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BY-LAWS
FRIENDS CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
College Station, Texas
Adopted
6/23/99, Amended 6/27/04, 9/21/08, 5/10/10, 12/11/11, 6/23/13, 5/17/15

 

ARTICLE I. OBLIGATION TO UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
SECTION A. WIDER CHURCH
The Congregation shall regularly contribute toward the work and mission of the United Church of
Christ, the South Central Conference, and the Brazos Association.

SECTION B. DELEGATES TO WIDER CHURCH
The appropriate number of delegates and alternates from this Congregation, as indicated by the
Constitution and the by-laws of the South Central Conference and the Brazos Association, shall
be appointed by the Church Council.

 

ARTICLE II. MEETINGS
SECTION A. CONGREGATIONAL MEETINGS
A Congregational Meeting to elect officers and receive the Annual Report will be held prior to
July 1, the start of the Church year. (The Church year runs July 1 – June 30. The fiscal year
coincides with the calendar year of January 1 – December 31.)

SECTION B. NOTICE OF MEETINGS
Notice of the Congregational meetings, including their purpose, will be given in writing at least
two weeks in advance and will be announced during worship services preceding the meeting.

SECTION C SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETINGS
A Special meeting of the Congregation may be called at any time by the Church Council or by ten (10) members of the Congregation by petition to the Moderator.  The meeting will be held within three weeks of the presentation of the petition to the Moderator. No other business will be transacted except that for which the meeting was called.

SECTION D. VOTING PRIVILEGE
Members of the Church present at a meeting will be entitled to vote. Absentee balloting may be available at the discretion of the Church Council.

SECTION E. OPEN MEETINGS
Any Church member may attend any Church meeting (excluding Pastoral Relations, and in discussions of personnel issues) in a non-voting capacity and may participate in any and all discussions.

 

ARTICLE III. ELECTIONS
SECTION A. SCHEDULE FOR ELECTIONS
At a Congregational Meeting, the Church membership will elect officers. The following
schedule will be followed:

Even Years

Odd Years

Congregational Representative

Moderator

Deputy Moderator Trustees

Vice Moderator

Treasurer

Deputy Moderator Programs

Stewardship Chair

Secretary

Personnel Chair

Congregational Representative

Youth Representative Trustees

Property Chair

Youth Representative Programs

Financial Secretary

Worship Chair

Spiritual Growth Chair

Evangelism Chair

Youth Representative Programs

Nurture Chair

Youth Representative Trustees

Justice & Mission Chair

Christian Education Chair

Pastoral Relations Rep.

Fellowship Chair

Assistant to the Treasurer Pastoral Relations Rep.
  (See Structural Diagram on Page 7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION B. TERM OF OFFICE
The term of office for all elected officers will be two (2) years and will begin on July 1
following their election, excepting Youth Representatives who serve for one (1) year terms. No
person will be elected to any one position for more than one (1) term [two (2) consecutive
years]. If appointed to fill an unfilled term, that person may be elected for one (1) additional
term (for a maximum of four years total).

The term of office for all elected Church Council positions will be two (2) years and will begin on
July 1 following their election. The same Church Council position may not be held for longer
than one (1) term with the exception of the Treasurer. The Treasurer position may be held for
two (2) consecutive terms.


SECTION C. LIMITATIONS OF SERVICE
No member of the Church will hold more than one elected position at a time, with the exception of members of the Pastoral Relations Ministry Team.

 

ARTICLE IV. NOMINATING COMMITTEE
SECTION A. PURPOSE
The purpose of this committee is to present a slate of candidates to the church membership at a Congregational Meeting.

SECTION B. MEMBERSHIP
Nominating Committee will consist of the out-going Congregational Representative, who convenes and chairs the Nominating Committee, and two other members appointed by the
Church Council (who are not currently on the Church Council), and the Pastor or Associate Pastor as an ex-officio member.

 

ARTICLE V. CHURCH COUNCIL

SECTION A. QUORUM
A quorum will consist of five (5) VOTING members.
SECTION B. CREATION OF AD HOC GROUPS
The
Church Council will have the authority to create any ad-hoc group for the purpose of examining special issues of concern and taking action in accordance.
SECTION C. VACANCIES IN POSITIONS
The
Church Council will fill any vacancies that may occur in the offices of the Church for the remaining term.
SECTION D. OPEN MEETINGS
The
Church Council may not hold closed meetings for any purpose, except in the case of sensitive personnel issues.
SECTION E. DUTIES OF MEMBERS OF CHURCH COUNCIL
1.
The Moderator will set the agendas and preside at meetings of the
Church Council and all Congregational Meetings.

2.
The Vice Moderator will assist the Moderator as necessary and will be Moderator Elect for the term immediately following.

3.
The Deputy Moderator of the Board of Trustees will (1) act as Chairperson of that Board (2) serve as a liaison to the
Church Council from the Board of Trustees, and (3) work with Stewardship Ministry Chair in proposing the annual Statement of Faith and Missions (budget).

4.
The Deputy Moderator of the Programs Ministry will (1) act as Chairperson of the Programs Ministry Team, (2) serve as a liaison to the
Church Council from the Programs Ministry, and (3) be responsible for ensuring leadership for major whole-church activities.

5.
The
Church Council Secretary will announce dates of Church Council and Congregational Meetings, will keep an accurate record of the meetings of the Church Council and all Congregational Meetings of the church, and make minutes available to the Congregation.

6.
The Treasurer will be responsible for (1) the disbursement of all funds as authorized in the Statement of Faith and Missions (budget), by the Board of Trustees or by the
Church Council,(2) keeping accurate records and submitting a written report to the Church Council at each monthly meeting, (3) maintaining monthly/quarterly/yearly payroll records, (4) providing W-2s to church and church related employees, (5) maintaining all financial records for IRS/Social Security according to applicable federal and state laws, and (6) coordinate with the Stewardship Ministry Chair, Financial Secretary, and other Ministry Chairs to propose a Statement of Faith and Mission (budget) to be presented to the Board of Trustees.  The Treasurer will become the Assistant Treasurer at the end of his/her term

7.  The Assistant to the Treasurer will be responsible for (1) helping the incoming treasurer learn the responsibilities of the Treasurer position and (2) remain on the bank signature card in order to act in the absence of the Treasurer.


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. The Congregational Representatives will serve as a voice for members of the Congregation for all deliberations of the
Church Council. The Congregational Representative whose term is ending that year, will convene and chair the Nominating Committee.

 

ARTICLE VI. BOARD OF TRUSTEES
SECTION A. RELATIONSHIP TO CHURCH COUNCIL
The Board of Trustees reports to the
Church Council. The Board of Trustees will seek the counsel of the Church Council for questions or concerns about established policy.

SECTION B. QUORUM
A quorum will consist of three (3) members of the Board of Trustees.

SECTION C. DUTIES OF MEMBERS OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES
1.
All individual Board of Trustees Ministries will report to and seek the counsel
of the
Church Council for questions or concerns about established policy.

2.
The Stewardship Ministry Chair will: (1) coordinate the annual stewardship
program, (2) coordinate the Wider Church Offerings, and (3). assist the Treasurer with a proposed Statement of Faith and Mission (budget) to be presented to the Board of Trustees

3.
The Financial Secretary will: (1) monitor deposits of all monies, contributions, and payments to the Church, (2) provide weekly bank receipts of deposits with breakdowns to the Treasurer, (3) reconcile the Church's financial records on a monthly basis, (4)
confidentially keep records of pledges, and (5) provide quarterly reports of giving to members and friends of the Congregation.

4.
The Property Ministry will be responsible for the maintenance and operation of any and all facilities and properties of the Church.

5.
The Personnel Ministry will: (1) make hiring recommendations to the Church Council for positions authorized by Church Council (e.g. custodian, staff assistant, child care worker, and Director of Music Ministries, and pianists), (2) develop and maintain job descriptions for all non-pastoral positions, (3) staff the nursery, (4) evaluate job performance on an annual basis, (5) make wage/salary recommendations annually to the Stewardship Ministry Chair for consideration in the Statement of Faith and Missions, and (5) verify compliance with the UCC anti-harassment policy, including obtaining background checks.

6.
The Youth Representative will provide a youth perspective to all deliberations of the Board of Trustees.

 

ARTICLE VII. PROGRAMS MINISTRY
SECTION A. RELATIONSHIP TO CHURCH COUNCIL
The Programs Ministry reports to the
Church Council. The Programs Ministry will seek the counsel of the Church Council for questions or concerns about established policy.

SECTION B. QUORUM

A quorum will consist of at least five (5) voting members of the Programs Ministry.

SECTION C. DUTIES OF MINISTRIES
1.
All individual Programs Ministries will report to and seek the counsel of the Programs Ministry for questions or concerns about established policy.

2.
The Christian Education Ministry will: (1) oversee educational programs for children and youth such as Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Nursery, Youth Group, and other programs as they are developed, (2) recruit and train leaders for these programs, and (3) obtain any necessary materials and supplies for Christian Education.

3.
The Evangelism Ministry will lead and equip the Congregation in reaching out to visitors and the community to share in the life of the Church. The Evangelism Ministry will be responsible for community visibility of the Church.

4.
The Nurture Ministry will assist and coordinate the care and nurture of Church members and friends of the Congregation.

5.
The Fellowship Ministry will lead, develop, and promote the fellowship life of the Congregation.

6.
The Worship Ministry will cooperate with the Pastor in developing worship services for the Congregation. The Worship Ministry will co-ordinate with the Personnel Ministry Chair in staffing Director of Music Ministries position. The Director of Music Ministries will be an ex-officio member of the Worship Ministry.

7.
The Spiritual Growth Ministry will assist and co-ordinate spiritual growth opportunities such as adult Sunday School, theology and book discussion groups, activities, and literature.

8.
The Justice and Missions Ministry will extend the work of the Church to the community and the world through education on social justice issues and service projects and offerings.

9.
The Youth Representative will provide a youth perspective to all deliberations of the Programs Ministry.

 

ARTICLE VIII. OTHER PROGRAMS OF THE CHURCH
SECTION A. RELATIONSHIPS TO THE CHURCH
The Church may enter into relationships with outside programs or organizations. These
organizations are fiscally accountable through Church Council. They will have on file a Statement of Purpose and will report at least annually to Church Council. They cannot encumber debt in the name of Friends Congregational Church. If the programs or organizations dissolve, they are responsible for resolving any outstanding debts with the Church. Outstanding assets will be dispersed through agreement with the entitity’s officers and the
Church Council.

 

ARTICLE IX. PASTORAL RELATIONS MINISTRY
SECTION A. COMPOSITION AND TERM OF OFFICE

The Pastoral Relations Ministry Pastorate Team will consist of four members. Two will be appointed by the Church Council and two elected by the Congregation. The Pastoral Relations Ministry Associate Pastorate Team will consist of four members. Two will be appointed by the Church Council and two elected by the Congregation. The term of office for members of each team is two (2) years with one appointed and one elected member taking office each year.

SECTION B. DUTIES
Each respective Pastoral Relations Ministry team will serve as an advocate of the ministry and as a confidant of the Pastor and Associate Pastor so as to anticipate and resolve problems that might arise as well as work with the Pastor and Associate Pastor to permit that individual to grow and mature with the Congregation. The ministry teams will seek to work with the Pastor or
Associate Pastor in helping that person develop goals for the pastoral ministry and growth and development of the Church. Each ministry team will meet with the Pastor or Associate Pastor on at least a quarterly basis to discuss these goals and the hopes and aspirations of members of the Congregation. Meetings are closed due to the sensitive nature of information discussed.


SECTION C. ANNUAL EVALUATION OF PASTOR AND ASSOCIATE PASTOR
The Pastoral Relations Ministry Pastorate Team will evaluate the Pastor annually-- celebrating successes and setting goals for the coming year. They will make a salary recommendation (based on guidelines from the United Church of Christ) to the Stewardship Ministry Chair for preparing the Annual Statement of Faith and Missions.

The Pastoral Relations Ministry Associate Pastorate Team, in consultation with the Pastor, will evaluate the Associate Pastor annually--celebrating successes and setting goals for the coming year. They will make a salary recommendation (based on guidelines from the United Church of Christ) to the Stewardship Ministry Chair for preparing the Annual Statement of Faith and Missions.

 

ARTICLE X. PASTOR
SECTION A. VACANCY
When a vacancy occurs in the Pastorate, the
Church Council will appoint a Search
Committee of seven (7) persons from the Church membership and will, with the cooperation of the South Central Conference, United Church of Christ, recommend to the church a suitable candidate for the position.

SECTION B. TERMINATION
The termination of Pastoral duties may be effected by Congregational vote or by the Pastor upon ninety (90) days written notice. The requirement of the ninety days may be waived by mutual consent of the Pastor and the
Church Council.

 

ARTICLE XI. ASSOCIATE PASTOR
SECTION A. VACANCY
When a vacancy occurs in the Associate Pastorate, the Church Council will appoint a Search Committee of seven (7) persons from the Church membership and will, with the cooperation of the South Central Conference, United Church of Christ, recommend to the church a suitable candidate for the position.


SECTION B. TERMINATION
The termination of Associate Pastoral duties may be effected by Congregational vote or by the Associate Pastor upon ninety (90) days written notice. The requirement of the ninety days may be waived by mutual consent of the Associate Pastor and the Church Council

 

If appointed to fill an unfilled term, that person may be elected for one (1) additional term.

 

The term of office for all elected Steering positions will be two (2) years and will begin on July 1 following their election. The same Steering position may not be held for longer than one (1) term, with the exception of the Treasurer. The Treasurer position may be held for two (2) consecutive terms.