Church Constitution

Our Constitution

(As Amended February 2002)

I. Purpose of Constitution:

  1. To provide a legal framework for the existence and governing of Cornerstone Bible Church.
  2. To provide a procedure for adding and deleting members of the church.
  3. To provide a procedure for selection of Pastor(s), elders, and leaders.

II. General Philosophy:

  1. In line with our concept of developing a church structure which is flexible enough to meet the changing needs and environment around us, the constitution should be limited to only the above purpose.
  2. Elders should be elected based on spiritual qualifications only – not for specific jobs in the church. They would then appoint people for specific functions from among themselves or from the general congregation.
  3. Elected leaders shall be empowered to form church programs, to appoint leaders other than the elected elders, to control procedures, to appoint committees, etc. These matters should be clearly communicated to the membership and may be changed as needs rise.
  4. Regular and open communication between the congregation and the elders should be encouraged by reports to the congregation and by engaging in discussion in the Home Fellowship groups.

III. Name and Incorporation:

The name of this organization shall be CORNERSTONE BIBLE CHURCH. This church shall be incorporated under the laws of the State of Ohio, and its stated purpose is to provide a place of worship for its members, to receive and disburse gifts and bequests, and to do all things necessary or incidental to carrying on such purposes.

IV. Authority:

This church shall be subject to the direction of Jesus Christ as His will is expressed in the Bible. A Board of Elders shall be the governing body of the church in seeking and interpreting the desire of the Lord for the congregation. The elders shall be diligent in serving and communicating with the membership and shall be sensitive to the needs and desires of the church body.

V. Doctrinal Statement:

CORNERSTONE BIBLE CHURCH STATEMENT OF FAITH

  1. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in essence and having the same attributes, while distinct in personality and function. (Deuteronomy 6:4,5; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Genesis 1:1; Hebrews 11:3)
  2. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (66 books) to be the inspired Word of God, inerrant, infallible and complete in the original writings, and the supreme and final authority for faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
  3. We believe in Jesus Christ the eternal Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. (John 1:1,14; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14; Hebrews 1:2,3)
  4. We believe in the Holy Spirit who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. By His gracious working the believer is born again into God’s Kingdom, indwelt, and empowered for holy living and fruitful service. He distributes gifts to build-up and equip the Church for ministry. (John 3:5; 16:8; Romans 8:9; Acts 1:8, 1 Peter 1:15; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11; Ephesians 4:11-12; 5:18).
  5. We believe that all human beings are created in God’s image and designed to walk in fellowship with Him. Yet every person is a sinner by nature and by choice thereby incurring both physical and spiritual death. (Genesis 1:26,27; 3:1-6; Romans 5:12,19; 3:23; 6:23)
  6. We believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross as the perfect sacrifice for sins, taking our penalty upon Himself. Christ rose from the dead bodily and ascended into heaven where He now reigns as Lord and intercedes for His people. (Isaiah 53:4-11; 1 Corinthians 15:3-6; Hebrews 10:10,25; Philippians 2:6-11; Romans 8:1)
  7. We believe that a Christian is one who acknowledges and turns away from his/her sin, trusts Christ for forgiveness, and by faith receives Jesus as personal Savior and Lord. To know Christ in this way is to become God’s child and have the assurance of eternal life. (Mark 1:l4,15; John 1:12; 3:16; 1 John 1:9; 5:11,12)
  8. We believe in the “blessed hope”, which is the personal, visible, and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. (Titus 2:13; John 14:1-3; Matthew 24:30,44; Acts 1:11)
  9. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the Christian and the non-Christian, the eternal conscious suffering of the lost in hell, and the eternal blessed fellowship of the saved in heaven. (I Corinthians 15:50-53; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9; Hebrews 9:27)
  10. We believe that Satan is the primary enemy of God, His work, and His people. Nevertheless the devil is a defeated foe destined for eternal destruction in the lake of fire. (Colossians 2:15, Hebrews 2:14, 1 Peter 5:8,9; James 4:7; Revelation 20:10)
  11. We believe in the Church, the Body of Christ, whose mission is to make disciples of all nations, faithfully preaching and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in order that believers may have life in His name. Through the ministry of the local church God intends that every believer be strengthened in the faith and equipped for works of service. (Ephesians 1:22,23; 4:11,12,16; Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 24:47)
  12. We believe that Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the Church: water baptism and the Lord’s Supper. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Luke 22:14-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

VI. Membership:

Candidates who are willing to make a confession of saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and accept the Statement of Faith and abide by the constitution of this church shall be nominated for membership by the Elders. They then may be received into the church by a majority vote of the membership present at any business meeting or service. Members who are 14 years and older have voting privileges.

Membership may be terminated at the member’s request or for reasons of inactivity or by exclusion in accordance with Scripture. Termination by resignation will be effective upon receipt of the resignation. Termination by inactivity will be effective upon the completion of one year of non-attendance at the public meetings of the congregation. After six months of non-attendance, the individual may be placed on an inactive non-voting membership list and will be notified of that action. Termination for any other reason shall be recommended by the Elders, and determined by a majority of the membership present at any business meeting having a quorum.

VII. Officers:

There shall be a minimum of two official positions in the church: Senior Pastor and Elder. The Senior Pastor shall hold the position of Elder in addition to his other responsibilities.

When the senior pastorate is vacant, the Board of Elders shall nominate an individual as Senior Pastor and he shall be elected by a majority vote of the membership present at a business meeting having a quorum.

When any other Pastor’s position is vacant and/or deemed necessary by the Elders, the Board of Elders shall nominate an individual for the position, and he shall be elected by a majority vote of the membership present at a business meeting having a quorum.

The Board of Elders shall consist of as many as are deemed necessary by the Elders. New Elders shall be nominated from the church membership by the elders on the basis of their spiritual qualifications only (I Timothy 3 & Titus 1). Nominations may also be made by individual church members by submitting the name to the Elders no later than three weeks prior to the election. The list of Elder approved nominations must be completed and published two weeks before the business meeting at which the election is to be made. Elders shall be elected for a four year term by a majority vote of the membership present at any business meeting having a quorum.

A chairman and a vice chairman of the Board of Elders shall be elected by the elders at their first meeting after the annual meeting. The Chairman shall be a Board member other than a Pastor.

A Pastor or Elder may be removed from office by resignation or by a 2/3 vote of the membership at a business meeting having a quorum. Notification by a letter to the membership should be made 10 days prior to any business meeting for the purpose of removing a Pastor or Elder.

An elder (other than the Senior Pastor) may not serve for more than four consecutive years. He must have one year off before he can serve again.

Other church officers may be appointed by the Board.

VIII. Business Meetings:

An annual business meeting must be called by the Board of Elders during the month of February. A notice of this meeting and agenda must be distributed by the Board of Elders to all members at least 30 days prior to the meeting. The chairman of the Board or his designee shall chair all business meetings.

Other meetings may be called at any time by the Board of Elders at its own volition or at the written request of 10% of the membership. If Elders are being elected, 30 days notice is required.

A quorum of members at a business meeting shall constitute 30% of the voting membership.

IX. Amendments to the Constitution:

This Constitution, with the exception of the statement of faith, may be amended at a business meeting by a 2/3 vote of the membership if a quorum is present. The Statement of Faith may be amended by an 80% vote of the total membership. Notice of the proposed amendment must be distributed by the Board of elders to all members at least 30 days prior to the business meeting.

X. Miscellaneous

All matters not covered by this Constitution shall be the responsibility of the Board of Elders.

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