Constitution of the Grand Island Evangelical Free Church

 Revised September 2006


Constitution of the Grand Island Evangelical Free Church

 

Article 1: Name/Registered Office

The official name of this church shall be

The Evangelical Free Church of Grand Island, Nebraska.


This church was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in the state of Nebraska on March 1, 1955. The church is located at 2609 South Blaine Street, Grand Island, Nebraska 68801.

 

Article 2: Confession of Faith

1. We believe in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testament, to be the inspired Word of God, with out error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith.

2. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

3. We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Advocate.

4. We believe that the Ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service. We believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is an initial Christian experience simultaneous with conversion. The primary evidences of the resulting fullness of the Holy Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.

5. We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.

6. We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become the children of God.

7. We believe that the Lord’s Supper and water Baptism are ordinances to be observed by the Church during this age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation.

8. We believe that the true Church is composed of all such persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ, of which He is the Head.

9. We believe that only those who are thus members of the true and invisible Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church.

10. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church, and that every local church has the right, under Christ, to decide and govern its own affairs.

11. We believe in the personal, premillennial, and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that this “Blessed Hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.

12. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead: of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, of the unbeliever to judgement and everlasting conscious punishment.
Article 3: Mission and Purpose

The mission and purpose of this church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ who both individually and corporately love and glorify God through

celebrating in the worship of God (Psalm 95:6, 150:6, Colossians 3:16) cultivating spiritual growth in all believers (Acts 2:42; Ephesians 4:11-16), caring for people in the name of Christ (Matthew 10:42; 25:31-46; Luke 6:27-35), and communicating the Gospel to the world (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:14-15; 2 Peter 3:9)

Specific functions of this church shall include the following:

•  This church shall conduct services of worship, and shall administer the ordinances of water Baptism and the Lord’s Supper as given in the New Testament.

•  This church shall provide for the preaching and teaching of the whole Word of God. It shall endeavor to train children, youth and adults for Christian living and leadership.

 •  This church shall provide a ministry of care and benevolence to its own church family and to others as means are available.

•  This church shall, at all times, maintain an evangelistic emphasis, making the salvation of souls and the edification of believers the goals of all its activities, and shall advance evangelistic ministries and missionary labors both locally and throughout the world.

 

Article 4: Membership

The church shall receive as members only those who have, by faith, accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and who manifest in their lives the fruits of true faith in God and are willing, according to ability, to support the church by their prayers, participation, and contributions. Persons who affiliate with the church and are not baptized are encouraged to take this step at the earliest opportunity. (Acts 2:41, 47; Romans 6:3-4)

 

Article 5: Officers and Leadership

The officers of this church shall be: Governing Elders, the Teaching Elder (Senior Pastor), and appointed members of Standing and Working Committees. In addition, the Financial Secretary, and Church Clerk shall be elected as officers. Qualifications and duties shall be described in the church Bylaws.

The following shall constititute the Board of Elders: Governing Elders and the Teaching Elder (Senior Pastor). The Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Secretary of the Board of Elders shall be appointed annually by the board of Elders from their members. The Board of Elders shall also annually appoint a Church moderator from their members.

The following shall constitute each of the various Standing Committees and Working Committees functioning under the direction of the Board of Elders: Active Members appointed by the Board of Elders. The Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Secretary of each Committee shall be appointed by the members of the Committee. The Financial Secretary, as elected by the congregation, shall be a member of the Trustee Committee.

Since the church is incorporated within the state of Nebraska as a non-profit organization, the following are designated as the ” corporate officers: for the conduct of corporate business: The Chairman of the Board of Elders shall be President, the Church Clerk shall be Secretary, and an individual appointed by the Trustees from their members shall be Treasurer.

 

Article 6: Business Meetings and Fiscal Year

The Annual Business Meeting shall be scheduled during the month of April each year for the election of officers, approval of the church budget, receiving reports from the Pastoral Staff, Elders, and Committees and the transaction of church business. Elected Elders shall assume their responsibilities immediately following the adjournment of the Business Meeting in which they were elected. Quarterly Business Meetings shall be scheduled during the months of July, October and January for the transaction of church business. Special Business Meetings may be called at anytime by the Board of Elders for the transaction of church business as needed. The dates of all Business Meetings shall be established by the Board of Elders, and announced at regular church services two Sundays prior to each meeting. The Church Moderator shall preside over all church Business Meetings.

The fiscal year of this church shall be April 1 through March 31.

 

Article 7: Church Standing and Affiliation

This church shall remain its own highest authority under the headship of Jesus Christ, and shall conduct its business through its Business Meetings. The church shall participate with the Evangelical Free Church of America and its districts, and shall send delegates to conferences, support home and foreign missions, and unite in mutual efforts for the furtherance of the Gospel according to the decision of this church.

 

Article 8: Church Property

The members of this church shall corporately have the power to buy, own, hold in trust, use, inherit, lease, rent, sell, exchange or dispose of such real and personal property as may be useful and necessary for the furtherance of the Lord’s work. This church shall also have the power to mortgage and encumber all or any part of the church property, and to borrow and raise money or other assets of any kind, for the furtherance of the Lord’s work.

All church property, real and personal, shall be held by the Trustees in the name of the corporation. Likewise, all debts of the corporation shall also be contracted by the Trustees in the name of the corporation. Private property of the church members, staff, or officers of the corporation shall not be subject to payment of corporate debts.

In case of a division of this church, from which may God in his mercy preserve us, the property of this church shall belong to those who abide by this Constitution. In case of the dissolution of this church, the property shall be assigned to the Evangelical Free Church of America.

 

Article 9: Bylaws

This church body shall adopt Bylaws to this Constitution to further direct the administration of this church. Such Bylaws may not conflict with this Constitution. Bylaws to this Constitution shall embody the stated qualifications and responsibilities for Elders, Pastors, Church Officers, Deacons/Deaconesses/Trustees/Committee Members, and other members of leadership, conditions for church membership and the stated method by which church members are received, the parliamentary rules and policies for the activites of this church, and the establishment of other structural instructions necessary for carrying out the Mission and Purpose of this church(see Article 3 of this Constitution).

 

Article 10: Amendments

Section1: Amendments to the Constitution

Amendments to this Constitution may be made at any Annual or Quarterly Business Meeting of the church having a quorum present during the vote, providing said proposed amendments havebeepreviously presented and read at a prior Annual or Quarterly Business Meeting having a quorum present. Amendments to Articles 2, 4, 8 or 10 of this Constitution shall require a unanimous vote without abstention at a Business Meeting having at least one half (1/2) of the Active Membership present and voting for adoption. Amendments to all other articles of this Constitiution shall require two-thirds (2/3) of the votes cast at a Business Meeting for adoption.

Section 2: Amendments to the Bylaws

Bylaws not in conflict with this Constitution may be adopted or revised at any scheduled Annual or Quarterly Business Meeting having a quorum present by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of votes cast, providing said Bylaw or amendment has been previously presented and read at a prior Annual or Quarterly business Meeting having a quorum present.