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EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH OF CHULA VISTA
Amended November 8, 1992
As members of this Church we band ourselves together in order to carry out the commission given by our Lord Jesus Christ, and do ordain and establish the following constitution to which we voluntarily submit ourselves.
Article I - Name
The name of this Church shall be EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH OF CHULA VISTA.
Article II - Statement of Faith
A. We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the Divine and final authority for all Christian faith and Life. (Isa. 40:8, 2 Tim. 3:15-16)
B. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Gen. 1, Hab. 1:12, Matt. 18:19, Col. 2:15-17)
C. We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Advocate. (Matt. 1:18-24, I Pet. 2:24, I Cor. 15:4, Heb 4:14-16, I John 2:1-2)
D. We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service. (John 16:8-15)
E. We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained. (Gen. 1:27, 5:3, John 3:5, Titus 3:5)
F. We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God (Eph. 1:7, Rom. 3:24, John 1:12)
G. We believe that water baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation. (Matt. 28:19, I Cor. 11:23-26)
H. We believe that the true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ of which He is the head. (I John 2:19-20, I Cor. 12:12-13)
I. We believe that only those who are thus members of the true Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church. (Eph. 4:4-6)
J. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church, and that every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs. (Eph. 5:23, Acts 6:1-4)
K. We believe in the personal and premillennial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this "Blessed Hope" has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. (Titus 2:13, I John 2:28)
L. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead: of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.
(I Cor. 15, I Thes. 4:15-18, Rev. 20:11-15)
Article III - Purpose
The purpose of the Church is, and shall be, to glorify God through the preaching and teaching of the Word of God to the mutual edification, instruction and discipline of its members and other believers; the winning of the unsaved to Christ; helping young Christians develop their spiritual life; instructing the children in the Word of God; and furthering the cause of Christ on the mission fields at home and abroad.
Article IV - Stand
This church shall remain free and independent and shall not join itself to any other denomination or synod. It shall remain its own highest authority and conduct its business through its stated meetings. The Church shall cooperate with the Evangelical Free Church Southwest District Conference, so long as they stand true to the Word of God. This Church will send delegates to conferences, supporting home and foreign missions and uniting in any mutual effort for the furtherance of the Gospel as the Church itself may officially decide.
Article V - Members
Section A. Eligibility for Membership
All persons who by faith have received Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior (John 1:12) shall be eligible for membership in this Church congregation.
Section B. Admission to Membership
Any person who seeks to identify with this Church by membership may do so by first expressing this desire to the Pastor, or any member of the General Board.
Following the notification of the Pastor, Elders or Deacons, the prospective member will be asked to:
a. Share his or her personal testimony as a Christian before a minimum group of three people consisting of at least one elder, and two other members of the church approved by the General Board. After this session, the names of the persons under consideration will be printed in the Church bulletin. At the next General Board meeting, the Board representatives will give their recommendation concerning the individual's faith and intent. The Board will then vote upon each individual seeking membership.
b. Attend a designated Church service in which he or she will be officially recognized and welcomed as a member of this Church. At this time, an opportunity will also be given to any new member who had previously expressed a desire to share a few words of testimony with the congregation.
2. Associate Membership
Any person who desires to unite with this Church while retaining his or her membership in another Church because of temporary residency in this area, may do so by meeting the above requirements.
Section C. Termination of Membership
1. If the Pastor or any member of the Board or of the Church is found to live or teach contrary to the Word of God and the Statement of Faith of this Church, he shall be admonished in love. If there is no repentance, exclusion from the Church shall follow according to Matthew 18:15-18, I Cor. 5, II Cor. 2:5-11 and Gal. 6:1-2. No accusation shall be taken up by the Church against the Pastor except by the complaint of two or more witnesses. (I Tim. 5:19)
2. Any member who has withdrawn or been discharged has no right in any business meeting of the Church or to its property.
3. Members in good standing will receive a letter of recommendation, if requested, when moving to other localities.
4. Any member absent from all services, showing no interest in the work of the Church for one year, and giving no response to inquiries, shall automatically cease to be a member of the Church.
Section D. Member's Meeting
1. The Annual Business Meeting of the Church shall be held during the second week of November. There shall be a minimum of two business meetings per year. All business meetings, including the annual, shall be called by public announcement in two regularly scheduled services, at least one of which is on Sunday, or by written notice to the members and by public announcement at one regularly scheduled Sunday service.
2. All business meetings shall be called by the General Board.
3. At all business meetings called by the General Board, the voting membership present shall constitute a quorum.
4. Voting Rights
a. A member must be sixteen years of age or older to have voting privileges.
b. Members only shall be entitled to vote or participate in any business meeting.
Section E. Membership Book
The Church shall keep a membership book containing the name and address of each member, date of membership, and date of termination of membership if membership is terminated.
Article VI - Officers
Section A. Officers
1. The officers of this Church shall be:
f. Other leadership positions that may be deemed necessary in various areas of Church ministry
(e.g., finance, education, music, etc.)
2. Only members of the Evangelical Free Church of Chula Vista shall be eligible to hold any Church office of leadership. It is recommended that no one member hold more than one office at a time.
Section B. Qualifications and Duties of Officers
1. Pastor: The Pastor shall give himself to the service of the congregation by leading them in an understanding of worship. In so doing, he will help the congregation grow in the knowledge of the One Holy God and each person's relationship to Him. In addition to aiding the Church in its expression of worship to God, the Pastor is to help the people grow in their relationship to each other in the body of Christ. In addition, he will be a teacher of the Word of God, providing Biblical instruction. As the Pastor, he shall be available for counseling and visitation with the people, desiring to reflect a genuine love and interest for each person. The Pastor shall keep the General Board aware of this thoughts, evaluations and projected plans. He shall attend the General Board meetings, but will remain an ex-officio member.
2. Elders: The Elders shall be men who are devoted to the spiritual life and ministry of the Church. They will provide spiritual oversight and care to the various designated ministries assigned to them. The Elders will also assist the Pastor in evaluating and discussing the life and direction of the Church. There shall be a minimum of 3 elders.
3. Deacons: The Deacons (men and women) shall give themselves to areas of practical service (care and concern) deemed necessary for the health of the church. Each Deacon shall be one who is concerned with the helping of others, thereby providing a living example of Phil. 2:4.
4. Treasurer: The Treasurer shall be responsible to hold and discharge the Church funds in accordance with the policy of the General Board. He shall, in addition, keep the financial records and submit periodic monthly financial statements to the General Board and attend monthly General Board meetings as the financial advisor.
5. General Board Secretary: The Secretary shall keep accurate written records of the procedure and decisions of all business sessions of the Church and General Board meetings. He shall attend to all Church correspondence delegated to him by the General Board. He shall turn over to his successor all minutes and correspondence which may accrue from his term.
Section C. General Board
1. The General Board shall consist of the Elders.
2. The General Board shall give itself to the oversight of the Church in all areas of spiritual concern and practical implementation of service.
3. The General Board shall meet at least once a month.
Section D. Elections
1. Elders, and Deacons, Treasurer and General Board Secretary shall be elected at the Annual Business Meeting of the Church. Vacancies shall be filled through appointments by the Church Chairman, subject to approval of the General Board. These appointments shall be effective until the next annual election.
2. The election and calling of those individuals making up the full-time pastoral staff may take place at a regular or special business meeting. Voting shall be done by closed ballot. Any of the above shall be called for an indefinite period of time and must receive a two-thirds majority of all votes cast. All other staff positions shall be selected and hired by the General Board.
3. The Elders and Deacons shall serve staggered three-year terms.
4. The candidates thus elected shall assume office on the first day of January of the following year.
Section E. Termination of Officers
1. Pastors: The employment of a pastor may end through the giving of a written thirty-day notice by either the pastor or the General Board. If such action proceeds from the pastor, he will submit his written notice to the General Board, who will then present the resignation to the congregation. If such action proceeds from the General Board, they shall call a congregational meeting. Upon majority vote by closed ballot of the congregation at a business meeting, the General Board shall then give notification to the pastor.
2. Elders, and Deacons, Treasurer, and General Board Secretary: An Elder, or Deacon, Treasurer, or General Board Secretary may be removed from office when he has failed to maintain a standard of conduct consistent with the office, upon the approval of the General Board. An Elder, Deacon, Treasurer, or General Board Secretary may remove himself from office by submitting a written notice of resignation to the General Board.
Article VII - Property Rights
The Church shall have power to buy, own and sell real property in its own name. If a division occurs in the Church, the name and all property shall be retained by those adhering to the constitution.
Article VIII - Principal Office
The principal office for the transaction of business shall be located in Chula Vista, California.
The Church, by appropriate action, shall have authority to change said principal office from one location to another within San Diego County.
Article IX - Corporate Seal
The corporate seal shall be circular in form and shall contain the name of the corporation and the date and state of incorporation.
Article X - Amendments
Amendments to this constitution may be made at any Annual Business Meeting of the Church by a two-thirds majority of votes cast, when said proposed amendments have been presented in written form and discussed at a business meeting at least three months prior to the time of its adoption. Voting shall be done by closed ballot.
Articles II, III, and VII cannot be repealed or revised.