Highlights of Proposed Bylaws

The current constitution is inconsistent with the current Articles of Incorporation.

The current Articles of Incorporation are out of date and do not fully address requirements of current state laws.

State laws setting out requirements for not-for-profit organizations have changed since we last amended the Articles of Incorporation and since development of the current constitution.

The proposed new Articles of Incorporation contain only what is required by law for not-for-profit organizations and basically state that we will comply with all requirements to be considered a 501 (c)(3) corporation, a not-for-profit corporation as recognized by state law and the Internal Revenue Service tax codes.

Under current regulations, incorporated churches actually have two identities- one is spiritual or religious, the other is secular. The proposed new bylaws attempt to address both identities. For example, a Church Council is established to attend to the spiritual affairs of the church and a Board of Directors is established to manage the business affairs of the church between meetings of the congregation. While their functions are different because of legal requirements, the members of the Church Council and the Board of Directors are the same people.

The new bylaws appear to be more lengthy than the current Constitution, but much of the additional language is in enhanced descriptions of membership and lay leadership.

There will now be one class of membership- you either are or are not a member of Christ Church. Also, there is a new language about what it means to be a member in subsections on responsibilities, privileges and comportment.

Several members have expressed concern that the current Council configuration has too few persons involved in decision-making. The proposed bylaws add four Councilors to the Council. Councilors will not have specific responsibilities, but “should exercise a concern for the work of the church as a whole and link the entire congregation to the Council”.

The term of office for lay leadership will be two years, but a person may hold an office for three consecutive terms.

The Council and Board of Directors must have one more than half of its members present in order to conduct business. However, a vote equal to a majority of its membership will still be required in order to take action.

The new bylaws contain additional language about the role of the pastor(s) and the relationship of the pastor(s) to the congregation.

There are updates to the Endowment Fund (Legacy Fund) and the functions of the Endowment Committee (Endowment and Planned Giving Committee).

Bylaws Highlights