Constitution and By-Laws
Lake Placid Baptist Church
Lake Placid, NY
Our mission is to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ
We declare and establish this constitution to preserve and secure the principles of our faith and to govern the body in an orderly manner. This constitution will preserve the liberties of each individual church member and the freedom of action of this body in relation to other churches.
This body shall be known as the Lake Placid Baptist Church of Lake Placid, NY.
The mission of our church is to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
The objectives of our church are derived from four main passages of Scripture: Matthew 22:37-40, Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8 and Acts 2:42-47. A full explanation of our objectives may be found in the Operations Manual. Our objectives are to:
V. STATEMENT OF BASIC BELIEFS
We affirm the Holy Bible as the inspired Word of God and the basis for our beliefs. This church subscribes to the doctrinal statement of the Baptist Faith and Message as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2000. We voluntarily band ourselves together as a body of baptized believers in Jesus Christ, personally committed to sharing the good news of salvation to lost mankind. The ordinances of the church are believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
VI. CHURCH COVENANT
Believing that God has led each of us to join together with this church family, we affirm our commitments to the Lord and each other as described in our church covenant, which is located in the Operations Manual.
VII. POLITY AND RELATIONSHIPS
The government of this church is vested in the body of believers who compose it. All internal groups created and empowered by the church shall report to and be accountable only to the church, unless otherwise specified by the church action. This church is subject to the control of no other ecclesiastical body, but it recognizes and sustains the obligations of mutual counsel and cooperation that are common among Baptist churches. Insofar as is practical, this church will cooperate and support the Adirondack Baptist Association, the Baptist Convention of New York, and the Southern Baptist Convention.
VIII. OPERATIONS MANUAL
The purpose of the Operations Manual is to provide in one place the policies and procedures of Lake Placid Baptist Church. The Operations Manual, working together with the Constitution and By-Laws, clearly explains what God has called us to do and how He has called us to do it.
I. CHURCH MEMBERSHIP
Section 1: General
This is a sovereign and democratic Baptist church under the lordship of Jesus Christ. The membership retains unto itself the exclusive right of self-government in all phases of the spiritual and temporal life of this church. The membership reserves the right to determine who shall be members of this church and conditions of such membership.
Section 2: Candidacy
The membership of this church shall be composed of persons who have publicly professed their faith in Christ, who have been baptized by immersion, who have completed the Discovering Lake Placid Membership class, and who have been received by vote of the church,
OR, a member of another Baptist church of like faith and order may be received by vote of the church upon receipt of a letter of transfer from that church and the completion of the Discovering Lake Placid Membership class,
OR, one who gives a statement of his/her faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who has been baptized by immersion, who has completed the Discovering Lake Placid Membership class, and who has been received by vote of the church.
Section 3: Rights of Members
Every member of the church is entitled to vote at all elections and on all questions submitted to the church in conference, provided the member is present or provision has been made for absentee balloting.
Everymember of the church is eligible for consideration by membership as candidates for elective offices in the church.
Section 4: Termination of Membership
Membership shall be terminated in the following ways:
Section 5: Discipline
It shall be the practice of this church to emphasize to its members that every reasonable measure will be taken to assist any troubled member. The pastor, elders, church staff, and deacons are available for counsel and guidance. The attitude of members toward one another shall be guided by a concern for redemption rather than punishment.
Should some serious condition exist which causes a member to become a liability to the general welfare of the church, the pastor, elders and deacons will take every reasonable measure to resolve the problem in accord with Matthew 18. If it becomes necessary for the church to take action to exclude a member, a two-thirds vote of the members present is required; and the church may proceed to declare the person to be no longer in the membership of the church. All such proceedings shall be pervaded by a spirit of Christian kindness and forbearance.
The church may restore to membership any person previously excluded, upon request of the excluded person, and by a vote of the church, upon evidence of the excluded person’s repentance and reformation.
II. CHURCH ORDINANCES
Section 1: Baptism
This church shall receive for baptism any person who has received Jesus Christ as Savior by personal faith, who professes him publicly, and who indicates a commitment to follow Christ as Lord. Baptism shall be by immersion in water. The believer submits to the ordinance of baptism as an act of obedience to his Lord, but the ordinance is not a part of, nor essential to, his salvation. The pastor, or whomever the church shall authorize, shall administer the baptism. Baptism shall be administered as an act of worship of the church. A person who professes Christ and is not baptized after a reasonable length of time shall be counseled by the pastor, elders, staff and/or deacons. If negative interest is ascertained on the part of the candidate, he shall be deleted from those awaiting baptism.
Section 2: The Lord’s Supper
The church shall observe the Lord’s Supper monthly unless otherwise scheduled by the church. The pastor, elders and deacons shall administer the Lord’s Supper.
III. CHURCH OFFICERS AND MINISTRY LEADERS
All who serve as officers of the church and those who serve as ministry leaders shall be members of this church.
Section 1: Church Officers
The officers of this church shall be pastor, elders, the church staff, deacons, a moderator, a clerk, a treasurer and trustees. Complete job descriptions for these officers may be found in the Operations Manual.
Section 2: Ministry Leaders
The church shall select Ministry Leaders to oversee the various ministries of the church. These leaders shall serve until they no longer feel called to serve in their role, or until they are removed from leadership because of the need for disciplinary procedures to be invoked (see By-Laws Article I, Section 5). A list and description of the Ministry Leaders is located in the Operations Manual.
IV. CHURCH MINISTRIES
The church will develop ministries to fulfill the God-given objectives of the church, as stated in Article IV of the church constitution. The church will select Ministry Leaders, as needed, to work with the Elders & Deacons to lead these Ministry Teams. The Operations Manual contains a complete listing of the Ministry Teams.
V. CHURCH MEETINGS
Section 1: Worship Services
The church shall meet regularly each Sunday and Wednesday for the worship of Almighty God. Prayer, praise, preaching, instruction and evangelism shall be among the elements of these services.
Section 2: Special Services
Revival services and any other church meetings essential to the advancement of the church’s objectives shall be placed on the church calendar.
Section 3: Regular Business Meetings
The church shall hold quarterly business meetings at a designated time.
Section 4: Special Business Meetings
The church may conduct called business meetings to consider matters of special nature and significance. A one-week notice must be given for the specially called business meeting unless extreme urgency renders such notice impractical. The notice shall include the subject, the date, and the time and place and it must be given in such a manner that all resident members have opportunity to know of the meeting.
Voting Procedures – On matters of critical importance to the church (i.e., removal of the pastor, etc.) the parents of members below the age of 18 are charged with explaining the issue to their children.
Section 5: Quorum
The quorum consists of those members who attend the business meeting provided it is a stated meeting or one that has been properly called.
Section 6: Parliamentary Procedure
Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised is the authority for parliamentary rules of procedure for all business meetings of the church.
VI. CHURCH FINANCES
Section 1: Finance Team
The Finance Team shall be comprised of three people: the Church Treasurer, one of the Trustees, and one of the Elders. At the fall business meeting, it shall be determined who will serve on the Finance Team for the upcoming year.
Section 2: Budget
The Finance Team, in consultation with the church officers, shall prepare and submit to the church for approval an inclusive budget, indicating by items the amount needed and sought for all local and other expenses. This budget shall be presented to the church for approval at the fall business meeting.
Section 3: Fiscal Year
The church fiscal year shall begin on January 1 and end on December 31 of each year.
Section 4: Administration of Church Ministry Resources
Section 1: Amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws
Changes in the constitution and by-laws may be made at any regular business meeting of the church provided each amendment was presented in writing at a previous business meeting and copies of the proposed amendment was furnished to each member present at the earlier meeting. Amendments to the constitution shall be by two-thirds vote of the church members present. Amendments to the by-laws shall have a concurrence of a majority of the members present and voting.
Section 2: Amendments to the Operations Manual
Changes in the Operations Manual may be made at any regular business meeting of the church. Amendments to the Operations Manual shall have a concurrence of a majority of the members present and voting.