Constitution

  Constitution  
    Article I: Location of Offices
  • ARTICLE I: Location of Offices

    The name of this corporation is Newtown Bible Church of Newtown, Connecticut. It is a Connecticut non-profit religious corporation with the principal office in Newtown, Connecticut.
    Article II: Mission
  • ARTICLE II: Mission

    Section 1. General Statement. This church exists to glorify God through worship and discipleship. Accordingly, a biblical understanding of God's nature and character is essential. Therefore, the primary purposes of this church are to help people understand: 1) The holiness of God; 2) Ourselves and our need for repentance; 3) God’s forgiveness and our need for restoration; and 4) The necessity of willingly serving the true and living God.

    Paragraph A. Worship (Isa. 6:1-8; John 4:23-24). Worship deals exclusively with God and is the most essential activity in which the Church and individual believers are involved. In worship the Church centers its attention upon God and praises and glorifies the Lord for who and what He is.

    Paragraph B. Discipleship. Discipleship deals with our human relationships and is defined in Matt. 28:18-20 where our risen Lord commanded that we “make disciples of all the nations.”

    (1) Evangelism (Matt. 5:13-16; 28:18-20; Luke 24:46-47; Acts 1:8). Discipleship begins with proclaiming the good news of the forgiveness of sins in Jesus Christ. Therefore, this church must train believers in evangelism so they will be equipped to clearly communicate the Gospel to the lost.

    (2) Baptism (Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38; 8:36-39; Rom. 6:1-11). Baptism by immersion is a believer's solemn and beautiful proclamation of their faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior and union with Him in death to sin and resurrection to a new life. This ordinance is administered to those who profess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and evidence the fruit of repentance in their lives.

    (3) Edification (Matt. 28:20; Rom. 12:1-8; 1 Cor. 3:5-15, ch. 12-14; Eph. 4:7-16; Col. 1:9-10;
    2 Tim. 2:2; 1 Pet. 4:7, 10-11). Edification is the means by which Christians grow and become more like the Savior. The two agents used in edification are God's word (John 17:17; Acts 20:32) and ourselves as Spirit gifted believers (1 Cor. 12:7). Christians must study and exercise their spiritual gifts for the benefit of the Church so all believers may mature and properly participate in church life.

    (4) Fellowship (Acts 2:41-47; Heb. 10:24-25). Fellowship promotes love, affection, unity 1
    Article III: Statement of Faith
  • ARTICLE III: Statement of Faith

    The Statement of Faith of this church is on file at its principal office in Newtown, Connecticut.
    ARTICLE IV: Corporate Membership
  • ARTICLE IV: Corporate Membership

    Section 1. Corporate Members. The Corporation shall have no members apart from the elders. The elders may confer and revoke at their discretion some or all of the rights of a corporate member upon any person or persons who are not actually corporate members and who do not have the right to vote for the election of officers or on a disposition of substantially all of the assets of the Corporation or on a merger or on a dissolution or on changes to this constitution, but no such person shall be a corporate member.

    Section 2. Members of the Fellowship. Nothing contained in Section 1 of this Article shall be construed to limit the right of the Corporation to refer to persons associated with it as “members,” even though such persons are not corporate members and no such reference in or outside of this constitution shall constitute anyone other than the elders as being a corporate member. All rights that would otherwise vest in the members shall vest in the elders. Those admitted to church membership do not constitute a legislative body, nor do they constitute members in the Corporation and they cannot vote, pass resolutions binding upon the Corporation, nor shall they have any equity in the real property of the Corporation, or rights to vote on its disposal. Said property of the Corporation is dedicated to religious and charitable purposes.
    ​ARTICLE V: Church Membership
  • ARTICLE V: Church Membership

    Section 1. Purpose of the Fellowship. The congregation of Christian believers at Newtown Bible Church shall constitute a spiritual body united for the spiritual purposes set forth in Article II of this constitution.

    Section 2. Eligibility for Active Membership. Active membership in Newtown Bible Church shall be open to all who confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, who manifest a life transformed by the power of Christ and who have been baptized by immersion upon profession of faith.

    Section 3. Confirmation Privileges. Membership in this church shall not vest any person with any proprietary rights in the Corporation, but shall only entitle the member to confirm those matters submitted to the church membership by the elders. Confirmation privileges are restricted to members who are not under any disciplinary action and who have passed their eighteenth (18) birthday. Such declarations are not binding upon the elders or the Corporation, but are used to communicate the opinion of the membership and assist the elders in the discernment of God’s will. Members shall not vote by absentee or proxy ballot. Membership shall not be assignable inter vivos by any member nor shall membership vest to any personal representative, heir, or devisee.

    Section 4. Applications for Membership. All requests for membership shall be made to an elder. Upon making such a request, the applicant shall be enrolled in a class for prospective members wherein they will have the opportunity to review the Statement of Faith and this Constitution. After completing the class the prospective member shall meet with the elders for a personal interview where they shall express their hearty agreement with the Statement of Faith and Constitution and testify of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Section 5. Denial of Membership. If, after meeting with a prospective member, the elders determine that the applicant does not confess Jesus Christ as his/her Lord and Savior, or that there is lack of evidence of a godly lifestyle, membership shall be denied. The decision made by the elders shall be final and there shall be no appeal to any court from the decision.

    Section 6. Admission of Applicants. Applicants for membership shall, if possible, present themselves at a worship service designated by the elders, at which service such applicants shall be admitted to membership after publicly testifying of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and affirming their membership commitment.

    Section 7. Responsibilities of Members. Members shall seek to glorify God, exercise their spiritual gifts for the mutual benefit of the Church and submit to the loving rule of the elders.

    Section8. Termination of Membership. ParagraphA. Ways of Termination.

    (1) Death. When a member of the church dies, his/her name shall be removed from the membership roll.

    (2) Transfer. When requested, the elders may grant to a member a letter of commendation to another church. No such letter may be given to a member who is under church discipline. The elders may refuse to send a letter of commendation to any church which in their judgment is disloyal to the word of God or does not exercise godly care over its members.

    (3) Resignation. Membership in this church is voluntarily and jointly initiated and entered into by individual Christians and Newtown Bible Church according to the procedures described in Section 4 of this Article. Accordingly, members may not terminate their membership unilaterally under all circumstances. As a general rule, a person may resign from membership in Newtown Bible Church, but the member should first consult with the elders. However, a resignation offered by a person under church discipline will be regarded as invalid and the church may proceed in accordance with the procedures outlined in Article V.8.A.4. and 5. of this constitution.

    (4) Church Discipline.

    (a) The purpose of church discipline is to effect a return to a biblical standard of conduct and doctrine in a Christian who errs (Gal. 6:1), to maintain purity in the Church (1 Cor. 5:6) and to deter sin (1 Tim. 5:20). Anyone professing to be a Christian and identifying with this local church, whether a member or not, is eligible for church discipline. Resignation of membership, no longer attending this church or refusal to meet with those involved in any of the stages listed in Article V.8.A.4.b. of this document will not prevent this process from continuing and the church from rendering a decision based upon the testimony available.

    (b) Christians associating with this church who err in doctrine or conduct shall be subject to dismissal according to Matt. 18:15-18. Before dismissal however, it is the duty of any Christian of this church who has knowledge of a believer's error regarding doctrine or misconduct to warn and correct such erring Christian in private, seeking his/her repentance and restoration. If said erring believer does not heed this first warning then the warning Christian shall again go to the erring Christian accompanied by one or two believers, preferably elders, as witnesses. The one or two witnesses shall examine the warning believer, the accused and the charges to determine if in fact the accused is erring according to doctrine or conduct. If the accusations are false or mistaken then no further disciplinary action will be taken and the warning believer shall seek the forgiveness of the one accused. If the accusations are accurate then the warning believer and the witnesses shall warn and correct the erring believer a second time, seeking his/her repentance and restoration. If, after this second warning, the erring believer is found to be stirring up dissension by being a factious person he/she may be immediately excluded from the congregation according to Titus 3:10-11. If said erring Christian is not being factious, but still refuses to heed the first and second warnings, then the elders, upon careful and prayerful investigation, shall tell it to the church and encourage the believers to seek the repentance and restoration of the erring believer. If said erring believer refuses to heed the three warnings of the first believer, the elders and the whole church, he/she shall be publicly dismissed from the church.

    (c) This process will continue to conclusion whether the erring believer leaves this church or otherwise seeks to withdraw from membership to avoid the discipline process. There shall be no appeal to any court from such a decision. If at any point in this process said erring Christian heeds the warning and demonstrates repentance, he/she shall be restored to fellowship.

    (5) Removal from Church Membership. A member who shall be absent from the services of this church for a period of six (6) months, without plausible reason or excuse, shall be removable from membership at the discretion of the elders. A reasonable effort shall be made by the elders to notify them in writing of such action.

    Paragraph B. Implications of Termination.

    (1) Newtown Bible Church does not exist in isolation from the universal Church of Christ which is composed of all true churches. Accordingly, open and forthright communication among churches is vital for the purity, peace, edification and unity of the Church universal. Therefore, the elders may, at their discretion, disclose to the members of Newtown Bible Church and to other churches the circumstances under which a person’s membership was terminated.

    (2) Newtown Bible Church does not exist in isolation from society at large. Accordingly, it has a moral obligation to act with integrity and maintain its testimony before the civil authorities and society in general. Therefore, the elders may, at their discretion, disclose to anyone outside ecclesiastical circles the circumstances under which a person’s membership was terminated.

    (3) Termination of membership does not give license to former members to sow discord, spread false teachings or slander, or to engage in any behavior which threatens the peace and unity of this church and the Church universal. Accordingly, when it is established that a former member is behaving divisively, the elders may issue whatever warnings they deem appropriate to preserve the peace and harmony of this congregation and the Church universal.


    Section 9. Meetings of the Membership.

    Paragraph A. Regular Meetings. A regular annual meeting of the church members shall be held at the principal office no later than March 31 of each year. At such meeting, the members shall consider reports of the affairs of the Corporation and transact such other business as the elders determine shall be brought before the meeting, including but not limited to the recognition of the appointments made by the elders of those who shall serve as elders, and the recognition of the appointment of those qualified in the diaconate.

    Paragraph B. Special Meetings. The elders may call special meetings of the members at any time.

    Paragraph C. Notice of Meetings. Notice of regular meetings shall be published in the church bulletin and announced from the pulpit for two (2) successive Sundays prior to the meeting. Notice of special meetings shall be published in the church bulletin on the Sunday immediately preceding the meeting and given from the pulpit at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.
    ​ARTICLE VI: Elders
  • ARTICLE VI: Elders

    Section 1. Qualifications. Each elder must be an active member of this church and possess the qualifications described in 1 Tim. 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9. He shall be ...

    A. One who desires the office.
    He has a great desire to serve the Church as an overseer.

    B. Blameless; above reproach.
    Accusations against him are baseless and there are no hidden sins.

    C. The husband of one wife; a one-woman man. He has single-minded dedication to his wife.

    D. One who rules his own house well and with dignity.
    His wife is submitted to his leadership and his children are faithful, not accused of rebellion to God or disobedience.

    E. Self-controlled,temperate,sober.
    He has mastered his appetites and desires.

    F. Sensible, sane, of sound mind. He is in his right mind.

    G. Well behaved, orderly, decent.
    He is known for his good behavior.

    H. Given to hospitality.
    He is hospitable to friends and strangers alike.

    I. Forbearing, considerate, moderate, gentle.
    He is attentive and understanding with others.

    J. Peaceable; not quick-tempered, inclined to anger, pugnacious nor violent. He seeks peace and is not easily provoked.

    K. Loves goodness and what is good.
    He loves people of good character and things of good quality.

    L. Has a good reputation with those outside the Church.
    His good character is consistent in every area of life and recognized even by unbelievers.

    M. Just, righteous.
    He makes fair and impartial judgments based on righteousness.

    N. Holy, devout, pious.
    He strives to avoid sin and live righteously.

    O. Apt to teach.
    He is teachable and able to teach, exhort and persuade believers and refute false
    teaching.

    P. One who holds firmly to the faithful word and teaches it.
    He is loyal to and teaches the word of God and sound theology.

    Q. Not a drunkard or given to drink.
    He is neither a habitual nor excessive drinker of alcohol.

    R. Not greedy or covetous; not a lover of money; not fond of sordid gain.
    He does not pursue materialistic accumulation of wealth and possessions.

    S. Not a new convert; not a novice.
    He has been a Christian long enough for his godly character to be evident to all.

    T. Not arrogant or self-willed.
    He is humble and prefers others before himself.


    Section 2. Responsibilities.

    Paragraph A. Sphere and Limits of Their Authority.
    The sphere and limits of the elder's authority is defined in the word of God. The eldership, as a body, is authorized and responsible to give comprehensive oversight to the Church (Acts 20:28; 1 Pet. 5:1-3), including the preaching and teaching of the whole council of God (Acts 20:20-21, 27; Titus 1:9), the watching out for the welfare of the soul of every Christian (Eph. 4:11-13; Col. 1:28; 1 Thes. 2:11; Heb. 13:17) and the directing of the Church in all its tasks (1 Tim. 3:4-5). Nonetheless, the elders must exercise this authority with sensitivity to the congregation (Acts 6:5) and in the posture of servants and examples to it (Matt. 20:25-28; 1 Pet. 5:3). Therefore, according to the examples found in Acts 6 & 15, the elders should seek the support of the congregation respecting any major endeavor. They should consider congregational input when to do so would serve the interests of the Church and would not involve the elders in sinful relinquishment of their God-given responsibilities or authority.

    Paragraph B. Related Powers. Subject to the limitations of this constitution and of pertinent restrictions of Connecticut State Law, all the activities and affairs of the Corporation shall be exercised by or under the direction of the elders. Without prejudice to such general powers, but subject to the same limitations, it is hereby expressly declared that the elders shall have the following powers in addition to those enumerated thus far in this constitution:

    (1) To select and remove all officers, agents, pastors, staff and employees of the Corporation, and prescribe such duties for them consistent with the Bible, law and/or this constitution, as they may deem best.

    (2) To make such disbursements from the funds and properties of the Corporation as are required to fulfill the purposes of this corporation as are more fully set out in Article II of this constitution. To generally conduct, manage and control the activities and affairs of the Corporation and to make such rules and regulations consistent with the Bible, law and/or this constitution, as they may deem best.

    (3) To adopt, make and use a corporate seal and to alter the form of such a seal from time to time as they may deem best.

    (4) To establish policies and practices for the church consistent with the purposes of this corporation.

    (5) To administrate the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
    (6) To carry on a business in which it may legally engage and apply any such proceeds that result from the business as they see fit.

    Section 3. Number of Elders and Tenure of Office. Since the Church should endeavor to recognize all the men whom the Holy Spirit has endowed with the requisite graces, gifts and sanctified desire, the number of elders shall not be fixed. These may all continue in office as long as they remain qualified, able and willing to serve.

    Section 4. Plurality of Elders. The Scripture teaches that normally there should be a plurality of elders in each local assembly (Acts 14:23, 16:4, 20:17; Titus 1:5; James 5:14). Therefore, the Church should endeavor to discover and formally recognize all the men whom the Holy Spirit has endowed with the requisite graces and gifts, but only such men. If, in the providence of God, Newtown Bible Church were to have only one elder, they should pray fervently that God would raise up others. The sole elder should seek spiritual oversight for himself and his family from the eldership of a church with which we have like-minded fellowship. He should seek council from these spiritual overseers in matters of importance in the life of the Church. However, his use of such council neither deprives nor relieves him of the authority and responsibility of his office as elder in this church.

    Section 5. Nomination. Periodically the elders shall request that the congregation of Newtown Bible Church nominate men for the office of elder who are members of the church in good standing.

    Section 6. Candidacy, Examination & Recognition. All nominees for the office of elder shall be examined by the elders according to the qualifications found in Article VI.1. of this constitution. If the elders know of a reason why a nominee is not qualified they shall meet privately with him, explain their position regarding his lack of qualification(s) and remove him from the list of nominees. The elders shall then inquire whether the remaining nominees desire to serve the Church as an elder. A list of those that desire the office shall then be posted in alphabetical order for four consecutive weeks. Anyone knowing a reason why a nominee may not be qualified for the eldership shall privately and in person inform the elders of their concern(s) regarding a nominee's lack of qualification(s). The elders will then carefully examine the person bringing the charge, the charge itself and the nominee. If the charge is found to be accurate the nominee will be removed form the list of nominees. The remaining nominees shall become elder candidates and shall be examined, given oversight in areas corresponding to their giftedness and desires and be carefully observed by the elders. If, during this examination, a Candidate is found to not be qualified the elders shall explain their position regarding his lack of qualification(s) and remove him from the list of candidates. If, after this period of examination, the elders are convinced of the individual’s calling to the office he will be considered approved for the eldership. The final list of candidates approved by the elders shall be posted in alphabetical order at least two weeks prior to the annual meeting of the church members. At this meeting the slate of candidates shall be presented to the members to affirm the decision of the elders. Upon confirmation the candidates shall assume the office of elder.


    Section 7. Ordination of Elders. Ordination is the unanimous recognition by the elders of a man’s call to official Church ministry. After serving above reproach in the examination period as an elder candidate the existing elders will then establish an ordination board consisting of the elders of this church and elders of churches with which we are like-minded. The ordination board shall have no less than six (6) members. At a time designated by the elders, the ordination candidate shall defend the sound doctrine of the word of God and our Statement of Faith through both written and oral means. If the candidate fulfills the ordination requirements to the satisfaction of the ordination board, he shall be presented to the church membership at a special meeting called by the elders. This will be his official installation and ordination. Ordination shall be conferred for life, so long as the man continues to manifest the qualifications of the office of elder.

    Section 8. Licensing. The elders will issue a license to all elder candidates. Its aim is to allow a man to perform the ecclesiastical duties and functions of the Church. The elders may, at their discretion, also issue licenses to men whom they perceive as called to the gospel ministry. Licenses will be evaluated on a yearly basis and issued as the occasions arise.

    Section 9. Discipline of Elders. While elders are overseers of the flock they are also members of it. Therefore, each elder is under the oversight of his fellow elders and is subject to the same discipline as are all the members of the church according to Article V.8.A.3., 4. and 5., but elders must adhere to a more rigorous standard of conduct than other members according to Article VI.1.

    Section10. Termination o fOffice. Paragraph A. Reasons for Termination.

    (1) Voluntary Resignation. An elder may resign his office if for a good and valid reason he finds he is no longer able to discharge his duties with a good conscience. However, before such resignation will be accepted said elder shall confer with the remaining elders in order that they may come to unanimity on said elder’s resignation.

    (2) Non-culpable Incompetence. In cases where the elders determine that another elder is no longer competent to fulfill the duties of his office, by reason of infirmities not of themselves culpable, they shall explain their concerns to him and seek his resignation. If said elder does not agree with the assessment of the remaining elders, the elder will continue in office until the eldership reaches unanimity on the matter.

    (3) Church Discipline. An elder may be removed from office according to Section 9 of this Article.

    ParagraphB. Implications of Termination.

    (1) When a man leaves the office of elder he no longer retains the authority of that office and may no longer continue in its functions, privileges and titles in relation to this church, other churches and society at large.

    (2) It is expected that all former officers will respect the sanctity of the trust previously given to them and that they will maintain the confidentiality of all ecclesiastical matters as required by Scripture, this constitution, the Statement of Faith and the judgment of the existing elders.

    (3) A former officer may again be considered for office, but only in the manner prescribed by Sections 5 and 6 of this Article.


    Section 11. Meetings of the Elders.

    Paragraph A. Place of Meetings. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary provided in this constitution, any meeting of the elders of the Corporation may be held at any place within or without the State of Connecticut.

    Paragraph B. Regular Meetings. Regular meetings of the elders shall be held without call or notice on the first Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise modified by the elders.

    Paragraph C. Special Meetings. Any elder may call special meetings of the elders at any time. Special meetings of the elders shall be held upon four (4) days’ notice by e-mail or first class mail, or, a twenty-four (24) hour notice given personally or by telephone or other similar means of communication. Any such notice shall be addressed or delivered to each elder or at such elder’s address as it is shown upon the records of the Corporation or as may have been given to the Corporation by the elder for such purpose of notice.

    Paragraph D. Participation in Meetings by Conference Telephone. Elders may participate in a meeting through use of conference telephone or similar communications equipment, so long as all elders participating in such a meeting can hear one another.

    Paragraph E. Action without Meeting. Any action required or permitted to be taken by the elders may be taken without a meeting if all elders individually or collectively consent in writing to a duly prepared resolution to such action. Such consent or consents shall have the same effect as a unanimous decision of the elders and shall be documented by attaching the signed resolution with the minutes of proceedings of the elders.

    Section 12. Rights of Inspection. Every elder shall have absolute right at any reasonable time to inspect and copy all books, records and documents of every kind and to inspect the physical properties of the Corporation and also of its subsidiary organizations, if any, of which such person is an elder, for a purpose reasonably related to such person’s interest as an elder.

    Section 13. Decisions of the Elders. All decisions shall be reached after prayerful consideration by unanimous vote in a spirit of humility, with each elder regarding one another before himself.

    Paragraph A. Quorum. In cases of emergency where all the elders cannot meet together, be duly notified and are unable to give written consent of action according to Article VI.11.E., at least three- fourths (3/4) of the elders must be in attendance and come to unanimity on any issues.

    Section 14. Fees and Compensation. Elders may require financial support in order to fulfill their pastoral responsibilities. Although elders have a right to receive support from the Church, they may waive the right and support themselves (1 Cor. 9:6-12; 1 Tim. 5:17-18). The elders will determine the amount of compensation, but any person receiving support directly or indirectly from Newtown Bible Church shall not be in a position to determine the nature or amount of said support. If Newtown Bible Church has only one elder he shall call a meeting of all men in the church who are members in good standing to assist in determining the amount of his financial support, if any.

    Section 15. Councils and Committees. To promote efficient handling of matters, the elders may appoint various councils and committees from within its membership, the staff and the church at large. These councils and committees shall perform tasks solely in accordance with the duties and powers specifically delegated by the elders as per the examples in Acts 6 & 15. The general function of councils and committees are; A) to bring considered recommendations before the elders concerning ministries and, B) to provide a wider base of counsel to the elders having the oversight of specific ministries. All councils and committees shall exist for a period specified by the elders.
    ARTICLE VII: Deacons
  • ARTICLE VII: Deacons

    Section 1. Qualifications. The deacons shall be men who are members and who possess the qualifications described in 1 Tim. 3:8-13. A deacon shall be beyond reproach, a man of dignity, not double-tongued, not addicted to wine, not fond of sordid gain, one who holds to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience, a good manager of his children and household, and the husband of a wife who is dignified, not a malicious gossip, but temperate and faithful. Any man called to this office must be able to conscientiously affirm his agreement with our Statement of Faith and this constitution. Should he at any time change his convictions respecting these standards, he is under moral obligation to make this fact known to the elders.

    Section 2. Duties. Christ, the Head of His Church, has instituted the diaconate as an aid to the people of God in general. While the office of deacon is a serving rather than a governing office, God has promised special blessings to those who serve well as deacons. Deacons are responsible to administer the ordinary business, secular affairs and benevolent concerns of the Church so the elders may devote themselves without distraction to the biblical priorities of their office. Deacons must fulfill the duties of their office in cooperation with and under the oversight of the elders.

    Section 3. Number of Deacons and Tenure of Office. The number of deacons shall not be fixed. The church shall select as many as are needed for the work to be done from among the men who give evidence of having the biblical qualifications for the office.

    Section 4. Nomination. The nomination of deacons shall be done in the same manner as for the elders as set forth in Article VI.5. of this constitution.

    Section 5. Candidacy, Examination & Recognition. The candidacy of deacons shall be done in the same manner as for elders as set forth in Article VI.6. of this constitution except they shall be examined according to the qualifications in 1 Tim. 3:8-13 instead of Article VI.1. of this constitution. After having served above reproach the elders will present the candidate(s) to the church at a regular worship meeting. This will be his official installation into the office which shall be conferred for life, so long as he is able to serve and continues to manifest the qualifications of the office.

    Section 6. Discipline of Deacons. The discipline of deacons shall be the same as set forth in Article VI.9. of this constitution.

    Section7. Termination of Office.

    Paragraph A. Reasons for Termination. While the reasons given below are sufficient for termination of office, whether or not an individual leaves or is removed from the diaconate is at the discretion of the elders.

    (1) Voluntary Resignation. A deacon may resign his office if for good and valid reason he finds he is no longer able to discharge the duties of it with a good conscience.

    (2) Non-culpable Incompetence. In cases where the elders determine that a deacon is no longer competent to fulfill all the duties of his office, by reason of infirmities not of themselves culpable, they shall explain their concerns to him and obtain his resignation.

    (3) Church Discipline. A deacon may be removed from office through church discipline according to Section 6 of this Article.

    Paragraph B. Implications of Termination. The implications of termination are the same for deacons as set forth in Article VI.10.B.1., 2. and 3.

    Section 8. Fees and Compensation. Deacons (as such) as well as any elder appointed councils and committees shall not receive any stated or fixed salary for their services. However, nothing herein contained shall be construed to preclude any Deacon, council or committee member from serving the Corporation in any other capacity and receiving compensation. Any person receiving compensation directly or indirectly from Newtown Bible Church shall not be in a position to determine the nature or amount of said compensation.
    ​ARTICLE VIII: Officers of the Corporation
  • ARTICLE VIII: Officers of the Corporation

    Section 1. Officers. The officers of the Corporation shall be a Chairman, a Vice-Chairman, a Secretary, a Treasurer and a Financial Secretary. If there are less than five (5) members of the Corporation, the officers who exist will be responsible to fulfill the duties of the remaining offices, along with the responsibilities of their office. The Corporation may also have, at the discretion of the elders, other officers as may be appointed in accordance with Section 3 of this article.

    Section 2. Appointment. The officers of the Corporation, except such officers as may be appointed with the provisions of Section 3 of this article, shall be chosen annually and shall serve at the pleasure of the elders. Officers shall be selected from and made up of members of the elders. Each officer shall hold his office until he shall resign, be removed, or become otherwise disqualified to serve, or until his successor shall be appointed and qualified.

    Section 3. Subordinate Officers. The elders may appoint and may empower the Chairman to appoint, such other officers as the business of the Corporation may require, each of whom shall hold office for such period, have such authority and perform such duties as are provided in this constitution or as the elders may from time to time determine.

    Section 4. Vacancies. A vacancy in any office due to death, resignation, removal, disqualification, or any other cause shall be filled as the vacancy occurs and in the manner prescribed in this constitution for regular appointment to such office.

    Section 5. Inability to Act. In cases where officers or persons authorized by the Corporation to act in their place become unable to act, the elders may delegate the powers or duties of such officer to any other officer or other person whom the elders may select.

    Section 6. The Chairman. The Chairman shall be the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Corporation and shall, subject to the control of the remaining elders, have general supervision, direction and control of the activities and officers of the Corporation. He shall preside at all meetings of the elders, which are to be conducted according to scriptural principals as set forth in Phil. 2:2-8. He shall be an ex-officio member of all committees, if any, and shall have such powers and duties as may be prescribed by the elders or this constitution.

    Section 7. Vice-Chairman. In the absence or disability of the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman shall perform all the duties of the Chairman and when so acting shall have all the powers of and be subject to all the restrictions upon, the Chairman. The Vice-Chairman shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as from time to time may be prescribed for him by the remaining elders or this constitution.

    Section 8. Secretary. The Secretary shall keep, or cause to be kept, a book of minutes at the principal office or such other place as the remaining elders may order, of all meetings of the members, the elders and its committees, either the time and place of holding, whether regular or special and if special, how authorized, the notice thereof given, the names of those present at the meetings, the elders and committees’ meetings and the proceedings thereof. The Secretary shall keep, or cause to be kept, at the principal office in the State of Connecticut the original and a copy of the Corporation’s constitution, as amended to date. The Secretary shall give, or cause to be given, notice of all meetings of the elders and any committees thereof required by this constitution or by law to be given, shall keep the seal of the Corporation in safe custody and shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as prescribed by the remainder of the elders. The Secretary shall keep, or cause to be kept at the principal office of the Corporation, a church membership register, showing the names of the church members and their addresses.

    Section 9. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall keep and maintain, or cause to be kept and maintained, adequate and correct accounts of the properties and business transactions of the Corporation. The books of the accounts shall at all reasonable times be open to inspection by any elder. The Treasurer shall disburse the funds of the Corporation as may be ordered by the remaining elders, shall render to the elders, whenever they request it, an account of all his transactions and the financial condition of the Corporation and shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the remaining elders. He shall make the financial reports at each regular elder meeting and at the annual meeting of members.

    Section 10. Financial Secretary. The financial secretary shall collect, count, record and deposit in the church's accounts all offerings and gifts to the church. He shall not be assisted in any way by the treasurer nor be a member of the treasurer's immediate family or household. The financial secretary shall, each week, provide the treasurer with records and receipts of all offerings and gifts received and deposited. The financial secretary shall also keep separate and individual records of all who give to the Corporation. Annually in January, or as requested, the financial secretary shall provide each giver with a record of his/her gifts to the Corporation. The financial secretary shall also provide the treasurer and elders with reports annually, quarterly and as requested by the elders.
    ARTICLE IX: Settlement of Disputes
  • ARTICLE IX: Settlement of Disputes

    In any dispute arising between church members or staff pertaining to any matters of spiritual teaching or practices, church finances, or title to property purchased with church contributions, the dispute shall be resolved by the elders. A decision shall be reached after prayerful consideration in a spirit of humility, with each elder regarding one another before himself.
    ARTICLE X: Other Provisions
  • ARTICLE X: Other Provisions

    Section 1. Endorsement of Documents, Contracts. The elders, except as otherwise provided in this constitution, may authorize any officer or officers, agent or agents, to enter into any contract or execute any instrument in the name of and on behalf of the Corporation. Such authority may be general or confined to specific instances. Unless so authorized in writing by the elders, no officer, agent or employee shall have any power or authority to bind the Corporation by any contract agreement, or to pledge its credit, or to render it liable for any purpose or to any amount. Subject to the provisions of applicable law, any note, mortgage, evidence of indebtedness, contract, conveyance, or other instrument in writing and any assignment or endorsement thereof executed or entered into between this corporation and any other person, when signed jointly by the Chairman or Vice-Chairman and the Secretary and the Treasurer of this corporation shall be valid and binding on this corporation in the absence of actual knowledge on the part of the other person that the signing officers had no authority to execute the same.

    Section 2. Representation of Shares of Other Corporations. The Chairman or other officer or officers designated by the elders are each authorized to vote, represent and exercise on behalf of the Corporation all rights incident to any and all shares of any other corporations standing in the name of the Corporation. The authority herein granted may be exercised by any such officer in person or by any other person authorized to do so in proxy or power of attorney duly executed by said officer.

    Section 3. Construction and Definitions. Unless the context otherwise requires, the general provisions, rules of construction and definitions contained in the general provisions of the laws of the State of Connecticut binding upon religious non-profit corporations shall govern the construction of this constitution.

    Section 4. Amendments. This constitution may be amended and new and additional Articles and Sections may be made at any time by the elders in the exercise of the power granted to said elders in this constitution. Any amendment to this constitution shall be presented at the annual meeting of the church membership.

    Section 5. Record of Amendments. Whenever an amendment or new Article or Section is adopted, it shall be copied in the book of minutes with the original constitution, in the appropriate place. If any Article or Section is repealed, the fact of repeal with the date of the meeting at which the repeal was enacted or written assent was filed shall be stated in said book.
    ARTICLE XI: Receipt, Investment and Disbursement of Funds
  • ARTICLE XI: Receipt, Investment and Disbursement of Funds

    Section 1. Moneys and Properties. The Corporation shall receive all moneys or other properties transferred to it for the purposes for which the Corporation was formed. However, nothing contained herein shall require the elders to accept or receive any money or property of any kind if it shall determine in its discretion that receipt of such money or property is contrary to the expressed purposes of the Corporation expressed in this constitution

    Section 2. Disbursement of Funds and Properties. The Corporation shall hold, manage and disburse any funds or properties received by it from any source in a manner that is consistent with the expressed purposes of this corporation. All checks, drafts, demands for money and notes of the Corporation shall be signed by such officer or officers, agent or agents, as the elders may from time to time designate.
    ARTICLE XII: Corporate Records and Accounts
  • ARTICLE XII: Corporate Records and Accounts

    Section 1. Records. The Corporation shall maintain adequate and correct accounts, books and records of its business and properties. All such books, records and accounts shall be kept at its principal place of business in the State of Connecticut, as fixed by the elders.

    Section 2. Audit. A certified public accountant shall annually audit the accounts and business transactions of the Corporation. This report shall be presented to the members of the church at the regular annual meeting described in Article V.9.A. of this constitution.
    ARTICLE XII: Dissolution
  • ARTICLE XIII: Dissolution

    In the event of dissolution, all assets of the Corporation shall be used to satisfy all outstanding indebtedness of the Corporation. The elders shall cause any assets of the Corporation remaining thereafter to be distributed to another corporation with purposes similar to that identified in Article II of this constitution as amended.