ARTICLE III – Statement of Faith

INTRODUCTION: In light of the present apostasy in professed Christianity in which so many are departing from Biblical teaching, we feel the necessity to make the following doctrinal state­ment which we believe is consistent with the teachings of God's eternal Word. As a Church, we require all it's members to be in agreement with this statement.

SECTION 1 - THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
We believe in the Divine inspiration of the very words of every part of the sixty-six canonical books of the Old and the New Testaments of the Bible (from Genesis to Revelation) in the original languages. (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:21; 1 Thessalonians 2:13)

We believe in God's promise to preserve His Words. The Bible says, "Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever." (Psalm 119:152) Also, "The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever." (Psalm 12:6-7). We believe that the Lord has preserved the Old Testament in the Masoretic Hebrew Text and the New Testament in the Textus Receptus Greek Text.

We believe that the King James Version (or Authorized Version) of the English Bible is a true, faithful, and accurate translation of these preserved texts. The translators did such a fine job in their translation task that we can without apology hold up the Authorized Version and say, "This is the WORD OF GOD!"

Furthermore, we believe that the Scriptures are the final and complete revelation of the will of God to man, and are the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried. (II Tim. 3:16-17; II Peter 1:21)

SECTION 2 - GOD, THE FATHER
We believe in the one true God, the creator and supreme ruler of heaven and earth, who in essence is a spirit. He is perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, and measureless in power. He exists eternally in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matt.28:18-30; 1 John 5:7). We believe that God created the universe in six literal 24-hour days, and reject evolution and Theistic Evolution in all of its forms as unscriptural theories of origin. (Gen.1-2; Exod.20:11)

SECTION 3 - GOD, THE SON
We believe that Jesus Christ is God manifested to man in the flesh. He is the eternal son of God, and equal in power and glory to God the Fa­ther. He willingly took upon Himself our human nature. Being conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of the virgin Mary, He died upon the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sin of the world. He rose from the dead with a glorified body and ascended into Heaven, where He is now inter­ceding as our High Priest. We believe His second coming to be literal, bodily, personal, and visible. The dead in Christ shall rise first, the living saints shall be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of David and Christ shall reign a thousand years on the throne of David until He hath put all enemies under His feet. (John 1:1; 8:46; 2 Pet.2:21-22; Eph.1:7; Phil.2:6-11)

SECTION 4 - GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person; equal with and of the same nature as God the Father, and God the Son. The work and ministry of the Holy Spirit involves the restraining of Satan; Convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He leads men toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ unto salvation; regenerates all believers, and gives them His own nature. He indwells, seals, guides, teaches, witness­es, sanctifies, and comforts, all believers. It is the privilege and duty of all Christians to be filled (controlled) by the Holy Spirit. (John 14-16; Eph.­1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18)
We believe the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to every believer for the purpose of edify­ing the local church. We believe the sign gifts given in the New Testament (Speaking in tongues, Apostles, healing, etc.) were temporary, and were never the common or necessary signs of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit. The deliverance of the body from sickness and death will not be known until the great resurrection day, though God fre­quently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physi­cal healing. (Rom.12:3-8, 1 Cor.1:22; 13:8; 14:21-40)

SECTION 5 - SATAN / ANGELS
We believe that Satan is a created being who once was holy and enjoyed the Heavenly honor as one of the highest angels in Heaven. Because of his pride, he was cast out of Heaven, and took with him one third of the angels of Heaven being sealed unto eternal damnation. Satan is now the prince of the power of the air, the god of this world, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience. His destiny is final defeat at the hands of Jesus, and the judgment of eternal justice in the lake of fire. (Isa.14:12-15; Ezek­.28:12-19; Rev.20:2,7­,10)
The angels of Heaven which chose not to follow Satan were sealed unto eternal holiness, and continual service to our God, for which they were originally created. We will stand with them be­fore Christ throughout all eternity. (Rev.5:9-14)

SECTION 6 - MAN
We believe that man was created as the crown of God's creation, and given dominion over all the works of creation. He was created with an eternal soul and made morally and physi­cally perfect in the image of God. Man voluntarily disobeyed God and fell into sin and is now lost, spiritually dead, totally depraved in his natural state. (Gen.1:26; 3:7-10; Rom.5:12)

SECTION 7 - SALVATION
We believe that salvation is wholly of grace through the finished work of Jesus Christ the Son of God; who by His death and shed blood made atonement for our sins, bearing them in His own body on the Cross. He arose bodily from the grave showing Himself alive to His disciples and others, then ascended up to Heaven where He is seated at the right hand of God as our faithful, interceding high Priest, and judge. (1 Cor.15, Heb.4­:14-16)
We believe that in order for sinners to be saved they must be born again by the Holy Spirit of God. This is not accom­plished by works or self-righteousness; but through a conscious real­ization of our sins penalty, Christ's sacrifice, and a person­al acceptance and repentance toward God, and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. When a person is saved, the Holy Spirit indwells them and makes them a new creation in Christ. There is a definite change that takes place in their soul, which is revealed by their changed life and works. (John 3:3-8, Eph.2:8-10)
We believe in righteous living and good works: not as a means of salvation in any sense, but as its proper evidence and fruit; and therefore as Christians we should obey the Word of our Lord, seek the things which are above, walk as He walked, accept as our solemn responsibility the duty and privileges of bearing the gospel to a lost world; remembering that a victorious and fruitful Christian life is possible only for those who in gratitude for the infinite and undeserved mercies of God have presented themselves wholly to Christ.
We believe Salvation is an eternal gift of God; that is, it can never be lost or taken away. We are fully forgiven and declared righteous in the eyes of God at the moment of salvatio­n, and sealed for all eternity. We realize this doctrine is basic and essential to true Christianity, and will recognize any false presentation of the Gospel as the work of Satan. (John 6:37-40; Gal.1:6-9)

SECTION 8 - THE CHURCH
We believe that the local church is a congregation of immersed believers (Acts 10:46-47, Romans 6:3-6, I Peter 3:21) associated by covenant of faith and fellowship in the Gospel (Romans 12, Hebrews 10:23-25); that the local church has the absolute right of self-government (Matthew 18:18-20) and is answerable only to God, her Administrator, and the Lord Jesus Christ, her Head (Ephesians 5:23-24); that in all matters of membership, policy, discipline, and benevolence the will of the local church is sovereign. (Matthew 18:18-19)
The work of the ministry, the fellowship and edifica­tion of believers, and the evangelism of the world are the responsibility and the central purpose of the local Church. (Acts 2:41-47, Mat.18:18-30, Eph­.1:22-23; 4:10-13)

We believe that there are only two church ordinances, baptism and the Lord's Supper. Baptism is the immersion of the believer in water. (Romans 6:3-6, Acts 8:36-39, Colossians 2:12, I Peter 3:18-21) We believe that participation in the Lord's Supper is symbolic of the Lord's vicarious death and is to be shared in only with true believers. (I Corinthians 11:23-24, Luke 22:19-20).

SECTION 9 - THE ETERNAL STATE
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men; the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to eternal damnation. The souls of the saved, at death, are absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrec­tion, when Spirit, Soul, and Body will be reunited to be glori­fied forever with the Lord. The souls of the unsaved, at death, remain in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment. (John 3:36, 1 Cor.15:50-57, 2 Cor.5:8, Rev.20­:11-21:8)

SECTION 10 - LAST THINGS
We believe that at any moment the Lord will return to catch away His Bride, which is made up of all born again believers both living and dead in Christ. No man can know the time of this the first resurrection. After the rapture of the believers, will come the seven years of tribula­tion in which God will pour out His wrath on the unbelieving world. This time will be marked by unrestrained wickedness, the man of sin or "anti­christ" being revealed, and Israel as a nation turning back to God. At the close of the tribula­tion, Satan will be bound for 1,000 years and the saints will reign with Christ. Satan will then be loosed for the time of his final judgment, the Great White Throne Judgment will then take place. God will create a new Heaven and earth where we who are saved will live eternally with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (1 Thes.4:16-18, 2 Thes.­2:1-7, Rev.20-22)

SECTION 11 - SEPARATION
We believe in Biblical separation which applies to three areas:
1) Governmental (State) separation. The State cannot license or dictate to the Church matters of faith and practice and obedience to God's Word. Nor does the Church dictate to the State matters of governing it's people. We believe that God has created all authority and has established three basic institutions to administer His authority: 1) The Home, 2) The Church, and 3) The Government or State. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and are to be governed by His Word. No institution has the right to infringe upon the other. (Rom. 13:1-7)
2) Eccle­siastical (Church) separation. The Bible clearly instructs us to oppose and separate ourselves from all forms of apostasy and heresy. We reject the unscriptural philosophy of the modern ecumenical movement (joining of all churches into one body regardless of doctrinal differences).
3) Personal Separation (holiness). In separating ourselves unto God, we are separating ourselves apart from the world. As Christians, we are to pattern our thinking and conduct according to God's standard of holiness rather than the trends, philosophies, and styles set by the world. (2Cor.6:14-18, 1Pet.2:7-16)

SECTION 12 – SANCTITY OF THE HOME
We believe in the sanctity of the home as instituted by God in the garden of Eden (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:21-25), consisting of marriage between one man and one woman (Hebrews 13:4, I Corinthians 7:1-5), united by love and Christian Faith, and that this marriage bond is intended by God to be a lifelong commitment that man should not put asunder (Matthew 19:3-9, Mark 10:1-12; Ephesians 5:22-23; Colossians 3:18-20; Titus 2:1-8, I Peter 3:1-7). According to Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 5:31-33, fornication (sexual uncleanness) is scriptural ground for allowing (though not mandating) divorce (I Corinthians 7:10-16, 27). Moreover, children are to be desired from this union of husband and wife and brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Genesis 3:20; 9:1; Psalm 127:3-5; Proverbs 22:6). We believe that human life begins at concep­tion and that the unborn child is a living human being. The purposeful ending of that life is therefore murder. (Psa.139:13-16)
We believe that God has command­ed that no intimate sexual activi­ty should be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman and that fornication, adul­tery, and pornography are sinful. We be­lieve that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexual, bestiality, incest are an abomination to God. (Gen.2­:24-25, Lev.18, Rom.1­:26-29, I Corinthians 6:9-11)
We believe that God hates divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses die. Although divorced and remarried persons or divorced persons may hold positions of service in the Church and be greatly used of God for Christian service, they may not be considered for the office of Pastor or Deacon. (Mat.19:3-12; Rom.7:1-3; 1 Tim.3:2­,12)

ARTICLE IV – Church Covenant

The church covenant which binds every member of this church shall be as follows: Having received the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, being born again through the personal work of God the Holy Spirit, and thus entered into a new and eternal relationship with our Creator; Having followed our Lord in obedience to Scriptur­al baptism and sincerely desiring to be obedient to the teachings of God's Holy Word., we do now in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, willfully enter into this covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.

We covenant therefore, by the aide of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christ's love; to strive for the advancement of this Church; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sup­port its worship, ordinances, discipline and doc­trines; to give it preeminence over all institu­tions of human origin; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the Church, the relief of the needy, and the spread of the Gospel unto all nations; and to honor, esteem, and love our pastor, to pray for him regularly and fervently, to submit to him in the exercise of his office, to attend constantly upon his ministrations, and to manifest a tender regard for his reputation.

We covenant to maintain family and personal devotions; to faithfully educate our children in the ways of the Lord; to seek the salvation of our family members, friends, and acquaintances; to be zealous in our efforts to propagate the gospel; to be just, faithful, honest, and above reproach in our personal and business matters; to avoid all gossiping, tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from all worldly and harmful indulgences; to avoid and stand against all conduct which compromises our Christian testimony (including intermarriage of believers with unbelievers, fornication, pornography, adultery, divorce, sodomy, etc.) and uphold high standards of Christian morality.

We covenant to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to promote Christian love and sympathy in behavior and courte­sy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, remembering the love of our Savior who has forgiven and recon­ciled us to Himself.

We covenant that when we remove from this place, we will, as soon as possible, unite with another Baptist church of like faith and practice, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.

 

ARTICLE V – Membership

Section 1 – Requirements for Membership
1. Be born again and give testimony to that effect to a trained deacon or one of the church pastors.

  1. Be baptized by immersion (after conversion).
  2. Agree and have a life that is consistent with the Statement of Faith.
  3. Agree and have a life consistent with the Church Covenant.

5. The above qualifications are the only restrictions for membership. There is no minimum age.

Section 2 – Process or Membership
1. The Pastor (either personally or through the deacons) shall examine individuals seeking membership and recommend them to the congregation if they are qualified.
2. The person satisfying the above qualifications must then be voted on by the congregation at the next regular church service. They will then be a church member.

To become a voting member, a person must be:
1. Voted on as a church member.
2. At least 18 years of age.
3. Present at least one previous business meeting.

Section 3 – Privileges of Memership
This Church operates, not as a pure democracy, but as a body under the Headship of the Lord Jesus Christ and the direction of the Pastor as the under shepherd with the counsel of the Deacons. Membership in this Church does not afford those individuals with any property, contract, or civil rights based upon the principles of democratic government. The internal affairs of this Church shall be determined by the Church's own rules and procedures. The Pastor shall oversee and/or conduct all aspects of this Church. The Deacons shall give counsel and assistance to the Pastor as re­quested by him. The membership of the Church has certain limited areas of exercising a vote. Members may not vote to initiate any Church ac­tion, but rather the vote of a member is to con­firm the direction of the Church as determined by the Pastor.

Section 4 – Duties of Membership
A member should live a life consistent with the Church Covenant and Doctrinal Statement in all areas. Also, in the Lord's work, the primary responsibility of this church is to the local area, and the primary responsibility of each member is to this church. It is our conviction that each member should support his church with tithes and offerings as the Lord has prospered him, according to Scriptural principles. (Hebrews 7:1-10, Malachi 3:8-10, I Corinthians 9:11,13,14, Matthew 23:23, I Corinthians 16:2, II Corinthians 8:1-5, 9:7)

Section 5 - Cause for Dismissal:
1. Moving out of the area.
2. Inexcusable absence from the regular services for over six months.
3. Church Discipline in accordance with Article VI.

ARTICLE VI – Church Discipline

The pastor (pastors) and deacons shall constitute the discipline committee of the church. They shall proceed with regard for the rights of the individual as described in Scripture (Matthew 18:15-17, I Timothy 4:12) and the peace and spiritual prosperity of the church. Causes for discipline shall include:
1. Conduct which would intentionally harm another Christian. (Proverbs 6:16-19, Proverbs 16:28, 17:9, Romans 16:17-18, James 3:5-8)
2. Behavior blatantly contrary to the Statement of Faith and the Church Covenant.
3. Conduct specifically listed in Scripture as grounds for discipline or separation.
(Romans 16:17;1 Corinthians 5:1-2, 6-7, 9-13; I Corinthians 6:1-5; II Thessalonians 3:6- 15; Titus 3:10)
4. Generally, sin that is unrepented of, which through public knowledge is detrimental to the church’s testimony, shall be the subject of church discipline.

ARTICLE VII – Officers

 

Section 1 - Officers
The only two Biblically recognized offices of the Church are Pastors (including associate and assistant pastors), and Deacons. Other appointed officers of the Church will be appointed by the Pastor upon recommendation of the Deacons and approved by the Church membership.

Section 2 – Corporate Officers
For legal purposes outside the Church, the Pastor shall serve as president of the corpora­tion; the Deacons shall serve as trustees of the corporation; the Church treasurer as treasurer of the corporation; the Church clerk as secretary of the corporation.

Section 3 – Duties of Officers
A. The Pastor shall preach the Gospel regularly and shall be at liberty to preach the whole coun­sel of the Word of God as the Lord leads him. He shall administer the ordinances of the Church, acting as moderator at all church meetings, super­vise the teaching ministries of the Church, and tenderly watch over the spiritual interests of the membership. The Pastor shall be free to chose the means and methods by which he exercises the ministry that God has given him. The pastor shall assume the oversight of church life.
The pastor shall have both the responsibility and authority to make certain that the doctrine, sermons, messages, and music are consistent with the doctrinal statement as written, Article III. He may call the deacons or the church together for special meetings to transact the business of the church. The pastor shall be notified in advance of all meetings. He shall moderate all meetings of the church.
B. The Deacons shall assist the Pastor, at his request, in promoting the spiritual welfare of the Church. They will be faithful to all regularly scheduled services and all special services of the Church (unless providentially hindered), as well as the regularly scheduled Pastor & Deacon's meet­ings. They shall be responsible for preparing and distributing the elements for the Lord's Table, and for the oversight and maintenance of the Church property. It shall be the duty of the deacons to assist the pastor, visit the sick, seek out those who need material assistance (giving preference to the brethren) and lead in laboring for the Lord in the church by involvement in soul-winning and other ministries of the church.
It shall be the duty of the deacons to meet at least quarterly. Since the business of these meetings will include material assistance and spiritual guidance to individuals in trouble or in need, it shall be confidential (not being discussed with anyone outside of the board of deacons and the pastor). The Deacons, along with the Pastor will prepare the Church budget which is then voted upon by the Church at the annual business meeting. Each year, after the annual business meeting of the Church, the Deacons will elect from amongst themselves a Chairman, and a Secretary.
C. Any Assistant Pastors will assist the Pastor in carrying out the ministries of the Church, and will be under the guidance and submissive to the authority of the Pastor at all times.
D. The Church Clerk will keep a correct record of the minutes of all Church business meetings and keep a register of the Church membership.
E. The Treasurer shall distribute all funds of the Church and record accurately all funds and expens­es of the Church. He shall make quarterly and annual reports to the Church. The Treasurer and the Deacons are to be authorized to sign Church checks. He must work with the Deacons and Pastor by preparing financial reports and being willing to attend regular Pastor & Deacon's meetings.
F. The Financial Secretary shall record all Church funds, and depositing them into their proper accounts. He will be one of three to count and record all contributions. He will give an accu­rate record of all deposits to the Church trea­surer. He will send out annual statements to each member.
G. Any officer who neglects their duties as outlined in the constitution or Biblical qualifications may be removed from his position at the discretion of the Pastor, and another may be ap­pointed by the Pastor to serve the unexpired term.

Section 4 – Election and Qualifications of Officers
A. Eligibility for any office: All Church officers must be in total agreement with the doctrine of the Statement of Faith of the Church. Any officer who fails to do so would be immediately disqualified for any Church office.
Only Church members are eligible for elec­tion or appointment to any Church office or posi­tion (provided they meet the Biblical qualifica­tions required for that office).
Any officer who neglects their duties as outlined in the constitution or Biblical qualifications may be removed from his position at the discretion of the Pastor, and another may be ap­pointed by the Pastor to serve the unexpired term.

B. Deacons:
Qualifications of deacons. The deacon’s shall be men, qualified according to the Scriptural teaching of 1Timothy 3:8-13 and Acts 6:1-4. Deacons must have an exemplary Christian testimony and conscientiously strive to live a Christian life so as not to be a stumbling block. He must be a soul winner (active in the church visitation program), be separated in accordance with the stand of the church, be faithful in attendance, and loyal. There shall be a minimum of two deacons.
Election of deacons. Lists shall be posted on which any member may place the names of suggested candidates for the office of deacon. Candidates should be members who have been active in the church for at least one year, who are considered as meeting the spiritual qualifications set forth in this constitution for deacons.
After the pastor and existing deacons consider the names, all deemed qualified shall meet together with the pastor if they are willing to consider the office of deacon. After the qualifications and duties are explained to them, all those who believe themselves to be qualified and who are willing to serve shall have their names placed on a printed ballot to be posted at least two Sundays prior to the election. The deacons shall be the individuals who receive a majority of votes cast on the printed ballots.
Any deacon, if reelected, may succeed himself for a maximum of two successive terms. The members of the board of deacons shall be elected for a three year term whose elections will be staggered for the sake of continuity.

C. Pastor:
Calling of pastor. (Titus 1:6-9, I Timothy 3:1-7) All pastoral candidates must be men who meet the standards described in Scripture. A pulpit committee will be made up of the entire deacon board and the administrative staff to seek out and recommend a candidate for the office of pastor. They shall also procure pulpit fill while the church is without a pastor. The chairman of the deacons shall moderate until a new pastor is voted in.
A pastor may be called by a 3/4 majority vote at any regular or called business meeting when announcement of a meeting for this purpose has been made in a previous Sunday morning service. The church shall not call a pastoral candidate until they have heard him preach all the services of one Sunday for which he shall be paid commensurate with the expenses entailed and services rendered. The candidate must be voted on by the church before a second candidate is called.
The pastor shall continue in office until he resigns, is dismissed, or called to be with the Lord. The pastor may be dismissed by a 3/4 majority vote of those present voting at any business meeting of the church where his dismissal has been announced as one of the purposes of the meeting. Said announcement to have been made at two consecutive regular Sunday morning services.
Any pastor so dismissed shall be entitled to and shall receive one month's salary and other benefits from time of termination of his services which shall become effective at the end of the business meeting.

ARTICLE VIII – Church Meetings

 

Section 1 – Meeting for Worship
The Heritage Baptist Church shall meet each Sunday for public worship both morning and evening, and Wednesday evening for Bible study and prayer. The Lord’s table shall be held as often as the Pastor feels led.

Section 2 – Special Meetings
Bible conferences, revival meetings, missions conferences, or other special meetings may be held at the Pastor's discretion.

Section 3 – Church Business Meetings
A. The Annual Church business meeting is to be held on the second Wednesday evening of December after the evening service. This is subject to change at the discretion of the Pastor and Dea­cons.
B. A quorum will consist of the members present for a business meeting which has been announced from the pulpit one Sunday previous or 50 percent of the voting members for a meeting that has been called without one week's notification.

Section 4 – Special Business Meetings
A. The Pastor (or Deacons if the office of Pastor is vacant or the Pastor is the subject of possible disciplinary action) may call a special meeting by giving notice of and the purpose for the meeting to the Church from the pulpit at least one Sunday and not less than one week before the meeting.
B. Any regular meeting of the Church may be made into a business meeting by the Pastor for the purpose of ordinary or routine business without any previous notice.
C. No secret business meetings are valid, and no business beyond that of routine monthly or weekly affairs shall be carried on in the absence of the Pastor (including when on his vacation).
D. The secretary may also call special business meetings on the written request of at least 25 percent of the qualified voters.

ARTICLE IX – Miscellaneous Provisions

 

Section 1 – Designated Contributions
From time to time the Church may establish funds for a specific goal or purpose. Contri­butors may suggest uses for their contributions but all suggestions shall be considered advisory rather than mandatory in nature. All funds are to be used at the discretion of the Pastor and Dea­cons.

Section 2 - Advertisement
All advertising, whether as a paid advertise­ment or a free news item, must first receive the approval of the Pastor, who is the director of all publicity for this Church.

Section 3 - Organizations
No individual or group of individuals shall organize or carry forth programs or activities in the name of the Church or on the property of the Church without proper authorization of the Pastor and Deacons.

ARTICLE X – Amendments

 

This constitution may be amended at any regular or called business meeting of the church. Any amendment must be consistent with Article III and must receive a clear 3/4 majority of the votes. No amendments may be made while the church is without a pastor and through the first 6 months of a new pastor’s term.

ARTICLE XI – Tax-Exempt Provisions

 

Section 1 – Dissolution
In the event of dissolution of this organization, no residual asset thereof shall go to or for the benefit of any individual or individuals; but, in the event of dissolution of this organization, the residual assets shall only go to:

A. An organization which has been determined to be exempt from Federal Income Tax as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, 1943, or to the Federal, State, or local government; and, furthermore,
B. It must be an organization adhering to the following religious standards, namely: an Independent fundamental Baptist church, or churches, or organizations selected by the congregation at the time of dissolution and having like faith and order as our church.

Section 2 – Racial Nondiscrimination
The Church shall not discriminate against members, applicants, and others on the basis of race, color, or national or ethnic origin.