CONSTITUTION

FOR THE ILLINOIS VALLEY EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH

OTTAWA, ILLINOIS

PREAMBLE

We, the members of the Illinois Valley Evangelical Free Church, in order to carry out more efficiently the commission given by Jesus Christ to His church, do ordain and establish the following Constitution to which we voluntarily submit ourselves:

ARTICLE I - NAME

The Name of this organization shall be "The Illinois Valley Evangelical Free Church",

ARTICLE II - AUTHORITY AND AFFILIATION

Section 1 - AUTHORITY

The congregation, at its annual, quarterly, and special business meetings, is the governing body of this organization and holds final authority of all actions.

Section 2 - AFFILIATION

This church shall be affiliated with the Great Lakes District of the Evangelical Free Church of America and shall send delegates to both the district and the national conferences. This church shall support the missions and efforts of the district and national conferences for the furtherance of the Gospel of Christ in the measure that this local church itself may officially decide.

ARTICLE III - PURPOSE OR MISSION STATEMENT

The purpose of this church is:

To GLORIFY God.

To assemble, to worship God, to administer the ordinances of the Lord's Supper and Baptism, and to develop fellowship with His body of believers.

To build up and equip the believers to minister to each other's needs and accept the leading of the Holy Spirit in the discipline of Christian Living in accordance with God's Word.

To show love to the unsaved, to minister to their physical and spiritual needs and to present the way of salvation. To evangelize and disciple on mission fields at home and other countries. To engage in such religious, educational, charitable and benevolent work as the Constitution and Bylaws of this organization may determine.

To own and maintain such property and equipment as may be required to carry out the above stated purpose.

ARTICLE IV - STATEMENT OF FAITH

The statement of faith of this organization shall be the same as the statement of faith of the Great Lakes District of the Evangelical Free Church of America.  

God 

1. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory. 

The Bible 

2. We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises. 

The Human Condition 

3. We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from  God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed. 

Jesus Christ 

4. We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus—Israel's promised Messiah—was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate. 

The Work of Christ 

5. We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.

The Holy Spirit

6. We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service. 

The Church 

7. We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God's grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer. 

Christian Living 

8. We believe that God's justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed. 

Christ’s Return 

9. We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission. 

Response and Eternal Destiny 

10. We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.

 

ARTICLE V - MEMBERSHIP

Membership of this church shall be composed of those individuals who, through saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, have been born again. They should manifest the fruit of a true Christian life style. They will subscribe to the aforementioned Doctrinal Statement of Faith and the Church Constitution. They will support the church by prayers, contributions and attendance.

ARTICLE VI - PROPERTY

A. This church shall have the power to receive, either by gift or purchase, and to hold real, personal, or mixed property as is authorized by the laws of the State of Illinois and as is deemed necessary for the business of the Church, and shall have the power to dispose of such property by mortgage, deed or otherwise. All such property shall be in the name of the Church.

B. In the case of division of the Church (from which we pray God by His mercy to preserve us), the property of the Church shall belong to those who abide by its Constitution and Bylaws.

C. In the case of dissolution of the Church organization, the property shall be assigned to the Great Lakes District Conference of the Evangelical Free Church of America to enable said conference to renew the work or use the values thereof for further Gospel enterprises. The Church shall be considered dissolved if so decided by the organization, or when the Church has not held an annual meeting for three years, or when less than six members remain.

 

ARTICLE VII - AMENDMENTS

Any proposed amendment to this Constitution must be submitted to the Servant Board in writing for review and possible recommendation. The proposed amendment, would then be submitted to the church membership by the Servant Board prior to a regular business meeting which is at least 3 months prior to the annual business meeting. At this regular business meeting the proposed amendment would be discussed and approved by a simple majority of the membership present for placement on the agenda for the annual meeting. At the succeeding annual meeting, the amendment must be acted upon as previously adopted and without further amendment for final adoption, but must receive the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the membership present and voting.

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This constitution was officially adopted by the congregation of the Illinois Valley Evangelical Free Church of Ottawa, Illinois on this date:

Created 1992,

Amended January, 2004. Revised October29, 2006 

BYLAWS

FOR

THE ILLINOIS VALLEY EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH

OTTAWA, ILLINOIS

ARTICLE I - MEMBER

Section l - QUALIFICATIONS

Individuals:

Who confess Jesus Christ as Lord.

Who have accepted His atoning work and have assurance of salvation.

Who is willing to accept the instruction of the Holy Spirit, Pastor, Elders and teachers in accordance with God's word.

Who shall be members of this church and not members of any other church or denomination, nor of any society or organization which have secret vows, allegiances or loyalties.

Who shall accept the Constitution and Bylaws of this congregation, hereafter referred to as the Church.

Section 2 - CLASSIFICATION

A. Only members will be counted in making up a quorum for conducting Church business.

B. All membership rolls shall be reviewed by the Elder Board at least once a year.

 

Section 3 – ADMISSION

A. After three (3) months of regular attendance, any person over the age of 16 years may make application for membership to the Church through the Pastor or an Elder. Applicants shall be given a copy of the Constitution and the Bylaws of the Church.

B. All applicants shall attend a new members' class to acquaint themselves with the Statement of Faith, Constitution, Bylaws, the history of the Church and the Evangelical Free Church of America, and to enhance fellowship among members.

C. Transfer applicants in good standing with their former Evangelical Free Church may be exempt from the membership class, but must still go through the Constitution, Bylaws and history of this Church and be interviewed and recommended by the Elder Board.

D. Following completion of the new members' class, applicants shall meet with the Elder Board and the Pastor to give personal testimony of their salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and evidence of their understanding and acceptance of the Statement of Faith, Constitution and Bylaws of the Church.

E. After completion of the requirements, potential new members must have their names printed in the bulletin for two (2) weeks prior to the Elder Board making their recommendations. If any member has a valid reason for objecting to the receiving of any applicant into the Church, the member shall immediately appear before the Elder Board and give Scriptural reasons for the objection.

F. All satisfactory candidates shall be accepted by an unanimous vote of the Elder Board for approval and admission.

G. The accepted candidates shall be publicly welcomed into the membership at a Sunday service at which time they shall sign acceptance of the Statement of Faith, Constitution and Bylaws of the Church. At this time they may share their testimonies if they desire.

 

Section 4 -CONDUCT

A. All members are encouraged to remember each other in prayer (Ephesians 6: 18), to aid each other in sickness and distress (James 5: 15-16), and to be courteous in speech (Colossians 4:6) and slow to anger (Ephesians 4:29-32).

B. All members are encouraged to support the Church through tithes and offerings according to the principles laid down in I Corinthians 16:2, Malachi 3: 10 and II Corinthians 8 and 9.

C. All members are called upon to heed the Scriptural admonitions: "Do not love the world or the things of the world" (I John 2: 15) and "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God." (Romans 12:2) Be an "example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity." (I Timothy 4: 12) and to abstain from any act or practice which may be harmful in its influence or stumbling block to the weak. (Romans 14: 13-21)

 

Section 5 - ABSENCE

A. It is expected that every member who is absent three (3) months or longer, will Communicate with the Church-concerning their whereabouts, spiritual life and interest in the Lord's work.

B. The Elders should make a consorted effort to inquire, remediate, assist and restore the absent member to an active role in the Church Body.

C. Any person from whom communication has been requested by the Elder Board and not received, may be dropped from the roll by a two-thirds vote of the Church membership present at a regular business meeting.

 

 Section 6 - WITHDRAWAL

A. Any member who wishes to withdraw from the church shall submit the request for withdrawal in writing. Providing the member has not been disciplined, they may request a letter of recommendation from the pastor.

B. All letters of withdrawal shall be reported to the Church at the next regular business meeting.

 

 Section 7 - DISCIPLINE

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 A. If any member shall bear conduct in a manner, which in the studied opinion of the Pastor and the Elder Board, is not in harmony with the Scriptural principles and does not show evidence of repentance, they shall be interviewed and counseled by the Pastor and the Elder Board, as indicated in the Word of God (Matthew 18: 15-17; Galatians 6:1). Love should be the sole motivating force of these interviews. The purposes of Church Discipline would be 1) To restore a person to fellowship with God and others; 2) to preserve the purity of the Church – the Body of Christ; and 3) to preserve the integrity of the witness of the Church. If necessary, the Elder Board may recommend that the Servant Board remove the member from a particular position.

B. If the member should choose to continue in his unrepentant manner, his membership may be recommended for termination by a two-thirds vote of the Elder Board to the congregation. A three-fourths (3/4) majority vote by the congregation present is needed for termination.

C. The repentant person must meet the requirements set forth in Article I, Section 3, Items D-G of these Bylaws if they would like to become a member again.

 

 Section 8 - PROPERTY RIGHTS

A. The private property of the individual members of this church shall be exempt from corporate debt.

B. Any member who has withdrawn or whose membership has been terminated loses all rights of the Church and shall have no claim upon any part of the Church properties.

 ARTICLE II -MEETINGS

Section 1 - PUBLIC SERVICES

Sunday Morning Worship services and Sunday School services shall be conducted at such times as decided by the Congregation. Other services, shall be conducted at such times as is approved by the Pastor or the Elder Board.

Section 2 - REGULAR BUSINESS MEETINGS

Regular business meetings of the Church shall be held the first month of each quarter, unless otherwise.decided by the Servant Board. The annual meeting shall be held in January of each year. Notice of meetings shall be given to the church membership during the service of each of the two (2) preceding Sundays.

Section 3 - SPECIAL BUSINESS MEETINGS

Special business meetings of the Church may be called by the Servant Board at any time. Notice of meetings shall be given to the church membership during the service of each of the two (2) preceding Sundays. The members will be given an agenda [itinerary] of the

special meeting with the announcement to ensure all members are aware of the purpose of the meeting.

 

Section 4 - CONDUCT OF MEETINGS

A. The chairman shall conduct the annual meeting and other business meetings.

B. The rules of order contained in "Robert's Rules of Order" shall govern the meetings of the congregation.

 

 Section 5 - QUORUM

Fifty percent of the voting membership shall constitute the required quorum for the transaction of business unless otherwise indicated in the constitution. On Legal matters, a quorum must be met by those members age 18 (eighteen) and above. Legal matters would be defined as contracts and any matter potentially leading to litigation. Minors would be allowed to vote on items such as Servant Board positions and Budget items.

 

Section 6 - VOTING

A. All members have the right of vote in all matters coming before the congregation with the exception of legal matters of which the minimum age would be eighteen.

B. All matters shall be determined by a majority vote, one more than one-half of all votes cast, except when otherwise specified in these Bylaws.

C. Only members present may vote. There will be no absentee or proxy votes accepted.

 

 Section 7 - ELIGIBILITY OF CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE

A. All officers and board members, except salaried officers, must be chosen from among the members in good standing of the church.

B. The Church Chairman, and Committee Chairmen (Article IV -Section 2.C.) shall be elected for a term of 2 years and may succeed themselves once or serve a total of 4 consecutive years and then must take a year sabbatical unless otherwise stated in these bylaws.

C. The Elders shall be elected for a term of 2 years and may succeed themselves once.

 

ARTICLE III -PASTOR

Section 1 - QUALIFICATIONS

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The Pastor of the church must be of irreproachable Christian character, having a good report and a consistent devotional life. (I Timothy 3: 1-13, Titus 1: 1-9)

Section 2 - CALL

The Pastor shall be called for an indefinite term of office by a three-fourths majority vote of the members present at any regular or special business meeting of the Church.

Section 3 - CHURCH MEMBERSHIP

The membership of the Pastor and his wife will be transferred automatically to the current membership role of the Church following their public testimony before the congregation.

Section 4 - DUTIES OF THE SENIOR PASTOR

It shall be the duty and right of the Senior Pastor:

To give himself to the preaching and teaching of God's Word and to prayer.

To be a righteous example to the believers in his personal, family and public life.

To lead the congregation in:

Worship and prayer,

Study of the Word of God,

Administering the ordinances,

Watching over the spiritual care of the congregation,

Planning and facilitating of ministries and mission,

Earnestly seeking the salvation of the lost and

Visiting the sick.

To teach the congregation:

Doctrine of the Word,

Biblical principles for Christian living and

How to develop spiritual gifts and to function effectively as members within the

body of Christ.

To be a voting member of all boards and committees and act as director of the Elder

Board.

To fulfill the expectations of the Evangelical Free Church of America.

To discipline in love and when necessary to consult with the Elder Board and eventually the congregation if a member remains unrepentant.

It shall be the right and privilege of the Senior Pastor to refer any committee or board

decision to the Board of Elders, which he discerns as contrary to the Mission and

Doctrine of the Church.

It shall be the right and privilege of the Senior Pastor to select for employment by the

Servant Board his personal secretary. The pastor also maintains the right to

terminate employment of same.

Section 5 - PASTORAL DISCIPLINE

Pastoral discipline shall be considered only upon the testimony of two or three witnesses (I Timothy 5:19). If he teaches anything contrary to the Scriptures, lives an unrighteous life unbecoming to the Gospel, does not perform his duties, then he shall be admonished by the Elder Board of the Church. If he does not repent of his teachings and/or ways, the Elder Board shall enlist the help of the Great Lakes District Superintendent to work with and negotiate with the Pastor. If it is still necessary to dismiss the Pastor, he shall be given 60 days compensation. This relationship shall be dissolved by a three-fourths majority of the voting membership present at a special business meeting. This meeting must have been called according to the stipulations of this constitution. All allegations and arguments must have been presented by letter to the Regular Membership at least one month in advance of this meeting.

Section 6 - PASTORAL VACANCY

A. The Elder Board will seek and ask speakers for the services in case of a temporary vacancy due to illness, etc.

B. Search Committee - A Search Committee will be elected by the congregation when a pastor leaves the church. The election shall be in the following manner: Each active Member shall submit two names from the active membership of the church for the Search Committee. These names shall be tabulated and evaluated by the Board of Elders so that 10 names are presented to the congregation for selection to the committee. The congregation shall elect 5 members to the committee. The Elder Board and Servant Board shall each select one from their number to serve on the committee making the total number of the committee members to be seven (7). Once the pastoral vacancy is resolved, the Search Committee shall be dissolved.

Section7 - INTERIM PASTOR

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The congregation may call for an interim pastor who shall serve for the period of time the church is without a pastor. The interim pastor should be called on a three-month call, not to exceed one year. The interim pastor shall be sought out by the Elder Board and presented to the congregation.

Section 8 - ASSOCIATE PASTOR

Associate Pastors may be called by the church at the direction of the Elder Board. The Associate Pastor shall be sought out and approved in the same manner as the Senior Pastor.

 

ARTICLE IV - SERVANT BOARD

Section l - THE SERVANT BOARD RESPONSIBILITIES

The Servant Board will consist of the Pastors, Elders, Committee Chairmen, and the church Chairman. The Servant Board (under the authority of the congregation) shall exercise general administration of the affairs of the Church. It shall have the authority to approve expenditures of $5,000.00 or less for repairs, operating supplies or equipment that are not included in the budget. If the expenditure exceeds $5,000.00 and is not included in the budget, congregational approval is required. The Servant Board shall see that the decisions of the congregational meetings are carried out, and shall consider and decide routine matters which may arise between regular business meetings. It shall be the duty of the Servant Board to prepare the annual budget of current expenses and present it to the Church at the annual meeting for adoption. This board shall meet monthly and/or whenever necessary at the call of the Pastor, the Chairman, or any two (2) members of the Board. It shall appoint special committees as needed. The Servant Board shall govern the official affairs of the board members. The term of each office for each Servant Board position shall be as stated in Article II Section 7 of these Bylaws, unless specifically stated herein. When a Servant Member resigns during their term, the Servant Board is authorized to appoint a replacement to serve out their term until the annual meeting in January. At that time the nomination committee will present a candidate to be elected to a full term.

Section 2 - MEMBERS OF THE SERVANT BOARD

A. The Pastor and Associate Pastors by reason of their calling. (See Article III of Bylaws.)

B. The Elders.

The spiritual leadership of the Church shall be provided by the Board of Elders, which shall consist of the Pastor and a minimum of two (2) Elders elected by the members. One Elder shall be elected to represent each 25 members for the first l00 members and one for each additional 75 members. An Elder shall be a member of at least 25 years of age, who meets the standards of the New Testament (I Timothy 3: 13 and Titus 1 :5-9).

It is the responsibility of the Elders to meet regularly with one another for prayer, consultation and training. The Elder Board will oversee small groups, church wide fellowship, men’s and women’s groups, and shall ensure all physical preparations are made for the worship service, including communion, bulletins, ushers, baptism and music. The Elders shall also be responsible for:

1) Overseeing ministries to ensure that they edify the Church Body. (Ephesians 4: 12, 1 Corinthians 14:23, 27 -30,40)

2) Shepherding and equipping the people through teaching and example, including staffing the adult Sunday School classes. (Ephesians 4:12; 2 Timothy 2:2; 1 Peter 5:2-3)

3) Exhorting, warning and rebuking with the goal of unity and mutual care. (Titus 1:9; I Thessalonians 5:12, 14; I Timothy 5:20, II Timothy 4:2; I Corinthians 12:25)

4) Evangelism. (Matthew 28:19-20)

 

C. The Committee Chairmen.

These Chairmen function to help committees fulfill their responsibilities as established by the Church. The Chairman may inquire of the nomination Committee suitable candidates to fill positions in their respective committees. They must be members, at least 21 years of age, who meet the standards of the New Testament (I Timothy 3:8-13). It is not imperative that each position be filled. Committee Chairman can choose their own members or non-members for their committee or ministry positions. Non-members must be approved by the Elder Board.

1) Christian Education Chairman.

The Christian Education Chairman shall provide leadership and promote the development and fulfillment of the goals and objectives of the Children’s Christian Education ministries of the Church. The chairman shall supervise the goals, curriculum, training and choosing of workers, junior worship, spatial needs, equipment, nursery and other areas of the Sunday School and Christian Education Program. Sunday School teachers may be members or non-members; non-members must be approved by the Elder Board. The Christian Education Chairman will submit a budget each year to the Finance Chairman and a report for the congregational meetings.

2) Finance Chairman.

The Finance Chairman shall be responsible for the receipt and disbursement of all funds on the authority of the Servant Board. The Chairman shall maintain the records of the Church property (owned or leased). Property may not be sold without permission Revised October29, 2006 7

of the Servant Board. He shall give regular reports to the Servant Board and congregation. The financial records of the Church shall be audited each year; either internally or externally, based upon the recommendations of the Servant Board.

3) Records Chairman.

The Records Chairman shall provide leadership and promote the development and fulfillment of the goals and objectives of the record ministry. The Chairman shall keep an accurate record of the proceedings and decisions at all congregational meetings of the Church and Servant Board, such records to be approved at the next congregational meeting. The officer will preserve on file all written reports, official correspondence and execute official correspondence as needed. The officer shall inform all members of their election or appointment to an office or committee, and shall give legal notice to all meetings when such notice is required. At the annual meeting of the Church, the officer shall submit a statistical report on the membership of the past year. The officer shall issue credentials to all members duly chosen to represent the Church at any meetings in which the Church shall decide to be represented. The attendance records and correspondence with visitors will be kept up-to-date. The Records Chairman will submit a budget each year to the Finance Chairman and a report for the congregational meetings.

4) Deacon Chairman.

The Deacon Chairman shall provide leadership and promote the development and fulfillment of the goals and objectives of the deacon ministry of the Church. The chairman is responsible to help individuals with physical or material needs. The chairman is responsible for the collection and distribution of the Deacon's fund. The chairman will receive and seek out needs of the congregation and work with the Elders to help meet needs. They shall visit the sick and shut-in members and assist the needy. The chairman shall organize and encourage an ongoing financial counseling ministry. The Deacon Chairman will submit a budget each year to the Finance Chairman and a report for congregational meetings.

5) Outreach Chairman.

The Outreach Chairman shall provide leadership and promote the development and fulfillment of the goals and objectives of the outreach ministry of the church. In order to equip the church to carry out this work, the chairman will organize evangelism training programs and evangelistic projects. In addition, the outreach chairman shall organize follow-up contacts with church visitors. The Outreach Chairman will submit a budget each year to the Finance Chairman and a report for congregational meetings.

6) Trustee Chairman.

The Trustee Chairman shall provide leadership and promote the development and fulfillment of the goals and objectives of the building ministry of the church. It shall be the responsibility of the Trustee to keep the building and physical property of the church in good repair, for which the Trustee shall have authority to spend a maximum of $500.00 for each incident without prior approval, within the limits of their budget. Any repairs over this amount should be presented to the Servant Board or Congregation for approval. Subject to Servant Board approval, the Trustee shall prescribe the duties of and supervise the performance of any janitorial / maintenance contractors. When appropriate, the trustee shall be appraised of any volunteer work being done on the building. The Trustee Chairman will submit a budget each year to the Finance Chairman and a report for congregational meetings.

D. The Church Chairman.

 

The Church Chairman shall preside at all congregational meetings and the Servant Board (not the Elder Board). The chairman shall oversee the appointment of committees as needed and be a member of all committees, but shall vote only in the event of ties, at which time the chairman shall vote last. The Chairman shall be a member of at least 25 years of age, who meets the standards of the New Testament (I Timothy 3:1-3 and Titus 1:5-9).

 

ARTICLE V - COMMITTEES

Section l - SEARCH COMMITTEE

This committee shall be elected as prescribed in Article III, Section 6, Paragraph B in the Bylaws of this Church.

Section 2 - NOMINATION COMMITTEE

The Nomination Committee shall be elected for a two-year term by the Church. They will be elected so that one-half are elected each year. They may not succeed themselves. They will present a slate of officers for all elected positions in the Church. Two members shall be elected each year. The Elder Board and Servant Board shall each select one from their number to serve on the committee, the Senior Pastor will chair the committee, making the total number of the committee members to be seven (7). The Committee will also nominate additional church representatives, as necessary, for all district and national Free Church conference meetings. The delegates to be approved by the congregation.

Section 3 - SPECIAL COMMITEES

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Ad hoc or special Committees deemed necessary to fulfill a specific purpose which is presently under consideration, shall be authorized by the Servant Board. Each committee shall be established by the election of a chairman by the Servant Board unless otherwise designated in this constitution. The chairman shall be a non-voting member of the Servant Board. Said committee shall be dissolved after its final report.

 

ARTICLE VI - AMENDMENTS

Any proposed amendment to these Bylaws must be submitted to the Servant Board in writing for review and possible recommendation. The proposed amendment would then be submitted to the church membership by the Servant Board prior to a regular business meeting which is at least 3 months prior to the next regular business meeting. At this regular business meeting the proposed amendment would be discussed and approved by a simple majority of the membership present for placement on the agenda for the next regular business meeting where the amendment must be acted upon as previously adopted and without further amendment for final adoption, but must receive the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the membership present and voting.

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These Bylaws were officially adopted by the congregation of the Illinois Valley Evangelical Free Church of Ottawa, Illinois on this date

Original Created 1992,

Amended January, 2004

Amended January, 2005

Amended October, 2006