Constitution & By-Laws


CONSTITUTION PREAMBLE

We declare and establish this constitution to preserve and secure the principles of our faith and to govern this body in an orderly manner. This constitution will preserve the liberties of each individual church member and the freedom of action of this body in relation to other churches.

ARTICLE I. NAME

This body will be known as the Edgewood Baptist Church, of Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky.

ARTICLE II. PURPOSE

The purpose of this body will be to carry out the Great Commission of our Lord, Jesus Christ as found in Matthew 28:18-20.

ARTICLE III. ARTICLES OF FAITH

The Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God and is the sole basis for faith and practice. We band ourselves together as a body of baptized believers in Jesus Christ, personally committed to sharing the good news of salvation to lost mankind. The ordinances of the church are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The church affirms the Baptist Faith and Message as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention.

ARTICLE IV. CHURCH COVENANT

Each member is encouraged to affirm the covenant below:

God established a covenant relationship, first with His peopleIsrael, and then a new covenant with His peoplethe church.1 Therefore, as members of God’s covenant family known as Edgewood Baptist Church, we commit ourselves to God and to one another to be Christlike2 in our lives and relationships through the presence, guidance, and power of God’s Holy Spirit.

We will love one another as Christ loved us,3 honor one another above ourselves,4 be kind and compassionate to one another,5 encourage and build up one another,6 comfort one another,7 and offer hospitality to one another.8

We will have a spirit of unity based on our common bond in Christ,9 be united in mind and convictions,10 meet together regularly,11 have equal concern for each other, suffer when one suffers and rejoice when another is honored,12 and consider others more important than ourselves.13

We will use our God-given knowledge to instruct one another,14 use our spiritual gifts to bless one another,15 use the Word of Christ to teach and admonish one another,16 and nurture one another toward spiritual maturity measured by the life and ministry of Jesus.17

We will confess our sins to one another, pray for each other,18 warn those who are idle, encourage the discouraged, help the weak, be patient with one another,19 forgive one another as the Lord forgave us,20 and gently restore those who sin.21

We will not talk negatively about one another,22 not pass judgment on one another, not put any stumbling block in one another’s way,23 not be morally impure, not use obscenities, not be greedy,24 but we will be filled with the Spirit.25

We will let the light of our godly lives shine together to bring glory to God.26 (Footnotes may be found at the end of the Preamble.)

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ARTICLE V. CHARACTER

Section 1. Polity: The government of this church is vested solely in its membership. It is subject to the control of no other ecclesiastical body.

Section 2. Affiliation: So far as it is consistent with the Word of God, this church will cooperate with and have representation in the denominational causes sponsored by the Christian County Baptist Association, the Kentucky Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention.

ARTICLE VI. LICENSE & ORDINATION

Section 1. License: When a member of this church announces a call to the ministry, the church may license them as an acknowledgement of their call to the ministry and encouragement to make preparation for it. The clerk of the church may furnish them with a copy of the minutes and a certificate of license as their credential. It is understood that the performance of civil duties by the member will be governed by state law.

Section 2. Ordination: In the event this church has been requested to ordain a member to the ministry, the following procedure will be followed:

The church will express its approval of the candidate by voting to consider their ordination. It will invite messengers from neighboring Baptist churches to form a council to examine the candidate and report to this church. Upon receipt of a favorable report from the council, the church will proceed with the ordination.

ARTICLE VII. PROPERTY & DISSOLUTION

In the event of a liquidation or dissolution of this church, all of its assets and property of every nature and description whatsoever will be paid over and transferred at the direction of the trustees to the Christian County Baptist Association, Kentucky Baptist Convention or the Southern Baptist Convention.

ARTICLE VIII AMENDMENT

This Constitution and Bylaws may be amended as per the “Amendment” section of the Bylaws.

Church Covenant Scriptural References

1 Hebrews 8:7-13;9:15 4 Romans 12:10
7 2 Corinthians 1:4
10 1 Corinthians 1:10 13 Philippians 2:3

16 Colossians 3:6
19 1 Thessalonians 5:14 22 James 4:11
25 Ephesians 5:18

2 1 Peter 2:21
5 Ephesians 4:32
8 1 Peter 4:9
11 Hebrews 10:25 14 Romans 15:14 17 Ephesians 4:13 20 Colossians 3:13 23 Romans 14:13 26 Matthew 5:16

3 John 13:34
6 1 Thessalonians 5:11
9 Ephesians 4:3-6
12 1 Corinthians 12:25-26 15 1 Corinthians 12:7
18 James 5:16
21 Galatians 6:1
24 Ephesians 5:3-4

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BY-LAWS 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 the spiritual and temporal life of this church. The membership reserves the right to determine who will be members of this church and the conditions of such membership. The church will maintain a list of all church members.

Section 2. Candidacy: Any person may offer themselves as candidates for membership in this church. All such candidates will be presented as candidates for church membership at any regular church service in any of the following ways:

  1. By profession of faith in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord upon completion of their baptism by immersion.

  2. By request of transfer of letter of recommendation of an immersed believer from another Baptist church.

  3. By statement of prior conversion experience and believers baptism by immersion when no letter is

    available.

The church will request a transfer of letter for the candidate from their past church if a candidate is seeking membership by letter. If candidate is requesting membership by baptism, arrangements will be made for a baptismal service.

Candidates will become members upon completion of the above conditions and affirmation of the church.

Section 3. New Member Orientation: New church members will be encouraged to participate in the church’s new member orientation plan.

Section 4.

Section 5.

A. B. C. D. E.

Section 6.

Voting Rights: Every member of the church is entitled to vote at all business sessions.

Termination of Membership: Membership will be terminated in the following ways: Death

Request of a transfer of letter to another Baptist church
Upon joining a church of another denomination
Exclusion by action of this church; (see Section 6: Discipline) Written request of the member

Discipline:

It will be the basic purpose of Edgewood Baptist Church to emphasize to its members that every reasonable means will be taken to assist any troubled member. The pastor, other members of the church staff and deacons are available for counsel and guidance. Redemption rather than punishment should be the goal which governs the attitude of one member to another.

Should some serious condition exist which would cause a member to become a liability to the general welfare of the church, every reasonable measure will be taken by the pastor and by the deacons to resolve the problem. All such proceedings will be pervaded by a spirit of Christian kindness and forbearance. The church may proceed to declare the offender to be no longer in the membership of the church.

Any person whose membership has been terminated for any condition which has made it necessary for the church to exclude them may upon their request be restored to the membership by a vote of the church upon evidence of their repentance and reformation.

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ARTICLE II. CHURCH OFFICERS

All church officers must be members of the church unless otherwise provided in this article.

Section 1. Pastor: The pastor is responsible for leading the church to function as a New Testament Church. The pastor will lead the church, the organizations and the church staff to perform their tasks.

A. Pastoral Responsibilities: The pastor will work with the deacons and church staff to:
1. Lead the church in performing its tasks.
2. Lead the church to engage in fellowship, worship, evangelism, discipleship and ministry. 3. Proclaim the Gospel to believers and unbelievers
4. Care for the church’s members and other people in the community.
5. The pastor will preside at meetings of the church.

B. Pastoral Selection: Whenever a pastoral vacancy occurs, the church will adhere to the following process:

  1. The personnel committee is responsible for scheduling pulpit supply during pastoral vacancies until

    an interim pastor is called. A candidate for the role of interim pastor will be recommended by the personnel committee and elected by the church to serve as needed and as agreed until a new pastor has been called.

  2. A pulpit committee will be recommended by the church council and elected by the church to seek out a suitable pastor. The committee’s recommendation will constitute a nomination for the candidate’s election.

  3. His election will take place at a special called business meeting for the purpose of electing a pastor.

  4. Election will be by ballot requiring an affirmative vote of three-fourths of those present and voting.

  5. The pastor will serve until the relationship is terminated by his request or the request of the church.

C. Pastoral Review:

1. An annual evaluation is to be completed with the Chairperson(s) of Deacons, Stewardship Committee and Personnel Committee serving as the evaluating committee. This evaluation is to be completed prior to the proposed annual budget of each calendar year.

D. Pastoral Termination: As circumstances arise, the pulpit may be vacated. The church will adhere to the following termination process:

1. The pastor will give at least two weeks notice at the time of resignation before terminating his responsibilities.
2. Upon recommendation from the deacon body and a three-fourths majority vote of the church in a special called business meeting, the pastor will be removed from the pulpit.
3. The church will give thirty days (30) compensation to the pastor in their request for him to vacate the pulpit.

Section 2. Deacons: Deacons are the servants of the church. They will work in accordance with the meaning and purpose drawn from the New Testament. They will work to achieve the mission of the church.

A. Deacon Responsibilities:

1. Deacons serve with the pastor and church staff in performing pastoral ministry tasks. They include, but are not limited to:

Proclamation of the Gospel
Care for church members and people in the community
Administer the benevolence of the church
Administer the Lord’s Supper
Attend to new members to assist them in becoming fully oriented with the life of the church.

B. Deacon Qualification:

1. Active deacons must be resident male members, at least twenty-one years of age, who have been members of this church for at least one year prior to their election.
2. He must be a dedicated Christian who is loyal in Sunday School and worship attendance. He must be faithful in his over-all support of the church life and work, and who meet the scriptural qualifications.
3. Active deacons must be men who love the church, who are compassionate of heart, cooperative in spirit, visionary in attitude, exemplary in financial stewardship, and above reproach in character.

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4. Should a deacon on active status fail to live up to these qualifications, he will be visited by a committee of deacons and asked to make a new commitment. If he should fail to comply with this request he will be asked to resign from the active deacon group.

C. Deacon Election:

1. Number of Deacons The active deacon body will annually report to the church the expected need for the upcoming service year that begins July 1.
2. Nominations
Annual nominations begin the first Sunday in March and conclude March 31. Members may nominate up to two men for consideration. Ballots will be distributed the first Sunday of the nomination period and remain available until the conclusion of the nomination period. Upon expiration of the nomination period, a committee consisting of the pastor and deacons rotating from the active status will review the qualifications of the nominees in accordance with the church constitution. The committee will inform those who are eligible to serve of their nominations, discuss the qualifications and duties of the office and ascertain the willingness of the nominees to serve if elected.

3. Election The committee will prepare a ballot of eligible candidates from nominated men who have not previously served as deacon at Edgewood and present it to the church for election. The Deacon Body will evaluate completed ballots and invite candidates to serve to meet the need of service. At least one qualified man on the ballot receiving a supportive vote will be invited to serve as deacon. A sample ballot will be available one week prior to election, with the actual election to take place on an announced Sunday in May. Men, who have previously served as Deacon at Edgewood and are in good standing, are eligible to return to active deacon status after one year from their completed term. These men will not be included on the ballot but must notify the Deacon Body of their intent to serve during the nomination period.
4. Ordination
An elected candidate who is not an ordained deacon will be given instruction concerning the nature and duties of the office, the doctrines of the New Testament, and the work of the church and the denomination. Once his fitness for the office has been determined by a council called for that purpose the church will vote to proceed with his ordination at the earliest feasible time.
5. Deacon Term - Deacons will serve three year terms each on a rotating basis. Deacons who have served their full three-year term must remain off of the active deacon body for at least one year. One who has served less than one year in fulfilling the unexpired term of another deacon will be considered eligible for re-election immediately.

D. Deacon Classification: Deacons will fall into one of the three categories below:
1. Active
The term of service for each deacon will begin on July 1 following their election and end June 30, three years hence. At the July deacon’s meeting, the group will elect a chairperson, vice- chairperson and secretary. Vacancies in these offices may be filled as they occur.
2. Reserve
To consist of all ordained deacons who meet the qualifications as set forth above and who are neither emeritus deacons nor on the active list. All deacons uniting with the church by transfer of membership will be recognized as reserve deacons. Reserve deacons may be requested to serve with the active deacons in some ministry where their help is needed. In such cases, the request will come from the chairperson or vice-chairperson of the active deacon body.
3. Emeritus
The church may elect to honorary life membership (Deacon Emeritus) any deacon who, by reason of age or infirmity and after honorable service to the church, is no longer able to render active service. They may meet and counsel with the active deacons whenever possible.
4. Alternate
In case of death and/or resignation of an active deacon, the first alternate will fill the vacancy.

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Section 3. Church Ministry Staff: The Church Ministry Staff is responsible for the leading, administering and overseeing of a specific ministry to which they have been called.

A. Staff Selection:

1. The Personnel Committee will recommend that the church call or employ staff members as the church will need. The Personnel Committee will create a title and job description to be presented to the church to establish a new position. A compensation package will also be developed in conjunction with the Stewardship Committee. Staff members will be recommended to the church by the Personnel Committee. The Personnel Committee will present candidates to the church. Candidates will be employed by church action.

2. The election will take place at a special called or regular business meeting.
3. Election will require an affirmative vote of three-fourths of those present and voting.
4. The staff member will serve until the relationship is terminated by his request or the request of the church.

B. Staff Review: An annual evaluation is to be completed with the Personnel Committee and the Pastor serving as the evaluating committee. This evaluation is to be completed prior to the proposed annual budget of each calendar year.
C. Staff Termination: As circumstances arise, the staff positions may be vacated. The church will adhere to the following termination process:

1. The staff member will give at least two weeks notice at the time of resignation before terminating his responsibilities.
2. Upon recommendation from the Personnel Committee and a three-fourths majority vote of the church in a special called business meeting, the staff member will be removed from the position.

3. If the staff member has been employed for at least ninety days (90) days, the church will give thirty days (30) compensation to the staff member in their request for him to vacate the position.

Section 4. Church Support Staff: The Church Support Staff will assist the Church Ministry Staff and perform the duties necessary for the daily operation and maintenance of the church. The Church Support Staff will not be required to be members of the church.

A. Staff Selection:

1. The Personnel Committee will recommend that the church employ staff members as the church will need. The Personnel Committee will create a title and job description to be presented to the church to establish a new position. A compensation package will also be developed in conjunction with the Stewardship Committee. Staff members will be hired by the action of the Personnel Committee.

2. The Personnel Committee will report any new hires during the next regular business meeting.
3. The staff member will serve until the relationship is terminated by his request or the request of the church.

B. Staff Review: An annual evaluation is to be completed with the Personnel Committee and the Pastor serving as the evaluating committee. This evaluation is to be completed prior to the proposed annual budget of each calendar year.
C. Staff Termination: As circumstances arise, the staff positions may be vacated. The church will adhere to the following termination process:

1. The staff member will give at least two weeks notice at the time of resignation before terminating his responsibilities.
2. Upon action from the Personnel Committee, the staff member will be removed from the position.
3. If the staff member has been employed for at least ninety days (90) days, the church will give thirty days (30) compensation to the staff member in their request for him to vacate the position.

Section 4. Moderator:

The pastor will serve as moderator. In the absence of the moderator or at such times as he will request, the chairperson of the deacons will preside; or in the absence of both, the clerk will call the church to order and an acting moderator will be elected.

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Section 5. Clerk:

The church will elect annually a church clerk. The clerk is responsible for maintaining all records considered to be church property. These records include but are not limited to:

  • A suitable record of all actions of the church

  • A register of the names of members with dates of admission, dismissal, or death

  • All communication and written official reports

  • Issuing letters of dismissal

  • Preserve on file, and give legal notice of all meetings where such notice is necessary

    The clerk may delegate some of the clerical responsibilities.

    Section 6. Treasurer:

    The church will elect annually a church treasurer. The treasurer is responsible for maintaining the following, but not limited to:

  • To keep the church checkbook and it’s reconciled balance

  • To write checks for payments due as presented by the church office staff

  • To prepare the payroll and payroll taxes as required by law

  • To prepare all monthly, quarterly and annual payroll reports and documents

  • To provide all financial records for examination and or audit upon request by the Stewardship Committee.

    The treasurer will be bonded.
    The treasurer will serve as an ex-officio member of the Stewardship Committee.
    The church may delegate any or all of the treasurer’s responsibilities.

    Section 7. Trustees: The Trustees will hold in trust the church property.
    A. Corporation: The Trustees will serve as the directors of the Edgewood Baptist Church Incorporated, its successors and assigns.
    B. Trustees Responsibilities: The Trustees will be responsible for:

    1. With prior, specific approval of the church, will buy, sell, mortgage, lease or transfer any real property and affix their signatures to legal documents required for said transaction.
    2. Will
    be guardians of the church’s safe deposit box. The safe deposit box should contain all original legal documents.

    3. Maintain a copy of all legal documents at the church office.
    C. Trustee Selection: Three (3) Trustees will be recommended by the Nominating Committee and elected annually by the church.

    ARTICLE III. PROGRAM

    Edgewood Baptist church will provide ongoing educational opportunities for all ages in order to teach members the bible and train members to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

    Section 1. General Policy:

    All organizations of the church will be under church control, all officers being elected by the church and reporting regularly to the church. No person will be elected to a position in any organization who is not a member of Edgewood Baptist Church.

    Specific ministries of the church will be provided to help us accomplish the aforementioned tasks. Ministries will be funded by the recommendation of the Stewardship Committee and evaluated by their leaders and the church council.

    Section 2. Christian Education:

    Edgewood Baptist Church will provide educational opportunities for all ages in order to train members to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

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Section 3. Missions:

Edgewood Baptist Church has a rich heritage of missions. Therefore, we will seek to engage in mission action, support world missions through praying and giving, provide and interpret information regarding the work of the church and denomination. Edgewood Baptist Church will provide opportunities for men and women of all ages to be engaged in mission opportunities.

Section 4. Evangelism:

Edgewood Baptist Church believes that we are directly responsible to fulfill the Great Commission of making disciples of all nations. Therefore, Edgewood Baptist Church will give priority to the evangelization of our community, state, country and the work through our giving, programs and actions.

ARTICLE IV. CHURCH COUNCIL, COMMITTEES & TEAMS

Section 1. General Policy:

A. Standing committees are primarily focused on the administrative tasks as defined for each standing committee below. All standing committee members and chairpersons will be recommended by the Nominating committee and elected by the church. Each standing committee shall be made up of five (5) members each to serve a three (3) year term on a rotating basis. Members of standing committees will not serve consecutive terms on the same committee. The pastor or his designee will serve as an ex-officio member of each standing committee. Standing committees will report regularly and make recommendations to the church.

B. Special committees may be appointed by the Nominating committee or the moderator for a specific purpose and time period.
C. Standing committees will establish teams focused on accomplishing the stated goals defined by the administering committee. Teams serve under a standing committee and the team leader will be appointed by the administering committee, unless otherwise indicated below. Teams will report and make recommendations to their administering committee.

D. The Nominating Committee will not nominate, for any position, a person who is not a member of Edgewood Baptist Church.

Section 2. Church Council:

A. The primary function of the council will be to develop policies to fulfill the mission of the church. They will also be responsible for coordinating the long range and ministry plans of the church each year.
B. The council, unless otherwise determined by at least the vote of the church, will have as regular members the Pastor, Chairman of the Deacons and the standing committee chairmen. The Church Council will not include the chairpersons of the Nominating committee and the Counting committee.

Section 3. Standing Committees & Teams:

A. Education Committee: It is the responsibility of this committee to establish, oversee, give support to and direct the educational programs of the church and their education teams. This committee will work with the ministry staff and program directors to put education teams in place to accomplish the missions and tasks of each program. Education teams will enlist teachers appropriate to their program and provide a roster of teachers at the Spring business meeting of each year.

B. Facilities Committee: It is the responsibility of this committee to establish, oversee, give support to and direct the facilities teams who are charged with all church property maintenance, repair and replacement including building construction.
C. Ministry, Missions & Outreach Committee: It is the responsibility of this committee to establish, oversee, give support to and direct the ministry teams who are charged with all ministry efforts of the church while cooperating with other committees, teams and program leaders.

D. Personnel Committee: It is the responsibility of this committee to care for all matters relating to the church ministry and support staff of Edgewood Baptist Church. It will specifically be responsible for:

  • Surveying the need for additional positions

  • Prepare and update, as necessary, position description of all staff, except for the Pastor

  • Recruit, interview and recommend to the church new church ministry staff personnel

  • Recruit, interview and hire new church support staff personnel

  • Develop and recommend salary scales, salaries and benefits for the staff

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Develop and recommend policies and procedures to include necessary disciplinary action and/ or termination of staff

E. Stewardship Committee: It is the responsibility of this committee to develop, promote and supervise all phases of the stewardship program for the church’s financial operation. This will specifically include:

  • Stewardship education

  • Budget planning

  • Promotion and execution

  • Supervise the receiving, recording, depositing and reporting of all gifts, tithes, offerings, expenditures and

    assets of the church
    F. Counting Committee: It is the responsibility of this committee to count all money contributed to the church. This committee may consist of as many members as determined by the Nominating committee. At least three (3) committee members must be present to perform the functions listed below. A church officer may substitute for a committee member when an absence requires. It will be specifically responsible for:

  • Verify contributions and prepare appropriate records for the Financial Recording Secretary and support staff

  • Make timely deposits of all receipts

    Section 4. Nominations:
    A. Nominating Committee:
    The pastor, chairman of the deacons, and church clerk will recommend a Nominating committee of three (3) people to be elected by the church in the regular Spring business meeting of each year. The members of the Nominating committee may not be elected to more than three (3) consecutive one (1) year terms.
    B. Standing Committees & Officers: The Nominating Committee will nominate the standing committee members, the standing committee chairpersons and elected officers to be voted on by the church in the regular Fall business meeting of each year.
    C. Ministry: Teams and team leaders will be selected by the administering standing committee. A roster of team leaders will be made available to the church in January of each year.

    ARTICLE V. ORDINANCES

    Section 1. Baptism:
    A. Baptism Candidates:
    A person who receives Jesus Christ as Savior by personal faith; who professes Him publicly at any worship service; who indicates a commitment to follow Christ as Lord will be received for baptism.
    B. Baptism Process: Baptism will be by immersion.

    1. Baptism will be administered by the pastor or his designee. In the pastor’s absence, the chairman of the deacons or his delegate may fulfill this role.
    2. Baptism is as an act of worship and may be administered during any worship service.
    3. A person professing Christ will be counseled to confirm their understanding of faith.

    Section 2. Lord’s Supper:
    A. Lord’s Supper Participants: The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby baptized believers are encouraged to participate after self examination, through partaking of the bread and fruit of the vine, commemorate the death of Jesus Christ and anticipate His Second Coming.
    B. Lord’s Supper Administration:

    1. The Lord’s Supper will be observed at least quarterly.
    2. The pastor and deacons will
    be responsible for the administration of the Lord’s Supper.

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ARTICLE VI. CHURCH MEETINGS

Section 1. Worship Services:

The church will meet regularly as established by the church for preaching, instruction, evangelism and for the worship of Almighty God, conducted under the direction of the ministry staff.

Section 2. Regular Business Meetings:

Two regular business meetings will be held each year, one in the Fall and one in the Spring, with the specific date, time, and place of each being determined by the church council. These meetings will be placed on the church calendar and communicated to the church at least 30 days prior to the meeting.

Section 3. Special Business Meetings:

A special called business meeting may be held to consider special matters of significant nature. Notice of the subject, date, time and place must be given in the bulletin and/or announced from the pulpit on two separate days unless extreme urgency requires otherwise.

Section 4. Quorum:

The quorum consists of those who attend the business meeting, provided it is a regular meeting or one that has been properly called.

Section 5. Parliamentary Rules:

Any question that is not provided for by the foregoing rules will be decided according to Robert’s Rules of Order (latest edition).

Section 6. Voting Procedure:

A decisive vote will require the majority of the voting quorum unless otherwise specified.

ARTICLE VII. CHURCH FINANCE

Section 1. Budget:

The church will annually adopt a budget as presented by the Stewardship Committee and approved by the church during the regular Fall business meeting.

Section 2. Accounting:

A system of accounting which will adequately provide for the handling of all funds will be the responsibility of the Stewardship Committee to be administered by the church counters, treasurer, designated church staff and/or designated church members.

Section 3. Fiscal Year:

The fiscal year of the church will begin January 1 and end on December 31.

ARTICLE VIII. ADOPTIONS AND AMENDMENTS

Section 1. Adoption:

This constitution and by-laws will be considered adopted and in immediate effect if and when this church votes in favor of same, 2/3 majority.

Section 2. Amendments:

This constitution and by-laws may be amended, altered or repealed by a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting at any regular business meeting of the church or at any specially called meeting for that purpose, provided that such amendment, alteration, or repeal as is proposed will be given to the clerk in writing, will be presented to the church at least thirty days before the time the vote is taken, and will be announced from the pulpit to the church on the Sunday following its being presented to the church.

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Amendment Adopted December 16, 2015 Statement on Final Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct

The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of Edgewood Baptist Church’s faith, doctrine, practice and policy, our pastor and deacon body will represent the final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.

Statement on the Sanctity of Human Life

We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in his image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Psalm 139)

Statement on Church Membership Agreement

The membership of this church shall be comprised of individuals who are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and affirm the tenets of the Church Constitution, and who offer evidence, by their confession and their conduct, that they are living in accord with their affirmations and this Constitution and By-Laws and are actively pursuing and continuing in a vital fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ. The membership of this church, under leadership of the Pastor shall have final authority in all matters of church governance, as set forth and described in the By-Laws.

Statement on Marriage Policy

Because God has ordained marriage and defined it as the covenant relationship between a man and a woman, and Himself, Edgewood Baptist Church will only recognize marriages between a biological man and a biological woman. Further, the pastors and staff of Edgewood shall only participate in weddings and solemnize marriages between one man and one woman. Finally, the facilities and property of Edgewood Baptist Church shall only host weddings and activities pertaining to such weddings between one man and one woman.

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