Article I - Name

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The name of this organization shall be called Bible Baptist Church .

Article II - Purpose

The purpose and mission of this church shall be to strive (Webster), by the help of God, and the power of the Holy spirit, to carry out the great commission of our Lord Jesus Christ as stated in Matthew 28:18-20, and elsewhere, by the following measures:quill

  1. Every member shall be urged and expected not only to assist others in taking the Gospel of Salvation to the lost, but will be expected to go personally after having been instructed and led of the Lord in so doing.
  2. After having led the lost to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus, and upon having received Him as Lord and Savior, the converts shall be instructed as to their duty to confess Christ by baptism (immersion in water).
  3. New converts shall also be instructed and taught in matters of Christian conduct, Bible study, church attendance, personal soul-winning, tithes and offerings, faithfulness to Christ, and any other scriptures deemed necessary to their prosperity and growth.
  4. The means employed in carrying out the above shall be: regular church services, prayer meeting, revival meetings, personal visitation, church visitation, missionaries - both home and foreign, radio broadcasts, distribution of literature, street and jail services, and any other means deemed honorable, wise and effective.

Article III Authority

The Holy Scripture shall be accepted as final authority on matters relating to faith and practice by the members of this church.

Article IV Government

Section 1

This church has always been and shall continue to be an independent body of baptized believers. The government of this church has always been and shall continue to be vested in this assembled membership, through its duly elected officers, and it shall never be subject to the control of any other ecclesiastical body, and no denominational or associational representatives shall ever sit in judgment over its affairs. The church may fellowship and cooperate with other churches for the furtherance of the gospel when such shall be wholly in accordance with the scriptures, but no rules, regulations, or commitments shall be made to such bodies which call for more than voluntary action on the part of this church, and any such fellowship and cooperation may be broken at any time by a majority of those members present and voting at any regular or special business meeting.

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The instruments of government shall be the Holy Bible and the Church Covenant - Inst. No. I, Articles of Faith - Inst. No. II, Church policy - Inst. III, Constitution and By-Laws - Inst. No. IV.

Article V Finance

Section 1

Scriptural giving is an expression of love to the Lord Jesus Christ; therefore, it shall be a voluntary and free will offering uninfluenced by any consideration of material or worldly reward. No solicitation, sales, or bazaars shall be permitted in the name of this church. Tithes and offerings brought into the general treasury of the church is the only method of finance found in the Scriptures; therefore, it shall be the duty of the members to bring their tithes and offerings.

Section 2

The church shall finance the Missions Program, foreign and home by means of the Faith Promise Missions program. All missions money shall be used for the furtherance of missions, whether at home or abroad.

Article VI - Inner Organization

Every organization or society within this church will be an integral part of the church and not an entity to itself. They shall therefore, have as their aims and objectives that of assisting the church in discharging the obligations and responsibilities which it has imposed upon itself, rather than having separate aims and objectives which always act as divisive forces. The pastor may preside over all such organizations or societies.

Article VII - Membership

Section 1

Membership in this church may be acquired in the following manner:

A. Baptism - Any person who evidences a change of attitude toward God, and by faith in Jesus as the Son of God who died and shed His blood on the cross to atone for his sins, and accepts Him as his own Savior, and with all his heart is willing to obey Him and His work, may by vote of the church and by baptism, be received into membership.

B. Letter - Any person to whom the ordinance of baptism by immersion has been administered by authority of an orthodox Baptist Church , may by a satisfactory statement of faith and letter of recommendation from a sister Baptist Church be received into membership upon the vote of this Church.

C. Experience (Statement) - Any person to whom the ordinance of baptism by immersion has been administered by authority of an orthodox Baptist Church , and satisfactory statement of faith in Christ, may be received into membership upon the vote of the church.

D. Restoration - Any person whom membership has been terminated, may upon public confession of his sins or errors, and six months attendance after said confession that reveals faithfulness in attendance, Christian spirit, and liberality in stewardship, call for a special meeting with the Pastor and Church Board, or Pastor and Discipline Committee, wherein it shall be frankly and fully discussed as to the individual ™s future intentions and relationship to the church. Should the results of said meeting be satisfactory, the Pastor may cause said party to be recommended to the church for membership and upon the vote of the church shall be received into membership. No restored member shall hold office for a period of six months following restoration.

E. No person shall be admitted to membership of this church to whom three members object, casting their votes in the negative. Such voters shall state their objection. If objections are not valid, said person may be again presented for membership.

Section 2

Membership in this church may be dissolved in the following ways:

  1. Death - At a regular business meeting, the church clerk shall be caused to indicate on the church roll that said member has deceased.
  2. Letter of Dismissal to sister Baptist Churches.
  3. By dropping from church roll - Members who seem to manifest inconsistency in their Christian lives, indifference toward the life and work of the Church, or flagrant sin, shall be interviewed for the purpose of removing any weakness in their lives. It shall be within the providence of the Pastor or Discipline Committee to recommend that said person or persons be dropped from church roll.
  4. Delinquency - Any member who avoidable misses all services for a period of six months or who refuses to support the church in a financial way (see Church Covenant) during the Church year, shall be known as delinquent and the Church clerk shall automatically cause his/her name to be presented to the Pastor and Church Board, having made investigation, and said condition not being correct, shall then without unnecessary delay, report such to the Church and recommend that such member be dropped from the active Church Roll and placed on an inactive roll. In no case shall such delinquency continue for more than two years, 1 John 2:19.
  5. Participation in unauthorized meetings or secret meetings with members of the church shall be cause for automatic exculsion.

Section 3

  1. General duties of the members of this church shall be to acquire Bible knowledge, to progress Scripturally, put away questionable habits and to live a life that would honor the Lord Jesus Christ and strengthen His church.

    It is the duty of members to cultivate brotherly love (John 13:35 ) for all the other members of the church and to show this love by using all proper measures to promote their spiritual benefits and prosperity.
  2. It is the duty of the members to honor and highly esteem or regard their pastor (1 Thess. 5:12 -13); to pray for him (2 Thess. 3:1-2); to submit to him in the Scriptural exercise of his Holy Spirit-given authority (Acts 20:28 ; Heb. 13:7and Heb. 13:17); to guard his reputation; to contribute toward his support regularly according to their ability.
  3. Toward those outside the membership is the duty of members to be exact in fulfilling obligations, keeping promises, and as opportunity enables to command the gospel of Christ to them.
  4. It is the duty of members upon removing from the city, to unite with another church of like faith and practice, and requesting said church to send to the Bible Baptist Church for their letter of recommendation or dismissal. Should a non-resident member wish to continue his membership, he shall communicate and make a contribution at least once yearly to his church.

Article VIII - Church Officers and Their Duties

Section 1

  1. Pastor - Duties and Qualifications A. The word pastor means (Webster), a shepherd or spiritual overseer. The Scriptures refer to the office commonly called pastor, as Elder or Bishop. 1 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 Pet. 5:1-4; 1 Tim. 5:17; 1 Thess. 5:12-13; Acts 20:28; Heb. 13:7, Heb. 13:17are examples of such and also show clearly that the pastor is to oversee and supervise the affairs of the church. He shall not only have the general supervision of the church, but shall have unrestricted liberty in presenting any matter he deems necessary to the church for its consideration and instruction.
  2. It shall be the duty of the pastor to preach regularly at the Church, to administer the ordinances of the Gospel (baptism and the Lord's Supper), and to perform the various duties incumbent on his office.
  3. He shall be the moderator of the Church and preside at all its business meetings; ex-office member of all the committees and organization, which includes the privilege of voting; in charge of the pulpit and responsible for supply speaker in legal matters shall act as president.

1. The pastor shall govern all staff and attend to their hiring and dismissing.

2. The pastor shall oversee and administer and have knowledge of all church finances.

3. The pastor's monetary needs shall be provided by the church with consideration of his home, automobile, family insurance, and other needs which shall come under review on at least an annual time period.

4. 1 Tim. 3:1-6 and Titus 1:7-9 give the qualifications of pastor. The life of the pastor and his family should be and example of godliness and spirituality. They should not indulge in worldly or sinful practices which would tend to weaken the testimony of the church (1 Thess. 5:22 ). No one who is addicted to the use of intoxicating liquors, drugs, or tobacco in any form; or who brings disrepute upon his ministry through sinful language, practice, or associations shall be considered for pastor or having fallen into such be retained as pastor, if such course is persisted in (Rom. 12:1-2; 2 Cor. 6:11-18).

5. Because of the office, the pastor shall be counted worthy of double honor (1 Tim. 5:17 ). No accusation shall be accepted against him without proper observance of the Constitution and By-Laws.

6. No divorced person shall be pastor of this church (Matt. 19:3-9).

7. No person shall be considered for the office nor serve as pastor of this church whose beliefs and teachings are not in accordance with the Articles of Faith as set forth in Instrument No. 11, or who will not declare himself to be a Fundamental (Webster - Fundamentalism), Pre-Millennial, Independent Baptist.

8. No person shall be considered for the office nor serve as pastor who maintains any connection with the FEDERAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES or any of its agencies, conventions, or other ecclesiastical body or bodies.

9. No woman shall be considered to serve as pastor of this church.

10. The term of the pastor shall be for an undesignated period of time and shall be left in the hands of the pastor whether so stated in the call to the office or not; unless dismissed by the church for sinful conduct or unscriptural teaching.

Section 2 - Pastor Call

Whenever it is necessary, by the death or resignation of the pastor, the church shall, WITHOUT DELAY, proceed to secure a new pastor in the following manner. A. The deacons and other men who have been members of the church more than one year and who are not related in any manner shall be known as the Pulpit Committee. They will be entitled to the rights of such a committee either by previous appointment thereby and are therefore a Standing Pulpit Committee  at the time, or they may be elected by the church after said death or resignation of the pastor, providing no such committee exists at such time. If such election is needed, the church shall choose from among its male members the said office with a three-quarter-majority vote or more.

B. The Pulpit Committee shall meet and elect one of its members to contact and invite to the pulpit of the church some minister of good report who is in accordance with and meets the requirements of Article VIII, of Instrument No. IV, known as the Constitution and By-Laws. He shall be in accordance with Instrument II known as the Articles of Faith. An interview is recommended. No person shall be invited to the pulpit of the church without consent of a majority of the Pulpit Committee. Earnest prayer, seeking the will of our Lord, should be made preceding such an invitation.

C. It shall be announced in at least one regular public service previous to the taking of a ballot that the visiting minister is a candidate for the office of pastor of the church, and the time of voting shall be announced.

D. A three-fourths majority of members present and voting shall be necessary for the calling of a pastor.

E. Except for moral or doctrinal teaching a pastor resignation shall not be complete until a Fundamental, Independent, Baptist pastor has been called. It must also be stated that the pastoral candidate should come from a college of like belief, giving first consideration Baptist Bible College, Springfield , MO , or other BBFI approved colleges.

Section 3 - Qualifications and duties of church officers.

A. The office of a deacon.

1. The office of deacon shall be for the assistance of the pastor, which includes maintenance of church properties, visitation of church family and visitors, feeding of the church flock at pastor's request, and service in any capacity as requested by the pastor.

2. The office of deacon shall be an elected office by the church body in which the said person shall serve as required by Church Covenant and the Constitution and By-Laws, meeting the requirements of the pastor as stated in the scriptures.

B. The office of trustee.

1. The office of trustee shall be for the government requirements, to act in behalf of our church and for the legal needs of the church.

2. The office of trustee shall be for the assistance of all church property and the needed repairs and upkeep.

C. The office of church clerk.

1. The church clerk shall be responsible for the minutes of church business meetings, updated church membership, and other clerical needs as described by the pastor.

D. The office of finance committee.

1. The finance committee shall be made up of men who are serving as trustees.

2. The pastor will appoint two men to serve as treasurer and assistant treasurer.

E. General qualifications of church officers.

1. Church officers shall be elected by the church body for the one term of three years. Any elected officers may only serve for three years with a one-year minimum abstinence from any elected church office.

2. A person may be elected to fulfill the unexpired term of a current officer and still be eligible for a one three year term.

3. Church officers shall meet all the requirements of the Church Covenant and the Constitution and By-Laws by living a dedicated life which is an example to the church and the world.

4. All church officers will be required to tithe on a regular and systematic basis to the said local church, Bible Baptist Church. No person shall be considered for a church office that does not tithe of their talents, time, and finances. They will also be required to attend all church services to maintain their church office position.

Section 4

A. Revisions of Constitution and By-Laws may only take place by a church vote in which a minimum of fourteen days has passed from the date of announcement. A three-fourths vote of members present and in good standing with the church is needed for the change to take place.

B. Church members who have obtained their sixteenth birthday and are in good standing with the church shall be eligible to vote.

 
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Service Times

Sunday Worship
Sunday School 9:30am
Morning Worship 10:30am
Children's Church 10:30am
Evening Worship 4:30pm


Wednesday Worship
AWANA Clubs 6:45pm
IGNITE Teen Service 6:45pm
Revolution College Class 7pm
Bible Study & Prayer 7pm

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