Constitution and Bylaws

Amended Constitution and Bylaws of the Monroe Bible Church

Monroe, Wisconsin

May 18, 1983 (last revision approved July 12, 2015)

 

ARTICLE I – GENERAL

Section 1 – Name: The name of this organization shall be The Monroe Bible Church of Monroe, Wisconsin.

 

Section 2 – Purpose: The Monroe Bible Church purpose is to develop followers of Jesus Christ.

 

Section 3 – Denominational Position: This church shall be, and remain, independent; it shall not be now or at any time hereafter, under any denomination, federation of denominations, or federal council of churches of the denominations.

 

Section 4 – Power and Authority:

A. Ordination: It shall be within the power of this church to ordain into the Gospel ministry, those men whom God has called and equipped. It shall have the authority to call ordination councils and issue proper credentials.

B. Ordinances: It shall be within the power of this church to conduct baptisms and observe the Lord’s Table.

C. Dedication: It shall be within the power of this church to dedicate children to the Lord at any of the services.

 

Section 5 – Government: The government of this church is vested in its membership and executed through the Elder Board and the Board of Deacons.

 

Section 6 – Statement of Faith: Our statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. We do believe, however, that our statement of faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible, and therefore, is binding upon all members. All literature used in the church shall be in complete agreement with the statement of faith. The Monroe Bible Church Statement of Faith is incorporated as an addendum to the Constitution and Bylaws.

 

ARTICLE II – MEMBERSHIP

Section 1 – Any person, confessing their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and desiring to live a consistent and separated Christian life in accordance with the Statement of Faith and the constitution of this church shall be eligible for membership. A pastor and his wife shall become members upon taking up the duties of the pastorate.

 

Section 2 – Qualifications for Membership:

A. Personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

B. Completion of a new members curriculum.

C. Agreement with the Statement of Faith and Membership Covenant of the church.

D. Evidence of the new birth.

 

Section 3– Process for Membership: Any person desiring membership shall be received only after an interview with the Elder Board, at which time the candidate’s qualifications will be reviewed.

 

Section 4 – It shall be the duty of the Elder Board, when reviewing candidates for membership, to urge all unbaptized persons to consider the Scriptural place of believer’s baptism.

 

Section 5 – Membership Covenant: I have read the Statement of Faith, and the constitution of the Monroe Bible Church. I fully subscribe to them and do solemnly assume the responsibilities of membership in this church. I therefore promise, in dependence upon God who helps our infirmities, to attend its services as faithfully as possible; to sanctify the Lord’s Day, to be faithful in private devotions, and to strive in all things to honor my Lord and Savior by a walk and conversation becoming to Christ. I further promise to cheerfully contribute to the financial support of this church and its leadership by the Holy Spirit in all things. If at any time I find myself out of harmony with the beliefs and practices of this church, or if my conduct or doctrinal beliefs shall be called in question by the Elder Board; I agree to submit the difference to their careful consideration and be governed by their decision as to my future relationship to this church.

 

Section 6 – Upon recommendation of the Elder Board, the church shall receive and welcome the candidate into membership in the presence of the worshipping congregation.

 

Section 7 – Length of Membership: All members shall remain in good standing and shall retain their voting power as long as they are in active attendance and fellowship with the church. An unexcused absence from the activities of the church for three months shall deprive a person of the right to vote in church matters. Any member absent from the activities of the church for one year shall be placed on the inactive list, and a two years absence shall cancel one’s membership, unless otherwise arranged.

 

Section 8 – It shall be within the authority of the Elder Board to conduct a review of the church whenever they deem it necessary, at which time members who seem to manifest: inconsistency in their Christian life; indifference toward the life and work of the church; a wrong attitude towards its doctrinal position; or flagrant sin, shall be interviewed for the purpose of remedying any weakness in their life. Those interviewing may recommend to the entire Elder Board that the person(s) in question be dropped from the roll of the membership. Such action is to be made public to the church.

 

Section 9 – Any member may request a letter of recommendation or release from membership. Any letter must be approved by the Elder Board.

 

ARTICLE III – GOVERNMENT

Section 1 – Method of Government: The government of this church is vested in its membership, and executed through the Elder Board and the Board of Deacons.

 

Section 2 – Role of the Elder Board: The Elder Board shall be responsible for preaching, teaching, shepherding the church and assign oversight of ministry leaders to an Elder or Deacon. It shall be the executive of the congregation in its dealing with the pastors, employees and all denominations and organizations. The Elder Board shall have authority to make all necessary appointments, and to call congregational meetings. The Elder Board shall perform such other duties as may be defined by this constitution.

 

Section 3 – Role of the Board of Deacons: The Board of Deacons shall be the executive of the congregation in matters regarding property and finances. It shall hold in trust titles to all property belonging to the church. It shall not encumber with loan, transfer, sell or purchase any real estate for the church except by express authorization conveyed through a two-thirds vote of the membership present and voting at a constitutionally called congregational meeting. The Board of Deacons shall have oversight of assigned ministry leaders and authority to call congregational meetings.

 

Section 4 – The Fiscal Year shall begin on the 1st day of July.

 

Section 5 – Congregational Meetings: An Elder of the church or a duly appointed representative shall officiate at all congregational meetings of the church. Order shall be governed by Roberts Rules of Order. All business shall be transacted by a majority vote of the congregation present and voting except where otherwise stated. All active members in good standing, 16 years of age or older, may vote. Records shall be kept of each congregational meeting.

 

Section 6 – Quorum: The members present at any congregational meeting called in accordance with the requirements of this constitution shall be considered a quorum for the transaction of business.

 

Section 7 – Signatories: If the membership of the church authorizes the Board of Deacons to encumber with loan, transfer, sell, or purchase any real estate in accordance with the provisions of Article III, Section 3, then the chairman of the Board of Deacons and the clerk are authorized to execute and deliver all necessary legal documents on behalf of Monroe Bible Church, Inc.

 

ARTICLE IV – OFFICERS

Section 1 – To be an officer in the Monroe Bible Church, one must be an active member of the church in good standing and in full agreement with the doctrinal position of this church.

 

Section 2 – The officers of the Monroe Bible Church and their duties shall be:

A. The Elders: The Elders shall preach and teach the Gospel faithfully; administer the ordinances of Baptism and The Lord’s Table; and watch over the spiritual health of the church. They shall be expected to visit the sick and the sorrowing of the membership; investigate delinquents; and endeavor to remedy any spiritual weakness in the lives of its members.

The Elder Board shall be composed of those men called by God, recommended by the Elders after evaluation according to Scriptural standards, evaluated by the congregation as to character and conduct, affirmed by the congregation, and appointed by the Elders.

The Elder’s length of office is indefinite, but is subject to annual reaffirmation and recommitment. Inactive Elders will not complete the annual reaffirmation and recommitment.

B. Pastors: Pastors may or may not be elders depending on their gifting and calling. The lead pastor is expected to give leadership to the Elder Board but not rule it. Pastors’ duties will vary according to their job descriptions. A Pastor may be called upon a 2/3 majority vote of the voting congregation after recommendation by the Elder Board.

C. Deacons: They shall have care of the physical properties and finances of the church.

The Board of Deacons, including the treasurer and clerk, shall be composed of those men called by God, recommended by the Elders after evaluation according to Scriptural standards, evaluated by the congregation as to character and conduct, affirmed by the congregation and appointed by the Elders.

The Deacon’s length of office shall be one year with reaffirmation every year.

There shall be at least 3 Deacons.

They shall provide assistance as requested by the Elders.

 

D. Treasurer: The Treasurer shall be a Deacon and have charge of all moneys connected with the church. The Treasurer shall keep an accurate account of all moneys received and disbursed, and shall present a ministry by ministry financial statement at each annual meeting. All church officers shall have access to the books at any time. The Treasurer may serve no more than three consecutive years.

 

E. Clerk: The Clerk shall be a Deacon and keep accurate records of all Board of Deacons and congregational meetings, keep a membership record, and issue letters of dismissal or recommendation as directed by the Elder Board.

 

F. Chairs of Boards:

Elders may choose a chair as needed.

Board of Deacons shall elect a chair annually after the annual meeting of the church.

 

Section 3 – Any concern regarding the character or conduct of an Officer shall be investigated by a pastor and other Elders. If found deficient the Officer will be excused from service.

 

ARTICLE V – FINANCES

Section 1 – Believing that the Bible teaches that the proper method of financing the Lord’s work is by the free-will offerings of consecrated hearts, in systematic, proportionate giving of money (tithing), this church will not raise money for the general fund through the collection of money through bazaars, entertainment, or any like method. Free-will offerings will be accepted at any time.

 

Section 2 – If money is raised by Youth Groups, AWANA, or similar church-related organizations through fund-raising methods, door-to-door solicitation is prohibited.

 

Section 3 – All designated and undesignated gifts contributed to the church will be directed by the Board of Deacons and its agents.

 

ARTICLE VI – MEETING

Section 1 – Sunday morning services shall be considered the regular meeting of the Church. The Lord’s Table, Baptism and the Dedication of Children shall be observed regularly throughout the year.

 

Section 2 – An Annual Congregational Meeting shall be held the fourth Sunday in July. At that time, written reports shall be submitted by officers and ministry leaders covering the activities for the past year.

 

Section 3 – A Special Congregational Meeting may be called by the Elder Board, the Board of Deacons, or at the written request of 10% of the membership. Notice of such a meeting and its purpose shall be given at a regular service at least 24 hours before the meeting.

 

ARTICLE VII – AMENDMENTS

This Constitution may be amended at any Annual Meeting or at any Special Meeting regularly called for that purpose. The proposed amendment must be submitted in writing not less than thirty days before said meeting, and shall be announced in at least two regular Church Meetings. A two-thirds vote of the membership present and voting shall be required on all amendments.