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BY-LAWS

 

OF

 

New Heights Christian Church

 

 

21620 116th Ave. S.E.

Kent, WA. 98031

 

253-852-3180

 

 

 

BY-LAWS

 

OF

 

New Heights Christian Church

(NHCC)

 

 

PREAMBLE

 

 

We believe that as an independent, nondenominational church we can provide a fellowship for all who believe in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior and are able to minister to the spiritual needs of our community, and we unite under these by-laws and pray God's richest blessing on this effort on behalf of His Church.

 

It is desired that the government of this church be structured in such a way as to facilitate the rule of Jesus Christ over His church.  Statements of Scripture on this government are:  1 Tim. 3:1-13; 1 Tim. 5:17; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4.  In light of this the church is ruled by a board of elders who are selected from the congregation based on their satisfaction of the qualifications for the position as defined in 1 Tim. 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9.

 

 

ARTICLE I - REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERSHIP

 

Section A.  Admission.  Admission to membership shall be upon the following terms:

 

1.    One must be born again by the Spirit of God according to John 3:3-7 and Romans 10:9-10.  Prospective members must show by their new life in Christ, demonstrated by their actions and confessions, that they are striving toward a growing Christian faith, and that they are striving to abide by the teachings of Christ and the Apostles in the Gospels and Epistles.  They shall accept and abide by the provisions of these By-Laws and Statement of Faith.

 

 

 

2.   A prospective member shall be interviewed by a pastor, elder, deacon or deaconess, shall be given a copy of the church by-laws to read and study in an assigned class or on an individual basis, and sign a membership application and/or covenant attesting to their Christian faith and agreement to NHCC by-laws and statement of faith.  Following the completion of a prospective member’s membership application, the prospective member shall be presented to the Board of Elders for membership approval/disapproval.  Approval by the elders will constitute membership to NHCC.

 

3.   Each pastor and his wife (if married) shall become members at the time of acceptance of their pastoral call to NHCC.

 

Section B.  Membership Responsibilities and Privileges.

 

1.   Conduct.  Each member of the church is expected to attend its services, be relationally connected, to work for its building up, and to guard its good name and that of the elders, pastoral staff, and each individual member, to give of himself and his means for the work of the church and to submit himself to the authority of the Board of Elders according to the Scriptures.  Heb. 10:25; Rom. 12:10; 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 9:7; Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Thess. 5:12-13; Heb. 13:17.

 

2.   Discipline.  All cases of discipline shall be dealt with in accordance with Matt. 18:15-20, not forgetting Gal. 6:1 and 1 Cor. 10:12.  Final discipline shall be the responsibility of the Board of Elders.

 

3.   Attitude.  Considering the many denominational backgrounds of our community church, we wish to stress the importance of the main fundamental doctrines as being absolutely necessary and to be understanding in minor differences that so often are merely differences in terminology or custom.

 

4.   Voting.  In order for a member to have voting privileges, it shall be necessary for such member to faithfully attend the regular services of the church. (Any questions/concerns regarding faithful attendance of a member shall be evaluated and adjudicated by the Board of Elders.) A member must also be eighteen years of age or older to be eligible to vote at NHCC.

 

Section C. WITHDRAWAL OF MEMBERSHIP.  Members may notify NHCC, in writing, of their intent to withdraw their membership.  Members should direct their written requests to withdraw from NHCC to an elder or the Board of Elders.

 

Section D. REMOVAL OF MEMBERSHIP.  The Board of Elders, at their discretion and after prayer and consideration, may also remove members for any reason deemed appropriate by them.  Such reasons may include, but are not limited to: death of member; inactivity of member; failure of member to Biblically and timely deal with serious and/or habitual sin; disagreement with NHCC Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws, Statement of Faith, or Mission, Vision and Purpose Statements; relocation of member; words, deeds, or actions that brings disrepute to the body of Christ and/or the NHCC congregation; etc.  Removal from membership shall be communicated in writing to the last known address of the member being removed.

 

 

ARTICLE II - STATEMENT OF FAITH

 

Section A.  The Scriptures.  We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative word of God.  2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matt. 5:18; John 16:12-13.

 

Section B.  The Trinity.  We believe that there is one God eternally existent in three persons:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Deut. 6:4, 2 Cor. 1-14.

 

Section C.  God the Father.  We believe God the Father is the infinite, eternal and almighty personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love, and is the first Person of the Trinity.  He concerns Himself mercifully and sovereignly in the affairs of people, He hears and answers prayers, and He saves from sin and death all who come to Him in repentance and faith through Jesus Christ.  Ex. 3:14-15, 1 Chron. 29:10-13, Jer. 10:12-13, John 5:26-27, 1 Cor. 8:4-6, Eph. 1:15-23

 

Section D.  The Person and Work of Christ.  We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ--who was, who is, who is to come—in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return for His church and with His church in power and glory.  Rom. 3:25; Heb. 7:24-25; Titus 2:13; 1 Cor. 15; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; John 20:31, Col 1:15-17.

 

Section E.  The Holy Spirit.  We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, in the present age indwells all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, baptizes them into the body of Christ, seals them unto the day of redemption, and that every believer is commanded of God to be filled with the Holy Spirit.  Acts 1:8; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; Eph. 5:18-20; 1 Cor. 3:16-17.

 

Section F.  Man's Creation and Fall.  We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sin nature and consequent alienation from God and came under the judicial sentence of death.  Gen. 1:26; Rom. 3:22; 6:23.

 

Section G.  Human Life. We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God and in His image, so human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically and mentally challenged or disabled, and at every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. Therefore, we are called to defend, protect, and value all human life.  Gen. 1:26-27; 9:6; Psalm 139:13-16.

 

Section H.  Salvation.  We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that this faith is manifested in works pleasing unto God.  Titus 2:11-14; Eph. 2:8-10; John 1:12; 1 John 5:11-13.

 

Section I.  The Church.  We believe that the church, which is the body and bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born again persons in this age of grace, irrespective of their affiliation with Christian organizations.  Eph. 1:2-23; 5:25-27; 1 Cor. 12:12-14.

 

Section J.  Marriage.  We believe that marriage is a reflection of Christ’s faithful love for the church and God’s faithful love for creation. Therefore, we believe in the Biblical definition of marriage as consisting of one man and one woman until death parts them. Eph. 5:25-27; Mark 10:1-12; Gen. 1:27, 2:24; Rom. 1:18-32.

 

Section K.  The Final State.  We believe that the condition and retribution of the lost and the salvation and blessedness of the saved are conscious and everlasting.  Mark 9:43-48; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-15.

 

 

ARTICLE III - ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION

 

Section A.  Background.  New Heights Christian Church was founded in May 1990 as the outgrowth of a prayer support group for Pastor Dan Folden and his family.  The focus of the church is to reach out to friends, workmates and the community in order to meet their spiritual needs.  The congregation has neither denominational support nor obligation and practices congregational autonomy.  The congregation is independent in government, bound to other congregations by Christian love and fellowship.  NHCC belongs to the membership of the congregation and is dedicated to God to be used for His glory and the good of mankind.

 

Section B.  The Board of Elders (Directors).  The Board of Elders (Directors) shall be responsible for the administration and management of the corporate business of the church, and shall provide spiritual and temporal guidance, instruction, and protection for the congregation.

 

Section C.  Deacons and Deaconesses.  Deacons and Deaconesses shall assist in providing for the spiritual and physical welfare of the congregation under the direction of the Board of Elders.

 

Section D.  Commissions and Committees.  All commissions, departments, committees, and fellowships of the church shall report to the Board of Elders through their commissions.  The Board of Elders will establish commissions, as deemed necessary and appropriate for the effective operation of NHCC and fulfillment of its mission and vision, and in accordance with the Great Commission stated in Matthew 28:16-20.  Such commissions may include, but are not limited to: Worship, Evangelism, Education, Fellowship and Facility/Finance.  Commissions will be created to best organize the basic areas of ministry at NHCC.  Each commission is to be led by an assigned elder(s).  Committees may be created by the commission or Board of Elders as deemed necessary.

 

Section E.  Pastoral Staff.  All pastors shall report to the Board of Elders. 

 

 

ARTICLE IV - BOARD OF ELDERS

 

Section A.  Membership.  There shall be a Board of Elders which shall be composed of those members of the church who satisfy the qualifications of Scripture for eldership

(1 Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4) and are appointed to serve in that capacity.

 

Section B.  Qualifications.  The qualifications for nomination, appointment and election to the Board of Elders shall be based on those set forth in the New Testament in 1 Timothy 3:1-7, 5:17-20, and Titus 1:5-9.  An elder shall: be 24 years of age or older, evidence a spiritual and personal maturity, be a member of NHCC for at least one year, and be active in NHCC Ministry for at least one year.

 

Section C.  Pastor(s) as Elder.  The Senior Pastor shall be, by virtue of his appointed position, an elder upon acceptance of his pastoral call to NHCC.  All other pastors shall be eligible for eldership, as outlined in Article IV.

 

However, the Board of Elders, at their discretion, may call a pastor (other than the Senior Pastor who shall already be an elder by virtue of his position) to serve as an elder prior to the completion of one year of ministry and membership at NHCC.  The Senior Pastor shall serve continuously as an elder and not be subject to elder terms otherwise stipulated in these by-laws.

 

Section D.  Meetings.

 

1.   Meetings of the Board of Elders shall normally be held on a monthly basis or as deemed necessary by the elders.

 

2.   Special meetings may be called by the Chairman of the Elder Board at the request of any elder.

 

3.   Two-thirds of the members of the Board of Elders shall constitute a meeting quorum.

 

4.   Believing that the leaders of the church should be of "one mind and purpose" (Phil. 2:2), the unanimous consent of elders is strongly desirous for all votes, resolutions and actions.  However, a majority vote (in the affirmative) of elders at a duly called elder meeting shall constitute approval of any action or resolution.

 

5.   The Board of Elders reserves the right to hold elder meetings via electronic, telephone or other means as may be necessary to conduct normal or emergency elder functions.

 

6.   The Board of Elders reserves the right to exclude any person from all or part of a Board Meeting.

 

7.   The Board of Elders reserves the right to hold an Executive Session, which will be closed to all but currently serving Board members and their invited guests.

 

 

Section E.  Responsibility of the Board of Elders.  The Board of Elders shall be responsible:

 

1.   For the spiritual guidance, instruction, and protection of the congregation, including final interpretation of church doctrine, policies, procedures, discipline, operational practices, and financial stewardship.

 

2.   For the management of the corporation.  In this capacity, the elders shall see that all affairs pertaining to the function and well being of the corporation are transacted efficiently and in keeping with sound Christian principles.

 

3.   To oversee the activities of the various ministries of the church, assigning an elder to have specific responsibility over each.

 

4.   To assist the pastor(s) in the administration of all ordinances.

 

5.   To perform periodic evaluations of the Senior Pastor.

 

6.   To appoint and remove church staff, including the Senior Pastor, as may be deemed necessary. 

 

7.   To exercise oversight of all church financial matters.

 

8.   To discipline and/or remove a member of the Board of Elders, deacons, deaconesses, or any other officer in the event that he or she ceases to fulfill the qualifications of the office.  No elder shall be eligible to vote upon the issue of his removal from the Board of Elders and said elder may be asked to remove himself from any such discussions.

 

9.   To approve recommendations before submittal to the membership (for their ratification and/or approval, as needed and/or required) on matters pertaining to the calling of new pastoral staff, acquisition or disposition of real property and changes in the By-Laws.

 

10. While the Board of Elders maintains responsibility for its assigned duties, the Board of Elders may, at its discretion, delegate certain roles to NHCC staff—e.g., the Senior Pastor may be delegated the duty of hiring and oversight of additional NHCC staff.

 

Section F:  Active Elders.  Active Elders (or Elders-in-Session) are deemed to be those elders who are currently and actively serving as elders.  The term “Board of Elders,” and any reference to elder actions, duties, or responsibilities, is meant to reflect those of active elders only.  The concept of “once an elder, always an elder is held by NHCC.  However, those elders who are currently retired, inactive, on sabbatical, etc. are not considered “active, in-session or a part of the Board of Elders for functional purposes.”  

 

Section G.  Term of Service. 

 

1.   Each elder shall normally serve a three year term.  The Board of Elders may, at its discretion, establish a different term to help ensure a staggered rotation of elders.

 

2.   An existing elder may be re-ratified for one additional three year term by vote of the existing and actively serving elders.  (i.e., In this scenario, an existing elder does not need to go through the normal nomination process again.)

 

3.   It is the Board of Elder’s responsibility to assess the on-going effectiveness of each elder and to provide honest assessments whether a fellow elder should continue to actively serve on the Board of Elders.  Sensitivity must be given to family, work and other obligations that may have or might unduly burden or “wear out” a fellow elder.

 

4.   After six years, an elder is normally expected to step down from actively serving on the elder board for at least a one year period of time.  After this one year period of time, this individual may be re-submitted for consideration as an active elder, following the normal elder selection process.

 

5.   In extraordinary circumstances (e.g., death, serious illness, unexpected departure of an elder(s), or failure to identify qualified candidates for eldership) the Board of Elders reserves the right to ask an elder to return or stay on beyond a six year period of time, in order to ensure that the principal of gathering counsel from many trusted people is maintained.

 

Section H.  Board of Elder Officers.  The following officers shall be chosen by the Board of Elders from among their members at the first elder meeting following the annual business meeting: Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Secretary.

 

Section I.  Number of Board Members.  Given the wisdom of gathering counsel from many trusted people, it is desirous of the Board of Elders to have at least four (4) active members serving concurrently.  The Board of Elders will strive to have 4-9 board members.  If the board membership drops below four (4), then the Board of Elders must initiate a board member search and will diligently seek to rebuild the Board of Elders to at least four (4) members.

 

 

ARTICLE V - DEACONS AND DEACONESSES

 

Section A.  Organization.  Deacons and deaconesses shall serve NHCC in accordance with the NHCC By-Laws and Statement of Faith.  They will be appointed by the Board of Elders.  All deacons and deaconesses are called to serve the whole church, but will also be assigned specific areas to focus their God-given talents and efforts. 

 

Section B.  Definition of "Deacon/Deaconess Qualified" Positions.

 

1.   One requiring leadership over others, or

 

2.   One requiring a public model of the Christian walk, or

 

3.   One requiring the handling/management of church assets, or

 

4.      One engaged in regular teaching/preaching/

discipleship of children, youth or adults, or

 

5.   One involving access to confidential information about others (counseling, secretaries).

 

Section C.  Qualification of Deacons.  The qualifications of a deacon shall be based on those represented in the New

Testament, and specifically in 1 Tim. 3:8-13; Acts 6:1-7.  A deacon shall be 21 years of age or older, involved in ministry at NHCC for one year or longer, and a member of NHCC.  The Board of Elders, at their discretion, may call a pastor (other than the Senior Pastor who shall already be an elder by virtue of his position) to serve as deacon prior to the completion of one year of ministry and membership at NHCC.

 

Section D.  Qualifications of Deaconesses.  The qualifications of a deaconess shall be based on those set forth in the New Testament in Titus 2:3-5, and 1 Timothy 3:11.  A deaconess shall be 21 years of age or older, involved in ministry at NHCC for one year or longer, and a member of NHCC.

 

Section E.  Term of Service.  Deacons and deaconesses have no specified term of service.  It is the Board of Elders responsibility to assess the on-going effectiveness of each deacon and to provide honest assessments to the deacons regarding whether a deacon should continue to actively serve as a deacon.  Sensitivity must be given to family, work and other obligations that may have or might unduly burden or “wear out” a deacon.

 

Section F.  Duties of Deacons and Deaconesses. Deacons and deaconesses shall serve the church, be active in leadership roles relating to their giftedness and productively participate in all aspects of the church—commissions, ministry outreach, etc.

 

 

ARTICLE VI –OFFICERS OF THE CHURCH

 

Section A.  Officers. 

1.     The following are the primary officers of the church: 

Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer.

 

 

2.   Unless otherwise specified by the Board of Elders, the Board of Elders will also constitute the Board of Directors. That is, the Board of Elders will be synonymous with the Board of Directors.

 

3.   The Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer’s positions shall also be the President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, respectively, for all corporate and legal purposes.

 

4.   All actively serving elders shall be officers of NHCC for corporate and legal purposes.

 

5.   The Board of Elders may elect other officers as deemed necessary and appropriate for NHCC. 

 

Section B.  Responsibilities of Officers.

 

1.   The chairman shall preside at all business meetings of the congregation, and shall be the executive officer of the corporation.

 

2.     The vice-chairman shall assist the chairman assuming his duties in the chairman's absence or at the direction of the chairman.

 

3.     The secretary shall keep the minutes of all business meetings of the membership, carry on correspondence as the Board of Elders may direct, maintain a registry of the membership, and give official notice of all meetings of the membership.

 

4.     The treasurer shall be responsible for authorizing all disbursements.  All disbursements shall be made by check.  The treasurer shall make regular financial reports to the Board of Elders, and, as required by the Board of Elders, to the membership.  The treasurer shall also be responsible for counting collections and offering, maintaining individual accounts of each contributor for income tax purposes, and sending receipts for contributions as directed by the Board of Elders.

 

5.    The officers/elders will be responsible for developing, adding, revising, editing, implementing, delegating duties (as deemed appropriate by the officers/elders), and otherwise overseeing all aspects of the NHCC Policy Manual.

 

 

 

ARTICLE VII - RECOMMENDATION AND RATIFICATION OF ELDERS

 

Section A.  Elder Recommendation.  Candidates for elder may be recommended by any member to the Board of Elders or the Board’s designated Nomination Committee.  Recommendations by the congregation will normally be solicited at least eight weeks prior to the annual meeting.  After discussion, interviews, evaluation and prayer, the elders will finalize a list of nominees from the list of recommended candidates submitted by the members.  The final nominees will be presented to the congregation as outlined in Article VII, Section C. However, the Board of Elders can, at its discretion, seek and approve new elders outside the normal process and cycle if, in the Board of Elders judgment, new elders are needed to most effectively continue fulfilling elder responsibilities.  Such candidates must still be presented to the congregation at least two weeks prior to the call for their ratification.

 

Section B.  Qualifications for nomination

 

1.    Except as otherwise noted in the by-laws, any person who has been in active service at NHCC for one year, is a member, and 24 (or more) years old age may be nominated.

 

2.   The qualification of each nominee shall be weighed by the elders against the criteria set forth in these by-laws and the New Testament.

 

Section C.  Ratification

 

1.      The list of nominees will be submitted to the membership at least two weeks prior to the annual meeting.

 

2.   After publication of the nominees, the Board of Elders will accept for consideration any accusation concerning a nominee such as would render him ineligible according to the Scriptures or these by-laws.  The Board of Elders shall determine the validity of these accusations and shall either confirm or remove the nominee.

 

3.  The list of nominees shall be submitted to the membership for ratification at the annual business meeting.  Ratification requires a 2/3 majority vote of members present at a business meeting.  The vote shall be held in writing, by secret ballot.  The Board of Elders reserves the right to extend voting privileges to members who are otherwise in good standing with NHCC but cannot attend the duly called business meeting.  (e.g., active member who is ill, unable to travel at night, out of the area when the congregational meeting is held, etc.)

 

 

 

ARTICLE VIII - SALARIED PERSONNEL

 

Section A.  Senior Pastor and Other Pastors.

 

1.   All pastors shall meet the qualifications of an elder, except that the NHCC age stipulation may be waived for any pastor, excluding the Senior Pastor.

 

2.   An initial call to serve as Senior Pastor shall be extended by the Board of Elders upon:

 

a)  Unanimous approval by the Board of Elders.

 

 

b)  Approval by two-thirds of the membership present and voting at the annual business meeting or a business meeting convened for the particular purpose of approval of a pastoral call.

 

3.   A pastor (other than Senior Pastor) must be endorsed by the Senior Pastor.  It is the responsibility of the Senior Pastor to communicate, recommend and receive approval from the Board of Directors, prior to such employment decisions being made and/or offered.

 

4.   Services of pastors may be terminated by the respective pastor or the Board of Elders with thirty days notice in writing by certified mail or personal delivery to the other party.  The Board of Elders (or its designee) may terminate pastoral services without thirty days notice in the event of unsatisfactory performance by the pastor, in which event full financial compensation shall continue for thirty days from the date of cancellation.  It is the responsibility of the Board Designee (e.g., Senior Pastor) to communicate, recommend and receive approval from the Board of Directors, prior to such termination decisions being made and/or offered.

 

5.   The Board of Elders, at its sole discretion, may provide additional compensation to pastoral staff upon termination of their employment (e.g., extra compensation for a long-serving pastor who retires).

 

6.   A call to step down as Senior Pastor shall be given by the Board of Elders upon unanimous approval by the Board of Elders, excluding the Senior Pastor.

 

Section B.  Other Personnel.  Other personnel may be employed and compensated at the discretion of the pastoral staff, as need arises for such assistance, and such employees must be in full agreement with the NHCC Statement of Faith.  Such services may include but are not limited to accounting, secretarial, janitorial and maintenance, musical, child care, and others.  The pastoral staff will communicate, counsel and receive approval from the Board of Directos, prior to such employment decisions being made and/or offered.                 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE IX - MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

 

Section A.  Worship.  Worship shall be conducted in accordance with the New Testament and shall contain the elements stated in Acts 2:42.

 

Section B.  Business Meetings.

 

1.   Annual meetings of the membership shall be held in the first quarter of each year. 

 

2.   The annual meeting shall consider and ratify elder  nominees submitted by the Board of Elders, ratify the annual budget, provide annual reports on church ministries and activities, and consider such other matters as deemed necessary by the Board of Elders or the membership present.

 

3.   Special meetings may be called by the Board of Elders, or by written petition signed by 33 percent of the membership.

 

4.   Recommendations by the Board of Elders concerning the acquisition or disposition of real property, the calling of a new Senior Pastor, changes in the by-laws, and other matters as deemed necessary by the Board of Elders shall be submitted to the membership, for ratification, at least two Sundays prior to the date of meeting, except as otherwise provided in these by-laws.

 

5.   A quorum of the membership shall consist of those present at a duly called regular or special meeting.  A simple majority of such quorum shall be sufficient to carry any vote or resolution, except as otherwise provided in these by-laws.  There shall be no voting by proxy or by absentee ballot except as otherwise allowed in these by-laws (re: Article VII, Section C, paragraph 3).

 

Section C.  Business Procedures.  All meetings, including business meetings, Board of Elders, commissions and committees, shall be conducted in a manner consistent with the spirit and meaning of the Scriptures, and in accordance with the by-laws of New Heights Christian Church.

 

 

 

ARTICLE X - FISCAL YEAR

 

The fiscal year of the church shall be April 1 - March 31.

 

 

ARTICLE XI - ORDINANCES

 

Section A.  Communion.  The communion service shall be observed on a regularly scheduled basis, preferably at least once a month.  All Christians, regardless of denominational affiliation, are invited to partake of this service.  The order given to the church in 1 Cor. 11:23-33 will be followed.

 

Section B.  Baptism.  Believing water baptism to be a scriptural witness of an inward regeneration, all who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior shall be encouraged to take this step of obedience in their Christian life.  1 Peter 3:21; Rom. 6:3-6; Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41, 8:12, 35-39.

 

 

 

ARTICLE XII - ORDINATION

 

Section A.  Principles of Ordination

 

1.   A candidate for ordination recognizes that only our sovereign, holy God can truly call and ordain His children for service in the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

2.   The calling of a minister is not the result of a title; rather the title is a result of his calling.  This calling is recognized as from the true and living God.

 

3.   It is man's privilege, and specifically the privilege of the overseers of the church of Jesus Christ, to ratify the ordination of God when such is obviously placed upon a man's life.

 

4.   The purpose of this ARTICLE is to provide for the ordination rites of ministers of the Gospel at New Heights Christian Church.

 

 

Section B.  Qualifications for Ordination

 

1.   A candidate for ordination must be a "born again" believer in Jesus Christ as described by our Lord in John's Gospel, chapter 3.

 

2.   A candidate for ordination must subscribe to the Statement of Faith as described in these Bylaws.

 

3.   A candidate must have completed four (4) years of Bible study or the equivalent as designated by the Board of Elders.

 

4.   A candidate should have evidenced the obvious calling of God upon his life to the satisfaction of the Board of Elders.  This satisfaction may be obtained, but is not limited by the following measures: interviews, written papers, articles, transcripts, references by other believers, etc.

 

Section C.  Procedure for Ordination

 

1.   Each person fulfilling the above qualifications, and upon their presentation to the Board of Elders , will receive full consideration for ordination into the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ by New Heights Christian Church.

 

2.   Upon unanimous approval of the Board of Elders, the candidate will be ordained as a minister of the Gospel with the right to perform ministerial functions in accordance with the laws of the land and the ordinances of God's holy Word, with all prerogatives of such a calling and office.

 

3.   All candidates, successful or otherwise, will be notified of the Board's decision, in writing, within one (1) week of the final Board action.

 

Section D.  Certificate of Ordination

 

The following is the text of the Certificate of Ordination to be issued to each successful candidate:

 

 

"CERTIFICATE OF ORDINATION"

 

This is to certify that Pastor ______________ was duly ordained by New Heights Christian Church as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He has completed all necessary studies and has met all necessary requirements of this body for recognition of such office; further, by rite of ordination this date he is duly ordained to perform all ministerial functions without limit as accorded by the laws of the land and in compliance with the ordinances of God's holy church as set forth in the Holy Bible.  We now pray for God's divine blessing and the power of the Holy Spirit upon him.

 

Given this ___________ day of _____________, 20___ .

 

            New Heights Christian Church

 

            _____________________   ____________________

                      PRESIDENT                         SECRETARY

 

 

 

                                                     

 

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ARTICLE XIII - LICENSURE

 

Section A.  Ministerial License.  A Ministerial License is intended to provide credentials for those who cannot qualify for ordination but who are serving in a pastoral capacity for the church.

 

Section B.  Qualifications for Licensure.  The same qualifications shall be expected of an applicant for licensure as for ordination except for the four (4) years of Bible study.

 

Section C.  Terms.  This license is valid for one year and is renewable upon application.

 

 

ARTICLE XIV - AMENDMENTS

 

These by-laws may be amended by a two-thirds affirmative vote of members present and voting at a duly called business meeting of NHCC. 

 

Incorporated           May 2, 1990

By-Laws Adopted       July 7, 1991

Name Changed from Evangelical Christian Fellowship to New Heights Christian Church Adopted     March 16, 1995

Updated for computer program and new millennium only    February 2000

Updated for first time property ownership purposes. Address added   May 2001

Completely revised       February 2007

Amended elder recommendation process       February 2008

Amended Pastoral supervision of salaried staff      July 2009

Amended Human Life, Marriage, Officer Responsibilities       January 2016

Amended God the Father, Human Life, and Marriage (for consistency), Changed Fiscal Year to April 1 – March 31 January 2017