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ARTICLE I. NAME AND AFFILIATION Section 1. Name

The name of this corporation is (Name of church, of City, State.)

Pastor/Elder Led Government.

Section 2. Affiliation & Governance

1. (Name of church, of City, State,) hereinafter referred to as (Name of church) is a not-for-profit corporation located in and governed by the laws of the state of (State). 2. (Name of Church) is affiliated with and chartered by Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as Open Bible Churches) of Des Moines, Iowa, as its spiritual and legal authority. 3. (Name of Church) commits that its bylaws shall be written and remain in harmony with the spirit of the Policies and Principles of Open Bible Churches.

ARTICLE II. MEMBERSHIP Section 1. Acceptance into Membership

A. Membership in (Name of Church) shall be available to those who have made the decision to become a Christ-follower, who have completed the required Membership Class and who desire to commit themselves in love and fellowship to (Name of Church), its pastor staff, and its elders. Upon completion of the aforementioned requirements, the applicants shall be presented to the elders and congregation to be acknowledged and received into membership in a public service. B. An individual must be at least 12 years old to be eligible for membership. C. No member of (Name of Church) shall hold membership in another church simultaneously.

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Section 2. Active Members

A. Active members are those individuals who have been properly received into membership, and who subscribe to and adhere to the doctrines outlined in the Statement of Faith of Open Bible Churches. B. Active members are expected to give physical, financial and spiritual cooperation according to their ability.

Section 3. Inactive Members

Church members inactive in attendance and support of the local church for three consecutive months without just cause as determined by the church elders may be placed on the inactive list and shall be so notified by letter from the elders. A member desiring to return to active membership may make application to the elders and may be reinstated upon favorable decision. Those on an inactive membership list do not have the right of vote or participation in business meetings. After one year, inactive members may be dropped from church membership by the elders and shall be so notified by letter.

Section 4. Discipline

Any member found guilty of immorality, heretical teaching, agitation, causing strife among the members, or failure to be in harmony or in cooperation with the program of the church and the senior pastor, and these bylaws, shall be dealt with first by the senior pastor, and, if necessary, by the elders. Any member who refuses to receive corrective discipline in the spirit of restoration, may be dismissed from membership by the senior pastor, with the approval of the elders.

Section 5. Transfer of Membership

Members wishing to transfer their membership to another church affiliated with Open Bible Churches shall be given a letter of transfer by the secretary of the church, signed by the senior pastor, upon written request, provided that the member is in good standing at the time of request.

Section 6. Membership Meetings

A. Business Meetings 1. The time and place for all membership business meetings shall be determined by the senior pastor and elders. 2. Voting privilege shall be accorded only to members in good standing who are 18 years of age or older and who have been members for a period of at least 30 days. Absentee ballots shall not be permitted. 3. An Annual Business Meeting shall be held during the first quarter of the year. (Name of Church) Bylaws 2

4. Special business meetings may be called by official, written notice to the active church membership by the senior pastor or majority of the elders, upon notification of the senior pastor. 5. Active voting members in attendance shall constitute a quorum at all business meetings. Membership decisions shall be by majority vote unless otherwise stipulated herein. B. Notices Notices of all regular or special business meetings of the church shall be published not less than two weeks before the date of the proposed meeting. Official notice shall be given by announcement during the regularly scheduled services and by written, mailed notice distributed to the active membership.

ARTICLE III. SENIOR PASTOR Section 1. Qualifications

The senior pastor shall be a credentialed minister in good standing with Open Bible Churches. The senior pastor shall exemplify the characteristics of a godly Christian life and possess the qualities of a spiritual leader as portrayed in 1 Timothy 3:1-7.

Section 2. Description

A. The senior pastor of (Name of Church) is the shepherd of the flock and serves as the lead elder. The senior pastor will provide mission and practical direction to the church body under the guidance of God, in consultation with the elders of the church, and in cooperation with Open Bible Churches. B. The senior pastor and spouse shall be members of the church by virtue of their call to serve and shall exercise full membership privileges. Staff pastors, as well as the pastor's children, may become members of the church through the regular membership procedure. The membership of the senior pastor and spouse shall terminate at the time they cease to serve in such capacities.

Section 3. Selection and Service

A. In the event the church shall be without a senior pastor, the elders and the Open Bible Churches district and regional superintendents shall have charge of the church. The elders shall select one elder to act as liaison between themselves and the congregation and also between themselves and the district and regional superintendents. His duties as liaison shall cease upon the appointment of a senior pastor. (Name of Church) Bylaws 3

B. Applicants for the pastorate shall contact the regional and district superintendents of Open Bible Churches and shall meet Open Bible eligibility requirements. C. Open Bible Churches shall present qualified applicants for consideration by the elders. After prayerful consideration, the elders will request one of the applicants to appear before and minister to the congregation as a pastoral candidate. D. Upon approval of 2/3 of active members in attendance at a meeting conducted by Open Bible Churches, a candidate will be called to serve for a one-year term. If a 2/3 approval is not obtained, the elders will confer with Open Bible Churches to seek another candidate. E. Upon completion of a one-year term of service and upon receiving a 2/3 approval of active members in attendance at a meeting conducted by the elders or Open Bible Churches, the senior pastor will be confirmed to continue serving the church. If 2/3 approval is not obtained the senior pastor's service will be discontinued within 30 days. F. The elders shall review the senior pastor every two years. Active members shall have opportunity to provide written, signed input to these reviews. G. Upon completion of a biennial review of the senior pastor that results in disagreement between the pastor and elders, the elders may petition the district and regional superintendents for assistance to resolve the disagreement. The elders and district and regional superintendents may recommend action to the regional board of directors.

Section 4. Release

A. When the senior pastor voluntarily resigns he must give at least thirty days written notice to the district and regional superintendents and the elders of the church. B. In case of a difficulty that involves misconduct by or dissatisfaction with the performance of the senior pastor, the elders may, by majority vote, request that the regional and district superintendents conduct a membership meeting for the purpose of obtaining a vote regarding the pastor's continued service. Should the regional and district superintendents recommend, and the regional board of directors so authorize, such a meeting a 2/3 approval of active members in attendance will confirm the senior pastor's continued service. If 2/3 approval is not obtained the senior pastor's service will be discontinued within 30 days. C. A violation by the senior pastor of Open Bible policies or ministerial ethics requires that Open Bible Churches be notified and assume authority over the pastor under provisions of its policies.

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D. Any church member having a charge against the senior or a staff pastor must present it in writing to the elders. It must be signed by corroborating witnesses.

Section 5. Duties

A. The senior pastor shall be chairman of the elders and shall call regular meetings of the elders and business meetings of the church. B. The senior pastor shall be the spiritual and temporal leader of the church and shall minister to the spiritual needs of the people. The senior pastor shall guard the membership against dissension and put forth his best efforts toward the propagation of the gospel message as set forth in the Articles of Faith of Open Bible Churches. C. The senior pastor shall strive consistently to strengthen Christian life in the membership and in the community. D. The senior pastor shall have full responsibility for the supervision of all services of the church and all meetings of the church membership and officials, except as otherwise herein provided; shall have general supervision over all departments and all other auxiliary activities; and shall be an ex-officio member of all church bodies and organizations. E. The senior pastor, along with the treasurer of the church and the Administrative Committee of the church, shall be responsible for all deposited funds, disbursements of funds and reporting of financial condition. F. The senior pastor, in the absence or disability of the secretary or treasurer of the church, shall establish that the functions of such officials are performed during their absence, and shall have the authority to delegate the responsibilities to any other members of the church, with approval of the elders. G. The senior pastor shall supervise and carry out the process of appointment of elders as outlined in Article IV, Section 1, of these bylaws. H. The senior pastor shall, with the elders, establish all pastoral and staff positions, both paid and unpaid, and shall appoint, with the elders' approval, personnel for such positions. I. The senior pastor shall be responsible, along with the elders, for a biennial review and evaluation of all pastors, elders, administrative members and staff.

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ARTICLE IV. STAFF PASTORS, OFFICERS AND DEPARTMENT HEADS Section 1: Staff Pastors

A. Qualifications Each minister of an affiliated church having the title "pastor" is required to be a credentialed minister in good standing with Open Bible Churches. They shall exemplify the characteristics of a Godly Christian life and possess the qualities of a spiritual leader as portrayed in 1 Timothy 3:1-7. B. Selection & Service 1. The church may have staff pastors who shall be appointed by the senior pastor with the approval of the Board of Elders. They shall serve for such a time as congruent with the senior pastor's tenure and should anticipate resigning upon the senior pastor's departure. 2. The senior pastor and the elders shall review the staff pastors every two years. C. Duties The staff pastors will function in a manner consistent with their particular roles as determined by the senior pastor and the Board of Elders.

Section 2. Elders

A. Qualifications 1. Individuals being considered for eldership shall be those who exemplify the characteristics of a Godly Christian life as portrayed in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9. Although these qualities will never be fully perfected, the individual must be clearly in pursuit of and committed to their development. Elders will be people who demonstrate by their life that they possess gifts and maturity consistent with those necessary for shepherding a group of people toward God's purposed-best for them (Ephesians 4:14; 1 Peter 5:2-5; Acts 20:28; 1 Corinthians 12:28). Characteristics such as faithful participation in the ministries of the church, spiritual accord with the senior pastor's and elders' philosophy of ministry, and financial support through tithing are among indicators of maturity and attributes that contribute to readiness for eldership. 2. The senior pastor is automatically an elder. 3. A qualified candidate for Elder shall be an active member of (Name of Church) for no less than 18 months and be at least 21 years of age. (Name of Church) Bylaws 6

4. The elders are individuals selected and confirmed to serve, along with the pastoral staff, as leaders of the church. 5. If any members of the pastoral staff serve as elders they shall be excluded from participation in pastoral reviews. 6. The elders shall consist of as many members as deemed necessary (with a minimum of five). Elders related to the senior pastor by birth or marriage must constitute less than 50% of the board of elders. B. Elder Selection 1. Individuals being considered for eldership must know in their heart that God is directing their life toward this ministry. 2. Elders will be appointed by the senior pastor and existing elders to a continuing period of ministry of 1-3 years, ratified by a majority of active members in attendance at an officially called meeting, with at least two weeks advance notification, and are eligible for reappointment with the same advance notification and ratification provisions. 3. Persons appointed to eldership shall be recognized in a public service. C. Duties of Elders 1. The elders are to serve the congregation and the senior pastor for the development of the spiritual life of the church. Elders, and their spouses, are to help create a positive and harmonious spiritual climate within the church body. 2. Each elder shall work in harmony with and submission to the senior pastor and the other elders, and must understand that ongoing ministry as an elder will depend upon this. 3. The senior pastor, with the elders, shall lead the church under the direction of the Holy Spirit, and shall have authority as a complete body. They are not to act individually or independently in decisions affecting the church as a whole. 4. They shall assist the pastoral staff in ministry to the people (e.g. counseling, teaching, prayer, visitation, discipling). 5. They shall oversee all ministries, groups, committees, and personnel of the church. 6. They shall appoint an elder, or the senior pastor, to chair the Administrative Committee. (Name of Church) Bylaws 7

7. They shall appoint a member of the Administrative Committee to serve as church treasurer. 8. They shall approve all church and departmental budgets and salaries. D. Release from Service An elder may request or be requested to retire or take a leave of absence. An elder found guilty of immorality, heretical teaching, agitation, causing strife among the members, or failure to be in harmony or in cooperation with the program of the church and the senior pastor, and these bylaws, shall have his appointment terminated by the senior pastor, with approval of the elders.

Section 3. Administrative Committee

A. Qualifications 1. Committee members shall be people whose character is consistent with the qualifications of a deacon (1 Timothy 3:8-12) and who demonstrate by their lives that they possess gifts and maturity consistent with those necessary for administrative duties (I Corinthians 12:28, Romans 12:8). 2. A qualified candidate for Administrative Committee shall be an active member of (Name of Church) for no less than 12 months. 3. The senior pastor or an elder shall serve as chair. B. Appointment 1. Two (2) months prior to the annual membership meeting, each voting member will be able to submit in writing the names of those individuals they believe qualified to serve on the committee. The senior pastor, with approval of the elders, and in coordination with the Administrative Committee chairperson will present those people approved for a vote by active members at the annual, or special called membership meeting. 2. The chair shall be a part of this committee with full voice and vote. The committee shall be responsible for maintaining and providing accurate records of the financial receipts and expenditures of the church. The chair will be responsible for providing a monthly financial report to the senior pastor and the Board of Elders and upon appropriate request, shall make copies available to the membership and the district or regional superintendent. The financial records shall be open to inspection by the senior pastor and a representative of Open Bible Churches. 3. This committee shall consist of no fewer than five persons. (Name of Church) Bylaws 8

C. Duties of Administrative Committee 1. To recommend an annual budget and salaries to the elders, to manage the legal and financial affairs of the church and to provide for the care and maintenance of properties owned by (Name of Church). They are not to act individually or independently in decisions affecting the church as a whole. 2. They shall be authorized by the elders to sign legal papers such as deeds, mortgages, and leases that have been approved in accordance with these bylaws. 3. Any decisions affecting sale or purchase of real property and decisions that incur indebtedness exceeding ($ Amount) must be approved by the senior pastor and elders and ratified by active members at a duly called meeting, with two weeks advance notice. No property of the church shall be sold, leased, mortgaged or the title otherwise endangered without first obtaining written consent of the regional and district superintendents. D. Term of Appointment 1. The term of appointment shall be 1-3 years. 2. Each person on the committee shall be eligible for reappointment by the senior pastor and existing elders, with ratification by the membership at the annual, or special called meeting. E. Relationship to Elders 1. They serve under the authority of the senior pastor and elders (Acts 6:2-3). 2. They shall adhere to the duties as determined in these bylaws.

Section 4. Department Heads

All department heads shall be appointed by senior pastor with approval by the elders, and shall be responsible to the pastor.

ARTICLE V. AUTHORITY OF GOVERNMENT & BYLAWS Section 1. Parliamentary Procedures

The authority for parliamentary procedure in the business meetings shall be Robert's Rules of Order.

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Section 2. Omissions and Amendments

A. Any issue arising and not dealt with in these bylaws, shall be dealt with according to the Policies and Principles of the Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc., Any conflicts between these bylaws and the Policies and Principles of Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc., shall be resolved in accordance with Open Bible's policies. B. Proposed bylaw amendments shall be mailed to members 30 days in advance of a membership meeting called to consider such amendments and the mailing shall include meeting date, time, and location. A copy of the mailing shall also be mailed to the regional and district superintendents. Notification of the meeting shall be published in church publications and announced at regular meetings. C. Amendments to these bylaws may be made at any regular or special meeting of the membership of the church, for which advance notification provisions have been met, by a 2/3 vote of active voting members in attendance. Amendments must be validated by Open Bible Churches as not in conflict with the spirit of Open Bible Churches' Bylaws, and must be filed at national and regional offices in order to become effective.

Section 3. Appeals

Appeals within the local church shall be made in writing to the elders. Appeals to Open Bible Churches shall be made according to Policies and Principles of the Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc.

ARTICLE VI. DISSOLUTION

Should (Name of Church) become extinct or dissolved, all assets remaining after discharging the obligations and responsibilities of the corporation shall be turned over to Eastern Region Open Bible Churches. In the event that Eastern Region is nonexistent, the assets shall be turned over to Open Bible Churches, an Iowa corporation, or in the event it is nonexistent, to a religious, educational or charitable organization or organizations whose objectives are in harmony with those of Open Bible Churches. Such recipient organization or organizations must also be exempt from federal income taxation under the provisions of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In no event may any of the assets of the church, upon dissolution thereof, be paid to or inure to the benefit of any individual member, director, or officer of the corporation, or any other private individual.

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(Name of Church) has officially adopted these bylaws by vote of the active members. ___________________________ Date of action ________________________________ senior pastor's signature _________________________________ secretary's signature

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