ARTICLE 1: NAME
This organization shall be called Calvary Baptist Temple of Fort Collins, Colorado. The name BAPTIST is always to remain in the church name and not only as a “Baptistic work”. This is to ever remain a BAPTIST CHURCH.
ARTICLE 2: GENERAL ORGANIZATION
SECTION 1: PURPOSE
The purpose of this organization shall be for the preaching and teaching of the Word of God; the administration of the ordinances of the New Testament Church (baptism and the Lord’s supper); the spiritual improvement of it’s members; ministering to it’s own community; and the spreading of the gospel in all the earth.
SECTION 2: POLICY
The church shall be informal in ritual. It is subject to the control of no other ecclesiastical body. The church may fellowship and cooperate with other churches for the furtherance of the gospel when such church is in accordance with section 3.
SECTION 3: INSTRUMENTS OF GOVERNMENT
The Holy Bible (King James Version), Church Covenant, Articles of Faith, and this Constitution and By-Laws.
SECTION 4: FINANCES
The expenses of the church, including pastor’s salary, and all other expenses including missions support shall be raised through tithes, offerings and the sacrificial giving of God’s people. This church will not permit the raising of funds in other manners.
ARTICLE 3: OFFICERS OF THE CHURCH
SECTION 1: PASTOR
1) Qualifications – 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.
The life of the pastor and his home should be an example of godliness and spirituality. They should not indulge in worldly or sinful practices which would rent or weaken the testimony of the church. No one who uses intoxicating liquors as a beverage, drugs other than medical, or tobacco in any form, or who belongs to a society, or who brings disrepute upon his ministry through sinful language, practice, or associations shall be considered for pastor or retained as pastor if such is persisted in. No person shall be connection with unscriptural alliances, i.e. The National Council of Churches, or any of it’s agencies, conventions, or other ecclesiastical body. No woman, nor any divorced person, nor man married to a divorced woman shall be considered for nor serve as pastor of this church.
2) Term of Office
The term of pastor shall be for an undesignated period. The pastorate shall terminate immediately upon the refusal of the pastor to affirm the Articles of Faith.
It shall be the duty of the pastor to preach regularly at the church, administer the ordinances, and perform the various duties incumbent of his office. He shall be the moderator at the church and preside at all of it’s business meetings. He shall be exofficio member of all committees and organizations, which includes the privilege of voting. The pastor is in charge of the pulpit and responsible for all services and church supplies. He may appoint someone in his absence, (vacations, leave, away meetings, etc.).
4) Calling the Pastor
When the pulpit becomes vacant, or the pastor unable to conduct business because of accident or injury, the church shall proceed without any unnecessary delay to secure a new pastor or to conduct essential business in the following manner:
a. The men of the church shall act as “pulpit committee” or bring recommendations to the church.
b. A prospective minister shall then be prayerfully sought and carefully interviewed by the pulpit committee. After it is determined that he believes in all the Articles of Faith and meets all requirements, he may be invited to preach as a candidate for pastor.
c. It shall be announced in at least one regular meeting previous to the voting that the intent is to vote on a pastoral candidate.
d. A 75% vote of the members present shall be necessary to call a pastor.
e. After a pastor is called the pulpit committee is dissolved.
SECTION 2: DEACONS
1) Qualifications – I Timothy 3
Both the man and his wife must meet the qualifications of I Timothy 3. The life of a deacon and his wife should be a good example. They should not indulge in worldly or sinful practices which would tend to weaken the testimony of the church. No one who uses intoxicating liquors as a beverage, drugs, other than medicinal tobacco or who belongs to any subversive organization; or who brings disrepute upon the church by sinful practices, language or associations shall be considered for nor retain the office or deacon, nor will be retain the position if his wife fails in these areas. In keeping with the Scriptures, gossiping, tattling, backbiting, undermining, holding grudges, uncontrolled temper, etc. are unbecoming a deacon or deacon’s wife and shall be considered grounds for dismissal. Faithfulness to all services is expected and except where it is unavoidable each deacon and household will be at all services. No woman will be considered as a candidate for deacon.
2) Term of Office
The term of a deacon shall be for one year. Upon the approval of the church, he may serve additional terms. No man will be considered as a deacon who does not have the support of the Pastor.
It shall be the duty of a deacon, aside from appointed tasks, to assist the pastor in the building up of the church, numerically, financially, and spiritually; to visit the sick, sorrowing, and needy; to personally strive to won people to Jesus Christ, to guard the reputation of the church and pastor; to help with the physical repair, cleaning and upkeep of the buildings, buses, etc.
4) Procedure of selection of deacons
When qualified men are available, deacon(s) are selected as follows:
a. The men shall serve as a nominating committee.
b. Six weeks prior to the time of voting, the church members will be given a list of all male members 21 years of age and older who meet the requirements of a deacon and are also willing to serve in this position. Each member will be asked to vote for a predetermined number of men. The men receiving the most votes will become deacons. Those voting will be 16 years of age or older.
c. In the event unqualified men are not available there will be no deacon(s).
d. No man will become a deacon nor remain a deacon without the support of the pastor. It may be necessary for the pastor to show Biblically why such a man is not qualified.
SECTION 3: TREASURER
The treasurer shall be nominated by the pastor and presented to the church for a final vote. His term of office shall be one year. Following such term he may or may not be reappointed for further terms. It shall be his duty to receive all monies and to keep accurate accounts of the spending of such. At all times there shall be at least two other men to help with the counting and accounting of monies so as to not allow our good to be evil spoken of. There shall be furnished to the membership, regular reports and/or financial statements. All spending is to be approved by the pastor.
SECTION 4: CLERK
The clerk shall be nominated by the pastor for the approval by the church. It shall be the duty of the clerk to maintain an accurate record of all members, issue letters upon approval of the church, and to keep records of all business meetings.
SECTION 5: TRUSTEES
The men of the church shall be the trustees and shall contract all legal business of the church.
SECTION 6: OFFICES
All offices of the church, teachers, song leaders, etc. shall be members and in agreement with the articles of faith, the constitution and the pastor. These people are to live exemplary Christian lives, dedicated to Christ.
ARTICLE 4: BUSINESS MEETINGS & VOTING
One annual business meeting will take place. Special meetings may be called by the pastor at needed times. Any meeting for major business (the selling or buying of property, dismissing members, etc.) must be announced 2 weeks in advance.
Only active members 16 years old and older are permitted to vote.
A quorum shall consist of those present at the business meeting with the exception of article 10, which requires 75% of the total qualified voters of the church.
A simple majority of those present may conduct business, except where otherwise stated, (article 3, section 4 and article 10).
In the event an amendment should ever be added to change the church covenant or the articles of faith or this constitution, not in accordance with article 10, all properties, monies, and valuables of Calvary Baptist Temple shall be given to the Independent Baptist Missionaries last supported by the church. It is understood that the items themselves and not the value of shall be given to the missionaries.
ARTICLE 5: PROPERTY OF THE CHURCH
All properties and valuables acquired by purchase or donation will become the property of Calvary Baptist Temple.
No property or valuables will be bought, sold, mortgaged or given away without the consent of the church.
ARTICLE 6: RECEIVING MEMBERS
Any person professing faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, giving evidence of regeneration, and accepting the articles of faith and the church covenant may, upon baptism, be received into the church.
Members of other Baptist churches, having Baptist baptism, may be received into the church by presenting; 1) a letter from said Baptist church; 2) by a statement of faith and Baptist baptism. It is understood that no person can be received into the church without a statement of salvation and Baptist baptism, either at the time or previously.
ARTICLE 7: DISMISSING MEMBERS
By granting letters to (only) other Baptist churches.
By action of the church according to Matthew 18:16-18 because of sinful practices. Members dismissed for sinful living can be reinstated upon public apology and reaffirmation of their intent to abide with the spirit of the covenant and this constitution and by-laws.
By action of the church if the member is known to be dead, to have joined another church or if there has been a written request from the member that his name be dropped from the membership.
By purging: Members willingly absenting themselves from services for a period of three months, and who do not stay in contact with the church, giving acceptable reason for such absence, i.e. prolonged illness, etc. shall be dealt with in accordance with article 7, section 2.
ARTICLE 8: MEMBERS DUTIES
It shall be the duty of each member to be familiar with the church covenant and to strive to maintain the practices stated therein.
ARTICLE 9: MISSIONS
This church shall support only independent Baptist missionaries (not schools). The individual missionary will be decided upon by vote of the church.
ARTICLE 10: AMENDMENTS
Believing this to be based upon the unchangeable written Word of God, amendments would rarely be necessary. Only amendments that will provide this constitution with greater clarity to the literal, plenary interpretation of the Word of God (A.V. 1611 King James Version) will ever be considered. All amendments must carry the support of the pastor and 100% approval of those members present which are eligible to vote, said members present representing at least 75% of the possible voting members of the church.
ARTICLE 11: DISBANDING (CLOSING THE DOORS)
If at any time the Calvary Baptist Temple shall cease to exist, should disband, or reorganize, it is to fall under the provision of article 4, section 5 and all of it’s properties, monies and valuables are to be given to the last Independent Baptist Missionaries it has supported. Such items cannot be given to another church, not even a reorganized Calvary Baptist Temple.