A California Non-profit Religious Corporation
We whose name appear upon the membership of this church, in order to establish and maintain a place among the people of God for the worship of Him, our Heavenly Father, do hereby recognize ourselves as a sovereign local church. We desire to provide for Christian fellowship of those of like precious faith, where the Holy spirit may be honored according to our distinctive testimony; to assume our share of responsibility and the privilege of propagating the gospel of Jesus Christ by all available means, both at home and in foreign lands; and for this purpose we do adopt the following articles of church order and submit ourselves to be governed by them.
NAME AND LOCATION OF OFFICES
The name of this corporation is Godís Church. It is a California nonprofit religious corporation with its principal offices in Los Angeles, California.
Section 1. Government
church shall have the right to govern itself
according to the standards of the New Testament
scriptures, ďendeavoring to keep the unity of
the Spirit in the bond of peace of the stature of
the fullness of Christ.Ē
church shall implement its Christianity
commissioned by the further prerogatives:
To administer the regular ordinances
defined in Article 5 of these By-laws;
To establish and maintain such departments,
institutions and service within the Church for the
propagation of the gospel and its work embraced by
the purposes of the Corporation.
To examine candidates for the ministry and
to license and ordain those who shall have been
approved by the Pastors and Elders of this church,
according to standards set forth by the New
To examine candidates and appoint
missionaries and to endorse and support missionary
programs according to standards set forth by the
To establish other churches, church
schools, and missions both at home and abroad
according to standards set forth by the New
To designate its own officers, to appoint
committees, to arrange for its own meetings, and
to govern itself in accordance with these By-laws;
To establish and define policy by which it
shall be governed.
Ownership and Disposition of Assets.
In connection therewith, or incidental thereto, this church shall have the right to purchase or acquire by gift, bequest or otherwise, either directly or as trustee, and to own, hold in trust, use, sell, convey, mortgage, lease or otherwise dispose of any real or personal property as may be necessary for the furtherance of its purposes, all in accordance with these By-laws.
maintaining its inherent rights to sovereignty in
the conduct of its own affairs, this church shall
voluntarily enter into spiritual fellowship with
all churches of like precious faith.
TENETS OF FAITH
church accepts the Holy Scriptures as the revealed
will of God, the all-sufficient rule for faith and
practice, and for the purpose of maintaining
general unity, adopts the following statement of
believe the Holy Bible to be the inspired and only
infallible and authoritative Word of God.
We believe that there is one God, eternally
existent in three persons:
God the Father, God the Son, and God the
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus
Christ, in His virgin birth, in His bodily
resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand
of the Father, and in the blessed hope of His
personal visible future return to this earth to
receive to Himself His blood-bought church, that
it may be with Him forever.
We believe that the only means of being
cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith
in the precious blood of Christ. We
believe that regeneration obey the Holy Spirit is
absolutely essential for personal salvation.
We believe that the redemptive work of
Christ on the cross provides healing of the human
body in answer to believing prayer.
We believe that the baptism with the Holy
Spirit, according to Acts 2:4, with the evidence
of speaking with other tongues, is given to
believers who ask for it. We believe in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit by
whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live
a holy life.
We believe in the resurrection of both the
saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life
and the other death within the Lake of Fire.
ordinance of baptism by immersion in water
(Acts 8:14-16; 19:1-5) shall be administered
to all those who have repented of their sins and
who have believe on the Lord Jesus Christ to the
saving of their souls, and who give clear evidence
of their salvation. (Romans
6:3-5, Colossians 2:12)
The Lordís Supper.
ordinance of the Lordís Supper shall be observed
regularly as enjoined by the Scriptures.
(Luke 22:19-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
in this church shall be extended to all applicants
who give evidence of their faith in the Lord Jesus
Christ, who subscribe to its tenets of faith, and
who consent to be governed by its By-laws as
herein set forth.
in this corporation shall not vest in any member
any proprietary rights in the Corporation, but
shall only entitle the member to vote at meetings
of the members.
Membership shall not be assignable during a
memberís lifetime, nor shall membership vest to
any personal representative, heir, or devisee.
The Standard of Membership.
must meet the following requirements in order to
be admitted to membership in this church:
a person must evidence a genuine
experience in regeneration (the new birth)
(John 1:12 Ė 13, 1 Peter 1:18:25);
a person must evidence a consistent
(Romans 6:4, 13:13-14; Ephesians
4:17-32; 5:1-2, & 15; 1 John 1:6-7);
a person must fully subscribe to the tenets
of faith as set forth in Article 4 of these
a person must be willing to contribute
regularly to the support of the church according
to his or her ability; and
a person must complete the New Members
Active (Voting) Membership.
All active members of the church who are 18 years of age or over, who are not under charges of violation of discipline, and who have been on the active membership roll for a period of one year or more shall constitute the legal voting membership of this church. The Pastor and his wife shall be considered active voting members of the church.
purposes of Article 9, Section 5, and active
member is defined as a member who attends
regularly (no fewer than 40 services per year) and
who is a regular giver of tithes and offerings.
Reception of Active Members.
Persons who desire to become members of the church
shall make application to the church and complete
the New Members class.
All applicants who have met the membership
requirements shall be received into the church
publicly at any of the services of the church and
their names shall be inscribed on the membership
Associated (Non-Voting) Members.
spiritual fellowship of this church may be
extended to person in the following categories:
Persons who are under training in the
doctrine and practices of the church, but who have
not yet qualified as active members.
Active members, who move from the area, yet
wish to maintain their relationship with the
church must attend the New Members class upon
their return to the area.
The Right Hand of Fellowship is not
Ordained ministers who wish to fellowship
with this church who are recommended by the Pastor
and approved by the Board of Directors, and all
Christian workers, ministers, and missionaries
ordained by official action of this church as
prescribed in these By-laws.
members shall be extended the full spiritual
fellowship of the church, but shall have no voice
in the government of the church.
members of the church may become proper subjects
for discipline in the following ways:
promotion of discord, or lack of harmony
with the teaching and ministries of the church,
falling into sinful and worldly practices.
In such cases, the Pastor,
the Elders, or their designees shall meet with the
member to ascertain the facts of the case and
shall endeavor to restore the member to spiritual
restoration to fellowship or other definite
solution is not achieved, the Pastor and the
Elders shall bring charges against the member in
writing to the Board of Directors.
A person under charges shall be ineligible
for voting privileges or service in any auxiliary
of the church until his or her case is heard and
acted upon by the Board of Directors.
Notice of the hearing and a statement of
charges shall be served upon the member, who may
be present at a hearing of the Board of Directors,
who may offer evidence upon his or her behalf, who
may confront and cross-examine any witnesses, and
who may be represented by counsel at his or her
Resignation or Removal of Member.
of any member shall cease upon his or her death or
resignation, or upon the determination by the
Board of Directors after charges are brought in
writing pursuant to Section 6 of this Article that
said member is spiritually disqualified.
In the event a majority of the Board of
Directors determines that dismissal is required,
the charged member shall be notified in writing by
the Board of Directors in a notice signed by the
The action of the Board is final, and there
shall be no appeal to any court from this action.
Place of Meeting.
anything to the contrary in these By-laws, any
meeting of this corporation may be held at any
place, whether regular, special, or adjourned,
within or without the State of California, which
has been designated therefore by the Board of
Annual Progress Report.
annual progress report of the church, which may
also be referred to as the annual meeting of the
members, shall be held at the principal office of
the Corporation (as the same shall be from time to
time designated in the minutes of the Board of
Directors) within the first three months of each
At said regular annual meeting, the members
shall consider reports of the affairs of the
Corporation and transact such other business as
may properly be brought before the meeting,
including but not limited to the election of the
Board of Directors of the Corporation to server
until their successors are elected and qualified.
Notice of the annual progress report shall
be given verbally to the church members at the
morning worship services at least two weekends
immediately preceding the scheduled date of the
meeting, which meeting may take place any day in
the week thereafter.
meetings of the members may be called at any time
by the President, any Vice President, the
Secretary, or by two or more members of the Board
Notice of Special Meetings.
of special meetings of members shall be made
verbally to the church members at the morning
worship service at least one weekend immediately
preceding the scheduled date of the meeting, which
meeting may take place any day in the week
of any meeting of members shall specify the place,
the day and the hour of meeting, and in case of a
special meeting, as provided by the Corporations
Code of California, the general nature of the
business to be transacted.
all meetings of the members, whether regular,
special or adjourned, the presence in person or by
proxy of those members who attend shall constitute
a quorum for the transaction of business.
business that might be done at a regular meeting
of the members may be done at a special or at an
No notice need be given of any adjourned
transaction of any meeting of members, however
called or noticed, shall be as valid as any
meeting duly held after regular call and notice,
and if either before or after the meeting each of
the members not present in person signs a written
waiver of notice or a consent to the holding of
such meeting, or an approval of the minutes
action, which may be taken at a meeting of the
members, may be taken without a meeting if
authorized by a writing signed by all the members
who would be entitled to vote at a meeting for
such purpose, and filed with Secretary of the
Every member entitled to vote shall be entitled to
cast one vote for each matter submitted to a vote
of the members.
A member may not cumulate votes for the
election of the Board of Directors.
The affirmative vote of a majority of the
voting power represented the meeting, entitled to
vote and voting on any matter, shall be the act of
ballots, for the election of the Board of
Directors, shall be accepted from members who
cannot be present, provided the church office in
advance of the election receives them.
to limitations of the Articles and these By-laws
and of pertinent restrictions of the Corporations
Code of the State of California, all of the
activities and affairs of the Corporation, both
spiritual and temporal, shall be exercised by or
under the direction of the Board.
Without prejudice to such general powers,
but subject to the same limitations, it is hereby
expressly declared that the Board shall have the
following powers in addition to the other powers
enumerated in these By-laws:
To select and remove all the officers,
agents, and employees of the Corporation,
prescribe such duties for them as may not be
inconsistent with the law, with the Articles of
Incorporation, or with these By-laws, fix the
terms of their offices and their compensation.
To make such disbursements from the funds
and properties of the Corporation as are required
to fulfill the purposes of this corporation as are
more fully set out in the Articles of
Incorporation thereof, and generally to conduct,
manage and control the activities and affairs of
the Corporation and to make such rules and
regulations therefore not inconsistent with law,
with the Articles of Incorporation or with these
By-laws, as they may deem best.
To adopt, make and use a corporate seal and
to alter the form of such seal from time to time,
as they may deem best.
To borrow money and incur indebtedness for
the purposes of the Corporation and to cause to be
executed and delivered therefore, in the corporate
name, promissory notes, bonds, debentures, deeds
of trusts, mortgages, pledges, hypothecations, and
or other evidences of debt and securities
To annually review the Pastorís salary
and to confer with the Pastor regarding his annual
To sell, convey, mortgage, lease or
otherwise dispose of any real or personal property
as may be necessary for the furtherance of its
purposes, all in accordance with these By-laws,
subject to the provisions of Section 3 of Article
To provide an annual audit of the
churchís accounts in advance of the annual
Board of Directors of the Corporation shall
consist of the Directors who shall sit as the
Board of Directors.
3. Responsibilities of Elders.
overall spiritual oversight of the church shall be
implemented by the Elders under the direction of
the Pastor. They
shall be available to assist the Pastor and serve
the congregation in any of the multiple tasks
which comprise spiritual oversight and ministry of
the church, said tasks to be assigned by the
Pastor and to represent an extension by ordination
and delegation of the Pastorís own spiritual
4. Selection and Tenure of Office.
The Pastor shall serve for an indefinite
period of time, until he resigns or is removed
pursuant to Section 5 of Article 9 of these
The Elders shall be chosen by the Pastor
and shall serve at the pleasure of the Pastor.
Election of Deacons shall take place at an
annual meeting of the members.
One-half of the Deacons shall serve for a
term of three years and one-half of the Deacons
shall serve for a term of six years.
Each Deacon shall serve until a successor
has been elected and qualified.
If any such annual meeting is not held, or
the Deacons are not elected thereat, the Deacons
may be elected at any special meeting of members
held for that purpose.
Deacons may serve consecutive terms, if
nominated and elected.
5. Nominations and Qualifications.
The Nominating Committee shall consist of
the Pastor, one Deacon chosen by the Deacons, and
one Elder chosen by the Elders.
The committee shall receive names of
prospective Deacons from the active membership of
the church, and shall ascertain their
qualifications for office and willingness to
The nominating committee shall be
authorized to add additional qualified names as
deemed advisable to provide a sufficient number of
the Nominating Committee shall, by majority vote,
indicate its choice of at least two qualified
candidates for each elective office and shall
display the list of candidates publicly in the
church at least two weeks prior to the annual
The Nominating Committee shall cause to be
prepared ballots for each elective office in
advance of the meeting.
As in the Book of Acts, Chapter 13, verse
2, after much prayer and seeking of guidance from
God, the Elders shall be selected by the Pastor,
and shall serve, from time to time, at the
pleasure of the Pastor.
Each member of the Board shall;
be a born again Christian,
have been a member of Godís Church for at
least one year;
have received the baptism with the Holy
Spirit according to Acts 2:4;
posses the qualifications stated in Acts
6:3 and I Timothy 3:8-13; and
be consistent tithers to the church as
required by Malachi 3:10.
In addition, each
candidate for the office of Elder or Deacon must
meet any other specific scriptural requirements
for Elders or Deacons.
When a vacancy in the pastorate shall
occur, the Board shall arrange a supply ministry
until a new Pastor can be chosen.
The Elders shall be responsible for
evaluating the qualifications of candidates for
the position of Pastor.
After one or more candidates are determined
to be qualified, the Board shall determine whether
any other proposed candidates should be nominated
for the office.
When a majority o the Board agrees on a
qualified candidate, he shall be recommended to
the church for approval.
The members, at a regular or special
meeting called for this purpose, shall elect the
Pastor by secret ballot.
A two-thirds majority of all votes cast
shall be necessary to constitute and election.
Subject to the provision of Section 9226 of
the California Nonprofit Religious Corporation
Law, any deacon may resign effective upon giving
written notice to the Chairman of the Board of the
Secretary, unless the notice specifies a later
time for the effectiveness of such resignation.
the resignation is to take effect at some future
time, a successor may be selected before such
time, to take office when the resignation becomes
of Deacons in the Board shall be filled by the
Pastor with the approval of a majority of the
remaining Deacons, although less than a quorum, or
by a sole remaining Deacon.
Each Deacon so elected shall hold office
until the expiration of the term of the replaced
Deacon and until a successor has been names and
the event the remaining Deacons are unable to
agree upon the selection of a deacon to fill a
vacancy, the Chairman of the Board shall have the
authority to cast the deciding ballot.
vacancy or vacancies in the Board shall be deemed
to exist in case of the death, resignation or
removal of any Deacon, or if the authorized number
of Deacons be increased.
Board may declare vacant the office of a Deacon
who has been declared of unsound mind by a final
order or judgment of any court to have breached
any duty arising under the California Nonprofit
Religious Corporations Law.
reduction of the authorized number of Deacons
shall have the effect of removing any Deacon prior
to the expiration of the Deaconís term of
director may be removed from office if he or she
becomes physically incapacitated, spiritually
unqualified, or his or her inability to serve is
established in the minds of the Pastor and a
majority of the other directors.
Grounds for such a finding include but are
not limited to:
doctrinal departure from the tenets of
incompetence in office; or
any other good and sufficient grounds.
of the hearing of the Board of Directors and a
statement of the charges shall be served upon the
Board member, who may be present at the hearing,
who may offer evidence upon his behalf, who may
confront and cross-examine any witnesses, and who
may be represented by counsel at his own expense.
In the event that the majority of the Board
of Directors determines that removal is required,
the charged member shall be notified in writing by
the Board of Directors in a notice signed by the
decision of the Board shall be final, and there
shall be no appeal to any court from this
anything to the contrary provided in these
By-laws, any meeting (whether regular, special or
adjourned) the Board of Directors may be held at
anyplace within or without the State of
California, which has been heretofore designated
for that purpose by resolution of the Board of
Directors or by the written consent of all the
members of the Board.
meetings of the Board shall be held without call
or notice on the third Thursday of each month at
5:00 p.m., or as otherwise determined by the
meetings of the Board of Directors may be called
at any time by the Chairman of the Board, by the
President, by any Vice President, by the
Secretary, or by two or more of the directors.
of Special Meetings.
meeting of the Board may be held upon four days
notice by first class mail, or upon 48-hour notice
when given personally or by telephone, telegraph,
or other similar means of communication.
Any such notice shall be addressed or
delivered to each director at such directorís
address as is shown upon the records of the
Corporation or as may have been given to the
Corporation by the director for such purpose of
notice, or, if such address is not shown on such
records or is not readily ascertainable, at the
place at which the meetings of the Board of
Directors are regularly held.
majority of the authorized number of voting
directors shall constitute a quorum except when a
vacancy or vacancies prevents such majority,
whereupon a majority of the voting directors in
office shall constitute a quorum, provided such
majority shall constitute either one-third of the
authorized number of directors or at least two
directors, whichever is larger, or unless the
authorized number of the Board of Directors is
only one. Except
as the Articles of Incorporation, these By-laws,
and the California Nonprofit Religious Corporation
Law may provide, the act or decision done or made
by a majority of the Board of Directors present at
a meeting duly held at which a quorum is present
shall be the act of the Board of Directors.
in meetings by Conference Telephone.
of the Board may participate in a meeting through
use of conference telephone or similar
communications equipment, so long as all members
participating in such meeting can hear one
of a meeting need not be given to any director who
signs a waiver of notice or a written consent to
holding the meeting or an approval of the minutes
thereof, whether before or after the meeting, or
who attends the meeting without protesting, prior
thereto or at its commencement, the lack of notice
to such director. All such waivers, consents and approvals shall be filed with
the corporate records or made a part of the
minutes of the meetings.
majority of the Board of Directors present may
adjourn any board of Directorsí meeting to
another time and place.
Notice of the time and place of holding an
adjourned meeting need not be given to absent
directors if the time and place be fixed at the
meeting adjourned, except that if the meeting is
adjourned for more than 48 hours, notice of any
adjournment to another time or place shall be
given prior to the time of the adjourned meeting
to the directors who were not present at the time
of the adjournment.
action required or permitted to be taken by the
Board may be taken without a meeting if all
members of the Board shall individually or
collectively consent of such action. Such consent or consents shall have the same effect as a
unanimous vote of the board and shall be filed
with the minutes of proceedings of the Board.
of the Board may be appointed by resolution passed
by a majority of the whole Board. Committees shall be composed of two or more members of the
Board, and shall have powers of the Board as may
be expressly delegated to it by resolution of the
Board of Directors, except with respect to:
the approval of any action for which the
California Nonprofit Religious Corporation Law
also requires memberís approval;
the filing of vacancies on the Board on any
the fixing of compensation of the directors
for serving on the Board of on any committee;
the amendment or repeal of any resolution
of the Board which by its express terms are not so
amendable or repeal able;
the appointment of any self-dealing
transaction, as such transactions are defined in
Section 9243(a) of the California Nonprofit
Religious Corporation Law.
such committee may be designated an executive
committee or by such other name as the Board shall
Board shall have the power to prescribe the manner
in which its proceedings shall be conducted.
Unless the Board or such committee shall
otherwise provide, the regular and special
meetings and other actions of any such committee
shall be governed by the provisions of this
Article applicable to meetings and actions of the
shall be kept of each meeting of each committee.
(as such) shall not receive any stated or fixed
salary for their services, but may receive a
reasonable allowance for personal services
actually rendered pursuant to resolution passed by
a majority vote at any regular or special meeting
of the members provided that nothing herein
contained shall be construed to preclude any
directors from serving the Corporation in any
other capacity and receiving compensation
Section 1. Officers
The officers of the Corporation shall be the
President, the Secretary, and the Treasurer.
The Corporation may also have at the
discretion of the Board of Directors, one or more
Vice Presidents, one or more Assistant Secretaries
and such other officers as may be appointed in
accordance with the provisions of Section 3 of
One person may hold two or more offices,
except that neither the Secretary nor the
Treasurer may serve concurrently as the President.
Section 2. Election.
The officers of the Corporation, except such officers
as may be appointed in accordance with the
provisions of Section 3 or Section 5 of this
article, shall serve at the pleasure of the Board
of Directors, subject to the rights, if any, of an
officer under any contract of employment, with the
provision that the Pastor shall hold the office of
President, unless otherwise determined by the
Board of Directors.
Each officer shall hold his or her office
until he or she shall resign, be removed, or
become otherwise disqualified to serve, or until
his or her successor shall be elected and
Section 3. Subordinate
The Board of Directors or the President may appoint
such other officers as the business of the
Corporation may require, each of whom shall hold
office for such period, have such authority, and
perform such duties as are provided in the By-laws
or as the Board of Directors may from time to time
Section 4. Removal
Any officer may be removed, either with or without
cause, by a majority of the Board of Directors at
the time in office, at any regular or special
meeting of the Board, or, except in case of an
officer chosen by the Board of Directors, by any
officer upon whom such power of removal may be
conferred by the Board of Directors.
Any officer may resign at any time, without prejudice
to the rights, if any, of the Corporation under
any contract to which the officer is a party, by
giving written notice to the Board of Directors,
or to the President, or to the Secretary of the
Any such resignation shall take effect at
the date of the receipt of such notice or at any
later time specified therein; unless otherwise
specified there, the acceptance of such
resignation shall not be necessary to make it
Section 5. Vaca
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