Month: January, 2012

Proposed Changes to West Center Baptist Church Constitution & Bylaws

Monday, January 16, 2012

Special Business Meeting

Sunday, January 22, 2012 immediately after the 11:00am service to vote on the proposed Constitutional changes, in the sanctuary.

immediately after the 11:00am service to vote on the proposed Constitutional changes, in the sanctuary.

 

Proposed Changes to West Center Baptist Church Constitution & Bylaws

At the Leadership Council meeting on December 12, 2011 it was decided that the following changes to the Constitution & Bylaws be recommended to the congregation.

Proposed Changes to the Constitution

Change 1)

ARTICLE II: POLICY AND AFFILIATION

The government of West Center Baptist Church shall be vested in the body of believers who compose it. The Church shall be democratic and autonomous. However, it shall maintain cooperation with and support of the North American Baptist Conference and South Dakota Association. It also recognizes that there are other churches and organizations, which are a part of the body of Christ and may cooperate with them in matters with which it is in agreement.

South Dakota Association shall be changed to Great Plains Association per the name change at the 2010 Association meeting held at Danzig Baptist Church in Avon, SD, and therefore shall be changed to:

The government of West Center Baptist Church shall be vested in the body of believers who compose it. The Church shall be democratic and autonomous. However, it shall maintain cooperation with and support of the North American Baptist Conference and Great Plains Association. It also recognizes that there are other churches and organizations, which are a part of the body of Christ and may cooperate with them in matters with which it is in agreement.

Change 2)

ARTICLE IX: ORDAINED STAFF SEARCH COMMITTEE

When ordained staff is needed, a Staff Search Committee will be recommended to the congregation by the Leadership Council. The Staff Search Committee shall consist of seven members: The three executive members of the Leadership Council and four other members. The other members shall be recommended by the Leadership Council and voted on for approval by the church members. The Vice Chair of the Leadership Council will serve as the chair of this committee.

Shall be changed to:

ARTICLE IX: PASTORAL STAFF SEARCH COMMITTEES

A. When a Senior Pastor is needed, a Senior Pastor Search Committee shall be recommended by the Leadership Council and approved by the church members. The Senior Pastor Search Committee shall consist of seven members: three members from the Leadership Council, at least one of whom is an executive member, and four other church members. One of the Leadership Council members will serve as the chair of this committee.

B. When other pastoral staff is needed, a search committee will be determined by the Leadership Council. The committee shall consist of the Senior Pastor, one Leadership Council member and one other church member. The Senior Pastor will serve as the chair of this committee.

Proposed Changes to the Bylaws

Change 3)

SECTION 1: DENOMINATIONAL AFFILIATION

West Center Baptist Church shall affiliate with and support the North American Baptist Conference; headquarter 1 South 210 Summit Avenue, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois 60181, as well as the South Dakota Association which is made up of churches from this area which belong to the North American Baptist Conference by involvement in their programs and activities.

Update NABC mailing address and South Dakota Association shall be changed to Great Plains Association:

West Center Baptist Church shall affiliate with and support the North American Baptist Conference; headquarter PO Box 1910, Folsom, CA 95763-1910, as well as the Great Plains Association which is made up of churches from this area which belong to the North American Baptist Conference by involvement in their programs and activities.

Change 4)

SECTION 6: LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

A. Duties

The following shall be added:

11. Serve on the Senior Pastor Search Committee and other pastoral staff search committee as needed.

Change 5)

SECTION 6: LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

D. Executive committee duties

1. The Executive Committee members shall:

The following shall be removed:

b. Serve on the Ordained Staff Search Committee

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