Constitution

ST. JOHN’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, BOALSBURG, PA
CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE I – NAME

The name of this Church shall be St. John’s United Church of Christ, Boalsburg, County of Centre, and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

ARTICLE II – MISSION

The mission of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Boalsburg is: to worship the living God; to build upon the foundation for living, given in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, our Savior; to share and proclaim God’s love as a community of believers in fellowship and service; and to aid and encourage individuals to grow spiritually to their fullest potential, empowered by the Holy Spirit.

ARTICLE III – AFFILIATION

This Church shall be affiliated with the United Church of Christ, the Northern Association, and the Penn Central Conference, and it shall sustain that relationship to the United Church of Christ described in those portions of the Constitution and By-Laws of the United Church of Christ relating to local churches.

ARTICLE IV – MEMBERSHIP

Membership in this Congregation shall be open to any person who: desires to lead a Christian life, has been baptized, confirmed, received by letter of transfer, or by affirmation or reaffirmation of faith; acknowledges Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior; and obligates oneself to attend divine worship, commune regularly, and contribute to the support of the Church.

All members are entitled to a voice.  Active, inactive, and associate members are entitled to vote, hold office, and serve on committees, unless stated otherwise in the By-Laws.

ARTICLE V – MEETINGS

The Congregation shall hold annual and special congregational meetings as are provided for in the By-Laws.

ARTICLE VI – GOVERNANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

The governing documents of St. John’s United Church of Christ are the Constitution, By-Laws, and policies.  The legislative and administrative powers of the Congregation are vested in the Congregation itself, assembled in meetings as provided for in the Constitution and By-Laws and subject to the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania relating to nonprofit corporations.

It shall be the prerogative of the Congregation to discuss and/or decide by vote, issues such as: the buying, selling, or renting of real property; building projects; extensive repairs to church property; the calling of pastor(s); special programs, projects, or commitments involving Church-wide participation; election of Council members; approving the Church budget; amendments to the Church Constitution and By-Laws; controversial Church issues; the philosophical direction of the work of the Congregation; such other powers and prerogatives as set forth in the Constitution and By-Laws; and other similar issues.  The transaction of all other business and the administration of the Church are entrusted to the Church Council.

ARTICLE VII – COUNCIL

The Council shall be the executive body of the Church.  The Council shall be composed of twelve (12) adult Council members, one (1) youth Council member, and the Pastor.

ARTICLE VIII – COUNCIL MEMBER

An adult Council member is a member of the Church, elected by the Congregation and ordained (by the laying on of hands) for a three (3) year term.  Four adult Council members will be elected annually.

A youth Council member is a member of the Church, elected by the Congregation and ordained (by the laying on of hands) for a one (1) year term. The youth Council member must be enrolled in grade 9, 10, 11, or 12 during part of the elected term.

ARTICLE IX – PASTOR

The Congregation shall call as pastor(s), only seminary graduates who are ordained or are approved for ordination and who have standing or who can be approved for standing in the United Church of Christ.  To continue to serve as pastor of this Congregation, ministers shall maintain standing in the United Church of Christ.

The Pastor’s ministry may be terminated in accordance with the procedures detailed in the By-Laws and the Pastor’s call agreement.

ARTICLE X – PARLIAMENTARIAN

The Parliamentarian is a member of the Church, appointed by the Council for a one (1) year term, to advise the Council President and meeting moderators on Constitutional and By-Law matters.  The Parliamentarian shall be available for council meetings and congregational meetings.  If present, the Parliamentarian will monitor the number of voting members to assure a quorum is present.  The Parliamentarian shall have custody of a copy of the official Church Constitution, By-Laws, and policies.

ARTICLE XI – AMENDMENTS

Proposed amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws may be initiated by the Council, a standing committee, or members of the Church, and shall be acted upon in accordance with the following procedures:

A proposed amendment shall first be submitted to the Council in the form of a petition containing the exact wording of the amendment, the justification therefore, and the signatures of at least ten (10) members of the Church.  If an amendment is initiated by the Council, the signature portion of the petition is not required.

The Council shall then thoroughly review all aspects of the amendment petition for completeness, adequacy and accuracy.  Following Council review of the petition, a Congregational meeting will be held, at which time, the proposed amendment and justification shall be presented in writing.  By a three-fourths affirmative vote of the members present and voting, the proposed amendment will be adopted.

Adopted 10/25/09

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