Proposed New Bylaws for Christ Church UCC

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PROPOSED NEW BYLAWS
FOR
CHRIST CHURCH UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST FORT THOMAS, KENTUCKY

NOVEMBER 2017

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BYLAWS OF CHRIST CHURCH, UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST TABLE OF CONTENTS

PREAMABLE
ARTICLE I. ARTICLES OF FAITH AND MISSION STATEMENT

Section 1 – Articles of Faith
Section 2 – Mission Statement Section 3 – Worship and Communion

ARTICLE II – POLITY

Section 1 – Government Section 2 – Affiliations

ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP

Section 1 – Members
Section 2 – Member Responsibilities
Section 3 – Member Privileges
Section 4 – Transfers
Section 5 – Withdrawal
Section 6 – Removal by action of the Church Council Section 7 – Comportment

ARTICLE IV – LAY LEADERSHIP

Section 1 – Elective Positions Section 2 – Qualifications Section 3 – Election
Section 4 – Nominations Section 5 – Vacancies Section 6 – Removal

ARTICLE V – ORDAINED LEADERSHIP

Section 1 – Calling ordained clergy Section 2 – Role of the Pastor Section 3 – Duties
Section 4 – Vacancies

Section 5 – Selection
ARTICLE VI – GOVERNING BODIES AND OTHER BODIES


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PREAMBLE

WE, the duly assembled members of Christ Church, United Church of Christ, a Kentucky nonstock, nonprofit corporation located in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, in order to advance the Kingdom of God, to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to experience the power of the Holy Spirit through the pursuits of communal worship, celebration of the Christian sacraments, Christian education, service to the community, and missions of the wider church, adopt the following bylaws and revoke all previous constitutions and bylaws.

ARTICLE I. ARTICLES OF FAITH AND MISSION STATEMENT

Section 1 – Articles of Faith

  1. Christ Church, United Church of Christ acknowledges as its sole Head Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Savior of humankind. It acknowledges as brothers and sisters in Christ all who share in this confession. It looks to the Word of God in the Scriptures, and to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, to prosper its creative work in the world. It claims as its own the faith of the historic Church expressed in the ancient creeds and reclaims in the basic insights of the Protestant Reformers. It affirms the responsibility of the church in each general to make this faith its own. In accordance of the teaching of Jesus and the practice prevailing among evangelical Christians, it recognizes two Sacraments: Baptism and Holy Communion.
  2. Christ Church, United Church of Christ recognizes the Bible as the sufficient rule of faith and practice and holds that living in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ is the true test of fellowship. Each member has the undisturbed right to follow the Word of God according to the dictates of an individual’s conscience. The following statement of faith, therefore, is not a test of membership, but an expression of the spirit in which this church interprets the Christian ideals.
  3. We believe in God, the Eternal Spirit, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and our Father, and to His deeds we testify:

    He calls the worlds into being, creates man in His own image and sets before him the ways of life and death.

    He seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.
    He judges men and nations by His righteous will declared through prophets and apostles.

    In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen lord, He has come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the world to Himself.

    He bestows upon us His Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the Church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.

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He calls us into His Church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be His servants in the service of men, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ’s baptism and eat at His table, to join Him in His passion and victory.

He promises to all who trust Him forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, His presence in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in His kingdom which has no end.

Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto Him. Amen. Section 2 – Mission Statement

We are called together as Christ Church by God, our Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, His Son, and the Holy Spirit. We are called to serve as Christ’s hand by using our time, talents, and resources in our community and throughout the world:

  • To proclaim and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ by welcoming all to the fellowship of Christ Church and by inviting commitment to His Gospel;
  • To provide opportunities for personal and spiritual growth by supporting and advocating Bible-based educational ministry for children, youth, and adults so that each may continually grow in understanding of what it means to be a Christian;
  • To provide a source of hope and inspiration for all persons by working for a more just and righteous world; and
  • To minister to individuals and families in times of crisis, sorrow, and joy.
    Remaining open to God’s guidance, we will strive to achieve our calling though faith, prayer,

    and nurturing in an ever-changing world. Section 3 – Worship and Communion

    Any visitor may join with the members of the church in worship and fellowship. Christ Church practices open communion and invites to the Lord’s table all who profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

    ARTICLE II – POLITY

    Section 1 – Government

A. Christ Church, United Church of Christ has congregational polity. The ultimate governing body of Christ Church, United Church of Christ is its members assembled in a properly called meeting.

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B. Christ Church, United Church of Christ believes in the autonomy of the local church and that guidance rather than force is the fundamental principle of church government. This church is subject to the control of no higher ecclesiastical body. While not binding itself in any detail, it recognizes the established usages of the United Church of Christ.

Section 2 – Affiliations

  1. Christ Church, United Church of Christ has standing within the Southwest Ohio Northern Kentucky Association of the Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ. Christ Church will sustain its relationship to those bodies, or their successors, as described in the respective portions of their constitutions and bylaws relating to local churches.
  2. Christ Church, United Church of Christ is in fellowship with all churches that follow the teachings of our Savior Jesus Christ. It acknowledges its responsibilities toward other congregations that are a part of the United Church of Christ and pledges itself to share in their common religious and educational work, especially as represented by the Southwest Ohio Northern Kentucky Association, the Ohio Conference, and the General Synod of the United Church of Christ.

    ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP

Section 1 – Members

  1. Inthespiritofthegospelcovenantwhichbindsintoaunity“faithfulpeopleofall ages, tongues, and races,” membership is open to all. A person who wishes to become a member should so inform the pastor. The pastor then should guide and instruct the candidate into membership.
  2. A person becomes a member of Christ Church by:

    (1) baptism and either (a) confirmation or (b) profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior;

    (2) reaffirmation or re-profession of faith; or

    (3) satisfactory letter of transfer or certification from other Christian churches.

  3. The reception of a new member should occur during a scheduled worship service as agreed among the prospective member, the pastor, and the Church Council. For good cause shown, the prospective member, the pastor, and the Church Council may agree to other arrangements. Upon reception of a new member, the pastor should cause the name of the new member to be added to the membership roll.
  4. A member of Christ Church ceases to be a member if: (1) The member transfers to another church;

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  1. (2)  The member withdraws from membership without becoming a member of another church;
  2. (3)  The Church Council removes the member’s name from the membership roll under section 6 or section 7 of this article; or
  3. (4)  The member has gone to eternal rest.
  1. If a member of Christ Church affiliates with, associates with, befriends, or otherwise partakes in the life and fellowship of another church without becoming a full member of that church, the member does not, by that circumstance alone, cease to be a member of Christ Church.
  2. A person whose name appears on the membership roll of Christ Church is presumptively a member. The presumption is rebuttable by record evidence that the person ceased to be a member per subsection D of this section. Any person whose name does not appear on the membership roll is not a member.

Section 2 – Member Responsibilities

In becoming a member, a person agrees, with the help of God and to the best of that person’s ability:

  • Faithfully to live a Christian life, to seek to grow in the faith, to walk in the ways of Christ, and to win others to Christ and His Church;
  • Regularly to attend worship, to share in the celebration of the sacraments, and to invite others to do the same;
  • Diligently to take part in the life and fellowship of Christ Church and to support the spiritual welfare of its members;
  • Systematically to enlist in and aid the work, outreach, and benevolences of Christ Church through the contribution of time, talents, tangible resources, and prayers;
  • Conscientiously to pursue the Christian training of children entrusted to the member’s care; and
  • Patiently to tolerate and accept those who carry out these responsibilities to a lesser or greater degree than themselves.

    Section 3 – Member Privileges

  1. Christ Church has one class of members.
  2. Each member is part of the decision-making body of the church. Each member may, except as otherwise qualified by these bylaws, take part by voice and vote in meetings of the congregation and may seek to hold office.
  3. Each member may use the church facilities in the manner for which they are intended, may request pastoral and other assistance, and may participate in organized activities. The Church Council may establish policies regarding the exercise of such privileges including, but not limited to rental policies, etc.

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D. In exercising the privileges of membership, a member should prayerfully examine whether he or she has fulfilled the responsibilities of a member to a degree sufficient to permit the member in good conscience to speak to a matter, to vote on a matter, to seek office, or to assert a claim for the use of the resources of the church.

Section 4 – Transfers

  1. When a person seeks to join Christ Church by letter of transfer from, or certification of, another church, the pastor of Christ Church is the judge of whether the credentials presented are satisfactory and that the person qualifies for membership on that basis or instead should qualify by another route.
  2. Upon request made by or on behalf of a member, the Secretary will give to the member a letter of transfer or a letter of good standing addressed to another church. The granting of such a letter terminates membership in this church, and the Secretary must forthwith remove the member from the membership list.

Section 5 – Withdrawal

A member of the Church may withdraw from membership in a writing addressed to the Secretary. The withdrawal takes effect upon receipt of the letter. The Secretary must forthwith remove the member’s name from the membership roll.

Section 6 – Removal by action of the Church Council

  1. In September of each year, the Church Council, adhering to the procedures in Article VI, must create a committee on membership and charge the committee consistent with this section. The committee must not have more than five members.
  2. The committee, in consultation with the pastor or pastors, must examine the current membership roll, identify those members who have not participated in the life, fellowship, and support of the church for at least one year, prepare a list of those members, and report the list to the Church Council before the council’s November regular meeting. The committee, in its discretion, may exclude from the reported list a member who:
    1. (1)  is attending college or university, or is pursuing other education or training, outside the area;
    2. (2)  is or has been absent while on active duty with the armed forces; or
    3. (3)  has an illness, impairment, condition, or personal circumstance that prevents the member from participating.

    The committee may include in its report any explanation or other relevant information about the persons included in or excluded from the reported list. Upon reporting the list to the Church Council, the committee is discharged.

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C. The Church Council, at its November meeting, must review the list prepared by the committee on membership.

  1. If a member’s name (a) appears on the list reported by the current year’s committee and (b) did not appear on the list reported by the prior year’s committee, the Secretary must:
    1. (1)  forthwith tell the member of his or her inclusion on the list, advise the member that continued failure to participate in the life of the church could result in that person’s removal from the membership roll, and instruct the member to inform the Church Council if there are reasons why the member’s name should not have been included;
    2. (2)  not more than ninety nor less than sixty days before the annual meeting of the congregation, publish to the congregation the member’s name, together with the names of any other members similarly situated, and advise the congregation to inform the Church Council if there are reasons why any member’s name should not have been included; and
    3. (3)  include the published list of names in the Secretary’s annual report to the members and at the annual meeting again advise the assembled members to inform the Church Council if there are reasons why a member’s name should not have been included.
  2. If a member’s name (a) appears on the list reported by the current year’s committee and (b) did not appear on the list reported by the prior year’s committee, the Coordinator of Spiritual Life, or someone acting on behalf of the Coordinator of Spiritual Life, must make reasonable efforts to personally contact the member to encourage the member’s participation in Christ Church or, if appropriate, to encourage the member to affiliate with a church where he or she will be active.
  3. If a member’s name (a) appears on the list prepared by the current year’s committee and (b) also appeared on the list reported by the prior year’s committee, the Church Council must:
    1. (1)  assure itself that the Secretary and the Coordinator of Spiritual Life took the steps described in subsections D and E of this section; and
    2. (2)  consider any information offered by the member, a member of the congregation, the committee on membership, or the pastor that the member was incorrectly included on either list.

    Having satisfied itself that the required steps were taken and that the lists correctly included the member’s name, the Church Council must direct the Secretary to remove the member’s name from the membership roll and to notify the person to that effect.

  4. A member removed by action of the Church Council may, within two years of the date of the Church Council’s action, petition the Church Council for reinstatement. The Church Council may, in its absolute discretion, grant, conditionally grant, or deny the petition. A

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member removed by action of the Church Council may, at any time after the date of the Church Council’s action, return to the roll under subsections (A) and (B)(2) of section 1 of this article.

Section 7 – Comportment

  1. Members should strive to be at peace with one another. A member must refrain from behavior that is abusive, belligerent, divisive, or disloyal; from conduct toward others that is threatening, dangerous, or injurious; and from activity that is disruptive, destructive, or otherwise detrimental to the welfare of the church.
  2. If called for by (a) a member’s persistent transgressions or (b) by a single incident of a sufficiently serious nature, the Church Council, in consultation with the pastor and mindful of biblical principles, may act to protect the safety and well-being of the church and its members, guests, worshippers, and users. The Church Council may fashion any remedy it thinks appropriate to the offense which, may include:
    1. (1)  counseling, censure, or admonition;
    2. (2)  temporary or permanent suspension of a privilege or privileges of membership;
    3. (3)  if the member holds a position of responsibility, honor, or trust in the church, suspension from or removal from the position; and
    4. (4)  dismissal from membership.
  3. Except in pressing circumstances, the Church Council should, before it acts, give the member fair notice of any offense or offenses and give the member a fair opportunity to be heard at a meeting of the Church Council.

    ARTICLE IV – LAY LEADERSHIP

Section 1 – Elective Positions A. General

(1) The membership chooses the following: (a) Moderator;

(b) Vice-moderator;
(c) Secretary;
(d) Treasurer;
(e) Coordinator of Spiritual Life;

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(f) Coordinator of Teaching; (g) Coordinator of Service; and (h) four Councilors.

  1. (2)  The same individual may not simultaneously hold:
    (a) more than one position listed in this subsection; or
    (b) a position listed in this subsection and a position under Article V of these bylaws.
  2. (3)  The term of office for each position listed in this subsection is two years. The term commences on the first day of May following the election.

B. Moderator

  1. (1)  The Moderator is the principal officer of the membership and presides over any regular or special meeting of members.
  2. (2)  The Moderator is the chair of the Church Council and, in consultation with the pastor or pastors, sets the agenda for meetings of the Church Council.
  3. (3)  The Moderator is president of the corporation, is ex officio a director of the corporation, and is ex officio chairman of the Board of Directors. The Moderator provides leadership to the Board of Directors and sets the agenda for meetings of the Board of Directors.
  4. (4)  The Moderator takes care that:
    1. (a)  the church is operating in accordance with the articles of incorporation, the bylaws, and established policies and procedures;
    2. (b)  church business is conducted and executed in an orderly and timely manner; and
    3. (c)  all boards, committees, teams, working groups, and appointees are fulfilling their responsibilities.
  5. (5)  The Moderator, in concert with the pastor, assures representation from the church at conference meetings, ordinations, installations and other ecclesiastical events.
  6. (6)  The Moderator must, in advance of the annual meeting of members, prepare a report to the members on the activities of the office in the past year and deliver the report to the Secretary for compilation into the annual report to the membership. The Moderator may have the assistance of the Vice-moderator in the preparation of the report.

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C. Vice-moderator

  1. (1)  The Vice-moderator presides over any regular or special meeting of members if the Moderator is not present or if the Moderator surrenders the chair.
  2. (2)  The Vice-moderator presides at meetings of the Church Council if the Moderator is not present.
  3. (3)  The Vice-moderator is vice-president of the corporation, is ex officio a director of the corporation, and, in the absence of the Moderator, chairs the Board of Directors.
  4. (4)  The Vice-moderator must, in advance of the annual meeting of members, prepare a report to the members on the activities of the office in the past year and deliver the report to the Secretary for compilation into the annual report to the membership.

D. Secretary

  1. (1)  The Secretary is the secretary of the corporation and ex officio a director of the corporation.
  2. (2)  The Secretary has the duty to:
    1. (a)  attend the annual and any special meeting of members, make a sufficient and accurate record of the meeting, and place the record in the permanent records of the church;
    2. (b)  attend all meetings of the Church Council, record accurate minutes of the meetings, and compile the minutes in the permanent records of the church;
    3. (c)  attend all meetings of the Board of Directors, record accurate minutes of the meetings, and compile the minutes in the permanent records of the church;
    4. (d)  maintain, keep, and preserve, or cause to be maintained, kept, or preserved, the records of the church including, but not limited to:
      1. (i)  all organizational records and other important papers as may be required by law or by these bylaws, examples of which include deeds, insurance policies, ;
      2. (ii)  an accurate and up-to-date version of these bylaws, which must be available at any meeting of members or of the Church Council;
      3. (iii)  an accurate and up-to-date roll of the membership; and

      (iv) records of births, baptisms, marriages, and deaths;

    5. (e)  review periodically the records of the church, update the records as necessary, ensure that the records are stored safely, and confirm that documents are accessible as needed;

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  1. (f)  give proper and timely notice of the annual meeting of members, special meetings of members, and meetings of the Church Council and distribute relevant materials for the meetings;
  2. (g)  conduct all official correspondence including correspondence with other churches regarding changes in membership, reports to denominational bodies, filings with government agencies;
  3. (h)  in advance of the annual meeting of members, prepare a report to the members on the activities of the office in the past year and compile the report into the annual report to the membership;
  4. (i)  compile the reports of the several officers into an annual report of the church, and distribute the report to the membership;
  5. (j)  keep, or cause to be kept, proper records for historical purposes including past budgets, records of special events;
  6. (k)  apprise the Church Council on a regular basis of changes to records, in the measures taken for records retention, and of the need for changes in Church Council policies regarding the care of records; and
  7. (l)  performsuchotherdutiesthelaworthesebylawsmayprescribeorthatthe Church Council may assign.

3. In fulfilling the duties of the office, the Secretary may have the assistance of church staff. The Secretary may, with the consent of the Church Council, appoint an assistant secretary.

E. Treasurer

  1. The Treasurer is the chief financial officer of the corporation and ex officio a director of the corporation.
  2. The Treasurer has the duty to:
    1. (a)  establish or maintain financial systems and internal controls to assure compliance with accepted practices for authorization and approval of expenditures, proper documentation and recording of receipts and disbursements, physical security of financial information; and compliance with applicable laws;
    2. (b)  receive, safely keep, and account for all money and other property of the Church entrusted to his or her care and disburse the same as authorized by, under the direction of, and to the satisfaction of the Church Council;
    3. (c)  keep accurate and complete financial records with respect to such funds, and keep on file sufficient evidence of disbursements therefrom;

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  1. (d)  attend all meetings of the Church Council and provide a report or set of reports that keeps the Church Council fully apprised of the financial condition of the church;
  2. (e)  keep an accurate account for each person who makes a contribution to the church and furnish each person with statements of his or her account;
  3. (f)  monitortheannualbudget;
  4. (g)  pay all budgeted bills of the Church and unbudgeted bills as authorized by the Church Council;
  5. (h)  in advance of the annual meeting of members, prepare and deliver to the Secretary for compilation into the annual report to the membership a report to the members on the activities of the office in the past year; and
  6. (i)  performsuchotherdutiesthelaworthesebylawsmayprescribeorthatthe Church Council may assign.
  1. In fulfilling the duties of the office, the Treasurer may have the assistance of church staff. The Treasurer may, with the consent of the Church Council, appoint such assistants, counters, clerks, and others as needed. The Treasurer may, with the consent of the Church Council, obtain paid accounting services, bookkeeping services, payroll services, and the like.
  2. The Treasurer may, with the approval of the Church Council, contract with a trust company, bank, or a corporation of the General Synod of the United Church of Christ to invest endowment legacies, trust funds, and securities, and shall keep an account of all such funds.

F. Coordinator of Spiritual Life

  1. The Coordinator of Spiritual Life is an officer of, and ex officio a director of, the corporation.
  2. The Coordinator of Spiritual Life organizes, supports, advises, and links to the Church Council the ministries, individuals, groups, and committees that address worship, faith formation, evangelism, missions, and other similar interests of the Christ Church congregation.

G. Coordinator of Teaching

  1. The Coordinator of Teaching is an officer of, and ex officio a director of, the corporation.
  2. The Coordinator of Teaching organizes, supports, advises, and links to the Church Council the ministries, individuals, groups, and committees that address Sunday School, Bible study, Vacation Bible school, confirmation, workshops/seminars (e.g.,

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Lunch and Learn, Montreat), and other similar interests of the Christ Church congregation.

H. Coordinator of Service

  1. The Coordinator of Service is an officer of, and ex officio a director of, the corporation.
  2. The Coordinator of Service organizes, supports, advises, and links to the Church Council the ministries, individuals, groups, and committees that address hospitality, fellowship, bereavement, celebration, and other similar interests of the Christ Church congregation.

I. Councilor

  1. Each Councilor is a director of the corporation.
  2. Councilors should exercise a concern for the work of the church as a whole and link the entire congregation to the Church Council.
  3. Councilors should serve as the church’s delegates or alternates to ecclesiastical meetings.

Section 2 – Qualifications

  1. A member qualifies for election to a position described in section 1 of this article if the member (a) is 18 years of age or older and (b) has been a member for at least the year immediately preceding the election for the office.
  2. A member may be elected to any one position identified in section one up to three times in succession. A member who serves, whether by election or appointment, all or part of three consecutive terms in the same position does not qualify for election to that position for a period of two years from the end of the third term. For the purpose of this subsection, each counselor holds the same position as the other counselors, any division into classes notwithstanding.
  3. A member may, subject to the limitation in subsection B, be elected to a combination of two to five positions identified in section one up to five times in succession. A member who serves, whether by election or appointment, all or part of five consecutive terms in a combination of positions does not qualify for election to any position in section one for a period of two years from the end of the fifth term.

Section 3 – Election

A. At the annual meeting in each even-numbered year, the membership by secret ballot elects the Moderator, Secretary, Coordinator of Spiritual Life, and the Coordinator of Teaching. At the annual meeting in each odd-numbered year, the membership by secret ballot elects Vice-moderator, Treasurer, and the Coordinator of Service.

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B. The Councilors are divided into two equal classes. The membership by secret ballot elects one class at the annual meeting in each even-numbered year and the other class at the annual meeting in each odd-numbered year.

Section 4 – Nominations

  1. Not later than the first day of December of each year, the Board of Directors, adhering to the procedures in Article VI, must form a nominating committee to prepare a single slate of candidates for election at the next annual meeting to offices that have terms expiring or that are vacant. Following the report of the committee at the annual meeting, members present may make additional nominations from the floor.
  2. The committee must consist of no less than three nor more than six members of the church. Incumbent office holders and members of the prior year’s nominating committee may not serve on the committee.
  3. Anything in Article VI to the contrary notwithstanding, the members of the Nominating Committee serve until the Board of Directors adopts a new resolution as provided in subsection 1. Between the close of the annual meeting and the adoption of a resolution creating a new nominating committee, the Church Council may convene the committee members as an advisory body with respect to the filling of vacancies.

Section 5 – Vacancies

  1. A position listed in section one becomes vacant if the holder resigns, takes a different position listed in section 1, ceases to be a member of the church, or is removed from office. An officer or director of the corporation, other than the Secretary, tenders his or her resignation to the Secretary. The Secretary tenders his or her resignation to the Moderator.
  2. If a vacancy occurs in any position listed in section 1, the directors of the corporation elect a successor to serve the unexpired term.

Section 6 – Removal

The membership may remove the holder of a position listed in section 1, with or without cause, upon a 3/5 vote of members present at a special meeting called for that purpose. The Board of Directors may remove an officer or director for cause upon a vote of 2/3 of the remaining directors. The Board of Directors may by majority vote suspend an officer or director pending removal by the membership or the Board of Directors.

Section 1 – Clergy to be elected

ARTICLE V – CLERGY

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The members elect the clerical leadership of Christ Church, whether that be a solo pastor, co-pastors, a senior pastor and associate or assistant pastor, or another arrangement. The person or persons chosen must have or be able to obtain the proper authority within the United Church of Christ to preach and teach the gospel, to administer the sacraments and rites of the church, and to exercise pastoral care and leadership.

Section 2 – Role of the Pastor

  1. Recognizing that God calls the whole church and every member to take part in and extend the ministry of Jesus Christ, the members of Christ Church covenant with their pastor or pastors to undergird them in their ministry by nurturing their faith, calling forth their gifts, and equipping them to serve as Christians in church and society.
  2. The pastor guides and aids members as a preacher, teacher, and interpreter of scripture; as a leader for services of worship and the sacraments; as a provider of spiritual counsel and consolation in times of doubt, distress, or death; and as a prophetic messenger of Christ’s call to love God and neighbor. Further, the pastor strives to set a good Christian example to the congregation.
  3. Although the pastor is directly responsible to the Board of Directors and ultimately to the membership, the pastor nevertheless has a central place of leadership in the affairs of the church. He or she aids the congregation in developing a vision for and setting the direction of Christ Church, fosters dialogue around that vision and direction, collaborates with the lay leadership and the various working bodies of the church to make plans and set priorities for the future, and guides the congregation through change.

Section 3 – Duties

A. The Board of Directors sets the duties of the pastor in or through the call letter, a job description, a personnel manual, or a combination of these and other documents. If the membership calls more than one person to do the work of ordained ministry, the Board of Directors apportions the work between or among them. By way of illustration and not by way of limitation, the duties may include:

  1. (1)  Preaching and teaching the Word of God;
  2. (2)  Administering the sacraments, performing the rites and rituals, celebrating the observances, and officiating at the ceremonies of the church;
  3. (3)  Attending to the spiritual welfare of the church and ministering to the spiritual needs of the congregation through visitation, prayer, and counseling;
  4. (4)  Overseeing all regular and special services of public worship;
  5. (5)  Guiding the work of Christian education and the preparation of candidates for confirmation;
  6. (6)  Taking part in community, denominational, ecumenical, and interfaith activities;

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  1. (7)  Encouraging the congregation in evangelism and empowering laity to carry out the ministries of the church;
  2. (8)  Supervising the day-to-day operations of the church and the work of employed church staff; and
  3. (9)  Performing all other duties of the pastoral office prescribed within the United Church of Christ.

B. A pastor must, in advance of the annual meeting of members, prepare a report to the members on the activities of the church in the past year and deliver the report to the Secretary for compilation into the annual report to the membership.

Section 4 – Vacancies

  1. Avacancyinapositionforwhichordinationisrequiredexistswhen:

    1. the position is newly created;
    2. an incumbent tenders his or her resignation;
    3. an incumbent is dismissed or removed; or
    4. an incumbent loses ministerial standing within the United Church of Christ.

    When a vacancy occurs, the Moderator should promptly notify, or cause another to notify, the Association Minister of the Southwest Ohio Northern Kentucky Association of the vacancy or impending vacancy.

  2. An incumbent may resign from his or her post upon giving not less than 90 days’ notice in a writing tendered to the Board of Directors. After the tender, the Board of Directors and the incumbent may agree that a lesser period suffices.
  3. The membership may, at a special meeting duly called solely for that purpose, ask for the resignation of an incumbent. If at least 2/3 of the members present at the meeting, affirmatively vote to ask for the resignation, the resignation of the incumbent is deemed tendered to the Board of Directors and becomes effective on the ninetieth day after the meeting. After the vote, the Board of Directors and the incumbent may agree upon an earlier effective date.

Section 5 – Selection

  1. The selection of ordained leadership must align with the Search and Call process of the United Church of Christ.
  2. When a vacancy exists, the Board of Directors, adhering to the procedures in Article VI, must form a pastoral search committee and charge the committee to conduct a suitable search.

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  1. (1)  Before appointing members to the committee, the Board of Directors must share the proposed charge with the membership and ask for members’ advice regarding the search process and regarding candidates for membership on the committee. Committee members must be members of Christ Church.
  2. (2)  The charge to the committee may include a charge to search for an interim minister. Alternatively, the Board of Directors may charge a separate committee to search for an interim minister.
  3. (3)  Any provision of Article VI to the contrary notwithstanding, a pastoral search committee or an interim pastoral search committee does not dissolve until the installation of a successful candidate.

C. When a search committee has chosen a candidate to fill a vacancy, the committee must so notify the Church Council. Upon receipt of the notice, the Church Council must call a special meeting of members to consider whether to call the candidate. If at least 2/3 of the members present at the meeting affirmatively vote by secret ballot to call the candidate, the Church Council must tender a call letter to the candidate. If the candidate accepts the call, the church should arrange for an installation at a mutually agreeable time.

D. After accepting the call, the candidate must become a member of Christ Church.

ARTICLE VI – GOVERNING BODIES AND WORKING GROUPS

Section 1 – The Membership

A. The members of Christ Church, when assembled in a properly called meeting of members, constitute the highest governing body of the church. The assent of the members is necessary:

  1. to amend or to restate the articles of incorporation;
  2. to alter, amend or repeal these bylaws or to adopt new bylaws;
  3. to merge, consolidate, or voluntarily dissolve the corporation;
  4. to elect an officer or a director of the corporation;
  5. to purchase, sell, mortgage, or otherwise transfer or encumber real property of the corporation;
  6. to sell, lease, exchange, or otherwise dispose of all, or substantially all, of the church’s property outside the ordinary course of its activities;
  7. to authorize the corporation to incur debt in excess of $25,000;

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8. to authorize capital improvements to property of the corporation where the cost of the improvements exceeds $100,000; and

9. to undertake any other act outside the ordinary course of the church’s activities.

B. At a meeting of members, each member has one vote. A member may not vote by proxy nor cumulate votes for directors. Members under the age of 18 years of age may not vote on matters listed in subsection A.

Section 2 – Board of Directors

  1. The Board of Directors comprises the persons designated as directors in Article IV, section 1.
  2. The Board of Directors manages the business affairs of the corporation between meetings of the members, In the discharge of its duties, the Board shall strive to advance the spiritual and material welfare of the church by measures consistent with the policy of the church as expressed by the membership assembled in a meeting. The Board of Directors:
    1. exercises the statutory powers conferred by the laws of Kentucky;
    2. ensures compliance with legal and ethical requirements;
    3. ensures the prudent use of all Christ Church assets, including property, facilities, people, and good will; and
    4. safeguards the financial integrity of Christ Church.
  3. In the discharge of its duties, the Board shall strive to advance the spiritual and material welfare of the church by measures consistent with the policy of the church as expressed by the membership at Annual Meetings or special meetings. The Board shall be responsible for all financial, business, real estate, and legal matters of the Church, including the Endowment

Section 3 – Church Council

  1. The Church Council comprises the persons holding office under Article IV and the clergy called under Article V.
  2. The Church Council attends to the spiritual affairs of Christ Church. The Church Council:
    1. visualizes the mission of the church and develops a strategy to achieve it;
    2. coordinates the work of committees and other working bodies; and
    3. gives the pastor or pastors direction on programs and activities of the church.

Section 4 – Committees

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  1. Committees of the Membership

    The members present at a duly called meeting may on motion create a committee or committees for such purposes as the membership thinks fit and proper. Any such committee dissolves at the close of the next annual meeting of the members unless (a) the original motion sets an earlier time or (b) a motion passed at such annual meeting extends the duration of the committee to a time not later than the following annual meeting.

  2. Committees of the Board and Committees of the Church Council
    1. (1)  In addition to any committee or committees required by another provision of these bylaws, the Board of Directors should, by resolution recorded in its minutes, establish a Personnel and Pastoral Relations Committee, a Finance Committee, and a Property Management Committee.
    2. (2)  To assist either in its work, the Board of Directors or the Church Council respectively may, in a resolution recorded in its minutes, establish any committee or committees not inconsistent with these bylaws.
    3. (3)  A resolution under paragraphs (1) or (2) of this subsection should set out:
      1. (a)  thenameofthecommittee;
      2. (b)  the purpose of the committee;
      3. (c)  the scope or jurisdiction of the committee;
      4. (d)  the membership of the committee (including the number of members, their qualifications, and alternate members, if any) and the officers of the committee or the procedure for choosing the officers;
      5. (e)  the decision-making authority of the committee, i.e., whether it has the authority to decide, to approve, to recommend, and so forth and the decision-making technique the committee is to employ (e.g., consensus, majority vote, supermajority vote, etc.);
      6. (f)  how often the committee is to meet and any other requirements for meetings;
      7. (g)  how, to whom, and how frequently the committee is to report;
      8. (h)  what resources are available to the committee and its budget, if any;
      9. (i)  thedeliverablesorotheroutputsofthecommittee;
      10. (j)  any guidance or special instructions to the committee; and
      11. (k)  the duration of the committee.

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(4) The duration of a committee formed under this subsection may not exceed two years. Anything in the resolution creating a committee to the contrary notwithstanding, the Church Council may:

(a) terminate the committee before its stated term; and

(b) remove or replace a member or members or an officer or officers; C. Endowments and Planned Giving Committee

  1. An Endowments and Planned Giving Committee is hereby created.
  2. The committee consists of five members of the church, four of whom are chosen by the members of the church and one of whom is chosen by the board of directors from among its members. The term of a committee member is two years commencing on the first day of May. The members of the church elect two committee members at the annual meeting in even numbered years and two committee members at the annual meeting in odd numbered years. The board elects one committee member at its meeting in March of even numbered years. A committee member may not serve more than two consecutive terms. A committee member who has served two consecutive terms is not eligible to serve again for two years. If a vacancy occurs on the committee, the Board of Directors appoints a person to serve the remainder of the term. Each year the committee must, at its first meeting after the first day of May, choose a chairperson from among the members chosen by the members of the church.
  3. The committee is the congregation’s designated advisor to the Board of Directors with respect to all operational matters regarding the Legacy Fund described in Article VIII.
  4. The committee recommends to the Board of Directors policies and procedures concerning:
    1. (a)  accepting and rejecting of gifts;
    2. (b)  investing funds;
    3. (c)  choosingafinancialadvisor;
    4. (d)  distributing and disbursing funds; and
    5. (e)  conflicts of interest.
  5. The committee meets at least quarterly to review the performance of investments and to prepare a report to the Board of Directors. The committee at least annually reviews the existing policies and procedures pertaining to the Legacy Fund and recommends changes if needed. The committee at least once every two years reviews the choice of the financial advisor.

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  1. The committee educates the congregation about the Legacy Fund, promotes the Legacy Fund, and develops and conducts an ongoing planned giving program.
  2. Members of the Endowment and Planned Giving Committee shall not be liable for any losses which may be incurred upon the investments of the assets of the Legacy Fund except to the extent such losses shall have been caused by bad faith or gross negligence. No member shall be personally liable as long as he or she acts in good faith and with ordinary prudence. Each member shall be liable only for his or her own willful misconduct or omissions and shall not be liable for the acts or omissions of any other member.

Section 5 – General provisions

  1. Any two or more members, non-members, or combination thereof, convened under the auspices of Christ Church is a committee for the purpose of this section, whether called a board, a committee, a working group, a task force, or some other name. The membership when sitting as a committee of the whole, the Board of Directors, and the Church Council are not committees for purposes of this section.
  2. Every committee is subject to the general direction and oversight of the board of directors or the Church Council, as appropriate.
  3. Membership on any committee is open to all members and to congregants who are not members unless:
    1. these bylaws specifically limit committee membership to particular persons or classes of persons, or
    2. these bylaws require that only members of the church may serve.
  4. The Moderator may attend and take part in any meeting of a board, committee, team, or other body created by or under these bylaws.
  5. The pastor may attend and take part any meeting of any church-sanctioned group except officially called meetings when the pastor’s tenure, salary, or behavior is under discussion.

    ARTICLE VII – MEETINGS

Section 1 – Meetings of Members A. Annual and Special Meetings

1. The Board of Directors sets the date, time, and place of the annual meeting of members to elect directors and officers, to receive reports, and to conduct other business of the church. The date set must not be earlier than the twenty-first day of February nor later than the thirty-first day of March.

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2. Any called meeting of members other than the annual meeting is a special meeting. The Moderator or the Board of Directors may call a special meeting of members at any time. The Board of Directors must call a special meeting of members:

  1. when required by another section of these bylaws;
  2. upon the request of the pastor; or

c. uponarequestinawritingthatgivesthereasonorreasonsforthespecialmeeting and that is signed by 25 or more members.

B. Notice of Meetings

The Secretary must give written notice of each annual meeting and each special meeting not less than 10 nor more than 35 days before the date of the meeting. Notice by electronic transmission constitutes written notice. In addition to any other notice, the Moderator must give, or cause another to give, oral notice of the meeting at a Sunday worship service at least once prior to the meeting. The Secretary should post, or cause another to post, notice of the meeting in at least two conspicuous places within the church building, in an appropriate church publication or publications, and on the church’s website.

C. Quorum

At a meeting of members under subsection A of this section, a quorum is the lesser of (a) 50 members or (b) 25% of the total membership.

D. Action at a Meeting

When a quorum of members is present at a meeting, a majority of the votes entitled to be cast on a matter to be voted upon by the members present is necessary for its adoption unless a law, the articles of incorporation, or another provision of these bylaws requires a greater proportion.

Section 2 – Meetings of the Board of Directors and the Church Council A. Regular meetings

  1. A regular meeting of the Church Council is deemed to be a concurrent regular meeting of the Board of Directors. The minutes of the meeting must reflect whether an action taken at the meeting is that of the Board of Directors or that of the Church Council.
  2. The Church Council must hold a regular meeting monthly. At the first meeting after new members begin their term of office, the Church Council must set the schedule of regular meetings for the next twelve months and publish the schedule to the membership. Publication in the church newsletter, on the church website, or by any other means calculated to inform the members of the schedule suffices. Notice of a

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regular meeting should appear in the Sunday bulleting at least seven days in advance of the meeting.

3. The Church Council may dispense with a regular meeting if the Pastor, the Moderator, and a majority of the remaining members agree.

B. Special meetings

  1. The pastor, the moderator, or any three other members of the Church Council may call a special meeting.
  2. The chairman of the Board of Directors or one-third of the incumbent directors may call a special meeting of the board.

C. Notice of meetings

  1. Where notice of a regular meeting has been given under subsection A, no further notice of the meeting is required. It is unnecessary to specify the business to be transacted at, or the purpose of, any regular meeting.
  2. Forty-eight hours’ notice to each member is required for a special meeting. The notice must state the purpose for and contain the agenda for the meeting. The Board of Directors or the Church Council, as the case may be, may not conduct business other than that stated in the notice. Attendance of a director at any meeting of the board constitutes a waiver of notice of such meeting except when a director attends a meeting for the express purpose of objecting to the transaction of any business because the meeting is not lawfully called or convened.

D. Quorum

  1. The presence of a majority of its authorized strength constitutes a quorum of the Board of Directors.
  2. The presence of a majority of its authorized strength constitutes a quorum of the Church Council.

E. Action at a Meeting

Unless a law, the articles of incorporation, or another provision of these bylaws requires a greater proportion, the vote of a majority of the authorized strength of the Board of Directors or the Church Council, as the case may be, constitutes the action of such body.

Section 3 – Meetings of Committees A. Regular and Special Meetings

Unless a bylaw or the resolution that establishes a committee requires the committee to meet regularly, all meetings of committees are special meetings.

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  1. Notice of Meetings
    1. If a committee meets at regularly scheduled intervals, the schedule …
    2. Special meetings are subject to the call of the chair. The chair must give at least ten days’ notice of the meeting to the committee members, the Moderator, and the Pastor or pastors. Reasonable notice of the meeting should be published in the Sunday bulletin.
  2. Quorum

    The presence of a majority of its authorized strength constitutes a quorum of the committee.

  3. Action at a Meeting
    1. Unless (a) the resolution creating a committee or (b) a provision of these bylaws expressly requires that a committee make its decisions by voting, a committee decides matters by consensus. If a committee decides a matter by voting, the vote of a majority of its authorized strength constitutes the action of the committee.
    2. Minutes or other records of committee actions and meetings are filed with the Secretary or the Secretary’s designee.

Section 4. Parliamentary Authority

Simple Parliamentary Procedure: Guidelines for Better Business Meetings published by the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service (Pub. IP-15) is the parliamentary authority at:

(a) a regular or special meeting of members;
(b) a regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors; (c) a regular or special meeting of the Church Council; or (d) any meeting of a committee at which voting is required.

ARTICLE VIII – FINANCES

Section 1 – Fiscal year
The fiscal year is the calendar year.

Section 2 – Budget

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annual budget based on [limited to?] the results of the annual stewardship campaign. The budget is subject to ratification and adjustment by the members at the annual meeting. No expenditures shall be approved in excess of the total budgeted amount without presenting a new budget to the congregation for ratification.

Section 3 – Stewardship

  1. Members are encouraged to make annual pledges as pledging affects the budget writing process. The Board of Directors should emphasize the importance of every member making a written pledge to support the financial needs of the church each year.
  2. The Board of Directors, or its designee, promotes a year-round program of stewardship education. In addition, the Board or its designee secures pledges from new members who have joined the church since the most recent financial canvass, analyzes church receipts, and seeks to keep all pledges current.
  3. The Board of Directors, or its designee, plans and formulates and annual stewardship drive, and, at the drive’s conclusion, reviews and evaluates the pledge system.

Section 4 – Financial controls

  1. The Board of Directors must adopt, and the Treasurer must implement, a fiscal policy setting out a formal procedure to govern internal controls. The Board and the Treasurer must from time to time review and, if necessary update, the policy. The board may delegate to the Finance Committee the responsibility to develop, review, and recommend fiscal controls that are appropriate to the church’s size and purpose. Financial controls should address the proper authorization and approval of expenditures, proper documentation and accurate recording of transactions, and the physical security of paper and digital records. At a minimum the internal controls should address the signing of checks; the obligation of funds; approval of contracts, leases, deeds and mortgages; and other significant aspects of the church’s fiscal operation.
  2. The Board of Directors should choose one of its members, or a member or members of the Finance Committee, who lacks signature authority to review and reconcile monthly statements of all bank accounts and investment accounts for examination of all debits.
  3. After the close of each fiscal year, the Board of Directors must direct an inspection of financial records to completed before the annual meeting. After a change in Treasurer, the Board of Directors must direct and inspection of financial records to be completed within sixty days.

Section 5 – Funds

A. The primary account of the church is the General Fund. It includes all assets and liabilities of the church not assigned to another fund. It provides the resources necessary to sustain the church’s day-to-day operations and thus pays for all administrative and operating expenses. Any moneys not otherwise designated are deposited in the General Fund.

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B. Legacy Fund.

  1. The Special Gifts Fund is continued and renamed the Legacy Fund. The purpose of the Legacy Fund is to provide long-term financial stability for the mission of Christ Church. The Board of Directors must segregate the Legacy Fund from other assets of Christ Church, keep the fund segregated from all other funds under the Board’s control, and manage the fund consistent with the Kentucky Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act.
  2. The Legacy Fund consists of (a) gifts, including lifetime gifts, testamentary bequests, and trust distributions, specially designated for the Legacy Fund and (b) any gifts and bequests for the general benefit of Christ Church. In addition, the Board of Directors or the membership may from time to time direct that other monies of the church be deposited into the Legacy Fund. When so deposited, such monies are subject to the terms governing the Legacy Fund.
  3. The Treasurer must invest this fund consistent with an investment policy adopted by the Board of Directors upon the recommendation of the Endowments and Planned Giving Committee. The progress of the investment must be accounted for in the quarterly financial reports of the committee to the Board of Directors and to the membership at the annual meeting.
  4. The Treasurer annually may transfer from the Legacy Fund to the General Fund an amount equal to 4% of the quarterly value of the total assets in the Legacy Fund averaged over the sixteen quarters through December 31 of the year just ended (the “computed sum”). The Treasurer may not transfer more than 1/12 of the computed sum (the “monthly allotment”) to the general fund each month in the following year. Such monies must be applied:

(a) first, to the service of any debt of the church;

(b) then to missions outside the church; and

(c) then to other purposes at the discretion of the Board of Directors upon the recommendation of the Endowments and Planned Giving Committee.

The Board may not expend monies under subparagraph (c) until the expenditures made under subparagraph (b) equal or exceed 10% of all General Fund expenditures exclusive of expenditures pursuant this paragraph.

5. Notwithstanding paragraph 4 of this subsection, the Treasurer must not transfer the monthly allotment from the Legacy Fund to the General Fund in any month in which the result of the transfer would be to reduce the value of the total assets of the Legacy Fund to the lesser of (a) $1,400,000 or (b) $1,400,000 times the value of the Standard and Poor’s 500 index on the first day of the month divided by 2600.

$1,400,000 x [S&P500] 2600

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If under such circumstances the failure to transfer the monthly allotment would risk a default on any indebtedness, the Treasurer may complete so much, but only so much, of the transfer as is necessary to avoid the default.

C. The Board of Directors may accumulate monies for capital improvements. Monies in the Capital Improvement Fund include all offerings and other donations received for this purpose, gifts and bequests specially designated for the fund, and payments from the General Fund. Disbursements shall be made at the direction of the Board of Directors subject to the rights of the members under Article VI, section 1.

  1. The Board of Directors must make a good faith effort to include in the annual budget monies to be set aside as a Reserve Fund and accumulated to meet unexpected contingencies. Monies in the Reserve Fund must be segregated from other funds and unexpended sums carried forward into future years. Earnings of the Reserve Fund must be retained in the fund. The Board of Directors may approve disbursements from the Reserve Fund up to $25,000 in any year. Disbursement of more than $25,000 in any year requires the approval of the membership unless the expenditure is necessary to meet an emergency that presents a manifest danger to life and property.
  2. The Board of Directors may accumulate in a Memorial Fund small gifts in memory of a person or persons. For the purpose of this subsection, a small gift is a gift of an amount of money that is less than 1% of the current year’s operating budget. The Board may accept any unrestricted gift and may accept a restricted gift if the restriction is reasonable under the circumstances. Examples of reasonable restrictions include use of the money for altar flowers, for pew bibles or hymnbooks, for Sunday School or Vacation Bible School materials, or similar limitations. If monies in the Memorial Fund are subject to a restriction, the Board may not expend the funds for a different purpose.
  3. In addition to the funds described in subsections B through E, the Board of Directors may accumulate monies in other special purpose funds including funds for monies that pass through Christ Church to third parties for purposes such as Our Church’s Wider Mission. Except as provided in subsections B though E, the deposit into a special purpose fund of monies or other property from any gift, devise, bequest or legacy that (a) has a designated purpose or a restriction of any kind and (b) is in an amount equal to or greater that 1% of the current year’s operating budget must have the approval of the membership.
  4. Monies in any fund under subsection B through F may be pooled for investment purposes.

    ARTICLE IX – AMENDMENTS, REPEALS, EFFECTIVE DATE

Section 1. Right to amend

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amendment or amendments or a summary of the proposed amendment or amendments. The affirmative vote of 2/3 of the members present at the meeting is necessary to adopt an amendment.

Section 2. Proposal to amend

  1. Any amendment proposed by at least five percent of the members of the church, and any amendment proposed by the Board of Directors, must be considered at the annual meeting or at a special meeting called for that purpose. The proposal must contain the full text of the amendment clearly showing the language proposed to be added, the language proposed to be deleted, or both. A proposal from the membership must be submitted to the Secretary, and the Secretary must forthwith provide a copy of the proposal to each member of the Church Council.
  2. The Board of Directors may set the date of the vote, but the vote may not be scheduled until at least the thirty-fifth day after the members of the board received the proposal. The Board of Directors may make grammatical, punctuation, or correlation corrections to a proposal submitted by the membership, but the board may not alter the proposal’s intent.
  3. If the Secretary prepares a summary of the proposal for inclusion in the notice of the meeting, the Secretary must post the full text of the proposed amendment in at least two conspicuous places within the church building at least two Sundays before the noticed meeting.

Section 3. Repeals

  1. Upon adoption of these bylaws, all prior bylaws, constitutions, and similar compilations of provisions for the governance of Christ Church are REPEALED.
  2. Any policies adopted under prior bylaws, constitutions, and similar compilations by the membership or by a body exercising the functions of the Church Council or the Board of Directors under these bylaws are, if not inconsistent with these bylaws, continued until replaced by the membership, the Church Council, or the Board of Directors.

Section 4. Effective date.
These bylaws take effect at the close of meeting at which the membership adopts them.

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ARTICLE X –TRANSITION PROVISIONS

  1. To adopt these bylaws requires the affirmative vote of 3⁄4 of the members present at an annual or special meeting.
  2. After adoption, the Board of Directors may make grammatical, punctuation, or correlation corrections to any provision of these bylaws if doing so does not alter the intent of the provision.

Section 2. Positions continued.

If the membership adopts these bylaws before February 21, 2018, the incumbent Moderator, Secretary, Coordinator of Spiritual Life, and Coordinator of Teaching are continued in office until April 30, 2018. The incumbent Vice-moderator, Treasurer, and the Coordinator of Service are continued in office until April 30, 2019.

Section 3. Positions to be chosen.

  1. If the membership adopts these bylaws before February 21, 2018, the membership chooses a Moderator, a Secretary, a Coordinator of Spiritual Life, and a Coordinator of Teaching at the annual meeting in 2018.
  2. If the membership adopts these bylaws before February 21, 2018, the membership chooses a Vice-moderator, Treasurer, and the Coordinator of Service at the annual meeting in 2019.
  3. If the membership adopts these bylaws before February 21, 2018, the membership chooses four Councilors at the annual meeting in 2018, two for a term of one year and two for a term of two years.
  4. If the membership adopts these bylaws before February 21, 2018, the membership chooses four members of the Endowments and Planned Giving Committee at the annual meeting in 2018, two for a term of one year and two for a term of two years.

Section 4. Committees.

  1. If the membership adopts these bylaws before February 21, 2018, the incumbent members of the Special Gifts Committee are continued as the members of the Endowments and Planned Giving Committee until April 30, 2018.
  2. If the membership adopts these bylaws before February 21, 2018, the incumbent members of the Board of Finance are continued as members of the Finance Committee until December 31, 2018 unless the Board of Directors sooner adopts a resolution under Article VI, Section 4, Subsection B.

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C. If the membership adopts these bylaws before February 21, 2018, the incumbent members of the Board of Property Management are continued as members of the Property Management Committee until December 31, 2018 unless the Board of Directors sooner adopts a resolution under Article VI, Section 4, Subsection B.

D. If the membership adopts these bylaws before February 21, 2018, the incumbent members of the Personnel and Pastoral Relations Committee are continued until December 31, 2018 unless the Board of Directors sooner adopts a resolution under Article VI, Section 4, Subsection B.

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