ARTICLE 7 | MEMBERS
The members of Quest Church are those who have recognized that this is where God has placed them in order to express their commitment to Him in the context of Christian family and community. They have accepted the responsibilities of commitment and submission to the authority of the elders. Their commitment is recognized by other members of the church.
B. Reception Of Members
Any Christian who desires to make Quest Church their home church will be welcomed into membership through application to the elders of the church. Those persons desiring membership shall first submit an application to the elders requesting that membership status be conferred upon them, and then be interviewed by one of the church elders to determine that those applying have made a satisfactory profession of faith, have been baptized in water as believers, and understand the privileges and responsibilities of membership. The Elders may create alternative methods for membership reception at their discretion.
The person desiring membership shall initiate the membership process in Quest
Church. Application for membership shall be made on the forms provided by the Corporation.
D. Review of Membership
The church staff shall periodically review the member roll. Members who no longer meet the requirements for membership as outlined in Article 3, Section B, shall be purged from the member roll after an affirmative vote by the Board of Elders.
E. Privileges of Membership
The member has the privilege of being associated and partnering with this work of God and the ministries of the Corporation. Members may serve in various volunteer positions, have priority use of facilities over non-members, and will be invited to participate in exclusive Member Meetings according to section G in this Article. Quest Church, Inc. shall have only nonvoting members. The members shall be prohibited from participating in the governance of the Corporation or voting in any way.
F. Termination of Membership
Termination of membership shall be accomplished in one of the following ways:
1. At the member’s request;
2. By transfer of membership to another church;
3. By determination of the Board of Elders for good and sufficient cause;
4. By failure to continue to meet the requirements of Membership outlined in Article B; or
5. By death.
G. Member Meetings
An annual business meeting of the members may be held each year at a date and time designated by the Board of Elders to deliver financial reports, including a report of the prior year’s activities and a budget for the following year’s activities, and to update the members on any business matters that the Elders decide. Members Meetings are the primary method of presenting Pastoral and Elder candidates to the congregation for discernment and comments.
H. Mutual Interest.
The behavior of anyone in fellowship with this church is of common interest to the Pastors, Elders, and membership. (Gal. 6:1) This church requires every Board member and Congregational member to adhere to a life style that is consistent with the doctrines of this church as taught in the Holy Scriptures. Therefore, this church reserves the right to refuse service to any individual, whether member or not, that is not submitting their life style to this Scriptural mode of conduct. This refusal would include services, benefits, and any use of church assets.
I. Prohibited Activities
This church is prohibited from engaging in activities that violate its Statement of Faith and written doctrines. This church is also prohibited from condoning, promoting or allowing any of its assets to be used for activities that violate its Statement of Faith and written doctrines.
J. Policy and Procedures
To establish an efficient leadership infrastructure, the Senior Pastor/President shall be responsible to clearly articulate in clear, concise and simple language, a policy and procedures document. The purpose of this document is to create a consistent and logical framework that empowers staff and volunteers to participate in the decision-making processes that reflect the Senior Pastor/President’s heart and vision for the church.
This church shall diligently watch to keep private all records concerning polity, doctrine, counseling and information on individuals in fellowship with this church. This church must not disclose any records that may compromise information about a member’s attendance, membership status, giving and counseling records.
ARTICLE 8 | CHURCH GOVERNMENT & CORPORATE OFFICERS
Quest Church, Inc. comprises both a spiritual body and a legal body. Because of this, the Elders act as the spiritual leaders of the congregation and also serve as the Board of Directors of the Corporation. As such, they also act as the Trustees in all major financial and business matters of Quest Church, Inc.
Quest Church, Inc. seeks to be led by the Holy Spirit in all its decisions. The Senior Pastor/President, the Overseers, the Elders/Board of Directors, and the Congregation all have a role in leadership. The Senior Pastor/President’s office is responsible for developing and communicating the vision, overseeing the day-to-day ministry of the church, and general care for the congregation. The Overseers are to protect the church through counsel, prayer, and if required, the discipline of the Senior Pastor/President, as described in Article 6. The Elders/Board of Directors are to serve the church as described in Article 8. The congregation influences the spiritual tone, strength and direction of the church.
The Senior Pastor/President, in consultation with the Elders/Board of Directors, may authorize any officer or officers, agents or agents of the corporation, in addition to the officers so authorized by these Bylaws, to enter into any contract or to execute and deliver any instrument in the name of and on behalf of the corporation. Such authority may be general or confined to specific instances as the Elders see fit.
A. Chairman of the Corporation
The Lord Jesus Christ is recognized as the Head of the Church. The oversight and authority of the church is vested first in the Senior Pastor and then in Elders who will comprise the ruling body of the church and as a body have the power and authority to act on behalf of the church.
The Senior Pastor shall be the president and chairman of the Corporation. The Chairman of the Corporation is responsible for discharging the duties of the office in a manner consistent with the Bylaws, the requirements for membership, and the best interests of the congregation.
If the office of Senior Pastor is vacant, the local Elders along with the counsel of the Quest Oversight Team will appoint an acting chairman who will serve until a replacement is discerned following whichever appropriate process as outlined in either Article 5, Section H, Paragraph 4 or Article 5, Section I, Paragraph 3 of these Bylaws.
B. Secretary of the Corporation
The Secretary of the Corporation shall be an Elder appointed by the Elders as its representative. The term of office shall be three years and shall automatically renew for successive three-year terms until terminated as provided in this document. The Secretary of the Corporation is responsible:
1. To attend all meetings of the Elders
2. To maintain the minutes of Elders’ meetings and congregational members’ meetings.
C. Treasurer of the Corporation
The Senior Pastor and Elders shall appoint the Treasurer of the Corporation. The term of office shall be three years and shall automatically renew for successive three-year terms until terminated as provided in this document. The Treasurer of the Corporation is accountable to the Senior Pastor and Elders to assure that the following duties are properly discharged.
1. To oversee all funds of the congregation and deposit those funds in a reliable banking institution approved by the Elders and Finance Team
2. To see that all bills are paid by properly authorized means at the request of the Finance Team or Senior Pastor
3. To see that accurate records are kept of all receipts and disbursements
4. To prepare a monthly financial report and an annual report
ARTICLE 9 | SENIOR PASTOR
A. Responsibilities of the Senior Pastor/President.
It is the Senior Pastor/President's responsibility to:
1. Provide Biblical vision and direction for the congregation.
2. Provide general care and ministry for the congregation, either personally, or through other ministries of the Church as he appoints as well as all functions outlined in Article 10, Section E, Paragraph 4 for “Ordained Ministers.”
3. Define and communicate the Church's purpose.
4. Oversee and coordinate the day-to-day ministry of the congregation and administration of the church.
5. Nominate Overseers pursuant to Article 6.
6. Recognize and enlist apostolic, prophetic, evangelistic, pastoral and teaching ministries, along with that of Elders, and additional staff members, as he deems Biblical and necessary for the healthy and balanced spiritual ministry to the body of believers.
7. Staff the church as he deems necessary to help administrate the affairs of the corporation.
B. The Senior Pastor/President's Spiritual Leadership
The Senior Pastor/President is the Lead Elder and shall serve as chairman of all meetings of the Elders.
The Senior Pastor/President of this ministry shall by virtue of his/her office automatically be recognized as an ordained minister.
In his role as Senior Pastor/President, he may work with Overseers, Elders, or anyone serving in any five-fold ministry offices as outlined in Ephesians 4:11-13 in any way that he determines is Biblical.
In addition, he may budget monies, hire staff, develop projects or ministry, and create small groups or other specialized ministries according to his convictions and Biblical understanding, subject to the counsel and direction of the Elders. He shall have the authority to appoint and approve any assistants that are necessary to properly carry on the work of the church.
C. The Senior Pastor/President's Responsibility for Services
Times, order of services, and the leadership of services are to be determined by him or by the spiritual church structure that he establishes. No person shall be invited to speak, teach or minister at a service held in Church-owned facilities, or in the name of the church, without the approval of the Senior Pastor/President or the appropriate member of the established church pastoral ministry team.
D. The Office of The Senior Pastor/President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
The Senior Pastor/President Shall Serve as the Senior Pastor/President and CEO of the Corporation.
The Senior Pastor/President and CEO are herein after, in most instances, referred to as the Senior Pastor/President. If possible, he shall preside at all meetings of the Elders and shall see that all orders and resolutions of the Elders are put into effect. He shall execute in the name of the corporation all deeds, bonds, mortgages, contracts, and other documents authorized by the Elders. He shall be an ex-officio member of all standing committees, and shall have the general powers and duties of supervision and management usually vested in the office of the Senior Pastor/President of a corporation.
E. The Senior Pastor/President's and CEO's Role in Administration.
The Senior Pastor/President is the senior administrator of the church. He is ultimately responsible for all day-to-day administrative decisions of the church.
F. The Senior Pastor/President's Role with Staff
The Senior Pastor/President provides direction for the church staff either directly or through those whom he appoints. All staff hiring and firing is done through the process outlined in Article 8, Section C, Paragraph1 entitled, “Board Decisions.”
G. The Senior Pastor/President's Role with the Budget
An annual budget must be prepared by the Senior Pastor each year. The budget is to be based on 90% of the previous year’s undesignated income.
H. Installation of New Senior Pastor/President when Departing Senior Pastor/President is in Good Standing
1. If the Senior Pastor/President is in good standing or dies while in good standing, a new Senior Pastor/President shall be selected through the following process. The Senior Pastor/President shall nominate a new Senior Pastor/President (in a previously signed writing in the event of death) and the Confirmation Committee shall then confirm such nominee by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members of the Confirmation
Committee. In the event that the Confirmation Committee does not confirm such nominee, the process shall repeat until a nominee is confirmed.
2. If the Senior Pastor/President is unable to nominate a new person, then the Overseers shall nominate a person, under the same terms as are described in Section I, Paragraph 1 in this Article below.
3. The Senior Pastor/President is in "Good Standing" if: (1) he is not under discipline by the Overseers, (2) he is not under investigation by the Overseers, and/or (3) he has not engaged in any conduct that could subject the Senior Pastor/President to discipline by the Overseers.
4. The Board of Elders shall serve as the Confirmation Committee.
5. In the event of a vacancy in the office of the Senior Pastor/President due to disability, death, or other absence while the Senior Pastor/President is in good standing, the acting Senior Pastor/President shall be a person named by the Senior Pastor/President in a signed writing to the Overseers in advance of such disability or absence. Such acting Senior Pastor/President shall serve until such time as a new Senior Pastor/President is nominated and confirmed pursuant to Paragraph 8.1. The acting Senior Pastor/President shall be eligible for nomination and confirmation as Senior Pastor/President.
I. Installation of New Senior Pastor/President when Departing Senior Pastor/President is not in Good Standing
1. If the Senior Pastor/President is not in good standing, a new Senior Pastor/President shall be selected through the following process. The Overseers shall nominate a new Senior Pastor/President by an affirmative vote of at least one less than the total number of Overseers, and the Confirmation Committee shall then confirm such nominee by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members of the Confirmation Committee. In the event that the Confirmation Committee does not confirm such nominee the process shall repeat until a nominee is confirmed.
2. The Senior Pastor/President is not in "Good Standing" if: (1) he is under discipline by the Overseers, (2) he is under investigation by the Overseers, and/or (3) he has engaged in any conduct that could subject the Senior Pastor/President to discipline by the Overseers.
3. In the event of a vacancy in the office of the Senior Pastor/President due to disability, death, discipline, or absence while the Senior Pastor/President is not in good standing, the Overseers may by a vote of one less than the total number of Overseers appoint an acting Senior Pastor/President until such time as a new Senior Pastor/President is nominated and confirmed. The acting Senior Pastor/President shall be eligible for nomination and confirmation as Senior Pastor/President.
ARTICLE 10 | OVERSEERS
A. Requirements To Be an Overseer
The members of the Overseers must be licensed or ordained ministers, and they must be leaders of other respected congregations (or they must have been in the past). Overseers must also have wisdom in handling the interests of the church and Senior Pastor/President and know and love Lifeway Church, Inc. and its Senior Pastor/President. They may not be active members of Lifeway Church, Inc. They must agree to make themselves available at their own expense to serve Lifeway Church, Inc. if requested, and they must be willing to provide spiritual protection to the church through prayer and by living an honorable Christian lifestyle.
B. Biblical Qualifications for Overseers
The qualifications for Overseers shall be the same as requirements as for Elders. See “Biblical Requirements for Elders” in Article 8, Section E, Paragraph 1 .
C. Selection and Function of Overseers
Overseers will be nominated by the Senior Pastor/President and confirmed by the Elders/Board of Directors. The Senior Pastor/President will be accountable to the Overseers in the event of alleged misconduct in compliance with Article 12.
D. Installing New Overseers
Each year the Senior Pastor/President and the Elders may replace one (1) of the Overseers and enter that change into the minutes of an Elder’s meeting. If disciplinary action of the Senior Pastor is being considered, changes in the Overseers may not be made until its work is completed.
E. Role of the Overseers with the Elders
In the event of an unbalanced Board of Elders during the corporation’s first three years, commencing on the date of incorporation, the Overseers may serve in the capacity of the Board of Elders until the appropriate Elder appointments are made subject to Article 8. Such appointments must be made before the end of the corporation’s third year.
ARTICLE 11 | PASTORAL STAFF AND MINISTRY LEADERS
1. Each Pastor and Ministry Leader is to have a clear job description with a designated length of term for review.
2. Pastors and Ministry Leaders need to have the vision of the Senior Pastor.
(Num. 11:16-17) Primary vision and direction flow from the Senior Pastor. Pastors and staff share a partnership with the Senior Pastor and Elders in developing and carrying out vision.
3. Pastors and Ministry Leaders serve under and accountable to the Senior Pastor and any appointed supervisor.
1. The Senior Pastor, in consultation with the Elders, may recommend a pastoral candidate to the congregation or a Search Committee may be formed to find a leader. The Search Committee can either be the Elders or a combination of Elders and qualified church members. The Senior Pastor will chair the committee.
2. Full time Pastoral Staff being considered will be presented to the congregation for approval. After a comment period, the Senior Pastor, in consultation with the Elders, will make the final decision. The person called and affirmed will be publicly credentialed through the laying on of hands according to the details of Church Ministry found in Article 10.
The term of office shall be two years and shall automatically renew for successive two-year terms until terminated as provided in this document. A review will be provided on an annual (or biannual) basis. The review will be done by the Senior Pastor or designated leader. If circumstances warrant, a review can be done at any time.
The term can be ended in light of the following:
1. The Pastor/Ministry Leader submits his/her written resignation. The congregation shall be notified a minimum of thirty days prior to effective date of resignation.
2. The Senior Pastor, in consultation with the Elders, calls for it because of serious moral failure, insubordination, ongoing difference of vision, or if the person is not fulfilling, or cannot fulfill, the requirements of the office. Depending on the situation, immediate resignation may be requested by the Senior Pastor.
3. Credentials can be revoked according to guidelines set forth by Quest Church.
ARTICLE 12 | ELDERS
A. General Powers and Functions
The Elders shall function as the Board of Directors, Trustees of the Corporation and represent Quest Church and its associated ministries in all matters of legal responsibility and shall have spiritual oversight over the entirety of Lifeway Church.
B. Number of Members
There shall be a Board of Elders consisting of no less than five (5) Elders including the Senior Pastor who is the Lead Elder. The Board of Elders shall have no maximum number of members.
C. Meetings of Elders
1. Board Decisions
Consensus is desired and shall be pursued in all board decisions. However, a quorum of the elders present at each meeting is required in order for any action to be taken on any business of the Board of Elders.
A simple majority of the elders present at each meeting, which must include the Lead Elder, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the
Board of Elders.
3. Frequency of Meetings
A meeting of the Elders shall be held at least four times per year. The Senior Pastor/President, or any Elder may call a meeting at any time, under the condition that a majority of the Elders attend the meeting.
4. Leadership of Meetings
If at all possible, the Senior Pastor/President is to set the agenda, attend, and lead each Elder’s meeting. If that is not possible, the Secretary/Treasurer shall lead the meeting. If neither the Senior Pastor/President nor the Secretary/Treasurer is able to lead the meeting, the Elders must choose a leader for that meeting and proceed in order, with the appointed leader keeping minutes for the record.
Any motions passed and recorded in a meeting without the Senior Pastor/President or the Secretary/Treasurer may not take effect until the following meeting with either the Senior Pastor/President or the Secretary/Treasurer present when the minutes of the previous meeting are approved.
5. Location of Meetings
Any meeting of the Elders may be held at such place or places as shall from time to time be determined by the Elders or fixed by the Senior Pastor/President and designated in the notice of the meeting.
6. Written Notice of Meetings
Whenever, under the provisions of a statute or the Articles of Incorporation or these
Bylaws, a written notice is required to be given to any Elder:
1. Such notice will require a minimum of four (4) days notice.
2. Such notice may be given in writing, by email, or by postal mail at such email address or postal address as appears on the books of the corporation and such notice shall be deemed to be given at the time the notice is faxed or mailed.
3. The person entitled to such notice may waive the notice by signing a written waiver either before, at, or after the time of the meeting.
5. Attendance of an Elder at any meeting of the Board of Elder s will constitute a waiver of notice of such meeting except where such Elder attends a meeting for the express purpose of objecting, at the beginning of the meeting, to the transaction of any business because the meeting is not lawfully called or convened.
7. Regular Meetings
The Elders may establish regular meetings. No notice shall be required for any regular
8. Elder Action by Unanimous Written Consent Without Meeting
Any action required or permitted to be taken by the Elders under any provision of law may be taken without a meeting, if all of the Elders shall individually or collectively consent in writing to such action. Such written consent or consents shall be filed with the minutes of the proceedings of the Elders. Such action by written consent shall have the same force and effect as the unanimous vote of the Elders. Any certificate or other document filed under any provision of law which relates to action so taken shall state that the action was taken by unanimous written consent of the Elders without a meeting and that the Bylaws of this corporation authorize the Elders to so act and such statement shall be prima facie evidence of such authority.
9. Waiver of Notice
Attendance of an Elder at any meeting of the Elders will constitute a waiver of notice of such meeting except where such Elder attends a meeting for the express purpose of
objecting, at the beginning of the meeting, to the transaction of any business because the meeting is not lawfully called or convened.
10. Meetings by Remote Communications Technology
Subject to the notice provision aforementioned in this Article, the Elders may also hold meetings by means of a remote electronic communications system, including video or telephone conferencing technology or the Internet, or any combination, only if each person entitled to participate in the meeting consents to the meeting being held by means of that system, and the system provides access to the meeting in a manner or using a method by which each person participating in the meeting can communicate concurrently with each other participant. Participation in such a meeting shall constitute presence in person at such meeting, except participation for the express purpose of objecting to the transaction of any business on the ground that the meeting is not lawfully called or convened.
D. Requirements for Elders
Specific Elder Board qualifications are those that are consistent with both biblical mandates as well as leadership standards unique to the Quest Church community.
1. Biblical Requirements
evident in individuals nominated for eldership
2. Leadership Qualifications
The following leadership qualities must be evident in individuals being nominated for eldership:
a. Proven record of leadership experience
b. Able to think critically, abstractly, and globally through issues
c. Able to receive and offer constructive criticism
d. Possess the spiritual gifts of leadership and/or administration
3. Unique Qualifications
The following qualifications unique to the Quest Church community must be evident
in individuals being nominated for eldership:
a. In agreement with Quest Church’s Statement of Faith
b. In agreement with Quest Church’s Bylaws
c. In agreement with Quest Church’s philosophy and style of ministry
d. In agreement with the Elder Board’s chosen style of governance
e. Able to identify and use their personal spiritual gifts
f. A proven track record of working well with people
g. A desire to serve in various ministry capacities within Quest Church
h. Attends Quest Church on a consistent basis
i. A currentQuest Church member and an active Small Group member
j. General support from their immediate family members
When the Senior Pastor, in consultation with the Elders, believes a church member is performing, or is capable of performing, the function of an Elder, the Elders will interview the candidate to determine qualifications, call, and willingness to serve.
After the evaluation process is completed, the person will be recommended to the congregation as a potential Elder. After the discernment and comment period, allowing the congregation time to respond, the Senior Pastor and the Elders will formalize the decision by the laying on of hands in a public service.
The term of office shall be four years and shall automatically renew for successive four- year terms until terminated as provided in this document. The Senior Pastor will give a formal or informal review every four years. He may choose to involve the Overseers in the review process. If warranted, a review can be done earlier.
The term can be ended in light of the following:
1. The Elder resigns.
2. The Senior Pastor, in consultation with the Board of Elders, calls for it because of serious moral failure, insubordination, ongoing difference of vision, or if the Elder is not fulfilling, or cannot fulfill, the requirements of the office. Depending on the situation, immediate resignation may be requested. The congregation shall then be notified.
3. Elders may volunteer to be placed in inactive status if they feel they are temporarily unable to fulfill all the responsibilities of the position. For example, an Elder could request inactive status during an extended recuperation period for a medical condition. The Senior Pastor, in consultation with the Board of Elders, will consider the request.
G. Statement on Marriage and Sexuality, we believe the term “marriage” has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity should occur outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
We believe that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography or any attempt to change one’s sex, or disagreement with one’s biological sex, is sinful and offensive to God.
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of the church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the church members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by the church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, should abide by and agree to this Statement on Marriage and Sexuality and conduct themselves accordingly. Because we believe in the biblical teaching that marriage is between one man and one woman, marriages outside those parameters will not be performed by church ministers or on church property.
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of the church.
Statement of Biblical Authority
“The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of church doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Board of Directors is the church’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.”