BYLAWS OF
NEW BETHANY FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER FOR ALL NATIONS
(A Nevada Nonprofit Corporation)

INTRODUCTION

Foremost in the operation of this Church and its Bylaws is the Word of God as taught in Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible.  All provisions herein are declared to be subject to the word of God which is to every possible extent incorporated herein by reference as a whole and unless otherwise stated to be found in the King James Version or New American Standard Version or other version of the Holy Bible generally accepted among Bible believing congregations, churches or fellowships throughout this nation or the reading together of these versions to produce an understanding of the truth of the sayings of God to men as found in the Holy Bible.

Article I
Principle Office

The principle office of the New Bethany Family Worship Center For All Nations if fixed and located at 1229 West Owens Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada 89106


Article II
Purpose and Affiliation

Section 1.   The corporation is organized exclusively for religious, charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

 


Section 2.   The purpose of this Church shall be to propagate the Christian faith and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ as revealed through the Holy Scriptures.

Section 3.  To undertake such other and further purposes as may be necessary to fulfill the calling of a New Testament Church called to co-labor with the Lord in the earth, His harvest field.

Section 4.  To teach and encourage believers to worship and exalt Jesus Christ as Lord and King through acts of private and corporate worship and through their manner of living.

Section 5.  To provide for preaching, teaching and fostering the growth of the Christian faith throughout the world; to prepare, ordain and commission ministers to carry on the work of evangelism, to promote missionary work in all places throughout the world, to establish local churches and foster their development, to bring Christian believers to spiritual maturity.

Section 6.  To have the right to own, hold in trust, use, sell, convey, mortgage, lease or otherwise gain, dispose of or use such property, real or chattel, as may be required or beneficial for the good of the Church.

Section 7.  To engage in a ministry of teaching and outreach through radio, television, internet, newspaper, and other publications, and every other media of mass communication.

Section 8.  To acquire, operate and maintain Bible colleges, church schools, orphanages, group homes, marriage and family discipline, homes for the aged, and other such benevolent and charitable institutions as may 


be deemed necessary to fulfill the objectives of this organization.

Section 9.  To collect, solicit and accept funds or other subscriptions; to acquire and hold real estate and such other property as the realization of the aforesaid objectives may require.

Section 10. To be a religious corporation without capital stock and which does not contemplate pecuniary gain or profits for any officer, employee, or individual.

Section 11. To pursue the purposes set forth in the Articles of Incorporation of this Corporation.


Article III
Statement of Faith

Section 1. The Bible: We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God equally in all parts and without error in its original manuscript, absolutely infallible, and our source of supreme revelation from God, superior to conscience and reason, though not contrary to reason; and it is therefore our infallible rule of faith and practice. (11 Timothy 3:16-17) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (1 Peter 1:23-25 23) Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God which liveth and abideth for ever; for all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away; but the Word of the Lord endureth for ever." And this is the Word which by the Gospel is preached unto you. (Hebrews 4:12) For the Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Section 2. God: We believe in one God who has revealed Himself in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are all co-eternal, all stand equally superior to time, free from the temporal distinctions of past and future.
a)   The Eternal FATHER – (Genesis 12:33; Deut. 33:27). The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms; and He shall thrust out the enemy from before thee, and shall say, Destroy them. (Psalms 90:2). Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever Thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God. (Psalms 102:27). But Thou art the same, and Thy years shall have no end. (1 Timothy 1:17). Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. 
b)   The Eternal SON- (John. 1:1-2) - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.; (John. 8:58). Jesus said unto them, "Verily, verily I say unto you, before Abraham was, 1 am!" (Heb. 1:8). But unto the Son He saith, "Thy throne, 0 God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Thy Kingdom. (1 John 1:2) (for the Life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that Eternal Life, which was with the Father and was manifested unto us); (Micah 5:2). "But thou, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall come forth unto Me He that is to be ruler in Israel, whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." (Rev. 1:8_. "I AM ALPHA AND OMEGA, THE BEGINNING AND THE ENDING," saith the Lord, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty. 
c)   The Eternal SPIRIT – (Heb. 9:14) - how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 
d)   The Eternal GODHEAD – (Romans 1:20). For from the creation of the world the invisible things of Him are clearly seen, being understood through the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.

Section 3. Jesus The Christ: We believe in the pre-existence, incarnation and virgin birth of Jesus Christ who came into the world to reveal the Father, and was the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person; that Jesus Christ was the Creator of all things, for by Him the worlds were made. We further believe that in Christ dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily and that He was very God and very man. (John. 1:1-2 & 14) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.

The same was in the beginning with God and the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only Begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth. (1 Tim. 3:16). And beyond controversy, great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory..; (Acts 7:37-38). This is that Moses who said unto the children of Israel, 'A Prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you from your brethren, like unto me; Him shall ye hear. This is he, who in the church in the wilderness was with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers--the one who received the living oracles to give unto us,

Section 4. Christ's Ascension and Immanent Return: We believe in Jesus Christ's sinless life, miracles, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection and His ascension into Heaven, and His personal return in power and great glory, and in His everlasting Kingdom and dominion. (Acts 1:11) "who also said, "Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who is taken up from you into Heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into Heaven."; (Acts 3:19-21). Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.; (Daniel 7:14). And there was given Him dominion and glory and a Kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His Kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.; (Revelation 20:4), And I saw thrones and they that sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them. And I saw the souls of them that had been beheaded for the witness of Jesus and for the Word of God, and who had not worshiped the beast, nor his image, nor had received his mark upon their foreheads or on their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. We acknowledge His Lordship --- that Jesus Christ is Lord overall things in heaven and in earth, and under the earth. (Phil. 2:9-10), Therefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every naive, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven and things on earth and things under the earth,,


Section 5. A New Heaven and Earth: We believe that there shall be a new heaven and a new earth. (Isa. 65:17). "For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind and (Isa. 66:22). "For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me," saith the LORD, "so shall your seed and your name remain. (II Pet. 2:13). "and shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to revel in the daytime. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceptions while they feast with you, (Rev. 21 & 22). Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. "He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true. He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery take of burning sulfur. This is the second death." One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. "It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls. The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long.  He measured its wall and it was 144 cubits thick by man's measurement, which the angel was using. The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass. I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life. 

 

a)   Revelation 22.
The River of Life 'Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign forever and ever. 6The angel said to me, "These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place."
b)  Jesus Is Coming .
Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book." I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, "Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers the prophets and of all who keep the words of this book. Worship God!" Then he told me, "Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this hook because the time is near. Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy. "Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. I Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star." ''The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this hook. He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God's people. Amen.

Section 6. The Creation of Man: We believe that man was created by a direct and immediate act of God. (Genesis 1:26-27). And God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness; and let there have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.(Genesis 2:4). These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD Clod made the earth and the heavens.

Section 7. Satan: We believe in the reality and personality of Satan, (Job 1:7). And the LORD said unto Satan, "From whence comest thou?" 


Then Satan answered the LORD and said, "From going to and fro on the 
earth, and from walking up and down upon it." (Matthew 4:1-11). 'Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread." Jesus answered, "It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God."

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had hire stand on the highest point of the temple.  "If you are the Son of God." he said. "throw yourself down. For it is written: " He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone." 7Jesus answered him, "It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test." "Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. ''"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me." 1°Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him and that he was defeated by Christ through His death, burial and resurrection at Calvary. (Ephesians 1:19-23). and his incomparably great power For us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. (Col. 2:15). ''And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross, and that Christ have delegated His authority over 
all the works of Satan to His body the Church. (Matt. 28:18-20). Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Section 8. The Fall of Man: We believe that man by transgression fell from a state of righteousness and holiness in which he was first created, into total spiritual depravity, a state of death in trespasses and sins in which he is held as a slave of sin and an enemy of God, being unable to attain divine righteousness by his own efforts, but must be redeemed and delivered by the power of the gospel. (Rom 5:12)¬. Therefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, so death passed into ail men, for all have sinned. "For until the law, sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. "Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses. even over those who had not sinned in the similitude of Adam's transgression, he being the figure of Him that was to come. 'But not as the offense, so also is the free gift. For if through the offense of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one Man, Jesus Christ, bath abounded unto many. '°And not as it was by one who sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the lice gift is for many offenses unto justification.

For if by one man's offense death reigned by one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by One, Jesus Christ. 'Therefore as by the offense of one, judgment to condemnation came upon all men, even so by the righteousness of One, the free gift unto justification of life came upon all men. ''For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous. "'Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound, 'that, as sin bath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. (I Cor. 15:1-4). Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the Gospel which I preached unto you, which you also have received, and wherein ye stand, by which ye also are saved if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you-- unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received: how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4and that He was buried, and that He arose again the third day according to the Scriptures,

Section 9. The Unbeliever: We believe that the fearful, the unbelieving, the abominable, whoremongers, sorcerers, idolaters and liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8). But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their pail in the lake which burneth with Fire and brimstone, which is the second death. Wherein dwelleth righteousness. (II Peter 3:13). Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. (Revelation 21:1). And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no more sea.

Section 10. The Foundation Stones: We believe that each believer must lay a foundation of Biblical truth and experience upon which he builds his life. These "foundation stones" are: repentance from dead works, faith 
toward God, doctrine of baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection of the 
dead, eternal judgment and perfection. (Hebrews 6:1-3). Therefore, leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms and of laying on of hands, and of' resurrection of the dead and of eternal judgment. And this we will do, if God permit.

Section 11. Repentance: We believe that repentance is a gift from God. It is simply not true that a person can repent at any time. Repentance is dependent upon the convicting action of the Holy Spirit in the lives of sinners and believers. The conviction of the Holy Spirit, which often accompanies the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, will result in the revelation of the sinfulness of self which should lead to Godly sorrow. Remorse, or worldly sorrow, is a feeling of deep regret, hopelessness or even despair. It does not lead to constructive change. On the other hand Godly sorrow, which may at times be mistaken for worldly sorrow, produces repentance which causes us to turn away from sin and selfishness and to receive faith for change. Worldly sorrow is destructive, but repentance is life giving. Repentance changes the way we feel and act about sin, self and God. Repentance is a total change of heart, mind, attitude, emotions, will, action and lifestyle flowing from the turmoil and sorrow of Holy Spirit conviction of sin. (II Corinthians 7:10). For godly sorrow is not to be repented of, but worketh repentance unto salvation; but the sorrow of the world worketh death. (Psalms 51). Have mercy upon me, 0 God, according to Thy loving kindness; according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned and 
done this evil in Thy sight, that Thou mightest be justified when Thou speakest., and he clear when Thou judgest. Behold, I was shaped in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, Thou desirest truth in my inward parts: in the hidden hart I hou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash file, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Make me to hear joy and gladness, that the bones which Thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide Thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, 0 God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and uphold me with Thy free Spirit. Then will I teach transgressors Thy ways, and sinners shall be converted unto Thee. Deliver me from blood guiltiness, 0 God, Thou God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of Thy righteousness. O Lord, open Thou my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Thy praise. For Thou desirest not sacrifice, else would I give it; Thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, 0 God, Thou wilt not despise. Do good in Thy good pleasure unto Zion; build Thou the walls of Jerusalem. Then shalt Thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering; then shall they offer bullocks upon Thine altar. (Acts 11:18). When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, “Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.” (II Tim. 2:25). in meekness instructing those in opposition. Perhaps God will give them repentance, that they may acknowledge the truth, (Genesis 6:3). And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for lie also is flesh; yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years." (Romans 


1:18-32). For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all 
ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness, because that which may be known of God is manifest in them, for God hath shown it unto them. For from the creation of the world the invisible things of Him are clearly seen, being understood through the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse. For when they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God, nor were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man, and to birds and four footed beasts and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies among themselves. They changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women changed the natural use into that which is against nature.  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another, men with men, working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense for their error which was meet.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind to do those things which are not fitting,  being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malignity. They are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, spiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affections, implacable, unmerciful. And knowing the judgment of God, that those who commit such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but have pleasure in those who do then. 
(Matt. 9:12-13)  But when Jesus heard that, He said unto them, "They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what this meaneth: 'I will have mercy and not sacrifice.' For I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."

Section 12. Faith: We believe that faith without works is dead. We do not believe, as a matter of the fundamental beliefs and doctrines of this church that any matter can be believed without there being an accompanying and corresponding action. Our faith is an active faith that requires the doing of acts in the world. Our faith is not a passive or complacent system of intellectual belief or assent to doctrine but is an active force in our lives that requires and results in actions being taken. A living, active faith will be manifested not only in belief and mental assent but in actions expressing and based upon that belief. If a belief is truly held it will be acted upon. The act is as much a fundamental aspect of our faith as the belief upon which the act is based. (James 2:14-26). What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and bath not works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, "Depart in peace; be ye warmed and filled," without giving them those things which are needful to the body, what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works." Show me thy faith apart from thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well. The devils also, believe -- and tremble. But wilt thou know, 0 vain man, that faith without works is dead?  Was not Abraham our lather justified by works when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?  Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which saith, 

"Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him righteousness"; and lie was called the friend of God. Ye see then how by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also, as not Rahab the harlot justified by works when she received the message and had sent them out another way?

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.  (Eph 2:8-10). For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God-- not by works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath beforehand ordained, that we should walk in them. (Matt 5:16). Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.  (Matt 7:21). "Not everyone that saith unto Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but he that doeth the will of My Father who is in Heaven. (Matt 7: 24-27). "Therefore, whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, who built his house upon a rock. And the rain descended and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house; and it fell not, fir it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of Mine and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand; and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell, and great was the fall of it." (Matt I6:27). For the Son of Man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He shall reward every man according to his works.  (II Cor 5:10). F or we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to what he hath done, whether it be good or bad. (Rev 2:23). And I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He that searcheth the reins and hearts; and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.  (Rev.22: 12). "And behold, I come quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every 
man according as his work shall be.”

Section 13. Justification: We believe that repentance and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ produces the work of justification in the believer. Through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, he is justified and made a partaker in the death of Christ. This is the initial step of salvation. (Rom. 5:1-9). Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. (Luke 22:20). Likewise also He took the cup after supper, saving, "'This cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you.”

Section 14. Water Baptism: We believe that water baptism is an essential and necessary part of the "doctrine of baptisms", (Hebrews 6:2), of the doctrine of baptisms and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead and of eternal judgment, performed only upon repentant believers in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (which we believe to be the fulfillment of the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and for the remission of sin. (Acts 2:38) Then Peter said unto them, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. This act is to be done by immersion, and we further believe that it is the means whereby we receive the new covenant sign of "circumcision of heart". (Romans 2:28-29). For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and whose circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit and not in the letter, and whose praise is not from men, but from God. (Colossians 2:9-13). For in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power, and in whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ. Ye are buried with Him in baptism, wherein ye also are risen with Him through the faith wrought by the operation of God, who hath raised Him from the dead.

Section 15. Baptism in the Holy Spirit: We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit according to Acts 2:4. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak. in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 10:46). Phrygia and Pamphylia, in Egypt and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, and continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,; 19:6. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.  That it is the seal of the New Covenant relationship, (Eph. 1:13.) In Christ ye also trust before ye heard the word of truth, the Gospel of your salvation, in Whom also after ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, (Eph. 4:30).  And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption, (II Co r. 1:22), who hath also put His seal upon us,  and given us the pledge of the Spirit in our hearts, and that speaking in other tongues is the accompanying sign of receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit. (Mark. 16:17). And these signs shall inflow them that believe: In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; we also hold that the evidence of the baptism (or infilling) of the Holy Spirit is one's response to the Word of God (John 16:13), a Christ-like life, showing forth Christ's character, nature and experiencing and manifesting the fruit of the Holy Spirit. (John 15:26). “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth who proceedeth from the Father. He shall testily of Me.  
(John 16:14). He shall glorify Me, for He shall receive of Mine, and shall show it unto you. (Gal. 5:22-23). But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Eph. 5:18-21). And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Section 16. Laying on of hands:  We believe in the doctrine of the laying on of hands for:
a)   The confirming of believers in the faith.  Acts 14:22 confirming the souls of the disciples and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the Kingdom of God. The confirmation of one's call by the laying on of hands with prophecy. (Acts 13:1). “Now there were in the church at Antioch certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, and Simeon who was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.  And when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
b)   The impartation of the spiritual gifts.  When accompanied by prophecy and the laying on of hands. (I Timothy 4:14). Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of hands by the presbytery. (II Timothy 1:6). Therefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God which is in thee through the putting on of my hands.


c)   The recognition, ordination, and setting apart of ministry.
The impartation of the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 8:17-18). Then they laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money.
d)   The ministry of healing the sick .  (Mark 16:16) - He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall he damned. The blessing and dedication (setting apart) of children. (Mark 10:16). And He took them up in His arms, put His hands upon them and blessed them..

Section 17. The Ministry of the Holy Spirit:  We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is being manifested in the Church through the fruits, (Galatians 5:22-23 graces, ministries and gifts) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law and we hold that the nine gifts of the Spirit, (I Corinthians 12:8-11) 

1)  For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; 
2)  to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 
3)  for another faith by the same Spirit; 
4)  to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 
5)  to another the working of miracles; 
6)  to another prophecy; 
7)  to another discerning of spirits; 
8)  to another divers kinds of tongues; 
9)  to another the interpretation of tongues; 

But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to 

 

every man severally as he will should be and must be operative in the Church today in order for the Church to enjoy the fullness of God. Also, we hold that these gifts are imparted by the sovereignty of the Holy Spirit and only work or operate by this one and self-same Spirit. (I Corinthians 12:11).    But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

Section 18. Healing: We believe in divine healing for the whole man. Healing was obtained through the atonement in Christ's sacrificial death. (I Peter 2:24-25).  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. ''I or ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.” (Isaiah 53:4-5). Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of' God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and with his stripes we are healed.

We believe in healing as practiced by the early church. (Acts 4:30).  By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. (Acts19:11).  And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: (Rom. 8:11).  But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. (I Corinthians 12:9). To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; (James 5:14). Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.

Section 19. Grace and Sanctification: We believe that “by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not by works lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)  We further believe that the emphasis for a continuous walk in grace should be the emphasis of heart righteousness and purity, believing in the keeping power of God, walking after the Spirit and not after the flesh in a lifestyle that demonstrates the character, standards and convictions of Jesus Christ, not being conformed to the world. (Jude 24).  Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, (Romans 8:25).  But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance; (Galatians 5:16-25). I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.  Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of' the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.  And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Romans 4:1-5).  What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.  For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness."  Now to him who works the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.  But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness. (Romans 12:1-2). I  beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service and do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Section 20. The Five Fold Ministry:  We believe in the five-fold ministries given to the Church at the ascension of Jesus Christ and that they continue to be needed and should be expected today. We believe in the New Testament order for the local church in its government, structure and worship. 

Fivefold (Ascension Gift) Ministries: 
a)  Apostles, 
b)  Prophets, 
c)  Evangelists, 
d)  Pastors and 
e)  Teachers. (Eph. 4:11) 

Elders (Titus 1:5-9; I Timothy 3:1-7) Pastoral accountability and authority (Hebrews 13:17). (Psalms 68:18; Ephesians 4:11-12). We believe they are called and scripturally provided by our Lord Jesus Christ, the head of the Church, for the two-fold purpose of the evangelization of the world and of the edification and oversight of the body of Christ. (Mark 16:15-20). And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.  He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.  And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak With new tongues;  they( all will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."  So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up 
into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.  And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. (Ephesians 4:8-13. 
Therefore He says: "When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men."(Now this, "He ascended"—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)

And He himself gave, some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the fail and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: (Acts 20:28).  Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

Section 21. The Autonomy Of The Church:  This church is intentionally structured as an `Autonomous' and `Indigenous' entity, with no other church or organization having authority or control over it. We purposely avoid the use of the term `Independent;' as we believe the Lord Jesus Christ desires every believer and leader to be relational, and accountable to other believers. However, as the church is comprised of many believers, we recognize the possibility of internal disputes or strife, where the wisdom and spiritual authority of seasoned Ministry, known and recognized by this local church, would be helpful in resolving issues and restoring relationships. It is the `Senior Ministers' who, by the laying on of their hands, set qualified men and women into ministry. (Acts 14:23). All 
ministries are to be accountable to other relational `Peer' Ministry. (Acts 14:26, 27; 1 Cor. 4:6 — 21) For this purpose, provision is made for the `The Senior Ministers Council,' comprised of Five Fold (Ascension Gift) Ministries.

Section 22. Local Church Elders:  Under Moses, elders were set aside to "rule" over 1000's, 100's, 50's and 10's. The 70 elders "called out," to share Moses' anointing, were the equivalent of the New Testament "five fold Ministry." The remaining elders, the equivalent of the local church elder, with varying degrees of anointing. We believe in the ministry, and necessity, of the Local Church Elders. Their qualifications are the same, but not recognized as a "Trans local elder," "Traveling elder," "Ruling elder," or a "Five Fold Minister," but are recognized and trained to serve in the local church. It is possible that at a later time, when his ministry gift has more fully developed, he will be recognized and ordained as a fivefold Minister. (Ex 18:13-26).  And so it was, on the next day, that Moses sat to judge the people; and the people stood before Moses from morning until evening.  So when Moses' father-in-law saw all that he did For the people, he said, "What is this thing that you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit, and all the people stand before you from morning until evening?"  And Moses said to his father-in-law, "Because the people come to me to inquire of God. When they have a difficulty, they come to me, and I judge between one and another; and I make known the statutes of God and His laws."So Moses' father-in-law said to him, "The thing that you do is not good.  Both you and these people who are with you will surely wear yourselves out. For this thing is too much for you; you are not able to perform it by yourself'.  Listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel, and God will be with you: 


Stand before God for the people, so that you may bring the difficulties to God.  And you shall teach them the statutes and the laws, and show them 
the way in which they must walk and the work they must do.  Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness: and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.  And let them judge the people at all times. Then it will be that every great matter they shall bring to you, but every small matter they themselves shall judge. So it will be easier for you, for they will hear the burden with you.  It you do this thing, and God so commands your, then you will be able to endure, and all this people will also go to their place in peace."  So Moses heeded the voice of his father-in-law and did all that he had said.  And Muses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people: rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.  So they judged the people at all times; the hard cases they brought to Moses, but they judged every small case themselves. (Num. 11:14, 17; 24, 25)  I am not able to bear all these people alone, because the burden is too heavy for me.; Then I will come down and talk with you there. I will take of the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you that you may not bear it yourself alone.  So Moses went out and told the people the words of the LORD, and he gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tabernacle. (Deut 1:15).   So I took the heads of your tribes, wise and knowledgeable men, and made them heads over you, leaders of thousands, leaders of hundreds, leaders of fifties, leaders of tens, and of officers for your tribes. Those called to this office will function in a manner as to lead by example in, prayer, worship, teaching, laying on hands, prophesying and performing all the sacraments.

 

Section 23. Ordination and Commissioning:  We believe the local church has the right to Ordain the Five Fold Ministers, and Commission 
Local Church Elders, as a recognition and separation of a specific gifting of God. We believe that God calls men into specific ministries as Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers. God calls. Man can only recognize the call and acknowledge it. Ordination is on the basis of that recognition of God's gifting. Men and women called to a specific office by God and ordained or commissioned by this church will have the right to participate in the traditional sacramental and ordinal functions of the church such as marriage, funerals, baptisms, and the like. They shall also be expected to function in the spiritual gifting of their office and to demonstrate the reality of their calling. We reject the efficacy of ritual and the concept of a separate priestly class. We recognize the priesthood of believers and the serving ministry of the Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher with government by these Elders, and that such actions on the part of those ordained and commissioned by this church would be compared to the sacramental function of the priesthood in traditional sacramental churches.
a)   Application.  Application for ordination and/or licensing as a minister of the Gospel shall be on the form provided by the Board of Elders.  An applicant's application shall be either approved or denied within thirty (30) days of the completion of the investigation of the applicant.  Those applicants who are approved shall receive a certificate evidencing the approval.
b)   School of Ministry.  The Board of Elders 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 the student in the knowledge of the Word of God and in ministering to the needs of mankind through the Gospel 

of Jesus Christ.

Section 24. Deacons: We believe in the servant ministry of the Deacons (Acts 6:1-7; Philippians 1: l; 1 Timothy 3:8-13), as those recognized, able and appointed by the elders, as a ministry of Helps; Servants; Administrators (1 Cor. 12:28 Amp.), and to lead in Music and Worship, (I Chron. 23:1-5).  So when David was old and full of days, he made his son Solomon king over Israel. And he gathered together all the leaders of Israel, with the priests and the Levites. Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and above; and the number of individual males was thirty-eight thousand. Of these, twenty-four thousand  twenty-four thousand were to look after the work of the house of the LORD, six thousand were officers and judges, four thousand were gatekeepers, and four thousand praised  the LORD with musical instruments, “which I made. said David, "for giving praise.”

Section 25. The Body of Christ: We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ expressed as the church individual, the church local, and the church universal and invisible (all saints of all places and all times united together under one Lord), and that the basis of our fellowship is in Jesus Christ, in the power of the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:13-22; 4:3-6; 1 John 1:6-7). As such, we believe the church to be more than just a building or a gathering of people. It is a body living in relationship and harmony under the direction of the head, Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians 6:15; II Corinthians 1:1; Romans 16:5; 1 Peter 2:4-5; Ephesians 2:19¬22; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31; Romans 12:4-5; Ephesians 4:11-16). The local church is an expression of the community and fellowship of God.

Section 26. Congregational Membership: The Church, by its very composition, is a membership organization. The local church is the manifestation within our society of The Church. All believers are members of The Church. Individual members of the Body of Christ will wish to associate with our congregation as members. Each local church exists for an 
express purpose in God's plan. The Lord will set some of those members of The Church into this local congregation as members as it pleases Him. As members of this local congregation they are given into the care and oversight of the pastor(s) and other leadership, which must give an account to God for their souls. (Hebrews 13:17) As members of the congregation, they will not have a vote in business decisions, except as defined in these Bylaws.

Section 27. Meeting in Private Homes:  As the Body of Christ in the earth it is an intimate community of people that is devoted to apostolic teaching, to fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer. The local body will meet together regularly as a whole and in smaller groups in the homes of the members of the congregation. We consider the fellowship of the saints together in the private homes of the members to be an essential expression of the life of faith of the church. Indeed to this end, the Word of God frequently refers to the church as a "household." (Matt. 16:13-20, 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; 1 Pet. 4:17; 1 Tim. 3:15; Eph. 2:19; 1 Pet. 2:5; Acts 18:8; Rom. 16:5, 10, 11; 1 Cor. 1 :11, 16; 16:15, 19; Phil. 4:22; Col.4:15;2Tim. 1:16;4:19).

Section 28. Determining use of the Church Property:  The elders of this church shall have the right to determine who may attend church meetings and functions. This church is owned by the Lord Jesus Christ who has entrusted the care of the flock to the leadership He has raised up here. It is not a place of public accommodation, nor is it a public institution, and its property is not a public place, whether rented, leased, or owned. Rather it is private property belonging to this church. (Acts 20:28-31; II Peter 2:1-3; 1 


Timothy 1:20; 6:5; 1 Cor. 5:1-13; II Thes. 3:6-15; It John 9-11; I1 Tim. 3:1-5; Titus 3:10-11; Rom. 16:17).

Section 29. Worship: We believe in the practice of worship with one's total being (singing; lifting of hands; bowing down; lying prostrate before the Lord; in the dance; the use of instruments) as set forth in the Word of God. (Eph 5:18-19; Rev 1:171; Psalm 150; Acts 24:14).

Section 30. Tithing, Offerings, and Giving of Alms Both Old and New Testament scriptures teach tithing as God's financial plan for the support of the work. These are to be practiced continually by all believers and are outward expressions of the unity of the church, the Body of Christ, as it joins together in support of the work of the Lord. (Gen 14:18-20;28:20-22; Prov. 11:24, 25, Mal. 3:8-10; Matt. 23:23; Lu. 11:42; I Cor. 16:22; 2 Cor. 8:7-8; 9:6 – 9).

Section 31. Benevolence to the Needy:  We believe that the Scriptures are clear concerning helping those in need. We are commanded to do good to all people as we have opportunity, with a special emphasis upon caring for those who profess to be fellow Christians, especially those of our own fellowship of believers. We are commanded to be generous and willing to share, laying up treasure for ourselves in the coming age by our kindness and generosity in this life. This is true for the church as an organization as well as for the individual members of the church. Therefore, in accordance with the biblical commands, as a fundamental aspect of the practice of our faith, we will share of our material goods with those in need and will minister to them to the best of our abilities, whatever the need. (Prov. 25:21; Isa. 58:10; Gal. 6:10; I Tim 6:18-19; Heb 13:16).

Section 32. Advice, Guidance and Biblical Counsel:  We believe that 


the scriptures clearly define that members of a congregation can seek out advice, consultation, direction, purpose, resolution, and guidance from amongst the shepherds, elders, mature men and women, and Five-Fold 
Ministry Gifts within the Body of Christ. (1 Kings 1:12; Prov. 11: 4, 27:9; Psa. 55:13-14.) We further believe that consultation and instruction is applicable by the scriptures through sessions, a company of persons in close deliberation set together, to lay a foundation, set in place and give wise counsel. This also provides safety, defense, rescue and freedom from trouble. (Psa. 55:13-14: Prov. 1:11-14, 12:15.) The personal care of the saints is the sanctification of the whole person, body, soul and spirit, (1 Thess. 3:13; 5:23) through the love that flows from faith, patience and hope, and the redemptive power of the Cross of Christ, (Rom. 3:25; Luke 9:23). The atoning blood of Jesus, (Eph. 2:13-16; I Pet. 1:18-19). The transformation of the soul through the Word of God, (Rom. 12:1-2) the denying of the old nature, (Gal. 2:20, 5:24; 1 Pet 1:13-15) salvation through grace not works, (Eph. 2:1-8) and the promise of the resurrection, (Jn. 3:16, 10:25-26) are the effective working mechanisms that characterize pastoral care ministry. Such ministry is foundational to the practice of our faith.

Section 33. Biblical Definition of Family and Marriage:  We believe in the creation, and God as the Creator. We believe that God created man and that He created them male and female. As such He created them different so as to complement and complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family, the basic structure of human society. “Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife…”, “…For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,…”, Each man should have his own wife, and each woman should have her own husband.”, “Finally the time came for him to marry her.”. It is our sincere belief that marriage, as ordained by God, is defined as being between one man and one woman. No other will be performed or condoned. (Jeremiah 29:6; Romans 7:2;n1 Corinthians 7:2; Genesis 21:21; Genesis 29:21; 1 Corinthians 7:36, 39; Genesis 2:23-24; Ephesians 5:22-23, 25, 28-29, 31, 33). It is in families that choose to love and honor God, and pattern their lives according to His Holy Bible, that He would enable healthy relationships of purity, and protection to be developed. Therefore, this church will conduct wedding ceremonies only between a man and a woman having been naturally born with that gender, and who are members of this church or another like church approved of by the Senior Pastor. Because of the afore-stated reasons, we believe homosexuality, and other sexual preferences or orientations, are unnatural, and unacceptable to God. Gen. 2:24; 12:3; 28:14.

Section 34. Homosexuality:  There is a distinction between one who would identify him/herself as a homosexual, as opposed to one who practices homosexuality. God loves the sinner, but He hates the sinful activity. (Rom. 1:18¬32; 1 Cor. 6:9-1I; &: 17; 1 Tim. 1:9-11). Therefore, any person who comes from this sexual background is welcome in the church, so long as he/she chooses to not engage in this practice, and actively seeks a changed life by the power of the risen Lord. He/she cannot be a member until they can declare victory over this sin by his/her reliance on the Lord Jesus Christ, being cleansed by His shed blood, and the miracle working, enabling power of the Holy Spirit.

Section 35. Altering Ones Sexuality:  Transgender — Transsexual - Transvestite: We believe that any person having had, or are planning to have, modifications to their sexual organs resulting in the reclassification of their gender; or those unhappy with their sexual identity, who modify their standards of dress, attempt to take on the appearance of the opposite sex, are loved of God just as any other person. Bui as regards their involvement with or membership in this church, the following stipulations shall apply:
a)   If a person has surgically altered his/her body, which God 
has sovereignly created, they must be brought to a place of recognition of having offended God by their actions. The same applies for those who, by their manner of dress, attempt to deceive themselves and others as regards to their Gender. To qualify for membership, they must experience and confess repentance, the evidence or fruit oil to his/her pastor and church Board of Elders. The members of the Board of Elders in turn, having heard their confession of repentance, and abiding faith in God for His assistance in their being an over-comer and in his/her quest for victory over this sin, shall agree to `cover in love' such revelation, and not disclose anything regarding their past actions, with the exception of informing future new Elders in the church and on the Board of Elders.
b)   Any person, once identified as transsexual or transvestite, may continue to attend only so long as the Senior Pastor feels there is progress being made in bringing him/her to repentance. He/she will not be permitted to hold office, or any position of leadership in the church;
c)   If anyone who has had his/her body surgically altered desires to pursue membership in the Church, he/she must agree in writing to maintain a life of celibacy, for the sake of the avoidance of confusion.
d)   If he/she is already involved in a `Married' relationship, and have experienced a surgical change in his/her sexual identity, 
other than that directed by the medical profession prior to his/her age of puberty, or having corrected that surgery upon discovery as an adult, they are required to agree to immediately cease all such relations, separate, and obtain an annulment.
e)   No marriage ceremony, commitment ceremony, or sanctions of any kind between transsexual or transvestite individuals will be permitted in the Church at any time. All provisions of subsection a) through e) shall apply;
f)   Any current church member who expresses a determination to have a surgical procedure to change his/her sexual identity shall be subject to discipline under Article IV, Section 11.

Refusal of individuals to adhere to Article III, Section 36 is not deemed as an indictment condemning the person to a life without the love of God, or a pronouncement against God's love of such individuals. Any person who comes from this background is welcome in the church, so long as he/she chooses to live as a celibate person, and actively seeks to live a changed life by the power of the risen Lord. He/she cannot be a member until they can declare victory over this sin by his/her reliance on the Lord Jesus Christ, and acknowledge being cleansed by His shed blood, and the miracle working, enabling power of the Holy Spirit. (Psalms 10:3,4; Psalms 24: 3,4: Jer 2:21, & 17:9: Rom. 1:18-32; Eph 4:17-24; Heb. 3:7-14; 1 Cor 6:8 & 9; 1 John 1:8; 2 Tim. 3:13; 1 Cor. 6:9 & 15:34).

Section 36: Deliverance:  We believe there is the occasional need for deliverance. Deliverance is manifested by an inability to be free from  bondage: e.g., mental (emotional), physical or spiritual normally associated with demon activity, it is God's desire to bring deliverance to His people. 
(Job 5:19, Psa. 91:3, 2 Tim. 4:13; Heb. 2:15; 2 Pet. 2:9). We have been granted the authority in the name of Jesus to bring deliverance to others. (Mk. 16:17; J.n 14:12; 1 Cor. 12:8-11). We must understand that our warfare is with the forces of evil (Eph. 6:12), our weapon is the Word of God, our authority and power is from Jesus himself (Mk. 16:17, Acts 1:8) and that the battlefield is first of all in the spiritual realms. (Eph. 6:10-18; 2 Cor. 10:3-5; Gal. 5:22-23).

Section 37.  Discipline:  We believe in church discipline administered within the church, administered in a spirit of meekness and confidentiality. The purpose of such discipline is the restoration of the one subject to the discipline and/or the purification of the church. The steps of discipline are one on one private confrontation, private confrontation with witnesses, meeting with the Board of Elders for judgment leading to restoration or separation, and finally, if necessary, exposure to the congregation. (Matt. 18:15-20; Gal. 6:1; Romans 16:17; II John 9¬11; 1 Corinthians 5; 11 Corinthians 2:6-8; 1 Timothy 5:20)

Section 38. Lawsuits:  We believe as members of the same body of Christ, baptized by one Spirit into one body, that we must endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace and as such that we are discouraged from bringing a lawsuit in a civil court against another person who professes to be a Christian. We believe that all such disputes should be resolved within the Body of Christ without taking them before unbelievers for judgment. (I Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:3-6) See Article IV Section 10 in these Bylaws "Procedure For Mediation Of Disputes," for the accepted and agreed upon means for resolving disputes among members. In the event of personal injury, occurring on church property, activities or vehicles resulting in medical bills to the member or his dependents, it may be necessary for the member to bring suit to require the church insurance company to cover those medical expenses. In no event will the member ever request or accept an award of punitive damages.

Section 39. The Restoration of the Church:  We recognize and believe that the Church in these last days has been and is in a revival of restoration because much truth was lost from the Church during the medieval times (also known as the Dark Ages). We maintain that God. in this hour is moving to restore the Church to the complete and full New Testament pattern, power and practice, but shall not be limited to just this. We therefore shall examine all new doctrinal concepts in the light of the full revealed Word of God, and if they shall be found to be in harmony with the scriptures they shall be accepted, taught and practiced. We believe that a complete revelation and truth of God is already written and contained in the scripture and that its progressive unfolding will only add to and not take from what God has already restored to the Church. (Acts 3:21; 15:15; 11 Peter 1:20; Ephesians 3:1-6; Revelation 10:6-7)


ARTICLE IV
Co—Laborer/Membership

Section 1. We believe in the following principles:  of committed relationship to be a co-laborer with Christ, hereinafter referred to as member or membership in this local church.

We believe that commitment begins with the Pastor. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son" (John 3:16). David said, "If you come peacefully to me to help me, my heart shall be united with you" (I Chronicles 12:17 New American Standard Bible).
a.) Responsibility of the church/pastor: We believe that the Pastor has the first responsibility to commit himself to the local Church. This commitment as shepherd places him under heavy responsibility to the sheep (those in commitment). This includes:
1.  Feeding the flock with the Word of'God; (I Peter 5:2; 


     Acts 20:28)
2.  Leading the flock into all Truth; Hebrews 13:9; (Isaiah      40:11)
3.  Guarding the flock front wolves; (Acts 20:28-30)
4.  Discipling the flock for peace; (Prov. 12:20; 24:6)
5.  Disciplining the flock for maturity; (II Timothy 4:2-3;      Romans 16:17,19)
6.  Accounting for the flock to God. (Hebrews 13:17;      Colossians 1:28)
b) The benefits of church membership:   A committed person can expect to receive all the above and to develop into a healthy, functioning, overcoming mature Christian. There is opportunity for developing ministries to be recognized, enlarged, encouraged, adjusted and covered.
The Church member is expected:
1)   To be faithful to this church's Tenets of Faith and Articles       of Membership;
2)   To know and follow the Pastor and leadership of this       church with  love and with a non-critical and non-divisive       spirit; (1 Thessalonians 1:6; 5:12-13)
3)   To consider it a privilege to be planted by the Lord in this        portion of His body and to support the needs of the body       with his time, talents and tithes; (Matthew 25:14-15; 
      Malachi 3:10).
4)   To desire to be a loyal, living part, adding more to the body       than the member is drawing out, identifying personally       with the teachings, vision and purposes of this Church and       to accept this body as his focus for fellowship, prayer,       offerings, breaking of bread, teaching activities and 


      adjustment, with faithful attendance; (Acts 2:42, 47; Titus       2:15; Psalms 92:13).
5)   To strive to continue to grow in personal relationship with       Jesus and obediently follow Him and glorify Him in       relationships at home, church, work and all other areas of       life, cultivating the fruits of the Spirit and actively pursuing       the development of Christian character;
6)   To faithfully attend all services of the church and be       involved in a Home Bible Study groups and or Cell meetings       when available;
7)   To be faithful, available and teachable, striving to maintain       the unity of the brethren in this place by preferring others       above themselves and laying down their own lives and       interests for the purpose of the Gospel; (Galatians 6:1-2;       Ephesians 4:1-3; Colossians 3:13; 1 Thess 4:9; John 13:35;       Phil. 2:13).
8)   To commit their heart and will to the direction and       protection of the Holy Spirit through their Pastor, honoring       the Pastor as chosen by the Chief Shepherd to lead and       cover them; (Heb. 13:7; I Cor. 16:16; I Tim. 5:17).
9)   To commit to personally spread the Good News of Jesus       Christ to others in a manner appropriate to my personal       gifts and abilities;
10) To be actively involved in the servant ministry of the       church as abilities enable at the request of the leadership of       the church.
c)   Any person shall be a church member who:
    1)   expresses the evidence of a genuine experience in regeneration (the New Birth) and of a consistent Christian life;
     2)  agrees to the foregoing relationship principles, including            submission to the Pastor and the leadership of NEW BETHANY FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER FOR ALL NATIONS in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine;
     3)  has followed the Lord in the waters of baptism;
     4)  completes the required course of Bible training;
     5)  has read and subscribes to the tenets of faith as set forth herein and agrees to abide by these By Laws;
     6)  has made written application to join the Church;
     7)  has been recognized through the laying on of hands of the pastor and appointed Leadership; and
     8)  agrees with the principle of scriptural tithing (stewardship) as taught in this church, shall Be a member of the congregation of this local church. 
d)   Members of the congregation of this church shall enjoy the following rights and privileges:
    1)  They shall be entitled to attend church worship services and functions, including special private membership services and functions;
    2)  They shall be eligible for leadership training;
    3)  They shall be eligible to function in the ministries of           the church as their gifts and callings are recognized           and released by the Senior Pastor and Elders in the church;
     4)  They shall be entitled to sow financially of their material means into the Christian ministries of this church, by honoring the Lord with their first fruits (Proverbs 3:9-10); by bringing or sending their tithes into the Lord's storehouse (Malachi 3:10); and by giving or sending their financial gifts (Luke 6:38 and II Corinthians 9:6-1 1) for 


the Lord's work, expecting a harvest;
     5)  They shall be entitled to receive Christian teaching, personal pastoral care, and prayer support;
     6)  They shall be entitled to receive the intangible benefits of fellowship from being an integrated part of a covenanted body of believers joined together for the purpose of growing in grace and love together;
     7)  They shall, as part of this covenant body of believers, be entitled to spiritual covering from those whom God has placed over them in the leadership of the church for the good of their souls;
     8)  They shall be eligible for personal discipling from leadership of the body, who are more mature in the Lord, or by those approved by the Senior Pastor;
     9)  They shall grow in God by having their gifts recognized, nourished and developed through training, teaching and practice proved by gifted and able teachers, who have been set into the body by God.

Section 2. New Church Members:  shall be planted in NEW BETHANY FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER FOR ALL NATIONS with the approval of the Board of Elders and by the laying on of hands by the Pastor and Leadership in an open meeting of the Church fellowship.

Section 3. Applicants For Church Membership:  shall acknowledge publicly their commitment to the belief and practice of doctrinal truths as taught in this Church, and shall voluntarily and publicly confess their commitment to the pastor and other recognized leaders in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine. The privilege of Church membership 


shall be reserved for persons 18 years of age or older.

Section 4. The Pastor:  together with the recognized Leadership of the Church, shall pledge themselves to shepherd, disciple and instruct members in Biblical truths and how to live in the ways of God.

Section 5. Congregational Membership:  This corporation makes no provision for members pursuant to the Non-Profit Religious Corporation Law of the State of Nevada, and any action which would otherwise require approval of a majority of all members shall only require the approval of the Board of Elders. The term member as used in these By Laws shall be a reference to membership in the congregation of the church. Congregational members shall have no voting rights except as specifically provided for in Article V Section 14(d) of these By Laws and all matters of corporation business shall be decided by the Board of Elders.

Section 6. Congregational Members:  shall acknowledge their acceptance of the candidate(s) for Church membership and shall commit 
themselves to love, nourish and care for new Church members.

Section 7. Church Membership List. :
a)  Based on the requirements for membership set forth in the preceding paragraphs of these Bylaws, the Secretary of the Board of Elders shall maintain a Church membership list. All those who have met the above requirements and have not been removed [See Section 11 of this Article] shall be on the membership list.
b)  The Secretary of the Board of Elders shall also grant a letter of "membership in good standing" to any Church requesting such a letter, 


unless the circumstances surrounding the departure of a member is are under investigation for Church discipline by the Board of Elders. A letter of membership in good standing can only be issued to one Church in normal circumstances.
c)  The Secretary of the Board of Elders shall also keep a "former member" list. People shall be placed on the "former member" list in the following circumstances:
     1)  a desire expressed in writing by the member to terminate their membership;
     2)  church members who willfully absent themselves from  regular services for a period of three consecutive months  or withhold their financial support for the same period of time, will be reviewed by the Board of Elders to determine if there is any reason their names should not be removed from the membership list. After reasonable inquiry and deliberation the Board of Elders will make the determination;
      3)  a three step disciplinary measure as set forth in this Article, under Section 11.
d)  Former Members List: The purpose of the former member list is as follows:
    1)  To keep track, for historical reasons, of all people who have been members of THE NEW BETHANY FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER FOR ALL NATIONS from the time the Church membership records were kept and their reason for leaving.
     2)  To record the date that a letter was granted for a member who has been removed from the membership roles.
     3)  Any inquiry from another Church regarding an individual placed on the former member list because of Church discipline, shall receive a reply to the effect that we will provide details only when a letter of authorization is given to THE NEW BETHANY FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER FOR ALL NATIONS by the former member to release this information.
e) The Pastor and the Board of Elders shall recognize their duty from time to time to review the former member list and encourage a proper attitude on their part and the part of those who have been placed on that list. While this policy will not hold true with all, yet it is recognized that there are some who simply "fall away° for a season and at their discretion continued attempts should be made to reach those people. In these cases they shall proceed carefully and press for restoration.

Section 9. Resolving Offenses:
1)  If any member of this church feels that there is an offense or misunderstanding with another member, he/she should go to that other member promptly with love in order to resolve any differences. If a man has an offense with a woman, he should meet with her and her husband or other covering to resolve the difference.
2)  If any member has an offense or misunderstanding with any person in leadership, including the Pastor, he/she should go promptly to them in the same manner as with any other member. However, if the member would feel uncomfortable in approaching a leadership person, he/she may request another member of church leadership to accompany him/her for support in meeting with the person in leadership.
3)  If an offense cannot be resolved on an individual basis, the two members should meet together with their respective church leaders in order to resolve their differences. Should this effort be unsuccessful in bringing resolution, the members and their area leaders shall meet together with an Elder or the Pastor to resolve the offense. Church leaders shall keep the Pastor informed of offenses which have been brought to then for resolution.
4)  Leadership who have an offense with one another, should go directly to the other person. If the situation is not resolved at this level, the leaders should meet with the Pastor and/or appointed Elders to resolve the offense. Should this process for resolving offenses reveal a situation which may warrant church discipline, the discipline process set forth in Section 11 of this Article shall be followed.

Section 10. Procedure For Mediation Of Disputes:

In the event members or leaders of this church body have a dispute between them that they cannot resolve or agree upon, they should submit the dispute for mediation and/or judgment within the church and should not sue another member or the church in a secular court of law.

If the parties can agree upon one of this church's elders as the mediator, the mediator shall hear both sides of the dispute and attempt to reconcile the members. In the event that reconciliation is not accomplished the person chosen as mediator shall judge the situation. In the event the members cannot agree upon a mediator, then they shall each choose one mediator, and the two mediators shall by mutual agreement choose a third. The three mediators, all to be chosen from within the church's leadership, shall then hear both sides of the dispute and attempt to reconcile the members. In the event reconciliation is not accomplished the mediators shall judge the situation by a majority decision. The only
exception is the senior and associate pastor(s) and elders who are subject to Article VII Section 3 and 4 of these Bylaws.

 

The Senior Pastor shall be informed of all mediation efforts in the church and shall have the right to participate either in person or by his designee in all such mediation meetings. Failure of a member to agree to mediation, or abide by the outcome of mediation, may be grounds for discipline.

By applying for and accepting membership in this church, the congregational member is agreeing to the mediation/ arbitration provisions of these membership articles and specifically and expressly waives any right to sue THE NEW BETHANY FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER FOR ALL NATIONS in a civil court on any matter covered herein.

Section 11. Code of Discipline/Purpose of Discipline:
a)  Discipline in the Church is not for the purpose of punishment and will not be administered as such. Discipline, correction, reproof and rebuke has as its primary purpose the good of the person who has been taken in a fault. It seeks to restore such a person and to help them overcome the problem, sin, or fault that has hindered their place in the Body of Christ. Discipline also has the purpose of maintaining the purity and unity of the Body of Christ in its local expression as this Church. Finally, discipline has the purpose of discouraging others from committing like actions. Members who are under Church disciplinary action may be suspended from Church membership. Further disciplinary measures or reinstatement shall rest with the Board of Elders. The purpose of discipline in this Church is never to humiliate or embarrass; however, one who forces the Church to take disciplinary action may in the process, be humbled or even embarrassed. Therefore, the purpose of the discipline as well as the prayer and motive of the leadership, is that discipline and correction will result in first the restoration of the one in error, second the purifying of the Church either by restoration or separation and finally, the edification of the Church and the exhortation to purity by the example of discipline.
b)   Process Of Discipline:  Church discipline is a body ministry. All members of the body should be involved in it according to the following procedure. One who has knowledge of the sin or fault of another should first go to him and meet with him privately. If the member is restored or reconciled, then the matter should go no further and should be kept in 
confidence between the two members involved. It is recognized, however, that the church cannot guarantee or be responsible for the confidentiality of such information as between members. If the first step does not work the one who has the complaint or knowledge should then go to appointed leadership, the Pastor or a member of the Board of Elders so that the matter can then be dealt with in the presence of witnesses. In the event that all efforts at restoration fail, the one erring may be brought before the Board of Elders for their judgment and possible termination from membership. Resignation from membership so as to avoid such action on the part of the member will not prevent the matter being presented to the Board of Elders for judgment.
First Stage: When one member of the body has knowledge of another church member's sin or fault, then the offended or knowledgeable member must go to the erring member and meet with them one on one in private to try to reconcile the matter and restore the erring member. If the church member is restored, then the matter should go no further and should be kept in confidence between the two members involved. If that step does not succeed then the knowledgeable member must report the matter to appointed leadership or the Pastor. Leadership of the Church may initiate the first step of discipline on behalf of any church member.
Second Stage: The knowledgeable member and the Pastor or his designee shall then meet with the member who has erred for the purpose of restoration. If restoration is accomplished at this stage the matter should go no further and should be kept in confidence between the church members actually involved and the Church leadership. The Pastor may, in his sole discretion, inform the Board of Elders of the discipline. If the meeting with the Pastor or the appointed leadership and the members involved does not 
succeed then the matter will he referred to the Board of Elders. Leadership actually involved in the process may inform other members of the leadership of the church of the matter, as the leader at his sole discretion deems necessary. The Senior Pastor shall be informed of all discipline that reaches this stage by the Elder involved, prior to the meeting with the offending member. The Senior Pastor may, at his sole discretion, inform other Elders of the discipline. The  Senior Pastor may, at his sole discretion participate in any meeting held at this level of discipline.
Third Stage: The Board of Elders may consider disciplinary matters at any meeting. The church member who is the subject of the discipline shall have the right to appear before the Board of Elders and to speak in defense, justification, or repentance. The Elders shall judge the situation. They may institute discipline as they see fit in each individual circumstance and shall tailor the discipline to the aim of achieving the purposes of discipline as herein before set forth. The Board of Elders may remove the member of the congregation from any or all of the privileges of membership for any period, or permanently, if such is deemed by them to be appropriate for the achievement of the purposes of discipline. The form of discipline imposed may include, but is not limited to, barring a person's participation in any ministry or other activity of the church; barring a person from participation in the Lord's Supper; barring a person from attendance at any church service or small group meeting; removal of a person's membership in the congregation of the church; or any other discipline which may, at the sole discretion of the Senior Pastor and the Board of Elders, be appropriate to the circumstances. Such measures may be either permanent or temporary as may be determined in each instance by the Pastor and the Board of Elders. The Board may require at their discretion a period of probation or supervision as part of any discipline 
imposed.
Fourth Stage: In the event that a member is removed from membership in the Church due to discipline and the member's refusal to abide by the judgment and correction of the Board of Elders, then the membership of the Church may be informed of the action of the Board and instructed pursuant to Matthew 18 in regard to the disciplined member. The details of the disciplined members sin or error may be revealed to the membership of the Church at that time if, at the discretion of the Pastor and the Board of Elders, such revelation is necessary to the health of the Church.
c)  Grounds For Discipline - Principle Of Harmony:  Inasmuch as no Christian institution can comply with the plain teaching of Scripture unless unity and harmony predominate within it, no member of the congregation may use any means to incite or engender strife, but shall work in harmony with the other members of the congregation and the appointed leadership. If there is cause for dissatisfaction, it shall be called to the attention of the Pastor or a member of the Board of Elders. At the discretion of the Pastor or the Board of Elders necessary to the health of the church.

Unscriptural Conduct:. Any unscriptural conduct or doctrinal departure from the tenets of faith (Doctrinal Statement) held by this Church shall be considered sufficient grounds for which any church member may be asked to submit to adjustment, reproof, rebuke, correction, or discipline. (Matthew 18:15-18; Rom. 16:17-18; I Cor. 5:11; Gal. 1:8-9; Titus 3:1-5).
Members: Grounds for discipline will be determined by the Board of Elders of the Church. In general it shall be grounds for discipline if 
a member of the Church is involved in conduct that is contrary to the Scriptures. More particularly, three types of unscriptural conduct shall be disciplined:
A)   Unscriptural conduct that obscures the truth of God by        false teaching or doctrine in an area of cardinal truth;
B)   Unscriptural conduct that mars the holy character of God        and His Church by unholy, immoral living, action or        lifestyle; and
C)  Unscriptural conduct that hinders the work of God by       bringing confusion or division to the body.
Leadership:  People involved in ministry leadership of the church or any of its departments shall be subject to discipline as members of the Church. In addition they shall be subject to discipline for departure from leadership qualifications as set forth in scripture in I and 11 Tim. and Titus.
Consent Of Members:  Each member of the congregation consents to the exclusive jurisdiction of the church in resolving any matter involving church discipline, and such consent shall include but not be limited to a consent to the announcement of such discipline, including the reasons therefore, to the leadership of the church and, if deemed necessary by the Senior Pastor and the Board of Elders, to the congregation or any portion of the congregation.


SECTION 12. Non-Members Participation:   Subject to the exceptions herein, anyone who calls himself or herself a Christian, or who is inquiring 
concerning the faith, is welcome to participate in the services of the church or other meetings not otherwise limited to members. At the sole discretion of the Senior Pastor, anyone who professes to be a Christian is also welcome to partake of communion.

Those under discipline, or anyone who's purpose is to disrupt the service or the meeting, or any person whose presence is deemed to be detrimental to the church or its services, at the sole discretion of the Senior Pastor and/or the Elders of the church, may be excluded from any service or property of the church.

Section 9. Resolving Offenses:
1)  If any member of this church feels that there is an offense or misunderstanding with another member, he/she should go to that other member promptly with love in order to resolve any differences. If a man has an offense with a woman, he should meet with her and her husband or other covering to resolve the difference.
2)  If any member has an offense or misunderstanding with any person in leadership, including the Pastor, he/she should go promptly to them in the same manner as with any other member. However, if the member would feel uncomfortable in approaching a leadership person, he/she may request another member of church leadership to accompany him/her for support in meeting with the person in leadership.
3)  If an offense cannot be resolved on an individual basis, the two members should meet together with their respective church leaders in order to resolve their differences. Should this effort be unsuccessful in bringing resolution, the members and their area leaders shall meet together with an Elder or the Pastor to resolve the offense. Church leaders shall keep the Pastor informed of offenses which have been brought to then for resolution.
4)  Leadership who have an offense with one another, should go directly to the other person. If the situation is not resolved at this level, the leaders should meet with the Pastor and/or appointed Elders to resolve the offense. Should this process for resolving offenses reveal a situation which may warrant church discipline, the discipline process set forth in Section 11 of this Article shall be followed.

Section 10. Procedure For Mediation Of Disputes:

In the event members or leaders of this church body have a dispute between them that they cannot resolve or agree upon, they should submit the dispute for mediation and/or judgment within the church and should not sue another member or the church in a secular court of law.

If the parties can agree upon one of this church's elders as the mediator, the mediator shall hear both sides of the dispute and attempt to reconcile the members. In the event that reconciliation is not accomplished the person chosen as mediator shall judge the situation. In the event the members cannot agree upon a mediator, then they shall each choose one mediator, and the two mediators shall by mutual agreement choose a third. The three mediators, all to be chosen from within the church's leadership, shall then hear both sides of the dispute and attempt to reconcile the members. In the event reconciliation is not accomplished the mediators shall judge the situation by a majority decision. The only
exception is the senior and associate pastor(s) and elders who are subject to Article VII Section 3 and 4 of these Bylaws.

 

The Senior Pastor shall be informed of all mediation efforts in the church and shall have the right to participate either in person or by his designee in all such mediation meetings. Failure of a member to agree to mediation, or abide by the outcome of mediation, may be grounds for discipline.

By applying for and accepting membership in this church, the congregational member is agreeing to the mediation/ arbitration provisions 
of these membership articles and specifically and expressly waives any right to sue THE NEW BETHANY FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER FOR ALL NATIONS in a civil court on any matter covered herein.

Section 11. Code of Discipline/Purpose of Discipline:
a)  Discipline in the Church is not for the purpose of punishment and will not be administered as such. Discipline, correction, reproof and rebuke has as its primary purpose the good of the person who has been taken in a fault. It seeks to restore such a person and to help them overcome the problem, sin, or fault that has hindered their place in the Body of Christ. Discipline also has the purpose of maintaining the purity and unity of the Body of Christ in its local expression as this Church. Finally, discipline has the purpose of discouraging others from committing like actions. Members who are under Church disciplinary action may be suspended from Church membership. Further disciplinary measures or reinstatement shall rest with the Board of Elders. The purpose of discipline in this Church is never to humiliate or embarrass; however, one who forces the Church to take disciplinary action may in the process, be humbled or even embarrassed. Therefore, the purpose of the discipline as well as the prayer and motive of the leadership, is that discipline and correction will result in first the restoration of the one in error, second the purifying of the Church either by restoration or separation and finally, the edification of the Church and the exhortation to purity by the example of discipline.
b)   Process Of Discipline:  Church discipline is a body ministry. All members of the body should be involved in it according to the following procedure. One who has knowledge of the sin or fault of another should first go to him and meet with him privately. If the member is restored or reconciled, then the matter should go no further and should be kept in 
confidence between the two members involved. It is recognized, however, that the church cannot guarantee or be responsible for the confidentiality of such information as between members. If the first step does not work the one who has the complaint or knowledge should then go to appointed leadership, the Pastor or a member of the Board of Elders so that the matter can then be dealt with in the presence of witnesses. In the event that all efforts at restoration fail, the one erring may be brought before the Board of Elders for their judgment and possible termination from membership. Resignation from membership so as to avoid such action on the part of the member will not prevent the matter being presented to the Board of Elders for judgment.
First Stage: When one member of the body has knowledge of another church member's sin or fault, then the offended or knowledgeable member must go to the erring member and meet with them one on one in private to try to reconcile the matter and restore the erring member. If the church member is restored, then the matter should go no further and should be kept in confidence between the two members involved. If that 


step does not succeed then the knowledgeable member must report the matter to appointed leadership or the Pastor. Leadership of the Church may initiate the first step of discipline on behalf of any church member.
Second Stage: The knowledgeable member and the Pastor or his designee shall then meet with the member who has erred for the purpose of restoration. If restoration is accomplished at this stage the matter should go no further and should be kept in confidence between the church members actually involved and the Church leadership. The Pastor may, in his sole discretion, inform the Board of Elders of the discipline. If the meeting with the Pastor or the appointed leadership and the members involved does not succeed then the matter will he referred to the Board of Elders. Leadership actually involved in the process may inform other members of the leadership of the church of the matter, as the leader at his sole discretion deems necessary. The Senior Pastor shall be informed of all discipline that reaches this stage by the Elder involved, prior to the meeting with the offending member. The Senior Pastor may, at his sole discretion, inform other Elders of the discipline. The  Senior Pastor may, at his sole discretion participate in any meeting held at this level of discipline.
Third Stage: The Board of Elders may consider disciplinary matters at any meeting. The church member who is the subject of the discipline shall have the right to appear before the Board of Elders and to speak in defense, justification, or repentance. The Elders shall judge the situation. They may institute discipline as they see fit in each individual circumstance and shall tailor the discipline to the aim of achieving the purposes of discipline as herein before set forth. The Board of Elders may remove the member of the congregation from any or all of the privileges of membership for any period, or permanently, if such is deemed by them to be appropriate for the achievement of the purposes of discipline. The form of discipline imposed may include, but is not limited to, barring a person's participation in any ministry or other activity of the church; barring a person from participation in the Lord's Supper; barring a person from attendance at any church service or small group meeting; removal of a person's membership in the congregation of the church; or any other discipline which may, at the sole discretion of the Senior Pastor and the Board of Elders, be appropriate to the circumstances. Such measures may be either permanent or temporary as may be determined in each instance by the Pastor and the Board of Elders. The Board may require at their discretion a period of probation or supervision as part of any discipline 
imposed.
Fourth Stage: In the event that a member is removed from membership in the Church due to discipline and the member's refusal to abide by the judgment and correction of the Board of Elders, then the membership of the Church may be informed of the action of the Board and instructed pursuant to Matthew 18 in regard to the disciplined member. The details of the disciplined members sin or error may be revealed to the membership of the Church at that time if, at the discretion of the Pastor and the Board of Elders, such revelation is necessary to the health of the Church.
c)  Grounds For Discipline - Principle Of Harmony:  Inasmuch as no Christian institution can comply with the plain teaching of Scripture unless unity and harmony predominate within it, no member of the congregation may use any means to incite or engender strife, but shall work in harmony with the other members of the congregation and the appointed leadership. If there is cause for dissatisfaction, it shall be called to the attention of the Pastor or a member of the Board of Elders. At the discretion of the Pastor or the Board of Elders necessary to the health of the church.

Unscriptural Conduct:. Any unscriptural conduct or doctrinal departure from the tenets of faith (Doctrinal Statement) held by this Church shall be considered sufficient grounds for which any church member may be asked to submit to adjustment, reproof, rebuke, correction, or discipline. (Matthew 18:15-18; Rom. 16:17-18; I Cor. 5:11; Gal. 1:8-9; Titus 3:1-5).
Members: Grounds for discipline will be determined by the Board of Elders of the Church. In general it shall be grounds for discipline if 
a member of the Church is involved in conduct that is contrary to the Scriptures. More particularly, three types of unscriptural conduct shall be disciplined:
A)   Unscriptural conduct that obscures the truth of God by        false teaching or doctrine in an area of cardinal truth;
B)   Unscriptural conduct that mars the holy character of God        and His Church by unholy, immoral living, action or        lifestyle; and
C)  Unscriptural conduct that hinders the work of God by       bringing confusion or division to the body.
Leadership:  People involved in ministry leadership of the church or any of its departments shall be subject to discipline as members of the Church. In addition they shall be subject to discipline for departure from leadership qualifications as set forth in scripture in I and 11 Tim. and Titus.
Consent Of Members:  Each member of the congregation consents to the exclusive jurisdiction of the church in resolving any matter involving church discipline, and such consent shall include but not be limited to a consent to the announcement of such discipline, including the reasons therefore, to the leadership of the church and, if deemed necessary by the Senior Pastor and the Board of Elders, to the congregation or any portion of the congregation.


SECTION 12. Non-Members Participation:   Subject to the exceptions herein, anyone who calls himself or herself a Christian, or who is inquiring 
concerning the faith, is welcome to participate in the services of the church or other meetings not otherwise limited to members. At the sole discretion of the Senior Pastor, anyone who professes to be a Christian is also welcome to partake of communion.

Those under discipline, or anyone who's purpose is to disrupt the service or the meeting, or any person whose presence is deemed to be detrimental to the church or its services, at the sole discretion of the Senior Pastor and/or the Elders of the church, may be excluded from any service or property of the church.

Article V
Board of Trustees/Board of Elders

Section 1. Board of Trustees - Qualifications:   The Board shall be comprised of ordained or commissioned ministry when possible (Article III Section 20 & 21; Article XI Section 5, or others meeting the scriptural requirements of an Elder (Titus 1:5-9; 1 Timothy 3:1-7), and shall in all instances throughout these Bylaws be referred to as the Board of Elders. It is acceptable to have a minister who is not attending this church to be on the Board of Elders. There may be other ordained ministers (Five Fold Elders) or local church Elders attending, or involved in church leadership, who are not members of this board. Wherever reference is made to the Elders in these Bylaws, it is referring only to the Board of Elders.

Section 2. Membership On The Board:   Shall consist of not less than three (3) or more than seven (7) members until the number of Elders is changed by amendment to these Bylaws.

Section 3. Election and Appointments To The Board:  The Pastor will make his recommendation of who will serve on the Board of Elders in the next term, to be approved by a majority of the Elders then in office. Vacancies on the Board shall be filled by the appointment of the President, with the approval of a majority of the remaining Elders then in office even though less than a quorum, or by the sole remaining Elder.

Section 4. Duties and Responsibilities Of The Board:  The Board of Elders shall be for the purpose of advising, supporting and assisting the Senior Pastor in the oversight of the spiritual and temporal ministry of the church. They shall have only those duties, rights and responsibilities assigned to them by these Bylaws and the Articles of Incorporation of this corporation. They shall:
a)   Pray for the church;
b)   Assist the Senior Pastor in the oversight of the flock.
c)   Offer counsel and advice about the church to the Senior Pastor;
d)   Advise the Senior Pastor in determining God's intermediate and long range goals for the church;
e)   Review and approve the annual budget, which shall constitute approval of all budgeted items, including all       compensation except that of the Senior Pastor;
f)   Perform disciplinary functions as specified under the Articles of Membership of the Church;
g)   Strive to maintain at all times the vision of the Church under the leadership of the Senior Pastor as under-      shepherd, working to maintain an attitude of hearty cooperation and unity of fellowship; and;
h)   perform those other tasks and duties as may be assigned by these Bylaws, the Articles of Incorporation, or from time       to time, by the Senior Pastor.

Section 5. Term of Office:  The term of each Elder of this Board, except the Pastor, shall be one year or until his/her successor is elected at an annual meeting of the Board of Elders. The Pastor shall be a permanent member of the Board of Elders. An Elder may succeed himself/herself in office. A successor Elder so elected shall serve the un-expired term of his/her predecessor. Each member of the Board of Elders shall be entitled to one vote.

Section 6. Meetings and Location:  Regular meetings of the Board of Elders shall be held at any place, within or without the state that has been designated from time to time by resolution of the board. In the absence of this designation, the regular annual meeting shall be held at the Church office on the first Monday of December at 12 o'clock noon, or at any other time as determined by the Board of Elders.

Section 7 Notice of Meetings:  A meeting may be held without notice if all members of the Board of Elders are present in person, by telephone, or if a signed Meeting Acknowledgment Form, waiving notification and approving the minutes, is attached to the Minutes, after the meeting, by those not present or represented at said meeting. In the event a Board meeting is held, and a missing member was not notified of the pending meeting and subject matter to be discussed, any action taken by the Board in his absence is subject to his filing a written waiver of notice and consent of action form, which is to be attached to the minutes. If said approval form is not filed, every action of the Board in that meeting is to be considered null and void. The President or not less than two members of the Board of Elders may call a meeting of the Board of Elders at any time necessary. No 
such meeting, however, may be called to order without the presence of the President, except that he would agree or decline to attend. [See Section 10 below]

Section 8. Action Without a Meeting:  Any action of the Board of Elders may be taken without a meeting, if all members of the board individually or collectively consent in writing to this action. Such written consent or consents shall be filed with the minutes of the proceedings of the board.

Section 9. Quorum:  A majority of the members of the Board of Elders shall constitute a quorum. If all members are not present, an affirmative vote by all in attendance shall be required to transact business.

Section 10. Emergency Meetings:  In the event the Senior Pastor is unavailable and there is an emergency, the remaining Elders may call a special meeting of the board. Unavailability, shall be more than the mere absence of the Senior Pastor from the location of the principal office of the church. It shall mean the inability to contact the Senior Pastor, or the probable inability to contact the Senior Pastor, for a forty-eight (48) hour period to request that he convene a special meeting. An emergency is, for purposes of this paragraph, a situation that would require Board action within a period of less than forty-eight (48) hours. Any decision made by the Board at such an emergency meeting should be in agreement with the Senior Pastor's vision for the welfare and betterment or favorable outcome of the flock, individual or situation at issue.

Section 11. Annual Business Meeting:  At this annual meeting, the minimum business of the Board is:
a)   The election of members to the Board of Elders. The pastor shall present the names of those he would recommend to       comprise the board. Election requires the approval of a majority of the Elders;
b)   Election of the Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer;
c)   Reaffirm those ministries whom the church may have previously ordained or commissioned, and renew their       credentials;
d)   Name those persons holding responsible positions;
e)   Establish ministerial compensation packages for the next calendar year; and
f)   Any other business needed to be conducted.

Section 12. The Senior Ministers Council:   The Senior Pastor shall present to the Board of Elders the names of three (3) or more ordained ministers from outside this local church, to be approved as those who would be called upon in the event of a dispute over the actions of either the Senior Pastor or the board. These Ministers shall be in accord with the vision and purpose of this church. The approval of these names must be by a unanimous decision of the Board of Elders. Their names are to be listed in the Minutes. Should the Senior Pastor and Board of Elders fail to act on this provision, and there are no Ministers named in the Minutes, and they have likewise failed to name a Relational Organization in the Minutes [Article VII Section 3 (e)], then the Board shall contact other churches and or Ministry Organizations of like faith and vision, and secure not less than three Ordained ministers to fulfill the provisions of this Section.

Section 13. Removal Of An Elder:   Any Elder, other than the Pastor, may be removed from office in the event of moral failures as defined in Article IV Section 11(c) 1, 2, 3, 4, and by the same process as defined in 
Article VII Section 3 & 4.

Section 14. Authority And Responsibility Of The Board:   Subject to limitation of the articles of incorporation, other sections of the Bylaws and of Nevada law, all corporate powers of the corporation shall be exercised by or under the authority of, and the business affairs of the corporation shall be controlled by, the Board of Elders. Without limiting the general powers, the Board of Elders shall have the following powers:
a)   To select and remove all the other officers, agents and employees of the corporation and may Ordain or commission those to the ministry as recommended by the Senior Pastor;
b)   To conduct, manage and control the affairs and business of the corporation, and to vote rules and regulations not inconsistent with law, the articles of incorporation, or the Bylaws;
c)   To borrow money and incur indebtedness for the purposes of the corporation, and for that purpose to cause to be executed and delivered, in the corporate name, promissory notes, bonds, debentures, deeds of trust, mortgages, pledges, hypothecation's or other evidences of debt and securities; and
d)   Subject to a conformational vote of approval by a majority of the congregational members in any regularly called meeting, to purchase or sell real property, to extend or build onto existing buildings, when such expenditure is estimated to be in excess of 10% of the then fair market value of said property. Church property cannot be sold without a unanimous vote of the Board of Elders, and the written approval of at least three of the outside relational Ministers [The Senior Ministers Council].

Section 15. Trustees Compensation: Elders shall receive no compensation for services as Trustees.


Section 16.  Action shall be taken by consensus wherever and whenever possible. In the event that a consensus, under the leadership of the Senior Pastor, is not reached on a matter and a vote is required, each Elder shall be entitled to one vote, in person and not by proxy, on all matters that come before the Board. The act of a majority of the Board of Elders shall be the act of the Board, unless the act of a greater number or concurrence of a specific officer is required by law or by these Bylaws. The Senior Pastor shall have the right to veto any action of the Board of Elders, or act contrary to a negative vote, that he deems contrary to the will of God for the Church, provided, however, that any veto or action by the Senior Pastor contrary to the majority vote of the Board of Elders must first be approved, at least two of the outside ministries with which the church
is in relationship with prior to the veto or action being valid. Such approval must be in written form, signed, noted in and added to the minutes of the Corporation.

Section 17. Congregational Meetings:  The President may call a meeting of the congregational members at any time it is deemed necessary for the purpose of giving any reports.

Section 18. Setting The Sr. Pastor's Compensation:  In order to satisfy the "Intermediate Sanctions" provisions established by the IRS, the following guidelines are to be followed, thereby ensuring an "Arms length" policy. The Senior Pastor's salary, benefits and other compensation, shall be set by the Board. The Senior Pastor shall not participate in the discussion or determination of his salary, except to the extent that he may address and make his needs known to the Board. The Board shall appoint a "Short Term 
Pastoral Compensation Advisory Committee," to bring recommendations for Pastoral compensation to the Board.

 

The Pastoral Advisory Committee Qualifications:
a)  He shall be a discipled, committed Christian;
b)  Be a tither and have a personal aversion to debt;
c)  Have management/supervisory work experience.
The Pastoral Advisory Committee's Duty:  The members shall be instructed to diligently research, and take into consideration compensation and benefits paid to second level administrative positions of local:
a)  School District [Principals and Vice Principals];
b)  Fire Department [Captains];
c)  Police and/or Sheriff Dept [Captains/Lieutenants];
d)  Planning Department [Department Head], and
e)  The Advisory Committee shall also contact one of the       ministry services which poll churches through-out       America, determining average compensation packages paid       to pastors of like churches [comparable in size and beliefs],       with similar demographics and circumstances.
Report & Recommendations:  The Advisory Committee is to bring their findings and recommendations for compensation for the Senior Pastor [with Minutes of their meetings, deliberations and research documentation] to the Board to be included in the corporate minutes.
The Board must set the compensation:  The Board is instructed to set the compensation package for the Senior Pastor as "One worthy of double honor," yet not above compensations paid to other ministers or community 
positions as recommended by the Advisory Committee. The Goal is to establish and set a "Reasonable, ordinary, and necessary." compensation. The pastor must leave the room when the Board is in the process of deliberation and voting. The minutes shall also state that he was absent and abstained from voting. 

 

The Church Will Pay Or Reimburse:  Because of his position as CEO, there are certain related expenses he will incur. In addition to any pastoral compensation, the church shall either pay [or reimburse] him for all expenses relational to maintaining the pastoral staff position. Such expenses are not to be considered as personal benefits; i.e.: Workmen's Comp. Insurance; Automobile [if it is furnished to the Minister, but only to the degree [Percentage] it is used for ministerial purposes]; OR ministry related Mileage [reimbursed at IRS approved rate]; Registration, Lodging, Meals and Travel expenses for any Conventions and Seminars;; A Hospitality allowance [Ministerial meals and expenses, to the degree it is used within the congregation and for visiting ministry]; Ministerial Association Dues; Ministry Related gifts [Weddings & Showers]; Magazine and Newspaper Subscriptions [When relational to his ministry].
Pastoral Benefits:  allowable by the IRS, non-reportable, such as
1.  A Health [medical and or Dental] plan;
2.  Retirement plan and
3.  Education: i.e. Fees; Books; child care [school time] 
Pastoral Compensation Will include:
1.  50% of SECA (if the Church chooses to contribute);
2.  An IRS allowable Housing Allowance; and
3.  An additional amount of funds, deemed salary.

Section 18. Compensation For Staff:

Staff members may receive compensation as proposed by the Senior Pastor with the consensus of the Board of Elders. Said compensation will be in the amount as designated in the Minister's Compensation Worksheets, or the minutes of the Board of Elders.

In the event that a staff member or employee is a relative of the Senior Pastor, [by blood or marriage] the Board of Elders shall establish any salary or compensation paid to such employee.


Article VI
Officers

Section 1. Election of Officers:  The following officers of the corporation shall be elected by the Board of Elders, for terms of one year, or until their successors are qualified and elected, from within the membership of the Board. There shall be a Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer and such other officers as the Board of Elders may elect. One person may hold two or more offices, except the office of President.

Section 2. President/Pastor:  The Board of Elders shall elect all officers of the corporation, except the office of President. His term of office is as defined in Article VII Sect. 2.

Section 3. Pastors Corporate Authority:  The Pastor shall be President of the corporation and shall have general supervision, direction and control of the business and affairs of the corporation. He shall preside at all meetings of the Church members and Board of Elders and shall have such other powers and duties defined in Article VII Section 1 of these Bylaws, 
and as the Board of Elders may further prescribe.

Section 4. Appointment to Office:  A vacancy in any office because of death, resignation, removal, disqualification or otherwise shall be filled by the appointment of the President/Pastor with the approval of a 2/3 majority of the remaining Board of Elders.

Section 5. The Vice President:  In the absence or disability of the President, the Vice-President shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Senior Pastor or by the Board of Elders.


Section 6. The Secretary:  shall do, or cause to have done, the following:
a)  To write an accurate record [minutes] of the meetings of the      Board of Elders, when that group meets as The Board of      Elders to specifically execute responsibilities required of      them under these Bylaws;
b)  Be custodian of the corporate records;
c)  Keep a congregational membership roll;
d)  Keep a regularly updated list of all Elders and those      Ordained or Commissioned by this Church; and
e)  Perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary and      such other duties as may from time to time be assigned by      the Senior Pastor and the Board of Elders, and have the      authority to appoint others to do the church correspondence      and the day to day record keeping.

Section 7. The Treasurer:  shall do, or cause to have done, the 
following:
a)  Have charge and custody of and be responsible for the      receipt, care, investment, disbursement, and disposition of      all funds. property, and securities of the corporation subject      to such regulations as may be imposed by the Board of      Elders;
b)  Accept all gifts of money or other personal property on      behalf of the corporation, executing such receipts or other      documents as necessary;
c)  Enter or cause to be entered regularly on the books of the      corporation and to be kept by him, or under his supervision,      full and accurate account of all moneys and obligations 


     received and paid, or incurred for, or on account of the      corporation. The treasurer shall exhibit such books at all      reasonable times to any member of the Board of Elders on      request at the offices of the corporation;
d)  Deposit or cause to be deposited all moneys in the name of      the corporation in such banks, trust companies, or other      depositories as may be authorized by the Board of Elders;
e)  Those funds shall be paid out only on checks of the      corporation signed by officers, or those as may be designated      by the Board of Elders;
f)  See that the books of the corporation are reviewed each year      by an "in house" audit committee, within 90 days of the end     of the fiscal year, with this audit report given to the Board of     Elders;
g)  Perform all the duties incident to the office of Treasurer and      such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by 
     the Senior Pastor or by the Board of Elders;
h)  The Treasurer may be required to be bonded for the faithful      performance of his or her duties, to the extent the Board of      Elders may require.


Article VII
The Pastor

Section 1.

a) The church finds its' headship, under the Lord Jesus Christ, in its' Senior Pastor. The Senior Pastor of the church shall, by his very position, be the President of the corporation. The Senior Pastor shall be the principal 


executive officer of the corporation and shall in general supervise and control all of the business and affairs of the corporation, subject, however, to such delegation of authority to any other person as may be directed by the Senior Pastor, or by resolution of the Board. He shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Elders. He may sign, with the attest of the Secretary or any other proper officer, any deeds, mortgages, bonds, contracts, or other instruments which the Board of Elders has authorized to be executed, except in cases where the signing and execution thereof shall be expressly delegated by the Board of Elders, or by these Bylaws, or by statute to some other officer or agent of the corporation. In general he shall perform all duties incident to the office of President-Senior Pastor.
b) 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 a CEO or the president of a corporation. The Senior Pastor shall be designated attorney-in-fact for the church by virtue 
of his office. He shall have the authority to appoint and approve any assistants that would be necessary to properly carry on the work of the Lord.
c) He shall execute in the name of the church all deeds, bonds, mortgages, contracts and other documents authorized by the Board of Elders.
d) He shall have authority to pay, or have paid from corporate funds, all normal bills, and up to, but not to exceed $1,000.00 at any one time for extra church expenses, giving an accounting to the Treasurer.
e) No person shall be invited to speak, teach or minister in any area of the church without the prior approval of the Senior Pastor.
f) The Senior Pastor, with 2/3 majority approval of the Board of Elders, shall recognize a relationship with one or more apostolic and/or prophetic ministries outside of this church to whom the Lord directs him to relate. The Senior Pastor shall publicly inform the body of the identity of the Apostolic and/or Prophetic ministry with whom he and the church have established a relationship.
g) The Senior Pastor shall have oversight of the staff of the church that, with him and under his direction shall carry out the day to day operations of the church. The senior Pastor has the sole authority to hire or dismiss any staff member or employee.

Section 2. Term of Pastorate:

The Pastor will serve until his resignation, death, or removal for 
cause. (See Article VII)

Section 3. Accusation made against the Pastor:

Any serious misconduct accusation against the Pastor, by any church member, qualifying for church discipline, (Article IV Section 11(c), must be resolved by:
a)  The church member first meeting alone with the Pastor to attempt to reconcile any differences. If the church member feels uncomfortable meeting alone with the Pastor, the church member may request a member of church leadership to attend the meeting.
b)  If reconciliation is not achieved, then the church member will ask two (2) or more members of the church leadership to meet with the member and the Pastor. The church member shall present a written and signed complaint at this meeting.
c)  If reconciliation is not made at this point, the matter is to be presented to the Board of Elders, who will then convene the review panel [The Senior Ministers Council], made up of three or more ordained ministers (as defined in Article IV Section 12. The Senior Ministers Council will receive the written accusation and hear the details from both the church member and the Pastor. The church member will then be excused, and the Senior Ministers Council will examine the charges in the light of Article IV Section 11(c) "Grounds for Discipline" 1, 2, 3, & 4. The ministers may also request, but are not required, to ask the Pastor to submit to a medical examination by a Christian Psychiatrist to determine if there are any medical problems or imbalances producing erratic behavior or actions.
d)  If there are any other ordained ministers on the Board of Elders they, with not less than two of the previously approved outside ministers, found listed in the minutes of the Board of Elders as those who are in fellowship with this church (Article V Section 12) shall be the Senior Ministers Council [review panel]. The ministers, so called, shall be called in the order of the length of their relationship with the church, with those having the longest established relationship being called first.
e)  In any mediation involving the Senior Pastor, at least two of the mediators shall be the outside ministry with which the church is in relationship. Any Board member related to the pastor, by either marriage or blood, shall not participate on The Senior Ministers Council review panel.
f)  The Board of Elders shall be the final authority in judging any issue on retention or dismissal of the Pastor. The Board of Elders shall however, be bound by the recommendation of the Senior Ministers Council review panel, absent any extraordinary overriding circumstances that would justify them in disregarding such recommendation.
1)  If the Senior Ministers Council unanimously recommends that the Board of Elders rule against the Pastor, he shall be given 90 days to pray, seek the Lord and correct his behavior and attitude showing the fruit of repentance, and having reconciled every offence. A second session shall be called at the end of the 90 day period, consisting as far as possible of the same ministers as composed the first review panel. During that time he shall not function in pastoral or administrative duties. The Pastor shall continue to receive full compensation during this time. The remaining members of the Board of Elders, by a majority vote, shall determine who shall be appointed as presiding Elder during this period.
2)  Should the Pastor, at the sole determination of a majority of either The Senior Ministers Council or the Hoard of Elders in that second session fail to show the fruit of repentance, The Senior Ministers Council review panel may recommend to rule against the Pastor. He shall be disciplined by having his relationship with the church suspended or terminated on spiritual terms and conditions as recommended by the Senior Ministers Council to the Board of Elders, but in any event, in a gentle and prayerful manner, seeing that proper provision is made for his family during a reasonable transition period, of not less than two months. Travel expenses and an honorarium for the called ministers shall be paid from the church treasury.
3)   In the event the Senior Ministers Council review panel, after a thorough investigation, fail to find fault by a 2/3 majority vote, or should they recommend that the Board of Elders rule in favor of the Pastor, the Board of Elders shall disregard all charges and fully cooperate with the Pastor. The members of the Senior Ministers Council shall announce to the church, or such groups as are aware of the proceeding, that the review panel has exonerated the Pastor of all charges made against him.If for any reason the Pastor refuses to submit to psychiatric testing, or any of the other steps as defined in Article VII, he will automatically forfeit the Pastorate without further action.

 

Section 4. Any accusation or charge against any other ordained or commissioned minister, member of the Board of Elders, local church Elder, will be handled in the same manner, that is, they are to be judged by their peers as defined in Article VII Section 3.

Section 5. Choosing the successor Pastor:
a)  In the event the Pastor is contemplating resignation, he may nominate his successor. This recommendation must be confirmed by a unanimous vote of the Board.
b)  The Pastor may make a recommendation for his successor in the event of his death or being incapacitated, with an accompanying explanation, and place it in a sealed envelope in the front of the Minute Book. This recommendation must be confirmed by a unanimous vote of the Board.
c)  In the event of the Pastor having been removed from office on the basis of moral failure as described in Article IV, Section 11(c) 1, 2, 3, 4; or in the event Senior Ministers Council finds him to be incompetent or unfit to pastor the church, after having been examined and evaluated by a Christian Psychiatrist, with that report and input confirmed by the Ministers (See Article VII Section 3(c))
d)  The Board of Elders shall have the sole authority to choose the next Pastor. They shall, however, contact the apostolic and/or prophetic ministries the church is relational to for input and counsel. The choice of the new pastor must be confirmed by a unanimous vote of the remaining members of the Board of Elders.
e)  The proposed successor pastor must provide all personal background information, and the Board will conduct a personal background check prior to the candidate being granted approval by the Board of Elders.

Article VIII
Property, Contracts, Checks, Deposits, & Funds

Section 1. Contracts:   The Board of Elders 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 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.

Section 2. Checks And Drafts:   All checks, drafts, or 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 Board of Elders. In the absence of such determination by the Board of Elders, such instruments shall bear the signatures and be signed by the President or the Treasurer of the corporation.

Section 3. Deposits:   All funds of the corporation shall be deposited from time to time to the credit of the corporation in such banks, trust companies, or other depositories as the Board of Elders may select.

Section 4. Contributions:  The Senior Pastor and the Treasurer have the authority to accept, or with the advice of the Board of Elders, refuse on behalf of the church any contribution, gift, bequest, or devise for any purpose of the church. In general, it is the intention of the Senior Pastor and the Board of Elders to use all funds designated for specific purposes in the area for which they were designated. If the Board of Elders deem it necessary to redirect any designated funds for another purpose, they must first make a good faith effort to contact the donor(s), and or make at least two public mentions at a regularly held meeting of the congregation, to get approval to redirect the funds.

Section 5. Property:  The church shall have the right to purchase or acquire by gifts, bequest, or otherwise, either directly or as trustee, and own, use, sell, convey, mortgage, lease or otherwise dispose of any real estate or chattels as may be necessary for the furtherance of its purpose. The Pastor and the Secretary of the church shall certify in such conveyance, deed, lease, or mortgage, or hypothecation that the same has been duly authorized by the Board. Such certificate shall be held to be conclusive evidence thereof.


Article IX
Indemnification, Insurance and Liability
Indemnification of Church Pastor, Officers,
Board of Elders and Other Persons

Section 1.   The Church shall advance necessary funds or indemnify any person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative (other than an action by or in the right of the Church) by reason of the fact that the person is or was the Church's pastor, a director or officer of the Church, or is or was serving at the request of the Church as a director or officer of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, against expenses (including attorneys fees), judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by the person in connection with such threatened, pending or completed action, suit or proceeding.  The termination of any action, suit or proceeding by judgment, order, settlement, conviction or upon a plea of nolo contendere or its equivalent, shall not, of itself, create a presumption that the person did not act in good faith and in a manner which he reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the Church, and, with respect to any criminal action or proceeding, had reasonable cause to believe that his conduct was unlawful.

Section 2.  The Church shall advance funds or indemnify any person who is a party or is threatened to be  made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action or suit by or in the right of the Church to procure a judgment in its favor by reason of the fact that he is or was a pastor, director or officer of the Church, or is or was serving at the request of the Church as a director, officer or representative of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise against expenses (including attorneys fees), judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement, actually and reasonably incurred by the person in connection with such threatened, pending or completed action or suit by or in the right of the Church.

Section 3.  Indemnification under Sections 1 and 2 of this Article shall be automatic and shall not require any determination that indemnification is proper, except that no indemnification shall be made in any case where the act or failure to act giving rise to the claim for indemnification is determined by a court of competent jurisdiction to have constituted willful misconduct or recklessness.

Section 4.  Expenses incurred in defending a civil or criminal action, suit or proceeding of the kind described in Sections 1 and 2 of this Article shall be paid by the Church in advance of the final disposition of such action, suit or proceeding upon receipt of an undertaking, by or on behalf of the person who may be entitled to indemnification under those Sections, to repay such amount unless it shall ultimately be determined that he is entitled to be indemnified by the Church.

Section 5.  The Church may, at the discretion of and to the extent and for such persons as determined by the Board of Elders of the Church, (i) indemnify any person who neither is nor was the Church's pastor, a director or officer of the Church but who is or was a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative (and whether brought by or in the right of the Church), by reason of the fact that the person is or was a representative of the Church, against expenses (including attorneys fees), judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement, actually and reasonably incurred by the person in connection with such threatened, pending or completed action, suit or proceeding; and (ii) pay such expenses in advance of the final disposition of such action, suit or proceeding, upon receipt of an undertaking by or on behalf of such person to repay such amount if it shall ultimately be determined by a court of competent jurisdiction that such person is not entitled to be indemnified by the Church.

Section 6.  Any right to indemnification provided in this Article shall continue as to a person who has ceased to be a pastor, director or officer of the 
Church and shall inure to the benefit of the heirs, executors and 
administrators of such a person.

Section 7.  Nothing herein contained shall be construed as limiting the power or obligation of the Church to indemnify any person in accordance with applicable state law provisions as amended from time to time or in accordance with any similar law adopted in lieu thereof.

Section 8.  The Church shall also indemnify any person against expenses (including attorneys fees), actually and reasonably incurred by him in enforcing any right to indemnification under this Article, under the Church's state nonprofit corporation law as amended from time to time or under any similar law adopted in lieu thereof.

Section 9.  Any person who shall serve as the Church's Pastor/President, a director, officer, employee or agent of the Church or who shall serve at the request of the Church, as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, joint partnership, joint venture trust or other enterprise shall be deemed to do so with knowledge of and in reliance upon the rights of indemnification provided in this Article, under applicable state law indemnification provisions as amended from time to time and in or under any similar law adopted in lieu thereof.

INSURANCE

Section 10.   The Church shall have the power to purchase and maintain insurance on behalf of any person who is or was the Church's Pastor/President, a director, officer, employee or agent of the Church or is or was serving at the request of the Church as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise against any liability asserted against him and incurred by him in any such capacity, or arising out of his status as such, whether or not the Church would have the power to indemnify him against such liability.

LIABILITY OF OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS

Section 11.  To the fullest extent permitted by applicable state law, as now in effect and as amended from time to time, the Church's Pastor/President, or a director or officer of the Church shall not be personally liable for monetary damages for any action taken or failure to take any action.


Article X
Meetings

Section 1. The Holy Spirit's order shall govern the conduct of all meetings. A spirit of Christian love and fellowship shall prevail.

Section 2. All meetings shall be opened and closed with prayer.

Section 3. The Church shall assemble each Sunday for public worship and during the week as may be designated by the pastor. Nothing contained herein shall forbid suspension of one or more services when such suspension is in the spiritual welfare of the church.

Section 4. The Lord's Supper shall generally be administered no less than once a month. All Church members are encouraged to attend unless providentially hindered.


Article XI
Ordination of Ministers

Section 1.  This Church, through and by its Board of Elders, shall have the right to ordain and commission, or otherwise credential, Christian workers and ministers.

Section 2.  The purposes of ordination are to attain unto the purposes of the Church as set forth in Article II of this document; to give legal and valid authority to the ministries of the fellowship to proceed with said purpose; to establish fellowship among Christian workers; to provide for a standardization of doctrine; to encourage the upgrading of ministerial standards; and to provide, through the fellowship and the Church, 


education and experience necessary to equip potential ministers.

Section 3.  Application / Process: Upon application to the Board of Elders, the Minister would be evaluated to determine that he or she meets Biblical qualifications, has adequate ministerial preparation, confirmed gifting and ability, a proven record of Ministry of the Word of God, the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and a good report from the community and other Ministers and Churches. The Board of Elders are hereby empowered to issue credentials to qualified candidates, upon the recommendation of the Sr. Pastor.

 Section 4.  Credentials:  The credential, as evidenced by a certificate and an annually issued ministerial card, of any minister shall automatically expire at the end of the year of issuance unless affirmatively renewed by the Board of Elders. The commission and/or ordination papers of any minister commissioned or ordained by NEW BETHANY FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER, FOR ALL NATIONS may be revoked at any time at the discretion of the Board of Elders on grounds that would justify the application of church discipline, or lack of relationship with this church. The revocation of the commission or ordination of any minister previously commissioned or ordained by NEW BETHANY FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER FOR ALL NATIONS may be communicated to the church, associated and affiliated churches and organizations, and the public at large if the minister whose commission or ordination has been revoked allows or promotes the idea that he or she continues to be credentialed by this church after the revocation.

Revocation of ones ordination credentials, does not necessarily mean he/she is stripped of his ordination, only that this church [corporation] is no longer `covering' them with "papers" [Credentials].

Section 5. Two Classes Of Credentials and Authority:
a) Ordained Minister: Ordination by this church recognizes the development of the ministry gift of apostle, prophet, pastor, teacher, evangelist, although not giving them one of those specific titles (Ephesians 4:11-12). Other terms often used regarding this level of ministry are "Trans-local Ministry, Traveling Elder, Five Fold Ministry, or Ruling Elder." He/She is authorized to perform all the ministry functions such as preaching, teaching, discipling and officiating at weddings and funerals. They are eligible to serve as a member of the local ministry as appointed, and/or as a traveling minister having the authority and fulfilling the duties of a fully ordained minister of Jesus Christ.
b) Commissioned Minister: Issued following a period of training and instruction. The commission to preach authorizes an individual to fulfill certain ministry functions such as preaching, teaching, discipling and officiating at weddings and funerals, and to serve as a member of the local church ministry. The commissioned person is duly recognized as a minister of Jesus Christ, but without the acknowledgement of being a ministry gift as recorded in Ephesians 4:11, (apostle, prophet, pastor, teacher, evangelist).


Article XII
Association

Section 1.   New Bethany Family Worship Center For All Nations 
must remain a non¬denominational Church. It shall not become a part of a denomination, and shall not be ruled over by any ecclesiastical body other than is herein provided, but may fellowship with other churches, denominations or groups.

Section 2.  While maintaining its inherent rights to sovereignty in the conduct of its own affairs, this Church body shall voluntarily enter into spiritual fellowship with other churches of like precious faith.


Article XIII
Interested Board Members

Section 1.  No contract or transaction between the Church and its Pastor/President or one or more of its Board members or officers, or between the Church and any other corporation in which its Pastor/President or one or more of its Board members or officers are also Board members or officers or have a financial interest shall be void or voidable solely for such reason, or solely because the Pastor/President or director or officer is present as or participates in the meeting of the Board which authorizes the contract or transaction, or solely because his or their votes are counted for such purpose, if:
(a)The material facts as to his interest and as to the contract or transaction are disclosed or known to the Board of Elders and the Chairman of the Board in good faith authorizes the contract or transaction; or
(b)The contract or transaction is fair as to the Church as of the time it is authorized, approved or ratified, by the Chairman of the 
Board of Elders.

Section 2.  Interested Board members may be counted in determining the presence of a quorum at a meeting of the Board of Elders which authorizes a contract or transaction in the preceding section.

Article XIV
Books and Records

The Church shall keep correct and complete books and records of account and shall also keep minutes of the proceedings of its members, Board of Elders, committees having and exercising any of the authority of the Board of Elders, and any other committee, and shall keep at the principal office a record giving the names and addresses of the Board of Elders members entitled to vote.  All books and records of the Church may be inspected by any member, or his agent for any proper purpose at any reasonable time.


Article XV
Fiscal Year

The fiscal year of the Church shall be the calendar year.


Article XVI
Dissolution

Section 1.  Upon the dissolution of the Church, the Board of Elders shall, after the payment of all the liabilities of the Church, dispose of all of 
the assets of the Church exclusively for the purposes of the Church in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for the purposes of the Church in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious or scientific purposes as shall qualify as an exempt corporation or organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (or of the corresponding provisions of any future United States Revenue Law) as the Board of Elders shall determine.

Section 2.  No part of the net earnings of the Church shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its members, officers, trustees, or any person except that the Church shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered, and to make payments in the furtherance of the Church.  Notwithstanding any other provisions of the Articles of Incorporation or these Bylaws of the Church, the Church shall not carry on any activity not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from Federal Income Tax, under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, (or by the corresponding section of any future Revenue Code of the United States of America) or (b) by a corporation, contributions of which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (or the corresponding section of any future United States Revenue Law).


Article XVII
Seal

The Board of Elders shall provide a corporate seal, which shall be as set forth below.

 

 

 

Article XVIII
Adoption and Amendment

These Bylaws may be adopted, amended or repealed and new Bylaws adopted by a vote of a majority of the members of the Board of Elders at any Elders' meeting, except that:
a) A bylaw fixing or changing the number of Elders may be adopted, amended or repealed only upon the unanimous vote or written consent of all members of the Board of Elders.
b)  Article V Section 14 (d); Article XII; and Article XVIII(b) may only be revised with the approval and written recommendation of not less than three (3) of the outside ministers, and upon the unanimous vote of the Board of Elders. Any proposed changes to Article XIII b) of these Bylaws, must be presented in writing to each of the outside ministers whose names are listed in the Minutes, [the Senior Ministers Council - Article V Section 12] or to the Senior leadership of this churches Relational Organization [Article VII Section 3 (e)] as found recorded in the Minutes of the Board, and to the elders. Said proposals for change shall be in their possession for prayer and consideration not less than 10 days prior to any meeting called for the purpose of revising this article.


Attestation of the President and Secretary of the Board of Elders/Trustees that the above are the Bylaws of New Bethany Family Worship Center For All Nations.


The undersigned, duly elected President and Secretary of the Board of Elders of New Bethany Family Worship Center For All Nations, a nonprofit 
corporation chartered in the State of Nevada, certifies and attests that the 


above Bylaws were adopted by the Board of Elders at a duly held meeting on April _____, 2013, at which a quorum was present (and/or the written consent to action by any absent members) by the unanimous vote of the Board of Elders, and that this is a true and accurate copy of that document adopted on that date.