Our Constitution

Independent Bible Mission Church Constitution

Table of Contents

ARTICLE I – NAME


ARTICLE II – PURPOSE


ARTICLE III – AFFILIATION AND FELLOWSHIP


ARTICLE IV – CHARACTER


ARTICLE V – DOCTRINE


SECTION A – The Holy Scriptures

SECTION B – The Godhead

SECTION C – The Total Depravity of Man

SECTION D – Salvation

SECTION E – The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers

SECTION F – The Conflict of the Believer’s Spirit and Flesh

SECTION G – Christian Living

SECTION H – Missions

SECTION I – Th Ministry and Spiritual Gifts

SECTION J – The Church

SECTION K – Dispensationalism

SECTION L – Holy and Fallen Angels

SECTION M – The Second Advent of Christ

SECTION N – The Eternal State

ARTICLE VI – ORDINANCES


SECTION A – The Lord’s Supper

SECTION B – Believers’ Water Baptism

ARTICLE VII – GOVERNMENT


SECTION A – Authority

SECTION B – Steering Committee

SECTION C – Practicing Self-Government

SECTION D – Self-governing, Autonomous Church

ARTICLE VIII – MEMBERSHIP


SECTION A – Qualifications of Members

SECTION B – Reception of Members

SECTION C – Responsibility of Members

SECTION D – Status of Membership

SECTION E – Discipline of Members

ARTICLE IX – MINISTRY


SECTION A – The Pastor

SECTION B – Pastoral Staff

SECTION C – Development of Ministries

SECTION D – Missions

ARTICLE X – FINANCES


SECTION A – Support

SECTION B – Pastor’s Salary

SECTION C – Loans, Credit, and Expenditures

SECTION D – Designated Funds

SECTION E – IBM Church Builders Fund Loans

SECTION F – Missionary Support

ARTICLE XI – PROPERTIES


SECTION A – Title

SECTION B – Acquisition and Sale of Property

SECTION C – Use of Property

ARTICLE XII – AMMENTMENTS

CONSTITUTION FOR CHURCHES of THE INDEPENDENT BIBLE MISSION OF MICHIGAN

 PREAMBLE

The primary purpose of the Independent Bible Mission of Michigan (Hereafter referred to as IBM) is “The establishment of new churches and the assistance of existing IBM churches so that these churches might become and remain IFCA congregations.” Therefore, the Board of Directors of IBM, on the 31st day of May 2005, approved this constitution as the first constitution for all IBM churches from this date forward. This constitution further provides for each IBM church to adopt its own constitution for the purpose of becoming an independent, fundamental, autonomous congregation (see Article VII, Section C and D).

ARTICLE I – NAME


This organization shall be known as “__________ __________” if ____________________. Hereafter to be referred to as the (or this) City State Church.

ARTICLE II – PURPOSE


The purpose of this Church shall be to bring glory to God, to further the believer’s growth in grace, to promote Christian fellowship, to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ both at home and abroad for the salvation of lost men, women and children and for the establishment of new independent, Bible-practicing churches to increase and mature the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-16)

ARTICLE III – AFFILIATION AND FELLOWSHIP


This Church shall remain a part of the Independent Bible Mission until the conditions of Article VII, Section D are met. At that time this Church shall become and forever remain, independent and autonomous, adhering to the fundamental and premillennial doctrines of the Christian faith as set forth in the Holy Bible and the doctrinal statement of this constitution. This Church shall be a member of, and affiliated with, the IFCA International, and have fellowship with other churches, as long as such associations do not compromise the independent, fundamental, doctrinal position of this Church.

ARTICLE IV – CHARACTER


This Church shall be and remain independent; it shall not now, nor at any time hereafter, be under any denomination, federation of denominations, or federal council of denominations. It shall never change its name nor its polity so as to affect such identifications (I Cor. 1:11-13; 3:1-9).

ARTICLE V – DOCTRINE


SECTION A – The Holy Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed. (II Tim. 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21; Matt. 5:18; John 16:12-13)

SECTION B – The Godhead

We believe in the Triune God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son and Holy spirit – co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory and having the same attributes  and perfections. (Deut. 6:4; II Cor. 13:14)

1. The Person and Work of God the Father

a. We believe God the Father is holy, omnisicient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. He so loved the world that He gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to become our only means of salvation. (Isa. 6:3, Ps. 139:1-4, 7-16)

b. God the Father, along with His Son and Holy Spirit, created the heavens and the earth in six literal twenty-four hour days. (Gen 1:1-2; Ex 20:11, Col 1:16)

c. God the Father is sovereign and calls the sinner. He becomes the believer’s Father at the new birth. (John 6:37, 44)

d. God the Father sends the Holy Spirit to abide in the believer forever in response to the Son’s request, and that this takes place in conversion. (John 14:16-17; Gal. 4:4-7; Acts 10:44-45)

e. God the Father answers believing prayer when asked in accord with His will in Jesus’ name. (John 1:22-24; James 1:5-7

2. The Person and Work of Christ

a. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35)

b. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for all mankind as a representative, vicarious , substitutionary sacrifice and that the sufficiency of this atoning sacrifice to accomplish the redemption and justification of all who trust in Him is assured by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Rom. 3:24-25; I Peter 2:2; Eph. 1:7; I Peter 1:3-5)

c. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-11; Heb. 7:25; 9:24; Rom. 8:34; I John 2:1,2)

3. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

a. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; and that He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the Body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11; II Cor. 3:6; I Cor 12:12-14; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 1:13,14)

b. We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth; and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. (John 1:13; I John 2:20, 27; Eph. 5:18)

SECTION C – The Total Depravity of Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God but that in Adam’s sin, the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Man is totally depraved and, of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 3:22-23; 5:12; Ep. 2:1-3, 12)

SECTION D – Salvation

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. (Eph. 2:5-10; John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; I Peter 1:18-19)

SECTION E – The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers

1. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 28-39; I Cor. 1:4-8; I Peter 1:5)

2. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word; which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an opportunity for the flesh. (Rom. 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15)

SECTION F – The Conflict of the Believer’s Spirit and Flesh

We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; and that all claims to the eradication of the desires of the fles in this life are unscriptural. (Rom. 6:13; 8:12-13; Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:10; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9)

1. All true believers posses a regenerated spirit which desires to honor God and a fleshly body which desires to sin. (Rom. 7:25; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:9-10)

2. God has made provision for His children to have victory over the flesh through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, but all claims to the eradication of the sinful desires of the flesh in this life are unscriptural. (Rom. 6:13; 18, 22, 8:1-4; Gal. 5:16-25; 1 John 1:8)

SECTION G – Christian Living

We believe it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to live in joy, peace, and continued fellowship with believers i Christ and our great God and Savior who, although setting us free from the law, has commanded us to live separately from sinful pleasures, practices, and associations and to keep our mind set on things above, not on things of the earth. (Rom. 12:1-2; 14:13; Gal. 5:1; Titus 2:12; I John 1:4-7; 2:15-17; Col. 3:1-3)

SECTION H – Missions

We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and word of the truths of the Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind. (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; II Cor. 5:19-20)

SECTION I – The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts

1. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts; that gifted men holding the office of evangelists, pastor-teachers; and other gifted believers, empowered by the Holy Spirit, are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today. The Bible and history indicated that the sign gifts and the gift of speaking in tongues ceased at the close of the Apostolic Period. We do believe, however, that God is able to work miracles at any time and by any means He so desires. (Rom. 12:6-8; I Cor. 12:4-11, 28; II Cor. 12:12; Eph. 4:7-12; I Cor. 13:8)

w. We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted. (John 15:7; I John 5:14-15)

SECTION J – The Church

1. We believe that Christ is the Head over all things in the Church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age which began at Pentecost. (Acts 2; Eph. 1:22-23; :2-27; I Cor. 12:12-1; II Cor. 11:2)

2. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; I Tim. 3:1-13: Titus 1:5-11)

3. We believe in the autonomy of the local church, free of an external human authority or control. (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom. 16:1, 4; I Cor. 3:9, 1; 5:4-7, 13; I Peter 5:1-4)

4. We believe in the ordinances of Believers’ Water Baptism and the Lord’s Supper as Scriptural means of testimony for the Church in this age. (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:8; I Cor. 11:23-26)

SECTION K – Dispensationalism

We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man’s responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of these: the Age of Law, the Age of the Church and the Age of the Millennial Kingdom are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture. (John 1:17; I Cor. 9:17; II Cor. 3:9-18; Gal. 3:13-2; Eph. 1:10; 3:2-10; Col. 1:24, 25; Heb. 7:19; Rev. 20:2-6)

SECTION L – Holy and Fallen Angels

The Bible clearly teaches the existence and personality of angels, both holy, elect angels and fallen angels or demons. The Scriptures mention four by name: Michael, Gabriel, holy angels, and Satan, who is a fallen angel, the author of sin and the expressed enemy of God and men. His defeat was accomplished through the cross of Christ and he and his angels will be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Dan. 12:1; Mk. 5:1, 9, 12; Lk. 1:26; 2:13; 15:10; II Pet. 2:4; John 8:44; II Cor. 4:3-4; I John 3:8; Rev. 20:10)

SECTION M – The Second Advent of Christ

1. We believe in that “blessed hope,” the personal, imminent, pretribulational and premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; and in His subsequent return to earth with His saints to establish His Millennial Kingdom. (I Thess. 4:13-18; Zech. 14:4-11; Rev. 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6; I Thess. 1:10; 5:9)

2. The imminent, bodily return of Jesus will come at the close of this age when the church, His bride, will be caught up to meet Him in the air and so we shall ever be with the Lord. After the tribulation period He shall return to earth with His saints and holy angels and set up His Millennial Kingdom where we will reign with Him for a thousand years. (I Thess. 4:13-18; Zech. 14:4-11; Matt. 25:31; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-6; I Thess. 1:10; 3:13; 5:9; Rev. 3:10)

SECTION N – The Eternal State

1. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the save to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Matt. 25:46; John 5:28, 29; 11:25, 26; rev. 20:5, 6, 12-13)

2. We believe that the souls of the redeemed at death are absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Luke 23:43; Rev. 20:4-6; II Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 3:21; I Thess. 4:16, 17)

3. We believe that the souls of unbelievers after death remain in conscious misery until the second resurrection when, with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment. (Luke 1:19-26; Matt. 25:26-41; II Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 6,7; Mark 9:43-48; Rev. 20:11-15)

ARTICLE VI – ORDINANCES


We recognize two ordinances of the Church for this age: the Lord’s Supper and Believers’ Water Baptism. They are not to be regarded, however, as a means of salvation nor as means of grace by which special merit is obtained.

SECTION A – The Lord’s Supper

This ordinance shall be observed at least once each quarter and as often as the Pastor and Steering Committee shall decide on special occasions. All who have accepted Jesus Christ as personal Savior and are walking in fellowship with the Lord shall be welcome to join in this service, unless they are under the discipline of the Church as defined in Article VIII, Section E. (I Cor. 11:17-34)

SECTION B – Believers’ Water Baptism

When administered by this Church, baptism shall be by immersion at the request of those who have personally acknowledged Christ as Savior. (Acts 8:36-39; 10:47, 48; I Cor. 1:14-17)

ARTICLE VII – GOVERNMENT


SECTION A – Authority

While the Church is functioning under this constitution, the signed Mission-Church Agreement, and the signed Mission-Missionary Pastor Agreement, the ultimate authority will rest within the Board of the IBM, who will act as Trustees for the purpose of handling all legal matters.

SECTION B – Steering Committee

1. When a Church is started by the IBM, or an existing church is accepted as an IBM Church, the IBM will appoint a Steering Committee consisting of at least three men who meet the Scriptural qualifications of Elder. These men are to be chosen from the Church congregation, the IBM missionary pastor, the IBM staff, neighboring IFCA church(es), or other independent fundamental church(es).

2. Every member of the Steering Committee shall annually sign a statement indicating unreserved agreement with this constitution and doctrinal statement.

3. Steering Committee members shall have the full authority of Elder status and shall be responsible for guiding the Church to such a spiritual state of health that scripturally qualified candidates for office are present within the Church.

4. The Steering Committee shall appoint from its members a chairman, who will chair all Steering Committee meetings and meetings with the congregation a treasurer who will send IBM a monthly financial statement, and a clerk who will keep minutes of all committee meetings and send a copy of those minutes to IBM.

5. Because some Steering Committee members will be largely unfamiliar with the Church, they may conduct as many meetings as deemed necessary, with the congregation invited to be present for discussion. Decisions shall be made by the Committee using information gained through these discussions.

6. When the Steering Committee deems the Church ready to form an official membership, they will examine and approve those applicants meeting the qualifications under Article VIII, Section A. (I Timothy 3:1-13)

7. The Steering Committee shall function until it is agreed by its members and the Church membership that qualified candidates for office are present within the membership. Members of the Steering Committee from outside the regular Church membership shall be replaced by qualified members as they become available.

SECTION C – Practicing Self-Government

The Church may begin practicing self-government as a constitutionally organized structure when the Steering Committee and the IBM agree to the following conditions:

1. The ultimate authority will remain with IBM until the Church is graduated.

2. There is an established membership.

3. There are enough qualified men to fill the positions of Elders and Deacons.

4. That the Church adopt the IBM Recommended Church Constitution, or write their own constitution, providing it is approved by the IBM Constitution Committee and Board.

SECTION D – Self-governing, Autonomous Church

The Church will become a self-governing, constitutionally organized structure when it meets the following GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS:

1. Incorporates with the state.

2. Becomes self-governing and self-supporting.

3. Establishes church membership.

4. Adopts a constitution and doctrinal statement approved by the IBM, including a dissolution clause.

5. Pays in full of any loans of financial help from the IBM (see Article X, Section E-4).

6. Becomes a regular member of the IFCA International.

7. Supports the Independent Bible Mission as a missionary organization of the Church.

8. Obtains its own employee identification number from the IRS.

9. Holds a debriefing session with the Church Board and/or congregation and the Director of the IBM.

ARTICLE VIII – MEMBERSHIP


SECTION A -Qualifications of Members

Persons who give testimony to their faith in Christ as Savior, who give assurance of their willingness to follow and submit themselves to the Word of God as the only rule of faith, doctrine and practice, and who sign their agreement with the constitution of this Church shall be eligible for membership.

SECTION B – Reception of Members

Christians who desire to associated themselves with this Church and who fulfill the qualifications for membership shall make application to the Pastor or Steering Committee. they shall then meet with the Pastor and Steering Committee for examination and approval. Upon approval the right hand of fellowship shall be extended to them at a Sunday morning service.

SECTION C – Responsibility of Members

1. All members of this Church shall be expected to participate in its ministry in such measure as talents and circumstances enable. Such service shall be voluntary and subject to the supervision of the Pastor and Steering Committee.

2. The members of this Church are urged to cultivate all those graces in their Christian lives that will glorify the Lord, promote spiritual growth and further the ministry of the Church. And they are further entreated to:

a. Engage in private and family Bible reading, prayer and regular attendance at the services of the Church. (Deut. 6:6-7; II Tim. 2:15; Heb. 10:25; I Tim. 4:12-16)

b. Practice daily living that is consistent with the scriptural principles of the Christian life; abstain from worldliness in all its forms (Rom. 12:1-2); avoid such alliances which would constitute an unequal yoke with unbelievers (II Cor. 6:13 – 7:1); guard against religious apostasy and false teaching. (Titus 2:11-15; I John 2:15=17)

c. Support the financial program of the Church with systematic, proportional giving. (Gen. 14:18-20; Mal. 3:7-12; I Cor. 16:2)

d. Fellowship in Christian love and unity with the entire congregation so as to avoid the development of factions. (I Cor. 1:10; James 2:1-5)

 SECTION D – Status of Membership

The membership of this Church shall consist of three groups: Active Membership; Associate Membership; and Inactive Membership.

1. Active membership shall consist of such Christians as have been received in accordance with the provisions of this constitution and who are not members of any other church.

a. No minimum age shall be set for membership.

b. Active Members who have reached the age of 18 years shall be entitled to vote.

2. Associate Membership shall e extended to the following:

a. Those who meet the qualifications of Active Membership but who are not permanent residents of this area, such as students and missionaries, who may hold regular membership elsewhere.

b. Those who no longer reside in this area but still desire to hold their membership in this Church.

c. Associate members shall be permitted to teach a Sunday School class or participate in a similar ministry. They shall have the right to attend the business meetings of the Church, but shall not have the right to vote.

3. Inactive Membership shall consist of the following:

a. Those members who have been absent from the services of the Church for a period of three months or more, without giving a satisfactory reason for such absence. (Heb. 10:24-25)

b. Those members who are under disciplinary action of the Church.

c. Inactive members shall not have the right to vote or hold any office or position of service in the Church. The Pastor and the Steering Committee shall seek to restore the Inactive Membership to Active Membership. If this has not been accomplished after twelve months, they may be dropped from the membership roll.

 SECTION E – Discipline of Members

The purpose for discipline is threefold:

  • To restore the individual to fellowship with our Lord. (Eph. 5:1-7)
  • To restore the individual to a Biblical fellowship with the church body (II Cor. 2:5-11; Heb. 10:24-15; 12:16-17)
  • To purge sin from the church. (I Cor. 5)

1. Such efforts shall be made in light of the following Scriptures: (Gal. 6:1,2; II Thess. 3:14, 15; James 5:19,20)

2. Any restoration to fellowship shall be granted by action of the Pastor and Steering Committee. (Heb. 13:17)

3. The reasons for discipline are fourfold:

a. Non-attendance as described in Article VIII, Section D, Paragraph 3a. A regular review of the active membership shall be conducted by the Pastor and Steering Committee, after which those who have been absent for a period of six months may be placed on the inactive roll, provided that a contact has first been made in the interest of restoring them to regular attendance.

b. Doctrinal deviation or heresy. (I Tim. 6:3-5; Titus 3:10-11; Rom. 16:17-18)

c. Immoral conduct. (I Cor. 5:9-13; II Cor. 6:14-17; II Thess. 3:6)

d. Sowing discord, causing division or walking disorderly. (Prov. 6:19; Rom. 16:17; II Thess. 3:6-7, 11)

4. The discipline of this Church in b, c, and d above shall be entrusted to the Pastor and Steering Committee. Any disciplinary action that is deemed necessary shall be in the spirit of love (II Thess. 3:14,15) and meekness (Gal. 6:1)

a. No accusation shall be brought against any member except upon the testimony of two or three witnesses. (Matt. 18:16; II Cor. 13:1; I Tim. 5:19)

b. The suspected person shall be confronted with the charges with the desire and effort to correct the difficulty and restore proper fellowship (Gal. 6:1). If this does not lead to restoration of fellowship, charges shall be stated clearly in the presence of two or more witnesses to the suspected person, and he or she summoned to meet with the Steering Committee not more than two and not less than one week subsequent, unless providentially hindered. Failure on the part of the accused to appear before the Steering Committee will not prevent the Steering Committee from examining the case and rendering a verdict in accord with the testimony received. In the event the individual being disciplined is not satisfied with the decision of the Steering Committee, he or she may appeal to the Board of IBM, unless he or she has deliberately refused to meet with the Steering Committee (Matt. 18:17).

c. The names of persons who leave this Church to regularly attend another church without a letter from this Church may be erased from the roll by vote of the Steering Committee. Those disciplined because of doctrinal deviation shall be placed on the Inactive Roll. Those who are guilty of heresy and who refuse to repent of their error shall be excommunicated from the Church. Those who are guilty of immoral conduct who refuse to repent shall be placed on the Inactive Roll. Persistent immorality shall result in excommunication from the Church by action of the Steering Committee. The names of any whose status of membership has changed shall be reported to the congregation.

ARTICLE IX – MINISTRY


All persons who sing, play musical instruments, speak in our public services, or teach a Sunday School class or Bible study, must be professing Christians whose lives are consistent with their profession.

SECTION A – The Pastor

1. Placement

The conditions for a man to become the Pastor of an IBM Church are as follows:

a. Make application to IBM by completing the Pastor Application Form.

b. Become a member of IFCA International.

c. Be examined and approved by the Personnel Committee for recommendation to the IBM Board.

d. Be approved by the IBM Board.

e. Sign the “Agreement Between the IBM and the Missionary Pastor.”

f. Attend and IBM orientation meeting.

g. Display a burden for the Church or area to which he will minister.

h. In the case of an existing church, the Church must show interest in have the candidate as their Pastor.

2. Duties

The Pastor, by virtue of his office as a spiritual leader and a shepherd of the flock, becomes a member of this Church, and his duties shall be those generally associated with his office, including the ministry of the Word, administration of the ordinances and the care of the spiritual welfare of the members. He shall be an ex-officio voting member of all committees and organizations of the Church. (I Pet. 5:1-5)

3. Termination

a. The pastor’s term of office shall be indefinite.

b. If at any time IBM feels that the Pastor is not satisfactorily fulfilling the functions of a Pastor, it may, after due consultation with the Pastor and congregation, terminate his services at this Church.

c. If at any time the Steering Committee determines that a majority of the congregation does not support the Pastor, it shall report such findings to the Board of IBM for its determination of the Pastor’s services.

c. In the event of doctrinal or moral defection, the Pastor’s services may be terminated immediately by the Board of IBM.

SECTION B – Pastoral Stall

All additional Pastoral Staff will be subject to the conditions of Article IX, Section A.

SECTION C – Development of Ministries

When the Steering Committee deems additional ministries appropriated for the Church, they shall appoint and supervise personnel to administer such ministries.

SECTION D – Missions

To insure the regular activity of the Church in the cause of missions, these guidelines are to be followed:

1. The Church will support the IBM in carrying out its responsibilities with a minimum of fifty dollars ($50.00) a month.

2. The Pastor will be the Church’s first missionary, and other missionary support shall not be considered until the Pastor’s full support comes from the Church.

3. Missionaries from independent, fundamental, and reputable mission boards shall be invited to present their work to the Church. An honorarium may be given to those missionaries when they come.

4. When an existing Church is accepted into the IBM and is already supporting missions or missionaries, and are not providing the full support for their Pastor, the Church shall:

a. Notify the North American missionaries, their mission boards, and mission organizations that their support will be terminated six (6) months from the time of being notified.

b. Notify foreign missionaries and their mission boards that their support will be terminated at the time of their next furlough. This period will not exceed two years.

5. When the Church provides the full support for their Pastor, a missions program supporting missionaries of independent, fundamental, and reputable mission boards on a regular basis shall begin. (See Article X, Section F)

 ARTICLE X – FINANCES


SECTION A -Support

The financial program of this Church and its sub-organizations shall be supported only through the free-will offerings of members and gifts of those interested in its ministry.

SECTION B – Pastor’s Salary

All of the Pastor’s support money, whether from the Church itself, outside contributors, or honorariums from speaking engagements is to be channeled through the IBM for proper accounting purposes. The IBM in turn will channel all support to the Pastor. IBM encourages each mission church to pay the yearly IFCA International membership renewal for their pastor, as his membership enables this Church to be an IFCA member church.

SECTION C – Loans, Credit, and Expenditures

Loans, credit, or purchases in excess of $2,000.00 shall have the approval of the Steering Committee and IBM Finance Committee.

SECTION D – Designated Funds

1. Any temporary use of funds for purposes other than designated must have approval of the Steering Committee.

2. If the purpose fr which funds have been previously designated is to be changed, it must be done with approval of the congregation.

3. Gifts designated through the Church for an approved specific purpose or person shall be so used, unless the donor approves a change.

SECTION E – IBM Church Builders Fund Loans

Loans to the Church from the IBM Church Builders Fund are subject to the following conditions:

1. It shall be interest free.

2. It shall be due five (5) years from the date the loan is issued.

3. If the Church is not making payments on a mortgage or other loans, regular monthly payments shall be made to IBM.

4. The loan shall be paid in full at the time of graduation, unless special arrangements have been made with the IBM.

5. If the IBM and the IBM Church mutually agree that the Church will no loner be an IBM mission church, loans shall be paid in full at the time the Church leaves IBM.

SECTION F – Missionary Support

Missionary support may be channeled through the Church’s General Fund or an account can be established for that purpose. Supporting other missionaries may begin when the requirements of Article IX, Section D are met.

 ARTICLE XI – PROPERTIES


It shall never be the purpose of the IBM to own property for its own gain, but only to assist the Church until it becomes an autonomous, independent, fundamental, self-supporting Church.

SECTION A – Title

1. Churches started by the IBM:

a. Title to all property of the Church, both real and personal, shall be and remain in the name of the Independent Bible Mission until such a time as the Church graduates from the IBM.

b. At the time the Church graduates from the IBM, the title shall be transferred to the Church with no remuneration paid to the IBM.

c. If the Church ceases to be a Church, or chooses to no longer be an IBM mission church before it graduates, title to all properties shall remain with the IBM.

2. Existing Churches who become IBM Churches:

a. Title to all property of the Church, both real and personal, may remain in the name of the Church, or if the Church so chooses, it may transfer such title to the IBM.

b. At the time the Church graduates from the IBM, the title shall be transferred to the Church with no remuneration paid to the IBM.

c. If the Church ceases to be a Church, titles to all properties shall be transferred to the IBM.

d. If the IBM and the IBM Church mutually agree that the Church will no longer be an IBM Mission Church, title to all properties shall be transferred to the Church.

SECTION B – Acquisition and Sale of Property

1. When the Church acquires property, both real and personal, in excess of $2,000.00, it shall first obtain approval of the IBM. All properties acquired shall be titled in the name of the IBM.

2. Any sale, mortgage, or transfer of real or personal property by the Church must have prior approval of the IBM.

SECTION C – Use of Property

All properties belonging to the Church shall be used for purposes consistent with the ministry of the Church, subject to regulation by the Steering Committee.

ARTICLE XII – AMENDMENTS


Amendments to this Constitution shall only be made by the Board of the Independent Bible Mission.

Updated May, 2005



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