ARTICLE 13 | SALARIES
A. Staff Salaries
All salaries shall be determined in the following manner:
1. A compensation committee shall be formed which will consider each candidate and create a compensation package that shall be forwarded to the Board of Elders for approval.
2. The Board of Elders shall appoint members of the committee.
3. The Board of Elders shall consider the recommendation of the compensation committee and shall vote on the package.
4. Only uncompensated individuals of the Board of Elders shall vote on any recommended compensation package.
5. All salaries shall be reviewed each year during the last meeting of the calendar year.
6. Pay scales shall be explained to new full-time salaried employees and, should they ever be changed, they will be given in writing to the affected employees. If there is a severance pay agreement, that also must be given to the employee in writing. In addition, all part-time salaries and hourly wages are variable and are to be determined between the Senior Pastor/President and the employee.
B. The Senior Pastor’s Salary Exceptions
1. Senior Pastor’s Compensation Team
The Senior Pastor's Compensation Team is established by the Board of Elders, consisting of the Church Treasurer, two (2) members of the non-employee, independent members of the Board of Elders, and two (2) members of the non-employee, independent members of the Board of Overseers. The number of non-employee, independent members of the Compensation Team must not be decreased to less than five (5).
2. Senior Pastor’s Compensation Approval
Compensation paid to the Senior Pastor shall be approved on an annual basis by a majority vote of the non-employee, independent Senior Pastor Compensation Team. In so doing, the non-employee, independent Senior Pastor Compensation Team shall consider duties, performance evaluations, compensation, comparability data, and other relevant information. Such information will be provided by the Church Treasurer. In no event shall the Senior Pastor’s salary be less than it would be according to the pay scale established for the other members of the pastoral team or any staff member.
3. Meetings by Remote Communications Technology
Subject to the notice provision aforementioned in this Article, the non-employee, independent Senior Pastor Compensation Team 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.
ARTICLE 14 | MINISTER ORDINATION AND LICENSING
A. Role of the Elders
The Senior Pastor and Elders may ordain and/or license a person as a minister of the Gospel after first examining the applicant's background, moral and religious character, and previous Bible courses and/or independent studies completed. Final determination shall be within the absolute discretion of this group.
Application for ordination and/or licensing as a minister of the Gospel shall be on a form provided by the Elders. An application shall be either approved or denied within ninety (90) days of completing the process set forth by the Elders as defined in Section A above. Those applicants who are approved shall receive a certificate evidencing the approval.
C. Ability to Limit Ministry
The Elders may, at their own discretion, limit licensed or ordained ministers to a specific area of special emphasis.
D. Ministry Training
The Senior Pastor his staff may establish a School of Ministry, setting forth a prescribed curriculum and course of study leading to ordination and licensing of ministers. The School of Ministry shall prepare students in the knowledge of the Word of God and in ministering to people's needs through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
E. Types of Ministers
Quest Church shall have four types of ministers. Each type of minister will have distinct rights and privileges; they are listed below:
1. Commissioned Minister
Individuals in this category may include, but are not limited to: teachers, worship
leaders, instructors, hospital and jail visitation, ministerial assistance, and lay persons. 2.
This recognition is for ministers of the gospel that are called by God and recognized by the Senior Pastor/President to minister primarily in prisons, hospitals and government agencies.
3. Licensed Minister
This recognition is given by the Elders. This recognition is for those who are somewhat seasoned in the ministry, but need further experience. Many of these are individuals that have been working in their chosen vocation, but for some reason or another have never entered full-time ministry, or have only been in full-time ministry for less than three years. Such persons are authorized to perform the following religious functions:
a. Conduct religious worship
b. Religious instruction
c. Administer communion
d. Provide spiritual counseling
e. Ministry administration
f. Serve on the Elders of a church
g. And other sacerdotal functions including
i. Conduct baby dedication ceremonies
ii. Perform baptisms
iii. Perform weddings
iv. Conduct funerals
v. Visit the sick and shut-in
vi. Minister in prisons
However, this person is not in charge of a congregation. Limited authority is granted to run the affairs of the ministry.
4. Ordained Minister
The Senior Pastor and Elders give this recognition to those persons who have an "established" or "proven" ministry. Ordained ministers are authorized to perform all functions of the Christian ministry and religious functions, and must be capable of doing so. Ordained ministers are authorized to perform all religious functions:
a. Conduct religious worship
b. Religious instruction
c. Administer communion
d. Provide spiritual counseling
e. Ministry administration
f. Serve on the Elders of a church
g. Conduct baby dedication ceremonies
h. And other sacerdotal functions including
i. Perform baptisms
ii. Perform weddings
iii. Conduct funerals
iv. Visit the sick and shut-in
v. Minister in prisons
He/she must be capable, as determined by the Elders, of possessing the abilities to lead a congregation.
ARTICLE 15 | CONGREGATIONAL MEETINGS
A. Annual Meeting
1. An annual members meeting will be held once a year. The meeting will be announced at least two weeks in advance through the church bulletin. Other notice is not required.
2. The annual budget will be presented; reports from various ministries may be given, new ministry leaders presented, vision shared, and other items covered that the Senior Pastor may add to the agenda.
3. Other special meetings may only be called by the combined approval of the Senior Pastor and Elders.
B. Decision Making
1. The Senior Pastor and the Elders will normally make congregational decisions. Alternatively, the Elders may delegate department level decision making to the appropriate ministry leaders of specific ministries within the church.
2. At the sole discretion of the Senior Pastor and the Elders, pastoral positions and matters may be brought before the full congregation for affirmation or for further discernment. Some of these matters include but are not limited to:
a. Full time Pastors and Elders,
b. Building purchase or expansion
3. Members do not vote, instead, on matters brought to the congregation for discernment, there will be opportunity to respond personally to a pastor, to a designated person, or by some type of response card. After a set period of time, the Senior Pastor and Elders will discuss the discernment received and make the final decision. The decision will be announced to the congregation or published in some form.
4. Final authority in all decision-making rests with the Elders according to the process described in Article 8 except where designated to the Quest Overseers in Article 6.
ARTICLE 16 | CHURCH DISCIPLINE
A. Disciplining Church Members.
All correction of members is intended to restore the sinning member to full fellowship with the Lord and the church. Every member who continues in sin without repentance will be confronted personally and given the opportunity to repent and be restored. If the member refuses to repent, two or three members will go together to confront him or her. If the member persists in his or her refusal, the matter may be brought to the attention of the Elders. If the member will not hear the Elders, the Elders may agree upon an appropriate form of discipline including removal from church membership. (Galatians 6:1; Matthew 18:15-17; 1 Corinthians 5:5)
B. Disciplining the Senior Pastor/President.
1. Criteria for Discipline
Should the Senior Pastor/President demonstrate immoral conduct, financial practices, or theological views that in the opinion of two or more Elders may require either personal correction or termination of his position, such Elders shall contact the Senior Pastor/President and then, if necessary, the Overseers for investigation and evaluation of any appropriate discipline.
2. Process for Investigation
Should the Overseers be asked to investigate alleged pastoral misconduct, a consensus of two (2) of the three (3) Overseers is required to initiate an investigation, and a consensus of two (2) of the three (3) Overseers is required take disciplinary action. With such a consensus, the Overseers shall assume complete authority over the Senior Pastor/President; they may decide to remove him from his position or to discipline him in any way they deem necessary. The Overseers have no authority in Quest Church, Inc. unless contacted by such Elders, and then only insofar as permitted under these Bylaws.
It is the intention of Quest Church to protect the hearts of all involved in matters of pastoral discipline. With the method outlined above, the "sheep" never have to pass judgment upon their "shepherd."
ARTICLE 17 | BUSINESS PRACTICES
A. Fiscal Year
The fiscal year of the corporation shall be the calendar year.
The Trustees may authorize any officer or officers, agent or agents of the corporation, in addition to the officers so authorized by these Bylaws, to enter into any contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of and on behalf of the corporation. Such authority may be general or may be confined to specific instances.
C. Checks, Drafts, or Orders.
All checks, drafts, orders for the payment of money, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness issued in the name of the corporation shall be signed by such officer or officers, agent or agents of the corporation, and in such manner, as shall from time to time be determined by resolution of the Trustees. In the absence of such determination by the Trustees, such instruments may be signed by either the Secretary/Treasurer or the Senior Pastor/President of the corporation in accordance with their duties outlined in these Bylaws.
All funds of the corporation shall be deposited to the credit of the corporation in such banks, trust companies, or other depositories as the Trustees may select in accordance with these Bylaws.
Any Trustee may accept on behalf of the corporation any contribution, gift, bequest or device for any purpose of the corporation.
F. Books and Records
The corporation shall keep correct and complete books and records and shall also keep minutes of the proceedings of its members, Trustees, committees having and exercising any of the authority of the Trustees, and any other committee, and shall keep at the principal office a record giving the names and addresses of all Trustees members entitled to vote. Books and records of the corporation may be inspected by any church member for any proper purpose at any reasonable time as approved by a majority of the Trustees on a case- by-case basis.
ARTICLE 18 | PROPERTY
This church shall have the right to purchase or acquire by gifts, bequests, or otherwise, either directly or as a trustee, to own, hold in trust, use, sell, convey, mortgage, lease, or otherwise dispose of any real estate or chattels that may be necessary for the furtherance of its purpose. The President and the Secretary of the corporation shall certify in such conveyance, deed, lease, or mortgage, or hypothecation that the same has been duly authorized by the Board of Directors. Such certificate shall be held to be conclusive evidence thereof.
ARTICLE 19 | LIMITATION OF LIABILITY AND INDEMNITY
A. Limitations Of Liability
No person shall be liable to the corporation on account of any action taken or omitted to be taken by him in good faith as a director, officer, member of a committee, agent or employee of the corporation, if, in respect thereto, he used or exercised the same degree of care and skill as a prudent person would have used or exercised under the circumstances in the conduct of his own affairs. Without limitation on the foregoing, any such person shall be deemed to have used and exercised such degree of care and skill if he took or omitted to take such action in reliance in good faith upon advice of counsel for the corporation, or reports or information made or furnished to the corporation by any of its officers, accountants, engineers, appraisers or other experts employed by the corporation, and selected, with reasonable care by the Board of Directors, an authorized officer, or committee of the corporation.
The corporation shall indemnify and hold harmless each director, officer, member of a committee, agent or employee of the corporation and each person who at any time acted in such capacity and his heirs, devises, personal representatives and assigns, against all liability, loss, damage, judgments, expenses, and cost, including attorney’s fees imposed on or incurred by him in connection with any claim asserted against him, by legal proceeding (civil or criminal) or otherwise by reason of his being or having been such director, officer, member of a committee, agent or employee of the corporation, except in relation to matters as to which he shall have been adjudged guilty of negligence or misconduct in the performance of his duty; provided, that the corporation shall be given reasonable notice of the assertion or institution of such claim or proceeding, and, in the event the same shall be settled, in whole or in part, otherwise than by a judgment, the corporation or its counsel shall consent to such settlement and it shall be determined by its counsel or found by a majority of the Board of Directors then in office and not involved in such controversy, that such settlement was to the best interest of the corporation, and the person to be indemnified was not guilty of negligence or misconduct in respect to the matter in which indemnity is sought.
If the corporation has not theretofore fully indemnified any such person, the court having jurisdiction of any action instituted by such person on his claim for indemnity, may assess indemnity against the corporation, or its receiver, trustee or successor, for the amount paid or to be paid by such person in satisfaction of any judgment or in settlement of any such claims (exclusive in either case of any amount paid by the corporation) and any expenses and costs (including attorney’s fees) incurred by him in connection therewith to the extent that the court shall deem reasonable and equitable, provided that the person indemnified was not guilty of negligence or misconduct in respect of the matter in which indemnity is sought.
C. Right Cumulative
The provisions of the Article shall not be deemed exclusive or in limitation of, but shall be deemed cumulative of and in addition to any other limitation of liability or right of indemnity to which such director, officer, member of a committee, agent, or employee of the corporation may be otherwise entitled.
The church may, as the Board of Directors, direct, purchase and maintain such insurance on behalf of any person who is or at any time has been an officer of the Church, member of the Board of Directors, or Leadership Community, or ministry staff, or other agent of or in a similar capacity with the church, or who is or at any time has been, at the direction or request of the church, a Board of Directors member, officer, administrator, manager, employee, member, advisor, or other agent of or fiduciary for any other corporation, partnership, trust, venture or other entity or enterprise including any employee benefit plan against any liability asserted against or incurred by such person.
ARTICLE 20 | AMENDMENTS
These Bylaws may be altered, amended, or repealed and new Bylaws may be adopted by the Senior Pastor and Elders at any regular Elders’ meeting when all Elders are present and there is three-fourth majority agreement. At least one week advance notice of said meeting and proposed changes shall be given to each Elder.