Article I -
The name of this church shall be Northwest Bible Church, as incorporated
under the laws of the State of Missouri.
All persons who confess their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as their
personal Savior, and as born-again believers, accept and sign the membership
application and doctrinal statement as
adopted by this church, may be received into the membership after favorable
action by the Pastor and Elder Board.
Those above the age of 18 are immediately granted voting
Any member, who by reason of residence, occupation, or
other circumstance, finds it impossible to attend services at Northwest Bible
Church or to participate in its activities for a period of one year, may be
placed on the Inactive non-voting Membership Roll of the church, by action of the
Withdrawal from the membership may be by personal request,
or action of the Elder Board for conduct that is not in accord with the
purposes and harmony of the church.
They shall be guided by the principles set forth in the Scriptures
dealing with such conduct (Matthew 18:15-17; Galatians 6:1; Titus 1:9-13).
Should a member express to the pastor or elders
that they are leaving Northwest Bible Church and their views are not in unity
with the doctrine, purpose or direction of the church, they will be removed
from the membership and voting privileges immediately, until such time as
restoration/reconciliation is worked out under the guidance of the pastors and
III - Ordination
It shall be within the power of the church to
ordain into the Gospel Ministry those men whom God has called and
equipped. It shall have, through the
Elder Board, the authority to call ordination councils and issue proper
IV - Officers Of The Church
1 - The Head
Christ is the singular, sovereign Head of the church which is His body. He is the first and chief officer of the
church (Colossians 1:17, 18; Ephesians 1:22,23; 5:23).
2 - The Pastor
The Pastor shall have general oversight of the spiritual life, regular
services, and administration of the church.
He shall be an ex-officio member of all board and committee meetings
connected with the church and any of its organizations, and shall
conscientiously perform such duties as may be arranged between the Elder Board
Call of a Pastor - A Pastor or an
Assistant or Associate Pastor may be called by vote of the voting membership
for an indefinite call after recommendation by the Elder and Deacon Boards
provided that the candidate shall receive seventy-five percent, or more, of the
3 - Elders
They are otherwise known as pastors and overseers. They are the chief leadership officers and
governing body of Northwest Bible Church.
Elders are responsible to shepherd and oversee the church in
such a way as to fulfill the desires of the Head. (1
Peter 5:1-3; 1 Timothy 5:17).
Elders are responsible to shepherd and oversee the church in such a way as to
bring the church individually and collectively to maturity in Jesus Christ.
Elders are responsible for the pastoral care of the church which
involves preaching, teaching, protecting, caring, praying, admonishing,
exhorting, disciplining, warning, and
providing an example.
Elders are responsible for the administrative oversight of
the total ministry and operation of the church.
Elders shall serve as Directors of the Corporation, the legal officers of the
church, and as the governing authority in all spiritual and business matters
pertaining to the church.
The Elder Board shall function as the Pulpit Committee in contacting candidates
or pulpit supply during a pastoral vacancy.
An Elder must be a qualified, baptized, male member of Northwest
An Elder must evidence the qualifications prescribed for that office
in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9 as well as the qualifications
for Deacons listed in Article IV, Section 7.B.3. (See
also the additional emphases in the totality of the Pastoral Epistles and
in 1 Peter 5:1-4)
Names of the candidates for eldership may be submitted to the elders, not by
the candidate himself, but by another member of Northwest Bible Church or by
the elders themselves.
The elders will be responsible for the examining and training of a candidate
Upon the unanimous approval of the elders, the candidate will be
recommended to the membership for a vote of affirmation. By a 75% vote of affirmation at a
congregational meeting the membership will express their
approval of the candidate’s qualifications and signify their recognition and
submission to his shepherding and overseeing ministry.
E. Term of Office
elder’s term of office is indefinite. An
elder’s leadership role may be discontinued if he moves or desires to resign,
in which case he is expected to confer openly with the other elders. He may be dismissed if he is in clear
rebellion against Scripture or for reasons found in Article IV, Section 8, in
which case the matter will be dealt with biblically and compassionately by the
Elder Board. Each elder shall be
evaluated annually by the other elders at their first scheduled meeting after
the annual business meeting. An
atmosphere of open communication and accountability shall prevail among the
elders. Elders must submit to the
counsel of their peers with regard to the need for sabbatical or resignation.
believe in plural elders, preferably no fewer than three, if qualified men are
available. Elders are added if the
church has a need.
the elders will operate in equality.
Functionally, they will
organize themselves to include a chairman, a vice-chairman, and a
secretary. Only lay elders may serve as
chairman and vice-chairman
of the Elder Board. Staff elders are
salaried by the church; lay elders are not salaried by the church.
Section 4 - Deacons
A. The Board of Deacons
serves under the Board of Elders to administer functions
delegated by the Board of Elders.
General - The Board of Deacons serves under the Board of Elders to administer
functions delegated by the Board of Elders.
The Deacons shall assist the Pastor and Elders in responsibility for the
spiritual welfare of the church.
Specific - They shall be expected to be in readiness to perform any necessary calling,
comforting the sick and sorrowing, checking on those who have been absent from
services, and endeavoring to help those
who are weak or struggling. They are
responsible for maintenance and repair of the church building and grounds.
1. A deacon must be a qualified,
baptized male member of Northwest Bible Church.
2. A deacon must evidence the
qualifications prescribed in 1
Timothy 3:8-13 and Article IV, Section 7.
D. Term of Office
The deacons shall be elected at the annual business meeting of the church for
the term of three years, so arranged that their terms do not expire the same
year. After the completion of one full
three-year term, a deacon may not be re-elected to that office until the lapse
of one year.
A deacon’s office may be discontinued if he moves or desires to resign,
in which case he is expected to confer openly with the other deacons
and/or elders. He may also disqualify
himself through his conduct, or for reasons found in Article IV, Section 8, in
which case the matter will be dealt with biblically and compassionately by the
Section 5 - Treasurer
A. The Deacon Board
shall choose a member of the finance committee who desires to serve as church
Duties - The Church Treasurer shall keep record of all money received by the
church. Money shall be disbursed in
accordance with procedure established by the Elder and Deacon Boards. He shall render a report at the annual
meeting of the church. His books shall
be available to these boards at any time, and must be submitted to audit or
review at the close of each fiscal year (October 1-September 30).
6 - Other Offices
Elder Board has the authority to make any additional appointments
necessary to maintain and operate the physical functions of the church.
Section 7 - Nominating Committee
nominating committee shall be chosen annually to present a slate to the
congregation for the election of deacons.
The Nominating Committee shall consist of the Pastor, one other elder,
two deacons, and two members of the church (not on either the Elder or Deacon
Board). These two are asked to serve by
the Elders and Deacons on the Nominating Committee. Persons desiring to make suggestions
concerning nominations should approach one of the Nominating Committee members
as no nominations are allowed from the floor during a congregational meeting.
The Nominating Committee shall consider the following questions as they
consider nominees for Deacon.
Has he confessed Christ as his personal Savior and experienced the new birth as
set forth in John 3:3-6?
Is he in hearty agreement with the Statement of Faith and
Constitution of this church?
Is he truly a disciple of Jesus Christ, seeking to obey God’s Word
in every area of his life? Is he
evidencing in his life the qualifications for leadership set forth in 1 Timothy
3, such as:
a. Is his
moral conduct above reproach?
b. Has he
proved himself to be a one-woman man with demonstrated
faithfulness, love and honor for his wife?
Are things in order in his household?
Is he argumentative by nature?
intoxication by drugs or alcohol part of his life?
f. Is he
friendly and hospitable, looking to the needs of others?
g. Has he
been a disciple of Jesus Christ for a sufficient time to
be grounded in his faith?
h. Does he have a solid testimony in
i. Does he
faithfully attend the church services?
8 - Termination of an Officer
Pastor’s or officer’s service may terminate at any time if, after the Elder
Board has followed the biblical steps of church discipline as specified in
Matthew 18:15-17, said officer or Pastor is found to have violated scripture or
to be incompetent in his position. In
the question of incompetence, the Elder Board has the option of calling a
confidence vote requiring two-thirds majority of the votes cast by the
membership to remove the Pastor or officer.
A Pastor’s resignation of at least thirty days and a maximum of sixty
days notice will terminate their pastorate.
Article V - Authority of the Boards
Elder Board and Deacon Board together shall be the church in action in the
absence of a general assembly meeting of the membership and shall have
authority to attend to any incidental or current business that may of necessity
come before it. A majority shall
constitute a quorum at any meeting of a board and the action of the majority of
those present shall be official.
The Elder and Deacon boards shall have care of the physical properties and
finances of the church including missionary and benevolent expenditures. They shall have no power to buy, sell,
mortgage, lease, or transfer any property or assets over the value of
$10,000.00 without special vote of the church authorizing such action. They shall not spend for non-budgeted
expenses over the amount of $10,000 without special vote of the church
authorizing such action.
Article VI - Meetings
The annual business meeting of the church shall not be later than the last
Sunday of October. All reports for the
departments for the past calendar year are to be presented and a record made of
Twenty-five percent of the voting members shall constitute a quorum at any
called congregational meeting. Motions
pass by a majority vote.
The Elder and Deacon Boards will meet as necessary to carry out their
Notice of the annual business meeting and any special congregational business
meeting shall be provided to members at least two weeks prior to the
meeting. Notifications may be made by
mail or by electronic messaging.
Article VII - Voting
member eighteen years of age, or over, has a right to vote on matters presented
at a congregational meeting.
Article VIII - Membership Record
names of those received into membership shall be kept as a permanent
Article IX - Amendments
Constitution may be amended at any time at a congregational business meeting by
a two-thirds vote of the ballots cast; the proposed amendments having been
approved by the Elder or Deacon Boards and presented to the church at regular
Sunday services at least two weeks before voted upon.
Article X - Trustees
current Elder Board of the church shall be considered the trustees of the
corporation and shall assume all the responsibilities and privileges delegated
to them by the Articles of Incorporation.
Article XI - Dissolution
part of the net earnings of this corporation shall ever inure to the benefit of
any donor, member, director, or officer of the corporation, nor shall any
private individual be entitled to share in the distribution of any corporate
assets. Upon dissolution, any assets of
the corporation must be distributed to the Heart of America Church Extension,
Inc., or some other church extension endeavor, to be used in the establishment
of a new church of like faith and order.
As adopted September 17, 1978,
Revised January 24, 1988,
Revised August 13, 2000
Revised October 1, 2006
Revised October 7, 2007
Revised October 11, 2009
Revised October 10, 2010
Revised October 11, 2015