Trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and believing in the general policy of Baptists, we therefore, band ourselves together as a body of believers in Jesus Christ, and adopt for government the following articles:
Article I – Name
The name of this organization shall be the Tillicum Baptist Church of Tillicum, Washington.
Article II – Membership
The membership of this church shall consist of persons who having given evidence of repentance, have been baptized by immersion upon profession of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and have adopted the views of faith and practice held by this church as stated in the Holy Scriptures.
All applications for membership shall be made to the church through the Board or Deacons, whose duty with the Pastor it shall be to make diligent inquiry into the fitness of the applicant, and if found satisfactory, to report to the church. When a favorable report has been made, the church having heard the candidate, shall vote upon the application.
Members from other churches of like faith may be received by letters of dismission from their respective churches.
Those having once been members of Baptist churches, and in consequence of peculiar circumstances have no regular letter of dismission, may be received by giving satisfactory evidence of Christian life and conduct and spiritual faith, by vote of the church.
Excluded members may be restored as members on confession of their errors, and giving evidence of repentance, by vote of the church.
Article II – Dismission
Regular letters of dismission to other Baptist churches of like faith and order shall be granted only to members in good and regular standing upon request of the church in which they seek membership.
A. Members who forsake church services and continue to absent themselves from same, shall at the end of six (6) months be automatically dropped from the church rolls.
B. Should a member become involved in a difficulty, or be guilty of a crime or gross impropriety, he shall answer to such charges before the deacons, who, after careful examination of such charges shall present the matter to the church for action.
Article IV – Elected Officers of the Church
Section 1. Pastor.
A. It shall be the duty of the pastor, as the shepherd of the flock, to arrange for and conduct all public and regular services of the church and to perform the various duties incumbent on his office. He shall have general oversight of the spiritual welfare of the church and shall in conjunction with the deacons organize and develop its strength for the best possible service. He shall publicly extend to new members on behalf of the church the right hand of fellowship.
B. The pastor shall act as moderator of all meetings of the church; however, he shall have the privilege, when he so wishes, to call a layman to preside in his place.
C. He shall be ex-officio member of all committees, boards, and branch organizations of the church.
A. The pastor shall be elected and called by the church. The election shall be publicly announced two successive Sundays before a vote may be taken, and a majority or three-fourths of ballots cast shall be necessary to elect.
B. The pastor’s services shall terminate in not less than one month after date of resignation. The pastor may be dismissed by a majority vote of the church at a business meeting called by the deacons for that purpose. All active members of voting age must be notified of this meeting at least one week before such meeting is held. The services of the pastor may be terminated immediately but he must be given one month’s salary upon being dismissed.
C. The annual vacation of the pastor, with pay, will be two weeks. Such vacations to commence after a year’s service, and are not accumulative.
Section 3. Deacons.
A. Qualifications: The deacons shall be men in good and regular standing as members of the church. They shall meet the qualifications as given in 1 Timothy 3:8-13. Divorced men or men married to divorced women are not qualified to be deacons.
B. Election to office: The number of deacons shall be determined by the growth of the church. They shall be elected to serve for five years and may be re-elected. The election of deacons shall take place at the annual business meeting.
C. Duties: It shall be the duty of the deacons to assist the pastor in promoting the spiritual welfare of the church; to be his helpers and counselors; to exercise prudent and watchful care over the church membership; to seek out such members as need assistance; to visit the sick; to examine with the pastor candidates for church membership and to serve the Lord’s Supper.
The deacons shall meet after the annual election each year and appoint the other officers of the church as indicated in this Constitution. Other officers may be appointed as needed.
Article V – Appointed Officers
All appointed officers shall serve for one year.
Section 1. Trustees.
The deacons shall appoint three of their number to serve as trustees of the church. These shall hold in trust all the property that belongs to the church and take all necessary measures for its management and protection. They shall have authority and supervision of all current expenditures pertaining to the upkeep of the church property. Items in excess of $500.00 shall be presented to the church for consideration and approval.
Section 2. Treasurer.
The treasurer shall be responsible for recording of all financial transactions in permanent records and shall make an annual report to the church at the annual business meeting.
Section 3. Financial Secretary.
It shall be the duty of the financial secretary, together with the treasurer, to count and record all monies received in the offerings of the church. He shall be authorized to issue checks in the absence of the treasurer.
Section 4. Clerk.
The church clerk shall have charge of the official correspondence and shall keep a record of all business meetings of the church. The clerk shall keep a record of the membership, of baptisms, and reception and dismissal of members.
Section 5. Deaconesses.
Two or more women shall be appointed as deaconesses. They shall assist the women in baptismal services and shall prepare the elements for the communion service.
Article VI – Committees
Section 1. Nominating Committee.
The deacons whose terms do not expire that year shall serve as the nominating committee. They shall meet together with the pastor during the month of December and shall present a list of nominations for deacons to the church at least two weeks before the annual meeting.
Section 2. Pulpit Committee.
In case the pulpit is vacant due to the death or resignation of the pastor, the deacons shall serve as a pulpit committee to guide the church in the selection and call of a pastor.
Article VII – Business Meetings
Members of the church in good and regular standing who are eighteen years of age or older shall be eligible to vote in business meetings.
Section 2. Annual Business Meeting.
The annual business meeting shall be held during the month of January each year.
Section 3. Special Business Meetings.
Special business meetings may be called by the pastor and deacons when needed. The deacons may call a business meeting in the absence of the pastor.
Section 4. Procedures.
All questions not clearly defined in this Constitution shall be settled by customary rules of governing deliberate bodies, as given in Robert’s Rules of Order. A quorum for business meetings shall consist of 25% the active members of the church eighteen years of age or over.
Article VIII – Amendments
This Constitution may be amended at the regular business meeting or at a special business meeting called for that purpose, provided notice of such proposed amendment shall have been given in writing and read from the pulpit at least two weeks prior to the special meeting. A two-thirds majority of those present and voting is necessary to amend the Constitution.