Little Rock Baptist Church: Constitution and By-Laws 1972
Subjects: Corporate Records
Description: The Constitution and By-Laws of Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church in the year 1972. This revised version shows some changes from earlier documents but overall states the same mission rules and regulations. This version recognizes the church as a corporation and a business in addition to being a place for worship.
Original Format: Other
Rights Management: Little Rock Baptist Church
Contributing Institution: Array
Contributor: Sherell Wiggins
Transcript: Article I: States the name and location
Article II: This says the incorporation of the church will be in accordance with the laws of Michigan
Article III: Their aim/or objective, which is to sustain the worship and ordinances of the Christian religion in accordance with the teachings of the New Testament.
Article IV: Denominational affiliations, they will fellowship with all other churches advocating belief in God and Jesus Christ. It also states what associations and conventions they will represent unto.
Article V: Membership, a section that was noticeably revised since the 1968 constitution, stating the various methods that are accepted in becoming a member this includes: any person that is baptized, a letter from their previous church or religious organization, and Christian experience. This section also includes the grounds for exclusion, duties of members and discipline.
Article VI: Officers and duties, this outlines the duties of the pastor, secretary, treasurer, and board of directors. It also dedicates a section of what constitutes a pastor to be qualified.
Article VII: Duties of the board of directors and its membership, this included the deacons and trustees. It outlines their duties, responsibilities and how meetings how be conducted.
Article VIII: Election of a pastor, states the procedure and guidelines on how to elect a pastor. This includes qualifications, recommendations, and financial considerations.
Article IX: Removal of a pastor, shows the process involved with removing a pastor from a congregation. This also includes a chain of command, showing if, in whatever circumstances, a pastor was removed who would lead the church until a new one was called.
Article XII: Workers council, outlining the formation of the workers council, offices positions and meeting times.
Article XIII: This shows the duration of the fiscal year.
Article XIV: Of church discipline, it states the consequences by the church for any member that fails to live up to the requirements expected from a Christian.
Article XV: Rights of members, mentions the rights of members of the church saying that they are to participate fully in all meetings , adhere to the rules and regulations of any organization in which the member is a participant, and to vote at congregational meetings.
Article XVI: Regulation of business, includes when the church budget is to be presented, disbursement of funds, and who is designated to sign checks on behalf of the church.
Article XVII: Amendments, states the process of how the constitution can be changed or revised.
Article XVIII: Rules of order, states that no rules shall conflict with the teachings of the Bible.