INDIAN CREEK BAPTIST ASSOCIATION

CONSTITUTION

 

ARTICLE I: NAME

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This body shall be known as the INDIAN CREEK BAPTIST ASSOCIATION.

ARTICLE II: PURPOSE AND REPRESENTATION

    SECTION I

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It shall be the purpose of this association to promote fellowship among the churches; to conduct a definite work of local missions in cooperation with the churches of the association; to encourage these churches to support the cooperative work of evangelism, missions, Christian education, and benevolence as promoted by the Tennessee Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention; and to engage in any other activity which it shall deem proper and wise for the advancement of the Kingdom of God.

    SECTION II

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The statements of Faith in this association, which shall be the basis of cooperation and fellowship, shall be the Baptist Faith and Message, adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in Kansas City, Missouri on May 9, 1963.

ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP

    SECTION I

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This body shall be composed of messengers chosen by the cooperating Southern Baptist Churches cooperating with the INDIAN CREEK BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, and whose names appear in the annual letter.

    SECTION II

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No church or person known to be antagonistic, as defined in Article VII, to the regular organized work now prevailing among Southern Baptists, shall be allowed representation or voice in this body.

    SECTION III

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Each church shall be allowed two messengers and one additional messenger for each 25 members above the first 25, with no church having more than 10 messengers. These messengers shall be listed on the church letter with alternates provided they are listed on the church letter as alternates.

    SECTION IV

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Any church desiring to affiliate with this association must make written application to the Annual Session. A committee shall be appointed to investigate the application and bring recommendations to the next Annual session. The church shall come under watch care of the association for the year. They are entitled to representation at all Associational meetings without a vote. A two-thirds vote of the Association shall be necessary for admission.

ARTICLE IV: OFFICERS

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Officers of the association shall be elected by a majority vote of the Association at its Annual meeting. Vacancies occurring during the year shall be filled by the Executive Board.

    SECTION I

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Executive officers of the Association shall be (1) Moderator, (2) Vice-Moderator, (3) Clerk, and (4) Treasurer. These shall be nominated from the floor and shall serve for a term of one year. Election shall take place at the first session of the Annual Meeting, and new officers shall take office at the close of the Annual Meeting.

    SECTION II

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Other officers and committees shall be placed in nomination by the nominating committee at the first session of the Annual meeting and voted on at the second or third session.

    SECTION III

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No one shall serve on the Executive Board or hold office in this body unless he is a member of an affiliated church of the Association.

    SECTION IV

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The nominating committee shall be a standing committee to bring recommendations of any vacancies, which may occur, to the Executive Board.

ARTICLE V: TIME OF MEETING

    SECTION I

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This body shall meet annually at such time and place as shall be chosen by the body in regular session.

    SECTION II

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The general Officers along with the Director of Missions shall have authority to make changes in times and places of either meeting, if necessity arises.

ARTICLE VI: FUNCTION OF EXECUTIVE BOARD

    SECTION I

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For fulfilling such purposes this constitution provides for an Executive Board. This body shall be composed of the general officers of the Association, pastors of the churches in the Association, and one member to be elected by the local church. The duty of this body shall be to superintend the mission work and attend to any business pertaining to the work of the association between Annual Sessions of the association and to bring an annual report to the association.

    SECTION II

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This constitution provides, also that this association shall not in any sense exercise any jurisdiction over the local church, neither when in session, nor through the Executive Board.

ARTICLE VII: WITHDRAWAL OF FELLOWSHIP

    SECTION I

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No church or person known to be antagonistic to the regular organized work prevailing among Southern Baptists shall be allowed representation or voice in this body.  (Antagonistic: That is opposed to or contending with our Articles of Faith in practice or policy.)

  1. If any church is antagonistic, it must be examined by an appointed committee from the Association.

  2. Examination by the committee must be conducted on first-hand information.

  3. Exclusion from the Association must be done by a two-thirds majority vote at an Annual Associational meeting.

    SECTION II

  1. If any church fails to submit an annual letter by the closing session of the Association's Annual meeting, the newly-elected moderator will appoint a committee of three to visit the church with a word of encouragement that the letter be completed and sent to the clerk to be included in the annual minutes.

  2. If the church fails to submit the letter and no letter is received by the closing session of the second Annual meeting, it shall be considered by the association that said church does not desire to be a part of the associational work.

  3. Such a church shall be removed from the mailing list of the Association.

ARTICLE VIII: CONSTITUTION

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Amendments or changes may be made to this constitution by a vote in their favor of two-thirds of the messengers present in Annual Session of the association, the amendments being presented at the previous annual session and printed in the minutes.

RULES OF ORDER:

    1. This body shall be governed by the rules of order outlined in ROBERT'S RULES OF ORDER.

    2. One third of the messengers enrolled shall constitute a quorum for all business.

 

 

BY-LAWS

 

BY-LAW I: DIRECTOR OF MISSIONS

The call, directing, and relieving of the Director of Missions should be handled in the same spirit of guidance and respect as that of any pastor of the local church.

  1. CALL: Extended by the Association for an indefinite term at the Executive Board, if a vacancy occurs between Annual sessions. Or by the association in Annual Session, if this is more convenient.

  2. DUTIES: The Director of Missions report to the Association through the Executive Board and Annual meetings. Counsel and guidance is to be provided by the Missions Committee.

  3. VACATING: The Director of Missions may resign at anytime he feels led to do so. This should be done in writing to the moderator. If it becomes necessary to request a resignation of the Director of Missions, this can be done at any Annual meeting or by a majority vote of the Executive Board provided notification is given to the churches and the Director of Missions at least 20 days prior to the regular scheduled meeting. In the event the Association terminates the Director of Missions, he will be given two months salary and any unused vacation pay. He will allowed 45 days to vacate the mission home.

BY-LAW II: MODERATOR

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The moderator shall be elected at the Annual session after being nominated from the floor. He may serve two consecutive terms. The moderator shall serve as an ex-officio member of all committees.

BY-LAW III: VICE-MODERATOR

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The vice-moderator shall be elected at the Annual session after being nominated from the floor. He may serve two consecutive terms. The vice-moderator shall serve as an ex-officio member of all committees during the vacancy of the moderator's office.

BY-LAW IV: CLERK

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The clerk shall be nominated from the floor at the Annual Session and elected by a majority vote and he/she may serve as long as elected.

BY-LAW V: TREASURER

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The treasurer shall be nominated from the floor at the Annual Session and elected by a majority vote and he/she can serve as long as elected.

BY-LAW VI: OTHER OFFICERS

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Other Officers may be placed in nomination by the nominating committee or by someone from the floor at the Annual Session. They should be such officers as are needed to provide for the growth and well-being of the Association: Sunday School Director, Discipleship Training Director, W.M.U. Director, Youth Director, Brotherhood Director, and others as needed and required.

BY-LAW VII: TRUSTEES

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The trustees of the Association are to serve as custodians of the property owned by the Association and are to see that it is properly maintained and kept in order.

BY-LAW VIII: COMMITTEES

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NOMINATING COMMITTEE: The nominating committee is to be nominated by the previous nominating committee and elected at the Annual Session. They are to place before the Association nominations for all committees and officers except: Director of Missions, Moderator, Vice-Moderator, Clerk, and Treasurer.

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MISSIONS COMMITTEE: The missions committee is to serve with the Director of Missions in outlining the work of the Association. They are to be aware of the needs of the Director of Missions spiritually and financially and to bring such needs to the attention of the Association.

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BUDGET, STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE: is responsible for the presentation of an annual budget and for the promotion of stewardship needs within the Association.

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OTHER COMMITTEES: Other committees may be nominated and elected according to the needs of the association. The moderator has the right to appoint special committees as he deems necessary to carry on the proper ministry of the Association.

BY-LAW IX: COMMITTEES' RELATIONSHIP TO DOM

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DIRECTOR OF MISSIONS: The Director of Missions shall serve as ex-officio member of all committees.

BY-LAW X:

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ADDITIONS AND CORRECTIONS: These By-laws may be amended, deleted, and added to at any Annual Session of the INDIAN CREEK BAPTIST ASSOCIATION.