1 CONSTITUTION OF PRAIRIE VIEW CHRISTIAN CHURCH Norway, Iowa
2 PREAMBLE Let all things be done decently and in order....1 Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done with love....1 Corinthians 16:14 Let all things be done to edify...1 Corinthians 14:26 Do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ....Colossians 3:17
3 We, the congregation of Prairie View Christian Church, do ordain and establish the following ARTICLES, which form our CONSTITUTION. ARTICLE I NAME The name of this Church shall be Prairie View Christian Church, a corporation of the State of Iowa, Florence Township, Benton County Iowa, having its principle place of worship at Norway, Iowa, hereinafter referred to as this Church. ARTICLE II PURPOSE The purpose of this Church is to stand unequivocally for the fundamentals of the Christian Faith as contained in the Word of God the Holy Scriptures. To seek and accomplish the will of God by means of the direction and enablement from the Word of God and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. To teach, train and equip all believers with the ability to present the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ beginning at home in Iowa and extending throughout the world. (Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 5:18, 20; Romans 10:17-18). To communicate the Word of God, exegetically (critical analysis of the text), categorically (with absolute certainty of the text), and isagogically (Theologically), to believers in the Lord Jesus Christ so that each may be built up in Him and become spiritually mature. (Ephesisans 4:13; Colossians 1:28).
4 To administer the ordinance of the Lord's Supper. As noted in Article III Church Ordinances. To do all things in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, giving Him the honor and glory. ARTICLE III DOCTRINES & TENETS The following basic doctrines contained in the Word of God are adopted: 1 - The Holy Scriptures We believe the Holy Scriptures to be the inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible, and God-breathed. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18: John 16:12-13). 2 - The Godhead We believe in one Triune God, existing in three Persons Father, Son and Holy Spirit eternal in being, identical in nature, equal in power and glory and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14). 3 - The Fall and Total Depravity of Man We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God but that in Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, became alienated from God, and totally unable to retrieve his lost condition. Therefore, all men are sinners, not only by constraint but by choice and are therefore under God's just condemnation without defense and excuse. (Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:22-23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:12). 4 - Sovereignty
5 We believe that God, existing as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is sovereign, and exercises supreme and absolute rule over all creation as a part of and consistent with, the essence and attributes of Deity. (1 Chronicles 29:11, 12; Daniel 4:35; Psalms 24:1; Ephesians 1:11; 1 Timothy 6:15). 5 - Eternal Security of Believers We believe all believers are kept secure in Christ forever. (Romans 8:1, 38-39; John 10:27-30; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8). 6 - The Person and Work of Jesus Christ We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man; that He accomplished our redemption through His spiritual death on the Cross as a substitutionary sacrifice; that our redemption is made sure to us by His literal physical resurrection from the dead (John 1:1, 2, 14; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24-25, 4:25; 1 Peter 1:3-5), that the Lord Jesus Christ is now in Heaven, exalted at the right hand of God the Father, where, as the High Priest for His people, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (1 John 2:1-2; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 9:24; 7:25). 7 - The Person of the Work of the Holy Spirit We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and coming judgment indwelling in all believers in the present age, and baptizes them into the Body of Christ, seals them until the day of redemption, and that the duty of every believer is to be filled with the Holy Spirit. (Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:13, 14; 5:18; John 16:8-11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 John 2:20-27). 8 - Salvation
6 We believe that salvation in every dispensation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose efficacious (substitutionary) death on the cross provides men reconciliation (between God & man), propitiation (God is satisfied with Christ's payment of our sin), and redemption (our sin is paid for in full). (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7). 9 - Church Ordinances We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ instituted the Ordinance of the Lord's Supper to be observed until His return. (Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26) The Lord's Supper: We believe that the Lord's Supper is partaking of elements that are symbols of His Body and Blood. For believers it is the commemoration of His death until He comes again and we have continual fellowship with Him. The Lord's Supper should always be preceded by personal confession of sin to the Father and careful self-examination. (1 Corinthians 11:23-32) The Personality of Satan We believe that Satan is an angelic personality, the author of sin and the cause of fall. That he is the open and declared enemy of God and man and shall be eventually punished in the lake of fire. (Job 1:6-7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11; Revelation 20:10) The Rapture of the Church We believe that the next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy will be the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in the air to receive to Himself the dead in Christ and believers who are alive at His coming, the Rapture, or the Translation of the Church. (1 Corinthians 15:51-57; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-14).
7 13 - The Second Coming of Christ We believe that the great tribulation will be climaxed by the (pre-millennial) Lord Jesus Christ returning to earth, to set up His kingdom. (Zechariah 14:4-11; Matthew 24:15-25, 46; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:6) The Eternal State We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; John 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5, 6, 12, 13). That the soul and human spirit, of those who have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, do at death immediately enter into His presence. TENETS 1.This Church shall not at any time become a member, sanction, or support the National Council of Churches of Christ in America, the World Council of Churches, or any other such organizations. 2. This Church shall not solicit anyone to become a member. Those who desire to affiliate with this church may do so by complying with the provisions of Article V. 3. This Church shall not knowingly accept gifts from unbelievers nor make individual solicitation of funds or pledges among believers. The Church will, under no circumstances, consent to the collection of money through bake sales or bazaars, dinners, raffles, entertainment, or any other method for the internal financial gain of the Church.
8 ARTICLE IV GOVERNMENT This Church shall be an independent, self-governing church under the leadership of the Holy Spirit in all matters and shall not be under the direction or control of any church, denomination or federation, as directed by Article X hereinafter referred to as - Congregation. The leadership of this Church is vested in the Pastor from the pulpit whose authority is derived from the Scripture. (Hebrews 13:7, 13) and delegated by the voting members, by the hiring of the Pastor. The authority of the Pastor(s), Board Members, Officers, and Committees is derived from the Articles of this Constitution, or by Resolution of the Congregation at a duly called business meeting. Any authority not so granted is specifically reserved in the Congregation. ARTICLE V MEMBERSHIP Church Membership
9 Those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and attend Prairie View Christian Church on a consistent basis throughout the year will be considered members of the congregation and agrees to be governed in church affiliation by this Constitution. Discipline Any action or discipline will be handled in a private manner between the Congregation member and the Pastor. The Pastor will bring the situation before the Board only if he feels it is a situation that must have the Board involved for resolution. Voting Membership A. The voting Members of the Church shall be limited to those of the Congregation who are living in the area and are considered Members of the Church, and are accepted in roll call per Article V Section C. B. Voting Members must be eighteen (18) years or older.. C. A voter's roll call will be maintained and used only for voting purposes. The Pastor and Board will review the active roll at least once a year to determine if voting Members are regularly attending and desire to remain on the active roll. ARTICLE VI WORSHIP SERVICES Public Worship services shall be held as often as the Pastor and the Board Members may determine. Any deviation shall be under the jurisdiction of the Pastor and the Board Members.
10 The Lord's Supper will be observed on the first Sunday of each month. ARTICLE VII BUSINESS MEETINGS OF THE CONGREGATION Location All business meetings of the Congregation shall be held at the principle place of worship of this Church, unless otherwise specified in the meeting notice. Annual Business Meeting There shall be an annual meeting of the congregation; the exact date to be determined by the Board Members and called in the manner prescribed for the special business meeting of the Congregation. Special Business Meetings Special business meetings of the Congregation shall be called by the Secretary upon notice from the Pastor, the Board Members, or upon written request of ten (10) Congregational members representing at least three families of the Congregation. Meetings shall be announced with a statement of the purpose from the pulpit two (2) Sundays immediately prior to the meeting. No question may be voted upon unless stated in the notice of such meeting. Quorum and Conduct of Business A quorum of twenty-five percent (25%) of the resident voting Congregation for the transaction of business for all regular business meetings and a simple majority vote to carry. The majority
11 vote of such members present and voting shall prevail unless the vote of a greater number is required by law or this Constitution. In calling or dismissing a Pastor, buying, selling or encumbering a property, fifty percent (50%) of the resident voting Congregation shall be required to make up a quorum and the vote must be a two-thirds (2/3) majority to carry. In all business meetings: the Pastor shall be present, the Chairman of the Board Members shall preside over the meeting, in his absence, the Chairman shall appoint a fellow Board Member to preside over the meeting. In the transaction of business, the latest edition of Robert's Rules of Order, revised, shall be used in all cases not covered by this Constitution. Voting The Chairman of the meeting shall determine the method of voting, except that the following shall be by secret ballot: The purchase, sale or transfer of real or personal property The calling or dismissal of a Pastor The voting of Board Members ARTICLE VIII BOARD MEMBERS
12 Number of Board Members The Board shall consist of not less than four (4) and no more than eight (8) voting members of the Congregation. The Pastor is a permanent member of the board. If a vote results in a tie, the pastor s vote will act as the tiebreaker. Election Board Members shall be elected at the Annual Meeting of the Congregation. Nominations for Board Member will be made by the nominating committee as provided in Article XI. Each Board Member shall be elected by a majority vote for a term of three years, or until his or her successor is elected. Vacancy The office of Board Member shall be considered vacant because of: 1. Death 2. Resignation 3. Refusal to serve 4. Removal at a duly called business meeting of the Congregation 5. Absence from three (3) consecutive meetings of the Board without excuse satisfactory to the Board Members The vacancy shall be filled by the election of a Board Member by the Congregation at a duly called business meeting. They shall serve the remaining term of their predecessor. Qualifications Qualifications for a Board Member shall be according to Acts 6:1-7 and 1 Timothy 3.
13 Regular Meetings Regular meeting of the Board shall be held at such times and places that the Board may determine, but at least once a month. A regular meeting of the Board shall not be held later than thirty (30) days after the Annual Meeting of the Congregation for the purpose of electing offices. Special Meetings A special meeting of the Board may be called at any time by the Pastor, the Chairman of the Board, or at the request of two (2) Board Members. Quorum A quorum shall be three fourths (¾) of the total number of Board Members. The acts of the majority of the Members present shall be the act of the Board Members unless otherwise specifically required by law or by this Constitution. Notice of Meetings & Special Meetings Notice of a regular meeting of the Board shall be given orally or in writing at least three days (3) prior to such meeting. Emergency meetings of the Board may be held as soon as all Members have been contacted and quorum can be met. Duties The Board Members shall administer the affairs of this Church which are not delegated or reserved to others. The specific responsibilities of the Board Members include: 1. Assist the Pastor in the administration of all worship services and ordinances. 2. Make provisions for the supply of the pulpit in the event of a vacancy in the office of Pastor. 3. Take full charge of all services of the pulpit during the vacancy of the Pastor. 4. To cooperate with the Pastor in the shepherding of the membership of this Church; reconcile
14 so far as possible all differences; give counsel and comfort to the poor, the sick and afflicted; keep order in the assemblies of the Congregation; supervise and administer the Prep-School, Community Outreach and Missionary activities. 5. To supervise and administer all ways and means of raising funds. 6. To receive and disburse the funds in accordance with this Constitution or as directed by the Congregation. 7. To hire and discharge personnel. 8. To determine salaries and Missionary allowances. 9. To hold title to all property, in trust for the use and benefit of the Congregation, but shall not acquire or dispose of real property or its fixtures or contract for any loans on behalf of this Church except upon prior specific instruction and authority by the Congregation at a duly called business meeting. 10. To take all necessary measures for the protection, management and upkeep of all property. 11. To render a written report to the Congregation at the Annual Meeting of the Congregation, outlining therein the activities of the Board Members for the past year and recommendations, if any, for the Congregation. 12. To execute any special instructions of the Congregation adopted in a resolution at a duly called meeting of the Congregation. 13. To serve as Trustees for the Church where legal matters require their signature. 14. To interpret this Constitution. ARTICLE IX
15 CHURCH OFFICERS The following officers of Church shall be elected from among the Board Members by the Board at the first regular meeting after the Annual Meeting of the Congregation: Chairman: 1. The chairman shall preside at the Board's meetings and at business meetings. 2. They shall have the general supervision of the administrative affairs of this Church. 3. Prepare the agenda of all business meetings of the Board. Secretary: 1. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the business meetings of the Board. 2. Receive and issue notice of all the business meetings of the Board. 3. Be custodian of the Corporate Records. 4. Keep a current roster of all Congregation Members with addresses. 5. Maintain a record of attendance at Board Meetings. 6. Sign instruments authorized by the Board. Treasurer: 1. The Treasurer shall be responsible for the receipt, deposit and disbursement of all funds and securities as authorized by the Board. 2. Keep financial books of account and render a current financial statement at the Annual Meeting of the Congregation. 3. Prepare any other financial reports as may be directed by the Board..
16 ARTICLE X PASTORS Call In the event of a vacancy in the office of Pastor, the Secretary of the Board shall appoint a Pulpit Committee, subject to the approval of the Board Members. This committee shall be responsible for locating acceptable candidates and presenting them to the Board Members for consideration. Employment of a Pastor A candidate for Pastor shall be considered at Board Meeting or Special meeting only after he has subscribed in writing to the doctrinal statement and Constitution of this Church, been approved by two-thirds (2/3) of the total number of Board Members and when public notice of such meeting has been given from the pulpit two(2) Sundays immediately preceding the date of the meeting. A two-thirds (2/3) majority of the voting members of the congregation ballots cast shall be necessary for this election. Duties 1. The Pastor shall watch over the spiritual life of this Church. 2. Communicate the Word. 3. Administer the ordinances. 4. Be in charge of the Worship services and Bible classes. 5. The Pastor shall be in attendance at all meetings of the Church.
17 6. The Pastor shall be a member of the Board and all other boards and committees of this Church. Terminating a Pastor's Services The Pastor may be recommended for dismissal by an affirmative vote of at least two-thirds (2/3) of the total number of Members of the Board. Voting shall be in a duly called meeting of the Board. At least thirty (30) days prior to such meeting, the Pastor under consideration shall be notified in writing of the reason(s) for the recommended dismissal and at his election, may be represented by two members of the Congregation, introduce evidence, and present and crossexamination witnesses. If the vote is for dismissal, recommendation shall be made by the Board Members and the service of the Pastor may then be terminated by at least a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Congregation in a duly called business meeting. Under exceptional circumstances the Pastor may be dismissed in the event of a unanimous vote of the Board Members. If the Pastor shall desire to sever relations, a thirty (30) day notice shall be given in writing to the Board. ARTICLE XI COMMITTEES Nominating Committees The nominating committee for all committees shall be the Pastor and the Board. Committee
18 Each standing committee shall have the following general functions and duties: 1. Be responsible and report to the Board. 2. Become familiar with its sphere of activity. 3. Execute only such policy and procedures as is approved by the Pastor and the Board. ARTICLE XII MISSIONARIES Recommendations for Support: Support of duly qualified missionaries or mission entities may be approved by a recommendation to the Congregation by the affirmative vote of a majority of the Board Members present in a duly called meeting of the Board. Termination of Support: Such support may be terminated by an affirmative vote of a majority of the Board Members present in a duly called meeting. Amount of Support: The amount of support is to be determined by the Board Members. Qualifications To qualify for support, a prospective missionary agency or individual must be, or be accepted by, an independent, non-denominational entity which concurs with the doctrinal statement of this Church or has been approved by the Board Members. A missionary agency or individual shall subscribe to and abide by the doctrinal statement of this Church before any support shall be approved or continued.
19 ARTICLE XIII LICENSING AND ORDINATION License The right of Licensing or Ordination will be reserved, upon the recommendation of the Pastor and the approval of the board. ARTICLE XIV DESIGNATED CONTRIBUTIONS Designated contributions may be used as directed, if in keeping with the purpose and policy of this Church. Contributions designated for purposes which do not meet this requirement shall be returned to the donor, if possible. The Board Members shall have the right to determine the use of all contributions. ARTICLE XV FINANCIAL The financial policy of this Church shall consist of accepting only free-will offerings without
20 the solicitations or pledges as set forth in 2 Corinthians 9:7. All Pay-Pal, Internet, Music Ministry, Publication Ministry, or any other contributions shall be considered part of the Church treasury and will be disbursed in accordance with the policy of the Church as stated in Article IX Treasurer. ARTICLE XVI FISCAL YEAR The Fiscal Year of this Church shall begin on the first day of October and end on the last day of September each year. ARTICLE XVII AMENDMENTS This Constitution may be amended by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the Congregation present at a duly called business meeting, provided the proposed amendment has been approved by the Board Members, or has been submitted by a petition signed by not less than ten percent (10%) of the Congregation, and that a written notice of such a meeting states the proposed amendment. ARTICLE XVIII DISSOLUTION CLAUSE In the event that this Church dissolves, the properties must be given to or sold and the proceeds donated to a non-profit corporation(s) holding to the same doctrinal position and practice as this Church.
21 Constitution Amended & Approved By Congregational Vote Board Chairman Board Secretary