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Constitution & By-laws

of the

Foothills Community Baptist Church

Piedmont, South Dakota


Preamble

In order to preserve and secure the principles of our faith, provide for the orderly governing of this independent local church, promote the individual liberties of each member and the freedom of this church in relation to other churches and ecclesiastical bodies, all documents and actions previously adopted by this body notwithstanding, we do declare and establish this Constitution of the Foothills Community Baptist Church. We gratefully recognize and affirm the wisdom, faithfulness and dedication of those who constituted this body, on October 20, 1977, as the Piedmont Baptist Church. In adopting this new Constitution, our aim is to build on the vision and work of our founding members.

 

ARTICLE I – Name

The name of the organization shall be the Foothills Community Baptist Church of Piedmont, South Dakota
 

ARTICLE II – Purpose

Foothills Community Baptist Church is a body of baptized believers who have submitted to Jesus Christ as Lord and the Bible as the divinely revealed authority. The purpose of this body is to worship and exalt the Lord Jesus Christ, share His plan of salvation with unbelievers throughout the world, teach people the tenets of the Christian faith, and demonstrate His love to one and all.

 

On October 16th, 2005, the members unanimously adopted a the following statement of Values, Purpose and Vision:

 

Our Values

  • The Bible is the inspired Word of God

  • All people need a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

  • All Christians need ongoing spiritual growth

  • Prayer is essential for Christians to communicate with God.

  • Meeting needs of others under God’s direction.

  • Celebrating God’s presence thru worship

  • Gathering together in fellowship to strengthen relationships with Christ and others.

Our Purpose

“Helping all people develop a personal and growing relationship with God in Christ.”

Our Vision

“A maturing body of believers expanding the Kingdom of God”
 

 


ARTICLE III – Statement of Faith

The Holy Bible is the inspired and infallible word of God and is the basis by which all creeds and statements of faith must be judged. This body subscribes to The Baptist Faith and Message documents adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention as descriptive of “beliefs commonly held among us.”
 

ARTICLE IV – Membership Covenant

Members of this body subscribe to the Membership Covenant as a basis of our relationship:

  • Having been led by the Holy Spirit of God to receive Jesus Christ, by faith, as our Savior and Lord, having made a public profession of our faith in Him and having been baptized, by immersion in water in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and being in agreement with the Statement of Faith with God's help, we solemnly and joyfully enter into Covenant together as one body in Christ. 

  • We agree together, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk in Christian love; to labor together for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness and encouragement 

  • To be honest and sincere in our personal relationship with Jesus Christ and with our church family.

  • To come together in good faith to "do our part" in the total life and ministry of Christ's church. To faithfully support the programs and ministries of the church by our presence and participation.

  • To faithfully support both our local Ministry and worldwide Missions with our tithes and offerings.

  • To "seek God" in personal Bible study and prayer.

  • To teach our children a Godly lifestyle and make every effort to help our family and acquaintances find a personal relationship with Jesus Christ

  • To live our lives in such a way as to bring glory and honor to God and to do our best never to bring discredit on Christ or damage the witness of His church.

  • To avoid any behavior, such as backbiting, gossiping, or anger which will bring discord within our church family.

  • To be "slow to anger" and always "ready for reconciliation” and to actively seek that reconciliation without delay.

  • To pray for each other; to help in times of sickness or distress; to be sympathetic and caring in our relationships.

  • To love (agape) each other as brothers and sisters In Christ.

  • When we move to a new locality to seek another, Bible centered, local church where we can carry out the spirit and principles of this Covenant

ARTICLE V - Membership

All individuals will be recognized, at their first public request, as candidates for church membership. The members of this church reserve the exclusive right to determine who shall be a member of this body and the conditions of such membership.

The membership of this church shall be persons who:

  • have publicly confessed Jesus Christ as Lord

  • have been baptized, by immersion, in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

  • are in agreement with the Statement of Faith.

  • have committed themselves to the Membership Covenant

  • have requested membership in a Worship Service or Business Meeting.

Candidates who meet these requirements may be accepted into membership by a majority vote of the active members present and voting in Regular Business Meeting. (Note:  It is understood that persons accepted as candidates for baptism shall, following their baptism, be considered members of the church unless they make a specific request to the contrary.)


Every member 12 years of age and older shall be entitled to vote in all elections and on all questions submitted to the church in conference, provided the member is present. The Manual of Procedures will detail the responsibilities, removal and discipline of members.


ARTICLE VII – Church Government

The Foothills Community Baptist Church is an independent local church and shall not be subject to the control of any other ecclesiastical body. The government of the Foothills Community Baptist church shall be vested solely in the body of believers who compose its membership.
The Foothills Community Baptist Church shall be incorporated in accordance with the laws of the State of South Dakota governing religious bodies.
The Foothills Community Baptist church recognizes and sustains the benefits of mutual counsel and cooperation common among Southern Baptist churches and shall be in cooperation with the Black Hills Area Association of Southern Baptists, the Dakota Southern Baptist Fellowship, the Southern Baptist Convention or their successors.
 

ARTICLE VIII – Pastor

A Pastor shall be called and elected by the Church whenever a vacancy occurs.
When it becomes necessary to call a Pastor, a Pastor Search Committee shall be nominated by the Administrative Team and elected by the Church. The Search Committee shall prayerfully seek out the man they believe God has anointed to become Pastor. In addition to any other consideration, only men who can demonstrate a strong commitment to Missions and to Southern Baptist life will be considered as candidates. The Search Committee shall consider only one man at a time. A candidate shall be presented to the church only on a unanimous recommendation of the Search Committee. A three-fourths affirmative vote of the active members present and voting at a Special Business Meeting called for that purpose shall be required for election. Upon election, the Pastor shall serve until his relationship with the church is terminated either by him, the church, or by mutual consent.
 

The Pastor shall have charge of the pulpit and general oversight of the spiritual and temporal well-being of the church. He shall be an ex officio member of all Organizations, Teams and Committees.
 

The Pastor’s service may be terminated by a majority vote of the active members present and voting at a Special Business Meeting called for that purpose. Those calling for the termination of the Pastor shall, at the time the Special Business Meeting is called for, present a written statement of the reasons they believe the Pastor is worthy of termination. Grounds for termination of the Pastor shall be moral turpitude, heresy in his preaching, or consistent or gross conduct detrimental to the fellowship and ministry of the Church. When the Pastor’s termination is called for, the Administrative Team may, at its discretion, suspend the Pastor, with pay, from his duties until the matter has been decided by the congregation. The Pastor shall be given ample opportunity to answer all charges against him.
 

ARTICLE IX – Officers

The church shall elect a Clerk and Treasurer who shall serve as officers of the corporation. The church shall elect four Trustees to represent the body in all legal matters. The Chairman of Trustees shall serve as President of the corporation. Election and terms of service for all officers, except the Pastor, shall be outlined in the Manual of Procedures.


ARTICLE X – Meetings

            The church will meet on a quarterly basis to report and conduct business.  Regular Business Meetings shall be held on the third Sunday of January, April, July and October.  All such meetings shall be held at the church.  There will be no private meetings which may restrict the attendance or participation of the active membership.

A Regular Business Meeting may be postponed by the Pastor, in consultation with the Chairman of Trustees, due to inclement weather or other emergency situation.  In such a case, the meeting will take place on the next following Sunday.  The Administrative Team may postpone, for one week, the date of the next Regular Business Meeting when the normal date is in conflict with a major activity or holiday observance of the church.


Special Called Business Meetings may be called by the Pastor, the Administrative Team or by written petition of ten active members. The purpose and time of such meetings shall be announced from the pulpit in the Sunday Morning Worship Service with the meeting taking place no earlier than the following Wednesday night.
All Business Meetings shall be conducted at the church.


A quorum of the active members must be present at all Business Meetings before any business can be transacted. A quorum shall be defined as at least 25% of the previous month’s average Sunday School attendance rounded to the next higher whole number. Unless specifically provided for in this Constitution, all questions shall be decided by a majority vote of the active members present and voting.


The church shall conduct itself during business meetings in accordance with the principles of the New Testament and Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised. The Pastor will serve as Moderator at all business meetings. The Chairman of Trustees shall serve as Moderator in the absence or incapacity of the Pastor.


ARTICLE XI - Perpetuity

Should this church cease to be a cooperating constituent of the Southern Baptist Convention, all assets shall revert to the Dakota Southern Baptist Fellowship, or their successors, to be used or disposed of, at their discretion, to carry out the purposes for which the church was established.
Should the perpetuity of this church be threatened by a division in fellowship, all assets shall remain with those members adhering to this Constitution and carrying out the Purpose Statement (ARTICLE II). Should a dispute arise as to which group more closely fulfills this provision, all assets of the church shall be entrusted to the Dakota Southern Baptist Fellowship, or their successors, to hold in trust until the dispute can be resolved. If such a dispute cannot be resolved, the Dakota Southern Baptist Fellowship, or their successors, shall, at their sole discretion, use or dispose of any or all assets in such a way as to best carry out the Purpose Statement of the church.
 

ARTICLE XII – Manual of Procedures

To carry out the provisions of this Constitution, to govern and direct all employees, officers, Teams and Committees of this church; a Manual of Procedures shall be devised and established. The Manual of Procedures may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present in any regular or special business meeting of the church.
 

ARTICLE XIII – Amendments

This Constitution or any article thereof, may be amended by a two-thirds affirmative vote of those members present and voting at a Regular Business Meeting, provided that prior notice of such amendment has been announced from the pulpit and a written copy provided to members attending the previous Sunday Morning Worship Service.
 

 

 

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