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Main Street Baptist Church Proposed Governance Structure

Table of Contents: Proposed Governance Structure Page 2 Flowchart Page 3 Main Street Baptist Church Constitution & By-Laws Page 16 Glossary Page 20

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Main Street Baptist Church Proposed Governance Structure

After much prayer, discussion, and consideration, the Main Street Baptist Church Governance Task Force (formation and members approved by the Church body on April 27, 2014) is pleased to present the following recommendation for a Church governance structure. In developing the proposed governance structure, the following characteristics were deemed essential:

• Biblically based • Congregational in form • Baptist in nature • Partnership of shared ministry between ministers and members • Balance of teams and committees • Streamlined with clear decision making channels • Accountability for all

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Jesus Christ: The Bible teaches that He is the head of the Body, his Church. Jesus is Lord and Savior. It is for His will and the advancement of His Kingdom for His Glory that the church exists. (Ephesians 4:15, 5:23, Colossians 2:6-12, and Hebrews 4:14-16)

Main Street Baptist Church is part of the universal church consisting of all Christ

Followers through the ages. It is also a local, autonomous “called out” group of baptized Believers under the lordship of Jesus Christ voluntarily cooperating with other groups and organizations to fulfill the Great Commission and Great Commandment. (Matthew 28:18-20, Colossians 3:5-17, Matthew 22:37-39) Main Street Baptist Church (referred to herein as the Church) is a congregationally-ruled church under the lordship of Christ. While democratic processes are often used, it is in its purest form a “Christocracy.” The Church has the right to self-govern according to the teachings of the Scripture but should always be seeking the will of Christ, not its own, in its decisions and functioning. The Church empowers other people, groups and entities to lead with the authority necessary to do the work of the Church in a fitting and orderly manner. The Church authorizes each entity to operate and govern according to the elements and explanations in this document. The Church reserves the right to vote on major items such as:

• Calling of Pastors • Ordaining of deacons • Adopting an annual budget • Voting on amendments to the budget as required by policy • Election of Church lay members to be on the Church Leadership

Committee per process detailed herein • Approval of the Trustees annually • Determining the number of deacons • Approval of all committee members • Approval of large projects calling for major funding outside of the

budget, such as new buildings, renovation campaigns, land purchases and so forth.

• Approval of major changes to the Mission, Vision, Core Values, Structure and Constitution/By-laws of the Church.

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Church Leadership Committee (CLC): (Proverbs 15:22, Proverbs 1:5, and Ephesians 2:19-22)

Primary Purpose: To serve the Church by providing direction and leadership that directs the Church and its entities to fulfill its mandate from Christ. This group will determine the location, times, and frequency of its meetings. Their meetings will consist of such things as prayer, study of the scriptures, seeking God’s will, developing strategy, coordinating ministries, and decision making using the authority granted by the Church according to Church-adopted policies.

Membership: Shall consist of the Senior Pastor, two other members from the Senior Pastor’s Leadership Team as selected by the Senior Pastor, and 4 lay Church members elected by the Church, no later than May 15 each year, in a business meeting. They will serve June through May of each fiscal year. Members may be male or female. (See election process.) The CLC reserves the right to invite others, when additional counsel is needed, to its meetings. Each church lay member will be appointed to a 4-year term. A rotation system will be used to ensure continuity. After a one-year break, former members will be eligible to serve again. In some cases, if a member was filling an unexpired term less than four years, they may serve again without a one-year break. The CLC will be led by the Senior Pastor, who is the spiritual leader of the Church, and will be collaborative in nature and function. Husband and wife shall not serve together on the CLC, nor immediate family members. Any formal meeting of the CLC requires a quorum of 4 members, including the Senior Pastor in order to make decisions.

Responsibilities: 1. Providing Godly and wise direction for the Church according to the

Church’s mission, vision, core values, core beliefs, strategy, approved policies and the Church Constitution and By-Laws

2. Developing strategy prayerfully and overseeing its implementation 3. Praying for the Church and ensuring the proper care for its members 4. Serving as examples to the Church 5. Guarding the doctrine of the Church 6. After collaboration, acting as the final decision making group for other

Church entities and their work with the exception of items reserved for Church, mentioned above under “The Church.” (See Church Governance Flow Chart.)

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7. Working with other Church entities to ensure alignment of priorities throughout the organization

8. Coordinating Church events, activities, ministries and strategies 9. Compiling the agenda for Church business meetings

Formation and Election Process: Once each year, preferably in the fall, the Church will be called into a time of prayer and fasting to seek the will of God in the matter of nominations of 1-4 Church lay members, depending upon the number of vacancies, who will join with the Senior Pastor and two others from the Senior Pastor’s Leadership Team, selected by the Senior Pastor, to form the CLC. Church members may nominate to the Screening Task Force over a period of three weeks any Church member over the age of 21 using the written nomination form provided.

Nominations: Everyone who nominates a Church member is encouraged to: • Pray and fast. • Read Bible passages such as I Corinthians 12-13, Ephesians 4, I Timothy

4:12, and Colossians 4:6. • Consider such characteristics as spiritual maturity, integrity, wisdom,

Church tenure, Church involvement, and behavior. • Ask the person if they are willing to be nominated. • Prayerfully complete the nomination form and submit it to the Screening

Task Force prior to the deadline. Screening: The Screening Task Force will consist of a deacon, a trustee, chair of the Nominating Committee and the Senior Pastor. The deacons and trustees will select their respective representatives. The Screening Task Force will prayerfully consider all nominations and typically begin the screening process in January of each year, which will include: • Clarification- Assessing each nominee’s qualifications and contacting

each remaining nominee to ensure their willingness to be considered. • Character- Considering each nominee’s attendance, stewardship, service,

and reputation. • Chemistry- Ensuring fit with doctrine and agreement with the Church’s

Mission, Vision, Core Values, Core Beliefs, and Strategy. • Culture- Ensuring an understanding and fit with the Church’s structure,

expectations of role, and a passion for the people of the Church.

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• Calling- Candidate and spouse, if applicable, agree and articulate that God is calling them to the role (in written and verbal form)

• Communicating- The Church will receive information about the Church member(s) being nominated at least two weeks prior to the vote. In this communication, details about the business meeting and secret ballot vote will be explained.

Election: The Screening Task Force will recommend to the Church for approval the proposed Church member(s) to serve on the CLC no later than May 15 of each year. The Church will vote separately on each nominee on one ballot. Each nominee must receive at least 80% affirmative vote to be elected. If a nominee is not elected, an additional nominee will be nominated at a future business meeting using the same process. Vacancies during the year, should they occur, will be handled by the same process in a timely manner. Summary: • Each Fall - nominations taken for three weeks • Early Spring - Screening Process • By May 15 each year - Church approval • Year of service - June through May each year

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Deacons: (Acts 6:1-7, I Timothy 3:8-13, Philippians 2)

Primary Purpose: To serve the church by performing functions of care and ministry to meet the practical needs of the Church. Their function is less about authority and more about influence through serving. Deacons may be male or female. Membership: New/first time deacons will be elected and ordained by the Church. Individuals who have been ordained previously at another Baptist church and expressed a desire to serve as a deacon at MSBC, must serve faithfully as members of MSBC for at least 6 months before being screened by the deacons for consideration into the active deacon body. When additional deacons are needed they may be asked to serve. The number of deacons needed shall be recommended by the deacon body and ratified by the Church. (See Deacon Procedures for screening and election process.) Responsibilities: Due to the nature and function of the deacon, responsibilities and tasks may change as needs change in the Church or as requested by the CLC. Some responsibilities include but are not limited to: 1. Organizing its body and election of its chair and officers 2. Providing all types of services using their gifts as requested 3. Assisting the CLC as requested 4. Providing counsel to the CLC as requested 5. Promoting the welfare of the Church 6. Protecting and supporting the Church staff 7. Acting as a resource for all Church groups if requested 8. Providing care and prayer for the Church membership 9. Acting as advocates for the Church leadership and participating in

Church ministries 10. Assisting in worship services as requested 11. Assisting in the ordinances of the Church 12. Setting an example of Godly character and behavior 13. Selecting one deacon to serve on the Screening Task Force 14. Recommending to the Church when new deacons are required and the

number of deacons required

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Trustees: Primary Purpose: To serve the Church, as requested by the Church, in legal matters related to the ongoing work of the Church. Membership: 3 Church members nominated by the deacons and approved by the Church. While they may serve indefinitely, they will be elected annually. Members must meet the following criteria: be active members of the Church, above the age of 21 and legal residents of the State of Texas. Trustees may be male or female. Responsibilities: 1. Acting only at the discretion and direction of the Church 2. Serving as the legal agents and representatives in the legal transactions of

the Church (at least two Trustees must sign in order for major documents and transactions to be considered legal.)

3. Signing all documents related to the purchase, sale, mortgaging, or rental of Church property after approval by the Church in a business session

4. Assisting in the maintaining of all legal documents 5. Providing counsel and advice to the Pastor and other Church entities

concerning legal matters 6. Serving on the Screening Task Force (only one selected Trustee) 7. Staying up to date on current trends related to the Church and legal

matters

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Administrative Staff and Committee Chairs:

Primary Purpose: To serve as liaisons between the administrative committees and the CLC.

Membership: Shall consist of administrative staff, committee chairs and other appropriate staff. Responsibilities: 1. Exchanging information between committees and the CLC 2. Communicating the committee’s recommendations to the CLC for

feedback 3. Communicating the CLC’s feedback to the committee

Administrative Committees: (I Corinthians 12)

Primary Purpose: To serve the Church in “management” type areas to support and carry out the work of the Church under the direction of the CLC. (Examples: Budget & Finance, Building & Grounds, Personnel, Committee on Committees & Ministry Teams, Nominating and Long-Range Planning) Membership: The number of Church members on each committee shall range from 5-9 Church members as determined by the nominating committee each year. They will be nominated by the church elected nominating committee and approved by the church. An “odd” number of members is preferred. Members may be male or female, but must be Church members. Each committee chair will work cooperatively with the Business Administrator or CLC designee to co-lead the committee in its work. All administrative committee members shall be appointed in the fourth quarter of each calendar year with their term of service running January through December. They will serve on a 3-year rotational basis. As a general rule, no person shall serve on the same committee for more than three consecutive years before taking a minimum one-year break. Except in rare and extreme cases, no person shall serve on more than two committees, or chair more than one committee at a time.

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Responsibilities: Administrative committees will conduct their work efficiently, effectively and in timely manners. Each administrative committee will decide the location, frequency and times for their meetings. Their recommendations will be presented to the CLC for review and feedback. After collaboration, the CLC will make the decision regarding each recommendation or, if appropriate, per policy, take a joint recommendation to the Church for action. (See job descriptions for each specific committee)

Administrative Committees Responsibilities

Budget and Finance Committee: The Budget and Finance Committee in partnership with the Business Administrator is responsible to the CLC for the effective stewardship of all Church finances. This management role includes such things as: • Develop and recommend jointly with the CLC an annual budget to the Church • Provide accountability to all Church groups through the development and

oversight of appropriate and wise financial procedures and policies • Approve and oversee as needed the weekday ministry budget • Ensure the proper and legal disbursements of Church-designated funds • Assist the CLC as requested with capital fund campaigns, reports, research

and special offerings • Recommend strategies to the CLC that will encourage giving in the Church

and biblical stewardship. Personnel Committee: The Personnel Committee in partnership with the Senior Pastor and Business Administrator is responsible to the CLC for all personnel matters per policy as stated in the Personnel Handbook, Church Constitution/By-laws and other Church policies. This management role includes such things as: • Revise and maintain an up-to-date Personnel Handbook and job descriptions • Monitor and administer employment practices of the Church • Recommend compensation packages, benefit plans and other personnel

matters during the process of the development of the annual budget • Ensure the timely completion of annual evaluations of all employees

according the personnel organization chart • Adhere to “grievance” and “conflict resolution” procedures • Adhere to hiring processes per policy and personnel structure • Assist the CLC as requested in research, reporting and other personnel-related

tasks • Recommend strategies to the CLC that will increase the effectiveness and

development of church staff and employees.

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Building and Grounds: The Building and Grounds Committee in partnership with the Business Administrator is responsible to the CLC for the effective stewardship of the Church’s existing physical assets such a land and buildings. This management role includes such things as: • Responsible for the maintenance of all existing facilities in good working

condition within the church budget • Recommend jointly with the CLC matters that cause expenditures outside of

the church budget, capital campaigns or designated funds • Develop and recommend to the CLC appropriate and wise procedures and

policies related to Church property • Recommend budget needs during the process of the development of the

annual budget • Develop a comprehensive strategic plan for keeping all existing facilities and

grounds clean, updated and functional in such a way that they align with the church strategy and long-range plans.

• Assist the CLC as requested in research, reporting and other matters related to existing Church facilities

• Recommend strategies to the CLC that will improve the use of Church facilitates.

Long Range Planning Committee: The Long Range Planning Committee in partnership with the Senior Pastor is responsible to the CLC for the development, implementation and oversight of plans related to meeting the future needs of the Church that align with and support the Church mission and vision. This management role includes such things as:

• Study and research future trends that might affect the mission and vision of

the Church and develop strategies related to future buildings and expansion to proactively meet the challenges

• Explore and secure buildings, properties and land per Church direction and approved policies for future needs

• Recommend and lead the process for the construction of new facilities • Recommend budget needs during the process of the development of the

annual budget • Recommend jointly with the CLC matters that cause expenditures outside of

the church budget, capital campaigns or designated funds • Assist the CLC as requested in research, reporting and other matters related to

long range plans • Recommend strategies to the CLC that will prepare the church for future

building, properties and land needs

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Nominating Committee: The Church-elected Nominating Committee in partnership with the Senior Pastor is responsible to the CLC to prayerfully and wisely identify and nominate persons to serve on all committees of the Church. The Nominating Committee management role includes such things as: • Reviewing Church Nominating Committee policies and procedures and

making any necessary recommendations to the CLC • Communicating to the Church their nominations to serve on the • various committees throughout the year

Committee on Committees & Ministry Teams (CCMT): The CCMT in partnership with the Senior Pastor is responsible to the CLC to prayerfully and wisely identify any perceived gaps or overlaps in the roles and responsibilities of the committees and to make recommendations to correct any problems identified. This management role includes such things as: • Proposing the members of the Nominating Committee for approval by the

Church at a business meeting • Developing and periodically reviewing committee’s responsibilities and

membership guidelines in order to make necessary recommendations to the CLC

• Recommending to the CLC a plan for periodic training and orientation for all committees as needed

• Recommending to the CLC the need for additional or fewer committees • While each committee is responsible for selecting its own chair, in the event

that a committee fails to select a chair within one month after its first meeting, the CCMT will collaboratively facilitate the selection of the chair. However, for those committees that serve under a Minister with assigned leadership responsibility for that specific area (e.g., Minister of Worship/Missions), the Minister shall be the chair of that committee.

Please Note: The current Décor Committee will become a Ministry Team.

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Ministry Staff and Directors: Primary Purpose: To serve as liaisons between the ministry teams and committees and the CLC. Membership: Shall consist of ministry staff and directors (staff members of the church) and Team Leaders. Responsibilities: 1. Exchanging information between their ministry team or committee and

the CLC 2. Communicating the team or committee’s recommendations to the CLC

for feedback 3. Communicating the CLC’s feedback to the team or committee

Ministry Teams and Committees: (Ephesians 4)

Primary Purpose: To serve the Church in the ministry and program areas in order to support and carry out the work of the Church under the direction of the CLC. (Examples: Sunday School, Discipleship, Missions, Worship, VBS, Preschool Ministry, Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry and Adult Ministry) Membership: Ministry Staff/Directors will be responsible to cooperatively enlist Ministry Team leaders, who must be members of the church. Members of each team will be enlisted by the Ministry Team leader and may or may not be Church members. The number, size, make up and duration of each Ministry Team will vary. Members may be male or female. (Ministry Team leaders and members are not elected by the Church.) Membership requirements for Ministry Committees (e.g., Missions and Bereavement) shall be the same as for Administrative Committees. Responsibilities: (See the general Team Responsibilities description for each Team developed by the Ministry Staff/Director. For Ministry Committees, the responsibilities description is developed by the CCMT.)

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Business Meetings:

The Moderator shall be the Senior Pastor or such other member the CLC shall designate. The Church shall be guided in parliamentary procedure by the current version of Robert’s Rules of Order. The Church shall conduct quarterly business meetings. Those Church members present at a duly called special or regular business meeting shall constitute a quorum. A special called business meeting may be called by the CLC for a specific purpose. The nature, purpose, date and time of a special called business meeting shall be announced at least two Sunday mornings in advance and printed in major church publications at least 10 days prior to said meeting, to include two Sundays.

Adoption and Implementation of Governance Task Force Recommendation: 1. Because the GTF recommends no changes to the By-laws or Constitution, the

recommendation contained herein shall require a simple majority vote in order to be approved. If this recommendation is approved, it will take precedence over all previous Church documents/policies, with the exception of the By-laws and Constitution.

2. If this recommendation is approved, 4 members of the GTF will join with the

Senior Pastor, Worship/Missions Pastor and Business Administrator to temporarily serve the function of the CLC until the Church elects the 4 Church lay members, per new procedure, to serve on the CLC. The temporary CLC members shall be replaced no later than May 15, 2015.

3. The GTF would also be responsible to oversee and guide the process of change from the existing Church governance structure to the newly adopted Church governance structure to ensure a smooth transition.

4. The GTF would cease to exist no later than July 1, 2015.

5. The effectiveness of the implemented church governance structure will be reviewed and evaluated periodically by the CCMT.

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Main Street Baptist Church Constitution & By-Laws

CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS

PREAMBLE

For the more certain preservation of the principles of faith, and to the end that this body may be governed in an orderly manner, and for the purpose of preserving freedom of action of this body with respect to its relation to other churches, to its own members and to the task of reaching the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ, we do declare and establish this constitution.

ARTICLE I – NAME

This church shall be known as Main Street Baptist Church, Georgetown, Texas.

ARTICLE II – PURPOSE

This church, believing in the Bible as the inspired Word of God and as the authority for faith and service, and acknowledging its commitment to all the teachings of Jesus Christ, declares its purposes: SECTION 1 - To worship God through Christ the Son of God, by the help of the Holy Spirit. To this end regular services of worship will be maintained, and private worship will be encouraged. SECTION 2 – To declare the whole gospel of Jesus Christ to the whole world and to cooperate heartily with other Baptist churches of like faith and order in prayer, gifts and service to attain this objective. SECTION 3 – To promote systematic Bible study and training for Christian service, and to encourage the use of God’s gifts in God’s service. SECTION 4 –To cooperate with the Williamson Baptist Association, the Baptist General Convention of Texas, the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Baptist churches in Georgetown that share this fellowship in planning new churches in the Georgetown area. SECTION 5 – To become an active cooperating part of the Williamson Baptist Association, the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and the Southern Baptist Convention in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with the whole world.

ARTICLE III – ARTICLE OF FAITH

We affirm our common faith in adopting the Baptist Faith and Message, a statement of Articles of Faith adopted by messenger to the Southern Baptist Convention May 9, 1963.

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BY-LAWS ARTICLE I – MEMBERSHIP

SECTION 1 – General This is a sovereign and democratic Baptist church under the lordship of Jesus Christ. The membership retains unto itself the exclusive right of self-government in all phases of the spiritual and temporal life of this church. The membership reserves the exclusive right to determine who shall be members of this church and the conditions of such membership. SECTION 2 – Candidacy Any person may offer himself as a candidate for membership in this church. All such candidates shall be presented to the church at any regular church service for membership in any of the following ways: (1) By profession of faith in Jesus Christ and by requesting believers’ baptism according to the policies of this church. (2) By the transfer of membership from another Baptist church, having made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ and having been baptized. (3) By restoration upon a statement of prior conversion experience and baptism in a Baptist church when no letter is obtainable. (4) By proxy, when the person(s) desiring membership cannot, for valid reasons, present themselves for membership, they may be presented by a member of their family or close friend. (5) By statement of prior conversion experience and baptism and membership in a congregation or denomination who understands the purpose of the church ordinances as Baptists do. Should there be any dissent as to any candidate, such dissent shall be referred to the pastor and the deacons for investigation and the making or recommendation to the church within thirty (30) days. A three-fourths vote of those church members present and voting shall be required to accept such candidates for membership. SECTION 3 – Termination of Membership Membership shall be terminated in the following ways: (1) death of member; (2) dismission to another Baptist church (3) exclusion by action of this church; and (4) erasure upon request or proof of membership in another church or denomination. In no case will a letter of recommendation or dismissal be issued to another denomination. It is not the policy of this church to grant letters to individuals. Article II- General Church Officers Section 1- Standing Committees Current: Standing Committees shall be formed as the church and pastor deem necessary and as elected by the church.

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SECTION 2 – Officers In addition to the pastor, the officers of this church shall be a clerk, a treasurer, and deacons and other officers that are necessary to maintain the ministry of the church. The church shall elect all officers. SECTION 3 – Pastor The pastor shall conduct the public services of worship, and the general development of the church ministry shall be under his supervision. SECTION 4 – Call of Pastor Current: A pastor shall be chosen and called by the church whenever a vacancy occurs. His election shall take place at a meeting of the church for that purpose of which at least one week notice shall be given. A Pastor Search Committee consisting of five to eleven members of the church shall be elected by secret ballot. The committee members shall be chosen from a list of church members. The Pastor Search Committee shall meet and select its own chairman. The Pastor Search Committee shall recommend to the congregation one person whom they feel can serve well as pastor and, if he is not elected by the church, they shall recommend another. The election of the pastor shall be by secret ballot, and an affirmative vote of ninety percent of those members present and voting shall be necessary to election. The pastor shall be called for an indefinite period. He shall serve until the relationship is terminated by his request or at the church’s request. : A pastor shall be chosen and called by the church whenever a vacancy occurs. His election shall take place at a meeting of the church for that purpose of which at least one week ’ notice shall be given. A Pastor Search Committee consisting of five to eleven members of the church shall be elected by secret ballot. The committee members shall be chosen from a list of church members. The Pastor Search Committee shall meet and select its own chairman. The Pastor Search Committee shall recommend to the congregation one person whom they feel can serve well as pastor and, if he is not elected by the church, they shall recommend another. The election of the pastor shall be by secret ballot, and an affirmative vote of ninety percent of those members present and voting shall be necessary to election. The pastor shall be called for an indefinite period. He shall serve until the relationship is terminated by his request or at the church’s request SECTION 5 – Deacons Current: The number of active deacons shall be determined by the church. The election of new deacons shall be by vote of the church from a list of members of the church. A deacon-screening committee, elected by the church, will screen the nominees receiving the majority of votes to determine if they want to serve and are qualified to serve and will bring to the church the list of those so qualified. The screening committee will be responsible for counting the ballots and announcing the results to the church. Deacons who join the church will become eligible to serve as active deacons after a six-month period and election by the church. The deacons will elect their own chairman and other deacon officers, as they deem necessary. SECTION 6 – Moderator Current: The Moderator shall be the Pastor or such other member as the church shall designate. The church shall be guided in parliamentary procedure by the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order. SECTION 7— Trustees

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Current: The Deacons shall recommend to the church for election three persons who will serve the church as trustees. The trustees shall be given power by the church to sign any legal documents in behalf of the church and to care for any legal problems or business that may come to their attention. They will serve at the convenience of the church.

ARTICLE III – CHURCH MEETINGS

SECTION 1 Current: The church shall maintain Sunday services and Wednesday services and other worship services as deemed necessary by the church and pastor. SECTION 2 – Business Meeting Current: The church shall meet in regular business meetings as frequently as deemed necessary by the deacons and the pastor. Such day and time of meeting shall be set by the church. SECTION 3 – Called Business Meeting Current: The pastor, chairman of deacons, and church clerk can call for a business meeting. Such called business meetings must be announced in all Sunday services, stating the nature and purpose of the meeting, prior to the meeting. SECTION 4 – Quorum The quorum consists of those who attend the business meeting, provided it is a stated meeting or one that has been properly called.

ARTICLE IV – GENERAL

AMENDENTS – This constitution and by-laws may be amended by three-fourths vote of the members present at any two consecutive business meetings. One week prior to the first meeting at which a change in the constitution is to be considered, public notice must be given of the intent to make such change.

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Glossary For complete details and explanations, please refer to the document,

“Main Street Baptist Church Governance Structure”

Committees- groups of five to nine Church lay members, men or women, nominated by the Church-elected nominating committee and elected by the Church to serve on a designated committee under the direction of the Church Leadership Committee (CLC). In “operational” areas, the committees are Budget & Finance, Personnel, Building & Grounds, Long Range Planning, CCMT and Nominating. In Ministry or “serving” areas, the committees are Bereavement and Missions. Administrative Staff and Chairs- the Business Administrator or Senior Pastor’s Leadership Team designee and the appointed chair of each of the administrative committees Called Business Meeting- a gathering of Church members of all ages to discuss and act upon a specific and previously announced recommendation in which at least 10 days prior notice, including two Sundays, has been given Church Lay Member- a member of Main Street Baptist Church not currently serving MSBC as a pastor, minister or clergy member Church Leadership Committee (CLC)- the Senior Pastor, two other members from the Senior Pastor’s Leadership Team, and four church lay members, men or women, elected by the Church to provide direction and leadership that directs the Church and its entities to fulfill its mandate from Christ in accordance with the Church structure and policies Church Policy- documents and procedures officially approved by the Church in a business meeting Congregationally Ruled- a form of church government in which the final authority, under Christ, in its affairs is vested in and stems from the membership of the church according to its approved governing documents Deacons- ordained and Church-elected men or women from the membership of the Church serving the Church by performing functions of care and ministry to meet the practical needs of the Church body and occasionally per requests of the CLC Governance Structure- the document outlining the major entities included in the decision making processes and governance of Main Street Baptist Church. The document includes such things as an explanation of the purpose, role, authority, membership, formation and responsibilities of each entity. Governance Task Force- a temporary and ad hoc group of seven Church members of MSBC elected in a business meeting, in addition to the Senior Pastor and the Interim Executive Pastor, charged with the task to “assess the current decision-making processes of Main Street Baptist

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Church and make recommendations to the Church related to its governing documents and Church decision making structure/operations” Ministers- people employed by the Church and hired by the Senior Pastor and the Personnel Committee to serve in ministry areas of the Church Ministry Staff and Directors- paid pastors, ministers, directors and staff of the Church Ministry Teams- groups of varying sizes and duration serving in the ministry and program areas of the church. Team Members, male or female, enlisted by a Ministry Team Leader do not have to be church members, but Team Leaders, male or female, enlisted by the Ministry Staff/Directors, must be members of the Church. Nominating Committee- five Church lay members, men or women, elected by the Church to prayerfully and wisely identify and nominate Church lay members to serve on the Administrative and Ministry Committees. Pastors- people called by the Church via a Church vote Quarterly Business Meeting- a gathering of Church members of all ages to conduct the affairs of the Church in accordance with Church policy and governance procedures, generally occurring in January, April, July and October Screening Task Force- a group consisting of a deacon, a trustee, the chair of the Nominating Committee and the Senior Pastor charged with screening and recommending to the Church in a business meeting prospective Church lay members to serve on the CLC Senior Pastor- the primary and lead Pastor called by the Church via a Church vote Senior Pastor’s Leadership Team- a leadership team consisting of the Senior Pastor, other Church “Pastors” and the Church Business Administrator. (“Pastors” refers to a classification of staff used by the Personnel Committee referring to people called by the Church through a Church vote during an “in view of a call” weekend. It does not include the classification level used by the Personnel Committee called “Ministers.”) Trustees- Currently three Church-elected men or women from the membership of Main Street Baptist Church serving the Church, as requested, in legal matters related to the ongoing work of the Church.

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