Wayside Chapel By-Laws

WAYSIDE CHAPEL BY-LAWS

 Bylaws of Wayside Chapel Community Church of the Christian and Missionary Alliance

2584 Felsite Avenue, Rosamond, California 93560

ARTICLE 1- NAME AND RELATIONSHIP

This church shall be called the Wayside Chapel Community Church of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, and is connected with and subordinate to the Christian and Missionary Alliance of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

ARTICLE 2 – STATEMENT OF FAITH

1. There is one God, who is infinitely perfect, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deut. 6:4, Matt. 5:48, Matt. 28:19)

2. Jesus Christ is true God and true man.  He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  He died upon the cross, the just for the unjust, as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.  He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures.  He is now at the right hand of the Majesty on high as our great High priest.  He will come again to establish His kingdom of righteousness and peace. (Phil. 2: 6-11, Luke 1:36-38, 1 Peter 3:18, Hebrews 2:9, Romans 5:9, Acts 2:23-24, Hebrews 8:1, Matt. 26:64)

3.  The Holy Spirit is a divine person, sent to indwell, guide, teach, and empower the believer and convince the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment.  (John 14:15-18, John 16:13, John 16:7-11, Acts 1:8)

4. The Old and New Testament, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men.  They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice.  (11 peter 1:20-21, 11Tim. 3:15-16)

5. Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God; he fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death.  All men are born with a sinful nature, are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The portion of the impenitent and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment; and that of the believer in everlasting joy and bliss.  (Genesis 1:27, Romans 3:23, 1 Cor. 15:20-23, Rev. 21:8, Rev. 21:1-4)

6. Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men; and those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God.  (Titus 3:4-7)

7. It is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly, being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to the will of God, thereby receiving power for holy living and effective service.  This is both a crisis and progressive experience wrought in the life of the believer subsequent to conversion.  (1Thess. 5:23, Acts1:8, Romans 6:1-14)

8. Provision is made in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of the mortal body.  Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil are taught in the Scriptures and are privileges for the church in this present age.  (Matt. 8:16-17, James 5:13-16)

9. The Church consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit.  Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church, which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all nations.  The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, for the edification through the Word of God, for payer, fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel, and observance of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  (Eph. 1:22-23, Matt. 28:19-20,Acts 2:41-47)

10. There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life; for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment. (1Cor. 15:20-23, John 5:28-29)

11. The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent and will be personal, visible, and premillennial.  This is the believer’s blessed hope and is a vital truth which is and incentive to holy living and faithful service.  (Heb. 10:37, Luke 21:27, Titus 2:11-14)

Adopted by Council 1993 and ratified by council 1994

ARTICLE 3- MEMBERSHIP

Section 1  Procedure

Those interested in joining the membership of Wayside Chapel will meet with the Senior Pastor or someone he may designate.  The purpose of this meeting is to establish the assurance of salvation and make clear the purpose of the church.  People who are interested in membership must be or must have been baptized by immersion before church membership.  Members may be received either by statement of Faith or by Letter of Transfer.  The minimum age for membership is twelve years of age.  On general church matters in which no legal questions are involved, it is understood that all members in good standing who have reached the age of sixteen years of age are entitled to vote, but in matters involving titles of property or legal procedure, the laws of the state or province determine the age at which members are eligible to vote. (In California that age is eighteen yrs.)  The new members will received into membership during a worship service.

Section 2 – Transfers

Members may be received by transfer upon the satisfactory completion of the above requirements.  Incoming transfers – A letter requesting the transfer of membership will be sent.  Outgoing transfers- Letters of recommendation concerning members in good standing will be sent, upon request, to other evangelical churches with which they may desire to unite.

Section 3 – Discipline

Members whose conduct or beliefs have become a reproach to the church shall be dealt with according to Scriptural discipline as outlined in Matthew 18:15-17, Titus 3:10, and Galatians 6:1.  Repentance and restoration will always be our aim.  The Board of Elders will constitute the Committee on Discipline.

Section 4 – Removal from Membership

The Elder Board may take any member, who has moved, off the membership list. They may also remove any member for the following reasons:

 A. Death of the member.

 B. Absence. The membership of any individual shall be automatically terminated without notice if the member in question has voluntarily failed to attend any Wayside Chapel worship services or ministries for a successive six month period. (Exceptions to this would be made for those due to illness, shut-ins, college students, military personnel, missionaries or others who are legitimately unable to regularly attend services.)

 C. Transfer of membership to another church. No member of Wayside Chapel may hold membership in another church. (Dual membership) If any member unites in membership with another church, that person is automatically terminated without notice from membership at Wayside Chapel. A letter of transfer may be granted upon request.

D. Request of the member. A member may resign at any time, but if the member at the time of request is not a member in good standing, no letter of transfer or written statement of good standing will be issued upon such resignation, except at the discretion of the Pastor.

Section 5 – Members in Good Standing:

 A. Attending faithfully. Member is consistent in attending the Wayside Chapel Sunday morning worship service. Also makes it a priority to attend a Sunday school class orparticipates in other church related activities on a monthly basis. (Hebrews 10:24-26) *See Membership Section 4B or exceptions to this.

 B. Supporting the church through financial giving. Members should be active in following the Biblical standard to financially support Wayside Chapel on a regular basis. (2 Corinthians 8:1-5)

C. Faithfully serves in a ministry of Wayside Chapel. Members are active in seeking to discover and use their spiritual gifts through ministries of Wayside Chapel. (Romans 12:11, Ephesians 6:7)

 D. Active in furthering their own spiritual growth and maturity. Member is active in the pursuit of living a godly life in all settings with no hidden or secret sins. (Colossians 1:9-11)

Members of the Wayside Chapel are encouraged to examine their commitment in attendance and involvement. Members should abide by the principles of the Wayside Chapel Membership Covenant.

ARTICLE 4 – OFFICERS AND WORKERS

All officers must be members in good standing of Wayside Chapel Community Church.

Section 1 – Elders, Pastoral and Lay

Description of office:  The Elders shall possess the qualities of 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. Pastoral Elders are men who hold paid positions as Pastor and Associate Pastor of Wayside Chapel Community Church.  Lay Elders are men who serve as Elders but are not compensated by the church.  The Pastoral and Lay Elders shall constitute the Elder Board.  A minimum of five shall serve on this board while maintaining a plurality of Lay Elders.  The number to serve on this board will be determined by the Elder Board.

Duties:  The Elders shall have responsibility for all spiritual and legal matters concerning the church.  The Elder board is responsible for governing the church in planning, business matters, discipline and oversight of the entire church program.  The Elders shall administrate the Lord’s Supper.  Each Elder should, as the need arises, be ready to visit and comfort the sick or to counsel those in need of spiritual advice; and he should be ready to assist those who respond to invitations.

Duration of office:  the Elder Board shall select candidates for the position of Elder and present their names to the congregation for affirmation.  Elders shall serve a term of one year and be eligible for reappointment each year.  Should any member in good standing know of reasons why any Elder elect should not serve in this position, they may submit in writing, their reasons to the Senior Pastor.

Section 2 – Deacons and Deaconess

Deacons and Deaconesses shall possess the qualities of 1 Timothy 3:8-13.  Deacons and Deaconesses will be appointed by the Elder Board and shall serve a term of one year and shall be eligible for reappointment each year.

Duties of Deacons – Deacons shall be in charge of all duties as outlined by the Elder Board and listed in the Church Procedures and Operation Manual.

Duties of Deaconesses – Deaconesses shall be in charge of all duties as outlined by the Elder Board and listed in the Church Procedures and Operation Manual.

Section 3 – Treasurer

The Treasurer will be elected at the annual meeting. The term for Treasurer shall be for one year and shall be eligible for reappointment at the end of the term.  This person shall distribute funds in accordance with the church approved budget.  They shall reconcile check books with monthly bank statements.  They shall be the head of the Budget Committee, in charge of setting up a rotating schedule for the offering counters, and those who open the safe.  They shall work closely with the bookkeeper; oversee the distribution of yearly tithing envelopes.  A Financial Committee, consisting of the Senior Pastor, the Treasurer and a designated Elder, will be established to prioritize spending in the case of limited funds.  The treasurer shall keep accurate records of all business and submit such records to the Elder Board monthly or whenever called.  He/She shall make a final yearly report and submit his/her books for an annual audit.  (See the Constitution, Article 9, Section 3.)

Section 4 – Bookkeeper

The Bookkeeper will be appointed by the Elder Board for an indefinite term and shall be replaced at the request of the Bookkeeper or the elder Board.  This person shall submit to the Elder Board a monthly report of all church income and expenses.  They shall keep accurate records of funds transferred in and out for bill paying purposes.  They shall keep and accurate account of budget progress, up or down.  They shall keep tithing records of all donors and distribute tithing information at the close of each year.  They shall oversee the deposits taken to the bank (requires two people.) They shall work closely with the Treasurer and other ministry committees and leaders as required.  He/She shall prepare a final yearly report and submit his/her books for an annual audit.

Section 5 – Ushers

A Head Usher will be appointed by the Elder Board and shall serve a 1 year term.  He shall be eligible for reappointment at the end of his term. Ushers have a very responsible job. They are the ones who should be able to express the warmness and courtesy of the entire congregation to the visitor.  They should be aware of the ministries of the church and their locations, seat worshipers as needed.  Dressing neatly and acting courteously is of utmost importance. 

ARTICLE 5 – MEETINGS

Section 1 – Elder Board Meetings

The Elder Board shall meet at least once monthly, at a time and place it may designate.  When the need arises, additional meetings may be established on a regular basis.  The Senior Pastor may serve as chairman or, at his request, the governing board shall elect a chairman from its members.  They shall also elect a vice chairman.  Special meetings may be called by the chairman or by written request of one-half of the Elder Board members when need arises.  All officers and committees are amenable to the Elder Board.  The Board Secretary shall ensure the approved meeting minutes are available on file within 30 days of the Elder meeting.

Section 2 – Annual Business Meeting and Election

The church shall have an annual meeting within 30 days of the close of the fiscal year.  Business to be conducted at this meeting shall be: Adoption of the Church Budget for the coming year, ratification of Elders, and other business presented by the Elder Board.

The annual meeting shall be announced a minimum of two Sundays prior to the meeting.  The members present at this meeting shall constitute a quorum.

ARTICLE 6 – STANDING COMMITTEES

Section 1 – Budget Committee

The Budget Committee shall be appointed by the Elder Board.  It is to include the Treasurer, and the additional members the Board desires.  They shall meet prior to the Annual Business Meeting and prepare a budget for the coming year.  This report is to be presented to the Governing Board at an Elder Board meeting prior to the Annual Business Meeting.

Section 2- Audit Committee

An Audit committee shall be appointed by the Elder Board to function after December 31.  They shall review all bank accounts and financial statements.  They shall report any discrepancies and suggestions for improvement to the Elder Board.  This committee shall be comprised of one Elder, one Budget Committee member, one lay church member who has general knowledge of accounting.

ARTICLE 7- FINANCE

Section 1- Bank Accounts

All Church checking and savings accounts.  The Treasurer, Bookkeeper and other authorized persons approved by the Elder Board shall be authorized to sign checks.  All check require two signatures.

Section 2- Safe

The Treasurer and the Bookkeeper shall have access to the safe. Access to the safe for Sunday Services and special offerings will be with one Elder and any representative approved by the Elder Board to assist in these responsibilities. No One Person shall have access to both the key to the safe and the combo to the safe.

Section 3- Fiscal Year

The Fiscal year shall be January 1 to December 31.

Section 4- Counting of Funds

The monies received shall be counted at all times by a minimum of two persons, chosen by the Treasurer and ratified by the Elder Board. The Bookkeeper is responsible for the oversight of these individuals. Two people are required to take the monies to the bank for deposit.

Section 5-Special Offerings

For the protection of the members and friends of the church, no offering or solicitation shall be taken or made within the Church or any of its departments except on approval of the Elder Board.

Section 6- Benevolence

The benevolence funds shall be handled through the church office.  Gas vouchers, groceries or hot meals may be given. Cash is never given out.

Section 7- Memorials and Bequests

A record of Memorials is to be kept on file and maintained by the Church office.  The Elder Board shall be responsible for the disbursement of Memorial Funds and Bequests.  When special requests are made by the donor or the family, the Memorial gift, their request shall be honored, if the designated fund has been approved by the Elder Board.  If the fund is not an approved fund the gift will be applied as all other Memorial gifts are applied.  A receipt and thank you note will be sent to donors.

Section 8- Church Records

Wayside Chapel, CMA Annual Reports, Baptismal Records and Historical Records are to be kept indefinitely. Individual donation records are to be kept as long as the Internal Revenue Service requires. Bills and other incidentals records may be disposed of after 3 years.

ARTICLE 8- ORDINANCES AND SERVICES

Section 1- Baptism

The Church practices baptism by immersion for “born again” believers.  Each candidate must attend a baptismal class explaining the Biblical principles of baptism.  Upon approval by the Senior Pastor, the candidate may be baptized.  The minimum age for baptism is 12 years.

Section 2- Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s Supper shall be administered by the Senior Pastor or someone he may designate at least once a month.  He will be assisted in the distribution of communion, including communion to the home bound, by the Elders and the Deacons or other selected by the Deacons.

Section 3- Baby Dedications

Parents shall have the privilege of presenting their children in the House of the Lord for public dedication to the Lord.  The Pastor will meet with the parents explaining the meaning and procedure.

Section 4 – Prayer for the Sick

Upon request, the Pastoral and Lay Elders of the Church will anoint and pray for the sick in accordance with James 5:14-15.

ARTICLE 9- MARRIAGE, SEXUALITY, AND DIVORCE

Section 1- Marriage

The position of Wayside Chapel Community Church is that the term “marriage” has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen 2:22-24)

Section 2- Sexuality

A. The position of Wayside Chapel Community Church is that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other.

B. The position of Wayside Chapel Community Church is that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. (1 Corinthians 6:16b-19, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5)

C. The position of Wayside Chapel Community Church is that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography or any attempt to change one’s sex, or disagreement with one’s biological sex, is sinful and offensive to God. (Galatians 5:19-21, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

Section 3- Membership Accountability

A. The position of Wayside Chapel Community Church is that in order to preserve the function and integrity of the church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the church members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by the church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, should abide by and agree to this Statement on Marriage and Sexuality and conduct themselves accordingly.

B. The position of Wayside Chapel Community Church is that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (John 3:16; John 8:3-11)

C. The position of Wayside Chapel Community Church is that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with scripture.

D. Furthermore, we are in agreement with CMA statements on marriage (CMA statement H2) and Human sexuality (CMA statement H4).

Section 4- Divorce

The position of Wayside Chapel Community Church concerning divorce is in accord with the Word of Jesus Christ in Matthew 5:31-32 and Matthew 19:3-9. We recognize the full pardoning and forgiving grace of God for all sin of whatever nature it may be. We welcome into the fellowship of the Church all who are born again of the Spirit of God, this includes the divorced and remarried.

However, in keeping with the General Constitution of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, divorce persons who are remarried or persons who are married to divorced persons shall not be elected or appointed to national office, or be given The Christian and Missionary Alliance Official worker credentials or official Christian Worker certificates. (CMA General Bylaws Article XI Section 11.2)

ARTICLE 10- CHURCH FACILITIES AND PROPERTY

Section 1- Weddings

Charges for weddings and receptions will be determined by the Elder Board.  A reduced fee will apply to Members of Wayside Chapel. A fee schedule is available in the church office.

Section 2- Special Use of Facilities

All use of Church facilities by outside groups must be approved by the Elder Board. A charge for the facility may apply.

Section 3- Funerals

The Church may be used for funerals at the request of the family of the deceased.  No charge for members of WCCC will be required for funerals.

Section 4- Equipment

Church equipment may be loaned out as authorized by the Elder Board.  Some items are never loaned.  A policy on borrowing is available in the church office.  All items borrowed are checked in and out of the church office.

Section 5- Special Meetings, Guest Speakers and Programs

The Elder Board is to approve all special meetings, guest speakers and special programs and set the honorariums to be paid before the function.  These honorariums could be a love offering or a gift from the church.

ARTICLE 11- AMENDMENTS

These bylaws may be amended by a majority vote of the membership upon the recommendation of the Elder Board at the Annual Business Meeting, except for those items which are legislated by the General Constitution of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. The proposed amendments must be submitted to the Elder Board in writing prior to the Annual Meeting.

ARTICLE 12- GOVERNING STATUS

These bylaws supersede and void previous legislation.  Any matter not governed by these bylaws and the Constitution will be governed by an abridged version of Robert’s Rules of Order that maintain the spirit and intent of the process. This procedure is located in the churc Operation and Procedures Manuel.

The English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible will be used to reference all Scripture passages referred to in these bylaws.

These bylaws will become effective when ratified by the majority of members assembled for this purpose.

Adopted  January 30, 2014