THE CONSTITUTION OF
THE NEW BEGINNING CHURCH INTERNATIONAL
In order to establish our work on a more efficient and solid foundation, we, the members of the said church, affirm our belief that God’s people should be conscientiously set in order, and that it is needful for them to be efficiently organized to successfully carry on the gospel work and properly handle their business affairs. “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” The main purpose of this Constitution is to provide rules to govern the Church, according to the Word of God, that we may advance in knowledge and the will of God (Titus 1:5; Ephesians 4:11-12).
ARTICLE I: THE CHURCH
Section I: The Name
The name of the Church shall be known as The New Beginning Church International, Monroe County, Rochester, New York.
GENDER, MARRIAGE, AND SEXUALITY
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Gen 1:26-27). Rejection of one's biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
We believe the term "marriage" has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Gen 2:18-25). New Beginning Church International will only conduct a marriage ceremony and recognize the marriage between a biological man and a biological woman.
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor. 6:9-10).
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11).
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated.
CONFIDENTIALITY OF CHURCH RECORDS:
No member shall have the right to inspect the church records as to (i) the disciplining of any member, (ii) the hiring or firing of any employee, (iii) the need or problems of any member or employee, (iv) the financial contributions of any member, or (v) any other records which the Pastor and Board members may determine to be in the best interests of the church to keep confidential.
Section II: Purpose
1. To establish and maintain a place of worship
2. To unite a people of like precious faith in the bonds of brotherly love and fellowship (Romans 12:10)
3. To assemble and worship God in spirit and in the truth, and be taught from the Word of God. (John 4:24)
4. To proclaim the gospel to the lost everywhere admonishing them to believe, repent, and to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. (John 1:29; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38)
5. To provide rules of Christian conduct based on the Word of God (Titus 2).
ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP
Section I: Eligibility
Anyone believing in and accepting the Apostolic doctrine as set forth by Jesus and His Apostles in the Word of God which is the new birth.
Therefore, it is imperative that one must be born again of water (birth) and of the Spirit to obtain membership (John 3:5).
Section II: Requirements
As a member of the church, each one must accept the following obligations:
1. To cleanse one’s self from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit perfecting Holiness in the fear of God (2 Corinthians 7:1). All works of the flesh; that is, those sins which are mentioned in Galatians 5: 19-21, are considered unbecoming to a member of the church.
2. To conduct one’s self everywhere as becomes a Christian.
3. To manifest a spirit of brotherly love and fellowship toward all of God’s people.
4. To forsake not attending services, as the manner of some is (Hebrews 10:25).
5. To support the work of the Church with prayers, attendance, and offerings (Luke 16: 11-12; 2 Corinthians 9:6-11).
6. To maintain family and secret devotion whenever permissible in the home.
7. To abide by the By-Laws of the church as prescribed in this form of local church government (Titus 2:1-8; Hebrews 13:17).
Anyone who is eligible and accepts the foregoing obligations, shall become a member of the church, he or she shall register his name and address with the Pastor, board member, or secretary, and will be received into full fellowship.
Section III: Church Discipline
1. Any member failing or refusing, after first and second admonitions, to keep the obligations and abide by the rules of the church, may be automatically suspended (Titus 3:10) or dealt with according to the following methods:
a) If any member of this church was overtaken with a fault, he or she shall be dealt with according to Galatians 6:1; James 5:19-20.
b) Any grievance arising between individual members of this church shall be dealt with according to Matthew 18:15-18.
c) Anyone leaving the church, forfeits all their rights and privileges.
d) Any officer or leader being found guilty of misconduct or sin and causing reproach upon the church shall be encouraged to seek God’s face and find repentance.
ARTICLE III: OFFICERS
Section I: Names of Officers
1. The officers of the church shall be as follows; a Pastor, and assistant Pastor, Elders as members of a church board -- at least 3 and not more than 12 -- and Trustees, a secretary and treasurer.
Section II: Eligibility
1. The Pastor and all officers must have a good recommendation.
2. Any person that is being considered for installation in an office of the church must meet Bible qualifications for that office.
Section III: The Pastor
1. The Pastor shall be chosen in the following manner:
(a) The church board shall recommend approval of said person to the assembly.
(b) The recommendation must then be endorsed by at least a two thirds (2/3) vote of the members.
2. The Pastor shall have oversight of the assembly until the Pastor and the church board jointly agrees to a change.
3. The financial support of the Pastor shall be such as he and the church board agree upon (Luke 10:7; I Corinthians 9:7-14).
The duties of the Pastor shall be:
Section IV: Assistant Pastor
1. The Assistant Pastor shall be appointed by the Pastor and ratified by the church board and the assembly.
2. His duty shall be to assist the Pastor in all matters as directed by the Pastor. .
Section V. Eligibility:
Elders shall be members of this church and shall reflect in their lives the qualifications set forth in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9. An Elder must be sound in their doctrine of Biblical and theological knowledge, and must be called of God to eldership. Every five years the church shall reconfirm (or express the withdrawal of) its confidence in each of its Elders at its Annual Meeting in the manner designated above. An Elder may, however, resign his or her office without prejudice if for good and valid reasons he finds he is no longer able to discharge the duties required.
Section V1. Duties of Elders:
The Elders shall serve together with the “Pastor (s)” according to individual giftedness in the shepherding, teaching, leading, direction and administration of all matters pertaining to the ministries of the church. Some of these duties are as follow:
1. to minister to the spiritual needs of the congregation
2. to maintain an evangelistic outreach;
3. to minister to the sick and needy;
4. to assist in conducting the ordinance;
5. to establish and maintain a long-range plan for the church’s ministry vision and its implementation.
6. to approve any committees or organizations that may be established to support the ministry of the church;
7. to arrange for Pastoral ministries to be provided if a vacancy occurs in a pastoral office.
8. to assist, when appealed to, in the resolution of differences concerning intra-church relationships;
9. to evaluate the effectiveness of the work and worship of the church, and, when necessary, take action to improve it;
10. to actively seek to raise up and train additional Elders.
11. An Elder is terminated from office by death, dis-fellowship or disqualification for office as set forth below.
13. Reaffirmation: Elders are to be reaffirmed as to their qualifications each year by the membership at the Annual Business Meeting. If an Elder receives less than a 95% vote of reaffirmation, he is to be reinvestigated as to his qualifications. A reinvestigation of qualification begins with asking those who gave a no confidence vote to: 1) talk with the Elder about the reason(s); 2) bring the matter before the Elders, with the accused Elder present, to either affirm the accusation of lack of qualification or affirm that the concern has been resolved; and 3) if less than two people come forward to meet with the Elder (s )to bring formal charges, then the matter will be placed on hold, pending the final decision of the Pastor.
14. Accusations: Elders may be subject to accusations at any time of the year. 1) The accusations must be made by at least two people. 2) Those making the accusations should meet first with the Elder in question to express their concerns. 3) If there is no resolution in private or the matter would disqualify the individual from continuing as an Elder, the matter is to be brought before the Pastor for investigation.
15. Annual Review. Each Elder is subject to annual review by the Pastor. Those found negligent or incompetent to carry out their responsibilities might be subject to Correction and/or Removal as outlined below.
16. Correction: If an Elder is accused of any of the above items , the matter is to be investigated by the Pastor, searching for all relevant facts to determine the truth or falsity of the accusations. If the accusations are determined to be false, those making the false accusations are to be rebuked, with church discipline carried out if there is no repentance. If the accusations are determined to be true, the Pastor is to determine if it is a matter of disqualification from being an Elder or a matter of correction. Disqualification would be for no longer meeting the character qualifications listed in 1 Timothy 3:1-6 and Titus 1:6-9, or serious negligence of responsibilities, or no longer holding to the church’s Statement of Faith, or any of the causes for discipline listed above. Correction would be for misunderstandings, errors of judgment, minor doctrinal aberrations, and minor matters that do not demonstrate a failed character, etc. An Elder that is corrected is to receive it with all humility and demonstrate the fruit of repentance.
17. Removal: An Elder that is found to be disqualified is to be removed from being an Elder. An Elder that in humility recognizes his failure may resign by publicly stating that he is no longer qualified and wishes to work on the areas of failure. An Elder who continues in sin or refuses the correction given to him is to be rebuked before the congregation and removed from being an Elder. An Elder may be removed by unanimous consensus of all the Board members and/or by failure to receive a 75% vote of affirmation of the members present at a regular or special church business meeting.
Section V11: Boards of Business
A. Church Board:
1. The members of the church board called Elders shall be appointed by the Pastor and assistant Pastor.
2. Appointments to the church board shall be ratified by the assembly.
3. Should a vacancy occur on the church board, a replacement may be appointed by the
Pastor and ratified by the church board.
4. The church board, together with the Pastor, shall care for the business affairs and all property belonging to the church.
B. Trustee Board:
1. The board of trustees shall be appointed by the Pastor and ratified by the assembly.
2. The board of trustees shall serve until their successors are appointed.
3. Their duties shall be:
(a) To hold all property belonging to the church in trust for the assembly.
(b) To make legal acquirements and transactions as decided by the church board and
Section V111: Secretary-Treasurer
1. The secretary-treasurer may be one or two persons, and shall be appointed by the
Pastor and endorsed by the church board.
2. The duties of the secretary shall be to take minutes of all business meetings of the
church board and assembly.
3. The treasurer’s duties shall be to receive and care for all funds of the church to hold
the financial books open for inspection by the Pastor and/or church board.
4. The Pastor or church board may call for monthly, quarterly, or annual reports from the Treasurer, and they may call for an auditing of the books when it is deemed advisable.
5. All disbursements shall be paid by check and may be signed by the Pastor, assistant Pastor, and the Treasurer.
ARTICLE 1V: PROPERTY
Section I: Real Property
1. The title of the property shall be in the name of the church and shall be held in trust by the trustees.
2. If at any time the church needs to purchase property, build a new building, or make major repairs, the Pastor and church board shall decide upon the need and present their views to the assembly. Purchase or construction may proceed upon endorsement by a majority of the assembly.
Section II: Personal Property
1. All major purchases of personal property for the church shall be made under the direction of the Pastor endorsed by the church board.
ARTICLE V: BUSINESS MEETINGS
Section I: Business Meetings
1. A business meeting of the church must be announced publicly in at least 3 services, the first announcement being 10 days previous to the meeting date.
2. Church board meetings shall be held at least once every 3 months and additional meetings may be called at anytime by the Pastor, or in the event of an emergency, by 3 board members.
3. Voting shall be as follows:
(a) Only members in good standing shall be eligible to transact the business of the church.
(b) A quorum to act at any business meeting shall be a minimum of 51% of members in good standing.
(c) A majority vote of the members present at any business meeting shall be the deciding factor with the exception of choosing a Pastor, which requires a 2/3rd majority vote.
(d) When voting by ballot a member must mark his ballot simply with “yes” or “no”.
THE CONSTITUTION OF
THE NEW BEGINNING CHURCH INTERNATIONAL
A: We pledge ourselves to follow a holy life in all manners of conduct and obedience, and in keeping with the teaching of Jesus Christ.
B: We pledge never to cause envy or strife, and to always keep our conversation holy.
C: We pledge our cooperation in all matters and to always help in every good work.
D: We pledge our financial support as God has prospered us by regular giving of offerings.
We have accepted this church manual and will to the best of our ability endeavor to live to God’s standard.