CONSTITUTION and BYLAWS
LAKE COUNTRY BIBLE CHURCH
MINEOLA, TEXAS

Corrected January 2018


PREAMBLE

This church is composed of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, having joined together as a local body for worship and service. Intent on the preservation and security of the principles of our faith, we as a corporate body do declare and establish these Bylaws to direct this body in the orderly conduct of business and to protect the liberties of the church and of its individual members.


ARTICLE I
NAME AND PURPOSE

SECTION 1. NAME
The name of this body shall be LAKE COUNTRY BIBLE CHURCH OF MINEOLA, TEXAS, a corporation.

SECTION 2. PURPOSE
This church shall support Christ-honoring public worship designed to stimulate fellowship and spiritual growth through the faithful teaching ministry of the Scriptures. The Saints shall be encouraged in private Bible study, holy living, active service and proclaiming Christ at home and abroad. Our ultimate purpose is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ always in all things.


ARTICLE II
DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

WE BELIEVE:

All scripture is verbally inspired as originally written and therefore infallible and inerrant. The Bible IS the Word of God. We do not accept the misleading statement, “The Bible contains the Word of God.”
(2 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 3:16)

There is one living and true God who exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Father is God; the Son is God; and the Holy Spirit is God.
(Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 4:4-6; John 14:16-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

Satan is a created being, a Fallen Angel, under God the Father’s authority, ruler of the world by God’s permission at present and destined to be eternally judged.

All men inherit a depraved nature and are lost sinners in need of salvation.
(Romans 3:23; 5:12; Psalm 51:5; Isaiah 53:6)

The Lord Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin.
(Matthew 1:20-21; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14)

God has provided salvation by offering His sinless Son on the cross of Calvary and accepting His sinless Son on the cross of Calvary and accepting His shed blood as the atonement for our sins.
(2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Timothy 1:15; 2 Peter 2:1-2)

Jesus rose bodily from the dead and ascended unto God the Father at Whose right hand He sits interceding for the Saints.
(Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 9:24)

We are saved and justified when we recognize ourselves as sinners and believe in Jesus as the Son of God and in His completed and perfect redemptive work. Salvation is by grace through faith alone.
(2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Timothy 1:15; 2 Peter 2:1-2; Colossians 1:14; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 5:8-10)

Once saved, we cannot be lost. We are eternally secure in Jesus.
(John 10:28-29)

Jesus will return with the “dead in Christ,” whose bodies will be resurrected first and for those believers who are alive at His coming. His coming is known as the Rapture. This resurrection precedes the Tribulation and His subsequent second coming for a one thousand year rule on the earth.
(1 Thessalonians 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:51-56)

All the saved will enter into eternal blessedness and all other mankind into eternal punishment.
(Acts 24:114-15; John 5:28-29; Luke 16:19-31; Revelation 20:12-15; 21:8)

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit takes place at the time of conversion and is God’s work of placing the believer into Christ. It is not a “second work of grace.” If differs from the “filling of the Holy Spirit,” an ongoing process in the believer’s life. Neither of these aspects of the Holy Spirit’s presence is accompanied by unusual signs such as “speaking in tongues.”
(1 Corinthians 12:1-13; 14:21-22)

Water baptism does not secure or complete salvation. It is an outer testimony of God’s inner work of salvation. We baptize by immersion.
(Romans 6:3-4)

The Lord’s Supper is a memorial of Jesus’ death and the elements are symbols of His body and blood. All believers are invited to participate in our regular memorial of the Lord’s Supper.
(1 Corinthians 11:23-32)
The grace of God teaches us “to live soberly, righteously, godly.”
(Ephesians 2:10; 5:25-26; John 17:17; Galatians 5:16)

THIS DOCTRINAL STATEMENT IS NOT MEANT TO BE A FULL OR ADEQUATE EXPRESSION OF THE BELIEFS OF THIS CHURCH BUT TO PROVIDE A TOOL TO AID THE ELDER BOARD IN SELECTING DOCTRINALLY SOUND TEACHERS AND LEADERS AND TO ANSWER THOSE WHO MIGHT ASK THE BASIC DONCTRINAL TEACHINGS EMBRACED BY THIS BODY.






ARTICLE III
AUTHORITY

SECTION 1. SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP
The church acknowledges the Lord Jesus Christ as its head, the Holy Scriptures as its infallible guide in matters of faith, church order and discipline, and the Holy Spirit as its teacher, according to God’s Will. It shall not become accountable to or under the jurisdiction or supervision of any ecclesiastical body.

SECTION 2. CONGREGATIONAL AUTHORITY
Under the headship of the Lord Jesus Christ, the government of this church shall be vested in the body of believers who compose its active voting membership.

SECTION 3. EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY
A. Executive authority in spiritual matters is vested by the congregation in the Board of Elders.
B. Executive authority in material matters is vested by the congregation in the Board of Deacons (subject to ARTICLE 5, SECTION 3).

The Boards of Elders and Deacons shall have the power to delegate to individuals, committees or organizations the right to transact business subject to the supervision and control of the Board which so delegated.

SECTION 4. PROCEDURAL AUTHORITY
Robert’s Rules of Order shall serve as the authority in the conducting of all business.


ARTICLE IV
MEMBERSHIP

SECTION 1. QUALIFICATION
The membership of this church shall consist of individuals who confess their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior, who affirm their submission to this Constitution and Bylaws and Doctrinal Statement, and who have been examined and approved by the Board of Elders and Pastor. A person may request membership by verbal expression of such desire to any Elder or Pastor. Persons approved for membership may be introduced to the congregation at any worship service.

SECTION 2. CLASSIFICATION/VOTING ELIGIBILITY
A. Active members are those who have indicated interest and concern for the church by regular involvement in worship and service. Only active members will be considered sufficiently informed to vote on matters of church business. Children recommended as members to the Board of Elders may be received but must be eighteen (18) years of age to vote.
B. Inactive members are those who have been accepted into membership but have not attended worship services for a period of six (6) months. They shall be considered uninformed on church matters and unqualified to vote.

SECTION 3. MEMBERSHIP ROLL
A Membership Roll shall be maintained as directed by the Board of Elders.

SECTION 4. VOTING
A. Conducting church business shall be considered a serious responsibility and shall be managed in a manner conducive to attaining the goals of the church by a unified and orderly procedure.
B. The Chairman of the Board of Elders shall moderate all business meetings.
C. Prior to each business meeting, the Moderator shall review requirements for voting eligibility. The honor system shall be observed, and all votes shall be by secret ballot.
D. Challenges may be considered at the discretion of the Moderator, and his decision shall prevail.

SECTION 5. REMOVAL OF MEMBERSHIP
The scriptural standards set forth in Galatians 6:1, Matthew 18:15-18, 2 Thessalonians 3:6, and 1 Corinthians 5:11 shall be the guide in any matter of discipline, absence, withdrawal, or removal of members.
A. Normally, a member’s name may be removed from the Membership Roll only by personal or written request, by moving out of the area, by joining another church, by at least six (6) consecutive months of nonattendance, except when disability or illness makes attendance impossible, or by death.
B. Unrepentant behavior may be cause for removal when, in the judgment of the Board of Elders, such misbehavior causes serious disruptions in the church or brings reproach to the name or cause of Christ. Deliberations and actions of the Board of Elders in such a case shall be kept confidential. Should membership be withdrawn as a disciplinary function, a public announcement shall be made from the pulpit if the Board of Elders considers such appropriate. Should such action be necessary, the Scriptures, love, and prayer shall be controlling factors, and the goal shall always be restoration of the offending member.


ARTICLE V
OFFICERS

The Officers of the church shall be Pastor(s), Elders, Deacons and Treasurer. The scriptural standards set forth in Acts 6:2-4, 1 Timothy 3:1-13, and Titus 1:5-9 shall be the guide in these selections. All Officers must affirm their submission to this Constitution and Bylaws and Doctrinal Statement.
SECTION 1. PASTOR
A. The Pastor(s) shall exercise spiritual oversight of the congregation as God’s undershepherd(s). All Pastor(s) shall serve as non-voting, ex officio members of all boards and committees.
B. The calling of a Pastor shall begin with the appointing of a search by the Board of Elders. The search committee shall consist of one Elder, one Deacon, the Youth Pastor, a representative of the Children’s Ministry, a member of the Missions Committee, the Music Director, a representative of the Women’s Committee and two church members chosen and approved by the Board of Elders.
C. The recommendation of the search committee shall be presented to the Board of Elders. Upon the unanimous approval of this recommendation by the Board of Elders, the recommendation shall be presented at a church business meeting called for this specific purpose. Confirmation of the recommendation shall be by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the voting members.
D. Dismissal of a Pastor shall require a vote by the Board of Elders, with no more than one of its members dissenting, and the confirmation of at least a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the voting members at a church business meeting called for this specific purpose.

SECTION 2. ELDERS
A. Elder candidates shall be selected by the Board of Elders and presented for confirmation at the annual business meeting. A candidate must receive a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the voting members to confirm his nomination. Each Elder’s term shall be three (3) years, unless specified otherwise on the ballot. If an Elder is unable to complete the term of office and a man serving as Deacon is appointed by the Elder Board to serve in his place, he shall complete the Elder’s unexpired term. After completing this unexpired term, he shall not be eligible to serve in either office until one (1) year has elapsed.
B. There shall be no more than five (5) Elders.
C. At the first meeting of each new Board of Elders, a Chairman and Secretary shall be elected. Before the first meeting of each new Board of Elders, copies of the current Constitution and Bylaws shall be provided by the outgoing Chairman and read by each Elder.
D. Elders are expected to be diligent about attending each meeting.
E. The Board of Elders shall have oversight of the church and final approval of the membership of all committees of the church.
F. The Board of Elders must approve any church involvement in ministries outside the church.
G. The Board of Elders shall be responsible for filling the pulpit when the office of Senior Pastor is vacant.
H. The Board of Elders shall consider Mission Committee recommendations for support and shall, as seems appropriate, forward such recommendations to the Board of Deacons for funding consideration.
I. Unless specified otherwise in these Constitution and Bylaws, decisions of the Board of Elders shall be by simple majority vote.
J. The Chairman of the Elders shall have the following responsibilities:
1. Call Elder Board meetings as necessary.
2. Set and distribute meeting agenda.
3. Chair all Elder Board and church business meetings.
4. Appoint an Elder to preside at any meeting in which he is unable to attend.
5. Appoint personnel to any committee of the Board of Elders.
6. Acquaint new Elders with old business under consideration.
7. Arrange quarterly meetings of Elders, Deacons and heads of other ministries.
8. Serve as president of the church corporation.
K. The Secretary of the Elders shall have the following responsibilities:
1. Keep minutes of each Board meeting, submit them to the Board for approval at the
first of each new meeting and securely maintain them.
2. Serve as Church Clerk, keeping the minutes of church business meetings and maintaining
the church Membership Roll.
3. Securely delivers all documents in his possession to the new Elder Secretary.
4. Serve as secretary of the church corporation.
L. An Elder may be removed from office by unanimous vote of the other Elders based on violation of 1 Timothy 3:1-13 or Titus 1:5-9 and a report may be made to the congregation if appropriate.

SECTION 3. DEACONS
A. Deacon candidates shall be selected by the Board of Elders. A candidate must receive a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the voting members confirming his nomination. The Deacon's term of office shall be subject to the same conditions and restrictions as that of an Elder.
B. There shall be no more than five (5) Deacons.
C. At the first Board of Deacons meeting following the annual business meeting, a Chairman and Secretary shall be elected. Before the first meeting of each new Board of Deacons, copies of the current Constitution and Bylaws shall be provided by the outgoing Chairman and read by each Deacon.
D. Deacons are expected to be diligent about attending each meeting.
E. The Deacons shall handle the routine financial matters of the church.
F. The Deacons shall oversee the publication and distribution to the church of regular financial reports detailing the church’s income and expenditures.
G. The Deacons shall oversee church facilities, assess the performance of personnel who care for such facilities, equipment and furnishings, and determine salaries and oversee and approve other expenditures.
H. The Deacons shall consider the feasibility of funding any new mission or missionary.
I. The Board of Deacons shall have the sole power to direct and authorize the Treasurer in the writing of checks.
J. Unless specified otherwise in these Constitution and Bylaws, decisions of the Board of Deacons shall be by simple majority vote.
K. The Chairman of the Board of Deacons shall have the following responsibilities:
1. Call Deacon Board meetings as necessary.
2. Set and distribute meeting agenda.
3. Chair all Deacon Board meetings.
4. Appoint a Deacon to preside at any meeting in which he is unable to attend.
5. Appoint personnel to any committee of the Board of Deacons.
6. Acquaint new Deacons with any old business under consideration.
7. Coordinate with the Chairman of the Board of Elders concerning the quarterly meetings of the Elders, Deacons, and heads of other ministries.
8. Arrange with Chairman of Elders the consideration and approval of any extraordinary or large non- budgeted expenditures.
9. Establish a schedule for a Deacon to aid the Church Treasurer in the collection of gifts and the maintenance of a permanent record of all cash contributions for audit purposes which shall be initialed by both the Deacon and Church Treasurer.
10. Report in writing to the Chairman of the Board of Elders the decision of the Board concerning funding of recommended new missionaries or organizations.
L. The Secretary of the Board of Deacons shall have the following responsibilities:
1. Keep minutes of each Board meeting, submit them to the Board for approval at the first of each new meeting and securely maintain them.
2. Securely deliver all documents in his possession to the new Deacon Secretary.
M. To remove a Deacon from office, the remaining Deacons on the Board must agree unanimously on the necessity of such removal and shall recommend such removal to the Elders for their consideration and final action. Should the Elders agree unanimously that such removal is necessary (based on Acts 6:3 or 1 Timothy 3:8-13), a report on the action may be made to the congregation.

SECTION 4. TRUSTEES
A. Trustees of the church corporation shall hold all real property in the corporate name of the church.
B. Upon specific vote of the church authorizing each action, they shall have the power to buy, sell, mortgage, lease or transfer any church property.
C. When signatures for such transactions are required, all Trustees shall sign such documents.
D. Up to three (3) members of the church shall be nominated by the Board of Elders to serve an indefinite term as Trustee. A candidate must receive a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the voting members at an annual business meeting or at a special meeting called for that purpose in compliance with legal requirements and the Articles of Incorporation.
E. A Trustee may be removed by a three-fourths (3/4) vote of the voting members at an annual business meeting or at a special meeting called for that purpose.
F. The Trustees shall hold an annual meeting on or before the last day of November each calendar year and, at a minimum, shall determine the status of each Trustee's willingness or ability to serve in the coming year. The Trustees shall furnish a copy of the minutes of such meeting to the Chairman of the Elder Board by December 1st of each calendar year. The minutes of the Trustees meeting shall become an integral part of Elder Board minutes.

SECTION 5. TREASURER
A. A Church Treasurer shall be nominated by the Board of Elders and elected for a one-year (1) term at the annual business meeting or at a special meeting called for that purpose. The candidate must receive a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the voting members.
B. The Church Treasurer’s term may be successive without limitation.
C. The Treasurer shall have the following responsibilities:
1. Collect all gifts with assistance of an appointed Deacon representative.
2. Maintain records of gifts so as to be able to verify.
3. Record and bank all revenues as the Board of Deacons shall direct.
4. Pay all bills within their due dates unless directed otherwise by the Board of Deacons.
5. Reconcile accounts using usually accepted business practices in a timely, monthly report of all revenues and expenditures to the Board of Deacons.
6. Attend the Board of Deacons meetings to present said report.
7. May select a member of the congregation to serve as an Assistant Treasurer. That selection is to be presented to the Board of Deacons for approval. The Assistant Treasurer shall take all directives from the Treasurer and be accountable to the Treasurer and the Board of Deacons.
8. May appoint members of the congregation to write checks with the approval of the Board of Deacons.
D. To remove the Treasurer from office, the Deacons must agree unanimously on the necessity of such removal and shall recommend such removal to the Elders for their consideration and final action. Should the Elders agree unanimously that such removal is necessary, a report on the action may be made to the congregation.

SECTION 6. UNEXPIRED TERMS
Should the position of any Officer of the church become vacant before the expiration of that person’s term, the Board of Elders shall appoint an individual to replace that person until the next annual meeting. Should that position remain unexpired, the Board of Elders shall bring to the congregation a nominee to complete the term. The candidate for replacement must then receive a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the voting members at the annual meeting. Should a nominee not receive the required votes, the Board of Elders shall offer the congregation a new nominee for their consideration at a called meeting as soon as possible. If a temporary vacancy of less than 6 months should occur due to illness, etc., the Board of Elders may appoint a temporary replacement.


ARTICLE VI
MISSIONS

SECTION 1. MEMBERSHIP
Members of a Missions Committee shall be appointed by the Board of Elders to serve the church in its missions outreach under the supervision and oversight of the Board of Elders. The Chairman of the Missions Committee shall report to the Elders and Deacons at the quarterly meeting of the Elders and Deacons and at such other times when deemed necessary or as requested by the Chairman of the Elders or Deacons.

SECTION 2: PURPOSE
The Missions Committee shall consider all requests for support from all persons or organizations seeking such support from the church. Requests for support are to be considered only if they are presented in writing and include a brief description of the ministry and a summary of financial needs.

SECTION 3: RESPONSIBILITIES
The Missions Committee shall consider such requests by examining doctrinal beliefs, ministry practices and goals, financial integrity of the institution requesting support, and the overall consistency and harmony with the faith and purposes of the church.
SECTION 4. APPROVAL
The Missions Committee shall forward any completed investigation of a request to the Board of Elders in written form, giving reason for their recommendation to approve or deny such request per ARTICLE V, SECTION 2, H.

ARTICLE VII
CONGREGATIONAL MEETINGS

SECTION 1. ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETINGS
The annual business meeting shall be held in January of each year. The meeting shall be during or following the regular morning worship service as the Board of Elders shall direct. The date and time of the meeting and the agenda shall be announced at every worship service for two weeks preceding the meeting. A quorum of active members shall be required.

SECTION 2. SPECIAL MEETINGS
The Board of Elders may call a special meeting as needed, but the date, time and agenda requirements pertaining to the annual business meeting may not be waived. A quorum of active members shall be required.

SECTION 3. AGENDA
Only matters included on the agenda shall be considered during any congregational meeting.


ARTICLE VIII
AMENDMENTS

These Constitution and Bylaws may be amended by a three-fourth (3/4) vote of the voting members at an annual business meeting or at a special meeting called specifically for that purpose. Any member may submit proposed amendments to the Board of Elders so long as they are in written form and clearly note the particular section and a concise statement of the proposed revision. If the Elders choose not to forward a revision for the consideration of the congregation, they shall provide an explanation for their rejection of the proposed change to the member making the suggested revision.


ARTICLE IX
DISSOLUTION

In the event of the dissolution of this corporation, all debts and obligations shall be paid before assets are distributed. No member, officer or private organization shall share or financially benefit in any way from the the distribution of assets.

Assets remaining after payment of all debts and obligations shall be divided and distributed equally to the various mission boards, organizations, and missionaries receiving support from the corporation at the time of dissolution provided they are 501(c)3 compliant.