First Christian Church By-Laws


First Christian Church Bylaws

Lamar, Missouri

Incorporated June 22, 1957


Article I - Membership

Section 1 - The membership of this church shall consist of those who are now identified as members of the congregation, and those who shall be added to the Lord by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and New Testament immersion, or who, having been previously immersed, shall unite with this congregation by transfer of membership.

Section 2 - Active and voting members shall be those who have attended a minimum of one worship service during each quarter of the preceding year, (unless hindered by serious illness or who have become members during the preceding year.


Article II - Officers

Section 1 - There shall not be in excess of (1) one elder for each (75) seventy-five members or fraction thereof of the congregation, and (1) one deacon for each (75) seventy-five members or fraction thereof the congregation.  The minimum goal to be not less than (6) six elders and (8) eight deacons.

Section 2 - One half of the elders and deacons shall be elected each year for a term of two years.

Section 3 - A superintendent and assistant of the Bible school shall be elected for a term of one year.

Section 4 - A secretary and assistant secretary of the Bible school shall be elected for a term of one year.


Article III - General Board

Section 1 - A General Board shall consist of elders and deacons for the purpose of conducting the business of the First Christian Church.

Section 2 - A quorum shall be considered as (51%) fifty-one percent of the members of the board present.

Section 3 - The following officers shall be elected by the General Board of elders and deacons at the first regularly scheduled meeting following the annual business meeting of the congregation.

1.  Chairman - for a term of one year.

2.  Vice-chairman - for a term of one year.

3.  Secretary - for a term of one year.  

4.  Treasurer - for a term of one year.

5.  Assistant Treasurer - for a term of one year.

6. The Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer shall automatically be the Board of Trustees: the Chairman of   Board shall be the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.


Section 4 - It shall be the duty of the General Board to:

a. Hold at least one business meeting each month.

b. Call special meetings at the request of the Chairman or by five of more members.

c.  Consider and recommend general policies to the congregation.

d.  Transact business.

Section 5 - The General Board shall perform its duties according to the authority granted in these by-laws or designated to it by the church.


Section 6 - The members of the Church Board and all elected officers shall take office October 1 which shall begin the fiscal year for all functions except the Finance Department.  The Finance Department fiscal year shall be on a calendar year basis.


Article IV - Duties of Officers

Section 1 - The Chairman shall fulfill the usual duties of such an officer; call and preside at all regular or special business meetings of the Board and serve as chairman of the congregation.  The Chairman shall be an ex-officio member of all departments and committees.

Section 2 - The Vice-Chairman shall fulfill the usual duties of such as officer, call and preside at all regular business meetings of the Church Board in the absence of the Chairman.

Section 3 - The Secretary shall keep minutes of all regular or special business meetings of the Church Board, serve as tally clerk for all Church Board and congregational meetings, and perform such other duties as may be assigned.  A copy of all minutes shall be kept on file at the church office.

Section 4 - The elders, in cooperation with functional departments, shall promote the growth and welfare of the church; give spiritual oversight to the members with respect to regular attendance at the Lord's Supper, visitation of the sick, and concern for the morally delinquent and spiritually indifferent, give thoughtful consideration to policies of the church that will enable it to fulfill its complete mission; encourage by example and word the missionary, evangelist, educational and stewardship responsibilities of the church; and serve as pulpit committee.

Section 5 - The deacons, in cooperation with functional departments, shall cooperate with the elders in promoting the growth and welfare of the church; assist in greeting and ushering of the worshipers; assist in financial cam-paigns, visitation projects and preparation of candidates for baptism; give counsel and service in the business affairs and programs of the church; cooperate in ministering to the needy; and perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Section 6 - The trustees shall act as the legal agents of the church in all business matters, under the direction of the General Board and subject to the approval of the congregation; hold legal title to all church property and handle all business transactions related thereto; and perform such duties as are required by laws of the State of Missouri.

Section 7 - The Treasurer shall disburse all funds of the church according to the authority designated to him by the General Board; serve as a member of the Stewardship Department; make regular reports at each regular meeting of the General Board and a yearly report to the church.

Section 8 - A committee shall be appointed of not less than two or more than four to assist the Treasurer in opening the envelopes and counting the money on Sunday evening following the evening service.  The envelopes shall be turned over to the Financial Secretary for tabulation.

Section 9 - The Financial Secretary shall be, either the church secretary, or an individual, appointed and approved by the Church Board and to be reconsidered each year at the time of annual election.

Section 10 - The Assistant Treasurer shall serve in the absence of the Treasurer.

Section 11 - The Chairman of the Board shall notify the congregation at least (7) seven days in advance of any special congregational meeting.

Section 12 - All decisions and elections made by the congregation shall be by secret ballot.

Section 13 - The election of Board Officers and all major decisions of the General Board shall be decided by secret ballot.


Article V - Election of Officers

Section 1 - An annual business meeting of the congregation shall be held the third Wednesday of September at 7:30 p.m. for the purpose of the election of the Church Officers.

Section 2 - The new officers shall assume their duties the first of October following election.

Section 3 - At least three Sundays before election a nomination ballot including information concerning the present officers and their tenure of office shall be distributed to the entire congregation with an invitation to submit the names of those whom the congregation feel are the best qualified to fill the respective offices.  The date of the annual election shall also be announced at this time.

Section 4 - The nomination ballot shall also include a listing of the qualifications of elders and deacons as given in I Timothy 3 and Titus 1 with spaces for the nominator to check these qualifications after prayerful consideration.

Section 5 - A committee appointed by the Chairman from among the elders and deacons whose terms are not expiring shall be appointed to count the nomination ballots and present the results to the Board of Elders.  All nomination ballots shall be in the hands of the committee at least one week prior to the annual election.  This committee shall also act as the tally committee at the annual election.

Section 6 - The elders shall investigate carefully each candidate nominated to consider the qualifications of those nominated and although they shall follow the wishes of the congregation as to nominations, shall retain the  privilege of removing the name of any candidate who investigation discloses is not qualified for office.

Section 7 - Each candidate shall be contacted before their name is placed on the election ballot to ascertain if they desire the office to which they were nominated.

Section 8 - No individual shall be considered for election who has not been a member of the local church for a minimum of one year.

Section 9 - The elders shall then prepare a printed ballot, stating the number to be elected, to present for a secret ballot at the congregational meeting. 

Section 10 - Those nominees receiving the highest number of voted cast by those present shall be declared elected.


Article VI - Minister

Section 1 - The minister of the church shall perform the duties which usually pertain to that office, and as spiritual administrator of the church he shall be an ex-officio member of the General Board, all organized groups, commit-tees, and departments.

Section 2 - The elders of the church shall serve as pulpit committee and be responsible for recommending a prospective minister to the General Board.

Section 3 - The General Board shall consider the recommendation of the pulpit committee and if approved by vote of the members present and voting, shall recommend the prospective minister to the congregation for approval.  It shall be the policy of the church to consider only one prospective minister at a time.

Section 4 - The term of his ministry shall be for an indefinite period and may be terminated by either party upon sixty (60) days written notice.  A written statement setting forth salary to be paid and other conditions of the call shall be made in duplicate, one copy for the minister and one for the church.


Article VII - Parliamentary Authority

Section 1 - The rules contained in Roberts Rules of Order (revised) Parliamentary Procedure at a Glance by Garfield Jones, or any qualified parliamentary authority shall govern in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the by-laws or special rules of order of this Board.

Section 2 - Special rules of order shall be supplemented as need requires.


Article VIII - Amendments

Section 1 - These by-laws may be amended at any regular meeting by a 2/3 vote of those present, provided such amendment has been presented in writing at a meeting the month before the vote is taken.

Section 2 - Amendments shall be presented to the congregation as required under Article IV, Section 12, for their approval by a 2/3 vote of those present and voting.

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