Constitution

University Hills Baptist Church

Charlotte, NC

June 25, 2017

THE PREAMBLE

In order that all things may be done harmoniously, and in order that we may help one another in our Christian service, and to the end that this body may be governed in an orderly manner; for the purpose of preserving the liberties and the corresponding responsibilities inherent in each individual member of this church; we do declare and establish this Constitution.

 

ARTICLE I.  NAME

 

This body shall be incorporated and shall be known as University Hills Baptist Church.

 

ARTICLE II.  PURPOSE


The purpose of this body shall be to glorify God. We will do this through Christian worship and service; sharing of the gospel at home and throughout the rest of the world in co-operation with other churches of like faith through the Metrolina Baptist Association, The Baptist State Convention of NC and The Southern Baptist Convention; practice of the ordinances, doctrines, stewardship and ethics as set forth in the New Testament by our Lord Jesus Christ;  nurture of  its members through a program of Christian education; and encouragement of one another  in  personal and public devotion to Christ through the leadership of His Holy Spirit.


ARTICLE III.  ARTICLES OF FAITH


The declaration of this Church's faith is set forth in the 1963 statement of THE BAPTIST FAITH AND MESSAGE, with a copy of this document attached

 

ARTICLE IV.  MEMBERSHIP

 

Section 1 - Qualifications


The membership of this Church shall consist of those who profess Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, who receive believer's baptism by immersion, and who have subscribed to the covenant, articles of faith, constitution and by-laws of this Church, and who have been affirmatively received by the Church.  Any person may offer him/herself as a candidate for membership.  After confirmation of his/her qualifications, he/she shall be presented to the Church by the Pastor.


New members may be accepted in any of the following ways: 


(1) by profession of faith and for baptism; 
(2) by promise of a letter of recommendation from another Baptist church and prior immersion; 
(3) by statement of a prior conversion experience and believer's baptism by immersion when no letter from that church is obtainable.


Section 2 - Rights of Members


Every member of the Church in full and regular standing is entitled to vote at all elections and on all questions submitted to the Church in conference.  Every member in full and regular standing is eligible for consideration as a candidate for elective offices, except as stipulated in the by-laws for Deacons, and may participate in the Church ordinances.  Full and regular standing is defined as not under Watchcare membership or disciplinary action.


Section 3 - Watchcare Members


Any person who elects to join under the watchcare of the Church while maintaining his/her regular membership at another church may do so by offering him/herself as a candidate for watchcare membership.  Watchcare members shall enjoy the fellowship of the church, be under the care of the church, and participate in ministry opportunities with the church.  Watchcare members may not serve in any elected capacity or vote in matters of church business or in elections.  When watchcare members move from the Charlotte area, the watchcare membership is concluded.


Section 4 - Termination of Membership


Membership may be terminated in any one of the following ways: 


(1) transfer of letter to another Bap­tist church
(2) upon formal request or evidence of separation from this church (e.g. membership in another church)
(3) death of the member
(4) exclusion by action of this Church, as in a disciplinary matter


It shall be the practice of this church to emphasize to its members that every reasonable measure will be taken to assist any troubled member.  Should some serious condition exist which 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 accordance with Matthew 18.  If it becomes necessary for the Church to take action to exclude a member, a recommendation shall come from the Pastor and Deacons; then a two-thirds vote of the members present will be required for exclusion.  All such proceedings in excluding a member shall be pervaded by a spirit of Christian kindness and forbearance.  The excluded member may request restoration of membership, and upon evidence of his or her reformation, may be restored by a majority vote in Church conference, following a recommendation from the Pastor and Deacons.


New members are expected to support the Church as outlined in Section 2 - Rights of Members.

 

ARTICLE V.  ADOPTION

 

Section 1


This Constitution shall be considered adopted and in immediate effect by a two-thirds majority vote of the members present at the business meeting at which the vote is taken.


Section 2


The adoption of this Constitution shall effect a repeal of all previously adopted rules in conflict herewith.


Section 3


A current copy of this Constitution shall be kept at all times by the Clerk among his/her reports. In addition, a current copy shall be kept in the Church office and will be accessible on the Church’s website. Current is defined as all amendments or revisions to date are included in the version on file.

 

ARTICLE VI.  AMENDMENTS


This Constitution may be amended or altered by a two-thirds majority vote of the members present at any regular business meeting of the Church, provided that such amendment or alteration be given to the Clerk in writing and presented to the Church via the Church newsletter one month prior to the regular church busi­ness meeting.