First Baptist Church of Rio Grande City

Constitution

 

Preamble

 

We declare and establish this constitution to preserve and secure the principles of our faith and to govern the Church in an orderly manner while pursuing its ministry.This constitution will guide this Church in conducting Godís ministry locally, nationally or across all borders as He leads.

 

Name

 

The body shall be known as the First Baptist Church of Rio Grande City, located at 1196 W. Main Street, Rio Grande City, TX78582.The church may choose to operate under an assumed name/dba and/or in various locations at the approval of the membership, but must maintain the First Baptist Church of Rio Grande City name as its primary identity.

 

Purpose

 

The purpose of First Baptist Church is to be the presence of Christ in our community and the world through worship, ministry, evangelism, fellowship and discipleship.

 

Objectives

 

To be a dynamic spiritual organism empowered by the Holy Spirit to share Christ with as many people as possible in our church, community, and throughout the world.

 

To be a worshipping fellowship, experiencing an awareness of God, recognizing His person, and responding in obedience to His leadership.

 

To experience an increasingly meaningful fellowship with God and fellow believers.

 

To help people experience a growing knowledge of God and man.

 

To be a church that ministers unselfishly to persons in the community and world in Jesusí name.

 

To be a church whose purpose is to be a Christ like in our daily living by emphasizing total commitment of life, personality, and possessions to the lordship of Christ.

 

To strive to be the presence of Christ in our community and the world.

 

Statement of Faith

 

The Holy Bible is the inspired word of God and is the basis for any statement of faith. The church subscribes to the doctrinal statement of ďThe Baptist Faith and MessageĒ as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention. We band ourselves together as a body of baptized believers in Jesus Christ personally committed to sharing the good news of salvation to lost mankind. The ordinances of the church are Baptism and the Lordís Supper.

 

Church Membership

 

A person shall be considered a member of First Baptist Church of Rio Grande City if:

 

  1. They become a born again, Biblical Christian and is baptized by immersion (or other method if medically necessary) at FBC Rio Grande City, or
  2. They are a born again, Biblical Christian who has been baptized by immersion (or other method if medically necessary) by another Christian church and desires admission as a member of FBC Rio Grande City by their statement of faith, or
  3. They are a born again, Biblical Christian who has not been baptized by immersion (or other method if medically necessary) by another Christian church and desires admission as a member of FBC Rio Grande City by being baptized by immersion (or other method if medically necessary).

 

A person shall remain a member of First Baptist Church until:

 

  1. They are called Home to the Lord, or
  2. They join with another Christian Church, or
  3. They submit a written request for removal from church membership and such request is approved by the church at a regular business meeting, or
  4. They are removed from the church roll by a vote of the church at a regular church business meeting.Church members may be removed from church membership buy a majority vote of those present at any regular church business meeting.Church membership may be revoked by a majority vote of the church with or without cause.

 

Church Discipline

 

The pastor or the church may choose to institute and enforce church discipline upon any member for cause.Church discipline is not required before a vote to remove a member from the membership roll.

 

Church discipline can include the following steps:

 

  1. Private discussion with the member by the pastor
  2. Discussion with the member by the pastor and 1 or 2 church leaders (Sunday School Teachers, Ministry Associates, staff ministers, treasurer, etc)
  3. Discussion with the member at a regular church business meeting.

 

The purpose of Church Discipline is to restore a member to full fellowship with the church body, restore unity in the body, protect the integrity and testimony of the church, ensure proper Biblical, ethical and moral standing in the church and/or protect the church from liabilities.

 

The pastor and church body may choose to administer any discipline necessary to bring both restoration with the body, unity in the body and/or protect the integrity and testimony of the church.

 

Polity and Relationships

 

The government of this church is vested in the body of believers who compose it.Persons duly received by the members shall constitute the membership.

 

All internal groups created and empowered by the Church shall report and be accountable only to the Church, unless otherwise specified by Church action.

 

This Church is subject to the control of no other ecclesiastical body, but it recognizes and sustains the obligations of mutual counsel and cooperation, which are common among Southern Baptist Convention churches.

 

Insofar as is practical; this church will, in a democratic sense, cooperate with and support, the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention.

 

First Baptist Church recognizes Jesus Christ as the head of the church, the pastor as the leader He has appointed to this church and the membership as the local body of Christ.First Baptist Church will be a Pastor led, member driven church body that always seeks to serve Jesus Christ.

 

First Baptist Church of Rio Grande City will practice Open Communion (Communion open to all professed believers in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior regardless of denominational affiliations)

 

Church Covenant

 

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord and, on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.

 

We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, and the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.

 

We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.

 

We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.

 

We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of Godís Word.

 

Conducting Church Affairs

 

The conduct of the affairs of First Baptist Church not addressed in this Constitution will be outlined in the bylaws of First Baptist Church.These bylaws define the church's organizational structure, government, the rights of members in the structure, and the procedures by which these rights may be exercised.The church body may adopt by-laws as needed for the proper function and operation of the church.

 

Nonprofit Status

 

This church is not organized for profit and shall function as a non-profit organization in compliance with all applicable state and federal laws.

 

Liquidation or Dissolution of Church

 

In the event of liquidation or dissolution all of its assets and property of every nature and description whatsoever shall be paid over and transferred at the direction of the trustees of the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention.This section does not limit the members of First Baptist Church of Rio Grande City from either reorganizing or renaming the church.

 

Amendments

 

Changes in the Constitution may be made at any business meeting of the Church provided each amendment shall have been presented in writing at a previous business meeting and copies of the proposed amendment shall have been furnished to each member present at the earlier meeting or on request.A notice of a meeting to be held for the purpose of amending the Church Constitution shall be printed in the church bulletin for a minimum of two Sundays prior to the meeting.Amendments to the Constitution shall be adopted by a two-thirds vote of Church members present.

 

4 pages.

 

Passed and adopted by the church body during a regular business meeting on

 

July 16, 2008.

 

***Official Signed Copy in Church Office or Church Library

 

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Witnesses:

 

 

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