|procedure shall be adhered to:|
Prior to the date of the annual business meeting of the church, the Pastor shall appoint a
nominating committee composed of at least seven members of the church on the
approval of the church. The committee shall prepare a list of suggested persons to fill
the various offices of the church as indicated by this Constitution and By-Laws, except
the Chairman of the Deacon Board and the Chairwoman of the Deaconess’ Board, who
shall be appointed along with the Chairperson of Trustees by the Pastor. The nominating
committee shall investigate the qualified persons for each office, and upon determination
of their capability, shall recommend one person for each position to be filled.
SECTION 3. Each board, organization and auxiliary of the church shall elect at least a
president, a vice-president, a secretary and a treasurer.
SECTION 4. There shall be an annual election of officers that will be held on the first
Friday of November each year. At the time of the election of officers, with the exception
of the members of the various boards, each office with its candidates shall be considered
one at a time, unless otherwise decided by the church at the time of election. It shall be
the privilege of any qualified member at the time of election to make such additional
nominations from the floor as he/she desires. The Pastor shall chair the meeting at this
time and may at his discretion limit time for debate to a reasonable time for each office
under discussion. Voting for officers shall be by such means as the Pastor sees fit,
unless a substantial portion of the membership requests otherwise.
SECTION 5. Those elected at that meeting shall take office the following January 1st
and shall serve to the 31st day of December of the year of their office.
SECTION 6. Qualifications of Voters: All matters shall be voted upon only by members
in good and regular standing who are of "legal voting age," 18-years of age.
SECTION 7. Vacancies occurring in the officers of the church during the year may be
filled for the unexpired term of office by the determination of the Pastor.
ARTICLE X. ELECTION, CALL AND TERMINATION OF THE PASTOR
SECTION 1. A Pastor elected by the Church is called and selected to serve an indefinite
period of time. The adoption of these By-Laws and all other provisions of this section
shall apply to the Pastor of this Church.
SECTION 2. When the church is without a Pastor, the pulpit shall be empty. The
Deacon Board shall select a representative Pulpit Committee that shall be composed of
thirteen members. The committee shall consist of: four deacons, two mothers and seven
members selected from the church-at-large. This committee shall be constituted at a
meeting called for that purpose by the Chairman of the Board of Deacons within thirty-
days after the pulpit is vacant. It shall be the duty of the committee to take necessary
steps to secure a prospective Pastor to present to the church for consideration. The
committee shall investigate his character, his call to the gospel ministry, his educational
preparation, ministerial record and preaching ability in determining his fitness to serve as
Pastor of this church. When, according to the findings of the committee, a suitable
candidate has been discovered, the committee shall recommend him to the church for its
SECTION 3. The recommendation for a Pastor shall be presented to the church at a
business meeting duly called by the Pulpit Committee, of which notice shall have been
read from the pulpit to the church on at least two successive Sundays preceding said
meeting. At said meeting, the first order of business shall be the reading of the report of
the Pulpit Committee. At this meeting only three candidates shall be considered, which
shall be the persons selected by the Pulpit Committee. The vote of the majority of the
members of the church present and voting that the report of the committee be adopted
shall elect and call the Pastor. In the event that the majority of the members present and
voting shall reject the recommendation of the Pulpit Committee, the committee shall retire
and the same procedure shall be followed as outlined above. Absentee balloting will be
permitted upon approval of the Pulpit Committee.
SECTION 4. Termination of the Pastorate: The term of office of the Pastor may be
ended upon thirty days' written notice on the part of the Pastor or the church.
|In the instance when the Pastor’s actions or conduct is not in accordance with |
|the established contract, it shall be brought to the church in a special meeting.|
|In the event that the Pastor wishes to resign from office, he may do so by |
|presenting a written notice to that effect to the Deacon Board of the church. The |
Deacon Board of the church shall consult and consider with the Pastor on said
matter and if after full consideration of all the facts and circumstances
surrounding the tender of resignation it is determined by the Deacon Board that
such would be to the best interests of the church, the Deacon Board shall present
a notice to the church for its consideration.
|Termination of the Pastor may be done by mutual consent on the part of the |
|Pastor and the Deacon Board in less than thirty days.|
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