Church Family,

Here are the Bylaws that we updated. As was announced at service we had to make some changes in order to comply with the standards used to approve loans for our Credit Union. Last Sunday after Church we (the ruling elders) spent five hours reviewing the bylaws and discussing what needed to be changed. We are all in agreement with the changes and they are ready for a vote of the membership. There were simple changes that were made in wording and spelling, but the major changes are as follows:

We added language to protect against being forced to perform same sex marriages. 

We removed the pastor's vote so the elders and congregation can dismiss the pastor if it becomes necessary.  

We added conflict of interest clauses so that an elder can recuse himself or even be kept from voting if there is a conflict of interest. 

We changed some policies that were outdated adding language about disbursement of funds by debit card and electronic transaction (methods of payment that were not widely used at the writing of the bylaws.) 

We clarified what a voting member is. 

We made some adjustments to ruling elder election and reelection. 

We made it possible to revise the bylaws more than once a year if deemed necessary. 

We removed redundant statements. 

If you would like to view these changes a copy of both New and Old Bylaws follow.

Blessings, 

Calvary Chapel of Emmett Directors and pastors. 

Pastor Michael Hughes

Jim Colburn

Roger Folwell

Phil Chaney

Duane Tucker

David Beck

Pastor Jason Hill

Pastor Jeremiah Campos

BYLAWS OF CALVARY CHAPEL OF EMMETT, INC.

(updated July 11, 2016)

 

I.            PURPOSE - The purpose of Calvary Chapel of Emmett, Inc., is three fold:

a.     To worship God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

b.    To equip and edify the church of Jesus Christ through the teaching of the Word and the ministry of the Spirit.

c.     To persuade men and women to repent and confess Jesus Christ as Lord.

II.            STATEMENT OF FAITH

a.     WE BELIEVE that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; that this triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all.

b.    WE BELIEVE that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired without error in the original manuscripts, and the infallible rule of faith and practice.

c.     WE BELIEVE in God the Father, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

d.    WE BELIEVE in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings, His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.

e.     WE BELIEVE in the Holy Spirit, who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower for ministry all who believe in Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding Helper, Teacher, and Guide.

f.      WE BELIEVE that all people are sinners by nature and choice, and therefore are under condemnation: that God regenerates by the Holy Spirit those who repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord; that Jesus Christ baptizes the seeking believer with the Holy Spirit and power for service, often subsequent to regeneration.

g.      WE BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the church; 1) baptism 2) the Lord’s Supper. We believe in water baptism by immersion, and that communion is open to all believers.

h.    WE BELIEVE in the perpetuity of the Spiritual gifts to this present time, and in the laying on of hands for ordination of pastors and elders, and in praying for the sick.

i.       WE BELIEVE in the personal, visible return of Christ to the earth and the establishment of His Kingdom, in the resurrection of the body, and in the final judgment and eternal blessing of the righteous, and endless suffering of the wicked.

j.       WE BELIEVE in what is termed “The Apostles Creed” as embodying the fundamental facts of Christian faith.

k.     WE BELIEVE in the literal creation as described in the book of Genesis and that God made man, male and female and ordained marriage between one man and one woman only. As such we only recognize marriage between one man and one woman.

III.   PRINCIPAL OFFICE

a.     The principal office for the transaction of business of the corporation is fixed and located at such a location as the Board of Directors (ruling elders) may at any time designate, within Gem County.

IV. MEMBERSHIP

a.     Qualifications and reception to membership. Membership in this congregation shall be open to any believing and confessing Christian, who acknowledges and accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who is willing to subscribe to the policies of this corporation, and who desires to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of love.

b.    Voting members. A voting member is a member above the age of eighteen (18) years old who has been attending consistently for six (6) months, who considers Calvary Chapel of Emmett their home Church, and is invested in the Church through giving or service. Any voting member present in the meeting shall be entitled to one (1) vote during the annual meeting, or during a special meeting, where a vote from membership is requested by the President of the corporation, or any two (2) directors (ruling elders.)

c.     Annual membership meeting. The annual meeting of the members of this corporation shall be held on the second (2nd) Sunday of January, each year, at six (6) pm, at the regular Sunday meeting place of the membership, or at any other time and other place as determined by a resolution. No notice need be given if the meeting is held on the date, time and place immediately above stated.

d.    Special membership meetings. special meetings of the members of the corporation for any purpose or purposes may be called at any time by the president of the corporation or by any two (2) directors (ruling elders). Notice of the date, time and place of a special meeting of the members shall be given verbally and in the regular Saturday and Sunday Services for two (2) consecutive weeks prior to the meeting.

V. GOVERNMENT

a.     Headship of Christ. The government of the church shall be focused on seeking and maintaining the Lordship and direction of Jesus Christ over His Body. All those in authority shall continually seek His mind and will, through His Spirit and the Word of God, in all actions and decisions.

b.    The overseeing of His Body by the pastor and elders. The Board of Directors, herein also referred to as ruling elders, headed by the pastor, shall be the governing body of the church. The ruling elders shall oversee and rule the ministry of the church by precept and example, under the leadership of the pastor. They shall gather informally, as frequently as needed, to pray together and review the progress of day-to-day functions.

i.       The general powers of the ruling elders:

1.      To advise the pastor on selection and removal of all other agents, and employees of the corporation; prescribe such powers and duties for them as may not be inconsistent with law, the Articles of Incorporation, or the Bylaws; fix their compensation; and require from them security for faithful service.

2.     To advise the pastor in his management, and control of the affairs and business of the corporation; to make rules and regulations consistent with laws of the land, the Articles of Incorporation, and/or the Bylaws.

3.     To borrow money and incur indebtedness for the purpose of the corporation, and to authorize to be executed in the corporate name, promissory notes, bonds, debentures, deeds of trust, mortgages, pledges, or other evidence of debt and securities.

ii.    Qualifications for Ruling Elders (see I Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9)

 

1.      An elder shall be a man of high moral character, a one-woman man, temperate, prudent, respectable, not self-willed, self-controlled, just, devout, and not covetous.

2.     An elder shall be a man who rules his home well and whose children follow his example.

3.     An elder shall be a man who handles himself uprightly among others; not a drunkard, not a striker, gentle, not contentious, hospitable, a lover of good, and of good reputation in the world.

iii.    Number of ruling elders shall consist of up to twelve (12), with a minimum of three (3) members.

iv.     Election and term of office of ruling elders. Ruling elders will be nominated by the pastor and a unanimous vote of the other ruling elders. The nominee will be announced verbally in the regular Saturday and Sunday Services for two (2) consecutive weeks. No congregational vote will be taken but all concerns will be considered by the pastor and the directors (ruling elders.) If no disqualifying concerns are discovered the elder will be ratified by a unanimous vote at the next called or scheduled Board of Directors meeting. A ruling elder, with the exception of the pastor and assistant pastor, is elected for a three (3) year term, after which he can be reinstated by a majority vote of the elders and announced at the regularly scheduled annual meeting, or another special meeting.

v.        Removal from office. A director (ruling elder), except for the pastor, may be removed from office by the majority vote of the Directors (ruling elders).

vi.     Compensation. The Directors (ruling elders) shall receive no compensation for their services as Directors, however Directors may also serve as pastor(s) or officers of this church, for which they may be compensated.

 

c.     Meetings

i.          Quorum. A quorum for any meeting of the Board of Directors (ruling elders) shall be a majority of all elected directors.

ii.       Place and time of regular meeting. Regular meetings of the Board of Directors (ruling elders) may be held at any place and time that has been designated by the Board.

iii.    Annual Board of Directors meeting. The Board of Directors (ruling elders) shall meet once a year during the month of December, for the express purpose of organization, election of officers, reviewing and approving the budget, and reviewing pastors’ compensation and benefits.

iv.     Special Board of Directors Meetings. Meetings of the Board of Directors (ruling elders) may be called at any time by the pastor or by any two (2) other directors. Each ruling elder must receive written or verbal notice prior to the specially called meeting.

v.        Documentation of meetings. The transactions of any meetings of the Board of Directors shall be as valid if a quorum is present, and if either before or after the meeting each of the directors (ruling elders) not present signs a written waiver of notice, or an approval of the minutes.

vi.     Conflict of interest. If any member of the board (ruling elders). Has a conflict of interest they should remove themselves from the vote by announcing that they have a conflict of interest. This will then be entered into the minutes of the meeting.

1.      Conflicts of interest could be voting on one’s salary, office, position, employment, a decision that they might gain from financially or any decision where their interest is divided and they cannot fulfill their fiduciary obligation to Calvary Chapel of Emmett, Inc.   

VI. OTHER MINISTRY STAFF

a.     Deacons, deaconesses, or other staff (voluntary or paid)

i.       The staff shall function in various ministries within the body in a pattern consistent with biblical roles to meet the physical needs of the church under the direction and encouragement of the pastor and elders.

ii.    The staff shall counsel with the pastor and elders regarding the physical needs that arise in the body; they shall pray for any in the flock for whom they are caring; they shall serve the flock by exercising hospitality, love, care and good counsel.

b.    Their qualifications (I Timothy 3:8-13)

i.       Personal qualifications: serious, not double tongued and not a drunkard

ii.    Regarding family: sole commitment to spouse: children well-behaved

iii. As to faith: obedience to the faith; mature, tested walk

c.     Their number, appointment, and organization

i.       The number of deacons and deaconesses shall be left to the discretion of the pastor, according to the needs of the congregation.

ii.    The board of directors (ruling elders), and pastor shall appoint the deacons for an indefinite duration and shall review each appointment yearly.

iii. The deacons and other staff shall be in regular contact with the pastor and elders, and shall meet at the discretion of the pastor.

d.    In accordance to 1 Timothy 2:12, we do not permit women to teach or be in authority over a man. However, women are allowed and encouraged to teach the children the principles of scripture, to serve in the Body as deaconesses, to serve in other capacities where they are not usurping authority over the men, and in general according to the activities outlined in 1 Timothy 2:3-5.

VII. OFFICERS OF THE CHURCH

a.     Officers - The officers of this corporation shall be a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and such other officers as the board of directors (ruling elders) may appoint. Officers other than the president need not necessarily be members of the board of directors.

b.    Election - The board of directors (ruling elders) shall elect by simple majority officers of the corporation for terms of one year, or until their successors are elected and qualified.

c.     Vacancies - A vacancy in any office because of death, resignation, removal, disqualification, or otherwise, shall be filled by the board of directors (ruling elders).

d.    President - Subject to ratification of the board of directors (ruling elders), the President (pastor) shall have general supervision, direction, and control of the business and affairs of the corporation. He shall be responsible for the presidency of all meetings of the members, directors (ruling elders), and shall have such other powers and duties as may be prescribed from time to time by the board of directors (ruling elders).

i.       Ministry

1.      The pastor shall minister unto the Lord in regular personal worship and praise. He shall give himself to the ministry of the Word and prayer (Acts 6:4) and seek to walk uprightly before the Lord in his personal life. He shall seek the mind of God.

2.     The pastor shall be the teaching-shepherd of the church. He shall give considerable time to the study of the Word and shall teach the scriptures to the flock by precept and example. He shall aim to feed the flock, equip the saints for ministry, and guard the church against the attack of the enemy.

3.     The pastor shall, at his discretion, perform marriage counseling and perform weddings as a service of ministry for couples, of whom at least one (1), attend Calvary Chapel of Emmett.  The pastor shall not perform weddings for those who refuse biblical pre-marriage counseling. The pastor shall only marry those of whom at least one (1) member of the couple consistently attend Calvary Chapel of Emmett, except by approval by majority vote of the board of directors (ruling elders.) Marriage can only be performed for single individuals, a male to a female, who are not under Church discipline. The pastor may also perform memorial services, perform the rite of baptism, administer communion to members, and perform baby dedications.

4.    The pastor shall be the president of the corporation, it’s chief executive officer and chairman of the board of ruling elders. He shall oversee the business of the church on a daily basis and give leadership to the assistant pastors, the ruling elders, and the general church body and its ministries. The pastor shall have general supervision of the entire church and charge of all services, gatherings, and meetings.

ii.  Qualifications (I Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9)

1.      The pastor shall be generally qualified, according to the qualifications for a ruling elder.

2.     The pastor shall be a spirit-gifted teacher of the Word, an ordained

 pastor of good reputation and biblically conservative theology, Christ-centered, spirit-filled, and willing to serve a nondenominational church without promoting denominational interests.

3.     Appointment

a.     In the event of a vacancy, the ruling elders shall constitute a nominating committee. This committee shall seek, find, and nominate a candidate. They shall seek first among the assistant pastors from within the fellowship. Election shall be by unanimous vote of the directors (ruling elders) and by two thirds (2/3) majority vote of the voting members at the regularly scheduled annual meeting or a special meeting.

b.    The resignee or retiring pastor may nominate in conjunction with the ruling elders, a successor and/or participate in the selection of his successor.

4. compensation

a.     The pastor’s initial compensation shall be specified by the ruling elders at the time of his calling. The church shall provide, as possible, adequate salary, housing allowance, health insurance, expense allowance, conference funds, mileage reimbursement, continued education, pension, and other special funds as needed for his ministry. The church shall also defray the costs of sending the pastor to out-of-town conferences or conventions attended for the church, subject to approval by the ruling elders.

b.    The pastor shall be entitled to two paid weeks off per year (including two Sundays), for personal vacation. This does not include other time off from regular duties for missions/ministry activities subject to approval by the ruling elders.

5. potential termination

a.     For the purpose of potential termination of the pastor, any two ruling elders may call a special board of directors meeting. The meeting shall be called in accordance with the procedure outlined for calling special meetings (reference Article V, Section c, Part iv.). To terminate the pastor there must be a unanimous decision by the ruling elders, excluding the pastor, and a two thirds (2/3) majority vote by the membership in a called meeting.

                                                                    i.      Conflict of Interest. If there is a question among the elders that there may be a conflict of interest for one of the elders (i.e. if a member of the ruling elders is a close relative, business partner or a close personal friend of the pastor.) Their vote can be, but does not have to be, disqualified by a unanimous vote of all other ruling elders, excluding the pastor.   

e. Assistant pastors

i. Ministries

1.   An assistant pastor shall minister unto the Lord in regular personal worship and praise. He shall give himself to the ministry of the Word and prayer (Acts 6:4) and seek to walk up rightly before the Lord in his personal life. He shall seek the mind of God.

2.     The pastor shall define an assistant pastor’s ministry upon his appointment. He shall serve under the pastor’s direction and with the pastor in the teaching of the Word.

ii. Qualifications: An assistant pastor shall meet the same qualifications as the pastor.

iii. Appointment: The pastor shall appoint and the elders shall ordain an assistant pastor to share in the ministry.

iv. Compensation. The assistant pastor’s compensation shall be specified by the pastor and approved by a majority vote by the ruling elders at the time of their calling. For a part-time assistant, the church shall provide compensation as seems appropriate to the elders.

v. Potential termination. It shall be the prerogative of the pastor, after counseling with the elders, to ask for the resignation of pastoral associates or assistants if they are not in harmony with the ministry of the church as directed by the pastor.

f. Vice President

i.       Can be chosen from the ruling elders and or pastoral assistants. In the absence or disability of the president, the vice president shall perform temporarily all the duties of the president, and in so acting shall have all the powers of the president until the ruling elders take action on the vacancy. The vice president shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed from time to time by the board of directors.

g. Secretary

i.          The secretary shall keep a full and complete record of all the proceedings of the board of directors; shall keep the seal of the corporation and affix it to such papers as may be required in the regular course of business; shall make notification of meetings and services as may be necessary or proper; shall supervise the keeping of records of the minutes; and shall discharge such other duties of the office as prescribed by the board of directors.

h. Treasurer

i.       The treasurer shall oversee the receiving and safekeeping of all funds of the corporation and deposit them in the bank or banks that may be designated by the board of directors (ruling elders). Those funds shall be paid out by check, debit card or by online transaction as approved by the pastor and a ruling elder.

VIII. RITES OF ORDINATION

a. Principles of Ordination

                         i.            A candidate for ordination recognizes that only our Sovereign, Holy God can truly call and ordain His children for service in the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

                      ii.            The calling of a minister is not the result of a title; rather the title is a result of His calling. This calling is recognized as from the true and living God.

                   iii.            It is man’s privilege and specifically the privilege of the overseers of the true church of Jesus Christ to ratify the ordination of God when such is obviously placed upon a man’s life.

                    iv.            The purpose of this Article is to provide for the ordination rites of ministers of the Gospel, of Calvary Chapel of Emmett, Inc.

b. Qualifications for ordination

i.             Candidate for ordination must be a born again believer in Jesus Christ as described by our Lord in the third chapter of the Gospel of John.

ii.          A candidate for ordination must subscribe to the statement of faith as described in the Preamble of these bylaws.

iii.       A candidate must have completed four (4) years of Bible study or the equivalent by the ruling elders.

iv.        A candidate should have evidenced the obvious calling of God upon his life to the satisfaction of the ruling elders.

c. Procedure for Ordination

i.             Each person fulfilling the above qualifications, and upon their presentation to the Board of Directors (ruling elders) of this body, will receive full consideration for ordination into the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ by Calvary Chapel of Emmett, Inc.

ii.          The Board may make exceptions to these qualifying standards where, in the unanimous opinion of the Board and under the strong compelling conviction of the Holy Spirit, such exceptions are according to the will of God and consistent with His Word.

iii.       Upon unanimous approval of the Board of Directors, the candidate will be ordained as a minister of the Gospel with the right to perform ministerial functions in accordance with the laws of the land, the bylaws of Calvary Chapel of Emmett, Inc., and the ordinances of God’s Holy Word, with all prerogatives of such a calling and office.

iv.        All candidates, successful or otherwise, will be notified of the board’s decision in writing within one week of the final Board action.

d. Certificate of ordination

i.          The following is the text of the Certificate of Ordination to be issued to each successful candidate

 

CERTIFICATE OF ORDINATION

This is to certify that Pastor ____________________ was duly ordained by Calvary Chapel of Emmett, Inc., as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He has met all the requirements of this body for recognition of such office; further, by rite of ordination on this date, he is duly ordained to perform all ministerial functions without limit as accorded by the laws of

the land and in compliance with the ordinances of God’s Holy Church as set forth in

the Holy Bible. We now pray for God’s divine blessing and the power of the Holy Spirit upon him.

Given this _______day of, 20___

CALVARY CHAPEL OF EMMETT

with headquarters in Emmett, Idaho

 

President __________________________________

 

Secretary___________________________________

 

Seal

 IX. AUXILIARIES

a.     Any organization, group, or club whose membership is primarily for a church activity, shall be considered an auxiliary of the church and shall be subject to the policies and bylaws of the church. As an auxiliary organization, it shall exist only in cooperation with the pastor and elders.

X. MISSIONS INVOLVEMENT

a.     Other Calvary Chapel Missionary Support: The elders can approve monthly support to missionaries in the field, at any time. Such support must be reviewed and approved again at the annual meeting. Missionaries may request that any money held in a fund for them be applied towards transportation or other direct ministry costs. However, any actual payments made to them for living expenses should be considered as “payment to a sub-contractor”. Missionaries may adopt a “self-employed status (for taxation purposes), or else have their support routed through another approved non-profit mission/relief organization.

b.    Designation Mission Giving: Where possible, missions support will be allotted to the specific fund within the Calvary Chapel account that best suits the intended use of the contributor. Any monies generally received for “Missions”, but without a specific intended purpose, will be held in the General Missions Fund where it can be allocated for specific mission purposes as approved by the elders.

XI. ANNUAL BUDGET

a.     The annual budget approved at the annual Board of Directors meeting shall be based on giving patterns from the previous year’s actual average monthly income (general tithes and offerings.)

b.    All new ministry commitments beyond what is in the approved annual budget shall be considered i.e. upon the review of the “Analyze Budgets vs. Actuals Report” in keeping with the goal of at least a thirty (30) day reserve in the General Fund.

c.     Any changes to the annual budget require full director (ruling elder) approval, along with complete documentation in the church minutes.

XII. AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS

a.     The bylaws may be amended or repealed by new bylaws adopted by the majority

vote of the members at the annual meeting, or any called meeting.

XIII. ANNUAL ACCOUNTING PERIOD

a.     The annual accounting period for this corporation shall begin on the first day of January, and shall end on the last day of December.

XIV. MISCELLANEOUS

a.     Execution of documents

i.       The board of directors (ruling elders) may authorize by unanimous vote any officer or officers, agent or agents, to enter into a contract or execute any instrument in the name of, and on behalf of the church and such authority may be general or confined to specific instances. Unless so authorized, no individual officer, agent, or other person shall have any power or authority to bind the church by any contract or engagement or to pledge its credit or to render it liable for any purpose or to any amount.

b. Inspection of bylaws

i.       The church shall keep at its principal office the original or a copy of its Articles of Incorporation and bylaws, as amended to date, certified by the secretary, which shall be open to inspection by the members at all reasonable times during the office hours.

 

c. Construction of definitions

i.       Unless the context otherwise requires, the general provisions, rules of construction and definitions contained in the Idaho General Nonprofit Corporation Law shall govern the construction of these bylaws.

d. Rules of order

i.       The rules contained in Roberts Rules of Order, revised, shall be the general guide to govern all business board meetings of the church, except in instances of conflict between said rules of order and the articles of incorporation and bylaws of the church or provisions of law.

 

 

 

OLD BYLAWS

BYLAWS OF CALVARY CHAPEL OF EMMETT, INC.

(updatedApril4, 2002)

 

       I.            PURPOSE - The purpose of Calvary Chapel of Emmett, Inc., is three fold:

a.      To worship God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

b.      To up build the church of Jesus Christ through the teaching of the Word and the ministry of the Spirit.

c.      To persuade men and women to repent and confess Jesus Christ as Lord.

 

   II.            STATEMENT OF FAITH

a.      WE BELIEVE that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; that this triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all.

b.      WE BELIEVE that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired without error in the original manuscripts, and the infallible rule of faith and practice.

c.      WE BELIEVE in God the Father, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

d.     WE BELIEVE in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings, His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.

e.      WE BELIEVE in the Holy Spirit, who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower for ministry all who believe in Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding Helper, Teacher, and Guide.

f.       WE BELIEVE that all people are sinners by nature and choice, and therefore are under condemnation: that God regenerates by the Holy Spirit, those who repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord; that Jesus Christ baptizes the seeking believer with the Holy Spirit and power for service, often subsequent to regeneration.

g.       WE BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the church; 1) baptism 2) the Lord’s Supper. We believe in water baptism by immersion, and that communion is open to all believers.

h.     WE BELIEVE in the perpetuity of the Spiritual gifts to this present time, and in the laying on of hands for ordination of pastors and elders, and in praying for the sick.

i.        WE BELIEVE in the personal, visible return of Christ to the earth and the establishment of His Kingdom, in the resurrection of the body, and in the final judgment and eternal blessing of the righteous, and endless suffering of the wicked.

j.        WE BELIEVE in what is termed “The Apostles Creed” as embodying the fundamental facts of Christian faith.

III.   PRINCXPAL OFFICE

a.    The principal office for the transaction of business of the corporation is      fixed and located at such a location as the Board of Directors (ruling elders) may at any

time designate, within Gem County.

 

IV. MEMBERSHIP

a.      Qualifications and reception to membership. Membership in this congregation shall be open to any believing and confessing Christian, who acknowledges and accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who is willing to subscribe to the policies of this corporation, and who desires to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of love.

b.      Voting members. All active members present in the meeting above the age of eighteen (18) shall be entitled to one (1) vote for the ratification and/or dismissal of a pastor(s). Ratification or dismissal is only affirmed by a two thirds (2/3) majority vote of all general members and a unanimous vote of the ruling elders.

c.      Annual membership meeting. The annual meeting of the members of this corporation shall be held on the second (2nd) Sunday of January, each year, at six (6) pm, at the regular Sunday meeting place of the membership, or at any other time and other place as determined by a resolution. No notice need be given if the meeting is held on the date and at the time immediately above stated.

d.     Special membership meetings. special meetings of the members of the corporation for any purpose or purposes may be called at any time by the president of the corporation or by any two (2) directors (ruling elders). Notice of the time and place of a special meeting of the members shall be given verbally and in the regular Sunday Service for two (2) consecutive Sundays prior to the meeting.

V. GOVERNMENT

a.      Headship of Christ. The government of the church shall be focused on seeking and maintaining the Lordship and direction of Jesus Christ over His Body. All those in authority shall continually seek His mind and will, through His Spirit and the Word of God, in all actions and decisions.

b.      The overseeing of His Body by the pastor and elders. The Board of Directors, herein also referred to as ruling elders, headed by the pastor, shall be the governing body of the church. The ruling elders shall oversee and rule the ministry of the church by precept and example, under the leadership of the pastor. They shall gather informally, as frequently as needed, to pray together and review the progress of day-to-day functions.

i. The general powers of the ruling elders:

 

To select and remove all other officers, agents, and employees of

1.       the corporation; prescribe such powers and duties for them as may

2.      not be inconsistent with law, the Articles of Incorporation, or the

3.      Bylaws; fix their compensation; and require from them security for

4.      faithful service.

a.      To conduct, manage, and control the affairs and business of the

5.      corporation; to make rules and regulations consistent with law, the

6.      Articles of Incorporation, or the Bylaws.

a.      To borrow money and incur indebtedness for the purpose of the

7.      corporation, and to authorize to be executed in the corporate

8.     name, promissory notes, bonds, debentures, deeds of trust,

9.      mortgages, pledges, or other evidence of debt and securities.

ii. Qualifications for Ruling Elders (see I Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9)

1. An elder shall be a man of high moral character, a one-woman

man, temperate, prudent, respectable, not self willed, self

controlled, just, devout, and not covetous.

2. An elder shall be a man who rules his home well and whose

children follow his example.

3. An elder shall be a man who handles himself uprightly among

others; not a drunkard, not a striker, gentle, not contentious,

hospitable, a lover of good, and of good reputation in the world.

iii. Number of ruling elders shall consist of up to twelve (12), with a minimum

of three (3) members.

iv. Election and term of office of ruling elders. Ruling elders will be nominated

by the pastor and a unanimous vote of the other ruling elders. Their

election shall be ratified by the membership at the regularly scheduled

annual meeting, or another special meeting. No congregational vote will

be taken, however if there are any that oppose the ratification of a ruling

elder, the Pastor and Board will take their opinion into consideration. A

ruling elder, with the exception of the pastor and assistant pastor, is

elected for a three (3) year term, with one year off, after which he can be

reinstated and ratified by the members.

v. Removal from office. A director (ruling elder), except for the pastor, may

be removed from office by the majority vote of the Directors (ruling

elders). The leading ruling elder (pastor) may only be removed by a

unanimous decision of the ruling elders and a 2/3 majority vote of the

membership in attendance of a called meeting.

vi. Compensation. The Directors (ruling elders) shall receive no compensation

for their services as Directors, however Directors may also serve as

pastor(s) or officers of this church, for which they may be compensated.

c. Meetings

i. Quorum. A quorum for any meeting of the Board of Directors (ruling

elders) shall be a majority of all elected directors.

ii. Place and time of regular meeting. Regular meetings of the Board of

Directors (ruling elders) may be held at any place and time that has been

designated by the Board.

iii. Annual Board of Directors meeting. The Board of Directors (ruling elders)

shall meet once a year during the month of December, for the express

purpose of organization, election of officers, reviewing and approving the

budget, and reviewing pastors compensation and benefits.

iv. Special Board of Directors Meetings. Meetings of the Board of Directors

(ruling elders) may be called at any time by the pastor or by any two (2)

other directors. Each ruling elder must receive written or verbal notice

prior to the specially called meeting.

v. Documentation of meetings. The transactions of any meetings of the

Board of Directors shall be as valid if a quorum is present, and if either

before of after the meeting each of the directors (ruling elders) not

present signs a written waiver of notice, or an approval of the minutes.

VI. OTHER MINISTRY STAFF

a. Deacons, deaconesses, or other staff (voluntary or paid)

i. The staff shall function in various ministries within the body in a pattern

consistent with biblical roles to meet the physical needs of the church

under the direction and encouragement of the pastor and elders.

ii. The staff shall counsel with the pastor and elders regarding the physical

needs that arise in the body; they shall pray for any in the flock for whom

they are caring; they shall serve the flock by exercising hospitality, love,

care and good counsel.

b. Their qualifications (I Timothy 3:8-13)

i. Personal qualifications: serious, not double tongued and not a drunkard

H. Regarding family: sole commitment to spouse: children well-behaved

Hi. As to faith: obedience to the faith; mature, tested walk

c. Their number, appointment, and organization

i. The number of deacons and deaconesses shall be left to the discretion of

the pastor, according to the needs of the congregation.

ii. The board of directors (ruling elders), and pastor shall appoint the

deacons for an indefinite duration and shall review each appointment

yearly.

Hi. The deacons and other staff shall be in regular contact with the pastor and

elders, and shall meet at the discretion of the pastor.

d. In accordance to 1 Timothy 2:12, we do not permit women to teach or be in

authority over a man. However, women are allowed and encouraged to teach the

children the principles of scripture, to serve in the Body as deaconesses, to serve

in other capacities where they are not usurping authority over the men, and in

general according to the activities outlined in 1 Timothy 2:3-5.

VII. OFFICERS OF THE CHURCH

a. Officers - The officers of this corporation shall be a president, vice president,

secretary, treasurer, and such other officers as the board of directors (ruling

elders) may appoint. Officers other than the president need not necessarily be

members of the board of directors.

b. Election - The board of directors (ruling elders) shall elect by simple majority

officers of the corporation for terms of one year, or until their successors are

elected and qualified.

c. Vacancies - A vacancy in any office because of death, resignation, removal,

disqualification, or otherwise, shall be filled by the board of directors (ruling

elders).

d. President - Subject to ratification of the board of directors (ruling elders), the

President (pastor) shall have general supervision, direction, and control of the

business and affairs of the corporation. He shall be responsible for the presidency

of all meetings of the members, directors (ruling elders), and shall have such

other powers and duties as may be prescribed from time to time by the board of

directors (ruling elders).

i. Ministry

1. The pastor shall minister unto the Lord in regular personal worship

and praise. He shall give himself to the ministry of the Word and

prayer (Acts 6:4) and seek to walk uprightly before the Lord in his

personal life. He shall seek the mind of God.

2. The pastor shall be the teaching-shepherd of the church. He shall

give considerable time to the study of the Word and shall teach the

scriptures to the flock by precept and example. He shall aim to

feed the flock, equip the saints for ministry, and guard the church

against the attack of the enemy.

3. The pastor shall be the president of the corporation, it’s chief

executive officer and chairman of the board of ruling elders. He

shall oversee the business of the church on a daily basis and give

leadership to the assistant pastors, the ruling elders, and the

general church body and it’s ministries. The pastor shall have

general supervision of the entire church and charge of all services,

gatherings, and meetings.

ii. Qualifications (I Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9)

1. The pastor shall be generally qualified, according to the

qualifications for a ruling elder.

2. The pastor shall be a spirit-gifted teacher of the Word, an ordained

pastor of good reputation and biblically conservative theology,

Christ-centered, spirit-filled, and willing to serve a nondenominational

church without promoting denominational

interests.

3. Appointment

a. In the event of a vacancy, the ruling elders shall constitute

a nominating committee. This committee shall seek, find,

and nominate a candidate. They shall seek first among the

assistant pastors from within the fellowship. Election shall

be by unanimous choice after notification of members.

b. The resignee or retiring pastor may nominate in conjunction

with the ruling elders, a successor an/or participate in the

selection of his successor.

4. compensation

a. The pastor’s initial compensation shall be specified by the

ruling elders at the time of his calling. The church shall

provide, as possible, adequate salary, housing allowance,

health insurance, expense allowance, conference funds,

mileage reimbursement, continued education, pension, and

other special funds as needed for his ministry. The church

shall also defray the costs of sending the pastor to out-of town

conferences or conventions attended for the church,

as approved by the ruling elders.

b. The pastor shall be entitled to two paid weeks off per year

(including two Sundays), for personal vacation. This does

not include other time off from regular duties for

missions/ministry activities - as approved by the elders.

5. potential termination

a. For the purpose of potential termination of the pastor, any

two ruling elders may call a joint meeting of the ruling and

servicing elders~ The meeting shall be called in accordance

with the procedure outlined for calling special meetings

(reference Article V, Section), ruling elders I). To terminate

the pastor there must be a unanimous decision by the ruling

elders after notification of the membership.

e. Assistant pastors

i. Ministries

1. An assistant pastor shall minister unto the Lord in regular personal

worship and praise. He shall give himself to the ministry of the

Word and prayer (Acts 6:4) and seek to walk up rightly before the

Lord in his personal life. He shall seek the mind of God.

2. The pastor shall define an assistant pastor’s ministry upon his

appointment. He shall serve under the pastor’s direction and with

the pastor in the teaching of the Word.

ii. Qualifications: An assistant pastor shall meet the same qualifications as

the pastor.

iii. Appointment: The pastor shall appoint and the elders shall ordain an

assistant pastor to share in the ministry.

iv. Compensation. The assistant pastor’s compensation shall be specified by

the pastor and ratified by the ruling elders at the time of their calling. For

a part-time assistant, the church shall provide compensation as seems

appropriate to the elders.

v. Potential termination. It shall be the prerogative of the pastor, after

counseling with the elders, to ask for the resignation of pastoral associates

or assistants if they are not in harmony with the ministry of the church as

directed by the pastor.

f. Vice President

i. Can be chosen from the ruling elders and or pastoral assistants. In the

absence or disability of the president, the vice president shall perform

temporarily all the duties of the president, and in so acting shall have all

the powers of the president until the ruling elders take action on the

vacancy. The vice president shall have such other powers and perform

such other duties as may be prescribed from time to time by the board of

directors.

g. Secretary

i. The secretary shall keep a full and complete record of all the proceedings

of the board of directors; shall keep the seal of the corporation and affix it

to such papers as may be required in the regular course of business; shall

make notification of meetings and services as may be necessary or

proper; shall supervise the keeping of records of the minutes; and shall

discharge such other duties of the office as prescribed by the board of

directors.

h. Treasurer

i. The treasurer shall oversee the receiving and safekeeping of all

funds of the corporation and deposit them in the bank or banks that may

be

designated by the board of directors (ruling elders). Those funds shall be

paid out only on checks of the corporation signed by two signatures,

consisting of the vice president, treasurer, or such officers or staff as

may be designated by the board of directors.

VIII. RITES OF ORDINATION

a. Principles of Ordination

i. A candidate for ordination recognizes that only our Sovereign, Holy God

can truly call and ordain His children for service in the ministry of the

Gospel of Jesus Christ.

ii. The calling of a minister is not the result of a title; rather the title is a

result of His calling. This calling is recognized as from the true and living

God.

iii. It is man’s privilege and specifically the privilege of the overseers of the

true church of Jesus Christ to ratify the ordination of God when such is

obviously placed upon a man’s life.

iv. The purpose of this Article is to provide for the ordination rites of ministers

of the Gospel, of Calvary Chapel of Emmett, Inc.

b. Qualifications for ordination

I. Candidate for ordination must be a born again believer in Jesus

Christ as described by our Lord in the third chapter of the Gospel of

John.

ii. A candidate for ordination must subscribe to the statement of

faith as described in the Preamble of these bylaws.

iii. A candidate must have completed four (4) years of Bible study

or the equivalent by the ruling elders.

iv. A candidate should have evidenced the obvious calling of God

upon his life to the satisfaction of the ruling elders.

c. Procedure for Ordination

i. Each person fulfilling the above qualifications, and upon their presentation

to the Board of Directors (ruling elders) of this body, will receive full

consideration for ordination into the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

by Calvary Chapel of Emmett, Inc.

ii. The Board may make exceptions to these qualifying standards where, in

the unanimous opinion of the Board and under the strong compel- ling

conviction of the Holy Spirit, such exceptions are according to the will of

God and consistent with His Word.

iii. Upon unanimous approval of the Board of Directors, the candidate will be

ordained as a minister of the Gospel with the right to perform ministerial

functions in accordance with the laws of the land and the ordinances of

God’s Holy Word, with all prerogatives of such a calling and office.

iv. All candidates, successful or otherwise, will be notified of the board’s

decision in writing within one week of the final Board action.

d. Certificate of ordination

i. The following is the text of the Certificate of Ordination

to be issued to each successful candidate

CERTIFICATE OF ORDINATION

This is to certify that Pastor ____________________ was duly ordained by

Calvary Chapel of Emmett, Inc., as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus

Christ. He has met all the requirements of this body for recognition of

such office; further, by rite of ordination on this date, he is duly ordained

to perform all ministerial functions without limit as accorded by the laws of

the land

and in compliance with the ordinances of God’s Holy Church as set forth in

the Holy Bible. We now pray for God’s divine blessing and the power of

the Holy Spirit upon him.

Given this day of , 20.........

CALVARY CHAPEL OF EMMETT

with headquarters in Emmett, Idaho

President

Secretary

Seal

IX. AUXILIARIES

a. Any organization, group, or club whose membership is primarily for a church

activity, shall be considered an auxiliary of the church and shall be subject to the

constitution and bylaws of the church. As an auxiliary organization, it shall exist

only in cooperation with the pastor and elders.

X. MISSIONS INVOLVEMENT

a. Other Calvary Chapel Missionary Support: The elders can approve monthly

support to missionaries in the field, at any time. Such support must be reviewed

and approved again at the annual meeting. Missionaries may request that any

money held in a fund for them be applied towards transportation or other direct

ministry costs. However, any actual payments made to them for living expenses

should be considered as “payment to a sub-contractor”. Missionaries may adopt a

“self-employed status (for taxation purposes), or else have their support routed

through another approved non-profit mission/relief organization.

b. Designation Mission Giving: Where possible, missions support will be allotted to

the specific fund within the Calvary Chapel account that best suits the intended

use of the contributor. Any monies generally received for “Missions”, but without

a specific intended purpose, will be held in the General Missions Fund where it

can be allocated for specific mission purposes as approved by the elders.

XI. ANNUAL BUDGET

a. The annual budget approved at the annual meeting shall be based on giving

patterns from the previous year’s actual average monthly income (general tithes

and offerings.

b. All new ministry commitments beyond what is in the approved annual budget

shall be considered i.e. upon the review of the “Analyze Budgets vs. Actuals

Report” in keeping with the goal of at least a thirty day reserve in the General

Fund.

c. Any changes to the annual budget require full elder approval, along with

complete documentation in the church minutes.

XII. AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS

a. The bylaws may be amended or repealed by new bylaws adopted by the majority

vote of the members at the annual meeting.

XIII. ANNUAL ACCOUNTING PERIOD

a. The annual accounting period for this corporation shall begin on the first day of

January, and shall end on the last day of December.

XIV. MISCELLANEOUS

a. Execution of documents

i. The board of directors (ruling elders) may authorize by unanimous vote

any officer or officers, agent or agents, to enter into a contract or execute

any instrument in the name of, and on behalf of the church and such

authority may be general or confined to specific instances. Unless so

authorized, no individual officer, agent, or other person shall have any

power or authority to bind the church by any contract or engagement or

to pledge its credit or to render it liable for any purpose or to any amount.

b. Inspection of bylaws

I. The church shall keep at its principal office the original or a copy of its

Articles of Incorporation and bylaws, as amended to date, certified by the

secretary, which shall be open to inspection by the members at all

reasonable times during the office hours.

c. Construction of definitions

i. Unless the context otherwise requires, the general Orovisions, rules of

construction and definitions contained in the Idaho General Nonprofit

Corporation Law shall govern the construction of these bylaws.

d. Rules of order

i. The rules contained in Roberts Rules of Order, revised, shall be the

general guide to govern all business board meetings of the church, except

in instances of conflict between said rules of order and the articles of

incorporation and bylaws of the church or provisions of law.