FBC is an autonomous church governed by the “Constitution and Bylaws” which are adopted by the church body. These articles are reviewed and changed as deemed necessary by the church.
CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH,
We declare and establish this constitution to preserve and secure the principles of our faith and to govern this church in an orderly manner. This constitution will preserve the liberties of each individual member of this church and the freedom of action of this body in its relation to other churches of the same faith.
This body shall be known as the First Baptist Church of Dillwyn, located in Dillwyn, Virginia. It may, also, use the designation of Dillwyn First Baptist for reporting, business, etc.
The First Baptist Church, Dillwyn is organized for the purpose of providing opportunities of public worship; sustaining the ordinances, doctrines and ethics set forth in the scriptures; promote the teaching and training of the members for spiritual development; and the proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of all peoples.
Section 1 Policy
The government of this church is vested in the body of believers who comprise it. It is subject to no other ecclesiastical body, but it recognizes and sustains the obligation of mutual counsel and cooperation, which are common among Baptist churches. Insofar as is practical, this church will cooperate with and support the James River Baptist Association, the Baptist General Association of Virginia and the Southern Baptist Convention.
Section 2 Doctrine
This church receives the Holy Bible as its authority in matters of faith and practice. Its understanding of Christian truth as contained therein is in essential accord with the belief of other Southern Baptist Churches. We band ourselves together as a body of baptized believers in Jesus Christ personally committed to sharing the good news of salvation. The ordinances of the church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that the term ‘marriage’ has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union as delineated in Scripture. (King James Ver. 1611)
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and, on profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God and this Assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into this covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
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 comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines, to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expense of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions, to religiously educate our children, 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 abstain from the sale of, and the use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, to be zealous in our effort to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
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 be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.
We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
Article I. Membership
Section 1 General
This is a sovereign and democratic Baptist church under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The membership retains unto itself the exclusive right of self-government in all phases of spiritual and temporal life of this church.
The membership reserves the exclusive right to determine who shall be members of its church and the conditions of such membership.
Section 2 Candidacy
Any person may offer himself as a candidate for membership in this church. All such candidates shall present themselves to the church as a candidate for membership at any regular worship service. Membership may be applied for in the following ways:
See Article IV Section 8 Membership Committee.
(1) By profession of faith and for baptism (according to the policies of this church.) See Article VII Section 1 Baptism
(2) By the promise of a letter from another Baptist church or where the candidate holds membership.
(3) By restoration upon a statement of prior conversion experience and baptism in a Christian church when no letter is obtainable.
Should there be any dissent as to any candidate, such dissent shall be referred to the pastor and the deacons for investigation and the making of a recommendation by the next business meeting. Then a three-fourth vote of those members present and voting shall be required to elect such candidate to membership.
Section 3 Termination
Membership shall be terminated in one of the following ways: (1) Death; (2) removal of membership to another Baptist church; (3) removal upon becoming affiliated with a church of another faith or denomination; (4) exclusion by action of the church.
Section 4 Rights and Responsibilities of Members
Members are expected to be faithful in the duties essential to the Christian life; and to attend habitually the services of the church, to give regularly for its support and its causes in its organized work. Members who are in good standing shall be entitled to vote on all business and questions coming before the church.
Section 5 Discipline
a) Should a member become an offense to the church and to its good name by reason of immoral or unchristian conduct, or by persistent breach of his covenant vows, or consistent non-support of the church, the church may terminate his membership by a three-fourths vote of members present, but only after due notice and hearing, and after faithful efforts have been made to bring such member to repentance and amendment.
b) “And if your brother sins go and reprove him in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you; so that BY THE MOUTH OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES EVERY FACT MAY BE CONFIRMED. And if he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax-gatherer.” Matthew 18:15 – 17.
c) Any person whose membership has been terminated for any condition, which has made it necessary for the church to exclude him, may upon his request be restored to membership by a vote of the church upon evidence of his repentance and reformation.
Article II. Church Officers: (and staff) Duties and Responsibilities
All church officers must be members of the church. The officers of the church shall be as follows: Pastor, Deacons, and Church Staff. Qualifications of these officers can be found in the Purpose and the Covenant of the Constitution.
Section 1 Responsibilities
The pastor is responsible for the spiritual leadership of the church. He will function as a team leader of the pastoral ministries. As such, he will work with the deacons and church staff as an enabler to (1) lead the church to engage in a fellowship of worship, witness, education, ministry, and outreach to the community and to missions. He will work with and give support to the organizations of the church as they carry out the ministry of care to church members and other persons in the community. He may serve as an ex-officio member of all committees except the nominating committee.
Section 2 Selection of Pastor
Upon the resignation, removal, incapacity, or death of the Pastor, a Pastor Search Committee shall be formed as follows:
1) The Nominating Committee will select a 5-7-member committee, representing the various ministries of the church who are willing to serve.
2) This committee may be presented and elected at a regular business meeting or a called business meeting.
3) It shall be the duty of this committee, after seeking the leadership of the Holy Spirit, to proceed to seek out a suitable pastor, and its recommendations will constitute a nomination. Any church member has the privilege of making other nominations. The committee shall bring to the consideration of the church only one name at a time. Once appointed, this team will serve continuously until a pastor is called or the team is dissolved.
Section 3 Interim Services
The Deacon Board shall be responsible for filling the vacant pulpit each Sunday. It may recommend to the church the engaging of an interim Pastor.
Section 5 If the call to the candidate is accepted, the committee will be discharged.
Section 4 Election
Following the nomination of a selected candidate the election shall take place at a meeting, regular, or one called for that purpose, of which at least one week’s public notice has been given.
Election shall be by ballot with a three-fourth majority of the members present and voting needed for a call.
Section 6 Professional Relationship to Church
Policies, procedures, and benefits will be the responsibility of the Personnel Committee. See Article 4, Section 12, Personnel Committee
Section 7 Change of Relationship
The pastor thus elected shall serve until the relationship is terminated by his request or the church’s request. The request of the church shall be by three-fourths of those members present at a regular meeting, or called for that purpose, of which at least one month’s public notice has been given. At least one month’s notice shall be given before termination of the pastor’s responsibilities by either resignation or request. On the church’s request for termination, compensation will be given for sixty (60) days from notice.
Section 1 Responsibilities
The youth minister is responsible for the planning, organizing, and leading of youth activities and youth groups. The youth minister will plan and participate in summer youth activities including Vacation Bible School, Activity time during the worship service, coordinate schedules so that events do not overlap or conflict, and keep pastor informed of any family/youth concerns.
Section 2 Professional Relationship to Church
Policies, procedures, and benefits will be the responsibility of the Personnel Committee. See Article 4, Section 12, Personnel Committee
Section 1 Responsibilities
In accordance with the meaning of the work and the practice of the New Testament, deacons are servants of the church. The task of deacon is to serve with the pastor and staff in performing pastoral ministries tasks; a) proclaim the gospel to believers and non-believers; b) care for church members and other persons in the community, c) lead the church to engage in a fellowship of worship, witness, education, ministry, and d) outreach. See 1 Timothy Chapter 3.
Section 2 Organization
There shall be nine (9) deacons. The Nominating Committee shall present 3 candidates at the regular business meeting for the election of officers. Any member has the privilege of making other nominations.
The deacons shall serve on a rotation basis. Each year the term of office of one third of the number of deacons shall expire, and election shall be held to fill the vacancies. In case of death, resignation, removal, or incapacity to serve, the church may elect a deacon to fill the vacancy. After serving a term of three years, a deacon shall be eligible for reelection only after the lapse of one year. There is no obligation to constitute as an active deacon a person who comes to the church from another church where he has served as deacon. The deacons, upon election, shall elect a chairman and secretary and assign other duties, as needed according to their manual. Deacons shall at all times consider themselves as servants of the church. With the pastor, and as the Holy Spirit may direct, they are to consider and make recommendations to the church pertaining to its work and progress; including oversight of the discipline of the church; establish and maintain spiritual and fraternal relations with all members of the church; and assisting the pastor in the observances of the ordinances.
General Officers Duties & Responsibilities
All general officers must be members of the church. The general officers of the church shall be as follows: Sunday School Director, Moderator, Clerk, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, and Trustees. Qualifications of these officers can be found in the Purpose and the Covenant of the Constitution.
Sunday School Leaders and their Duties
The pastor of the church is a key leader in the Sunday School. He works with fellow staff members and the Sunday School Director to assure that the Sunday School fulfills its purpose.
The pastor should lead the church to have a challenging Bible teaching program with major efforts in Bible study, outreach, witness, ministry, and worship in the following ways:
• Assist the Sunday School director in annual planning.
• Participate in and promote Bible teaching projects.
• Work with the Sunday School to encourage workers and members to provide caring ministries to members and prospects as needed.
Section 1 Sunday School Director
The Sunday School Director is responsible to the church for all phases of Sunday School work. He looks to the pastor for counsel and leadership. The director leads the Sunday School and represents the Sunday School on the church council. He is the leader of the Sunday School staff. The director with the teaching staff is responsible for the selection and procurement of teaching materials.
The Sunday School Director’s full responsibility includes outreach, Sunday School teacher training, leadership improvements, and Bible teaching projects. The director may delegate some of these responsibilities to one or more Sunday School staff members. The Sunday School Director will also serve on the Nominating Committee.
The Sunday School Secretary is responsible to the Director for compiling and maintaining records and reports for the Sunday School.
Section 2 Moderator
The Moderator shall be Moderator at all business meetings of the church. The Moderator shall be elected annually. In the absence of the Moderator, the chairman of the deacons shall preside or in absence of both, the clerk shall call the church to order and an acting Moderator shall be elected.
Section 3 Clerk
The clerk shall keep in a suitable book an accurate record of all the business meetings, regular and called by the church. He/she is responsible for keeping a register of the names of members with dates of admission, removal of membership or death, together with a record of baptism. He/she shall issue letters of transfer of membership approved by the church; preserve on file all communications and written official reports, and give required notice of all meetings where such notice is necessary as indicated in these by-laws. All church records are church property and should be filed in the church office in a timely manner.
Section 4 Treasurer
The church shall elect annually a church treasurer. It shall be the duty of the treasurer to administer the receipt and recording of all monies received and pay out, upon receipt of vouchers approved and signed by authorized personnel, all money or things of value paid or given to the church, keeping at all times an itemized account of all receipts and disbursements. It shall be the duty of the treasurer to render to the church at each regular business meeting an itemized report of the receipts and disbursements for the preceding quarter. An ad hoc auditing committee appointed by the board of deacons shall review the treasurer’s report annually. A public accountant shall audit the books in the event of change of Treasurer.
Upon rendering the annual accounting report at the end of each fiscal year and its acceptance and approval by the budget and finance committee, the records shall be delivered by the treasurer to the church clerk, who shall keep and preserve the account as a part of the permanent record of the church and an annual report posted on the church bulletin board.
Section 5 Financial Secretary
It shall be the duty of the financial secretary to receive the empty collection envelopes after the money has been removed and counted by the proper persons; and from these the individual donors shall be given credit. The financial secretary shall also be responsible for preparing and distributing annual records of contributions to all contributing members.
Section 6 Trustees
Three trustees elected by the church will hold in trust the church property. They shall have no power to buy, sell, mortgage, lease, or transfer any property of the church without a specific vote of the church authorizing each action. It shall be the function of the trustees to affix their signatures to legal documents involving the sale, mortgage, purchase, or rental of property or other legal documents where the signature of trustees is required. Trustees shall serve on a rotating basis, with one new trustee being elected every three years to serve a term of nine years.
The church shall call or employ such staff members, as the church shall need. A job description written by the Personnel Committee and approved by the church membership shall be available when the need for staff members is determined. All paid positions but not limited to Youth Minister, Music Director, Pianist, and Custodian, other than the pastor, shall be recommended to the church by the personnel committee and employed by church action. At least two weeks notice at the time of termination should be given.
For the purpose of this section, all paid positions including but not limited to Youth Minister, Music Director, Pianist, and Custodian are to be regarded as members of the staff.
Article III. Program Organizations
All organizations of the church shall be under church control, all officers being elected by the church, unless otherwise indicated and report to the church in writing at each regular business meeting. The church year for all officers, programs and committees shall begin on September 1st and end on August 31st.
The organizations of the church shall be as follows:
Section 1 The Sunday School
There shall be a Sunday School, divided into departments and
classes for all ages conducted under the supervision of a general
director for the study of God’s Word. Sunday School is to be conducted each Sunday morning. It is the responsibility of the Sunday School Director to make
adjustments and changes according to the needs of the Sunday School.
A. Sunday School Teachers
1. It is the responsibility of the Sunday School teacher to prepare and
deliver an approved curriculum to students.
RELATIONSHIPS and SUPPORT:
1) Position requires a One Year commitment from September – August.
2) Under the supervision of the Sunday School Director.
3) Newly appointed teachers will be assigned a mentor.
4) Attend quarterly meetings with the Sunday School Director to discuss any problems and to comment and make suggestions to the program.
1) Responsible for taking classroom attendance.
2) Must be alert to the needs and safety of the students.
3) Prepare and plan weekly Sunday School lesson guided by the approved
4) Responsible for the care of classroom materials and curriculum.
5) Responsible for the general cleanup of the classroom.
1) Must have a love for people.
2) Must be a church member and regularly attend worship services.
3) Must have an interest and desire to communicate God’s Word.
4) No teaching experience required.
Section 2 Woman’s Missionary Union
There shall be a Woman’s Missionary Union with such officers and
organizations as needed. Such officers shall be designated and elected by
the organization itself. The tasks of the Woman’s Missionary Union shall be
to teach missions, engage in mission action, support missions through
praying and giving, provide and interpret information regarding the work of
the church and the denomination.
Section 3 Church Music Program
There shall be a church music program under the direction of the Music Director, who shall be elected by the church. The music task shall be to provide music and musicians for congregational services and organizations of the church; lead persons to participate in hymn singing; help encourage and develop the overall music quality of the church; provide and interpret the music program in relation to the work of the church.
Section 4 Women’s Organization
Section 5 Men’s Organization
Article IV. Committees
Section 1 General
All church committee members shall be recommended by the nominating committee and elected by the church unless otherwise indicated in the description following. The committee members shall serve for a period of one year. Each standing committee shall submit in writing a report to the clerk at each regular church meeting.
B. Stewardship Committee
The stewardship committee develops and recommends an overall stewardship information plan and shares with the members the sound principles of financial management for the church. The stewardship committee helps church members grow as Christian stewards by developing an understanding of and a commitment to the biblical concepts of individual stewardship (giving and money management) and corporate stewardship (mission support and church budgeting). It is understood that membership in this church involves financial obligation to support the church and its causes with regular proportionate gifts as God has prospered them.
Section 2 Baptismal Committee
The baptismal committee is to insure the provision of appropriate, well-maintained facilities, equipment, and materials necessary for baptism; to assist the candidates in preparing for baptism; and to assist the pastor in administering the ordinance.
Section 3 A. Budget and Finance Committee
This committee shall consist of the following: (1) Deacon (2) Treasurer (3) Financial Secretary and four (4) at-large members to be presented by the nominating committee report for elections. This committee, in consultation with the various church organizations shall prepare and submit to the church annually an inclusive budget, indicating by item the amount needed and sought for all expenses and purposes. This committee shall report regularly to the church on financial needs and progress of church toward meeting budget.
The fiscal year of the church begins January 1 and ends on December 31.
Section 4 Flower Committee
The flower committee is responsible for securing, arranging and disposing of floral arrangements for church services and for providing flowers for a deceased member.
Section 5 House Committee
The house committee is responsible for determining allocation and use of furnishings; making an inventory of furnishings, and equipment; maintaining church furnishings and equipment through operational and preventive maintenance; determining and recommending the acquiring of church furnishings; and administers such other work as assigned to the committee.
Section 6 Kitchen Committee
The kitchen committee is responsible for formulating and recommending to the church policies for the kitchen and for coordinating and procuring staff for the kitchen when needed. The kitchen committee needs to cooperate with the house committee and finance committee in furnishing and keeping inventory on kitchen equipment, etc.
Section 7 The Lord’s Supper Committee
The Church Lord’s Supper Committee is to assist the congregation in the observance of the Lord’s Supper through maintaining a proper inventory of materials and supplies, preparation of the elements, and serving as an advisory group to the pastor in the planning of the Lord’s Supper Observance. See Deacons, Section 2.
Section 8 Membership Committee
The membership committee shall consist of three members, not more than one of whom shall be a deacon, and one of whom shall be a woman. The membership committee shall be responsible for keeping contacts with members of the church by mail, telephone and/or visits. The committee shall have general charge of the membership rolls, and to it all requests for letters of dismissals shall be referred for investigations and recommendation to the church. This committee shall make a detailed annual report as to all changes in the membership. There shall be maintained a list of inactive members whose whereabouts and status is unknown. This committee shall serve in an advisory and supportive capacity to the clerk.
Section 9 Music Committee
It shall be the duty of this committee to make recommendations for the needs of the choir, recommend the purchase of and care for the hymnals, musical instruments and all necessary supplies. This committee shall consist of the Director of Church Music, Pianist, Organist and three (3) members at large to be presented with the nominating committee report for election.
Section 10 Nominating Committee
The nominating committee leads in staffing all church-elected positions filled by volunteers, including vacancies, which occur during the year. The nominating committee shall present their first report at the July Business meeting.
Section 11 Nursery Committee
The nursery committee is responsible for providing and supervising a nursery service for worship services and other functions as needed. This committee shall work with the house committee and finance committee in furnishing and maintaining a well-equipped nursery.
Section 12 Personnel Committee
The personnel committee assists the church in matters related to employed personnel administration. Its work includes such areas as determining staff needs, employment, salaries, benefits and personnel services.
Section 13 Properties Committee (Building & Grounds)
The properties committee assists the church in matters related to properties administration. Its work includes such areas as maintaining all church properties for ready use, recommending policies regarding use of properties, recommending employment of maintenance personnel and assigning responsibility to appropriate personnel for supervision.
Section 14 Sound & Media Committee
The sound & media committee will operate and ensure proper maintenance of the sound and recording equipment in the church.
Section 15 Ushers
An usher chairman selected by the nominating committee and elected by the church shall lead the ushers. The ushers are to greet people as they enter and leave the church, seat people at the proper time, and provide bulletins and/or other materials at the time of seating. The ushers will be attentive to the needs of the congregation and the pastor. The ushers for each week will be designated in the church bulletin.
Article V. Church Meetings
Section 1 Worship Services
The church shall meet regularly each Sunday morning for preaching, instruction, and evangelism and for worship of Almighty God. These meetings shall be open for the entire membership of the church, and for all people, and shall be conducted under the direction of the pastor.
Section 2 Special Services
Revival services and any other church meeting, which will aid in the promotion of the objectives of the church, shall be placed on the church calendar.
Section 3 Regular Business Meetings
A regular business meeting shall be held at least once each quarter on the third Sunday in January, April, July, and October.
A called business meeting shall be held in November for the Budget Committee Report.
Section 4 The Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting shall be held in September for reporting and
planning of all committees.
Section 5 Special Business Meetings
A special business meeting may be held to consider special matters of significant nature. A two-week notice of the subject, date, time, and location must be given for the specially called business meeting, unless extreme urgency renders such notice impracticable.
Section 6 Quorum
All business meetings regular or called must have a quorum. The quorum consists of those who attend the business meeting, provided it is a stated meeting or one that has been properly called. But, a quorum shall not be less than 25 (twenty-five) members.
Section 7 Parliamentary Rules
Robert’s Rules of Order – Revised is the authority for parliamentary rules or procedure for all business meetings of the church. Unless otherwise stated in this Constitution or the By-Laws, a majority affirmative vote of all active members present and voting is required for matters coming before the church.
Article VI. Election and Terms of Office
Section 1 – Officers, Directors, Committee Chairmen and Committees
- All Officers, Directors, Committee Chairmen and Committees shall be elected for a term of 1 year unless otherwise outlined in the Constitution and By-laws.
2. Recommendation for nomination shall be made by the sitting NominatingCommittee.
- Following approval by the Nominating Committee, the Nominating
Committee shall approach their nominees to secure acceptance of the nominations.
- Following approval by the Nominating Committee, the Nominating
- Nominees for General Officers and Committee Chairmen shall be elected by
the church membership at the Business Meeting in July and shall assume the duties of office on the first day of September. Nominees for Sunday School Teachers and Committee members shall be elected by the church membership and shall assume the duties of office on the first day of September. Section 2 – Re-Elections and Vacancies
- In the event of a vacancy, the Nominating Committee shall follow the steps
outlined in Section 1, Numbers 1 and 2. The nominee shall assume the duties of office immediately following the vote of the church membership.
Article VII. Ordinances
Section 1 Baptism
A person who receives Jesus Christ as Savior by personal faith, who professes him publicly at any worship service, and indicates a desire to follow Christ as Lord and follow his teachings shall be received for baptism.
a) Baptism shall be by immersion in water.
b) The pastor or whomever the church shall authorize shall administer baptism. The Baptismal Committee shall assist in the preparation for and observance of baptism.
c) Baptism shall be administered as an act of worship during any worship service.
d) The pastor and/or a deacon shall counsel a person professing Christ and failing to be baptized after a reasonable time. If negative interest is ascertained, he/she shall be deleted from those awaiting baptism.
Section 2 The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby baptized believers in Christ, through the partaking of bread and fruit of the vine, commemorate the death of Jesus Christ and anticipate His second coming.
a) The Lord’s Supper shall be observed the first Sunday of each quarter.
b) The pastor and the deacons shall be responsible for the administration of the Lord’s Supper.
c) The Lord’s Supper Committee shall be responsible for the physical preparation of the Lord’s Supper.
Article VIII. Voting
Section 1 WrittenBallot
A written ballot on any issue may be called for upon decision of the majority of those present and voting.
Section 2 Absentee Ballot
Absentee ballots may be used upon request and approval by the board of deacons. This will pertain to a particular church voting matter and for one-time use.
Article IX. The Church Council
The Church Council, upon being established by authorization of the church, shall seek to correlate and co-ordinate the activities and organizations of the church, yet with advisory powers only.
The Council, unless otherwise determined by vote of the church, shall be composed of pastor, staff members, one or more representatives of deacons and each of the church organizations (Sunday School, Women’s Missionary Union, Church Music Program, Youth Ministry, Women’s Organization, and Men’s Organization), committees, and of the congregation at large.
The Council shall meet monthly or quarterly, as may be desired, or on call of pastor or chairman at any time deemed necessary.
The functions of the Council may be indicated by the following agenda, subject to change as occasion may require: (1) scripture reading and prayer (2) reports of progress since last meeting (3) calendar of activities and meetings for the month (or quarter) ahead (4) problems which need joint consideration (5) needs which can be met cooperatively (6) objectives which call for emphasis in which all may join (7) denominational calendar which should be taken into account (8) seasons of prayer for special objects.
All matters agreed upon by the council calling for action not already provided for shall be referred to the church for approval or disapproval.
Article X. Amendments
Changes in the by-laws may be made at any regular meeting of the church. Such amendments shall have been presented in writing at a business meeting. The amendment shall be read at the next regular business meeting and voted on at that meeting. Copies of the proposed amendment should be furnished to each member at the business meeting.
Amendments to the Constitution shall be by three-fourths vote of all entitled to vote. The amendments shall be read and presented at a regular business meeting. After a second reading at the next regular business meeting, voting may take place.
These By-laws should be considered adopted and in immediate effect if and when a majority of the members present at the business meeting at which vote is taken shall vote in favor of same. This vote shall be taken not less than thirty- (30) days after formal presentation of the Constitution and By-laws to the church.
A copy of this Constitution and By-laws shall at all times be kept by the clerk among the church records, another copy shall be kept in the church office, and all amendments to or revisions thereof shall, after passage by the church, be prepared by the clerk and attached to these copies and made available to the church members generally upon request. All copies shall be dated.