific spiritual conditions of individual members. 
  1. The elders shall guard the doctrine of the church, patiently and compassionately refuting those who err. 
  1. The elders shall guard the purity of the church by compassionately and meekly warning members who fall into sin and encouraging their repentance. 
  1. The elders shall lovingly care for the members under their care through consistent and faithful visitation, modeling family worship, and the exercise of personal spiritual oversight during times of need and crisis. 
  1. The elders shall serve as the trustees of the corporation, holding in trust the property and assets of the corporation:

 

  1. Together with the Senior Pastor the trustees shall draft an annual church operating budget 
  1. The trustees shall appoint a church treasurer from the membership at large for the purpose of accounting for and depositing the weekly offering, ensuring the payment of the church’s financial obligations, and maintaining a balanced budget. The church treasurer shall not be a signer on any church bank account or have authority to issue or cash church checks or by any other means disburse or authorize the disbursement of church funds or obligate the church to any debt. 
  1. The trustees shall appoint tellers (at least two) to render a written account of the all income to the church. The church treasurer shall not be one of the tellers. 
  1. One or all of the trustees and the Senior Pastor may be signers on the church bank accounts. 
  1. Only the membership of this church through its annual budget or through a specially called meeting may authorize the disbursement of church funds or obligate this church to any debt. The Senior Pastor is the acting agent on behalf of the membership in authorizing the disbursement of all funds from the bank accounts of this church in accordance with the annual operating budget of the church or by other vote of the membership. 
Term of Service of an Elder 
  1. The number of elders shall not exceed three. 
  1. An elder shall serve a term of two years with one year off between terms. 
  1. An elder may resign his office upon written notice to the Senior Pastor. The Senior Pastor shall inform the membership of his acceptance of the elder’s resignation. 
  1. An elder shall be removed from the eldership if upon the testimony of two or more witnesses it is determined by the church membership that the elder no longer meets the qualifications of his office.

 

ARTICLE V – CHURCH EMPLOYEES 

  1. The Senior Pastor may employee the necessary staff/employees to carry out the specific ministries of the church provided the congregation has approved a budget for such positions. 
  1. The Council of Elders shall draft terms of employment for all compensated employees, such terms subject to the approval of the congregation. 
  1. All employees, staff, directors, ministers, and any other compensated positions shall serve at the pleasure of the Senior Pastor and may be terminated by the Senior Pastor at any time and at his sole discretion.

 

ARTICLE VI – CHURCH PROPERTY AND ASSETS 

  1. The church shall have the power to receive, either by gift or purchase, and so hold such real, personal, or mixed property as is authorized by the laws of the State of Michigan and is deemed necessary for the functioning of the church, and shall have power to dispose of such property by mortgage, bill of sale, deed, or otherwise. All property shall be held in the name of the church:

 

  1. The transfer, sale or lease of all church real property shall require a two-thirds vote of the members voting at a special business meeting called for such purpose. 
  1. The purchase or sale of all other property of the church shall be at the discretion of the Elders in accordance with the annual operating budget of the church. 
  1. In the case of division of the church caused by conflict (from which we pray God by His mercy to preserve us), all property and assets of the church shall belong to those who abide by its Constitution.

 

  1. RAISING OF FUNDS: It shall not be the policy of this church to promote suppers, parties, or engage in the sale of products and/or services for the purpose of raising funds. Any exception to this general policy must have the prior approval of the Elders. 

ARTICLE VII – CHURCH MEETINGS

 

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:

  1. The Annual Business Meeting shall be held during the month of October on a date to be determined by the Council of Elders. Notification of the date and time of the Annual Business Meeting shall be given from the pulpit at least three Sunday’s prior to the meeting.  All reports required for the Annual Business Meeting shall be typewritten and submitted to the church office no later than the last Sunday in August.  The church shall approve the annual church operating budget, including the expenditures for the missions program of the church, at its annual meeting.  Any such other pertinent business deemed appropriate by the Senior Pastor or the Council of Elders may be conducted at the Annual Meeting. 
  1. Monthly Business Meetings may be held any day following the second Sunday of each month for the purpose of reviewing the budget and any such other business the Senior Pastor or the Elders may deem pertinent. 
  1. Special Business Meetings may be called by the Council of Elders or by the Senior Pastor.

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.

ARTICLE VIII – RESOLUTION OF DISPUTES AND CHURCH CONFLICT 

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. 

ARTICLE IX – DISSOLUTION 

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. 

ARTICLE X – PROCESS FOR AMENDMENTS 

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.

ARTICLE XI - EFFECTUAL POWER OF THE CONSTITUTION

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.

 

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