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Constitution and Bylaws of Faith and Works Christian Fellowship
An Unincorporated Religious Association according to the laws of, and registered with, the State of California; and also organized pursuant to IRS regulations for 501 (c) (3) organizations in Pub. No. 1828.
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. “ - James 2:26
We declare and establish this Constitution and these Bylaws to preserve and perpetuate the principles of our common Christian faith and to govern this body in an orderly and Biblical manner. These Bylaws seek to preserve the liberties of each member and the freedom of action of this body to accomplish its God-given purpose. This organization is a nonprofit religious association and is not organized for the private gain of any person. No substantial part of the activities of this organization shall consist of carrying on propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the organization shall not participate or intervene in any political campaign (including the publishing or distribution of statements) on behalf of any candidate for public office.
ARTICLE 1. NAME
The legal name of this organization shall be Faith and Works Christian Fellowship (hereinafter simply “The Fellowship”).
ARTICLE 2. PURPOSE
To stand for Christ-centered, morally sound, Biblical Christianity which comprises the Christian faith; as demonstrated in the practice of the Apostles and the early Disciples of Jesus Christ. To ordain ministers and charter churches or chapters. The Fellowship is a ministerial association of individual, congregational and any affiliate members in good standing - and according to the terms and categories of membership.
ARTICLE 3. STATEMENT OF UNITY AND FUNDAMENTAL TRUTHS
Recognizing the unity of the Church of Christ in all the world, and knowing that we are but one branch of Christ's people, while adhering to our particular faith and order, we extend to all believers the hand of Christian fellowship upon the basis of those great fundamental truths in which all should agree. With them we confess our belief in one God, whose nature is love, revealed in one Lord Jesus Christ, by one Holy Spirit of grace. We believe that Jesus came in the flesh, died for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures.
Affirming now our belief that those who thus hold to these fundamental truths together constitute the one universal Church, the several households of which, though called by different names, are the one body of Christ; and that these members of His body are sacredly bound to keep "the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace," we declare that we will cooperate with all who hold these truths.
We believe that, beyond these fundamental truths, there can be unity in diversity and diversity in unity in other particulars of faith within the body of Christ. The Fellowship is non-denominational.
ARTICLE 4. STATEMENT OF FAITH
The Fellowship has no ecclesiastically binding creed. The following principles, while not to be used as a test of Christian cooperation and unity in the overall body of Christ, are adopted as a testimony of faith and of the spirit in which The Fellowship regards the Holy Scriptures.
We believe in...
o One God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in Him;
o One Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by Him;
o The Holy Spirit as our Comforter and Guide;
o The Bible as the supreme written authority in matters of faith and practice;
o Liberty of Conscience in all matters of interpretation and worship.
(a more complete Statement of Faith appears under the tab at the top of this page)
ARTICLE 5. MEMBERSHIP
* QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP
Membership shall consist of adult persons who are in agreement with the Statement of Faith, and who will abide by the Constitution and Bylaws of The Fellowship. They must also complete an application and education process as may be set from time to time by the Leadership Council.
* MEMBERS COVENANT OF CONDUCT
The fundamental principles of The Fellowship are based upon the Word of God. Therefore every member is expected to live according to its teachings and avoid that which is destructive to the Christian life and dishonorable to God. Every member is admonished to:
o Maintain high ethical and moral standards in all things, personal and professional.
o Respect one another's difference in religious beliefs, including the differences in doctrine, style and personality of other Christians as they follow the leadings of the Holy Spirit.
o Only speak in edifying ways in regards to others, including Christian ministers, ministries, and the body of Christ at large.
o Treat all with whom they come into contact as they would like to be treated.
Each member and minister of The Fellowship is responsible for his or her own actions. The Fellowship assumes no legal responsibility for any of its members or associated ministers. Membership and ministerial standing in The Fellowship will be revoked upon proven behaviors unbecoming Christians and/or Ministers.
ARTICLE 6. GOVERNMENT AND OFFICERS
The Fellowship employs a Hierarchical Ecclesiastical Polity. The central governing and regulatory body of The Fellowship is the Leadership Council, with the senior most offices being designated a SPEP Team of Senior Pastor and Executive Pastor both working together as what might otherwise be called a Co-Chairmanship. This SPEP Team are the initial Council members, with any successive members being named by majority vote of the extant Council. Members serve unless and until resigned or removed by unanimous vote of the balance of the Council.
The duties and responsibilities of the Leadership Council are to assist, encourage, and mentor all members of The Fellowship. It is also the duty of the Council to insure each member, minister, committee or other affiliation of The Fellowship adheres to these bylaws and the principles of the Christian Faith. The Leadership Council also serves as the Licensing and Credentialing committee for The Fellowship.
Members, ministers, committees and other affiliates are to report any problems or concerns directly to the Leadership Council.
ARTICLE 7. THE MINISTRY
The Fellowship recognizes that God calls all members of the Church to be ministers and witnesses to the Gospel in their lives and in society. It also recognizes that God calls us as servants, to prepare His people for service to others, and for the building up of the Body of Christ.
Ordination by The Fellowship is the rite whereby one so called is recognized and authorized to perform those ministerial duties under the auspices of The Fellowship. We will assist members in preparing and training for ministry.
ARTICLE 8. DEDICATION AND DISSOLUTION
The property of this organization is irrevocably dedicated to religious purposes and no part of the income or assets of this organization shall ever inure to the benefit of any officer, director or private person.
Upon the dissolution or winding up of this organization, its assets remaining after the payment (or provision for payment) of all debts and liabilities of this organization shall be distributed to a nonprofit fund, foundation, or corporation which is organized and operated exclusively for religious purposes under Internal Revenue Code section 501 (c) (3).
ARTICLE 9. AMENDMENTS
Any member may propose amendments to this Constitution and Bylaws in writing to the Leadership Council. The Council makes the final determination of whether or not to adopt.