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CONSTITUTION

OF THE

 NOBLESVILLE NEW LIFE ASSEMBLY OF GOD, INC.

Amended 14 FEB 2010

 

PREAMBLE

 

For the purpose of establishing and maintaining a place to worship Almighty God, our Heavenly Father; to provide Christian fellowship for those of like precious faith where the Holy Spirit may be honored according to our distinctive testimony; to assume our share of responsibility and exercise the privilege of propagating the gospel of Jesus Christ by all available means, both at home and in foreign lands; we, whose names appear as members of this assembly  under the above date, do hereby recognize ourselves as comprising a local assembly in fellowship with and a part of the Indiana District Assemblies of God, Inc. and the General Council of the Assemblies of God.

 

CONSTITUTION

 

Article I.   NAME

 

The name of this assembly shall be Noblesville New Life Assembly of God, Inc., Noblesville, Indiana.

 

Article II.   AFFILIATION

 

This assembly hereby voluntarily enters into the relationship of an affiliated assembly with the General Council of the Assemblies of God, with headquarters in Springfield, Missouri and the Indiana District Assemblies of God, Inc. with headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana, to share in the privileges and to assume the responsibilities enjoined by that affiliation.

 

Article III.   PREROGATIVES

 

Section 3.01

This assembly shall have the right to govern itself according to the standards of the New Testament Scriptures, "endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." (Eph. 4:3)  "...till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ."  (Eph. 4:13)

 

Section 3.02

This Assembly shall have the right to purchase or acquire by gift, bequest or otherwise, either directly or as trustee, and to own, hold in trust, use, sell, convey, mortgage, lease, or otherwise dispose of any real estate or chattels as may be necessary for the furtherance of its purposes; and in accordance with its Constitution, or as it may hereafter be amended.

Article IV.   TENETS OF FAITH

 

This assembly accepts the Holy Scripture as the revealed will of God, the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice, and for the purpose of maintaining general unity, adopts the Statement of Fundamental Truths of the General Council of the Assemblies of God, to wit.

 

Section 4.01   The Scriptures Inspired

The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)

 

Section 4.02   The One True God

The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent "I AM", the Creator of heaven and earth, and the Redeemer of mankind.  He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 43:10-11; Matt. 28:19; Luke 3:22)

 

Section 4.03   The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ

The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God.  The scriptures declare:

            (a) His virgin birth.  (Matt. 1:23; Luke 1:31, 35)

            (b) His sinless life.  (Heb. 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22)

            (c) His miracles.  (Acts 2:22; 10:38)

            (d) His substitutionary work on the cross. (1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor. 5:21)

            (e) His bodily resurrection from the dead. (Matt. 28:6; Luke 24:39;

            1 Cor. 15:4)

            (f) His exaltation to the right hand of God. (Acts 1:9,11; 2:33; Phil. 2:9-11;

            Heb. 1-3)

 

Section 4.04   The Fall of Man

Man was created good and upright, for God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness."  However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God.  (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:17; 3:6; Rom. 5:12-19) 

 

Section 4.05   The Salvation of Man

Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

            (a) Conditions to Salvation:

            Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the

            Lord Jesus Christ.  By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the

            Holy Ghost,   being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir

            of God according to the hope of eternal life.  (Luke 24:47; John 3:3;

            Rom.10:13-15; Eph. 2:8; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7)

           

            (b) The Evidences of Salvation:

            The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit. 

            (Rom. 8:16)  The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness

            and true holiness. (Eph. 4:24; Titus 2:12)

 Section 4.06   The Ordinances of the Church

            (a) Baptism in Water:

            The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures.  All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized.  Thus, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ        and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life.    (Matt. 28:19; Mark 6:16; Acts 10:45; Rom. 6:4)

           

            (b) Holy Communion:

            The Lord's Supper, consisting of the elements--bread and the fruit of the   vine--is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord   Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:4), a memorial of His suffering and death

            (1 Cor. 11:26), a prophecy of His second coming (1 Cor. 11:26), and is        enjoined on all believers "till He come!"

 

Section 4.07   The Baptism in the Holy Ghost

            (a) All believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect and earnestly   seek, the promise of the Father and the baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ.  This was the             normal experience of all in the early Christian Church.  With it comes the             enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts, and their uses in the work of the ministry. 

            (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4,8; 1 Cor. 12:1-         31) 

 

            (b) This experience is distinct from, and subsequent to, the experience of the new birth.  (Acts 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9)  With the    baptism in the Holy Ghost come such experiences as an overflowing   fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8), a deepened reverence for    God (Acts 2:43; Heb. 12:28) and a more active love for Christ, for His   Word, and for the lost. (Mark 16:20)

 

Section 4.08   The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Ghost

The baptism of believers in the Holy Ghost is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance. (Acts 2:4)  The speaking in tongues, in this instance, is the same in essence as the gift of tongues (1 Cor. 12:4-10,28), but different in purpose and use.

 

Section 4.09   Sanctification

Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and dedication unto God.  (Rom. 12:1-2; Thess. 5:23; Heb. 13:12)  The scriptures teach a life of "holiness without which no man shall see the Lord". (Heb. 12:14)  By the power of the Holy Ghost we are able to obey the command:  "Be ye holy, for I am holy."  (1 Peter 1:15-16) 

 

Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, by faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit. 

(Rom. 6:1-11,13; 8:1-2,13; Gal. 2:20; Phil. 2:12-13; 1 Peter 1:5)

 

Section 4.10   The Church and its Mission

The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointment for the fulfillment of her great commission, each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn, which are written in heaven. (Eph. 1:22-23; 2:22; Heb. 12:23) 

 

Since God's purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshipped by man, and to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, the priority reason-for-being of the Assemblies of God as part of the Church is:

            (a) To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world.

            (Acts 1:8; Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16)

            (b) To be a corporate body in which man may worship God. (1 Cor. 12:13)

            (c) To be a channel of God's purpose to build a body of saints being           perfected in the image of His Son. (Eph. 4:11-16; 1 Cor. 12:28; 14:12)

 

The Assemblies of God exists expressly to give continuing emphasis to this, reason for being, in the New Testament apostolic pattern, by teaching and encouraging believers to be baptized in the Holy Spirit.  This experience:

(a)  Enables them to evangelize in the power of the Spirit with

accompanying supernatural signs. (Mark 16:15-20; Acts 4:29-31;

Heb. 2:3-4)

 

(b) Adds a necessary dimension to a worshipful relationship with God.

(1 Cor. 2:10-16; 1 Cor. Chapters 12, 13, and 14)

 

(c) Enables them to respond to the full working of the Holy Spirit in

expression of fruit, gifts, and ministries as in New Testament times for the

edifying of the body of Christ. (Gal. 5:22-26; 1 Cor. 14:12; Eph. 4:11-12;

1 Cor. 12:28;Col.1:29)

 

Section 4.11   The Ministry

A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord

for  the threefold purposes of leading the Church in:

            (a) Evangelization of the world (Mark 16:15-20)

            (b) Worship of God (John 4:23-24)

            (c) Building a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son

            (Eph 4:11-16)

 

Section 4.12   Divine Healing

Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel.  Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers.  (Isa. 53:4-5; Matt. 8:16-17; James 5:14-16)

 

Section 4.13   The Blessed Hope

The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, is the imminent and blessed hope of the Church.

(1 Thess. 4:16-17; Rom. 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Cor. 15:51-52)

 

Section 4.14   The Millennial Reign of Christ

The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth for one thousand years. 

(Zech. 14;5; Matt. 24:27,30; Rev. 1:7; 19:11-14; 20:1-6) 

 

This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel (Ezek. 37:21-22; Zeph. 3:19-20; Rom. 11:26-27) and the establishment of universal peace.

(Isa. 11:6-9; Psa. 72:3-8; Micah 4:3-4)

 

Section 4.15   The Final Judgment

There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works.  Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting punishment, in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

(Matt. 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Rev. 19:20; 20:11-15; 21:8)

 

Section 4.16   The New Heavens and the New Earth

"We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness." (2 Peter 3:13; Rev. chapters 21, 22)

 

Article V.    ORDINANCES

 

Section 5.01   Water Baptism

The ordinance of baptism by immersion in water shall be urged upon all those who have repented of their sins, who have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ to the saving of their souls and who give clear evidence of their salvation. (Matt.28:19; Rom. 6:3-5; Col. 2:12)

 

Section 5.02   The Lord's Supper

The ordinance of the Lord's Supper shall be observed at least quarterly--preferably more frequently. (Luke 22:19-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-26)

 

Article VI.   MEMBERS AND NONMEMBER PARTICIPANTS

 

Membership in this assembly shall be open to applicants aged 12 or older who meet the standards in Section 6.02 and are approved by the Pastor and Deacons.

 

Section 6.01   Reception of Members

(a) Persons desiring membership in this assembly shall inform the Pastor or a subordinate who shall provide each one with an application form and a copy of our constitution as amended, for study. Persons asking to transfer their membership to this assembly from another assembly shall request a letter of transfer from that assembly.  Completed applications, and other pertinent information, shall be considered by the Pastor and Deacons according to standards in Section 6.02.

 

(b) Upon approval for membership, applicants shall be received publicly into this assembly at any of the regular worship services.  New member services shall be conducted at least four times per year when applicants are available.

 

(c) If the application is not approved, the board will return the application along with a written explanation of the refusal.  A copy of the application and the refusal notice will be kept as a part of this assembly’s permanent records.

 

Section 6.02   Membership Standard

(a) Evidence of a genuine experience in regeneration, the new birth.

(John 1:12-13; 3:3-8; 1 Peter 1:18-25)

 

(b) Evidence of a consistent Christian life. (Rom. 6:4, 8:1-4, 13:13-14;

Eph.4:17-32; 5:1-2, 15; 1 John 1:6-7)

 

(c) To fully subscribe to the tenets of faith as set forth in this constitution.

 

(d) Willingness to contribute regularly to the support of this Assembly

according to his or her ability and be governed by this constitution.

 

Section 6.03   Voter Members

All members aged 18 or older, not excluded by Section 6.04, shall constitute the legal voting membership of this assembly provided that they regularly take part in the services; that they are living consistent Christian lives; and are in agreement with our distinctive testimony.  They shall have voting and floor privileges in all business meetings of this assembly.

 

Section 6.04   Nonvoter Members

The following category of members shall not have voting privileges in business meetings of this assembly:

(a) Those aged 12 through 17, inclusive.

 

(b) Those unable to regularly attend services of this assembly because they are enrolled in institutions of higher learning; or are training for the ministry; or are serving in the ministry; or in the military; or because of advanced age or disability.

 

(c) Those transferred by the Pastor and Deacons from the voter to the nonvoter status because without good reason:

(1) they absented themselves from the services of this assembly for a period of three consecutive months or more;

(2) they ceased to contribute of their means to its support;

(3) they may be out of harmony with its teachings or its ministries

(4) they are under charges of unscriptural or disruptive conduct; or

(5) they have fallen under condemnation through sinful and worldly

practices.

 

Section 6.05   Revision of Membership Records

The standing of voter and nonvoter members shall be determined by the Pastor and Deacons each November or December, and before any special business meeting.  They shall remove the names of persons deceased, withdrawn, or removed by discipline.

 

Section 6.06   Discipline of Members

(a) Removal of a name from any category for disciplinary reasons by the

Pastor and Deacons shall be recorded in the minutes of the Board

meeting in which the action was taken.

 

(b) A member whose name is removed from any category of

membership for disciplinary reasons shall be notified in writing with a

copy kept as part of this assembly's permanent records.

 

(c) All disciplinary action by the Pastor and Deacons shall follow the

principle of: Matt. 18:15-17; Rom. 16:17-18; 1 Cor. 5:11.

 

(d) A member whose name has been so removed may appeal to the

Pastor and Deacons for reconsideration and reinstatement.

 

(e) If reinstatement is refused the removed member may request a

hearing before the voter membership of this assembly.  Action of this

membership by a majority of all votes cast shall be

final. (Rom. 16:17-18; 1 Cor. 5:9-13; 2 Thess. 3:6,14)

 

Section 6.07   Membership Reports

Should the District Office or other proper agency seek statistical information of membership categories other than those in this Article, the Pastor, or a designee, may respond according to available information.

 

Section 6.08    Nonmember Participants

Persons of all ages who are not eligible for membership as provided herein, or who choose not to apply for membership, are invited to worship with this assembly and participate in its activities in an orderly manner, but shall have no floor nor voting rights.

 

Article VII.   CHURCH OFFICERS

 

Section 7.01   Church Board

There shall be a Church Board composed of the Pastor and not less than three Deacons, to whom shall be committed the general management of this assembly.  Additional Deacons may be added to the Board as authorized by a majority of all votes cast in a business meeting called as in Article IX. 

 

The Church Board shall choose each year from the voter membership (including the Church Board itself) a Secretary and a Treasurer, who with the Pastor, shall be the designated legal officers of this assembly and trustees in the holding and conveying of property and signing of all instruments and legal documents.  The Secretary or Treasurer may be replaced at any time by the Pastor and Deacons.

 

Section 7.02   The Pastor Qualifications and Responsibilities

The Pastor shall:

            (a) Be a credentialed minister of the Assemblies of God in good standing.

           

            (b) Be the spiritual overseer of this assembly and shall direct all its

            activities.

           

            (c) Be an ex officio member of the Church Board and all committees,

            departments and ministries.

           

            (d) Be president of this corporation.

           

            (e) Act as chairman of business meetings of this assembly or meetings of             the Church Board.  (As necessary, he may designate a substitute when he        can not be available.)

           

            (f) Provide all services of this assembly, and arrange for all special

            meetings, conventions, and revivals.  No person shall be invited to speak or preach in this assembly, nor at any function without his knowledge and      approval.

 

            (g) Invite all assistant or associate pastors, as well as any other salaried     personnel, to serve the assembly.  They shall be directly responsible to            the pastor who shall assign their responsibilities and determine their             length of employment.  None of these positions shall be filled, or vacated,             by congregational vote or action of the Deacons.  The Pastor shall consult            with the Deacons regarding all changes in personnel, duties, and salaries.              Prior to employment the Deacons shall have the right to reject any          potential employee of the assembly.

           

            (h) As time permits, the Pastor will be available for personal conferences, suggestions, counseling, and spiritual assistance. 

 

Note:  See section 8.01 and 8.04(a) 

 

 

Section 7.03    Deacons Qualifications and Responsibilities

(a) Scriptural Description:  1 Tim. 3:8-12 (NIV)  “Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.  They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.  They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.  In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.  A deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must manage his children and his household well.”

 

(b) Constitutional Qualifications:  Deacons shall:

            (1) Be persons of mature Christian experience and knowledge who shall, as closely as possible, meet the requirements as set forth in Acts 6:1-4; 1 Tim. 3:8-12; and Titus 1:5-9.

           

            (2) Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age and shall have been active voter members of this assembly for at least one year.

 

(3) Pay tithes into the church and agree to be faithful in attending major church services and church board meetings.

 

(c) Duties:  Deacons are chosen to serve this assembly and therefore shall act in an advisory capacity with the Pastor in matters pertaining to this assembly in its spiritual life; in the ministry of its ordinances; and in business affairs.  They shall act in the examination of applicants for membership, and also in the administration of discipline.  If this assembly is temporarily without a Pastor, or if the Pastor is unable to attend, Deacons are empowered to provide a temporary chairman, if necessary, or proceed without the Pastor in order to deal with urgent matters.  If a vacancy in the pastorate exists, the Deacons, in consultation with the District Superintendent, shall arrange supply ministries. 

 

See also sections 8.02 and 8.04(b)

 

Section 7.04   Elders Qualifications and Responsibilities

(a)  The biblical qualifications for an Elder (Titus 1:5-9) are very similar to

 those for a Deacon.  See Section 7.03 (a).  But in addition Elders should be skilled in doctrine and its defense.  They should be humble in spirit and have a servant’s heart. 

 

(b)  If the Pastor determines that additional spiritual advice, counsel, or

assistance is needed by the pastorate, or this assembly; and that this assembly has voter members who are qualified to provide the needed spiritual advice, counsel, or assistance, the Pastor shall bring recommendations for discussion to the Board prior to any appointments; then may appoint at least one Elder for a term of one year.  At the end of the term the Pastor may reappoint the Elder(s); appoint replacements, or leave the office open. 

 

(c)  The Pastor may terminate an appointment at any time.  Elders are

solely responsible to the Pastor and have no administrative authority arising from their office.  In the absence of the Pastor, Elder(s) shall follow the Church Board’s leadership.

 

Section 7.05    Secretary Responsibilities

In addition to the responsibilities outlined in Section 7.01, the Secretary shall:

(a)  Keep the minutes of the annual and special business meetings, and

the monthly board meetings.

            (b) Keep records of the membership, and perform or delegate all

            necessary clerical work

 

            (c) Be custodian of all legal documents and the corporate seal, if any;

 

            (d) Record all final decisions that are made by the Board, whether the        decision was made in a Board Meeting, via email, phone call, or by        any other means of communication.

 

Section 7.06    Treasurer Responsibilities

In addition to the responsibilities outlined in Section 7.01, the Treasurer shall:

(a)  Be entrusted with all the finances of this assembly;

 

(b)  Deposit funds in a responsible bank in this assembly's name;

           

            (c) Shall disburse funds by check as authorized by the Pastor and

             Deacons.

           

            (d) Without diminishing the Treasurer's overall responsibility, the

            Treasurer's duties may be delegated to a person having computer, or          accounting skills. 

 

            (e) Any expenditure or financial commitment falling between $250.00 and            the average monthly income for the last 12 months must be approved by             two board members; and any greater amount must be approved by two-            thirds of the voter members, except those expenditures necessary to             maintain the integrity of the church property, and meet any regular financial obligations. 

 

            (f) The Treasurer shall account for all receipts and disbursements and       make an itemized report at the regular meetings of the Church Board.    This report, after approval by the Pastor and Deacons, shall be visibly          displayed monthly.  There shall also be a summarized report prepared for the annual business meeting.

 

Section 7.07   Audit

Accounts of this assembly shall be audited under the direction of the Pastor and Deacons.  All findings shall be presented to the Church Board and made available to the general membership after acceptance by the Church Board.

 

Article VIII.   ELECTIONS, VACANCIES, AND REMOVALS

 

Section 8.01   Election of Pastor

Pastors shall be elected to serve for a limitless period of time.  Prospective Pastors shall be nominated by the Deacons after consultation with the Indiana District Officiary and presented to the voter membership.  An election shall be by secret ballot at a special meeting called for that purpose.  A two-thirds majority of all votes cast by voter members shall be required to constitute an election.

Section 8.02   Election of Deacons 

                  (a) Deacons shall be elected from the voter membership, to serve until

replaced by a duly elected successor.  They shall be nominated by a nominating committee consisting of the Pastor, one incumbent Deacon, and three voter members chosen by the Pastor and Deacons from the names of the voter members who are not Deacons and who are able and willing to serve on the committee. 

 

(b) The nominating committee shall be formed by the end of November.  Each person considered for nomination shall be queried concerning attendance at Sunday School, church services and Church Board meetings.  The nominating committee shall endeavor to offer at least two names for each office to be filled.  A list of nominees shall be made available to the membership at least two Sunday services before the annual meeting.

 

(c) Deacons shall be elected for rotating terms of three years except

for vacancies created due to incomplete terms, with no more than half the terms expiring in the same year.  A person who has served as Deacon for three years, or a person who has been elected to serve for three years but has resigned during those three years, shall not be re-elected until at least one year has elapsed in which that person has not served as a Deacon.

 

(d)  Deacons shall be elected by a majority of all votes

 cast.  If no nominee is elected on the first ballot, all names except the two receiving the highest number of votes shall be eliminated.

 

Section 8.03 Ballots

(a)  A "Majority Vote" means one half plus one or more of the total

votes cast, which includes voter members' votes and absentee ballots.

 

(b)  A "2/3 Majority Vote" means 2/3 or more of the total votes cast,

which includes voter members' votes and absentee ballots.

 

(c) All elections shall be by secret ballot cast by voter members. Voter members are to be seated separately from other people who may be present. 

 

(d) Proxy ballots are not permitted at any time for any reason. 

 

(e) Blank ballots shall not be counted in computing percentages nor other results.   

 

 

(f) Absentee ballots of voting members shall be accepted at the annual business meeting and special business meetings of the assembly in cases where the voting member is unable to attend said meetings due to illness, employment during the meeting, or is on vacation. 

 

(g)  Absentee ballots should be marked with the word "absentee",

placed in a sealed envelope bearing the  member's name, and given to the Pastor or Secretary prior to the meeting during which the votes are to be cast.  In the case where multiple votes are needed to only those absentee ballots will be used that show the names of those persons still in the running. 

 

(h) The ballots shall be counted by the Secretary and two other tellers chosen by the Secretary. 

 

Section 8.04 Vacancies and Removals

A person elected or appointed to fill a vacancy in any area of the church shall take office or assume the responsibility immediately if possible and serve for an indefinite period of time.  The only exception is that of a Deacon.  See Section 8.02 (c).

            (a) The Pastor

When the Pastorate becomes vacant the vacancy shall be filled according to Section 8.01  If serious charges are preferred against the Pastor, or the Pastor's ministry has ceased to be effective in the opinion of a majority of the Deacons, the Deacons may ask for the Pastor's resignation at any of its business meetings.  If such resignation is refused, the pastorate shall not be considered vacant until the action of the Deacons has been confirmed by a majority vote of voter members at a meeting called for that purpose and presided over by the District Officiary.  The District Office shall be formally ;notified of all of such actions.

           

            (b) Deacons

A vacancy occurring within a term of office may be filled for the remainder of that term according to Section 8.02.  If serious charges are preferred against a Deacon, or the Deacon's ministry has ceased to be effective in the opinion of the majority of the Board, the Board may ask for the Deacon's resignation at any of its board meetings.  If such resignation is refused, the Deacon's position shall not be considered vacant until the action of the Board has been confirmed by a majority vote at a meeting called for that purpose.

 

            (c) Other Officers and Appointees

A vacancy occurring within any department or committee of this assembly, may be filled by the leader of that department or committee, subject to the approval of the Pastor.  If serious charges are preferred against an Officer or Appointee, or their ministry has ceased to be effective in the opinion of the majority of the Board, that Officer or Appointee will be removed from their position.  Such vacancies may be filled by the Pastor and Deacons, except that a Deacon shall be replaced according to Section 8.02.

 

(d) Grounds for Removal

Removal in from any office of this assembly, its departments, or committees may be declared by action of the Pastor and Deacons at any regular or special Church Board meeting.  Grounds for such action shall include unscriptural conduct, doctrinal departure from the tenets of faith, inadequacy, or excessive absenteeism.  Any person so charged shall have the right to a fair and impartial hearing before the voter members, and will be restored or removed by majority vote of the voter members present and voting. 

 

Article IX.   MEETINGS

 

Section 9.01   Meetings for Worship

Meetings for worship shall be held on each Lord's Day and during the week as may be provided for under the direction of the Pastor and Deacons.

 

Section 9.02   Annual Business Meeting

There shall be an annual business meeting of voter members and others desiring to attend, at which time the election of Deacons shall take place, and reports of officers and ministries shall be given.  It shall take place as soon as possible after January 1 as determined by the Pastor and Deacons.

 

Section 9.03   Special Business Meetings

Special business meetings may be called provided the meeting has been agreed upon by a majority of the Church Board (Pastor and Deacons).  Special meetings may also be called by petition signed by not less than one-third of the voter members.  Such petitions are to be placed in the hands of the Pastor or Secretary for proper announcement.

 

Section 9.04   Time, Place and Purpose of Business Meetings

Notice of the time, place and purpose of all business meetings shall be provided to the congregation in at least two Sunday services before the meeting.

 

Section 9.05   Quorums

Quorums for congregational business meetings shall be at least one third of the voter members.  Quorums for Church Board meetings shall be one-half or more of the members of the Board.

 

Section 9.06   Church Board Meetings

The Church Board shall meet at least monthly for the transaction of routine business.

 

 

 

Section 9.07   Minutes

Minutes shall be kept of all congregational business meetings and Church Board meetings at which quorums are present, and preserved as a part of this assembly's permanent records.  The minutes shall be recorded by the secretary or a person designated by the board.

 

Section 9.08   Order of Business

The order of business for annual congregational business meetings shall be:

            (a) Devotional

(b) Reading of previous meeting minutes by the Secretary

(c) Treasurer's report

(d) Audit report

(e) Departmental and Ministry reports

(f) Reports by voter members

(g) Unfinished business

(h) Election of officers

(i) New business

(j) Adjournment

 

The chairman may dispense with inapplicable items above in special business meetings.

 

Section 9.09   Reports by Voter Members

Any voter member may request to take the floor to make a brief (3 min. maximum in length) report.

 

Section 9.10   Change of Assembly Affiliation

Any meeting at which the dissolution of this Assembly, or its merger with another congregation, or its withdrawal from affiliation with the Assemblies of God is discussed shall not be considered a duly called meeting unless the District officiary has been invited and is present.

 

Article X.   DEPARTMENTS AND AUXILIARY MINISTRIES

 

Section 10.01   All Departments, Auxiliaries, and Committees

This assembly shall, in a genuine and determined manner, endeavor to create a Youth Department, a Men’s Ministries Department, and a Women’s Ministries Department with their activities being conducted as branches of the church.  All Departments, Auxiliaries, and Committees shall be subordinate to this assembly; contribute to the harmony and development of the whole and be under the general supervision of the Pastor and Deacons, with the Pastor being an ex officio member of them.  The Pastor and Deacons shall, in consultation with these ministries, determine their policies and programs.  These ministries shall, as much as possible, cooperate with and participate in the equivalent ministries at the district level.

 

Section 10.02   Christian Education Department

(a) The Minister of Education (if one is serving in that capacity) shall be the director or head of the Christian Education Department.  Otherwise the Sunday School Superintendent may serve as the head or director.

        

         (b) The Pastor, Minister of Education (if one is serving in that capacity) and the Deacons shall appoint the superintendent, secretary, treasurer and any other executive officers from among the voter members and participants of this assembly.

 

         (c) The Pastor, Minister of Education (if one is serving in that capacity) and Sunday School Superintendent shall appoint all teachers and workers for the Sunday School Program.

        

         (d) Such programs as children's church, neighborhood story hours, vacation Bible school, children's revivals, church library, etc. shall be under the jurisdiction of the Pastor and Deacons.

 

Section 10.03   Other Departments and Auxiliaries

Other departments and auxiliaries such as the Music Department, Royal Rangers, Mpact Girls Clubs, etc., may operate under the supervision and approval of the Pastor and Deacons; but establishment of any atypical ministry, such as a Daycare Center, Day School, Youth Center, Coffee House, etc., shall first be approved by a majority of all votes cast, at a regular or special business meeting called for consideration of that ministry.

 

Article XI.   FINANCES

 

Funds for the maintenance and outreach of this assembly shall be provided by the voluntary contributions of tithes and offerings by members and friends of the church.  Offerings shall be accepted by this assembly, at such times and in such ways as agreed upon by the Pastor and Deacons, and shall be disbursed by the Treasurer under their direction.  See Section 7.06

 

Article XII.   PROPERTY

 

All property, real or chattel, shall be taken, held, sold, transferred, or conveyed in the name of this Assembly.  No real property of this assembly shall be acquired, sold, leased, mortgaged, nor otherwise alienated unless authorized by at least a two-thirds majority of all votes cast at the business meeting which has been announced for consideration of the proposal.  The Pastor and Secretary shall certify in such conveyance, lease, or mortgage that the action has been duly authorized by vote of the members.

If this assembly ceases to function as an Assemblies of God church, or severs its affiliation as described in Article II, all property, real or chattel, shall revert to the Indiana District Assemblies of God, Inc., presently located at Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Indiana District Assemblies of God shall have full authority to use or dispose of the property at its discretion.  In the event property of this assembly is sold or leased, proceeds derived therefrom shall be used by the Indiana District Assemblies of God in furthering the Gospel of Christ, and nothing of value shall inure to the benefit of any officer, leader or member of Noblesville New Life Assembly of God, Inc., Noblesville, Indiana, nor any other private person.

Article XIII.   CONGREGRATIONAL INVOLVEMENT

 

Section 13.01   Special Surveys

The Pastor and Deacons may conduct special surveys at any time in such a manner and form as they may determine.

 

Section 13.02   Congregational Initiatives

The Pastor and Deacons may occasionally or continually provide suggestions boxes at primary exits of the church building and suggestion slips at the information tables.  Slips shall be preprinted with: 

(a)  An invitation to worshipers to anonymously register their constructive

            comments, favorable or unfavorable, on impressions of the services or       other matters; suggestions for changes; or any other ideas. 

           

            (b) Instructions that the slips be dropped in the suggestions boxes or          mailed to the church office.

 

In addition, members of the congregation may provide input directly to the pastor.  See Section 7.02 (h).

 

Article XIV.   DISTRICT SUPERVISION

 

If voter membership of this assembly falls below twenty, or there are not at least three voter members qualified to be Deacons, this assembly shall become a district supervised church upon request of the congregation, or declaration of the District Executive Presbytery.

 

Article XV.   AMENDMENTS

 

This constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority of all votes cast at any regular or special business meeting called for that purpose according to Article IX.  This provision for amending the constitution does not apply to Article IV-Tenets of Faith, which stands unless amended by the General Council.

 

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