Having been led by the Spirit of God to accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, having been baptized by immersion as a confession of our allegiance to Him, and having subscribed to the Confession of Faith and Covenant of this Church, we do hereby adopt for our government the following Bylaws:
The name of this Church is El Camino Baptist Church of Tucson, Arizona. It was incorporated as a nonprofit corporation without capital stock on September 16, 1976.
SECTION 1. Statements of Purpose
We believe our purpose as a New Testament church is to carry out the intent and spirit of the Scriptures in every facet of its life. The New Testament indicates that the aim of every local church is to present every man and woman mature in Christ (Colossians 1:28) with lives increasingly formed into the likeness of Christ. That Christ likeness is to be evidenced in four relationships of life.
a. Our relationship to God: a life of joyous worship and service. The church exists to exalt God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) in the world. (1 Peter 2:9)
b. Our relationships in the home: a life of Biblical order, leadership, love, and discipline. The church exists to encourage the family. (Ephesians 5:22-6:4)
c. Our relationships within the church: a life together of mutual love, service and encouragement. The church is equipped to build itself up in Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-16)
d. Our relationships to the world: a life of following the Biblical patterns of citizenship, employment, and witness. The church exists to be salt and light, extending the kingdom of God locally and to all peoples. (Matthew 5:16; 28:18-20)
SECTION 2. Confession of Faith
We believe that Scripture in its entirety originated with God, and that it was given through the instrumentality of God the Holy Spirit, that the Scriptures are infallible and inerrant in the original manuscripts. They are the unique, full and final authority on all matters of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; John 10:34-35)
We believe that there is one true God, eternally existing in three equal persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the beginning God created all things out of nothing; thus manifesting the glory of His power, wisdom and goodness. By His sovereign power He sustains His creation. By His providence He operates throughout history to fulfill His redemptive purposes. (Genesis 1:1; Matthew 28:19; Colossians 1:16-18)
We believe that the central purpose of God’s revelation is to call a people into fellowship with Himself. Having been created to have fellowship with God, man sinned by defying God, and was thus alienated from God, suffering the corruption of his nature, and rendering him unable to please God. The fall took place at the beginning of human history, and all individuals since have suffered the corruption of sin from birth and are in need of the saving grace of God. The salvation of mankind is wholly a work of God’s free grace, not the result, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness. This salvation must be personally appropriated by repentance and faith. Once God has begun a saving work in the heart of any person, He gives assurance in His Word that He will continue and complete it until the day of its full consummation. (1 Peter 2:9-10; Romans 5:12; Genesis 3; Ephesians 2:1-10; Philippians 1:6)
We believe that Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, was united forever with a true human nature by a miraculous conception and virgin birth. He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily made a blood atonement for the sins of men by dying on the cross as their substitute. By His death He satisfied divine justice and offers salvation for all who trust in Him alone. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. He ascended into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of the Father, where He, the only Mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own. He shall come again to earth, personally and visibly, to establish His millennial kingdom and consummate history and the eternal plan of God. (John 1:14; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:19-21; Hebrews 7:25; John 14:1-3; Revelation 20:1-6)
The Holy Spirit and the Christian Life
We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, is fully God and to be worshiped and glorified along with the Father and the Son. He was sent into the world by the Father and the Son to apply to mankind the saving work of Christ.
He enlightens the minds of sinners, awakens in them recognition of their need of a Savior and regenerates them. At the point of salvation every believer is baptized in the Holy Spirit. He permanently indwells each child of God and becomes the source of assurance, holiness and wisdom. He uniquely endows each believer with gifts for the building up of the body. A genuine saving relationship with Jesus Christ includes a call to a life-style that is increasingly distinct from the world and devoted to God in holiness.
The Christian life is a life of walking in the Spirit, under his instruction and enabling, according to his Word. It is by the Spirit we put to death the desires of the flesh and are made more and more like Jesus. (John 14:16; Acts 16:7-11; Titus 3:5-7; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 8:5-17; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 5:16-23; Titus 2:11-14)
God’s gift of sexuality, where a man and woman give themselves to each other through the acts which are proper and exclusive to spouses within a marriage, is a life long relationship ordained by God. “Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.” Gen 2:24. Thus, marriage has been defined by God as the union of one man and one woman for life. Sex outside the bonds of marriage is sin, i.e. Adultery, Fornication and Homosexuality.
We believe that death seals the eternal destiny of each person. For all mankind, there will be a resurrection of the body into the spiritual world, and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual. Unbelievers will be separated from God into eternal condemnation, which they will share with the devil and his angels. Believers will be received into eternal communion with God and will be rewarded for works done in this life. (Hebrews 9:27; John 5:25-29; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-10; Matthew 25:21,30)
We believe there is one true church universal, comprised of all those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Moreover, the Scripture commands believers to gather together in local churches to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, and the observance of the ordinances of baptism and communion.
In baptism by immersion in water, we are symbolically united with Christ in death and resurrection. In communion we are symbolically reminded of our forgiveness in Christ. Wherever God’s people meet regularly in obedience to this command, there is the local expression of the church. Under the watch care of Elders and the supportive work of deacons and deaconesses, its members are to work together in love and unity, intent on the one ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ. (Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:25; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:1-3)
We believe this Confession of Faith to be an accurate summary of what Scripture teaches. All members shall refrain from advocating doctrines that are contrary to or not included in the Confession in such a way as to cause dissension.
SECTION 3. Teaching Statements
The Governing Board shall have the right to establish teaching statements as they deem necessary. All teaching statements shall be presented to the Church but are not binding upon the membership. They shall serve as guidelines for the oversight of the ministry.
SECTION 4. Covenant
Having been led by the Spirit of God to receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and having publicly confessed our faith in word and in baptism by immersion, we now enter into covenant with each other as one body in Christ. We promise:
To follow the Scriptures as our only rule of faith and practice; seeking in all matters to “search the Scriptures daily,” letting the Word of Christ dwell in us richly, that we might hear its teaching, rebuke, correction, and instruction in righteousness; that we may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
To live in the Spirit, putting to death the deeds of the flesh, being transformed by Him into the likeness of Christ, with ever-increasing glory.
To devote ourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful; asking God the Father through our Lord Jesus Christ that the Word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, that we may advance in the fruit of righteousness, and that we may bear each other’s burdens before the throne of grace.
To be completely humble and gentle, patient, bearing with one another in love; to avoid all rumors, slander, backbiting, and excessive anger, being slow to take offense, and always ready for, and seeking reconciliation that we might preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
To serve one another in love, rather than turn our freedom in Christ into an opportunity for the flesh; to be sensitive to each other’s conscience so that our actions would never become a hindrance to another’s growth in Christ, seeking in all things to conform our lives to the spirit of Scripture in that it is “better not to eat meat or to drink wine or to do anything else that will cause our brother to fall.”
To endeavor by word and action to present the truth of the gospel to those outside of Christ, being righteous and honorable in all of our life so that the gospel might be made attractive by our good works, working to be all things to all men that we might by all means save some.
To remember those who have the rule over us, who speak to us the Word of God; to submit to their leadership as to those who will give an account before God for our souls.
To give regularly and cheerfully, as God prospers, for the support of this ministry, for the relief of the needy, and the spread of the Gospel around the world;
To give of ourselves, our time and our gifts, for the service of Christ in this Church; each of us being careful to assume our share of the work, as faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.
We pledge before God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ to live and speak as those who are to give an account of the management of our lives under God. Relying upon the Grace of God, we will endeavor to make our walk conform to this covenant, and not to it alone, but to all of God’s revealed will for holy living and service.
SECTION 5. Polity
This Church is independent and autonomous and is subject to the control of Scripture alone, not to any other ecclesiastical authority, body or organization.
SECTION 6. Affiliation
We, the members, declare our affiliation shall be with the following agencies and their schools, etc.
a. Conservative Baptist Association of America (CBAmerica) and its schools, mission societies and agencies.
b. Any other evangelical organization approved by the Church.
SECTION 1. Purpose of Membership
The New Testament identifies the local Church as part of the universal Church. The local Church is comprised of a definable group of people who, once committed to the Lord, identified themselves with and committed themselves to one another as a local Church. In this God-ordained environment they function as one body, building up each other in love according to the rule of Scripture. Membership is to be seen as a covenant between fellow believers under Christ.
In order to implement the principles of accountability and commitment to the local body of Christ as defined in the New Testament and practiced in the early churches, El Camino Baptist Church recognizes the need for formal membership. (Romans 16:1; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 2 Corinthians 8:1; Philippians 1:1; Acts 11:26)
Membership shall be practiced as a public and accountable commitment to join with this body of believers in obeying Christ, submit to its leaders, and financially support and participate in its ministries.
SECTION 2. Requirements for Membership
Membership of the Church shall consist of those who profess credible faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, been baptized by immersion as a believer, and affirm the Confession of Faith and live by the Covenant, as defined in these bylaws.
SECTION 3. Application for Membership
All who desire to be members shall contact one of the Elders of the Church to fill out a membership application form. Those transferring membership from another church of like faith or order may provide a letter of recommendation. They will then be interviewed by two of the Elders to discern if they meet the requirements of membership.
Those who meet those requirements shall be recommended to the Church two weeks prior to becoming a Member. New members shall be received publicly as an act of the Church. A report concerning new members shall be given at each business meeting.
Those applying for membership may be identified as Associate Members if they are both:
a. Part-year residents who attend faithfully while in town.
b. People who are willing to submit to the authority and doctrine of El Camino.
Associate membership allows for participation in ministry roles usually reserved for full members, while remaining under the authority of the Governing Board. Associate Members can hold any office for which they are qualified except Elder, and may vote only when they are in residence in the greater Tucson area.
Children can become members if they meet the requirements for membership, but cannot participate in Church business by voting or speaking until they have reached 18 years of age.
SECTION 4. Responsibilities of Membership
As provided for in the Articles of Incorporation, members shall not have any pecuniary interest in any of the Church property or assets during its existence or upon its dissolution. All members of the Church 18 years of age or older shall constitute the voting body of the Church and be empowered to vote on the following matters
a. Approval of the annual budget
b. Appointment or dismissal of pastors
c. Appointment of Elders, Deacons, Deaconess, Clerk, and Treasurer
d. Approval of Church indebtedness in excess of 10% of the annual budget
e. Any other matter brought to their attention by the Governing Board for vote
SECTION 5. Removal from Membership
Membership will end when granted by the Governing Board under the following conditions.
a. Transfer of letter. A request from a member in good standing to unite with another Baptist Church may be granted. Letters of transfer shall be mailed to the requesting church.
b. Withdrawal. A request from a member in good standing to unite with other than a Baptist church may be granted. Upon their written request to be released from their covenant obligations, a member’s request shall be honored and their membership terminated.
c. Deletion. If no request is made, a member may be removed from membership under the following conditions.
a. Any member identified as a member of another church, or an associate of such church, by recommendation of the Clerk to the Governing Board; except that an associate member of El Camino Baptist Church may be a member of another Church.
b. The name of any member who has died will be removed from the membership roll.
c. Any member who, for a period of one year, does not perform any of the duties of membership as described in the Covenant may be removed from membership. The Church Clerk shall routinely attempt to contact these members. If contact is made, the member may request removal. If no contact is made after the one year, the Governing Board shall approve the recommendation of the Clerk to remove the member.
d. Any member who is under final stage of discipline by the Church and is persistently unrepentant.
SECTION 1. Purpose of Officers
In the New Testament church, certain individuals were set apart to official responsibilities within the church. These individuals were servants of the church, following the pattern of Christ who came not to be served, but to serve (Matthew 20:26-28). The officers of this Church are those indicated in the New Testament, specifically those of Elder and Deacon.
SECTION 2. Responsibilities of Elders
The Elders shall act as the Governing Board of El Camino which shall be comprised of all duly elected (“lay”) Elders and the Senior Pastor. The Governing board shall have general oversight of the church as overseers and pastors (Acts 20:16-32; Titus 1, I Timothy 3, Hebrews 13:17). They are responsible to lead and feed the flock, protect from doctrinal error, exhort and refute those who contradict doctrine, be a godly example, and disciple others (1 Timothy 5:17; Acts 20:28; Titus 1:7-9; 1 Peter 5:1-3; Matthew 28:18-20). Members of the flock are called to honor and yield to their leadership. The Elders shall also be specifically responsible for the following matters:
a. All legal matters
b. Operational Policy
c. Financial Policy including Developing and implementing the annual budget
d. General oversight (or supervision) of all paid personnel
e. Church discipline
f. Recommending appointment of Elders, Deacons, Deaconesses, Clerk, and Treasurer for Congregational approval.
SECTION 3. Qualifications for Elders
The office of Elder is open to any male member of El Camino who is recognized by the body for their spiritual maturity, ability to teach Scripture and live by the same, and gifts and skills needed for the general oversight of the flock. All Elders shall meet the qualifications of I Timothy 3: 1-7and Titus 1:5-9.
SECTION 4. Selection and Tenure of Elders, Deacons or Deaconesses
The selection of the Elected Elders, Deacons or Deaconesses for the Church shall be considered a responsibility and activity for the entire membership. Initially in the third quarter of the fiscal year, a Nominating Committee, having at least seven members with at least one Elected Elder and one Deacon and /or Deaconess, will solicit names of individuals for consideration from the congregation. It is desirous that the Elected Elders consist of 12 members.
The Governing Board shall determine the number of deacons and deaconesses needed in ministry and the needs to be addressed. It is desirous that one-third of the Elders, Deacons or Deaconesses be selected each year for a three year term. Any Elected Elder, Deacon or Deaconess who has served six consecutive years shall take one year leave.
The Nominating Committee shall review the qualifications of each candidate to ascertain whether they meet the qualifications of an Elder, Deacon or Deaconess. Candidates for Elder, Deacon or Deaconess shall be a member in good standing of El Camino Baptist Church for the minimum of one year. There shall be no anonymous nominations.
These names shall be presented to the Governing Board for approval. The Nominating Committee or Elders will then interview the approved candidates for their willingness to serve. The list of willing candidates shall be published in the Church bulletin on the four Sundays prior to the annual selection of officers. During this time, any Church member may notify the Nominating Committee if the candidate’s qualifications are in question. If the candidate is not “blameless”, their name is removed from consideration.
The candidates are then affirmed by the voting members through ballot and shall assume office at the start of the next term if they receive at least 85% of the total votes cast. The Nominating Committee shall be responsible for counting ballots and validating the results of the elections. The election of Elders, Deacons and Deaconesses shall be held at least two months prior to the annual business meeting.
SECTION 5. Qualifications of Appointed Elders
When the Church deems it necessary for a particular task to be given full-time Elder attention, they shall call qualified men to the position of Pastoral Staff. All who serve in the positions of Pastor shall be ministers who freely subscribe to the Confession of Faith and covenant of the Church. Pastoral Staff members are to be Elder qualified. The Pastoral staff shall have specific oversight of the church. It shall be empowered under the leadership of the Senior Pastor to guide the church and implement it’s ministries on a daily basis. The Senior Pastor shall report regularly to the Governing Board. Associate pastors shall be called as deemed necessary by the Senior Pastor, Governing Board, and the Church. They shall also share in the total oversight of the flock and carry specialized responsibilities as deemed necessary.
SECTION 6. Selection and Tenure of Appointed Elders
In the event of pastoral vacancy, the Governing Board shall recommend to the Church a Pastor Selection Committee of seven persons, at least three of whom shall be Elected Elders. This committee shall present only one candidate at a time for consideration of the Church body. Upon recommendation of the Governing Board, the candidate shall be called at a special meeting of the Church. Notice of the special meeting shall be announced during service and in the bulletin at least two Sundays prior thereto. The call of pastors shall be determined by ballot and approved by 85% or more of the votes cast.
All Pastors shall serve for an indefinite period of time. However the termination of the tenure of the Senior Pastor shall be upon not less than thirty days notice by the Pastor, sixty days notice by the Church, or less by mutual consent. The question of dissolving the pastoral relationship may be considered by the Church upon recommendation of the Governing Board in accordance with Scriptural directives concerning discipline. Notice shall be announced in service and in the bulletin at least two Sundays prior thereto. The dissolution of the pastoral relationship shall be affirmed by ballot and receive a majority vote.
The termination of the tenure of Pastoral Associates shall be upon not less than 30 days written notice by the Pastoral Associate or 60 days by the Governing Board. Said termination by the Governing Board shall be upon the recommendation of the Senior Pastor and two-thirds vote by ballot of the Governing Board.
SECTION 7. Purpose of Deacons and Deaconesses
The New Testament identifies both men and women who were set apart for specific works of mercy and service, primarily to assist the Elders in such works of caring that might otherwise distract from the ministry of the Word and prayer (Acts 6:1-6, Phil 1:1, Rom 16:1). Their responsibilities shall be designated by the Governing Board and they shall serve as needed.
SECTION 8. Qualifications of Deacons
The office of Deacon shall be open to any male member of El Camino who is recognized by the body for their spiritual maturity and particular gifting in ministries of mercy, service, helps, and administration. They shall work with and under the direction of the Elders and meet the requirements of 1 Timothy 3:8-13.
SECTION 9. Qualifications of Deaconesses
This position of service shall be open to any female member of El Camino who is recognized by the body for their spiritual maturity and particular gifting in ministries of mercy, service, helps, and administration. They shall work with and under the direction of the Elders.
SECTION 10. Church Clerk
The Church Clerk shall be appointed by the Governing Board for a one year term and be affirmed by 85% approval of the congregation at the time of officer affirmation. The clerk shall be a member in good standing of El Camino Baptist Church for a minimum of one year. The clerk shall maintain the membership roll and prepare minutes from the Church business meetings. The Governing Board may appoint an Assistant Clerk.
SECTION 11. Treasurer
The Treasurer shall be appointed by the Governing Board for a one year term and be affirmed by 85% approval of the congregation at the time of officer affirmation. The Treasurer is a legal representative of El Camino. The Treasurer shall be an Elected Elder and shall oversee the preparation, approval, and implementation of the annual budget.
SECTION 12. Legal Officers of the Church
For legal purposes of the Corporation the officers of the Church shall consist of the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer of the Governing Board. All legal officers of the Church must be at least 21 years of age. In the event of a vacancy in any elective office, the same may be filled at any regular business meeting of the Church. Notification of the proposed appointment shall be published in the Church bulletin on the four Sundays prior to the congregational vote to fill the vacant office.
SECTION 1. Ministry Responsibilities
All ministries formed to carry out any activities of the Church are regarded as integral parts of the Church. The Governing Board will have general oversight of such ministries. Any ministry receiving budgeted funding during the fiscal year shall submit to the Governing Board a brief, written annual report one month prior to the Annual Business meeting. These ministries shall comply with the spirit, policies and teachings of the Church.
SECTION 2. Ministry Leaders
Officers of all ministries of the Church, including, but not limited to those leading adult, children’s and youth activities, shall be active members of the Church unless approved by the Governing Board. Ministry workers and staff who are not members of the Church shall subscribe to our Church Statement of Faith and Church Covenant. All ministries of El Camino Baptist Church are required to submit to the polity, procedures, and bylaws established by the church. Groups with their own 501C3 or other independent status will be considered separate organizations which are not under El Camino’s governance. These groups are welcome to seek El Camino Baptist Church’s support and help on an individual basis as with any outside organization.
SECTION 3. Use of Church Facilities
The Governing Board or their designee shall approve the use of Church facilities by outside organizations or individuals. The Governing Board explicitly reserves the right to refuse to rent, lease, or otherwise lend the church facilities to any persons who are engaged in activity contrary to the church’s statement of faith and the Holy Scriptures.
SECTION 1. Meetings for Worship
Unless otherwise provided, the Church shall meet each Sunday for public worship, regularly for public prayer, and at other times as considered necessary by the Governing Board. The ordinance of the Lord’s Supper shall normally be observed on the first Sunday of each month, except under unusual circumstances.
SECTION 2. Meetings of the Governing Board
The Governing Board shall meet at least ten times each year or at a special meeting whenever called by the Chairman or the Pastor. A quorum for the Governing Board shall be a simple majority of Elders. Executive Session of the Governing Board will address compensation and employment issues for Elders receiving direct compensation from the Church. An executive session of the Governing Board convened for this purpose shall consist of those elected who do not receive direct compensation from the Church. The executive session may request attendance of whomever the Governing Board deems necessary. During any Governing Board meeting, an Elder receiving compensation from the Church shall abstain from voting on any financial issues pertaining to his area of responsibility. Elders having any other conflict of interest on an issue shall abstain from voting on that issue.
SECTION 3. Business Meetings
Business Meetings shall be held semi-annually. Special business meetings may be called with the approval of the Governing Board. The annual business meeting shall be the first meeting in the fiscal year. Any proposed matters of business from members of the congregation shall be presented to the Governing Board at least three Sundays in advance of any business meeting for consideration as proper items to be added to the agenda. A quorum for the transaction of Church business shall be 10% of the voting body. A majority vote of those present shall be adequate for all matters of Church business, including action of all boards, except as specified elsewhere in the Bylaws. On any matter of business, a ballot vote shall be held if called for by any member present who is eligible to vote. Questions of parliamentary practice not specifically provided for herein shall be determined according to the latest edition of Roberts’ Rules of Order.
Notice of regular and special business meetings of the Church shall be announced in the Sunday bulletin of the regular Church services on the Sunday two weeks preceding the date of the meetings, except in cases where the Bylaws may require additional notice. Matters of business dealing with the discipline of members may be presented at any regular service without prior notification to the membership.
SECTION 1. Fiscal Year
The fiscal year of the Church shall begin July 1 and end June 30.
SECTION 2. Audit
An audit of the financial records of the Church shall be conducted regularly in such a manner as shall be determined by the Governing Board. The auditor’s report shall be filed in the Church office and shall be subject to inspection by any member of the Church.
SECTION 3. Financial Policy
Necessary finances for conducting the Church programs and its missionary outreach shall be obtained through voluntary gifts. No money-making projects shall be conducted without the approval of the Governing Board.
SECTION 4. Operational Policy
The Governing Board shall have the authority to establish the operational policies of the Church.
SECTION 5. Messengers and Representatives
The Governing Board may select from time to time such messengers as the Church is entitled to send to association, regional or national meetings. The congregation shall be given two weeks’ notice on such appointments. It is understood that such representatives shall duly represent the policy and attitude of the Church.
SECTION 6. Discipline
Discipline is the responsibility of each member to intervene in the lives of each other when sin has become a determined pattern of life. The goal of discipline is restoration through repentance and forgiveness.
For private sins committed against private individuals, the steps of Matt 18 should be followed. Private warning, rebuke, admonition, or correction is appropriate, depending on the nature of the sin. The first level of confrontation is done privately by the offended person. The second level of confrontation is done by two or three believers. If repentance occurs at either of the first two levels of confrontation, the next level is unnecessary. However if there is no change after the visitation of two or more believers, then charges should be submitted in writing to the Governing Board for such action as is deemed proper, including public rebuke or excommunication.
As practical, the person accused shall be given an opportunity to be heard in defense. No member, if absent, shall be censured or excluded at the same meeting at which the charge is made against him.
When the sin is serious and public, even if the offender is repentant, some disciplinary action must be taken by the Governing Board to demonstrate the witness of the church.
Members under discipline are prohibited from holding office, attending business meetings or voting on matters before the Church.
SECTION 7. Conflict Resolution
In matters of conflict between members of the Church or between members and leadership, the Church is not to take its cases before unbelievers (1 Corinthians 6:1-8), but rather to appoint godly and wise mediators. In the event of conflicts which cannot be resolved between the parties involved, a written request shall be made that the Governing Board appoint a mediation council to bring reconciliation. That Council shall be made up of elder-qualified believers of common faith though not necessarily members of El Camino. It shall have three members, one appointed by each of the two parties in conflict and one selected by the two members so selected. Said Council shall have authority to make binding recommendations to the parties involved.
SECTION 1. Approval
These Bylaws may be amended by a three-fourths vote of the members present and entitled to vote at any business meeting of the Church, provided that the amendments do not conflict with the Articles of Incorporation and that notice shall have been given in the regular Church announcements on the four Sundays preceding such business meeting. No changes shall be made which affect the theology, philosophy of ministry, or government without the approval of the congregation.
SECTION 2. Glossary
Church: Refers to the corporate members of El Camino Baptist Church.
Governing Board or Elder Board: Refers to the Board of duly elected Elders and the Senior Pastor. See Article IV, Section 2 of these Bylaws.
Legal Officers of the Church: For legal purposes of the Corporation the officers of the Church consist of the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer of the Governing Board. See Article IV, Section 12 of these Bylaws.
Confession of Faith: The beliefs of El Camino Baptist Church listed in Article II, Section 2 of these Bylaws.
Church Covenant: The covenant promise made by all members when they join El Camino Baptist Church, listed in Article II, Section 4 of these Bylaws.
Senior Pastor: The Lead Pastor
Pastoral Associates: Pastoral Staff / Appointed Elders other than the Senior Pastor. See Article IV Sections 5 & 6 of these Bylaws.
Adultery: Adultery refers to marital infidelity. When two partners of whom at least one is married to another party, have sexual relations, they commit adultery. The sixth commandment absolutely forbids adultery. Matt 5:32, Mark10:11, I Cor 6:9-11. Jesus condemns even mere desire as adultery. Matt 7:27-28. Members guilty of adultery shall be subject to church discipline.
Fornication: Fornication refers to carnal union between an unmarried man and an unmarried woman. It is explicitly condemned by Scripture. Gal 5:19-21. Members guilty of fornication shall be subject to church discipline.
Homosexuality: Homosexuality refers to sexual relations between men or sexual relations between women. Scripture teaches that homosexual acts are acts of grave depravity. Gen 19:1-29, Romans 1:24-27, I Cor 6:10, I Tim 1:10. Members guilty of homosexual acts shall be subject to church discipline.
Teaching Statements: Doctrinal positions statements by the Governing Board clarifying El Camino Baptist Church’s position on various social, cultural or doctrinal issues. See Article II Section 3 of these Bylaws.
Operational Policy: The general direction given by the Governing Board that regulates the detailed operation of El Camino Baptist Church. See Article VII section 4 of these Bylaws.