Park Chapel Christian Church ByLaws
Adopted August 1993
Affirmed by the eldership and filed with Indiana Secretary of State
Ever striving to attain the fullness of the stature of Jesus Christ, Park Chapel Christian Church is endeavoring to encourage the complete development of each member of the Body. Receiving our commission through Scripture, grounded in the Word, we confidently move forward in faith, fellowship and fervent prayer.
We are showing our faith by our works, prayer, and gifts, proclaiming the liberation of mankind through Jesus to our community. As a result, we regularly witness God’s hand stretched forth to heal those who are bruised and in need of physical and spiritual restoration. Many are coming from Hancock County and beyond to witness God’s work.
Through the infinite power of the Holy Spirit in this local Body, the consuming fire of God’s love is spreading to worldwide mission efforts, financially and prayerfully supported from Greenfield. Our missionaries come from the field to a spiritually strong foundation for encouragement and strength, returning fully equipped to follow the eternal purpose of God reflected in the words of Jesus found in Matthew 28:18-20:
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, ‘All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.’
ARTICLE 1 - OFFICES
The offices of the corporation shall be located in Greenfield, Indiana. The corporation may also maintain offices at such other places within or without the United States as the Board of Directors may, from time to time, determine.
ARTICLE 2 - ELDERS
- Role: The Elders shall serve as the Board of Directors and shall be the source of the corporate officers of the church.
- Selection: The Elders may solicit the congregation for candidates or review the membership of Park Chapel Christ Church themselves for men capable of filling the ministry of Elder. The description of such men is found in 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:5-9*. When a suitable man is found and is desirous of the position he will be called by the elders. A confirmation of a majority of the membership voting is required before a candidate will be ordained to the eldership of Park Chapel Christian Church.
- Term: The eldership can be terminated by resignation or by a determination of all of the other elders that an incumbent is no longer suited to the position. An elder or an eldership may be recalled by the congregation. Inactive periods can be arranged with the other elders should circumstances require. Immorality will be cause for dismissal by the eldership. The elders have the authority to dismiss an elder from office for immoral causes based upon 1 Corinthians 5.* Divorce will be cause for review by the eldership.
ARTICLE 3 - MINISTRY STAFF
- Selection: The ministerial staff of Park Chapel Christian Church will be selected by the elders and/or members of Park Chapel Christian Church who are requested by the elders to participate in the selection process. The ultimate decision for selection and call rests with the elders and is subject to approval by the congregation.
- Service: All staff serve at the pleasure of the elders. Immorality while serving on staff will be cause for immediate dismissal without severance pay. Divorce will be cause for review by the eldership.
ARTICLE 4 - ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETINGS
The annual congregational meeting will be held on the first Sunday of December to approve an annual budget and any other applicable business of the congregation. Members 18 years of age and older are permitted to vote on congregational matters. A 65% majority of the votes cast are required for approval.
All major undertakings, including but not limited to a commitment to a building program, expansion of facilities, hiring of all ministerial staff, ministers and the like will require approved by a 65% majority of the membership of Park Chapel Christian Church present and voting at either the annual congregational meeting or a special congregational meeting called for such purposes.
A two week notice, oral and written, is required for calling a meeting of the congregation. The elders are responsible for calling meetings of the congregation. The need for special called congregational meetings can be discussed by the Ministry Council.
ARTICLE 5 - REQUIREMENT FOR LEADERSHIP POSITIONS
- Because of certain responsibilities associated with their position, the decision-making body of the Missions Ministry Team, Finance Ministry Team, Christian Education Team and Youth Ministry Team must be members of Park Chapel Christian Church and shall be appointed by the elders to serve for one year terms commencing in January and ending in December.
- Ministry Team Leaders must be members of Park Chapel Christian Church and are selected by the elders to serve for one year terms commencing in January and ending in December.
- All other Ministry Team members are not required to be members of Park Chapel Christian Church but are to be approved by the elders and the respective ministry team leaders.
ARTICLE 6 - MEMBERSHIP
Membership in Park Chapel Christian Church is accomplished with the approval of the elders by expressing a desire to be a member, declaring a confession of faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 10:9-10)* and by having been obedient to the Lord Jesus’ teachings concerning baptism by immersion.
ARTICLE 7 - AMENDMENTS
These By-laws may be amended at any time after said amendments are approved at the regular or a special congregational meeting by a vote of ⅔ of the membership of Park Chapel Christian Church then present and voting.
*referenced Bible verses
1 Timothy 3:1-13
This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For they that have used the office of a deacon will purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:
If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.
For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; but a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
1 Corinthians 5
It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.
For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, To deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.
But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such a one no not to eat.
For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.