We declare and establish this constitution to preserve and secure the principles
of our faith and to govern the body in an orderly manner. This constitution will preserve
the liberties of each individual member and the freedom of action of this body in relation
to other churches.
Indian Springs Baptist Church was constituted on November 6, 1955. It was
incorporated on October 3, 1969, as a not-for-profit corporation for the general purpose
of the advancement of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ by establishment and maintenance of a
Baptist Church that maintains membership with the Southern Baptist Convention.
II. PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES
The Purpose of Indian Springs Baptist Church is
To bring people to Jesus and membership in his family, develop them to
Christlike maturity, and equip them for their ministry in the church and life mission in
the world, in order to magnify Gods name.
The Objectives of Indian Springs Baptist Church by which we will achieve our
(1) To be a dynamic, spiritual body of believers empowered by the Holy Spirit to
share Christ with people in our church, community, and throughout the world.
(2) To be a worshiping fellowship, experiencing an awareness of God, recognizing
His person, and responding in obedience to His leadership.
(3) To experience a growing and meaningful fellowship with God and fellow
(4) To help people experience a growing knowledge of God and other people.
(5) To be a church which ministers unselfishly to persons in the community and
the world in Jesus name.
(6) To be a church whose members are Christlike in daily living by emphasizing
total commitment of life, personality, and possessions to the lordship of Christ.
III. STATEMENT OF BASIC BELIEFS
We affirm the Holy Bible as the inspired Word of God and the basis for our
beliefs. Indian Springs Baptist Church subscribes to the doctrinal statement of the "The Baptist Faith and Message" as amended by the Southern Baptist Convention in
2000. We voluntarily band ourselves together as a body of baptized believers in Jesus
Christ personally committed to sharing the good news of salvation to lost people. The
ordinances of the church are believers baptism and the Lords Supper.
IV. CHURCH COVENANT
Having been led by the Spirit of God to receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and
Savior and, on the profession of our faith, having been baptized according to the
Scriptures, we do now in the presence of God and this assembly most solemnly and joyfully
enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
Therefore, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we agree to
(1) Walk together in Christian love, knowledge, holiness, and confidence of our
position in Christ Jesus in order to promote Christs gospel and to prosper His
church in its spirituality and to sustain its worship, ordinances, doctrines, and
(2) Contribute cheerfully, regularly, and scripturally to the support of the
ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the needy, and the spread of the
gospel throughout the world.
(3) Maintain family and personal devotions, educate our children in the
Christian faith, and seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances;
(4) Be ever mindful of our Christian witness to the world by being just in our
dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our conduct and to avoid all
gossip, malicious criticism, and excessive anger;
(5) Abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating beverages, illegal drugs,
gambling paraphernalia and pornography.
(6) Discourage the abuse of drugs and alcohol, the spread of gambling and
pornography and the devaluing of human life as exemplified in the tragedy of abortion and
(7) Be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Lord and Savior and
promote its influence by watching over one another in brotherly love, remembering one
another in prayer, and helping one another in sickness and distress;
(8) Cultivate Christian empathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech and
to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and, being mindful of the
teachings of our Lord, to secure reconciliation promptly.
We also agree that when we leave this area, we will quickly unite with another
church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of Gods
ARTICLE I. CHURCH MEMBERSHIP
SECTION 1: Conditions of Membership. Persons will be received into membership of
Indian Springs Baptist Church by:
(1) Public profession of faith that Jesus is Lord and Savior and following
baptism (immersion) into the full fellowship.
(2) Transfer of membership from another Baptist church or another church of like
faith and order.
(3) Statement that he or she has trusted Christ as his or her personal Savior
and was baptized into a Baptist church and the record of that membership is not available.
(4) Testimony of believers baptism - Having been immersed as a believer, by a
Christian evangelical church.
SECTION 2: Removal from and Restoration to Church Membership
(1) Any member who desires a letter of transfer and recommendation to any other
Baptist church is entitled to receive it upon request of that church.
(2) If a member requests to be released from his or her membership in this
church, then such requests will be granted and his or her name removed from the membership
(3) If it becomes necessary for the church to take action to exclude a member, a
majority vote of the members present is required; and the church may proceed to declare
the person to be no longer in the membership of the church. (See Also, Article VI.
(4) The church may restore to membership any person previously excluded, upon
request of the excluded person, and by vote of the church upon evidence of the
persons repentance and reformation.
ARTICLE II. CHURCH OFFICERS
The officers of this church are Pastor, Deacons, Moderator, Clerk, Treasurer,
and Trustees. Each person serving the Lord in and through His church is to be exemplary in
his or her personal conduct and in the execution of defined duties. Each is ultimately
responsible to the Lord and, as necessary, shall be required to give an accounting to the
SECTION 1. Pastor
The pastor is responsible for leading the church to function as a New Testament
church. The pastor will lead the congregation, the organizations, and the church staff to
perform the appropriate tasks. He is leader of pastoral ministries in the church and works
with the deacons and church staff to:
(1) lead the church in the achievement of its mission,
(2) proclaim the gospel to believers and unbelievers, and
(3) provide care for the church's members and other persons in the community.
(1) A pastor shall be chosen and called by the church whenever a vacancy occurs.
(2) His election shall take place at a meeting called for that purpose, of which
at least one weeks public notice shall be given.
(3) A pastor selection committee shall be appointed by the church to seek out a
suitable pastor, and their recommendation will constitute a nomination. Any member has the
privilege of making nominations to the pastor selection committee for their consideration
anytime prior to that committees formal recommendation to the church.
(4) The committee shall bring to the consideration of the church only one man at
(5) Election shall be by ballot, an affirmative vote of three-fourths of those
members present being necessary to a choice.
The pastor shall serve until the relationship is terminated by mutual consent,
termination for cause by action of the church, or by resignation initiated by the pastor.
SECTION 2. Deacons
A. Number, Election, Term of Service
(1) There may be one deacon for each 15 family units on the resident church
roll. The number to be added in any given year will be determined prior to the nomination
and election by majority vote of the Deacons serving.
(2) Deacons shall be elected as follows:
All ordained (by ISBC or a church of like
faith and order) deacons who are resident, active members for more
than one year will be considered as nominated.
Additional nominations of men who have
not been previously ordained and have been resident, active members
for at least three years will be received from Indian Springs
Baptist Church members via a Nomination Ballot.
Nomination Ballots will be reviewed by
the Deacons to determine eligibility and willingness of all nominees
The Deacons will develop a list of
candidates for active deacons upon which the church may vote.
Election of Deacons will be carried out
in a timely manner relative to the beginning of the next three-year
active rotation cycle.
An ordination service will be conducted for those
not previously ordained.
(3) If a deacon cannot serve his full term, the remaining
deacons will select a previously ordained deacon to serve the
remainder of his term. The selected deacon will be presented to the
church for approval. This deacon would be eligible to be considered
for election immediately following the end of the temporary
(4) After serving a term of three years, a deacon shall be eligible for
re-election after the lapse of at least one year.
Any special cases needed for changing deacon rotation cycles or tenure will
require approval by the church body.
In accordance with the meaning of the word and the practice of the New
Testament, deacons are to be ministers to the church and servants of the Lord Jesus. Their
task is to serve with the pastor and staff as co-laborers in performing the pastoral
ministry tasks of
(1) Leading the church in achievement of its mission,
(2) Proclaiming the gospel to believers and unbelievers, and
(3) Caring for the churchs members and other persons in the community.
(4) Serving as a pulpit supply committee in long-term absences of the pastor.
They shall organize themselves to carry out these duties.
SECTION 3. Moderator
The moderator shall be the pastor. In the absence of the pastor, a ministerial
associate shall preside. In their absence, the chairman of the deacons shall preside; or
in the absence of all these, the clerk shall call the church to order and an acting
moderator shall be elected.
SECTION 4. Clerk
The Clerk is elected annually by the church and shall be responsible for the
(1) Maintain a suitable record of all official actions of the church, except as
otherwise noted in these bylaws.
(2) Maintain a register of names of members, with dates of admission, transfer,
death, or erasure, together with a record of baptisms.
(3) Bring recommendations for granting of letters of transfer or erasure to the
(4) Issue letters of transfer voted by the church.
(5) Preserve, on file, all communications and written official reports.
(6) Give required notice of all meetings where notice is necessary as indicated
in these bylaws.
(7) Prepare the annual letter of the church to the association.
(8) Ensure the Moderator that a quorum is present prior to taking any official
action of the church.
The church may delegate some of the clerical responsibilities to a church
secretary who will assist the elected Clerk. All church records are church property and
shall be kept in the church office.
SECTION 5. Treasurer
The Treasurer is elected annually by the church and shall be responsible for the
(1) Oversee the financial practices of the church ensuring all applicable laws
are obeyed and that good accounting practice is followed.
(2) Promote in every proper way scriptural giving on the part of the entire
membership of the church.
(3) Receive, secure, and pay out all money or things of value paid by or given
to the church.
(4) Ensure that all expenditures have proper approval of the church or its
(5) Sign all checks for payment upon receipt and approval by the Financial
Secretary or authorize a designee to do so.
(6) Render an itemized report of receipts and disbursements for the preceding
reporting period to the church in its regular business meeting.
(7) Ensure that an audit of financial practices and records is conducted at
least every three years.
(8) Ensure that all income documents are in agreement (deposit slips, donations
listings, and posting to church records).
The Treasurer may delegate some of the clerical responsibilities to the
Financial Administrator who will assist the elected Treasurer. Additionally, the Treasurer
will work closely with and provide input to appropriate Committees in their functions
related to Financial Matters for the church.
SECTION 6. Trustees
Trustees are officers of the corporation known as Indian Springs Baptist Church,
Inc. One Trustee shall be designated as President, another as Secretary and the third as
Treasurer of the Corporation. As such they are responsible for oversight of church matters
as related to it being a not-for-profit corporation and will be required to sign documents
related to acquisition and disposal of real property, general indebtedness and other
Trustees must be active and involved members of the church. Trustees will be nominated by
the Nominating Committee and presented for election at the annual meeting of the church on
even numbered years (2002, 2004, etc). Trustee membership will be for a six-year period
with one new Trustee being elected every two years. After completing a term as Trustee,
the person is not eligible to serve as Trustee again for a two-year period. If a Trustee
cannot complete a full term, then the Nominating Committee will nominate another person to
complete the un-expired term.
ARTICLE III. Ministry Teams
The functional operations and ministries of the church are
generally carried out by
various Ministry Teams. Some teams may function for extended periods
while others may be
needed for a shorter time or until completion of a specific task.
The need for specific new
Ministry Teams may be proposed by any church member to the
ministerial staff or to the
deacons. A Team can be established upon recommendation by
ministerial staff or deacons and
approved by the church. Because of changing ministry needs, Teams
may be decommissioned
when the ministry function is no longer needed or upon completion of
specific tasks. Ministry
Team members will be nominated, proposed to and approved by the
Each Ministry Team will be responsible for establishing policies and
ensure that the Team can carry out its mission. The objectives and
duties of the various Teams
are to be documented in a policy and procedure manual. Each Team
will keep necessary records
of the actions of the Team and copies will be filed in the church
office. Ministry Teams will
prepare a quarterly report to the church regarding its activities
ARTICLE IV. MEETINGS
SECTION 1. Worship
(1) Services will be held each Lords Day morning and evening and on other
evenings of each week designated by the ministries of the church.
(2) The Lords Supper shall be observed once each quarter, or at other such
times as the church may determine.
SECTION 2. Business
(1) At any of the regular meetings for worship, the church may, without special
notice, act upon the reception of members.
(2) The church may conduct called business meetings to consider matters of
special nature and significance. A one-week notice must be given for the specially called
business meeting unless urgency renders such notice impractical. The notice shall include
the subject, date, time, and place; and it must be given in such a manner that all
resident members have opportunity to know of the meeting.
(3) The annual meeting of the church shall be held in the quarter preceding the
beginning of the new church year. At the annual meeting, reports shall be presented and
officers elected, and such other business transacted as may be specified in the published
agenda or authorized by the bylaws.
(4) At the annual, regular, and special meetings, seven (7) percent of resident
members shall be necessary to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. If the
business is to issue a call to a new ministerial staff member, to change the Constitution
or change the Bylaws, then 25 percent of resident members shall be necessary to constitute
a quorum for the transaction of business.
(5) Roberts Rules of Order, Revised is the authority for parliamentary
rules of procedure for all business meetings of the church.
ARTICLE V. CHURCH FINANCES
SECTION 1: Financial Plan
Each year the stewardship committee shall prepare and submit to the church for
approval a financial plan, indicating by items the estimated amount needed and sought for
all local and other expenses of the churchs ministry. Upon approval of the church,
this plan shall become the approved budget for each item of the financial plan.
Expenditures are not to exceed the approved amounts without prior approval of the church
or its designees.
SECTION 2: Accounting Procedures
See description of responsibilities for the Treasurer in Article II, Section 5.
SECTION 3: Fiscal Year
The church fiscal year shall run concurrently with the calendar year.
ARTICLE VI. DISCIPLINE
Indian Springs Baptist Church shall take reasonable measures to assist any
troubled member. The pastor, other members of the church ministry staff, and deacons are
available for counsel and guidance. The attitude of members toward one another shall be
guided by concern for redemption rather than punishment. Should some serious situation
exist that would cause a member to become a liability to the general welfare of the
church, the pastor and deacons will take every reasonable measure to resolve the problem
in accord with Matthew 18:15-17.
ARTICLE VII. AMENDMENTS
Changes to the Constitution and Bylaws may be made at any business
meeting of the church in the following manner:
(1) Each amendment will have been presented in writing at the previous business
(2) Copies of the proposed amendment will have been made available to church
members at least one week prior to the meeting date to vote on the changes.
(3) Amendments to the Constitution shall be by two-thirds vote of church members
(4) Amendments to the Bylaws will require a majority vote of the members