Thank you to everyone who attended the Northside Baptist Church's 23rd Annual Bible Conference. We appreciate all of you - the preacher brethren, your families, and the many visitors from each of our sister churches. We had a wonderful time in The Lord, and we hope to see "all y'all" again next year!
Preamble: We, the born again members of the Northside Bible Baptist Church of Oakdale, Louisiana, do hereby establish and adopt the following articles as the constitution to which we and all subsequent members do voluntarily submit ourselves. Note that the organization is a nonprofit, charitable Church corporation without capital stock and is incorporated under the laws of the state of Louisiana.
Property Rights: The members of this church have no property rights in the assets of this church. Upon termination of membership by any means, the individual(s) shall be entitled to no interest in the assets and property of the church. In the event of termination and dissolution of the corporation, the assets and property of the church shall be distributed according to the vote of the majority of the church's members in Oakdale, Louisiana.
Name: Northside Bible Baptist Church
Purpose: The church is committed to the declaration of all the council of God (Acts 20:27) and to worship The Triune God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24), by continuing to steadfastly assemble ourselves together (Hebrews 10:25) under the bylaws of this constitution which we believe to be according to the New Testament pattern (Matthew 16:18), in order that the lost might be evangelized (Matthew 28:18-20), the saved edified (Ephesians 4:12), and The Lord exalted (Ephesians 3:21).
Membership in this assembly may be gained in three ways, and lost in four ways.
We shall add to our membership those who:
We shall delete from our membership those who:
The assembly, as organized under the bylaws of this constitution, may elect from its membership the following officers.
The pastor is the ordained overseer and under-shepherd of the assembly. His qualifications are recorded in I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:1-9. He shall act as moderator in the business meetings. In the event this church is without a pastor, any brother may be appointed temporary moderator by a simple majority vote of the members.
DEACONS - The deacons are officially recognized servants in the church (Acts 6:1-7). They may be appointed as the need arises and publicly ordained to fulfill their office. The duty of the deacon is to visit the sick; to prepare and distribute the elements of The Lord's Supper; to cooperate with and assist the pastor, as he may require; to care for the outward needs of the pastor and membership; to assist the spiritual unity and growth of the flock.
TRUSTEE - The church shall appoint trustees, which are required by law to act on behalf of the assembly in legal matters. The trustees shall have no authority to dispose of property in any manner, except as the church shall order by corporate act.
TREASURER - The treasurer is to receive all monies of the church; to keep a true and fair record of accounts; make a full report to the church as directed by the church.
CLERK - The clerk shall keep a fair and complete record of all proceedings; have charge of all records; keep a register of all members of the church; write letters of dismissal when called for.
We are not bound by iron clad parliamentary law; however, all business meetings, whether routine or special, shall be conducted decently and in order, with Christian love and courtesy (I Corinthians 14:40).
REGULAR MEETINGS - The regular meetings of the church shall be sufficient for purpose of both worship and business. The man is to fill the spot of leadership in the public assembly; the woman being subject to the man according to Divine order (Ephesians 5:23-24; Genesis 3:16). It is, therefore, the responsibility of the man, and not the woman, to do the preaching and speaking within the assembly (I Corinthians 14:34-35, I Timothy 2:11-14).
SPECIAL MEETINGS - One special meeting must be held by the assembly annually for the purpose of electing and verifying the church's legal trustees. Public notice must be given at The Lord's Day Worship Service at least one week prior to a special meeting, stating the purpose. A special meeting must be called by the Pastor for the amending of this constitution. To amend this constitution, the vote must be unanimous. A special meeting must be called by the assembly for the dismissing or calling of a pastor, should the occasion arise. A special meeting may be called by the Pastor to handle a matter that cannot wait until the next regular meeting.
PROCEDURE OF BUSINESS
The suggested guideline for all business meetings is as follows:
RULES OF DECORUM