ARTICLE VI

CHURCH OFFICERS

The officer holders of the Church should be: The Senior Pastor, Pastor, Associate Assistant Pastor(s), Operational Administrator, Trustees, Deacons, Church Secretary, Comptroller, Treasurer and , Sunday School Superintendent and Youth Pastor..

CHURCH BOARD

The official cChurch bBoard will consist of the Senior Pastor, Pastor, Operational Administrator/Chairperson, appointed Assistant Pastor, appointed Trustee(s), appointed Deacon(s), Church Secretary, Comptroller, and Treasurer , and other FPT

members recommended selected by the Senior Pastor and approved by the Church Board..  The cChurch bBoard will elect a chairperson and vice-chairperson from the existing Church Board members.

DUTIES OF OFFICERS

SECTION 1. The Senior Pastor

The church finds its headship under the Lord Jesus Christ and in its Senior Pastor.  The Senior Pastor should be honored in this sacred office as the spiritual overseer of the church as outlined here and in the official job description.  The Senior Pastor shall also be the President of the CorpsServe as a member of the Board of Directors.  The Senior Pastor shall be an ex-officio member of all committees and departments, and the Senior Pastor shall have said rights to:

1. Arrange meetings

2. Establish  Recommend Committees

3. Discipline Members

4. Recommend Pastor

54. Recommend Officers, Church Board Members, Deacons and Trustees           Trustees

6. Appoint Recommend Ministry Leaders and/or Auxiliary Leaders

5. Appoint Recommend Officers, Church Board Members, Deacons and Trustees

76. Select Nominate candidates for the Board of Directors

87. Veto any ruling or decision made by any committee,  by the cChurch bBoard.  , but tThe . Church Board can override the veto with 2/3 majority vote of the entire cChurch bBoard and / by recommendation from the Board of Directors. or department

The Senior Pastor shall participate in the setting of all salaries in conjunction with the Finance Committee.

SECTION 2. The Pastor

The Pastor must perform the duties (refer to the FPT Job Description Manual) of the Senior Pastor in his/her absence and as outlined in the official job description.  He/she along with the Deacons, Elders and Pastoral Staff, will select the new Senior Pastor, if the former Senior Pastor is no longer able to perform duties and/or in the event of death of the Senior Pastor.

The Pastor also has the authority to:

1. Arrange Meetings

2. Appoint Recommend Ministry Leaders and/or Auxiliary Leaders

3. Establish Recommend Committees

4. Discipline Members

The Pastor has the authority to perform these duties, with the approval of the Senior Pastor.

SECTION 3. The AssistantAssociate Pastor(s)

The Assistant Associate Pastor(s) should assist the Senior Pastor / Pastor at the Pastors’ discretion.  In the event the Senior Pastor and Pastor are no longer able to perform their duties (refer to the FPT Job Description Manual)(refer to Article VI Sections 1 & 2), the Assistant Associate Pastor(s) will perform the Pastoral duties until said person or another person is ordained by God to perform in that particular role.

SECTION 4. The Deacons

The Deacons shall assist the Pastor(s) in looking after the spiritual and temporal welfare of the church (Philippians 1:1; I Timothy 3:8-13; Acts 6:3).  The Deacons should: (refer to the FPT Job Description Manual)

1. See that the church is warmed, lighted and cleaned;

2. See that order is maintained in the church and on its grounds;

3. See that no unscriptural doctrine is preached in the church;

4. See that proper literature is circulated among the members;

5. See that the building and grounds of the church are maintained

6. Assist in selecting a new Senior Pastor in the event of death, dismissal or resignation.

7. Be responsible for supervision at any Non-FPT sponsored function held at the church.

SECTION 5. The Elder(s)

The Elder(s) shall assist the Pastor(s) in looking after the spiritual welfare of the church (Supply Scripture Here).  The Elder(s) should: (refer to the FPT Job Description Manual) Add in the case of the Sr. Pastor and Pastor being unable to fulfill their duties, the elder will serve as interim by approval.

SECTION 6. The Minister(s)

The Minister(s) shall assist thethe Pastor((s)) in looking after the spiritual welfare of the church (Supply Scripture Here).  The Minister(s) should: (refer to the FPT Job Description Manual)

SECTION 75. The Trustee(s)

The Trustee(s) shall serve in the advisory capacity with the Pastors and Operational Administrator in all matters pertaining to the administration of the business and work of the church.  In the event the Operational Administrator is absent, an appointed trustee can be authorized to sign checks. (refer to the FPT Job Description Manual).

SECTION 68. The Church Secretary

The Church Secretary shall keep the minutes of the official meetings of the Church Board and of the annual and special business meetings of the church.  The Church Secretary shall keep a record of membership in the Church Roster Book, and perform any other clerical work necessary to the proper discharge of this office.   In addition, the Church Secretary will also may be recommended to serve as secretary for the Board of Directors recording minutes of all meetings, and have no voting authority. (refer to the FPT Job Description Manual).

SECTION 97. The Comptroller

The Comptroller shall make records of moneys received into the church.  Said funds are then to be deposited with the Treasurer who shall furnish a receipt thereof.  The Comptroller shall keep an account of all disbursements and know the financial status of the church at all times.  The Comptroller may be authorized to sign checks and pay the bills.  The Comptroller will also provide a detailed financial report at the annual church business meeting and annual Board of Directors meeting.  (refer to the FPT Job Description Manual)

SECTION 108.  Treasurer

It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to receive and keep an accurate record of all moneys received and for what purpose the same were paid out.  He/She shall make bank deposits and handle related business.  The treasurer is authorized to sign checks and to pay the bills. The Treasurer will perform any other financial work necessary to the proper discharge of this office (refer to the FPT Job Description Manual).

SECTION 119. Operational Administrator

The Operational Administrator will supervise or oversee all day-to-day operational business of the church as deemed by the Church Board.  It will be the responsibility of the Operational Administrator and Senior Pastor to determine salaried and/or stipend positions with approval by the Church Board.  The Operational Administrator is authorized to sign checks. (refer to the FPT Job Description Manual)

SECTION 12. Church Board Chairman

The Church Board Chairman shall set the agenda for and preside over meetings of the church board.  The Chairman will be elected by majority vote of the Church Board. (refer to the FPT Job Description Manual)

SECTION 13. Church Board Vice Chairman

The Church Board Vice Chairman shall assist the Chairman and set the agenda for and preside over meetings of the church board in the Chairman’s absence.  The Vice Chairman will be elected by majority vote of the Church Board. (refer to the FPT Job Description Manual)

SECTION 10.  Youth Pastor

Description TBA.

ARTICLE VII

MEMBERSHIP ELIGIBILITY

Eligibility for membership in this church shall include the concurrence in the following:

1. Candidates shall give evidence of a personal living faith in the Lord Jesus Christ according to the scripture (Acts 2:47);

2. Candidates shall agree to be governed by its Constitution and By-Laws as herein set forth;

3. Candidates shall give of their time, energy, substance, and resources for the furthering, proclamation, and perpetuation of the gospel that lies in the mission of the church;

4. Candidates must be willing to adhere to and abide by the instruction and guidance, generally or individually, of the Pastor(s) set forth in the church;

5. Candidates must faithfully and actively attend the Church Services, i.e., Sunday services, Bible Studies, Business Meetings, etc.

6. Candidates must have been or must be Baptized by water immersion.

7. Candidates must complete Membership Orientation Class.

ARTICLE VIII

MEMBERSHIP STANDARDS

SECTION 1. Reception of Members

The Senior Pastor, after having noted the completion of the membership eligibility requirements may accept them as full pledged members of this governed body, and they shall be accepted by the said part and given the right hand of fellowship upon fulfilling the requirements of Article VII.  Their names shall be inscribed in the Church Roster Book.

SECTION 2.  Standard of Membership

The standard of membership of Fulfilled Promise Tabernacle shall be:

a. Confession of and commitment to Jesus Christ as Personal Savior (John 1:12-13, I Peter 1:18-25).

b.  Full acceptance to the tenets of faith as set forth by the Constitution.

c. Willingness to contribute regularly to the support of the church according to scriptural standards. (Article X – Finances).

d. Shall regularly attend church services (i.e. bible study, Sunday services).

SECTION 3.  Discipline and Revision of Roster

Any member of the church who shall willfully show unscriptural conduct as interpreted by the Senior Pastor or shows doctrinal departure from the tenets of faith held by this church may be disciplined up to and including disqualification as a member.  Such discipline shall be prayerfully administered according to the scriptures by the Senior Pastor and/or Pastoral Staff.   (Matthew 18:15-17; Romans 16:17-18; I Corinthians 5:9-13; II Thessalonians 3:11-15).

ARTICLE IX

MEETINGS

Public meetings for Divine Worship should all be held each on Sundays, and will include organized Sunday School.  Meeting for public worship shall be held during the week under the direction of the Senior Pastor and will include bible study. (Hebrews 10:25).

There will be an annual business meeting of the church.  No business meeting shall be conducted unless called by the Senior Pastor, Pastor, or the Chairperson of the Church Board.  The OfficialChurch Board shall meet for the transaction of the routine business of the church.  A simple majority (one-half + 1) of the Board must be present to constitute a quorum.

ARTICLE X

FINANCES

The assembly shall be financed according to the scriptural method of tithes, offerings, church projects approved by the Senior Pastor, and contributions of members and friends., and church projects approved by the Senior Pastor.  The Senior Pastor, Pastor, Operational Administrator, Comptroller, Treasurer, or and appointed Trustee(s) shall be the signers for disbursements to each ministry and/or auxiliary.

ARTICLE XI

PROPERTY

SECTION 1.  All property – real or chattel (an article of personal, movable property) – shall be taken, held, sold, transferred, or conveyed in the name of Fulfilled      Promisee Tabernacle in accordance with North Carolina State Law.

SECTION 2.  The official Board of Directors of the church shall approve such conveyance, lease or mortgage.  Such documents shall be held to be conclusive evidence thereof.

ARTICLE XII

VACANCIES

SECTION 1A.  The Constitution and By-Laws shall not deprive the Senior Pastor of his present positions as Senior Pastor and General Overseer as long as he maintains a right spiritual standard in accordance with the Word of God.

SECTION 1B.  The Senior Pastor shall be called for an indefinite period unless he can    

no longer function competently in his office.  In the event the Senior Pastor has serious, felonious, and/or immoral charges proven against him, or if his ministry ceases to be effective ,based on his job description (refer to FPT Job Description Manual), or no provision has been made for the termination of his ministry, the Church Board may bring him before the Board of Accountability.

SECTION 2A.  The Trustees, Church Secretary, Comptroller, Sunday School Superintendent, Operational Administrator and d  Treasurer  shall be recommended appointed  by the Senior Pastor and approved by the Church Board for a an indefinite period of time 3 years and as long as they maintain a standard with God and function competently  in his/her office. These church officers  may resign with the proper submitted written letter of resignation or be removed by the Church Board prior to the end of the 3 year term.

SECTION 2B.  The Paid Employees, Contractors, and Stipend Recipients shall be recommended by the Senior Pastor and approved by the Church Board for a period of 3 years as long as they maintain a standard with God and function competently in his/her job. These individuals may resign with the proper submitted written letter of resignation or be removed by the Church Board prior to the end of the 3 year term.

SECTION 3. The Pastors, Church SecretaryDeacons Elects, Assistant Pastors and Elders , and Ministers Treasurer shall be appointed recommended by the Senior Pastor for an indefinite period of time and as long as they maintain a standard with God and function competently in  his/her office.  These positions may resign with a properly submitted written letter of resignation or be removed by the Church Board.

SECTION 4.  The term of service for those appointed shall begin in January of each year or on the first Sunday immediately following the appointment.

SECTION 5.  Any other office may be declared vacant when he/she no longer maintains a standard with God, nor functions as competent defined in that job description office, or is dismissed according to the Senior Pastor’s  and/or Pastor’s discretion.

ARTICLE XIII

DEPARTMENTS

SECTION 1.  Pastoral Staff

It shall be the duty of Fulfilled Promise Tabernacle’s pastoral staff to carry out functions assigned to them by the Senior Pastor. (refer to the FPT Job Description Manual)

SECTION 2.  Sunday School

The Sunday School shall be conducted as a branch of the activities of the assembly.  The superintendent shall be appointed annually.  The Sunday School shall be governed and supported by the church.  All officers should be punctual, faithful, and accurate.  They should take a deep interest in their work, and labor conscientiously to do their best.  Each school should have a financial objective for its school supplies.  It should include missions, extension, and education.  The Senior Pastor and Superintendent shall appoint all teachers and workers to the Sunday School.

1. Children’s Church

2. Nursery

SECTION 3.  Hospitality Department

The purpose of the Hospitality Department is to foster care and outreach to members of Fulfilled Promise Tabernacle and the community, such as the elderly, the sick and shut-in, the homeless, etc.

SECTION 4.  Usher Board

The purpose of the Usher Board shall be to maintain order in a dignified manner in the church during services.

1. In His Service

2. Armor Bearers

SECTION 5.  Music & Arts Department

The purpose of the Music Department is to serve Fulfilled Promise Tabernacle’s Fulfilled Promise Tabernacle will have various departments consisting of ministries and auxiliaries that will sustain the vision and administration of the Church.   These entities should be governed and supported by the Church.  Leads/members in these ministries and auxiliaries should take a deep interest in their work, and labor conscientiously to do their best.  Leads should carry out duties as defined in Fulfilled Promise Tabernacle Position Description.ministry with a variety of musical and artistic gifts and talents.

1. Band

2. Praise & Worship Team

3. Adult Choirs

4. Youth Choir

5. Children’s Choir

6. Dance Teams

7. Drama Team

SECTION 6.  Men’s Ministry

The purpose of the Men’s Ministry is to create, establish, and maintain spirit-filled men of God who will be assets to the Body of Christ while assisting this church in its effort to restore families to God’s original purpose.

SECTION 7.  Married Couple’s Ministry

The purpose of the Married Couple’s Ministry is to equip married couples to understand and embrace the mystery of “oneness” and the power of unity in the family.

SECTION 8.  Women’s Ministry

The purpose of the Women’s Ministry is to be a training ground for teaching women their purpose and calling in God’s original plan.

SECTION 9. Single’s Ministry

The purpose of the Single’s Ministry is to focus on preparing unmarried individuals for God’s divine purpose during their time of singleness.

SECTION 10.  Marketing Team

The purpose of the Marketing Team is to develop and execute programs that keep the general public aware of the events and activities of Fulfilled Promise Tabernacle.

SECTION 11.  Youth Ministry

The purpose of the Youth Ministry is to train and teach children to walk with the Lord while they are young.

SECTION 12.  IMAGE Ministry

The purpose of the IMAGE (spell out acronym) Ministry is to help protect the innocence of young girls, ages 9-18, through education in biblical principles which govern life’s choices including drug prevention and abstinence until marriage.

SECTION 13.  BLAAZE Ministry

Get description from one of the leaders

ARTICLE XIV

ORDER OF BUSINESS

Business meetings shall be governed by the accepted rules of parliamentary procedure, and should be conducted in the Spirit of Christ, and brotherly counsel.  The regular Order of Business for the Annual Meeting of the church should be as follows:

Approval of minutes

Report of the Comptroller and Treasurer

Report of the Departments/Committees

Update of Roster

Unfinished Business

New Business

Appointment of Officers

Adjournment

ARTICLE XV

AMENDMENTS

This document may be amended at any regular or special business meeting of the Board of Directors by a majority vote of the directors present.  Anyone wishing to make an amendment must submit said amendment in writing to the Church Secretary or Chairperson of the Church Board.

ARTICLE XVI

CONTRACTS, LOANS, CHECKS, AND DEPOSITS

SECTION 1.  Contracts.

The Board of Directors may authorize any officer or officers, agent or agents, to enter into any contract or execute and deliver any instrument on behalf of the cCorporation, and such authority may be general or confined to specific instances.

SECTION 2.  Loans.   

No loans shall be contracted on behalf of the cCorporation and no evidence of indebtedness shall be issued in its name unless authorized by a resolution of the Board of Directors.  Such authority may be general or confined to specific instances.

SECTION 3.  Checks and Drafts.

All checks, drafts or other orders for the payment of money issued in the name of the cCorporation shall be signed by such officer or officers, agent or agents of the cCorporation and in such a manner as shall from time to time be determined by resolution of the Board of Directors.

SECTION 4.  Deposits.

All funds of the corporation not otherwise employed shall be deposited from time to time to the credit of the corporation in such depositories as the Board of Directors shall direct.

ARTICLE XVII

GENERAL PROVISIONS

SECTION 1.  Seal.

The seal of the corporation shall bear the following inscription and an impression of the same shall be affixed to these By-Laws:

FULFILLED PROMISE TABERNACLE, INC.

SEAL

NORTH CAROLINA

SECTION 2.  Waiver of Notice.

Whenever any notice is required to be given to any Director under the provisions of the North Carolina Nonprofit Corporation Act or under the provisions of the Charter or By-Laws of this cCorporation, a waiver thereof in writing signed by the individual entitled to such notice, whether before or after the time stated therein, shall be equivalent to the giving of such notice.

SECTION 3.  Inconsistencies.

In case any provision of these By-Laws shall be inconsistent with the Articles of Incorporation, the Articles of Incorporation shall govern.