The First Congregational Church
of Rockport, Massachusetts Inc.
Revised: January 2016
Article I – Name
The name of this church shall be “The First Congregational Church of Rockport, Massachusetts
Article II – Purpose
The avowed purpose of this church shall be to worship God, to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ,
and to celebrate the sacraments; to realize Christian fellowship and unity within this church and
the Church Universal; to render loving service toward all people; and to strive for righteousness,
justice, and peace.
Article III – Polity
Section 1. This church shall be a part of the United Church of Christ, and it shall sustain
that relationship to the United Church of Christ described in those portions of the constitution
and bylaws of the United Church of Christ adopted July 4, 1961, or as amended, relating to local
Section 2. The government of this church is vested in its members who exercise the right of
control in all its affairs, subject, however, to the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
relating to ecclesiastical corporations.
Article IV – Faith and Covenant
Faith: This church acknowledges as its sole head, Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the
Savior. It acknowledges as brothers and sisters in Christ all who share in this confession.
It looks to the Word of God in the Scriptures, and to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit,
to foster its creative and redemptive work in the world. It claims as its own the faith of the
historic Church expressed in the ancient creeds and reclaimed in the basic insights of the
Protestant reformers. It affirms the responsibility of the Church in each generation to make this
faith its own. In accordance with the teaching of our Lord and the practice prevailing among
Protestant Christians, it recognizes two sacraments: Baptism and the Lord's Supper, or Holy
One expression of this faith is:
STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe in you, O God, Eternal Spirit, God of our Savior Jesus Christ, and our God, and to
your deeds we testify:
You call the worlds into being, create persons in your own image, and set before each on the ways
of life and death.
You seek in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.
You judge people and nations by your righteous will declared through prophets and apostles.
In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Savior, you have come to us and
shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the world to yourself.
You bestow upon us your Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in
covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.
You call us into your church, to accept the cost of joy of discipleship, to be your servants in
the service of others, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to
share in Christ's baptism and eat at his table, to join him in his passion and victory.
You promise to all who trust you forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle
for justice and peace, your presence in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in your realm which
has no end.
Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto you. Amen.
Article V – Membership
Section 1. Classes of Membership. There shall be two classes of members: active and
A. Active Members. The Active Members of this church shall be those persons who have been
received by the church and who have given assent to the covenant of the Church.
Associate members are Active Members whose routine living circumstances compel them to live
seasonally in communities at such great distances apart from each other that a formal connection
with a separate Church in each of those distant communities is appropriate and desirable.
Associate Members shall enjoy all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of other Active
(1) Reception. Persons having conversed with the Pastor about the meaning of Church
Membership, and commended by him/her to the Diaconate, shall be received at a communion service
or at some other time as appointed by the church.
Any who are unable to attend in public may, upon recommendation of the Diaconate, be received in
absentia. Members may be received in any one of the following ways:
(a) by confession of faith and baptism, if not previously baptized.
Associate members are received through reaffirmation of faith.
(b) by presentation of a satisfactory letter of transfer from another church.
(c) on reaffirmation of faith, if a letter is not available.
(2) Termination. The continuance of membership shall be subject to the principles and
usage of the United Church of Christ, and especially as follows:
Any active member who desires a letter of transfer and recommendation to another church is
entitled to receive it upon request. This letter shall be valid as a recommendation for one
year only from its date, unless renewed, and this restriction shall be stated in the letter.
The right to vote shall be suspended when a letter is granted, and membership shall terminate
upon notice of acceptance into another church or at the end of one year, if inquiry fails to
give ground for renewal. General letters addressed to no particular church shall not be
If a member desires to join a religious body with which this church is not in fellowship; or
which would not receive its letter, the church shall, upon request, issue the member a
certificate of standing, and membership shall terminate upon receipt of notice that said
member has been received into the body to which the certificate was given, or at the expiration
of one year from the date of such certificate.
If, because of change of faith or belief, a member in regular standing asks in writing to be
released from covenant obligations, the church shall endeavor patiently to secure the member's
continuance in its fellowship. Failing in such effort, the church shall grant the request and
terminate such membership and so notify the person in writing.
An associate member is not eligible to receive a letter of transfer or certificate of standing.
B. Inactive Members. Inactive members of the church shall be those members whose addresses
have been long unknown or who for a period of two years, in spite of kindly approaches, have not
communicated with the church or contributed to its support. Such members may be transferred, by
action of the Diaconate, to an inactive list. Persons whose membership has been transferred to
the inactive list may, upon evidence of renewed interest, be restored to the active list by the
Section 2. Responsibilities. Members are expected to faithfully live the Christian life;
to attend regularly the services of the church; to contribute through pledging and/or service to
its support and its missions; to share in its organizational work and to seek diligently the
spiritual welfare of all people. These expectations/responsibilities should be taken seriously.
Article VI – Religious Services
Section 1. Worship.
A. Services of worship shall be held at given hours each Sunday, except when temporarily suspended
by vote of the church.
B. The sacrament of the Lord's Supper shall be celebrated on the first Sunday of each month,
except at other times as the minister or the Diaconate may decide.
C. Baptism shall be administered at such times as the minister or the Diaconate may appoint.
Section 2. Education.
This church shall support a church school. It shall be the purpose of the church school to lead
its members into an increasing experience of fellowship with God and in the development of a
character which shall be genuinely and consistently Christian in all human relationships. It
will endeavor to develop interest in the Church and increasing desire and ability to participate
in its life and work.
Section 3. Other services for worship, inspiration, prayer, study, and fellowship may be
held as determined by the church.
Article VII – Business Meetings
Section 1. The Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting shall be held late in January, on a date
determined at the preceding Annual Meeting, to elect officers and committee members and to
transact any other business that may legally come before it. Extraordinary business should be
posted with or included in the call a minimum of three weeks in advance of the date of the meeting.
The report of all officers, boards, standing committees, special committees, and auxiliary
organizations shall be made in writing, and a copy shall be filed with the clerk on or before
January First, except those of the treasurer of the church and the treasurer of mission funds,
which shall be due January 15. The reports may then be prepared in printed form for the meeting.
Section 2. Special Meetings. Special church meetings shall be called by the clerk upon the
direction of the minister, the Church Cabinet, the Diaconate, or upon written request of five adult
members. The nature of the business shall be stated in the call, which shall be posted at least
three weeks in advance of the date of the meeting. Adequate note of such meetings shall be sent
to the membership.
Section 3. Quorum. Twenty percent of the active membership shall constitute a quorum for
the transaction of business at the Annual Meeting or any special meeting.
Article VIII – Officers, Assistants, and Duties
Section 1. Officers and Assistants.
The officers shall consist of a minister, a clerk, a treasurer, a treasurer of missions fund, an
historian, and a moderator. There shall be an assistant treasurer.
An officer who has been designated as supervisor of a paid member of the church staff shall, with
the guidance of the Personnel Committee, develop a functional job description for the staff member
and conduct an annual performance review of the staff member.
Section 2. All officers and assistants, except the minister, shall be elected by ballot at
the Annual Meeting and shall hold office for two years, or until the successors are elected and
Section 3. Any vacancies shall be filled by the Nominating Committee with the approval of
the Church Cabinet. Replacement officers and assistants shall serve the remainder of their
predecessors' unfulfilled terms. Other officers, assistants, and committees may be elected
or appointed as the Church Cabinet shall determine.
Section 4. Minister.
A. Selection. The selection of a minister rests entirely with the church members who shall
make a choice by a two-thirds vote of the members present at a special meeting called for that
purpose. The minister shall be elected for an indefinite period and may be removed from office
by the church or may dissolve the relationship voluntarily. In order to terminate this
relationship, two months' written notice stating such intention shall be given by either
party, unless shorter notice is mutually agreed upon.
B. The Call to the Minister. In the call, the terms of the relationship shall be stated,
including the agreement of the church to participate in the Annuity Plan of the United Church of
Christ, the Conference Group Health Insurance Program, and other terms agreed between the
candidate and the Pastoral Committee. The minister, the church, the Association, and the
Conference executive each shall receive a copy of the call. When a minister accepts a call to
this church, the church and s/he shall join in requesting that the Association arrange for a
service of installation or recognition.
A report of this service shall be signed by the proper officer of the Association and by the
Conference executive, and copies shall be sent to the secretary of the United Church of Christ
and to the Council for Church and Ministry.
C. Duties. The minister shall be in charge of the spiritual welfare of the church with
the assistance of the Diaconate and shall seek to enlist persons as followers of Jesus Christ,
lead worship, and preach the Gospel. The minister shall administer the sacraments and be in
charge of all services of public worship, and administer the activities of the church in
cooperation with the various boards and committees. The minister shall be ex-officio on and an
advisory member of all boards and committees.
D. When the Church is Without a Minister. When a relationship with a minister has been
terminated, the Church Cabinet shall make all necessary arrangements to fill the interim vacancy
and appoint a Pastoral Committee, which shall be approved by a vote of the church at a Business
Meeting. It shall be the responsibility of the Pastoral Committee to seek a candidate for the
office of minister. The Pastoral Committee shall present to the church the name of the candidate
it recommends to fill the vacancy. Nominations to the pastoral office must lie over one week
before action can be taken on them. A favorable vote by a majority of the church members present
and voting at a Business Meeting constitutes a call.
E. An associate or assistant minister may be chosen in the same manner as the minister was
chosen. The duties of an associate or assistant minister shall be defined by the minister and the
Section 5. Clerk.
The clerk shall cast one ballot for the Officers and Committee Members as nominated by the
Nominating Committee. The clerk shall keep a faithful record of the proceedings of the church.
S/He shall keep a register with addresses of the members and modes of their reception and removal.
S/He shall keep a record of all baptisms, marriages, and funerals performed in the church or
parsonage and, when performed in any other place, by a pastor representing this church. S/He shall
issue letters of transfer, notifying the churches to which they are addressed, preserve on file all
communications and written official reports, give legal notices of all meetings when such notices
are necessary, conduct all correspondence so far as this is not otherwise provided for, and perform
such other duties as are prescribed by law.
Section 6. Treasurer. The treasurer shall oversee all receivables, payables, and payroll.
The treasurer shall hold all money and keep suitable books of accounts. S/He shall ensure that all
monies are deposited in such banking institutions as shall be approved by the Board of Trustees.
S/He shall make monthly written financial reports in detail of receipts and disbursements as directed
by the Board of Trustees. At each Annual Meeting of the church, the treasurer shall report in detail
the financial condition of the church, including all its invested funds. If so required by the Board
of Trustees, s/he shall furnish a bond.
The treasurer shall be assisted by the assistant treasurer and may appoint additional assistants. The
treasurer may appoint paid employees of the church as assistants with the approval of the employees'
supervisors. The treasurer shall delegate the following duties to assistants to ensure proper financial
A. Receivables. A treasurer's assistant shall be responsible for receivables, collecting
all monies due to the church on pledges and free will offerings, and shall prepare statements of the
nature and purpose of the collection for the treasurer and treasurer of mission funds.
B. Payables. A treasurer's assistant shall be responsible for payables, receiving all
requests for payment and preparing checks for signature in payment of same.
C. Payroll. A treasurer's assistant shall be responsible for payroll, preparing paychecks
and withholding taxes.
Checks shall be signed by the Trustees as provided in Article X, Section 3.
The treasurer shall delegate the routine handling of receivables and payables to different assistants
to ensure proper financial control.
Section 7. Assistant Treasurer. The assistant treasurer shall assist the treasurer. The
assistant treasurer shall assume responsibility for duties delegated by the treasurer to ensure proper
financial control. The assistant treasurer shall serve as treasurer pro tem when the treasurer is not
Section 8. Treasurer of Mission Funds. The treasurer of mission funds shall receive from the
treasurer a statement of the nature and purpose of the collection made. The treasurer of mission
funds shall be an ex officio member of the Outreach Committee and shall make an annual report, in
detail, to the Church.
Section 9. Moderator. The Moderator shall preside at the Annual Meeting, at Church Cabinet
meetings, and at all other meetings of the church in its corporate capacity. If, for any reason,
the moderator is unable to serve at any meeting, a moderator pro temp may be elected.
Section 10. Historian. The historian shall serve also as archivist. As archivist, s/he shall
collect and arrange non-current records of the church and see to their preservation and safe storage.
As historian, s/he shall be kept informed about the themes and topics central to, or illustrated by,
the church's records, and shall work cooperatively with the minister and the clerk to make and
preserve accurate, informative records. The historian also shall provide an annual report of the state
of the records and the care being given them.
Article IX – Church Cabinet
Section 1. Organization. The Church Cabinet shall be composed of the following: the minister,
the moderator (who shall be chairperson), the clerk of the church, the treasurer, the treasurer of
mission funds, the historian, and a representative of each organization, committee, and board within the
Section 2. Duties. The Church Cabinet shall coordinate the work of the church, its committees and
boards. It shall be the policy-making body of the church and shall be responsible for resolving issues
brought before it by the committees. The Church Cabinet shall designate one officer or committee as
supervisor for each paid member of the church staff.
Article X – Boards and Committees
Section 1A. The Boards and Committees shall be: a Diaconate, a Board of Trustees, a
Christian Outreach Committee, a Christian Education Committee, a Music Committee, a Personnel
Committee, a Board of Ushers, a Flower Committee, a Nominating Committee, a Stewardship
Committee, a Pastor-Parish Relations Committee, a Membership Committee, and whatever other committees may be
appointed or elected. All Committee Meetings except those of the Personnel Committee and
Pastor-Parish Relations Committee are considered as open meetings to Church Members.
Committees may conduct teleconferences and videoconferences provided that minutes are
recorded and that such meetings comply with the open meeting provisions of these bylaws.
If a meeting has no physical presence at the church, a means by which Church Members can
participate shall be made available, and any necessary telephone number, web address, or
other connection information shall be publicized. Committees may hold discussions by
email and vote by email provided that the matter is either uncomplicated or has previously
been discussed in a meeting and that all committee members approve. The chair shall
preserve all email messages that represent votes, and the results of email votes shall be
entered into the minutes of the subsequent meeting.
Section 1B. A committee that has been designated as supervisor of a paid member of the
church staff shall, with the guidance of the Personnel Committee, develop a functional job
description for the staff member and conduct an annual performance review of the staff member.
Section 1C. Any vacancies shall be filled by the Nominating Committee with the
approval of the Church Cabinet. Replacement committee members shall serve until the subsequent
Annual Meeting. The Nominating Committee shall then nominate a candidate to serve the remainder
of the unfulfilled term. No member of a committee other than the Board of Ushers and the Flower
Committee shall be eligible for reelection for one year after having served two consecutive full
Section 2. Diaconate
A. Organization. The Diaconate shall consist of eight members, all of whom must be church members.
Four members shall be elected at each Annual Meeting of the church to serve a two-year term.
The Diaconate may also appoint one youth for a term of one or two years. The Board shall organize by
the election of a chairperson and a secretary.
B. Duties. It shall be the duty of the Diaconate to cooperate with the minister in ministering to
the spiritual needs of the church and the community. The members of the Diaconate shall prepare and
assist in the administration of the sacraments. The entire board shall assist in caring for the poor,
the sick, the sorrowing, the uninvolved, and the stranger. They shall have sole jurisdiction over the
Living Memorial Fund.
They may propose applicants for membership to the church and assist the minister by sharing with
prospective members their hopes and expectations in becoming members of this church. They shall join
with the minister in support of those who wish to take this step. They shall consult with the clerk
and make an annual check of the church membership roll and report any revisions to the church at the
The Diaconate shall develop and maintain a functional job description of the Pastor's duties and
responsibilities. The Diaconate shall
undertake annually an evaluation of the pastor and the ministry of the church.
One member shall represent the Diaconate on the Church Cabinet.
Section 3. Board of Trustees.
A. Organization. The Board of Trustees shall consist of seven members, five of
whom must be church members. Two or three members of the board shall be elected by
the church at each Annual Meeting to serve a three-year term. The Board of Trustees
may also appoint one youth for a term of one or two years. The Board of Trustees
shall organize by the election of a chairperson and a secretary.
B. Duties. The financial affairs of the church, other than mission funds and
the Living Memorial Fund, shall be vested in the Board of Trustees. They shall have
the care and custody of the property of the church as a sacred trust, whether real or
personal, in accordance with the provisions of the Articles of Incorporation and these
bylaws. The Trustees shall recommend to each Annual Meeting of the church a budget
for the ensuing year. The Trustees shall oversee the church investments.
The Trustees shall develop a written policy for the approval of payments. All orders
upon the treasurer for the payment of bills, salaries, current expenses, or otherwise,
must be approved by the Trustees in conformance with that policy.
All bequests to the church, whether so specified or not, shall be held as invested funds
until otherwise voted by the church.
The Trustees shall have no power to buy, sell, mortgage, lease, or transfer any real
property without specific authority by vote of the church.
The Trustees shall oversee the preparation of annual Financial Statements in accordance
with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). This compilation of the financial
statements shall be performed by either an internal expert such as the Treasurer, or a
third party Certified Public Accountant, at the discretion of the Trustees. A review
of internal controls shall be performed by a Certified Public Accountant each time the
Treasurer is replaced, or every 3 years, whichever comes first.
One member shall represent the Trustees on the Church Cabinet.
Section 4. Christian Outreach Committee
A. Organization. The Christian Outreach Committee shall consist of at least seven members,
two or three of whom shall be elected at each Annual Meeting of the church to serve a
three-year term. The others by virtue of their office shall be: the minister and the
treasurer of mission funds. The Christian Outreach Committee may also appoint one
youth for a term of one or two years. The committee shall organize by the selection of
a chair and a secretary and shall hold meetings regularly, the aim being to secure
representation on this board of all people naturally concerned with missions.
B. Duties. The committee shall have charge and supervision of all incomes received
from any source for missions. It shall be its duty to suggest the annual budget for
wider missions and to oversee all matters of apportionment of funds for missions.
[Wider missions is understood to mean the work of the church in all parts of the world,
apart from the local church program, namely in the Massachusetts Conference, the nation,
and the world – both denominationally and interdenominationally.] Subject to any
direction the church may give, it shall direct the distribution of mission funds. It
shall promote missionary interest and systematic giving to Our Christian World Mission.
It shall seek to inculcate the ideals of Christian stewardship.
The committee shall have the function to study certain social problems in the light of
the Christian faith, to keep the church informed about said problems, and, where deemed
necessary, to present a program of action.
Recognizing that Christian stewardship is a practice of systematic and proportionate
giving of time, abilities, and material possessions, based on the conviction that these
are a trust from God; the committee shall make a study of the Church congregation and
shall encourage actual commitments of time, talents, and money from each and all whose
name appears on our membership roll.
One member shall represent the Christian Outreach Committee on the Church Cabinet.
Section 5. Christian Education Committee
A. Organization. The Christian Education Committee shall consist of six members,
two of whom shall be elected at each Annual Meeting of the church to serve a three-year
term. The Christian Education Committee may also appoint one youth for a term of one
or two years.
B. Duties. The Christian Education Committee shall plan, coordinate, and
implement all Christian education programs and activities for children and adults of
the church and shall perform an annual review of the Christian Education Coordinator.
One member shall represent the Christian Education Committee on the Church Cabinet.
Section 6. Music Committee
A. Organization. The Music Committee shall consist of six members, two
of whom shall be elected at each Annual Meeting of the church to serve a
three-year term. The Music Committee may also appoint one youth for a term of
one or two years.
B. Duties. The Music Committee shall oversee the church music program.
In conjunction with the music director, the minister, and the Board of Trustees,
the Music Committee will approve the use of the sanctuary by outside music groups
upon application. The Music Committee, in conjunction with the minister, is
responsible for hiring an organist/choir director and any other personnel
involved with the church music when a vacancy occurs.
A yearly budget for the music program shall be submitted to the Board of Trustees.
Regular meetings shall be held to coordinate all church music activities.
One member shall represent the Music Committee on the Church Cabinet.
Section 7. Personnel Committee
A. Organization. The Personnel Committee shall consist of at least four
members, one or two of whom shall be elected at each Annual Meeting of the church
to a three-year term. The committee shall organize by selection of a chair and
shall meet at least twice a year with the Minister and staff members, and at other
times as necessary. The committee is given discretionary authority to maintain
the confidentiality of its discussions guided by the policies and procedures of
the United Church of Christ and applicable legal entities.
B. Duties. The Personnel Committee shall support and advise staff members,
without a supervisory role. The committee may act as mediator in situations of
conflict between or among staff members other than the minister, other committees,
and other members of the congregation, if asked to do so by any party. The
committee shall oversee the church's compliance with employment and tax laws
and recognized compensation guidelines and act as a resource on employment issues
to other committees who are responsible for overseeing staff members. The
Personnel Committee shall guide officers and committees that supervise paid members
of the church staff in developing functional job descriptions and conducting annual
performance reviews for the staff members.
One member shall represent the Personnel Committee on the Church Cabinet.
Section 8. Board of Ushers
A. Organization: The Board of Ushers shall consist of twelve members who
shall be elected at each Annual Meeting of the church to serve a one-year term.
The Board of Ushers shall meet at least once per year and shall organize by the
election of a chairperson.
B. Duties: The Board of Ushers shall have charge of ushering at all
religious services of the church. The board shall coordinate with the minister
and with the Diaconate in the conduct of services. The board shall be responsible
for counting all monies offered at worship services and conveying them to the
treasurer's assistant who is responsible for receivables.
Section 9. The Flower Committee
A. Organization. The Flower Committee shall consist of twelve members, four to
be elected each year for a term of three years. One member shall serve as chair and shall
be responsible for ordering flowers for Christmas and Easter as well as one of the twelve months.
B. Duties. The committee shall see that flowers are provided and arranged for the chancel
at the Sunday morning services and at any other service at which it would be appropriate to have
flowers. One member shall represent the committee on the Church Cabinet.
Section 10. The Nominating Committee
A. Organization. The Nominating Committee shall consist of six members appointed by
the Church Cabinet for a term of one year. These members shall be one representative each
from the Diaconate, the Board of Trustees, the Christian Outreach Committee, the Music Committee,
the Christian Education Committee, and the Stewardship Committee.
B. Duties. This committee shall present to the annual meeting of the church a list of
candidates for the offices and committees of the church and the name of a chair for the Old Sloop
Fair. These nominations shall be published in the church calendar on the Sunday preceding the
annual meeting. Additional nominations may be made from the floor at the annual meeting.
It also shall be the function of the Nominating Committee, in conjunction with the Church
Cabinet, to fill vacancies in church offices and committees occurring between annual meetings.
Section 11. Stewardship Committee
A. Organization. The stewardship committee shall consist of at least five members,
one or two of whom shall be elected at each Annual Meeting of the church to serve a
three-year term. The Stewardship Committee may also appoint one youth for a term of one
or two years.
B. Duties. It shall be the function of this committee to conduct the annual
Christian stewardship program to raise necessary funds for the operation of the church
and for its mission.
Section 12. Pastor-Parish Relations Committee
A. Organization. A Pastor-Parish Relations Committee shall consist of four members,
nominated by the minister and the Nominating Committee, one or two of whom shall be elected
at each Annual Meeting of the church to serve a three-year term. The committee is given
discretionary authority to maintain the confidentiality of its discussions guided by the
policies and procedures of the United Church of Christ and applicable legal entities.
B. Duties. The mission of the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee is to support and
maintain the relationship between the Pastor and members of the congregation by fostering
open and honest communication and mutual responsiveness to the needs of both in their
shared ministries. As an advisory group to the congregation and the Pastor, the committee
shares ideas, hopes, expectations, and concerns and interprets roles, functions and needs.
The committee will act as facilitators to resolve conflict involving the minister, offering
caring and constructive feedback.
Section 13. Membership Committee
A. Organization. The Membership Committee shall consist of six members, all of whom
must be members of the congregation. Three members shall be elected at each Annual Meeting
of the church to serve a two-year term. The Committee shall organize by the election of a
chairperson and a recording secretary.
B. Duties. The Membership Committee will seek to attract new people to the church
and will oversee publicity for the church. The Membership Committee will invite people to
consider entering into the Covenant of Membership and create opportunities for prospective
new members to discern the meaning of membership. The Membership Committee will seek to
deepen and maintain the involvement of the members of the congregation. The Membership
Committee will work with the Diaconate and other church groups to enhance a welcoming
vision within the life of the congregation to support church growth and vitality.
One member shall represent the committee on the Church Cabinet.
Article XI – Fiscal Year
The fiscal year shall be the calendar year.
Article XII – Bylaw Review
These bylaws shall be reviewed by a special committee, appointed by the Church Cabinet, at least every 5
Article XIII – Amendments
These bylaws may be amended at an annual meeting or at any special meeting called for that purpose by a
three-fourths vote of the church members present and voting.